Time Traveller

illuminatusLast night’s live stream show was an overwhelming success, plenty of comments coming in from the viewers enjoying the show.  We had some practical gentle movement exercises and some theory from the mini module on Conflict Management Studies.

Our special guest was Graeme Harvey who is a clinical hypnotherapist and also know as ‘The Time Lord.’  With hypnotherapy Graeme helps all clients with many types of mental and physical conditions.  He has worked with victims of domestic abuse and has helped youngsters with exam stress and all sorts of phobias.

However, one of the most interesting aspects of Graeme’s life is that he offers clients past and future life regression therapy to help them solve problems in the present.  Graeme also has the ability to time travel – with no need of a Tardis.

As I said on the show I can testify to Graeme’s Time Travelling ability as back in 2013 I had been filming Graeme for another video project and he let us in on a little secret – the results of the Scottish Independence Referendum Results – in Advance!!

Sure enough, when I had just graduated from college, I heard the results and Graeme was the first person that came to mind.

Graeme runs CenScot Therapies and if you want to contact him, his details are in the show on Youtube channel:  Vincent Anthony Media

I allocated Graeme a special extra extended interview of over 40 minutes on last night’s show as he is a very unique and special individual – after all, how many time travellers do you know apart from the fictional Dr Who?

Lock down is still on – Mindfulness vs CONrona is still on – so Game ON!!

 

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Licence to Thrill – live stream aftermath

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Another Live Stream has been completed.  After many hours of content gathering and editing, I achieved my 2nd ever Live Stream Broadcast.  My nerves were with me to the end as I tried to Multi Task for the entire hour.  Well actually, not the entire hour, I got a little bit of a break while running the exercise video.

The new lesson I learned from the second attempt was just how quickly time flies by when your going out live.

I’ve decided that as our classes are about an hour in duration, that would be the best guide for how long to steam mindfulness.

Saying that I’m really enjoying producing content and on next week’s show, I must throw in the classic line “and here’s one I prepared earlier….”

I’m also looking out for fellow content co creators to join me in future shows whether that be film makers, life coaches, wellbeing practitioners, therapists and anyone connected with mind body spirit industries.

Watch this space!……..

Live Stream – The Debrief

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Media Poodle

It’s been two days since my first attempt at doing a Live Stream on my show entitled ‘Mindfulness vs CONrona’ – Round #1 the big fight LIVE!!

I was somewhat nervous before the transmission as it had been over 20 years since I worked in Television News Broadcasting.  However once I got started the nerves started to fade so I could concentrate on presenting and pushing the right software buttons and dials.

It was only after watching the show that I realised the limitations of using my wee laptop as the only video and audio feed.  For example when I tried to do the gentle movement exercises Live, on playback I could see the laptop was struggling to mix the audio channels from my music track with my built in microphone, so at times my voice was garbled.

Lesson learned, so to give a more professional, slick looking show next time, I’ll simply pre record the exercise sequence using cameras and wider angle lenses.  That way the viewers will be able to have a much better quality experience.

Also during the broadcast I realised that I was doing 5 or 6 things simultaneously – Presenting, Vision Mixing, Reading the Script, Answering comments, Monitoring what I had just said to make sure that it was at least in English, and editing parts of the script out in my head that were not absolutely necessary.

I also plan to go out and about, producing some content for the show with professional therapists / coaches and other film makers too.

Perhaps after 10 shows, life will start getting back to normal and the CONrona reality will be replaced by normal reality.  Watch this space!!

The Mighty Micra

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The Nissan Micra is an iconic British brand of small car and has now evolved into its next metamorphosis.  I wish to state categorically that I am neither an employee or sponsored in any way by Nissan.  As Scotland’s no1 Micra fan boy I felt compelled to write this blog, especially as I have just taken advantage of a Micra lease deal only available during this September in the Uk.  I am now the proud owner of a new Stylish fourth generation Limited Edition Micra Ascenta!!

