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07/03/2016 at 20:28

Evening chums, lots of nattering in here, it's like the old days

(((((((waisters and pals)))))))) tough losing people Heard of another pal who lost a friend this week, never easy  

at you buying OH an eternity ring DL You old romantic  

((((Westie)))) (from a distance) 

Gosh Sluggy, back to work in 3 months?! Bet you'll be deemed well enough to work on a building site by then. Love the way the DWP seem to be more knowledgeable (I've typed that three times and it still looks wrong!) than the medical profession in deeming when someone is well enough to return to work. Hmm. Wouldn't it be lovely if they were right and you were indeed singing and dancing in just a few weeks?!

Er, training, er,  well, I ran yesterday so today was a rest day 



08/03/2016 at 00:38
Weird letter from the vampires at the blood service today - normally get begging letters but today had one basically saying 'your blood group is no use to us any more so don't bother'

(Might have been worded slightly more like 'we might ask you to donate less often'... )

Wish I was a less rare and more useful blood type! Where am I going to go for tea and biscuits now?!
08/03/2016 at 07:48

Morning all

I always thought there were blood shortages Daffers. Maybe you could act as an escort for a friend with a rare blood group who is prone to fainting and wait for them at the tea station?

(((((Westie)))) Hope the flu is subsiding

(((((((WIN))))) hard times seem to continue

Sluggie, glad to hear you'll be back to work in 3 months - what do you think you might do? Something appropriate like a spot of labouring? The wonders of modern medicine - oops meant to say wonders of modern benefits systems.

Off to 3 schools over the next 2 days- best get on

Happy frosty Tuesday


08/03/2016 at 07:57
Oddly enough DL it did say 'you may see adverts recruiting new donors or saying there are shortages. This is true, we're just not interested in you' I'm AB+ you see, the universal recipient. Apparently we're 3% of the population (or something) and our blood can only go to other AB+ people - but actually we can receive blood from anyone, so they don't need to keep a special stock cos it doesn't get used very much, and in fact they could pretty much manage without it altogether Ah well...

*studiously ignores meldy's piercing look asking why i'm still in bed and not in the gym already*

08/03/2016 at 12:28

I would be over the moon with 11 Min miles.

I have just returned to running after a long layoff due to illness. Started off with 41mins for 2.44 miles in January and I have now  got my PB down to 33mins for the same distance. I am approaching 61 years of age and weigh in at 18 stone i smile every time I finish a run   

08/03/2016 at 14:27

Hi John! That's a great improvement. I'm also returning after a lay-off due to injury; I did just over 2 miles in 30 minutes at the weekend, so we're about the same speed. Work At It Slowly and we'll get there! 

08/03/2016 at 15:57


Hi and welcome John, it sounds as if you have made a good start on your comeback. You will fit in nicely here - some of us stage a comeback every month! 

(((Daff's pal))) 

Daffs, how galling that you have a rare blood type but no-one wants it! I had to stop giving some years ago due to my b/p meds. Apparently, everywhere else in Europe would have accepted me, despite the meds 

It was the funeral of my friend's mum this morning. First time I had ever been to an RC funeral, complete with eucharist. I might have had a slight 'incident' with my mobile phone...  Friend caught sight of us and said 'thank you' which was nice - the whole purpose of being there was to support her, so it's good that she knew we had been. Friend's dad gave the eulogy and did very well, they had been married for 65 years.

Perhaps we can have a competition, suggesting a new job for me? 


WAIST well xxx




Ye Olde Dragon    pirate
08/03/2016 at 17:21


Welcome John - I hardly run for a bus these days, but tempted to try a bit of plodding. That Meldy  has a lot to answer!

(((FarFars))), I guess you’re having to have some time out for a while, Take Care x

Sluggs as a retired RC I could have told you that a funeral can be as long (longer) than a storyline in a soap opera! They do like to make a meal of things  I’m glad it went well.

As for a job, you are an ideal person for the job of Peace Ambassador between Feisty Felines - you have experience and everything 

M...eldy    pirate
08/03/2016 at 18:50

Welcome John, do you mind if we call you Sloop?

glad you lot have been out there running and stuff, I made a tomato risotto instead, swim and run tomorrow I think


M...eldy    pirate
08/03/2016 at 18:51

Following glandular fever several millenniums ago no one wants my blood either!

08/03/2016 at 19:18

Nobody wanted mine for a good long while cos of my thyroid meds - went through a period of demanding it every five minutes after that and now they're not interested again! Still, being a universal recipient does mean I'll never be stuck if I need a transfusion (fingers crossed I don't though...)

Welcome John Keep going! 

Amount of training done today: nil. 

