Race to London

There is a group of us who swim at Brighouse. I am, by a long way the oldest and slowest, but I share the discomfort of the others in not being able to swim. Swi=mming is like having your body ironed. You come out and all the kinks have been stretched and smoothed away (almost).
Anyway, short of being able to swim, we are left running. So a race to London (200 miles) was begun.
I am half of Team Bus Pass. My associate also may hold such a pass, and walks 3-4 miles most days.
We then have team Goldilocks. Two ladies, two good friends – very competitive, and the other very determined.
Last is Team Longshanks. Both 6ft or more, younger and athletic, but with other duties which are limiting their ability to compete (thank goodness). One is a proper runner, and the other can be if and when she tries.
I am resigned to losing this, but hopefully not by too much, and that Team Bus Pass can get back more easily on the Express Bus from London.

That was the last New Year Swim

Sad, but one day back, and it is gone. There are more things in issue than my swimming habit, but I will be miss it.
I think things are set to get much worse and quickly, but as the vaccinations system gets up and running, there must be introduced a small amount of additional freedom for those who have been spiked.

I hope so anyway.
I reckon that I am about 13 millionth in the queue – just for my age.

1st New Year Swim

The pool closed for longer over Christmas. It wasn’t said why, but I assume it was for Covid. Anyway, it was good to be back. Calderdale, our local authority have, to be fair, organised things quite well for social distancing.
Anyway, as ever, on a first swim after a break there was a lack of grip for the water, and the break leads to a loss of tone – and there wasn’t much to begin with.
Anyway I was happy to do a 1700m swim – 400 + 200 + 400 + 200 + 400 + 100.
Given where we are with Covid, I doubt that the pool will still be open in another week. I must squeeze in what I can while I can.

Running in the Cold

Running today it was cold, -1c, feels like -6c. I hadn’t checked the weather. I did not think about it, but the canal was frozen over in parts, and it snowed.
I wore a thin vest, a merino running jacket and a thin black gillet. It was quite slippy, but after the first few minutes I was not cold. I might helpfully have worn gloves for the first mile or so, but otherwise it was fine.

Had I known, I would have overdressed. Had I stopped, I would have been underdressed, but as it was, it was fine.

Adelekun v Revenue and Customs (VAT): UTTC 7 Aug 2020

VAT – appeal against HMRC’s decision to amend effective date of registration – whether FTT correct to find that the evidence in support was the same as advanced on a previous appeal where the appellant had been unsuccessful – no, new evidence was submitted – however even when new evidence considered appellant’s appeal on registration dismissed – appeal on input tax refusals in later period allowed in part.
References: [2020] UKUT 244 (TCC)
Links: Bailii
Jurisdiction: England and Wales

Last Update: 16 November 2020; Ref: scu.655544