"Don't part with your dreams - when they are gone you may still exist but you will have ceased to live" - Mark Twain

"Do you know that this blog wouldn't exist if it wasn't for you being here to read it!?" - Bobby Gill

Tuesday, 30 December 2008

Man On Wire is Awe-inspiring!

Have you ever dreamed about something so big and impossible that you scared yourself?

Philippe dreams about walking a wire, not just anywhere but between 2 of the highest buildings at the time, The World Trade Center. A dream that started with the seed of an idea in a dentist's waiting room, years in the making and planning, till that fateful day to realise it.
"On August 7th 1974, a young Frenchman called Philippe Petit stepped out on a wire suspended between New York's twin towers, then the world’s tallest buildings. After dancing on the wire, with no safety net or harness, he was arrested."
It's a movie about a man's dream, aspirations, drive and courage, with a very thin line between life and death. Where the fear would make most of us run a mile, if not across the entire country - this passion drove one man forward to always do what he wanted.

His team were along for the ride and to support him in achieving it. It must have been an exciting adventure that you can only imagine being part of. "The plan was illegal but not wicked or mean" was the justification they all used to allow it to become reality. It just makes you wonder how one man could do this without regard for the consequences - but to him, failure was not even an option, how could it be!
"the tasks they faced seemed virtually insurmountable: they would have to find a way to bypass the WTC's security; to smuggle the wire and rigging equipment into the towers; to suspend the wire between the two towers; to secure the wire at the correct tension to withstand the winds and the swaying of the buildings; to rig it secretly by night – all without being caught. Not to mention the walk itself..."

This documentary shows the amazing build up from wire walking at Paris's Notre Dame Cathedral, then Sydney's Harbour Bridge to the WTC. The friends and team involved and the human dynamics and emotion behind such a stunt. It leaves you wondering if it really was real. I couldn't pull myself away until the end... This film was more awe-inspiring than putting man on the moon. This was a man putting himself in space with just the power of his spirit.

The atmosphere and story-telling is as if you were there. You can feel the passion of the people involved, even thirty years later. It must have been amazing to have been a part of something so unbelievable and impossible that someone, somewhere thought it would be a walk in the park.

Do you have a dream that you've not plucked the courage together for yet? Watch this film to see what is possible with the human spirit when you chose to follow your dreams. Start building the foundations to your goals or join someone else's dream because it's better to try something and fail, than not to try and regret it for the rest of your life. Reach deep inside because if one person can do it, so can you. And remember it's teamwork that makes the Dream work!

Unless of course it involves great heights and gravity, then leave it to the professionals OR why not become one. I hear the view is beautiful... and the sky really is the limit. If you want something, nothing is impossible!

Man on Wire is a truly beautiful film and literally breathtaking to watch. An indie film from a British director that doesn't need a Hollywood studio to embellish it, as the truth speaks for itself and creates a unique must see real-life thriller! The best documentary I've seen in ages.

Rent it or get it on DVD from Amazon: Man on Wire


Wednesday, 24 December 2008

Season of goodwill...

Do you want a season of goodwill or a lifetime of joy and happiness?

Friends and family are for life, not just for Christmas. Although, at least you can choose your friends :-)

Your presence is the best present you can give to anyone.

Visit your family and go see friends. Give them a call or even send them a text, let them know you're thinking about them and care.

And the great thing is you can be nice to people and strangers all year round. So give a little love well into the new year and you will get so much more in return.

Someone, somewhere would love to share a moment with you. Make it count as time is precious.
2008 was over in a flash, make sure 2009 is more memorable and worthwhile.

Make a difference and be the change you wish to see around you, as it is the only thing that really matters!

Have a very merry Christmas and an even better New Year! Take the happiness, joy and smiles into 2009.

Best wishes and hoping you attract into your life all that you deserve,



Tuesday, 23 December 2008

Property Investment Strategies for 2009!

Forget Everything You Thought You Knew about Buy-to-Let Property Investment

* Banking sector nationalised
* 60% Plunge in house sale
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* Headlines Screaming 35% Fall in Valuations

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Sunday, 21 December 2008

YES Man - should you say Yes?

Is it good to say YES to every opportunity that comes along in life?

This is the only film I've ever been to see at the cinema and left with sticky pants! Nothing to do with the movie, just the waffle and Ben & Jerry's Chunky Monkey ice cream that exploded in my lap. Anyway...

Based on the book YES Man by Danny Wallace.
"I, Danny Wallace, being of sound mind and body, do hereby write this manifesto for my life. I swear I will be more open to opportunity. I swear I will live my life taking every available chance. I will say Yes to every favour, request, suggestion and invitation. I will swear to say yes where once i would say no."

“Yes Man stars Jim Carrey as Carl Allen, a man who signs up for a self-help program based on one simple principle: say 'yes' to everything...and anything. At first, unleashing the power of yes transforms Carl’s life in amazing and unexpected ways, but he soon discovers that opening up his life to endless possibilities can have its drawbacks."
In the film, Jim Carrey's character always says No and makes excuses not to do anything! A friend suggests he goes to a Yes Seminar - this will scare anyone who's never been to a personal development event but it is hilarious if you have. I nearly jumped up and down in the cinema, lol!
He leaves the seminar with a promise to himself, a covenant to say Yes to every opportunity that comes his way. This actually opens his life up to doing more instead of the same old stuff every day.

It works really well for him and you are just waiting for the catch. It finally comes and in true Hollywood style, he works his way through it, leaving you rooting for the hero of the film. Lots of interesting situations crop up and the majority of them will leave you laughing so hard and wondering if you can out do him.

