Peter Collins

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Posted: 25/11/2015 at 21:38

I guess, notwithstanding what An Other Half says, which I'm sure is perfectly correct, it can't help to ask, put the question out there...

Doping & corruption report a 'dark day' for athletics

Posted: 25/11/2015 at 21:37

It's 'only' a matter of image if he hasn't either used the Nike connection in the wrong way or taken instruction in matters relating to running from that company in his roles within athletics. I'm sorry, but since he's been elected to clean the stables out, he should be totally above any sort of criticism. The Nike thing should have been dumped long ago - he surely doesn't need it financially, and it's now starting to rebound on him. It was an accident waiting to happen and shows poor judgement.

Universal Jobsearch!

Posted: 19/11/2015 at 15:30
Northumberland Runner wrote (see)

They can see that you have been working for 28 years, so as long as you fill something in they will be satisfied that you have been searching for work.

Unfortunately, the people at the Job Centre regularly deal with the the type of people that will do anything to avoid finding a work and who have been playing the benefits system for years, so this makes them distrustful of anyone that they deal with. The problem is that this means that genuine people like you who are signing on on whilst they are looking for a job get treated unfairly by the Job Centre staff. I had to go there earlier on this year for a few weeks until I found a job, and the computer skills of the staff in there are diabolical. They have trouble operating the most basic of systems. This is probably the only work that they can find. They seemed quite surprised when I managed to find a job after signing on for six weeks, as a lot of people that sign on at that particular job centre end up going there for years.

Good luck with the job search and I'm sure that something will come up soon.

Speaking less cynically, I think it's also to do with the fact that they have quotas to fulfill. Have you noticed how many people who can't possibly work have been told they are fit for work and denied benefits? (or, more properly, social security) Or have you seen the figures for suicides related to this?

Doping & corruption report a 'dark day' for athletics

Posted: 12/11/2015 at 15:55

There's lots of issues here. Money and professionalism can be seen as good things - back in the 'amateur' days, few people of poor means could actually take part in sport at a high level because they had to actually work for a living.

Doping & corruption report a 'dark day' for athletics

Posted: 12/11/2015 at 14:49

The only thing I'd say on that is, sure, money can lead to corruption, but cheating goes way way back in all sports (look at the second ever Tour de France in 1904), a long time before real megabucks were involved - so I think it goes beyond money to glory, to esteem and self-esteem, to ego and the need to win. I wonder if money was the main motivator for athletes doped under the East German regime...

Doping & corruption report a 'dark day' for athletics

Posted: 12/11/2015 at 13:00

I'd agree with you that the Tories are worse than we thought.

Marathon running for type 1 diabetics!

Posted: 12/11/2015 at 12:35

On the type 1.5 thing, she was just having a little joke. With some of us late-onset people, it's not entirely clear whether we produce no insulin at all or not enough, or if it's just that our bodies have difficulty using it. Type 1's, typically, produce no insulin at all from an early age, of course. I've come across a great many people, type 1's included, who don't believe I do or should inject insulin 'because type 2s can control it with diet'. Well, some can, some can't.

On long runs, Medalomaniac, I dont' think I'd have the patience to carry my testing gear around with me, to stop and do the test and to make adjustments accordingly. Im simply start high and fuel every now and then. Of course, this is less scientific, and I guess I lay myself open to going too high - but it's going too low that gives you the greater chance of dying at short order, so better to be high for a while and deal with it later, in my very humble opinion.

Doping & corruption report a 'dark day' for athletics

Posted: 11/11/2015 at 16:34

I wasn't offended, just pointing out that I can share your views on his smugness and politics but still think he might be the right man for an unenviable job. On the Russia thing - I think sadly that this can't help but end up being political in the end, however independent the review and however many athletes from other countries get uncovered. Russia will fight this to the bitter end, of course.

Doping & corruption report a 'dark day' for athletics

Posted: 11/11/2015 at 14:33

Yep, point taken about Diack. But perhaps he should have just laid off praising anyone at all, knowing this report was coming in...

Doping & corruption report a 'dark day' for athletics

Posted: 11/11/2015 at 14:31

Well, I'm no Tory (far from it), and on the Coe/Ovett divide I always preferred the latter. Outside his politics and his apparent smarminess (though I've known people who've met him, who don't share his politics, who say he's a lovely bloke), however, you can't argue with his achievements as a runner, and he did a good job at organising the London Olympics, against a lot of cynicism. (And he and I support, for better or worse, the same football team.) He's been elected, it seems, partly on a cleaning out the stables kind of platform, so let's see how he does.

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