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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

I'm (Not) A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here NOW!

I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here Now, #imaceleb #iacNOW, ITV, ITV2Last week I saw a tweet scroll past from the "I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here" team asking for Skype callers for their ITV2 show. Being a huge fan of the show I whizzed off an email and thought nothing more of it. 

Yesterday evening, my mobile buzzed with a really strange number. Forever inundated with cold calls, I googled the number, only to find out it was an Australian code.  My interest piqued so I hit the voicemail button.  It was the lovely Maisie from the I'm A Celeb ITV2 production team asking if I'd appear on their show later that night.  

EEK!  YES!!  All part of my master plan for World Domination, obviously!

After a couple of conversations with Maisie and a Skype check it was confirmed that, if nothing major happened, I'd be on the show straight after the first person had been evicted.  I had to think of a question to ask the panel based around that night's show too.  

So I toddled off and scrubbed up a bit (it's slightly weird putting make-up on at 10pm when you're not actually leaving your own lounge), took my glasses off so that I didn't look like Velma from Scooby Doo, practiced my posh telephone voice and waiting for the production team to Skype me.

I wanted to ask, "Do you think Kiosk Keith is hamming it up a bit this year?" but that was vetoed in favour of my other question, "Looking at the camp's reaction after Jimmy was voted out, who do you think is going to bring in the fun and raise spirits?"  

Even though I was slightly nervous, I loved every minute of it. I'd do it again and again and again! You can watch the full (one minute) clip here