Should you go and see this film? Do you remember what the man from Del Monte says? He says, Yes! :-)


I've been on a pretty good Yes streak myself for the last year and wouldn't change it for anything. Saying Yes to opportunity opens up whole new world's that would have been left unexplored otherwise. The places I've been, parties I've attended and wonderful people I've met - all because I said Yes, where I may have said no before. Friends who have been on the journey with me and met along the way will testify to this.

I don't indiscriminately say Yes to anything, just what I WANT to do and feels right and/or possibly fun. And it always works out for the best. Though I am going to have to cut back in the New Year, as time constraints mean too many things to do take the focus off being good at fewer things by doing less.

Just say No!?

It's not only about saying Yes over No. After all, your life is all about what you choose to say No to as well. The stone is chiseled and pieces removed, what is left is the finished sculpture. The statue wouldn't be so beautiful if the sculptor didn't know which pieces to take away.

The same applies to your life. Know what to say Yes to and be open-minded and also know that it is okay to say No as well; to things you don't want or need in your life.

Have you ever said No to opportunities that could have put you on a different path? Maybe you should now say YES to Life! Try it - it may be fun and who knows where synchronicity will take you.

You can start by going to watch this film with a couple of friends and having a good night out. The rest of your new life starts with a little Yes!

Thursday, 18 December 2008

12 Days of Christmas

Happy Holidays and Best Wishes for 2009


Have a Wonderful Christmas and Brilliant New Year!

Remember to have lots of fun, Bobby :-)

Tuesday, 2 December 2008

Take Time to Dance Slow

"Have you ever watched kids on a merry-go-round, or listened to rain slapping the ground?
Ever followed a butterfly's erratic flight, or gazed at the sun fading into the night?

You better slow down, don't dance so fast, time is short, the music won't last.

Do you run through each day on the fly, when you ask "How are you?", do you hear the reply?
When the day is done, do you lie in your bed, with the next hundred chores running through your head?

You better slow down, don't dance so fast, time is short, the music won't last.

Ever told your child, we'll do it tomorrow, and in your haste, not see his sorrow?
Ever lost touch, let a friendship die, 'cause you never had time to call and say hi?

You better slow down, don't dance so fast, time is short, the music won't last.

When you run so fast to get somewhere, you miss half the fun of getting there.
When you worry and hurry through your day, it's like an unopened gift thrown away.

Life isn't a race, so take it slower, hear the music before your song is over."

- by David L. Weatherford

Sunday, 23 November 2008

Are you Special?

Have you ever thought you had super powers and can save the world?
Special is a hilariously serious film starring Michael Rapaport. He's not your ordinary superhero.

The film is about a parking warden (meter maid in America) that trials a new drug called, Special (Specioprin Hydrochloride) that removes self-doubt. He soon realises he has special powers, including levitation, telepathy, teleportation, and the ability to walk through walls. Overnight he becomes somebody who now has a purpose to live. Although he realises being a superhero isn't as easy or fun as he thought.

The downside is that he is really having adverse side effects and what he believes is only true only to him; not to anyone else. It is a study of mental illness and how the individual's map of the world IS their reality. He only has one friend who is prepared to believe him, everyone else wants him to stop taking the magic pills. Is he willing to go back to the way things were before having super powers or risk losing his mind and his life?

It goes from comedy to quite a dark drama. The way the characters interact is brilliantly scripted, each staying true to themselves in a mixed up world. Sometimes it is tough deciding who's reality you want to believe as you watch the story unfold.

Imagine having to live in a world where you have to believe everything other people tell you - now that really does sounds crazy, doesn't it!?

Special didn't get a mainstream release and isn't your usual Hollywood A-list blockbuster, so you may not even watch it. Should you take the opportunity to watch a copy, it is a film that will make you think - and that is what cinema and life should be about. Giving you something new and challenging to let you make a decision about, than be spoon fed the morals of a formulaic movie.

Check it out! Special is currently on re-release in the US cinemas again and available on DVD worldwide. Buy the DVD here from Amazon
"LES FRANKEN (Michael Rapaport) leads a painfully unremarkable life as a metermaid until he enrolls in a drug study for an experimental anti-depressant. An unexpected side effect of the drug convinces Les he is developing special powers and must quit his job to answer his new calling in life... Superhero.

A very select group of people in life are truly gifted. Special is a movie about everyone else."


Saturday, 22 November 2008

Auctions and upcoming events

Just a quick property update for you on auctions. I went to a local auction in Huddersfield last week to watch the auctioneer cringe. They've been quite 'cocky' in the last couple of years, with a lack of respect and time for investors, inflating prices and playing silly games to increase their commissions - how times change.

Of about 33 lots:
3 had been sold prior
66% were unsold on the night by not reaching reserve
Couple of properties went for what looked like 20-25% BMV
Couple of houses were a fair price
One new build apartment - no bids or interest at all!
Was surprised to see a building plots being in demand, as bank finance is tight for investors and the new build market stagnant. Probably for self-build or a builder with time and money on his hands.

I recommend you watch your local auctions and contact the estate agents about any unsold lots. They have bargains waiting to be picked up for those of you still buying.

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Upcoming Events

25th Nov, Manchester (& 27th Nov, Darlington) - Cash Flow Nights,
Rent to Own Options with David Lee, How to Buy a House for £1!

28th Nov, Birmingham - The Property Investors Xmas dinner,
with Simon Zutshi and the PIN Team

29th Nov, London - YES Group 15th Anniversary Party,
See you at THE Party of the Year!

