What Happened In The UK In 1993?

Here are the biggest news, sport and entertainment stories of 1993…

Britain’s longest recession since the 1930s was officially over as the economy grew during the first three months of the year. The Conservatives claimed credit for the upturn in fortunes but critics claimed it was luck more than anything else. However it was achieved, it was welcomed by the nation’s people who could now look forward to spending again.

One new place they could spend at being Buckingham Palace; the public being allowed inside for the first time ever during the summer of ’93. With the entrance fee being set at £8, it wasn’t cheap, but that did nothing to hold back demand; within a week of going on sale, all advance group booking slots to visit Buckingham Palace had been filled for the next three years.

Other news included an oil tanker carrying running aground near the Shetland Islands (resulting in 84,700 tonnes of crude oil being spilled into the North Sea and a major ecological catastrophe); and anti-racist demonstrations being held across London in response to criminal charges being dropped against two youths accused of murdering black teenager Stephen Lawrence.

In the world of sport, horse racing’s big event ‘The Grand National’ (with a worldwide audience of 300 million people) ended in ‘chaos’ after many of the riders had failed to realise a false start had been called and had set off around the racetrack. The Jockey Club was forced to declare the race void; meaning bookmakers had to re-pay the £75 million in bets that had been placed on the race (and miss out on their biggest pay-day of the year!).

On a personal mission to resolve alien related ‘chaos’, were FBI agents ‘Mulder & Scully’; their popular US series ‘X-Files’ coming across the Atlantic to UK screens. Motivated by the belief that Mulder’s sister had been abducted by little green men, they set about trying to find the ‘truth’. One place where the truth definitely wasn’t was on ‘Beavis & Butthead’s sofa. These boys spent ’93 becoming world famous for flicking between TV channels and playing football with frogs.

With Britain itself still struggling to come up with any blockbuster movies of it’s own, ‘Jurassic Park’ and ‘Indecent Proposal’ were the major films to hit cinemas during the year. ‘Jurassic Park’ involved dinosaurs (really quite scary-looking, genuine ones!) running riot around a theme park created by an eccentric millionaire. ‘Indecent Proposal’ was another tale to involve a rich man (this time a billionaire played by Robert Redford); this guy offering a couple, who had just lost a fortune in Las Vegas, $1m to spend the night with the wife.…

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Gymnastics History – A Brief Overview

Gymnastics, as an activity, has been around for more than

two thousand years in one form or another, from the ancient

Greek Olympics, to Roman ceremony, to today’s modern meets.

As an organized and truly competitive sport, gymnastics

has existed for a little more than a century. It was

introduced in the mid 1800s to the United States, where it

inexorably gained in popularity within school systems.

Amateur associations gathered together by the late

nineteenth century, offering classes and opportunities for

young people to join in on the fun. Eventually, these

associations began to have their own championships.

In 1896, at the first international Olympic games in Athens,

Greece, the sport we all know and love enjoyed its first

large-scale debut. Included in the Olympic tournament were

vaulting, parallel bars, pommel horse, and rings events for

men. The first women’s Olympic gymnastics events were held

in 1928. After the Olympics began to officially host

gymnastics, the World Championship gymnastics meet emerged

in the early 1900s, and it is still held to this very day.

Thus began a noble tradition that continues even in modern

Olympic games and in local, regional, national, and world

meets all over.

If you’re the parent of a young gymnast, odds are, people

are going to ask you, “Why did you choose gymnastics over

swimming, ballet, football, baseball, or soccer?” It is an

easy question to offer, but not a simple one to answer.

Their curiosity is entirely understandable–to the

uninitiated, may have a lower profile than others.

However, if you are indeed very serious about your child

participating in the sport, you can tell those people, with

great authority, that gymnastics is an excellent way to

spend time. Not only does it have a long and illustrious

history, but it also requires attention and discipline on

the part of a child–more so, perhaps, than one involved in

any other sport.

In order to become successful at the sport of gymnastics,

your child will have to get into a routine of practice.

This type of routine is different from, say, soccer

practice or hockey practice, in that it does not involve

the concept of physical rivalry with other individuals. A

gymnast is not typically seen chasing after another

gymnastics youth with a set of rings as one might see a

hockey player attacking another person on an opposing team.

