Mid Life Crisis…. Moi?

The cheeky buggers!

Whilst collecting sponsorships for my London to Paris bike ride – www.doitforcharity.com/tonylockwood a couple of ‘friends’ mockingly (well I hope that they were mocking) asked whether I was having a mid life crisis.

What do you mean? I asked

The response – “well isn’t that what all MAMILs are doing?”

What’s a MAMIL? I asked

Middle Aged Men In Lycra – they shouted back at me. Ohhhh….

I could sit here and try to defend myself and all MAMILs but I don’t think I need to. After all, what is middle age today? I’m 47 and yes when I was 18, I would have thought 47 men were old, never mind middle aged. However, I don’t feel middle aged at all – in fact I see myself much more active than I’ve ever been, and I think that goes for most of my friends.

So Mid Life Crisis – no!

MAMIL – no! – if you have ever tried to ride a road bike for any distance without the padding around the butt, you’ll know what I mean!

Just a guy trying to keep fit, raising funds for a very important cause and enjoying it – what’s wrong with that.

Just wait until I drive up in my Ferrari and then you can say I’m having a mid life crisis!!

Do MPs deserve a pay rise?

Just watching Question Time on the good old BBC and the first question related to proposed increase in MPs salaries. Three MPs on the panel were quick to highlight that they personally don’t think that the time is right, but avoided the real question as far as I’m concerned.

What should the salaries be? Of MPs but also of Ministers etc.

Overall, you might say that their base salary is good- £60k+ but is it really when compared with mid management salaries in general. Don’t we want the best people in Parliament to ensure that the country is governed correctly, that budgets are managed effectively and that core objectives are set and delivered.

Ultimately, I’m a believer in the adage that you get what you pay for – so we probably shouldn’t be too surprised that the country is in the state that it is!

Can social good come from social media?

I’ve set myself a challenge and it will start to provide an answer to this question. I have around 2500 direct contacts across Linkedin, Facebook and Twitter and supposedly access to over 10 million in the wider network – this made me think – what if I could encourage each and every one of these to donate just £1 within the next 60 days.

What do you think – is it possible? Fancy helping me?

If so, please send this onto your contacts and let’s get this really essential service trending across the Social Media world – many thanks for your help. Please help me to help the Air Ambulance by donating £1 (more if you like) at http://www.doitforcharity.com/tonylockwood

What other ways would you suggest that we can get the NWAA and the London to Paris bike ride trending? I’d welcome your thoughts.

North West Air Ambulance