The Great Gordino Newsletter – Aug 18th 2014

I hope all is well with you.

Another week with lots going on!

Robin Williams passed away. Lots of celebrities die, in fact Lauren Bacall also died this week, but whereas Bacall died of a stroke at a grand old age, Williams killed himself at a relatively young age, and his battles with depression brought lots of discussion. I wrote a separate article about it here, with some personal experience to help describe what it’s like to have it:
Robin Williams And The Darkness Of Depression.

Here in the UK, the house of singer Sir Cliff Richard was searched by police in connection with an allegation of historic sexual abuse. The singer, who has been selling records since the late 1950s(!), hundreds of millions of them, was at one of his properties in Portugal at the time, but the search of his property was covered live on the BBC, as a camera helicopter hovered overhead.

There’s something not right about this. He hasn’t been charged of anything yet, but in the same way that other celebrities like Freddie Starr, Jim Davidson and Jimmy Tarbuck had their names tarnished, it’s now Cliff’s turn.

Guilty or innocent, is it right that the taxpayer funded BBC, respected around the world, and the taxpayer funded police work together to have a live broadcast of the police turning up at his house?

The police say the BBC were going to reveal the raid unless the police agreed to keep them informed of when it would be. The police also denied it at first. Questions need to be asked here.

You may remember me celebrating athlete Jo Pavey’s bronze in the Commonwealth Games. Well she has now won her first ever gold medal, in the 10,000 at the European Championships this week.

She’s become a bit of a media figure this week, showing what can be achieved by ‘old’ people, and her down to earth style has endeared her to people who haven’t watched her all these years like I have. Another article in the works there I think!

The English Premier League started this weekend, I wrote about that here:
When Did Football Get So Ugly?

It’s one of the richest sporting leagues in the world, and there’s plenty of money to be made online.

One of the other richest sporting leagues is the NFL, and that is also about to start again very shortly – also plenty of money to be made.

Candlestick Park is an iconic stadium for American Football, but money and ‘progress’ means the 49ers don’t play there anymore, and the last concert there was held this week, by Paul McCartney. Very fitting, as Candlestick was the last stadium show The Beatles played back in the 60s, before they gave up as they just couldn’t hear themselves and suspected the audience couldn’t hear them either.

Back then the sound was just their amps going through the tannoy public address system! Needless to say, music is another industry with lots of money to be made.

Dr. Who starts again this week, with the eagerly anticipated new Doctor played by Peter Capaldi. Sci-Fi and TV are two more niches with plenty of money to be made, to go along with those of sport and music.

The reason all those industries make money is passion, and the internet of today allows pretty much anybody to grab a slice of that pie. I explain it in my book ‘FB Passion Profits!’ There is an option to get a free report covering the basics there, but the main book only costs a few dollars, and there’s a full money back guarantee if you don’t like it.

Ok, let me know what you think about any of this week’s topics!

‘Til NextTime,
Health & Happiness,
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Robin Williams And The Darkness Of Depression

"Robin Williams"August 2014, and Robin Williams has died aged 63, apparently having killed himself. Social media goes into overdrive when someone that famous dies, but the subject of his depression had produced some different views. As someone who has personal experience, here’s my view…

Robin Williams had problems with drink and drugs addiction pretty much all the way through his career, and spells of depression. It’s very hard to describe to someone who hasn’t had it, and can be equally hard to understand if you’ve not had it.

When I was hit with it, it was a reaction to an event and I started off feeling ‘sad.’ I thought that’s all it was, and for people who haven’t had depression, that’s often the perception of someone who has it – yes, you are a bit sad, but we all get sad, pull yourself together.

For me, what then happened was very odd. The sadness didn’t stop. It didn’t go away, in fact it got worse. I felt myself flooded with adrenaline all the time, and the more I tried to think and talk myself out of it, the worse it got.

I found an increasing sense of being outside the world of ‘normal’ people, and the everyday act of telling people you are ok when they ask felt like it was accentuating that isolation.

