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1  Poker Forums / Diaries and Blogs / Re: Vegas & The Aftermath - Diary on: February 11, 2021, 08:37:07 PM

What a few days I had last week, felt like I got the Trifecta up.

On Thursday I got a text inviting me to book my jab. Took about 3 seconds to get that booked & I was a mite surprised how quickly it cheered me up. Booked it for 0810 on Saturday.

On Friday my Contract was renewed for another 12 months. I had been told some time ago it would be, but even so, I was whittling to bits about it. And then, with hours to spare, it all came though. Happy days. That – all being well, God willing etc – will take me into my 16th year with them. The jobs I’ve had since I retired in 2004 is incred but who could ever have predicted a decade & a half with Sky? And it all began thanks to Phil Q.

Saturday morning I was as excited as the annual “off to Vegas” day. Arrived at the jab clinic 30 minutes early & the whole thing was just perfect. Think they’d hired the local Women’s Institute girlies for all the non-Medical admin & usherers, & they could not have been more friendly & helpful. I maybe spend too much time exposed to the rough & tumble of the internet world, & it was all such a contrast. Boris & Co have made a complete balls of the virus response, but here, at the ground level, it could not have been a better experience. I had the Pfizer jab & had no after-effects except I was absolutely buzzing. The whole thing lifted my spirits wonderfully. After the jab I had to sit in the “recovery area” (a tent) & it was full of elderly ladies & gents, all chit chatting to each other as if they had known each other all their life.  It was like turning the clock back half a century, everyone so friendly & no edge.   

Then the rest of the weekend was live updating the SPT Online, the biggest MTT Sky Poker have ever staged. 5 figure guarantees are rare there, but this was a cool £100,000, & it made just shy of £140,000. The Update got over 11,000 views, which is a tidy number for that forum. Two long days though, with Day 2 finishing at 0320 this morning, so I was physically wrecked.

Today? Flat as a pancake, the dreaded adrenalin hangover. This adrenalin stuff is the nuts, it enables us to do so many things, but the cold turkey is agony.

Disappointed there was no stake for this? Miss the annual tales arse rippage and sticky buns.
2  Poker Forums / Diaries and Blogs / Re: Vagueness and the Aftermath - A sporadic diary on: February 04, 2021, 04:06:43 PM
Are you still running Tom.  Just worked out I haven't been running for 7 weeks.  The country park where I normally run has been flooded on and off since Christmas, but that is likely just an excuse.
I have still been getting out on the bike, but even that has been limited at times by the floods.  

I have definitely slowed down too much over lockdown and need to start getting out and getting more stuff done.  The kids are still getting looked after, but things beyond that have definitely suffered a bit the last few weeeks.  

Right going for a run in a bit.  Reduced circuit given I don't have a kayak.

I was forced to stop running over a year ago because I developed plantar fasciitis https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plantar_fasciitis

This was the third time I've had it over the last 5 years or so and each time it has been more difficult to cure. Running is a main contributor so I reluctantly decided to knock it on the head.

It's not that I liked running so much that made me reluctant to give it up, rather than the fact that I was diagnosed with a degenerative lung condition about 3 years ago and I used my running times to monitor my progress.

Being unable to run I switched to cycling. I have an old mountain bike that is totally unsuitable for fast road riding but for my purpose that doesn't matter. All I needed was a set course that I could time precisely.

I do a circuit which includes a killer of a hill, I go as fast as I can, it takes me around 27 min. I used to do it in 26 minutes so I've lost a minute or so in the last 18 months. I'm pretty pleased with that taking into account that I'm also 18 months older.

I'm convinced that the exercise is staving off faster deterioration and that's why I've stuck with it

During lockdown I've over eaten and got fat, I've been listless and idle, I've had bouts of depression, but I'm scared to stop exercising.

I'm in a good place at the moment. I've had my vaccine and I've managed to get control of my eating and lose a bit of weight.

So much of our physical health is connected to our state of mind. It's like pushing a cart-load of bricks, easy to keep going when you're rolling, but a bastard to get started again if something stops you.


Good luck with your re-start Doobs. Report back, let us know how it's going.





