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Take a step back...






Taking a step back can give you a view you initially miss...Often too late... ;o)

No good blaming anything but lack or focus and foresight.

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Michael Jackson's moonwalk? Pah...



Amazing examples of the dancing which probably inspired Michael Jackson, though I have to say these guys seem to by so much better at it . ;o)

The guy on the round platform, who looks like he falls off is great.

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Portland Bill, the lighthouse and swings



Portland bill's famous lighthouse. Shame you never hear the fog horn anymore, some great memories of hearing that while laying in bed at the house in Weston street as a kid.

Visitors can climb up the stairs inside the lighthouse and have a look at the spectacular view from the top, not sure about times and days, so if that interest you, best to check it out beforehand...nevertheless just being here will put a smile on your face ... not to mention the sun on your back too.



Europe forced us to have new swings here, they are not even facing the right way anymore either...they are small compared to old ones we used to have here which faced south, the way I am facing taking this.

My son and my nieces, nephew all having fun here. Feel lucky to have grown up with this on our doorstep, and luckier our own kids have been able to enjoy summers out there too. Taking advantage of their nan and grandad having a beach hut out here. :o)

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Google wave, an exciting innovation

Googles new ...

google_wave_logoave is exciting to see.

It really could change the web, Lars Rasmussen described it as simply ... "Wave is what email would be if was invented today" ... and the inspiration for this started in 2004.

Lars and his brother Jens along with Stephanie Hannon, all from the google office in Sydney, Australia have come up trumps with this in my eyes, you really need to watch the video to see it in action for it's potential to make sense.

These are the guys who gave you google maps, which is succeeding very well and being used probably more than even they anticipated, I see it on photos, tweets, the social sites, blogs, search ... everywhere.

Googles waving!

So I hadn't got around to watching the wave video until recently, maybe you've already seen it, read about it somewhere, if not, although the video is over an hour it is worth watching. Even if you have no intention of using wave itself, it shows where the internet is really going from here.

Once you see it in action, you realise email and IM messaging (chat) seems to be so lame, old, stale and yet this so much more than simply email, IMessaging in a new form, almost everyone uses email and chat so that most likely includes you and this will change how you do it, should you use it when it's available.

This is by far the biggest and best web innovation I have seen online, to be honest it blew me away watching it, the possibilities, the sheer usefulness of it, the "liveness" of it.

And yet it's still in raw form, meaning it's as basic as it will be the way you see it now, they stressed the point it was in it's early stages a few times, yet there can only be improvements once all the smart developers start building things for it, like "add on" developers do so well with firefox, it's users that make it what it is.

But for the rest of us who will simply use it, most will love it once it's out there to use I think ... maybe some will be late to try it, others will be onto it asap (I can't wait!), whatever happens it will change the way the web is used.

It's simply a new better way of communicating and in real time too, google is leading the way with wave as there really is nothing else to compare it to.

Use Gmail?

If you have a Gmail account, the look in wave (right click, new tab, window, for pics) will seem somewhat familiar, the left sidebar panel is where the navigation and friends show (google contacts), in the main page where your inbox would show in Gmail is where the collection of waves if you have more than one are show as a list.

Each wave when clicked on opens as whole on the right side of the main page and it's in threaded form, but unlike threaded emails of text, waves can have anything added to it, pictures, links, whatever content you want to share. (check first pic)

Much like in Gmail, you can contact multiple people and have several responses all threaded together in one massage ... unlike Gmail, with wave you can pick and choose which person sees what in the wave, while keeping it all in context. (first pic, right hand side) The people in that wave in the pic are shown on the top of the wave itself.

Get this ... anytime in the Gmail, if I wanted to share an email with someone new I would send the whole message, they would see all of it and from all who responded but would have to sit and read it all as it is and make sense of it, even though its all out of context as a thread.

