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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

Dear Mr Brown. Ref: The Lost Symbol

I have just finished reading your book (yes, I know I'm a bit late with this one.  I'm not a slow reader, I've just been busy.  Plus it costs less now.) and, like with The Da Vinci Code and Angels and Demons, I got swept away with the mystical secrecy and the code breaking elements.

However, I would like to know what IS it with all the italics?  There were so many in places that they were making my eyes dance.  It didn't help AT ALL!  Also, I think you may have got caught up in the glamour of the movie world.  Yes, it's fantastic that you've had two of your books made into films but this read as though Ron Howard was looking over your shoulder, pointing to a place on your laptop screen saying, "Camera shot to outside of building" or "Cut to scene inside the US Capitol building" or "set: light shining on pyramid, reflecting onto Robert Langdon's face".
Ooh, ironic moment - me using italics to make a point...

Anyway, I did enjoyed the book in the main and I have two ideas for your next one:

  • The discovery of the secret recipe for Coca Cola
  • The discovery of the secret recipe for the batter on Kentucky Fried Chicken.

Or both...

And finally, I managed to finish Deception Point whilst on holiday earlier this year.  I made myself read it all after a couple of years of trying.  Not one of your finer works.  That is all.  Thank you.