Exercising is not only gd for the body, it's gd for the mind. Exercising releases endorphins which is why you feel better after exercising. I was the heaviest I've ever been recently (15st8lb) however since December I've been training for the Para10s( https://paras10.com/the-races/paras10-tab/ )and I'm now starting to do 5 mile Tabs. I've done a few half marathons around where I live but getting improvements, even on 3 mile runs, had been ha lot harder than compared to running. However I've stuck with it and I've managed to get down to under 40 mins for 3miles( I was at nearly 50 mins when I started). I do feel better mentally as I'm not stagnating at home, I have a goal to aim for and motivate me and I've lost nearly half a stone. I've concluded it's mostly my diet that has got me fat as I'm 100 days sober on Monday and the weight hasn't dropped off Cheesy Trying to rectify my diet somewhat however I've concluded that to achieve a calorie deficit I'm gonna have to exercise more to burn off the fat. I can only encourage you to keep exercising however you can, doesn't matter how you do it, just that you do it. You're already seeing the benefits.




Thanks Mr Mo.

FYP I hope you don't mind.

One of my old friends did the Fan Dance fairly recently (2019?).  It looked absolutely brutal, but she has gone a bit hillwalking crazy as she has got older.  Good luck with the Para thing, Mohican. I definitely want to do a couple of proper long distance walks in the future, but can't see me ever challenging myself that hard with a big pack on my back.

I managed 1k today, as I didn't want to push it too far as I hadn't run for a while.  1k is about the limit of the circuit I can do anyway, so am going to have to do laps if I want to go further.  And that 1k is borderline if you don't want your feet soaked.  The rest of the park is either saturated grass, through big puddles, right up to extended lakes (probably extended to 3 times their normal size).  

I hope you can keep going as long as you can with the bike Tom.  I got diagnosed with sleep apnoea about the same time.  Exercise is definitely a positive for that too, so I do try and get out on my bike as much as I can.   Mine is a hybrid, but I have had to switch to winter mountain bike type tyres, the state of the ground round here meant that the tyres I had on were just too slippy round corners.  I was having a sketchy moment each time I went out, and got a puncture which gave me an excuse to do the sensible thing.  Times are now slower, but I can't remember any bad moments since I switched.

I have definitely struggled a bit more mentally with this lockdown, but have given myself a kick up the arse and am doing a few tasks and have put together a gardening plan to go with the exercise.  I definitely need an uptick in the weather again, it is back to grey and raining again, so back stuck in these 4 walls.    
Tx Doobs,I like challenges as it motivates me to train. Just going running with no end game gets boring.
3  Poker Forums / Diaries and Blogs / Re: Vagueness and the Aftermath - A sporadic diary on: February 04, 2021, 03:47:39 PM
Are you still running Tom.  Just worked out I haven't been running for 7 weeks.  The country park where I normally run has been flooded on and off since Christmas, but that is likely just an excuse.
I have still been getting out on the bike, but even that has been limited at times by the floods.  

I have definitely slowed down too much over lockdown and need to start getting out and getting more stuff done.  The kids are still getting looked after, but things beyond that have definitely suffered a bit the last few weeeks.  

Right going for a run in a bit.  Reduced circuit given I don't have a kayak.

I was forced to stop running over a year ago because I developed plantar fasciitis https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plantar_fasciitis

This was the third time I've had it over the last 5 years or so and each time it has been more difficult to cure. Running is a main contributor so I reluctantly decided to knock it on the head.

It's not that I liked running so much that made me reluctant to give it up, rather than the fact that I was diagnosed with a degenerative lung condition about 3 years ago and I used my running times to monitor my progress.

Being unable to run I switched to cycling. I have an old mountain bike that is totally unsuitable for fast road riding but for my purpose that doesn't matter. All I needed was a set course that I could time precisely.

I do a circuit which includes a killer of a hill, I go as fast as I can, it takes me around 27 min. I used to do it in 26 minutes so I've lost a minute or so in the last 18 months. I'm pretty pleased with that taking into account that I'm also 18 months older.

I'm convinced that the exercise is staving off faster deterioration and that's why I've stuck with it

During lockdown I've over eaten and got fat, I've been listless and idle, I've had bouts of depression, but I'm scared to stop exercising.

I'm in a good place at the moment. I've had my vaccine and I've managed to get control of my eating and lose a bit of weight.

So much of our physical health is connected to our state of mind. It's like pushing a cart-load of bricks, easy to keep going when you're rolling, but a bastard to get started again if something stops you.


Good luck with your re-start Doobs. Report back, let us know how it's going.





