Cherish The Present Moment

Have you ever caught yourself in the middle of a perfectly wonderful moment thinking about what you’re going to do next? We all do it and it’s something that most of us have to make a conscious effort to correct. What’s so bad about letting your mind wander off to the next big thing or the memories you hold on to from years ago? You miss out on all of the things happening around you right now. The next thing you know, you’re living that moment you were thinking about so longingly yesterday, but your mind has moved on to tomorrow or is stuck in a moment from two weeks ago. Challenge yourself to start living in the present, starting now.

Stop Living in the Future

During our younger years we tend to spend a lot of time wishing for the future. We see all of the privileges that come with growing up and we wish our time away. We wish for the day we get our driver’s license, we can’t wait to move away to college, and then finally, to graduate into the «real world.» All of a sudden, our college days are over and we wish we could go back to those days. The wisdom to appreciate these years is not commonly found in teenagers and young adults, but it’s important to slow down and cherish these moments now before they are gone.

Stop Living in the Past

After you lose a loved one to death, it’s common to find yourself living in the past. You think about how great your life was when the person you lost was still a part of it. There’s a difference between keeping the memories of your departed loved one alive and missing out on your life now because you’re stuck in the past. Even though your loved one is gone, there are people in your life now who care about you very much and who want to see you happy. Don’t miss out on that love and happiness that is all around you now because you can’t stop thinking about the way your life used to be.

We all have one life to live. Live your life in the present and try to cherish each moment as it happens. We’re only human, so you’re bound to find yourself longing for a different time every now and then. It’s okay to hold onto your memories and to get excited about the future, but don’t let those past and future moments keep you from cherishing the moment that is happening right in front of you.

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Sightseeing in Leicester

In truth Leicester is neither quaint, nor full of historic places to visit. However, the few truly ancient or historic buildings it has are shown off well and the city is quite rightly proud of them. Here are a few of the sites worth seeing in Leicester.

The undoubted oldest structure in Leicester is the Jewry Wall. This is a section of ancient wall about 5m high and 23m long alongside Talbot Lane in the city center. Originally known as Hadrian's bath House, it is part of what was the Roman baths, built there sometime around 130 AD. Unfortunately, unlike other Roman bath houses, due to an engineering error the aqueduct that was supposed to feed water into the baths was mis-aligned, resulting in the Roman bathers having to use a cistern to fill the baths by hand. A shocking state of affairs in those days! There is of course a Jewry Wall Museum, which also houses Roman artefacts, including Roman milestones from nearby Fosse Way and mosaic floor-tiles.

Enclosed in the same grounds as St Martin's, Leicester Cathedral, and in-between Guildhall Lane and Peacock Lane, is the Guildhall. This half-timbered building was originally built in the late fourteenth century and has, through the ages, been the Town Hall, a prison and a police station. Now open to the public, the warped beams and rickety floor in the Great Hall immediately demonstrate that you are in a truly ancient building. In 1642 part of it was occupied by the town's library, making it the third oldest public library in the country. For the more ghoulish visitors, it is reputed to be the most haunted building in Leicester. You can see the old prison cells and the conditions endured by their captives and if you wish, you can see the gibbet from which the bodies of the hanged were put on public display up until 1840. Whilst in this area you can also visit the cathedral . However, apart from the finely carved medieval wooden entrance porch, there is little evidence of the original eleventh century building.

Refurbished in 2006 and early 2007 Newarke House Museum is housed in two sixteenth century buildings, Wygston's Chantry House and Skeffington House, at the bottom of the Castle Gardens. Its main theme is the daily life of 'Everyman in 20th Century Leicester', with galleries dedicated to displays on the story of immigration into Leicester, the Teddy Boy era and a recreation of shopping in the 1940s. The museum also houses the history of the Royal Leicestershire regiment.

Another newly refurbished museum in Leicester is the New Walk Museum off Princess Road West, as you head out of the city center to the South West. This is Leicester's oldest established museum and houses scientific and artistic collections. Current exhibitions include; Wild Space – looking at the biodiversity of the planet, Mighty Dinosaurs, Leicestershire's rocks, Ancient Egyptians, and of course, art galleries. The art galleries contain varied collections on themes such as; Our World through Art, Expressionism, The Captured Image, World art and Gallery Nine, which is devoted to the artistic expression of the multi-ethnic nature of the city.

