Did you know that “Old Tom Morris” was a Pioneer of Professional Golf? – Part 2…cont’d..

Did you know that “Old Tom Morris” was a Pioneer of Professional Golf? – Part 2…cont’d..

Tom_Morris

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Golf course design, greenkeeping innovations

Morris played a role in designing courses across the British Isles. He began by assisting Robertson lay out ten holes at Carnoustie in 1842. His subsequent work included Kinghorn Golf Club in 1887, Prestwick, Muirfield, Machrihanish, the Jubilee Course at St Andrews, Balcomie at Crail, Moray, Askernish in South Uist, Lahinch and Rosapenna in Ireland, Warkworth and Royal North Devon Golf Club (Westward Ho!) in England, King Edward Bay Golf Club in the Isle of Man and the Castletown Golf Club in the Isle of Man.

In 1886, Tom Morris went to Dornoch in the Highlands and met a boy called Donald Ross who was the Club’s junior champion. Donald helped Tom there and five years later he joined the “Grand Old Man” at St Andrews. They built a new course simply called the New Course. Donald returned to Dornoch for a short stint as the club’s greenkeeper before moving to America in 1899.

Royal North Devon - Donald Ross

Over the next half century, imbued with the expertise and experience of Tom Morris, he would design Pinehurst, Seminole, Oak Hill, Oakland Hills and more than 500 other courses that made Donald Ross the most important golf- architect of all. Of course the influence of Tom Morris on Donald Ross would make him a crucial figure in the game’s evolution. Another of Tom’s disciples was Charles Blair Macdonald who built the first 18 hole course at the Chicago Golf Club and Tom influenced even more disciples who designed the Royal Melbourne in Australia……

Tom Morris’ chief contribution to the game have been in course design, a multibillion dollar business that grew from the barrow, spade and shovel he used at Prestwick and St. Andrews.

Royal North Devon Golf Club – 150 Years Anniversary 

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Royal North Devon Golf Club was founded in 1864, and is the oldest golf course in England. The course was designed by Old Tom Morris. Royal North Devon Golf Club is located on Northam Burrows between Northam and Westward Ho! in North Devon. Traditionally the course has been referred to as Westward Ho! Northam Burrows is common land and golfers share the environment with sheep, ponies and walkers.[

The Club provides facilities for one of the largest Junior Sections in the country.

The course has hosted The Amateur Championship on three occasions, in 1912, 1925, and 1931.One of the Great Triumvirate, J.H. Taylor, learned his golf at Royal North Devon Golf Club and was invested Honorary President of the Club in 1957.

In the autumn of 1895, Tom played his last Open and came in seventy shots behind the winner J.H. Taylor of Westward Ho! With that Tom bowed out of the tournament he helped to create.

Royal North Devon - Old Tom playing Old Course

Morris was also the father of modern greenkeeping.

  • He introduced the concept of top-dressing greens with sand, which significantly helped turf growth.
  • He introduced many novel ideas on turf and course management, including actively managing hazards (in the past, bunkers and the like were largely left to their own devices, becoming truly “hazardous”) and yardage markers.
  • He was the first to use a push mower to cut greens.
  • He improved St Andrews by widening fairways to handle increased play, enlarging greens, and establishing separate tee boxes on each hole; all of these measures spread out play over larger areas, and led to better turf conditions.
  • In course design, he standardized the golf course length at 18 holes (St Andrews had at one time been 22 holes), and introduced the concept of each nine holes returning to the club house.
  • He also introduced the modern idea of placing hazards so that the golf ball could be routed around them; this was the beginning of strategic design, which has dominated golf course design ever since. Before his times hazards were thought of as obstacles that either had to be carried or were there to punish a wayward ball.

Morris kept working right up until his death, just before his 87th birthday.   He died after falling down a flight of stairs in the clubhouse of the New Golf Club in St Andrews. He is buried in the grounds of the St Andrews Cathedral, and his grave attracts thousands of golfers who wish to pay homage.

Old Tom Morris died in the year 1908 aged 86. He died as a result of sustaining a fractured skull after falling down the stairs in The New Club, St Andrews.

Tom had gained so much respect, that his funeral was attended by hundreds of people who knew, loved and admired him. The funeral procession itself spanned the length of South Street in St Andrews.

