Francatelli, the First Celebrity Chef

Charles Elme Francatelli was born in London in 1835. Of Italian extraction, Francatelli was educated in France, where he learnt the art of cookery from masters such as Careme.

On his return to Britain he worked as a chef in a number of great houses in both England and Scotland, but by 1839 he was the chef at Cockford’s club in London. It is said that he was spotted there by a steward of Queen Victoria’s royal household and in 1841 he was appointed maitre d’hotel and ‚chief cook in ordinary‘ to Queen Victoria at Windsor. Though his tenure in the post was only one year, this was undoubtedly the highlight of Francatelli’s career.

He was next appointed as the chef of the Coventry House Club, 106 Picadilly, in London and this period saw the maturing of his culinary style, where he developed an Anglo-French style of cookery, where he became an interpreter of French cookery and techniques to the English, and provided the country (and by extension the English-speaking world) a new set of polished culinary terms to take the place of the traditional, rather homely, nomenclature of the kitchen. Hence referring to ‚liaisons‘, ‚bain-maries‘ etc became commonplace.

During his career, Francatelli wrote a number of cookery books, and it is these along with his standing as a chef that earn him the title of the first Celebrity Chef. Despite this, frugality in the kitchen was a watchword of his and he produced a cookbook for the common man to make the most of what was available to them. As such, Francatelli is just as relevant to the cooks of today as he was to cooks of 150 years ago.

Below I present an adaption of a classic Francatelli recipe for a dish cooked ‚a la Gitana‘ (Gypsy Style) that, in the true spirit of Francatelli has been modified to be suitable for left-over turkey (he would have used game birds, fowl or even fish). This makes an excellent and frugal way of doing something different with left-over Christmas or Thanksgiving turkey (it was Charles Dickens, the quintessential Victorian who popularized turkey as the centrepiece of the English Christmas dinner).

Turkey Leftovers à la Gitana

Ingredients

400g (about) turkey leftovers, sliced

225g streaky bacon, cut into 2.5cm squares

30g butter

1 garlic cloves, sliced

2 white onions, thinly sliced

4 rip tomatoes, thinly sliced

300ml sherry

1 tsp paprika

Method:

Melt the butter in a large pan, add the turkey, bacon and garlic and fry over medium heat, turning the turkey over until it is gently browned all over. Pour off all the fat from the pan then add the onions and tomatoes.

Pour in the sherry, secure a tight-fitting lid and simmer gently for about 20 minutes, or until the turkey is cooked through. Occasionally stir or shake the pan during the cooking time to ensure the contents do not catch and burn.

Just before serving, stir in the paprika then transfer the turkey pieces to a serving dish, pour over the sauce and serve.

In 1854 Francatelli was appointed chef de cuisine at the prestigious Reform Club and he remains at this post for seven years. Between 1863 and 1870 he managed the St.James‘ Hotel in Berkeley Street, and then joined the Freemasons‘ Tavern in Great Queen Street, a post he held until just before his death in 1876.

Francatelli died on the 10th of August, 1867 at Eastbourne.

I hope you enjoyed this recipe and the brief history of Francatelli and are now eager to find out more about the man and his food.

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Source by Dyfed Lloyd Evans

Modern Gamebooks Rock: RED DOG

Well, it started with The Warlock of Firetop Mountain and ended with the games console but is anybody else still hankering for that long dispelled thrill of the choose your adventure / fighting fantasy style gamebook?

Well, with the advancement of mobile phone apps, they are making a big comeback and a new generation are enjoying the retro thrills of an adventure where there are the star of the show.

But that’s not what I want to talk about here. Yes, they were fun at the time, but they have had their day. Haven’t they?

Apparently not as there is a new explosion of writers out there who have re opened pandora’s box with the belief that despite new polygon pushing processors on our HD screens, there is yet to be a console with wiring as complex and capable of imagining palpable science fiction as our very own brains. Well, most of our brains.