Leicester is the home of the National Space Center, which is off Corporation Road to the North of the city. If traveling to it by car, the road signage can be confusing. However, when near, you can't miss its distinctive shape. Unfortunately, you won't be able to see any rockets taking off from here as the National Space Center is a museum concerned with space exploration. The center has a constantly changing series of events and activities. However, it also houses permanent exhibitions such as space rockets, space capsules, satellites, orbiting the earth and exploring the universe. There is an emphasis on the National Space Center being an interactive museum, so there's plenty to get involved in rather than being a passive viewer. After standing by the huge booster rockets that are on display, you can go to The Space Theater, which takes you on a journey through the galaxy. The National Space Center excels as an educational museum and supports a variety of educational activities.

Nearby to Leicester city is Market Bosworth, not necessarily in itself worth a visit although it is a pleasant village to see. The special thing about it is that nearby, to the south at Sutton Cheny, is the historic Bosworth Field, site of the famous defeat of Richard III by Henry Tudor. Here there is a visitor's center to provide all the background information you might need before you proceed on a tour of the battlefield itself. There is an annual re-enactment of the last battle in the 'War of the Roses' on the week-end nearest to August 22nd, to commemorate the actual battle of 1485. NB. Archaeologists are currently re-assessing whether this was the actual site of the battle or not. If you visit it you may wonder how well the site matches the contemporary descriptions of it.

You might also consider visiting Belvoir Castle. Historic home of the Duke & Duchess of Rutland, it commands a beautiful view (belvoir) across the Vale of Belvoir. Dating back to Norman times it was almost completely destroyed during the 'Wars of the Roses'. The current building was completed in the 19th Century. Belvoir Castle is off the A1 near Grantham.

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Cristiano Ronaldo Vs Lionel Messi

Arguably two of the best footballers of the current decade, both are, at glance, very similar players. They’re both attackers, great with a ball, and both play for a Spanish club. However there can only be one winner, so here’s the comparison: Lionel Messi vs Cristiano Ronaldo.

Lionel Messi

Lionel is only 24 years old and currently plays for fc Barcelona. Born in Rosario, Messi started playing football at the age of 5, under his father’s wings, at a local club. He then rolled into the Barca youth team where he worked his way up from C-B teams to the main squad in rapid pace. His debut in the highest class of football began at the age of 16, during a friendly against FC Porto.

Now in 2011 it’s time to analyse his style of play and it becomes crystal clear that he’s a master with the ball. Thanks to his short length and fast legs, any opponent will have a hard time keeping up with him. However unlike most magicians, he’s also a terrific team player.

Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano is 26 years old and is a Real Madrid player. Ronaldo started his career at Sporting (2002) and in 2003 he guided his team to a win against the big Manchester United. The players of Man U knew that they would rather play with him than against him, so they contracted Ronaldo for the start of the 2003 season. After countless of successes, he became the most expensive player ever when he transferred to Real Madrid in June of 2009, the price: 94 million euro.

Ronaldo is a very fast and strong player. He took sprint lessons from the Olympics champion and is clearly a player «from the streets», pulling more tricks with a ball than any party clown could ever aim for. This quality is further emphasised by a great shooting technique that makes him an excellent asset during set pieces.

Versus

Now it’s time to compare the two players and pinpoint a winner, in my respectful opinion. First it’s clear that both players are terrific assets to any team, and both share a lot of qualities. For one they can both outplay several opponents and make a difference when the opposition is tight.

However a winner has to be chosen and in my opinion that winner is Cristiano Ronaldo. At this point Messi might have the edge on the field, but Ronaldo has great free kicks and is clearly stronger physically. The trade off being that Messi is the better team player. I remember Ronaldo when he played for Manchester United and back then he was, without a doubt, the best player in the world. His way of attacking suited the wing-play of Manchester United perfectly, and while less obvious in Madrid’s style of play, his past years are to be considered. Also in Ronaldo’s favour is his great charisma off the pitch. Messi is a pure footballer and doesn’t have that same level of personality away from the field, something past greats (Cruijff, Maradona) did have.

And that’s it for this comparison. Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi share a lot of qualities; especially the ball technique of both is ground breaking. And while Messi currently has the edge, in my opinion Ronaldo is the more complete footballer in the long haul, not partly thanks to his great charisma both on and off the pitch. However they’re both very young so in the coming years this slight favour can definitely swing both ways.

Ronaldo vs Messi

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The Famous Actor And The Homeless Man

On The Street.

