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  • Birthday 10/12/1953

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  1. fiftyplus

    ANZAC day

    My father was in the airforce (not a pilot) and also in New Guinea and again didn’t talk about the war much or march on ANZAC day. Other than it being my mothers birthday, the only thing he really spoke about was the respect for the Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels. He had war nerves and was short tempered and my parents were typical of the generation who grew up in the depression, where you learn to live without stuff and don’t waste money on the unnecessary.
  2. fiftyplus

    What exercise did you do today

    A bit like this, but started with an hours walk with the dog, then prepared a new garden by lifting and relaying turf and laying garden edges. Garden soil comes tomorrow, so out comes the wheelbarrow. Good exercise and something to show for your effort.
  3. fiftyplus

    Height & weight

    172cm and hover between 71-72kg. Would like to lose a couple of kgs
  4. fiftyplus

    What do you do to get away from Triathlon?

    Very nice Softy, I’m jealous. This is my latest project finished, a complete makeover of my kids old pine rocking horse for the grandchildren to play on. plus the vege garden
  5. fiftyplus

    Vale Rory O'Donoghue. Aka Thin Arthur - Aunty Jack Show

    Very sad, used to watch him on TV and also wrote a lot of ad jingles I think, plus at tris of course. RIP
  6. fiftyplus

    Bullying in the Workplace

    My wife was asked to apply and was hired at an organisation on a casual basis to help with stores ordering and staffing and other admin duties when required. After some time, she complained to her boss about the conflicting communication, lack of work and not being given computer logins and appropriate information to perform the duties she was hired to do, plus the attitude, treatment and workplace culture of other staff who would complain about how busy they were, yet reluctant to give her work other than photocopying. After complaining, she was not given any shifts at all. She then complained to HR in writing about her treatment and the culture and bullying amongst staff and management and their reply was that they were sorry about the communication problems and maybe it wasn’t explained at the interview that the job was only a temporary position anyway, but no mention of any effort to improve the workplace culture. Unfortunately, my wife had resigned from another job to go there on the pretence of a role that was never intended.
  7. fiftyplus

    What do you do to get away from Triathlon?

    Very nice Softy! I assume they are watercolour and also something else I’d be interested in trying along with learning a musical instrument.
  8. fiftyplus

    Pedals: clipless vs flats

    For a cheaper alternative, you could also try Vans skate shoes with the waffle sole.
  9. fiftyplus

    Short man syndrome.

    I’m 172cm or 5ft7and 3/4 and I consider myself average height. Personally I wouldn’t want to be really tall.
  10. fiftyplus

    Short man syndrome.

    Yes I think it’s a problem for some. None of my sons are tall, but my middle son seems to have issues with it sometimes. Not sure why as he’s so coordinated and talented and has competed at national levels in both gymnastics and dance.
  11. fiftyplus

    What do you do to get away from Triathlon?

    I’m not a carpenter or cabinetmaker but it’s an excuse to get more tools and make stuff. As far as the veggies go, it’s a case of trial and error, but they taste great.
  12. fiftyplus

    What do you do to get away from Triathlon?

    As a retiree and living in a new house I have discovered gardening, especially growing your own veges. It’s good exercise and rewarding. Doing a lot more cycling, plus I have always enjoyed tinkering in the garage and making stuff, especially woodwork. Also thinking about joining a bush walking club.
  13. fiftyplus

    ageing- from serious stick insect to mammil

    Some great advice here from all. I’ll be 64 soon, retired, and doing more cycling than ever but should probably do more upper body work. I walk every week day morning plus do gardening during the day and rides. Just keep moving, stay flexible, and watch my food intake. We are all probably a lot fitter than the average person our age.
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    How long have you got left to live - touch wood

    February 16th 2039. Oh well!
  15. fiftyplus

    New road bike disc or not

    Thanks everyone for your input, and I think I'll go the disc brake option. I haven't done a tri for a while, but can I use disc brakes in a local Tri race non or maybe club champs etc.