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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

My Top Three Christmas Songs That Aren't Really About Christmas

When you look at the list of Christmas number ones there aren't really a lot that are actually about Christmas.  Even X-Factor has taken all the fun out of the race to that much desired number one slot.  But then I remember times when immediate digital downloads weren't available, you had to yomp to a record shop with your pocket money and then watch your favourite song actually climb up the charts over a few weeks.

Here are my top three Christmas songs that aren't really about Christmas or the baby cheeses Jesus *bows head reverently*.  What are yours?

Come back next week to see what my top three forgotten Christmas favourites are!


 Not one single mention of the festive season but release it at the right time and overlay it with a video that depicts the Nativity and... BOOM!... it's immediately a Christmas song.  Even John Lewis have attributed it to finding gloves for a loved one by sticking a snowman in their advert.


Slow a song down, wear a padded jacket with fluffy hood (preferrable white), add some snow and... KAPOW!... one Christmas video.  Probably also heavily influenced by the fact that some bell ringing has been included.


Very possibly the bizarrest pairing in the history of pop duets but again, not a Christmas lyric in sight.  Not a problem though.  Make the singers wear cheesy Christmas jumpers, stick a white tree in the background and introduce some present swapping and...  WOOSH!... you have another shoe-in for the Christmas charts.