12 Midlife Crushes – The Prince, The Pool Guy…and Ryan Gosling

Why Ryan Gosling is one of 12 Midlife Crushes


When you’re young having a crush is easy. It’s either based on LOOKS – that gorgeous barman in your local, or FAME  – that bloke from Love Island or maybe even – TALENT – that guy who used to be in One Direction.

When you’re a little more, errmmmm, mature, having a crush tends to involve… SOMEONE PAYING YOU ATTENTION or BEING WILDLY ENTHUSIASTIC ABOUT SOMETHING or LIKING FOOD AS MUCH AS YOU DO.

So, in case you are remotely interested, here are my…

Top 12 Midlife Crushes

All Doctors

Doctors are trained to find bodies fascinating. Take my GP for example. I recently popped in to show him a rather nasty (and revolting looking) rash on my arm.

I thought the Doc might recoil in horror. Au contraire, he was absolutely riveted. He asked me lots of questions, took my temperature, my blood pressure, had a look in my ears and then whipped out a special magnifying medical instrument and spent a few minutes examining the said rash. He even suggested I take some photographs if I get anything like that appears again.

I honestly left that surgery, clutching my prescription for an anti-inflammatory cream, feeling like the most captivating creature on earth.

A handsome doctor in an operating theatre
Ok then, you can take my pulse

The Local Butcher

I’ve never met a butcher who doesn’t flirt.  I suspect it’s a combination of handling meat all day, and dealing with a procession of women (and men) asking for two juicy loin chops, please.

My local butcher is always full of chat and forever asking if I’d like a nice pork link (Oooh Matron!!!) as well as a steak pie. I set aside at least ten minutes for every visit:  The other day he spent a good 5 minutes regaling me with the merits of a Barnsley Chop.  Fascinating!

That Geezer From Masterchef

I just love how excited Greg Wallace gets over a well-made Melt-In-The-Middle pudding.  This cheeky cockney loves his grub as much as I do

Greg Wallace speaking
Greg Wallace, Top Geezer

President Macron

Emmanuel is so fresh-faced and enthusiastic and, well, French. I follow him on Twitter – haven’t a clue what he’s on about but, I bet it’s a bit saucy. And he loves older women – his wife is 24 years his senior (incidentally the same age gap and President Trumpety and Melanoma).

If you want to know how Le President and I got on during a Fantasy Lunch click here.

Le Hot President

The Pool Guy

I know it’s his job to keep an eye on swimmers but honestly, the lifeguard in my local swimming pool just can’t keep his eyes off me.  My friend said it might be my choice in swimming caps.

Smiling young woman with floral swimming cap
Waving Not Drowning

Cheeky Workmen

Now I know we can’t have workmen shouting SHOWS YER KNOCKERS at every passing woman but, for fear of upsetting some of my feminist sistas, I don’t mind a bit of harmless banter with workmen.

Take the guys who have been working on the flat down the road from me for the last 6 months. They regularly shout a MORNING to me, or something along the lines of NICE SCARF or IS THAT YOU BUYING BISCUITS AGAIN?

Prince Philip

No, not the 96-year old one with the dodgy hip, rather dishy 30-something version, played by the Matt Smith in The Crown. My, that man had attitude and could carry off a white sailor suit and a pair of jodhpurs – Tally Ho. Turns out he made a pretty supportive husband too, in the long run

Jose Mourinho

I don’t give a rat’s behind about football, but I’d pay good money to watch this handsome Portuguese dude run up and down the touch-line or side-line, or whatever the heck it’s called, shouting at his team. He’s so passionate about it all and says things like I Am The  Special One. Hot Damn.

Why Jose Mourihno is one of 12 Midlife Crushes
Jose ‘The Special One’ Mourinho

Ryan Gosling

Ever since I watched Crazy Stupid Love I’ve fantasised about dancing with Ryan, culminating in him holding me aloft, Dirty-Dancing-style. That face. Those abs. And, I hear, he’s a feminist.

Rick Stein

Anyone who read  How To Do A City Break will know my ideal travel companion is Rick Stein. He’s just so well-traveled, interesting, he can quote Keats at appropriate moments –  and rustle up a lovely fish curry in minutes.

Rick Stein smiling with a glass of wine
Rick Stein and some wine

All Airline Pilots

Whenever I catch a glimpse of a pilot sitting in front of all those complicated controls my heart just leaps and I know I can trust them implicitly not to crash the plane.

