The Great Gordino Newsletter – Sep 30th 2014

"Ed Miliband"Hi,
I hope all is well with you.

Giving a speech with no notes for an hour is impressive, right? Maybe, but no quite so impressive when you’re the leader of a big political party, aiming to become Prime Minister in 2015, and you forget important bits from your keynote speech!

Poor old Ed Miliband. He forgot bits of the speech about immigration and the economy, two areas of huge concern to the electorate. He said that’s what happens if you give speeches like that, and it adds to the feeling of speaking person to person.


He must have been kicking himself. If had given his speech with notes, or an autocue, he thinks it might lose that ‘personal’ feeling. That may be true, but something it *wouldn’t* lose would be keys paragraphs of the speech.

I’ve spoken many times in public, both with and without notes, but the difference is I had practised and rehearsed many times over, with adlibs ready to go. Ed’s speech would have been changing all the time, even through the morning on the day, and although he says he won’t change the way he does it, I bet he will!

One of the biggest selling bands in the world have announce a new album. AC/DC had a long struggle to get to the top, but once they got there, they stayed! If memory serves, their album Back in Black is the biggest selling album by a group in the US market, excluding compilations. Sad to hear that co-founder and driving force Malcolm Young will not feature due to ill health.

It was Google’s birthday during the week. Except it wasn’t. They changed the date they use for their birthday a few years back from the 7th to the 27th, for PR reasons. So, don’t believe everything you see on the internet, even if you’ve googled it!

I had another one of those days this week, when I planned on googling something when I got in, only to totally forget what it was I wanted to google. Even typing ‘what was I going to google?’ into google was no help!

I’m feeling a bit wistful this week – it would be the first week of my degree study at university had I taken the place, studying sports journalism. Part of me is wishing I was down there, surrounded by the youthful enthusiasm of everyone embarking on the new adventure, but part of me is glad I’m not there, surrounded by drunk young’uns making me feel from a different planet! Oh well, the plan for the 1 year diploma next year is still on the cards.

The NFL came back to London this week. There are 3 regular season games this season, and the NFL are talking about a London team by 2022. Still a long way to go before it’s totally viable, but it’ll come around sooner rather than later. I really must get round to going to one of these London matches. So far the team match ups haven’t pushed my buttons enough to justify the ticket prices, and they sell out so quickly!

"Amy Hughes"
There were two world marathon records set this week! The first was 53 marathons in 53 days by 26 year old Brit Amy Hughes. A sports therapist, Amy was running to encourage children to be more active, and also to try and raise £53,000 for charity.

The second marathon world record was set in Berlin, which is a good course for record setting, as Kenyan Dennis Kimetto ran 2 hours 2 minutes and 57 seconds.
That was the first time under 2.03, and the 2 hour marathon is inching ever closer.

Phew, I’m worn out just thinking about all that running, so I’ll sign off – do let me know what you think as ever!

‘Til next time,
Health & happiness,
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  • The speeches – Any trained politician would have to be able to go without notes (i supposed!…No??)

    I know got to wait for a year but can’t wait to hear about your back to school adventure. LOL

    The marathon just reminded me of Forrest Gump ;D

    And yes, I have learned to receive news online n offline with a pinch of salt.

    • Most major politicians use autocue nowadays. It can look a bit odd, but it’s accepted as the way it’s done. Trying to do it without notes can seem impressive, but his gaffe in forgetting such a massive part simply made him look as if he’s not quite up to the task.

    • They certainly are! Of course being British I have to mention Mo Farah and Paula Radcliffe. She’s still the women’s world record holder, and while Mo has not succeeded at the marathon so far, he achieved the double of 5 and 10k at botht the worlds and Olympics! 😉
      cheers, Gordon