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Book Review (number 3)

This book review has been prepared for the Baptist Minister’s Journal.   Dynamics of a Journey to Conflict Prevention and Peace in Israel and Palestine through an Olympic Sport By Geoffrey Victor Whitfield Published by: Emeth Press ISBN: 978-1-60947-025-8 The ‘Baptist minister and therapist’, the Rev Geoffrey Whitfield MBE is no stranger to writing about [...]

Shostakovich’s favourite tenor

Who was Shostakovich’s favourite tenor in the role of Zinovy, in his opera, Katerina Ismailova? Which world famous tenor urinated – unintentionally – on his dresser? And who did the world famous soprano, Marilyn Horne, ask to play with her breasts one day on the Covent Garden stage?   The answers – along [...]

By | March 23rd, 2012|Categories: Miscellaneous, Sport and Leisure|Tags: , , , , , , |2 Comments

Secrets of singing revealed by e-book

All football or rugby supporters appear to have strong views on who should ‘manage’ and who should ‘captain’ their team. Evidence, over time, from these sporting worlds suggests that very few ‘great players’ go on to make ‘great managers’. Instead, most of the successful managers weren’t outstanding players. The good player, or performer, needs [...]

By | December 22nd, 2011|Categories: Lifestyle, Sport and Leisure|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Secrets of singing revealed by e-book

All football or rugby supporters appear to have strong views on who should ‘manage’ and who should ‘captain’ their team. Evidence, over time, from these sporting worlds suggests that very few ‘great players’ go on to make ‘great managers’. Instead, most of the successful managers weren’t outstanding players. The good player, or performer, needs [...]

By | December 22nd, 2011|Categories: Lifestyle, Sport and Leisure|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

A sense of perspective

To continue the financial comparison between football and e-learning in this country (see ‘E-learning versus football’ below), Sky has revealed that English Premier League clubs spent £485m during the recent summer transfer window. Spending by the 20 English top-flight clubs was up £120m, or 33%, on last summer's outlay. Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City and [...]

By | September 5th, 2011|Categories: Learning Technologies, Miscellaneous, Sport and Leisure|Tags: , |0 Comments

E-learning versus football

To coincide with the start of the (association) football season in Europe, Forbes - a leading source for business news and financial information – has revealed that the sport’s ten highest paid players are, currently: David Beckham ($40m a year), Christiano Ronaldo ($38m), Lional Messai ($32m), Ricardo Kaka ($25m), Ronaldinho ($24m), Theirry Henry ($24m), Wayne [...]

By | September 1st, 2011|Categories: Learning Technologies, Miscellaneous, Sport and Leisure|Tags: , |0 Comments

The religion of sport

Among the key indicators of an economic downturn is that people become more obsessed than ever with sport. The Depression Years in the late 1920s and into the 1930s saw baseball’s popularity soar in America, as did cricket’s within the British Empire – while boxing grew a worldwide following, along with other sports.   While [...]

By | August 28th, 2009|Categories: Philosophy and Religion, Sport and Leisure|Tags: , |0 Comments

An hour with Jay Cross

The eLearning Network (eLN) is advertising the first in a series of ‘exclusive webinars’ for full eLN members – on 2nd April – as ‘an hour with Jay Cross’, a man whom it describes as ‘one of the best known and most respected figures in the field of learning technologies’.   Comment: The thrust of [...]

By | March 23rd, 2009|Categories: Learning Technologies, Sport and Leisure|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Yorks v Sussex – and the rest of Europe

Traditionally, in the English summer months, the words ‘Yorkshire v Sussex’ would conjure up not just epic, entertaining cricket matches but ones in which two almost opposing cultures battled it out for supremacy. Dour Yorkshire professionalism that asked and gave no quarter would take on the cream and epitome of southern England’s dilettante amateurs – [...]

By | May 27th, 2008|Categories: Learning Technologies, Sport and Leisure|Tags: , |0 Comments

Thought for the day

A recent survey by Virgin Money asked football fans to estimate how much, on average, they thought about the game each day. Fans of Sean Bean’s favourite side – the Blades (Sheffield United to the uninitiated) – came top of the poll, thinking about football 110 times a day; followed by Charlton fans (104). The [...]

By | January 27th, 2008|Categories: Learning Technologies, Sport and Leisure|Tags: , , |0 Comments