Gymnastics does not encourage violence in the same way

contact sports do — indeed, when one is part of a

gymnastics team, one has to work in synchronicity with and

have a certain trust for the other members, a valuable

lesson in this individualism-driven social environment.

This can certainly help in any future employment,

especially if your child is interested in professions that

involve lots of interpersonal communication.

Beyond practice, gymnastics also requires physical

discipline. For instance, if you do not move in the way

that you are taught to move when on parallel bars, you will

have falls and disappointment–and then, of course, you

learn from …

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Airsoft Vs Paintball – Which Extreme Sport is More Dangerous?

Many people think that airsoft and paintball are dangerous, but the truth is neither one of these extreme sports produces more injuries than a common club sport (ie. basketball, football, baseball, etc). If you are thinking about joining either of these sports, all the power to you. However, while both sports are safe, airsoft is considerably more intimidating than paintball. The fire rate for airsoft guns is usually around 300-450 fps. Paintball guns rarely reach 300 fps, in fact, most paintball fields have restrictions that disallow players to have a fire rate above 300 fps.

Airsoft bb’s can pierce objects, including human skin. Paintballs are designed to inflict as small amount of pain as possible. Which is why a paintball is wider, and more blunt. Because of a paintballs large surface area, the force of a paintballs impact is distributed over a larger target area. Which causes there to be less pain in one specific area.

So while you will never receive an injury from a paintball making contact with a skin protected body part, airsoft bb’s can, and do, occasionally injure skin protected body parts. The reason for this, is because a paintball will never reach past the skin, but a bb can hit the bone. Airsoft bb’s rarely cause bone injuries, but there is documented evidence that these injuries do occur. Which does not apply to the friendly game of paintball. The most typical injuries from both sports are ankle and eye related. And for both sports, these injuries occur in the same way.

Ankle injuries cannot be avoided in any sport. If a player accidentally twists or rolls in an unnatural direction, an injury may occur. Ankle injuries happen in paintball and airsoft, but they also happen in just about every sport. Nothing we can do about these. For eye injuries, if a paintball or bb pellet contacts an unprotected eye, serious damage can be inflicted. The difference between eye injuries for airsoft and paintball is that paintball will usually leave temporary damage, but an airsoft bb in the eye will almost always cause permanent damage.

An experienced player from both sports knows that eye protection is an absolute must. And when the proper precautions are taken, both sports are very safe. That being said, airsoft will be too painful and scary for many prospective players. If the absence of danger and pain are your main criteria for airsoft vs paintball, then paintball is your best option.…

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O-Back: Integration, Football Style

Ball carriers and offensive linemen have different jobs. They have independent skill sets that are needed to help a football team succeed. Although these skill sets are independent of each other, they do not have to remain mutually exclusive to each group.

Walter Jones, a former offensive lineman with the Seattle Seahawks, will probably be in the NFL Football Hall of Fame. He was one of the best oath lineman with his combination of size, power, and speed. Marshawn Lynch, a running back now with the Seattle Seahawks, is a beast because he brings size, power, and speed to his position. I am not sure if Marshawn will become a hall of famer, but I am certain that he will be in the Seahawks Ring of Honor.

Walter Jones is a big powerful man. These attributes are typical and needed to be a dominant offensive lineman in the NFL. However, what is not typical about Walter are his quick precise feet. His feet help him put his defensive assignment in complete lock-down. Marshawn Lynch has great speed, quickness, and vision like most exceptional running backs in the NFL. What sets Marshawn apart from most other elite running backs is his formidable power. He is able to consistently move the pile several yards after defensive contact has been made. He has established himself as a genuine beast on the football field.

Ball carriers are trained to be shifty and elusive. The good ones can anticipate a defender's movements and use the defender's body weight against him if contact had been made with him or not. Most ball carriers work best in an open space where the running lanes are larger and more accessible. Only a small number of ball carriers deal well with tight crowded area running situations where the running lanes are narrow and less accessible.

Marshawn's wide base helps him establish a firm center of gravity and maintain great balance in tight spots. An offensive lineman has to move and / or maintain control of its defensive assignment. His job requires a combination of power and speed. Power is important in the process, but speed is essential in order to maintain control. Superior foot speed made Walter Jones special. He could maintain control of his defensive assignment for a longer period of time than other lineman. The defensive player who can not disengage from a lineman like Walter Jones, who could push a Cadillac up a steep hill, would have problems doing his job well.

