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Hello. I just finished reading a great article about the phenomenal rise in twitter users world wide.  It is interesting to note that more than 60% of users are from outside the US of A.

DYK? that India has 550billion mobile phone users; that the twitter website is available in 6 languages, and there are even twitter users in The Vatican and outer space!

Personally I love twitter.  I love that it is fast, I love the homefeeds although of course they sometimes move too fast.  I love that I can connect with people around the world in real time and have short bursts of conversation, find out whats happening and meet lovely people in the virtual world who are really real people.

One of the things I enjoy most about twitter are the very diverse and creative names that people come up with.  Sometimes it relates to what they do, or their philosophy in life, perhaps their beliefs and for some it is just a bit of fun.  It is amazing how many combinations the english language can come up with.

Many ppl pass on or re-tweet quotes and I love thinking about those quotes and what they mean to me before I RT them for others to enjoy.   It amazes me just how many quotes there are in the world and the diverse backgrounds the ‘quotees’ come from.  (I’m not sure if quotees is a word…if not… well now it is )

I enjoy the different applications that have sprung up around twitter and my particular favourite is hootsuite, possibly coz it is such a funky name.  I love the lists, makes it so much easier to find the ppl whose tweets you want to keep track of and also lets others know who you find most interesting; like @HelpSaveBees 

The follows are great fun too: like #ff or #followfriday where you get to mention ppl that you have had conversations with during the week, or ppl that you really appreciate and you get a chance to say thanks for retweeting my quotes or my links, or get to #shoutout your appreciation for their following or comments.   You get a chance to mention ppl who have impressed you with the content of their tweets or links, and say hello to friends.

Of course as Kenneth Wu will tell you; there is a dark side to twitter.  One of these would be the ppl who use twitter as a platform for abuse and rubbish content.  Fortunately you can just block such ppl.   I had one bloke who was beginning to stalk me, sending really idiotic tweets….so boof bang…blocked!

I always tell my daughter that I was born to twitter.  I started my account @notjustagranny just over a year ago and have never looked back. It’s fun, it’s funky and it’s really interesting.  I love the educational links that get posted and have learned more about the world through these links than I did before.  I could quite happily spend the whole day on twitter…….

I find it incredible how news gets posted around the world in the blink of an eye and you get to hear in real time about things and events that are happening on the other side of the world before you even hear it on the news……it’s like the 6 o’clock news is almost redundant.

I love that I can show my support for various causes and give a #shoutout when they have a particular campaign like @Socks4HappyPPL whose mission it is to supply a pair of socks to homeless kiddies in Mongolia. So for every pair of socks you buy they send a pair to Mongolia.  And we get to share and contribute to that.

It’s fun to see what people are getting up to, to be able to know what is being said in a seminar that you are unable to attend, to know who goes to #starbucks and who is jetting of somewhere nice.   It’s great to share in the events of the world like #earthhour; to see photos that you may not have seen ever and to connect with people around the world for a great cause.

I have inserted the link to the article in question and hope you enjoy it too. click here

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as mentioned previously in my post Chruch Bells are ringing, I got to help ring the 5 minute bell calling worshippers to service 🙂  I have hereby added some info about bell ringing.  Before I left the Tower Captain gave me a wee book that all learners receive called : ‘This book belongs to…..who is learning to Ring Bells at…… and a whole load of other information on the front. Inside the book is a treasure trove of information on bell ringing as well as do’s and dont’s! One of which is never go near bells which are ‘up’.

My little escapade involved ringing the bell on the back-stroke (=tail-stroke).  So here is some info about that:

Rules to remember:

1. Keep hands together

2. Arms straight

3. Look ahead

4. Feet slightly apart

5. Pull should be:-

-straight, vertical, close to body

-gentle and even: just keep the rope tight & “feel your horse’s mouth”

-all the way down, until your thumbs point downwards – try to throw the rope thru a hole in the floor at ‘X’ (metaphorically speaking)

6. Catch the sally at about waistheight and allow it to rise to the balance.

Other info:

all ringing starts and ends with rounds.

there are different ‘methods’ of ringing;  the names of which alone, are melodic:

“Grandsire Doubles”; “Cambridge Surprise Minor”; “Oxford Bob Triples”; “kent Treble Bob Major”

Some different types of ringing:

‘Method Ringing’; ‘Plain Hunting’; ‘Good Striking’; ‘Coursing Order’; ‘Plain Bob’; ‘Bobs’; ‘A Touch’; ‘Plain Bob Minor’; ‘Treble Bob’; ‘Stedman Doubles’.

