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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 - Hollie

soundtrack to my lifeIt's time for another Soundtrack To My Life and today I am featuring the very lovely Hollie Smith.  Hollie is a complete technophobe when it comes to blogging but she relies on myself and a couple of others to help her out there.  Her main forté is writing - and she seems to be pretty good at it considering she has (at the time of writing) ten books published, including one that I reviewed a while back - You And Your Tween.  Here is Hollie's musical interlude.


Frank Sinatra - How About You

I grew up with my dad's music of choice crackling on the turntable in the background. He was into the genre they call 'Easy Listening': Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee. This Sinatra song is one of his best. I loved it then and I loved it now.

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David Bowie - Fill Your Heart

 I used to play my brother's Hunky Dory LP all the time when he wasn't looking. Later I bought my own copy. Then I had it on CD. Now I've got it on my iPod. So this song has been on my life soundtrack for decades. It's not that it resonates for me, necessarily. It's just a fecking wonderful song.

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 Fat Larry's Band - Zoom

Best slow dance of my life.
(Although he was a total twat, in retrospect.)

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 Ben Folds Five - Battle Of Who Could Care Less

Nightmare having to select just one Ben Folds Five song - they've all been on a permanent loop for me since the late1990s - but as this was the one that brought them to my attention in the first place, and as it proved a very relevant soundtrack to the long, messy end of a significant relationship: this one.

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 Emotions - Best Of My Love

Because disco rules. Always has, always will.

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Hollie's books are available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle format and her new book - First Time Mum: Surviving And Enjoying Your Baby's First Year - is out NOW!.  You can also find Hollie on Twitter as @holliemsmith41 and she writes a self-titled blog too.   

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