Friday, 31 December 2010

President Barack Obama's holiday

I see there is criticism in the press today about the cost of President Obama's holiday.

Apparently it has cost over £1 million for his Christmas break in Hawaii.

It has been suggested that he could have stayed at a nearby military base instead as Bill Clinton did.

Would you like to spend your Christmas at a military base?

For goodness give the man a break.

Whatever you may think of him as a man or his policies he has probably the most stressful job in the world so don't begrudge him the break which will recharge his batteries for the coming year.

Joke for today:- Why are they called apartments when they are all stuck together?

On this day 31st December

In 1891 The US was ready to open a new immigration depot on Ellis Island

In 1880 George Marshall who devised the Marshall plan was born

John F. Beaumont

Thursday, 30 December 2010

House Prices

In today's paper it says that the "experts" expect house prices to carry on falling next year.

Interestingly in the same paper it is suggested that saving for a deposit to get on the housing ownership ladder could take 17 years and that one in six people will live to be 100.

So why then do mortgage lenders still insist on the average 25 year mortgage.

Those people in their 20's now will probably be working much longer than the current pension age as they are living longer so why doesn't a 40 year mortgage become common?

The would solve several problems at once.

Joke for today:- People have different opinions about things. For example my girlfriend is the most beautiful person in the world.But to my wife...Jackie Mason,

On this day:- 30th December

In 1865 Rudyard Kipling was born

In 1922 Soviet Russia is renamed USSR

John Beaumont internet marketer

Wednesday, 22 December 2010

Vince Cable

I see that Vince Cable the Liberal Democrat has put his foot in it.

Apparently he told two undercover reporters that he was going to attack RubertMurdoch's whole empire.

Obviously it was a silly thing to say to two young femail undercover reporters who were claiming to be members of his constituency.

However I don't like the way that reporters use entrapment in this way.

If a police officer was to do this then there would be eruptions from the liberal establishment.

It is frightening that free speech is being compromised in this way.

Thought for today: Is free speech still relevant in today's society?

Bigamy is having one wife too many. Monogamy is the same. Oscar Wilde.

On this day:- December 22nd.

In 1961 the first US soldier dies in Vietnam

In 1949 Maurice and Robin Gibb of the Bee Gees were born.

John F.Beaumont internet marketer

Monday, 20 December 2010

Ouch that hurt

Hurt my back this morning. I'm not even sure how I did it as my back suddenly Jarred when

going out of the back door.

It is going to cause problems when I take Owen my excitable English springer spaniel for his

walk espcecially in this icy weather. I've taken him to two good trainers but I still have problems

with him pulling on the lead. He is a very good sniffer dog so gets really excited with all the

smells out there.

I'm still excited about the new systems being put into place with The Six Figure Mentors.

This will really take off. Go to my website.

Joke for today:- Yesterday I saw a man trying to chat up a cheetah. Hello I thought he's trying

to pull a fast one.

On this Day: 20th December

In 1933 Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers became stars.

John F. Beaumont internet marketer

Sunday, 19 December 2010

Aqua Sheko

When I went to Westfields at Derby recently I was fascinated watching people having the dead

skin on their feet being eaten off by fish

No the fish aren't piranha but little Garra Rufa fish fron Kangal Lake in Turkey.

Apparently the fish therapy is a holistic treatment that gives a smooth overall glow.

I think I will pass especially since I have terrible nails on my large toes caused by football


Thought for today: Do you know any fishy stories!

Joke for today:- see above!!

On this day: December 19th

In 1932 the BBC inaugurated the Empire shortwave broadcasting service.

In 1902 Sir Ralph Richardson was born

In 1906 Leonid Brezhnev was born

John F Beaumont internet marketer

Friday, 17 December 2010

Christmas Presents

Because of the bad weather we have had recently many Christmas presents ordered on line are held up in courier warehouses as deliveries have been difficult.

My son Chris works for a well known courier company and they have been on the receiving end of many irate customers.

Unfortunately there is little they can do except axcept the abuse!

Chris then comes home and helps me with my internet business so he gets very tired.

Thought for today:- Are you sympathetic to the problems of others?

Todays joke:- Waiter there's a fly in my soup.That's not a fly that's a vitamin bee.

On this day:- 17th December

In 1778 Sir Humphrey Davy who invented the safety lamp for miners was born

In 1936 Tommy Steele was born.

John F.Beaumont internet marketer

Thursday, 16 December 2010

House Prices etc.

Had a grin to myself when I saw the headline of the Daily Express yesterday.

They stated that house prices had risen in the UK by £5000 over the past year. Then they had

an article about how interest rates could rise shortly. First the good news then the bad! Talk

about "softening us up"!

Working hard on my internet business

Thought for today:- Do you believe everything you read in the papers?

Todays joke:- He has contact lenses but he only needs them for reading so he wears them around his neck.

On this day:- 16th December

In 1773 there was a Tea Party in Boston

In 1965 Somerset Maugham died at the age of 91

John F. Beaumont internet marketer

Wednesday, 15 December 2010

A Carol Service

Last night I was invited to a carol service by The Loughborough Students Union.

It was held at a local church and was brilliant. There must have been well over a
hundred young people there and the singing was awsome. Raised the hairs on the back
of the neck.

It was so nice to see young people thoroughly enjoying themselves without the use of
alcohol or drugs!

A really great evening.

Chris is still helping me with the new website for my internet business.

Joke for today:- What happens when you cross a librarian with a lawyer? You get all the information you want but can't understand it!

On this day:- 15th December

In 1892 Jean Paul Getty was born.

In 1832 Eiffel who built the tower was born

In 1916 the battle of Verdun ended after 700,000 soldiers were killed.

John F. Beaumont Internet Marketer

Tuesday, 14 December 2010

New Doors

Yep we had new doors installed upstairs yesterday.

Looking good. A local man came and did it for us at a very resonable price. He did a very good job.

Chris is helping me set up the excellent new system from The Six Figure Mentors.

