Wednesday, 31 October 2007

My Beliefs ? by The Devil's Daughter

Life - a word, consisting of four letters - how people go about it is their business. I don't force people from any walk of life to believe what I do. Choice is an entitlement that we're all granted the moment that we are born.

When I was born I was told to believe, and trust, in god. An imaginary figure that lived in the clouds, and if you cupped your hands together at night real tight, somebody, somewhere, would hear you, answer you, be there when you needed them to be. Faith. In whatever degree you choose at the time. A place that only you could reach out to, when you needed to.

Theories continue to evolve about a thing called God. A big bang theory, mooted long before any of us. Life; where does it transcend from? A big bang? Of two suns high on gases colliding somewhere ?

Then there's the Neanderthal, our supposed progress. Did we descend from our closest neighbour, the ape ? Wasn't there a missing link ? Are we (all humans) all related by descendancy ? Doesn't feel like it !

We are all human beings at the end of the day, we all believe what we want to believe. We all have our own beliefs on who we are, where we came from, and that's our right. Otherwise, we wouldn't be human would we?

I gave up on God when I was young, because he was never there for me. I had to get myself out of the shit that I was thrown into, that's it. Where was god when my dad was battering ten tons out of my mum ? Where was god when I lost my best friend earlier on this year ?

I believe in how I feel. That's my right. Just because I'm an atheist, doesn't mean to say that I'm a bad person. Atheists aren't bad people, it's the believers of other faiths who refuse to grasp that fact and have tolerance. So another question; if God exists, why do people from other cultures worship some other god from ours ? Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus etc. Why? Because people believe what they want to believe. As human beings born on Earth, we were all put here for one reason, and that reason is to live and enjoy it. A task that can be the hardest one ever, but a path, that we must all walk down.

I have friends who believe otherwise, and I have friends that take the same view as I do, but friends that know me know that this heart in me beats. They know that I hurt, that I too suffer, and that no matter what it is that conjoins us somewhere, it gives us a feeling of connection. That's all that matters.I've sinned like the next man, but then the criteria of the Genesis doesn't matter to me and it hasn't for a long time, because 'sin' is a tool of the religionists to control others. I live by my own guidance and I try not to hurt anyone.

God ? Where ? In a flash of inspiration? A momentary lapse of reason ? My mother gave me life. No one else. And where did she come from ? Her mother, and her mother before.

Life can be one big nightmare, but it can be as sweet as you want to make it. But LISTEN, you are put on this earth for a reason, be it to learn from your mistakes, or maybe to learn from other people's mistakes. You get one shot at it.

The Dalai Lama says 'The purpose of our lives is to be happy',

Lifesshort - Do It !

by The Devil's Daughter - Lifesshort Member

Tuesday, 30 October 2007

Are We Happy ? Lifesshort !

Britain is less happy than in the 1950's despite being three times richer. That's the finding of a recent opinion poll by GfK NOP.
The theme of happiness and how important it is in our lives is becoming more focussed on, more prominent it seems. But how can we achieve it ?

We need to win the Lottery, we need to have health and well-being, be free of problems and pain, pursue goals and enjoy success, we need to have all the highs we've already experienced and more that we only fantasise about.

Well for most of us, those things don't come easily. So how can we be happy ?

Lifesshort says you can achieve happiness every day without any of those elements. It's a skill that you need to practise, implement, and then hone to a fine degree.

Life certainly seems to speed up as we get older, the weeks fly by, the months are gone as soon at they've started, then Christmas is here again ! And all the time it's accelerating, our goals and desires which will make us happy, are relegated down the order from the priorities of earning money, work we've fallen into, family needs...

STOP !!!

If you don't stop the train of life, it'll be at the station of Final Destiny and time for you to get off ! You were so busy working on the train of life that you didn't experience the journey, see the fields, the mountains, the beautiful cities of architecture, or the people shouting to you to stop and talk. You should have stopped at every station along the way to Final Destiny, enjoyed their fruits, their people, their sights and experiences.

As JG Horberger wrote "March to the beat of your own drummer, and throw yourself into life with great gusto. In this way, when it comes time for you to finish this relatively short journey from birth to death, when it comes time for you to die, you do not discover that you have not lived."

So stop and consider what it is you want, what specifically you want. Plan a route to achieving those goals. There's a strong chance you'll have to do radical change but there's also a strong chance you can enjoy life far more than you are at present. If others have to put up with that then they themselves should join your way of thinking and follow the course.