08/03/2016 at 20:40


Failed to run yesterday, failed to swim this evening.......but did at least do a slightly extended commute to work and back  

Always forget how tiring exams are and we're running Y11 mocks this and next week...

08/03/2016 at 22:40

Failed to run ditto, but did swim yesterday, as did Mr P first time in a year! Did 16 or 18 lengths, and decided to stop, even though he felt fine, and play it safe. I played safe too with 20 lengths, first time in 3 or 4 months for me!

Had a good evening at photo club - lots of mentions and points, though nothing up  with the winners.

08/03/2016 at 22:49
Evening all. Did a workout video tonight 'cos that new NHS quiz for middle aged people told me to do resistance training. Plodding again tomorrow, all being well.
09/03/2016 at 08:08

Well done, Berry! I You should be glowing with virtue this morning!  And sorry to hear about the kitties but at least they seem to know how to control the condition (at a price, of course!). 

Hi, John, welcome to the zoo! We are very friendly, so pull up a chair and make yourself at home. Some of us (like me) are on a permanent comeback/get distracted/lose fitness/start again loop, so we feel your pain! 

Pippi, well done with the swim---and great that Mr P was able to come, and felt well with it! Hooray!

Westie, hope the flu is subsiding by now. The FB photos suggest that a Wild West theme is emerging in your life?? You look ready to saddle up and ride out with John Wayne!

((((Podds))) Exams are awfully stressful for you. Take it easy. xx

(((((FarFars)))) Thinking of you. xx

Daffs, how weird about the bloods. You'd think they would use your blood for AB+'s so they could save the other more, um, specialised blood for people who need it! Maybe you could pretend to be a cleaner and lurk in the coffee area, clearing away plates half-full of biscuits? 

DL, an eternity ring. Awww..... Reminds me of my dad: at every anniversary, he would look at my mum and sigh and say lugubriously 'Seems like longer...' 

Oh Sluggie, if only you WERE ready to go back to work in 3 months, it would be fabulous! We will wait and hope... And glad the friend saw you at the funeral: it will have been a real comfort to her. 

Larry, sorry about Ozzy's leg, but it sounds like it hasn't daunted his spirit at all! Trying to keep him 'resting' may be a challenge! 

Will cycle into the village for a few errands, then dive into 13th century London. Really need to do more cycling and (blench) start chugging again. Realised I've been inside with C3 for nearly 2 months solid, except for an hour's walk each day with Mo, so my fitness is absolutely zero  Oh well, that's what spring is for, right? 

09/03/2016 at 12:23

Scene: Tate Modern Cafe one grey and damp saturday morning

Scene: a somewhat diverse crew of ladies are chatting and drinking coffee

Person A: So Meldy, how do you keep up your motivation to train?

Meldy: just get out there and do it really

Cut to some days later and there is a news flash

Following nothing more than the mere presence of the Meldmeister there has been a near unprecedented outbreak of training in the WAISTer lounge........

Be afraid, very afraid if you attend a WAISTer meet have no idea what it might make you do...........

09/03/2016 at 12:32

Hello everyone and thank you all for the kind words of welcome .......sloops i do not mind that LOL.

Will be running tonight even in the rain keep smiling !!!

09/03/2016 at 16:25

LOL chuggy most people go through a mid life crisis I am going through an old age crisis anyway Mrs was having a " little" nag about growing beards etc so I did a wind up picture for her and posted it . ( that could be my sun hat for later )
Man flu is slowly going away so I'll be back out tomorrow for a short 6+ mile coastal walk to get myself going again and continue to toughen up the feet (and body). The weeks are flashing by and I do want to be able to give my adventure a good try. (may keep the beard to fit in )

09/03/2016 at 17:34


Glad to hear that Her Meldyship has terrified everyone into training.

If you want to know what I think, just look at Chuggy's post  

Berry, I resist training all the time 

Glad to hear that you are beating the man-flu  Westie.

MS (or maybe SB) has very kindly donated his bugs to me. It's only a cold, it won't kill me but at the moment I'm at the 'can't breathe, sinus headache, ache all over' stage and it has  ramped up my 'usual' pain too, so I'm feeling a bit sorry for myself 


WAIST well xxx


M...eldy    pirate
09/03/2016 at 18:03

Evening chaps ..  

John, good to set a shining example to this bunch, rain never hurt anyone  

7.5 miles for me in the deluge, puddle splashing and dodging at a pretty respectable 9.30mm

It has absolutely chucked it down seemingly for the whole night and I didnt hear a thing, looking at the height of the brook this morning I am going to be sleeping in galoshes  

Apart from Podds, anyone else need the book of excuses today ?


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