Stuart who is the brains behind all this has really done an excellent job. Watch this blog for more future information.

In the meantime I'm getting a lot of interest in my cashmachinewebsite. You can download an excellent bootcamp.

Go to

Thought for today:- We know the speed of light but what is the speed of dark?

Joke for today: A teacher addresses his class for the first time. If there are any idiots in the class then stand up now. One student stands up. That's interesting says the teacher. Why do you consider yourself an idiot? I don't was the reply I just didn't like to see you standing there on your own.

On this day:- December 14th

In 1926 Agatha Christie was found staying at a hotel in Harrogate under an assumed name.

In 1503 Nostrodamus was born

In 1861 Prince Albert, consort of Queen Victoria dies.

John F. Beaumont internet marketer

Friday, 10 December 2010

Internet Marketing

I'm buzzing ahead with my internet marketing business.

There is so much going on at present I'm having trouble keeping up but it's worth it.

Should settle down shortly.

There is a lot going on with The Six Figure Mentors Group and lots of exciting new information.

I'm in the process of setting it all up so watch this space!

In the meantime if you want some good information as to how to build your business then go to

Very worthwhile

Thought for today:- Are you going forward or backwards. No you can't stand still.

Joke for today:- Some cause happiness wherever they go; some whenever they go. Oscar Wilde

On this day:- 10th December

In 1921 Albert Einstein received the Nobel peace prize.

In 1869 Wyoming gave women the vote

John F. Beaumont

Monday, 15 November 2010

What a Great Attitude

Hi there

Sue, my better half, works as a personal assistant to one of the senior professors at Loughborough University.

One of her special projects of late has been to set up a special relationship with the University of Malay as a result of which 8 engineering students are on a years placement with a major Malayan engineering company.

One of these students, a young lady has sent an article which has been published on the University website.

In it she has spoken of her first 4 months working in Malaya.

Despite the difficulties of very long tiresome hours and having to work 6 days a week in the extreme humidity which she is not used to she is full of enthusiasm.

As she says she is not just learning about how industry works and the technical side of the business she is also learning about new cultures, different people but perhaps most of all about herself.

She says "we are taking a little trip of self-discovery that no tutor, no exam, no text book and no library reference section could ever really teach you"

What a marvelous attitude.

I hope that in the future far more young people will have the opportunity to travel to a different country to continue their education. It is the best hope for the world's future.

Thought for today: Do you try to understand other peoples beliefs and cultures?

Joke for today:- Did you here about the overweight ballerina? She had to wear a three-three.

On this day 15th November

In 1918 the day was declared Victory Day in Britain. At 11am the all clear was sounded for the last time accompanied with bugles and sirens.

In 1837 Isaa Pitman a 24 year old schoolteacher from Wiltshire in England published a book about shorthand writing.

In 1864 Sherman burns Atlanta.

John Beaumont

Saturday, 7 August 2010

Exciting or what? Well it is for me!

Hi there

Found out something exciting this week. Well exciting for me although probably boring for you!

Actually it was Sue who found out this information as she is the one who is more involved in family history than me.

What she found out was that my great great gggggrandfather was a famous British judge and politician back in the early 18th century.

His name was Sir John Pratt (note the "Sir") A member of the aristocracy no less!

He was a Member of Parliament then went on to be Chancellor of the Exchequer in 1721 and was also Lord Chief Justice of England from 1718 to 1725.

One of his sons (the younger brother of my direct ancestor) was created Earl Camden in 1786 and was a personal friend of William Pitt the famous Prime Minister.

He was heavily involved in the discussions regarding taxing the colonies and in fact I believe he was against it. If he had got his way the American War of Independence may not have occurred.

Anyrate its strange how finding out such information affected me. For some reason it has given me much more confidence to build my internet business. Strange really.

Obviously the family went downhill from then onwards!!

Thought for today. Do you appreciate what your ancestors have done for you?

Joke for today:- When flying try to keep the number of landings equal to the number of take-offs.

On this day:- August 7th
In 1957 Oliver Hardy died.
In 1926 the first British Gran Prix motor race was held. The average speed of the winning car was 71.61 mph (115.24 kph)


John Beaumont

He also formed Camden Town a well known area of London.

Sunday, 1 August 2010

It was brought home to me

Hi there

Sue, my better half, is the personal assistant to one of the professors at Loughborough University (actually to more than one professor but that's another story).

Last week one of the students who had just obtained his advanced degree arranged for his parents to visit the university before he returned home.

This young gentleman happens to be a Palestinian and has been studying here for a number of years.

Sue had helped him on several occasions and as a thank you was taken to lunch by him and his parents.

During the lunch the conversation turned to what impressions the parents received on visiting England.

The overriding impression was our freedom.

They couldn't get over the fact that they saw in the town centre people of all different religions, colour and ethnic background going about their business.

They were mingling together in the market with no apparent animousity to one another.

Bear in mind that Loughborough is only a medium sized town and it is true that you see burkas, saris, turbans, orthodox Jewish dress etc all the time.

This statement by the parents when relayed to me pulled me up short.

I just take seeing all this different people walking around without any apparent fear as normal.

There is the occasional ill feeling I suppose but relatively minor compared with other areas of the world

In Palestine this highly intelligent and qualified young man has to pass through 3 check points on the way to and from work including strip searches every day!

No I'm not pointing the finger at either the Israelies or the Arabs as they both have a valid point of view and I'm sure that there is good and bad on both sides.

I am just pointing out what a joy it is to live in a country where we take freedom for granted.

Isn't maintaining this situation something really worth protecting

Long may it continue.

Thought for today:- Do you appreciate the freedoms you have in your life?

Joke for today:- Does killing time damage eternity?

On this day:- 1st August

In 1833 Britain passed an act of Parliament freeing all slaves in the nations territories after a 5 to 7 year apprenticeship. £20 million pounds ($ 37 million) was earmakrked as compensation for the slave owners.

In 1774 Sir Joseph Priestley announced that he had discovered oxygen

In 1798 Nelson destroyed the French fleet thus cutting off Napoleon's supply route to his army in Egypt.

