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General Election 

My one and only post on the General Election. Then nothing political from me again because it’s pissing me right off!

I as usual will be urging you to attend your polling station and exercise your democratic right, you never know when it may be removed!

I also as usual will be attending my polling station and writing “none of the above” on my ballot paper. Along with other words including “corrupt, incompetent, self-serving and liars” etc etc.

Already I can hear cries of “wasted vote” and “you’re allowing (insert your political opponent of choice in here) to get in!”

Well, all I can say is that I am unique among my friends with whom I discuss politics with, because I am the only one voting with my heart and being true to myself. Everyone else and I quote here is “voting for the least worst”. Whether that’s Conservative, Labour, Liberal or whoever.

If you are reduced to voting for the least worst, then your vote is more wasted than mine, because they’re not what you want.
As far as I’m concerned that is no choice. (But I support their right to do that obviously). 

The country has never been so poorly served by its politicians. The standard, honesty, integrity and capability of those in power has never been so low. The very system that attracts the wastrels we have now must surely be called into question. How many of those representing us now would you trust with your own personal money, property, business or kids?  

It is my heartfelt wish that the system is changed to make voting compulsory and have a box to put your cross in that says “none of the above.”

But we all know why that will never happen. Which just highlights even more to me the inherent dishonesty of those in power.

The ones standing in this election are not worthy of your vote, they’re not worthy of the honour of serving you and they’re not worthy of sitting in the Mother of all Parliaments and they’re definitely not worthy of representing this nation of which successive Governments of all political hues have brought to its knees.

But please attend your polling station and exercise your right to vote. Where ever you put your cross.

But as Mark Twain famously said, “If voting really made a difference they wouldn’t let us do it.”

A Rugby Rant…England v Italy.

I am absolutely gobsmacked by this after match interview by England Coach Eddie Jones. This is the first time he’s put a foot wrong in my opinion.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p04v3x8q

The Italian coach Conor O’Shea should be congratulated, for coming up with a tactic that totally flummoxed the England players. Now to be clear, what the Italians did was totally within the LAWS of the game. RUGBY HAS LAWS, NOT RULES!!!!! Laws can be interpreted, rules are set in stone. There is a major difference in that.

All the Italians did was not commit men to the tackle area therefore not forming a ruck, therefore there was no offside line so the Italians could stand where they liked, usually blocking England from passing the ball, so stopping them from playing how they wanted to.

Any Rugby aficionado will know this is totally legal and more to the point not new. The Waikato Chiefs did a similar thing in Super Rugby and you see it a lot in Rugby Sevens.

What upsets me is reaction from the England Coach and various ex players who put themselves up as pundits bleating about how it ruined the game and World Rugby should be looking at the Laws so it can’t happen again.

This is a typical Tweet from ex England scrum half and world cup winner Matt Dawson and my reply to him.

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How rubbish is that? Smacks of Sour Grapes to me.

What the “experts” should be worried about is the England players not knowing the Laws, as per James Haskell actually asking the Ref, Frenchman Romain Poite (who had a great game), what is the Law and what should they do about it! Poite quite rightly told him that he was the Ref and not the coach!

The other massively worrying thing was that the England players could not work out what to do when faced with something “new”, they had to wait for halftime for Eddie Jones and the other coaches to tell them how to counter the tactic. So much for Heads up Rugby and playing what you see!

To summarise, hats off to Italy for using their brains in a innovative way, worrying for England and their inability to adapt, plus lack of Law knowledge.

To finish on a positive, England still won convincingly and they seem to have the knack of winning ugly. Scotland next. Should be a cracking game against a much improved Scots team who are starting to motor.

Bikey Day…

After a quick test of my belt drive all rounder I realised that the brakes were screaming more than a wife who realises that her Hubby has just sneaked in another new bike into the garage.

A quick removal of the pads revealed that the pads while still having plenty of meat on them were glazed to buggery. So a short bit of time attacking them with emery paper removed the offending shiny stuff and revealed the original pad surface.

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While I was in the mood for a bit of gentle fettling, I did a quick service of my Giant road bike.

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Then it was off out for a pedal on my belt drive, just a very short, test the knee out type of pedal, no big hills, no major off road, just an idea of where the knee is in regards to rotating the old cranks and propelling me forward.

