The thing that really winds me up is that they're doing things way beyond that that had the nation up in arms in Thatcher's time. For example, in our area nearly 20% of mental health beds have been cut in two years (Norfolk and Suffolk mental health trust had 600 beds in 2012 but cut this to 481 by 2014) yet no-one seems to care, it's austerity after all and we need to save our pennies.
The Coalition have been lucky with the very low interest rates meaning that there's a big old rump of people who are quite comfortable now and aren't feeling the pinch anywhere near the way those impacted by the sharpest cuts have been. If we had even scratching the interest rates of the early 1990s then we'd be seeing far more dissatisfaction...
It will be interesting to see the how the economy reacts and the public reaction when interest rates, inevitably start to rise.
I did the Manchester to Blackpool ride on Sunday in aid of The Christie. The last ten miles through Lytham and St Annes were a killer, constant 17 to 19 mph head wind. I set up my MTB as near to a road bike as I could, but, I have never had such an achy neck/lower back.
I've always had a problem getting shoes wide enough. I still split extra wide fitting shoes so trainers have always been a challenge. I remember going skiing and the absolute agony of wearing rigid boots all day that are far too narrow despite trying on every pair in the shop in that size.
Really need to get myself to a decent sports shop and try some different styles and get some proper advice.
I have wide feet and have found New Balance to be the best. They do two/three width fittings, which gives a good chance of finding something suitable. I understand Asics and Brooks are quite good in respect of width fittings, too.
Looks like a good signing for the Vikings staff. You'd expect he has plenty to pass on and having won pretty much everything bar a SL grand final, should get plenty of respect from the players. I would've thought Warrington would have looked to keep him on at the end of last season but with Lee Briers retiring at the same time, maybe they didn't want two players going straight from the first team to the back room.
Talking of Briers, I could have sworn I saw him sat in the Sydney Roosters dugout at one of the games earlier in the season. Can anyone confirm that?
He did spend three weeks in Australia visiting NRL clubs and coaches. I know he spent time at Manly and Newcastle. Not sure about Sydney, though.
The general consensus seems to be judging a coach on his media skills. A rather strange set of criteria.
For those questioning his management of the situation; I don't think you could be more wrong. He stated that he would not discuss individuals and would be happy to discuss the forthcoming game. The journalists seemed more interested in taking a line of questioning about a topic, he had clearly stated was not available for discussion, So what was the point in carrying on? I would have done exactly the same.
In fact, he should be applauded for showing strong leadership.