That first time I had it, and this may sound odd, I genuinely felt like I was going mad.
I could sense myself shutting down, that my ability to function in the ’normal’ world was slipping away. I couldn’t seem to get my brain back to where it had been, where I felt it should be, and it seemed like whatever tide I was on had taken me too far away to ever get back.

I didn’t know that a chemical change had happened in my brain, which was affecting the way I was thinking.

This is where the thoughts come in about how to stop the situation. Killing yourself? Well, that ends the situation comprehensively, and at that stage you are swamped with the ‘why are we here anyway, what does it matter?’ type of questions.

In my case, I went to bed (knowing that I wouldn’t sleep), with a feeling of longing *not* to see the morning, and if there was a big red button which would have meant not waking up, I would have pressed it.

Of course there are plenty of big red button options available, and I was lucky enough to get advice from someone that I needed immediate medical attention. I took that advice, sought the medical attention and began a very long slog back to ‘normality’.

Lots of entertainers struggle with everyday life, and since I found my time in entertainment to be the happiest of my life, I know why that is. It’s because the world of entertainment is a make believe world. Yes, you are pretending, but it’s pretending that you want to do, that you choose to do, and it’s pretending that’s not only accepted by everyone else, it’s rewarded.

That’s completely different to the endless pretending in the ‘normal’ world, which you have to do all the time, with no round of applause at the end of it, and much less control over the circumstances. When entertainment throws something at you in mid-flow you have the mechanisms to deal with it – when life throws the curveball, as it regularly does for everyone, it’s much less easy to deal with for the pretenders. In fact it can trigger a relapse.

That’s why people with worldwide fame and massive fortunes, who seemingly have it all, will go to the extreme of killing themselves, because the private despair they are going through can be made worse by that very same fame and fortune. It means nothing, and that brings up those questions about the meaning of life.

Is it a selfish thing to do? By definition, yes it is. But when you are at that stage, you are pretty much beyond thinking about the effect it will have on others. In fact sometimes knowing the effect it will have on others makes the despair deeper still. I’m not sure that ‘selfish’ as a criticism applies in cases like this.

A high profile celebrity death like this always brings commentary, because the subject of depression can be a touchy one, both for people who have experienced it, and those who haven’t.

You can’t get out of it yourself, certainly not for the first time. Subsequent instances can be approached differently because there will be an understanding of the condition which wasn’t there previously.

If you feel you may have something like this, talk to someone. Talk to me. Preferably talk to someone professionally qualified. If you think someone else has something like this, make yourself available to talk. More often than not it will be just listening that’s the best thing you can do.

Robin Williams is gone now. He leaves a legacy of a large body of work which can move people. That’s great. As a man, he is one of many thousands of people that kill themselves every year due to depression. That’s not great.

The flood of social media posts, brings a flood almost as large, of posts criticising those posts! It’s an opportunity to highlight something that’s a real problem for many, and if highlighting it can help, it’s worth doing.

‘Til Next Time,
Health & Happiness,

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The Great Gordino Newsletter – Aug 11th 2014

I hope this week’s newsletter finds you well.

A couple of comedy items from the news caught my eye this week, comedy items that weren’t funny –

1. An Italian University if offering lectures on panic and crisis management, with guest speaker being Francesco Schettino. Schettino is also known as Captain Coward. He was captain of The Costa Concordia which crashed against rocks with the loss of 32 lives after he had taken to close, to show how close he could get to the land.

During the disaster Schettino said he ‘accidentally tripped into a lifeboat’- that may or may not get into his lecture on panic and crisis management.

2. Bernie Ecclestone, the mega billionaire who basically *is* Formula 1 motor racing, struck a deal with the court in Germany where he was facing a bribery charge and a possible ten years in jail. The deal he struck involved all charges being dropped if he paid the court $100 million.

Hmm. Now, apparently this is allowed under Bavarian law, but to anyone looking in. doesn’t making a multi million dollar payment to get out of a bribery charge smacks of, well, bribery?

See what I mean about comedy items that aren’t funny?

"Gordon Bryan"
The British weather is doing its’ normal thing, we are veering between roasting hot and pouring rain from the tail end of Big Bertha hitting us from the US. Even though our weather always varies, we never seem to be able to cope with it!