He was a true pioneer in the world of golf and had lived through the major transitions of the game, from the feather ball; the first Opens; the popularisation of the game; the introduction of inland courses; and the establishment of The Championships – both Amateur and Professional.

 

To this day, the memory of Old Tom Morris is commemorated at the Royal and Ancient Golf Club in St Andrews. His portrait hangs in the Clubhouse and the final hole on the Old Course bears his name.

Royal North Devon - David Joy playing Old Tom

David Joy is well known as ‘the man who plays Old Tom Morris’ and, he can be seen doing that in one of his excellent Videos

To be continued in Part 3 –  “Young Tom Morris”  and “Old Tom Morris” – Golf Legends

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Main Source of Reference –  Wikipedia for which many thanks.

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“Old Tom Morris” often went Straight down the Middle – many times! – Pioneer Professional Golfer… Part 1…

“Old Tom Morris” often went Straight down the Middle – many times! – Pioneer Professional Golfer… Part 1…

Tom_Morris From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Thomas Mitchell Morris, Sr. (16 June 1821 – 24 May 1908), otherwise known as Old Tom Morris, was a pioneer of professional golf. He was born in St Andrews, Fife, Scotland, the “home of golf” and location of the St Andrews Links, and died there as well.

Morris was the son of a weaver, and began golf by age ten, by knocking wine-bottle corks pierced with nails (to serve as balls) around the streets of the town using a homemade club, in informal matches against other youths; this was known as ‘sillybodkins’.

He started caddying and playing golf from a young age, and formally was hired as an apprentice at age 14 to Allan Robertson, generally regarded as the world’s first professional golfer; Robertson ran the St Andrews Links and an equipment-making business. Morris served four years as apprentice and a further five years as journeyman under Robertson, by most accounts the world’s top player from about 1843 until his death in 1859.

From the early 1840s, Robertson often chose Morris as his partner in challenge matches, played by alternate shot format, which were the principal form of competition at that time. It was said the two never lost a team match played on even terms. The team became known as “The Invincibles”.

St Andrews History – The Old Course at St Andrews is considered by many to be the “home of golf” because the sport was first played on the Links at St Andrews in the early 1400s. Golf was becoming increasingly popular in Scotland until in 1457, when James II of Scotland banned golf because he felt that young men were playing too much golf instead of practicing their archery. The ban was upheld by the following kings of Scotland until 1502, when King James IV became a golfer himself and removed the ban.

Morris by his early 20s was the second-best player in St. Andrews, close to Robertson in golf skill, and won an informal match from him over the Old Course in 1843, but the two players rarely played seriously head-to-head. As Robertson’s employee, Morris was in somewhat of an awkward position.

Morris worked under Robertson at St Andrews until 1851, when he was fired on the spot after being caught by Robertson playing the new guttie golf ball; Robertson had a profitable business making the featherie ball, which was threatened by the emergence of the guttie. Prestwick St Nicholas Golf Club Morris was then hired by Prestwick Golf Club, which was just starting up. At Prestwick, he designed, laid out, and maintained the course, ran his own golf equipment business selling gutties and clubs, gave instruction to players, and ran events. He was influential in beginning The Open Championship in 1860, and struck the very first shot in that event.

History:  Prestwick St Nicholas Golf Club, a traditional Scottish links golf course established in 1851 and now occupying a prime position on the shores of the Firth of Clyde on Scotland’s west coast. The course and Club are steeped in history – indeed one of its founder members was Old Tom Morris who was based in Prestwick prior to returning to St Andrews and his place in golfing legend.

Morris returned to St Andrews as greenkeeper and professional in 1865, at a then-generous salary of 50 pounds per year. He was sought out by the Royal and Ancient, which formally passed a motion in 1864 calling for his rehiring. St Andrews was then in very poor condition, and his first task was to correct this. He did so by widening the fairways, enlarging the greens, applying greenkeeping techniques he had developed at Prestwick, building two new greens (on holes 1 and 18), and “managing” the hazards. He stayed in the post until 1903, a total of 39 years, and was kept on after this by the R & A at full salary.

