Learn to SING Accompany yourself on guitar .

These are my stages to learning a song.
Firstly u can’t get thro the sheet without stopping.
Normally u also have to change a few chords or chord change places ,or delete a few chords u think aren’t necessary.

Also there may b chords changes u need to speed up on.
I personally then sing it to the melody notes cos i have a tendency to sing a note that goes with the chord.(the same one rather than go up and down) as the lady in the CHEMIST reminded me yesterday.lol

Then at an appropriate point switch to singing to the chords SLOWLY! LOL
Then speed up as i get to know it more.
Don’t GET BORED WITH A SONG ONCE I CAN GET THRO IT ,and move on to a new one.
Thats Y i can get thro hundreds and only be competent @ say 30-40
I am trying  to address this issue lol

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Playing Guitar and Singing Without Music Sheets

I can’t do this so I have tried to think what I will need to do

1-The melody you need to sing exactly how this goes . (Have it burnt into your memory by repetitive  listening and singing) There are 12 half tones in an octave and u need to get 12/12 for every note because 11/12 sounds terrible (flat)

2-The chords you need to know them and the lyric you change chord on, (Chord Changes) And you might need to change from one chord to another quickly.(chord change practising for one to another)

3-The Lyrics obviously you need to remember them , but there is a bit a lee-way here , you can sing the verses in the wrong order ,or get some lines in the wrong verse and get away with it ,with those who don’t know the song.

I ‘ve decided to do away in Music sheets in 3 stages

1st stage use a sheet with just with the lyrics and chord change words highlited .

Put a list of all the chords used in the margin .

So all You have to do is chose the right ones  when playing.

I think I am onto something here my idea completely

Don’t Stop  (Fleetwoodmac )(*very easy first time this one)


2nd stage take out the highlites ,

3rd stage take away the lyrics

Everyone learns differently, so I have found 3 different methods.

Practice the method the suits you best.

With time, you’ll hopefully get it.

Method 1

  • Find an easy song that uses only a few easy chords and has an uncomplicated rhythm.
  • Memorize the words to the song and practice just singing it.
  • Get a metronome and set it on 4/4 time, then play the song while singing, “1 and two and 3 and 4…” repeatedly.
  • After this exercise, begin singing the song and playing your music in 4/4 time.

Method 2

  • Choose a song, set it up on your phone , and sing or hum along with it.
  • Practice until you can sing it without the music. Experiment with singing it in your head, too.
  • Play the song on your guitar until you can play it without thinking about the chords, the progression, or anything else.
  • Sing and play at the same time. Don’t concentrate too hard – default to your memory, and your subconscious should take over!

Method 3

  • Pick a song and memorize the words. Sing it aloud and sing it in your head without the guitar.
  • Play the music on your guitar until you have memorized it too, and can play without even thinking about it.
  • Now, go through the song (singing and playing) measure by measure. Repeat each measure, or a few measures at a time, until you can get through without errors.

The A B C D E of skin Cancer


The more moles someone has, the higher their risk of developing melanoma.

The following ABCDE guidance can help people identify moles that might need looking over by a doctor.


Look out for moles with an irregular shape.

Check for asymmetrical moles that have an irregular shape

Check for asymmetrical moles that have an irregular shape


Check for jagged edges.

People should look out for moles with irregular borders and jagged edges

People should look out for moles with irregular borders and jagged edges

Colour change

If a mole changes in colour or is a different colour in one part than in another, seek medical advice.

Moles that change colour or have a different colours within them should be looked over

Moles that change colour or have a different colours within them should be looked over


Any increase in size should be checked, but be particularly cautious of moles that grow more than around 6mm across.

Any change in size should be checked, but more than 6mm across is very concerning

Any change in size should be checked, but more than 6mm across is very concerning


The E section is generally classed as ‘elevation’; warning you to watch out for the mole being raised from the surface, particularly if this is irregular.

Yet, Dr David Fisher, director of the Melanoma Program at Massachusetts General Hospital, explains many dermatologists have different classifications for this.

His preferred word is ‘evolving’.

Dr Fisher previously told MailOnline: ‘Is it changing? Do you notice anything suspicious or concerning? That is key.’

Look out for moles that are raised or those that 'evolve' over time

Look out for moles that are raised or those that ‘evolve’ over time

Blemish was expected to turn cancerous 

Piers said: ‘[The dermatologist] took one look at it and he cut it out within the hour. He said, “Give that lady a gold star”. Because if I hadn’t done something fairly soon he was pretty certain it was going to turn cancerous.’

Ms Nuttal emailed the father-of-three, who is married to journalist Celia Walden, 41, after noticing a blemish on his chest when the camera panned in on him during the documentary.

Piers, who has previously had several moles removed, was shocked to receive the email but promptly visited his doctor.

Speaking on Good Morning Britain, Piers said he is very grateful to Ms Nuttal, adding: ‘The key thing [the doctor] said to me is to keep having a check-up.

