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Caggers' Blogs

CAGgers retell some of their own experiences asserting their Consumer Right.

  1. Elite Real Turbo Muin Fluid Direct Drive Trainer

    I've been itching to buy trainer the a long time.
    I've had an exercise bike for a few years but I was getting fed up with it, partly because bits of it was time to wear out but also because it didn't really replicate cycling at all well.
    I was looking for a trainer and although I really wanted something that is generally compatible and in the majority, I was put off by the noise tests of the Wahoo Kickr and most of the other more common trainers.
    In the end, I saved up ...
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  2. Fwench mobile phone service is far far worse than in the UK!!!

    You couldn't imagine that it is true , could you - but it is.
    Believe me - almost every kind of company is more difficult or more unpleasant or more stupid to deal with than British ones.

    For various reasons I have a Fwench mobile phone contract. (and a UK one!)

    There is very little competition in France. They don't like it.

    For a while I had one with orangeicon. For the first 6 months they never delivered my telephone on my 12 month contract. It took ...
  3. If you exercise - then you really need a Heart Rate Monitor

    If you do structured exercise - meaning regular exercise either in a gymicon, or on a machine - or outside, walking, running or swimming etc as part of a programme in which you have goals to reduce weight, improve heart function etc - then quite frankly, you need a heart rate monitor and you need to understand the principles behind it, why you are using it and how to use it.

    I don't think that it is possible to undertake a structured exercise programme without an HRM.

  4. My fitness campaign V

    Back to the grindstone.

    Francoise is French. She is a professional ballet dancer and used to dance at the Opera in Paris. Well over 50 but very very fit, very blonde with very terrific facial definition. Everything you would expect from a ballet dancer, I suppose - or from a female Gestapo officer. I sort of dream of her in a trench coat, peaked hat and monocle and ordering me to do strange things with my body. I wake up and it's not a dream!! - except for the uniform etc. ...
  5. My Fitness Campaign IV

    I got there early today. I decided that I needed to get there before most of the others, stretch around a bit, limber up and generally look cool. You know what I mean. I figured that if I could get into the mindset a bit then I would be more in control, that I wouldn't be chasing it all the time and I could structure myself a bit as I went along. You can tell that I am really starting to mellow about this thing, can't you. I wouldn't be the one always out of step or starting off ...
  6. My fitness campaign III

    This time I went on a Friday. Someone, I can't quite remember who - but someone pretty important anyway, died on a Friday but it wasn't so bad because he was back again by Sunday.
    I'm not sure if I will make it back that quick.

    I'm really struggling to see the connection between exercise and sexual health.

    Take me for instance. Just an ordinary bloke, wanders into a room with 20 or so women all dressed in swimsuits ...
  7. My fitness campaign - II

    Another week has passed. I feel as if someone has been trying to pull my joints apart on a rack so I think that it must be Monday. I'll check .... Yes it is Monday.

    Half the battle - maybe more than half is simply trying to follow all the movements at the same time. One half of my brain deals with my legs, the other half deals with my torso but then when I try to tell my arms what to do I almost fall over. I think that I need a RAM upgrade.

    What about the splits? ...
  8. My fitness campaign

    Well I've just come out of my second fitness session.

    Bloody Hell! (Am I allowed to say that?)

    I was the only bloke there. All the rest were women between 40 and 60 yrs but next to them I felt like some broken down wreck. How did I let myself get this way? I'm so ashamed.

    The classes are called "stretching" and for an hour I reckon that you test out every joint and every ligament and to begin with it feels like low impact but after 40 minutes, ...
  9. A 2011 New Year's Resolution for Gratuitous Advisers

    How often do you have conversations with people - face-to-face or on the 'phone and when the time comes for the conversation to end the other person starts giving you instructions such as - "You get some rest ...." or "You take care and have a nice holiday ...." or "Go and relax and enjoy the time with your family ...." or "You take care on the roads - don't drive too fast ...." "Wrap up warmly - don't fall ill."

    I'm sure that you can ...
  10. I bought a Kindle

    I am just so amazed and over the moon about about my Kindle e-reader that I have to let people know about it.

    My Kindle will connect to a 3G telephone network anywhere in the world for free or to a Wi-Fi network if I have the correct password access. This allows me to download books or newspapers at any time and in any place.

    When I first bought the Kindle it was really out of curiosity and I had an opportunity to buy one cheaply second-hand. But I soon found out that ...
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