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  1. 47 minutes ago, Moose said:

    Good job Mrs Moose is running it tomorrow then, in 2048 she’ll be............. erm, old.

    Yes. I'll be in my late seventies then. A couple of the lads I sometimes have a coffee with after parkrun are in their late seventies, very much hope to be still running at that age like they are, but probably best not to count on it.

    Couple of parkruns already cancelled for tomorrow round here due to flooding.

  2. 1 minute ago, Moose said:

    According to Mrs Moose tomorrow is the first ever Park Run on February 29th.

    Yep. There are some people aiming to have run a parkrun on all 366 days of the year and Feb 29th won't be on Saturday again until 2048. There must be quite a few trains going unspotted on Saturday mornings with all these various parkrun challenges being chased (alphabets, stopwatch bingo and so on...) Harmless fun I suppose.

  3. On 24/02/2020 at 15:23, Bleep1673 said:

    Has anyone on here been taken on as an apprentice over 30, or taken on a apprentice aged 30 plus?

    I set up a degree apprenticeship programme at my old employer. They took on a couple of dozen apprentices last year, who all study for a degree on day release. Couple of the apprentices were 40-something women returning to work after children starting at school.

  4. 3 hours ago, manu266 said:

    I don't want to open a specific thread for this, but I was wondering how many countries or nations have hosted a SL game so far?

    England and Wales of course (any games in Scotland or Ireland?), France, Australia, Spain.

    Canada is coming in April, now Monaco could join the club in June (Catalans-Wolfpack).

    There were 2 on-the-road games in Edinburgh (Tynecastle) and of course Magic Weekend has been at Murrayfield. Nothing in Ireland.

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  5. 1 hour ago, scotchy1 said:

    I'm pretty sure gateshead did that. 

    Gateshead didnt really fall over very quickly. They were sacrificed to save hull

    But that wasnt the point. Your point was they did it on the cheap with gateshead, as they are with Toronto 

    Gateshead was basically Shane Richardson and Kath Hetherington(with some money from I think also John Stabler, the York chairman.) They ran out of money in the first season. Gary & Kath started Sheffield Eagles with £13k of their own money. Richo obviously had put rather more into Gateshead, but I'm sure I remember him describing it as his "chip shop" - he was buying himself a job running a RL club. This was not a well-funded/ well resourced expansion attempt. We haven't really had any of those in the UK that I can recall. 

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  6. 2 hours ago, JonM said:

    all the evidence so far is coronavirus will be the same. Half a million deaths from influenza in a good year, a lot more in a bad year.

    Which is not to say that governments shouldn't take this outbreak seriously - clearly stopping it from spreading is the correct thing to do and will save a lot of lives. But as an individual, it really shouldn't be on your radar as a thing to worry about.

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  7. Ebola was contained by a pretty serious effort by a lot of smart (& brave) people.

    SARS/Bird Flu turned out not be as bad as the annual winter flu outbreaks, and all the evidence so far is coronavirus will be the same. Half a million deaths from influenza in a good year, a lot more in a bad year.

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  8. On 10/09/2019 at 23:41, Henson Park Old Firm said:

    Maybe it's time to start a go found me page, and buy London a perminat ground. So we can finally put this too bed.. they only need a 8000 seater ground.

    Saracens RU play at Barnet Copthall Stadium - home of London RL for many years. It's now renamed Allianz Park and currently has a capacity of 8500. The development of that stadium (not the cost of buying the land, just the cost of putting up stands) was over £20 million. Building a 3000 seat grandstand is costing an extra £23 million. We're talking about amounts which are larger than the RFL's income for a year. The only options are to be a partner/tenant with someone else.

  9. On 26/10/2019 at 21:13, Saint 1 said:

    Books 99 and 100 for the year are The Gratitude Diaries and Why We Sleep. Both are really good but the latter in particular, although it is also a very alarming book. Both have actually resulted in behaviour change too!

    Seconded. "Why we sleep" felt like it could have done with a bit more editing. I guess we all know that exercise, diet and sleep are important for good physical and mental health, but the data seems to pretty strongly say that sleep is the most important of the three. Probably not a good book to read if you don't have any choice about shiftwork or frequent jetlag though...

  10. 3 hours ago, ckn said:

    Our local police do that. The benefits of living in a rural and very Tory area is that we have police officers with time to spare. They'll occasionally patrol the streets during the night to check if cars are locked or showing valuables, if either is showing they'll wake you up to fix it.

    We had a policeman knock at the door some time after midnight to tell us that our car was unlocked. My wife nearly called the police on him ? 

    (We have been away for the weekend, leaving our front door wide open. Came home to find that the postman had popped the letters inside the house, but left the door wide open. Also left a car door open (not just unlocked) several times overnight. We live on one of the main roads through the village, not some quiet cul-de-sac.)

  11. 15 minutes ago, henage said:

    Lads been doing the 5k race series around the cycle track . 1st Thursday (could be Tuesday )of the month . Well run , results straight after you finish .

    Looks like they have a website too. I'll have to tell my son about that - he runs with York AC.

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  12. 40 minutes ago, glossop saint said:

    I did.  We ended up at York instead so given it is something like the 4th flattest so I had to go for it really.  I got a new pb which I was chuffed with but I'm not sure I'd recommend it as a run unless you want to go fast.  It is on the access road of York racecourse so is very fast but very difficult mentally as there is nothing to distract you and you can see the whole circuit stretching out in front of you!

    I like it - nice fast course, as you say. Heslington (on York University campus) is also pretty quick.

  13. 14 hours ago, Adelaide Tiger said:

    Last year a young P plater accidentally drove his mothers car down the O-Bahn and got the car lodged in the track.  It was just before the morning rush hour ???

    We have the guided busway round Cambridge - pretty good system IMO, takes a lot of car traffic off the roads. Even after a few years, there are still occasional numpties who ignore the no entry signs and rails and drive onto it, best one being an HGV driver earlier in the year.


  14. On 11/09/2019 at 21:08, JohnM said:

    You lot don't know yer born!! You're lucky. This is how it was in my day!

    Three days of interviews, aptitude tests, teamwork tests, etc  travelling o three different premises around Manchester (West Gorton, Moston, Hollinwood)

    Different times indeed. I guess they thought they were hiring people for life.

    My oldest son is about to start his last year of Computer Science at university. He's already had multiple job offers for next year where there was no face to face interview at all - just an online test and a relatively short video call.

    I must've interviewed a couple of thousand people when I was working. Definitely if we got to the point of bringing you in for a face to face it was yours to lose.

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