It was the actor I noticed first, laughing and full of bonhomie, talking to a Big Issue seller on the street.

«That was John Hurt,» said the Big Issue seller to an indifferent passer-by.

«That was John Hurt,» he said to me as I walked towards him, his enthusiasm undimmed. «Did he buy one?» I said.

I could not ignore his pleasure. He was smiling. I couldn’t walk by, as I sometimes do with Big Issue sellers.

«Yes!» he cried excitedly. «That was John Hurt.»

John Hurt was an actor, but he was also jon hurt, a homeless man. Not unusual sight, an ordinary jon with ordinary hurts. But, this one could say:

«I may be in the gutter but I’m looking at the stars.» or, at one star – who had briefly brightened his life.

And for a moment, the illusion seemed real: that people cared, that everything would be alright, that we were all part of the same existence.

We might accept an illusion until the little boy points out that the Emperor has no clothes. How long did that glow remain with the Big Issue seller? How long did he bathe in reflected light? –

«John Hurt bought a Big Issue from me

But even if the actor had paid double (or more) for the magazine, had he really touched that man’s life? He may have briefly felt good about his largesse – he had been talking and laughing with the seller; not worrying about the price of the magazine and not waiting for any change.

Actions and gestures can take on a quality out of proportion to their worth. Politicians are prime examples of this.

They say they are in public life, as if they mean they are performing a service. But they expect the public to serve their ambition, behaving as if they have a right to their position – both self-seeking and self-serving.

It’s an illusion. The world of the two John Hurts do not touch. Another little boy sees that the ‘Emperor has no clothes’. No homeless person is rehoused. No policies change.

I briefly engaged with jon hurt on the street. But I did not buy a Big Issue. I already had a magazine for my journey home. I’d done my bit by witnessing jon hurt’s transformation.

John is still acting and jon is still homeless and I have turned the experience into a self-indulgent piece. Maybe the Big Issue will buy it.

copyright Marguerite Hegley 1994

N.B. The day I wrote this was the first day of an «Introduction to Journalism» at the City Lit in London. We were asked to write a ‘report’ on something that had happened on our way home, and bring it to the second lesson the following week. When the tutor read ‘The Big Issue’ he said to me:

«You are not a journalist, you are a writer». I did not go back to the class. But sent this story to The Big Issue the next day.

Next… A short story, written after the above encounter, imagining what jon hurt’s life could be like.

The Homeless Man

jon hurt – an imagined life

jon opened his eyes painfully and then closed them again. The numbness of his limbs made him let out a huge sigh. The sigh quickly turned to a cough which raked his chest and sent his head spinning. The single blanket which covered him was damp with sweat, despite the coldness of the morning.

The noises of others around him slowed and died… as he sank into unconsciousness.

He woke again and tried to stretch his legs. A cold stiffness crept stealthily thought his thin body. He coughed again and again until his head hurt. «

«Come on, jon, it’s chucking out time. Come on you lazy bastard, get up, you’ve already missed breakfast.» called a voice from the door, which banged closed shortly afterwards.

jon eased himself out of bed. He knew there would be no hot water to wash with and that the breakfast, even if there was any left, would have been rejected even by Oliver Twist.

He tried to remember where he had heard that name…

‘Oliver Twist’ sounded like a made up name. Where had he heard it before? Was it a book he had read at school?

He tried to remember.

There was a thin little boy standing in rags, saying that one plate of gruel was not enough.

«No», said jon out loud. «It is not enough.»

He remembered being at school. He had wanted to be an actor. He managed to get a warm cup of tea from the Hostel kitchen and sat, warming his hands… trying to remember.

And then he did remember. A school play when he was about 12 years old.

He had been Oliver Twist. He could sing then. He could act as well. Where had it all gone wrong?

jon collected his copies of the Big Issue and walked to his pitch in Leicester Square. He could always smile for the public. Some were his customers.

He had some nice ones, regular customers who said hello, some even stopping to talk.

«I may be in the gutter, but I’m looking at the stars.» he joked to himself with grim irony.

Now where had he heard that? Did he read it in book at school, where he read well and was always near the top in English?

Where had it all gone wrong? Why, when he left school, unable to get into Drama college, did he take one dead end job after another, start spending every evening in the pub, and be thrown out by his Dad, disappointed in his once- promising only son.

