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1  Poker Forums / Diaries and Blogs / Re: Vegas & The Aftermath - Diary on: June 22, 2022, 10:51:57 PM
Hi  Tony, if there is any left could Newportlad and myself have 1% each, I'll send both over when confirmed please.


Thank you ever so much

xXx

Hi Shaz,

1% for supernova

1% for Newport Lad


Both BOOKED. 

Sent 24.60 ref WSOP Shaz


glglgl

If i ever become social again I'd love a catch up!

RECEIVED.

Isn't Online Banking a thing of beauty? You sent it minutes ago, & I have it already. We used to send someone a cheque, pop it in the letter-box, they'd get it two days later, then have to visit their bank, & then wait 3 to 5 days for it to clear. I've quite forgotten what it is to write a cheque.

Be great to catch up, yes. Like most of us, I became a hermit during Lockdown, so when I first ventured out - to an SPT - I was actually quite nervous & uncomfy. My next outing was to another SPT, & I still felt  a bit awkward socially. 

Technology in general is amazing. I'm currently sat at the bar in Circa sorting out quotes and emails. Someone in the office can work on a quote and save it to our cloud based server which I can then access instantly anywhere in the world to work on the same document. It's no different to working from home. I can even be on work's phone system using an app, absolutely incredible.

The world is an incredibly small place these days.

Best of luck in the WSOP. Would've bought a piece but you're pretty shit at poker so decided not to. That reminds me..... As the only person worse than you at poker I think I still owe you a fiver for our last LL. Good luck prising that out of my grasp.

We go home on Saturday so won't be around when you get here unfortunately.

Bumped in to that posh lad on Monday. He was very drunk and drinking beer from a large shoe. Quite impressive really.

Right that's me done. Hopkin just turned up.... Time to get messy. F**king love Vegas.


2  Community Forums / The Lounge / Re: Official cryptocurrency thread (Bitcoin, Ethereum, Altcoin) on: June 13, 2022, 06:38:14 PM
What a rollercoaster BTC investors are having. Dropped below £20k today for the first time since December 2020 and has been in freefall for the last week or so.

Down 20% over 5 days and down 10% today alone.

I've said before I've never understood crypto/BTC and probably never will but I love following its price almost daily.

It peaked just under £50k about 7 months ago and has been crazy volatile ever since.

That 'spike' in December '17 when it first breached $20k looks like a molehill next to the Himalayas on a 5yr graph.

Hope any Blondes invested are doing okay out of it.
3  Poker Forums / The Rail / Re: Vegas Trip Information for anyone looking to go this year. on: June 12, 2022, 11:44:55 PM
I use this guy for travel stuff https://twitter.com/SimonCalder

He's usually pretty good.

https://www.independent.co.uk/travel/news-and-advice/us-travel-covid-test-holiday-b2098403.html

I'll just be taking my esta paperwork, the vaccine pass printout,and filling in the form on Virgin's website the night before I go.

Hoping to get a Virgin flight to save filling out a physical form. BA don't have the same convenient tick box facility.


Good luck, chaps. Hopefully see you boys in a week or so!

Think we only have to tick a box and fill a few details in, but then you have to make sure you've got the form until you get there, I suppose?

Not with Virgin. The airline is responsible for the forms so you don't need a physical piece of paper once you've clicked a few buttons. Great system.
4  Poker Forums / The Rail / Re: Vegas Trip Information for anyone looking to go this year. on: June 12, 2022, 09:25:32 PM
I use this guy for travel stuff https://twitter.com/SimonCalder

He's usually pretty good.

https://www.independent.co.uk/travel/news-and-advice/us-travel-covid-test-holiday-b2098403.html

I'll just be taking my esta paperwork, the vaccine pass printout,and filling in the form on Virgin's website the night before I go.

Hoping to get a Virgin flight to save filling out a physical form. BA don't have the same convenient tick box facility.
5  Poker Forums / The Rail / Re: Vegas Trip Information for anyone looking to go this year. on: June 11, 2022, 10:59:43 PM
Think we're back to normal, other than attestation form online or at airport, and your NHS vaccine pass on phone or paper.



