A Natural ‘no-drug’ Solution to Weight Loss

I’ve gotta tell you this or I’ll bust!

At 61 years old, a guy or gal has to watch their health more than when they were younger – and my middle-age spread seemed to have taken up long term residence!

But it’s not just the extra weight. I felt bloated, I didn’t enjoy my meals so much, So much so that I was convinced my smell and taste buds had stopped working – I often got stomach ‘pains’ – often just  discomfort at night. Indigestion – well that’s a topic for another blog!

Come to think of it, my problems probably started when I was a very much younger man…Yeah, come to think of it, I could have done with this in my teens and twenties!

Then, I came across this amazing Doctor quite by accident – Thank the Good Lord I did!

I bought her deluxe package for the price of a cheap meal, (well worth the small extra), and I’ve started following her advice.

It’s not a diet – more of a subtle lifestyle change – I’m eating great right now – it’s not a Doctor Atkins either – no unatural imbalance of food for me….In fact the food part is not the whole problem – no, not even exercise…

I’ve talked too much….As always, the Good Doctor says it so much better.

Read on My Blogging Friends……….

A new breakthrough secret is all you now need in order to forever shed countless pounds, stay healthy, and add many years to your life!

A lady doctor from Arizona has blown the lid off the best-kept secret in weight loss ever discovered — and this has the whole diet food and drug industries turned upside down and in nothing less than a torrential uproar.

Her name is Dr Suzanne Gudakunst, and she’s marching to the beat of a different drum.

And no, nothing about her "secret" is difficult — nor does it require that you do something completely out of the ordinary or anything unnatural.

Instead, the Arizonian boasts proudly "…this is something that I caught onto just before 2002 when there was so much research and exploration going around concerning the human colon and digestive system working in harmony with nutritional absorption, and I started doing independent studies just to test things at first … but which I later expanded on after seeing some fantastic results."

This same woman medical practitioner went on to accurately determine a definitive correlation between harmful plague and parasitic infestations of the human bowel tract, and people suffering chronic obesity — and who despite intense diet and exercise appeared to be unable to lose any weight whatsoever.

Over the course of six years the Arizona doctor developed a number of natural treatments for the removal of these same harmful, even life-threatening plaques and rapidly reproducing digestive parasites — and when applied to even worse-case patients suffering extreme obesity (98% of which were in immediate danger of dying) she saw a 100% effectiveness and success rate.

She then borrowed from her research on the severely obese, and applied the same strategies on milder cases of overweight persons — only to find the same effectiveness and quality results as described above (although the individual weight loss per subject wasn’t nearly as much as those obese patients 100 lbs to 200 lbs or more overweight).

So powerful is her secret that she’s able to reverse diabetes, rid illness altogether in people suffering from cancer (linked directly to poor diet and overweight factors), as well as an elimination of an entire spectrum of serious and otherwise life-threatening diseases.

Nearly 100% of all her case subjects were told in the alternative by "conventional doctors" that they either had just months or years to live, or they would never live a life anything resembling remotely a "normal" existence — yet after applying Dr Suzanne’s treatments saw a complete contradiction to others doctors’ prognoses.

Again, nothing about her secret is unnatural or requires someone to do any major action or modification in their lives.

In fact, her entire treatment is based completely on built-into-nature ‘protection agents’ scattered throughout the world in the form of select herbs, extracts, and organic constituents, and which can be found in a variety of plants — but when combined in specific combinations and carefully chosen amounts make for a solution to what is perhaps the world’s worst ever plague: OBESITY (and the illnesses and diseases resulting from it — or at least severely aggravated or exacerbated by it).

Now to everyone else’s great gain, whether suffering from just a few extra pounds and inches, to those extremely fat and overweight, this brave, bold lady doctor is releasing to the general public her secret for forever destroying the tight unrelenting closed-fist of obesity’s stronghold over the now more than 40% of Americans labeled obese, and others worldwide.

But she’s not promising any of us for how long.

Some experts and sociologists suggest that in the bigger scheme of things, the world will never tolerate a discovery of such magnitude, any more than it would be realistic to expect a car that runs on water (even if very real) to ever become commercially available to the general public for day-to-day use.