  • Morris worked as a greenkeeper, clubmaker, ballmaker, golf instructor, and course designer, as well as playing match and tournament golf.
  • He came second in the first Open Championship in 1860, and won the following year. He followed this up with further victories in 1862, 1864 and 1867. He still holds the record as the oldest winner of The Open Championship at 46.

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  • His son was Tom Morris, Jr. (died 1875), best known as “Young Tom Morris.’ Morris was part of the only father/son couple being winner and runner-up. Morris held the record for the largest margin of victory in a major championship (14 strokes in the 1862 Open Championship), which stood until Tiger Woods won the 2000 U.S. Open by 15 strokes.
  • He became the second player to break 80 over the Old Course, scoring 79; Robertson had been the first to do it. Once his son Young Tom Morris became an accomplished player in his own right by his mid-teens, in the mid-1860s, father and son formed a team for challenge matches, usually played by alternate shot (foursomes play), where they proved very successful. Their partnership, although not exclusive, would continue until the death of Young Tom in 1875.

To be continued in Part 2 – much more about “Old Tom Morris” and “Young Tom Morris.” 

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Main Source of Reference –  Wikipedia for which many thanks.

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The Beatles – Comments which Brought out the “Red Rag to a Bull” in me!!…

The Beatles – Comments which Brought out the “Red Rag to a Bull” to me!!…

Red Bull oh know In this case – just no Red Rag or a Bull! so I came up with this cartoon!

A young person wrote in social media ” Popped into my head ….don’t know why, not a big Beatles fan.” Then played a video… “I want to Hold your Hand!” by The Beatles.

Another one said “I wasn’t a huge fan of theirs either. I like a couple of them okay but don’t go out of my way to listen to them!”

I could not resist making a comment. If you did not grow up being a fan of the Beatles in the sixties I can understand your comments. But help is at hand to make you a life long fan “Yeah, I just haven’t met you yet ” Watch this space.

When it was announce that The Beatles were issuing another record in the middle sixties there were over 6 million copies pre-ordered and the fans had not even heard that record! That’s right – “Baby you’ve got it!” – It was: “I want to hold your hand”!!!

Over the next few months I will play you some songs from The Beatles and I hope that those of you who are not keen on them may see them in a different light!

Please let me have your comments on your likes and dislikes of songs by The Beatles in the reply box below.

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Emotional Intelligence – What’s It All About!…..

Emotional Intelligence – What’s It All About!…..

Emotional Intelligence Daniel Goleman

Self Awareness

Self Management

Social Awareness

Social Management

EI is as important as IQ.

Forgiveness

There is a “must see” video at the end of this post which will give you a clear insight to Emotional Intelligence – What’s It All About!…..

Emotional Intelligence is such a driving force within our bodies – everyone is different but thank God we all have this wonderful gift to some degree or another. It is made up of so many experiences and levels of intelligence. All this appreciation arose out of a recent networking breakfast meeting when Karin Thomas of Red Oak Coaching, Barnstaple gave a fascinating presentation! http://www.redoakcoaching.co.uk/

It inspired me to undertake some research – it seems to be a subject that does not appear to have received much publicity but I realised when Karin started her talk this was so important –  Self Awareness, Self Management, Social Awareness, Social Management, EI is as important as IQ and Forgiveness.  It just got me totally inspired and resonated with me so much.

By chance, I was listening to a BBC Radio Programme and a certain Terry Wogan was interviewing an American girl singer – she said that her songs and music had always moved her emotionally to what happened in her life and through it all she was able to help others honestly in their darkest moments and traumas. Well, that’s a great example of Emotional Intelligence!

As some of you may know I am motivated by the Inspiration of Others and the Love of Music!

HERE ARE SOME OF THE RESULTS OF MY RESEARCH – You are most welcome to add your thoughts and comments below.

“What’s it all about, Alfie?” sung by Cilla Black

Listen to the words and that will tell you just how “you feel it in your fingers!”

Wet Wet Wet – Love is All Around (+ lyrics)

Emotion derives from many things – you may have guessed – mine is music!

One simple definition of emotional intelligence is “the ability to identify, assess, and control the emotions of oneself, of others, and of groups.”

Daniel Goleman popularized the concept of emotional intelligence in his New York Times best seller, Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ.

