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Happy new year to one and all, and a happy 80th birthday to my nan

Happy new year...

to all my readers, family, friends and strangers!

Hoping 2010 (twenty ten) is a great year for you all, remembering also those lost in 2009.

Happy new decade!

So what a decade that was, the relentless speed and growth of technology in our lives has made the "00's" and astonishing decade, a decade that changed so much, a decade that also gave a voice to everyone, a voice that will be heard.

Most of the real change in my lifetime has come in the last decade, as a 70's child (71) who started with a black and white tv, then when we could a colour, along came the artari game console and started the whole ride off.

Look at them now, and tv's too, which are no fatter than the war and peace book!

It really does seem astonishing what the last decade has given us in terms of technology changes.

Today's youngsters are so unaware of the impact, seeing as they are growing up with it all around them, they would find it hard to image the world without mobile phones!

What does the next decade have in store for us?

Whatever it is, we would be guessing wrong whatever we guessed, no doubt!

Exciting times ahead in that respect.

Last but NOT least...

Happy 80th birthday to my fantastic nan.

One in a million, no doubt about that, hoping nan is having a great time in the USA for her birthday and new year.

Love you always nan. x

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Merry Christmas to one and all.

Hoping everyone has a great day, time with loved ones, friends, time to be cherished.

The very best of luck in everything you do throughout 2010.

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Guy Fawkes, top man....

Guy Fawkes, are we not misunderstood with this man?
Having been vilified every year on bonfires all over the country for the powder plot and each generation keeping up these traditions half blindly, even sharing the moment with our kids as a celebration but never really saying why or even if they agree with it.

Have you with your kids?

Knowing what we know about those who work in that same building and what they have done to the country and indeed also having an influence on worldwide politics in some way or other, what they have done to the people, their values and what it meant to be British.

Have these people betrayed our past generations who fought, died and lived after losing loved ones to keep Britain from the clutches of outside rule?

Knowing what a shower of traitors who work in that building don't you feel Guy was onto something?

Have those people and they are a "type" (always the higher class, ie snobs) really changed much from Guy's time?

Did he know something we don't?

Or have we chosen not to see it?

Turn a blind eye?

If you are going to burn a guy on the bonfire try and stick this mask on top of it...he sold us down the river with the EU, if you can't find his mask, Blair's will do, same agenda from both, same lack of respect for the people of the UK.



The last person to leave the UK...will you please turn out the lights!

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Anchoring the moment

Anchors, useful things when used the right way and that goes for all types of anchor.

Types?

The one above we obviously know and know what it's use is, to hold steady a ship, the "anchoring" of the ship to one place.

Seems appropriate that when you consider the other types of anchoring and their meaning...

Most of will even if unknowingly have used the mental anchoring as used in NLP (neuro-linguistic programming) which is a powerful thing, you may have seen Derren Brown using it.

One way you will have experienced this anchoring is through memories.

When you suddenly smell something that reminds you of your childhood, in a sense that's anchored in the moment of the childhood, unknowingly too, the smell takes you back, the smell IS the anchor.

It's something I have been conscience of trying to improve over the last few months.

You can try anchoring but one thing I have to say, this NLP stuff is powerful and DOES get used for bad as well as good even if the person doing bad doesn't realise it.

How can you try it then?

Some good information on the link above and worth reading, one simple way to try this is to see it work on another person, maybe your better half or one of your friends.

A common way to try this I read about is when you talk to someone else and get them talking about something that makes them happy, when they are visibly happy do something they see, for instance rub your chin, pinch your earlobe.

This will be the anchor and if it worked that person should feel happy if they see you pinch your earlobe, rub chin whatever the anchor was.

They may not know why they feel that way and have no idea you know why. :o)

Like I say, it should be used for good.

Doing it for yourself may be a little different but can be great if you get it right.

Funny enough, what I did was think of a time when I was really upbeat, feeling good and then put my hands on my forehead and rub both hands back along my hair... you know it makes me smile each time I do it.

Have you tried anchoring?

Did it work for you, or do you have any tips to share?

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Real time changes...

What a week! :o)

While I have been a bit quiet of late on here, I have had my youngest over for the week, he is still here too, my nan has been down from "ooop north", sadly gone back home now... but it's been a nice week in all and they all come way before this blog! ;o)

My eldest should get his exam results today or tomorrow, so the week is not done yet and we are confident he has done well. Good luck there with getting the results you wanted son, we are proud of you. Can't believe you are in college in just a few weeks! Time FLIES!

Although I've not been busy on here I have been keeping up to date(ish) with things, seems to be a lot of things changing online this summer!

Facebook buying friendfeed and grabbing some great talent to boot, Google reader improving in several ways, sharing it to several places with the new "send to" set up, other areas include making it more "social" for the users.

Posterous making strides, which I love to use, it is the simplest way to get content online and they are always improving it as we go along, it can only get better.

The web itself just speeded up with RSS feeds and stuff getting pulled into "hubs" and getting pushed out to outlets faster as a result.
Real time web is catching on fast.

But, you know what? I don't care...
I'll tell you why...

Because it doesn't matter to most of you and most of you don't care one way or the other, those who do care already know about it all. ;o)

Change happens, it always did, always will.

What will matter is how it effects what you already use, likewise with me, that's what I do care about, how it will change other things I use, take this blog for example...

I have been thinking of adding disqus commenting on here, still not sure whether to try it, but have seen that they added real time commenting so people would literally be "chatting" in the comments, could be good, but also could get bad... arguments are gonna happen on blogs.

Would I want to have to deal with that if it gets unsavoury?
What about the fact my comments would be somewhere else?

Do I want to lose any comments?

Ok, you may not have a blog, but...real time commenting in facebook isn't that far off, which will effect most of you who I know are on there. Are you ready for the real time web hitting facebook and other things you use?

Regardless about whether you will be ready for it, it will happen.

But any pics or content you want to keep, you gotta own it, host it or whatever.

One reason I tell my friends on facebook...that's YOU, why you should also keep copies of photos elsewhere, on your pc, and free storage like picassa etc.
Otherwise one click of a button from a pissed off facebook employee and poof... all gone.

We have already seen people moaning about losing content etc...something I learned a while ago was to not give a rats ass, because the only way to keep it all is to own it... host it all!

Let others own it and you could always lose it.
I learnt the hard way in the forums.

Change happens, the only change you can control is what you own and influence.

Are you ready for the real time web?

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If you lost your job, that's good...

Even if only for the ...
Opportunities...
Everywhere you look and nowhere to be found... Depending entirely on your perspective!

Sad to see quite a few of my friends losing their jobs recently, and having been in that position myself a few times I know how demoralising shit it can be, although in some ways it can be a godsend, a push for change, improvement and growth in other areas.

So it can be good you get that opportunity!

I am annoyed a little at the fact my own eldest son has just left school and the economy is crap, leaving him with far less opportunity...Timing!
It happens though, and I don't doubt for one minute it will happen in another 20 years time when my grandchildren leave school.

