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  1. Another one for DD

    Just found this old thread. The book I have been writing about my uncle's cycling career in Europe is finished. Its been published for about 12 months now. During the last 12 months both my dad and my uncle passed away. Im grateful that they both got to read it and see it in print. Its been getting excellent reviews. If you'd like a copy contact me at arnoldcycling@gmail.com The book is only $45 posted anywhere in Australia. Overseas costs more, a lot more due to the size and weight. Its A4 size, weighs 1.6kg and has 270 pages and 344 photos. You can read reviews on the facebook page called 'Reginald Arnold SixDayMan'. Its a biography for sure but its also a history of the golden years of cycling in the 1950s. Hopefully Ive been able to write it in such a way that anyone with an interest in sport can appreciate it. The Bicycling Australia article Simon published is available online. This article is basically a summary of the book. Its here http://www.bicyclingaustralia.com.au/news/reg-arnold-the-forgotten-champion
  2. What gets on my quince....

    oops double post
  3. What gets on my quince....

    Im not interested in your facts. Im only interested in my own opinion.
  4. What gets on my quince....

    You know what really gets on my quince? DOGITs. Dogwalking Old Gits In Tracksuits. I used to hate those MAMIL cyclists until I realised they are nothing compared to the plagues of DOGITs I see infesting the footpaths every morning. They are out there every morning walking their mangy mutts and talking loudly while lazy sods like me are trying to sleep in. Why do they have to walk from place to place? Why cant they just walk their dog up and down a block of land somewhere away from everyone else. Im sure there there is a dog walking place somewhere where they could do that. Why do they need to clog the footpaths? I lost 10 seconds of my life the other day trying to get past an old bloke with a Border Collie. These DOGIT types love to walk side by side and talk, I actually think that its as much about socialising as it is about exercising. They will tell you that its all about being healthy but if it was they would be walking single file – which is how they should be walking. No need to chat, you can do that at the coffee shop later. Single file please. Footpaths were made for feet and just because dogs have feet doesn’t mean they should be allowed to walk on them. Just like things with small wheels shouldn’t be on roads, things with small feet like dogs and small children shouldn’t be on footpaths. I have big feet and Im entitled to be on the path and I’ll knock you over if you get in my way. And I will abuse these arrogant gits. Im a tolerant and accepting person who cares about refugees and marginalised people, I voted Yes for gay marriage and I will politely address Trans people by their preferred pronoun. But I will intimidate and abuse these fookers if I see them anywhere near me and I see no problem with that. Some of us actually have to work unlike these D heads who just seem to exercise and drink soy lattes all morning. It takes me ages to get my smoko because the café is clogged with these DOGITS. Mate I don’t need to see your arse crack poking out of your tracky dacks while Im waiting for my pie and chips thanks. Nor your fat wife in her active wear. Nobody should be subjected to seeing that at 9am in the morning. I was at the Maccas drive thru in me Ford Ranger the other morning and I saw a couple of DOGITs cross the road on the red signal. It was 6am and there was no-one on the road but eff me, if the little man is flashing red it means don’t walk. One DOGIT was wearing an AJAX Amsterdam shirt with some poofy soccer players name on it so I suspect they were imports from one of those unregulated European countries where governments are too lazy to think up rules. Apparently people can use their own judgement over there, I wouldn’t know, Ive never travelled. But this is Australia buddy and we have have rules, lots of rules and you better start keeping the rules. Id actually like to see these dog walkers registered, and before you tell me that dogs ARE registered already, well some of them aren’t registered and you cant tell which ones are and aren’t unless you carry a microchip sensor with you everywhere which is just silly. So they need some sort of large visible dog tag so they can be reported if they do something wrong. And not just the dogs but the actual walkers too need to be identified. And finally, what is it with the clothing? Logos everywhere. Saw some bloke with Puma written about 4 times all over his tracksuit and his mate was wearing a top with ‘Kathmandu’ written on the front. Mate you’re not in the Alps de France. You’re not in a race to the top of Everest, you’re just walking to the park so stop acting like a big poser and wear something normal. I don’t own a dog, Ive never owned a dog, and I don’t understand this stupid thing you do. Im a cat person. You don’t walk cats. So either get yourself a cat, or go walk your dog somewhere else. Not on my footpath. When you start paying for footpaths and registering yourself then you can walk there. Maybe. Well probably not. Not near me. Eff off.
  5. Laptop needed for 8 year old at school

