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Snowdonia Marathon 2014

Posted: Yesterday at 14:14
Close by now. About to head off to supermarket for supplies, then head to house. Whoever gets there first text key location if you're heading into town, think you've all got mine. I've got St's, not anybody else's.
See you all soon.

Snowdonia Marathon 2014

Posted: Yesterday at 10:40

Mrs C thought I was leaving this afternoon so left me a long list of jobs to do. Just having elevensies and should be leaving soon, eta in Llanberis mid afternoon.....

Snowdonia Marathon 2014

Posted: Yesterday at 03:47

Oil for breakfast, bread (brown)

Snowdonia Marathon 2014

Posted: Yesterday at 03:37

Hi all, Boomtown Rats in Sheffield last (Wednesday) night followed by a few sherberts (Resulting in me waking this morning, very late having not put my alarm clock on charge, with Mrs C asking me how much of a headless chicken am I about to become. It was 10 minutes after I usually leave!) and seeing some old friends tonight ( or should that be last night ) means I'm a bit behind. Again. Especially the last few days run in. Though running hasn't really been part of my vocabulary the last couple of weeks. 

Anyway, hope to see you all at some point over the weekend. Will be at Pantri for 6.

As for what to wear, I'll take lots and figure it out on the day. Given the warm up route UDS has got for us, and depending on the weather, I may not need to think about warmth standing around at the start. Unless of course I drive to Llanberis. After all, it's such a long way.........And twice as far on the way back.

I'll be leaving Chesterfield 9ish, taking a quick drive till past the M6 then a slow trundle down through Denbigh etc. late lunch at Pantri, do a bit of shopping, go find the house, then back to Pantri for 6, registering at some point. 

Post race drinks and a dirty burger is de rigueur Mr Rex.

So, my shopping list for our hilltop hideaway: 

Almond milk, chocolate flavour

Tea, coffee, milk, sugar

Crisps (any particular flavours?) & Biscuit selection

Baked Beans

I'll get some house things in case, (toilet roll, washing up etc).

As we were out last night Mrs C didn't do any baking 

If there's anything I need to add, text or email me. 

Really got to go to bed.

looking forward to a nice easy relaxing weekend in Wales. 


Snowdonia Marathon 2014

Posted: 22/10/2014 at 05:13

3:50 really ain't gonna happen this year.

took massive amounts out of me to PB at Yorkshire and haven't recovered yet. How much that has to do with last weekend as well, who knows! 

Mind you, as long as I get to the top of Pen-Y-Pass without breaking myself this year, who knows.......

See you in a couple of days. 

TUC-led 'Britain Needs a Pay rise' march

Posted: 21/10/2014 at 20:55

Kept getting sidetracked writing that before hitting submit, been a lot of posts since I started!

TUC-led 'Britain Needs a Pay rise' march

Posted: 21/10/2014 at 20:50

The film I'm Alright Jack is a satire made 60 years ago. the same mentality is still there in Unions. 

Muttley, I agree totally with you. It's so much easier to replace someone on the shop floor that can be directed to do the work, than it is to find someone with the skills to direct..... 

Popsider, you are correct, the building trade is heavily weighted with self employed contractors. With the fluctuations in the marketplace the price they can get for their work will also fluctuate. That is completely different from an employed person. as said before, it's not a case of paying because he can get away with it, it's paying commensurate with their skillset, abilities and contribution to the company. It's the same for any employee (though of course in our minds we are fantastic and deserve more....)

I'm saying that Unions have too much leverage and continue to push & push past the point that is acceptable and workable. If you truly believe that the Unions only have your best interests at heart in all things at all times then that is entirely your choice. I'll predict you don't feel the same way about any political party that is in government, and would suggest you look at Unions with the same scepticism.

TUC-led 'Britain Needs a Pay rise' march

Posted: 21/10/2014 at 18:52

Yep, quite a few millennia old!

TUC-led 'Britain Needs a Pay rise' march

Posted: 21/10/2014 at 17:05

Just in case it isn't clear in what I have written in relation to the question of whether there should be a general pay rise to everyone that the TUC wants to get a pay rise, the answer is no. Chiefly for the fiscal reasons put forward earlier.

TUC-led 'Britain Needs a Pay rise' march

Posted: 21/10/2014 at 17:00

Popsider, I spoke for myself and used actual examples. Your opening sentence, whilst you may think it's true, (Which it isn't in my case),  suggests that you think you know what is in the mind of every single person, and also that that is what is in their mind at every single moment, and taken to a zenith would lead to thinking anarchy is the best solution, a slightly different angle to the one I think you would want!

My brother pays basic wage for some jobs because anyone can do them with no training whatsoever. Those people with training and skills he pays more to. If one of those he paid minimum wage could show in some way that they can contribute more then they get more. 

Within the society we have created over millennia, and I include various society's that have risen and fallen around the world there has not been one where equality of all has been able to work for more than a nano second. There is always someone at the top and there is always someone at the bottom. If those at the top get too greedy then generally their immediate society has fallen down, re-birthed and someone else has risen to the top. 

Or put another way, sh1t happens, there's sweet FA you can do about the larger picture in completeness shy of revolution of the entire planet at the same time which will achieve all your aims, but again only for that nano second before the world returns to normal and everyone goes back to looking at the smaller picture immediately around them. Then sooner or later some of the next generation will be bleating about the unfairness of it all.

I have an ideal picture of the world where everyone lives in harmony and loves each other. I also have a realist view that there's a fat zero chance of that ever happening.

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