Gordon McQueen – The Manchester United Giant

The enmity between Manchester United and Leeds United may very well originate from the War of the Roses, but in soccer terms the Roses rivalry started back in the swinging sixties 1960 when Leeds United were led by Don Revie and Manchester United by Sir Matt Busby.

Kilbirnie born Gordon McQueen began his soccer career at St. Kilbirnie. Mirren who signed him as a 18 year old. Impressed by the hard working youngster, Leeds United manager Don Revie eventually lured him to the high flying Yorkshire club for £ 30,000 in 1973. The Scottish stopper quickly managed to establish himself in the first team at Elland Road and he was a regular member of the vastly talented Leeds United side that went on to win the League Championship in 1974. However, following Revie's departure to manage the England team, Leeds were declining and hatred between the Elland Road players started to bubble over.

Brought to Manchester Utd by new manager Dave Sexton for £ 495,000 in February 1978, the Scotland international became one of the first well known Leeds United players to sign for the Lancashire club. At Old Trafford, Gordon McQueen linked up with former Elland Road team mate Joe Jordan who had made the switch from Leeds United to Manchester United only a few weeks before. Evidently, Leeds United selling two of their biggest stars to old rivals Manchester United did not go down well with the Elland Road faithful. Incurring the wrath of the Leeds supporters, the two players were targeted with booing every time they were appearing against their old club.

While at Old Trafford, Gordon McQueen helped Manchester Utd win the FA Cup final in 1983 after a replay against Brighton and Hove Albion. A rough and rugged player, McQueen went on to make a total of 184 first class appearances for the Reds. The blond giant stayed at United until 1985 when he finally announced his retirement from the game because of persistent injuries.

Eventually going into soccer management, he took over the helm at Scottish club Airdrieoninans in 1987. Known for his brilliance in the air, Gordon McQueen won 30 full caps for his native country after making his first appearance for Scotland against Belgium in 1974.

"But Manchester United are Manchester United. They are the bigger of the two clubs, and always will be. Even going from a place like Leeds, with all their household names, you noticed a huge difference. Manchester United weren't the best, but they were the biggest. " Gordon McQueen quote.

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Istanbul – Turkey

The city of Istanbul in turkey is sometimes also referred to «Constantinople». The city is the largest city in Turkey both according to area and population. Istanbul has approximately 12.6 million residents in its boundaries. The city is considered as Turkey’s main platform and hub for culture, architecture, history and financial strategies. Istanbul totally includes 39 districts. Istanbul is the city which is located on two different continents. The covered area of Istanbul is approximately about 707 square miles which makes the city the fifth largest in the world according to population density liver per square miles. The location of Istanbul city is North West side of the Marmara region in turkey.

Turkey has very mild summers with high percentage of humidity but winters are very cold, windy and snow is very often in the city during winter season. Istanbul is slightly hot and humid in the months of May to September. The city has a humidity percentage of about 79%. Winters start from October and remain until April. The city mostly receives the rainfall and snow during the months of December, January, February and March. Maximum temperature during summers can be up to 25 degrees while in summers mostly in nights it can also fall below freezing point.

Economically Istanbul is a very strong city as it has a very high impact in the overall Turkish economy. Istanbul is the city which is very rich in producing cotton, tobacco, silk and many other products. Istanbul has also gained importance economically because it hosts all the sea ports of Turkey and also international airports. Istanbul has some of the major industries of Turkey which includes Rubber industry, metal ware, chemicals, leather, transport vehicles industries, glass and many others. The city also generates its revenue from the tourism department.

Istanbul also plays an important part in the field of education as the city has a number of private and public institutions having high reputation in world. The city has almost 20 universities which allows student to specialize in many different fields. Public sector institutions are preferred more in the city because of their good results and reputation. «Istanbul University» was established in 1453 and is regarded as the oldest ever university of Turkey. Since then it has provided quality education to the students of not only Turkey but also students from different areas of the worlds. Along with Istanbul University «Istanbul Technical University» is also of great importance as it is the world’s third oldest university in the field of technology established in 1773.