Ringing is based more on rhythm and method than musicality, and having an ear for music is not essential.  There is a method for tying the rope, pulling the rope, the count, standing and calling out. Fascinating world and far more involved than I ever imagined, it takes months, even years to learn to ring properly and takes dedicated attention.

The church where I got to ring the bells is St Edward’s King & Martyr in Cambridge 🙂

to hear more about the travels of notjustagranny find me on twitter

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good things are worth repeating 🙂

Memory was something that you lost with age!

An application was for employment!

A program was a TV show!

A cursor used profanity!

A keyboard was a piano!

A web was a spider’s home!

A virus was the flu!

A CD was a bank account!

A hard drive was a long trip on the road!

A mouse pad was where a mouse lived!

And if you had a 3 1/2 inch floppy…..

….you just hoped nobody found out!

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….making out a cheque for a fraction of the amount owed and writing ‘PAID IN FULL’ on it?

A popular myth that has long been doing the rounds is the one that says writing out a cheque for a fraction of the amount owed will clear a large debt, provided that it has a note saying ‘paid in full’ attached to it.   This is not true, and will be seen as acting in bad faith, which will just make things worse.

The rumour may have popped up as a result of some creditors being willing to accept a smaller amount than that originally owed – after all, some payment is better than no payment – but this only works when there is an agreement between creditor and debtor.

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Prepare yourself for fame.  We’ve all tried to imagine what it would be like to be famous.  Going to the shops in a chauffeur-driven limo, treated like royalty and waited on hand and foot.  These days, being a celebrity is a job in itself – it can happen to almost anyone and some people are truly awful at it.   So don’t be negative about your ambitions to be rich and famous – just make sure that when you get there, you know how to behave and not make a fool of yourself.

When you are famous and you’re walking down the red carpet at a film premier and people are screaming at you for an autograph, you should have your signature practised to perfection. Make it suitable flamboyant and never refuse to give it to someone.   Practise your superstar walk too!

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10 Useful steps for your New Year budget:

1)  Think before you spend.

Stick to a realistic budget that includes everything.

2)  Keep a tally of what you spend.

It is very simple to set up a spreadsheet; enter all your purchases and you will soon see where you could cut back on impulse buys

3)  Avoid impulse buys.

Plan your birthday calendar; think ahead of who you wish to buy a gift for and when you find something suitable, buy it then rather than an overspend at the last minute.

4)  Use cash for your small purchases.

Set aside a specific amount each month for those quick buys, saves interest on the credit card.

5)  Find ways to make rather than buy.

Try making your own greeting cards for special occasions.

6)  Generate extra money.

We all have a skill we can use to earn extra cash.

7)  Download free software such as skype.

Many people these days have computers – using skype to skype could save you a fortune on overseas calls.

8)  Save up for special treats.

Pick a coin value e.g. £1 and every time you get one in your change put it into a money box, you’ll be amazed how quickly they add up.

9)  Cut back on transport costs.

Make use of oyster cards or similar; walk if you can, wherever you can.

10)  Put the money you save into an ISA and start saving for next Christmas or that special holiday.

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One of the things I love most about being away from London, is coming back.   I never get tired of the view of the Thames as the train crosses the bridge!   My heart always gives a little leap of joy, and no matter what the weather, be it grey or raining or sunny, it always looks just beautiful.

Coming back to London means a lot of things to me.

It means seeing my daughter again, getting a warm hug, enjoying time with her catching up on news.   We get to enjoy a visit to our favourite coffee shops a) Starbucks for coffee and b) Costas for hot chocolate. yummy 🙂

Also, if I am in town long enough, I get to spend an hour or so with one or two of my friends, which is never enough and the time flies by too quickly.

Being in London means visiting my storage unit to offload stuff I acquired from the last trip and recycling my clothes.  I get awfully bored wearing the same stuff for 2-4 weeks in a row.  Visiting my storgae unit, is like going shopping at a 2nd-hand charity shop, except I don’t have to pay for the stuff coz I already own it.

I get to go see a movie again, if there is time.  I get to see Buckingham Palace or the London Eye or the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben.  I always, if I am leaving from Charing Cross on my next trip, make a stop at Trafalgar Square and say hello to Nelson.

I love to watch the changing seasons with a fresh eye and to my delight, on this return – I got to see a light dusting of snow everywhere.   That also means it is bleedin cold and I nearly froze between the station and home last night.

My daughter and son-in-law treated me to a great, late Xmas dinner and my daughter (bless her) went all out with a marvellous spread for her (95%) vegetarian Mom (not that I am a veggie myself 😉 ).  We had a lovely cassis that went straight to my head and I got all silly and giggly as I do when imbibing.

