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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  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 new a career path or additional income stre

Musical Monday : Desert Island Discs

I was asked by Kate over at The Five F's to choose my Desert Island Discs - just eight pieces of music that I would be prepared to to listen to over and over again.  This sounds easy but it isn't.  Music affects people in many different ways, especially according to what mood they are in when they listen to it.  I spend more time hitting 'NEXT' on my mp3 player than I do actually listening to the tracks.

Anyway, here are a few that are stock favourites.  Songs or tunes that make me catch my breath and stop for a few minutes to sink into the arrangement of sounds and words.

Peter Gabriel & Kate Bush - Don't Give Up

Duran Duran - The Chauffer
(well, there had to be at least one Duran Duran one in here, didn't there...)

Crockett's Theme

Together - Hardcore Uproar

Fleetwood Mac - Everywhere

Oceanic - Insanity 

The Bangles - Hazy Shade of Winter

Rachmaninov's Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini
(A classical piece but it's also the haunting music used in the film "Somewhere In Time" - one of my all time favourite films)

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Post Script
There were LOADS of tracks that just missed the cut for one reason or another.  If I'd have written this blog post yesterday at least three of them probably would have been in the list.  They included:
Beautiful - Christina Aguilera
The Voice Within - Christina Aguilera
Because Of You - Kelly Clarkson
Amazing - Janelle
Affirmation - Savage Garden
Running Up That Hill - Placebo

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What about you?  What are your ultimate favourite pieces of music that you never tire of listening to?  In the true spirit of memes I'm supposed to pass this one so feel free to pick it up and link back to me when you've done it.