John Beaumont

Tuesday, 13 July 2010

It ain't my fault guv.

Hi there

At present in the UK there is still a lot of talk about a "gentleman" who shot his former girlfriend wounding her and then shot dead her new boyfriend.
After that he then shot an unarmed police officer who was just sitting in his patrol car causing severe facial injuries and the loss of at least one eye.
After several days he was cornered by the police and after some hours negotiating then shot himself.
Now his mother brother et al are blaming the police for his death and the inevitable enquiry costing pounds will now ensue.
Sorry but he was a nasty piece of work. He had just been released from prison for assaulting his 9 year old daughter for goodness sake and then goes on to shoot his girlfriend etc.
Why oh why are the poor old police being blamed,
Surely his family must bear some of the blame? After all they brought him up not he police!
Maybe they would gain more respect if they appeared to be more concerned for his victims and their families.
As usual it's "it ain't my fault gov". Let's blame everyone else so we don't feel guilty.
Sorry for the rant but there does appear to be a trend in society for us not to take responsibility for our actions.
In the first company I ever worked for the managing director always insisted that no one would ever get into trouble for making a mistake PROVIDED that they admitted it immediately so that everyone concerned could pull together and rectify it.
It was the best environment I ever worked in as people were much more relaxed and therefore made less mistakes. Simple eh?
Thought for today:- Are we big enough to take responsibility for our mistakes?
Joke for today:- A man is checking into an hotel. The receptionist asks him if he would like a room with a bath or a shower. What's the difference asks the man. Well explains the clerk in a bath you can sit down. Boom boom
On this Day:-
In 1977 New York City was blacked out after electrical storms knocked out power supplies.
In 1955 Ruth Ellis was the last woman to be hanged in the U.K. for murdering her lover.
In 1883 "General" Tom Thumb died aged 45

Thursday, 24 June 2010

Going on holiday?

I received and have put out to my internet marketing list some interesting thoughts about holiday planning.
It's interesting how just before we go on holiday most of us make lists so that we are sure we have done everything that needs to be done before we go.
You know like cancel the papers check the passport is in order etc.
It seems to work quite well doing this list.
So why don't we do this all the time?
If we make a list of 6 things we must do the next day before we go to bed and then look at this list the next morning and ensure we complete everything we can before the day is out we start to create a great new habit.
It is estimated that after 20 days the new habit is so ingrained we become much more productive.
Make sense to me!
Thought for today. Are you going to try it?
Joke for today: Parent to child. What did you learn at school today? Child. Not enough I have to go back tomorrow.
On this day:- June 24th
In 1876 it was Custer's last stand!
In 1990 the first two women Angican priests were ordained
John Beaumont

Wednesday, 9 June 2010

What weather!

Oops I am being the typical Englishman here by talking about the weather. I suppose it is because we have such changeable weather that we talk about it a lot.
During the past week we have had very hot weather, pouring rain and flipping cold! In fact I have just put the central heating on as Owen (my scatty English springer spaniel)and I got soaked on our walk and very cold.
Hey perhaps the Icelandic volcano is having some affect and "they" aren't telling us!
Still at least it makes life interesting.
I have been writing more articles about internet marketing so if you have any interest in this subject then check out my website
Thought for today:- Do we enjoy life whatever the weather? Kids seem to.
On this day 9th June
In 1870 Charles Dickens died
In 1934 Donald Duck was "born"

Wednesday, 2 June 2010

So typically English

On Monday which was a Bank Holiday Sue and I went to a local country fair at a place with the lovely name of Oaks in Charnwood.
We really enjoyed it as it was so typically English. It wasn't a fair like a circus just local people with tents etc showing local arts and so on. I don't suppose the style has changed over many years so it was a bit like going back in time.
In fact for Sue it really was going back in time. The local Girl Guides had a tent showing how the movement had progressed over the years. Whilst looking at some old uniforms Sue suddenly said that looks like mine from when I was a girl. Guess what? On looking at it further it WAS her old guide uniform.
A few years ago Sue actually ran a guide company and at one event she gave her old schoolgirl guides uniform to another leader for an exhibition. Sue had totally forgotten about this and had often wondered what had happened to her old uniform.
Interestingly enough the guiders there didn't know the history behind the uniform as the name tag inside was in Sue's maiden name so Sue was able to tell them all about it especially as there was her old journal there and 'photos of her at some event.
It just goes to show that you don't know when your past will catch up with you!!
I'm still getting on well with my internet business. My list is now growing well and I'm getting even more visitors to my website
Thought for today:- Be nice to everyone as further down the line you may have to rely on them!
Joke for today: Advice for single girls, Don't look for a husband, look for a batchelor! Boom boom.
On this day: 2nd June
In 1953 Queen Elizabeth11 was crowned queen at Westminster Abbey.
In 1896 Marconi took out the first patent for a wireless telegraphy apparatus
In 1857 Sir Edward Elgar was born

Monday, 24 May 2010

Do other species communicate with us?

Eh? Have I taken leave of my senses? This is going to sound a bit "off the wall" but it is something that fascinates me so please bear with me.
A couple of years ago I was trimming a hedge in my garden. This was at the end of the bird nesting season so I was just tidying up the edges as I felt that I was not doing any harm to any wildlife. Suddenly a wasp landed on my hand. It didn't sting me but just "sat" there. I gently shook it off only to have it return and sting me. It was quite bizarre as the wasp appeared to deliberately come back to specifically sting me. For some reason this caused me to pause in the trimming and upon looking further along the hedge I discovered a well hidden wasp nest about 3 feet away. If the wasp had not stung me I would have cut straight into the nest with reuslts I would rather not thing about! To this day I am sure that the wasp was trying to warn me.
Interestingly a few years previously when I lived at another house we again discovered a wasp nest in the garden. This was in a tree and we didn't discover it until the autumn when the leaves came off. Strangely we had been sitting under this tree all summer without realising we had a wasp nest just feet above our heads! Obviously we didn't disturb the wasps and they didn't disturb us.
The same thing applies to ants. We have several quite large (by U.K. standards) ants nests in the garden. In fact one of our regular visitors expressed surprise at the number and size of the nests. The point is that despite having so many ants around they never come into the house whereas other people in the neighbourhood who have ants nests regard them as a nuisance. Despite putting down poison they keep entering their houses.
So do wasps,ants etc know who cares for them and leave us alone or am I just being fanciful?
I am still working steadily on my internet business and is looking good.
Thought for today:- Do we care enough about our wildlife and do all we can to protect them?
Joke for today:- I grew up with six brothers. Thats how I learned to dance--waiting for the bathroom. Bob Hope
On this day:- In 1819 Queen Victoria was born
In 1941 Bob Dylan was born