Offensive linemen and ball carriers should cross train with another at least once a week, because each group has a skill set that would benefit the other group. Ball carriers would benefit from training with offensive linemen because they would attain more power by pushing sleds and heading head-to-head against larger stronger reduced lineman in controlled practice drills. The desired result would be that ball carriers develop larger bases like offensive linemen and Marshawn Lynch. It would help them run powerfully in tight crowded …

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The 7 Pillars of Choosing a Football Team’s Quarterback

The Quarterback is undoubtedly the most important man on the team. He is the playing coach who directs the offense. Therefore, his selection becomes one of the most important decisions the head coach must make.

In selecting a quarterback, these considerations are ranked in order of their importance. Perhaps this ranking may cause wonderment to many. Nevertheless, if they are possible, we select the quarterbacks with the following qualifications:

1. Quarterback must be respected

The first consideration must be that the quarterback be respected by his teammates. The quarterback need not be “popular” or well liked by his team, but it is essential that he have their respect if the offense is to be successful. If a quarterback has the respect of his teammates, his judgment will not likely be questioned in a clutch situation. Every individual will give his absolute maximum effort instead of “second guessing” in a crucial series on the goal line. With this respect the squad will develop a feeling of confidence and assurance in the quarterback to get the job done. Respect and confidence carry the ball together.

2. Playing ability

When selecting a quarterback, the requisite of ability is almost a carbon copy of respect; you can’t have one without the other. Yes, it is possible, but not likely. At one time, we made the error of selecting a signal caller who was proficient on offense, but weak on defense. As a result, the team did not completely respect this quarterback, so that they did not go all out for him.

In order for the quarterback to gain absolute respect he must be fairly proficient in other phases of team play. It would be ridiculous for a single-wing quarterback to attempt to lead his teammates on offense, if he were deficient in blocking himself. Yet, he might be a fine defensive man. The quarterback should be able to more than hold his own on both offense and defense. If he fails to have confidence in himself he cannot expect his teammates to respect his judgment. This has been one major area where T-formation quarterbacks could stand improvement. The best way to be a leader is through performance.

3. Football sense

The third quality we look for when selecting the quarterbacks is “football sense.” This is not necessarily found in the player who leads his classmates in scholastic standing. The “A” student many times does not have “football sense,” especially during the stress and pressure of a crucial situation. Normally, the quarterback is academically ranked in the upper one-third of his class and possibly in the top ten per cent of the squad.

It is mandatory that the quarterback know the strengths and weaknesses of his teammates, not just the backfield men, but the line as well. Some players are better in clutch situations than others; they are most reliable when the pressure is on. By way of illustration, some kickers are poised when kicking from their own end zones; certain centers are less excitable …

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The Top Five Professions to Marry Millionaires

It has been a craze and a dream for most women to marry millionaires. The result of statistical calculation shows that there are five top popular professions to marry a millionaire. They are airline stewardess, media women like hostess and women journalists, film stars or singers, secretaries of executives and coaches of noble sports.

1. Airline Stewardess

It is known that rich person would like to take a plane instead of other vehicles for work or for vacation so it is quite easy for airline stewardess to marry millionaires. The airline stewardess often meet some celebrities or millionaires unexpectedly in the plane, especially in the first-class cabin of the plane, which is one of the symbols of wealth. That is to say, they have lots of opportunities to meet some rich person during the course of work.

2. Media Women

A great number of women professioned in media are popular with millionaires too, since they have lots of opportunities to go to the formal occasions like wine, dance, auction and charitable parties and meet millionaires. Moreover, they are knowledgeable and they behave well in formal occasions, which will definitely make deep and good impressions on the wealthy people. A famous example may be Iker Casillas, the captain of Spain National Football Team, also the most valuable and heated goalkeeper in the world, whose girlfriend is also a journalist. The world known woman is Sara Carbonero. In 2009, during the period of the Confederations Cup in South Africa, Sara as the special correspondent of Telecinco was responsible for the live and follow-up reports of Spain National Football Team. Casillas’ heart and whole attention was captured by her at the first sight.

