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stimpo-and-kat

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#3104596 General Election 2015 - Poll & Discussion Thread

Posted by stimpo-and-kat on 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


#3094143 Cycling - From couch to 390km

Posted by stimpo-and-kat on 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.


#3071108 5K run on a treadmill

Posted by stimpo-and-kat on 13 February 2015 - 06:14 AM

70 miles so far this week including some longer 20 mile rides before work. Shorter ride this morning due to weather forecast but some good club rides over the weekend. Roughly 40 miles tomorrow and around 70 miles on sunday


#3065495 5K run on a treadmill

Posted by stimpo-and-kat on 03 February 2015 - 07:53 AM

First club ride of the year completed on sunday. 47 miles door to door through cold, wind and a bit of hail. Stoke to cafe in Audlem, long way round home towards Market Drayton. Little treat for the spring with a new bike to be ordered!


#3062160 NHS and Privatisation

Posted by stimpo-and-kat on 28 January 2015 - 08:30 AM

Without seeing the tender documents or details of the bids, its impossible to judge...


#3056953 5K run on a treadmill

Posted by stimpo-and-kat on 18 January 2015 - 11:44 AM

Well that is an epic weight loss!

 

Any before and after pics knocking around?

 

Before

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After

 

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#3055137 5K run on a treadmill

Posted by stimpo-and-kat on 13 January 2015 - 07:48 AM

Started last year at 19st 10 and cycled 2 short of 3,000 miles. Start this year at 13st 3 with a target of 12.5st and 5,000 miles. Only my seemingly neverending health problems will stop me hitting the mileage target


#3034119 5K run on a treadmill

Posted by stimpo-and-kat on 17 November 2014 - 09:08 AM

14 mile commute done this morning. Now through 200 miles for the month.

6 weeks to do the last 273 miles of my target of 3,000 in my first full year.


#3033031 5K run on a treadmill

Posted by stimpo-and-kat on 15 November 2014 - 10:24 AM

Shropshire and back before breakfast. Stoke on trent to Woore via Keele and Madeley and back. 28.8 miles in 1hr 38mins.


#3031752 5K run on a treadmill

Posted by stimpo-and-kat on 12 November 2014 - 04:07 PM

Decided to set myself a long term aim. Im 30 in three months time. Before im 40 I want to climb the Stelvio...


#3027982 5K run on a treadmill

Posted by stimpo-and-kat on 06 November 2014 - 11:08 AM

Cycling miles starting to wind down a little with the colder weather. Now covering around 300 a month. Also hit the weight loss wall. Stuck at 13st 12 so not feeling great


#3009642 The Lib Dem conference

Posted by stimpo-and-kat on 08 October 2014 - 10:11 AM

I'm not making that out at all.

I'm making out that in recent decades the route to higher education has been opened up, allowing more and more people like your nan to be able to go. Now that opportunity is being taken away again.


Triple post. Stupid phone


#3008847 The Lib Dem conference

Posted by stimpo-and-kat on 07 October 2014 - 06:58 AM

The lib dems have become the party of compromise. They brought some good policy to the coalition but one sniff of power and they'll sell out to anyone to keep it


#3001520 5K run on a treadmill

Posted by stimpo-and-kat on 24 September 2014 - 05:23 AM

Wot henage (and Tiny Tim) said!

Plenty of people walk or run/walk ours in Cambridge and work on running more/walking less as the weeks go by. There was a lady in her 80s went round on her zimmer frame time last year. If you can already run 4k in 30 minutes on a treadmill, there will definitely be people slower than you at parkun. Those "couch to 5k" plans the NHS does build you up to running 4k without a break over the space of a couple of months, BTW.

Have you ever seen a doctor/physio about your ankle? It's fairly common for people who start running to get injuries - your cardiovascular system can improve a lot quicker than your joints/tendons/muscles can get stronger, so it's easy to overdo it. Pre-existing injury or not, if one ankle hurts and the other doesn't when out running, I'd probably take that as a sign to take it a bit easier.


That's why cycling is a good option. Low impact exercise on knees and ankles.


#2993661 Help needed!

Posted by stimpo-and-kat on 12 September 2014 - 06:49 AM

Im shopping for a new road bike in the spring and I'll be buying a triple. There is a lot of snobbery and brand loyalty within road cycling but while those riding double sets will be puffing on the steeper climbs, a triple will give you plenty of range to keep spinning the pedals at a useful pace despite your actual speed