Monday, 17 May 2010

Onward and upward

Over the weekend Sue and I went to the old Snibston Colliery for a special event involving vintage transport. The site, which closed down in the 1980's, is now a very interesting museum.

I had to laugh as I could remember most of the cars on show being released new! That dates me.
This brought home to me how time flies. The number of things I was going to do in my life which never got done because I put it off until tomorrow. As they say tomorrow never comes.
However in my case I don't think it is too late to still achieve most of them so I'm going for it!
Are you?
This is why instead of sitting with my feet up in retirement I am pushing ahead with my internet business. Look me up if you want to see my progress at Nudge nudge.
Thought for today: Are you putting something important off until tomorrow that you could do today. Even telling your partner/kids that you love them?
Joke for today: Life may not be worth living but what else can you do with it?
On this day 17th May:-
In 1861 the first "package" holiday organised by Thomas Cook took place. On the same day the first colour photograph was exhibited at the Royal Institution in London
In 1510 Botticelli died.
In 1900 Mafeking was relieved. Colonel Robert Baden-Powell (of scouting fame)was in charge of the defence of Mafeking

Monday, 10 May 2010

Are we allowed to take enough risks?

Hi friends
Are we allowed to take enough risks in life? The reason I ask is that last week a cadet on a sailing ship unfortunately died after falling from the rigging. Very sad.
However I think that todays youth do not get enough opportunity to test themselved because of the 'elf and safety brigade.
When I was at school in the 1950's I joined the cadet force. Initially we spent a year in the army detachment before we could choose to either stay on the army side or transfer to the navy or airforce branches.
During the first year we went on quite realistic army excercises which included being issued with live ammunition. We had live firing on full scale long range butts. When not firing we were based underneath the targets with pointers to show whoever was firing where their bullet went. Very exciting for a fourteen year old!
The following years I went to sea when on annual camp. This involved climbing up a rope ladder in the middle of the ocean from a small boat onto a frigate. The sea was quite choppy as well.
One time we climbed up onto HMS Blackpool. This was in 1958 and Blackpool was a brand new frigate at the time just undergoing her sea trials. Whilst we were on her she fired her brand new anti submarine mortars for the first time. These were the latest state of the art weapons then so just before they fired them we were all told to flatten ourselves face down on the deck in case bits of metal flew off.
I don't think that many youngsters get the same opportunities today.
Still I now get excitement from building my internet business instead.
Thought for today. Did you take any exciting (but legal/moral) risks today?
Joke for today:- Last week I replaced every window in my house. Then I discovered I had a crack in my glasses.
On this day 10th May:- In 1849 troops opened fire on a rioting crowd in Ney York killing 22 people.
In 1940 Winston Churchill became Prime Minister replacing Chamberlain
In 1863 Stonewall Jackson died from wounds obtained from friendly fire

Friday, 30 April 2010

Strictly for the birds

I noticed today how the feeding patterns of the birds visiting my garden had changed.
During the winter I had lots of finches visiting and eating the niger seed I had put out. The last week or so they haven't been near the place. On the other hand I hardly saw a sparrow all winter and now there are quite a few coming to the garden. ( I have put out the same mixture of bird food all the time) I suppose there must be alternatives to my fare. Talk about fairweather friends!
When I used to do security work at night it always fascinated me to see that the blackbirds were always still "working" at dusk and that they were the first birds to be seen at dawn. No I'm not being racist here but I wonder if their colour has something to do with this? Perhaps being black gives them more scope to work in safety with diminishing light?
Hey Chris has been a busy boy. He has been helping me with my website and doing an excellent job putting some things together for me.
So my thought for today:- Do we really appreciate what others do for us or do we sometimes take help too much for granted?
Joke for today:- This is an important announcement for drivers travelling on the M62 to London.
The M62 doesn't go to London. Boom boom.
On this day: 30th April
In 1945 Hitler committed suicide
In 1789 Washington became president. Bet not many people know that he started the war between France and Britain when he was a British officer.

Monday, 26 April 2010

Democracy. Just a myth?

Hey I was thinking about my last blog and my thoughts turned to democracy.

Are we a democratic society still? In fact have we ever been?

The reason I ask is that in the U.K. at the present time there is a lot of talk abour recycling.

In my area we already have 4 systems for rubbish or as our American friends would say garbage.

One bin is for garden rubbish which can be composted. A second is for glass/old clothing. The third is for plastic/paper and last but not least is the bin for material that cannot be recycled.

However there was an article in the paper recently where it was stated that we could all end up with 8 or 9 bins/bags for different types of recycled material. We will need a degree in recycling soon!!

Now I am all for recycling where possible but my point is that a large proportion of the populace is up in arms about it. They don't want 8/9 bins!

So? My question is then why should we be made to follow this line. If we are a democratic society then we tell the authorities that it is not acceptable. Ah but this is E.U. legislation. Hey the E.U. is supposed to be democratic isn't it?

The same argument applies to speed cameras. Most people appear to doubt their effect (apart from raising extra money!) and want them removed. This does not appear to be happening though so where is democracy?

