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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

Soundtrack To My Life - 'High Tea Cast' Sam

soundtrack to my lifeThe internet is an amazing place for discovery of new interests and wonderful people.  I attended the podcasting session at Cybher that was run by The High Tea Cast and instantly became a fan of the ladies behind the scenes and the whole concept of podcasts.  I've managed to stop short of stalking the High Tea Cast team but only because Sam agreed to share her Soundtrack To My Life.  Here are her song choices and the story behind each one.


Dire Straits - Money For Nothing

This song reminds me so much of my childhood that when I hear it I feel instantly transported back to being five years old, in my Nan's front room, on a bright orange, 80s-style sofa.  My dad used to play Dire Straits, Pink Floyd, Queen and Elvis on a loop to me, even when I was a baby (through headphones) and this song in particular makes me smile.

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Green Day - Welcome To Paradise

After going through a hideous boy band phase, I was introduced to Green Day's brilliant album, "Dookie", by a girl much cooler than me when I was 12.  I ran up to Our Price with my pocket money and bought it on tape and it didn't ever leave me.  I still have the battered tape now.  This song sums up everything I felt at that age - an outsider, confused and searching for an identity which I am sure I'm still looking for.

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Garbage - Only Happy When It Rains

Shirley Manson, my first female icon and the person i wanted to be most as a teenager.  Her swagger, her confidence and drawling voice, combined with that killer eyeliner, got me in a heartbeat and I still feel compelled to draw on my eyes and wear Rimmel Heather Shimmer lipstick when I hear her songs.  This track pretty much defined my goth/grunge phase and, although I grew out of that, I never grew out of Shirley.

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Bon Jovi - I'll Be There For You

When my husband moved in with me, he owned only two CD's and Bon Jovi was one of them.  Early on in our relationship we took a disastrous trip to Glasgow to see them play but in amongst all the things that went wrong we stood and watched Bon Jovi play this song whilst Mr S held me and whispered the words in my ear.  I don't think I've ever felt so happy and so loved.

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Flogging Molly - Drunken Lullabies

Being a huge fan of Irish Folk Punk, and Flogging Molly in particular, this song represents a new chapter in my life, having fun, being carefree and doing it with the most awesome people I have ever known.  I dare you not to dance along to this!

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You can find Sam podcasting and blogging over at The High Tea Cast (go and show them some lurve - they deserve it) and you can catch her on Twitter as @SamRSparrow.  

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