    Mate - the literacy system I am forced to teach is rubbish. And the latest numeracy fad being imposed on us is just as bad. The only good thing about being told to teach in a rubbish way is that it never lasts long. Next year there will be an outcry over the rubbish results and the rubbish we are teaching will be replaced by a newer thing, which will look remarkably similar to something we did in the 1990s. Have to do what the employer says though. This is a good analogy. Im a house painter. You employ me to paint a room for you. I turn up to do the job. Im not allowed to do it my way. You give me a sample pot of paint and a 2 inch brush. Tell me that's how I have to do it, and I must use that stuff. I either do it or find another occupation. Then you complain when the job doesn't even get half done and looks like crap. You then take a photo of the half finished room and complain to the media about how bad painters are. Politicians jump on board and tell everyone they are going to get rid of all the bad painters and get new ones. Paint can sizes will be reduced 30% and brushes will need to be shared from now on .....
  6. Laptop needed for 8 year old at school

    Mate you would need to ask the bureaucrats that question. There is a lot of research to say that they actually inhibit learning rather than enhance it. Everything we do in the classroom is political - some politician or bureaucrat has decided it looks good in the eyes of the public. What we do has NOTHING to do with best teaching practice. As a Primary school teacher, I have to teach the new national curriculum. In my school, I am not only told what to teach, but how to teach it, when to teach it, and in many cases the exact words I need to say when I am teaching it. Teachers know it doesn't work, the results keep going down down down but we have to do what we are told. I spend so much of my school day collecting useless data ...did you know there are more people working in the Data section of the department of education than there are in curriculum? Governments are obsessed by it, and its a waste of time. Now all teachers are being "accredited". More paperwork. Hundreds of hours of paperwork. I spend more time collecting paperwork for my accreditation than I do teaching kids. I got a letter this week to say I am accredited as a proficient teacher. Thanks for that, Ive only being doing it successfully for 30 years. Oh, and I have to pay $100 to the system for the privilege. This is all so politicians can say that they have weeded out all the $hite teachers. Only problem is that the $hite teachers could still fudge the paperwork. And in 30 years Ive never met one of these underperforming teachers. They are all amazing. Trying to do their best with their hands tied around their backs, with no resources and no time. Anyway Im having a rant. And Im not supposed make critical comments on the internet. So I will delete this post shortly.
  7. Laptop needed for 8 year old at school

    Hi Cranky Im a Year 2 teacher and your letter is the same as we give out at our school. Schools are moving towards using laptops rather than iPads because laptops are better for typing (they have a keyboard). Our school is phasing out our stock of iPads and replacing them with small laptops. Your daughter does not HAVE to buy a device as your school would have something she could borrow. However it is better for her to have her own and she as she progresses up the grades it will become more and more important. Year 6 in my school uses Google classroom and does the majority of their work on their devices. Might as well bite the bullet now. The new iPads have an optional keyboard which attaches magnetically so the kids can type. I reckon these are perfect for the younger kids. Don't buy Android as they simply don't work with the Dept of Ed internet. The other option is to get a laptop which she can use for the next 3 years. High schools never tell us what they prefer and tend to change their minds on a whim. So you cant anticipate High School. But take that letter to your Harvey Norman or whatever and look at the new iPads with the keyboards. Or a small laptop. Don't get an iPad mini they are too small.
  8. Wheelset recommendations

    no its not. Its all about aerodynamics. Ask Alex.
  9. Pushing hard enough on the bike

    Most people are safe and keep well away from that edge. My dad always said that to win, you have to take a risk.
  10. Borrow a bike box?

