I didn't have any talent - shown by my last marathon in May which was 4:53 - but between 1988 and 1998 I ran 7 marathons, all but one under 3 hours, with a best of 2:41 - I was nothing special, I just trained hard over a period of years - I ran from 1983 to 1986 without running a marathon, gradually getting my other times down (not that I knew what I was doing) then ran my first one in 3:16 in 1987 off a half marathon pb of 87: and bits. I joined a club a just by running with faster guys every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday my half time dropped to 81, and in Feb 88 a sub 3 (2:56). We didn't b*gger around with gels, electrolyte drinks etc, we just ran in a group, and usually the pace was fast, we didn't do long slow stuff we just ran hard. Did start throwing in reps, but these were run as hard as possible and recovery based on the watch of the first runner to finish the rep. So yes you don't have to have talent, if I had had talent I would have run well under the 2:41 I managed, you just need the ability to train and train hard. SO whilst I am guessing I am having a go at Safety29 - yes you can get a GFA - but it may take years of progressive training, not some miracle fuel or gel - Charlie Spedding's book is well worth a read as he makes the point that after winning London and his Olympic medal people were keen to find out how to do it - he said, that they were not interested in the 16 years hard training he had put in, Sorry Rant over I'll get my coat.
May you all get the result from the ballot you are hoping for (me I just want the chance of bettering 4:53)
I suppose we now live in a different age. I do remember not to long ago Rudolph Walker lamenting the fact that Love thy Neighbour couldn't be shown nowadays as his point was that the fat white bloke was the bigot and was always shown up to be the bigot.
As for On the Buses, I remember watching it as a kid, and finding it funny. Seeing it a few years back I did find it rather strange that we were being asked to accept that a couple of blokes in their late 40s would be found attractive by the 'dolly birds' the black bloke was called chalkie, and of course Olive, fat ugly and desperate - all 60s and 70s stereo types I guess. The world has moved on now though. The original post was about Carry On films. In may ways they were a film version of the Seaside Post card, almost comic strip type characters, the big domineering woman, the tiny man etc - Some of them are funny, some now (carry on Girls and Camping) are positively cringe worthy.
Funnily enough the only 60s and early 70s comedy that I would watch now is Dads Army, a gentle comedy from a byegone era. But then what are we served up with now - Miranda! and constant repeats of Friends, (funny) Frasier (funny) Two and a Half Men, (about as funny as on the buses) and Only Fools and Horses (beginning to age)
Just my opinion
and Seren, yes I wanted to be in his gang too! (but never wanted him to Touch me!)
A nice early start, managed to get out before the street lights came back on, so with plenty of cloud cover dark, I didn't even turn on my head torch - just me and the dark.
6.79 miles run, which included a fast(ish) 5 miles and riding my wife's bike home from her work - (this time with head torch) and do you know what, no wildlife no dogs, no drunks and certainly no heavenly choir serenading me as I thundered past (artistic licence there - as plodded was probably close to the truth)