Not so in wave, they have this great feature called "playback" as you see on the button at the top on the pics, clicking this shows the new added person not only the whole thread in the wave, but how it happened, what got added where, when, what led to it, what was changed, the progress as it happened etc ...

Like watching a rewind on a mixed video/sharepoint/doc/picalbum/IM !!

Powerful as a collaberation tool!

Powerful as a storyboard!

Powerful as a mastermind!

Then say that new person wanted to share something private with you, something regarding an idea about the wave which was best not being said in the wave for all to see, they could make a part private to type to you, they would leave the actual message in the wave keeping it in context ... so only the two of you see it!

A hypothetical wave!

Many of my friends on facebook go on holidays, all at the same time quite often yet in different places. They normally post a status or two while on holiday, as well as add a picture album (or two!) to their profile to share with us all.

Let's imagine three groups of four have all gone on holiday ...

1. Four girls have gone to Ibiza (as you do!)

2. Two couples have gone to NZ ... (lucky buggers!)

3. Four lads choose Tenerife. (No surprise there!)

The tags can help people find the "scattered over several (12) profiles" pictures and comments etc, yes I know, so fragmented, so awkward not to mention dealing with all the notifications when others comment!

Use a wave...

For ease we call the wave "summer hols 09" which is simple to remember for all of them and others in the future.

Group 1 touchdown first... it's late in the evening, they comment in the wave and post a pic of the scene from the bus / coach as it takes them to the hotel...

Others online (me!) at the same time can comment in the wave, the girls can reply without leaving the wave.

Next morning, group 2 hit the runway in NZ, on the way they send pics from the plane to the wave, commenting along with it, again anyone online at the time can reply in the wave, to a comment or about the picture.

The couple spot the girls pics and comments from the night before, they comment too.

Others join in as they find the wave.

Later the night the lad in group 3 fly out to Tenerife, three hours later they are hitting the hotel to drop their stuff off and then hitting the bars and clubs, they post a pic or two to the wave, they also comment on the other two groups things.

Luckily the girls are online...they start chatting to the lads, in real time. Others join in.

All this "experience sharing" in one wave, all in context of how the holidays unfolded.

An experience in real time of three holidays all happening at once!

After everyone is home, they can continue to share and comment on the wave about their experiences and more.

A few weeks later, a friend who has not been online much may ask about the holiday now it gets interesting, because instead of saying, yeah we posted pics to facebook and the comments...well you will spend days looking for them...you share the wave!< The friend only has to hit the "playback" button to see the whole "shared experience" of 3 holidays between 12 people and all in one smooth flow, like watching a real time video/screencast as it unfolded. That is neat! :o) That is just one "fun" way of using it, and you have a digital memory bank of it. I hope you can see why the wave looks exciting, not only as a fun thing but a serious breakthrough in how we communicate and share things. It will also have great uses for work, brainstorming and more. I for one can't wait to try it out and see how I can utilise it in several ways. What about you? "waves" :o)

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Earth day

Earth day...



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Twitter...not for some.



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Sometimes the obvious isn't so obvious to the right market

How stupid is that?

Who thought that the seagulls could read in the first place?



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Don't misunderestimate me, I use the google

Not one to post about politics here but it is the end of the bushism era...thankfully!

You have to admit the idiot does come out with some cracking lines but then again, how many of us can lay claim to making up a word?

We really did misunderestimate him!

But where did the guy learn?? Did he go to school? And I don't mean as an adult when he uttered lines like...

"Rarely is the questioned asked: Is our children learning?"


I'll bet it's never been asked, mainly because people have more sense to ask the properly constructed sentence!

But then sometimes, he may come out with a real gem, which IMO has some truth in it, else he wouldn't have said it. ;o)

"They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we"


Um.... right, if you say so.... ;o)

Then it's...

"It was not always certain that the US and America would have a close relationship" (while speaking of the Anglo-American relationship in 2006).


I think it ranks up there with...

