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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 3

... between Tony Hart - presenter of Take Hart and Hart Beat in the 1970's, 1980's and sneaking into the 1990s - and Neil Buchanan - presenter of Art Attack from 1990 to 2007?

In the 'Gallery Corner' we have the very beige and sedate Tony Hart who introduced a whole generation of children to Morph and Chas, small scale artworks using unusual techniques and the much loved Gallery.  Did you know that Tony Hart also designed the Blue Peter badge too!

In the 'Big Art Corner' we have the borderline hyperactive Neil Buchanan with his lollystick calligraphy pens, the stone bust of The Head and the concept of taking the Big Art actually out of the studio and creating works out of lights on buildings in New York or creating an image of the Queen's head with £250,000-worth of bank notes.


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