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Things To Do Before I Turn 50

  (also known as my "TA-DA" list as opposed to a "to do" list) It was my 49th birthday a few days ago and this got me thinking. Any birthday that ends with a zero always feels a bit like milestone or a landmark and, when I hit the big "five-o" in 2022, I don't want huge parties or celebrations but I would like to have ticked a few things off my low-effort bucket list.   I see these things as a way to improve my mental and physical health, plus a few slightly off-the-wall experiences that would make for great memories.  Start running again and include the following: Lead a C25K group again  Participate in parkrun EVERY week where possible  < ongoing (now parkrun Run Director too) Visit local landmarks whilst running  Train for a long race - building up from 5k > 10k > 10 miles > half marathon, with a couple of longer trail races mixed in  Lose a lot bit of weight Post more on Instagram or give the blog a bit of a reboot < ongoing Look at

Why I will not be switching my lights off for Earth Hour

The World Wildlife Fund are promoting their annual "Earth Hour" which is due to take place on Saturday 27th March at 8.30pm (local time).  Whilst the positive promotion of this event ticks all the "environmental friendly" boxes, surely the surge from the switching back on of lights at 9.30pm will cancel out most of the "conserved" energy? After all, we've all heard of the power surge after a popular programme on television!! Oh, and don't forget that no major power company will be "switching off" and even if they did, they have preserved energy.

You all know I'm no eco-warrior but I'm not a planet abuser either.  I recycle as much as I can but I have to drive a car to get to work (and there's no way round it).  I tried to make my house more "energy efficient" but the walls are too weak to have cavity wall insulation (the house was built around 1900).  *shrugs*  

This is not a scientific or a protest post, it's just about what I am not doing because I don't think it's worth it.  Instead, I shall look at this picture and think "oh, how beautiful"...

Earth Lights

Edited to add:  I will save an hour's worth of energy by moving my clocks forward one hour tonight (Saturday) in line with the start of British Summer Time so everyone is a winner...