Outlander

“Outlander” brings to life a Scotland past and a Scotland present.

Watching Jamie in his traditional kilt enacting the part of a Scottish laird in the 1740′s
popularises the Scottish culture and ethos around the world. With his Scottish Highlander
integrity and values of honour, hospitality, friendship, loyalty, he give inspiration to a
way of life that was suppressed by the English then event until now. The Gaelic language,
once widespread throughout the country, nowadays, is spoken only in a few parts of the country,
mostly the more remote and rural areas in the West and North.

It is interesting that a Gaelic speaker once told me, there is no word in Gaelic for enemy.
There is only an “unfriend” and no word for “hate”

It is also interesting that a film series about characters living in Scotland during the
time of the Scottish Wars of Independence, the Jacobite Rebellion and the various battles
that took place around that time such as the Battle of Culloden and the Battle of Prestonpans
should be so popular around the world.

Apparently, David Cameron, as Prime Minister, had not wanted the series to be shown in the
United Kingdom, as he didn’t want to increase the popularity of Scottish Independence ahead
of the Scottish Independence Referendum. And so, it was produced by Hollywood, filmed in
Scotland and released worldwide, but unknown in Scotland for quite some time after its
release.

Earlier this year, I met a group of Chinese teachers visiting the UK from a city I had never
heard of in central China. But they had watched “Outlander” — and loved it whilst I had never
heard of it nor seen it.

Later in the year, I paid a visit to Doune Castle in Central Scotland, where my nieces had once
played hide and seek as children near the village where they grew up.

Doune Castle was used as the location for Castle Leoch. This time, it was mobbed by tourists
and visitors from all over the world, Japanese, American, German, French visiting the locations
of Outlander or following the Jacobite trail. With parking (which was full) and copies of Diane
Galbadon’s Outlander series of books for sale, the Castle has taken on a new life.

A man with American accent approached: “Do you speak English?” Relieved that we did, he wanted
to know, Do you know what the name of that pretty pink flower is that’s growing by the roadside?
We did and could tell him. It’s Rosebay Willow Herb.

All along the roadsides leading up to the Castle and for miles around, the verges were thick
with vast swathes of willow herb, turning hills and lochsides pink, next to mounds of purple
heather just unfolding its tiny bells. And rowan berries turning scarlet as they ripened.

Claire would have been happy with all the herbs and plants.

So with that in mind, here are some of the favourite Scottish locations of the artist and crew
working on Outlander.

Here is Jamie’s favourite, and I have to agree with him, even my blog header is based on photos
I took of Skye. And Skye is one of my favourite places in Scotland.

http://www.travelandleisure.com/culture-design/tv-movies/outlander-cast-and-crew-favorite-locations#isle-of-skye-scotland

And to add to that is Kinloch Rannoch, used for the setting of the standing stones scenes where Claire
is transported back to the past.

http://www.travelandleisure.com/culture-design/tv-movies/outlander-cast-and-crew-favorite-locations#kinloch-rannoch-scotland

It would only be appropriate that the character who plays Prince Charles Stuart, Andrew Gower, would love
Stirling Castle, the childhood home of the Stuart Kings just before the Union of the Crowns when a Stuart king of the
Scots became the King of England.

http://www.travelandleisure.com/culture-design/tv-movies/outlander-cast-and-crew-favorite-locations#stirling-castle-scotland

How Tom Cruise Creates Films

The way that Tom Cruise works is something fascinating to find out more about. This short video interview is very revealing. It shows how he works, how he adapts his story line as he creates a film, how he creates the character. Inspiring stuff.

In this interview with Marc Fennel we here from Tom how he develops his story and what makes him tick.

I wanted to share this story with you.

How the Global Warming Scare Began

According to John Coleman, there is no significant global warming.

So, who is John Coleman?

John Coleman is the Founder of the Cable Network The Weather Channel, He has been named Broadcast Meteorologist of the Year of the American Meteorological Society. He has 60 plus years of experience as a weather man and knows his subject.

But he finally quit the American Meterological Society when, as he says, it became clear to him the politics had gotten in the way of the science.