I trawled the internet for a high scoring gamebook I could get my hands on (yes, my actual hands, not at the other end of a gamepad) and I found a wealth of choice. The best of which was from Sandboxer Books who are new to the game and boy oh boy was I happy I picked it up! The original Fighting Fantasy Books were an open pit in which I poured hours of my childhood, each spanning 400 ‚chapters‘ but this one is 530 long passages. It is huge. I got a lot of enjoyment out of it. I spent a lot of time with it. Now I need more.

It is called RED DOG and is by author Chris Young, apparently his first forage into this genre (at least that I could find.) Now, this is a ‚choose your adventure‘ with a difference. Ever snuck back under the cover of darkness to your childhood and had another bite of the Fighting Fantasy cherry? Well this adventure is written better, is longer and free roaming. You heard it here folks. You are not forced down the garden path this time on a linear adventure. You can go where you like. It really is like having another world in your pocket. That is if you have clowns pockets because if you want a copy you had better have a tall bookcase. Its 9 by 6 inches!

Here’s the specs:-

“This is not the Earth you remember. Dragged from the present and into this dark and dangerous future, you have total freedom to uncover the hidden secrets of Earth, space station ‚Eden‘ and the mysterious Blackbird Facility. Uncover a determined threat to the freedom of mankind and take your part in the revolution. The future is in your hands. RED DOG: A complete Fantasy Role Playing Game. Free Roaming * A Huge 530 passages of Text * An Expansive Universe Set Over Three Worlds * Detailed Illustrations, Maps and Plans * No Dice – Rely On Your Wits and Courage * Search Every Corner of the RED DOG Universe * Deeper Interactions – Talk to Anyone You Meet * Get an Advantage and Upgrade With Bio Implant Technology * A New Generation of RPG For A New Generation of Gamers.“

Give it a blast and help me put pressure on these guys to write another! Here is my review on Amazon:

I bought this because I used to be into the Fighting Fantasy ‚Choose your adventure‘ books and thought I’d try it out. The mecha on the front is cool. The book completely blew me away. I really wasn’t expecting to get so drawn into it, it’s a really deep sort of experience and I like the way you start off with no memory of how you got there and it all gets explained on the way.

Compared to the books I read as a kid, it’s much more challenging and a hell of a lot bigger too. Its a big book. The pictures are great though I would have liked to see more of them and the gameplay is quite different from the FF books but I think it’s for adults.

There are no dice. I never used dice anyway so I didn’t miss that. It uses a kind of code system so you will need a pencil to write them down. For example, at one point I got a ‚Stealth‘ chip implanted in my brain so I could use it anywhere and basically disappear. The way you can go back to places you already visited and use it is cool. You add the code to the page to use ‚Stealth‘ which means you are not limited in how or where you use it. This gives you plenty of freedom and means that you can do what you want.

There much more freedom rather than being linear. I just wandered around, searching for stuff. There are books hidden all over the place which are all one story and it’s fun to find them and read them. It’s all connected and makes it rewarding to look around. And another thing I liked was that I didn’t get killed off for something that wasn’t my fault. The mecha is cool. You have to learn how to control it which is a great idea but I don’t want to spoil it so I’ll just say give it a go.

Overall, I highly recommend it. Definitely a big leap from the old school books. I wanted to get another one but this is the only one I could find by these guys, hopefully they’ll release another one I’d definitely play it.“

So there you have it guys. I’ll be emailing Sandboxer if I can find them and petitioning a second book. Read this and you’ll be doing the same!

Keep on keeping on folks

James

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Source by James A Holmes

The Harper Brothers – Why Does This Pop-Rock Cover Band Travel From France To Denmark Every Summer

Anyone looking for „The Harper Brothers“ jazz group of the late ’80s featuring Winard Harper and Philip Harper will be sorely disappointed. This is the original Harper Brothers formed in the mid 80s by Torchy Harper aka Clive Day. Torchy Harper spent his early years living in a petrol station in Watford, England with only his dog Sam and his brother Colin for company. Years later things have changed. Torchy now lives in France and Colin has become an accountant and the subject of the song, ‚In the City‘. His dog Sam has now become a real child and the dog is now known as Gary.

Torchy Harper now runs one the most messy bars in the French Alps and spends the entire winter drunk, encouraged by the lively drinking games at ‚La Grotte‘ in the ski resort of Serre Chevalier, France. In the summer Torchy usually rebuilds the bar from scratch ready for next winter.