They say nowadays people will have had an average of 14 jobs by the age of 38! I am 37... and yeah I have had about that many! ;o)

My generation had a harsh start to the reality of "job security" crap with the pulling out of the ERM almost 20 years ago!! (Was it really that long ago?) Which led to alot of us being laid off almost as soon as we qualified at our trades. It happened to us in the stone industry and we were told these job were for life, indeed many of the older masons had been there for life.

Some damn "job for life" that turned to be... and yet what a blessing it was too, because they don't really exist! :o)

Although it is a crap thing losing your job, and I have felt down after being there a few times, my best lesson learnt was, that the first thing to do is to simply... get over it.

Now I don't mean that in any harsh way and I know with families to feed etc it's not that simple... yet I say that because experience tells us once we stop looking at it a certain way, we gain in another way.

Like people advise with relationships... "never mind, you'll get over it, plenty of fish in the sea"... (except there aren't right now! lol...blame the fishermen!)

The point is, we need that change at times and if we don't get "forced" into it, we don't have the opportunities that arise and we settle for what is. That's something people often regret later in life, so it's all good whenever crap happens... obviously losing a job is not like losing a member of your family, perspective on it all does help.

I hope those friends who have lost work recently see plenty of opportunities around them to take advantage of and there are opportunities out there for every one of us, if we look carefully enough. :o)

Really ask yourself what opportunities you can utilise your skillset or knowledge with....or FOLLOW the damn dream you have had so long... whatever it is.

Every coin has two sides and all that jazz. Look for the biggest and best positives around you... don't dwell on the negative.

I may not hear as good as you, but you sure as shit can't lipread a pretty face on the other side of the room like I do can!

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The pace of life...

... funny thing isn't it?

Looking at how many changes we have had in the last 30 years and how everything seems to be speeding up, not just because life speeds as we age but in general, technology and science itself is progressing at a rate we could not have imagined 30 years ago.

So, to think of the next 30 years and how life will shape up for the generations below us can seem a bit crazy to most of us, we don't really know how it will go, it reminds me of watching tomorrows world in my childhood, or star trek!

I saw something posted on someone's blog, it is in some ways quite a shocking yet amazing video, it made me think about the growth of things and how things will be in the future for our grandchildren and so on.

Any thoughts on that?

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I AM better then YOU...



Ok... maybe not, not with them damn things on anyway!

I am a little perplexed by the fact some people take all this shit so seriously, I saw someone had stopped reading a blog simply because the blogger had written "fuck" on their blog, although it was in that context probably the right word.

Before you say, "that word is never right in any context", I ask you to pick a mallet and chisel up, have a bash at some stone, you will enjoy it and find it a little therapeutic, a stress buster if you like ...until you whack you thumb which will happen ... then you find me a better word to say then than that one! ;o)

Lighten up, that's my advice, if one word and it was one word, not a habitual thing like I don't do on here, if it was a one off do you really think it's worth stopping reading it, if you get value from the blog?

That's crazy and silly on your part. If you never read this blog again just because I actually used that word for this post ... (hard not to if I want to make the point) ... then doesn't that say more about you than me?

Of course, you readers are smart though. ;o)

If something offends you that easy, then in my view it's best to start dealing with the "why it offends you" issue.
Then it won't offend you, simple really. Thick skin is needed in life.

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"Farrah Fawcett funeral photos"

What is wrong with people, searching for "farrah fawcett funeral photos" online, it is a huge trend on google.
It does say alot about the "pic's or it never happened" mentality out there, then again look at all the silly "Elvis is alive" stuff that gets bandied about everywhere, all the time ... disturbing for the members of the families I think.

I wrote about this last night but not about "farrah fawcett funeral photos" which I find a little tasteless anyway but the even worse search trend that was "Michael Jackson autopsy photos" on my posterous blog, and overnight it had well over 100 150 hits!

Not surprising seeing how many were actually going to google and searching for it anyway, but never expected that many hits on one night and not sure they were from the search engines, as I have no idea how well posterous does there...will have to add the analytics's. ;o)

I do find it a bit disturbing that people adopt this car crash mentality, so far as to actually go and type in "farrah fawcett funeral photos" and waiting for the results, wanting to see them. Not pleasant really.

How does it make you feel?

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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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All smiles on the beach...



All smiles here as the summer kicks in...at last! ;o)

We Brits are renowned for our "moaning about the weather" whatever it may be, and it was hot today... am I complaining? na... ;o)

Not in the least, having had a great few days enjoying it with my youngest son, making the most of the half term holiday.

Seems like we may get a good summer this year, having not really had a good consistent one for the last few years in my opinion. You could say they were typical Brit summers.

Seems the weather is going to be great just the right time with the economy like it is and people deciding to skip going abroad this year.

Hope you have enjoyed the break as much as me and my lad did.

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Getting back to basics

Sounds simple enough doesn't it?

So why do we seem to complicate everything to get to the point of needing to say..."gotta get back to basics"?  Been pondering over this the last few days, indecently of which I haven't been "myself" some would say and I would tend to agree with them, glad it happened though as with everything, we learn something if we choose to... ;o)  It all stemmed from one simple question that kept bothering me... What do I really want?

After asking myself that for two days and spinning my wheels not really knowing what I wanted, just "thinking" I would know... I realised...

I had a word wrong in the question, of which changes things dramatically... for the simple reason it effects everything else.

I should be asking myself...

What do I really need?

The italics just for emphasis on the words could be read as intent... ;o)

Changes thing a bit now eh?

From "ego" to "I" and as soon as realised the real question I should ask my mindset shifted which in turn changed how I felt too.

One word made all that difference.

Pondering on the right question suddenly made me aware that what I need gives me what I want.
I don't want much, nor do I really need much.

How about you?

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Chain of life

Life is starting to feel like a strange chain of links, the links being the relationships between us as people, relationship between events, things, actions, how these things link together to effect us in certain ways which in turn effect the links themselves.

We strengthen or weaken them.

We all have relationships and can relate to everyone else having them etc, family, friends, work mates, all these things we constantly influence and work on. Most of the time people influence these links without thinking about them first, nor do they consider the real effects of the choices, actions they take.

Something I have learned the hard way is this...you know who your mates are when life is shit and you are down, IE when you need them most.

You know more of peoples truth by their actions rather than their words, IE the world is full of hypocrites.

So do we choose carefully enough?

Does the parent know the effect of telling a little white lie to their children early in life has on things later in their lives?

(How many doubts will be thrown up for them later in life on all the things they were unsure of earlier in life, things the parents say, once they know you started lying way back when...)

Does the boss know the overall effect of telling one "low ranked" worker that they are just a cog?

(Who else will that worker tell and will they want to work so hard?)

Does the man who slaps his wife in front of the kids consider the effects on the children's later life and their relationships with their own wives, and children?

(Do they realise the continuous loop they strengthen?)

