Skip to main content


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


I don't know whether this is just Blackburn or if it's happening all over the country but I am DISTRAUGHT that there are no traditional chip shops open on a Saturday lunch time.  Kev wanted a portion of chips to go with some left-over curry, Michael and myself wanted a meat and potato pie (possibly with some peas on top) and Jake wanted a dab butty.

I have driven (yes, that's how desperate we were for food from a real chippy) round the four traditional chip shops in the immediate vicinity and all of them have their shutters down.  The next frying time is Monday lunch time at 11.30am!

Why?  What happened to traditional Lancashire Saturday afternoon chomping?  Or is it all about Friday Chippy Tea like the Lancashire Hotpots suggest?

I have ended up having egg on toast with Jake (who makes brilliant fried eggs, by the way), Michael has had some cereal and Kev made proper chips out of real potatoes!