The Harper Brothers have been playing regularly in Serre Chevalier since 2001 and have been continually pestered by a bearded Danish man called Alfred Hede Hansen from Ringe, Denmark who appears every winter for his ski holiday. Alfred always said „you must come and play in my village in Denmark, the people there will love it!“. The Harper Brothers get lots of offers like this and regularly give contact details and say „give us a call when you have sorted out some gigs“. Nobody ever does, except Alfred.

In 2004, The Harper Brothers did their first gigs in and around Odense and Ringe. The reception has been fantastic, the Danes love this twisted, politically incorrect rock and pop covers band and join in the horrendous drinking games in true Viking fashion. One ginger haired, pale skinned maiden from Ringe was so impressed, she went on to live in France and then marry the guitarist in 2005.

The Harper Brothers have loved the enthusiasm and the completely ‚over the top‘ hospitality of the Danish people. Anybody who thinks of Denmark as cold and dull country should think again. In the summer the climate is great and the Danes are some of the warmest people you will ever meet.

The Harper Brothers are:

  • Torchy Harper (vocals, guitar and harmonica)
  • Mike Sukov (guitar and vocals)
  • Ricky Mullett (bass and vocals)
  • Niv McSporren (drums, vocals and cross dressing)

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Source by Rick Lomas

Two Way Radios : A Beginner’s Guide

A two-way radio is a device which transmits and receives voice signals through the air. They work somewhat like a telephone, but since they do not require a central network they can be used anywhere! With two way radios, two or more people can have a discussion no matter where they are — sometimes while they are miles apart! Another common name for a two-way radio is a „walkie talkie“.

The most common type of two-way radio for regular consumers is the FRS/GMRS two-way radio. These are the radios that you typically see in the big-box stores. FRS and GMRS are the different frequency ranges, or channels, that these radios can operate on. The FRS channels are 8 though 14 and the GMRS channels are 15-22. Channels 1 through 7 are shared, and are used by both the FRS and GMRS systems.

All radios in your group will need to be set to the same channel before you can communicate. For example, if your radio is set to channel 7 it will send your voice over that channel when you talk, and it will listen for and allow you to hear other people talking on channel 7. It is always important to remember that these channels are public! Always be careful what you say over a two way radio, because you can never be sure who is listening.

When choosing a channel, privacy and range should be your primary concerns. If you are using a FRS only channel, because of government regulations your radio will only broadcast at a maximum of .5 watts of power. This wattage will typically get you between half a mile, and one mile of range. If using a GMRS channel, you can get the maximum output power and range out of your two-way radio. However, if you are using a GMRS channel, you are required by the FCC to purchase a license to operate on those frequencies.

As far as privacy goes, if you choose a channel and notice that there are others using the same channel, you should switch to a different channel to avoid confusion. Sometimes, such as at a crowed amusement park, 22 channels just aren’t enough to provide privacy. Because of this, most mid range radios and up also provide „Privacy Codes,“ which break up a single channel into anywhere between 38 and 121 sub-channels. When you figure in the privacy codes, many radios offer over 1000 individual channels for you to choose from.

Some two-way radios operate on AA or AAA batteries. You will also find that many of the radios come with rechargeable battery packs and desktop chargers. If you buy a model with a rechargeable battery pack, you will get the convenience of the rechargeable batteries and plus, you will still be able to operate them with regular batteries if your battery packs happen to drain before you get them back to their chargers.

There are many good uses for a two-way radio, but they can come in especially handy on family vacations or outings. Have you ever taken a trip to an amusement park or a ski trip and somehow got separated from your friends or family? A two-way radio would have been very helpful to locate one another. How about taking more than one car on a road trip? A two-way radio would be a great means of communication between vehicles.

Another popular sport in which two-way radios can play a big part is hunting. Hunters are always in need of some sort of communications device to keep in contact with one another throughout the woods. The avid hunter can now even find two-way radios in camouflage color!

