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Who is worse? Pharmaceutical company salesmen or street dealers?

Posted: 09/09/2014 at 20:04
Broader anti bribery legislation means that accepting gifts such as hospitality can be frowned upon. My employers won't allow receipt of any gift over ??20, I've politely had to refuse golf days at top courses, match tickets, even for my lowely club and hospitality at sports games. I do believe that in the majority of UK companies, especially those that are a PLC ans/or have a reputation to protect, any hint of giving/accepting bribes or inappropriate gifts and you'd be in disciplinary very quickly.

Looking for sprint tris for next year

Posted: 09/09/2014 at 19:54
Good lake at Stanton, seen plenty of people without wetsuits in June and July when the water was warm. Very clean water too, never seen any weed and some big fish too.

So, An Un-united Kingdom Awaits

Posted: 09/09/2014 at 19:47
Big Eck is promising some sort of Scottish Xanadu with free this and that. How's he going to pay for it? Oil revenues are in long term decline, he can't put oil taxes up because the companies will threaten to shut down, corporation taxes up, they'll domicile themselves in England or, more likely, Ireland with its low tax rates. He can't borrow money because he's reneged on his share of the UK debt and nobody trusts him and can't print money because he's using another country's currency.
Westminster politicians are, whatever their party, in it for themselves, but quite why Scots think that Holyrood politicians will be any different to those in London is beyond me. Sure they might be better at first but give it a couple of years and they'll be up to the same tricks as the London lot.
It all strikes me as a bit like the 18 year old who's going to leave home, get his own flat and do things properly, stay up late, get in when he wants and watch what he wants to on telly. Only the sinking realism is that there are bills to be paid, washing to be done and you can't function on 2 hour's kip, red bull and lager.

Looking for sprint tris for next year

Posted: 08/09/2014 at 22:20

There was one at Stanton Lakes over near Hinkley at the weekend.

Who is worse? Pharmaceutical company salesmen or street dealers?

Posted: 08/09/2014 at 12:57

What evidence do you have to support your claims? It may or may not be occuring outside the UK, but a UK based company would be covered by the bribery act here where there are pretty stiff penalties. IIRC payments or substantial gifts to British clinicians were outlawed a long time ago, I believe that under MHRA guidelines travel expenses to related medical or scientific conferences etc can be covered and gifts of under a fiver or so in value, a pen, a notepad etc, are allowed. It is a sales rep's job to get more doctors prescribing their drug for a condition than their competitor's version, that's capitalism and, in my personal opinion if they all play within the law and the drug is approved by the MHRA, what's the issue?

Room 101

Posted: 04/09/2014 at 19:03
Juice Plus

Room 101

Posted: 04/09/2014 at 17:48

Can I add airline/airport annoucements?

Don't undo your seatbelt until the plane has come to a complete and final stop (as opposed to a partial stop?)

Return your seatback to the full and upright position

Take all your personal possessions with you (All of them? Most of them are at home, you've only given me a 10kg and lap top carry on allowance)

We're pre-boarding club/first passengers. (pre-boarding? do you mean boarding?)

Would sir like to chose from of our selection of refreshing beverages?(Would you like a drink?)


Tri Bike or carbon bike for Ironman & rent or buy?

Posted: 04/09/2014 at 17:33

I seem to recall a picture of a 'ahem' larger gentleman at IMUK last year on a very expensive looking TT Bike who just made the cut off.

I had a bike fit on my Bianchi earlier this year, I can't say with any honesty whether it made me faster or not, but my lower back where I had an operation a few years ago tends to ache less on longer rides but that could be me getting fitter.

If we can all shut up about not needing expensive gear, if my wife sees this I'll be snookered

Outlaw 2015

Posted: 03/09/2014 at 22:03

Outlaw #NotInLancashire

Tri Bike or carbon bike for Ironman & rent or buy?

Posted: 03/09/2014 at 19:03
You only intend to do one Ironman you say? I said that, then I reckon I could do it faster if I train harder/properly, so I'm doing it again in 2015.
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