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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

Review: Turbo Snake from JML

I was asked by FuelMyBlog to review the Turbo Snake - a JML product.  The blurb promises that the gadget will clear slow moving drains quickly.  You simply uncoil the gyroscopic wire (3 foot in length and looks a bit like the end of a mascara wand) shove it down your plughole, twist and pull out! This is the bit I was dreading...

I thought I'd give the Turbo Snake a whirl on the bath.  We have the smallest bathroom in the history of house-building so I had to actually climb in the bath to try and clean the plughole.

I followed the instructions and gave the Turbo Snake a twist and moved it up and down.

I'm not sure whether we have the cleanest plugs around here but there didn't seem to be much down the plughole for the Turbo Snake to grab hold of however, I can see that it would be extremely effective if my plughole was slightly blocked.

It's possibly something to do with the amount of water that passes through the plughole in this house and could be why Lancashire is in currently the middle of a hosepipe ban!
Anyway, you can see that it has worked - I'm quite glad that it didn't pull out more dirt as I'm not sure my stomach could handle it.  And I still have to clean it off the bristles... 

The Turbo Snake retails at £9.99 and is available from, Asda, Robert Dyas, Tesco and Wilkinsons

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