photo pages 40 Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window) Related Post navigation new year's resolutionIf Jan Moir so much as murmurs I will personally find her and slay her. 38 Comments Brian (DocSwill) February 12, 2010 at 6:50 am Reply 40 years ago a beautiful bouncing baby boy. Grown with age more beautiful in spirit and still handsome as ever. Cheers! Peace Brian DM Riley February 12, 2010 at 8:48 am Reply Hello Alistair, Your collage is wonderful…. The word contentment came to mind when I first saw it. Your smile is always contagious. I turned 40 a couple of years ago and in the preceding months was tormented with an overwhelming realization that I would not be able to accomplish all that I had intended. There were moments, very specific moments when I knew that youthful dreams and aspirations had died.I would never be the great artist, writer, or pianist.I was in an irritated state for quite some time and then decided to celebrate the dreaded 40 with a meditation weekend at the Abbey and then a week in Paris. I am sure the magic of Paris didn’t hurt matters any but the weekend with you at the Abbey was most beneficial.The key point of the mindfulness study was acceptance. Accept 40. Later, while practicing my new found meditation on the banks of the Seine,I accepted 40. The dreams and aspirations have changed. There is no great masterpiece, novel, or composition but I still amuse myself with these things and I am content. Thanks, Alistair and all the best on your 40th. Brian (DocSwill) February 12, 2010 at 1:34 pm Reply Hey DM Riley…You sound like 40 is a death sentence! If you believe it’s over, then it will be over. I call that giving up. I didn’t begin my novel until I was 47. I’m just now beginning to enjoy creating art. And after almost dying from cancer in 2007 and spending 2 years on a feeding tube, I’m learning to live and love with more vigor than ever, to appreciate more and find new goals to achieve. Stop having a pity party and start living buddy…you’re not that old! You’ve got another 40 years left to create! Add the power of positive thinking to your meditation. There’s nothing wrong with acceptance, but accepting defeat without ever trying is a tragic loss. Peace B Lynn February 12, 2010 at 7:08 pm Reply Congratulations, you. And aren’t you a lucky boy to have had these happy mosaic-moments! Srecko - Felix February 12, 2010 at 9:08 pm Reply Dear Alistair, Happy birthday! A dear friend of mine always says: well, I’ll stop counting at 35… So in 8 days we’ll celebrate her 35th for the 6th time. 🙂 But life never stops, a moment is never repeated, so we should live fully and experience every moment when the time comes. All the best! 22180 asian miles February 12, 2010 at 10:45 pm Reply OMG, 40 actually does sound scary. i don’t want to boast, but I am even scared to turn 30. i always thought I would not live past 27 but mindsprings helped me through. and i am eternally grateful for that. but 40? well done alistair for lasting that long. x lori February 13, 2010 at 3:56 am Reply Looks like you’ve had a rich, manifold life so far. You ARE lucky. jackie February 13, 2010 at 7:16 am Reply Happy birthday! Keep up the good work May February 13, 2010 at 1:21 pm Reply Happy Birthday, Alistair. I wish your fortieth year will turn out to be your BEST so far!!! I wonder, do you actually FEEL the affection clearly coming to you from all sides and all kinds of people … virtual, of course, (easily changed) but no less heart-felt by the senders? Are you able to accept that? And is it any good to you when you need (just the tiniest bit of) support? When I look at your marvellous photo compilation I go from feeling happy (many; love the yellow!)to quite sad (evoking the above), but ‘that’s life’ and ‘ it’s all in the game’ … how true! (By the way, my life just kept on getting better after my fortieth!) Dear Alistair, enjoy the journey, you will be all right! Offering you a loving, virtual ‘Dutch hug’, all best, May TOSHI February 13, 2010 at 2:24 pm Reply Happy birthday and happy Losar Alistair from Toshi hugs from Antwerp-Belgium Maddy February 13, 2010 at 5:24 pm Reply Enjoy 40 – I was 65 this week! Got to think age is relative and I’ll feel 65 was good in 10 years time… rick February 14, 2010 at 12:36 am Reply Happy Birthday Alistair! Juliano February 14, 2010 at 5:38 pm Reply it is amazing that no matter how old you get you still feel young or eternal, or at least I do. Secret is having an open inquiring mind. Keeping a sense of humour and this includes sense of surreal humour, my fave lol, and errrr I forgot 😉 robert February 14, 2010 at 6:48 pm Reply Hey Dude! The big four oh eh! Forty is fabulous so embrace it and revel in it! I’m 55 and I feel like a teenager because, I look at each day as an opportunity to learn something new. As long as we retain our curiosity about all that life has to offer I truly believe we remain ageless.A healthy sense of humor and an appreciation of the absurd helps. So I say be Forty and be fabulous! Yours Robert robert February 14, 2010 at 7:22 pm Reply PS hope you have a hell of a party! ST February 15, 2010 at 7:01 pm Reply Belated Happy 40th Alistair. I am just starting my 50th and don’t feel 50 or look it, just like you don’t look 40. For me my 40’s were fun and learned alot about myself and am happy. Numbers do not mean anything it is how you live and accept the things thrown at you. From reading your blog I have a feeling you will grow and become even a better person. Luis February 16, 2010 at 5:10 pm Reply Happy 40th!!!! Things