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The Election in My Area

Hazel Grove Result via BBC.

Hazel Grove Result via BBC.

Well the overall result is as I expected in that the Tory Government has just held on, albeit I didn’t think they would need a coalition, I actually thought would be labour who may need to form one. Alas my local area, that Tory Tw@t William Wragg won with quite a significant margin, almost 3o% more than the nearest rival which were the hard campaigning Lisa Smart. 

Liberals did better than I expected given that I firmly believe the nearly a decade they had control of the actual council they have slowly killed the town. This was a town which some years back was talking about applying to become a city, around the time Preston was promoted to City if I remember rightly.

Local Area Election Results Map

Local Area Election Results Map

Now the town has no nightclubs, no nightlife, approx 1 in 5 shops are empty, the once huge celebrated market no longer exists, now its artesian stall and vintage indoor stuff. Surrounding towns Ashton, Gorton, Macclesfield, Hyde and various others have thriving jumbo markets. Stockport once had a market so big that my mum remembers people used to come from miles around on coach trips to shop in Stockport and visit the market. It once was growing so much they were planning to close a car park on Saturdays to put more stalls in, there were even stalls setup on steps they were running out of space. Now you can drive through there on a Saturday afternoon. 

The Mary Portas Pilot Scheme gave the town £100,000 (along with £362,000 more from matched amounts and other sources) and a report on how to improve the town centre which was failing. Lots of that money was spent on Christmas Lights, Arts Centres and Shop fronts while Portas was pushing it towards the market and rejuvinating it. The recommendation to lower parking costs or even scrap them was ignored, as was a plan to lower business rates.  

The loss of any type of night life, the market, deteriorating transport links, high parking costs, putting the town into the death throws as it were all under the LibDems watch.  

The only upside is the area Council is Stockport, that is now under Labour Control, which is within Manchester which is also under Labour Control (just). I don’t think labour have had control of Stockport, least not since I paid any attention. 

Perhaps this could change the area, and get things moving the right way in this little part of the country. 

Images are courtesy of the BBC Website.

 

A Manchester Based Photographer and Website Developer with interests in Strongman, Fitness and Geekery.

Theresa May’s Naughtiest Moment

Theresa May Visiting USA

Theresa May Visiting USA 2017

When you say Theresa May you think Toff Tw@t, and a recent TV interview pretty much confirms she is a toff tw@t. I try to avoid political posts because well I’m not that interested generally, and my passing interest doesn’t give me much depth or knowledge, way to complicated (I’m trying though). Better to be thought of as a fool rather than open my mouth and remove all doubt. I really don’t know enough to make smart or informed posts about the political state, but I know Tories are tw@ts.

My local Tory MP William Wragg, declared that his £74,000 per year MP Pay wasn’t enough for him to buy a house or rent a house so he was forced to move back home with Money, sorry I mean back home with Mummy. The average home price for a semi-detached 4-bed property were £195,000 in the nicer area, and £141,000 in the less nice areas, in the really posh area a semi-detached 3 bed property is £310,000. His MP salary gave him nearly £300,000 of mortgage spending power, so money, damned it, I mean Mummy, could have given him help with a deposit or he could save up for maybe a year or so and have the £310k spending power, so yeah posh tw@t, so hard done by. 

Voting Today

I would say the above pretty much confirms when I go voting later today, I sure as hell won’t be voting for Willaim Wragg and his Tory Tw@t mates, that much I can say.

I have tried learning as much as I can about this election, and while it seems Conservative are most prepared to begin brexit negotiations having been in power and done the prep already to begin negotiations in 11 days time. I just can’t vote for them, that much. 

ITV Interview

In an ITV Interview she had already said she was an only child and enjoyed going to school and learning, reading lots of books and apparently she had friends she used to go visit. Not sure Nanny’s, Butlers and Dogs are classed as friends but whatever, works I guess.

The Transcript of the interview goes like… 

Etchingham: What’s the naughtiest thing you ever did ? 

May: Oh, Goodness me. Well, I suppose… gosh. Do you know, I’m not quite sure. I can’t think what the naughtiest thing… 

If I was more politically minded I could suggest selling public services to your friends, punishing the diabled and elderly, being a tory in general ? 

Etchingham: There must’ve been a moment when… 

May: Well, nobody is ever perfectly behaved, are they ? I mean, you know, there are times when… I have to confess, when me and my friend, sort of, use to run through the fields of wheat, the farmers weren’t too pleased about that.

So the naughtiest thing she ever did was run through a field with the butler/dog/maid/nanny whom she called a friend, what a toff. A member of family said she dresses old fashioned and she doesn’t appear to have ever lived any semblance of a normal life, how can be represent the whole UK? How can you related to her, or expect to have any of your best interests at heart ? 

