Catalogue of incompetencies at Xercise4less

My wife cancelled her membership at Xercise4less in November and received all the appropriate emails / correspondence – there was some issue with the club not informing Harlands (the company that deals with financial matters for Xcercise4less). My wife tried to sort this out by personal visits to the club, emails and telephone calls but was passed between Credit Resolutions and Harlands, each saying that she had to speak with the other. Very frustrating.

My wife then received the following text:

“Your account is in default and is about to be handed over to a third party doorstep debt collections agency. To avoid a home visit please call 01132038602 now.”

She rang the number and was told to go back to the club and speak with the manager Glen Hunt. She tried ringing yesterday, apparently Glen was in a meeting, but would call back. Still waiting.

I tweeted about the issues this morning. About 1000 hrs. or thereabouts.

Firstly they replied calling me Richard, which just goes to show their administrative competency.
Their next reply was that Glen would be in touch shortly.
It’s now nearly 1700 hrs. Still nothing.


Rocky! Rocky!

I think it was about 1982 when a friend recommended a movie to me. That movie was ‘First Blood’. This was my first introduction to the character John Rambo and the actor Sylvester Stallone.



I was soon hooked on the ‘Rocky’ movies. I watched 3 first then 1 and 2.
At that time I was just getting into weight training and had a home gym, this was the poster I had on my wall.


In 1988 I moved to Bolton and started training in a commercial gym. It’s now called J.R.’s Fitness Centre but was originally called Physiques.
It’s ‘Old School’, no saunas or jacuzzis here please!



I use to go in and before I commenced training I’d put a cassette on which had the Rocky tunes on, it always started off with ‘Eye Of The Tiger’.
It wasn’t long before I was given the nickname ‘Rocky’.



I still train there, 26 years later, albeit with a little less enthusiasm. (And I’m still called Rocky).



And…tonight…I’m going to see the guy that has motivated me for over thirty years, they say never meet your heroes, hope I’m not disappointed!

Well, I finally got to see my hero. He was a bit late but worth it! He’s a great raconteur!

Personal Goals 2014

These are my goals for 2014:

Lose 50lbs.
Be in the best physical shape I can be.
Here I am circa 1991, not sure if I can get quite into this shape but I’m going to try my very best!


Photograph a minimum of 12 personally satisfying landscape images.
I’ve decided I’m not going to have any ‘clients’ – I’ll take photographs just to satisfy me, then pop them onto a web site, if they sell, they sell. If they don’t, then no loss. No more weddings and portraits. Too much pressure!


Turnover £1200 on Landscape image sales.
I’ll set up a Clikpic site or similar and see if any of my images sell! Simple!

Ascend 24 Birketts.
A Birkett is a fell over 300 metres in height in the English Lake District. Named after Bill Birkett who catalogued them. Here’s the chap himself who I photographed at Friars Crag, Derwentwater.


Read 12 books.
I love to read, both fact and fiction. I’m currently reading this…it’s heavy going 🙂


What are yours?

Gym layoff

Havn’t been to the gym in 3 weeks – gotta start getting in shape for my 50th next year !










And here’s me about 20 years ago, oh how time flies !!! (and the waistline thickens!)


Just took an image today !


The Gym

Went to the gym yesterday and took a few snaps with the iPhone (beats concentrating on training!!!)