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5 years ago I started tracking the +BBC Radio 2 playlist on +Spotify. Updating it weekly. I still do, you can find it here: https://open.spotify.com/user/stevenixon/playlist/7MyNgi3uPvxvfX5jplK3WB

That list isn't unique, many people track the playlist, and keep theirs as up to date as mine.

What I do differently, however, is track everything that comes off the list. That list is here: https://open.spotify.com/user/stevenixon/playlist/56SO3nBotlMx1Odujx1AiJ

This list contains the last 5 years of popular music. It covers a huge range of musical genres, and the list it comes from is one of the most diverse Radi playlists around (more info here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/radio/entries/6dc42e38-7c5f-3729-be7c-53f324fb7f09)

Amazingly, only 37 people follow the playlist!

Whether you follow it or not, I urge anyone who uses Spotify to stick it on random for an hour or so, and see where it takes you.

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5 years ago I started tracking the +BBC Radio 2 playlist on +Spotify. Updating it weekly. I still do, you can find it here: https://open.spotify.com/user/stevenixon/playlist/7MyNgi3uPvxvfX5jplK3WB

That list isn't unique, many people track the playlist, and keep theirs as up to date as mine.

What I do differently, however, is track everything that comes off the list. That list is here: https://open.spotify.com/user/stevenixon/playlist/56SO3nBotlMx1Odujx1AiJ

This list contains the last 5 years of popular music. It covers a huge range of musical genres, and the list it comes from is one of the most diverse Radi playlists around (more info here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/radio/entries/6dc42e38-7c5f-3729-be7c-53f324fb7f09)

Amazingly, only 37 people follow the playlist!

Whether you follow it or not, I urge anyone who uses Spotify to stick it on random for an hour or so, and see where it takes you.

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King Arthur + Led Zeppelin

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Today's Nixon Family Achievement.

The intrepid ladies team tackled the longer two courses, whilst the brave and bold mens team covered the shorter two. Great fun had by all.
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Last night (UK time) Senator Warren was stopped by the republicans from reading a letter from Martin Luther King's widow in the US senate. The letter was from 1986 opposing a judicial appointment, and is as valid today as it was then.

The rare rule invoked by McConnell against Warren allowed him to legally call "speaking out against racism" as "unbecoming of a senator." That sets a frighteningly dangerous precedent for the GOP majority. Anything they dislike = "unbecoming" of politics.

The letter and accompanying statement are linked below. Read it, share it.

+Debra Denton A few more podcasts for your collection (can you post a link to your flipboard?):

Dan Carlin's Hardcore History http://www.dancarlin.com/ RSS http://feeds.feedburner.com/dancarlin/history?format3Dxml

In Our Time http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006qykl RSS http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006qykl/episodes/downloads.rss

Psychedelic Salon https://www.psychedelicsalon.com/ RSS http://feeds.feedburner.com/matrixmasters/iGAG

Analysis http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006r4vz RSS http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006r4vz/episodes/downloads.rss

SPEKTRMODULE http://spkmdl.libsyn.com/ RSS http://spkmdl.libsyn.com/rss

Stone Pages Archaeo News http://www.stonepages.com/news/ RSS http://www.stonepages.com/news/podcast.xml

Start the Week http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006r9xr RSS http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006r9xr/episodes/downloads.rss

Ambient Soundbath Podcast https://ambientsoundbath.com/ RSS http://feeds.feedburner.com/AmbientSoundbathPodcast

New Books in Terrorism and Organized Crime
http://newbooksnetwork.com/category/politics-society/terrorism/ RSS http://newbooksnetwork.com/category/politics-society/terrorism/feed/

London Review Podcasts http://www.lrb.co.uk/audio-and-video RSS http://cdn.lrb.co.uk/feeds/podcasts

Mantis Radio http://darkfloor.co.uk/ RSS http://feeds.feedburner.com/MANTIS

Deep Energy 2.0 - Music for Sleep, Meditation, Relaxation, Massage and Yoga http://deepenegeryapp.libsyn.com/ RSS http://feeds.feedburner.com/DeepEnergy-MusicForMeditationRelaxationMassageAndYoga

repose podcast -- chill, psybient, , psychill, ambient and nearby genres http://repose.royce.me/ RSS http://repose.royce.me/rss