In the field of sports Istanbul and Turkey have started to dominate in sports like football, basketball and volleyball. Ataturk Stadium is the biggest stadium in Turkey. The stadium has the honor of hosting UEFA champions League Final of 2005 between Liverpool FC of England and Ac Milan of Italy. Istanbul is also very famous for hosting many types of motor sport races. Out of which «Formula One Turkish Grand Prix» is the most important one.

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A History of the Chelsea Flower Show

The origins of the Chelsea Flower Show is as rich and varied as the abundance of stunning horticulture on display in it's gardens. Before it became the world's number one venue for lovers of flowers and garden architecture, the exhibition was the centerpiece of The Royal Horticultural Society Great Spring Show. This was first held in the Spring of 1862, and the original site was located at Kensington. This was a popular event in the calender and as a result, ran for some twenty-six years until 1888.

The decision was then made to relocate the annual Great Spring Show to a more central location in the city, so as to entice even more visitors. The selected venue was the Temple Gardens, near the Enbankment and this was an instant hit with more exhibits being displayed than ever before. Not only was it capturing the imagination of the public, but also suppliers of plants, flowers and seed were drawn to it as a means of gaining further business.

The Great Spring Show ran until 1912, when a one-off Royal International Horticultural Exhibition was launched and a larger, more suitable site was needed. It was down to the eminent horticulturist, Sir Harry Veitch to locate the new venue. Eventually, and to some surprise, he chose the eleven acres of Chelsea Royal Hospital grounds to host the Exhibition. Such was the success of this elaborate event, that all concerned believed it to be the perfect venue for the Great Spring Show. And so, in the Spring of 1913, the Show was relocated again to the Chelsea site, which is where it has remained to this day.

It has been an incredibly hardy exhibition, with only the two World Wars having interrupted it's annual celebration of all things horticultural. The success of the Chelsea Flower Show has grown exponentially through the years and is now well known as being the top attraction in the horticulture calendar. It welcomes visitors from around the world to walk through the myriad of beautiful exhibits on display. It is a location very much close to the Royal Family's heart, and several of the family pay visits to a special preview of the exhibition.

The gardens themselves breathe fresh life and inspire new generations of gardeners and followers of horticulture, often creating new fashions and trends as each year passes and this will no doubt continue on into the future.

The Chelsea Flower Show has survived through all weathers, wars and riots to promote it's stunning attractions year on year and is surely the benchmark for all other horticulture shows. It's long history is indelibly woven into the fabric of what makes it such a successful and popular event.

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The Night Hawk, the World’s First Stealth Bomber

When I visited the USA in 1998 as part of the air staff team, we were quartered at one of the USAF bases. At one end (that area was kept off bounds) we could see dark bat shaped planes. They were part of the secret arsenal of the USAF and from my knowledge; I knew that this was the famous stealth fighter. It was given the number as F-115 and called Night Hawk. The plane at that time was the most advanced in the world and nobody had anything like it.

Technology was Russian

The Night Hawk cost 111 million dollars apiece and was discontinued in the USAF after 25 years and replaced with the F-22 or Raptor. Never the less the F-117 was something unique and incorporated the stealth technology. This technology was published in a research paper presented in 1964 by a Russian scientist named Pykr. The Russians ignored this paper but the engineers at Lockheed studied the paper in detail. In effect, the Prof has stated that a plane could be made that could allow the radar waves to bounce off the plane and thus render the aircraft invisible to detection by radar. it could only be sighted visually.

It meant making a plane with an unconventional design. it had to have angles of construction, that were of a particular slant so that the radar waves could bounce off. The plane thus had the look of a bat and was christened the Night Hawk. The Night Hawk first flew in 1981 and a few years later was inducted into the USAF. The Night Hawk was a revolutionary design and for 5 years the Americans kept it secret before the world came to know of this unique plane. The Russians rued the development of the F-117 and wondered how they had missed the bus.

