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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

Michael Parkinson And *THAT* Interview With Meg Ryan

Whenever I see Michael Parkinson on *that* life insurance advert he makes me want to ram the Parker pen right up his arse.

He mentions that people ask him what his most favourite interview is and he's very reluctant to answer however, if you ask him who his 'worst interviewee' was then he doesn't hold back in saying "Meg Ryan".

And we all remember The Worse Ever Interview In The History Of Interviews With Meg Ryan, don't we?

Or do we?

Why don't you rewatch it?



You back?  Ok then...

Everything seems hunky dory until about 2 minutes in.  I don't see much awkwardness apart from a little bit of closed body language which indicates nervousness.  Ryan seems amiable, is engaged in the conversation and quite humorous. 

Then Lord Michael of Parkinson attempts to engage her in a conversation that would see her discrediting journalists (for which he is one and we find out that she trained as one, but never graduated).  He uses leading questions and is very abrasive.  The question that tips the interview on its head is "Now that you're wary of journalists, does it give you an insight into what they are after?"

Did this become "the worst interview of Parky's career" because he made us believe it was?  Translate that question into something that you failed at or never completed because life took you down a different path and try to answer it. 

However, to finish on a positive note, the stand-out response in this interview is:
"Sometimes your life seems to choose you a little bit." 
Wise words, Ms Ryan, wise words.


PS.  I'm linking this up to Tanya's Ranty Friday. Go and have a read of what is pissing everyone else off this week!