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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

Where Am I Today?

Today I am not here.  

Today I am on a train on my way to that there London.
This excites me greatly for a few reasons:

1.  I LOVE LONDON! *squeal*
2.  I am off to a special event
3.  I will be seeing fab blogging friends such as Kate, Laura, Liz and Lisa
4.  I may be attempting to break a World Record (follow the #GWRdayout hashtag on Twitter for more details)

I am the guest of Guinness World Records who are promoting their new 2013 book.
Isn't it lovely?

Guinness World Records 2013, augmented reality, #GWRdayout

(do you know how hard it is to photograph a shiny book?)

We've been looking at the brand new 'augmented reality' facility in the book and .  You download a free app to your mobile device and then view the book through the app.  Some very special pages come to life and it's pretty amazing really.  Well, two 13-year old boys seemed to think so...

Guinness World Records 2013, augmented reality, #GWRdayout

Oh yes... these two 13-year olds are coming with me on this day trip.
They have never been to London before.
I am being made to do a bit of sightseeing before our train home:

1.  Tube to Westminster
2.  Photos of Downing Street (let's hope D.C. is out for the day) and Big Ben
3.  A stroll down Birdcage Walk to Buck House where they want a photo taken with [in their words] "a bloke with one of those weird wigs on that stand outside the Queen's palace".

I wonder if I'll survive?