One well-respected and famous diet & wellness author wrote years ago that if anyone ever "truly unlocked the keys to permanent fat loss, they may actually suffer the same fate as JFK."

You won’t believe the pictures and videos at her site – but it will explain alot about how you feel right now….

…..It is currently available – Click Here To Get The Secret

…so you may want to head on over there now and get it and before someone or "something" gets it forever yanked out of ever getting in YOUR hand at least.

It’s in a very easily readable format and is quickly and readily understood and mastered by anyone with even a 4th grade reading level.

While you’re there, why not scroll down and review for yourself the huge successes others are now having with this incredible breakthrough in rapid, massive weight loss and extremely improved and enhanced health, now made freely available to the rest of us?
  
– Dave Litten
  

  • February 5, 2008

Get Google Ads Free!

Click here to get Google ads FREE

I want to tell you about a guy who has earned himself a cool $90 million, and he did it by using highly focussed:

– Google Ads

– Yahoo Ads

– MIVA Ads

– MSN Ads

In fact by using any or all of the search engines that accept paid sponsored ads. He did it in first Tier, second tier, and even third tier engines. They all work.

But here’s the thing – he didn’t pay a single red cent! The guy has used these secrets for over eight years now and still has yet to pay anything for the Ads – he has honed FREE PPC advertising into an art form…

This breakthrough secret is available now – although the techniques he will show you have been around for many years -certainly in the authors lifetime!

As I write, many people have bought his secret, learned to do what he did, and have now made their online fortunes. They are now all financially independent.

Let me get this out of the way first…this simple system is 100% legal – even Google loves it!

So how would you like to learn these easy-to-apply secrets/techniques?

Would you like the same secret one New York guy has been using for nearly 8 years to get all his Google pay-per-click advertising completely for FREE?

The information you need is freely available from Google, Yahoo, MSN, Overture and others.

This guy had observed that most – if not all, marketers had missed a vital part of the advertising puzzle that enabled him to get his adverts totally free – while all others had to pay increasingly higher and higher prices for theirs…Yep – he got his Totally Free.

Get this – he has become horribly rich – check out one of his properties:

His secret is so magnetic that he can grasp ANY online (or offline) niche and DOMINATE it.

He’ll move in – and the others have to move out. Think what could this do for YOUR business profits? I’ll bet you’re familiar with the top premium two or three spots sitting above all the other "organic" search results – Oh Yes, he gets those babies too, time and again…

This guy is a retired doctor from New York, and it was around the year 2000 that he picked up that everyone was going crazy fighting to get the top spots, and it gave him an idea – so he did a few simple test results to see if it would work. He built upon those early tests and fine-tuned the system.

These were the rocks that he built his mastermind secret upon.

Now YOU can share the same secret – take a quick peek at this:

Click Here To Learn His Secret

But the retired doctor didn’t stop there. He then expanded and set up and ran no less than 16 different businesses online in such diverse areas as:

– software

– books

– e-books

– electronic goods

– gaming software

– children’s toys and other games

– electronic media such as dvds

Indeed, the good ex-doctor not only sold his own products but even expanded – selling other people’s products as an affiliate. Yes – his method works, even if you don’t have your own web business product…

Now don’t get me wrong, you’ll still need to set up a standard account with the usual search engines, ut it is how you apply his master secret that ensures that you will never have to pay for ANY of the advertising costs.

Let me remind you, his mastermind secret is not illegal – it actually brings MORE revenue streams to the search engines. Have you noticed how PPC’s are rocketing in price since Google went public a little while ago. Ouch!

A senior amazed representative (for one of the major search engines), laughingly quoted that the retired doctor’s secret was unique online, and in THEIR expert opinion would further enhance their revenue streams and increase business sales.

It’s astounding that this New Englander is well on his way to $100 Million using FREE pay-per-clicks – mainly from Google – but also from all the other paid advertising avenues available online.

$400 Million in sales revenue in just 8 years with in a diverse set of wide niches with an equally large line of products. But he has yet to peak as he has worked to diversify even further by tweaking and tuning his mastermind secret to reveal its full potential.

Unbelievably, he has further landed nearly $170 Million over the past two years alone.