Speaking of the hot weather, I took this picture this week. It’s not of a glorious sunny scene, it of some skin I peeled from my arm – what a beauty! At this rate I’ll enough to make a patchwork quilt in no time!

On TV, the Dr.Who machine is cranking back up to speed. A new series, with a new Doctor, Peter Capaldi, starts on Aug 23rd, and a premiere was held during the week in Cardiff as the main cast set off on a world promo tour.

Dr. Who is now a massive money making business, and with both TV and sci-fi being huge niche markets, this is a great opportunity to use my FB Passion Profits method to turn that passion into profits. The book has a full money back guarantee, but I did think it was worth writing a free report covering the basics, so if you fancy looking at that, you can download it instantly at: FB Passion Profits – The Basics! It’s totally free!

After last week’s events to mark the centenary of the start of World War 1, I felt mentioning it in the newsletter wasn’t enough, so wrote a separate article about it called:
‘First World War 100 Years On – We Have To Remember’
You can read that by clicking on the link in the ‘recent posts’ section on the right hand side. There you’ll also see another post which is the first in a series of music posts:
‘ELO Cover Of The Day #1 – Telephone Line’ I do like a good cover version!

Ok, do let me know what you think – leave a comment below!
‘Til Next Time,
Health & Happiness,

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When Did Football Get So Ugly?

"Gordon Bryan"As the new football season cranks into life, I find myself asking the same question as last year – just when *did* football get so ugly..?

2012 was not the first time I had asked myself this, but the feel good factor of the London Olympics meant that the start of the football a couple of weeks later brought a rather sour feeling, that instead of the honest competition of London we would now be getting month after month of cheating and whining, with blanket coverage of it in the papers.

Of course, that’s exactly what happened. The cheating – tick. The whining – tick. The relegation of almost any other sport to a supporting role behind the coverage of the cheating and the whining – tick.

I noticed it again with the Commonwealth Games this summer, and I think it can be put down to a few things…

The refs. When watching the multi sports of the Olympics and Commonwealths, it’s very noticeable how much the refs are respected. Very often they are miked up, and we can hear the exchanges between the players and the officials.

Yes, there are often disputes about calls, and yes, the players will voice their opinions, but once the ref explains and the decision is made, that’s the end of it.

I remember one specific example when watching the 6 Nations Rugby – an England player was giving the ref some verbals, so the ref immediately went to the England captain.

Ref – “I don’t need or want any opinions from your player over there. The next time it happens I’ll be taking action. Get it dealt with.”
Captain – “Yes Sir”

The captain then went straight over to the player concerned and had a word, because he knew that if the player did it again he would be off the pitch for 10 minutes, which has a huge impact in rugby.

That’s not what happens in football. Any free kick decision will result in the ref being surrounded and jostled by players, from both teams! The manager on the sideline will be hurling abuse at the other officials. It’s ugly, it’s horrible.

I think another factor is that football is a truly global game, and matches are being played in front of tens of thousands of people, which is not the case in a lot of the smaller sports. That can create a cauldron gladiatorial atmosphere, and players lose their heads.

Another factor is the time clocks. In a lot of sports, the clock stops when play stops, which means that time wasting is a complete, er, waste of time, because it gains nothing. Again, this is not so in football, where time wasting does work. Going to the ground injured will eat up a couple of minutes, and the arbitrary number of minutes added on at the end never adds up to the time wasted, so it works.

So, what’s the cure to the ugliness?

I think they should introduce the time clock stop. I also think a video ref would help as it’s currently a massive job the ref in the middle. I also think they should mic up the refs and use the rules which already exist about dissent. If anyone speaks to the ref out of line, they get a yellow card. If they do it again, they get another yellow, which means they are sent off.

Doing that would cause a massive hoo ha in the game, and with all the bad language that would come through the mikes, and players being sent off left right and centre it would look ugly, but it would have an effect in time, and in the short term would it look any uglier than what we currently have?

Do let me know what you think – leave a comment below!