3. Movie Stars or Singers

Women stars marrying into wealthy families, this kind of news is not surprising or unexpected to me any more. Women stars are always charming and attractive, and the wealthy happen to be fond of women of these styles. That’s why most stars marry into the wealthy families.

4. Secretaries of Executives

Assistants or secretaries of executives have the exceptional advantages of marry to the wealthy. On the one hand, they have the opportunities to communicate with their bosses; on the other hand, they also enjoy the chances of meeting bosses or executives from our companies, which will undoubtedly help them to get acquainted with the rich. Their interpersonal skills are sparkling points to enter the families of the rich.

5. Coaches of Noble Sports

Horse-riding, diving, golf and so on, to some extent, are only available to the wealthy, so they are also called noble sports. Coaches proficient in those kinds of sports are regarded to be elegant persons. It is also one of the fatal points to capture the rich’s hearts.

Tips:

The factors above only aim at reducing people’s pressure from work. You don’t need to take them as the unique factors of pursuing your partners. True love and happiness does not only contain money.…

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Sports Trophies

Baseball, Softball, Football, Basketball, Hockey, Volleyball, Bowling and Soccer teams are very popular with adults and kids of all ages. Trophies, medals, plaques, and awards associated with sporting events are cherished keepsakes.

Championship trophies are the perfect way to celebrate a victory. But, even if your team doesn’t win the top honor, they should still be rewarded for their time and effort. Each player is showing winning spirit by participating in a league or team. Give all your participants a memento from the season.

Trophies are available for most team sports for as little as $3 a piece. Both male and female figures in different poses can be placed on a trophy base. Column trophies can be built with one simple column, or in two and three tier combinations. Columns are available in a variety of colors and styles. A special silver Trophy Cup or wood Plaque engraved with their name shows appreciation for a team captain.

Medals and Dog Tags are a low cost way of presenting a token to all participants. These items can be purchased for under $1 per piece. Many styles are available, and medals can be customized with different ribbons.

Whatever trophies or awards you choose, you can be sure that the recipient will appreciate being presented with a special item. Everyone is a winner when they know that their efforts are recognized. Not only the MVPs are crucial to the game – each and every player is a valued member of the team. Show them with a trophy!…

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Clubs And Associations In Algorfa

3A Edad

This is one of the largest association and is a club for pensioners, there are different activities available such as dancing, sewing classes, keep fit for the mature, hairdressing services, dining out, board games and cards but the day trips and weekends away are most popular with all the association members both Spanish and English. A yearly subscription is all that is required to be part of this group; the association is run by a committee whom are helped by the local Council, at this moment in time we are awaiting the grand opening of the new 3ª building which hopefully will be sometime in November if not earlier, the new building is located in the Village square and has been designed with all the latest modern requirements.

Women’s association.

This is a club originally started for housewives and women living with domestic violence, although the association still offers 24hours support and refuge for women the club is now mostly women enjoying life away from their husbands and children, the club has many members both young and old and offers many different activities for all ages, twice a year the association have an evening out where approximately 200 women eat and drink in a private club with entertainment and disco. The majority of mothers are members of this fun loving association.

Music association.

This association is for the talented musicians or singers amongst us or those simply wishing to learn music either young or old all are very welcome. Algorfa music band play in all the Algorfa fiestas and the Cecilia choir is very popular amongst all. Private classes are also available and are held down stairs in the Councils new Cultural centre which is by the side of the infant school.

Football association.

Majority of the members are fathers and sons, there are many different teams of football with ages ranging from 6 years up to adulthood. Here in Algorfa we have two pitches, changing rooms and a snack bar, members or non members are always very welcome, this association is also funded by the Council and they arrange tournaments to be played in different areas meaning weekends away for all the family to enjoy. Soon to be installed by the Algorfa council is an Astroturf pitch.

Algorfa school of dance.

Dancing is most popular amongst the young and for a small amount of 10 EUR a month, if aged 3 years or above your child can dance twice a week and partake in all the Village fiestas. The children are taught by a local dance teacher and once again the dance school council run.…

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Horst Wein Recommends Small Sided Games for Grassroots Football Development

Horst Wein, who has mentored more than 11,000 soccer coaches in 55 different countries around the world, believes that small sided games are the most essential element in developing youth soccer players. This comes from a man who knows a thing or two about this vital topic – his book “Developing Youth Football Players” is the official textbook of the Spanish Football Federation, and has also been adopted by the Football Federation of Australia, having sold more than 100,000 copies worldwide.

