9/11 – 20 Years On – September 11th Remembered

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“9/11 – 20 Years On – September 11th Remembered” 

On the morning of September 11, 2001, terrorists hijacked four passenger jets. Two planes crashed into the World Trade Center in New York City and one plane each crashed into both towers of the Pentagon and a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Nearly 3,000 people died that day with another 6,000 injured. This podcast remembers those who were lost on this anniversary of 9/11.

9/11 – 20 Years On

Shall we talk about 9/11?  or is It still too painful to revisit all of that suffering on the anniversary of the attacks.

On September 11th 2001, America was rocked by a series of terrorist attacks committed in New York City and Washington DC by Al-Qaeda. It was the deadliest attack ever carried out on American soil and it led to years and years of wars and conflicts across the Middle East (most notably Iraq).

We talk about 9/11 every year around this time, but we never really do anything significant to remember or honour those that were killed 20 years ago today. We just say “never forget” like it’s some kind of mantra people go through their lives saying without actually meaning what they’re saying…

Today we will talk about.

I was 16 years old on September 11th, 2001. Two decades later and I still don’t remember anything as clearly as that Tuesday lunchtime (here in the UK). I remember having just started my college years, having just finished high school 3 months earlier. The day started like any other, I got the bus from Grantham to Lincoln early! I used to catch the 7:05am that would get me into Lincoln just after 8:30am. At lunch times we used to go The Duke Of Wellington pub for a free game of pool and a glass of coke. whilst lining up my shot I watched as the news reported that a plane had accidentally collided with one of the towers of the World Trade Centre “wow” I remember thinking to myself.  “that pilot must have messed up big time”.

When the news presenter said it was a small plane I turned to my mate and said “what would be the chance of 2 planes colliding?” At this point we were glued to the screen as the second plane hit the second tower.  I was like “what is going on?” and we watched and talked about it and were shocked at the scene. It was then that they mentioned that it had been a deliberate attack I just couldn’t believe this, who would want to do such a thing, why? As a 16 year old just starting out in the world, you’ve spent your life thus far being sheltered from terrorists and atrocities like what happened in New York on this day, as a child, because let’s face it that’s what you are at 16, you just don’t think that this is something that could happen at all, it was a stark lesson in life and death. 

20 years on and we remember them, we remember the victims of that day, we will never forget.

The United States of America holds a special place in my heart. While I am not an American, the U.S has given me countless opportunities to explore its land and meet wonderful people from all walks of life some of whom have become family members over time through their unique stories that are so relatable despite our cultural differences.

I have a personal connection to America, and my goal is one day calling it my home because of this close relationship with its people, so what happens in the US matters to me.

Watching programs like “9/11: Phone Calls from the Towers” makes the severity of what was happening all those stories up hit home, innocent people going about their daily work, some going in for the first day, some just going to clear a desk for the last!  All in all, normal people doing their normal thing.

The one thing that strikes me is the courage shown by both civilians and emergency services workers who put themselves at risk to help others. I’m sure you’ve seen the videos of people jumping out windows to escape what felt like certain death either by fire or suffocation/asphyxiation. The first responders like Orio Palmer who climbed to the  78th floor to help evacuate occupants when he could have just left them in the hands of God. These people are heroes and deserve to be remembered as such. 

9/11 is a day that will be remembered for years to come. The world changed that day and we all know it has only become worse in the years since. Whilst there hasn’t been an attack on that scale , terrorism has shown itself to still be a very real threat in the modern world.

I hope that one day we will reach a point where these attacks are isolated and nothing more than small pockets of noise that barely makes the 10th page. 

For now we remember and honour the victims and heroes and pray that it will be a peaceful future for all.

Stay blessed everybody and have a fantastic day.  

Lad Chat – Virtual Social#12 – Childhood Cancer Month, Sarah Harding, Argentina V Brazil

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In this episode the boys talk about the sad news of the passing of Sarah Harding from Cancer in what is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. The lads are doing a press up challenge to raise awareness. They touch on Afghanistan and 9/11 before finishing with the crazy scenes at the start of the Brazil v Argentina football math when Brazilian Health Officials stormed the pitch. 