Enough of my rant. Let's be cheerful. At least we can afford all the consumer goods which are then recycled and own cars which can break speed limits. Many people in the world would love these benefits.
Chris has done some more work on my website and I have written another mini article
Thought for today: Who you are and who you will become is up to you
Joke for today: A frog's perspective on life: time's fun when you're having flies. (Think about it)
On this day: 28th April
In 1945 Mussolini was killed
In 1789 the mutiny on the Bount took place
In 1770 Captain Cook lands in Botany Bay

Friday, 23 April 2010

The Election...snore

Hi there

Hey isn't the UK election getting exciting. Well isn't it? Only another fortnight and it will all be over. Or will it. If we have a hung parliament then we will have to suffer more agonies.
The strange thingabout ,politiciansthis election (which I have found so noticable when compared with past ones) is the lack of people showing their "colours". For example in my town I have only seen one house where they have put up a flier in their window showing for whom they will vote.
In all my years I have never seen this before. Normally a lot of houses have fliers in their windows and also on their car windows. I wonder why this is. Why are people so reluctant to show who they will vote for this time? The trouble is I think that following the expenses debacle politicians are now held in far less regard. This is a pity since they are all that stand between us and anarchy. So yes I will be voting because I feel it is important to recognise that our ancestors had to fight to get the vote and by not voting I feel we are letting them down.
Who to vote for though. Well that's another matter!
Chris is doing some more work for me on my website www.who Looking good

Thought for today: Do you appreciate what your ancestors had to fight for? Give thanks that many of the things we take for granted today have only happened because some people stuck their neck out for them.
Joke for today: If builders built houses the way lawyers write laws then the first woodbecker to come along would destroy civilisation.
On this day: 23rd April
Hey it's St Georges Day. The patron saint of England
In 1616 a gentleman of the theatre called Mr William Shakespeare died at the age of 52 Strange coincidence. On the same day in 1616 Miguel de Cervantes author of Don Quixote also died.

Monday, 19 April 2010

The Blitz remembered

Hi friends
At present on UK TV they are celebrating (surely that's NOT the right word!) the fact that it is 70 years since the UK suffered the blitz.
Whilst the armed forces have received many accolades for the work they carried out I don't think the civilian population received as much praise as they should have done. Most of the images you now see are of people stoically surviving in the underground tube stations in London although of course many other towns and cities were bombed very badly too.
However we seem to hear very little about the civilians who had to "carry on" throughout the raids.
Take my mum and dad for example. They were both fire watchers. In fact my dad had just retired at 65 years old and instead of sitting in front of the fire with his pipe and slippers he was on top of Hackney Town Hall ( a borough in the east end of London) helping direct the fire sevices to where they were needed most. "Hairy" or what? Imagine being on top of one of the tallest local buildings with bombs falling all around. My mum was there too and she told me but for going into a neighbours shelter on the first air raid she never went in one again. Prefered to take her chance in the open. They were both trained to enter burning buildings to rescue people who were trapped without all the equipment taken for granted now. The "elf" and safety brigade would have kittens now! However after having a couple of hours "shut eye" mum had to be up to go to work. After a raid the communication systems particularly transport were in chaos and mum often had to walk from the east end where she lived to the west end of London where she was seconded to The Ministry of Supply. Can you imagine scuttling passed burning buildings tripping over fireman's hoses to get to work and not even knowing if your work place would still be there. One day she had to wake up a fireman up who had gone to sleep directing his hose on a burning building. The poor man was utterley exhausted. It didn't help that mum then pointed out flames coming from another source!
Hey I think someone should make a film about all these unsung heros. The didn't even get any medals.
Thought for today: Did you manage to get to work today without dodging a burning building? Yes? Then it was a great day wasn't it.
Joke for today:- Did you here about the guy who lost his left leg and left arm in an accident?
His all right now.
On this day:- 19th April
In 1775 the first skirmishes of The American War of Independence broke out at Lexington Green.
In 1956 Grave Kelly married Prince Rainier of Monaco.
IN 1882 Charles Darwin died

Thursday, 15 April 2010

Stuck in a Car Wash!

Yep, I got stuck in a car wash yesterday. Disgusting. Using a car wash! Should have washed it by hand myself but I was in a hurry. Thats my terminology for being lazy.What about your carbon footprint I hear you exclaim? (what a stupid name. Wonder who thought of that. Its "carbon" in the air we should be concerned about not underfoot) Anyrate I digress. There was I sitting in the car with soap suds all around when suddenly NOTHING. The machine stopped. My distress was noticed by a gardener who went and told the nice garage man. Unfortunately he was on his own and by "sods law" a stream of cars came onto the forecourt to fill up with the gold dust. Oops I mean petrol. So I had to wait patiently well fairly patiently whilst all the people passed me by (trying not to laugh I think),

However I now know how a goldfish in a bowl feels!

Anyrate the nice man managed to get across to the machine and with one push of a button I was free.

Mind you a bit ironic really when today we have a cloud of volcanic ash over the U.K.! Might have to wash it again. Hey thats a point perhaps I should rush out and buy shares in carwash manufacturers (or umbrellas)

Joke for today:- A nervous person says to the nurse "I'm really worried because I read about a man who was in hospital because of heart trouble but he died of malaria. Don't worry replied the nurse, in this hospital if you have a heart trouble you will die of heart trouble.

Thought for today: Sómetimes you have to go back to the past to create the future.

On this day: 15th April
In 1753 Dr Samuel Johnson published his Dictionary
In 1955 the first McDonalds was opened in San Bernardino California

Tuesday, 13 April 2010

Courage what is it?

When taking Owen for his constitutional this morning I passed by our local cemetary. On one of the little gravestones there is the words "born asleep" I think that is a lovely term although very sad of course.

