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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

No Sex Please, We're British?

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Does sex really sell?  Should we break the taboo and talk about it more openly because we’re all adults after all.  Or do we still refuse to talk about sex because it’s ‘not the done thing’?

I watched the Ann Summers advert the other night and thought about how Jacqueline Gold has changed the way in which ‘sex for enjoyment’ has been marketed.  She has, in many ways, removed the stereotypical view of seedy, back-street shops (think: men in raincoats) and replaced it with an opportunity for women to take the lead and feel empowered by working for a successful brand.  She has given women the opportunity to run their own business by holding ‘specialist’ parties at home for their friends and opened over 140 shops smack bang (! Sorry, no pun intended) in the middle of our high streets selling sexy lingerie and other products (more here).

Ms Gold also hasn’t forgotten the way in which the internet has allowed for a boom in sales.  The Ann Summers website has been regenerated and you can buy all manner of sex toys online (do you see anything that tickles your fancy?) but it’s not about making something sordid and disreputable more acceptable, it is, as Ms Gold says, “Fearlessly Unleashing Sexual Confidence” (taken from Business Review online magazine :: pg 46) and finding an identity that is true to yourself.

So, what do you think?  Should there be more freedom to unleash our inner sex kitten or are you firmly in the “No Sex, please, we’re British” camp?