1st Dec, Manchester - Female Entrepreneurs from Australia,
Two amazing ladies, Getrude Matshe & Samantha Backman

3rd Dec, Leeds - Northern Property Network Meet with two amazing guys ;-)

Others speakers details removed as requested.
Bobby Gill – Student HMO Landlord

Bobby will share with you how you can put together a deal in this economy by being creative. Why Student HMO's are a great way to invest for yield and what to watch out for.

Tuesday, 18 November 2008

Are you for-getting to be for-giving?

Confusing title? Good. Have you ever hear the term 'charity starts at home?'
With the current economic climate (I 'm not going to mention the credit crunch cereal) a lot of people have been cutting back on expenditure. I have been one of them as income has reduced, expenses increased and no more lending of money for businesses from the banks.

I virtually cancelled all my payments except my phone bill, internet and car insurance! I'd also heard that charity started at home, so gave the contributions I was making a knock on the head as well.

Today I was walking through town, after 2 hours debating court summons with an incompetent council, why do all muppets work for the government - but hey, that's another rant...
It was 5pm and getting cold, when a girl representing Shelter stopped me in the street. She told me about the families, especially children, living in sub-standard accommodation and the work they are doing to bring them better housing. Then she asked me the question, would £1.50 per week make a big difference in my life?
Actually, ask yourself, would £1.50 per week make a big difference in YOUR life?

Now everything is relative, yes it would but wouldn't it make a much bigger difference to someone else who didn't even have that much?

I realise that I always have enough to get by and have never been short of meeting my needs, wants being another matter completely. That to take away the little that I used to give is not really benefiting me as much as it would help provide for someone else. If anything it will make me think twice about wasting it at the nearest fast food place, just because it is more convenient than eating properly. Is a 1.50 coffee
really going to make my life better!?

So, as you sit there with the warm glow from your computer screen, drinking your favourite carbonated drink or premium tea / coffee, spare a thought for people that WILL be affected by the current economy. Are you one of those who, like me, had decided not to donate money because they were told that times are hard.

You know what I mean, it's cold on a morning, the water takes a while to heat, fuel is expensive and then you have to go to work to make ends meet (which ends are they specifically?) Life may seem tough but it is a lot easier than for those that really struggle.

Also did you know that if you give, the universe has to provide more to fill any void so that you can continue giving!? Yes, it's true. Isn't that a nice thought.

Take a moment to think about those sleeping without a roof over their heads, on the streets without blankets, without clean water, empty stomachs and little hope of getting ahead in life - and that's just in the UK! It's going to be a cold winter for them, lets hope they're around for the recovery! They need the help now, more than ever.

Your heating has just switched off and all you have to do is turn the light off and go to bed, take a moment to say a prayer and make a commitment to make a difference. I'm taking back the decision made to even foolishly think that times were hard, life has never been better. Things aren't going to get any better because they actually already are! I'd just forgotten to give and now I know why I need to remember.
Give a little and you will reap as well. It's a small world and you are one of the lucky ones, who is able to make a difference in someone else's life! You just have to choose to, grow by giving a little this winter... and you will receive.

What is charity, where is home? It's only a small planet and we are just a small family. Look after one another.


Shelter - The housing and homelessness charity

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Thursday, 13 November 2008

Gratitude - Life changing moments and souls

Have you ever met someone that you felt such a connection to that you can't describe it in words? With friends or strangers, who are real kindred spirits. Like meeting others that you just click with and get along with instantly or finding the friends / family you thought you never had.

It is like explaining that which can't be explained and you don't have the vocabulary or understanding of; or to put into words that which cannot be consciously understood or make sense. It might happen only a few times in your life, yet you will never forget, you know what I mean. If not, imagine time just seeming to stop and infinity folding back onto itself, there is only 'now' and the moment you are in. Do you get the picture and hear what I'm saying?

Things in life happen for a reason, there are no real random events. You meet the people you need to and chose to realise that things just had to be that way.
Have you ever been in the wrong place at the wrong time!? No - because it's not possible, there is only the right place at the right time... ALWAYS, else you wouldn't be here, right now!

I met a couple of people like that, especially one. Someone who you 'know' for the true person that they are to their soul and they see and 'know' the real you as well. You touch each others lives and feel it to the core.

There is no need for the false facades and masks that people wear everyday, as they are just thin veils hiding you from the world. The only thing that truly matters is who you are. Fortunately there is nowhere to hide sometimes, after all, why would you want to!?

Occasionally, if you are lucky and have been really good, you meet those rare people that see right through and accept you for your true self, no matter how you or others may have judged you in the past. After all, it is not what you left behind you long ago but the choices you make today that shape your future.

Even the random guy who took our picture on the last night felt it and was nearly in tears, yet no-one really knew or could explain why. It was difficult to leave but there was comfort in knowing it is just an endless moment in time - and we will meet again.

Those fellow voyagers in life, new acquaintances and lifelong friends; I am so grateful for all these people I have been fortunate enough to have be given the opportunity to meet and share a part of my life with. They gave my life a whole new meaning and direction. And I sometimes wonder about those who I met along the way, on this simple journey of life, that may be thankful for having met me too.

You should cherish all those people and moments too, they are few and far between but that is exactly why they are so special.

I'd come back with something so much better than I'd expected or hoped to find on a ship in the Caribbean.

Some people thought it was the end of the cruise and a wonderful time, little did they realise, it is just the beginning!

Tuesday, 11 November 2008

Bob Proctor Cruise

Bob Proctor Cruise - Caribbean October 2008

Have you ever found yourself going somewhere for one thing and coming back with something completely different yet so much better?