David Tennant

…in anything, but especially Jessica Jones and Broadchurch. Marvelous actor and he has THE best Scottish accent ever.  Fact!

David Tennant one of 12 Midlife Crushes
David ‘swoon’ Tennant


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  1. 21 April 2018 / 9:38 am

    I share two random crushes, Ryan and Greg from Masterchef! Also, Paddy McGuinness is on my list 🙂

    • Jill
      21 April 2018 / 9:38 am

      Who he? I’m off to Google !!

      • Jill
        21 April 2018 / 9:41 am

        Aha! I’ll be keeping an eye on Paddy 😂

  2. 21 April 2018 / 9:50 am

    I love David Tennant too, he always amazes me, with or without his Scottish accent 😊

    • Jill
      21 April 2018 / 10:37 am

      Hey Debbie, yes he’s fab. Love him in Jessica Jones first series.

  3. 21 April 2018 / 11:29 am

    Haha great list. I’m partial to a bit of Ryan Gosling ogling haha.

    • Jill
      21 April 2018 / 11:30 am

      Ryan’s the man!! X

  4. 21 April 2018 / 12:37 pm

    Love the list! Ryan Gosling and David Tennant are on mine 🙂 Broadchurch is a great show.

    • Jill
      21 April 2018 / 3:59 pm

      Hey Candi, Broadchurch fantastic – I was soooo hooked. And who doesn’t love Ryan !! 🙂 Jill x

  5. 21 April 2018 / 1:02 pm

    Oh, I love this Jill for so many reasons! Trumpety and Melanoma cracked me up, and we all the merits of a good pork sausage! I agree with your views on Matt Smith too, and I’d be grateful for a bit of banter with a workman, I am not even worth a second glance these days!! I wouldn’t kick Jose Mourhino out of bed either!! 🙂

  6. Jill
    21 April 2018 / 3:57 pm

    Oh hahahha Judy – that’s funny. Great to hear you’re with me on the crushes! And yeah after trying out many nicknames for our favourite Tweeting Pres. I’ve decided to opt for President Trumpery from now on. LOL x

  7. cynthia
    21 April 2018 / 6:19 pm

    wuuuu RYAN GOSLING!… so in love with him since highschool!, hahaha and mmm about doctors MCSTEAMY!… grey’s anatomy for ever!

    • Jill
      22 April 2018 / 8:20 am

      Ha!! Thanks Marjorie. I was actually in that butcher’s yesterday. All true 🙂 Jill x

  8. 22 April 2018 / 7:40 am

    Mmmmm… some excellent choices

    • Jill
      22 April 2018 / 8:19 am

      It was a fun one to write. Thanks for popping by!

  9. 22 April 2018 / 7:45 am

    David Tennant is a definite crush! If I think of doctors I would have to say McDreamy (Patrick Dempsey) from Grey’s Anatomy – he can take my pulse any day!!

    • Jill
      22 April 2018 / 8:18 am

      I have never watched Grey’s Anatomy. On my list! Thanks for popping by, Shelley. JX

  10. 22 April 2018 / 8:11 am

    LOL – my dad was a doctor so that one just DOESNT work for me. The rest – well thanks for waking me up this morning!

    • Jill
      22 April 2018 / 8:17 am

      Thanks Fiona. I enjoyed writing that one.

  11. 22 April 2018 / 8:19 am

    Ooh yes, yes, YES to so many of these. President Macron gets my vote as does Ryan Gosling, Doctors and I’ve always had a thing for Jose. Lovely.

    • Jill
      22 April 2018 / 8:22 am

      Hey we’re on the same page, Hayley!! Not Greg Wallce? 🙂

  12. 22 April 2018 / 4:19 pm

    Crazy Stupid Love is one of the best, most underrated movies of the past 15 years. Its almost enough for me to have a crush on Ryan Gosling

    • Jill
      22 April 2018 / 4:48 pm

      I absolutely love that film. Thanks for popping on.

  13. 22 April 2018 / 6:18 pm

    Coincidence that you have two of the Doctor’s on your list? I think not. Love both David Tennant and Matt Smith. And Ryan Gosling? Some days, I can swoon and other days I remember that he was a Mouseketeer.