Exercising is not only gd for the body, it's gd for the mind. Exercising releases endorphins which is why you feel better after exercising. I was the heaviest I've ever been recently (15st8lb) however since December I've been training for the Para10s( https://paras10.com/the-races/paras10-tab/ )and I'm now starting to do 5 mile Tabs. I've done a few half marathons around where I live but getting improvements, even on 3 mile runs, had been ha lot harder than compared to running. However I've stuck with it and I've managed to get down to under 40 mins for 3miles( I was at nearly 50 mins when I started). I do feel better mentally as I'm not stagnating at home, I have a goal to aim for and motivate me and I've lost nearly half a stone. I've concluded it's mostly my diet that has got me fat as I'm 100 days sober on Monday and the weight hasn't dropped off Cheesy Trying to rectify my diet somewhat however I've concluded that to achieve a calorie deficit I'm gonna have to exercise more to burn off the fat. I can only encourage you to keep exercising however you can, doesn't matter how you do it, just that you do it. You're already seeing the benefits.




Thanks Mr Mo.

FYP I hope you don't mind.
Probably makes it easier to read and comprehend. Just for a comparison, I did 5 miles tabbing in 1hr 10m, the course record is 1hr 09m for 10 miles. I'll be happy if I can achieve under 2h30m. However, all that matters is that you get around.
4  Poker Forums / Diaries and Blogs / Re: Vagueness and the Aftermath - A sporadic diary on: February 04, 2021, 01:03:47 PM
Are you still running Tom.  Just worked out I haven't been running for 7 weeks.  The country park where I normally run has been flooded on and off since Christmas, but that is likely just an excuse.
I have still been getting out on the bike, but even that has been limited at times by the floods.   

I have definitely slowed down too much over lockdown and need to start getting out and getting more stuff done.  The kids are still getting looked after, but things beyond that have definitely suffered a bit the last few weeeks. 

Right going for a run in a bit.  Reduced circuit given I don't have a kayak.
Exercising is not only gd for the body, it's gd for the mind. Exercising releases endorphins which is why you feel better after exercising. I was the heaviest I've ever been recently (15st8lb) however since December I've been training for the Para10s( https://paras10.com/the-races/paras10-tab/ )and I'm now starting to do 5 mile Tabs. I've done a few half marathons around where I live but getting improvements, even on 3 mile runs, had been ha lot harder than compared to running. However I've stuck with it and I've managed to get down to under 40 mins for 3miles( I was at nearly 50 mins when I started). I do feel better mentally as I'm not stagnating at home, I have a goal to aim for and motivate me and I've lost nearly half a stone. I've concluded it's mostly my diet that has got me fat as I'm 100 days sober on Monday and the weight hasn't dropped off Cheesy Trying to rectify my diet somewhat however I've concluded that to achieve a calorie deficit I'm gonna have to exercise more to burn off the fat. I can only encourage you to keep exercising however you can, doesn't matter how you do it, just that you do it. You're already seeing the benefits.

I was forced to stop running over a year ago because I developed plantar fasciitis https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plantar_fasciitis

This was the third time I've had it over the last 5 years or so and each time it has been more difficult to cure. Running is a main contributor so I reluctantly decided to knock it on the head.

It's not that I liked running so much that made me reluctant to give it up, rather than the fact that I was diagnosed with a degenerative lung condition about 3 years ago and I used my running times to monitor my progress.

Being unable to run I switched to cycling. I have an old mountain bike that is totally unsuitable for fast road riding but for my purpose that doesn't matter. All I needed was a set course that I could time precisely.

I do a circuit which includes a killer of a hill, I go as fast as I can, it takes me around 27 min. I used to do it in 26 minutes so I've lost a minute or so in the last 18 months. I'm pretty pleased with that taking into account that I'm also 18 months older.

I'm convinced that the exercise is staving off faster deterioration and that's why I've stuck with it

During lockdown I've over eaten and got fat, I've been listless and idle, I've had bouts of depression, but I'm scared to stop exercising.

I'm in a good place at the moment. I've had my vaccine and I've managed to get control of my eating and lose a bit of weight.

So much of our physical health is connected to our state of mind. It's like pushing a cart-load of bricks, easy to keep going when you're rolling, but a bastard to get started again if something stops you.


Good luck with your re-start Doobs. Report back, let us know how it's going.


5  Poker Forums / Diaries and Blogs / Re: Vagueness and the Aftermath - A sporadic diary on: January 21, 2021, 08:20:13 PM
I can't believe we're almost at the end of the era of the internal combustion engine.


They have been so much a part of my life one way and another. I've spent countless hours trying to make them work or keep them working properly, sometimes for fun but more often through necessity.