A famous web guru has been recently quoted that the doctor will further add to his fortune as a result of publishing his secret – due mainly to the bottomless pit of the internet – there is enough potential for all of us. Quite frankly the doctor has enough money for several lifetimes on this planet, so whether he continues to sell his secret has little impact on the man…

We are all set to profit from learning this mans secret for an unlimited source of pay-per-clicks while it is still available. But the good doctor has not made any promise of how much longer it will be made available to the rest of us…

So why not click on over and snatch a copy for yourself right now – it would be an absolute catastrophe as this may be your only limited chance to get your sticky fingers on this gem of a secret. And at this current ludicrously low price too…

It is currently available by Clicking THIS Link

…I really do suggest that you head over there right now and reserve your copy.

I must say, I was impressed with the simple, clear, and easy structure of the information. He lays the whole thing out in a logical Step-By-Step way.

Imagine being able to outbid any other strong competitor – just because you don’t have to actually pay for the clicks! You can use hundreds of keywords and bid as much as you wish without the fear of exceeding your daily limits.

For the first time, you can dominate any niche and get the top premium spots above the organic search results – everyone else will be driven down the page – out of sight and out of mind!

Just think – you can do this for unlimited websites, products of your own, even other people’s products as a reseller, joint venture, or affiliate. ALL RISK-FREE!

Okay, so the Beatles sang "Money Can’t Buy You Love" – but it can bring you the financial independence to make you and your families life choices. Anything is possible with this secret.

Thanks to it’s easy-to-read format, even a fourth-grade reader could understand, apply, and master the secret (wait ’till you read from the above link, about the young lady that is still making as much income as a lawyer!)

In fact, why not go further – scroll down his web page and check out the giant successes that other folks – just like you, are getting with this amazing mastermind PPC breakthough – at last, the rest of us have been given the same opportunity because it has been made freely available!

Whatever happens, don’t let others get to this first – worse – lock you out. I happen to know that the Good Retired Doctor has been surprised at the volume of demand his secret has generated and he is thinking of capping the number of available copies. So, the risk is yours if you wait too long…

Here’s that link again:

Click Here To Learn His Secret

May you have Whole-Life Success.

 

  • February 4, 2008

Guitar Echo Units

 

I remember the early days of my guitar infatuation. Back then (circa 1960), the only places you could hear live guitarists was the local ‘youth clubs’. These were often a local hall hired out for a few hours and a small charge at the door to let you in.

 At the time, most groups just played instrumentals – although the odd small group would have a singer who would step up and do a few rock and roll or chart songs. Things were simple back then, but because the advent of groups were new, they were incredibly exciting.
 
There were bigger and better local groups with exotic names like
Phil and the Stormsville Shakers – and boy did they sound great!
 
 
Early guitar instrumental hits like “Apache”, “Walk Don’t Run”, “Guitar Boogie Shuffle”, “Telstar”, and numerous others became the standard repertoire for local groups. After WWII, most guitarists were ex-dance band – so our parents were well catered for at dinner dances and the like.
 
But for us spotty teenagers there was little in the way of music and social life. We chatted up girls at bus stops, took them for a coke (the drink variety!) or coffee at the various coffee shops, and met up at the above ‘youth clubs’
 
 
But where is this nostalgia leading you may ask?
 
Echo Units.
 

The dear friend who helped me on the way to getting my first guitar, Derek Lee, had a “Bird” amplifier with built-in reverb. So even my early fumblings sounded spacey. I was always around his house learning to play on his guitar – trying to play a few notes from say, a Duane Eddy  tune (remember ‘Because They’re Young?). He taught me the first 3 notes to the main theme of Apache – boy – was I hooked….

Yeah! Sandie Nelson “Let there Be Drums”, “Red River Rock”….sigh…
Anyway, Derek showed me a few simple tunes and chords, and generally helped me in many ways too numerous to mention. He sadly passed away at the young age of 23 years from throat cancer – and he didn’t even smoke.
 
I got my Dad to buy me an early Vox Ace guitar (red, of course,  two pickups and a wang bar), which looked to my eyes like a sort-of Fender Stratocaster (although I didn’t even know what a Fender was back then – but Hank Marvin Had one – and it looked hotter than girls!!)

It must have been a couple of months later when I turned up at Derek’s house – and he had a Watkins Copicat Echo Unit!!!!!

