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19/09/2002 at 22:21
I don't know what for but I know why. My understanding is that many of us discovered these fora in the build up to London this year and for many of us who were marathon virgins it was a great resource to share with others who were mostly in the same boat of ignorance but also with some who were old lags having done at least one marathon. A great community spirit grew in what was the London Marathon Forum. After London I suppose we felt the need to keep what we had got, going. So, the unofficial club was born and RW decided or were asked to provide this forum as the London one seemed no longer appropriate. Its true that its less about running and more about the lighter side of life but that seems to have coincided with your arrival Tim!!!
19/09/2002 at 22:47
It's for anything you want it to be for. Keep up the good work Tim. Fridays wouldn't be the same without you.

There are lots of serious threads on the other forums.
19/09/2002 at 22:58
RW have tried to engineer it so this is less visible since the new format in my view; specifically Events is new and used to be discussed on this forum since the socialising/meeting up was part of its raison d'etre.
Glad to see some rebels still post about events on different forums. I like chaos and unpredictability, just wish we could have more than 10 on a page since BT don't do broadband in this part of the world.
20/09/2002 at 09:19
Totally agree Tim, plenty of space for serious matters on the other forums and I have had manny a titter at threads posted on this one. Many of them yours so please keep it going.


20/09/2002 at 09:35
Every sensible forum seems to have a place for general nonsense and miscellany. I think it's for people who are bored at work (or home), and does grow a virtual community of often like minded souls.
Without a forum such as this, the other sensible forums would often be lowered (in some peoples views) by people posting what is essentially nonsense.
Besides, the 'nonsense' forum is often where regular contacts are made, becuase they tend to be inhabited by those that can post regularly. I bet a lot of the people on this forum work in IT in some way (or graphic design etc.)
I'm not sure what my original point was now, or the original question though. So I'll shut up. For now at least.
20/09/2002 at 09:41
I hope my earlier post wasn't taken as criticism of Tim or the frivolity here as it wasn't meant in that way at all. I thoroughly enjoy most of what's on here and contribute occasionally too. What I was doing was answering Tim's question and giving an historical perspective.

Now where are those nurses when you need them??
20/09/2002 at 09:42
As a very hardworking, earnest, focused, goal-centred sort of person who leads a small team composed of similar co-workers that strives 24/7/365 to deliver leading-edge, valued based solutions that leverage our clients unique skills sets and enable value creation, I like to have somewhere I can come and be stupid. This seems to be the place.

20/09/2002 at 09:42
Here Oldbones. We are always here to grace the fora with our healing touch.
Nurse Foxy did come over to the oldpeople's home yesterday. Did she find you?
20/09/2002 at 09:47

As you are trying to be serious, my more serious reply would be that you should keep babbling. I was thinking about this last night and I agree that this part of the forum is the equivalent of the post-run pint in the bar. Sometimes it gets a bit noisy in the bar and you have to shout to be heard, but there are plenty of little corners were you can have a quite chat.

20/09/2002 at 09:48
The surgery, for example....
20/09/2002 at 09:55
Laura's right in her comments about the content of this forum. Not only have "events" gone but also "training". Posters (or perhaps posteurs, postmachenvolk - should we have a debate about what you call someone who posts) to both themes mixed running with wit humour and general chest lightening.

So now this forum is often about the lighter curiosities of life. some of us read, some post, we all laugh I hope.

PS I'm planning to have my late training partner Eric to join me in the photo soon. pls ask Laura if you haven't worked it out - It only took her 6 months.
20/09/2002 at 09:56
I cannot believe that there are so many others out there who are on the same wavelength as me, you're all absolutely crazy, so please carry on, and Nursefoxyand Nursebadger keep up the good work, you're doing an excellent job.
20/09/2002 at 10:04
short fat hairly legs - ernie wise.
Didn't really take 6 months to work that out did it? You're even using a photo of him. Bit of a clue that!
20/09/2002 at 10:05
hairy even.
One thing missing from this forum - the ability to edit your posts.
20/09/2002 at 10:10
Why thankyou Wicked Witch. The surgery should be an interesting place come 3.00pm and our 'special appointment'
Sadly I have to miss it - have to take our cat to the school pet show!!!
20/09/2002 at 10:30
I myself have contributed to some of the lighter hearted posts and have found them very entertaining. I think Laura is right in that the birth of the new website has provided an events forum which makes the previous purpose of this one (ie. to arrange meeting up at races) a bit redundant now. Therefore a bit of fun and games is cool! It is, after all, an open forum for everyone and anyone.

The one problem I have is that I occasionally have to post semi-serious threads about kit or, more recently, about the future direction of URWFRC. By it's title, this forum seemed to be the place to do it, but for whatever reason, the number of responses to my comments yesterday have been a little sparse. Perhaps the thread was swamped somewhat. Do you think it would it be better if I posted kit notices on other fora?

While I'm here on the topic of the future direction of URWFRC, there have been plentiful suggestions in the last few days from many of you about the club becoming 'official'. As I touched on above, I posted my thoughts on this on the URWFRC thread, but very few of you have bothered to offer any input. The fact that some of you are asking questions about this leads me to think that you care. On the other hand, the apathy shown in addressing the issues involved in this tends to suggest you don't. Unless some of you (you know who 'you' are) are a bit more prepared to respond to points of fact about some of YOUR OWN issues and concerns then this club has no way forward. If you have nothing to say then that's fine, but don't then be surprised if I then subsequently ignore any more questions about being 'official'.

Rant over. It's up to you now...

20/09/2002 at 10:31
I know it's incredible Peet, but then it also took me several weeks to get the connection between Snickers and marathon running. I'm just slow - in mind as well as body!

There is no law that says we have to stick to the fora titles anyway, here's to more mixing and adding confusion - anarchy rules!
20/09/2002 at 10:33
DW, our posts crossed, I'll immediately look up your serious post, promise.
20/09/2002 at 10:38
I also agree with LauraL about the way the forums have been diversified. Especially, I find that because of the 10 topics per page thingy, postings in Events in particular seem to disappear. And also because of this, it seems like some of the more popular threads dominate at the expense of the others.

As to the purpose of this forum, I'm also of the idea that it's the 'chat in the pub' type of place. I like the silliness. When I'm trying to say something useful about women in medieval literature, I often need the laugh that this forum provides.
20/09/2002 at 10:40
Erm. Can you tell us anything useful about women in medieval literature? Something I could use in a normal day to day scenario?
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