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Travel Bug News – Spring 2017

My last holiday abroad was a working holiday in Galilee, Israel on a Kibbutz which is an egalitarian community.  Work was for about 4 hours per day in the morning and the afternoon was mainly spent relaxing round the pool.

Meals were provided with free board also in the volunteer house with new friends made from countries such as Sweden, Denmark, South Africa, Russia and even as far away as Australia.  The Plane there and back was on an open ticket of 6 months and I stayed for 3 months.  The jobs were varied but hardly strenuous and weekend evenings were spent at the Bunker, a makeshift nightclub on site.  The Kibbutz I was on also had a Hotel on it with paying guests.

A few years ago I bought a book in a Charity Shop entitled ‘Africa on a Shoestring’ and the travel bug is biting to visit at least one of the 60+ Countries in that great Continent with Tanzania and the Serengeti National Park seeming the favourite.  It would have to be a good experience to beat a Kibbutz working holiday.

You can find travel magazines that highlight places of interest and adventure as an alternative to the typical beach holiday or expensive manmade resort.

I have a book entitled ‘1000 Places to See Before You Die’ which you can see at Qureshi Travel at 140a, Blackburn Road, Accrington in Lancashire.  The nearest place featured to Accrington is the Lake District which is in Lancashire & Cumbria.  As far away as India the first mentioned Place is the Palace on Wheels.  The Travel Shop has recently signed up to Twitter with the username of @QureshiTravel and they do Holiday Packages for when you are ready for planning a deserved break.  Tel: 0778 4173 137 or Click Here

Ethics in Business

Ethics in Business

On Monday 13th February 2017 during #BlackburnHour on Twitter I found out that @BIBAs2017 had blocked me as the previous week I had tweeted them to ask if they had an award for Software.  They replied that they didn’t but pointed me towards their website to see if there were any other relevant categories.  My full name is Damian John Paul Brown – @EnglandRovers

I went to their website and found myself looking at the sponsors of the awards.  By the way, BIBAs stands for the ‘Be Inspired Business Awards’ and is run by the North and Western Lancashire Chamber of Commerce and they claim on their website, the BIBAs is the ‘only one they all want to win’.  Forget Olympic Medals & FA Cup Medals and the like!  Soz if that spoils your Marketing Hype!  I Cottoned On To What The Tories Were Doing When They Added A Tree To Their Party Political Logo!

As soon as I saw the Headline Sponsor was Cuadrilla, the fracking company, I tweeted the @BIBAs2017 people back with something like ‘Sorry @BIBAs2017 I can’t take part in an award ceremony when the main sponsor is a company that rips up the countryside’ and left it at that.

After #BlackburnHour had finished I decided to do some research on the BIBAs and Cuadrilla but there are other sponsors of the BIBAs that you may like to do some research into yourself.  They are quite clearly listed on but for ethical sake and to be fair to Cuadrilla I will list them here.  Abbey Telecom, Aston Services Group, BAE Systems, Commercial Kitchen Service Ltd, Community Foundation, Department for International Trade, Intersys, Investec, Lancashire Post, Mad Florists, Moore & Smalley, obas, Preston’s College, RTR Digital Agency, Grandma Singleton’s, Slater Gordon, Smooth Radio, TNP, UCLAN.

The Chairman of Cuadrilla Resources is Baron Browne of Madingley who was Chief Executive of the energy company BP between 1995 and 2007 where it says on Wikipedia that during his tenure in 2005 BP’s Texas City Plant had a fatal explosion which killed 15 people and injured more than 170 others.

The controversies of Fracking at

You Can See The BIBAs Website at & Make Your Own Decisions About Their Sponsors But I’ll Try My Best Both To Highlight Unethical Business Goings On In Lancashire Including Drug Dealing Both On The Street & By Pharmaceutical Companies and Banish Such Practice From Lancashire & Drive Them Down South To Somewhere Like The City of London Where They Belong Among All The Other Sad Plebs – Are You A Sad Pleb?  If So Go To The City of London & See If Anyone Speaks To You!

Cricket Books of Interest But Not Just Cricket

Not Just Cricket Is Temporarily Redirected To This Blog – Can You Play Cricket? Have You Tried Playing Cricket? Do You Think You Would Enjoy Playing Cricket In The Summer Sun?

We Are Setting Up A Cricket Club With A Special Name & We’d Like Genuine Persons To Join & Help Run The Cricket Club Based In Blackburn, Lancashire, England!

In The First Instance You Can Ring Damian on 07424 065 372 To Offer Your Services In Any Which Way You Can, Whether Cheerleader or Batsman or Bowler or Fielder or Wicket-Keeper or Umpire or General All-Rounder!  We Are Sure You’ll Make Good Friends For A Good Cause & Join In The Fun or Razzmatazz!

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Barclays World of Cricket (1980) – Swanton & Woodcock

One Day Cricket (1988) – David Lemmon

Bedside Cricket (1981) – Christopher Martin-Jenkins

Great Innings (1990) – Peter Roebuck

England’s Ashes (2005) – Daily Telegraph

Classic Cricket Cards (1980) – John Arlott

Back Page Cricket (1987) – E.W. Swanton

Cricket Quiz Book (1979) – Marshall Cavendish (Publisher)

Homes of Cricket (1988) – George Plumptre

100 Greatest Batsmen (1986) – John Arlott

Seasons Past (1986) – Christopher Martin-Jenkins

Ashes 2010-11 (2011) – Mike Gatting (Foreword)

Guinness Book of Test Cricket Captains (1992) – David Lemmon

Double Century (1987) – Tony Lewis

The Cricketer Book of Cricket Days (1989) – Chris Rhys

Peter May’s Book of Cricket (1956) – Peter May

To Enquire About The Above Cricket Books or Other Cricket & Sports Books Just Ring – Not Just Cricket 07424 065 372 or Tweet @EnglandRovers

National Entrepreneur – Lucky Ones Receive Hard Copy

Editor: Damian John Brown – Issue 1 February 2017 – Monthly Business Tips

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The Social Media Gain

Twitter is not just for communicating online to people you already know but is there to help you to get to know more people who could turn into valued customers.  Being based in East Lancashire in a close knit community does not limit you to sales within that community.  In that same community I have reached customers from Yorkshire, London and another place in the South.

The customers aren’t rushing to my door because shoppers don’t do that any more.  Through Twitter I have sold books, some piece of tech from the 1980s and an Eiffel Tower.  I don’t claim to have travelled to Paris but it was a keyring and for repeat custom I have a model Eiffel Tower in stock.  These sales were not done using an online auction site and only the piece of tech 1980s was done through PayPal which was easier than sending cash through the post or setting up a bank transfer.

I’ll be honest with you and tell you that I have bought more online on an auction site than I have sold over Twitter but back in 1995 I was selling prints of famous footballers from a website and receiving £1 coins attached to a piece of  card from places as far away as Malaysia.

2017 will be a year of many surprises and on Twitter you get to know about things from around the Nation or Globe in a matter of minutes after they have become newsworthy when they Trend on Twitter.

You may be thinking of starting a small business and wondering what to sell online.  It needs to be easy to package and not weigh too much to keep postage costs low.  You probably know people on Twitter who would trust you to provide them with a product or service.  You can start off locally and then progress further afield with hardly moving out of your home.

Again Phone 07424 065 372 for Business News

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