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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

Who would win in a fight... ROUND 1

... between the Blue Peter Presenters from the 1970s and Blue Peter Presenters from the 1980s?

IN THE RED CORNER we have John Noakes, Peter Purves and Lesley Judd with Shep the dog.  The presenters who were there during my first foray into Blue Peter encouraging me to collect milk bottle tops and stamps.  Noakes with his comforting Northern accent and dare devil stunts, Purves as the very sensible, father-like figure and Judd who was graceful and pretty.

IN THE BLUE CORNER we have Simon Groom, Peter Duncan and Sarah Greene with Goldie the dog.  The presenters who were there as I was outgrowing Blue Peter but still secretly watching it whilst tea was being made.  Groom who managed to slide innuendo in from time to time, Duncan and his desire to be John Noakes in a green and white suit and Greene who was pretty and big-sister-like.


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