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    Thanks for the continued updates, Mendip, a real...

    Thanks for the continued updates, Mendip, a real education for a landlubber like myself.

    How long will you be at sea?

    The lack of a frosty lager or two of an evening is the standout negative...
  2. Thread: On my bike

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    Nice one mate - just how locked down is...

    Nice one mate - just how locked down is Manchester? Looks empty.
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    Sticky: Most of the damage had already been done by...

    Most of the damage had already been done by mid-March, at which stage people were still largely ignorant about the effects of the virus and how rapidly it spread. The climate obviously has quite a...
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    Sticky: 28 mile run from Petersfield to Amberley along...

    28 mile run from Petersfield to Amberley along the South Downs Way. 3,450ft of vertical ascent, 24 degree heat and only two water taps - one in Cocking, the other in Amberley - to keep me hydrated....
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    Sticky: I've got to say that Brits, for the most part,...

    I've got to say that Brits, for the most part, seem to be stepping up and adhering to the rules - even the chavs, in between setting fire to park benches and nitrous oxide hits, are playing the game....
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    Sticky: For the mile? I had an EKG done in 2017 and...

    For the mile?

    I had an EKG done in 2017 and was told that I might have long QT syndrome. Google it.


    IT SHIT ME UP

    Spent a year or so waiting for various cardiologists to analyse my ticker...
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    Sticky: ^ From what I've seen, all organised races in...

    ^ From what I've seen, all organised races in Thailand start in the middle of the fucking night - so no excuses, Eddie. Under two hours should be doable, think that's about 9:20 minute miling.
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    Sticky: Only half a dozen or so, none of them sanctioned...

    Only half a dozen or so, none of them sanctioned - as in, not organised events. I have done an Ultra marathon (60km) that was organised and am hoping to do a couple more in the autumn - although...
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    Sticky: I was going slow so was able to keep a decent...

    I was going slow so was able to keep a decent technique and avoid injury, fell over quite a few times though, on 35% downhills - managing to preempt impact now and go limp. Don't feel burnt out, I...
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    What an amazing commute. What a huge...

    What an amazing commute.

    What a huge transition - out of Isaan and onto that in a couple of days. You've got balls.

    It took me two years to stop shaking when I left Isaan.
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    Sticky: The seventh and last day of the challenge was...

    The seventh and last day of the challenge was yesterday and I fell quite a way short of the mark, managing 21,170ft of vertical gain over 102 miles of running.

    But I have excuses:

    The first was...
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    Looks all very heavily processed. I'd take clean...

    Looks all very heavily processed. I'd take clean complex carbs over processed protein any day. In fact I do. Beans, pulses, whole grain rice make up a large part of my diet, although I've been slack...
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    it's a tough one for sure, but for the greater...

    it's a tough one for sure, but for the greater good, as they say. looking forward to more installments. Are you looking to touch base in the Mendips at any point?
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    Sticky: It's the quads that are bearing the brunt of this...

    It's the quads that are bearing the brunt of this challenge - steep downhills load up the thighs and they get pretty sore pretty quick.

    Way behind, with around 6500ft ascent logged at the moment,...
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    Sticky: A week's virtual elevation challenge starts...

    A week's virtual elevation challenge starts today. I'm aiming for the height of Everest over 7 days, which roughly equates to 4,200ft of vertical ascent every day. Not a lot going on here in terms of...
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    Anyone seen I May Destroy You - a quirky BBC...

    Anyone seen I May Destroy You - a quirky BBC thing about date rape. Bit weird but worth a watch.

    On BBC iPlayer and no doubt the torrent sites.
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    Thanks for a great thread, Dipski - a marvellous...

    Thanks for a great thread, Dipski - a marvellous father/daughter journey that she will remember with pizza-tinted spectacles forever.

    I agree with Nampiktoot (tootles) though, the best days of...
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    Served in a gravy boat, no less. What a bunch of...

    Served in a gravy boat, no less. What a bunch of dilberts. "Listen up, SOmbat, you useless fuckwit, you simply use the sausage as a breakwater between the beans and the egg, there's no need to...
  19. Thread: Daily Moan

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    Not true, unfortunately. She was hospitalised...

    Not true, unfortunately. She was hospitalised with it. All well now.
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    And Nakhon Chai Tours - christ, that's a blast...

    And Nakhon Chai Tours - christ, that's a blast from the past. If there's any good reason to favour the train over the bus it's that the likelihood of completing the journey having retained your...
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    Well, it's bloody good start - hopefully you'll...

    Well, it's bloody good start - hopefully you'll get the train back. Feel free to stop of in Pak Chong, my old stomping ground, to take a pic or two. My name's mud in most of the bars there so keep...
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    Sticky: 54377 Did this on the bike yesterday. Thought...

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    Did this on the bike yesterday. Thought I saw a flat section of road once, but it turned out to be a hallucination.
  23. Used to have a krathom tree in the garden - sort...

    Used to have a krathom tree in the garden - sort of glorified betelnut. In fact I expect all the betel chewing old biddies were probably krathom heads before getting busy with the pestle and mortar.
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    Sticky: It seems that the Deep South of the US is getting...

