Peter Collins

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Jihadi John

Posted: 27/02/2015 at 16:34

Even intelligent people can do barbarous things in the name of an ideology if they believe strongly enough in the long-term goodness of what they're doing. And a descent into barbarism doesn't take long in the right conditions - all sides in both world wars committed atrocities to some degree. On a slightly related note, the other day I watched a film called Compliance, based on a real story. Some of you will have heard of it: a prankster in the US calls a fast-food restaurant (in real life it was a McDonald's) pretending to be a policeman. He convinces the female manager that a young woman serving customers has stolen from one of them. She is persuaded to take the woman into a back room, make her strip and search her. The whole thing develops into pretty serious sexual assault. Read about the real-life case here:

Scratch beneath the surface....

Volunteering for London Marathon

Posted: 20/02/2015 at 13:19

I know someone who helps at the expo every year. Sometimes, apparently, returned numbers don't get incincerated and find their way on to the chests of people who aren't registered to run... they take a very very dim view of it, I hear, and will ban people for a long time. Not that you were planning to do this, of course - just an intersting side thingy.

Talkback: Runner crawls last 50 metres of Austin Marathon to finish third

Posted: 20/02/2015 at 13:00

I"m not at all surprised. I stood at mile 25 of the London Marathon one year and, though the elite all went through without stopping, I was surprised by how many very good runners - I would unscientifically quantify this as those running between 2:30 and 3hrs - would stop around there for a bit of a breather and a stretch: not all, by any means, but more than I'd imagined would do. I think the truth is that most people running a marathon are attempting to run to their limits, and sometimes they go a bit over them a bit early. Only a few collapse like this though!

Running an event for nothng (Question)

Posted: 20/02/2015 at 12:57

What an extraordinary descent to a fight in this thread. What have I missed?

Recently made 5K but now getting slower and slower!

Posted: 10/02/2015 at 16:30

I think these guys are right. You're doing the same thing every time, sometimes slower, sometimes faster. And that's what you'll keep doing unless you vary your routine. Quite apart from anything else, isn't it boring to just go out and run 5k every time? Take their advice and structure it a bit better. It doesn't have to be really hard, just appropriate.

Female runners

Posted: 10/02/2015 at 16:23
Gideon Levy wrote (see)
In London the ladies will most often smile or nod/wink etc, the men are mostly ignorant fecks who look right past you as if in a trance(maybe they are)...

I give all of them a cheery hello/ morning/evening etc. If they ignore me I usually follow up with a louder 'ignorant twat/cow' (as appropriate) before they are out of earshot. I do this 3 or 4 times with each local face before giving up. Some learn after the first go and greet me first, others just stay in the trance. Strangely the men who wear all black outfits and tights are less likely to say hello... Maybe they think they are invisible in their ninja suits?? Or am I seeing ghosts??


I usually try to say hello to people, but sometimes I"m not in the mood, or I'm in what is laughingly called 'the zone'. I think other people are like this too. If someone was to call me an ignorant twat for not saying hello, I might want to turn around and demand an explanation. How do you know what's going through their head, what they're thinking about and what's going on in their lives at that particular moment? Does it hurt your sense of self so much that you have to abuse people to feel better? If you're serious, it says more about you than about them.

Only a bit of fun...

Posted: 06/02/2015 at 16:45

I wouldn't defend outrageous sporting salaries like that (take a look, however, at the top sporting salaries in the US if you want to be really outraged). But I sometimes wonder if footballers, mainly from working class backgrounds, are hard done by when these things are written about, if only in the sense that there are plenty of people from other professions who earn millions (think the City), but don't have it turned into a weekly wage for us all to express our displeasure at. In the end, it's a problem of society that there are such huge differentials in earnings, and we could change it if we really really wanted to. Although I'm a socialist, and optimistic, I'm not sure there's the will. Certainly not in this country.

Chatting up.

Posted: 06/02/2015 at 15:49

If as I suspect you are not in the very first bloom of youth, and the men you might consider 'dating' aren't in that happy position either, then you should know that most of us (and I mean most) have grown up and, when we look at women, like to see beyond the surface (of course, we see that too) to the real person below. Be yourself. Someone will like you.

How would sprinters fare with middle/long distance running

Posted: 06/02/2015 at 15:44

As I never tire of saying to my wife, I overtook Iwan Thomas in the Bupa 10000 in London a few years ago. It really isn't his distance. I recall reading an interview with one of our young women sprinters in The Guardian some time last year and she claimed she'd never run more than a mile - I found that hard to believe. Being incredibly fit for running 100 or 200 metres will of course carry you some distance, but it's hard to see them being much good at marathons or halves just out of the blue. A decent 5k probably....

How do we feel about the 'news' that too much running is as bad as none?

Posted: 06/02/2015 at 15:41

I think it's only fair, Wenterrapin, that you give a list here and now of the marathons and half marathons you intend to run in the next year or two. Then we can avoid them!

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