‘I am living testament to getting it checked. You’re playing with lives if you don’t get this stuff checked. It takes 10 minutes’.

A  dermatologist was horrified and removed the blemish (pictured) within an hour

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-5249939/Piers-Morgan-met-saviour-prevented-cancer.html#ixzz53m8RfomG
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Arlesey Silo

The best photo  i cud get of it taken from the aerial photo of the Brickworks . Going back to the aerial photo Clive Lombari there is no sign of the retaining wall next to it that had about a 4 foot drop to the railway, so the wall must have been built later, and there is no sign of railway tracks on the photo,so the railway was not that close

Arlesey silo

 Jim Bowskill brought the pictures to my attention.


“The silo was located in Hitchin Road. The track that went down to it was next to the end terraced house, metal railing 7 foot high fence with two big gates that were padlocked led down to it. Right next to railway line. Don’t know what it was storing it was not in use when we were kids” M.Wilkinson


I never seen another silo like it and i researched silos on the internet.

After discussing the silo on facebook we decided David Cain, Mick Wilkinson and myself decided that was probably because it was not a food silo but one for storing the cement before being loaded onto railway goods carriages.There was a very long metal ladder used to get up to the hoist in overhang for loading. “there were rail lines that used to go down to it from Arlesey sidings Station.” M.wilkinson

That’s how goods were transported in those days and lorries only used from the destination station to the building yards.


“That place was seriously scary. I heard there was a fire and someone died but don’t know if it was true

We were told it was haunted. Probably to frighten us from going in there. I’m glad it wasn t true”

Yvonne Bullivant

“Myself and Jimmy Grimes were always in there, The echo was awesome, we did find the odd 303 bullet in there. We used to climb to the top on the metal ladder that was fixed to the right hand side of the wall, it was later cut away for so called safety reasons and was later boarded up so couldn’t get in. There was a freshwater spring right next to it with crystal clear water bubbling out. It was split in two halves inside by a concrete sloping wall about 6 foot high which we used to climb over. Again it should have been a listed building.” M.Wilkinson

“Going on a bit but the song Wrecking Ball, that was how the silo was destroyed, I was standing there watching the silo being smashed to the ground by one of those, it was exciting at the time cause I was just a kid but now you realise it was another assault on Arlesey’s Arcitectural history. Destroyed and gone forever.The wrecking ball was on a big crane, I didn’t see anyone else there, only me and the crane driver. Took two or three days to wreck it due to all the metal reinforcing, demolished mid to late 60s “M.Wilkinson

During ww2 all silos were empty as food was scarce so they were used to store ammunition .                As this one had a ministry of defence building next to it , it was ideal. I looked at silos from all over the world and it was the only cement/concrete one i found. Therefore unique and priceless, probably due to the cement works was also at that location. The hand grenades and bombs were over the track side of the silo i took some home, mum and dad werent impressed .I had to take them back!! One turned up @ 112 high st a few yrs ago .Bomb disposal came out.

I cudnt get enough info on the POW Camp .It was also at the same location. The pows used to deactivate old weapons and ammunition? i heard somewhere. Some were control exploded in the pitts? Hearsay

Dixie Dean We played in there when we were kids because they had a bomb dump there . We climbed up the ladder inside and dragged the old bombs to the top and then dropped them .We are lucky we did not blow ourselves up.

We were always finding old bullets and grenades in there and in the old ammo dump on the right of the terraced houses M.Wilkinson

Ten Things You Didn’t Know That Could Upset Your Gut

10 things you didn’t know could upset your gut

When it comes to a troublesome tummy, we can be quick to point the finger at well-known culprits such as wheat or dairy products — with some people cutting such foods out entirely.
But eliminating whole food groups from your diet is rarely what doctors advise, unless a specific allergy or auto-immune condition, such as coeliac disease, is diagnosed. And when it comes to irritable bowel syndrome-type symptoms such as bloating, abdominal pain and constipation, there are many less obvious triggers.
Here, we reveal the top gut saboteurs. Some of them may surprise you …
1. Apples

Apples are particularly high in fruit sugar
Yes, of course fruit is part of a healthy diet, but the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has recommended IBS patients limit fruit to three portions a day.
Apples are a particular problem for two reasons, explains Dr Steven Mann, a consultant gastroenterologist at the Royal Free Hospital in London.
‘Some people are fructose-intolerant, which means they don’t digest well the sugar in fruit. Apples are particularly high in this fruit sugar.’
Apples also contain sugars known as fermentable oligosaccharides, disaccharides, monosaccharides and polyols (collectively known as Fodmaps), which are poorly absorbed in some people’s small intestine and so ferment, triggering symptoms.
A low Fodmap diet is often suggested for people with IBS (see back page). Other fruits that have a high Fodmap content are stone fruits such as apricots and prunes.


Hormones released in response to the high saturated fat content in mayonnaise may lead to a delay in the emptying of the stomach and movement of food through the bowel, explains Dr Mann. This can cause uncomfortable feelings of bloating.

