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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

(Not Such A) Dedicated Follower of Fashion

It's not often that I post pictures of myself on here but you have to remember that I'm a child of the 70s and 80s and my whole fashion sense and style is hampered by that fact.  I can't really blame my mum for my early years.  I was probably kinda trendy at the time, even if I did look like a boy at certain intervals.

1970s fashion
early, mid and late 1970s

My entry into high school opened my eyes wide.  Suddenly music and fashion choices were tantamount to survival.  In the 80's you couldn't really get it wrong - loud and proud was the call of the day.  These two photographs encapsulate everything I thought was "fashion" in the 80s.  I was a bit under the radar if I think back.

1980s fashion
l: charity 3-legged race
r: somewhere in France

Anyway, none of these can top the photo I found in the depths of the photo pile.  I'm sure there are much worse than this but all my photos are at my sister's house.  I got custody of the albums when mum died and it's her turn to look after them this year.  I really need to get hold of them again and have a mass scanning-in session.  

So, behold, the best worst picture I could find...  and, no, I have no idea what is going on with my fringe but I think it adds to the ambiance of it all.

Failed the audition for Human League