Don't need anything at all by the looks of it:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/international-travel/index.html

6  Poker Forums / The Rail / Re: Vegas Trip Information for anyone looking to go this year. on: June 11, 2022, 03:32:15 PM
No tests needed but you do need proof of vaccine to go to the US from what I understand.

Not sure if the locator forms are still in effect?
7  Community Forums / The Lounge / Re: Blonde will make you STRONG on: June 01, 2022, 11:20:12 PM
Tough day today on my 'heavy' bench day.

Rep range is 4 to 6 and my best week I've managed to peak at 135kg for 4.

Felt really good today and had visions of giving 3 plates a go but for some reason it just wanted there.

To get to 135 in reasonable jumps I go 112.5, 122.5, 130 and then 135. Anyway the 122.5 felt ridiculously tough, 130 I just about squeezed 5 reps and then took the sensible option and bailed out on the top set.

Felt really confident after Monday being a good day but I guess sometimes it's just not there.

I started a mini cut this week but I can't see that being the issue as I've only dropped about 500 calories per day and only been at it a couple of days. I trained 11am instead of my usual 4pm which is a likely factor but I've done it before and not been badly affected. Hey ho, not to worry, back at it next session.


Much better 'heavy' day this week.

120kg x 4
127.5kg x 4
135kg x 3
140kg x 2

First time I've had 3 plates on the bar without the slingshot for almost 3 months. First rep wobbled a bit but managed to recompose and hit a pretty solid second.

This was the first time I've dropped my reps as I start my heavy 4 week block and my numbers were actually as good as I hit in my testing block last run through so quite encouraging.

No tweaks or twinges which is even more encouraging so can hopefully have a run at something decent in about 8/9 weeks time.
8  Poker Forums / The Rail / Re: Vegas Trip Information for anyone looking to go this year. on: June 01, 2022, 11:15:33 AM
An Upper Reward seat came on this morning going out on the 24th June.  Can confirm it is 58k points + £330 to update from economy delight.  Smiley  Get to try out the clubhouse at Heathrow for the first time.



Good stuff Doobs. Don't forget the security fast track as well, for me that's an even better benefit than the clubhouse.

How did you find out about the ticket? I'm on seatspy but for some reason the alerts aren't working for me at the moment.
9  Community Forums / The Lounge / Re: Blonde will make you STRONG on: June 01, 2022, 10:42:01 AM
https://barbend.com/2022-worlds-strongest-man-results/

Tom is a potential GOAT after going back to back.  His brother 7th.   That field was stacked and Tom won by half the track.  10.5 points clear.   That is mario distance in that field.   He could win 5 straight at his age.  Total freak.  I did think i said this 6-8 years ago on here when i first saw him when eddie hadn't made it.   World's stroongest brothers  by a mile.

Couldn't agree more, we could be seeing the start of something very special. I do think he beats a prime Thor, if not now within few years. It is genuinely immense to see and then you take into account his brother is coming top 10 too! Interesting to see what direction they take with weight. There has been an obvious increase in size, but to maintain that weight for a decade isn't easy. Thor and Eddie I think both peaked for around 2-3 years at these weights. I guess Brian did carry huge amounts of mass for a decade or two.

I thought Tom was looking pretty unhealthy to be honest. They all do of course but Tom had that body fat level almost on a par with Eddie at his chunkiest (and strongest....)

It must take a huge toll on their hearts being that heavy and combined with the steroid use/abuse you have to wonder how long he can keep it up for without dropping dead.

Eddie was smart enough to know it would kill him so got out early. Can't fault him for that one bit.
10  Community Forums / The Lounge / Re: Blonde will make you STRONG on: May 31, 2022, 04:49:08 PM
Thought Novi had it after that truck pull but then he completely effed it on the stairs and stones.