“Emotional competence is the single most important personal quality that each of us must develop and access to experience a breakthrough. Only through managing our emotions can we access our intellect and our technical competence. An emotionally competent person performs better under pressure.” – Dave Lennick, Executive VP, American Express Financial Advisers

“Emotional Intelligence is a way of recognizing, understanding, and choosing how we think, feel, and act. It shapes our interactions with others and our understanding of ourselves. It defines how and what we learn; it allows us to set priorities; it determines the majority of our daily actions. Research suggests it is responsible for as much as 80% of the “success” in our lives.” — J. Freedman

Emotional Intelligence is the Difference That Makes the Difference

“I first learned about emotional intelligence during one of my early leadership trainings. The more I learned about emotional intelligence, the more I learned to appreciate it. I eventually saw how emotional intelligence is the difference that makes the difference. A lack of emotional intelligence is what limits some people in their ability to manage themselves, manage others, or manage situations.

On the flip side, I’ve seen people with strong emotional intelligence skills rise above any situation. They don’t let other people push their buttons, and they connect with others more effectively.”

Psychologist and journalist Daniel Goleman is the author of “Working With Emotional Intelligence”. Goleman believes that I.Q. is not longer as valued as it once was as being an indicator of a person’s success. Now it is Emotional Intelligence that has become the new yardstick. Emotional Intelligence refers to areas like self-awareness, empathy and social skills, and it is these qualities that employers are now looking for. (Originally aired February 1999)

Here is that “Must See” Video mentioned earlier!

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Have the UK Government provided Foreign Countries with Aid amounting to £14,933 Billions of Pounds? No, surely not…

UK Foreign AidHave the UK Government provided Foreign Countries with Aid amounting to £14,933 Billions of Pounds? No, surely not…

 

I hear from unknown sources that in the past few years, the UK Government have provided direct cash (£) aid to:-

 

£M

 

 

Congo

359

 

 

Egypt

397

 

 

Ethiopia

981

 

 

Haiti

1400

 

 

Hamas

351

 

 

Iraq

1080

 

 

Jordan

463

 

 

Kazakhstan

304

 

 

Kenya

816

 

 

Libya

1450

 

 

Mexico

622

 

 

Mozambique

404

 

 

Nigeria

456

 

 

Pakistan

2000

 

 

Russia

380

 

 

Senegal

698

 

 

South Africa

566

 

 

Sudan

870

 

 

Tanzania

554

 

 

Uganda

451

 

 

Zambia

331

 

 

TOTAL

£14,933,000,000.00

Giving them a total of literally £14,933 Billions of Pounds……

Is it true that the UK Government gives £13, 000,000,000.00 per year in Foreign Aid?

Many countries are deserving of the UK Foreign Aid policy but could the Government please explain the situation for the benefit of millions of UK retired seniors living on a fixed income,  hundreds of adoptable children who are not placed, homeless without shelter, children going to bed hungry, elderly going without needed medication or fuel to heat their homes and mentally ill without treatment… Etc. I just want to know or is this all just hype? Please just convince me to the contrary that this is not the case, in order to set my mind at rest and continue in the belief that the United Kingdom is a just and fair-minded country where the interests of its people are given priority over outside interests.

I am an “easy going” British citizen who has lived through the Baby Boom period (1946 onwards) and have always admired the UK Government for doing its best to serve the interests of the millions living in this green and pleasant land but now I am not so sure.

So what is your view on what is happening?

There is some help available and the following are given below for reference:-

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/social-justice-transforming-lives

 http://www.cri.org.uk

There is no doubt that many people need more financial assistance or as The Beatles say “Money (That’s What I Want!)”

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We are only Human!..Aren’t you too!!..

We are only Human!..Aren’t you too!!..

calm-down-i-m-only-human-2

What do you mean by that?

As the song says
“I did my best to notice
When the call came down the line…
And sometimes I get nervous
When I see an open door
Close your eyes, clear your heart
….

Hear my regards to soul and romance
They always did the best they could…..

Will your system be alright
When you dream of home tonight
There is no message we’re receiving
Let me know, is your heart still beating?

Are we human or are we dancer?
My sign is vital, my hands are cold
And I’m on my knees looking for the answer
Are we human or are we dancer?