3. Branflakes
This is something of a paradox, since we’re often told that high-fibre foods such as bran are good for the bowel.
‘For those with IBS issues, such as bloating, bran can aggravate the condition,’ says Dr Mann. This is because adding a bulking agent in the form of fibre gives the bowel even more work to do, which can make symptoms such as constipation worse. Kevin Whelan, professor of dietetics at Kings College, London, says the fibre story is a complex one.
‘In the Eighties and Nineties we were telling IBS patients to eat more fibre, but now we know it’s not as simple as that. It depends on what type of fibre it is.’
NICE recommends that people with IBS should be discouraged from eating insoluble fibre (which means it cannot be absorbed by the body), including bran.
Nice says that if more fibre in the diet is needed, it should be soluble fibre (which can be absorbed) such as oats or ispaghula powder (made from the husks of plants and contained in products such as Fybogel).
So try switching that morning bowl of bran cereal for oat-based porridge. Watch out for muesli, though, as it can contain a lot of high-Fodmap dried fruit.
4. Reheated pasta
Reheated carbohydrates, such as pasta and potatoes, contain what’s known as resistant starch, which is harder for the gut to break down, says Dr Mann.
That’s because once pasta is cooked and cooled, it becomes resistant to the normal enzymes in our gut that break carbohydrates — so the gut effectively has to treat it like fibre, which can worsen IBS symptoms.
Reheated pasta may be worse than cold pasta — research has shown that the starch in cold pasta becomes even more ‘resistant’ when heated up again.
5. Coffee
The British Dietetic Association recommends drinking no more than two mugs of caffein- ated drinks a day if you suffer from IBS.

The British Dietetic Association recommends drinking no more than two mugs of caffein- ated drinks a day if you suffer from IBS
IBS: What are the symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Consultant gastroenterologist Dr Simon Smale says people with healthy gut function can probably drink more, but those with IBS should aim to keep within recommended limits. ‘Obviously tea contains caffeine, too, but coffee is much stronger — especially coffee shop double espressos.
Caffeine can cause problems because it stimulates cell messengers which increase gut motility — so it loosens your bowel movements and can also lead to a feeling of fullness.’
6. Vegan diets
Going meat-free and dairy-free has become a trendy way of boosting your all-round health. But while a diet based entirely on plants might sound very virtuous, it may not be so saintly for your gut.
‘Vegans are a very broad church and I would say that more of them eat healthily and probably live longer,’ says Dr Smale.
‘But vegans with IBS have to be careful not to eat too many beans and grains, fruit and vegetables containing Fodmaps as they can cause bloating, pain and diarrhoea.’
Offending vegetables include onions, garlic, artichokes, mushrooms and cauliflower.
7. Alcohol
‘Booze can definitely be a trigger for IBS symptoms as it has an effect on gut motility,’ explains Dr Smale. ‘Drinking beer, for instance, may result in you having looser stools.’
And while it’s obvious that fizzy alcoholic drinks such as lager and Prosecco are more likely to leave you bloated, fizz isn’t the only booze factor bothering your gut.
‘Spirits with high concentrations of alcohol, such as gin and vodka, can delay gastric emptying which can result in pain or bloating,’ adds Dr Smale.

Booze can also trigger IBS symptoms and drinking beer may result in you having looser stools
8. Sugar-free mints

Peppermint oil capsules are a common remedy for IBS — but sugar-free mint sweets can have the opposite effect. These often contain aggravating Fodmaps such as the sweeteners sorbitol and mannitol, which can exacerbate IBS; the same is true of sugar-free gum.
Chewing gum can also contribute to wind and burping, as chewing it means you’ll take in excess air.
9. Junk food
We all have trillions of bacteria living in our gut and the balance of the different types is an area of great interest when it comes to IBS research.
As well as ‘friendly’ bacteria, some types in our guts are linked with increased inflammation, according to Tim Spector, professor of genetic epidemiology at King’s College London and head of the Great British Gut Project, and this could contribute to IBS.
According to Professor Spector, chemicals known as emulsifiers (which help mix ingredients together in some foods) are especially bad for this — killing off more helpful bacteria strains and allowing the unhealthy ones to flourish. Some research has suggested a junk-food diet can halve the number of helpful bacteria in the gut in just ten days.
10. Gluten
A well-known trigger of gut problems, gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley and rye (and so is in most bread, cakes, biscuits and pasta).
It used to be thought that gluten caused problems only in people with coeliac disease, but it’s more complicated than that.
‘There are two types of problem,’ explains Dr Smale.
‘Some people will develop coeliac disease — an autoimmune disorder where the body produces antibodies to gluten and damages the gut, causing bloating and diarrhoea. This can be diagnosed via a blood test and biopsy, and symptoms subside if the patient avoids gluten.
‘But there is another condition — where people have the same symptoms but test negative for markers in the blood test and gut damage in the biopsies — called non-coeliac gluten sensitivity.
‘These patients may respond to a gluten-free diet, but coeliac disease needs to be excluded first.’



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