A middle-aged man stopped to by a Big Issue from him. He had a smiling, rather crinkly face which seemed familiar.

jon tried to put a name to the face.

He was an actor! At times like this jon began to feel hopeful that there could be a chance to do something else. That there was live after this. He looked closely at the man, who smiled.

‘Aren’t you an actor?’ he asked. The man laughed. He had a throaty, croakey laugh. As throaty and croakey as jon’s cough.

‘Well, yes,’ said the man. ‘My name’s John Hurt’. ‘But that’s my name’, said jon hurt, bitterly adding: ‘I bet it hurts me more.’

The actor looked sympathetic. He stayed and talked to jon then gave him a £50 note.

jon walked the streets with the £50 note in his pocket. What good was it? He could spend it trying to forget his situation. But it was not enough to turn his life around.

He remembered how going to the pub every night with his workmates dulled his ambition. He walked and walked.

What was the point of £50?

It would not get him a home, or a job. It would gradually be spent as he tried just to get by.

He remembered where he had seen his namesake. It had been in a film about a horse racing. That was it.

John Hurt had played the true life story of a jockey who had fought back against a terminal illness to win the Grand National, or some such big race.

jon found a bookies.

The Grand National had been postponed because of a bomb scare. Yes, he could put a bet on, it was running today, Monday instead.

jon chose a horse with ‘Lord’ in it’s name –

‘ha, ha,ha,’ he thought. ‘A titled horse’ and laughed until his chest hurt.

He put his £50, that was £40 after tax, on his ‘lordship’ at 100-1 on the nose. And then he walked away. He could not listen to the race, of course. He sat in Leicester Square.

Later he went to the bookies. He had won £40,000.

ends

copyright Marguerite Hegley 1995

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The Formation of the Beatles

The Beatles were a musical band that became a worldwide phenomenon during the 1960’s. They hysteria that they generated became known as «Beatlemania». Formulated in Liverpool, the group included John Lennon on rhythm guitar, Paul McCartney on bass guitar, George Harrison on lead guitar, and Ringo Starr on drums. Depending on the song, each member sang in the group.

In March 1957 John Lennon formed a «skiffle group» that he called «The Quarrymen.» Paul McCartney saw him perform at a church function, and when John realized that he could tune his own guitar, he asked him to join the group. Paul joined in July, 1957. In March of the next year, Paul’s friend George was invited to see the group perform, and he soon joined as the group’s lead guitarist. Finding a drummer for the group was to become quite the challenge. After much turmoil, Ringo Starr joined the group in the early 60s.

In the early years the group perfected their craft in the clubs that dominated the nightlife of Hamburg, Germany. Long hours of performing were the norm, and this lead to the development of some very talented musicians. When back in Liverpool, they perfected their chops at the Cavern Club, and their popularity continued to grow.

If there was ever a «Fifth Beatle», as Paul McCartney was to later say, «It was Brian Epstein». Brian started watching the Beatles when they performed at the Cavern Club, and by January, 1962 the Beatles signed him to become their manager. Brian opened the door to see George Martin, a producer at EMI, and the rest «as they say» is history.

The Beatles first entry into the UK’s record charts was their song «Love Me Do». Their single, «Please, Please Me» was more popular still. By the time «From Me To You» came along, they were well on their way to dominating the record charts for years to come.

Dominating the United States market was not immediate or a certainty. Entrance into this race was delayed for various reasons, but in December, 1963, Capitol Records released «I Want to Hold Your Hand», and the Beatles domination of the US market was on it’s way as well.

After dominating the UK and the US, the next stop was the world. In the years to come the Beatles either toured or did a concert in Hong Kong, Denmark, Australia, New Zealand, Sweden, the list goes on…

As time went on, cracks started to appear in the group. They recorded their final album, «Abbey Road», in the summer of 1969. Recording the song «I Want You (She’s So Heavy)» was the last time all four Beatles were together in the recording studio.

On September 20, 1969 John announced his departure to the group, but this was not made public until legal
matters were resolved. Paul filed for a dissolution of the band on December 31, 1971, and this finally took effect in 1975. The final «nail in the coffin», as they say, had been set.

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Why Choose Leftbank Apartments Above Any Other

The Spinningfields development is the largest single urban development in the North West, and one of the biggest in Europe. As well as the Leftbanks residential apartments, the Spinningfields area offers hotels, offices, restaurants, shops and bars. On top of that it is just a stone throw away from the city center.

