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3 Decidedly Not-Terrible Resolutions for 2017

It’s January, it’s 2017, and this year has got to be better than last year, surely?! Presumably you’ve kicked off the year by cobbling together a list of goals that are either very vague or very specific, and by now, you’re already working out which you’ll abandon first. 

However, here are three Fire Hazard-approved New Year’s Resolutions that we promise you won’t regret making. They’re not necessarily easy, but they’re definitely achievable. 

#1 - Meet new people

Why is this so hard? People are EVERYWHERE. But talking to them, and making new friends, is absurdly difficult. If you’re in London, you can’t just start chatting to someone on the Victoria line, can you? One of the best ways to make some new connections is to go to an event, club or activity. Chances are, everyone will be in the same boat, and will actually welcome an impromptu conversation attempt. Which brings us neatly to…

#2 - Try something new

Amalgamate your goals. If there’s something you’d like to do, do it now. Don’t put it off any longer. Take a friend for support if you need to, but you’ll definitely make some new ones. Book a class, learn a skill, go to a new place.

#3 - Don’t be scared of fitness

You’ll notice we’ve not said “do more exercise!” Setting a goal like that is already making exercise into something scary and annoying, when it really doesn’t have to be. No, really. And we don’t mean it in that equally intimidating glowy gym fanatic way. Movement should be fun, not a chore. Dance more. Run more. Even just walk more! If your new activity seems like it might involve a little more fitness than you’re used to, don’t fret. 

It takes 21 days to make or break a habit, so if you make it to February, the rest of the year will be a breeze but don’t panic if not, because every month has more than 21 days in it, and you’ve got almost 12 of those this year, so keep at it.

 


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The Undercover Hall of Fame

Regardless of whether you prefer Connery or Craig, forget about the fictional feats of James Bond. Here are 5 real life spies to inspire you to slip under the radar and become a master of deception - skills that will serve you well in our immersive game, Undercover. 

Sidney Reilly – 1873 - 1925

Sidney Reilly is rumoured to be one of the many real spies who served as the archetype for Bond- not least because he was an absolute ladies’ man. Nicknamed the Ace of Spies, his biggest mission was an attempt to overthrow Lenin in 1918, by infiltrating and working alongside the Latvian guards at the Kremlin. The details of his other exploits remain clouded in mystery, which is next level spy skill! 

Virginia Hall – 1906 – 1982

Amongst aliases such as Artemis, Diane and Nicolas, American spy Virginia Hall appeared on the Gestapo most wanted list as the Limping Lady; in 1932 she accidentally shot her own foot, and undeterred, she used the prosthetic leg to transport secret documents. It even had its own code name: Cuthbert. She was responsible for saving the lives of hundreds of Allies, managing drop zones for supplies, finding safe houses and even training guerrilla forces to support her until a larger army could join her, delivering vital information throughout the Second World War. Unsurprisingly, she was awarded the MBE for her incredible efforts. 

Melita Norwood – 1912 – 2005

British civil servant and Communist, Melita Norwood spilt state secrets to Soviet spy network, the NKVD. She worked at the British Non‑Ferrous Metals Research Association, and was able to report on the atomic bomb project in Britain. After racking up almost four decades of espionage undetected, and living a relatively normal life for many years, Melita gave one of the most incredible statements upon being discovered, aged 87: “Oh dear, I thought I had gotten away with it.” 

Roald Dahl – 1916 – 1990

Yes, the beloved children’s author dabbled in the fraught world of covert intelligence before penning classics like Matilda and Charlie and The Chocolate Factory. Dahl worked as a Royal Air Force pilot during World War Two, and squeezed in some work for the British Security Coordination (BSC) on the side, promoting UK interests in the U.S.A and blocking Nazi propaganda. He was apparently a terrible gossip, so his undercover career as was very short lived!

Shi Pei Pu – 1938 – 2009

The story of Shi Pei Pu is so incredible, it inspired an award-winning play – M. Butterfly by David Henry Hwang. Shi Pei Pu posed as a female opera singer and conducted a passionate affair with Bernard Boursicot, a French diplomat based in China, in order to obtain confidential documents for the Chinese Communist Party. The affair lasted for 20 years, and Pu even produced a child to keep the deception alive. Boursicot delivered over 500 documents to his spy lover, leading to them both being arrested in 1983, and convicted in 1986. However, they each only served one year of their sentences, as both France and China were keen to lessen tensions and the impact of the bizarre story.  

Think you can cut it as a covert agent? Put your money where your mouth is and try the ultimate test. Undercover gives you the chance to intercept messages, deliver secrets and unmask rival spies in a two-hour immersive game experience in Central London and Adelaide, Australia. Find out more and book your tickets here. 


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We make high-energy games in the real world, because life should be exciting. Anyone can play. If you're looking for an adventure, come to one of our games!