You’ve gotta let me know…..”

The Killers – Human

One of the saddest events ever to take place in a family or amongst friends is when people get the “wrong end of the stick!” Often things are said in anger in the heat of the moment but one should always reflect on the reason or reasons why people re-act so viciously sometimes. This is mostly completely out of character and one should stand back from all this for a while and take a deep breath. Try to understand why such and such was said and the reasons for it. Of course one is only human and often your immediate reaction is to “lash out” at them but if only one could but take a deep breath and try to understand why these circumstances have arisen!

In a family or amongst friends there are often strong personalities who disagree on various issues or someone questions why such and such a thing was done against the other person’s views and beliefs.

Just think of the possible outcome of those involved who insist that they are right and you are totally wrong! Well, you hear the stories:-

  • Often it could be a simple misunderstanding and if only the other person had the opportunity to explain themselves clearly given a little patience by the other party!
  • Sad to say but there are those who are so “pig headed” that nothing will appease them.
  • There are sad cases where people try to control others in any way possible by showing them up in public in an embarrassing way, by telling others that they haven’t a clue about what they are doing, showing no respect for others and seem to get a delight in belittling others in every possible way.
  • One hears of cases where people have little or no patience with others in their dealings with them only to find out later perhaps that that person  has been gradually suffering from dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Others may not realise very quickly that they are going deaf and of course those who do not admit that they are going deaf. They are inclined to take things the wrong way and then the balloon goes up!
  • AND of course with such abuse over a long period of time, the “victim” loses confidence and it may take years to recover from that. Only the strong will of the “victim” will make that person survive the trauma.
  • In fact of course there are dozens of reasons why circumstances arise like this!

ALL THIS IS SO SAD AND TOTALLY UNNECESSARY!

Surely there must be an answer to all these situations which, if not nipped the bud straight away, could fester into a major breakdown in family and friends and as a direct result of that they may never contact each other again or they do not see each other again for 10, 20, 30 or even 40 years if ever at all!

SO WHAT IS THE ANSWER?

The statement below is very meaningful and one should strive to achieve these results:-

Life is too short

AND THE MOST POWERFUL PART IS FOREGIVENESS! THERE IS NO DOUBT THAT WHERE YOU GENUINELY FORGIVE SOMEONE FOR WHAT THEY HAVE DONE TO YOU THEN AND ONLY THEN ARE YOU BOTH FREE TO MOVE ON IN YOUR LIVES AND OF COURSE VICE VERSA WHAT OTHERS HAVE DONE TO YOU.

“The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.” ~Mahatma Gandhi

Here are one or two references where Forgiveness has had a profound affect on people and who have realised the power it can give you and bring peace to your mind.

PLEASE COPY AND PASTE THE LINKS BELOW:-

http://tinybuddha.com/blog/how-to-forgive-someone-when-its-hard-30-tips-to-let-go-of-anger/

http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-living/adult-health/in-depth/forgiveness/art-20047692

http://www.wikihow.com/Forgive-Someone-Who-Has-Hurt-You

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Banning Sky Lanterns – also known as Chinese Lanterns….

Sky lanternsBanning Sky Lanterns – also known as Chinese Lanterns….

A campaign was launched on 29th May 2014 by the National Outdoor Events Association to ban Sky Lanterns, also known as Chinese Lanterns. Is the organisation being a killjoy? Its chief executive officer Susan Tanner, who is based in Somerset, says no and explains why.

  • Try telling a farmer who has just watched his cow give birth early and die in agony after wire ripped the animal’s gut that Sky Lanterns are beautiful and should be allowed.
  • Or the farmer who has spent hours rounding up the livestock startled by the sudden light which ran into fences resulting injuries.
  • Or the firefighters injured tackling a blaze caused by one of these balls of fire. The list of issues goes on.

The problem is yes they look lovely as they float away into the sky but the issue is that no-one knows where they land – will it be into a field or a building.
The ancient Chinese decorations, which are supposed to bring good luck, first became popular in Britain a couple of years ago among tourists who had enjoyed their beauty on holiday to the Far East.
The paper balloons, which can float up to a mile into the air when the candle-like fuel cell is lit, are constructed with metal wire.
The idea is that the fire will go out by the time the lanterns come back to earth, but they often come down when the lantern is still burning.
The paper can degrade in about six to eight weeks. But the wire in them can last nine months and is of a fine gauge with sharp ends. There are some without wire that use cane, wool or string – but these still take time to degrade and can splinter which could cause issues for livestock and littering.

