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#3262357 diets

Posted by RidingPie on 26 January 2016 - 10:57 AM

Just to add my 2p worth. 6 months ago I hit 16 stone, and frankly hated myself. I've struggled to control my weight since we had kids nearly 8 years ago. I came across a 12 month course run by a Canadian company called Precision Nutrition (actually I'd come across it a few years earlier but it took me a while to look in to their methods... also the course isn't cheap). Six months in to the course and I'm now just under 14 stone (aiming for about 12 if I can, but really 15% body fat). It's all been about evolution not revolution. Make small changes to your habbits, and not all at once. The first two habits I learned, and they were the most important,

  • Eat slowly
  • Eat to about 80% full

OK the other side of the course is I work out 3 times a week, but the workouts are simple and I do them at home with very little equipment, and not the gym where if I'm honest I feel insecure. I have a coach who is in frequent contact to keep me going when I'm a little low or unmotivated.


I feel a lot better!


Don't give up YOUR health is worth it.


And I'm editing back to add another thing that has been really important to me losing weight (we're all different). It's better to be consistently slightly better than it is to be perfect and give up after 2 weeks. We all make mistakes, we all have blips, when you have them the important thing is to wipe the slate clean and not say "what the hell I've blown in now!"

#3260787 Jeremy Corbyn & the Labour Party

Posted by RidingPie on 22 January 2016 - 02:23 PM

The coalition was pretty bad in its own right, in my view, and Cable played his full ministerial part in it. The consequences for his party have been catastrophic. It grinds my gears that he is often regarded as some kind of innocent bystander to it all while Clegg shoulders the entire blame.


John, you're a pretty dyed in the wool labour supporter, and respect to you for that, I have no deeply held political convictions, in some instances wish I did. The question I've asked myself, as someone who voted Lib Dem in the election running up to the coalition, is this. Did they make a difference to what the Conservatives would have done on their own. Personally I think the answer is yes. Did they make some huge honking mistakes? The answer to that is also yes. Did they get caned for it in the last election? Undoubtedly!


Do I regret voting for them? No. That said I didn't vote for them this time round.

#3260688 Its all Englands fault says Shaun Wane

Posted by RidingPie on 22 January 2016 - 11:02 AM

Well one thing you've got to say about Wane is that he gets people talking. Usually against him.


As it happens I don't agree. Internationals are a great honour and should be perceived as such.

#3260243 US Presidential Election 2016

Posted by RidingPie on 21 January 2016 - 08:23 AM

I'm not sure what your point is?


my point is you say only, and yet far more important decisions are made with far less MPs.


Sorry didn't think I'd need to spell it out.

#3260145 US Presidential Election 2016

Posted by RidingPie on 20 January 2016 - 07:42 PM

It happened in a committee room. Only 50 MPs attended. There was no vote; there was never going to be a vote. It didn't have to happen at all. The arrangement is that if a petition reaches a certain number then the government is obliged to consider a debate; not have a debate. I thought it was a tad embarrassing that the debate took place at all.

You say only 50 KPs and yet that's five times the number that attended the vote on scrapping student grants.

#3256178 Jeremy Corbyn & the Labour Party

Posted by RidingPie on 09 January 2016 - 05:47 PM

The recession would have been deep but it would not have been as protracted. Look at Ireland for an example of that (and we would at least have been able to manage our own deep cuts, unlike Ireland). Cuts had to happen because of the deficit situation. Whichever government had been elected would have had to have cut public expenditure.

Paying back a debt in big chunks hurts but it is over sooner than paying in dribs and drabs.

So can you demonstrate that we've paid the national debt down? We've still got a deficit so haven't paid the debt down.

Actually the coalition, Inspire of all the pain of the cuts increased the debt at a faster than labour did. Here's the evidence.


Essentially you're saying we went through all the pain of the last recession for nothing.

You know though, the best way to get rid of the deficit and bring down the debt would be to bring more tax in from big multinational companies, the tax receipts of whom have plummeted recently. To give you an idea, it's thought Vodafone alone avoid (as opposed to evade) £6 billion in U.K. tax per year.

#3255823 Jeremy Corbyn & the Labour Party

Posted by RidingPie on 08 January 2016 - 06:32 PM

He held together because the Lib/Dems were scared to death of what would happen if there was a General Election, and they were right.

Personally I think the lib dems kept them in check. They did a few things wrong but as Martyn said, it was the first coalition since the war, there was no experience in negotiating. In hindsight they did OK.

