Neil Turner's Blog

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To be 21

I’ve just got back from my 21st birthday celebrations, which, as you can probably tell by me being able to post here, means that I haven’t managed to totally inebriate myself. I am pretty well-plastered, but on the other hand I have been much worse before. I’ll blame it on the fact that we got kicked out of a club due to one of my friends reproducing the contents of her stomach, after which we decided to go home.
Thanks for all the ‘happy birthday’ comments and the TFT screen recommendations; I think I’ve decided on one now so I’ll be ordering it in a few days time. But right now, I really, really need to go to bed.
Oh, on a totally unrelated note, congratulations to Lucio Buffone on getting a Sony Award and a contract with XFM. Lucio is a former University of Bradford student and was Communications Officer of the student union for a year as well as being a DJ on our radio station, Ramair.


  1. Happy Birthday! So do you get any extra privileges at 21 in the UK? For example, in the US you can’t legally drink until you’re 21 (though you can be conscripted at 18 — go figure). What’s the legal age in the UK?

  2. Many happy birthday wishes! 😀

  3. 21 used to be the age that you legally became an adult, but that’s now 18, so you don’t get much in terms of extra privileges. I suppose you could count cheaper car insurance though. However, traditionally it’s still the ‘coming of age’ birthday and it’s easier to get into bars when you’re 21 than when you’re 18 so there’s usually more drinking involved.
    Pretty much everything comes at 18 here – being able to drink alcohol, get married without permission, sign legally-binding contracts, borrow money etc. You can drive at 17 and at 16 you can get married with parents’ permission and smoke cigarettes.

  4. 21 doesn’t mean cheaper car insurance, that’s 25! I would have thought there was more drinking when you’re 18 coz it’s (relatively) new to you.
    It’s all down hill from here. Unlucky 🙂

  5. This is a bit late, but happy birthday Neil :D! Hope you had a great time.

  6. I turned 21 back in 1993, back then 21 was the legal age of consent for homosexual acts. It’s changed twice since then & is now 16. The one significant age limit I can think of is that you have to be 21 to become an MP though I couldn’t phrase the google right to confirm that before posting.

  7. Congrats on your 21st!
    For insurance, there is a drop at 21 and 25 for me.

  8. I can’t believe I missed your 21st, glad you had a great day and I’ll be sure to watch out for your 30th 😉