The cruise was brilliant. The cabin was plush with a balcony and the restaurants and free food on board was tasty and bountiful. I was taking time off being vegetarian and tee-total, just for the week! The staff and crew were awesome. The Holland America, Eurodam was like a 5 star hotel on water.

There were seminars every day for those people that wanted to attend, with speakers such as Bob Proctor, Paul Martinelli, Vic Johnson, Mark Victor Hansen, Peggy McColl and Rev. Michael Beckwith to name a few. I was just there to hang out and unwind after a testing year. I deserved a holiday and was going to have one. Also met Stefanie who was from Quebec and she really was on holiday and only attended one talk. Now that's what I'm talking about...holiday!!!

The atmosphere on the ship was electric. There were around 1800 people from all round the world. Four of us had flown into Miami and Anita had flown into Orlando with another 10 people. The London (UK) crew were strong and we just ran into more and more, like Trudy, Mitul and Dimple and we also adopted a few Americans as well (they needed looking after!) including Joe, Stacey and April. Some of the other fab people were Debi, Tobie, Lito, Willard, Ron, Cathy, Becky, Carol (mom) and the list could go on...
Sometimes it may seem that meetings are just chance, when they are really serendipitous.

One night we'd booked tables, for dinner, for 20 people and ended up with over 30!!

We stopped off to go Bananas in the Bahamas with everyone and Michelle, Dimple, Alex and myself ended up on the beach.

When we stopped in Jamaica I went to the beach again with Joe, Cassandra and Maria. When Alex, Anita and Nicky showed up, Joe and myself decided to Jam in Jamaica with some Wray and Nephew. It was stronger than we though but it was all good. We laughed our way back to the ship to set sail.

Being at sea and a night owl, the only place to go was the local dance club on board, the Northern Lights. Every night, till close most nights, it was the place to be. One girl came and politely asked if she could dance with me, I was a little stunned and hastily replied, 'sure, as long as you don't fight with the other girls'. At the time, to me, it sounded really funny and people that knew me would have thought the same. She didn't and turned and walked away, hmmm... really need to work on my communicating with women skills and bottling that humour when necessary. We literally rocked that ship all night, every night and people joked about the harem of women around all the time. What can I say, people that know how to have fun, party and enjoy life know where it's happening! Lito asked me "Everyone knows your true self comes out at 3am on a cruise ship! Share." So I shared, "Your true self is always there! The more fun you're having and being surrounded by wonderful people, the more you will shine... 3am is just incidental! Dancing like a chicken and not caring what others think also helps ;-)"
Maybe I'll do a 3am motivational seminar on the next cruise in The Northern Lights.

I really enjoyed the meal times and socialising. It was great sitting with and meeting new people from all around the world and backgrounds. One night we'd stayed up till 4am then couldn't sleep. So after getting my foot back from April (you had to be there to understand), Anita, Stacey and myself went on deck for late night/early morning talks. Waking up in time to go to breakfast and Mary Morrisey's talk. Then I had breakfast again with some other friends and back to bed! I actually slept whilst people visited the Cayman Islands, but I can't have missed anything as I wasn't there.

Nika had 'picked' fellow passengers for breakfast that really did have strong opposing view points. We had fun with it and carried on with our day instead of feeling challenged. The following day we found ourselves attracting and sat with more gracious and friendly people, that 'picked' us, of one which was Scott who gave us some gratitude coins that he has designed and is producing.

Funnily enough the only souvenir I bought was a wristband in Jamaica, that I forgot on the ship. Even immigration asked if I'd bought anything when I disembarked to which I replied 'no, but I ate a lot!'

So thank you Scott for that physical reminder of a wonderful time and fantastic memories with some awesome people and new found friends!

So much happened that writing about it all on here would only do it an injustice... see you on the next cruise!

Thursday, 6 November 2008

On my way to the USA

Watched Swing Vote with Kevin Costner on the flight, about a father and a daughter and how every single person is important, even you! How a decision you make can change the future of everyone around you. (P.S. Congratulations to the Americans for getting a new president this week - things can only improve!)

Better still was The Son of Rambow, a brilliant film for anyone that ever has had a dream. Be it big or small, believe in it and everyone else will want to be a part of it too. Also, remember the people in your life that are important to you. This is well worth watching should you need reminding what it was like to be a kid.

It took over an hour to get through immigration in Florida, boy do the americans take their shit seriously, metaphorically speaking and not in the rubber glove inspection sense. My suitcase finally turned up, zip broken and clothes hanging out. It had been taped up and credit to American Airlines, nothing had been stolen! They replaced the bag with a new case and I got a shuttle bus to the Clay Hotel, only to be told my credit card had been declined and had to pay for my room again. Oh well, at least it can only get better from here!

I don't even know why I was going on a cruise, I don't like deep water and sea food disagrees with me. I prefer to eat my food as opposed to the food eat (through) me! Not to worry, I was sure they'd have steak, chips, ice cream and other delights on the ship. The deep water? Hmmm... well at least I won't be alone out there in the big blue...

Whilst some friends were over in Orlando, I was in Miami chilled out with the ocean on my doorstep, every morning. This is the life!

Chris, Michelle and Nicky turned up the following day and Nicky's friend drove us to Fort Lauderdale. Ready for the cruise of a lifetime with Bob Proctor and co.

P.S. Thanks for the pic Chris, bet you never thought I'd use it!

Are Flight Attendants to blame for your comfort?

As a passenger I have to say that flight staff always do a good job and I have to put up with fellow passengers that don't appreciate what they do get versus what they don't get. Be grateful you get the chance to fly and can afford to!

Remember to smile and say thanks next time they get you somewhere safely. You can bitch should they ever leave you stranded in the ocean!