"I think America has the best Americans in the world"


That's very likely... ;o)

So...out with the old, in with the new.

I doubt Barack Obama will endow the world with silly quotes like this.

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"Funny old week really"

Cheers to whoever it was that kindly donated the dose of flu, I know google does some great things, it's just a shame don't help me avoid flu here like they do in the USA.

Now that would possibly help some. :o)

So, not too good, but at least I have not spread it all about, at least I hope not!

I did alot of writing in bed between the inevitable and sleeping with a real pen and notepad, you do remember them don't you? ;o)

Very productive, more than enough to help take my mind off what I was going through, even as much as keeping my temp a bit better than it was when I didn't do anything.

No "distractions", because there were no opportunities to procrastinate, surf, whatever.

Drawing mind maps was also a nice new experience!

Not glad to have flu though!

Mind you, it got me some results. ;o)

I digress.

Anyway, from that I got some real clarity and this had a great effect on my focus.

I realised part of the best option of the ones I had, was to in some ways revamp this whole blog, I can and maybe will move this to a .com/blog domain, no need to worry though it won't be now, or in two days, or anything, so plenty of notice will be made.

The reason for that would be so I can better utilise the main domain robsellen.com :o)

I have thought it out and consider it to be the best option, so I can add more and grow the site in certain directions.

For example:

I may NOT do all that, but at least I think I will see if it really would be viable to do.
The important thing is you the reader.

I know a few things I am doing, not exactly on here, but they will help a huge deal.

I hope to just be able to blog what I do on here to my hearts content, better and bigger, more often, on the .com/blog because it won't JUST be the main page. :o)

I even had a play around and decided to make a toolbar, a little bit of fun but also I can see some huge potential with that for the users and well as me. :o)

The toolbar?

Oh yeah well you can use it on firefox and ie, so try it out, see what you think and I will make it much better, not just leave it as is. :o)

Here is that toolbar.

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"I wanna word with you!"





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"The time, Italian style"




Who needs a watch? ;o)

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"It's still a journey"

We all start at the bottom when we start out blogging, we all take it one post at a time. Everyting takes time and blogging is no different...

church ope huts















You may start off humbly like above... ;o)

With dreams of climbing that success ladder in the hope of something better and bigger.





church ope steps














One step at a time, if we all walk the steps we all take the same amount of steps...but a tip for new bloggers, the faster you start taking the steps, the better and I mean post as much as twice a day for the first few weeks to really get the pace going...before you know it you are half way there. ;o)





Pennsylvania Castle

















Next thing you know, you are at the top, and you never know something like the above could be waiting! ;o)

One step a time... :o)

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"Banging head on the wall is..."

Not good for you!!!

Must stop doing this myself!!

Before I go that far! :o)


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"8 random facts about me"

The lovely Alice "marketing sweetie" Seba has been chasing me!

Ok...she tagged me with a meme...same thing anyway! ;o)

The meme is 8 random facts about me.

Do I even know 8 random facts about myself?? ;o)
Lets see...

1. I was a pretty rapid sprinter in my youth running 100 metres in 11.29 secs at 16 years old.

Should have carried on with that, as I'll never know now if I would ever have broken that 10 sec barrier with age and strength...mind you it was handy for getting away from the "navy police" we had here after we would wind them up late at night while they were on "drunk matlow patrol". ;o)
Ah the memories of garden hopping on the naval estate...seeing the navy police gasping and cursing at us as we darted out of sight... and more! Great fun and great times.

2. I am an avid sports fan in the sense I keep up with ALOT of sport and am a keen "paper gambler" meaning I don't bet for real...but do get results for fun. ;o)

I can't not look at sporty side of life, I was really into sports as a kid, football, running, whatever it was I enjoyed it. I am a spurs fan!! Harvey Segal will not speak to me now lol!
I was a good left winger... and the problems we have had for England! sigh did I miss my chance lol!
As an adult I have always been up to date on most sporty things, one of my main likes is F1 motor racing. ;o)
Go Lewis... you will do it this year, and I got the last two years right in paper bets with Alonso!