The lightest guy in the field won the truck pull a few years ago as well. Can't remember who it was but he was tiny in comparison to the rest.

I think Licis will give Tom a good run next year. He's already said he won't be doing the Arnolds so that he can focus on worlds which will make a huge difference.

If Licis can stay injury free throughout a year of training I don't see much between the two of them really.

100% agree that Shaw needs to quit although you could say that about Mark Felix and he seems to keep going.
11  Community Forums / The Lounge / Re: Fat Club - Get Healthy / Fitter in 2022 on: May 31, 2022, 03:35:44 PM
At the start I thought you were going to crash and burn but these are incred results.


I much preferred the crash and burn. It was far more entertaining for the fans.
12  Community Forums / The Lounge / Re: Blonde will make you STRONG on: May 31, 2022, 03:34:43 PM
Yeah staying injury-free and doing 3x45min sessions a week right now is as good as anything I've ever done. Just need to keep reminding myself of that.

I'm only training 3x per week at the moment. Don't know why but I just cba with 4 or 5 days right now.

Doesn't seem to be affecting me much at all. My legs might lose a bit as I'm completely missing those but I know that 6 weeks back on it I'd be right back where I was.

All I do for legs at the moment is 20 bodyweight squats every morning. That seems to be doing really well at keeping enough quad definition to satisfy my fragile ego.
13  Poker Forums / The Rail / Re: Vegas Trip Information for anyone looking to go this year. on: May 31, 2022, 03:29:00 PM
I'm never going indirect again, with all the aggro and cancellations with short haul flights in the new world.

Exactly how I see it.  At 5pm when you are stuck at a gate in Chicago and realise you could already be in Vegas if you'd paid the extra hundo..... shudder.


The one I was specifically looking at was BA via Phoenix which is total flight time 13h 12 opposed to the 10h 40 for direct.

1h 2 transfer time seemed potentially a bit tight so what's the risk of missing the connecting flight? I assume they have to sort it if you book both legs as one flight but you could end up hanging around a bit?

This one actually gets you to Vegas more than 4 hours sooner but with the downside of having to drive down to London at about 4am......

14  Poker Forums / The Rail / Re: Vegas Trip Information for anyone looking to go this year. on: May 31, 2022, 03:21:55 PM
I'm never going indirect again, with all the aggro and cancellations with short haul flights in the new world.

Exactly how I see it.  At 5pm when you are stuck at a gate in Chicago and realise you could already be in Vegas if you'd paid the extra hundo..... shudder.

www.summerinvegas.com

Anyone know how old you have to be to qualify for 'seniors' events? Assuming it's 50?

Asking for a friend 
15  Community Forums / The Lounge / Re: Blonde will make you STRONG on: May 30, 2022, 03:40:17 PM
I did my back in at the end of last year (pretty sure I slipped a disc) and messed up my shoulder in February (still undiagnosed, need to try and get an MRI scan) so I was off games for quite a while.

Been building back slowly for 6 weeks now and starting to feel like I'm getting somewhere. Deadlift back upto 100kg but still taking squats very carefully and not doing much over 90kg.

Weight is stubbornly high at 85kg - need to get some more discipline from somewhere but I am starting to enjoy workouts more now.

Injuries really really suck. If you have two pretty high profile injuries I would honestly build my training around those and be prepared too be a little behind/unbalanced for a year or so but to come out of that year in the position to push on. In a world where we hear sports athletes get back from big injuries within 3 months i think it can skew our view of it. They rehab 3/4/5/6 a day, then have all the medical advice/treatment/protocols/ dare I say some naughty stuff under the table. I think when you have a life and fitness is in your top 3/5 priorities its much MUCH harder to get to the point where you are as strong and able to get stronger.

Doing this has been huge for my training and helping keep me free of any major injuries for a long time now. I've had a few niggles but nothing to stop me going completely.

It's probably over a year now since I last squatted and 2 years since I dead lifted. For me it's just not worth it as I always seem to get hurt when I get towards decent weights.

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