iainmedinrun's bioScottish by birth, fiercely proud of that, and delighted to be part of the UK!
Resident in the lovely East Riding of Yorkshire, on the Wolds.
Now retired, after 35 years in corporate life, consulting, and self-employment, and after zillions of flights and hotel nights...wonderful to be home.
Now almost totally occupied keeping very fit (water ski-ing, swimming and walking), singing in a pop choir, dog training, volunteering as a Community First Responder for the Ambulance Service, travelling, slowly getting through a huge list of domestic jobs, and learning to socialise with friends I haven't seen for years!
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17th Feb 2019iainmedinrun commented on:
Speakers Corner CommentsBreakdown Recovery - automatic renewal. Just in case I fall under a bus, and my wife has to manage the domestic affairs, I auto-renew key insurances, for her protection. The providers have to notify in advance that they are going to collect the new premium payment, advise how much it is, compared with last time, and recommend that we shop around. Well, the RAC didn't do that bit, and I spotted a charge on my credit card from them that looked exorbitant - on checking alternatives, it turned out to be a laughably large increase, hugely uncompetitive, and considerably more than I could have achieved with them, if I had cancelled and bought a new policy online. They were completely unable to explain why they had done that to me, succeeding only in advising me that I should consider theirs to be a luxury product, compared with cheaper alternatives!! Membership cancelled, money refunded under the 14-day rule, new provider sourced - you have been warned! I won't let that one slip past again.ViewDate:
14th Oct 2018iainmedinrun commented on:
Win a stylish Opti-myst® Oakhurst electric stove courtesy of Dimplex!Perfect timing!ViewDate:
14th Oct 2018iainmedinrun commented on:
Win a 2-night stay for 5 at five star Tynrhyd RetreatOh yes please! Sounds astonishing!ViewDate:
24th Mar 2018iainmedinrun commented on:
Speakers Corner CommentsVolunteering to support your local community! If anyone is interested in exploring the voluntary role of Community First Responder, for their local Ambulance Service, I'll be most happy to discuss. Such a rewarding role, if you're happy to be on call (at times to suit you), and to be ready to be the first resource from the Ambulance Service, on scene, to support people who have fallen ill and called 999. In my area, these are 'non-trauma' calls, so typically I'm supporting people with heart attacks, strokes, breathing difficulties, asthma, diabetic collapses, allergic reactions, or at worst, cardiac arrests, until the nearest Ambulance arrives on scene (no accidents, no alcohol or drugs related calls, no domestic violence incidents, etc). Equipped with the training, and the kit provided, using my own car, I love making a difference to folks in the area, 89 of them so far, in these first few minutes when re-assurance and urgent support can make the difference between life or death. If you're interested, search for your local Ambulance Service's scheme online - it will always be called Community First Responder - and ask me if you would like any insights. Thank you for taking the time to read thisViewDate:
9th Mar 2018iainmedinrun commented on:
Win a Gtech Pro!My wife bought me the previous model as a retirement present...we need a new one as I've done such a high mileage already!!ViewDate:
11th Dec 2017iainmedinrun commented on:
Should we use Happy Holidays instead of Happy Christmas?This makes my blood boil...it's a Christian festival for those of us who feel it's important to celebrate our origins and our faith. Inclusive doesn't enter into the discussion - the alternative phrase (I'm not using it) is another capitulation to the zealots who think we should all surrender our individual identities.ViewDate:
9th Apr 2017iainmedinrun commented on:
Braised Lamb Shanks with Coriander, Fennel and Star AniseTerrific recipe! Don't skimp on the shanks - they should be from a good butcher, a decent size, and slow-cooked for ages, as the recipe says. Cumin will suffice as substitute for coriander if necessary. Really nice!ViewDate:
29th Mar 2017iainmedinrun commented on:
Do you think Scotland should hold a second referendum?Sturgeon needs to understand that one of the measures of good leadership is respecting decisions derived using proper process. They've had the proper process, the decision was made, she doesn't like it...too bad...move on, and stop looking like a political manipulator. By the way I haven't met any Scots or English who want another referendum.ViewDate:
25th Mar 2017iainmedinrun commented on:
The impact of hearing loss on your loved onesAny guidance please on how to broach the subject of my wife's hearing loss? She is clearly struggling, but becomes very prickly and defensive when I try to raise the subject.ViewDate:
7th Feb 2017iainmedinrun commented on:
Chicken and Mushroom and Green Olive CasseroleWonderful recipe this! Use high quality chicken, and brown it mildly in the pan before proceeding. Don't skimp on the potatoes. Add some colour - I used sugar snap peas. Enjoy!ViewDate:
12th Sep 2015iainmedinrun commented on:
Mutton loin recipe please?Thanks for taking the time Frances!ViewDate:
3rd Apr 2015iainmedinrun commented on:
After watching the pre-Election TV debate who performed the best?Cameron kept his dignity and the high ground...he just needs to be a bit more forthcoming about the implications of sticking to his plan. As an exiled Scot, I have to acknowledge that Sturgeon is an excellent operator, even if I disagree with her politics - she's way ahead of Salmond. Cameron should be seriously considering how he could work with her.
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