    It seems that the Deep South of the US is getting hit hardest by the virus at present, tragic, but given the fact that it was folk from this area who were literally trying shoot a hurricane a couple...
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    I had crippling anxiety in Thailand - and you...

    I had crippling anxiety in Thailand - and you wanna try getting help for mental distress in Isaan, where they're all fucking nuts in the first place. Firstly I had to communicate my issue in a...
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    I've got the whole house to do, dude. Will finish...

    I've got the whole house to do, dude. Will finish landscaping the front, then come the autumn will systematically go room to room making good, repairing and decorating, then next spring I'll stick it...
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    These days I'll usually plump for a robust glass...

    These days I'll usually plump for a robust glass or two of Argentinian Malbec and a brace of regional ales - daily of course.



    I was sort of hoping that Por was part of an elborate nightmare...
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    The occasional passer by would quip "has lockdown...

    The occasional passer by would quip "has lockdown got that bad then?" Oh, we Brits are just sooooo fucking funny.
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    Yes, it is - albeit for the Mrs's car, my seven...

    Yes, it is - albeit for the Mrs's car, my seven seater just about squeezes in. Firepit will go betwixt planters and archway. In fcat, what am I talking about - there shall be so such pit, we need...
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    The World at War isamazing television. I will...

    The World at War isamazing television. I will probably re-watch later in the year.

    And thanks for the video clip Jaiyenyen - humbling.]

    Makes me feel a little bit silly about my Unsolved: who...
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    I thought that was the case - Edmond appears to...

    I thought that was the case - Edmond appears to be a lot fitter than Lulu.

    The Lulu I knew used to waddle 5k twice a year, Edmond is killing it. What gives, Ed?
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    Not sure. I think the British sun has been and...

    Not sure. I think the British sun has been and buggered off. Might stick a firepit in it to warm us up on those cold summer afternoons.



    Lovely stuff. Is the wee pooch a cocker, or a...
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    SO what?

    SO what?
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    Yes, certainly a healthy meal with lots of good...

    Yes, certainly a healthy meal with lots of good ingredients but portion size needs addressing; we're all guilty of that of course - food is nice.
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    The step then got pointed and a ton of 20mm pea...

    The step then got pointed and a ton of 20mm pea shingle was added...

    This is the current state of play.

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  36. Thread: Dry July

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    Poll: God, no. What a ridiculous notion.

    God, no.

    What a ridiculous notion.
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    After several more eons of waiting at Wickes, I...

    After several more eons of waiting at Wickes, I bought a half a dozen cheap slabs and used an angle grinder to create the top plinths for the wall, and paving for the step...

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    Darn it, I missed a trick there! After the...

    Darn it, I missed a trick there!

    After the cobbled edging was in place I made a little retaining wall and dug out the space for a step up to the arch. By now Boris was out of hospital and barking...
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    After queuing for several millenia at Wickes, I...

    After queuing for several millenia at Wickes, I was able to begin the construction process in earnest...

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    In went the sub base which got the treatment with...

    In went the sub base which got the treatment with a whacker plate I was able to hire for a day.

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    Having more or less dealt with the soil I could...

    Having more or less dealt with the soil I could now continue with the task at hand.

    I had this little lot delivered from Jewsons who had just strated trading again.

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    By this time the Mrs was fresh out of hospital...

    By this time the Mrs was fresh out of hospital and I suggested some time in the bracing air to get those lungs working again.

    She and the children planted tomatoes, basil, cucumber, chilli and a...
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    But of course, the byproduct of reaching a flow...

    But of course, the byproduct of reaching a flow state with the shovel is a huge amount of soil - and with this came the construction of more raised planters. This had now become an exercise in soil...
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    As time went by, I reached a kind of flow state...

    As time went by, I reached a kind of flow state with the shovel. I was in the zone. I just couldn't. stop. digging.

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    As you can see, quite a large pile of top soil...

    As you can see, quite a large pile of top soil and assorted rubble had began to accumalate, and with the recycling centres and dumps firmly shit, this pile was only going to get bigger. Something had...
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    At around this stage, Boris has just been...

    At around this stage, Boris has just been admitted into intensive care, my wife had come home from work witha a temperature and the health secretary Matt Hancock appeared in the daily briefings...
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    I'm gonna go with screen shots - much easier, and...

    I'm gonna go with screen shots - much easier, and the pics are of no real quality so nothing will be lost in translation.

    You may notice in the second picture, if you bend your neck at such an...
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    Sticky: 16 mile trail run with 1500 ft elevation on...

    16 mile trail run with 1500 ft elevation on Sunday evening - took about two and a quarter hours.

    I've been doing stretches of an evening which have really helped me go past the 1.5 hour mark...
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    Thank you brother - tried that already though and...

    Thank you brother - tried that already though and the damn thing reverted back.
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    Screen grab. Slap save the day. Yet again. ...

    Screen grab. Slap save the day. Yet again.





    All good thanks, amigo.

    Was a little bit worrying at the time though...
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