‘Til Next Time,
Health & happiness,
P.S. Football and sport in general give great opportunities to use my FB Passion Profits techniques. You can grab my free report where I go over the basics at FB Passion Profits – The Basics!

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ELO Cover Of The Day #1 – Telephone Line

Right then!
Here’s the first in a series of ELO covers I’ve found, which I’ve called ELO Cover Of The Day! To be honest I’ll no doubt expand to other bands, because I do love a good cover version!
To see the others, just type either ‘Cover Of The Day’ or ‘ELO Cover Of The Day’ into the search box top right of any page and you’ll see them all.

First off – Telephone Line. I love the female vocal on this, that grabbed me right from the off. The original ELO version is underneath, so you can remind yourself of it (or hear it for the first time maybe!)

Do let me know what you think!



I’d love to hear what you think – leave a comment, and do feel free to share, tweet, like etc – thanks!

‘Til Next Time,
Health & happiness,
P.S. Music is a passion for me, as it is for people all over the world. You can turn that passion into profits online, and my book will show you how. It comes with a full 100% money back guarantee if you don’t like it, so why not check out “FB Passion Profits!” (it’s an instant download, 24 hours a day!)

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Why I Was Surprised To Enjoy The 2014 Commonwealth Games

"Gordon Bryan blog"Summer 2014, and the Commonwealth Games took place in Glasgow. Here are the moments that really made me enjoy them, and why I was surprised about it…

Long time readers will know that I’m a huge sports fan, and have been watching it for a long time – decades in fact. Growing up I used to get excited about the Commonwealths, but for the last few Games, held every four years, I’ve found myself less and less interested.

I had fallen into the trap of thinking of them as a sub Olympics, and with the blanket coverage of sports available, it slipped way down my ‘must watch’ list. I think it was excellent London Olympics plus the BBC’s multi channel coverage that sparked a renewed interest this time, and I thoroughly enjoyed them.

I suddenly found myself fully signed up to the idea that it wasn’t a sub Olympics, because it wasn’t *supposed* to be the Olympics – it is what it is, an event for the countries and territories of the Commonwealth. That’s 71 countries and territories, covering a population of 2 billion.

There is no GB team, as England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland compete separately. For some of the sports, the best in the world might not be there, but for other sports the world’s best *are* there, and for some sports the Commonwealth Games are the pinnacle. So, here are the moments I enjoyed the most…

Swimming – I’m not a massive fan of watching swimming, but was struck by the medal ceremonies of Jaz Carlin, Ross Murdoch and Hannah Miley. Miley won the first gold medal for the host nation Scotland, and as ‘The Flower of Scotland’ started playing, an expression came over her face of surprise that the tears were flowing.

It was lovely to watch, and the same could be seen with Ross Murdoch’s gold and Jaz Carlin of Wales when ‘Land of My Fathers’ started.

"Erraid Davies"
Erraid Davies won a bronze in her Para Swimming event, and at 13, she is the youngest ever competitor for Scotland, let alone winning a medal, and her smile was as wide as you could wish, you couldn’t help but smile along!

From the youngest Scottish medallist, to the biggest number of medals for Scotland – Shooter Jen McIntosh has now won more medals than any other Scottish woman at the Commonwealths, taking the record from her mum, and she received her medal on the podium from…her mum, that was nice to see and must have been amazing for them both.

"Gordon Bryan blog"
I discovered a new sport to watch – doubles squash. Squash isn’t in the Olympics, so it’s not shown much on TV, but the white ball on the blue glass courts made it easy to follow the (very fast moving) ball!

The new courts allow them to be widened for the doubles version, and I really enjoyed it, almost to the point of wanting to try it. What puts me off trying it, is that’s it well known to be one of the hardest sports on the fitness front – not sure I’d be able to cope!

I’ll finish with 2 stories from English athletes…

Steve Way won no medal, just sneaking into the top 10 of the marathon. The notable thing about him is that 7 years ago he weighed 16 stone and was a heavy smoking heavy drinker with a liking for takeaways. He decided to do something about it, and in his race he broke the long held British record for his age group.