Does the person who has a fling while their partner looks after the kids really consider the effects on these links?

(The links between the partner and kids, them and the partner, them and the kids, the between the kids themselves?)

Every chain has weak links...

Do we know when to break the weakest links?

Do we consider the effects of breaking them?

On ourselves, others and also those connected to them, you?

Do you want a strong chain or a shitty little weak one?

Cut the weak ones and work on the strong ones.

Trust, respect is what strengthens the links.

I don't want weak links that take away from me being able to strengthen the stronger ones.

I want to strengthen my relationship with my kids, the family members who matter, the friends who matter, the things I do I will consider more.

The weak links will break.

There are links I would like to build, (not sure I ain't to be single forever ya know, though I wont be second fiddle neither!) others I will cut away, if you feel I have cut you off, maybe you ought to ask why I would do that?.

New links appear all the time.

How about you? Have you considered the links of your chain?

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Change, fear it or embrace it...

I choose to embrace it, more so after the last few days which has been very interesting to say the least. 

I have to say a huge thanks to a couple of people who have helped me get clear and look at things from a slightly different perspective than my own. 
One was intentional, meaning we had some great emails going back and forth, from someone I regard as a sharp, smart person. Thanks.. you know who you are! ;o)

The other person has no idea they have helped me in such a way, that's ok, they said a few things that really hit home for me, even though what they said was for someone else...it doesn't matter because the lesson in what they said I did grasp, for that I say... thanks.

Life changes and we change with it, how we respond to any change is going to determine the end result, so why fear it? 

People just don't like change full stop, it's taking them out of their comfort zone. It's too easy to settle...settling is comfortable and cosy.

I don't want to settle, I want to change, learn, grow, improve and live a better life than I already do. (not too hard that mind)
I don't want much, I may need things as do we all but having the things others aspire to have, like a flash motor, big house, blah blah blah... I rarely even think about. 

Life is not about what you have, or have not.

Life is about how you feel, nothing else "in the moment" matters more than how you feel. You don't say...

How do I think about that?

You're more likely than not to say...

How do I feel about that?

How you feel effects how you think as much as how you think effects how you feel.

So what is the more important one? 

I feel ready to change, the last few weeks have allowed me to align my thinking toward my feeling change. I do feel different, thanks to my mate and our email conversations I am now thinking clearly enough to accept the changes I need to embrace.

I feel good...  :o)

Do you embrace or fear change?

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Commons speaker Micheal Martin is OUT but...

... is it all smoke and mirrors...

I'll say no more about this crap because while some people "get it" some don't.

My last post, which was a one off shouldn't have happened really, in a way I also fell for the smoke and mirrors.

UK government is corrupt to the core.

Normal blogging will resume here! :o)

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MP's make me PUKE...

Time for change!

...not the hyped crap of "hope" that worked so well for the USA, hope is by definition something you never quite achieve, else what would you "hope" for?

Hope is.. "I'd like that, but it's unlikely to happen" (...keep hoping!)

Britain is supposed to lead the way with this shit called "politics" or "democracy" and do it to our supposedly core values of being tolerant, being fair, with honesty, decency, and best for everyone involved...

Does that sound like what OUR MP's run the UK with?

Does that sound like that arrogant idiot speaker who wasted £100,000 of YOUR money trying to make sure YOU never found out how some "greedy, insensitive, irresponsible, fiddling, lying" MP's abused YOUR money. The "some" to me is VERY debatable too but nevertheless there are bound to be some good MP's.

We need ...
REAL change, not the hyped crap "new" labour hoodwinked the (gullible) voters with so effectively... IE..."our "new" meaning we WILL screw over the "working class" we used to base our values on, those who built us up to where we are, without them realising it till it's too late"...  (-IE- about NOW)

Hence the "we won't raise income tax" to the public while creating many new taxes in the background to be sure we are worse off ...

One lie leads to many others, they lied at the start... do I really need explain ALL the lies? I will be here for a month!!!

Forget it, they ALL lie...

If you have VOTED for a party, you ARE gullible, but let me have a chance to say why...

They are all shit!

That make sense?

Good ...

My local MP didn't like some "comments" being posted on his facebook page, so he blocked those of us who voiced our thoughts and opinions, yeah...free speech and all that right?

How dare us... shame on us, he only wants to listen to the "yes" on his constituency... else he wouldn't have blocked us, we ARE part of it, he represents US remember... free speech again... what happened to THAT? Oh yeah, he has an agenda, a party agenda.

Course, I got a blog... lol! :o)

Lets see what REAL change could be and do for us, because it HAS to happen...cos that shower of shite and the system they FORCE us to live in doesn't work. FULL STOP!

Note, NOT "labour doesn't work" as was famously used years ago, which is STILL true, but THE whole lot doesn't work. (So the labour luvvies, don't bother, accept it, your party is crap, as are the rest, they LIED, wake up)

The first REAL change has to be the NEW vote of NO confidence.

At present you choose between the branches of the same power and system, believe it, whether you vote one of the big three, or green, whatever they are all branches of the same power base behind it, working to manipulate and control every direction of our lives.

Forget about em... but if you don't vote, what happens at the moment, if everyone chose to not vote? Somehow they have set it up so THEY, meaning the behind the scene power base still run things, something I can't seem to get the idiots who tell me I WASTE my vote by NOT voting understand.

Well... I would waste MY time voting for something as corrupt as that shower of shite and that is me voting for something I don't believe in.

Do I look THAT dumb, dishonest?

But I DO want MY vote!

Make a new vote for "NO confidence" meaning for ALL parties, that means you are VOTING to CHANGE the SYSTEM, they all lose the option and we have to make change, we take OUR rights and power back from the few manipulating bastards already ruining it for their own means, at OUR expense!

What kind of change we might ask...

We demand a law for the new "no confidence" vote for a start...

WE make the majority a "no confidence" by action... therefore we scrap the lot of them by VOTING them all out, that's REAL democracy. :o)

We change the system so it never happens again, we don't have to completely destroy things so much in one go, just make the change and work at it as fast and effectively as possible for the good of everyone and to the best of our collective ability.

Now I don't know or claim to know how it all works, all I know is it isn't working...taxes are wasted and stolen IMO and responsibility gets sidetracked to the "never never" office. I know that the further up the chain the messier it gets. Listen to them idiots in commons debate... pathetic... "right honourable member of the house"... bah makes me puke. Utter drivel. GET on with it! ... Better yet GET OUT!

I think the way forward is like this...

We elect local representatives who the locals feel best to represent them and their local issues in an honest and fair way and NOT tied to any "pre-set agenda" which is forced onto us.

The local representatives collectively represent the counties, with another elected person to represent the counties in national issues, then a national representative to represent UK in Europe and World affairs etc.

Simple.. right?

Bit like it already is but without ties to an overall party, without the POLITICS and bullshit of it all.

Not MP's - Must procrastinate.

But LR's - Local representatives.

