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Heartbroken man buys island after wife leaves him

United Kingdom,Human Interest/Society, Thu, 12 Apr 2012 IANS

London, April 12 (IANS) A man, whose wife left him after emigrating from Britain to Australia, shed every part of his old life -- car, home, job and friends on eBay in a midlife crisis that made headlines the world over.


But in his new inning of life, Ian Usher, 48, managed to rediscover love and joy over the next four years as he went on to buy a Caribbean island!


Ian Usher took the proceeds from auction and made a fresh start, travelling the world armed with nothing but a list of life-goals. Four years on he has achieved most of them, has found love again . . . and is living on his own Caribbean island, the Daily Mail reported.


Usher who is originally from Darlington, north-east Britain, made 192,000 pounds after putting his three-bed house near Perth in Western Australia and all its contents on sale. The eBay lot included his Mazda car, motorbike, jet-ski and parachuting gear.


Still heartbroken after his marriage split, Usher boarded a plane for Dubai, then on to dozens more countries. Since then he hasn't looked back. He has lived each day to the maximum - running with bulls and cage diving with great white sharks.


Usher has ticked off 93 of the 100 experiences he planned to complete within 100 weeks.


During what he describes as an 'incredible' two years, he learnt French and how to fly a plane, met Sir Richard Branson and scored a bit-part in a Hollywood movie.


Along the way he founded an online network for others, like him, who feel they have been 'blindsided' by life. He blogged about his adventures and has self-published his book A Life Sold - another goal checked off the list.


Before running out of his money, he bought an idyllic 2.2-acre island off the coast of Panama, believed to have cost around 30,000 pounds, where he is building himself a home.


Usher has also managed to find romance along the way. The new woman in his life is a Canadian called Moe, who often visits him at his new home.


He said he hasn't regretted his decision for a second.


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