Jo Pavey could be called the nearly woman of British athletics. That would be harsh, but Jo has been known as someone that would go round the laps at the front end of a race, only be to swallowed up by the finishing kicks of others that she could never compete with.

In the 5,000 metres, she held her ground at the front, and kicked at the bell. Down the back straight 3 Kenyans came past her, but she kicked again. They came past her and she kicked again. Taking a bronze medal. Afterwards she said it would have been easy to accept that the Kenyans would beat her, but she simply decided not to accept it.

I liked that, and I liked the Games in all – the ability to choose which sports to watch, live and in catch up, certainly enhance the enjoyment, so roll on 4 years to the 2018 Games in Australia!

Ok, do let me know what you think – did you enjoy it, what were your favourite moments?

‘Til Next Time,
Health & happiness,
P.S. Don’t forget that sport is a passion for many, and a passion you can profit from – my book “FB Passion Profits!” shows you how…

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First World War 100 Years On – We Have To Remember

August 4th 2014 is the 100th anniversary of Great Britain declaring war on Germany, throwing us into World War 1. It’s a war that changed the world, but some people say we shouldn’t be bothering about it…

"Gordon Bryan"

a ceramic poppy for every British soldier at the Tower of London Aug 4th 2014

In fact, the line I see a lot is that it’s not something to be celebrated. Well, all you have to do is substitute the word ‘celebrate’ with ‘remember’ and that should change the perspective. It’s not being celebrated, it’s being remembered, and it *has* to be remembered.

750,000 British soldiers killed, 16 million killed in total. At the battle of The Somme, 60,000 British soldiers died. That’s 60,000 in one day.

The war was supposed to be the war to end all wars. Of course, it didn’t end all wars, in fact it could be argued that the way the end of the war was handled led to the second World War, and the conflicts in the Middle East too.

It was a war that started over the assassination of one man, which drew in the German Kaiser, and then it was down to political alliances, mistakes and misunderstandings which escalated the conflict to pull in the rest of the world.

"Gordon Bryan"
The stories of the war are many, but whenever I think of the war I think of soldiers in the trenches. They were cold, hungry, tired and scared, and that’s how they died. They went over the top of the trenches to be mown down by machine guns.

Young men rushed to sign up to fight at the start, but the figures like the 60,000 deaths in one day at The Somme meant that Britain was simply running out of soldiers, so had to call up men. Young men who had been living their normal lives in Britain, suddenly found themselves in the horror of war, and if they didn’t fight they were shot by their own side.

It’s hard to imagine what that must have been like.

There are no living survivors left now, so it’s up to us to choose whether to remember, or to choose to forget. I choose to remember, and to be honest I can’t understand why anyone should say we should forget.

"Wilfred Owen"
Here’s a poem called Futility, written by soldier Wilfred Owen.


Move him into the sun—
Gently its touch awoke him once,
At home, whispering of fields half-sown.
Always it woke him, even in France,
Until this morning and this snow.
If anything might rouse him now
The kind old sun will know.

Think how it wakes the seeds,—
Woke, once, the clays of a cold star.
Are limbs, so dear-achieved, are sides,
Full-nerved—still warm—too hard to stir?
Was it for this the clay grew tall?
—O what made fatuous sunbeams toil
To break earth’s sleep at all?

Wilfred Owen was killed a few days before the end of the war in November 1918.

4th August 2014 – 100 years on from an event that did indeed change the world, it’s not a celebration, it’s remembering, and we have to remember.

Let me know what you think.

‘Til Next Time,
Health & happiness,

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The Great Gordino Newsletter- Aug 3rd 2014

I hope all is well with you as we crack into August.

"Gordon Bryan"
There was a bad fire at one of our seaside piers, at Eastbourne. I used to live in Eastbourne with the first Mrs.Bryan. It’s bringing back the memories, as that also went up in flames.

It is sad though, we had many sunset walks along there, and the cost to renovate these burnt piers is horrendous, so fingers crossed they can get it back to use again.