Donalt Trump

Could you imagine asking Donald Trump the same thing ? It would probably be a 10 playboy bunny gang bang with Pablo Escobar or this one time he did a line off Anna Nicole Smiths Bongos after a 3 day blazing bender. Wait wait, once I slapped Chuck Norris with my Schlong and he hit me so hard I turned orange.

I’m not condoning Trump nor a trump supporter, this is here just for giggles and comedic hyperbole, also it was the first free to use picture I could find of Theresa May and it has Trump in it. 

Image By The White House from Washington, DC – Foreign Leader Visits, Public Domain, 

A Manchester Based Photographer and Website Developer with interests in Strongman, Fitness and Geekery.

Shoulder Update May 2017

Man Shoulder Unsplash

Its been a while since I posted about my shoulder so I figured I’d post an update. Its officially been about 6 months since I last had a heavy lifting session in the gym, despite the surgery being about 10 weeks ago. My cardio endurance isn’t bouncing back, mostly I suspect due to the pain inhibiting me during the session. I’ve had significant loss in size, my traps are nearly normal, biceps and triceps shrunk, chest shrinking all the usual stuff which happens with 6 months no lifting, nearly 3 of them post operatively.

My physiotherapist is really impressed with my recovery rate, apparently mostly people by 3 months are just getting basic movement back, but I have a 90% movement, there are some extreme ends of movement I can’t quite do, hand behind my back is still a struggle some days for example. I have however been given the go-ahead to begin some gentle easing back into the gym, which is normally 7-8 months down the line.

There are some issues though, half of this is currently speculation. My fine motor control is shot to shit in my shoulder, my physio says the big muscles are always taking over not letting the smaller muscle work, which has reduced my fine control. My left shoulder blade isn’t moving normally its flaring out. I think this is because my shoulder has been tensed and held tense for stability for so long that the little muscles have been left out.

Complications

There is also significant weakness in the smaller muscles, the big muscles are still strong but over powering the lil ones. This big muscle thing has caused a few sprains at connection points, it seems my infraspinatus and one of the connection points on the top of my scapula are injured which is speculated because the big muscles are taking over.

I have also injured my right forearm, because I’ve been babying my left arm, the increased workload on my right arm has caused an injury not unlike tennis elbow, this is exacerbated by the existing injuries which affected my grip. Once I start using my left arm more and I can rest my right arm a little its suggested this will improve.

Because of the work done on my glenohumeral socket, when my arm moves to the extreme ranges of movement the humorous pushes against the raw exposed bone and/or scar tissue which means randomly movements are painful. This is getting better though. Once I start actually lifting I suspect the humorous pressing into the socket won’t be fun, I just hope the fibrous layer of scar tissue gets thick enough to with stand the pressures. 

The Future

I have to now work on a very basic and light workout plan. Its going to be hell not just stacking the plates out. I’m going to have to start benching with just the bar at 20kg, maybe even lighter, the upside is I can work on perfect form and correct previous mistakes. 

I’ve already planned shoulder work with internal and external rotations, and various rotator cuff exercises. Also been working on more stretching, I’m going to have to really baby the shoulder and work on it slowly. I’m still inhibited a little by the right shoulder being injured but I need to see how my left heals before I sort that one out.

I’m going to add some TRX, Cable Pod and some light machine work in over the next week or so, and see how that pans out. Not sure I’m ready for barbells and dumbbells quite yet. 

I’m also getting up to speed work wise, still have 100s of emails to reply to, because new emails come in daily, I reply to them and older ones get left. I reply to older ones an new ones get left, so no matter what I do its 10 steps forward, 2-3 steps backwards but I’m getting there.

Mans Back image by Unsplash.

A Manchester Based Photographer and Website Developer with interests in Strongman, Fitness and Geekery.

Yes, Prime Minister

Banksy Missing Slave

Banksy Missing Slave

I was watching “Yes, Prime Minister” on TV, the conversation went something like “We raised the age of education so children could learn more to prepare them for life.”. The other guy said “No, Prime Minister we raised the age of education so we could get the teenagers off the job market to lower the rates of unemployment”. 

I read a story about increasing the school age to 18, and / or the school hours to 5pm to 5:30pm and various other ideas, it kind of made me think. It sure does sound like a hell of a way to reduce youth employment, and force more parents into working and dramatically drop unemployment rates. A by product would possibly increase spending as more people would need more things, parents would have more money, god that’s really vague. 

School kids will need more uniforms and books, Workers more food, clothing, Rush Hour will become rush hours since there wouldn’t be a staggering of School Run and End of Day workers, so more fuel and more car repairs and maintenance. So nice little boost in the economy. 

There are many stories about this from the USA, where longer school hours and indeed lots of after school clubs and classes seems to be working very well. This page Time to Learn makes a compelling argument, and makes me think it could well be the way forward. 

