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ASTTer

Member since Sep 2017 • Last active Apr 2020
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Mostly ride TT's, but getting into track riding aiming to race some pursuits next season. Have given bunch racing a few cracks but it's not for me.

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    We had a similar issue on a legacy back office system before Christmas - a bunch of stores suddenly couldn’t order any stock because it was trying to place orders in 1920. To be fair it was already 15 years old in 1999 so wasn’t expected to still be going in 2020...

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    attaching bunsen burners to water taps to create an almost invisible jet of water that could go 30 feet.

    Yes! It always baffled me that whoever designed the fittings for science labs thought it was fine to have the same fitting on both gas and water taps, clearly they didn't go to the same sort of schools we did...

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    Haha very nice! Those remind me I also got caught red handed attempting to install something similar from a floppy disk. I managed to convince the head I’d found the disk on the street and wanted to know what was on it. Amazed he bought it given I’d written ‘Very Bad Computer Virus’ on the label in my rather distinctive handwriting

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    My high school teachers were an interesting bunch:

    Head of year 9 - locked up for noncing

    PE teacher - eloped to the Cayman Islands with a sixth former. We took great delight in interrupting lessons to ask teachers what happened to him

    Physics teacher #1 - left after a fairly uneventful year, I was out with friends six months later and saw him on the other side of the road. We shouted hello, to which he mooned us.

    History teacher - capable but fantastically lazy. Never marked homework. Taught a fantastic half lesson when Ofsted came round, before returning to his usual approach of handing out photocopies and failing to collect the homework when the inspector left. Was able to bend the laws of time to see the pupils out at 3:15 and be at the pub, a mile away, by 3:16.

    Chemistry teacher - caught a wasp in mid air and crushed it in his bare hand. We didn’t mess around with him after that. Sadly had a bad motorbike crash when we were in sixth form. His supply replacement was locked up for noncing.

    Physics teacher #2 - had a mullet and was a big fan of prog rock. Took us all to the pub on the last day of sixth form, on running into the headmaster on the drive, cool as anything he declared ‘just taking these lads to the library Mr D’.

    Physics teacher #3 - really wanted to be one of the boys. Went skiing with one of my friends for several years after we’d left school.

    IT teacher - one of those people that isn’t wired quite correctly but you can’t quite pin it down. Once tripped over in front of me in the playground, dusted himself off like nothing had happened and carried on. I can only presume it happened quite regularly.

    The school had a fledgeling website, however knowledge of web security was not strong. I found out if you accessed it from a school computer and used IE’s File>Edit option you could make and save what ever changes you like. We made a few subtle ones that went unnoticed for a few weeks before someone ruined it by changing the headline news story to ‘Head Teacher visits the Cannes Porn Festival’

    Best days of my life...

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    Are the speed plays still available?

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    Made it!

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    Trains out of Paddington fucked. Now heading out if Marylebone to High Wycombe, should get back to reading east to vote ~20 mins before polls close. Not sure if travel delay worse for Tories as commuters are generally more affluent or Labour as they’re generally anti Brexit which was a lot behind the 2017 swing. Sphincter tightening stuff

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    Off to vote for Labour in Reading East later tonight - very happy surprise when it swung in 2017 (previously pretty safe Tory). The Cons have had the big guns out, by which I mean the Maybot, but have given my house a wide birth since I told them in the 2015 election that I thought a referundum on EU membership was a ridiculous idea and I'd never vote for a party that suggested it.
    I noticed a real Labour momentum in 2017 locally that I haven't this time around, particularly I think as a backlash to Brexit (Lab candidate is very pro-remain), but I'm hoping they can hold it.

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    I’ve known I’ve had asthma for about 12 years but probably had it for quite a while before then. I’m lucky in that as long as I take my preventer inhaler (Symbicort) I don’t need a reliever, but I really notice if I miss a dose.

    Things I’ve found help are getting a proper intensive warmup if I’m going to be doing a high intensity workout, and I’ve also had some success using a powerbreathe. I don’t use one currently as despite religiously following the cleaning advice found I seemed to get more chesty coughs when I was using it, but it definitely made breathing feel easier.

    Diagnosis wise I’d say the important thing to remember is it’s not normal not to be able to breathe when you’re doing hard exercise. What was noticeable during my diagnosis was that the severity of it changed day to day, so one day I’d have a normal peak flow, the next day it would be considerably lower. I used to row and my 2k PB on the Concept2 is from before I was diagnosed, so you can do a lot without realising you’ve got it. I know Alex Gregory (2 Olympic Golds) didn’t know he had it until he nearly collapsed at a world under 23 final!

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    Anyone got any views on the latest Mazda 6 tourer? They seem to tick the basic boxes in terms of size and comfort that I'm looking at.

    The need to replace the wife's car has become greater as it has some kind of water ingress and the interior's started growing mould. The idea of scrapping it for £5k off a 6 is rather tempting. The scrappage scheme only runs until 31 December so I'm guessing I'd be limited to ones that are already built and on a forecourt somewhere, but I'm not too bothered about spec & colour.

    From the pics a lot of the interior looks like they've licenced it from BMW, certainly the heater matrix/click wheel thing for the infotainment system.

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