And CR's - County representatives.

Then NR's - National representatives.

Now here is the difference for me... we don't have them idiots like MP's, or even some of those in the local councils "deciding what we should be deciding on."

The difference is you are NOT voting for what a party "thinks is best for us" but voting for someone to represent our own local issues in order to deal with them regardless of anything else, so we sort the issues at hand, the ones that effect our immediate circle in our everyday lives and do it when it matters most, no piss fart arsing around with crap to delay everything and milk the monetary side of it as they do, and having to go further up the chain, and again and again till we get to some what's-his-name-lazy-arsed political yet uncaring outsider to decide.

The system as it is is set up in such a sly way that NO-one is directly accountable yet ONE person really makes the last and all to biased choice overriding whatever went before, whatever the detractors and whatnots want to say to me about all this...I don't care!

I don't give a shit when you snobby shallow people say "I don't know nothing about it because I am a commoner and never been involved in it, never seen it first hand and these people are doing a great job and blah blah bloody blah"

Get over yourselves. they have you suckered and you swallowed the "blue pill" all to easy.

We should be VOTING on everything. With the digital age to utilise there is no reason we can't have better faster solutions to our local issues.

Nothing is so hard we can't vote ourselves on them, using digital means and printable PDF's with questions and such for us to voice our thoughts etc, once every three months, which means 4 times a year we DO get a say in matters that matter to us locally and acted on as fast as possible.

Then we get a once a year vote and such on bigger national issues.

Every change, every need, then acting on it to the best we can do collectively within our means... not paying them idiots to sort things out and yet still make a mess of it and watching our money get wasted, we should just ACT as fast and effectively as possible for the overall good for everyone....case in point locally... the brown route!

We pay so much in taxes, income, road, council, VAT etc we get VERY little real value for our money, they are all used and abused to line the wrong peoples pockets and that doesn't just mean those in power...it's those they "filter" it out to in forms of contracts etc...

The gravy train has to stop. We fuel it, we can stop it.

Listen up, this expenses crap going on. You greedy hypocritical bastards!

Those who said they are low paid in relation to real business etc. BOLLOCKS - If you can't "get by" or "survive" on a grand a week....you live in a fantasy-land!

And they get MORE than a grand a week, everyone of them, so 650 odd grand minimum a week in wages, we pay them!

If you "need" more than a grand to "live on" you are a greedy and living a materialistic, wasteful lifestyle and leading a very bad example to those you represent which can lead to resentment.

Having expenses to do some areas of your work is fine, taking the piss is NOT. But if you are going to take claims for everything just where do you spend your very over generous wages?

Or are you all getting richer every year due to being able to save so much of it?

You make me puke!

I see NO reason any MP can't live on what they do and use the MINIMAL expenses required to actually DO the job and have a damn reasonable lifestyle. (one MP has done just that.)

You just want it all cos you are greedy and abuse the power you have allowing you to do these things on the sly for so long.

Someone said rightly the only really honest person to ever go into that house on the Thames was "guy fawkes".

I believe you who have abused it should be arrested AND tried for fraud... anyone else would be?

If that doesn't happen it proves to EVERYONE there IS one law for some and one law for everyone else. Squeaky bum time for the lot of you...at least it damn well should be.

Pathetic is the fact with have idiots making the laws and some of them as been exposed even exploit it to change laws for money!

Scrap lords too.

You really need to understand the true depth of anger with the public and how you have blatantly taken the piss out of THEM for so long and will continue to do so unless WE do something about it.

That means seeing the back of you and out of the doors to make way for real people who care about real local issues that will deal with these things in the manner they should be dealt with.

Time to stop wasting so much of our money,

Save more of what we have and stop throwing money at crap!

Scrap what we pay to the EU for a start!

Scrap half of the civil servants out there, they aren't needed, they are "labour bought votes" by way of job security.

Scrap the vast expenses people leach off the system like these MP's, the legal system and the way the legal eagles abuse legal aid.

Scrap the stupid amounts wasted in subsidies to farmers, landowners and such to grow NOTHING!

The way tax and such is set up is diabolical, a recipe to keep us trapped into this system and allowing our money to be wasted and squandered on meaningless quangos and crap like "outreach" jobs!

What value does a worker really get out of his efforts?

Very little if you are honest and consider it all as it gets taxed. We get taxed over and over again on the same money, that is PURE greed and "theft of value" in my eyes.

An idea would be...

Income tax should be pegged at say 12.5% for EVERYONE earning over £5000 and under £52,000 a year, also the rate should be pegged at 15% for those earning over £52.000 a year. Those Earning less than £5000 a year pay no income tax.

Income tax should be used ONLY on hospitals, policing, fire-service, etc, these things we need to have running country wide and at a level of competence that is also country wide, providing real value from the cost.

Other national things like postal service have a difference in that they are  also able raise own running funds and income by sales etc.

Our other tax should be a local tax for local issues to be dealt with by locals, a self growing and self maintaining system. Each locality should be able to self decide what cost and expenses are needed to deal with the issues at hand locally, therefore collecting what's needed, rather than what they set regardless and when it is needed so as to act.

Like a new council tax? Is that what I mean?

Not really, cos that was a balls up from the start.

Nothing like the way council tax is raised and used or wasted the way it is now.

A new kind of "town" tax, and another smaller amount paid called "county" tax maybe. If you say that everyone earning money regardless of amount has to pay 5% on their income as "town tax" and another 2.5% as their "county tax" which would be 7.5% for everyone regardless of wage amount, meaning those earning under $5000 a year.

So those earning over £5,000 and under $52,000 a year would be paying in total 20% tax a year.

Those earning over £52,000 a year would be paying a total of 22.5% tax.

V.A.T... scrap it... it's theft!

The road tax system should be spent entirely on the roads and safety system but a fair price to reflect the real cost spent on what's needed.

It should be a stepped price on only vehicle type like it used to be. IE- cars, bikes, vans, lorries etc.

Drug tax should be set at a price too, like drink, cigarettes etc, but a fair price and all tax from this should go into getting people off the shit! :o)

The truth is, YOU have the power but they don't let you use it the way it would really benefit your life and your locality.

There is so much WE can make right IF we are allowed to do it the way we feel is best for us and not how "they" want it to be done.

But it takes a whole system change and that means getting RID of the system as it is and developing a new way to live and govern our lives.

The current system is OUTDATED and a failure.

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Midlife crisis or...

Feeling a little like this signpost, at a crossroads so to speak, not just with this blog but life in general, something I have been pondering over in the last few weeks.

Midlife crisis coming up? :o/

Bloody hope not, then again it gives me an excuse if needed. :o)

The biggest thing I pondered over was lifestyle, not size of my bank account, this blog, who's doing who, what's happening wherever else, the crap about baconflu, Gordon Brown being the biggest and most naive idiot in the UK, what's happening on the brainwash box (TV)...nope non of that.