Jesus, Mary and Joseph! It made me sound like Hank (and helped cover up a few ‘bum’ notes too). That was it – I had to have one. Fast forward two months, and with help from my Dad again (“This is just a craze – it’ll never last long – you’ll get bored….etc”)
 

I had a Hire Purchase agreement for a second-hand amplifier and a new black Watkins Copicat…..I used that darn thing right through the sixties and half of the seventies, when I finally replaced it with a small pedal along with a host of other effects units.

 

I know, the Beatles came along in the mid sixties, and echoey guitars went out of fashion, but you could still use a little echo to ‘lift’ your guitar sound.

 

If you read my blog, you’ll know at the ripe age of 61, I’ve rekindled my love of the guitar, and started investing in some new guitar equipment. Isn’t life tough eh!  When I needed good gear I couldn’t afford it, now I’m just ‘doodling’ for my own pleasure – I’ve got enough money to buy stuff that I ain’t good enough to play on or deserve!

 

A few weeks ago, I’m doing a little work in London UK, in Denmark Street to be precise, and I went into Regent Sounds. The Sales guy is I believe, Canadian – and real friendly and helpful. I tell him I’m looking to update my old 70’s echo foot pedal, and I’d recently seen a great review for an expensive digital delay unit.

 

Well to cut a longer story short, he gave me an A/B demonstration between that unit and an ‘old fashioned’ bucket-brigade’ echo unit. I’m darn pleased he did. The Bucket-brigade technology knocked the latest state-of-the-art pedal into a cocked hat (it kicked it’s a*se!). The digital unit sounded harsh, tizzy, weak, clinical.

 

Round of applause please for my new Electro-harmonix Deluxe Memory Man echo unit. Yeah, you may remember the name from way back – but don’t let that put you off.  The echo is full, woody, dynamic, squashy, warm, whatever…it sounds great. I’m plugging it directly into my vintage re-issue Fender Blues Deluxe. Sounds great on slow blues stuff too….

It cost half the price of the latest and greatest digital echo, and you know what, you can also get great (non-digital) chorus-vibrato sounds out of it. Ya Wanna Know More? Check out this link:

 
https://www.ehx.com/ehx2/Default.asp?q=f&f=%2FCatalog%2F09_Reverb_%26_Delay%2F14_Deluxe_Memory_Man
 
Paint Me Happy Folks.
 

 

  • January 20, 2008

Why use Product-Based Planning?

It occurred to me that since birth, most of us have been “task-driven”, and so it was natural that we should take that concept into our adult lives.

As such, it’s not a bad thing, since it is tasks that drive our daily lives – both personally and professionally.
 
But here’s my point. Take your weekly shopping run for example. How many times do you return, un-bag all your items, only to discover that you’ve forgotten something?
 
So you end up going to a local shop because you’ve forgotten to buy salt, toothpaste, or something…
 
Go back even further. When I was a kid I was told “David – clean up your room”. I did as I was told; tidied up my clothes, put my toys away – Yep! Job done!
 
Next I know, Dad’s yelling at me “Get up here – I thought I told you to tidy your room”! It turned out that Dad had a different specification for a “Tidied Room” than mine. Looking back, we should have got a mutual understanding of what a tidied room looked like.
 
Dad had this crazy idea that it included picking up all the comics from the floor, taking down the week-old soda bottles, making my bed, staking my record collection back on the shelf….etc…etc..!
 
That’s the problem in a nutshell with using ONLY task based planning as a project manager – we have missed the first step out – Product Based Planning.
 
I’ll use the example of having your back yard cleaned up and landscaped. Let’s imagine you’ve just moved house, and your new plot is covered in weeds and rubbish – not a good situation to have a BBQ with your new neighbours is it?
 
Being busy at work, you hire a local landscaping service to carry it out for you, and they’ve sent their project manager to discuss and understand your requirements.
 
If you had got straight into task-planning you’d be discussing picking up all the rubbish, laying down some lawn, planting trees etc….
 
Put instead, let’s start by thinking of the PRODUCTS.
 
You are focussing on the end-deliverable. Right away your describe a built-in barbeque feature, the new path, the type of trees and shrubs you need and where you need ‘em….
 
Their project manager can now envisage the best sequence of how all these Products are to be created – and only then, consider the tasks, their durations, the resources needed, etc.
 