Then again reading this, no wonder some people are scared to fly as they're already busy imagining the worst!

Easy option if you don't like a particular airline or flying; use another airline next time - or simply don't fly and take the train, drive or just stay at home! If you want to complain, tell somebody that cares ;-)

Here’s a letter from an unknown flight attendant that touches on almost every part of the flight experience that frequent and no-so- frequent fliers know all too well.
It is a reminder in this day of flight crews being booed and sued, and more and more cancelled flights that the front line of pilots and flight attendants are as much victims of bad management as we, the passengers, are.
As this flight attendant so aptly says, “direct your hostility and frustrations in the direction where they will be most effective: The customer service department. They are the ones equipped to handle your complaint and implement procedures for change.”
When you do interact with your flight attendant, a smile, a kind word and a thank you go a long way — further than many of us know.

To the Flying Public: We’re sorry.
We’re sorry we have no pillows.
We’re sorry we’re out of blankets.
We’re sorry the airplane is too cold.
We’re sorry the airplane is too hot.
We’re sorry the overhead bins are full.
We’re sorry we have no closet space for your oversized bag.
We’re sorry that’s not the seat you wanted.
We’re sorry there’s a restless toddler/overweight/offensive smelling
passenger seated next to you.
We’re sorry the plane is full and there are no other seats available.
We’re sorry you didn’t get your upgrade.
We’re sorry that guy makes you uncomfortable because he “looks like a
We’re sorry there’s a thunderstorm and we can’t take off.
We’re sorry we don’t know when it will stop.
We’re sorry you’re crammed into a space so small that if you were an
animal PETA would protest.
We’re sorry a Super 80 has no music or video entertainment for your 3
hour flight.
We’re sorry we ran out of your favourite soda.
We’re sorry there are no more sandwiches.
We’re sorry that Budweiser costs $6.
We’re sorry we don’t have diapers for your baby.
We’re sorry we don’t have milk for same baby.
We’re sorry you can’t hang out by the cockpit door waiting to use the
bathroom. We’re sorry you can’t hang out at the back of the airplane.
We’re sorry you have to sit down and fasten your seatbelt.
We’re sorry you have to put your seat up for landing.
We’re sorry we don’t know when we’re going to land.
We’re sorry we don’t know whether your plane to (substitute any city in
the world) will be waiting for you when we land.
We’re sorry we’ve been diverted because we ran out of gas waiting to
We’re sorry for these and so many other things that we have absolutely no control over but which we are held accountable for EVERY SINGLE DAY.
Please understand. Flight attendants are not the enemy. We share your space. More than anyone - we want to have a nice, pleasant travel experience.
There is a reason behind everything we ask you to do. It may be a FAA directive. It may be security related. It may be a company procedure.
We don’t just make stuff up. We don’t spend 8 weeks at the flight academy learning how to pour a Coke. There are many things that flight attendants are watching for constantly on every flight FOR YOUR SAFETY.
It’s not because we’re bored or so controlling that we just enjoy telling people what to do. I, for one, would like to have one flight where I didn’t have to repeatedly tell people to put their seats up for landing. Seriously.
Can’t you just do what we ask sometimes? Without the glares, eye rolling and disdain? For the record - putting your seat up for landing may not seem that important to your personal safety. However, it is very important for the person sitting BEHIND YOU. If you have ever tried to get out of a row where someone has their seat back you know it can be a challenge. Try grabbing your ankles (emergency brace position) or getting out of that row quickly with smoke in the cabin.
Understand a little better now?
Many of the things we ask passengers to comply with are FAA directives.
Like carry-on bag stowage and exit row requirements. When we can serve drinks (in the air) and when we can’t (after the aircraft door is closed or on an active taxi-way). We are only allowed to move about the cabin during taxi out for safety related duties. We can’t get you blankets then, or hang coats, or get you drinks. It’s not because we don’t want to. It’s because we are held personally responsible if we fail to comply with FAA directives.
Meaning that the FAA can fine us personally up to $10,000 if we fail to comply or enforce an FAA Directive. Like no bags at the bulkhead. No children in the exit row. No one moving around the cabin during taxi.
Perhaps now you know why flight attendants get a little testy when people move about the cabin when they’re not supposed to. It’s not the company that gets in trouble for that. It’s us.
Personally, I wish the airlines would show worst case scenario safety videos. Like what happens if you walk through the cabin during turbulence.
There could be a guy who has just fallen and smacked his face on the metal armrest and now has a bloody, gushing broken nose. Or an elderly lady who now has a broken arm because someone walking to the bathroom fell on her.
Maybe a passenger with a broken neck because somebody opened an overhead bin during turbulence and a suitcase fell out and onto the person sitting beneath it. These things can easily happen in a fast moving, unstable air environment.
Please just trust that we are looking out for your best interest and stop fighting with us about everything we ask you to do. It is exhausting.
Finally, please, please direct your hostility and frustrations in the direction where they will be most effective: The customer service department. They are the ones equipped to handle your complaint and implement procedures for CHANGE.
Think about it. More than anybody, we are already aware of the lack of amenities, food, service and comfort on the aircraft. Please share your concerns with the people in the cubicles at corporate who need that information to make better decisions for the flying public.
It’s frustrating that so many people are in denial about what the travel industry is about now. The glory days of pillows, blankets, magazines and a hot meal for everyone are long gone. Our job is to get you from
point A to point B safely and at the cheapest possible cost to you and the company. So be prepared. If you are hungry - get a sandwich before you get on the plane.
If it’s a 3 hour flight, anticipate that you may get hungry and bring some snacks. If you are cold natured - bring a wrap. Think for yourself and think ahead. Otherwise, don’t complain when you have to pay $3 for a cookie and are left with a crusty blanket to keep you warm.
We hear often that the service just isn’t what is used to be. Well, the SERVICE we provide now isn’t what it used to be.
When I was hired, my job was to serve drinks, meals, ensure that safety requirements were met and tend to in-flight medical issues.
Since 9/11 my primary job is to ensure that my airplane will not be compromised by a terrorist.
9/11 may be a distant memory now to many, but be assured that EVERY DAY, when a flight attendant reports to work, he or she is constantly thinking about 9/11. We feel a personal responsibility to ensure that something like that never happens again. We can never relax. We can never not be suspicious about someone’s intentions.