Fire in the countryside 

Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service Photo

There is evidence that their use has caused moorland or forest fires at certain times of year when vegetation and weather conditions have made sites vulnerable to fire.

  • Numerous cases have been reported where hay and straw stacks have caught fire as a result of lanterns landing when the cell is still alight. In a particularly, dry year there is a risk also of standing crops catching fire.
  • In a nationwide survey in 2011, a third of Britain’s fire brigades said they had received emergency callouts to extinguish lanterns. The lanterns are at their most dangerous in the summer because of drier conditions.
  • The fire risk extends beyond farm buildings and crops to all buildings.
    In 2013 eleven firefighters were injured and £6million of damage was caused when more than 100,000 tonnes of waste plastic and paper went up in flames at a recycling plant at Smethwick West Midlands.
  • There have been examples of cattle and sheep eating the lanterns and wire. This has caused injury to stomachs and mouths. Chopped wire can stay in the rumen (the cows stomach) for a long time and the wire can catch on anything at any time and perforate the gut. There have been several further cases of cows dying from ingested wire in the last 12 months.
  • Farmers cutting grass for stock feed or bedding can gather wire and other lantern parts in the grass, which in turn is fed or used as bedding for stock.
  • Even though some parts are biodegradable they do remain on view either on the ground, in trees and hedges, which is an eyesore.

It is an offence to create litter and it is distressing for landowners/farmers who find dozens of lanterns have landed over a small area, (especially, for instance, if it’s a field due for imminent harvest). It is also difficult to recover them from trees.
It is obvious when a venue upwind has released significant numbers of lanterns, and it does leave the venue at risk of a civil claim for any damage caused.

The Marine Conservation Society last year called for a ban after a survey of beaches found an increase in rubber, paper and pieces of metal. The charity wants the lanterns to be classed as litter so people releasing them could be fined as much as £2,500, arguing that they are a danger to marine life, among other things.

Not forgetting how they can be confused with distress flares and the danger of lanterns being sucked into plane engines while airborne.

However, much of the above comes from anecdotal evidence; I know from personal experience as soon as you raise lanterns as a topic of conversation that everyone knows a story.

We need hard evidence to back our call for a ban. In the interim we are asking event organisers to abide by a voluntary ban and for the public to understand the wider issues.
More information is on our website and you can also sign our petition for a Parliamentary debate. www.noea.org.uk

Michael Eavis issues no Chinese lanterns reminder – June 2013

Michael Eavis, CBE

Michael Eavis issued a reminder in 2013 to people coming to Glastonbury Festival that Chinese lanterns were banned. Click on the link below:-

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-somerset-22926895

Photo by John Ward -“Last year, my daughters and I watched the movieTangled”

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Wonderful, wonderful Copenhagen – WONDERFUL NEWS….!

Wonderful, wonderful Copenhagen – WONDERFUL NEWS….!

Copenhagen – the 2014 venue for the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest – songs and news!

Sung by Danny Kaye, it was the only UK hit single for this American actor/singer.

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“Wonderful, wonderful Copenhagen
Friendly old girl of a town
‘Neath her tavern light
On this merry night
Let us clink and drink one down

To wonderful, wonderful Copenhagen
Salty old queen of the sea
Once I sailed away
But I’m home today
Singing Copenhagen, wonderful, wonderful
Copenhagen for me

I sailed up the Skagerrak
And sailed down the Kattegat
Through the harbour and up to the quay
And there she stands waiting for me
With a welcome so warm and so gay

Wonderful, wonderful Copenhagen
Wonderful, wonderful Copenhagen
Friendly old girl of a town
‘Neath her tavern light
On this merry night
Let us clink and drink one down

To wonderful, wonderful Copenhagen
Salty old queen of the sea
Once I sailed away
But I’m home today
Singing Copenhagen, wonderful, wonderful
Copenhagen for me”

BACK

The Eurovision Song Contest (French: Concours Eurovision de la chanson), often shortened ESC, or Eurovision, is an annual song competition held among the member countries of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) since 1956.

