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Tim Moss

Tim Moss has supported over 100 expeditions across all seven continents. He has climbed new mountains, crossed a desert on foot and recently cycled 13,000 miles around the world. He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society London and a Guinness World Record Holder. He aims to encourage more people to live adventurously. Read more...


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    lee hughes

    Design and build my dream house in a forest..

    Something like this would do.. not too expensive


    Then I would spent the rest of my life doing degree after degree after degree and doing expeditions in the summer time..

    That wouldn’t cost a lot of money though..

    I would invest the rest into a student led charity that got students to fundraise by doing something out of their comfort zone and fun like hitch hiking to Prague or something and giving all the money raised to Charities around the world.


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    Wow – thanks to the above poster – that house looks amazing!!

    I would buy some land in Scotland, design and build a home(or renovate an old interesting property) with a separate art studio and make said home as self-sufficient as possible – green energy and large veg garden.

    Set up business of being full-time artist, I would still work part-time doing stuff that benefits people and gets me grounded in the ‘real’ world.

    To start with I would book myself and partner a nice long holiday in NZ though :)

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    @lee – Wow, it’s basically Bag End! Amazing!

    I honestly have no idea what I would do with a million pounds. Some of it would certainly help when the time came to settle down, but as for helping live a fulfilling life, probably not. At the same time I’m loathe to throw that type of spare money at charities because I know a) how much charity money gets wasted and b) how too much money can undermine a charity’s original focus.

    And putting it in the bank just gives idiot bankers more money to tie up in complicated non-existent ‘investments’ – no thanks!

    Guess this is a question that requires a lot more thought. Interesting one.

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    lee hughes

    That’s why you start your own charity so you can control the funds ;)

    Ohh I would like some new shoes as well and maybe some expensive olives :D:D

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    Nice answers guys. I hadn’t given any thought to where I’d actually live but Bag End certainly looks like a good place to start. And, Joolz, if you replace the word “art” with “recording” then your studio idea would suit me nicely.

    A few people (including myself) seem to be saying that they would keep doing what they do now. I wonder if that’s because we’re all doing what we love or because it’s so ingrained that we can’t think of anything else that far outside the norm?

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    i’d be the real geek and finance science projects i like or i want to do myself. unfortunately a million pound wouldn’t be quite enough for fieldwork for the rest of my science career though…
    and i’d go on expeds of course. and get my red wooden house at a beautiful fjord :)

    tim, i think we can think outside the norm, but we love what we do (do what we love?)! so why should we try to find something else just for the sake of proving that we’re different?

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    A million…. People over estimate how far a million will stretch… As a parent I would ensure my children were financially secure or at least get a good head start. A million is not enough to retire though and I would get bored without the challenge of working anyway so being finacially secure and knowing my kids have choices would make me very happy…. 5 million however…..Different decisions to make…

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    Dan Martin

    A million wouldn’t be enough. I’d love to be the first to climb Olympus Mons (google it).

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    Tim Moss

    First the Moon and now Mars, Dan? You are nothing if not ambitious, sir!


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