A simple sequence of planning steps would look like:
 
  1. Create and agree a Product Description for the end-product (deliverable).
     
  2. Determine the lower-level Products (such as shrubs, bbq, etc). It would be helpful to create a hierarchical diagram – here called a Product Breakdown Structure – to ensure you don’t forget anything.
     
  3. Create Product Descriptions if needed for these lower level Products.
     
  4. Create a diagram showing the sequence of creation of all the products – with the final one being the end-product. This will clarify the dependencies – some products will need to be created one after another – others can be done at the same time, in parallel.
 
In summary, Product-Based Planning should be done first and task-based planning second.
 
You be less likely to forget the toothpaste!!
 

 

  • January 17, 2008

Diary Of A Middle Aged Man

It’s been a heck of a year for this particular middle-aged baby boomer.  I awake each morning and feel confused. What have I been? What am I now? What should I be now? What do I want to be after today? Why do politicians look so young ? …well, compared to me.

Sometimes I want to be 5 years old again. So much, that it physically hurts.

Then I remember that I hated every day of school. I seem to have been worrying about what I should be just about every day of my life – and yet looking back again, realizing that it really didn’t matter.

So now I’m 61 years old. Fairly successful by most reasonable standards. But that’s not what it’s about – is it?

We ‘boomers’ really are the butt of most jokes – check out these  wisecracks:

"These days, I’m build for comfort not speed"

"I’m now upside down – my nose runs and my feet smell"

Younger ladies. "My mind is writing checks that my body can’t cash"

"I even ache in places that I didn’t have when I was younger"

"I still get excited – but I can’t remember why"

"That’s not a beer-belly – that’s a fuel tank for a sex machine" (yeah, I wish!!)

And why the heck am I losing hair off my arms and legs, yet growing a forest out of my nose and ears. If we are creatures of evolution – then what’s all that about?!!

Okay let’s get serious. I was inspired to write this after reading a beautifully written article by Peter Aspden in the Financial Times today (don’t get impressed – I’m holed up in a hotel and the FT came free with  breakfast). It struck a chord though. 

The Who Rock Band came to mind (are we boomers allowed to like that stuff – my dad did wood carvings in old age….)

Young Man Blues – "it’s the Old Man who has all the money"

My Generation – "….hope I die before I get old…"

Stuff you Mr Townsend – my definition of a middle-aged baby boomer is that I wanna live a little. Anyway, the article went on to explain that we baby boomers can’t do a thing right. The world likes to laugh at us. If we fall in love – it’s absurd. If we buy a sports car – it’s really a penis extension. Wearing jeans shows you’re childish. The list is endless.

Apparently, middle-aged men run the world. And the more powerful you are – the more amusing your plight when you suffer a set back. The article quotes Bill Clinton and Monica….

My Dad passed away last year. Since then, I have often quietly sat and considered his life. And for his many positive ways, I realised that he NEVER admitted being wrong. He would turn around any criticism with uncanny skill – time and again. On reflection, he must have had some terrible demon going back to some childhood event. I think fear of failure does continue in each generation. But I’m getting off track.

The FT article closed so many loops for me. My Fathers generation fought in a terrible war – I have never served. They grew old wearing suits and acted very conservative as it seemed to me.

I was doomed to become like my Grandfather, or so I thought. Staying indoors for the most part, falling asleep in front of the TV, reading the newspaper – and believing everything in it. Drinking countless hot beverages. And taking a quick walk everyday to the local shop for some mints. That was it. Life in retirement as he knew it.

We cannot rely on the way our fathers acted their age, for we are fundamentally different from them. A quote from the FT:

"Today, a 64 year-old rock star still sings that he cannot find any girlie action and we wryly appreciate the irony, not because he is no longer capable of it but because he arguably suffers from a surfeit of it."

So that’s it then. I’m no different to you if you’re a baby boomer, and it’s okay for me to live and feel different to how I thought 60+ should be.

So what is the characteristics of a middle aged baby boomer? I would say that a fundamental trait is that we dare to be different. The last generation – probably due to the two world wars, were trained to conform.