It is difficult to be vigilant and gregarious at the same time.
Especially when most of us are working 12 hour days after layovers that only allow 5-6 hours of sleep. Not because we were out partying and having a grand time on the layover - but because the delays that you experience as a passenger also affect us as a crew, so that what was a 10 hour layover is now 8 hours which doesn’t leave a lot of time to recover from what has become an increasingly stressful occupation.
Despite everything, I still enjoy being a flight attendant.
I am writing this letter because I do still care about my profession and about the public perception of flight attendants. In the increasingly challenging travel world it is becoming more imperative than ever for people to just be decent to each other. I can go through an entire day without one person saying anything remotely civil. I will stand at the aircraft door and say hello to everyone who enters and maybe 50% will even look at me and even less will say hello back.
I will try to serve someone a meal who can’t be bothered to take their headsets off long enough for me to ask them what they want. Most of the time the only conversation a passenger has with me is when they are complaining.
Is it any wonder why flight attendants have shut down a bit? After suffering the disdain of hundreds of passengers a day it’s difficult sometimes to even smile, much less interact. We are human. We appreciate the same respect and courtesy that passengers do.
The next time you fly, try treating the flight attendants the way you would like to be treated. You may be surprised how friendly your flight crew is when they are treated like people.

~ Author unknown

Plane crashes and sinking ships

I'd set my alarm and woke up late from Dan's couch. Rushing to the airport I got my flight on good time and ended up sitting next to Tracy and Andy and their two daughters, also off for a cruise from Miami. Tracy had been to see a hypnotist about fear of flying. Well after 20 minutes chatting I'd blasted through that phobia and put her mind to rest and she forgot to panic, how awful that must feel to have relaxed a take-off!! I'm not a hypnotist, people are, they hypnotise themselves and I just put the record straight or put them in a nicer more resourceful trance. Reminds me about watching the Poseidon Adventure prior to a cruise, how nuts is that. Think I'll do a pleasant cruise first before planning for a disaster!

Another friend is also afraid of flying and when someone told her that flying was the safest form of transport, she replied 'the more times I fly the more likely I'm going to die in a crash'! You can't argue with logic like that, why do some people make some things so difficult? So I let her know that the longer you live, the more likely you are to die of something. So the choice is yours, to live your life without being afraid of what might happen or call it quits and be one of the living dead now by not doing anything. Did you know that worry is like paying interest on a debt you might never own!?

Am I against flying, not at all. I wrote most of this sat at an airport and if you're reading it, I survived 'again' and had time to upload it to this blog. I just wonder how many decisions we made in the past that prevented us from doing things we really wanted to - and the planning you did in case things went wrong instead of planning for the wonderful journey you were about to take. Maybe now is good a time as any to change your mind on these limiting decisions, what do you think?

P.S. The majority of accidents happen in the home anyway ;-) So get out more!

Thursday, 30 October 2008

YES Group 15th Anniversary Party

15th Year Celebration



On Sat 29th November 08

At the amazing

Gilgamesh Restaurant

The Stables Market, Chalk Farm Road,

London NW1 8AH, UK

2.00pm - 12.30am

[Registration 12.30pm-1.30pm]

We welcome you to come and join us celebrate 15 years of providing a monthly forum of amazing speakers and a peer group inspiring each other to grow and contribute

How will we be celebrating?

Amazing speakers

It would not be a YES Group event without some amazing speakers!

Here’s the line up!!!

Jairek Robbins

Jairek Robbins

Peter Sage Brigitte Sumner Harry Singha

Anthony Robbins’ son Jairek along with an array of YES Group chairs are your celebrated speakers. Presenting the whole event is none other than Karl Pearsall, the YES Group Founder!

Amazing Food

The venue has been chosen for its amazing ambience and culinary excellence. Enjoy a scrumptious meal catering for the healthy standards of YES Group regulars!

Amazing entertainment

We have 2 fantastic live bands:

The UK's best cover band Beat Connection is run by Alex and Matt Santoro-Emmerson of YES Group Norwich.

Check them out at www.beatconnection.co.uk

Drumming Band Beats Ecstatic - Somesh of Drum Jam has drummed at the Yes Group before and raised the roof!

See them here or check out www.drumjam.co.uk

We also have live singers:

Female singer Eva Luna with Fragma fame (Eva Firewalked at Tony Robbins 10 years ago) flying from Ibiza

Plus Male singer Peyton (of Hed Kandi fame) singing the adopted Yes Group theme tune 'Higher Place'!

Through the evening our resident Yes Group DJ Kayo will be taking care of the music and to finish off the night Godfather of dance music, firewalker & world class DJ Danny Rampling will be playing an eclectic mix of varied music especially for us.


All this and even more surprise entertainment will ensure we celebrate like only the Yes Group know how!