Non of that crap matters...not to me anyway. ;o)

What matters is how you feel, if you are happy, if you are being true to yourself, what your real life purpose is, the path you should follow, where it can lead, how you can stride that path.

Starting to realise it's ALL a state of being and not doing.

Now it's finding my purpose.

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Earth day

Earth day...



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Beginners mistakes, but a new opportunity

Good news bad news.

If only I could do the one thing none of us can do...go back in time.  Sigh!

Not only with the fire on my pc did I lose lots of pictures and other things, I just realised many of the fantastic older pictures I did manage to save were useless, because I made that classic beginner mistake when I first took them.

That is, I re-sized the damn things for better use online, nothing wrong with that unless you do what I did...re-sized it then saved it, instead of saving a copy!

I must have cottoned on the second time I re-sized any pictures as I started saving as copies.

Shame I re-sized nearly 300 on that first effort! :o/ DOH!

Many like the one here are too small for big prints really, (maybe postcards) which is a shame as I have now quite a bit of interest and a few buyers for pictures in print.

Well that was the bad news lol...

The good...

Just means I will have to go out and reshoot some more eh. ;o)

I have had enough interest to start taking it seriously along with my blog here it is one thing I want to be doing. With that in mind I set up a new picture gallery blog which is still a work in progress, I will getting that finished this week then regularly add new pictures to it.

There are lots of pictures, some of which I will add to this gallery, you can already see on my shared picture album which is visible here.

Any thoughts on the new gallery blog?

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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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Quality over quanitity

One night with your dream date or ten nights with ten other not particularly fanciable people?

One mad passionate night a week with your other half or 5 nights of the "same old, same old" as they say?

One great friend or ten "just know them" type friends?
50 real friends or 5000 "facebook friends" or other social network "friends"?

One great bestseller or 50 middle of the road "barely published and sold" mediocre books?
One great post written on a high traffic influential blog or 50 on 50 average low traffic blogs?



One tweeter taking notice or 1000's of followers not noticing?


As with almost everything in life, quality is often more important than quantity...maybe except having money, with the biggest note here being £50 !! ;o)

I couldn't deny it, it often so happens that one quality thing has a bigger motivational impact than you expect before it happens.

Strive for the quality you can give in every area of life and reap the rewards.

If you do something 100 times the same way and get the same 100 results, you change the way you do it once and get that different result you need or want.

If you deliver something different or something better you stand the better chance of being noticed, or talked about, or linked to, blogged about, or even complimented for something. :o)

And when you notice it, do more of that! :o)

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St Patricks day, 16 years ago today

This handsome young man came into our lives, a day my life changed forever and for the better.



The day I became a dad!

He never made it easy for his mum either keeping her in labour two days! 

I am proud of you J.

Happy birthday son, Love ya lots.... Dad x

To the rest of you, have a good St Patricks day.

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Life it is then, the real essence of a blog

Thanks to you all who helped me in the last post with the quick poll.

The results have not really surprised me but they have pleased me as I hoped it would be this
way, after all it's life that matters.

It's life that allows me to take things like this...



By choosing life to write about, any aspect like I said, I can add the other things just less and when relevant to do so which is ok really as it is part of life for me and no doubt it helps some who do appreciate reading it and that's opened the...



for me to write what I get passionate about whatever it relates to with life :o)

Great...

As I know and agree blogs on one sole topic, while good for SEO, get boring, it can get that way for the writer too as there are only so many things you can say about any given thing over time.

Hard to keep rolling out good content like that without becoming jaded in some way, in my opinion.

I can see the wood for the trees now...



Thank for helping me clarifying it and giving me the motivation to keep on doing it without the worry and fear of not pleasing everyone, after all that is impossible but I have at least now I know what I want to write about is going to be more likely what you want to read about. ;o)

Blogs were originally taken in this context, weblogs, "online diaries" written about life itself, but with the "microblogs" like twitter for that kind of "diary" style posting blogging about life topics needn't be like a diary at all.

Still great to see the real core essence of what a blog should be about being picked.

It was 80% choosing life, and the other 20% divided by the rest.

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Quick question for you readers



Thank you for choosing yours and it will go some way to me improving this blog for you, the reader.

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A fire, a clean slate and why it matters

Glad to be here writing this...my pc blew up and this started a small fire inside the unit which thankfully didn't get worse as it could so easily have done so.

After that happened I realised a new pc was needed or at least whatever part it was that blew needed replacing, thankfully a friend (hat tip to you stu) helped me to get this sorted out and yet it was almost the whole thing was replaced inside, regarding the hard drive I lost everything on there apart from the back ups I had online and the few disc of things I had saved over the time.

I am annoyed at not backing up more often and although you have heard it before...don't forget the back ups! ;o)
Don't learn the hard way like some of us do, I have lost well over a thousand ebooks in one go!
As well as a lot of other stuff I had kept over the years.

Thankfully I did get slightly lucky.

In some ways I am glad it all happened now because it gave me a real scare and also galvanised me to avoid it happening again. It also got me clear on a few things in ways I didn't expect that I now know will be of massive benefit to me over time.

Immediately after knowing it was blown I thought...

"Damn, I have lost so much stuff on there, wtf am I gonna do now"

Well I grabbed an A4 pad and pen and with the realisation all I really needed to know was already in my head due to having been doing lots over the years and getting that experience as well as having read all them books I have lost, It's all there somewhere and I just need to extract what I can and do what I can with that.

I didn't have the bonus of firing up the pc and refreshing my memory and getting distracted with manner of other stuff.

The simple fact I approached it like I was actually starting from scratch got me thinking clear on what I really knew and where it fitted together and knowing the action needed to make it work for me, it really helped to make it sensibly achievable for me in reality, on paper!

We fixed my pc, replacing what we had to and I was lucky enough to be able to use my Hdrive as well as another old blank one I had, got back online with all new start for me, a clean slate.

Then I started to really look at the few folders Stu manged to save and moved to the other Hdrive, to my surprise I started funding folders with some saved things in them, ebooks, docs, etc, all manner of things I already accepted as being lost!

I feel lucky to have to now also found things I really thought were gone which just made it like a bonus. :o)

Nevertheless I had already started to really get into the frame of it being a good clean start and though I am lucky enough to have also sites and such up online to build upon I still feel like I am have a new start rather than losing what I had.

Taking the positive from it as an experience and learning from it.

Don't forget the back ups! :o)

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"Arrington, here you are..."



Wipe the spit off your face, and keep the rest for your tears.

Now before you Arrington fans start bashing me...let's be a little honest here.

I don't agree with that moron who spat at him, I don't say Micheal deserved this either, not by a long shot.
Let's be straight here though, that arrogant Arrington has courted controversy from day one, often "spitting virually" at others...was that ok?

Saying that...

If you want to be an arrogant person and cause controversy, revel in the fact people don't like you, use linkbaiting tactics with the controversy you ought to be able to stand up to any backlash. (No this ain't link bait, but I don't care if someone thinks it is)

Micheal said on his own blog he is stepping back, it was the last straw...yet his family was threatened in the summer last year now surely THAT should have been the last straw?