Musical beds

Sounds like a fun game you used to play in your early twenties right? Well this isn’t the musical beds I’m talking about. Musical beds is the game some parents play when they have a toddler, right now you could almost set your watch to it, 12:30 most nights and we hear the pitta patter of small feet out of his bed, across the landing before flinging open our bedroom door, In to our bed comes the boy before shimming up down left right in the bed causing one of us to end up on the sofa or even in his bed and lets face it, its usually me! 

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We both understand the importance of getting him back in his bed and sleeping on his own but in those moments at 12:30 all you want to do is sleep so allow him to get in with you, this is where the musical beds game starts. This is something we are struggling with at the moment, its nearly every night, how to make your toddler sleep through the night has been googled a billion times by me, yet I am still non the wiser. Its hard as like I have said before on the podcast many times, every child is so different, your child is like a Rubix cube and your the ape holding it, there is seemingly no cheat code for it you’ve just got to do your best.

This is my own opinion on the musical beds game however, I think you must, no matter how tired you are get them back in their own bed, the short term pain will be worth the long time effects, if you do not and you allow your child to just get in bed with you each evening, they will continue to do so, nigh t after night and you will end up sleeping apart from your partner, creating a big disconnect, I talk a lot about the importance of communication with your partner and working on your relationship this starts with sleeping together. What happens if during the day you have become those passing ships I have talked about before, meaning the only time you actually get together is in bed, now your not even sleeping together your on the sofa or sleeping in the baby bed, do you think your relationship is going to prosper from this? Get the baby back to bed! It won’t be long before he or she has stopped coming in to get in bed with you if they know they can’t. As a parent you have to set clear boundaries for your children and stick to them. 

Stay blessed everybody and have a fantastic day.  

Ira Hughes Ep20 – Our daughters fight with Rhabdomysarcoma –

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In this week’s podcast the lads sit down with Ira Hughes. Ira shares his heartbreaking story through his daughters battle with Rhabdomysarcoma and how him and his family coped and battled through the loss. We have done a number of podcasts so far this year but this one touched me personally the most, Ira despite talking about what is clearly a grueling and harrowing recalling of this tragic time, i composed, well spoken and articulate. Honestly hats off to Ira,

 

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Herbalife Nutrition

When I was younger, I always took very good care of my body. However as the years passed by and life got more hectic, with work piling up to deal with on top of balancing a social life; unfortunately this resulted in neglecting my health for too long. Thankfully Herbalife Nutrition entered into play at just the right time! With their nutrition plans combined with fitness regimes ensured that not only did I re-gain control over what goes inside me but also made sure everyone around me noticed how different & fit/healthy looking i’ve become!

The words “something has changed my life” are often banded about, but Herbalife Nutrition really did change mine. Like I said I grew up with a healthy and active lifestyle; however as an adult, I was consumed by food and alcohol consumption. A night out with the boys 8 weeks ago made me sit up and notice how big I was getting. When reviewing some photos from that evening, it really hit home to me just how much weight I had gained. It’s one thing knowing you’re not in great shape but seeing a photo of yourself makes it real like nothing else can do!

After sitting down and thinking about my situation (and after making lots of bad decisions), this year is going to be different for me; no more excuses – only action will help now as we head into summer!”

After bumping into an old friend, I approached him about coming on my podcast. During this recording he told me that Herbalife is not just a diet; it’s a lifestyle change! He also went over how their entire business model works and what makes them different from other weight loss supplements out there today. Of course, at the time I was very skeptical because I had tried nearly every diet under the sun before–but after doing some research of my own online for two weeks straight (while continuing to consume all kinds of junk food), Steven came back with results showing his body composition changes in less than 30 days using only these products…so naturally I jumped ship immediately and joined up myself shortly thereafter!