In the meantime, while your mighty ambitions are hatching, drying out, and growing into furry chicks, don't waste 'the today'. Today is a chance to enjoy mini ambitions. What do you want to do ? Television is the soma of the mindless. Finish work and go for a midnight walk over nearby hills. Ring people you haven't spoken to for a month and go out on a Tuesday night. Greyhound tracks, speedway, yoga, dance all night, learn an instrument, casino, go to India. Do something you've never done before. Be daring...outside the confines of your comfort self. Break some rules. Be alive. Whatever it is that you truly want to do - do it, and do it now !

All this on the way to happiness. Because the only ball and chain you have is yourself. Only you can axe it off your ankle, because only you know what it is that you desire and so only you can navigate your way there.

So Britain is less happy than in the 50's ? Britain, wake up, re-adjust, Lifesshort.

David at Lifesshort

Monday, 29 October 2007

Get Out More - Lifesshort

What’s on YOUR Doorstep?

I’ve decided to leave city living after another 12 months (well today anyway, tomorrow’s a different matter). Where next? I know where not next. Where I used to live – suburban hell, neighbours on all sides wanting to know your business and peeking through the curtains when you’re home later than 11 o’clock… I’ve lived in the city over 18 months and met one neighbour. Perfect.

So maybe semi-rural, something pretty but I don’t know anywhere up here. So I went to explore today and found something gorgeous. 30 minutes up the road and it’s just stunning… lakes, hills, wildlife, cute country pubs, shops selling local produce. I think I might have found my next place to live – Rivington.

(Rivington Pike from village)

It’s amazing what delights you can find right outside your door when you take a good look. So now I’m going to explore Manchester properly. Even bought a book called “100 Walks Around Manchester” so I’ll know every corner of it before I leave. If I leave……. such a dilemma because I fell in love with this place 18 months ago and it’s not showing any signs of fading.

Life’s short – explore your doorstep and get out more!

Blog by Retro, Lifesshort Member.

England, Points For Caps - Further Gobby Opinion

Regarding my earlier blog on England v Russia - Points For Caps it's interesting that most of the England international team had outstanding games at the weekend, especially Gerrard, Lampard, Barry...

You could argue that the opposition is not that of international football, but I don't believe that stacks up. Gerrard was facing Arsenal. Many believe that European Champions League football is of a higher standard than most international games since the squads play together all the time rather than sporadically. I would bet on Arsenal or Man Utd to beat France, Argentina, Brazil if it was a meaningful game. So Mr Gerrard (don't you hate it when they call him Stevie - like a little lad in school), performed to a high standard against possibly one of the top sides in the world.
I'm not picking on Gerrard, he's a fine player who is honest in his work, despite far too many long balls with a low success rate, but points for caps - motivate the clubs to produce top England players and we'll be back on track.
David at Lifesshort

Friday, 19 October 2007

Cradle To Grave - Lifesshort

My 10-year-old son (pictured above in usual form) was looking at Lifesshort at school today - they have free time for internet on Fridays lunchtimes.

He said to me 'Lifesshort is good isn't it ?'

'Yeah, it's quite cheery-up stuff' I said.

Then he said 'It's like, what do we all do between being born and dying? I mean, what's the point ?'

'Er, blimey, I'm not sure you should think like that.'

'No', he persisted, 'I don't mean it in a bad way, it's really about knowing that you've got to do big things'.

'Yeah, right...that's a good way to look at it, but you shouldn't worry about acheiving big things', I assured him.

'No I won't, but I'll make sure I do some real good stuff before I die...and have a laugh as well, Dad !'

Well that told me as straight as it comes. Children are uncomplicated so they see things clearly unlike the befuddled minds of adults.

Then finally, he said 'The Lifesshort site should have a picture of a baby, an adult, and an old person on the home page, and they should ALL be happy !'

If only it were that simple, but I said I'd put a blog on their site so they could see it.

Maybe it IS that simple.

Blog entry by Reese, Lifesshort Member

Thursday, 18 October 2007

England Lose - Points For Caps

Russia 2, England 1

Rant rant rant, the plastic pitch, the referee, players lack commitment, McClaren not up to it...

Yeah, well I'll leave that up to the papers, they're so good at high temperature stuff.

Are we missing the point ?

Gerrard, Ferdinand, Lampard, Rooney, Owen, Robinson...they've all had years of international experience, Euro and World qualifyers and tournaments. If this so-called 'golden generation' was as golden as we're led to believe, then we could accept a hiccup in the odd game, or maybe the odd tournament.

But the same group of golden boots keep failing when the pressure is on them.

Yes, they probably play in one of the best domestic leagues in the world but they're surrounded by Africans, Europeans, North and South Americans, so when they convene to walk over the opposition, we should not be surprised at the outcome. Wenger, who should have been the last TWO England managers, in my opinion, regularly plays no English players, Mourinho with a landfill of money to spend rarely foraged at home. Benitez...I could go on.