The major brands of two-way radios include Motorola, Cobra, Midland, Kenwood and Uniden. You can find radios from these manufacturers in all different ranges of output power and distance. There are all different types of features out there you can get with your two-way radios as well. Many two-way radios even support the NOAA weather channels. There are also lots of accessories you can find for your two-way radios including headsets, handheld speakers, earbud receivers, and throat mics. A lot of these you can even operate hands-free as long as they, and the radios, are VOX capable. You can now even buy car chargers for your two-way radios!

It is no doubt that two-way radios have come along way over the years. Most people have found them impossible to live without, just like cell phones! From starting out at a maximum range of about 2-5 miles, you can now find them with maximum ranges of up to 14 miles! Next time you are on the go with friends or family, make sure you’re prepared and take a two-way radio along. They may just prove to be pretty handy.

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Source by Danny Feemster

12 Things Every Sales Super Star Knows

There are only three ways to sell more. Do more right. Do less wrong. Or, do both. Every sales super star knows that there are many skills and attitudes that contribute to their success, but there are twelve critical attributes that the sales super stars have integrated into their overall sales strategy. The following are in no particular order, but if you want long-term consistent success you will embrace and incorporate each of them into your routine sales attitudes and behaviors.

1. Make a sale, you’ll make a living. Sell a relationship and you can make a fortune.

Poor salespeople focus on just closing the sale. Successful salespeople focus on closing the sale and the relationship. Which is your approach?

Selling is not about only closing the current prospect on a particular product or service that solves one of their pressing problems, needs or desires. It is about building a trusting relationship and partnership with them, by becoming a resource, and helping them solve their on-going problems, or satisfying their continuing and evolving needs and desires. Super stars know that the lifetime value of a client is far more than the value of one sale or transaction.

2. People buy when they are ready to buy not when you need to sell.

You don’t change people’s buying habits or circumstances. What you can do is accurately discover them and then attempt to create a sense of urgency. A lot of buying is done due to momentum. It is important to discover those ‚real‘ reasons or circumstances as to why a prospect would buy now, later, not at all or never. Once you have discovered their real issues the sales super star tailors their appeal to those specific needs, desires and buying circumstances.

3. When you sell price you rent the business. When you sell value you own it.

Most poorly trained salespeople tend to lower the price when they receive price resistance. Any price, no matter how low, will always seem high to a prospect or customer if their perceived value is low. The key to effectively handling price resistance is to understand this simple, yet profound, concept.

Prospects and customers say they want low price, but what they really want is low cost. What is the difference?

Price is what customers pay for your product or service now. Cost is what the customer pays by buying late, not at all or wrong. It is their overall cost over an extended period of time.

The sales super stars sell value and don’t defend price. In the long run, it is much easier to justify high price if the value is there, than poor quality and constant product/service problems.

4. Your prospect will tell you what you need to tell them to sell them.

Accurate and timely information is the key to success in selling. One of the biggest mistakes poor salespeople make is that they give information before they get information. In other words they talk too much. If you practice this approach, you are going to make one or all of the following mistakes. 1) You will give too much information (more than is necessary to make the sale). 2) You will give the wrong information (based on the prospect’s needs, wants, desires or problems). 3. You will give information that could sabotage your success either in the short or long term.

5. If two people want to do business together they won’t let the details get in the way. If two people don’t want to do business together they will let any detail will get in the way.

If two people want to do business together they won’t let any details get in the way. If a prospect doesn’t want to do business with you they will let even the slightest detail get in the way. We are talking here about intent. Sales super stars know how to identify the prospect’s real intent or their purpose. They are not easily misled and tend to probe deeper when they feel they are not getting the real truth from the prospect or customer.

6. They need to work as hard to keep the business as they did to get it in the first place.

Many salespeople make lots of promises or benefit statements while trying to sell a new prospect. A key concept to keep in mind while selling is that the close of the sale is not the end of the sales process, but the beginning of the sales relationship.

Sales super stars know that to ensure repeat business, customer loyalty, positive references and qualified referrals that their after sales service must be one of their strengths.

