My 1st Post

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Welcome to my first ever post, I guess every journey has a beginning and mine is no exception. My name is Anthony and I’m a man who wants to be a better man, live a better life and do better things. Sounds pretty straight-forward on paper, right? In reality it’s a lot more complex and I’m sure you’ll know what I mean. After years of working 50 hours + weeks with only a few measly hours left for our downtime, after giving so much of ourselves to our boss and to our responsibilities;  it’s very easy to lose a little track of what we truly want as individuals and to ask ourselves the important questions.

Did you ever decide to choose the ‘path’ that you are on now, or did you simply just accept the easy option? Life is weird and the vast majority of us would rather feel constantly miserable than take the harder route and make the big changes which could eventually lead to our happiness. Well I’m not signing up to that class and I urge you to join me.

I’m not going to lie; it’s not going to be easy. Here I sit, as a man who is disillusioned with life who has committed to leaving the comforts of all I have ever known, leaving my comfy, first world country in an attempt to take the giant leap of creating the life that I have always dreamed of. And the big fat truth is;

I have no idea how I’m going to do it!

I believe that the above statement is the main reason why people don’t strive for better and why people let their dreams fall by the wayside. The fear of the unknown is a scary concept but it’s no excuse to bury your head in the sand.

The future of Manvsclock: Before the clock on my sidebar hits zero, (365 days from now) I aim to have by this point:

  • Quit my job
  • Leave England on a one-way ticket to a faraway destination (Forever)
  • Eradicate my £16,000 personal debt
  • Find a way of making enough full-time online income
  • Travel The World

Consider this public accountability starting from…now!!!

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Anthony Middleton

Former loser who took a risk. Visited over 100 countries. Trying my best to not get skinny-fat during Covid.


  1. monica on November 18, 2010 at 9:33 pm

    je t’aime!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! xxxxxxxxxxx

    • Anth1892 on December 8, 2010 at 2:41 pm

      Puis je t’aime aussi Mon 😛

  2. mam on November 23, 2010 at 1:47 pm

    found it in the end, very well written!, very talanted (you must be getting that from me.) x x

    • Anth1892 on December 8, 2010 at 2:40 pm

      Thank you mother dearest 🙂

  3. Petalo on December 6, 2010 at 6:11 pm

    Dices que quieres ser un hombre mejor y no sé donde estará tu límite pero, para mi el mundo es un lugar mejor desde que sé que existes. Te debo muchos de mis momentos de paz. Sólo puedo desearte que elijas el camino que elijas, tu viaje te lleve a donde quieres llegar o a ser quien quieres ser. Eres maravilloso. Con mucho cariño.

    • Anth1892 on December 8, 2010 at 2:36 pm

      Eres muy amable Cristi. La vez que debemos dejar de tratar de ser mejor es cuando ya no podemos respirar 🙂

  4. Megan on December 19, 2010 at 10:07 am

    Hey Anth

    Big shout out to manvsclock 🙂 Inspiring and entertaining reading, and providing me with a little reassurance right now that there are other people out there who think the same as me and i’m not just bonkers, so ta everso for sharing your views and plans 🙂

    • Anthony on December 19, 2010 at 9:52 pm

      Hey Megan that’s really lovely of you to say, thanks 🙂 Yes it’s great to hear from like-minded people, which is another reason I started this blog.

      Which reminds me-I really should have a ‘contact me’ part on the site! I want to hear everyones story 🙂

      • Megan on December 19, 2010 at 10:58 pm

        yeah deffo add a contact me facility, just for keeping in contact and general chat, always good to hear everyone elses plans and stories 🙂

        I’m trying to learn spanish at the moment (wanna move to spain next year), how did u learn btw?

        • Anthony on December 20, 2010 at 12:26 am

          Consider that the 1st thing on my “to do” list for the morning. That’s brilliant, where abouts in Spain are you looking to move? I signed up at Open University and although I enjoyed the work, the focus on speaking was really weak. I have found very useful also

          I’m far from fluent so it would make perfect sense to go to Spain or South America when I leave, but to be honest I’m being pulled in all sorts of directions right now!

  5. Patricia on December 22, 2010 at 3:19 am

    Anthony – I am so looking forward to seeing what happens next!! Making the decision to live differently is HUGE – not only that, but it’s brave and exciting and scary. Love it!!

    • Anthony on December 22, 2010 at 6:54 am

      Hey Patricia, it’s all of them emotions indeed! I’m even starting to dream about this bloody clock haha. Cheers so much 🙂

  6. Ángel on February 5, 2011 at 8:21 am

    Hello Anthony,

    It’s been quite a long time since we talked for the last time and more than 6 months since we saw each other in Geordie Land or should I say Newcastle? I had nothing to do this snowy morning and found your so-called and read it. It seems really emotional and full of sincerity. I congratulate you for that.

    I do hope you are doing it well and go to Spain some time. How about your Spanish? I can recommend you some books that I am using at my University here in Russia. De todas maneras estoy seguro que no hay perdido la buena onda que tenías cuando te daba clase.

    Espero hablar contigo pronto.


    • Anthony on February 7, 2011 at 4:15 pm

      Hey Ángel!

      Yes it’s been quite a long time, wow I can’t believe it’s been half a year. I should imagine a winter in all them winters in Newcastle trained you for the harsh Russian winters? Cheers for your kind words mate, it’s lovely to hear from you again. How is Russia?

      Si queiro ir a españa alguna dia, cual pais viajar primero esta año- no lo sé! That’s the fun part 🙂 I’d welcome any recommendations please.

  7. Dana on October 26, 2018 at 7:19 am

    Found this post doing some random research and it’s awesome that it’s still here. I don’t know if you referred to it later (if you did, maybe link out here?)

    I take it you achieved your goals, poking around on the rest of your site. I am extremely happy for you! I just think it’s so cool that you had this set of goals and wham, you achieved them (and probably exceeded your expectations).

    I have a similar post on my blog, and this gives me courage!

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Hi, I'm Anthony!

In November of 2010, I took on a mammoth challenge against the clock in a quest to upgrade my miserable life. I went out of my comfort zone and turned it all around. Ten years later, I’m completely location independent…

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