The Great Gordino Newsletter – July 17th 2015

Wow, it’s been a while since I wrote a newsletter as just the newsletter!

I’ve been busy with so many things, and I wonder if the day of the email newsletter has passed.

Social media is at such a stage where you can post everything there, and anyone that wants to see what you post can do, at a time that suits them, without having to sign up to any email lists.

For me, it’s Facebook. If you haven’t ‘friended’ me there yet, please do, here’s the link:

I love it. I link to my articles there, I post my thoughts there, I share links, I post my photos.

The email newsletter rose to prominence in the days before Facebook was even around (even if it seems hard to imagine those days!)

I had been finding that I was saving things up to write about in the newsletter, things that I had maybe already posted about on FB – I do appreciate that some people choose not to use face book at all, so it seemed a good idea.

I think what I might do, having realised it was so long since I’d written an actual newsletter, that I might take it to a real ‘summary only’ type thing – pointing out posts I had made in case anyone had missed them.

I’ve been writing a lot of sport articles lately, posting on Huffington Post in an attempt to further the sports writing, so why don’t I start with linking to that!
Here’s my profile on Huffington Post, and you can see if any of the article titles grab your attention: Gordon on Huffington Post

Anniversaries lately that I posted about – the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain. It was huge in the cementing the confidence of Britain in the fight, and huge in the denting of confidence of Hitler. Had the battle over the skies been lost, the outcome of the war would have been very different.

It prompted Churchill to say that ‘Never in the field of human conflict has so much been owed by so many to so few.’

The date of 13th July had me wondering why it was ringing a bell. Then I remembered that was the date for the Live Aid gig, and despite there not being much publicity about it, it was 30 years ago!

"Gordon Bryan at Live Aid"
I remember going to the gig at the old Wembley stadium back in 1985 – Queen were as good as everyone says they were, and it was amazing to be in the stadium seeing massive star after massive star – Bowie, McCartney et al.

What a memory, and as you can see from the photo, the TV cameras managed to spot me!

Back on the 3rd of this month it was my birthday, and it had me wondering about how my 50th birthday might have an impact on you, on the personal development front.

I’m not 50 by the way, but that’s something to leave for another article I think!

I’ve also been into taking picture lately, and am contemplating trying some painting, so I’ll put up posts with the various photo trips and paintings (as long as they don’t turn out rubbish!)

"Ailsa Craig" "Gordon Bryan"
Let’s start with a little birthday trip I made to Ailsa Craig. It’s where the world’s curling stones come from, and since I love the tradition of the sport, I loved that I was able to go and visit. Here’s a taster photo.

Ok, let me know what you think – I love the feedback!

‘Til Next Time,
Health & happiness,
P.S. As I said earlier, do connect with me on facebook if you haven’t already 😉

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  • Hi Gordon,

    I am so proud of you writing for the Huffington Post. You took massive action to achieve that goal.

    I know how much you love the sport Curling and your trip to Ailsa Craig must have been fun, seeing the Curling stones and taking a beautiful picture for all of us to see.

    Thank you for the newsletter.

    You have an awesome weekend,


    • Thanks Linda,
      I loved the whole gentle tradition aspect of curling when I first discovered it – I’m not sure thatmany curlers would have traveled to go visit Ailsa Craig, but for me it was as much fun as I’d hoped!
      Glad you enjoyed the photo, I took loads!
      Cheers, Gordon