7. To sell more every year, they get better every year.

Life is an interesting relationship between paying the price and winning the prize. Between self-investment and rewards. Between investing time in personal development and your ultimate success. It is never too late to begin an aggressive on-going self development program. There are hundreds of books to read, audio CD’s to listen to and seminars to attend. Sales stars don’t wait for their organization to invest in them and their future value. They take full responsibility for the quality of their life and learning. They are pro-active in seeking out learning opportunities.

8. They manage their time and territory effectively.

Each of us gets 24 hours to do with what we will. Some salespeople wish they had more while others wish time would pass a lot quicker. Some salespeople act like they have an unlimited time bank available to them and that their prospects or clients will see them whenever the salesperson would like. The sales super stars understand the importance of using every available selling minute to its full advantage.

9. The close of the sale begins when the prospect agrees to see them.

People don’t like to make decisions. The main reason is they don’t want to make a poor or wrong decision. Traditional sales closing methods asks people to make a decision. For example. Do you want it in green or red? (Alternative choice) Do you want to use your pen or mine? (Action close) Can we write up an order now? (Direct close) Each of these closing techniques, even though they do work, have two fundamental problems.

1) They ask the prospect to make a decision. 2) The sales super stars don’t use them.

Few salespeople have a ‚closing strategy‘ a process that they follow with each and every real sales opportunity. They don’t try an force a fit. They discover the prospects sense of urgency or they create it.

10. They never give up control of the sales process.

A common mistake poor salespeople make is that they lose control of the sales process at some point. There are many ways they accomplish this and here are just a few for your consideration:

They quote price before they have had a chance to build value.

They don’t ask enough questions early in the sales process. They just ramble on.

They send out literature when asked, without first qualifying the prospect’s agenda or reasons for requesting it.

They send people to their website without first getting some basic qualifying information and having a follow-up strategy after the prospect has perused their site.

Control of the sales process is one of the key strategies of the sales super star. They understand that control is not manipulation, but is in the ultimate best interests of the prospect or client. When the salesperson controls the sales process they are never broad-sided with a lost sale they thought was in the bag.

11. They never project their buying prejudices into the sales process.

The objection that you will tend to have the most difficulty answering successfully is that objection that is the most consistent with your own value system.

If you are a price buyer and your prospect objects to price you will tend to accept their objection. If you are the type of buyer who tends to think decisions over before making a purchase and your prospect says to you, „We need to think this over.“ Again, you will tend to go along with their objection as rational or making perfect sense (because that is the way you buy.)

This simple act of accepting sales objections that resonate with you because you can relate to them is nothing more than projecting your personal attitudes, opinions, judgments or biases into the sales process. When you project your personal beliefs into the sales process you are assuming that everyone who buys, buys the way you like to buy and often for the same reasons. The sales super star leaves their personal biases, prejudices and opinions at home.

12. They never lose their passion.

Passion is the great equalizer. It can make up for a lack of experience and knowledge. I am not suggesting that you not develop your knowledge or experience – only that until you do, your passion will be interpreted by others as a strong belief in yourself, your mission and your purpose.

Passion is different from enthusiasm. The old outworn cliché says „Act enthusiastic and you will become enthusiastic.“ I have never subscribed to this philosophy. The reason is that if enthusiasm is an act which you use when things are going well, how do you behave when your life is falling apart? Are you just as enthusiastic about failure, more problems than you deserve and any number of disappointments, frustrations and adversities?

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Source by Tim Connor

Dean Martin: Singer, Television Star, Movie Actor, Celebrity Role Model and Charming

Dean Martin appealed to both men and women. Men liked him because he had that cool, suave demeanor and devil-may-care attitude. Women liked him because he was literally tall, dark and handsome and had that mischievous twinkle in his eyes.

It was often said that Dean looked like a model that just stepped out of a men’s fashion magazine. I remember once hearing someone say that Dean looked as comfortable in his tuxedo as most people do in their pajamas. Relaxed and charming are perhaps two words that sum up his personality. Added to that Greg Garrison his producer once said that Dean had an enduring smile and what you see with Dean is exactly what you get.

If anyone ever wanted to find a celebrity role model, it would be Dean. The entertainment industry has always had its share of scandals but he kept his life private and certainly never contributed to them.