The Commonwealth Games finished last night. They can be seen as an odd affair because although 2 billion people around the world live in the commonwealth, the top stars in many sports do not, so they can be unfairly viewed as a sub Olympics.

That is unfair, because they never claim to be the Olympics, and while not all the stars live in the commonwealth, many of the sports featured do indeed have the world’s best in their event.

I’ll be writing a separate article about my favourite bits, but since last week I was struck the most by Jo Pavey, winner of bronze in the 5000 metres. Jo is 40. She said after the race that it would have been easy to think ‘oh I’m behind 3 Kenyans so I won’t bother to get a medal’, but she decided to forget that and go for it! That was great, and she also commented on how grateful she was for the opportunities she had. Nice.

I did find out there are no left handed hockey sticks.
Hang on, no left handed hockey sticks?

I researched online, and the best I could find was it’s a safety thing. In other places it said that left handers had actually had an advantage playing right handed – I still can’t quite get my head around it to be honest!

"Gordon Bryan"
The 4th August sees the 100th anniversary of Britain declaring war on Germany. Some people say it shouldn’t be celebrated, but I think that problem is easily solved by using the word ‘remembered’ instead.

It was supposed to be the war to end all wars because the death and destruction was so great that we had to ensure it didn’t happen again. Unfortunately, a combination of human nature and badly designed resolutions laid the groundwork for more wars, not just the second World War but all the way right up to the present day Israel/Gaza conflict, which has its’ roots to an extent in the aftermath of the first World War.

It really did change the world.

Started by politics and empire, most certainly, but what I tend to think about when I think of that war is the young soldiers, cold, wet, hungry and scared, hundreds of miles from home, as they died.

There are no veterans left alive, so it’s up to us to either forget or remember them. I choose to remember.

In case you missed them, here are 2 articles I wrote in July:

Goal Achievement – Eugenie Bouchard Is Such A Loser!

Halfway Through The Year – Halfway To Your Goals, Right?

In July I also launched my book “FB Passion Profits”
It covers how you can use social media to make profits from your passions, whatever they may be. It has a 100% money back guarantee, and it’s something you can start today if you want. Why not take a look at the site for more details – FB Passion Profits!

Ok, do let me know what you think, I love the feedback!
‘Til Next Time,
Health & Happiness,

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The Great Gordino Newsletter – Jul 28th 2014

I hope all is well with you.

I get lots of spam comments left on the blog, and the other day I got my first one that was just a totally blank comment. I couldn’t believe it, because with all this heat we’ve been having it was the one time I really *wanted* some cheap sunglasses!

"Gordon Bryan"
I’m a happy boy though – I got an order arrive of some chocolate from Germany.
It’s alpine milk chocolate from Ritter Sport – you just can’t get in here in the UK, but go online, a couple of clicks, and thank you very much!

I had an absolutely mahoosive spider clinging to the net curtain in my room. Biggest I’ve seen for a long time, hairy kneecaps, the works. How did they get so sneaky to know to hang onto something so flimsy that we can’t do the glass/paper thing.

Anyway, I knew I had to do something, couldn’t leave her unattended, so I had to go in for the hand grab. She fell, (or more likely jumped) to safety and scurried off.
Now I had to go to bed tonight knowing she was there in the darkness, staring at me…

How do I know it was a girl spider, you might ask?
1. The hairy knees. Seems to be a recurring theme.
2. The speed at which she ran off as soon as I touched her.

I confirmed an irrefutable law of the universe this week –
When tipping a Pringles can up to your mouth to get the crumbs at the bottom, no matter how slowly or delicately you do it, at some point you *will* pour the crumbs all over your face #pringleinducedeyeinfection

"Gordon Bryan"The Commonwealth Games are in full swing – 71 countries and territories comprising 2 billion people. Two stories caught my eye at the weekend, one of which will definitely be an article on its’ own – Steve Way finished in the top 10 in the marathon aged 40. He broke the British record for over 40s, but more noteworthy is that 7 years ago he weighed 16 stone, smoked and drank heavily and ate masses of junk takeaway food. He decided to do something about it, and did he ever!

