Peter Collins

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Rectal bleeding and running.

Posted: 17/10/2014 at 13:42

If it's piles, enjoy the probes...

Earphones in races

Posted: 17/10/2014 at 13:40

My club organises a very short triathlon for beginners. I was marshalling on the cycling element, when a woman on a fold-up bike went past. Apparently, the observer from the national tri organisation went ballistic when she saw this herself, but was persuaded not to have her disqualified. I could see both sides of this, but I thought elimination might be more appropriate in a bigger, longer, far more official tri. Made me laugh though at the contestant's chutzpah.

Limited training - can I improve? (5k)

Posted: 17/10/2014 at 13:28

Hmm. Hard to say what you might achieve doing that. I guess you need to come back and tell us when you've done it what your time was like how it felt, then give us feedback on how your 'training' (or lack of it) works for you. If you can get down to 21 minutes, it's conceivable I suppose you could run 2 or 3 mins faster with some 5k-specific training, depending on your age and natural ability.

Earphones in races

Posted: 17/10/2014 at 13:25

As I've said in a different thread, worse, much worse, was the twat at the Ealing half who decided to wears some speakers round his waist and inflict his appalling taste in music on everyone around him, a bit like the anti-social kids on the bus who think they're being hard.

TUC-led 'Britain Needs a Pay rise' march

Posted: 17/10/2014 at 13:20
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To be in the top 1% in terms of global assets one would need to have $798 US. That's around £500,000 in the UK.

Add up your housing equity (if any), pension fund (if any), and cash. Subtract from that all your debts, and you're done.

The problem with having masses of borrowed money floating around is that all it does is ramp up the price of goods. A bit of a slap in the face for people who have some real assets, they are forced to compete with others who have no concept of how skint they really are.

a teacher in line to retire on a final salary pension will enjoy retirement benefits that it would cost me about half a million quid to fund. Add that to whatever they have earned in salary or  made by speculating on the value of their own home , plus general social provision in this country and the small matter of living in a comparatively  safe  well defended advanced country and so on...I'm paying taxes to foot the bill for that by the way

that teacher is well and truly in the 1%. Yet s/he is waving the red flag on strike and forcing me to either use up my annual leave or pay extra child care to fund their little war 




So form a union, demand better conditions. A race to the bottom doesn't work out well for anyone.

TUC-led 'Britain Needs a Pay rise' march

Posted: 17/10/2014 at 13:19

Thanks for bringing this up Kathy H. I shall not be there but will be supporting in spirit. A pox on those who deny the sheer correctness of this.


Posted: 09/10/2014 at 17:40

Surpliced? You mean you're wearing a surplice?

Dog Biting

Posted: 09/10/2014 at 17:34

Actually quite hilly in parts, surprisingly. It is a lovely park, yes.

Happy Birthday to Steve Ovett

Posted: 09/10/2014 at 17:27

I remember at the time the press seemed to prefer the nice middle class boy Coe to Ovett, the son of Brighton market traders (I think, can't be bothered to check); they particularly fixated on his habit of waving to the crowd, or as they saw it his girlfriend, when as ever he was miles ahead in the home straight. I kind of liked the slightly outlawish image he had compared with Coe, who always seemed too establishment. Of course, after they both won golds in the 'wrong' races in Moscow, 1980, Ovett heroically finished fourth trying to defend his 800m title in 1984 having suffered respiratory problems, and crazily ran in the 1500m final after two days in hospital - he had to pull out. Great man, but as someone says above, we were truly blessed in those days with some great great middle distance athletes, of whom Coe was also one of the best two.

Dog Biting

Posted: 09/10/2014 at 17:18

I was running in a cross-country race in Nonsuch Park, Cheam, last Sunday, when a couple of dogs that were fighting each other ran rapidly across my path – virtually unaware of what was going on, I ran into them, stumbled, swore loudly, then heroically carried on to gain points for my club. Football was a breeze by comparison with running.

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