Instead one sees a man who was always kind to the people he worked with, would be on time for his stage calls, and supportive of other entertainers that worked with him. Charles Nelson Reilly was a guest on Dean’s TV show. He said that if they were doing a comedy sketch and Charles got a good laugh, Dean would nudge him with his foot meaning good for you, Charles.

Dean and his partner Jerry Lewis were part of one of the highest rated comedy teams ever. The Martin & Lewis team lasted for 10 years from 1946-1956. Towards the end they were hardly talking to each other except when doing their act on stage.

After several movies, their own TV show which was part of the Colgate Comedy Hour and their many night club appearances, they called it quits. Their last appearance as a team was at the famed Copacabana in New York City.

Even though Dean had an easy-going and relaxed personality he was his own man. For example it was Dean who ended the Martin & Lewis comedy act. Jerry had taken over more and more control of their movie scripts and Dean had grown weary of the roles he was told to play. He wanted to do more serious movies. Dean had enough and said he was ending their act.

Both Dean and Jerry had their own management people and of course there was serious money involved given all their various business ventures. Obviously the lawyers on each team viewed this as a disaster. At the beginning of the huge process of sorting things out one of the lawyers said to Dean ‚you can’t just walk away from 30 million dollars in income‘ and Dean replied ‚oh yeah, you just watch me.‘

Many of the Night Clubs and casinos on the West coast and East coast in those days were owned or fronted by the Mafia. Dean’s friend Frank Sinatra would kowtow and hang around with certain members of the Mafia but Dean again was his own man. He pretty well did as he pleased and on occasion would do a special benefit show for them if asked but he did not jump through hoops for any of them.

Another example was when Frank was in a partying mood and after the shows wanted to party-hardy. Quite a few of Frank’s friends were ‚yes‘ men but Dean was not. If Frank wanted Dean to hang out and party but Dean didn’t then Dean would say no and would catch up with him at a later time.

One of Dean’s passions was playing Golf. If he was going to be playing the following day he would not stay out late at night as he liked to get an early start. Dean’s son Ricci said that his father was actually an early riser for most of his working life. Dean was a really good golfer and played scratch when he was at top of his game.

There have been stories about Dean’s style when singing that said he was influenced by Bing Crosby. But the truth be told is that his main influence was Harry Mills of the Mills Brothers. If one were to see a video of the famed brothers singing it is evident that there are some similarities between Dean and Harry’s style.

Dean had been married three times. His second marriage was to Jeanne Martin and lasted for 20 years from 1949 to 1969 when they went their separate ways. The divorce became finalized in 1973. In later years they were seen together from time to time and the public wondered if they were maybe going to get back together again. Jeanne mentioned in an interview once that when Dean entered a room at a function it was like magic. It seems as though she still had some feelings for Dean.

Jeanne was a firm believer in family. She accepted the four children from a previous marriage of Dean’s to live and stay with them and loved each of them along with the three children she had with Dean.

Dean’s son, Dean Paul was an officer in the California Air National Guard and he died in 1987 when his military F-4 Phantom fighter jet crashed in the San Bernardino Mountains. Many people in entertainment and friends said that Dean never recovered from the loss of his son.

In 1993 Dean’s health started to deteriorate and he was diagnosed with lung cancer. He died of acute respiratory failure at home on Christmas day morning in 1995.

How could anyone ever forget some of Dean’s songs whose melodies will live on in our mind. Songs such as „Somewhere There’s a Someone“ written by my friend Baker Knight, „You’re Nobody ‚Til Somebody Loves You,“ and his signature song „Everybody Loves Somebody“ written by Ken Lane will be around for a long time to come. Even to this day I miss Dean a lot but we all still have his wonderful songs to listen to (smile).

And so, Everybody Loves Somebody Sometime and we all love you, Dean. Goodnight.

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Source by Paul Romaine

The Proverbial Rock and the Hard Place – Choosing From Fear Or Faith

In the process of self-development and personal transformation often we come to a place in the road where we feel doomed either way we choose. We are caught between the Rock and the Hard Place. The way through this juncture is UP into infinite possibility.