The Black Dog C2BB Podcast Feed http://www.theblackdogma.com/tbd RSS http://www.theblackdogma.com/tbd/?feed3Dpodcast

Space Radio - Goth, Industrial, EBM, SynthPop, Electronic, Techno http://www.spaceradiousa.com/ RSS http://www.spaceradiousa.com/Space_Radio/Space_Radio/rss.xml

TouchRadio http://www.touchradio.org.uk/ RSS http://touch33.net/TouchPod/podcast.xml

RC3A1dio EtiC3B3pia http://radioetiopia.podomatic.com/ RSS http://radioetiopia.podomatic.com/rss2.xml

The Drone http://www.the-drone.com/magazine/dronecast RSS http://www.the-drone.com/magazine/feed/podcast/31396

Podcast Episodes E28093 Covert Contact: The Blogs of War Podcast
http://covertcontact.com/ RSS http://covertcontact.com/category/podcast-episodes/feed/

A Prairie Home Companion: News from Lake Wobegon http://prairiehome.org/ RSS https://feeds.publicradio.org/public_feeds/news-from-lake-wobegon/rss/rss

Archaeology Channel - Audio News from Archaeologica http://www.archaeologychannel.org/ RSS http://www.archaeologychannel.org/rss/TACfeed.xml

Best of Today http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02nrtvg RSS http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02nrtvg/episodes/downloads.rss

Ultima Thule Ambient Music http://www.ultimathule.info/ RSS http://www.ultimathule.info/xml/Ultima_Thule_Ambient_Music_Radio.xml

The Economist Radio (All audio) http://www.economist.com/ RSS http://feeds.feedburner.com/economist/audio_all

Monday Graveyard Podcast - Mark Shields http://www.sheeldz.co.uk/radio/blog/ RSS http://www.sheeldz.co.uk/radio/blog?format3Drss

patzr radio http://patzrradio.podbean.com/ RSS http://patzrradio.podbean.com/feed/

Expanding Mind http://expandingmind.podbean.com/ RSS http://feeds.feedburner.com/ExpandingMindPodcast

RWM MACBA - CURATORIAL http://rwm.macba.es/ RSS http://rwm.macba.cat/api/en/all_podcast/80.xml

X3 Music Podcast http://radiomystic.com/category/x3/ RSS http://radiomystic.com/category/x3/feed/

AMBIENT ATOMIC ORBITALS http://bassman-f.podomatic.com/ RSS http://bassman-f.podomatic.com/rss2.xml

Atmospheres http://radiomystic.com/category/atmospheres/ RSS http://radiomystic.com/category/atmospheres/feed/

Future Astronauts Podcast https://futureastronauts.net/ RSS http://feeds.feedburner.com/FutureAstronautsPodcasts

Podcasts E28093 Hypnagogue Podcast https://hypnagoguepodcast.com/ RSS http://feeds2.feedburner.com/HypnagoguePodcast

Mantra, Kirtan and Stotra: Sanskrit Chants http://www.yoga-vidya.de/english.html RSS http://mantra.podspot.de/rss

The Chant of Le Barroux http://barrouxchant.com/ RSS http://feeds.feedburner.com/RecordingLeBarroux

Drone Podcast http://drone-existence.com/podcast RSS http://www.drone-existence.com/podcast/

Kahvi Collective Podcast (XML) http://www.phpied.com/files/opml2html/podcast.php RSS http://www.kahvi.org/podcast.php

RA Podcast http://www.residentadvisor.net/ RSS https://www.residentadvisor.net/xml/podcast.xml

A Duck in a Tree http://zovietfrance.podbean.com RSS http://zovietfrance.podbean.com/feed/

syndae podcast http://www.syndae.de/ RSS
http://www.syndae.de/component/podcastmanager/?format3Draw&feedname3D1

FiveThirtyEight Politics http://www.espn.com/espnradio/podcast/index RSS http://www.espn.com/espnradio/podcast/feeds/itunes/podCast?id3D14554755

