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cut off times for Wild Boar Middle Distance

Posted: Today at 19:29

Cake, JustPlodOn, Sutton Coldfield, drop me a PM if you're up for some rides out 

cut off times for Wild Boar Middle Distance

Posted: 17/10/2014 at 21:59
I love the chocolate orange cake at Rosliston, usually gone if Lichfield or Giro have got there first!

cut off times for Wild Boar Middle Distance

Posted: 17/10/2014 at 19:57
Good roads to the NE of Brum out towards South Staffs, Derbyshire and Leicestershire and a nice cafe at Rosliston. South towards t'Cotswolds for a nice cafe in Chipping Camden.

Anyway, about this not needing a new bike. You always need a new bike. Who was the Ironman chap who tore up a sponsorship contract to ride an unbranded Cervelo because his sponsor's was shit? claimed it gave him 15 mins over 180k?

TUC-led 'Britain Needs a Pay rise' march

Posted: 17/10/2014 at 13:06
Kathy H wrote (see)
RicF wrote (see)

Our society has developed in such a way, that the moment anyone reveals that they have anything at all, there's a whole industry out there determined to relieve them of it.

Give them half a chance and they'll strip you of everything you've got and everything you've borrowed to get.

Poor people are good targets for this. They are by circumstances often desperate. They are subject to every form of leverage known. Can't pay the rent? get out!

The wealth 'thing' is relative anyway. Go to some countries and the locals take one look and know you are rich. "But I'm not rich!", 'You're from Britain aren't you?', "Well yes, but I'm not rich". 

'You're from Britain. You're rich!'.

The march shouldn't be about getting paid more. It should be about ridding ourselves of sharks.


Of course we are talking about 'relative' poverty. But don't you think that the poorest people should be able to participate in society?

And this government especially, is using our money to shore up companies and making sure that these are profitable. If they aren't, then we pick up the bill and pay to take the unprofitable bits back.Companies are not left alone to 'sink or swim'.

Please tell me how "the poorest don't participate in society"? What is "participating in Society" anyway? Helping your elderly neighbour by mowing the lawn, doing a bit of shopping, popping round on a cold night ot make sure they're ok?

I honestly don't get the politics of envy. I disagree firmly with directors of de facto monopolies, Motobility, Network Rail getting huge bonuses for turning up, but if somebody is very talented and works hard enough to get to the top of  FTSE 100 company, why shouldn't he or she be well rewarded. Yes it is fair that they are paid so much, it is their input, their leadership of a company that may provide jobs for 1000s of others and through its share price provide for our pensions. If you see how many hours a relatively junior solicitor at a big London firm puts in, you might see their oay in a different light. If business isn't supported and encouraged, the business will go elsewhere, sure the jobs may be here but the corporation tax may be overseas. Without the private sector this country would be nothing, we'd be Cuba, North Korea or France.


Everybody, everybody has the chance to make it to the top, but few of us take it. Relatively speaking in the UK we are all wealthy, go to West Africa, India where ever and see how people live, THAT is poverty, not chuntering over whether to go for Sky Sports or Sky Moveis or an iPhone 6 or Galaxy 5.


This country could be fairer for all, but no political party will, IMO, do what is right for everybody, I believe Labour are as much in thrall of big business as they are the unions. Putting wages up isn't the answer, Tesco and the like won't absorb the cost of a minimum wage increase, they'll pass it on to you and me. What I'd like to see happen is fuel prices decrease as quickly as they rise with fluctuating oil prices, understand how Aldi and Lidl can sell me a cabbage so much cheaper than Tesco, why banking is so expensive, a train to Glasgow more expensive than a plane, how pay day lenders (usually to the poor) get away with it. Fixing things like this is more important that worrying about what a very very few get paid.



cut off times for Wild Boar Middle Distance

Posted: 16/10/2014 at 12:59

Having walked the second half of Outlaw run, I'd encourage anybody not to be planning on walking it, which if you're planning on just beating time limits you will be. In a stand alone marathon, you know at 18-20 miles there's an hour or so at most to go and you can normally tolerate that mentally and physically. At the same point at Outlaw, knowing I was going to be out there for another two or more hours was so dispirting.




Posted: 15/10/2014 at 07:12
Outlaw and Fink. Last time I went into it a good half stone heavier than I wanted and on the back of very little running in the preceeding 6 months. I could probably count on my fingers the number of run sessions I did to the letter. It'll be different this time, I'll make sticking to the plan last at least two weeks.

IM events in Europe that don't sell out immediately?

Posted: 13/10/2014 at 19:36
Bolton didn't sell out that quickly either IIRC. Encouraged to see Austria didn't sell out too quickly, my employer's parent company are Austrian and my boss is from Klagenfurt, I could see a relaxing post race beer or ten.


Posted: 13/10/2014 at 19:32
Mercedes has it spot on. The growth of microbial resistance will, if allowed to continue, mean that surgery as we know it will be over. Hip replacement, appendix, you name it, without antibiotics, what is at the moment an everyday procedure will become a life threatening operation. Unless it goes badly wrong and there is a sudden mass migration away from Africa, Ebola will only kill a relatively limited number in the West. Our better medical infrastructure and ability to wash, disinfect, wear PPE and quarentine will help if only limited numbers are infected. If microbial resistance grows unchecked, we're fucked.

Party Conferences

Posted: 06/10/2014 at 12:54

In an era where they all seem to be Oxbridge PPE graduates who walk straight into MP researcher jobs before getting a safe seat, I'm almost nostalgic for the days of politicians with conviction and charisma. Say what you want about Thatcher, Skinner, Benn et al, but at least they were clear(ish) about what they stood for. Blunkett, Hodge and one or two Tories seem largely open in my opinion, but the rest from all the parties just seem to say what they think you want to hear or resort to class war. John Major was on R4 the other week and when he sounds like a political heavyweight, you know moden politicians are poor.


Posted: 04/10/2014 at 20:50

Beaver. Fnarr fnarr.

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