The Rock represents your human-mind thought which is usually telling you the logical, rational and linear way to go. The safe road, the commonly taken road, the easy way out. The hard place is that deep place inside of you that wants you to follow your heart, take the high ground and follow your bliss. It is rare in this world when you are evolving to a higher level of consciousness that you avoid the crush of the rock and the hard place.

The dilemma is between you and You. The small you, the human mind you, is the one who wants the road most commonly taken. The You of you is your God-chip that wants you to follow your joy.

In the journey to higher consciousness you are reaching for the infinite possibilities but the human-minded you doesn’t quite believe them in this context. You might believe in the „miracle“ in another context, but can’t fathom it in this one.

For example: you’re talking to a friend about their leaving a miserable job where the pay is low and the boss is miserable. You can counsel them to take the risk, take that job that feels like more fun in Alaska. In this choice it seems easy for you to know that what feels better is definitely a better choice for your friend than staying put and being miserable.

However, when the choice is yours to make for you, you stew and stew on it. You continue to go to that miserable, rotten job day after day being bored out of your mind and swallowing up criticisms by an unappreciated management. Every chance you get, though, you are looking for a new job. Then, lo and behold you find one! You go to the interview and it all seems too good to be true, except for one thing: no benefits. The pay is better; the position is exactly what you’re looking for with decision making responsibilities. You make your own hours and get bonuses for projects completed on time and on budget. This is exactly the challenge you’ve been looking for. And to top it all off, you can set your own hours and even work from home. However, the position offers no benefits.

Now comes the Rock and the Hard Place over this one issue of benefits. But it is really not about the benefits, it is about your faith and trust in the Good that is Yours. Your human mind begins sounding all the doomsday warnings about sickness and accidents. Your Self is jumping up and down with glee for having found the exact perfect job that will delight You on a daily basis.

It comes down to this: you both believe and trust in the Goodness that is Yours or your don’t. You either choose to live in Faith and move that to Knowing your Good is at play; or you live „safe“ letting fear rule your adventure on Earth.

These scenarios are most gut wrenching when you are going through them; but they are exactly the ones that come in answer to your asking for a freer life, more joy, more love – but you will have to grow your consciousness from fear to faith in your Good in order to move past it. These are the defining moments of a life; the road most commonly traveled or the road less traveled.

Your Spirit, your God-chip, your True Self is reaching for the fun, the joy, the fulfillment.

Follow It; your Good is always at play. Your Good is infinite. Your Good always feels good.

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Source by Kathy Kirk

The Difference Between a Podcast and an Internet Radio Show

Internet radio shows are just like traditional radio shows, transmitting either talk or music audio, only via the web instead of traditional airwaves. One of the biggest differences between internet radio shows and podcasts is this ability to transmit live audio. Broadcasting internet radio audio is called „webcasting“ to differentiate it from traditional radio even further with etymology.

This technology is further separated from podcasting and is closer to traditional radio in the sense that the listener has no control over when or how they listen to the audio because it is continuously streaming, just like traditional radio. Listeners engage with online radio shows by typing or pasting the proper web address to summon the media player and you’re connected to their live show the moment you connect.

Time Commitment & Accessibility

Podcasts are downloadable audio files, a more „on demand“ experience you have more control over as a listener. In an ideal world, your favorite internet radio shows will take advantage of this technology, too, and provide loyal listeners with the archived recording so that they, too, can download it and listen later or listen to it repeatedly if they want to. Most webcasting platforms do not offer this technology freely, so you will find that many radio shows are one and done. No recording will be saved to the internet or your computer. Webcasters must record their own shows to provide this feature.

The last concept is a big bonus on the side of podcast listeners, however, podcast shows are less predictable, making content available whenever they like which is often less frequently than their listeners would like. Internet radio shows have a set schedule they commit to and usually webcast for the same amount of time as well.

From The Content Creator’s Perspective

From a show creator’s perspective, there are benefits to both sides. Depending on the level of time they’re willing to commit, the past two concepts will be a large deciding factor. If their motivations are tied to businesses beyond their desire to share content, they may want to consider the size of the net that’s cast with each. Web-casting via internet radio show will allow you to capture a lot of listeners at one time. If this is important to you, or if you are selling or plan to sell advertising segments within the show, internet radio is the way to go. Podcasts only reach one person at a time because they require a download, and this is not ideal for selling advertising segments.

