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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

Wind Farms : A Modern Beauty Or A Blot On The Landscape?

wind farm, rochdale,

What do you think when you see this picture?

Apologies for the crapness of quality but we were driving through the countryside at speed in the gypsy van and I only had my mobile phone with me.  We were on our way to Rochdale the other day to pick up a door (long story) and as we were driving over "the tops" we saw this wind farm.

I'm not about to go into "the science bit" which discusses possibly how un-green renewable energy is or how renewable energy is responsible for a lot of the climate change issues.  From a layman's point of view, I personally think these are a thing of modern beauty.

Should we be more receptive to harnessing natural resources?  I originally saw this video in the b3ta newsletter a couple of years ago and it's stayed with me as it's such a clever commercial for a German company called Epuron.

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I often wish that using natural power/energy wasn't quite so expensive to initiate.  We appear to have come full circle (no pun intended) with need for wind power though.  Being born and bred on the Fylde coast, Lytham Windmill has been a landmark of my life.  Because of our local history we were taught a song in primary school which goes like this: 

Lytham Windmill

"In days gone by, when the world was much younger, men harnessed the wind to work for mankind..."

Isn't that what we should be doing now?  Harnessing the elements to work for us, rather than against us?

EDITED TO ADD: There's a great conversation going on over at Reddit about this post and wind farms. Go and take a look!