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Public information for the novis cyclists -2
at 06:45 19 May 2020

Sympathy Lagos - My first time out wearing clip ins I rode into a wide area of freshly laid deep shingle like infill. The bike came to a stop, sank down and I simply toppled sideways still clipped in. Inevitably my cycling mates thought it was hilarious.
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How many politicians and Mail journalists
at 21:17 15 May 2020

There is no easy answer to this. My son and daughter in law, along with many other teachers, travel into school a couple of times a week to run classes for the kids of key workers. On other days they work to provide internet based lessons. For weeks now these teachers have been traveling to and from work, exposed to others and potential infection. They are also key workers, though this seems to get little recognition.
My son gets home from work and has to immediately strip off, shower and places his clothes in the laundry so as to protect his one year old.
I think the teaching unions have a responsibility to ensure that before schools return full time medical opinion and advice supports such a decision. At the moment it is not clear they do.
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England women’s team new manager
at 15:42 11 May 2020

I see that the lobbying has started for the new manager to be paid the same as Gareth Southgate.
WTF!

1. Football is entertainment.
2. No one argues that singer a (male unknown) should be paid the same as singer b (female star).
3. It’s down to unit sales - bums on seats - record sales/downloads or tv and marketing right values.

So men’s football is in a totally different place to women’s.

Equal pay throughout the women’s game would bankrupt the sport.

Would they argue that the manager of the England men’s Netball team (yes there is one) should be paid the same as the manager of the women’s team?

The world has gone mad

There I feel better now... end of rant
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Unincorporated Charities... anyone on here know about them?
at 18:46 8 May 2020

I should have added that the Charity Commission website has a lot of helpful information that is freely available
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Unincorporated Charities... anyone on here know about them?
at 18:42 8 May 2020

The Charities founding articles/objects should include provision for the mechanics covering the election or appointment of Trustees.

Beyond that, and before making an appointment, the existing Trustees should first identify the needs of the Charity for specific areas of expertise, what does the charity lack etc. They should then recruit/appoint accordingly. It is no good a lawyer Chairman inviting all his lawyer mates onto a board only to find no one can add up and that they are going down the tubes for lack of a finance guy.

Starting points for consideration in a private school for example might be Education obviously, Finance, law, property, health, IT, Higher Education, Personnel Management plus one or two generalists. You just need to mix and match the specialist skill sets to the particular Charity.
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Football finances
at 18:15 8 May 2020

In recent days there has been a number of interesting articles on football finances and the huge impact that the fallout from the Corona horror story is likely to have on clubs.

“In 2018, the Premier League earned £3 billion from TV money and £2.9 billion went out in wages. Meanwhile, the EFL spent £1 billion in wages despite receiving just £100 million from TV. Parry, formerly Liverpool’s chief executive, described it as a crazy model that requires a “reset.”

The extract above comes from an article in the athletic. It makes very clear that the “throw money at it and hope” financial model in the Championship is unsustainable in the long term, and is only sustainable in the short term with very rich benefactors.

If we add in to this mix the impact of closed grounds, games behind closed doors and possibly loss of TV money it is clear that there are likely to be a number of casualties and clubs failing. This set me thinking that actually I am happy to have an owner who ,though supportive, has run ITFC on a prudent financial basis such that hopefully we will be able to survive as a football club.

That in turn feeds my despair at the negative whiners who complain that we only have loan signings, that all our players are sh** just because they are By and large Div 1 players. Surprise surprise we are in Div 1 and have a Div 1 budget.

The next six months to a year will see clubs fold. We need to hope that our owner keeps the faith and that we do not join them
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Professor Neil Ferguson
at 08:31 6 May 2020

It all seems rather pathetic that a Telegraph journalist has spent days, if not weeks, of his life doorstepping this guy in the hope of digging up some dirt. Sure he has made a fool of himself, as have a few politicians around the world.
In the greater scheme of things this is little more than sensational noise. Cue indignant hot air from The Torygraph.
He’s resigned - out of the picture - move on.
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In the interests of balance, Neil Ferguson responds ...
at 12:22 1 May 2020

In the interest of balance - did it take into account all those lives saved because of reduced traffic accidents, reduced knife crime, improved air quality, or lost to increased domestic violence etc. etc.