It's going to be the most amazing fun hugging party with over 10 hours of education, entertainment and a sumptous dinner time healthy buffet with raw birthday cake all for £127!

The venue has a capacity of only 350 people and all YES Groups are being represented! So do book early to avoid disappointment. There will be no tickets sold on the door and we expect the event to sell out very soon.

The first 100 tickets are available at £97 [hurry only a few remaining]

The Choice, Intuition and Meditation

A close friend asked me about a tough decision they had to make between writing a book and working. I didn't know which way to advise as I've been having similar dilemmas myself.

What does this have to with Choices? My friend had picked up a book from the 3 I had taken on my trip. Some laugh at the thought of me reading, I just occasionally carry some around in case I have time to catch up on my library. What is important is out of all the books I could have taken and the one that was picked up, it was Og Mandino's The Choice.

Flicking randomly to page 60 and continuing to read...
“Neither you nor I, in our wildest dreams, ever came close to imagining that all this would be happening to us. Knowing you, if you had seen it coming, you probably never would have written the book. But it has happened and I'm not certain, yet, that you realise what you've done... if sales continue as they are going, you are certain to become the bestselling author of all time, even bigger than anyone else [in the field]. And those nice people out there, who must be getting so much from your book, deserve to know the [person] behind it. Forget the money and the fame and all the other so-called benefits you would receive from all that exposure on television and in the press, and think, instead, of the thousands who are reaching out to you. You can't turn your back on them because it doesn't happen to fit in with your lifestyle. You can't! If you really believe in that book, and I know you do , then you've got to come out of your tower and let the world see you, know you... and love you. You've got to...”
It was like they were just talking to me and not reading from a book. It sent a shiver down my spine to realise it was what was printed on that page. For that page to be picked from the books I'd brought, out of all those that I had and all those that were in print. Well that answered their question (and possibly mine) without the need to read anything else or anymore, intuitive reading was the term used. I opened at another page and it was a loads of irrelevant words. I'm going to have to let go and let flow on the intuition if I'm ever to find my purpose for being...

A few days later I came across my Trust Your Vibes Oracle Deck by Sonia Choquette

I thought I'd give it a shuffle and glimpsed the 'learning' and 'meditate' cards as I did. Meditation is definitely not for someone as busy as me. So, after I'd shuffled the cards I felt for one and then let my intuition lead me to another. And the card it pulled... 'meditate.'

Is the universe trying to tell me something? Wherever I seem to go and however busy I am, I keep getting told to slow down to let things catch up. Been getting this a lot now, so maybe it is now time to pay attention and relax.

Why don't you join me in taking a time out for 5 minutes to just breathe.

If there's anything important that I've really learnt over the last year, it is to stop and pay attention to my breathing. It is something simple that we really do forget to do sometimes, just focus on your breathing now and notice how it feels. Is it light or heavy, deep or shallow? In and out... that's right...

Sonia Choquette says that 15 minutes of meditating is all you need to increase your intuitive awareness. With your channels more open, you’ll be better able to pick up on things you are saying and doing that come from your mask and not your soul. Breathe in slowly to the count of 4 seconds. Exhale to the count of four seconds. Repeat for 15 minutes, once a day. When thoughts enter your mind, don’t dwell on them, just let them pass in a detached way.

The great thing is that winter is upon us, a great time to gather your food and nuts and go meditate on what spring will bring. Is that what animals do when they hibernate? Maybe they are smarter than us!

For those that know me well, I sometimes go off on one, say things that I don't mean to cause hurt - and at other times I'll laugh when it's not funny (like at funerals, really)! What can I do? Not do it and lose all those really happy moments that we have shared because of it?
I don't complete my sentences at times, assuming ESP will deliver the message, allowing things to be taken out of context. So if I am to take responsibility, it is the quality of my communication that determine the results in my life. The cost of our learnings can be high, whether it be in opportunities missed or friendships lost. Should we not try in fear of failing? Not talk to others in case we offend? Maybe I should think before speaking at risk of missing the moment?
Or just step out, simply live and make smile, as well as cry! Everything is just feedback, so no need to panic or worry, just refine and carry on living with better results. Don't repeat the same mistakes over and over, there are plenty of new ones to trip you up on the way... lol...

The great thing is, as an optimist, anything that is lost, can easily be found again! Opportunities will come your way again, friends will be found, whether they are the same or new ones. All as easily as your feet will find the path that you are destined to travel... Just keep your eyes and heart open and let your true feelings guide you. Trust Your Vibes! :-)

Challenging times? Grow bigger...

Challenging times create challenging problems that initially appear huge. The idea is to grow bigger than the problem so that if it is ever faced in future, it will be easier to deal with. No-one said life would be easy, it is definitely rewarding if you're prepared to stick with it and live everyday. Instead of focusing on the problem, think outside the box. Ask better questions to receive better answers. Look for solutions - there are plenty available if you're prepared to just open your eyes and look in a different direction.

Too many people are worried about where to put their money. Did you know that 'worry' is like paying interest on a debt that you may NEVER own!?

NOW is the time to invest - in yourself! Money spent on you is an investment that is worth evey penny. The banks and other people can not come and take your knowledge and you can use it to make so much more of your life. It is the smartest and safest place to put your money!

You can learn new skills, investment methods, how to make more money and even how to appreciate the life that you do have.

My mate Dan Storey got a flat tyre on the motorway and instead of pulling over he parked in the middle of the M4/M25 junction. Why? I've no idea but he did say "if you don't scare yourself everyday you're not living." So we got down to changing the wheel, as you can't plan where you breakdown; else you wouldn't!

So instead of living on the edge and in safety, get in the middle of the action and live life to the max!