Each member country submits a song to be performed on live television and radio and then casts votes for the other countries’ songs to determine the most popular song in the competition. The contest has been broadcast every year since its inauguration in 1956 and is one of the longest-running television programmes in the world. It is also one of the most watched non-sporting events in the world, with audience figures having been quoted in recent years as anything between 100 million and 600 million internationally. Eurovision has also been broadcast outside Europe to such places as Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Egypt, India, Japan, Jordan, Mexico, New Zealand, the Philippines, Suriname, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, the United States, Uruguay and Venezuela although these countries do not compete. Since 2000, the contest has also been broadcast over the Internet, via the Eurovision website.

Winning the Eurovision Song Contest provides an opportunity for the winning artists to capitalise on the surrounding publicity and further their career. Artists whose international careers were directly launched into the spotlight following their participation at Eurovision include: Italian- Domenico Modugno, who came third with the song “Nel blu dipinto di blu” (Volare) (meaning to fly) in 1958, ABBA who won the contest for Sweden in 1974 with “Waterloo”, Céline Dion, who won for Switzerland in 1988 with the French language song “Ne partez pas sans moi (Don’t leave without me, the Spaniard Julio Iglesias, who has sold over 300 million records worldwide, and Bucks Fizz, who won in 1981 for the UK with “Making Your Mind Up“.

Source of reference WikiPedia

Britain’s Entry for the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest

Eurovision 2014: Who is the UK’s entry? Molly Smitten-Downes to represent Britain

Eurovision Song Contest 2014 Molly-Smitten-Downes-pa

Molly Smitten-Downes has been selected to represent the UK at the Eurovision song contest this year.

The singer-songwriter from Leicester, who goes by her first name “Molly”, was relatively unknown until she was scouted by the BBC to represent the UK.

The 27-year-old wrote her Eurovision entry “Children of the Universe” herself, and has since signed a record deal with Warner UK.

Meet the Eurovision 2014 contestants

Initial public reception suggests Molly could be Britain’s most popular Eurovision entry in years.

The UK will be crossing its fingers on Saturday 10 May that she does better than recent British Eurovision entries Bonnie Tyler (19th), Engelbert Humperdinck (25th), Blue (11th) and Josh Dubovie (25th).

She released an official video for her Eurovision entry …, which you can watch below:

Source of reference:  THE INDEPENDENT Tuesday 06 May 2014

I am so busy but I could not resist a quick post on this momentous occasion too!

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40 years since ABBA won with Waterloo

40 years since ABBA won with Waterloo

ABBA onstage in Brighton in 1974
It was 40 years ago today, on the 6th April, 1974 that the Swedish group ABBA won the Grand Prix of the Eurovision Song Contest with their memorable song Waterloo. ABBA went onto become one of the biggest selling groups in the world, selling millions and millions of records, and Waterloo topped the list of songs in the Congratulations show that commemorated the 50th anniversary of the contest in 2005.
Source of reference – Gordon Roxburgh

Eurovision Song Contest 1974_logo

http://www.eurovision.tv/page/news?id=40_years_since_abba_won_with_waterloo

 

I am so busy but I could not resist a quick post on this momentous occasion!

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Helping to make a difference in your lives – contact me if you would like some guidance and advice about online network marketing as below:-

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How can I Get Out of this State of Overwhelm!…

How can I Get Out of this State of Overwhelm!…
Overwhelm in a state

Recently I have been going through probably one of the worst times in my online business career.

Having thought it all through I know that I am going through a “State of Overwhelm!”

Where is that you ask? Well, it is not something you can touch or see but yet this feeling is extremely powerful and destructive if you let it take over your life!

We are blessed with this wonderful gift of nature called “Choices” but you must be able to recognise the powerful side only and throw the “destructive” part into your trash can!

There is a local company here in North Devon which will Clear Rubbish At Prestidge Prices (www.crapp.biz). Perhaps we can relate this message to internet marketing! The Internet is full of millions of “making money online opportunities” but wouldn’t it be good if we could clear this rubbish at prestidge prices!