Truth is we will only be able to draw informed conclusions after the event when all the data is to hand.
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Any of our older forum users remember this?
at 21:43 23 Apr 2020

Heavy stuff. In comparison we were just white privileged middle class students making ourselves obnoxious - as students do
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Training rides starting today for Lands End JoG ride
at 21:33 23 Apr 2020

Hi BL
I got in 50k along the Rhône valley towards Sion today with 3 mates. Stunning scenery and weather. The trick is to clock up at least 35 minutes on the quiet days, taking one day a week off. After two to three weeks of it everything gets easier but having just passed 70 and at 104kg the climbs are a b****r so I try to keep to the valley floor. Senior management now has an e bike so takes the Michael passing me on the hills.
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Any of our older forum users remember this?
at 21:18 23 Apr 2020

I certainly do. I was at Uni in Liverpool where John Snow of Chanel 4 news led us in a sit in of the Senate in protest against Barclays operations in South Africa.

Luckily for me for my Professor at the time didn’t kick me out
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Covoid Big Brother - lighten the mood
at 07:19 26 Mar 2020

Yup. Plenty of empty trails. Ski slopes are all closed but we can get out to exercise. I have set up a bike turbo trainer on the balcony so I look out on Mont Blanc as I exercise

How’s that for smug bustard.
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Covoid Big Brother - lighten the mood
at 07:11 26 Mar 2020

Reading these posts i can’t help but notice what an incestuous inbred lot inhabit this board :-)
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Sure thing Dr Spock
at 19:52 20 Mar 2020

Looks to me like we are in agreement. Just took a while to get there.

Stay healthy
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Sure thing Dr Spock
at 06:34 20 Mar 2020

So 10,000,000 deaths occur naturally in China each year. Coronavirus has caused between 3,000 and 4,000 deaths many of, if not a majority of, which would have occurred anyway as part of the 10,000,000 annual deaths. So say 2,000 at most as a proportion of 10,000,000.

To me trying to make a rational analysis that is a relatively small proportion 2/10,000.

Of course each death is a tragedy for those involved for whom the outcome is absolute, not relative.
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Mortality rate is 4.4% in the UK from Coronavirus
at 22:25 19 Mar 2020

Semantics boys semantics.
The important data analysis is around excess deaths due to coronavirus. China has around 25,000+ deaths per day. 3,000 to 4000 deaths attributable to the virus over the period it has been running is really a relatively small number, (though of course not for the individual concerned).
The majority of deaths occur in individuals with significant underlying health problems therefore the excess deaths will by definition be fewer still.

The number of deaths from coronavirus is not really the problem . It is rather the swamping of medical resources and the lockdown of social and economic activity. Your lives are not in great danger though your wages,or your pension fund might be.
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Joke
at 11:34 17 Mar 2020

How much did she have to shell out for that
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Club Finances
at 13:10 25 Feb 2020

Yes I know - I have seen your posts about growing vegetables, vegan pizzas and your wife’s deodorants.

What else is there to say.

Pecker by name, pecker by ....
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Club Finances
at 13:02 25 Feb 2020

Interesting article in the Athletic re the divide between Championship and Div 1 finances

https://theathletic.com/1611512/2020/02/22/championship-league-one-gap/?source=s

This season Championship signings total £200 million but in Div 1 only £5 million.
Championship clubs get 80% of central funding but Div 1 just 12%.

The big gap in English leagues is between Championship and Div 1.

We need to pray we get back soon.
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Cat Owners
at 10:08 21 Feb 2020

I thought one of the key points about a forum is that there are different points of view expressed. Am I only allowed to comment if I agree with the post?

Doh!
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