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In Topic: Food and drink thread

13 April 2015 - 07:56 PM

Having a cheese evening. Camembert, brie, Roquefort and Gorgonzola. Wife won't come anywhere near me because of the smell of the cheese.

In Topic: General Election 2015 - Poll & Discussion Thread

11 April 2015 - 09:08 PM

It's difficult to see how a party can change minds about it's competence on the economy when they are not actually in government running the economy. The way Labour last was able to change minds on economic competence was the 1992 crash out of the exchange rate mechanism.
The last Labour government were in power when the crash happened, and it would be fair to say they should have seen it coming, and that they deserve some blame. But no one saw it coming. Not the Tories, not the Bank of England, nor the Civil Service. The banks should have been more tightly regulated, but the Tories were calling for less not more regulation. Despite all this and because Labour had no leader from May to September, the Tories were allowed to establish in people's minds that the crisis was entirely the Brown government's fault. (despite there beng a worldwide problem) They were also allowed to get away with policies that instead of making things better, made them worse. This is the story the Tories are selling and getting away with. The only way Labour can dispel the impression of economic incompetence is for them to be allowed run the economy successfully. As they did between 1997 and 2007. A tough ask.

Without going over old ground again, the new labour government didn't run the economy successfully. It was built on over inflated public services and capital spending via PFI. Now the pinch is being felt.

I won't claim to agree with every policy from this government but labours apparent good reputation with the NHS is built on shiny new buildings that future generations will still be paying for

In Topic: 5K run on a treadmill

03 April 2015 - 03:06 PM

50 damp miles done this morning. Club ride called off do went out on my own. Average speed 18.1mph

In Topic: Cycling

30 March 2015 - 06:48 AM

Bjarne Riis founded Team Saxo, then sold it to Oleg Tinkoff who is a Russian oligarch. Riis remained as sports director. Tinkoff's money then paid for the signatures and contracts of two superstar riders ... Peter Sagan and Alberto Contador ... for this season.

The team has started badly this year, Riis has just been sacked. Team spirit is low, as evidenced in its performances this week in the Tour of Catalunya , Gent Wegelgem and E3 Herelbeke.

So now, the big three who were expected to mount a titanic rivalry in the Tour de France ... Contador, Nibali and Froome ... are all doing really badly in their races.

At least one will find some form. If not Nairo Quintana will be waiting to pounce. Could this be the year that Geraint Thomas finds his feet in a grand tour? TdF will be won and lost on the slopes of Alpe d'huez

In Topic: Cycling - From couch to 390km

24 March 2015 - 08:22 AM

Long distance is all about comfort. Get your bike fitted properly and get a saddle that you can sit in all day without any numbness. Gel padding shorts are a wise investment whatever the cost.

Don't try to push the speed, speed will come with comfort and fitness. Start the distance small and work up. To do around 80 miles a day in terms of fitness for three consecutive days you should be looking to be able to complete that distance on one day and not be tired after wards.