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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

Review: Dappers - BBC Three

Dappers is a one-off 30-minute comedy drama for BBC Three and has been written by Catherine Johnson (Mamma Mia!).  I was lucky enough to receive a preview copy from Mammoth Screen Productions.

Faye (Ty Glaser - Bones, The IT Crowd) and Ashley (Leonora Crichlow - Being Human, Sugar Rush) are two young, single mums and are best friends ("dappers"), living in housing association flats in Clifton - a well-to-do area of Bristol.  They struggle along trying to find ways to supplement their benefit money whilst staying fiercely protective of their daughters and in constant doubt about the men in their lives.

The pilot episode is quite clich├ęd with quite a lot crammed into the thirty minutes - indluding the disapproving 'posh' couple from next door and the odd couple (played by Eddie Large and Gwen Taylor) from the downstairs flat - although I can see how their own stories could be woven into the series.  This episode raised a few smiles and, by the end, I wanted to know where the girls were going with their friendship (after both agreed with their respective partners to keep a secret) and their relationships and I sort of started caring about them. 

Dappers is a drama pilot and is to be shown on BBC Three on Thursday 10th June at 9.30pm but can be previewed on the BBC Three website a week earlier - 3rd June 2010.