Month: March 2019

Updating Running Tunes for a Mum in her 30’s

I recently wrote  a post about how I had lost touch with modern music – lost decade of music. Following that post, I went away and downloaded some new songs so I thought I’d share my new running playlist. This playlist is a lot more up to date and takes me out of my comfort zone of old school indie tunes. I am going to listen to these this weekend. I don’t know whether these running tunes are the right pace, but I quite like them and they should be a good distraction.

  1. Maroon 5 – Girls Like You
  2. Sia – Chandelier
  3. Lizzo – Juice
  4. George Ezra – Shotgun
  5. Ava Max – Sweet But Psycho
  6. Ariana Grande – 7 Rings
  7. Marshmello featuring Bastille – Happier
  8. Sam Smith, Normani – Dancing With A Stranger
  9. Calvin Harris Rag’n’Bone Man – Giant
  10. Pink – A Million Dreams
  11. Felix Jaehn – Aint Nobody (featuring Jasmine Thompson)

I don’t love running. I don’t even like running. I don’t understand how people love running. However I do like to keep fit and I like the feeling after I have done a run. My half hour commitment once a week feels like a worthy sacrifice. I like the chance to be child-free and listen to my own choice of music for half an hour. My weekly half hour of running, or jogging, is a chance for me to switch off. Even if that does come at the cost of pounding up and down hills in the cold, wet weather.

My previous playlist was mainly from the 1990’s or earlier and I have now updated my tunes for songs that have been released in the last year or so. This weekend I will miss Madness, Blur, Scissor Sisters and Motown tunes while I listen to these modern running tunes.

We have had some pretty horrible weather lately and I really need a distraction when there is rain and wind in my face. I hope these new running tunes will provide that distraction.

 

Where are all the countries in the world beginning with D, E and F?

Countries Starting with D

Denmark – Denmark is a Scandinavian country. It lies South West of Sweden and there is a bridge between Denmark and Sweden called the Oresund Bridge. This is an amazing bridge which is 5 miles long and meets an artificial island that turns into a tunnel that stretches another 2.5 miles. Denmark has a border to the South with Germany. Until recently I did not realise that you can drive from mainland Europe to Scandinavia. I seem to recall looking across a stretch of water whilst in Germany and seeing Denmark, but I may be wrong. Denmark includes an archipelago (loving that word, meaning a series of islands) of 443 named islands. Greenland and the Faroe Islands are recognised as part of the kingdom of Denmark.

Djibouti – small African country that lies to the East of Central Africa. There is a horn shape that is part of Somalia and Djibuti is just North West of this. Yemen lies just a few miles to the East over the Gulf of Aden. Interestingly there are plans to create a “Bridge of the Horns” across this stretch, however plans have all gone quiet, presumably due to troubles in Yemen. Djibuti has borders with Eritrea, Ethiopia and Somalia.

Dominica – Dominica is a Caribbean island that lies in the middle of the Caribbean islands. The island sits between the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean. Dominica is South of Guadeloupe and North of Martinique and St Lucia.

Dominican Republic – Dominican Republic is a Caribbean nation that shares a border with Haiti to the West. The whole island is called Hispaniola.

 

Countries Starting with E

East Timor – East Timor (Timor-Leste) sits between Indonesia and North West Australia. Mainland Australia is less than 500 km away. East Timor is part of an island. West Timor is the Indonesian part of the island. Formerly a Portuguese colony, East Timor declared independence in 1975 then was invaded and occupied by Indonesia. Now it is a sovereign state and is part of the Community of Portuguese Language Countries.

Ecuador – Ecuador sits on the Equator in South America. North of Peru and South of Colombia, Ecuador features a coast to the West. It also encompasses islands including the Galapagos Islands. A song called “Ecuador” was released in 1997 by German DJ Sash! I cannot recall any of the lyrics, other than the word “Ecuador”, however there are Spanish lyrics that refer to the magical sounds of Ecuador.

Egypt – Egypt is located in North East Africa and links Africa to the Middle East. There is a coastline to the North and the East. Egypt is a Mediterranean country and has a border with Sudan and Libya.

El Salvador – El Salvador is a Central American country to the West of Honduras and South of Guatemala. It is the smallest and most densely populated country in Central America. The population was 6.34 million in 2016. The West coast of El Salvador is situated in the Pacific Ocean.

Equatorial Guinea – Equatorial Guinea is situated in Central Africa. Equatorial Guinea’s West coastline is located in the South Atlantic Ocean. To the North is a border with Cameroon and to the South is a border with Gabon.

Eritrea -Situated on the North East coast of Africa. Eritrea is located on the Red Sea coast and across the Red Sea lies Yemen and Saudi Arabia. Eritrea has borders with Ethiopia, Sudan and Djibouti

Estonia – Estonia is referred to as Northern European and Eastern European. It lies North of Latvia and also features a border with Russia to the East. Latvia includes over 2,000 islands in the Baltic Sea.

Ethiopia – Ethiopia is a landlocked country in the central Eastern part of Africa. It is located in the ‘Horn of Africa’ and borders Eritrea to the North, Djibouti and Somalia to the East, Sudan and South Sudan to the West and Kenya to the South.

 

Countries Starting with F

Fiji – a tiny island in the South Pacific to the East of Papua New Guinea.

Finland – Finland is a Scandinavian nation that sits between Sweden to the East, Norway to the North and Russia to the East. Finland has a coastline to the South in the Baltic Sea.

France – France is a large star-shaped (or hexagon shaped) country in Western Europe. Three of the six edges are coastline (English Channel, Bay of Biscay and Mediterranean). At the closest point, France is just 20 miles (33km) over the water from England across the English Channel. Our European neighbour has eight land borders with Spain, Andorra, Italy, Germany, Luxembourg, Monaco, Switzerland and Belgium.

 

If you would like to discover some more locations of countries, then check out my guide to locating countries beginning with A and countries beginning with B and countries beginning with C.