John documents the entire story and shows how tax dollars are perpetuating the Global Warming alarmist campaign even though temperatures have not risen in years and years.

A great scientist named Roger Revelle had Al Gore in his class at Harvard.

Al Gore took up the idea of global warming and promoted it, popularising it with several books which he authored.

Professor Revelle tried to calm things down years later, saying and writing “The scientific basis for a greenhouse warming is too uncertain to justify drastic action at this time”.

But Gore said Revelle was senile and dismissed him — and the science and facts.

And global warming became a media message, a Hollywood cause which made it into a popular “reality” requiring tax dollars and expensive programs, funding and political measures at a global international level.

John Coleman meanwhile examines the cold hard statistics and facts like the health of polar bear population which are actually doing fine at this time, the decrease in the number and intensity of tornadoes, when looked at over a longer time period, and compares it to what is touted in the press and talked up on the media. They are two different pictures….

John tells the story in his youtube Video which you can see below.

It’s another look at a contemporary issue.

Cymatics Bringing Matter to Life with Sound

I came across a new viewpoint about the world we live in and to say the least it was quite a surprising and totally fascinating glimpse of things.

We are all used to hearing music though our tastes can differ about what we like to hear. And we are used to hearing the everyday sounds of the environment we live in, whether in a city or the country side, seaside or mountain side, there are cars, radios and tv’s, planes and trains, construction equipment, police sirens and ambulances, tractors and vacuum cleaners and till machines, and if we are lucky, birds and the sound of the waves on rocks, and wind in the trees and children laughing.

And we see the patterns of the waves in the sand, the clouds in the sky.

But what if there was a reeaally rrreeaally simple basic level that sound and vibration operated at to shape the physical world we inhabit.

What if the amount of vibration shaped the patterns or the forms in the physical universe.

A new science called Cymatics is exploring just exactly that.

Here are some fascinating youtube videos showing just how amazing this new look at the world is. It is described in a video called Amazing Resonance Experiment which you can find here:

and here in another fascinating glimpse into the transforming designs of sand particles in response to different vibration tones here: Incredible UV Sand Resonance Experiment:

Scottish Castles

For many people, as we come up to the General Election on 6th June, there are mixed feelings about our future. Will we stay as one United Kingdom? There are mixed feelings about staying in the European Union, about leaving it, about remaining joined at the hip like as the United Kingdom, or gong our separate ways as part of the different nations that comprise the United Kingomd.

This is not going to be a political blog about the Brexit, about the future of the Union.

I did want point out some wonderful Scottish castles and celebrate the unique views and landscape of Scotland.

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Setting Up a Word Press Blog

Setting up a blog on word press is by far the easiest and most user friendly site for hosting your own blog. It’s free to use for a standalone blog on its own if you just want a bit of fun writing or to find a quick way to get started.

If you want to, you can also buy hosting and a domain name that matches your blog with one of the registered companies where they will register your domain name officially which will protect it from being used by someone else.

The company I use personally is called D9 Hosting. They have been completely reliable and delivered excellent service over the 5 years I have been with them. I know several internet marketers who use this company for their 6 and 7 figure internet businesses and recommend D9 for their great support.

Setting up a blog can be time consuming but it can be done in as little as 5-10 mins. Of course you can get interested in being more creative with your project and if you have the skills and the time, or the money to hire someone, there are a lot of interesting graphics that you can play with and add to your content.

What Makes A Life Successful.

Spent some time the other day researching successful people and what they said about making their lives successful.

Surprisingly some completely different people said remarkably similar things.

Let’s take a look.

Well, I started with Karen Brady, successful business woman and entrepreneur, side kick of Lord Alan Sugar on The Apprentice television show. She made her way to fame and success as the Managing Director of Birmingham Cootball Club. She took over as their manager when the club was in administration and brought it to success selling it four years later. Not only did she make her way in a tough competitive world, it was a man’s world at that.

She is now on the board of West Ham United as well as involved with other business activities. She was created a Baronness and is now known as Baronness Brady of Knightsbridge. She has been voted Business Woman of the Year and is rated on of the 50 most inspirational speakers in the world.