3. I survived falling down a pot hole at 9!

Made the national news though, strange watching yourself on TV especially with that situation as a kid... ;o)
Most of my old offline mates will remember it well. I feel about 30 ft, head first and landed on a ledge luckily because it was probably over 100 ft deep.
Sadly and I STILL think about this, someone in Italy died that same month falling down a pot hole. I'll never forget that and wish I could find out more about that child.

4. I LOVE pickled onion sandwiches!!

YEP... just plain chopped up pickled onions in bread and butter, this was something my beloved nan made for me when I visited, back then almost daily. TRY IT... ;o)
They go well with chips too... chopped up.
My fantastic nan often made us salmon sandwiches too which were lovely, she made a great stew too...always had at least two bowls of that! :o)
Sigh* I miss nans cooking...looking forward to it next time we see her. ;o)

Love ya nan! I know you will never read this but so what! Still stands. :o)

5. I cant help looking at the moon at night...if it's there I have to stare!

The moon fascinates me, I have no real idea why but it just blows me away to see it, more so when its full around here where I live.
I can happily sit for an hour on the beach looking at the moon and its reflection on the sea.
When my boys were young like a year old I used to sit the doorstep with them and we would look at the moon...they said "moon" pretty young, and "la Luna" not long after! ;o)

I honestly believe the moon effects us in more ways than we realise. :o)
No I don't sprout hair and fangs and howl!
But I do like to party and dance under the moon!

We get it almost every night...
Such a fine and supernatural light...
Every body's feeling warm and bright...
Every body's dancing in the moonlight!

That song sums up how it feels to look at the moon for me! Although cheesy it's pretty spot on lol.
But imagine being there and looking down here!!

6. My life dream has always been to have a "real" book in print!

A book on what? I have no idea...
But I have always dreamt of that, other people having a book on their bookcase with MY name on it?!
I am an avid reader of real books and always will be.
I never miss a thing in books, not like films. ;o)
And MY internal view is better than Hollywood's! ;o)

7. I LOVE a cup of tea!!

Don't ask, I am a Brit! ;o)
I am always drinking the stuff lol, I know only a few people who drink it like I do.
40 teabags don't last long in my house!
A cup in the morning before I can even think...then another to think about what I was thinking about... ;o) Put the kettle on!

8 One of my best online feelings is when I get a donation on this blog.

When I write a post I hope that it gives you readers value or at least a smile or two! ;o)
I live by being honest and rather tell it as it is, honesty goes a long way with almost everyone, there are always a few who will always be dishonest.

When someone buys me a beer using the beer icon below and says in the email notification, "hey I like your blog and writing so I bought you a beer", or "thanks for being so straight up and giving me a better perspective which made me think clearer" or "thanks for putting that straight", it makes everything feel great and inspires me in a big way, far different to selling something, very different.
It's nice to know people like reading this rag! ;o)

Well there are 8 random things about me!
Just an ordinary bloke me!

Now I have to tag a few people, some have ignored tags before for whatever reasons, so hopefully I can pick people with a not to busy time on their hands...

Lynn Terry! Because Lynn always does them and gives value! ;o)

Phil Wiley! Because it's about time I tagged him! ;o)

Martin Avis! Because I bet he has some interesting facts to share with us... ;o)

There ya go folks...looking forward to reading about you.

Thanks to Alice, that cheered me up!! ;o)


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"Morning song"

Looking like the summer has finally arrived and since getting my new hearing aid I have been enjoying getting up early just to hear the birds sing to me. ;o)

Natures chorus sounds great!

Something many take little time to appreciate is blowing me away every time I hear it.

Are the seagulls the "heavy metal" singers of nature?

