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Nick Kyrios Fined For Meltdown

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Kyrios Blows Another Fuse

Oh Dear, he has done it again. Nick Kyrios has riled tennis sports commentators with his latest meltdown at the Cincinnati Masters. He had won the first set against his Russian opponent, Karen Khachanov. Then the demons struck him again. He threw a towel over a camera forcing the broadcaster to switch to an overhead view.

Kyrios went on to verbally abuse the chair umpire Fergus Murphy with a string of profanities. Vision was captured of him smashing tennis racquets in the corridor.

Ben Fordham, a Sydney radio presenter for 2GB said Kyrgios “needs a psychiatrist, medication and a straitjacket.”[*]

Will the $167,000 fine make any difference? Doubtful.

With this latest outburst, Nick Kyrios is rapidly using up the last vestiges of respect that may have existed within the sporting community at large. Personally, I do not think that the fine is a proper punishment. It should have been backed up with a 6-month ban. He will miss out on two majors including the Australian Open.

What are your thoughts?

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Authors Day Is Today

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Today Is Authors Day

Authors Day will be celebrated by writers from many genres. An author is not simply someone who writes a book.

Being an author involved in any type of writing needs determination, resilience and a degree of intelligence.  an author may be a reporter for the newspaper. Just because the pieces they write may be no longer than this blog does not mean that a considerable amount of time and effort has not gone into it.

The author that writes a novel must do an amount of research to make the scenes and the characters in the book seem real to the reader.

Those that write reference books do an incredible amount of work compiling facts for insertion in their writings. So you can see, writing a book is something done with a great deal of thought and, yes, even emotion.

Innocent Death – a Novella by Hamish McKenna available as an E-Book or in Print

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Toffee Apples

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Toffee Apples Day

Today is the day to eat a good Toffee Apple. Not only is the humble toffee apple used in Halloween celebrations but in many others.

They are eaten in Brazil at the feast of St John The Apostle. In Canada, many fairs and festivals will see toffee (or candy) apples consumed.

In France, they are referred to as pommes d’amour (apples of love), whereas in Germany they are a Christmas treat. In Israel, they are almost exclusively eaten on Yom Ha’atzmaut eve which is Israel’s Independence Day.

In the Land Of The Rising Sun, Japan, they are enjoyed along with grapes strawberries and tangerines at festivals and the like. In Ireland and the British Isles, they are, of course, eaten on Halloween.

Here is a simple recipe for a good toffee apple.

Ingredients

8 Granny Smith apples

Apples

400g golden caster sugar

1 tsp vinegar

4 tbsp golden syrup

Method

1

Put the apples in a large bowl, then cover with boiling water, do this in batches if needed. This will remove the waxy coating and help the caramel to stick. Dry thoroughly and twist off any stalks. Push a wooden skewer or lolly stick into the stalk end of each apple.

2

Lay out a sheet of baking paper and place the apples on this, near your stove. Tip the sugar into a pan along with 100ml water and set over a medium heat. Cook for 5 mins until the sugar dissolves, then stir in the vinegar and syrup. Test the toffee by pouring a little into a bowl of cold water. It should harden instantly and, when removed, be brittle and easy to break. If you can still squish the toffee, continue to boil it. Use a cooks thermometer if you have one and get the temperature to 150C.

3

Working quickly, dip and twist each apple in the hot toffee until covered, let any excess drip away, then place on the baking paper to harden. You may have to heat the toffee a little if the temperature drops as you dip and it starts to feel thick. Leave the toffee apples to cool before eating.

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Internet Day

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Internet Day

When the internet first began it consisted of just two computers that were linked together. The internet crashed for the first time on the day it was invented. The user was trying to send a message but the system crashed after just two letters, L and O. You can see the original internet (or first ever website) here. Fabulous stuff, NOT!

But seriously, that first day led to us being able to talk and see people on the other side of the world almost as if they were in the room. And it is improving daily.

But on the flip side, the internet has been very damaging. We are addicted to our screens and would find it very difficult to get through a days work without the support blanket of our mobile phone.

In addition to this, we have lost the ability to communicate with each other.

Yes, we talk and text all the time. today’s generation would find it a challenge to actually write a letter. A new type of bully has appeared, the cyber bully. It is all too easy for anyone to write something derogatory. Then there is the person who posts regularly to social media. If they do not get any likes on the post, they feel like they are being sent to what I refer to as Cyber Coventry.

Kids are bullied by text or photos being sent to them once the “nasties” get hold of their phone number. This means that the child cannot escape the bullying at the end of the school day, as you or I may have done in the seventies.

For all the good the internet has brought, it is difficult to reconcile that with the increased suicide rate of our youths.

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Do You Deserve A Second Chance?

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Second Chance Or Mulligan Day

People across the world are asking for a second chance right now. You may have been weak and are now asking your partner to trust you.

You might be standing in the court pleading with the judge to give you another go.

Everyone deserves a second chance in life. But that luxury comes with a proviso. It is a simple but sometimes difficult one.

You must change your ways. Permanently. This is the only way that the new opportunity to make good is worth having.

Today is also “Take Your Parents To Lunch Day”.

Sure, there is Mothers Day and Fathers day, but these are separate occasions. Taking your parents to lunch is a nice way to surprise them and show that you love them.

Lunch is too expensive? OK, take them for a coffee and cookie.

Still too expensive? Buy a cake mix. Bake the cake and take it round to them for afternoon tea. You brew the tea or coffee. After all, it is supposed to be a treat.

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