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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

A Mini-Rant About The Daily Mail...

Apologies in advance but it's weekend and I'm trapped inside my house as it's cordoned off with police tape - but that's another story and a rather long one.

So... we all know that the Daily Mail Sidebar Of Shame is a guilty pleasure for a number of people, including me.  I sometimes go one step further and leave a comment or two just to poke the fire with a shitty stick.  All in the name of entertainment, naturally.

Last night I was browsing the "articles" when I felt compelled to leave a scathing comment on an in-depth article about Imogen Thomas' pregnancy (it was late and no-one was around to save me).  I waded into the realms of the new comment registration system implemented by the DM.  I started to register my details but was met with this (click image to enlarge):

daily mail

First of all, a note to those outside of London... we don't all live in a "city".  Secondly, since when has Blackburn contained a 'banned word'?  I have tried all sorts of possibilities:
  • Lack
  • Ack
  • Ackbu
  • Burn
  • Lackbu...
Surely the Daily Mail isn't attempting to ban the word 'black' now or presuming that the town where I live suggests that it's residents abide by a literal interpretation?