It was properly cold at – 2 degrees and I wished I had put tracky bottoms on instead of toughing it out with shorts. But I got round with only a few twinges and aches and pains in the old knee area.

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I was quite happy with how it went, a cliché bike and gate photo on the route above and a quick snap of the main Birmingham to Worcester main line pedestrian crossing below.

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Now I have to sort out some regular routes with a progressive increase in distance over a sensible time frame, start organising a sensible varied food intake, oh yeah and find a job…

A lot has been happening…

I had my post knee operation assessment today at the hospital. My knee, while it has been very painful has recovered enough for me to walk without a limp. The surgeon said it still will be painful as knees take quite a while to become pain free after surgery, so it’s just a case of being a patient patient.

I was fit to go back to work on the 31st of October, but for reasons many and various, my Boss kept putting off my return to work protocols, so I had extra time at home until they could be carried out. A date of Thursday the 17th of November was finally arranged for me to attend the return to work interview. And I was promptly made redundant at the meeting. Reasons that were cited were lack of work, a restructuring of the company and a new strategic long term plan.

I was thanked for my efforts, given a months notice pay and told it was with immediate effect. Was I surprised? No not really, the lack of the companies urgency to get me back was a massive Red flag and I was half expecting it.

I am now back in the job market, so if anyone has any openings please let me know!

Now my knee saga has effectively come to an end I can now continue with the slow process of getting back on my bike and getting back outside. Every cloud always has a silver lining!

Update post knee surgery…

It is nearly 2 months since I have put finger to keyboard, but 10 days ago I finally had the surgery on my injured knee.

In the accident I had at work back in February, not only did my Medial ligament get damaged along with my meniscus, but my cartilage was also torn. All of which the surgeon said he worked his magic on.

My rehab consists of a series of Physio excercises that I am doing religiously (but which are causing me a bit of grief), regular icing and rest, but I get the stitches out of my 2 surgery wounds on Friday. I still cannot kneel down, nor have I got a full range of movement in the joint and I cannot stand for too long either. I’m sure the painkillers are assisting me in my pathetic attempts at hobbling though.

But all being well, I’ll be back at work the end of the month, hopefully back on my bike too.

 

Feeling the heat…

I know I live in Dear Old rainy England, but we have seen unusually high temperatures and clear Sunny days of late. Which makes my knee injury all the more galling. Ideal cycling/commuting weather and I’m stuck at home on my backside.

On Monday I attended The Princess Of Wales Hospital in Bromsgrove, after much NHS bureaucratic faffing around, to see the knee specialist.

I have never been to medical school, not a medical professional at all, but he confirmed my feeling that there is more than one issue going on in my 52 year old knees.

He analysed the MRI of my right knee and confirmed that I have a severely torn medial ligament and a badly damaged meniscus both of which needs surgery to rectify. Months of hanging around to be told what I’d already guessed when the injury occurred back in February. I am now on a waiting list. I actually asked the specialist how long will I have to wait for the surgery and he said and I quote “It’s up to the secretaries to work their magic.”

He also said I need to keep my immense weight off the leg at all costs until after the operation. A problem for me in regards to work. Concerned about that lots…

But to finish on a positive, my daughter is back home on leave in 2 weeks after a particularly tough exercise in Canada with her Regiment. If we are friends on Facebook you will have seen her post exercise calamities in all of it’s gory glory. She is well on the mend now and cannot wait get back to Blighty for some well earned down time.

Knee jerk reaction…

My knee appointment to see the consultant has finally been confirmed after the complete NHS admin disaster of 2 weeks ago.

It is the 18th of July. 2 weeks tomorrow. which is just as well as I am now having more bad days than good with the knee.

After a visit to the Docs last week, during a particularly bad knee day, he actually told me what specifically was causing the pain and why I do have good and bad days with it.

The cartilage and the ligament are damaged and the damaged bits are flapping around in the knee. Those flappy bits sometimes get caught in the knee joint resulting in a big ouchy situation.

The treatment according to my GP will be surgery to repair/remove those flappy bits.

So there we have it. Just looking forward to getting it sorted and removing the ouchy bits from my life.