Kathy H

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How far to travel for events.

Posted: 17/11/2014 at 11:06

How many people would consider a youth hostel to stay in before/after a big race? I stayed in the hostel in Edinburgh and was in a shared dorm. with other marathon runners, and enjoyed talking running with them. If you are staying with family, then there are private ensuite rooms that you can book.

Andy, a quick look at the availability at Brighton youth hostel showed there were private and shared accommodation.

What do you like to find in a race?

Posted: 05/11/2014 at 23:31

I have run two marathons, Brighton and Edinburgh. Comparing the two, Brighton was the better one. It had a much better expo, pre-race drinks/gels, and also the finish was an event to itself. I felt Edinburgh's lack of post-race atmosphere keenly, and was not sure of the direction of the baggage or toliets at the end, although I did find them fairly quickly.

If you ask me what was the better event, I would say Brighton without hesitation. But Edinburgh was well organised (despite its ridiculous stance in printing the results initially). I would pay more for Brighton, but the things that made it better are an added on and not essential.


TUC-led 'Britain Needs a Pay rise' march

Posted: 22/10/2014 at 13:09

I have to agree that Labour aren't looking government-material. And the Blair government encouraged PPP, thereby making public bodies borrow money at an inflated cost and being tied in a contract that heavily favours the private businesses.

But the recession was not totally down to the government of the time. You could even argue that a Labour government would have much better than the Con-dems in recovery. That policies have been made because of the Conservative ideologies has been admitted by them. They want austerity policies to be made permanent. So the poor, disabled and young will lose out. That is not a Britain that I want.

Will Labour be better than this government? It can't do much worse.

TUC-led 'Britain Needs a Pay rise' march

Posted: 22/10/2014 at 07:50

Occams kat, I think you are on the wrong thread. What are your ideas on pay and equality in Britain?

TUC-led 'Britain Needs a Pay rise' march

Posted: 21/10/2014 at 21:22

I pleased that there has been a lot of discussion. I know no-one is going to change their minds, though. I read arguments against the ideas that I believe, and they did not persuade me  Some have even taken it as an opportunity to take the mickey.

But I am encouraged that some take the opinion that society needs to be fairer to be prosperous, and maybe we will not get a Conservative government in the May general election!

TUC-led 'Britain Needs a Pay rise' march

Posted: 19/10/2014 at 15:25

Ideally all the schools should be good.  Even I am not telling anyone what they should be doing or where they send their children.

But maybe it is not a good idea for a democracy if most of the government (and MPs) all have gone to the same few schools.

So, as a Project Manager, you are probably overpaid.


TUC-led 'Britain Needs a Pay rise' march

Posted: 19/10/2014 at 15:05

Dave, what do you do for a living? I would genuinely be interested to know.

TUC-led 'Britain Needs a Pay rise' march

Posted: 19/10/2014 at 14:04

Dave, I was arguing that in this country, like most others, some are 'more equal than others'. The people in the top positions are far more likely to have had parents who gave them an advantage.

You wouldn't believe it, but I do have a professional job! In the public sector!

TUC-led 'Britain Needs a Pay rise' march

Posted: 18/10/2014 at 21:34

I went on the march, and it was good to see so many unions and professional bodies united to show that we are against the pay freeze, and against this imposed austerity. A lot of workers marching were in jobs that put them in the frontline, and saw for themselves real poverty and hardship (social workers, nurses for example).

I'm glad some of you believe that our society has equal opportunities, and that if a person works hard they are bound to do well in life. I believe that some people have an advantage throughout life due to their parents' wealth. But, really, I am not envious of them. Rather, I would like everyone to have a good education, decent housing, access to the best the NHS can give them, and support when they fall on hard times. And Britain can afford this if everyone pays their way.

And, yes, I would like FAIR PAY, NOW.

TUC-led 'Britain Needs a Pay rise' march

Posted: 17/10/2014 at 13:18

I don't think supporting policies that promote equality is the 'politics of envy'. A more equal society is a happier society. Less social problems.

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