I've never had a problem hearing them... :o)


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"New ears"

Ok well not quite new ears but I had a new hearing aid given to me and wow...what an improvement.

Glad to know that progress will be so much faster now they are digital.

Strange to see the hearing aid hooked up to the computer for some fine tuning!
I wonder if I can get THAT software! ;o)

It seems my old one was whistling a little constantly, yet not loud enough to hear and it may have been sending me mad!

I have tinnitus anyway now which you learn to ignore which is not easy seeing as it's a constant thing.

The birds sound great out there! :o)


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"5 Best topics to blog about?"

5 topics to choose from.




Cast YOUR vote please... ;o)


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"meme: 5 ways you can...."

Help me change my life!

Before I explain the meme I will need to explain this post to make sense to everyone.

I feel a bit bad, slightly annoyed but humbled.

You see just over a year ago I was made homeless wrongly...without naming or discussing it for obvious reasons.
I was helped by many over that period and will always be grateful for that as I should.

All that though made me feel bad, ashamed as a dad...they were so good I didn't feel that way for too long.

Now I am housed, I am on the way to showing my boys a good lesson to see, picking yourself up and dusting yourself down...getting on. It wasn't a lesson I wanted them to see me show that way but it is going to be.

Now its a case of making my place a home..it's pretty bare yep!

I got back, blogging and more, but I lost a key thing in momentum...the ball was rolling and ground to a slow crawl, one downside of a blog as apposed to a website.

I would love to be a full time blogger and hope to continue that way to be so.

I wanted to share the positive of that belief I will be.
I am not one to lie and say I make blah blah 1000's a month!

But...

Now I would love it if you could help me make up some of the momentum I lost, help me to step up my aim to show my sons it pays to get up and dust off.

The book I mentioned in an earlier post has clarified alot for me and refined my focus as well as my determination and motivation.

Not to make blah blah money, but to achieve what I set myself out for and do things the right way in the right direction.

For me the Internet and blogging is a new world of communication, from no distance communication at all to worldwide is... you know!

If money comes...great as long as I have given more than that in value.

So... hopefully you can understand the importance of momentum online as well as the fact it DOES take work.

But here I am in front of a computer just like you...we are far better of than most so we can't complain. :o)

But I want to thank you for being my reader, you are helping me already more than you know.

Now back to the meme...

I hereby name this meme "5 ways you can..."

Here's what I thought.

The meme is passed around with your "5 ways you can "whatever" " (More on that in a min)

I will write my "5 ways you can..." Help me Change my life.

This is how I considered it working.

You blog with a link to this post, your post is titled "meme: 5 ways you can..." and in your post the choice you make, at the end of the post you "tag" 5 people with this meme and so on.

**The twist of fun and interest.

You can pick whatever you choose (within reason) as your 5 things, but you must guess what those you tag will choose. ;o)

Could be interesting for those who you choose.

They still choose what they want to post about but may well have a surprised feeling at the "taggers perception" of them.

Maybe you all ignore it!!

Who knows?

The 5 I tag and what I guess they could choose for "5 ways you can..."

  • Lynn Terry... "5 ways you can... Balance being a successful mom / homeworker."
  • Seth Godin... "5 ways you can... Effectively spread your message further, faster and easier."
  • Yaro Starak... "5 ways you can... Easily improve you blogs effectiveness."


Maybe they will share some great tips we can all benefit from. :o)

Who will they choose to tag?

Should be fun learning for us all.

Never know what people will share...

5 ways you can... bake better cakes?

5 ways you can... improve your health this week?

5 ways you can... spend a family day out?

5 ways you can... save money this year?

5 ways you can... lower your carbon footprint?

5 ways you can... save time?

5 ways you can... cook with potatoes?

And more...!

Who will you choose?


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"The ultimate fake it till ya make it"

There's a fella you may know, he goes by the name of two initials, if you know who, you must be in the IM niche!

