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Snowdonia Marathon 2014

Posted: Yesterday 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.

TUC-led 'Britain Needs a Pay rise' march

Posted: 21/10/2014 at 10:44
Popsider, you could also say the same for any political party in that they are only trying their best for the country and the people in it, as much as any Union is acting for its members. While at the same time enjoying a very large salary and associated benefits.
I now work in local government. It is not black & white. Some things Unions have done have been good, but they are a pain in the backside in my day to day work. Half my time is spent trying to figure out in what way the Unions will twist it. It is definitely a North/South divide in my experience. My bosses will accede to whatever the Unions demand for an easy life whether they should or shouldn't. There is constant creep. What was a special privilege yesterday, is now a standard today, and below standard tomorrow. If there was what I considered good reason it would be fine. Most of the time though, it's because they can. ( They as in someone acting as the corporeal body of a Union, as opposed to them acting as a singular person)

TUC-led 'Britain Needs a Pay rise' march

Posted: 20/10/2014 at 19:32

Here we go, my tuppence.

Had a public school education, as did my brother and sister. We all left school at 16 with no qualifications as we all did not take any exams. We all spent the next ten years of our lives having a lot of fun, doing just enough to get by. And no, it wasn't on our parents money, dad went bankrupt and became an alcoholic eventually killing himself, mum just stuck to being an alcoholic.

I now own my own house, and have a decent pension pot after getting some quals and working my way up the ranks. I recently downsized my career to half my previous salary, because I could. 

My brother also owns his own house, along with a business employing 200 people he built from scratch after he decided that he really should do something about his future. He works 16 hours a day 7 days a week. I think he's worth what he pays himself. He also pays several others very well who have helped him build the business and who add to the growth. He also pays some workers minimum wage as what they do is, well, basic.

My sister owns her own house, is now retired at 50 and lives in Texas after she also worked her way up and sacrificed a large amount of her time to get there.

So, did our education help us? You could say in general that it did, not so much in the knowledge imparted, but in the self confidence it gave us.

So, as you can see, I am very much in the ' If you want it, do something about it ' camp. I'm not willing to give up what I've worked for to someone who isn't willing to help themselves in the first place.

As for Unions, don't get me started. As bad as any political party. The top guns are paid multiple's of the wages of the majority of members, are they willing to only pay themselves a living wage so their members can have an increased pay? The cynic in me brings up the thought that most Unions base their subs on a stepped increase in line with wages, so the more the members get paid, the more the Union gets in as subs, the more the top guns get paid etc.....

manchester marathon 2015

Posted: 20/10/2014 at 18:34

Hi all, just popping in to say hello. Signed Mrs C up for this on the promise that I'd train with her and run it with her (her first marathon, did a half this year, and another 6 years ago, not a runner!). She's aiming for a finish/sub 5 if everything goes well.

So the winter is going to be tough as I've got my own training to do, aiming for a sub 3:15 by autumn, currently 3:35, looking at White Peak in May for a 3:30. 

Lots of double days then!

Snowdonia Marathon 2014

Posted: 20/10/2014 at 05:59

Y Pantri list, Friday evening

  • T Rex - vegetarian options, thanks
  • Chimney - Buffet/meal easy
  • Run Juno - Buffet/meal easy

My year long plan to go sub 3:30 at SNOD next year starts today.....Like all good plans, with a rest day......

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