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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

In the interest of equality...

Last night, on the first live semi-final of Britain's Got Talent, we saw Amanda Holden and Alesha Dixon literally drool and fawn over a couple of the contestants.  We were also 'treated' to Alesha pour a glass of water over David Walliams' head after a sly comment was made about live singing versus miming.  I understand that more water was poured/thrown over David during the ITV2 aftershow (and Amanda got in on the act) but I wasn't watching that.

All in the name of entertainment.
On a family show.
On one of the main television channels in the UK.

Can we just flip this for a moment?  

How do we think that the media and the audience would currently be reacting if Simon Cowell or David had asked the female contestants if they could remove their top to help them make a decision about the quality of their act.  In the same respect, how would we be reacting if Simon or David had thrown water over Amanda or Alesha because of a jokey exchange?

Why is it suddenly OK for the female judges to have this type of 'power'? Isn't it verging on degrading or violence or abuse? What are your thoughts?

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