That about sums up the fake that is...you know who, a persona who has probably earned the right to be called the "Ultimate fake it till ya make it".

Lets be clear about something straight away, the real person behind it, is probably a sound(ish) person... ;o) Most likely he is.

But the web of crap and faking it will trip you up in the end, just as lies do for the liars!

There has been plenty of "stepped over the line" moments for most people, the recent events that pissed all the ladies off comes to mind.

No doubt, the real fella is sound and done a great job of marketing the persona the way it needed to be done in order to get the desired results...made it!

The real fella is a good marketer in his own right.
He did what he planned and a good job, to a point, still ain't directly publicising ya persona.. ;o)

But to a point means he did overstep the mark with many.

Ah well this persona writing / marketing must be fun... ;o)

Rather be myself, yet had I done something of that nature it wouldn't been that extreme!

What a .... ;o)

So, no offence to the real fella, who is probably doing great and no doubt a nice bloke.

But sheesh... the whole thing has to die off soon surely, I mean the whole circus!?

Or will he lap it up from newbies from now till they wise up?

Lets face it... If I go out to town tomorrow and stand in the street asking passers by if they know who ?? is?

They will say...who?

Not ONE will know I bet.

So is he not the "Ultimate fake it till ya make it"?

Fame only in the IM niche really?

Has he gone as far as it can go?

Did the gullible ones really decide to go meet a "fake"?

Funny thing show business, even funnier in IM show business!

Any one else have an opinion on it?

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"Hassle"

You will have noticed my dritwood blog by now and yes I was to sell these on ebay, but they want you to add a credit card, which I don't have nor want!

Hassle!

I use paypal, why can't that be good enough seeing as they own it!

Just another hurdle to jump over.

Never mind, so if YOU are interested in buying one, you get the advantage of me not listing it elsewhere....yet!

I am thinking about selling some dritwood on it's own too, that way others can have the pleasure of creating their own driftwood item, whatever they choose to make.
Making it is half the fun!

What do you think?


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"Driftwood blog"

As previously mentioned I am going to be making some more driftwood products to sell, I will use ebay too.

I thought it would be an idea to set up a driftwood blog for all of the frames, which will be like a nice gallery.

Over time I hope people will be able to check things before buying which will help gain positive reputation on ebay and beyond.

Another option open to me is to take these to the local "holidaymakers" type of shops in town.

What do you think of the blog?
Any improvement ideas you can add?

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They are always welcome

Of course comments will always be welcome from you, but on the other hand the idiots who spam or generally post nothing but crap like links will not be posted.





The sign is quite clear if you ask me!









So by all means if you want to chip in with a comment or response to a post please come in take a seat...






The view from this seat is stunning!








As you can see below... :o)






Any comments?





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"The view from here"

The holidays!
sunsetting over cove inn chesil beach

Got my sons for a few days and it's great, so we had a nice day today came home and had some tea, I went to wash up and saw this!


The view from my kitchen window.


sunset over cove inn portland bill
Clicking on the pictures gives you a full size image, as all on the blog do.


It was nice to watch it slowly change colours.




dark moody sunset cove inn portland bill
From a cool blue to a deep red, with a dark and moody exit!


Will have to capture more of these great sunsets we have!


What's your view like from your window?
Makes washing up a pleasure to do at times like this! :o)

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"Pair of cool dudes"

Taking pictures again is great, here is a picture of the two coolest dudes on the planet!

Ok, maybe I AM biased... ;o)

This is also overlooking chesil beach here.

As it's the easter holidays I will have a great opportunity to take some more pictures of my boys, though I will not be posting them all obviously.

It did get me thinking about something though, are you making the most of the different parts of the year in your work efforts?

Meaning do you capitilise on these events?

Easter, Christmas etc...events you can use in your marketing efforts.

Do you plan your year in this way at all?

If so...how?

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"Beautiful"

full moon over portlandI love to look at the moon, always have done and I think last night was a lovely night to be moon gazing!