FP's Global Thinkers http://foreignpolicy.com/ RSS http://global-thinkers-podcast.foreignpolicy.com/

Global Dispatches -- Conversations on Foreign Policy and World Affairs http://globaldispatchespodcast.com/ RSS http://undispatch.libsyn.com/rss

FP's The Editor's Roundtable (The E.R.) http://foreignpolicy.com/ RSS http://the-e-r-podcast.foreignpolicy.com/

Seek Sick Sound http://rinse.fr/ RSS http://85.17.94.10/rinse/ItunesPodcast/SeekSickSound.xml

Aly & Fila - Future Sound Of Egypt http://www.alyandfila.com/ RSS http://www.fsoe-recordings.com/fsoepodcast/fsoepod.xml

The Literary Salon http://soundcloud.com/thelIterarysalon RSS http://feeds.feedburner.com/TheLiterarySalon

KEXP Song of the Day http://media.kexp.org/podcasts/songoftheday/ RSS http://feeds.kexp.org/kexp/songoftheday

Sequences Electronic Music Podcast http://www.sequencesmagazine.com/ RSS http://www.sequencesmagazine.com/podcasts/podcast.xml

Ambient Rushton Podcast http://ambient.libsyn.com/webpage RSS http://ambient.libsyn.com/rss

Beats In Space Radio Podcast http://www.beatsinspace.net/ RSS http://feeds.feedburner.com/beatsinspace

Songlines Podcast http://www.songlines.co.uk/ RSS http://www.songlines.co.uk/podcast/rss.xml

Composer of the Week http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02nrvd3 RSS http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02nrvd3/episodes/downloads.rss

The Matter of the North http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b07tczl3 RSS http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b07tczl3/episodes/downloads.rss

Team Human http://teamhuman.fm/feed/episodes RSS http://teamhuman.fm/feed/episodes

Stones Throw Podcast http://www.stonesthrow.com/podcast RSS http://www.stonesthrow.com/jukebox/podcast.xml

tometotheweathermachine http://www.tometotheweathermachine.com/ RSS http://feeds.soundcloud.com/users/soundcloud:users:3028712/sounds.rss


I really hope all those links come through. It took a while to get them together!!

I was very proud of myself this morning. Prepared breakfast for 4 kids. (after a sleepover, pity me!) Croissants and pancakes. I love pancakes. I didn't have any. Not one. I had my healthy smoothie, and a virtuous feeling. It's not quite the same somehow.

New Year, new post (yes, it's late)

I can't believe it's been 9 weeks since I last posted! Oh well, saying "I've been for a run" and "I've lost a bit more weight" would be boring!

So I've been for some runs, and I've lost some weight... ;-)

In reality, I ran up until the 18th or 19th of December, and then stopped for Xmas. Having 2 kids off school meant finding the time (in between the travelling, the shopping, and the other Xmas activities) was always going to be hard to impossible.

I meant to kick off again on the 3rd or 4th of Jan when the kids went back to school. However, I got one of those annoying winter coughs that keeps you up all night and didn't feel that running in the cold and damp would do me any good. This weekend the cough finally faded out. So on Sunday I went for a run. And on Monday. And today. So all good then.

So far I've just hit the treadmill (which I hate), but if the weather continues to be good then I'll head outdoors tomorrow or Friday.

Weight wise, how did the time off affect me? Well... I lost weight whilst doing nothing. The halo effect carried me through and I went from 84.5kg to 83.4kg over Xmas. With the running this week I'm now down to 83kg exactly (or 13st 1lb for those in old money).

I did spend a bit of time over Xmas resetting goals and tidying up links between applications to improve reporting, and this morning fitbit (which I haven't worn since January last year when I lost it) kicked back to life and congratulated me on losing 40lbs in a single day!!

I've now hit my intermediate goal of 84kg, and set a new one of 68kg. I also passed from an obese BMI into a merely overweight one. Now all I need is a normal one! My immediate goal, however, is to change that 13st into a 12st (lbs are irrelevant)

I have decided on a hashtag though. I am now going for #FitFor40 A goal to achieve a reasonable level of fitness in my 40th year (this year for those having trouble following along)

Ever onward...
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