Our players are not good enough. Gerrard missed the best chance to finish the game off, Richards was close, and Campbell would have scored if he was the quality we have always believed. The domestic managers will all know these players' weaknesses - Ferguson will know that Ferdinand, for example, does not attack the ball in the air in the opposition box, so he scores far fewer than John Terry or even his partner Viduc.

We are losing ground on the competition because of our domestic success. The high entertainment value of the premier league means that salaries are higher attracting the worlds best to play here. Thus fewer places for young English players to develop. And the power lies with the Premier League and its members, NOT with the FA and the national side. England is not a priority except with the press and the fans. There is no incentive for the clubs to grow English players, moreover, there is little motivation for the players to go and play for the nation when the spotlight often casts the best of them as villains.

How can we reverse this ?

Points For Caps.

Award a quarter of a Premier League point for every full international cap.

It is the only way to incentivise the clubs into growing English professionals of the highest level. Then those clubs who work hard at their junior acadamies will make progress against the elite. Maybe the elite will start to change their habits of spending and importing.

This avoids EU Law restrictions and works on incentive rather than legislative changes.

We ought to be in the world elite with our attitude to the game, our work ethic and attention to detail, but we're not even in the top 10 in reality.

Comments please ! Don't hold back now. Life is short and time is precious ;) x

Wednesday, 17 October 2007

Red Sea In South Sinai - Lifesshort

One of my new Lifesshort promises to me is never to holiday in the same place twice. Why would I when I’ve done it and seen it? There’s a lot of world to see so why get to know every nook & cranny of every place I visit? As long as I get the feel of a place, the people and the culture I’m happy. Someone I met last week has been going to the same hotel in the same resort (probably in the same room) for 18 years… Horses for courses I suppose but that really flummoxed me.

It maybe age, the realisation of the years going too quick or the influence of Lifesshort, but these days I’ll never say no to a new experience, experiment much more with food and drink and don’t worry too much about work, money.. Well anything really.

So my latest holiday destination – Egypt. A beautiful location on the Red Sea in South Sinai, complete with stunning views of the mountains. A lovely relaxing resort with not a great deal to do .During the week I mastered snorkelling despite having a flat out panic the first day, and went without fail every day for the rest of the week – what a wonderful world it is underwater - spoke a bit of Arabic, smoked shisha, ate Lebanese food, Samak Harrah and tagine, drank Egyptian wine (not recommended), Jamesons (ok I know that’s not Egyptian but they’d run out of Jack) local tea (delicious) bartered with the locals, watched England see off France in a bar packed with both sets of supporters (hehe), sang a Karaoke duet with a complete stranger and generally had a fabulous week.

Ibiza’s being planned for next year – because I’ve never been and am now finally past the “I’m too old” hurdle. I’m going, and I’ll love every minute.

Bring it on ! :)

Lifesshort Member

Eddie Lifesshort is a TV Extra

Eddie Lifesshort seems to be ahead of the game...

He's in the second year of his Business and Commercial Web Design degree and he's finished his course work for the whole term until Christmas. Well it was kids stuff to him - he's been doing web design since he was 11 and now constructs sites for small businesses in his spare time. But he wants the degree and the updates, so he's having himself a laugh at Uni. or

So with a deal of free daytime he signed up with a local agency to do some TV and film agency extra work. Life's short, he's got to do so much, so quickly. Here's his blog of his day.

'I arrived in Liverpool at a very civilised 11.30 - train from Manchester and walked to location. My part was as a CID Officer (I'd been practicing 'Ello, Ello, Ello' for at least ten minutes, when the costume girl came to bring me a suit from the wardrobe department. She took one look and said 'I like yer as you are - you can be undercover'. Don't mind if I do !

Did lots of running around and shouting in the background, mouthing silent words around office tables and watching famous people do their stuff all day.

The film crew set up, set down, 'Action' and 'Cut', 'Can we go again', 'That was lovely!'

All the other extras were really cool people even though they were all older than me. I gave em me card and bagged a couple of website set up jobs.

Finished at 10 pm, train home, told Billie all about it, she was underwhelmed - she works in a TV company anyway. Lady Big Boots !'

So Eddie's having his customary fine time of things. Life is good, life is now, he fancied doing telly, so he went and did some telly.

Sunday, 14 October 2007

France v England, The Fans, Lifesshort

There will be plenty of words written about this game, and what a game it was, but what about the fans ?

