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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

The Best Intro Of The 80s?

You know how the intro to a song draws you in? Or sends you spinning back to a specific time and place? Or you know just when the singing starts?

As part of a bigger project I'm attempting I did a bit of crowd-sourcing and got a few of my friends to suggest their favourite intro of the 80's. This is just a rough-around-the-edges idea but I have been having a play in Audacity (a sound editing programme) and came up with this.

All tracks are in chronological order which possibly doesn't work with the mixing but that's something I can reconsider. The full track listing is further down the page.

Full track listing (hear it on Spotify):

1981QueenUnder Pressure
1981Human LeagueDon't You Want Me Baby
1982YazooDon't Go
1983The CureLove Cats
1983Iron MaidenWhere Eagles Dare
1983New OrderBlue Monday
1983The SmithsThis Charming Man
1984Pet Shop BoysWest End Girls
1984Frankie KnucklesYour Love (original mix)
1984Van HalenJump
1984OMDTalking Loud And Clear
1985Dire StraitsMoney For Nothing
1985The SmithsHow Soon Is Now
1986Spandau BalletThrough The Barricades
1986EuropeThe Final Countdown
1987Pet Shop BoysIt's A Sin
1987AhaThe Living Daylights
1987The Bee GeesYou Win Again
1987WaxBridge To Your Heart
1988Guns & RosesSweet Child Of Mine
1989ErasureA Little Respect
1989Holly JohnsonAmericanos

Is your favourite in here? What would you like to see added? 

Let me know what you think.