• soccerballz posted a new activity comment 3 months, 2 weeks ago

    No, nowhere close and we have lots of possible promising avenues for developing new ones which will need to be used more responsibly. Doing so is economically, politically and technically very difficult but not impossible.

    • It might help if they weren’t freely available without prescription in much of Europe and the rest of the world.

      • I was treated in a Swiss hospital for cuts in the summer. After being patched up, I had the following conversation with the doctor

        Doctor “Do you want antibiotics”

        Me “I don’t think so, do I need them?”

        Doctor “No….ah, your British. Like the Swiss you use antibiotics wisely. The French and Italians always ask”

        • For once (every rule has an exception), the eu could really interfere in a beneficial way. Ban whole herd preventative antibiotic use and make them prescription only in the whole of the eu. Then start applying pressure through the WHO globally. I think we might regret this more than climate change in a few decades.

        • On a related note, I had a work colleague with an infection try to fulfil his (USA issued) prescription in Holland… the Dutch doctor politely explained that the surgical grade antibiotic perscribed was equivalent to a bazooka to kill a butterfly and adjusted the prescription.

          ABs do seem highly overprescribed in some countries.

  • soccerballz posted a new activity comment 4 months, 2 weeks ago

    @oldgal I think you just about get my point. There are alot of grass roots sports played in the inner city areas of the UK which could seriously be better funded and are played by lots of kids in those areas.Basketball is easily the best example. Lots of kids play it.

    Basket ball s funding in the UK for the Olympics is zero. Basically because the Olympic team does not do well so funding was dropped.

    It is a real shame.

  • soccerballz posted a new activity comment 4 months, 2 weeks ago

    Not really. That money could be used in inner city areas to promote a grass roots sport which has far more participation than bob sleigh or whizzing down an icey slope on a tea tray.

    It cuts right to the heart of the issue about promoting sport.

  • soccerballz posted a new activity comment 4 months, 2 weeks ago

    Not really. Basketball is played by more people in inner city’s, the money would be better spent there than on middle class sports for the esoteric few..

    • The ‘whataboutbasketball’ argument in the context of winter Olympic funding has been quite funny.

      • Really?

        I think it’s a fundamental question. If we are spending tax money on sport, do we spend it widely on mass participation to improve the health and wellbeing of a wider population, or do we take the East German approach and focus on high achieving athletes in niche sports, and potential future high achievers for reasons of national pride and spurious trickle down arguments? http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/rio-2016-team-gb-olympic-medals-55m-each-can-we-justify-brits-slump-sofa-a7198906.html

      • Not really. That money could be used in inner city areas to promote a grass roots sport which has far more participation than bob sleigh or whizzing down an icey slope on a tea tray.

        It cuts right to the heart of the issue about promoting sport.

      • I don’t think there are any winter sports to roll out to the inner-city masses – maybe ice hockey?

        Otherwise seems a shame to abandon a major international get-together for the sake of £28m – compared to about £20bn we spent hosting the summer olympics.

        Skeleton was good tv

    • If it was spent on Basketball, it would go to the national team and its hangers-on (coaches, managers, physios etc.) rather than grass roots. However those at the top are already exceptionally well paid, as they are performing in the USA and getting megabucks. Do we really want to hand more money to people who are already (or approaching) millionaire status.

      • However I have absolutely no time for spending money on maintaining a small number of middle-class winter sports enthusiasts in the manner in which they’d like to become accustomed.

        And I certainly do not understand why someone born in the USA, who lives in the USA, and only has 1 parent who came from GB but now lives in the USA being funded by any money from GB. (And I don’t care if she got a medal – she’s a yank, not British.

        • I worked with a Winter Olympic sportsman. He spent the winter six months a year living out of the back of a 15 year old van going from event to event. I think his funding covered travel costs, but that was about all.

          • 28+ million pounds – Some cream off a hell of a lot of money. Some people get a good living from what is dished out, but that doesn’t mean everybody does, or even those that deserve/need it do.

            Maybe someone needs to look at who actually gets what. I do know that the number of (questionably needed) people at head office for athletics has multiplied dramatically – I have no reason to believe that it isn’t any different in every sport that gets funding.

            The greedy follow the money.

      • @oldgal I think you just about get my point. There are alot of grass roots sports played in the inner city areas of the UK which could seriously be better funded and are played by lots of kids in those areas.Basketball is easily the best example. Lots of kids play it.

        Basket ball s funding in the UK for the Olympics is zero. Basically because the Olympic team does not do well so funding was dropped.

        It is a real shame.

  • @strike I’m very sorry about your sister

    I don’t think that being financially dependent has to be a bad thing if both partners go about it the right way. I’ve only been dependent on OH for money for a comparatively short time but I have my own pension and savings etc because this seems like the sensible option. I will be working again soon, all being well but I will never come anywhere close to earning what OH earns and he’s not the sort to eat out at fancy restaurants and leave me at home with a cheese sandwich. We are a team in every way. I also deal with all our finances as OH isn’t interested.

  • @nasty-woman I wonder how many men there are out there who want Victorian type women given to fainting at every opportunity? I couldn’t stand a man like that. I want to be supported and treated as an equal (even if I am different e.g. better driver, less able to pick up 40kg sacks, better at mental arithmetic, worse at cooking or whatever) and the idea of a man who is so insecure that I have to be, or more likely pretend to be, useless appalls me. I am not single but I would be if those sort of men were the only ones available, ha ha

  • Are we defining independence mostly as a financial thing?

    @sammy No, I don’t think that being independent means being financially independent although of course it does not preclude it I’m afraid that I don’t like the term ‘fiercely independent’ as I don’t think one has to be fierce unless under attack.

    We all like to be needed, men included. I think a lot of men measure their own self worth by being high earners, fixing things, being the physically stronger one. So an independent woman who isn’t looking for that in her partner confuses, bewilders and unintentionally undermines them.

    @sar Not all men I promise you! Some men are secure in themselves and don’t need a weak partner to bolster their ego. Being wanted is good but being needy is not so good

  • Surely the issue is men not being able to read the situation.

    When I meet a group of people, I’ll kiss some of the women and not others, I’ll shake hands with some of the men and not others.

    It’s down to reading body language and making eye contact.

    The issue is people are losing this art very quickly. I blame mobile phones. People who grew up in the 60s and 70s are a lot more understanding of this.

    We are living in a very black and white polarised world now, I blame the internet, you’re either right or wrong, a sexual predator or a feminist. There is no inbetween on the Internet.

    It’ll all go full circle at some point.

  • I’m suffering again and also in my right heel. It gets you down doesn’t it? Mine went away for a few weeks after I’d been in hospital for an operation and was only doing very light exercise. As soon as I went back to my normal routine it came back. I think I might go to a physio because I’m not managing to get on top of it by myself despite using orthotics and stretching it and also rolling it over an iced bottle. Good luck with yours OP. If you do find a cure please let me know!

  • Last time I drove a van, people tried to help me reverse park it too.

    It might not be a fair comparison, though, I really am shit at parking HEHE!