We receive hundreds of thousands of ideas how to gain financial freedom and a better quality of life on the Internet. It is all about making a decision – to “cut to the chase” and make a life-changing move in the right direction!

BUT as most if not all “introducers” to network opportunities will tell you “there is no guarantee to earning such and such an income – this is just an example of what could happen.” Of course this is a perfectly legitimate comment.

Network business opportunities

So what valuable advice could you give to others who are already in network business opportunities or considering it?

1) The most important person in making decisions is YOU. At the end of the day it is up to you!

2)  There are a lot of so-called “social media experts” out there giving advice, sometimes based on limited experiences, and sometimes based on nothing at all!

3) So what does that tell you – I wasted a lot of time trying to find the “pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.” AND THOSE SHINY OBJECTS!

4) The answer is to find people you know, like and trust who will help you along the way.

5) They could become your Mentors – they know that if they help you a little, you may well do business with them.

Zig Ziglar

As Zig Ziglar once said…“If you HELP enough other people get what they want in this world… then you can have anything you want…”

6) Once you get to know people well, you will have access to their training courses, business opportunities and good sound advice. They are not time wasters but will want you to succeed in your business as they will also benefit from your endeavours. Many networking entrepreneurs will tell you that because that is basically how the system works!

7) Sometimes it is a good idea to question information given to you but you will know by experience that your mentors try really hard only to give you the best possible information and advice at hand.

JUST BE INSPIRED – THERE ARE NO LIMITATIONS! 

So now what am I doing about all this information, advice and experience gained from this wonderful set of people who I know, like and trust?

1) De-clutter all unnecessary folders, files and mailbox. Ignore all superfluous blogs, networks etc – just delete all daily.

2) Only concentrate on one major business opportunity at a time.

3) Spend so much time on social networking including Facebook, Twitter, Google + Youtube and Emails. There are many others but it is advisable to concentrate on two or three main networks first of all.

4) Spend so much time on training.

5) Start building a list of like-minded people who you think would be happy to receive help and advice from you.

6) Don’t become overwhelmed as I have done. It affects everything else in your life!

7) Remember why we are doing online networking! – to gain financial freedom, to spend more quality time with our family and friends and to develop a residual income.

Keep-calm-and-carry-on

8) Keep Calm and Carry On!

9) Remember, you will succeed in your endeavours so long as you don’t quit but work hard for a period of time with your mentors.

10) Don’t be fooled by people who say it is easy just because they are outwardly successful – they may have been involved in an online business for many years.

11) It is never too late – I know many people in my age group – the Over 50’s plus some!  They are highly successful.

12) It is so important to remember that “Birds of a Feather Flock Together!” Associate yourself with like-minded people who want or have achieved what you want out of life.

13) Whenever possible, you should attend networking events at different venues but these days so many people benefit by meeting people at live webinars and Google Hangouts online.

14) Do something. Get out, get with people, do something. Fall on your backside, but do something.

15) AND you can work from home with a laptop with all the technology that is available to you. AND occasionally away from home if you have to!

16) To make it all work you must be prepared to invest some money in your business although from experience you are able to obtain so much FREE information from the Internet and Google Search.

17) Mentors are a great source of information and experience – don’t be afraid to ask questions. As someone said “the only silly question is the one you didn’t ask!”

18) Sometimes you have to outsource work which you either haven’t got the skills or inclination to do or the time to do – at a cost of course.

19) A key element in all this is to write up a time management schedule to ensure that everything gets done.

20) Above all, your dreams and aspirations will all come true if you persevere with it.

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You are never alone in this online business – it is amazing how quickly you can build up friendships who are happy to talk to you about all kinds of things, exchange ideas and give tips and information. I know many people around the world and can easily engage with them.

So there you are – I’ve tried to give you an insight into how an online business can work for you so long as you have the will to do it. In fact most people are driven by circumstances to an online business as it suits them to work from home and be with their family at the same time!

Please feel free to let me have your comments and just ask me if you want any help and advice.

Motivated by the Inspiration of Others and the Love of Music!

Helping to make a difference in your lives – contact me if you would like some guidance and advice about online network marketing as below:-

John Barton

Marketing Entrepreneur

Skype:jowbarton

Phone: 0044 (0)1237 476 068

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