This is right over chesil beach.

Look at him smiling down on my blog... ;o)

Or is that a smirk?

Seeing as we are 90 odd % water and the moon has a big effect on the earths waters surely it has an effect on us?

I think we must underestimate any influence on us it has.

Do you like to look at the moon?

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"10 daily success tips"

newspaper clipping
Seems some nosy bugger called Aaron Potts wants to know every one's success tips?! ;o)

That is a success tip right there in learning from others.

But I debated on this post after seeing Lynn Terry tagged me with it... even after what Lynn said about why she tagged me?

"Because your personal story truly inspires me…" :o)

Thanks Lynn!

Why did I debate it then?

What is classed as success?
Being a personal thing it will be different to everyone, so I asked...

"Am I a success?"

In my eyes I am in many ways, in others?

When I get a donation using the button below with a comment in the paypal email like...


"Item/Product Name: being a cool person with a cool blog - here's beer"

Thank you...what a cool reader... ;o)

Then I think....hmmm am I successful blogger too... ;o)

So do I have tips or not!

I think so, here are a few tips I use in life, in no particular order.


1. Trust your gut instinct, it's rarely wrong!

Having had to grow up relying more on my better senses and trusting my gut 100% I have learned it very rarely is wrong.

If it's saying something, shut up and listen to it! ;o)

There has been many a time it's saved me some serious hassle and problems, so I never underestimate it you shouldn't either, it wants and knows what's best for you at that precise moment.

2. Always strive to keep reading and learning.

Reading has been a massive part of my life and it even influenced my speech. Reading is never a bad habit, unless you read the wrong things!

Reading stimulates your brain nicely, everyone reads, but it's also what you read that matters.

3. NOTHING teaches like doing.

You can read all the instructions you like, until you actually DO you will limit your learning greatly.
Experience is the greatest teacher you have, experiences are what shape you.

As I already mentioned reading helped my speech, now the actual reading didn't do it...ME talking while reading did it!
The experience of doing made it the reality.

4. Be honest and faithful to yourself.

It's YOUR life, you have to live with it! So you owe it to yourself to be honest with yourself at all times.
This has to be one of the most important parts of life and what you do.

Can you in twenty years live happily with what you are doing now?
There must be millions of old people with a head of regrets!
Don't be one of them.

5. Trust yourself and have faith in what you can do.

You ARE better at things than you really think, that's fact!
We all underestimate ourselves and what we can do, yet the ONLY thing stopping you is YOU...I speak well because I KNEW I could do it and had faith in myself to do it.

Believe that you can do it, have faith and DO. You may surprise yourself, there was NEVER a baby who could walk at birth!

6. Mindful of the real why!

Everything you do, you do for a reason. It's that "why" you do it you should always be aware of.

The why is what should be driving you.

I want my sons to be proud of me, it's at the forefront of mind in all I do because it is the real why.

My sons are the most important part of my life therefore it stands to reason how I am in their eyes matters as much as what I can do for them...leading by example as it's not about having the most money, the best car, the biggest house, it's about "being".

7. Positive thinking!

Everyone says it yet it's so true and important and I will repeat it.

You should ALWAYS look for the positive aspect of every moment, I have had some pretty negative moments but there is always something positive there.
That positive will minimise the negative, everytime.

Light always eliminates the dark.

8. Silence really IS golden.

Believe me in those silent moments you have your mind will work wonders.
Stillness runs deep!
Silence has no distractions. Need I really say more on that? ;o)

9. Be yourself.

You are unique and you have uniqueness in your way of being.
Get to know yourself better everyday.

Know what really stand out in you and your personality.
This uniqueness IS your ticket to success.

There IS something different about you, you just need to know it, appreciate it, nurture it.

10. Read my blog daily! :o)

Well of course # 10 is pretty important!

They key to all of this is YOU!