#3248694 Legally binding climate change agreement

Posted by RidingPie on 18 December 2015 - 07:25 PM

Yes, but they never admit that they don't understand the physics of semiconductors. They invent a convenient theory to "explain" it.

Because creating a new scientific theory is soooo easy.

They're creating models to see what works as a good basis. You're portraying this as a bad thing when it's how new advances are made.

#3247491 Legally binding climate change agreement

Posted by RidingPie on 15 December 2015 - 09:23 PM

Now that is a complete reversal of opinion from when I wuz younger. Nuclear was nothing short of a disaster because of the waste and the risk of meltdown. I hate the thought of us relying on nuclear energy especially in an atmosphere of spontaneous terrorist activity as we have seen lately. Imagine ISIS getting into a nuclear facility. That's us dead or at least very sick for a very long time.

The reactors I mentioned, MSR's or molten salts reactors, cannot go critical, their design includes a fail safe which would require a change to the laws of physics to allow it (it's a subcritical reaction). Also as I mentioned you can't really make bombs with the waste materials so I wouldn't be worried about ISIS getting hold of it.

Sadly most environmentalists refuse to look at nuclear as anything other than what it is now. The current generation of light water reactors is only one branch of the science, encouraged and brough on by our need for plutonium. Their blindness to this is something that they need to address by following the actual science.
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#3235931 BBC and rugby league

Posted by RidingPie on 18 November 2015 - 12:16 PM

The Grauniad artice refers to "well funded rivals" The BBC gross annual income is over £5,000,000,000...which to me seems well funded, too.

Posters should not engage in ageism, in my view, its as bad as other isms that are not tolrated on here.


While that is a huge amount, when you consider that they run several TV channels, and radio channels it isn't so bad.


From the figures reported Sky TV annual income is over £11,300,000,000


I think we get great value from money for the BBC.

#3233198 Congrats Shaun Edwards RL Hall of Fame

Posted by RidingPie on 13 November 2015 - 02:16 PM

Or andrew johns. Brett Kimorley always caused GB more problems despite the fact Johns was obviously the better player.

Let's not forget "the emporer" Wally Lewis, a great in state of origin but he never reproduced that at international level.

#3226665 1 Nov: First Test - England v New Zealand (KC Stadium, Hull KO 5pm) - Match T...

Posted by RidingPie on 03 November 2015 - 11:27 AM

sometimes thought he had grease all over him.


That was James Graham not Sam Tomkins

#3223013 Jeremy Corbyn & the Labour Party

Posted by RidingPie on 29 October 2015 - 01:52 PM

If your business is retail related in anyway cutting things like tax credits will hit you as these things take money out of the pockets of your customers.


I'm not retail, I'm business services. I DO however, want those vulnerable in society to be protected. 

#3222886 Jeremy Corbyn & the Labour Party

Posted by RidingPie on 29 October 2015 - 11:16 AM


The real winners are probably the Lib Dems, quietly sidelined for long enough for people to forget why they fell out of favour, there's plenty who voted for Cameron last time out I bet, but wouldn't tomorrow if there was an election, but couldn't bring themselves to go all the way over to the far left to join Corbyn, leaving them with a choice between UKIP and the Lib Dems which is a no brainer!


As someone who previously voted LibDem but didn't in the last election, I don't think its a matter of forgetting, but rather one of it now being clear that they DID do something in government and clearly DID put the brakes on the Conservatives, that brings them back in to favour with me.


That said, as much as I hate doing it, I think if the next general election was today I would tactically vote for Labour (lib dems were never in contention in my constituency when they were doing well). The only issue I really had with Corbyn's policy was his anti-nuclear stance. Having had a recent conversation with a friend who is a colonel (retired) he has convinced me that nuclear weapons are really obsolete. And if I'm really honest I couldn't see a situation in which I would press the button either.

#3221525 Tax Credits

Posted by RidingPie on 27 October 2015 - 09:07 AM

Agree about the needing the Lords. However as they are not democratically elected they should have no powers to block any legislation drafted by the commons. The Lords should be a body used purely to scutinise legislation and make recommendations for changes. They should be able to make all their findings public so we the electorate can hold the commons to account via the ballot box.


Actually for the record i'm in favour of a fully elected, politically neutral House of Lords where no-one is permitted to be a member of any political party. That way they can scrutinise legislation impartially and we could then give them the power to block the commons.


If only a party in government had tried to push through Lords reform. Reform which would have defined their remit and made them more accountable to the electorate.


The Conservatives have reaped what they sowed on that one!