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Gareth Icke – Remember Who You Are (Wembley Arena 2012) – A short film by tippers

So on Saturday October 27th, I was lucky enough to perform at a packed out 6,500 crowd at Wembley Arena with over 4,000 people watching online. Firstly, a massive thank you to David Icke for asking Gareth to play, and a massive thanks to everyone involved. I’ve been playing with G for a long time now and it was awesome to take it to a stage like that.

 

We went down really well so thank you all!

 

I kept a video diary of events – here it is….

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m1n5_2X4yhM

 

Have a look on NDL Photo’s Facebook Page for some pics of the event. If you have a video or photos, please get in touch!

RIP Neil Armstrong

I LOVE Astronauts. I can’t think of anything cooler than BEING in Space… Actually being in Space… that’s mental.

I would have loved to have been alive, or been old enough to appreciate the days when we, as the human race, where conquering space; not just putting men into orbit but landing them on other planets and safely bringing them home. It must have been an incredible time.

I can’t think of anything that will be a bigger step for us as mankind than that first step on the moon… Mars maybe, but it won’t be that first magic step on truly foreign grounds. I will be watching intently if and when we do however and I promise you that that man or woman will then enter my own personal hall of fame.

Today, however, we mourn the loss of the greatest of all the astronauts. The first man on the moon, Neil Armstrong.

In the grand scheme of things, this is one small loss of (a) man, one giant loss for mankind.

RIP Neil… Legends never die.

 

An Open Letter to Parents

An open letter to parents…

Now that the Olympics are over, I urge you to take a look at your children’s heroes. Over the last two weeks, we have pulled together as a country to support our nations athletes. Prior to that we lined the streets to watch good, decent and often brave and courageous people of all ages run with the Olympic flame.

We have all sat with our hearts in our mouths as Mo Farrah won the gold in the 10,000, Jessica Ennis completed an incredible victory in the Heptathlon or young Laura Trott won TWO Olympic Gold Medals at only 20. I would imagine you have seen your kids cheering them on, hopefully having an invigorated love of sports.

Now think about what you’ll be watching over the next two weeks. Will it be Big Brother? Will it be soaps or programs about celebrity wannabes with no real value to add to society? Kids are very impressionable. It takes one moment in a child’s life to see something or someone and say, “Yes, that’s who I want to be!”

Which of the following people do you think is more aspirational and more suitable for you child to grow up idolising and trying to emulate?

Amy Childs

Born 1990
Appeared in The Only Way is Essex
Came Fourth in Celebrity Big Brother
At time of writing dating a contestant from Take Me Out
Featured on many magazine covers including ‘Lads Mags’ Loaded and FHM and Gossip Magazines such as New! (Discussing her new fake breasts) and OK!Extra (Free with The Daily Star, discussing one of many heartbreaks)
Left school with 4 GCSEs
Has a Level Two and Three Diploma in Beauty Specialised Techniques

Jessica Ennis

Born 1986
Commonwealth Games 2006 – Heptathlon Bronze
Summer Universiade 2005 – Heptathlon Bronze
European Championships 2010 – Heptathlon Gold
World Indoor Championships 2010 – Pentathlon Gold
World Indoor Championships 2012 – Pentathlon Silver
World Championships 2009 – Heptathlon Gold
World Championships 2011 – Heptathlon Silver
Olympic Games 2012 – Heptathlon Gold
Current British National record holder for the Heptathlon, the indoor Pentathlon, the High Jump and the 100m Hurdles
Engaged to long term partner
Patron of the Sheffield Children’s Hospital charity and a Sports Foundation
Ambassador for the Jaguar Academy of Sport
She writes a column for the Times Newspaper
She has been features on magazine covers such as Cosmopolitan (On Fighting for her dream) and Time Magazine.
Jessica completed her GCSES, gained 3 A Levels and a Degree in Psychology.

 

I only speak for myself… but I know that if and when I have a daughter, I know who I would rather she turn out like. We shape our children’s future, we shape the future generation, we shape the future. I could do a similar comparison for any number of the boys/men as well but you get my point.

Now is your turn parents… inspire a generation; inspire YOUR generation, inspire the next generation.

Don’t let Great Britain become one big episode of Jeremy Kyle or Booze Britain in the next 20 years. Turn off the trash TV, don’t buy the trash mag, take your kids to the park. You might just enjoy it too!

I welcome your thoughts on this!

