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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

I Need Help With This Brandscape Cryptic Puzzle!!

Brandscape — the fiendishly difficult cryptic puzzle by Funding Circle

Do not blame me if this cryptic puzzle becomes the bane of your life but I'm slightly addicted and may be requesting some help with the clues - so it's just a bit of a head's up... 

In the image above from Funding Circle are 60 globally recognised brands in picture clue format.  Some are incredibly simple and some are so frustratingly hard that you'll need to ask for help from friends.  You'll have to think about film, literature, music, nature and - probably most importantly - a play on words.


You can save your progress on the official Funding Circle website by logging in with your Facebook account but if you're stuck on any of the clues then tweet @FundingCircleUK and see if they'll send you an extra clue (you can also share it with me then too...).  Once you've answered all 60 correctly, you'll be entered into the Brandscape Hall Of Fame and become a #BrandscapeMaster.

Right... I've found Burger King (clue #49).  Share one of yours with me in the comments or tweet me @nickieohara with your answers.


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