They had loads of pressies for me and it was lots of fun ripping the paper off to reveal the contents, one of which was a pair of wellies!!!    I have so wanted a pair of wellies since Feb 09 when we had all that snow.   My daughter is a very thoughtful gift buyer!!!   My son-in-law attempted to teach me how to play the new game they got for Xmas from a friend, which is a Playstation Dance UK set.  But, since I have 2 left feet and no hand/foot eye co-ordination whatsoever (I would be a real challenge for the Strictly Come Dancing lot), we were in hysterics at my attempts to put my feet where they were meant to be.  I scored a very hopeless tally.   A fun evening had by all.

This morning it is up and about to catch up on appointments, meet my chica for lunch and in the evening catch up on new developments and training with WorldVentures.   Apparently there is new information and I am looking forward to meeting up with other members.

Then it’s off again tomorrow!

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What is Personal Development and what does it mean to you?
Personal Development takes many forms and is not necessarily just about attending a course or seminar.  It can be learning to drive a car or raising funds for charity.

How do you know if and when you need Personal Development and why?
What would be the point of engaging in a given course of action?
What would be the steps you need to take?
And why would you even want to start?
When you engage in a given course of ‘Personal Development’, what are the components needed?

Say for example on the 1st of January as one of your New Year’s resolutions you decide to run in a marathon, where do you start?

First of all think about why you want to do the marathon and what is the result you want to achieve.
Are you competing or participating?   Do you see yourself actually completing the course?

Are you doing the marathon to raise funds for charity, and what is your objective?
If you are raising money for charity, is it a cause you feel passionate about and how much would you want to raise?   Will you advertise to raise funds, depend on your friends and family or seek corporate sponsorship?   Will you raise a lump sum or a set a goal per kilometre?

Are you doing the marathon as part of a group or on your own?

Or are you running in the marathon because you think you need to get fit and lose weight?
Are you already fairly fit or are you an ex-couch potato?
Did your Doctor suggest the programme or is this something you just want to do for yourself and why?
Will you have a buddy to keep you motivated?   Who will you buddy with and what is their objective?   Is it someone you know will stay the course?

Identifying your motive, where you are now and your end result will help you to clarify your objectives, and set the parameters of action steps to take.
What date is the marathon?   If it is 6months away and you are really unfit, how much time do you need to invest per day, and how many days per week?
Do you need to give up anything in order to start the programme?
What level of fitness do you have to achieve in order to last the course?
Do you have to make changes to your routine and or home life in order to participate?   What equipment do you need?   Do you have to change your eating habits and give anything up?

Before you start on any programme relating to your own Personal Development it helps to identify your reasons, what will motivate you and keep you going, what will you need in order to overcome the challenges that lie ahead?   Do you have the time to participate and what do you have to give up in order to set that time aside?

Lets assume you want to learn to drive a car and get a Driver’s Licence.
Why do you need to learn to drive?   Is it just because you want to, or because you have to?
How will learning to drive make your life different once you have gained your license?
Will you hire a Driving Instructor or arrange for a friend to teach you?
Do you have a deadline for achieving the license?
How will this help the people around you and what are the benefits to you?

In order to achieve any objective as part of a Personal Development plan, it helps to identify your motivations, your desires, your objections, the challenges, your final goal, and how will it affect the people around you?   Are you prepared to make the commitment needed, and most importantly, when times get tough, as they do, what is it that will get you to continue?
As with any course of action, having a solid reason and a plan for doing it will help you to achieve what you set out to do.

quote: “Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising, which tempt you to believe that your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires courage.’’  Ralph Waldo Emerson – Poet and Essayist

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Average number of sunny hours in a January day:

Algarve:           6

Tunis:               5

Cyprus:            5

The Gambia:        9

Dubai:              8

Egypt:               8

Sharm El Sheik:   8

Cape Town:            11

Mombasa:            9

Maldives:            8

Mauritius:            8

Phuket:      9

Orlando:            7

Barbados:            9

St. Lucia:            9

Tenerife:            6

Fiji:                   7

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I managed to get some photos in Hove this afternoon, here are a few of them.

Hove - St Johns Church (I think)

The Floral Clock in Hove

faded grandeur - Regency houses in Hove

a park near the beachfront

looking towards Brighton Pier

a Sunday afternoon stroll along the Promenade - Hove

Queen Victoria keeping a beady eye on passersby

pretty building, lacey balconys - a flavour of France?

sun starting to set over the sea - Hove

between sea and sky - Hove late afternoon 03.01.10

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