    Ive got a Scicon available to lend at any time. Pick up and return to Wollongong.
  11. Same Sex Marriage Vote. How would you vote?

    Fact check: According to the 2016 census, 46,800 same-sex couples were counted across Australia, making up just under 0.4% of the population. http://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/mf/2071.0 When the University of Queensland surveyed LGBTI Australians, the results indicated that only 54% of same-sex couples would actually get married if given the choice. This would suggest that we are redefining marriage for 0.2% of the population. http://www.australianmarriageequality.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/5.UQ-Not-So-Private-Lives-Report.pdf
  12. The Mental Health thread

    Thats a really sensible way forward, good luck with everything
  13. The Mental Health thread

    Hey Katz I don't know you and I don't post on here much any more but I want to just say that I had the same thing happen to me and I know what you are going through. Those of us who have felt the pain of betrayal know that there is nothing worse, it is worse than death. I was with my wife 20 years and married 16, raised her 2 stepsons and had one of our own as well, happy family of 5 and she played happy families and never said she was unhappy with me or her life. We were building a huge McMansion and I thought we would grow old together. I loved her so much and treated her like a princess. Out of the blue one day I discovered an affair and then my life fell apart in less than a week. She left and moved in with this guy and I wanted to die. I more or less checked myself in to hospital so I wouldn't hurt myself or her boyfriend but that was a mistake. I got treated like a lunatic when all that was wrong was that I was in shock. I got myself out of the mental health ward by lying and saying I was fine, and went home and tried to cope and look after my kids. I woke up every morning and wanted to be dead because the pain was so bad that nothing could ease it or take it away. So much pain and grief. The pain did ease but it took a long time. Some things I think helped me was the realisation that she didn't want to be with me, she wasn't happy with me, so its okay that she leaves and finds someone who does. It would have been nice if it was discussed first but it doesn't change the fact. She didn't love me. No point in wasting our lives in a loveless relationship, or a one way relationship. Make a deliberate decision to put it behind and move on. The other thing I realised is that life isn't fair, bad things happen to good people all the time and its no good blaming people. We need to deal with lifes bad experiences in a positive way and not become bitter about the past. I don't want my happiness to be dependent on what other people do or don't do to me, my happiness is my choice, and I choose to move on and be happy. I still occasionally indulge in a bit of self pity but I nip it in the bud pretty fast and count my blessings. 8 years on and I am very happy with my life. It takes time to readjust and reinvent yourself as a different person. A single person. I love being a single guy now but it took quite a few years to not feel sad when I saw families shopping in woollies or Coles. Things will get better Katz. The more time passes, the better you will feel. I was a great husband and father and that defined me for decades, now Im a single man with a lot of time on my hands to do whatever I want. Im really happy with my life. My boys live with me, I have a lovely lady, good friends and family. Its okay. You will be okay Katz.
  14. Plateaus

    https://www.echo.net.au/2017/06/ride-swim-run-matt-slee-focus/ Ive been lucky to take this guy overseas racing and he is a really great person and I hope he does well in triathlon. He knows how to train hard and has the right temperament to be a success. I know that most people are time poor and cannot commit to huge hours training. If you are happy to be a middle of the packer and enjoy the social aspect of triathlon then that's great. Unfortunately if you want to do 'fast' times or be competitive in your age group, then you need to commit a lot of time and energy to that. Im not sure the OP can really improve his times very much with the hours available. There are no shortcuts.
  15. Plateaus

    Tomorrow morning before work I am motorpacing a guy who won the 2012 Australian Masters TT championship (cycling). After work I meet up with the young guy who last weekend won the National U19 Road Race and was 3rd in the U19 National Time Trial. I am lucky to associate with good cyclists and watch what they do and how they train. Ive had my say on this stuff many times before so i wont repeat myself. Lets just say that chugging around on the TT bike doing 32kph is not going to cut it. Like it or not there is a culture in triathlon which promotes this sort of stuff and it is unlikely to change in a hurry. There are plenty of people on here who encourage it and I am not going to disagree with them. Im off to bed, got to get up early ...