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