Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Losing the Plot

Contrary to what many adults may think, the majority of children and teenagers are playing sport simply to enjoy the fun of playing a game and socialising with their friends. For many adults winning has become such an obsession that the true values of sport are being distorted. Sometimes we need to stand back and think more clearly about winning and losing and put it all into perspective.


All competitions must have winners and losers - otherwise they wouldn't be called competitions.

Everyday life is full of competition and we must all learn to accept results, both positive and negative.

One team must always be on the bottom of the ladder, another at the top. Some teams may seem unbeatable, but they will lose one day.

Whether we like it or not, some teams / players are always going to be stronger than us. How many sporting heroes have never been beaten?

Winning scoresheet results are great, but what about friendship, teamwork, skill development and fun!

How many of us blame the coach, or the umpire, or the fixture, or the weather, or the goalers, or the defenders, or the system etc etc etc if our team loses?

When your child's team loses a game, who suffers most - you or your child?

Have you thought about what you learn from losing? There is no shame in losing if you learn from your mistakes.

Despite losing on the scoresheet, did your team win in any other ways? Were they good sports?

Did they laugh and have fun? Did they improve their fitness? Did they make friends? Did they try?

In a losing team we should focus on goals other than winning - number of intercepts; less than 3 "steppings" or "contacts"; number of turnovers; number of centre passes won; number of laughs!

Players who don't know how to lose will never enjoy sport and will have great difficulty coping with the stresses of everyday life.

Learning to lose is one of the many important "life skills" we gain from playing sport.

The ultimate failure of a coach (or parent) is to NOT teach or allow children (and adults!) to lose.

Thursday, 26 July 2012


Lost is an American television series that originally aired on ABC from September 22, 2004 to May 23, 2010, consisting of six seasons. Lost is a sci-fi/drama series that follows the survivors of the crash of a commercial passenger jet flying between Sydney and Los Angeles, on a mysterious tropical island somewhere in the South Pacific Ocean. The story is told in a heavily serialized manner. Episodes typically feature a primary storyline on the island, as well as a secondary storyline from another point in a character's life.

Lost was created by Jeffrey Lieber, J. J. Abrams and Damon Lindelof who share story-writing credits for the pilot episode, which Abrams directed. Throughout the show's run, Lindelof and Carlton Cuse served as showrunners and head writers, working together with a large number of other executive producers and writers. Due to its large ensemble cast and the cost of filming primarily on location in Oahu, Hawaii, the series was the most expensive on television. The fictional universe and mythology of Lost is expanded upon by a number of related media, most importantly a series of short mini-episodes called Missing Pieces, and a 12-minute epilogue titled "The New Man in Charge."

A critically acclaimed and popular success, Lost was consistently ranked by critics on their lists of top ten series of all time.The first season garnered an average of 15.69 million viewers per episode on ABC. During its sixth and final season, the show averaged over 11 million US viewers per episode. Lost was the recipient of hundreds of award nominations throughout its run, and won numerous industry awards, including the Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series in 2005, Best American Import at the British Academy Television Awards in 2005, the Golden Globe Award for Best Drama in 2006 and a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Ensemble in a Drama Series.

Friday, 26 August 2011

Land lot

In real estate, a lot or plot is a tract or parcel of land owned or meant to be owned by some owner(s). A lot is essentially considered a parcel of real property in some countries or immovable property (meaning practically the same thing) in other countries. Possible owner(s) of a lot can be one or more person(s) or another legal entity, such as a company/corporation, organization, government, or trust. A common form of ownership of a lot is called fee simple in some countries.

Sometimes, some may refer to a lot as a rather small area of land that is empty except for pavement or similar improvement. An example would be a parking lot. This article covers lots as parcels of land meant to be owned as units by an owner(s).

Like most other types of real estate, lots owned by private parties are subject to a periodic real estate tax payable by the owners to local governments such as a county or municipality. Real estate taxes are assessed based on the value of the real property. Sometimes there are also taxes when a lot is sold based on the sale price. Other fees by government are possible for improvements such as curbs and sidewalks or an impact fee for building a house on a vacant lot.