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As Catherine Burtinshaw reaches the 
big 4-0 she's working harder than ever

27 September 2013

September was a milestone month for me as it contained that significant birthday which sees my age now starting with a four. I drew out the celebrations as long as possible, beginning in late July and only just having finished, with a view to meeting it head on.

The plan seems to have worked as here I am still in one piece and, surprisingly, feeling precisely the same as I did at the tender age of 39.

I spent most of the day itself in work but found myself being spoiled throughout, with breakfast in bed presented by my very overexcited children and then finding cards, gifts and even a pink helium balloon displaying my name and age adorning my desk on arrival.

Members of my team joined me at lunchtime for pizza and prosecco, and my husband showed off his culinary skills with a delicious dinner.

My new age is thus far proving fairly painless, although some wise older friends tell me that I will really need to watch what I e...

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