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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  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 new a career path or additional income stre

10 Things From 10 Years Ago

10 Things From 10 Years Ago
I loves me a bit of nostalgia. I'm especially attached to the 1980's because they were mainly my defining years but each time I create one of these "x things from x years ago" posts* I'm reminded of how quickly life passes us by.

Last night's Friday Twiz theme was 10 Things From 10 Years ago and even when the year 2005 doesn't seem like such a long time ago, whilst researching the questions I was really surprised at which news and music events I'd forgotten about. 

So... here are ten things that happened ten years ago - 2005 was a fairly unforgettable year!


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1.  Hurricane Katrina struck the Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama coastal areas flooding 80% of the city of New Orleans.

2.  Angela Merkel assumed office as the first female Chancellor of Germany

3.  YouTube was founded by three former Paypal employees - Steve Chen, Chad Hurley and Jawed Karim - after they had found difficulty sharing videos online and finding video clips of current news events (namely one of Janet Jackson's nipples which just happened to make an appearance at the 2004 Super Bowl).

4.  London was awarded the responsibility of hosting the 2012 Summer Olympics by the International Olympic Committee. 

5.  Harold Faltermeyer’s tune ‘Axel F’ was remixed to form part of the Crazy Frog phone ringtone

6.  George W Bush started his second term as 43rd President of the USA? 

7.  Over four million mourners travelled to the Vatican after Pope John Paul II (Karol Jozef Wojtyla) died. Pope John Paul II was the second longest serving pope in modern history and the first non-Italian pope in over 400 years.

8.  On the 7th July (herein after known as 7/7) a terror attack rocked the whole of the London transport network killing 52 and injuring over 700 people. 

9.  Peter Kay and Tony Christie recorded ‘Show Me The Way To Amarillo’ in 2005 to raise money for Comic Relief and spawed a deluge of copycat videos.

10.  HRH Prince Charles married Camilla Parker Bowles in a civil ceremony which took place at the Guildhall in Windsor. Camilla was then given her title, Duchess of Cornwall.

[contemplates whether to insert *that* Ferris Bueller quote here...]

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* Here's 25 Things From 25 Years Ago on Typecast and here's 30 Things From 30 Years Ago which I wrote for Buzzfeed