And one of the first things she accredits with her success is knowing herself, working out what was important to her, what she valued and believed in and then being true to that in the way she lived her life, keeping her own personal integrity.

And then to find someone completely different, there was Arnold Schwarznegger, born in a small village in Austria, he dreamed of a different life, larger than his village could contain. In the peace and quiet of the village life in the mountains he could hear himself think and worked out what he wanted.

And having worked this out for himself, he set about his path to achieve this goal by becoming a body building champion, so that he could get to America and get into films and be a movie star and earn a lot of money with his name up high up in the billboards.
Not just any champion, but Mr Universe!

And he did it.

It started with the quiet voice inside himself, and working out what HE wanted, who he wanted to be, not what his parents and teachers and friends told him to be. And then having worked this, out trusted himself.

And worked like hell to achieve his dreams, to make his vision come true.

After that, he wanted to give something back and that led him to his role as a public servant as the Governor of California. As he puts it in his words, the governor in the best state in America, in the best country in the world.

It wasn’t easy, born in another country, an Austrian with a thick accent, to rise to a prominent political position. But he did it despite the barriers and obstacles. making him an inspiration to many.

For his many contributions and results, the University of Southern California awarded him its highest honour as a Doctor of Humane Letters, an honorary degree, in 2009. He then spoke to the assembled and audience giving his 6 Rules for Success.

You can watch the full speech here.

Education – Some Thoughts About It

Been looking at education recently and seeing what some people of influence had to say about it.

Some amazing and fruitful quotes came to view when googling education and I felt I had to pass some of them on.

One of the best was the words of Martin Luther King, actually Dr Martin Luther King, a Doctor of Diviinity, a civil rights leader, an American man of colour as we would now say, who obviously thought long and hard about a great many things in his struggle to overcome segregation and racial prejudice in America. In his consideration

“The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.”

He became a spokesman for more than the black civil rights movement. He became a leader of men on the world stage as these words show from his Nobel Peace prize acceptance speech in Oslo, 1964.

“I have the audacity to believe that peoples everywhere can have three meals a day for their bodies, education and culture for their minds, and dignity, equality, and freedom for their spirits.”
Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech, Oslo, Norway, 1964

So when talking about books and reading, and why we should teach little children to read and let them keep them at it, I came across this little priceless nugget of insight from another great voice of America. This time Oprah Winfrey, the talk host show, Number 2 on the Forbes list of the 10 Top Richest Self Made Women at an estimated 3.1 billion fortune.

“Books were my pass to personal freedom. I learned to read at age three, and soon discovered there was a whole world to conquer that went beyond our farm in Mississippi.”

Well that is certainly a shift of viewpoint. She grew up on a small farm, with her grandmother, where they grew everything. There were no shopping trips to town.

Oprah has this to say about herself.

“I don’t think of myself as a poor deprived ghetto girl who made good. I think of myself as somebody who, from an early age, knew I was responsible for myself, and I had to make good.”

And so this brings me to another completely different story from the opposite end of the spectrum.

This is the incredibly inspiring story of Malala Yousafzai, the youngest Nobel Peace prize winner at the age of 17, in 2014. Malala was born in Pakistan where her father was an educator and had a school. Malala wanted to learn, and become educated which was not something the Taliban were in favour of.

Malala also had been blogging for the BBC since 2009 about life and conditions under the Taliban regime. This was not popular with them either.

One day on her way to school, some Taliban soldiers got on the bus taking her and her friends to school and asked which of the girls on the bus was Malala. When she was identified, she was shot at close range in the head. Miraculously, she did not die. She was flown to Birmingham in the United Kingdom, where doctors operated on her more than once to save her life. She is now living in the United Kingdom with her family and pursuing her education. Her story went viral and she rose to become a person of influence and speaker about matters of concern for her.

Malala was awarded the Nobel Peace prize for her actions her struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education. She shared the prize with Kailash Satyarthi.

She has this to say about her experiences.

“I don’t want to be remembered as the girl who was shot. I want to be remembered as the girl who stood up.