Leftbank is a development by Persimmon Homes, a developer established in 1972 that has a number of buildings across Manchester. Persimmon are a mid to high end developers, and the Leftbank apartments are noted as being well appointed. The building – despite some criticism – is an attractive addition to the staid surroundings of Spinningfields. Development of Leftbank has made Manchester an economic hub.

Leftbank boasts high standards and it is located in the middle of the city. It is located at the bank of the river Irwell. You would enjoy an excellent view along with the refreshing river breeze. Many consider it to be just the right tranquil setting.

The building is home to almost four hundred apartments, from one bedroom up to large penthouses, and it took them almost four years to complete it. At the base of the building are commercial units and they are now home to some worthwhile restaurants. Leftbank has ample car parking space and it is equipped with many elevators placed thoughtfully, throughout the complex.

Leftbank has all the basic facilities; electricity, telephone, natural gas, and Internet connectivity (dispensed by an efficient broadband connection). There are Wi-Fi facilities for each apartment. There is a twenty-four hour room service available. Maintenance support is extremely efficient in handling any problems related to sanitation and telephone lines ..

The building has a well-designed lobby. There is an excellent fitness center in the building so you do not need to go out for exercise. There is a clubroom in the basement that provides an ideal location for cocktail parties. Leftbank apartments are not expensive, despite there prime location and outstanding amenities.

Each apartment is spacious, contemporary and features a large lounge and dining area leading out to a balcony, a modern fully-fitted state-of-the-art kitchen, a double bedroom with fitted wardrobes, a stylish bathroom, 24 hour concierge service along with high-speed wireless Internet access. A secure and private car parking space is also available. Laundry and grocery services can be availed.

The great thing about Leftbank is its location in the city center, as it is just a five minute walk to Deansgate – with its vibrant restaurants, trendy bars and clubs, featuring Harvey Nichols, Selfridges, Kendall's, the designer stores, boutiques of King Street along with the Arndale Center. Very close to the MEN Arena, G-Mex, Granada Studios and museums.

Thus, the apartments offer a lot to the people wishing to have a comfortable, and high standard living.

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Best Football Teams In Bulgaria

Football is religion for this small country. Throughout its communist times, the Bulgarian nation managed to preserve its nationality and freedom exactly through supporting the country’s favourite football club – Levski Sofia named after the apostle of Bulgarian freedom from Ottoman rule, established in 1914. Known under many different names throughout the years, broken down and dissolved in an attempt to subdue the enthusiasm and empower the communist motto «If you’re not with us, you are against us» and stomp on the basic human rights to support a team they love, Levski Sofia football club has managed to perservere and come out on top in today’s society. It has won 26 Bulgarian Championship titles, only beaten by its rival CSKA Sofia. Famous football icons such as Gundi and Gonzo who played internationally have captained the team and have taken it to worldwide fame. Gerena stadium is the main stadium of Levski Stadium with capacity of 19,000.

The other mostly supported Bulgarian team is CSKA Sofia. Its history is a little different to Levski’s as they were the Army’s team in the past – supported by the government in power and managed by the very same. Considering they have won 31 title in the shorter history, founded in 1934, it is only fair to consider the fact that during communist times they were pushed to victories in order to maintain the control of the governing party by proving to the ordinary citizen that the leading party is the almighty powerful tool that is to lead them. If we put that aside, CSKA has provided one of the top quality footballers on a worldwide level, including Hristo Stoichkov and Dimitar Berbatov, one playing for Barcelona, reaching 4th place with Bulgarian national team and winning the Golden Ball award and the other playing for top clubs like Tottenham, Manchester United and Monaco and winning the Champions League, respectively. CSKA Sofia has a great academy for youngsters and is known to promote young footballers and develop them to become great professionals.

The most famous, risen to infamousy football club recently is Ludogoretz. It’s owner is Kiril Domuschiev, a wealthy businessman that funds the club and supplies it with a budget nearly 5 times as large as the second to it in terms of finance. Their main strategy is to acquire footballers from abroad, primarily African regions and Brazil and use them to dominate in the local championship. Results speak for themselves, Ludogoretz has been a champion for the past 4 years since it emerged in the Group A of the Bulgarian football league. They played in the Champions League groups last year narrowly losing to Liverpool and Real Madrid and beating Basel on home turf. The team resembles Manchester City and Real Madrid in terms of management and is the top club in Bulgaria at the moment.

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