Peter Collins

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Run Britain Rankings - New Stat

Posted: 15/12/2014 at 15:55

Well, it appears that I'm 14th overall in my postcode, eighth man (which means, I guess, that there are five women better than me here, which is interesting) and second in my age group! Who is that man!!! Considering I live in the running hotbed of SW London, I'm quite encouraged.

Run Britain Rankings - New Stat

Posted: 15/12/2014 at 15:50

I guess this is what you call a postcode lottery. I'm here all week.


Posted: 12/12/2014 at 17:15

As someone who works tangentially to the charity sector, I'd always take with a pinch of salt the claim that '100 per cent' goes to the cause. It doesn't do the sector any good when people say this: every charity has some overheads somewhere - phones and postage are not free, as just one example. 

Question Time's exciting tonight.

Posted: 12/12/2014 at 17:10

The problem is that career politicians are no so well media trained that they come up with platitudes, which is why QT has gone down the maverick outsiders route. I never watch it any more and didn't see it last night: I can't bear to see people with horrendous views such as Farage get applause and airtime. It's a bit depressing that the best they can do for a left of centre opinion is Russell Brand; there are anti-capitalists out there who could give a much more coherent and better account of themselves. What I will say for him is that he puts his head above the parapet and says the things Labour should be saying (more coherently) about the state of the nation, knowing he'll get called a hypocrite (99 per cent of the attacks on him are ad hominem, rather than about the substance of what he says). I'm not bothered about his views on voting: it's a legitimate position to have. If people died for the right to vote, they surely also died for the right not to vote if you can't stomach any of the candidates.

You know you are old when ....

Posted: 21/11/2014 at 16:15

I'm still young! Or am I old for saying that...?

How far to travel for events.

Posted: 14/11/2014 at 11:31

My one experience of running in Brighton, the Brighton half a few years ago, was not a good one, for a couple of reasons. One cancelled train meant getting there was a seriously fraught experience on a very crowded train that got me there uncomfortably close to the start time, even from as near as SW London. Second, it was the year that they put a cone in the wrong place and made the course at least a quarter mile too long, to a great many brickbats!

Forum boxing night

Posted: 14/11/2014 at 11:27
Nick Windsor 4 wrote (see)

It could work we could watch those aggressive amongst us show us that in reality they couldn't punch their way out of a paper bag, which is usually the case

Well, there's a difference between being verbally aggressive, which fair enough isn't usually warranted, and punching someone.

Katie Hopkins

Posted: 14/11/2014 at 11:16
Philomena Cunk wrote (see)

I suppose she's the national equivalent of a certain person on here(or banned on here) Her comments (Kate H) are no more valid than any other idiot but thousands of people comment on it. Hundreds comment on the comments. It's trolls, feeding the trolls feeding the trolls(hate to use that term). I'm all for social media but it can reveal the nation for who they(we) are. Usually it's very ugly. Best to keep out of it. You can't win an argument on facebook/twitter.

I think, however, people say things online, even without anonymity, that they'd never say face to face. Ms Hopkins might be one of the ones who would astound you by saying what she says online out in the 'real' world, but as a way of assessing what people really think – well, do Twitter or Facebook do that? Facebook is a sea of 'I'm here, look at me' pictures and 'Today is the first day of the rest of your life' pretend inspirational bullshit. Twitter - to be honest, I"m not sure what it is except vainglory and preening.

Hey Ho Let's Go! Vegan removed from runner's world cover

Posted: 07/11/2014 at 10:27
literatin wrote (see)

Hitler was a German-style vegetarian. As in 'I don't eat meat. I eat sausage. That isn't meat.'

precisely. Lots of those types of veggies still around. 'oh, fish doesn't count'. 'I occasionally eat bacon; couldn't give that up..'

Hey Ho Let's Go! Vegan removed from runner's world cover

Posted: 07/11/2014 at 10:25
Screamapillar wrote (see)
Peter Collins wrote (see)

Adolf Hitler was decidedly NOT a vegetarian - no evidence to suggest he was. I might add that Stalin and Pol Pot, two other mass murderers, were meat eaters. So what?

I definitely am a vegetarian, and I have a lot of time for vegans, but I think it's a bit silly to get worked up over this sock thing.

There's plenty of evidence to suggest that he was, even if it was truly for dietary reasons rather than reasons of conscience.

His food tester (a woman called Margot Woelk) confirmed it in 2013.

And when I've researched this before, I've found plenty of first-hand evidence that he continued eating meat throughout his life. See my reply above about faddy diets.

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