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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

25 things from 25 years ago

Today is my birthday.  It is not a special birthday with a zero on the end (that was last year) but it is twenty five years since I left school (and the first time that anyone took GCSE's).

So, in the year that Alexandra Burke, Jessie J, Rihanna, Tinie Tempah and Tulisa Contostavlos were born 

people born in 1988

and in the year that Kenneth Williams, Percy Thrower  Roy Kinnear, Roy Orbison and Russell Harty died

people who died in 1988

all of this was happening.



Films I watched were...

Films from 1988

The Accused, Big, Moonwalker, Rainman, Young Guns

Music I was listening to was...

Music from 1988

Blue Monday by New Order, Faith by George Michael, Need You Tonight by INXS, Sign Your Name by Terence Trent d'Arby, The Only Way Is Up by Yazz and the Plastic Population

The TV programmes I was watching were...

TV programmes from 1988

Neighbours (because it moved to the 5.25pm tea time slot), Red Dwarf, Roseanne, This Morning (with Richard and Judy), The Wonder Years

In the news...

In the news in 1988

Edwina Currie caused havoc by stating the most eggs were infected with solmonella, Paul Gascoine became the first £2million footballer by leaving Newcastle United to join Tottenham Hotspur, The Pan Am Flight 103 exploded over Lockerbie killing 270 people, the North Sea oil platform, Piper Alpha was destroyed in an explosion and Margaret Thatcher became the longest serving Prime Minister of the 20th Century.

And elsewhere...

Everything else in 1988

Tales Of The Unexpected and Crossroads ended, the pound note ceased to be legal tender, A Brief History Of Time by Stephen Hawking was published, Ben Johnson ran a drug-assisted 100m in 9.79 seconds and, on the same day, Carl Lewis ran the 100m in 9.92 seconds.

What were you doing in 1988?