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On December 12th last year, I got a phonecall with the news that I had been given the Opportunity to take Fetcheveryone forward as an independent website. It was something I'd always thought might happen, but it was a huge shock nevertheless.

Katie was treating a physio client at the time, with a second client due any moment - so I basically scurried away and hid and tried to breathe until I knew she'd be free to take in the news with me. We fretted and flew and franticised (I've just made that up), thinking about all the things that might have to change. Everything, possibly.

But burning away somewhere was another kind of feeling. The website was officially someone elses property for nine years, but deep down it had never left me. I hope you knew that. The feeling was hope. A breathless optimism that outstripped anything I've felt whilst watching Welsh scrum halves jinking their way towards burly opposition.

December 12th is also my late grandpa's birthday - the original family entrepreneur. He noticed that my mam could never find a ribbon for her hair - so he bought in bulk and ended up selling it to other families. Somehow this became a wallpaper empire that sold rolls to half of south Wales. I like to think he played a part in guiding me that day.

Within a few hours of our lives being turned upside down, I posted one of the most emotionally charged messages of my life on Twitter, although you'd be entirely forgiven for missing the significance:

Now here we are. Approaching twelve months and more than a few light years since our day of freedom. Still here. Still me. Funded by you. Dear Fetchies. And full of that breathless optimism for the year ahead. To mark the anniversary, I've decided to reveal one of our Festive Fetch Calendar challenges a little early. It gives you a bit of notice to plan and get involved.

On December 12th, Katie and I will post a picture of us as Han and Chewie piloting the Millenium Falcon, to celebrate our year. We'd love it if you could post a re-enactment photo of your favourite movie moment on the day. Leave a comment if you're up for it. I've told Katie she's gonna have to be Chewie.

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  • *Ponders - how to go through a Star gate like in 2001? Hmmm*
  • I'm not sure I can get to Carnforth but Manningtree Station Buffet might be a possible substitute......
  • Awwwwwwwwww!
  • I don't think I can get enough cars for the best bit of Blues Brothers.........
  • I'm not sure the world is ready for me to re-enact 'He's right, you *can* see Gibraltar'. I may have to find a substitute.
  • Get me Gere, I'm ready :-)
  • There's a hill just behind my house that I have *always* wanted to sing 'The hills are alive....' on :-) However that's not my favourite film so you may be spared my Julie Andrews impression :-)
  • Nobody needs to see my Basic Instinct! (Again, not my favourite! Thankfully!)

  • *Gets thinking cap on* Hmm, can't even figure out what my favourite movie is!
  • Darn it! I haven't got time to grow a beard, and neither has MrsJigs!
  • I'm just heading off to Mirimar Naval base to 'borrow' an F-14 Tomcat in order to buzz the tower..........

    It could end badly
  • ooohh such a wealth of opportunity!
  • Of course I'm interested.
  • I can do : 'Teacher says, 'Every time a bell rings, an angel gets its wings.'' A Christmas tree, a small loved one in my arms and a cheesy grin, bathing in the warmth of loving friends and family.

    Congrats on your Independence Day. :-) G
  • So many to choose from!! Do Disney cartoons count??
  • Anything goes :-)
  • I'm up for this. Although you already pinched my fave movie moment!
  • If anything goes... can we photoshop in the rest of the Universe?
  • Y'now, in case making an actual stargate turns out to be quite tricky
  • 'I'm just heading off to Mirimar Naval base to 'borrow' an F-14 Tomcat in order to buzz the tower..........

    It could end badly
    Will Crash'

    Has that always been your Fetch name, or did you change it so suit your film? ;-)

  • @McGoohan - as a last resort.
  • It's coming along. I just need some fissionable material and a hyperdrive.
  • Will Crash - I'll be Goose. Have you 'lost that lovin' feelin' ' yet?
  • I shall have to give this some thought but I'm game
  • Ooooh, I wonder if the cat is any good at acting...
  • I'm not sure my OH's back is up to reanactig the final scene in Dirty Dancing so i may just have to purchase a water melon instead!
  • I'm not sure my OH's back is up to reanactig the final scene in Dirty Dancing so i may just have to purchase a water melon instead!
  • I'm not sure my It's back is up to rensvting the final scene in Dirty Dancing so i may judt hsvf to purchase a water melon instead!
  • I'm not sure my OH's back is up to reanactig the final scene in Dirty Dancing so i may just have to purchase a water melon instead
  • I'm not sure my OH's back is up to reanactig the final scene in Dirty Dancing so i may just have to purchase a water melon instead!
  • I'm not sure my OH's back is up to reanactig the final scene in Dirty Dancing so i may just have to purchase a water melon instead
  • I'm not sure my OH's back is up to reanactig the final scene in Dirty Dancing so i may just have to purchase a water melon instead!
  • I'm not sure my OH's back is up to reanactig the final scene in Dirty Dancing so i may just have to purchase a water melon instead
  • I'm not sure my OH's back is up to reanactig the final scene in Dirty Dancing so i may just have to purchase a water melon instead
  • I'm not sure my OH's back is up to reanactig the final scene in Dirty Dancing so i may just have to purchase a water melon instead
  • I'm not sure my OH's back is up to reanactig the final scene in Dirty Dancing so i may just have to purchase a water melon instead!
  • I'm not sure my OH's back is up to reanactig the final scene in Dirty Dancing so i may just have to purchase a water melon instead!
  • Not sure why that has posted so many times!
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