So It’s okay that I’m now self employed. Okay that I live in another country half-way up a mountain. Work for me is many cities and hotels on an as-needed basis. I don’t read newspapers (unless they’re free), I don’t watch the news channels, I don’t vote, I hate politicians and their parties, I stay away from organized religion.

I teach project management. I write books. I do stuff I want. And I pay my own way in society.

And my birthday present to myself? A $3000 guitar. My grandad would have asked for slippers. Self-centered you say? Yeah, so I’m feeding my Ego, enjoy the challenge of learning new songs and licks. I feel young again and vibrant – even though I know I’m not.

Yet I’m not a hermit. I love socialising. And I love my quiet times. I sit on my own sometimes, but I am not lonely. I get drunk sometimes. I laugh a lot. I get mysteriously angry and don’t know why. But it soon passes. I look at others who are rich and famous, and I get jealous (If only I’d……). But then I remember I see the sun set each evening and the stars, and a valley view, and….

I have a loving wife. She is my third wife. I’m not proud of that, but it must be a trend of the way we live today, and the different standards we expect as humans on this planet. Not better. Not Worse. Just Different.

And You? Probably totally different to my list above. Feel comfortable with that. Only conform if you really, really, wanna.

It is impossible to Grow Old Disgracefully. Why? because you’d have to define disraceful to whose standards? I skinny-dip in my pool and take Jack Daniels with my morning coffee (when not working). I’m fat and ugly – compared to Brad Pitt. I wear jeans and funky T shirts. I play loud country rock at 2 in the morning (no-one lives next door). And these are only my conservative traits!

Going back to the start of this article. When I arise from bed each day, my head is buzzing. I certainly do a lot more of self-talk these days. Yes I get a little confused, and need some quiet time to sit down and collect my thoughts. But I am more excited when I get up these days, than at any other time in my life.

I am able to draw upon a wealth of living experience, knowledge, and learnt skills.

I see the world in sharper focus. I see it for what it really is. I can steer a shrewder path through the hype and control the need of others to exert their power over me.

But best of all I am more optimistic. I know what I don’t know, and this blog is a proclamation of my new future. One that will enable me to lead a fulfilled life into my seventies and beyond.

My fate, like all of us, is to eventually turn back into stardust, but until then, I’ll enjoy each waking day – even though my feet ache, my back hurts, and my chest now occupies my upper waste-line!

Check out Peters’  full article – I dare you to read it without a smile:

https://www.ft.com/cms/s/aea64ed8-46d7-11dc-a3be-0000779fd2ac.html

 

  • August 11, 2007

Easy To make Homemade Musical Instruments

As I play my very expensive PRS Johnny Hiland – I found myself thinking about the first musical instrument I ever owned – a guitar. I made it myself. Back then, parts for guitars were hard to find, so I had to be very creative.

It was certainly an easy to make homemade musical instrument – but it took many weeks of my time. All it needed was care and attention to detail – any home hobbyist would easily have the skills to do what I did…

The body was made from an old scrap post-war kitchen table. I copied the shape from an early Fender catalog of the Stratocater model, and scaled it up using graph paper. I cut it out very slowly using a fret saw (I broke many blades!).

The neck was a real challenge. Even back then, I knew all about bowing – and needed a very mature and stable piece of lumber… Lucky for me, the kitchen table legs were square mahogany – so I cut one in half lengthwise from top to bottom, and using my dad’s set of chisels, carved an approximate shape.

Several trips to my local music shop with a hidden tape measure gave me some basic dimensions.

I knew that the fret relationship was logarithmic, and with careful measurements and a metal two foot ruler the job was done. Boosey and Hawkes ordered me some fret wire – and I was on my way!

At the time I had started my training as an apprentice electronic engineer – so the electrics were fairly easy to fabricate. I bought a strip of 1/8th metal bar and magnetised it with an old and large magnet I had as a young boy. I made a plastic bobbin and glued the magnetic pole pieces into place with araldite.

I seem to remember I made the body of the pickups with plastic strip glued together. The scratch-plate was white plastic, with the controls (1 meg taper for the volume, and 500K linear for the tone control with a suitable capacitor for the top cut tone control.

The bridge was made filing and drilling out  from a brass block, along with the string bridge pieces. The tuners I bought, and I sprayed the body using a pinky-red colour. I must have used 4 or 5 car spray cans.

