If you think you are beaten, you are

I was told this poem yesterday and thought I would share it with you all.

if you think you are beaten, you are

if you think you dare not, you don’t

if you’d like to win but you think you can’t

it’s almost certain you won’t

if you think you’ll lose, you’ve lost

for out of the world we find

success begins with a fellows will

it’s all a state of mind

if you think you’re outclassed you are

you’ve got to think high to rise

you’ve got to be sure of yourself before

you can ever win the prize

life’s battles don’t always go

to the stronger or faster man

sooner or later the man who wins

is the one who thinks he can


Dear The King of London (formerly known as his right honourable David Cameron, but let’s face it, you’re not honourable in the slightest)

Dear The King of London (formerly known as his right honourable David Cameron, but let’s face it, you’re not honourable in the slightest)

Did you know that your country (That’s the UNITED KINGDOM OF GREAT BRITAIN AND NORTHERN IRELAND not the South East of England) is struggling? No? I didn’t think so.

You’re so caught up in Olympic Fever and looking after your rich friends that you can’t even see what is going on just above your head. Your country needs you, no I’m not talking about a war (though I’d be happy for anyone from north of Watford Gap to fight to take back control), I’m talking about this North/South divide. Yes, it’s real. It’s real and you don’t care about it. In fact, it’s not even North/South anymore, it’s the South East surrounded by a few little places along the South coast. As soon as you hit Devon, it’s like being in another country.

Did you know that the empty shop rate is higher in the North than it is elsewhere? Well, guess what, it is. And did you know that you’ve chosen high streets in the SOUTH EAST to receive money to help their high streets? Erm, what help do they need?

You’ve given some money to somewhere in Devon to help them with car parking and you’ve given some money to Liverpool to help with mentoring young people in business. But what good will that do for the rest of this country? Yes, it’s a country, it’s four countries in one…not four countries and a capital city that is the only country you know exists.

So, Dave, can I call you Dave? Probably not, but I will anyway. I’m sick of this North/South divide, this ‘London is the centre of the universe’, it’s not. For more people in this country it is a bane on our existence and only ceases to make life harder for those elsewhere.

How about you drill a hole around the edges of the South East and sail off into the sea? Or better still, hand the North and West over to Scotland and Wales (let’s face it, we’re another year with the Tories away from hating the so called ‘English’ as much as they do). I’d rather seek Independence with the rest of this so called UNITED KINGDOM and rename ourselves into an Englishman, Irishman, Scotsman and Welshman joke.

Yours Never Sincerely,

An Angry Northerner Who Is Considering Becoming Scottish

Dailycoaster day 10: a load of rubbish!

Have you ever had to check a coach for rubbish? I did it. I picked up a bottle and what I assumed to be an empty packet of tobacco (when it’s stuffed into the back of a seat, it looks like rubbish). Somehow in the mayhem of rain and getting everybody plus equipment inside, the bottle vanished and I thought nothing more of it.

Until I was told by one of my young people that they had lost their tobacco…who’s fault is that? I would say hers, does anyone disagree with me?

Actually got told off by The Beast for putting it in the bin. What am I supposed to do with rubbish? Check whose empty bottle it was? Or who dropped the little tiny bit of paper? No. So why would I check whose packet of tobacco it is?

Oh and after I’d had a cry about being told off for doing something that I believe was entirely justified…we found out the tobacco in the bottle wasn’t even the girl’s because they found it. So how stupid was all that?!

But at least my group did a great Question of Sport style presentation in front of their parents, it was fantastic.

Dailycoaster day 9: to lead or not to lead

I had a really good day. The young people I’ve been working with we’re at a school all day coaching the children in basketball skills, it was amazing to see them progress and to have them improve in confidence throughout the day.

The biggest downside was being told to take a step back when all I did was make sure the school children were put into two groups for the young people.

That didn’t go down well, apparently…yet when the woman teaching the young people how to coach did it, nobody batted an eyelid.

Contradiction much?!

Dailycoaster day 8: Nine years later

July 8th has some significance in this world for some people (I know it was yesterday, but I was tired).

Nine years ago, Delta Goodrem was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma at just 18. For any of her fans they understand the significance of the day.

In the song Extraordinary Day, Delta sang about the day that turned her life around. The lyrics really portray how frightening and world changing a cancer diagnosis can be. Thy say 90% of songs are actually about sex but it’s amazing for someone like Delta to constantly create music in the 10% that isn’t.

Nine years ago Delta was battling cancer and thankfully she won because today, nine years on, she’s stronger than ever before and it’s amazing to see the beautiful teenager just as beautiful at twenty-seven.

Dailycoaster day 7: Beauty and the Beast, the remix

Some things in life never change, such is The Beast. Having worked this same programme a year ago I was not allowed to take 6 out of my 12 young people when going out in the town centre, I had to take 4 whilst my partner took 8. I’ve been in charge of more than 8 young people before. It’s frustrating. There’s no trust there, there’s no understanding that my role doesn’t mean I have no experience, it merely means I’m less confident.

On the flip side, once again, my group are lovely and so is The Beast’s assistant. If I had to choose one of the two to observe/help with the session I’m doing tomorrow night (for which I don’t feel I need any help at all) I would choose Beauty. I dread the thought of getting The Beast. I try to change what is in the booklet because I want to bring something different to my group…I feel it will work fine, we’ll see what The Beast thinks if she observes. Her controlling nature suggests she may pull me up on going off course…

She told someone else off for eating their own food.

What the actual fuck?! It’s okay to eat your own food. If you’re on a diet (like this person is) then you should be able to. If you don’t like certain foods (like I don’t like Chinese) then why should you have to pick at a meal you won’t like at all?! Firstly, a waste of food. Secondly, we deserve and have a right to a decent meal.

She said herself that the young people all have a right to get an equal amount from this project, that no one should be left behind because they don’t understand words or sentences that we use.

Where’s the understanding for us?

And quite frankly, quiet people should not “GROW A PAIR” that’s like telling a noisy person to not talk. She has no concept what so ever of what it is like to be shy and lack self esteem in confidence. That much is so very clear that it frustrates me. Where is her walking a mile in someone else’s shoes? Where is her empathy?

The battle with The Beast is sure to commence today…

NB: and buying me Chewitts is a nice gesture, but it will not and never will make up for this crap.

Dailycoaster day 6: beauty and the beast!

There are some wonderful people in this world, even teenagers, who are just rays of sunshine and so mature. I’m so thrilled to be working with such an amazing group made up of funny, smart and crazy people.

On the flip side of the coin is The Beast, the person who tells me what to do…and does so to an infuriating degree. To question someone’s knowledge is one thing, to make unfair comments in front of young people is another entirely.

I wish I could expand further, but The Beast will have to remain as many beasts are, hidden and mysterious.

Just know that there’s little chance of this beast turning into a beauty any time soon.

Day one…patience is wearing thin…just another 10 days to go…