    • Jill
      22 April 2018 / 6:25 pm

      Haha. Ryan was a Mouseketeer!! I have just cured me of that particular crush. 😂

  14. 22 April 2018 / 7:00 pm

    One is never too old to appreciate “art”, come on, David Tennant isn’t art? lol 😉
    Off to share! Hope the week ahead treats you kindly. 🙂

    • Jill
      22 April 2018 / 7:09 pm

      Oh thanx Donna. Great to hear from you. Jill

  15. 22 April 2018 / 11:51 pm

    Aidan Turner (aka Poldark) gets my attention!! And Antonio Banderos when he played Che Guevara in Evita 😜 I don’t crush over Greg from Masterchef, per se, but he does have cute dimples and I do love his enthusiasm for desserts….

    • Jill
      23 April 2018 / 6:11 am

      I forgot about Aidan. He was in a great series Being Human – playing a kind vampire! Thanks for popping on! Jill

  16. 23 April 2018 / 12:23 pm

    I do agree on Ryan Gosling and doctors. My orthopedist isn’t even particularly good looking but I do like that he can talk about the strong muscles in my butt and somehow I blush a bit.

    • Jill
      23 April 2018 / 12:31 pm

      Oh ha ha ha. I just hope our respective medial professionals aren’t reading this. Consultations will never be the same again!!

  17. 23 April 2018 / 5:16 pm

    Definitely funniest blogger Jill. This one had me in fits. It’s just the way you speak!!!

    • Jill
      23 April 2018 / 5:19 pm

      It’s that butcher in Lauderdale St 🙂 Wee Pork Link!! Thanx x x

  18. 24 April 2018 / 12:10 am

    “President Trumpety and Melanoma”…haaaa, haaaaa, haaaaa, haaaaa….
    I’m not sure I have a crush on Ryan but he sure was crushable in Crazy, Stupid, Love. I do agree with you on the pilots crush, there is just something about a man who can fly a plane. 🙂

    • Jill
      24 April 2018 / 8:21 am

      Hey Shannon great to hear you had a good hahahah. Yes having a pilot near is always a good thing. And a doctor. And RYan Gosling 🙂 Jill x

  19. Im in my 30’s and I can relate to all doctors! Haha! I am currently binge watching ER re-runs. I watched it when I was younger when it aired and its entertaining to see how the crushes have changed with the years

    • Jill
      26 April 2018 / 2:03 pm

      Hey LIsa, thanks for swinging by. Yes crushes do change over the years – but All Doctors will always be on my list 🙂 Jill x

  20. 10 May 2018 / 8:30 am

    Wonderful list! I also have a thing for the older bar keeps in small pubs. They always make you feel like you are just as young and beautiful as the 20 year old who really are still young and beautiful.

    • Jill
      10 May 2018 / 8:31 am

      Hahaha – you’re so right!! What a great addition to the list he is.

    • Jill
      10 May 2018 / 11:53 am

      Oh the USP guy – good one! Thanx delighted u enjoyed. Jill

  21. 10 May 2018 / 2:16 pm

    I thought I was the only person who didn’t care about football but made time for Jose! Goodness! That man makes sports news worth watching.

    • Jill
      10 May 2018 / 2:21 pm

      Oh Jose! Only reason to watch footy !! Jx

  22. 10 May 2018 / 5:44 pm

    Ryan Gosling for sure!! I also have a thing for Zac Efron, although I’m a bit concerned that might put me in the category of pedophile! LOL

    • Jill
      10 May 2018 / 5:51 pm

      Och Zac is 30 so that’s a bit thumbs up 👍 Jill x

  23. 10 May 2018 / 8:19 pm

    I want your butcher! And I am totally on board with David Tennant the Doctor BUT I have to confess that psycho-mind-control-dude DT from Jessica Jones cooled that one considerably for me. Every time I see his face now, that is what I think of! (guess goes to show what a great actor he was in that role, though!)

    • Jill
      11 May 2018 / 7:48 am

      Hi Flossie – David T was so creepy in Jessica Jones. And yep I can recommend my local butcher. I’ve been unable to look him in the eye since I posted this one – LOL!! Jill x

  24. 10 May 2018 / 10:38 pm

    You’ve got good taste in man-crushes! Very fun, thanks for the smile.

    • Jill
      11 May 2018 / 7:51 am

      Thanks Ellen – glad you approve. There are more but thought I better keep the list manageable 🙂 Jill x

  25. Jody
    11 May 2018 / 4:41 am

    Tennant always was one of my favorite Doctors.

  26. 14 May 2018 / 6:48 am

    One may or may not agree with your list but nobody can deny your sense of humor. you’ve a great writing style

    • Jill
      14 May 2018 / 8:35 am

      Hi Amanda thanks for that – you just made my Monday. Jill x

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