I remember making music on that old lump of wood, and the first tune I learnt was Apache and Peter Gun.

I sure wish I still had that guitar today….

  • Dave
  • July 29, 2007

Adult Swimming

What a Great Day! My wife just learned to swim. In her late 30’s and from the Philippines, she never had the opportunity to swim as a child. When we married a handful of years ago, I was determined she should learn.

Twelve months ago we moved to Monte Pego in Spain, and when not on business trips, I got busy helping her to gain confidence in our pool.

Now let’s get this straight, I was a guitar geek in my youth, and never learned to swim until I was 22 years old. But that was my advantage. See, I know how it feels to be nervous of water. Although a mediocre swimmer, I can jump in and swim a breast-stroke, float, and swim under water.

Looking back I can see that learning to swim is a mental challenge – not a physical one. The trick for me was getting the brain to acknowledge you can float. Going back millions of years, I guess there must be something hard-wired in our brain – that once in the water, some form of swimming stroke kicks in. Doggy paddle or whatever…

But I’d like to share with you some ideas that seemed to work in getting Jude swimming…

1. Buy a pair of goggles – the ones that also cover your nose. Sit your pupil in the shallow end and get them to dip their head underwater – get used to submerging their face.

2. Hold onto the edge of the pool and submerge their face – encourage them to feel how naturally buoyant the human body is.

3. If possible, get them down onto all fours – then in their own time try to spread-eagle themselves (and thus float). In shallow water they will have more confidence to try to let themselves go. I found that the more I tried to ‘teach’ Jude the less she did. So let them ‘play around’ with some of these ideas.

4. I still remember my unorthodox way of learning to swim. I got into water up to my shoulders – and did mini jumps bring my legs and feet up under me. They were only jumps in the sense of bringing my feet under my rear – I didn’t raise my self out of the water. After a few I tried to start a pedaling movement with my feet and arms – so I then started to feel the buoyancy of my body. Soon I began to ‘tread water’ – I was swimming!

5. Yes, get some arm bands or a small polystyrene float, and encourage them to use their legs to get around – all the usual ideas. She them how to use their arms and feet for a simple breast stroke.

Well, I could go on, but this is not a blog to learn to swim – just some simple ideas to get a novice started

Good Luck My Friends!

  • July 25, 2007

Nick The Nephew – My New Guru

I’ve just had set up my new Content Management System – courtesy of my clever dick nephew – Nick Litten.

Now me, I’m computer illiterate. Okay so I know all about project management, but I still think Java is coffee. Get my drift?

Put it this way, if you had toothache, would you get a book on it, get a pair of pliers out and start extracting??  No, you would go to the dentist – an Expert. So why would I want to become an expert in IT stuff?  Best use my valuable time doing what I do best.

And let Nick do what he excels at. Check him out soon. Real Soon.

I went from a one web page painful newbie to a fully configured operational professional. Nick set it up so my newbie interface does fantastic complicated stuff – without me having to know or care how.

My Project Management Training Systems are now streaming at The Projex Academy Talk about painless and perfect… it really is the dogs.

Now all I actually need to do is focus on building my online business.

Four Thumbs Up Nick!

  • July 24, 2007

I just got my Johnny Hiland PRS with a 10 top!

Hi Folks,

Yeah, I know – so what’s a PRS. Only the best godarn guitar in the business….

I’ve been playing guitar since the early sixties, and have owned many top-of-the-line guitars. They would call ’em vintage these days.

I’ve got a great heavily modified  ’78 Fender Stratocaster, a 60’s Telecaster re-issue, a cheap Squire (for clearing snow off the drive – just kidd’in!).

And now this baby…

For you guitar buffs out there it’s in vintage yellow.

I would normally need to spend the next few years getting it worn in, but I was lucky enough to meet up with the UK distributor Headline Music, and their Head of Sales Jez. Boy! were they helpful.

Good news is that Johnny is doing a UK tour sponsored by headline – check out this link:

https://www.johnnyhiland.com/schedule.htm

Before I had it shipped out here to Spain, they did a perfect setup job – and it plays like a dream – straight out of the box!

I’m putting it through my Fender Blues De Luxe, and it sounds like tonal heaven.

  • July 24, 2007
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