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Some 2015 highlights
Some 2015 highlights

Well, 2015 certainly had its moments. Most of the fun was prompted by my 60th birthday on May 23, but six days before that, on Sunday May 17, I completed a 10km run round Regent’s Park in London in aid of Fashion & Textile Children’s Trust, the trade charity of which I am a patron. If that wasn’t mad enough, I did it dressed as Superman.

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Supported and encouraged by four colleagues at Emap – Hannah Burnel, Lizzie Fuller, Victoria Hart and Rosie Birchenough – I got round without undue strain in just under an hour. Thanks to the amazing generosity of friends from the fashion industy, our efforts raised about £13,000 for FTCT. Thanks again to all who contributed. As you can see below, the reality of our Superhero outfits almost precisely mirrored the earlier artists’ impression above. Thank you girls, you were all brilliant.

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A few days later Emap colleagues Jessica Brown and Keely Stocker, ably assisted by Victoria Hart and my wife Jane, sprung a wonderful surprise on me on Wednesday May 20 with a lavish party attended by about 80 current and former workmates plus a gang of friends from the fashion business. I knew something had been organised, but I thought it was going to be a few drinks in a pub.

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The cast of thousands had clubbed together for a fabulous birthday fund that paid for a cake, a wonderful Mulberry holdall, a superb Graf von Faber-Castell fountain pen and inks, a cashmere scarf from Begg, a brilliant 4ft x 5ft oil painting of me by Jacqui Phillips, and a life-size cut-out of me as Superman (looking in slightly better shape than in real life. It was a most fabulous evening, joyous and somewhat humbling at the same time. Thank you all, but especially to Jessica and Keely for weeks of hard work.

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On the big day itself I played my usual Saturday footie game at the University of Kent, but forsook my regular defending role to play upfront. I fulfilled a 60th birthday ambition by scoring a rare goal and making two assists, which set me up for a lovely day of celebrating with the family and a few friends. Due to the May Bank Holiday falling on May 23, I delayed my main party until the end of June.

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Before that, however, on the weekend of June 13-14 my wife Jane treated me to the hire of this 1965 Ford Mustang. What a dream come true! With Jimmy the lurcher on the back seat, we cruised around Dorset and Devon. We had the hood down virtually all the time. This pic was taken on Exmoor. I can thoroughly recommend Thunder Road Classics if you want to hire a vintage muscle car like this.

And to finish things off, in recognition of my efforts turning round the fortunes of Drapers, on the evening of July 9 I was named Business Media Editor of the Year by the PPA, the trade body for media publishers. I was very pleased that through me all the hard work of my pals at Drapers had been recognised. Personally, I was extremely proud and pleased to add this accolade to the one I’d gained 12 years earlier from the PPA after creating the modern Drapers.

What a great year 2015 was. I must turn 60 more often.

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