Understanding a Listener’s Motivation

As a webcaster, you’ll need to understand your audience’s motivation behind listening to your show. With an internet radio station, you typically need to please the whole audience. Is your concept a crowd pleaser? Podcasting can be a little more specific, or niche, because the listener often seeks you or a certain topic out. Both are points to consider when formulating your whole brand and outlining „episodes“.

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Source by Aaron Phillips

Zi Wei Dou Shu Astrology – Background I

Zi Wei Don Shu („ZWDS“) is a traditional Chinese System of Destiny Statistical Science founded on the principles of virtual stars. It uses virtual stars instead of real stars. It uses 18-32 key stars but can go up to 108 Stars depending on the lineage one belongs to as well as the individual preference. Besides the stars, ZWDS also utilizes 12+1 Functional Palaces with different to provide great details during the analysis. The interpretation will then be made according to the varied interactions between Stars/ Palaces / Elemental Nature/Chinese Year of Birth/ Multiplier Flying Stars and Brightness of Stars. With so many variables employed in the reading, it is able to give detailed and unambiguous details if the person using it is highly skilled.

The location of the Self (or some called Life or Destiny Palace) varies between individuals depending on their respective birth data and the position of the other 11 Palaces will shift according to where the Self Palace is placed. The Self Palace is the most important reference point as it provides the executive summary of you and discloses your inborn capabilities, character, physical appearance, general luck and potential development.

In fact, the Chinese long form of ZWDS although can be literally translated into Emperor (Zi Wei), Constellation (Dou), System of Calculations (Shu). It is, however more widely known as „Purple Star Astrology“ in most English write ups. Zi which means purple, is actually referring to the color of the aura of the nobilities for which aptly the Emperor will possess.

Hence other authors may name it Emperor Astrology instead. In any case, Zi Wei star is the first star of the series, and its position in your chart determines where all the other stars fall in the chart.

There are two main schools of Zi Wei Dou Shu practised today. The first school emphasizes on reading the star characteristics and hails from San He lineage. The other school places an emphasis on reading the 4 Transformations (ie which means Si Hua in Chinese) and belongs to the Si Hua lineage.

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Source by Ken Toh J

Celebrity Ghost Stories – Elvis Presley

Millions of fans around the world mourned the death of the King of Rock ’n‘ Roll, Elvis Presley, on the 16th August 1977.

Despite the many rumours that Elvis is still alive and that he faked his own death, his ghost has been reported in several locations, including his former home, Graceland, in Memphis (now a tourist attraction) and at the Heartbreak Hotel on Elvis Presley Blvd., near Graceland. Elvis’s ghost also has been spotted at the Nashville recording studios, where he made some early records. Many people over the years have snapped photos of Elvis – or whom they claim is Elvis – gazing out of upstairs windows at Graceland. People have also reported seeing him standing near his grave, and he has also been spotted hurrying up the stairs inside Graceland.

The Ghost of Elvis, dressed in a white-sequined suit, has also been seen by stagehands at the Las Vegas Hilton where he often performed in the early 1970s. Elvis’s Ghost has also been seen in a dilapidated old building just off Nashville’s Music Row, which had once housed the recording studios of RCA in the 1950’s. This is where Elvis recorded his breakthrough single, Heartbreak Hotel, in 1956. Staff there claim that every time Elvis’s name is mentioned, something weird happens. For example, ladders fall down, lights pop or go out, and unexplained noises can be heard coming through the sound system.

After the death of Elvis, many psychics claimed to be in touch with his spirit. In America, a prime-time television special was produced about Elvis‘ psychic mediums. Professor Hans Holzer thoroughly tested the most credible claimants and concluded that only Dorothy Sherry, a New York medium, was genuine. The séances with Dorothy Sherry were made with the co-operation of David Stanley, Elvis‘ half-brother, who corroborated the messages as being definite proof that Elvis was still communicating from beyond the grave.

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Source by Alan Toner

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