So, could someone say "he was more concerned for himself than his family?"
Spitting at him was worse than threatening his family?

Maybe...

See it shows him for what he is, he didn't care that he put his family and himself at risk like that in the first place, why do you think people say "they will sell their granny for the publicity"?

Yeah, they will and yet they moan when any kind of negative thing happens to bounce back on them.

Last thought.... can you imagine someone spitting at say... Darren Rowse? Thought not...

Why not?

Because he treats people with more respect than that arrogant Arrington does.

While I can sympathise with the fact it IS a huge insult to spit at someone, I honestly feel that Arrington has to look at himself and his actions first.

Edit to add... Interesting.

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America's important day

A new president, need I say more?

He marketed "hope" well, let's see what is delivered, but one important factor is you as an American have to to play your part in delivering change.

His underlying message is, if "he" can get to that place, you can also achieve whatever change you set your mind to and take action on.

So...what are YOU going to change?

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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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"Today is that day"

To say...

Happy Christmas!

All the best for 2009!




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"101 Recession busting tips- free book"

Just a few days away from Christmas and the new year...guessing you have all your preparation ready for the big day to enjoy with your families. :o)

I hope it it's a great Christmas for you and the family.

I also wish you all the best for 2009 which is almost here.

But lets' be honest here, after the new year starts life creeps back to... normal and a fair old chunk of us face the reality of the recession which is not a great start to the year, but as we all know recessions are cyclical so there is always light at the end of the...



What wont happen is staying put....we have to get through that tunnel!

Well I have good news which is this free book to help anyone with getting through the recession.

Old?
Young?
Got kids?
Double income in the home?
Own business?
Shares?
Good stable job?
Just want to make changes?
Boss looking to shaky for your peace of mind?
About to lose it?
Just uncertain?

Whatever situation you are in whether one or all of the above, these 101 tips have something for all, something foreverybody.

It's not just all about...



Though money tips are there, saving money, improving your money management, making money, helping kids with money, money alone has it's own issues, depending on how you see it...




The recession will provide opportunity for those who see it, opportunity to change habits, create better understanding of the cycle for the next time it hits, as it certainly will.

For those who don't see opportunity, preparing for the end half of the recession is just as important as what you do now as we go into it, if only for the fact you can springboard yourself using built up leverage coming out of the recession, whether through saving a little, or starting a new venture, hobby, habits.

Use the tips, use the recession. :o) >> Beat the recession!






P.s No idea if the book will stay free, so grab it while you can. :o)

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"Time to reflect, then plan ahead"

Not long till 2008 passes us by and 2009 kicks in, the years are going fast the space between pondering the last year and looking forward to the next are getting closer, so it seems!

Time waits for no man!
Where better to contemplate the last year and consider the next year than here?





As the sun sets on 2008 do you feel you achieved the goals, resolutions you set out this time last year?

If you did, great, if not, maybe consider the size of the goals and time you set to achieve them, it's one reason resolutions don't work well, 9 times out of 10 they are spontaneous and set just because "people set them."

"Gonna give up smoking, Jan 1st" is quite common, but how hard is that to achieve?
Most likely you cave in on Jan second, then you have failed....that's it, you don't bother after that.

Better to say...

"I will give up by the end of Jan" then plan to do that, set it out so you can cut down in stages over that month, this way even if you don't quite make it, you may have gone a long way to it, like cutting down a by 3/4 of what you were smoking.

This way you are much more likely to carry on trying, not think you failed.
Well you certainly won't think, "ah well, almost did it" then start smoking more will you?

If you have to make a resolution, at least make it realistic. :o)

Goals are a bit different I think, at least any goal you set out can be good, no matter how small, if it's progressive in some way to moving you forward it's good.

If you set out a main goal, aim high, this will make you more motivated to try, and if you don't make the stars, at least you hit the clouds.

But plan for the clouds...have step goals which lead you in the right direction, each small goal reached is motivation and proof of progress.

It's been a topsy turvy year for myself, but there are lessons in everything for us to take away.

I have to say it wasn't a great year for me in some ways, but in looking back it's cleared alot of the "fog" in my mind in the plans I had set out in 2008, and in turn has made 2009 a much clearer path for me.

The most important thing of all is your health and family.

THAT was my biggest lesson of 2008!

Without those...it's doesn't matter what happens, you can win the lotto, have all the money in world, realise all the dreams you can make, anything you could want would be worthless!

For me the main goals for 2009 are to strengthen my own family links, bonds, as they are the number one priority and the other to better my health, if there is one thing I have learnt, sitting in front a PC too much ain't good for ya! :o/

I have set one goal to take more photos, one a day at least because it really is a good way of getting out and about and staying fit and with so much to capture out there it will be fun!

There are other goals I have set myself, one is to go full time online asap! :o)

I can see 2009 being the year everything changes a bit online with the rise of social sites etc.

It has levelled the playing field alot more than it was just a few years ago.

What lessons can you take from 2008?
Have you set goals for 2009?

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"Learning as you go, sharing as you learn"

Wouldn't you say that is the best way to get to grips with anything you want to use, do, perfect?

Wouldn't you say that your experience with anything is 100% different to that of everyone else?

I agree... :o)

So in that case the more we share the more we all learn and faster too, never before has everyone had the opportunity on such a scale to "self educate" thus "self improve" which are really the same thing.

The only way to improve is educate yourself, learn, the only reason you learn is to improve. :o)

We do it anyway, life itself is a learning and growing experience but in the days of old we were limited in ways we could learn and the speed we could absorb and learn, so limited in growth of self.

Nowadays...hold your hats!


What about YOUR kids? The next generation?

I hated computers at school. they were the old BBC's, big clunky great things that had NO appeal to me whatsoever!

Now I can't get OFF the damn PC at times! :o)

The teachers were obviously older than us, but they were also of the old method of teaching, blackboards, chalk, so not actually tech savvy themselves, plus the computers were pretty primitive. :o)

For today's kids and tomorrows teachers, it's a whole new ballgame.


They will be far more involved with computers and such, so in theory kids of tomorrow will learn more and faster, but will they?
This huge advantage of multimedia as a way of learning and teaching should be harnessed as best as possible, but also about the right things.

All the potential due to the Internet!

The biggest value for me is it has allowed me to self educate at my pace and on what I wanted to learn about...as many books as I can read is normal for me.

With the speed and volume of information (though not ALL correct information) on the Internet anyone can self educate about any topic, passion etc...as far as to make yourself an "expert".

BUT there is also a big problem in my view that should, for the benefit of the future generations, be discussed and considered as a real possibility to implement, though I feel it's highly unlikely to ever happen anyway, simply due to the "control" factor of politics and the state.

