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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

The Big Cheese, Episode 1

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After completing my radio presenter training at Preston FM I was giving the opportunity to create a show of my own.  I have a few ideas on a list but the ultimate goal is to create an enjoyable listening experience.  After a bit of a brainstorming session with the rather fabulous, Will B, I sent out this to be included in the Preston FM newsletter:

Pilot for a new panel show.  Nickie O'Hara is piloting a brand new show for Preston FM. The panel show will be half an hour long and will incorporate general knowledge style and music-based quiz questions. Humorous input from panelists is a must. Recording will take place outside of the studio setting at a time and place convenient to all involved but an evening commitment is preferred. If you are interested in taking part in this "I'm Sorry I Haven't Got An Egg Head To Mock The Week" quiz experience please email Nickie.

Well, I love it when a plan comes together.  A great mix of people replied to the request and we arranged to meet up to discuss how feasible this idea actually was.  Two of the team were very well rehearsed with the technical side of 'outside broadcasting' and everyone seemed really keen on the idea. A venue was decided upon, equipment was arranged and a date for recording was agreed.

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And so The Big Cheese was born.

Two shows have since been recorded and the first was broadcast on Preston FM yesterday evening.  If you missed it, have a listen in here but you can tune in on Monday's at 6.30pm on 103.2FM in the local (Preston) area or online on TuneIn.

I am providing the themes and the questions myself (incorporating research used for the Friday Twiz) and I've had to teach myself how to edit sound files using Audacity (boy, that was a crash course and a half). For a first show it's not bad but we all know where we can make improvements. It's nerve-wracking waiting for listener feedback but the team is gearing up to record the next couple of episodes.

If you've got time to have a listen, let me know what you think.  We will be live tweeting the episodes using the hashtag #BigCheeseQuiz and you can keep up to date with all the news on The Big Cheese Facebook page.