Peace and love,

Tipps
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Give Blood

The other day, I gave blood for the first time; I’m proud of myself for that small feat and I now urge everyone else to do the same. I have to admit, I first signed up to do it was I was 18 but pulled out due to a combination of a) being chicken and b) wanting to be able to go and drink that night. Very selfish I know, that’s why I’ve always owed it not only to myself, but society as a whole, to finally go through with it; now I have I’ll be a regular blood donor.

 

 

We’ve all seen the adverts saying ‘Do something amazing today, save a life‘ etc… and I would imagine it crosses everyone’s mind to do it, but I doubt many go through with it. Here’s what you may be thinking (because I certainly was)

 

Reasons why I don’t want to give blood:

 

Reasons why you should give blood and why I’ll be going back:

  • I was there for less than an hour in total, I was given lovely crisps and biscuits whilst I was there and a lovely old volunteer made me a coffee, in all, I’d rather do that than sit around watching trashy television.
  • Apart from a bit of a bruise (I bruise easily…), I had no physical side effects or loss of colour and I didn’t look like this.
  • I can only speak for me, but at no point did I feel light headed, ill or like I would faint.
  • I didn’t feel the injection and I didn’t feel any blood coming out of me, no physical pain at all.
  • The nurses where amazing. I’m quite a social person so I ended up just having a chat and a laugh with them. They were very pleasant, explained what was happening and why and when I left, they all said I’d made their day. They’re doing a good deed too, have fun with them!
  • Isn’t that a good thing, rather than leaving it un-found?
  • After giving blood (and my lovely free coffee), I walked home and then drove to a restaurant where I enjoyed a meal with friends. The blood donation didn’t affect any of this.
  • The blood is divided into three different groups, helping whoever needs it (for instance white blood cells for leukaemia patients. One pint can save 3 lives.
  • OK, so some people fear needles. I don’t fear needles so wasn’t bothered, all I will say is that I didn’t really feel anything. If you looked away, I’d doubt you’d notice. Anyway, we all do things for charity like walking/running/sky dives etc… I’m sure 1 little needle is worth saving 3 lives.

 

I spoke to a woman there donating her 62nd pint of blood. She’s saved around 180 lives. She won’t be given an award or be in the paper, but she knows what she’s done. It’s an amazing feeling, join her!

 

http://www.blood.co.uk

Britain’s Got Talent (and bullies)

I hate bullying.

 

Last Saturday I watched, along with the wife, the ‘triumphant’ return of Simon Cowell’s Britain’s Got Talent to our screens. I can’t stand these programs but Josie likes it and I enjoy angrily tweeting along with it. This particular one really got my goat though, and you can lump things like the X-Factor in with this and all.

 

I remember being at school, the school bully would publicly humiliate the ‘div kid’ and probably steal their lunch money; I was amazed to watch this same playground scenario metaphorically play it’s way out on my screen on Saturday night. Answer me this, if you are walking along the high street and a Down syndrome lad is singing away to himself, do you point, laugh, film it, upload it to youtube and then e-mail it to all your mates with the title ‘Look at this idiot!’; no… no you don’t. If you do, stop reading and get off my website, you’re not welcome. What is the different between the above two scenarios and what Britain’s Got Talent and the like do? Remember, before appearing on stage, they have gone past several ‘auditions’ with suits backstage to be chosen to appear live, not just in front of a large theatre audience, but millions at home. Notice this year all the ‘good’ acts have been mic’d up and are being followed backstage.

 

Take the act with the lady reading her poetry, with the ‘Young Kenny‘ lookalike dancing in the background. These two, in all fairness, don’t seem like the full picnic. How best to deal with this? In ITV and Simon Cowell’s opinion, you build up their hopes, have people tell them that they are ‘just what we’re looking for’ and perfect for the stage. Once they are really excited, pop them on the stage and let them humiliate themselves; give people enough rope and they’ll hang themselves. ITV and Simon Cowell basically just shouted ‘Look at the div kid everyone! He’s pissed his pants!!!’ in the playground, before punching him in the stomach and stealing his lunch money.

 

As Jonathan Antoine (now dubbed SuBoy or ‘Big Jon’, kindly) entered the stage, Cowell muttered ‘Just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse‘ … why’s that Simon? Because he is fat? Really? Does Simon Cowell mutter stuff under his breathe if gay/black/asian/disabled people come on stage? Prejudiced behaviour is generally frowned upon I’m told….. unless of course you’re ITV and Simon Cowell, then it’s a Saturday night family giggle.

 

Derren Brown did a program recently called ‘The Gameshow’ to show the ‘pack mentality’ of an audience. They audience were voting on how a poor innocent man’s evening would span out. Throughout the show, the audience were getting more and more frenzied, voting for the man’s evening to get worse and worse… BGT is much the same. Be careful folks.