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Legacylists

October 24th, 2006 No comments

We’re planning to add Legacylists to the site. It had always been my plan for Legacylists to be part of the whole Lifelists thing. The idea is that a Legacy list is a collection of thoughts and wishes to leave behind when you (dare I say it?) die. An opportunity to leave messages for loved one, advice for friends and colleagues and perhaps even wishes for how your life should be celebrated. It isn’t a will. We’re going to put up a rudimentary idea of Legacylists on the site but I can see that it will need to evolve as time goes by. I think it will need to be more flexible than a Lifelist as I imagine that users will want to change the names of the topics themselves as well as the items listed. A Legacylist will be protected by an additional password and can only be viewed by those who know what this password is. I think we will produce a ‘Legacylist Card’ (similar to a Donor Card) to be downloaded from the site that users can write their password on.

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Lifelists: the reasons

October 13th, 2006 No comments

Apart from my own habit of Lifelisting, the main reason for developing this site into something we can all do, has been illustrated all too clearly recently. Two of my Aunties have died in the last few months; One living in Tasmania, I can’t say I’ve ever really known her at all, apart from the odd letter. My other aunt died very suddenly. She lived a short walk away and just collapsed and died. She was in her early 60’s and had been a great friend to Al and I. I’m left wondering what both of these women would have put on their Lifelists. Sometimes it’s hard to talk about these things with someone from a different generation when you are just getting on with everyday life. I had meant to ask both of my aunts to create Lifelists. Now it’s too late.

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Bright Colours and Shiny Things

October 6th, 2006 No comments

The new series of Strictly Come Dancing is due to start tomorrow night on BBC1. I’m really looking forward to it. At this time of year when it gets dark so early it’s great to watch something so joyous and colourful. The band, the music and the costumes, the argy-bargy, I love it all. It’s a real tonic for those of us mourning the passing of summertime. It should be available to everyone on prescription. Talking of tonics; as I’m typing this on a wet and windy evening, thinking about the long winter ahead, ‘Harvest for the World’ by the Isley Brothers comes on the radio. That’s a great way to lift my mood. I’d better check that I’ve included that song on my Lifelist – it takes me right back to a soul all-nighter in Manchester circa. 1983.

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