Some I have loved and some I have hated but all have taught me something.


I've had an electric car since September. I won't be going back. As with all things, it wasn't the going green that enticed me but the financial aspects. My Diesel bill was North of £300 a month and my monthly hire fee is £300. Obvs I had a deposit(than would've been spent on a newer Mondeo by now) but running costs are a lot lower as bits shouldn't be coming to end of life in the next three years.I don't think in the long run it will be cheaper than buying a car every 3-4 years however I'll have a new car every three years. Just think my money's working harder for me with a PCH. Essentially my diesel costs pay for a new car.
6  Community Forums / The Lounge / Re: Food, a personal choice. on: September 10, 2020, 11:15:14 AM
Cream cheese and Marmite sandwich.
7  Poker Forums / Poker Hand Analysis / Re: time to fold aces? on: August 20, 2020, 10:16:42 PM
you ok hun?

inbox me xxx
i just felt dirty folding aces i get them so rarely won the seat but still feel like i need a shower
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you folding AA and still made the seat. Seems your decision was correct.
8  Community Forums / The Lounge / Re: Important question on: July 07, 2020, 10:42:30 PM
However if you put the bread portrait it’s likely give the longer bread that the top will stand proud of the toaster. This either leaves you to have warm bread top on your toast or requires you to flip the toast.  You can either do this mid toast and have slighted toasted either end with normally toasted middle. Or you can cancel said toast at some point, flip the bread and continue toasting. However this does risk get a burnt middle with toasted ends especially if you get distracted and allow the second toast to run its course. Nothing is as simple as it seems.
9  Community Forums / The Lounge / Re: Important question on: July 07, 2020, 06:20:34 PM
You argue about stuff like this?
Toasters have made an appearance before- http://blondepoker.com/forum/index.php?topic=66701.0
10  Community Forums / The Lounge / Re: Hacking (not around the back nine) on: July 06, 2020, 11:28:58 PM


Yes, I was reading about it this morning. It's amazing that they can get their Germans on the dosh without having their collar felt.
Learned the meaning of this the other week after watching an episode of Minder where Arthur used it in conversation.
11  Poker Forums / Diaries and Blogs / Re: Vegas & The Aftermath - Diary on: July 03, 2020, 09:27:55 PM
His back!

The parody by whassisface, that guy I vaguely recognise...all well and good, but we demand the real thing.

Barbers?

I'm just penning 'The Luton Years' chapter of my book (not for publication). Top few memories from those days?

Though the group is new, Flutter is an older name in exchange terms.
Flutter.com did exchange gambling before Betfair bought them circa 20 years ago

Hard to believe Betfair has just turned 20. Love Devine's Oaks in 2000 was the day it all kicked off. The Racing Post are running a series on it over the coming days I believe. It's a shadow of its old self now though. Liquidity was a joke through Royal Ascot, especially IR.

Knew I should have put a photo of Leif in. He would have been in the second edition. No need now.

For anyone wondering, tikay would have cashed in event 5, so stakers would have got a virtual return.
I love a gd story but you can take fiction too far.
12  Community Forums / The Lounge / Re: Independence day? on: June 28, 2020, 01:31:25 PM
It will all kick off .

Once the drinking gets underway the rules will be totally undermined and arguments / fights will start.

Hope there is a lot of police presence but even then come the evening it’s going to be bedlam IMHO.
Ive said all along that drunk people don't care for protocols etc(a lot of sober people too). Either open up the pubs properly or don't both if you're serious about preventing the spread of a virus.
13  Community Forums / The Lounge / Re: Independence day? on: June 28, 2020, 12:56:10 PM
I'm waiting to see how much of a ball ache going for a pint is going to be before I venture out, especially on the Saturday. I've now been sober for 12 weeks (don't like drinking at home) and I'm busting to go for a pint, however I'm happy to wait till restrictions are lifted more before supping.
14  Poker Forums / Diaries and Blogs / Re: Vegas & The Aftermath - Diary on: June 28, 2020, 12:50:56 PM
June 21st and the same amount of Vegas cashes as you normally have had Smiley

Hurry and get back posting.
Should I have a ritual burning of my usual staking money just to add authenticity to the experience?
15  Community Forums / The Lounge / Re: 'Unique' property in Blackpool on: April 30, 2020, 06:39:13 PM
Funny stuff that...
Made me lmao the bed made up in garage.
I thought it was a car under that pink counterpane
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