Operational use

The Night Hawk was put into operational use and used extensively in the air bombardment of Iraq, during the 1992 US-Iraq war. The plane despite a slow speed of some 660km/hr could not be detected. It had limited range of about 1000 km and thus for a target, it needed mid-air refueling. It carried no defensive armaments relying on its ability to attack a target undetected. It carried 2 x 1000 laser guided bombs, that could penetrate even 12ft of concrete and was thus a force multiplier. The Russians were however hard at work to perfect their own stealth fighter and the US the need of another plane was felt. Research started and this led to the led to the Raptor, which had a longer range and flew at 3 times the speed of the Night Hawk. Once the Raptor was ready for combat duty, the F-117 was phased out, but it served the US interests for 25 years. During this period only one Night Hawk was lost in combat over Serbia when a Russian missile was able to hit it. The pilot was rescued in a dramatic rescue mission, but the plane crashed. Russian engineers as well as Chinese salvaged parts of the plane and took it to Moscow and China in an effort to understand the stealth technology. Parts of the plane can see be seen in the Museum at Belgrade.

Last word

The F-115 remained the only stealth fighter in the world during the days of the cold war and even after the collapse of the Soviet Union, the plane was the mainstay of US offensive action. It was used extensively in Afghanistan when the USA mounted an invasion and no plane was lost despite missiles

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The Story Behind Simon And Garfunkel’s Greatest Hit Songs: "Homeward Bound"

Over the years many songs have been written about the varied experience of life on the road. Many examples come to mind including Grand Funk Railroad’s «We’re an American Band» («Out on the road for forty days, last night in Little Rock, put me in a haze»), Creedence Clearwater Revival’s «Travelin’ Band» («Take me to the hotel baggage gone oh well»), Dan Fogelberg’s «Same Auld Lang Syne» («I said the audience was heavenly but the traveling was hell.»). And of course there’s the desolation, quiet fury and desperation of Bob Seger’s «Turn the Page» («And you always seem outnumbered. You don’t dare make a stand»). But none capture the loneliness of touring as well as Simon and Garfunkel’s «Homeward Bound».

Bear in mind that this song was recorded somewhat hastily after «The Sounds of Silence» became a surprise smash hit in early 1966 without either Simon’s or Garfunkel’s knowledge. They had split up by then, Garfunkel having returned to college and Simon touring England as a solo folk artist. Needless to say, they reunited in a hurry.

So who was he writing it for and where was he when he wrote it? The first question is easier. After moving to England in 1964 in the wake of the failure of Simon and Garfunkel’s acoustic folk album «Wednesday Morning, 3.A.M.» Simon met Kathy Chitty at his very first club date he played, the Hermit Club in Brentwood Essex. Chitty, who was only 17, worked there part-time selling tickets. A picture of her can be found on the cover of the solo acoustic album Simon recorded while in England, «The Paul Simon Song Book». Simon and Chitty fell for one another

Kathy was in London when Simon wrote the song but where was Simon? In a railway station, of course. But which one? That’s debatable. But in an interview with SongTalk magazine in 1990 Simon recalled, «That was written in Liverpool when I was traveling. What I like about that is that it has a very clear memory of Liverpool station and the streets of Liverpool and the club I played at and me at age 22. It’s like a snapshot, a photograph of a long time ago… «. So Simon claimed Liverpool. Garfunkel thought it was in the vicinity of Manchester. However, if you go to the rail station at Widnes in Cheshire county in the northwest of England you’ll find a plaque commemorating the song displayed on the Liverpool bound platform. Simon once said of the Widnes railway station that if you ever saw it you would understand why he’d been so eager to quickly return to London.

And so Simon wrote these memorable lines:

«Every day’s an endless stream of cigarettes and magazines.

