HS - I hope you'll get on with Win10. I upgraded from Win 7 and didn't find the move too stressful or confusing. There's lots of help/info online but feel free to ask on here about anything and I may be able to help. Well done re your 1st MV70+ parkrun result.
Aquarius - hope you enjoyed your athletics. I've never been to a large meeting like the Anniversary Games myself. I recorded and watched the highlights on Fri evening but there only seemed to be live coverage of Sat so I gave it a miss. I don't have hours of free time and at least if I record it, I can skim past Denise Lewis et al wittering on endlessly
DBI - poor old Nemo having to make do with being sprayed rather than a swim.
Red - well done for avoiding the problems on the M20
Exhausted - wish I could manage a nifty 10ml run without much difficulty (sigh..) I wasn't aware of the flavour choice for air-con either until I got there. I downloaded Win 10 because it's free until 29th Jul (ie. 5 days time). After that it's likely to cost around £100 (based on Win 7 prices). You'd probably notice how much more stable it it than Win 7 so if you're thinking about it do so before next Fri!
I went out for a run this morning - I had planned to do 6.5mls but it was a bit warm so I shortened it to 5mls.
My Garmin is still playing silly buggers - despite reloading the firmware etc. as suggested it is still incapable of picking up the satellite signals. It's a refurbished unit so I need to check back to see if there's any warranty. Otherwise I'll be looking for a replacement
DBI - there's a lot to be said for getting away from it all, including time away from computers, internet and television. I think we sometimes forget to relax away from distractions like that and just enjoy the simple pleasure of a good book or walking. We have similar phone calls from Indian people about viruses on our computer. If I have time I 'play along' with them until I get bored. I like to think I'm wasting their time and stopping them annoying others. We've also been getting an awful lot of calls asking for "Mr Nelson". I've played along with those too but they've become so frequent now if anyone else asks if that is "Mr Nelson" I'm tempted to say "No, it's Gloucestershire Police and we've been asked to track nuisance calls to this number" hoping that will scare them off.
Red - glad you managed a stress-busting plod. Glad to hear Ruth is no longer turquoise. My lilac-blue inside my ear is almost like a badge of honour now
Our workman has been here this morning to finish off fitting the new side door in the garage. Now we have easier access to the garage we're going to get a chest freezer (Margaret makes jam and has been missing having the 2nd freezer to store soft fruit). And I'll finally be able to start thinking about re-arranging the shelves in the garage and re-assembling my sauna (electrics for that should be done early August). My friend Alan recently pointed out it's a year since he's been for a sauna so he's obviously missing them.
This morning I've been to have my air-conditioning recharged and cleaned. I was given a choice of flavours - coconut, citrus, apple or linen - and plumped for the latter. It's still very strong at the moment but is akin to freshly laundered clothes.
While I was there they checked the tyres and asked if I was aware of a problem with the nearside rear? I'll confess I was aware of something not quite right - but had been trying to ignore it (is it just me that does things like that?). It turns out the tyre was 4 years old and was bulging slightly at one point (which accounted for the slight rumbling sound I'd sensed at low speeds). Anyway, slap on wrist self-administered and it's been replaced so all is now okay again.
Hi everyone - once again, apologies for the intermittent postings from yours truly. Reading back through the latest posts and attempting to catch up ..
Columba - I don't think men have 'body issues' in the sense that ladies do with their appearance. But most men (if they were honest) probably worry or wonder about one thing - their 'size' (if you know what I mean!). Taking part in the ST photo-shoot should have assured them they needn't worry and are 'normal'. It wasn't too cold by the way - it was cool enough to cause a few goose-bumps and make some ladies a bit 'perky'. But it was only towards the end (after laying on cold pavements and roads) that the cool weather became noticeable. I mentioned we headed back before the last photos on the swing bridge - I was told afterwards the sea breeze made itself known on the bridge and people did get quite cold. And the surface of the bridge played havoc with peoples bare feet.
Red - last time I checked Ruth was still trying to get the green/turquoise body paint out of her hair. Mine was lilac-blue and I still have a spot in my ear and some on my toenails. Had to chuckle at your mention of comedy tan-lines .. mine don't seem so bad this year. I once saw an open-air performance of MND at Pendley Manor (nr. Tring, Herts) where the fairy queen arrived in a coach pulled by white horses coming through the woods towards the stage area.
HS - sorry to read about all the problems you have been having with your laptop - hope the upgrade to Windows 10 does the trick (our 3 laptops/desktops have all been running Win 10 for a few months now without any problems). Well done for your sterling efforts promoting the Solent Half and handing out flyers. More importantly, well done re your 3rd MV70+ race result.
Aquarius - when I was working I had private health cover and was spoilt. I've not needed to use the NHS since finishing work so can't pass any comments but was sorry to hear about all the hassles you had.
DBI - you must be grateful that people miss you when you're on your hols and wonder where you are! By the sound of it, in the past you would have won the comedy tan-lines competition.
Exhausted - had to smile at the performance of Midsummer Night's Dream with the accompaniment of honking geese. Covert striptease in the car for running stop-offs eh? Good luck with that!
I've been busy lately with various things and have been struggling to fit in my running. For example, this week I've been clearing the loft in preparation for them being boarded and clearing space in the garage for a new personal door to be fitted to replace the window. And I've also been over to Wootton Bassett, clearing garden rubbish and doing trips to the recycling centre. On Tue evening I realised if I wanted to run it would have to be first thing on Wed morning. So I was up by 6:30am and did a 4ml run before breakfast - go me!
Exhausted - I've been chatting to other participants of Sea Of Hull on a Facebook group. There has been a general feeling of elation about taking part. But people have also remarked how we have become part of Hull's history and helped make a piece of art - though naturally there have been detractors who have derided the whole event. One very good side effect of the photo-shoot has been women with body issues reporting how much better they now feel about themselves as a result. And saying how refreshing it was to be among a crowd of people who were non-judgmental and accepted them for who they were. That I think will be a lasting effect of this whole weekend.