Tuesday, 28 October 2008

Message from the Queen to America

To the citizens of the United States of America from Her Sovereign Majesty Queen Elizabeth II:

In light of your failure in recent years to nominate competent candidates for President of the USA and thus to govern yourselves, we hereby give notice of the revocation of your independence, effective immediately. (You should look up 'revocation' in the Oxford English Dictionary.)
Her Sovereign Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will resume monarchical duties over all states, commonwealths, and territories (except Kansas, which she does not fancy).

Your new Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, will appoint a Governor for America without the need for further elections.

Congress and the Senate will be disbanded. A questionnaire may be circulated next year to determine whether any of you noticed.

To aid in the transition to a British Crown dependency, the following rules are introduced with immediate effect:
1. The letter 'U' will be reinstated in words such as 'colour, 'favour,' 'labour' and 'neighbour.' Likewise, you will learn to spell 'doughnut' without skipping half the letters, and the suffix 'ize' will be replaced by the suffix ' 'ise.' Generally, you will be expected to raise your vocabulary to acceptable levels. (look up 'vocabulary').
2. Using the same twenty-seven words interspersed with filler noises such as ''like' and 'you know' is an unacceptable and inefficient form of communication. There is no such thing as U.S.English. We will let Microsoft know on your behalf. The Microsoft spell-checker will be adjusted to take into account the reinstated letter 'u'' and the elimination of '-ize.'
3. July 4th will no longer be celebrated as a holiday.
4.You will learn to resolve personal issues without using guns, lawyers, or therapists. The fact that you need so many lawyers and therapists shows that you're not quite ready to be independent. Guns should only be used for shooting grouse. If you can't sort things out without suing someone or speaking to a therapist, then you're not ready to shoot grouse.
5. Therefore, you will no longer be allowed to own or carry anything more dangerous than a vegetable peeler. A permit will be required if you wish to carry a vegetable peeler in public.
6. All intersections will be replaced with roundabouts, and you will start driving on the left side with immediate effect. At the same time, you will go metric with immediate effect and without the benefit of conversion tables. Both roundabouts and metrification will help you understand the British sense of humour.
7. The former USA will adopt UK prices on petrol (which you have been calling gasoline) of roughly $10/US gallon. Get used to it.
8. You will learn to make real chips. Those things you call French fries are not real chips, and those things you insist on calling potato chips are properly called crisps. Real chips are thick cut, fried in animal fat, and dressed not with catsup but with vinegar.
9. The cold, tasteless stuff you insist on calling beer is not actually beer at all. Henceforth, only proper British Bitter will be referred to as beer, and European brews of known and accepted provenance will be referred to as Lager. South African beer is also acceptable, as they are pound for pound the greatest sporting nation on earth and it can only be due to the beer. They are also part of the British Commonwealth-see what it did for them. American brands will be referred to as Near-Frozen Gnat's Urine, so that all can be sold without risk of further confusion.
10.Hollywood will be required occasionally to cast English actors as good guys.Hollywood will also be required to cast English actors to play English characters. Watching Andie Macdowell attempt English dialogue in Four Weddings and a Funeral was an experience akin to having one's ears removed with a cheese grater.
11. You will cease playing American football. There is only one kind of proper football; you call it soccer. Those of you brave enough will, in time, be allowed to play rugby (which has some similarities to American football, but does not involve stopping for a rest every twenty seconds or wearing full kevlar body armour like a bunch of nancies).
12. Further, you will stop playing baseball. It is not reasonable to host an event called the World Series for a game which is not played outside of America. Since only 2.1% of you are aware there is a world beyond your borders, your error is understandable. You will learn cricket, and we will let you face the South Africans first to take the sting out of their deliveries.
13. You must tell us who killed JFK. It's been driving us mad.
14. An internal revenue agent (i.e. tax collector) from Her Majesty's Government will be with you shortly to ensure the acquisition of all monies due (backdated to 1776).
15. Daily Tea Time begins promptly at 4 p.m. with proper cups, with saucers, and never mugs, with high quality biscuits (cookies) and cakes; plus strawberries (with cream) when in season.
God Save the Queen!

PS: There's always time for fun. Only share this with friends who have a good sense of humour (NOT humor).
Not a big fan of the Monarchy but it sure beats American politics - wonder what George W. Bush would look like dressed as a queen!?

Friday, 3 October 2008

Need Motivation? The essence of survival...

"Every morning in Africa, a gazelle awakens. He has only one thought on his mind: To be able to run faster than the fastest lion. If he cannot, then he will be eaten.

Every morning in Africa a lion awakens. He has only one thought on his mind: To be able to run faster than the slowest gazelle. If he cannot, he will die of hunger.

Whether you choose to be a gazelle or a lion is of no consequence. It is enough to know that with the rising of the sun, you must run. And you must run faster than you did yesterday or you will die. This is the race of life." - African Proverb

Gratitude and perspective!

If you think you're unhappy look at them
If you think your salary is low, how about her?
If you think you don't have many friends
If you feel like giving up, think of this man...

If you complain about your transport system, how about them?

If your society is unfair to you, how about her?

If you think you suffer in life, do you suffer as much as he does?

Enjoy life how it is and as it comes Things are worse for others and is a lot better for us

There are many things in your life that will catch your eye but only a few will catch your heart....pursue those...

Are you still complaining?

Observe around you and be thankful for all that you have in this transitory lifetime...

We ar fortunate, we have much more than we need to be content.

Let's not try to feed this endless cycle of consumerism and immorality in which this modern and advanced society forgets the other two thirds of our brothers and sisters.

Let us complain less and give more.