So why choose MIcra?  If you’re downsizing from your 4×4  or perhaps you’re looking for a second family car, the new Nissan Micra may just be the ticket.  So lets discover why this car is one of the best Japanese All Rounders currently on the market.  Some of the Pros of the new 2019 models:

Safety

The most important aspect you could consider in a new car is its safety features, after all, you can get a new car any time but you can’t get a new life.  So I’m going to describe some innovative safety features I have discovered on my new Micra journey. The novelty feature of the lane cross over warning system must be my favourite.  When you start to cross over the dividing lane, an audible alarm sounds and vibration is sent through the driving wheel, much like the silent warning of a mobile phone. Another cool feature is the anti glare rear view mirror which makes a huge difference when driving at night in congested traffic – you will appreciate no longer having your retinas burned out by other’s headlights.  On the AI front, if the car senses a toddler or person behind or in front of the car, an automatic halt action kicks in, however I hope never to experience this life saving feature.  The ABS on Nissan cars are second to none.  I had recently been travelling back from a business networking event when a dog broke free and ran out in front of me at short range – fortunately the ABS allowed me to do an emergency stop and no one got harmed.  The dog, oblivious to the car, continued racing across the road to its favourite play park.

Boot Space

For me priority of a new car is to have a boot large enough to put my dive equipment in.  The Ascenta’s boot is visibly larger than the previous Visia 3rd generation Micra.  As you can see from the photographs, I can easily fit all my Snorkel Dive bags with more space remaining.  There’s also a handy additional boot light which will make managing the boot at night convenient.

Another thing to consider is that the Micra is not only easy to manoeuvre  in the city, but can also handle motorways and countryside roads with ease as well.  Earlier this year I took my previous Visia to the Outer Hebrides to write a Magazine article about the North Harris Snorkel Trail.  In the car I was able to take a passenger, luggage for two, 3 dive bags and my camera kits.  The visia handled the steep and dangerous sheep ridden back roads without any problems what so ever which is why I feel that this small car is one of the best all rounders I’ve experienced.

Technology

The only tech I want from a car is to be able to answer important business client calls on the move – as a freelance photographer, some clients who have little time will not give you a second chance of a job if you don’t answer your phone the first time.  With the new Ascenta you also have a cool feature called Apple Car Play.  This means I can link my phone via USB cable and use my Map apps and watch them on the 7 inch touch display screen.  I no longer need to invest in phone holders and have the satisfying convenience of not needing to take my iPhone out its case every time I want to use the maps app.  You can also listen to the wireless while using your maps app.  I have yet to see what happens when I link my go pro action cam to the system, using the car screen as a giant viewfinder.

Style

For me this is the least important factor when choosing a new car, however the new Micra is noticeably more pleasing to the eye both with its exterior curves and sporty leather clad interiors.  I have noticed that heads have been turning in my direction and I’ve even had cars tailing me to get a closer look at this sporty new automobile.

Drive Experience

The Limited Addition Ascenta has a one litre engine which is extremely economical as a super mini should be, with an average of 47.1 mpg, emitting 118g per km of CO2.  However despite the compact engine, the car feels like you are driving a much larger German brand.  The words ‘smooth’ come to mind whether you are driving the manual or CVT transmission Micra, both of which I have enjoyed testing.  Another word I think of is ‘solid.’  You immediately feel this when you close the car door as compared to my previous 3rd generation Visia.  The Visia in comparison felt more like a toy car with basic yet functional features.  Albeit the Visia still has all the essential safety features to help keep you and the car in one piece.

Dino Leone, Senior Sales Executive at the Halbeath Dunfermline Nissan Showroom explained that Micra customers like myself keep returning.  He had even sold a Micra to his sister and mother.  Dino told me that Nissan only make cars to order, unlike other brands who have surplus vehicles sitting in fields.  Due to public demand, the showroom are finding it hard to source automatic Micras, so as yet, it’s mainly manual cars that are available on the special lease deal.  However CVT transmission Micras are currently available as a Mobility Option.

And the Cons?

The new Micra is noticeably larger than the previous incarnations.  I found the new micra a little harder to park in between cars as I couldn’t judge the distances very easily.  Perhaps in future Micras, Nissan will include the Aerial 360 degrees parking camera which would solve this problem for more petite drivers such as myself.

In Conclusion

Apart from this I have found nothing else I would want to change as the new Micra has totally evolved beyond the pattern of previous generations.  As long as a car can get me from A to B – dry and in comfort without breaking down or breaking the bank on the never ending rising petrol prices, the new Micra ticks all the boxes!

So if I’ve now got you ‘Micra Curious’ and would be interested in test driving the new Micra, contact Dino today at Nissan Dunfermline, Tel 01383 321 000  email: dleone@westernnissan.co.uk