Archive for October, 2009

Estonian singer makes the front pages…

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Last Thursday Estonian singer ‘Hannah’ handed out 50,000 copies of a free newspaper to promote new single ‘Shadow On The Wall’. Check out the public’s reaction here…

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Sweet Tooth by Zoe Smith

Thank you to everyone who has been asking how my dad is.  I’m glad to say he’s home from hospital now and normal service will (hopefully!) be resumed shortly.

The thing that has been dominating my thoughts over the last week is my diet!  I need to make sure I am able to weigh in at exactly 58kg (or hopefully a little less) by the date of my next competition in Sweden in 2 weeks.

Although my diet is always reasonably healthy, I do have rather a sweet tooth which means that I can gain weight quite easily if I’m not being careful.  I’m particularly partial to chocolate and flavoured milkshakes, but I’m having to be very strict with myself at the moment and am trying to cut things like that out altogether.

I’m very lucky that I am able to benefit from the advice of Martin MacDonald, the World Class Lifting Nutritionist.  He advises me to eat around 5 small meals a day, mostly made up of protein with plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables and a small amount of carbohydrates.  The other big advice is for me to drink PLENTY of water, which is something I’ve never been very good about – but I’m getting better with practice!

People ask why I don’t add in some cardio work to my training regime to help burn off some extra calories, but I am strongly advised by my coach NOT to do this as he honestly believes it would weaken my strength for weightlifting so that doesn’t make weight loss any easier.

I’ve just under 2kg still to lose which doesn’t sound like much, but I’m sure most people know how it’s always the last little bit that is the hardest to shift.

Wish me luck!

Yawning…

This is a nice extract from Malcolm Gladwell’s No.1 best seller ‘The Tipping Point’ that discusses word of mouth, trends and how things spread…

Yawning is a surprisingly powerful act. Just because you read the word “yawning” in the previous two sentences – and the two additional “yawns” in this sentence – a good number of you will probably yawn within the next few minutes. Even as I am writing this, I’ve yawned twice. If you’re reading this in a public place, and you’ve just yawned, chances are that a good proportion of everyone who saw you yawn is now yawning too, and a good proportion of the people watching the people who watched you yawn are now yawning as well, and on and on, in an ever-widening, yawning circle.

Yawning is incredibly contagious. I made some of you reading this yawn simply by writing the word “yawn.” The people who yawned when they saw you yawn, meanwhile, were infected by the sight of you yawning – which is a second kind of contagion. They might even have yawned if they only heard you yawn, because yawning is also aurally contagious: if you play an audiotape of a yawn to blind people, they’ll yawn too. And finally, if you yawned as you read this, did the thought cross your mind – however unconsciously and fleetingly – that you might be tired? I suspect that for some of you it did, which means that yawns can also be emotionally contagious. Simply by writing the word, I can plant a feeling in your mind. Can the flu virus do that? Contagiousness, in other words, is an unexpected property of all kinds of things, and we have to recognize and diagnose epidemic change.

Malcolm Gladwell – ‘The Tipping Point’

Editors hack Google Street View

British band Editors have hacked in to Google Street View to create a unique listening platform for their new album ‘In This Light And On This Evening’. On Editors website users can interact with Google Street View to go to Editor’s favourite London spots that are referenced in some of the tracks from the new album. They have even added their own snapshots of themselves and of fans doing weird things that are integrated into their version of Google maps.

This is what they say:

“Editors hack Google Street View to create a unique album listening experience. The application allows users to travel via Street View to areas of London where the band have hacked in their own custom locations. Within each location the user will hear music from the new album In This Light And On This Evening, inspired by the mood and magic of London at night. Each of the nine tracks on the album has it’s own location.

The images feature Editors and a group of fans performing surreal activities which reportedly have hidden meanings relating to the songs. The locations are normally unavailable on the regular Street View. Editors modified version of Google Maps allows users to enter into these locations and make the transition from light to dark so users can explore Editors atmospheric vision of London at night.”

Paul Hardcastle – Off to In The City 2009

Well it’s been pretty busy these last few weeks. Zero One is still getting great feedback, keep it coming! ha-ha

Right now I’m just preparing for In The City 2009, where I’ll be sat on a panel with Joe Duddell (of Elbow fame!) discussing songwriting and composition. It should be a great day, if not a little cold as it’s up in Manchester, but still I’m really looking forward to it!

For more info on that go to http://www.inthecity.co.uk

I’ve also been working on a little festive number for Christmas that I think you might like, there’ll be more news on that coming soon.

PH

Zoe Smith – Where has the year gone?

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When I woke up this morning it suddenly dawned on me that it was a whole year ago today that I had the biggest win of my weightlifting career so far when I won the gold medal at the Commonwealth Youth Games in Pune, India.

That was my first experience of participating in a big international multi-sport event and everything about it was fantastic. (Of course winning helped make it even better!)

The CYG village was amazing and it was great to meet athletes from so many different countries and so many different sports. I made lots of friends from around the world there and, thanks to the internet, have been able to keep in touch with many of them. (I’ve posted a few photos today of me competing at the CYG and with my medal.)

But it did make me realise just how quickly the year has flown by. It’s been a year with so many exciting internationals for me and I think the pace of everything has just made the time seem to go by too fast and I’ve not always had the opportunity to fully appreciate everywhere I’ve been.

The countries I’ve visited in 2009 are: Thailand (1st World Youth Weightlifting Championships), Austria (Fulda Cup), Sweden (European Junior Championships) and Israel (European Youth Championships). I’m currently training really hard for my next international (again in Sweden) from 6-8 November where I’m hoping to redeem myself after my unexpectedly lacklustre competition in Israel.

Sometimes I have to pinch myself to make sure I’m not dreaming because when I stop to think I can still hardly believe how many opportunities taking part in my sport has given me.

Will have to stop writing now as I’ve got tons of GCSE coursework to catch up on – that’s the biggest downside of missing school to travel abroad!

Becks to back 2018 Bid

The Sun

The Sun

England’s flailing attempt to secure the 2018 World Cup is to be boosted by the support of David Beckham when the draw is announced in Cape Town on December 4th.

Fifa vice-president Jack Warner sent a warning to the FA that their bid was “plodding along” and should involve personalities such as Beckham, who was instrumental in hos support for the 2012 Olympic bid.

“I was honoured to be involved in the Olympic bid and we were successful there and I was asked to be an ambassador of this one. So of course I accepted it and I’m serious about it.

“Just because we are England, love the game and we’re one of the biggest nations for the game, it doesn’t mean we are taking this bid lightly,” said Beckham.

“I think we’re right because we are a nation that loves the game. The facilities around our country are exceptional. You look at the stadiums and they are second to none. If we were given the World Cup and it was held next week, we would be ready.

“If we want something like the World Cup in our country it’s not just given to you, you have to get things right and make a lot of people happy. We plan on doing that. Hopefully we can get it.”