This got me thinking back to when I lived at Southminster on the Essex marshes many moons ago. I had a neighbour who was a devout Roman Catholic. She had two young boys but always wished for a little girl to complete her family. She actually got pregnant again twice and on both occasions it was a little girl who wanted to enter our lovely world. Unfortunately this lady had some health issues (not sure what) and was told both times that the child would only live for a few hours after birth. This information was given to her at an early stage of the pregnancy. Because of this she was advised each time to have the pregnancy terminated but because of her religious beliefs she declined. So both times a little girl was born who didn't stay with us very long. I'm not a Roman Catholic but I can't help admiring this neighbours tremendous faith. What courage to go through all the pains of pregnancy knowing that your child had no chance of surviving. We normally think of heroics as something immediate like rushing into a burning building to rescue someone but a long term ordeal like this takes some beating.
Thought for today. Let us appreciate all the things we don't have that we wouldn't want
Joke for today:- A woman marries a man expecting that he will change but he doesn't. A man marries a woman expecting that she won't change but she does.
On this day:- In 1860 the first delivery by pony express arrived in California after the 1800 mile journey.
In 1732 Frederick North the English Prime Minister who introduced the Tea Act which led to the Boston Tea Party was born.
In 1743 Thomas Jefferson the American President responsible for drafting the Declaration of Independence was born. Ironic in view of above? Both characters having the same birthday

Monday, 29 March 2010

What a change in the weather

Beautiful spring weather during the weekend just gone. Today, Monday it is cold and pouring with rain. In fact they have promised snow tomorrow but I think we are too far south for that. Famous last words. I have been writing more articles to add to my website Hopefully they will be of interest to people. (if not animals??) Stupid statement.
I had a wry laugh yesterday when I read that Gordon Brown was starting his election campaign in Nottingham. Why? Well because Mr (actually I believe it is Dr as he has a PhD in history) has chosen to start his campaign in the same city where another famous person started his campaign. Yep King Charles 1st raised his standard at the start of the English Civil War in Nottingham and we all know how that ended!! Ironic especially when you know that Gordon has a degree in history!! Still perhaps he subconsciously knows he will lose or perhaps he wants to!!
Actually I am fed up with the election all ready and it is only just starting. Surely every sane person must know what style of leadership they want after 4/5 years of any government? Yet the floating voters have the final say when most of us know which party we will vote for after looking at the results of the current government. Either you think they have done a good job or not.
Anyrate:- Thought for today:- Be thankful for what you have and equally thankful for what you don't have. (Think about it)
Joke for today:- Two flies are playingfootball in a saucer. We had better play better than this next week says one. Why? replies the other. Because we are playing in the cup. Boom boom

On this day: 29th March
In 1886 a new fizzy drink went on sale in Atlanta. The name? Coca-Cola
In 1929 The House of Commons voted to give the vote to all women over 21 years old.
In 1827 10,000 mourners attended Beethoven's funeral

John Beaumont

Friday, 19 March 2010

Alls well that ends well

I thought the story about the kidnapping of the 5 year old boy Sahil Saeed showed both the worst of humanity but also the best.
The worst of course is that people can snatch a young boy putting him through goodness knows what trauma. They deserve to get the book thrown at them.
On the other hand the way his local community rallied round and the cooperation of the various police forces showed just how much people cared.
The extended family and local community sold gold jewellery, family heirlooms etc to raise the ransom. That shows true kindness and concern for others.
Then we saw the police forces of Pakistan, U.K. France and Spain all cooperating to ensure that the kidnappers were brought to book.
I continued writing articles about internet marketing this week. Helps me focus and hopefully helps others.
Hana my lovely Czech daughter in law sent me some prezzies. Very thoughtful of her. I must go and visit them in Prague again shortly.

Thought for today: Most people are basically kind and care for others. We just seem to hear all about the bad things whereas most of the daily good happenings seem to be ignored by the media.

Joke for today:- A waiter brings a man the steak he ordered but is pressing the steak to the plate with his thumb. That is very unhygienic complains the man. It will be more unhygienic if I drop it on the floor again replies the waiter.

On this day:- 19th March
In 1932 the Sydney Harbour Bridge was opened.
In 1848 Wyatt Earp was born

John Beaumont

Tuesday, 9 March 2010

Happy birthday to me

Hi all
Hey it's my birthday today. Another year younger. Yep YOUNGER. I decided a few years back that I wasn't going to get any older so each birthday I get a year younger. I will soon be passing 40 again but this time going downwards.According to my records I may be a YAP (young age pensioner) but I actually feel only about 25 years old. When I look into a mirror I have a bit of a shock. Who is that old man looking back at me!!
They (who is "they"?) say that you are as young as you feel and I still feel young. Strange isn't it?
Anyone want to challenge me to a sprint?

Thought for today:- How old to you feel?
Joke for today:- How do you leave Las Vegas with a small fortune? Go in with a big one.
On this day:- 9th March
In 1942 I was born. What a great day!
In 1934 Yuri Gagarin the first man in space was born
In 1943 Bobby Fischer the world chess champion in 1972 was born
In 1945 Micky Dolenz a founder member of the Monkees was born
In 1945 Bill Beaumont (no relation) the English Rugby captain was born

Hey look at all those famous people born on March 9th!!

Monday, 8 March 2010

Well done EDF

Wow. I have to report great service from a utility supply company. Bet that doesn't happen that often! Oh what a cynic I am becoming. Seriously though it is really nice when you get good service isn't it?
What happened is that when Tim got up to my property in Sunderland he found that somehow the departed tenant had left with an outstanding amount of nearly £100 on her electricity bill. This is supposedly a pre-paid meter so how that happened I don't know.
Since Tim needed to start work immediately Sue rang the supplier EDF Energy Customers plc and told them the problem. No electricity no work! Andrew Miller of EDF Pre Payment Dept in Sunderland was very helpful. He told Sue that if Tim arranged to put the £100 on the prepaid electricity "key" plus some extra to cover his electric needs then EDF would repay the amount that the tenant owed (can't find the tenant. Totally disappeared). As good as their word as soon as we submitted the receipts to them they sent a cheque for the full amount by return.
So I'm very pleased with both their helpful service and their integrity.

Thought for today:- Why do so many companies go chasing after new business giving special offers etc whilst neglecting their exisiting customers? It is easier to keep an existing customer if you give good service than trying to get a new one.