And each town looks the same to me, the movies and the factories.»

Although he longed to be back with Kathy in London their relationship was fated not to last. Together they revisited America touring mostly by bus. Kathy went back to England by herself with Simon following a few weeks later. Simon then came back to America when «The Sound of Silence» hit #1 on the U.S. charts but Kathy, a shy girl by nature, didn’t want to have anything to do with Simon’s new-found fame. They soon parted ways.

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Premier League Football Player Photos – Handy Hints and Tips For Taking Good Photos

This guide is about the specifics of taking your snaps at ‘the match’ and hints about the do’s and don’ts. Make an effort to understand your own camera’s capabilities – ‘happy snappers’ can take great football players photos as today’s modern digital cameras are all pretty good. One important thing to recognise is that taking photographs at a sporting arena, can require a permit, as obtained by the press and media organizations. However, with the proliferation and qualities of mobile phone camera’s and the compact digital cameras, all stadiums and clubs now turn a blind eye to their use by the general public. Remember this, it’s important, it is a privilege not a right and acting as such can avoid difficult situations.

Equipment: Read the camera’s instructions and understand what you can and can’t do with your point and shoot. Extra battery power is essential, small and easy, keep them warm in your pocket – longer life. An extra memory card is always a good idea. An SLR camera may be too bulky to get past security plus, may make you look like a ‘pro’ and therefore attract the wrong kind of attention. In the same vein, tripods and telephoto lenses may prove troublesome.

Location: Most premier league stadiums are modern and will not have restricted views. However, older more characterful arena’s such as Goodison Park and Craven Cottage for example, will have pillars and stanchions blocking some views. Also sunshine can play havoc with a good shot either in reflective light or, cast shadows, be prepared to adjust your camera’s setup manually if you can. Or, check which direction the stand you are choosing seats in is facing; remember the sun rises in the east, sinks in the west.

Planning: If you know where you’re going to sit, you can plan what kind of shot you think best will work from your station. Information about such positions can be gleaned from the club or internet. If you can choose you seating, then avoid being behind the goal – too much excited jumping up and down around you. Or, being too high as the angle will seem odd and the digital zoom will not be enough.

Shots: If there is a barrier or wall that you can utilize to steady the camera then, more chance of avoiding ‘shake’. You can always use football players taking free kicks or corners as a bench mark shot as there are moments of ‘stillness’, this will assist you calibrating and manual changes to the camera set up. Want football players photos close up? Then try and get a seat near the corner flag or front row along the touchline.

Continuous mode: Your camera should have this facility. If there’s a melee in the box or, good action close by, then continuous mode will give you the best chance of catching the action. Typically the built in flash turns off on ‘continuous mode’ if not make sure you do it manually.

We wish you happy snapping and you get the shots you want, hoping the simple guide will assist you getting your favourite football player photos.

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Florida is Unbeatable

Florida is no doubt the best team in this National title game. I argue that Oklahoma doesn’t even deserve a shot at the title because of a lack luster performance against Texas. Either way you slice this one up. Florida is the superior team and Tim Tebow who may not be the best «NFL style quarterback». But is most certainly the best quarterback in this game.

Not to mention the rest of the gators outmatch the Sooners in every category other than passing. This years National title game will not be a disappointment…to folks who reside around Gainesville. The Okies will be singing a familiar story of yet another lost opportunity for great glory and the Gators will be yet again champions.

I argue further that the SEC is simply a cut above the rest. The teams like Ohio state and Oklahoma that are getting matched up with the Florida’s and LSU’s of the generation have virtually no chance. Playing against teams that are rougher, tougher and all around just more talented. I think it is a major failure on the part of the BCS to create such match ups. One day a playoff system will be in place and the best teams will truly get an opportunity to shine in that light that only big name schools with a reputation have had lately. Either way this year there was and is no denying who the true champion will be this year.

And yes, yet again the best team in the nation resides in the best conference. The SEC!

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