Erraid Davies came 3rd in her paraswimming event. She’s the youngest ever competitor for the host nation Scotland at the Commonwealths. At just *13*, and her smile afterwards was simply gorgeous. Lovely.

This week saw 75 years since Batman first appeared. I was a big comic collector at one point (I still have them) and was always more of a Marvel man, but you have to admire the success of the franchise, and the whole industry that was inspired by the combination of Batman and Superman.

Comics are a big passion for many people, and the films of the comics are a passion for others. Both subjects are ripe to make profits from, and you can do it online by following steps. You can find out more by looking at my book “FB Passion Profits” and I also wrote a free guide covering the basics, which you won’t be surprised to hear is called
“FB Passion Profits – The Basics!”

Ok, let me know what you think, I love the comments!
‘Til Next Time,
Health & Happiness,

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The Great Gordino Newsletter – July 21st 2014

I hope all is well with you.

Lots happening this week, but isn’t that the same every week!

Possibly the biggest tournament in golf, The Open, has taken place, won by the new young gun on the circuit Rory McIlroy. I was interested in two interviews I saw with former great major winners, Sir Nick Faldo and Gary Player.

South African Gary Player is now 78. He still does 100 sit ups a day, but it was his infectious enthusiasm in his interview that struck me. Not one for the bland responses of the current media trained players, Player just says what he thinks, and is not afraid to express views!

He spoke about his age, but says that age is just a man made concept, that it’s up to us to decide how we behave, it’s up to us to decide what we can or cannot do. He also spoke about gratitude, his own gratitude for what the game of golf had given him, and gratitude that we all should think about more in our lives.

He also spoke about hard work. No surprise there! He said that people should not expect things to simply be given – people should expect to have to do something about it themselves, and to get ready for lots of hard work!

Nick Faldo is one of the most successful players Britain has produced. He spoke about some players who came close to winning Majors talking about ‘trying’ and ‘hoping’. Nick says you should never use words like that – you should use words like ‘will’ and ‘expect’. If things don’t go the way you want, then you look at what happened, and work hard to change things for next time.

Hmm, 2 massively successful sportsmen, both straight talkers which has cost both of them in the eyes of the media in their prime, talking about the words we use to ourselves, and the importance of hard work.  Good old hard work. Good words from both of them!

"Johnny Winter"
Rock blues guitarist and singer Johnny Winter passed away. I have had several decades of enjoying his music, after discovering him on a vinyl (yes, I’m old) record collection called The History of Rock. I love discovering new music, knowing from the first time I hear it that I’ll be enjoying it for years to come!

"Elaine Stritch"
Broadway legend Elaine Strich has also passed away. I knew of her via tv appearances when I was growing up, and knew her name was legendary on Broadway, but I’m sort of surprised I can’t really think of a signature piece of hers that comes to mind.

"James Garner"
Actor James Garner had also passed away. I always remember watching The Rockford Files on TV when I grew up, and then in films like The Great Escape and the ‘Support Your Local…’ series of films. Garner had a languid style, and had little time for what he saw as the pretentious side of the acting industry. I like that.

Then there are the two big news stories, the war between Israel and Hammas, and the shooting down of the Malaysian airliner. Very difficult to see all the death in the war, and all the plane crash site being moved around by various ‘people’, while Russia stands by.

I suspect both episodes will end with some kind of political mish mash, which will either not last, or cause different problems further down the line.

It was Malala Yousafzai’s 17th birthday during the week. Shot in the head at 14 by the Taliban for wanting to read, she has used her high profile to campaign for girl’s education rights around the world.  So much can be achieved through education, and for adults it’s a crying shame that too many people assume that education finished when they left school, and the opportunity to educate ourselves as adults passes too many by.

We had some great thunderstorms here in the UK to counteract the 33 degree heat. I did post on face book that lightning is something we see in the sky and post pictures of, but lightening is something done to hair, or maybe a mood!  I just saw it too many times to resist!

Ok, I told you a lot had been happening, I’ll sign off for now! Let me know you thoughts, leave a comment below, and feel free to share, like, tweet etc!
‘Til Next Time,
Health & Happiness,
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