An intriguing week.
The first thing that happened was my gym making the news.
For those not in the know, weightlifting is a sport that requires specific equipment, namely bars with "life" or "spring" and rubber plates that can be dropped from overhead. You have to drive the weight up quickly and dive underneath it, and you're never, ever, ever, ever, ever going to be doing that at Planet Fitness or the YMCA, who were convinced by the lawyer brigade years and years and years ago that the best way to safe profit without risk of ambulance chasing lawsuit is to have nothing but rows of Nautilus machines.
There were two gyms where you could do this, and one closed when the owner had a stroke in his 70s and was carried out in an ambulance, never to return. The man had said that was the only way you'd ever get him to leave the gym, and his prediction proved right.
This left only the one gym. It's owned by a local trust fund baby, a man worth millions and whose…