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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

#BritishEggWeek Have You Got The Eggs-Factor?

BREAKING NEWS!  I never knew there was such a thing as "British Egg Week" until last week but I've got all egg-cited now.  Mention eggs to me and I think of The Great Egg Race (BBC Archives here) and the egg machine that Caractacus Potts introduces us to in the You Two song in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (you can stop trying to work out how old I am now).

British Egg Week runs from 1st to 7th October 2012 so, knowing how egg-cellent I am when it comes to cooking (!), The British Egg Information Service have sent me their new recipe book - Take A Box Of Eggs.  It contains 100 recipes that even I can't mess up!

Take A Box Of Eggs, #britisheggweek, British Egg Information Service,

I love the way the book is set out with seven colour-coded sections and the fact that it is spiral-bound so it lays flat on your work surface when using it.  The recipes are clearly laid out and each page has a QR Code which you can scan with your smartphone for a shopping list.  Genius! (and we all know how much I love a QR Code)

Take A Box Of Eggs, #britisheggweek, British Egg Information Service,

But, I'm not going to try some of the recipes at weekend.  Instead I'm going to present the book to my 19 year old son who completely fits into the YouGov statistic (from May 2012) which states that 35% of 18-24 year olds have never poached an egg and 21% have never made an omelette!  If you ever read my post called "Bacon, Sausage, Egg (Toast Optional)", I can tell you that he's not improved one iota!  He's going to have some intense training and I'll let you know how he gets on.

Take A Box Of Eggs retails at £9.99 and you can purchase it from all milkmen and from  For the month of October it is available from the British Egg Week website for a reduced price of £7.49.