Joke for today:- Joe goes into a butcher's shop where there is some beef hanging on a rack quite high up. Bet you can't touch that beef says the butcher. No thanks says Joe. The steaks are too high! Boom boom

On this day:- 8th March.
In 1906 the British Government published a book that claimed that it was now possible to travel round the world without ever leaving the Dominions of Great Britain.
In 1931 James Dean was born
In 1702 Queen Anne accedes to the English throne after William 111 dies in a riding accident

Thursday, 18 February 2010

The saga continues

The problems with my Sunderland property continue. Found out the floorboards in the kitchen area were rotten so Tim had to renew joists and flooring.
Still by the time we are finished it will be virtually a new house or at least it will be inside.
We had some more snow today. In fact it is still snowing but not really settling.
I have just been looking at The Secret film again. It is brilliant but not so easy to put the theory into practice though. Still I'm trying. My family agree. They say I'm very trying. Boom boom
Thought for today:- Experts are not always right. On T.V. this evening there were two economists arguing over the correct route to take for the UK economy. Their views were so different.
Joke for today:-Farmer Giles used to take his pigs to market every Wednesday but could never sell even one animal. Then he discovered that market day was on Friday!
On this day 18th February.
In 1564 Michelangelo died at the age of 89
In 1546 Martin Luther died at the age of 63
In 1678 the first part of Pilgrims Progress by John Bunyan was published,

Monday, 15 February 2010

What a day!

I think I will go and hide. No that's just for wimps. Great start to the day. Tim who has gone up to start work on my property in Sunderland rang me first thing in the morning. The electric meter had a minus amount of £97 in arrears. How can a prepaid meter have arrears let alone that amount??. So had to contact the utility company. Eventually got it sorted or rather Sue did as when I got through I couldn't hear or understand a word that was being said.
Later got a call from Tim as there was a lot of damp on the kitchen wall. First of all he thought it was a leaking gutter but now thinks could be a leaking roof instead. Hey ho what a life.
He spent a lot of the day clearing away rubbish from the back yard. It turns out it was mainly household refuse which stank so much it made Tim gag. What has the council been doing. They should have been collecting at least fortnightly. Why was I paying good money for a company to be looking after the property. Must have seen me coming. I have to laugh otherwise I would cry.
The viral marketing seems to be very successful for my internet business so will keep following this up.
Still I had a good swim today although the kids are on half term so a bit more crowded than usual.

Thought for today:- Changing the way you perceive yourself may be the key to changing your life.

Joke for today:-A young boy is showing his friends the family photo album when he notices a picture of this parens wedding. "This is the day that mummy came to work for us" he says.

On this day:- In 1971 Britain went decimal and said goodbye to tanners, bobs, florins and half-crowns.
In 1952 King George VI was buried
In 1898 US battleship Maine exploded and sank in Havana harbour.

Tuesday, 9 February 2010

Who can you trust?

Last week I went up to see my property in Sunderland. Because of the distance I appointed local management agents to look after and maintain the property. Doh what a mistake! Talk about slapdash decorating if you can politely call it that. Several jobs which I paid for and which were supposedly carried out by professionals were either not done or very carelessly carried out.
I know, I know should have carried out due diligence but hey when you employ supposedly professional people you shouldn't have to keep checking on them. Whats happened to professional pride?
Enough of my rant. Lets get back to being positive and happy. Boo hoo!
We are having a new cooker. What a laugh. We measured up we thought correctly to get one which would fit into the current gap in the kitchen. However we forgot or to be more honest I forgot that the gas hob had hidden depth to it. So the cooker we got was too big. Doh! Panic to get it changed for one that will fit into the space provided in the kitchen units.
Since we have had the old cooker removed and the new one cannot be fitted until Friday we are currently cookerless. Intersting to find out what you can cook in the microwave.
Took part in some Webinars where I gained some further interesting information about internet marketing
Thought for today. Trust people but do due diligence

Joke for today: Don't forget Mothers Day or as they call it in Beverly Hills, Dad's third wife day. Jay Leno

On this day: Bad day for singers. In 1966 Sophie Tucker died and in 1981 Bill Haley died.

Thursday, 28 January 2010

Swimming thoughts

I went swimming today. Did my pottering up and down for 26 lengths. Nowhere as fit as I used to be when I was younger when I used to go every lunch time with some colleagues. (why do we now say co-workers? I think colleagues is a much nicer term) We always used to have races so was good fun as well as keeping me healthy. Normally we used to take a car to the swimming baths (another old term -now we say pool or more likely leasure centre) but one very cold snowy day we walked. When I got back in the office a lot of my colleagues fell about laughing as my hair had frozen and was standing up in spikes!! Should have dried it properly!
Another time a boss of a nearby firm who used to come with some of his workers to give us races found that his wallet had been stolen. Normally there was only our group swimming but on this day there were two other people there.The attendant quickly locked the doors and sent for the police (nowadays wouldn't be allowed to lock the doors "helf and sayftee!!") The money was eventually found hidden in a toilet cistern. However the point of this narrative is the amount was £2000 and this was in the early 1960's!! Fancy carrying that amount around on your person. What would be the equivalent of £2000 today?

Thought for today:- Are you taking sufficient risks? I don't mean stupid risks but well thought out risks. How are you going to get out of your comfort zone if you don't take any risks. Go out onto the limb. That is where the fruit is.

Joke for today:- An attractive femail student approachs her lecturer. I would do anything to get a pass in this exam she says. Anything? replies the lecturer. Yes anything the student gasps.
Then how about you study he replies.

On this day:- January 29th
In 1987 Gorbachev calls for democracy
In 1916 Britain began tank trials
In 1861 Kansas became the 34th US state

Monday, 25 January 2010

Christmas is coming

Yep it's the 25th January already. Only 11 months to Christmas. Hooray! Doesn't time fly when you are having fun.

Working on my internet business today It's looking good.