Education starts from birth as we all know, but the "controlled flow" of education is what I believe needs changing and it also needs to change in the schools because it's a change as a whole to the approach of learning, the subjects of learning, the best growth possibility of each person.

I believe education as it stands is not working to its best ability for the times.

Today's teachers are not going to be like tomorrows teachers, just as today's kids are not going to be like tomorrows, education itself changes too but to slowly to make a big impact so the system they also teach under needs changing.

You read any blog or news article of a famous "self made" person or someone who gives advice to others, it's always "follow your passions", and most of the time these same people didn't do well at school, or just struggled so left with no qualifications.

So why do we stifle the passions of kids?

Why do we deny them the best opportunities to grow that passion?
Minimizing the opportunities to become a happy and successful person doing what they love?

Why is education such a mess that it manipulates kids to be a certain way, follow a certain pattern.

Manipulated to "fit" into society as "they" want you to fit in.

What is the real underlying cause, with education that needs changing, in my view?

It's too broad, for too long.

Lack of focus on any passion.

As it stands everyone gets more of the same!

Can you remember much from the lessons you never liked? Nor me!
What about those you did like... ;o)

Our passions don't start at 16, they start at a young age when we have bigger dreams than we do now as adults, because we dare to dream that way...as we grow reality kicks in!

The times demand change in education.

The reason?

People, and that includes kids are better connected than ever before and to harness that we need change, so the growth of those valuable connections start early and strengthen as they grow.

What would I change if I had the chance?

Starting at the age of 4 would be the first thing.

One problem is working parents have working hours out of line with school hours of their kids, so that would a good start. It would be a better habit for all our body clocks if they were in line with each other as we all grow.

Changing these hours means more lessons for the kids but have one whole day a week concentrated on play and interacting with each other, sports etc, games, challenges, basic socialising.

The teachers need to be looking for passions of each child, reporting it in a log, be it painting, writing, sporty things, challenges, etc.

They have the basic education of reading and writing etc, as we do now, until the age of 7.

By 7 each pupil would have a log of the things that they are keen on, like, have a passion for or learn in better way, i.e reading, watching, doing.

These kids should be grouped a little better for the collective development of each "band" of passion, i.e drawing, or English, or maths, and style of learning.
There will be overlaps of styles, but utilise what's working best for them.

Now from aged 7 till 11 these passions should be developed with integration of the basics.

What do I mean by that?

History, geography etc doesn't need to be just on a broad thing, if a class of kids are passionate about painting, they could have a history lesson around the passion making it far more interesting and engaging, more meaningful.

By 11, the kids will have shown alot about themselves and their passions etc meaning they are enjoying school more and doing better for it.

Moving into "senior" school the teachers need to completely different to what we have now.

They need to be as passionate about the passions the kids have while being also able to integrate the basics into the teaching process around the passion.

Part of the education I would integrate into this is business lessons, money lessons, relationship lessons.

As the hours of school are longer and the kids are more passionate to learn more about their passions they also form real bonds that will matter after school.

How many of us have been in touch with the "majority" of those we were at school with?

Not many I bet, we were all diverse, destined to separate and follow our own paths, only having close bonds with the handful real friends we have.

How many of the real friends go into the same career path as you?

Not many I bet, we are all choosing different paths, that share no real mutual benefit in most cases. As it stands we leave school, to find ourselves in the "deep end" with no real understanding of how the world works or what we have to do as part of it.

We learn NOTHING about tax, business, law, money etc.

So we feel more isolated and lost within this situation and we have to "grow up fast" just to get by!

We lost contact with the majority of our "old circle" as they also go through what we do, having to also "grow up fast".

No wonder there is so much pressure on people in their late teens and 20's.

By changing things...

This way the bonds will last because of the "valuable connections" built and nurtured through the learning process of a collective passion between the class, these become the close friends you share life with, go into a career with.

While at school, you all learnt together about building a life with your passion, and having each other to learn and grow with, and that continues outside school.

We have more passionate business owners who are all working together to grow.
Some of these passionate people become the next generation of teachers, to spread and grow the passions farther.
We have a better chance of having a stronger society this way.
We have a better chance to build upon the success of each generation.

We have a society of happier, more successful people.
These people are tomorrows parents who will also know the value of building the passions of their own children, the next generation.

Over time the education will improve and become better suited to building real passions in real passionate people.

This I believe would create a much more valuable society and it's ability to grow through business and collective support for each other.

The self education of society would continue to expand through the ability to share valuable relevant information between passionate people.

What do you think?

Does education need to change, if so how?

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"Magic of making up"

Relationships!!

We all have them, good and bad.

The one thing we all also know, when they end, friends say...

Don't worry, plenty of fish in the sea, get out there and get into the dating game again...and quick!

Bad advice if you ask me, for several reasons,
  1. Is it fair to have "emotional baggage" put onto someone else?
  2. Do they really want to meet someone else?
  3. If they do meet someone else, is ANYthing about that going to be genuine?
Probably not, most of the time all they can think about it is their ex and what they are up to.

Funny thing love!

While it may be true sometimes the split up is the best option, or the only option left to them, the majority of the time there are kids involved and in reality it's very few of those split ups that are "hopeless."

There is some very do-able things that will save any relationship, somethings you would never even think of and yet if people knew of them they would have a better chance of trying to make it work out, even if only for the children's sake.

But the real beauty of this knowledge is, why wait till you have the problems? Why not use them to strengthen your relationship?

Every relationship takes work as we all know, but it's what you work ON in the relationship that can make the difference between an ok relationship and a great relationship...and NO it's not the sex!!

It's the Magic of making up!!

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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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"Lucky YOU, the timing couldn't be better"

Lucky you, possibly, possibly not, everything depends on YOU. ;o)



If the media is anything to go by, the only way now for us should be down, with the doom and gloom spread daily the fear is creeping in, and fear is the LAST thing you want.

It seems people fear losing jobs, losing their homes, losing income, in short the "shit is gonna hit the fan!"

Fear breeds bad shit... who wants that? :o/

I'll tell you who...those that KNOW what the people fear, and what those that fear will want as a result of that fear.
Those people think, and ask..."how do I make money to help MY situation, or if I lose my job and can't get another?"

THAT is the opportunity these who sell the "dream" of "making money online" see.

Those in IM know exactly what you will do, and fight each other to be where you will go after you DO what they KNOW you will do.

Listen up, if you KNOW what I mean by IM... you don't need me telling you, ;o)
I do say though, tread carefully because of the power of connections now has never been bigger or better, scam or take the piss and it WILL haunt you. ;o)

For you that don't know what I mean by IM, or are new online...don't worry.
Just don't spend...and get sucked in too easy, it happens! Believe me! ;o)

I'll be posting some great free resources in the next few post, one benefit is I and others have already been through the free crap to find the gems, so it saves you time and information overload.

But have NO fear... I am hoping this blog as well as others I share with you help you avoid that "sucked in trouble". :o)

Really, you want to look at things from an opportunist perspective, knowing that there are always going to be opportunities around you, so even in bad times some of those are often the biggest opportunities because less people will see these opportunities and will dwell on their fears.