On a serious note, the Americans Glee Club, Electronics Club, Mathletes, Football Clubs and various other after school (and during school hours) clubs do seem like a damn good idea. The summer, christmas and end of year parties and stuff seem solid as do year books. Maybe if schools were extended some of these ideas could be transposed over here. The sorority house idea failed shockingly but maybe the best bits could work.

With all the Brexit stuff and UK based xenophobia, this article (openly admits) xenophobia and DAMNED!!!  Kinda funny tho, go on and check it out about the UK’s Failed Sorority. On a side not the TV Show Greek made the yankee greek system look amazing . 

A Manchester Based Photographer and Website Developer with interests in Strongman, Fitness and Geekery.

Unavailable Until Further Notice

20th March 2017 – Update

I’m going to start working through the backlog, catch up on forums, hit emails, etc. The breakthrough pain is still brutal but I need to get back on it. 

I’ll update more once I get some notes and stuff from the quack. 

17th March 2017 – Update

I had my follow up today. I have a more complete list of what they did, still a few unclear bits. It seems lots of this were “discovered” during the process so they fixed it “while they were there”. 

My shoulder socket were in a bit of a mess, lots of debris and osteophytes on the socket part. The ball part of he shoulder were in reasonably good condition, which is apparently a good thing. I’m not quite sure how the socket side can be ruined by the ball is fine.

The GHJ had some osteophytes removed and a “slither” of bone cut away. The AC Joint were removed, which is part of the scapula and collarbone cut away. I think they did something to the Bursa under the AC, but I didn’t understand what they meant. 

They did a subacromial decompression, but the ligament were apparently in good condition so they shaved it, sectioned it. Some other ligament were also cleaned up, one which is deep inside my shoulder. 

I really need to speak to the surgeon but I don’t have an appointment for ages, its all physio and shoulder clinic. I have requested a copy of the surgical notes so I can see it all and work out from there. 

8th March 2017 – Update

Well I’m still here, the pain isn’t even close to what I’m dealing with now. The muscle pain, cuts/scars aren’t too bad, I can touch them and they are tender but not bad. However where they have cut the bone away, holy poopy, that really hurts and the drugs don’t help much. 

I don’t have an exact list of what they did, the operation notes were like nearly a whole page and I didn’t understand all of them. The rotator cuff were fine, the shoulder capsule were fine, the GHJ (I assume glenohumeral joint) were arthritic and repaired, the AC Joint were re-sectioned (removed), and a Subacromial Decompression were performed. I can’t remember what else were there, I only got a brief look while the pain clinic were sorting my drugs out.

Finally Here

Well its finally here, I’m getting my shoulder surgery done, as a result I won’t be online much and I get the feeling the times I will be, I’ll probably be dribbling from the pain medications. 

I’ll try to keep on top of urgent messages, but mobile signal is shocking and half the hospital doesn’t have WiFi, so I can’t promise anything. 

I’ll see you on the flip side 🙂

p.s. There are a few queued up posts which I already wrote, which may post after my surgery.

A Manchester Based Photographer and Website Developer with interests in Strongman, Fitness and Geekery.

The Smartwatch Light Hurts By Eyes

Crane Smart Watch

Crane Smart Watch

Ug ugh urgh arrgh oh ah ah, my eyes, my eyes, the light hurts my eyes, smart watch bright, arrrgh magic, burn the witch… 

I’ve been told many times I’m a caveman, mostly because well long hair, full beard, I kinda look like a caveman, but equally as often because I’ve had only 3 different ring tones since 2002, the Do-Mi-So were the longest standing, I use big-ass over-ear Beats Pro headphones, I refuse to move with the times in certain areas. I also have refused to get a smart watch, the shocking battery life and equally shocking prices always put me off, not to mention they are UGLY. 

The Moto 360 has all the featured I wanted, but damn the “flat tire” effect is nasty, but I were lead to Analogue Smartwatches or Hybrid Smartwatches depending on whose terminology you prefer. I like Analogue Smart Watch but then I’m a caveman. 

My local Aldi were doing a Clearance Sale and they had big chunky analogue smart watch, it has basic shower / sweaty beast 5 bar water resistance, notifications (calls, texts, whatsapp, etc), step counters, goals (calories, distance, steps), and some other feature, and it were less than £15 quid. I got dragged kicking and screaming into 2017 by my mother who bought me one, after I told her she should get one since she got into walking (10 miles a day she does). 

The step counter seems very accurate but doesn’t count everything, like for example, I use an elliptical trainer instead of normal jogging (saving my knees) and it doesn’t count the steps, it randomly counts leg movements when cycling, and sometimes counts the odd pot hole while driving. 

The battery seems rock solid, but I’ll report back once I’ve been running it a full week. 

A Manchester Based Photographer and Website Developer with interests in Strongman, Fitness and Geekery.
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