The weekend just gone worked out pretty expensive. Went and bought a new cooker and hobtop on Saturday and then a new bathroom suite on Sunday. Still will be worth it when all set up.
I hasten to add that they won't be in the same room!! Oh don't know though could do some cooking whilst having a bath. Now there's a thought.

It has turned quite cold again today. had to wrap up warm when taking Owen for his walk through the woods. He chased a fox the other day and I thing he picked up the scent again today as a got very excited.

Thought for today: Do you undervalue your skills? Quite often we take for granted some of the things we do and assume everyone can do the same but can they? So appreciate the things you can do well.

Joke for today:- My wife has so many electric gadgets in the kitchen that she has no place to sit down. So i bought her an electric chair. Boom boom!

On this day 25th January:- In 1924 the first Winter Olympics were held in France
In 1533 King Henry V111 married Anne Boleyn
and in 1947 Al Capone died at the age of 48.

Friday, 22 January 2010

Fearsome thoughts

Hi there

Thinking today about "fear" and different peoples reaction to THEIR fears.

A friend of mine has a terrible fear of flying but not just flying but also sailing even on big ships. In fact she doesn't like travelling by coach very much although she can cope if seated in the front. As we live on an island it makes going abroad for her very difficult since The Channel Tunnel is also a definite no no. A few years ago she and her family flew to Spain. In fact her husband booked the holiday without her knowledge in the hope that she wouldn't worry to much in advance. The problem was that once she got there she spent the whole time worrying about the return journey.

However the point I want to make is how"fears" affect us all in different ways. I have no fear about travelling by air/sea or by road in a car for that matter whereas my friend was ecstatic when she rode pillion on a motorbike doing 130 miles per hour along the M1 (the speed limit is 70 miles per hour!) I wouldn't be seen dead on the back of a motor bike! Just goes to show there are horses for courses. Incidently my friend is in her 60's

Thought for today:- Don't be afraid of your fears!!!

Joke for today:-Why do so many Polish names end in "ski"? Because they can't spell toboggan.

On this day:- In 1949 Mao's army marched into Peking making the communists virtual masters of China

In 1924 Britain got its first Labour Prime Minister

In 1972 The U.K Denmark and the Irish Republic joined the EEC

John Beaumont

Thursday, 21 January 2010

Snowy weather

Well the snow has gone although we have been promised further supplies.

Reminds me of the winter of 1962/3. (Can you hear the violins in the background?)

At the time I was still single and living at home with my widowed mum. However she went to Singapore for a month around Christmas time to see my sister who was married to a RAF Officer and stationed out there.

As I was at work all day the our bungalow got very cold. No central heating in those days. Ah sad. Only coal fires. As a result the water pipes froze up but even worse because of the exceptional cold most of the outside water supply pipes to all the neighbours property also froze up. The only exception was the house next door where for some reason the water continued to flow. Hence most other neighbours were without water.

Because of the situation my next door neighbour took pity on me and suggested that when I came home from work I stayed round there and slept in their spare room.( As there was a back boiler to the coal fire in the bungalow if the fire had been lit there would have been an almighty bang!)

To help the other neighbours out we took down the fence between our two properties so that people could come up our sideway and get into the nice neighbours kitchen to fill up their buckets with water. It was quite funny as all evening there was the tramp tramp of feet coming down our side alley and the the sound of buckets being filled in the kitchen whilst we were in the living room. We never knew who was in the kitchen at any one time! It was the typical British wartime spirit. The neighbour on the other side of our bungalow actually lit a huge bonfire in his front garden to try to defrost the underground pipes but without success.It took several weeks to get our bungalow completely defrosted on my mothers return.

Getting quite exciting today as the new ezines I am using to promote the 4 steps and seem to be very successful even just after the first day.

Thought for today:- You have heard the ancient Chinese proverb " Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime" However you may not have heard the quotation supposedly attributed to Karl Marx:-

" Sell a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you ruin a wonderful business opportunity"

Joke for today:- A man walked into a bar and went "Aaaagh". It was an iron bar.

On this day:- 20/1/10. In 1937 Roosevelt took office again for a 2nd term

John Beaumont

Wednesday, 20 January 2010

Blogging again

Well I thought I had better get blogging again. Have been very remiss of late. Naughty naughty.

Yesterday I bought some more advertising on ezines. Promoted the 4 steps system with Turnkey Marketing. If this one works well will also do Magnetic Sponsoring site as well. It is better to promote the less expensive sites first and use myinternetbusiness site as a back end product. This is because there is a lot more detail with the latter and hence more expensive.

Better for people to cut their teeth on a slightly more basic system. Doesn't mean they are no good though

Last night there was an interesting webinar on ppc (pay per click) from Turnkey Marketing. I'm not doing ppc at the present time but will go there shortly. Can't do everything at once! Interesting that there is a lot more life out there than just Google

Yesterday I had a bit of a shock with one of my properties. Apparently a tenant did a runner over the Christmas Holidays leaving a bit of a mess. According to the agency looking after the property (that's a joke!!) it will cost £2600 to get it back into a suitable standard to re let

According to the contract most of the costs should be down to the tenant but since it may be difficult to trace her and as she is on benefits it is likely to be a non starter.

It is annoying that this is the second time this has happened to me and makes me cynical as to what the point of contracts are. Whilst gryping I often wonder what the point of contracts with banks etc are all about. You suddenly get a letter from them advising that they are altering their terms and there appears nothing you can do about it. Also you can't write to them telling them you are altering your side of the contract. I was always taught that a contract was between TWO parties.

Anyrate I'm getting Tim one of my son-in-laws to go with me up to Sunderland to give his opinion on what needs to be done at the property. He has recently started his own building business so worth while getting his view. Also he might want to take on the job so helping both of us out.

Oh dear I'm in a right moany mood today aren't I?

lets have a joke to cheer ourselves up:-

Joke for today:- A racehorse is the only animal that can take thousands of people for a ride at the same time. Herbert Prochnow

On this day:- In 1793 Louis XVI was guillotined

In 1924 Lenin died

Thought for today:- A true friend is one who stabs you in the front. Oscar Wilde