Small sided games in Training

Coaches should focus more on games rather than drills in training. Isolating particular techniques and concentrating on them using repetitive drills and exercises is known as the “analytical method” and often poses difficulties when the players come to apply what they have been working on in the real game scenario. The “global method” of training involves creating more game-like scenarios in training that can be more seamlessly integrated into the actual game itself. This is done through creating simplified games, which are scaled-down versions of the real game, but that can focus on particular themes necessary in the real game.

The concept of using games rather than drills and exercises has been studied for many years all around the world. Teaching Games for Understanding (TGfU) has been applied to many different sports and been found to be very effective. In Australia, it is also known as “Game Sense” and “Play practice.”

There are many benefits to this games-oriented method in soccer:

1.Most importantly, players prefer to play games than to do drills (especially the younger ones).

2.The games can be modified through different variables to concentrate more on specific elements that need to be addressed; The size of the playing area, the number of players, duration of the game, technical rules etc, means that in the hands of a skilful coach, games may be used to achieve all the requirements of playing the real game.

3.Small sided games require smaller pitches and can be suited to any number of players.

4.Small sided games provide a much more intense physical workout than larger games.

5.Small sided games allow the coach to develop the players Game Intelligence, as they may focus on the true dynamics of the game of soccer e.g. the 2v1 situation.

Small sided games in competition

This means that the competitions that young people play should be tailored to the specific requirements of their age group.

“The competition you play should be like your shoes, it should fit you perfectly! “

Benefits of small sided games in competition (and training):

  • More touches of the ball
  • Simpler decisions to make
  • Better game-related fitness, short duration of high-intensity vs laps
  • More time with coach per player
  • Easier to coach especially for parent coaches
  • More opportunities to solve game problems
  • More attacking opportunities (dribbling, shooting, passing )
  • More defending opportunities
  • More shooting and more goals = more fun!
  • No hiding place, players don’t get lost in these games
  • More opportunities for the full range of skills

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How to Punt the Football

Punting is a very important part of the game. Punters like kickers are the most closely scrutinized players on the field. Unlike the other players who can jump off sides, start to early, the punter does not get a second chance unless the defense has a penalty. Each punting situation is different. You need to know how to punt the football for each set of circumstances. Do you punt away, quick kick or employ a rugby style kick. Regardless you punters have to get it right the first time. This article will give you the basics of how to punt the football.

Preparing to punt

Preparing to punt starts with your stance. Balance in your stance is vital, have your legs about shoulder width apart and your kicking foot about a half foot width behind your non punting foot.

Your body is squared with line of scrimmage and your arms bent in an L shape with your hands in front of you.

How to receive the snap

With your body squared to the line and hands in front, you are ready to receive the snap. Your eyes must be focused on the long snapper and the ball. Eying the defense and trying to read the rush can cause a muffed snap reception and put your team in a big hole.

As the ball is snapped, watch the ball all the way into your hands. The punting side hand should be on the end of the ball closes to your body.

While you position the ball in your hands, laces up, take a half step with your kicking foot full step with your non punting leg. This will build up the momentum for punting the ball. Your head is down looking at the ball, watching as your punting leg comes up meeting the ball and you kick through the ball.

Different types of punts

Field position or a hard rush can require you to use a different style punt.

*** Pooch Punt ***

This style of punt is designed to get a lot of air under the ball. You will sacrifice distance for height. To get air under your punt, hold the tip of the ball slightly up and the punt the ball. The more the tip is pointed up, the more air you get under the ball.

*** Rugby Kick ***

The Rugby Kick can be used to avoid a hard rush or to get a lot of roll on the ball.

Executing the Rugby Kick is taking one step back with your punting foot, and then a side a step, the follow up step is with your kicking foot kicking through the ball. Rugby Kicks do not produce a lot of height, are difficult to get a good run back on and should give you a lot of role.

*** Quick Kick ***

This punt is used when the snap is slow getting back and or the rush will not allow for a Rugby Kick.

The quick kick is …

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