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Chris Froome being accused of doping!?

Posted: 24/07/2015 at 12:02

I think the "round wheels" came from David Brailsford being a bit cheeky and winding up the opposition, and the French press taking it at face value and running with it.

IBS Pain in the ........

Posted: 24/07/2015 at 11:40

Interesting stuff, rak.

My husband, and his mother before him, were being treated for IBS, including "eat more fibre - wholemeal bread is good" for many years.  When he almost collapsed at work and was found to have almost zero iron and folate in his system, he was referred for tests and found to have Coeliac disease.  The very thing that had been recommended, bread, was actually part of the problem.  His mother had died a few years before, but his GP now says that it's almost certain she also had CD, given her symptoms and the genetic link.

It's always worth trying these things - it's not as if you will come to any harm by cutting things from your diet, as long as what is left is balanced and you may just find the key to what is making you ill.


Would you take a cheap holidayi. Greece right now ?

Posted: 24/07/2015 at 09:33
Dave The Iron Ex- Spartan wrote (see)

I thought you were just past the back of beyond Nessie ? 

On the border of back of beyond and end of the earth, Dave.

Would you take a cheap holidayi. Greece right now ?

Posted: 23/07/2015 at 16:42

Hey, I live in the "back of beyond"  

Fair point, but what I'm trying to say is that I woudn't walk down a busy motorway, but there's always a chance that I'll get knocked down in Tesco car park.  Taking away the most risky options still leaves risk, and a real risk at that, but everyone has a level of risk that they are comfortable with.  Apart from the guys sitting in their homes with tinfoil hats on.

Would you take a cheap holidayi. Greece right now ?

Posted: 23/07/2015 at 15:40

If you are getting into the realms of what is most likely to kill you, then you would also have to factor in the exercise benefit of cycling v the sedentary method of travelling by bus, the risk of catching a communicable disease on an aeroplane, skin cancer risk of lying on a beach in a hot country etc., etc., etc..

Bottom line is, you make your mind up about the risk relative to your desire to do something.  I like Greece as a holiday destination.  A colleague liked Tunisia as a holiday destination (in fact she's had her October break cancelled by her travel agent and is going elsewhere).  But there are lots of other places to go on holiday - many places I've not been that may be even nicer.  It's 2 weeks break in the year to recharge my batteries.  Where it is isn't all that important, so yes, I'm probably less likely to go somewhere where there is a percieved terrorist risk and more likely to go somewhere where I will feel safer.  I'm still getting my holiday, so I'm not altering my behaviour, just choosing a different option.

In saying that, I'd probably avoid Athens at the moment, as there may be political unrest for a few months, but the Greek Islands are probably as safe as most other destinations.

I'd normally avoid the tube in London anyway - too dark and smelly and claustrophobic.  In saying that, it's been about 8 years since I was last there.......


Posted: 23/07/2015 at 10:29

Oooh Spy Products!  I've always wanted a false moustache and glasses.

Chris Froome being accused of doping!?

Posted: 20/07/2015 at 15:48
Philomena Cunk wrote (see)

The last time was Pantani in 1998. Since then the Giro/Tour double has been done 0% times. Extremely rare. We are talking about the modern era

No drugs involved there then..................

Chris Froome being accused of doping!?

Posted: 20/07/2015 at 14:07
VDOT51 wrote (see)
He might be French soon. I think his mum was really keen on French toast and that means he can probably transfer if he likes. I guess.

Would you take a cheap holidayi. Greece right now ?

Posted: 20/07/2015 at 10:18
Colin McLaughlin wrote (see)
VDOT51 wrote (see)
You could not make up the story that is now unfolding. Basically the Greeks voted for an anti austerity party. That party decided it was going to go at the ecb and imf with all guns blazing and gave the people of Greece the chance to decide if they trusted them do so and to put their interests first. The people voted for telling Europe to get lost. The party in power then lubed up and accepted the biggest fiscalling that anyone has ever heard of. Immensely confusing. That party will now be as electable as labour. Hilarious.

The prospect of having no economy, no banking system, and the population starving to death, with riots on the streets, made them think again. (Inevitably.)

It looks like the can is being kicked down the road due to the Europeans providing further finance (rather than just emergency finance and telling the Greeks to restore the drachma).

The Greeks will be back looking for another bailout within a year. Then they will be kicked out of the Euro and have to restore the drachma anyway. More money now only postpones the inevitable.


The only difference being that Tsipras will be able to blame the EU/IMF/anyone but himself because he opposed it but was forces into it.  He's a sharper cookie than he's been given credit for. He was voted in on the promise of ending austerity, when it was obvious to anyone that Greece would have to make sweeping cuts to everything just to stay afloat.  He stuck it out as long as he could, promising the people they would still have their pensions and public serives.  Then the nasty EU played hardball, so he staged a referendum which meant he couldn't lose either way.  People vote for the deal - it's their choice and he has to go with their wishes - or they vote against it, the EU put their foot down and again, he comes out as the plucky hero who tried to save his country.

It's not just the banks who trade on confidence.

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