So, that's 10 good tips from me, and now I have to tag others to share theirs!

So in no particular order I am tagging...

Alice Seba

Becuase she is on a roll at the moment...

Michel Fortin.

Bound to have some good tips...

Martin Avis.

Because I repsect his views on most things... (wonder if he will do this meme this time?)

Ladan Lashkari.

Because Ladan has succeeded against some serious odds!

John Carlton

The guy always gets me hooked into his writing!

Jason Lewis

Fellow Brit with some good tips, so lets hear the success ones! ;o)

Kevin Riley

Because I want an invite to such a beautiful place where he lives!

My biggest tip will in in the next post!
A whole post about it, be sure to "tune in" ;o)


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"Cove Inn from above"

cove inn from above
The weather is really perking up now the spring has kicked in full flow...summer coming!

Here is the "cove inn" from the main rd at fortuneswell.
It is the the far building nesting between the rooftops!

Sounds odd... ;o)

Living behind that has it's positives. ;o)
Not to mention the sea being just a stones throw.



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"Flipping heck!"

Nice day today... here is a picture of the car with the sun on it, just uploaded a small video to youtube but it's waiting to be available.

I will add that as soon as it's done!

UPDATED with video..

As seen below, only short one but my first video upload!

First of many... ;o)







Impressed with the simple uploading at youtube...anyone could use that.

Glad they are at least checked out before being available.


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"Learning to play guitar"


Not me...yet.

But my youngest son has now got himself a guitar, kindly given to him.
He can now crack on with learning to play it which with the wonder of free videos on youtube, myspace etc should be fun for him to do.

I will also get a guitar sometime, sounds odd being deaf and playing one but the vibration is good as well me hearing it ok.
I thought if I learn he will always be a step in front of me which will keep him motivated too. ;o)

Once he has made some progress and shows he will keep on keeping on an electric one will be next on the wish list. ;o)

Music is a great thing so I am very happy to see him take notice and action.

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"Cove inn"

This is the pub on the sea wall, I live right behind this and look forward to having a drink on the beach, watch the sun go down.

Would that make a nice video?

The sunset?

I can remember watching the waves pound this pub, going right over the top of it, roughly 50 feet high the waves were.

The last time this happened was the late 80's.

It used to happen roughly every ten years but since the late 80's...it's not happened.
I found this picture showing this as it happened, this is an old picture though.

Hopefully it won't again seeing as my home is behind it and on a lower level!

A wave is not what I want to see from the kitchen window!

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"Calicanis the hypocrite"

Calacanis the hypocrite!

Saying it doesn't matter then adding himself to it...lol!

Plonker!

Good for a laugh!

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"A few degrees"

Like the light beam of the lighthouse, a few degrees width here is a big difference out there.

Set off on the wrong angle and it could lead to the vast nowhere!

One good reason I did the last post! :o)

Interestingly though my readership has gone up since adding pics and writing longer and better posts!

Welcome new readers, thanks for stopping by and I hope you'll be a regular reader now. ;o)

Funny it brings back some great memories looking at this picture, the lighthouse itself.
I used to love laying in bed late on a foggy night (believe me fog gets bad here) and listen to the great long deep bellow of the foghorn, I can hear it in my head now.

Yep I could hear it easy back then, living in Weston street (you locals will know it) it was only just over a mile or two from here so it was loud at times.

You know it makes me think about what it was like here one time in the says of old, where locals used lights to lure boats in, only to shipwreck right on the rocks or beach after being tricked.

Then looted!

What a life that must have been here then!

The caves and tunnels and alsorts here make me wonder, gotta be buried treasure here somewhere!....Ok don't rush... ;o)

Pirates and mermaids!! Gets me daydreaming!

Not to mention the "strangers graveyard" we have here.
It IS an interesting place here, too many younger ones don't really appreciate it yet, if ever they will.

Wouldn't a video here of...


...the sunset be nice?!

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