The one thing she said that I love best of all is this statement.

“One child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the world.

And so to close, these profound words.

“Extremists have shown what frightens them most. A girl with a book.”

“With guns you can kill terrorists, with education you can kill terrorism.”

What’s Coming Up in 2017

There are lots of people doing internet marketing. Some are better at than others.

One who stands the test of time in my eyes is John Thornhill

He has been working at internet marketing now since 2008.

So he has seen the business change and develop through the years. Yet he stays on top of it. And he develops many streams to his original line of work and income.

I can say he is also sincere, hardworking and ethical.

He gives back and genuinely works to make others successful. I’ve seen him to do this over and over.

I can say that I have come across many other people who started their online business or took it to the next level and owe their success to things they learned from one of John. John has many short information courses or you can participate in his master program called Partnership to Success.

On the Partnership to Success program people learn about the basics of how to set up a wordpress blog, your email responder, monetize it and all the other technical details involved in setting up an internet business up to how to set up a membership site and run a helpdesk and launch products of your own.

John will helps people get started. He will help you launch your own products if you want this. And you can get help from him and his many affilitiates. He will also provide you with access to other members on his programs so you can make contacts in the internet world to further develop your own activities.

It is possible to get help, advice and input on many issues or specific questions as well as keep up to date with changes of all kinds that are taking place on day to day level such as how mobile devices and apps are being integrated into web pages, what platforms are good to use for what types of products.

One of the most popular ways to make a living on line is through using the power and reach of Amazon.

If you are looking for a SIMPLE, yet HIGHLY EFFECTIVE way to tap into Amazons huge Marketplace and create multiple money making Amazon stores, or even just monetize an existing site you own IN SECONDS…then John has an answer coming in the near future.

InstantAzon!

With InstantAzon you have the power to tap into Amazon’s huge 250+ MILLION Marketplace and create eye catching affiliate based ads in seconds and fully functional professional eCommerce stores in minutes!

InstantAzon gives you all this, and much more, at your fingertips, allowing you to monetize ALL your websites instantly.

InstantAzon is geared to allow people to monetize their eixisting WordPress Blog and build Amazon based stores fast. In fact, with InstantAzon it’s possible to build a fully functional professional level store in a matter of minutes if you don’t have one or build more stores if you want to and set yourself up with multiple income streams

Also, with the unique ‘instant monetization’feature it is possible to monetize ANY site in a matter of seconds.

So if you want to know more about this opportunity coming up soon, come back soon and I’ll have more information for you.

A Different Point of View

A family visit over the Christmas festivities provoked a new look at things.

Two children came in tow with an older relative for a family visit over the festive season.

There wasn’t an option to say no, no opt -out was available. So, the only solution was to embrace the experience and make it enjoyable, make it as much fun as possible for the kids, the visitors and ourselves.

Mouths were fed. Hands washed. Out came the toys borrowed from a neighbour. We didn’t have any anymore.

We started entertaining our young guests. A ball and stick, a bit of space and a large helping of imagination are wonderful things. All it took was a few simple toys.

And then the laughter started. There is nothing like the sound of children laughing.
They were so giggling and joyous, at nothing really, as only children can be. And soon us old fogeys were laughing and genuinely having fun too.

Then some other information came out, something that I had no idea about.

The children had been adopted. Once they had been living on the street, homeless, begging for food in order to stay alive. One of the children was found, aged only 5, collecting bottles off the street to get money to buy food for herself and her parents. Her older sisters had been sold into prostitution. This was soon to happen to her.

It made me look at my own life, my own family circumstances, the people around me.
We were blessed. In ways I had never thought about.

There was enough food, there were clothes, there was shelter, children were born healthy and grew up into happy contributing members of society. We lived in a world that was stable, not war torn, gunned, poisoned with chemicals and burned by the scorched earth policy of an enemy.

There weren’t third generation children born deformed by their grandparent’s exposure to Agent Orange. Religious persecution wasn’t an everyday life or death matter. Living to a ripe old age is normal.

Yes I counted my blessings. And wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year too

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