for me made so much more sense once I turned 40. I still have my moments where life is a mystery, but I’m learning to be more accepting of myself! Have a big piece of cake for me!!! Lots of love, Luis Ian February 17, 2010 at 1:47 pm Reply Hope you had a wonderful birthday Alistair. My 40th was the happiest day of my life. The great love of my life turned up four days before. Hope yours brings you just as much magic and joy. Tato February 18, 2010 at 12:05 am Reply Felicidad. Thats what you are. And now we just multiply it by 40. Even better, this is just starting. un beso Joe February 18, 2010 at 2:28 pm Reply This year I turn 40, yet I feel so very at peace with it. Inside myself the experiences I have already gone through are cherished. Every day I need to remind myself to expect nothing, but to do as much as I can. The main comment I want to make is the one upon which the Greek Gods were wrote of coming upon the earth in front of humans and left a witnessing human with a “queezy” feeling. I need mention that it happens in many religions, but as a follower of the polytheistic Greek religion that there is a serenity which is similar to what I hear is similar to the followers of Buddhism. Both religions (I think) push for a common type of internal reflection. One would almost wonder if the early Greeks were in contact with Ashoka missionaries. Thank you for the blog, but above all happy birthday! Soon I will be 40 too. What ever you do enjoy each day fully. Perhaps you will make it to 100+. Even if you didn’t what you gained in the days along the way could make molehills out years. Duane February 18, 2010 at 8:08 pm Reply LORDY LORDY LOOK WHO’S 40! Luis February 19, 2010 at 1:21 am Reply Happy Birthday Alistair! Just as I’m becoming comfortable in being 40, 41 is now rapping on my front door. Enjoy your new chapter to your book of life. Luis peter smith February 19, 2010 at 11:53 pm Reply oh wise and mysterious alistair, what are you up to these days? please don’t keep us in the dark, i am suffering and i am in pain. i need to know. without you – this internet is a dark abyss of despair. seriously. what have i done to deserve this? please take pity and tell us… Supertelly February 20, 2010 at 12:22 am Reply 40 is great! I remember it from 2 years ago, plus my wife has now joined the 40 clubhas now joined the 40 club too. Great photos by the way. peter smith February 20, 2010 at 12:46 am Reply ah sorry I almost forgot. happy bithday to you! and this is my special present for you – a song from crystal swings, taken from the album: the best years or our lives! I hope you enjoy it. Pete. josephine February 21, 2010 at 12:40 pm Reply hi alistair Happy 40th! my brother is 65 today I am 58, and my mother passed on last year, at 103! Thanks for all of you on tv Can you do a programme on contemplation and beauty ? Patrick Frye III February 21, 2010 at 12:42 pm Reply =Om Muni Muni Mahamunaye Svaha= the Mantra of Shakyamuni Buddha Great Happiness at this time of your Birth. Many Returns Upon the Path. from USA=Charlotte Di February 21, 2010 at 10:26 pm Reply Belated Birthday Greetings Alistair – keep up the good work. My favorite joke for you:- Bert and Lilly were living in an Old People’s Home. Bert said to Lilly one night “I’m going to sleep with Maisy tonight”. Lilly asked “why”. Bert said “because she holds my w…y all night long”, Lilly said “but I hold your w…y all night long as well”, so Bert said “yes, I know”, “but Maisy has Parkinsons”. enjoy.. Athene February 26, 2010 at 2:44 am Reply Only 20 years to go. Lots of love to you A, I have missed you x Valerie W. February 26, 2010 at 11:12 pm Reply Alistair, Isnt life just a great adventure. Happy Birthday. Geof March 1, 2010 at 10:36 am Reply Happy 40th A from downunder the beautiful land of OZ having turned 52 on 14 Feb I can truly say the best is yet to come. Have a great year ahead. Cheers Geof Ian Mowat March 2, 2010 at 4:27 pm Reply You look so beautiful with the beard. Happy Belated 40th Birthday, and with regards to the lovely Kristian, if Jan Moir says a word I’m right behind you xx Amelia March 14, 2010 at 12:32 pm Reply Happy Birthday young chap! What a great photo collage! 😉 Máirtín Mac Meanaman March 31, 2010 at 6:38 pm Reply Hello Alistair,I hope you had a lovely 40th birthday ,you are always an inspiration ,on telly and on this site ,you really do begin to enjoy things after 40,speaking as a 47th year old,onward and upwards le grá Máirtín Steven April 6, 2010 at 6:54 pm Reply Alistair, Turning 40 years of age is merely a threshold for new life adventures. I am 43 and am the most fulfilled I have ever been. Happy Birthday! Regards, Steven (from Portland Oregon, USA) Leo May 2, 2010 at 3:38 pm Reply Hi Alistair I was channel surfing and stumbled upon a program you hosted, `Escape to the countryside`, and fell in love with you!! lol you are gorgeous! Before the program I had no idea who you were. I suspected you could be gay. And also I noticed the beads you wore on your wrist and suspected you could be a buddhist… After googled your name and I found out that my instints were all right! I like your style of presentation. Oh by the way, I just moved to the UK last year, thats why I am not familiar with the local celebrities… A new fan, a buddhist from the far east Leo cheri September 24, 2011 at 7:11 pm Reply Ha. Aquarius – I knew there was a reason I was drawn to you. Will April 15, 2016 at 4:30 pm Reply Loving the beard look! Very handsome. 🙂 Will Leave a Reply Cancel Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.