For the love of {insert deity}, why won't these people just leave us alone?

Health and safety inspectors to be given access to your homes, to make sure that you aren't putting the cheeeeeeldren at risk?

But how is there anybody alive today? Surely there was a time before smoke alarms, stair gates, hot water temperature restrictors, oven guards and window and door locks? Oh, right, these things didn't exist, and people survived. If/when I have kids, if any of these interfering sods try getting into my house, they had better be well aware of their own health and safety, which will be at risk as soon as they try crossing the threshold.

Still, it could be worse. The government could be threatening to bring in a law which gives them powers to determine whether private employment contracts have bonus payments or other incentives which are too high. Oh, right. I suppose the banks are pretty much already nationalised in all but name, so we might as well have government setting rules on who can earn how much. Hopefully we'll soon be a proper communist country, where everybody earns the same, no matter what job they do..

On the plus side, Labour only have a limited time left to totally screw up the country, before the Conservatives come in and carry on in a "new government, same old shit" kind of way.

Anyway, topic shift for final paragraph. Anyone who knows me will know that I'm, shall we say, carrying some extra timber. Or, to put it more bluntly, I'm a big fat bastard. I've decided to track my "progress" in becoming less of a fatty here, in public, so that hopefully I actually stick to it. I'm hoping that not wanting to type up "did nothing today, ate too much, drank too much, did no exercise" will be enough motivation to make sure I keep up some form of exercise, and possibly push me towards modifying my diet towards something less geeky, and more healthy. The diet part might have to wait a little, as we don't currently have a kitchen, so microwave ready meals/soup/eating out/random take-aways seem to be the order of the day right now.

Anyway, today saw forty five minutes on an exercise bike in the gym, followed by ten minutes on a treadmill at fast walking pace on a 4% incline. The afternoon saw a walk around Victoria Park, and the purchasing of some scales from Sainsbury's (other supermarkets are available). Twenty stones and three pounds, or 128KG if you like your measurements like that. Still a lump less than the heaviest I tipped the scales at earlier this year (21 and 1/2 stones), but I'm sure the scales let out a sigh of relief when I stepped off. Now all I have to do is more exercise ;-)