I know very little about rugby. As Steve Bunce said on Five Live yesterday "I watch rugby in the pub, just because it's on, and I never know what is happening. I look around and blokes cheer and shout when the ball goes up in the air, then they look at each other and say 'is that good ?' " (Conversely, I watched England v Spain in Euro 96, in a pub with a fierce and noisy crowd. Now I do know quite a bit about football. Two lads in their early 20's had been yawping all the way through the game in support of England whilst downing half a dozen Stellas. At the end of normal time, one turned to the other and said "What a game. Er, what colour are we in ?" The other replied "White. How long is extra time ?" !!!)

However, people I asked before the France v England game, who know a few tricks about the subject felt that an England win was probably a step too far for a team that has misfired for 4 years until 2 weeks ago. Beating France on their own turf was a pipe dream.

So thousands of England fans made the trip on the day, bought tickets at exhorbitant prices, suffered the usual abuse from Parisiens, when many of them sub-consciously thought that a cheeky away victory was a hope rather than a likelihood. That is Lifesshort. The fact that England are in a semi-final of a world cup, just a stone's throw away from us (well we wouldn't think twice about driving from London to Newcastle for such an event), and we're going to have a top time whether we win or not. Today is all in the Lifesshort camp - do it now !

So the hoardes travelled, some parted with their cash for tickets, some would've done but couldn't find any, some went to watch on telly in a St Germain bar, just to be in Paris for the atmosphere. But they went to Paris because they had base enthusiasm, belief in good times and the energy to execute the manoeuvre. Lifesshort - do it now !

And despite all the negative conjecture, our hopeful masses were rewarded with an England victory. Borne out of grit, courage, muscle, skill and belief, the side that had been defeated regularly for 4 years, and laughed at 3 weeks ago when trounced by South Africa, delivered just dessert for our travelling Lifesshorters. 14 - 9, 1 try to 0, drama, Jonny, Chaball...the French capitulated, France could not believe it had happened. Their arrogance knocked high in to touch inside the 22 !

Well done England, but mighty points to the England Lifesshort fans who went to Paris and will talk of that night for years to come. They did their thing. Lifesshort - do it now !

Saturday, 13 October 2007

England v Estonia Qualifier

Big game today. The common consensus (whatever that really is), is that this is a supposed formality and that England could win with any team at Wembley. It doesn't matter that John Terry is injured, and neither the loss of Heskey, nor Owen's fit/unfit stream will not hinder the fluent performance we enjoyed against Russia and Israel a month ago. Well we'll see !

Mr McClaren (is it because I is red), hasn't announced his team yet - I guess because he doesn't want to defend his selection for too long before the game. The desperately out-of-form Robinson will continue, and the success of Gerrard and Barry will be compromised by the return sooner of later of Lampard, who the manager won't have the strength to resist. It's a good job Beckham is injured, otherwise he'd be on a plane and have a starting shirt !

This IS a big game. England could effectively go out of next year's Euros TODAY. Wednesday's match on a frozen Russian astroturf with the hosts wanting revenge for their Wembley humbling is unlikely to yield 3 points, leaving just the final game against Croatia in a month to secure qualification.

But Lifesshort and I'm excited about today's game because it's today. Who cares about Wednesday in Russia or qualification. England play at ! Terry's injury allows Steven Gerrard to captain the side which can only be a benefit - the squeaky-voiced boys-own hero will lead with pride and commitment. And the enigma Rooney returns after suspension all keyed up for a big performance. Lifesshort, today is all. slip-ups now !

Thursday, 11 October 2007

Rugby World Cup, Lifesshort.

The penultimate weekend of the Rugby World Cup is here.

England, France, South Africa, Argentina provide an undercurrent of jingoism in both gutter and quality press.

Were we all delighted to see the demise of Australia, who supposedly 'hates' us nationally according to their coach ? Ex-Australian captain Michael Lynagh set the record straight by saying that is was a stupid thing to say on the eve of a game against us as it would simply fire the England team up, and in any case Australia doesn't hate us, it merely loves to beat everything.

And New Zealand suffer a shock exit at the hands of another England foe, Argentina. The mighty Dan Carter is injured and all ideas of the best team in the world left the pitch with him. Does Argentina hate us too ? It does according to our gutter press, which delights in maintaining bad feeling between any two parties in the chase for column inches.

South Africa must be favourites with a brutal pack - no change there then ?

So all this nationalistic nonsense, whipping up a stereotyping storm...leave it behind. Me ? I'm a football man, but Lifesshort sees the Rugby World Cup as a glowing tribute to the sport and a great opportunity for people to 'do their thing', go to the event, and enjoy life in a higher way.

Good luck to all teams, Lifesshort has no prejudices about nations. Lifesshort is for everyone. Go to