• Some professions have minimal physical criteria that some women can meet. If she can meet the minimum physical criteria she can do the job. It is not discriminatory to set those criteria at a required level that only a very exceptional woman could ever meet… if that is what is required for the job. Even if the levels were set at a standrad that no woman could ever reach there would still be some men who could! In some sports women can and do out-perform men too. It does not follow that men and women should therefore compete together in all sports, men continue to have a marked biological advantage in strength and speed no matter how good the best women can make themselves.

  • I take Rizatriptan for a migraine but bog standard paracetamol works for a normal headache. Migraines are anything but a ‘normal’ headache and no painkillers ever touch those.

    I couldn’t take Sumatriptan due to heart palpitations so swapped to Rizatriptan. There are very strict rules around not taking more than 2 in a 48 hour period though, due to the nature of the ‘triptan’ drugs. They’re exceptionally strong and mess with your brain so taking them for a ‘normal’ headache may not be a good idea.

  • mel posted a new activity comment 1 year, 7 months ago

    I would argue the officials need to stamp it out. It still goes largely unpunished.

    If you very rarely get booked for diving but you often win a free kick, you’re going to dive, aren’t you?

    Refs need to get better at giving free kicks where the fouled player *doesn’t* fall over, and also give more yellows/reds for simulation.

  • mel replied to the topic World Cup 2018 in the forum General Banter 1 year, 7 months ago

    I’m not sure why all the gloating over Germany’s exit. Borne out of jealousy for a country with a much better structured football set up which almost always out performs ingurland, maybe ? I doubt whether our humiliation to Iceland two years ago hardly registered in Germany.

  • mel replied to the topic World Cup 2018 in the forum General Banter 1 year, 7 months ago

    It is turning into a fascinating World Cup (France/Denmark aside). There is a quarter of the draw that now contains France, Uruguay, Portugal and Argentina!

    As for Maradonna – an utter embarrassment. I think the BBC will be a little more circumspect about using his images during the games now, after having to cut away last night during the idiot’s one-fingered salutes.

  • mel replied to the topic World Cup 2018 in the forum General Banter 1 year, 7 months ago

    But compared to the Spain v Portugal game, last night looked like Sunday pub league match.

  • mel replied to the topic China and football? in the forum General Banter 1 year, 7 months ago

    THere was an excellent documentary on BBC recently about one of their academies, not sure if it’s been still on iplayer but a fascinating insight in to how they’re applying their efforts to develop their national squad.

  • mel replied to the topic World Cup 2018 in the forum General Banter 1 year, 7 months ago

    Annoying distraction for the next month. Not even the pinnacle of world football in terms of entertainment and skill levels, the Champions league knock-out games are much better.

    France to win, or maybe Germany or Brazil. England will be better than previous and will comfortably get to the quarters when a proper team will knock them out.

  • mel replied to the topic Any sciatica experts? in the forum Health 1 year, 7 months ago

    I was in a similar position and discovered that I could pay for an MRI at the local university, it wasn’t as much as I thought it would be (£300 ish). I too had a prolapsed disc and I’ve been doing physio led pilates for about 18 months that has helped enormously. Be careful about who you go to for pilates – there are pilates classes… and there are pilates classes. I would only ever go to a physio led one in your position.

  • mel posted a new activity comment 1 year, 10 months ago

    Perhaps rugby might be a good sport to look at for this, rather than football.

    I don’t think I can explain it very eloquently but I will try (probably because I am no longer familiar with the exact nuances of the rules).

    In rugby, during the game, part of the ‘game’ is to try and take actions that are to your advantage (handling the ball during the breakdown, being slightly offside etc.) which will result in a penalty if caught. Rugby players don’t ‘not do these things’ (as the rules would try and impose) but try to ‘not get caught doing these things’.

    Within the game of rugby this isn’t seen as ‘cheating’. Tampering with a ball in cricket is definitely seen as cheating. Both are technically against the rules.

  • mel posted a new activity comment 1 year, 10 months ago

    It’s fair to say that Wenger, with the honourable exceptions of Campbell and Kosczelny (sp?) has always come up short on defenders but he followed Bergkamp with

    Thierry Henri, Robert Pires, Manu Petit, Patrick Viera, Freddie Ljundberg, Fabregas

    Hardly unproductive signings

  • mel replied to the topic Coccyx Pain in the forum Health 2 years ago

    I had this exactly as you described, turned out to be my sacrum and not my coccyx.
    This physio gave me a number of stretches and this one helped immensely:

    It’s unlikely your gp will do anything for any kind of back pain other than pain meds so if you can afford it I can’t recommend enough seeing a physio/ sports injury clinic.

  • mel replied to the topic Planter fascitiis or policeman heel in the forum Health 2 years ago

    @sar My custom insole made a huge different you can’t have a over the counter insoles that takes differing leg length into account customs do.

  • mel replied to the topic Returning crutches to NHS in the forum General Banter 2 years ago

    Crutches cost around £10 to purchase. The charge to collect and decontaminate crutches to the required infecting control standards cost in the region of £20.

    @nicola That’s ridiculous. I’m a microbiologist so know and a little about killing bugs and we could effectively decontaminate stuff like crutches for pennies. They are designed to be easily cleaned and would need little more than a good wipe down with something like distel, trigene, or Virkon. And if you were feeling really keen you. Could probably just chuck them in the autoclave. And anyway, we’re not talking about surgical instruments and the hands of the person handing the crutches to the patient are far more likely to be the contamination source than the crutches themselves.

  • I agree the women’s soccer has been a lot more exciting! But that being said the mens game tonight Brazil vs Germany will be really exciting to watch.. will the Germans be super mean to Brazil yet again and thrash them? I think to many in Brazil this game will be the most important event in the entire Olympics… if they win it will make the game worth while for them but if Brazil looses yet again to Germany expect riots on the street of Brazil I know it sounds daft but I think that a loss will push Brazilians to the brink as a lot of Brazilians already think that the Olympics is just a big waste of money especially seeing as Brazil is going through a massive recession so if Brazil doesn’t really have anything to show for the game and all that money spent there will be a lot of…[Read more]

  • What a great final!
    It really is just Sweden’s luck to concede an own goal in the final when they have been playing so good defensively (even if extremely boring) through the whole tournament. Maybe they should have just stuck to boring defense and not take any risks at all ever next time.

  • mel posted an update 3 years, 6 months ago

    Take a look at this tiny little pitch the Western New York Flash and Seattle Reign have had to play on recently..see attached photo. A compelte joke right? These two side are two of the biggest teams in womens soccer over here in america but still have to make do with rubbish like this… I somewhat doubt any major mens football team would put up with anyhting like this but us women just have to make put up with it and not complain.

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