The FIRST thing to remember is, there ARE other people just like you out there, and coming online daily, whatever it is you are like ;o)

Seeing any opportunity means you CAN act on it, do that and you are one step ahead of the pack.

Once you know it's worth taking the action, ie a little due diligence is needed aka a little researching, will mean you already KNOW of any potential from the actions you need to make.

BUT and it IS a big but...
EVERYTHING will depend on you, what effort, WORK will you put in? Huh work?? :o/

Well, if you have a real trade you have some knowledge and skill...you work anyway!
Some skills etc obviously won't be much use online, but I digress...

Ok, FUN would be better, and possibly more profitable. ;o)
Depending on what you do, what you like, enjoy sharing etc.

The timing is a good one to get started NOW if you want to do that or just spend a bit of time in evenings after your day job trying it out, getting started is far easier than people think.

The best thing NOW is to evaluate your skills, knowledge, passions, etc.
If your list is big, trim it down AS you research it's potential, you may miss a gem otherwise. ;o)

If you find it hard to create your list, ask someone close, "what do YOU think my passions are, etc, what do I seemingly always talk about etc".

May get some surprising answers if you ask a few people you know closely. ;o)

Then armed with this info...look online at these things.

So, you may type whatever it is into google.com or google blog search, or find forums, websites, etc.
While searching for whatever keyword (i.e "beach fishing", "How to make a quilt?", "windsurfing in UK" etc, you use what you would anyway, a question, a query, whatever, but use " " and without " " around your phrase.

While doing this in either "" or no "" mode, check and take note of the number of sites etc, on the top right, in bold of the google page...

The number of sites and blogs and activity within all these blogs and sites will give you a good indication of how good or bad the "scene" is regarding that "niche".

You want a reasonably competitive, active and busy market, not too big, not too small.
If you have a few good ones, think about doing them all and you will make money online. ;o)

For now, just browse in the areas that you are interested in, see what you find.

THAT is your FIRST step, and we take it one at a time. ;o)

Any questions or comments. feel free to post below...



P.s I'll be doing a few interesting post over the next few days, and sharing some good resources that won't cost a penny or drive you bonkers. :o)

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"WHY we live here, there is NO-WHERE else QUITE like it!


Find more photos like this on Portlanders!

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"Matter of creation, creation of matter"

Are we doomed?

With that massive experiment underground on the French and Swiss border happening tomorrow there seems to be alot of publicity on it lately.

Even a matter of a court case to try and stop it going ahead.

Is it a big risk?

Who knows, in my opinion the scientist just want to DO it, they are not going to say YES a massive risk if it stops it happening, they want to do it to find out because of the sheer potential of what it could teach them about anything and everything.

The say they guarantee it will be safe, but if they are wrong, will we even know about it?

That is part of the reason I feel they care more that it works than not, that sounds strange, but what I mean is they are NOT going to be bothered if it doesn't work and the earth gets swallowed up, after all, they will be gone as much as we will!

If they are wrong, to late, if they are right... it could change things as we know it for the better.

Playing GOD, or whatever your world view on that is?

Any opinions on this experiment?

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"What do YOU want?"

Been a few days since I have posted here, though I have been writing up some post to show I will post those over the next few days.

That's the beauty of blogging, you don't have to post as you write, so if you get into a "writing mode" and you feel on a roll, go with it and just write, just save them for posting later.

I often do this and it means I "get ahead" of myself, if tomorrow I don't write I still have something to share.

Instead of posting what I have done, I wanted to ask for YOUR opinion.

I am going to revamp the blog as well as set in motion plans I have made...could be some big changes but I would rather hear what you have to say first as it's you that gets to read it.

Are there topics you would like to see more off on this blog?

Are there topics you would like to see me drop?

Are there topics you would like me to blog about that I don't already blog about?

More pics?

What do you want to see here?

It's exciting times online, I can see the massive changes from a few years ago, when it was harder to get yourself noticed online.

With the social networking sites like facebook...(which most of you seem addicted too!) we have never had it so good.

So, what would you like me to do here?

Tips or... ?

If you have any opinions please comment below.

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Timing is everything!

What a time to be offline when I have seen so many familiar faces...like on facebook!

Ah well, never mind as I am trying to get online asap I will catch up. ;o)
What have I missed then?
Anything new happening?

Sorry it has been a while since I wrote, will start doing more and more often.
Surprised by all those I see on facebook, faces I have not seen in 20 years...in some cases!
That long?
Sheesh...time flies!

Back soon!! ;o)

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Isolation not ignorance.

Some of you have been using facebook etc to contact me...I am not ignoring them, it's the library using limited filters and IE 6 stopping me using them.

Nice to see old friends on the social sites...even ex girlfriends from um...15 years or more ago! ;o)
Shows how the net really has made the world a smaller place, never thought I would hear again from some of the people I have.

Been a great thing to see how people have changed and where the path they chose lead them to.
Still trying to get back online at home so I am looking forward to really catching up with some people when I am.

Have I missed anything of note on here?

Not sure, been focused on getting other areas of life sorted out and set me up for the right start in 2008... I mean 2007 shot by!

I am looking forward to 2008 for a few reasons. :o)

So how are you all?

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"Dam greedy banks"

Done it again, ripping me off with charges...costing me my connection..yet again!

Have had enough of the hassle from them.
I am astonished at the greed they show.

I went £2 over my limit...that's 4 dollars, and got a bloody charge which has wiped out what I had for my connection!

Bastards.

I am now going to write another letter to the bank to sort this out.

Meanwhile, looks like I am back the library like I am now writing this.

I am sick of the stress and hassle of struggling.

I will be on here as much as possible while waiting for that to sort out.

If I can do a review, or sell a few things from here it may help.

I will NOT let the banks get away with that sort of greed.

As usual shit customer service!

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"The time, Italian style"




Who needs a watch? ;o)

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"A cracking house"


What a cracking house eh?

Just as the sign says...it's only going one way. ;o)

The crack runs down through the right hand side and through the windows, being the weak parts.

There is someone living in this and the refuse to move, even though it is unsafe.

Click the actual image for a bigger picture and take a closer look at this highly unstable house here on Portland.

This house has been bad for many years.

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"Funny what you find under your nose"

Other than your mouth that is. ;o)

A blueprint to "getting there" right on the sidebar. ;o)
And one that gains you 100% commission?!

Funny what we already know is where we look to get answers to what we want to know.

Making changes to your blog is all good and well as long as things are improving or improvable.
Making alot of changes at once is a bad thing...unless it is the only option.

You want to know what changes work and what don't so you always take them one at a time to get that basic truth you can act on.

Did that change improve? Yes, act and improve further, test, check results etc.
Then change another things, go through the process again.

One a time.

Little changes make the biggest difference quite often. :o)

Any thoughts?

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