Making this decision has had a huge effect on my life, it’s only been about 8 weeks and I’ve already noticed some changes. For one thing, I’ve lost weight; clothes that were too tight are now fitting comfortably again. More importantly though, the mental state change is something that makes me feel more confident in myself than ever before!

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Afghanistan Mess “What was it all for?”

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In this episode the lads discuss the complete mess being made of the withdrawal from Afghanistan and ponder the question, what was it all for? 

 

1. What is Afghanistan
2. The mess left in Afghanistan
3. Why did the U.S leave
4. Where are we now
5. What can be done about it
6. Who is responsible for this problem and how do they feel about it    – what should be done to fix this problem and who should do it

Why were we in Afghanistan again?

3500+ brave men and women from allied armed forces have tragically lost their lives since the war in Afghanistan started on the 7th of October 2001, yet, watching the scenes unfold like they have over the past few days, I am left scratching my head wondering, what was it all for? Why did we just waste 3500 lives to simply hand the country back to the men we were defending it from? we invaded Afganistan because they refused to hand over Bin Laden right? Hardly seems like a valid reason to cause the likely imminent death of thousands of women and children, doubtlessly caught up in the fighting. The UN reports that 2021 had been the most deadly year for civilian casualties with 5000 men, women and children being killed, So why walk away now? So many questions, with seemingly the same amount of reasons for leaving as the reasons for entering. 

If you listen to the Americans then they tell you that the objective of the war was “to diminish the capability of Al-Qaeda to wage war on the streets of the allied nations” I.e another 9/11, yet one can’t help but recall the countless terror attacks across Europe, from Charlie Hebdo in Paris to London 7/7 bombings, with tonnes more in-between,  now of course the government will tell you that its not Al-Qaeda, its ISIS or the Taliban or Boko Haram but You say tomato, I say tomato, what’s the real difference? They all have aim of bringing Islam to the world.

I don’t have an answer, I actually have no idea its very easy to sit in my castle in leafy Cheshire preaching what the government should do, but I can’t help but think the that way they have pulled out of Afghanistan is nothing short of disastrous. Now I fully understand Joe Bidens point when he says “why should we fight when the Afghans won’t” i am totally onboard with that statement, but the sad reality is the Afghan army was not ready to take over the fight from the Americans. Whilst I agree fundamentally our lads and ladies shouldn’t be in the Middle East, the facts remain that they are, a quick look on YouTube at some of the Afghan Armies training videos and it would be clear to a 6th grader let alone our highly steamed military commanders that these guys were not up to it, they could barely march in formation, how are they going to fight a Taliban army that has been sharpening its tools in the theatre against the biggest most powerful army in the world for the last 20 years. I can’t help but feel that if you make your bed, you should lie in it, Afghanistan is a bed well and truly laid, yet we have just upped and left, and seemingly we are leaving the Taliban with all our weapons and vehicles to further attack our allies with. Not to mention the hundreds or thousands of people that are now going to suffer under a new Taliban rule. 

The scenes broadcast across the world this week of people fleeing at the airport, clinging too Aeroplanes and in some cases falling to their deaths was all too painful to watch, panic and desperation setting in for what they are about to be put through under Taliban rule. Afghanistan had started rebuilding, Women were being educated, they could go out in public alone (imagine that) between 2001 and 2021 Afghanistan experienced improvements in health, education, women rights, the average life expectancy increased, 5 million refugees returned to the country, and all for what? For us to hand it back to the Taliban, the Taliban are saying they will respect this new world yet with the sight of the women on shop billboards being painted over you can’t help but feel that what the Taliban say and what they Taliban do are two very different things. It really brings it home to me, It makes you think that what we have been going through here and complaining about the lock downs or the closure of pubs is all trivial in comparison, it pails in comparison to what these people are going to experience, so bad that you would rather cling to the bottom of a plane and face what is almost certain death, than stay and live under more Taliban rule.

I just hope and pray that the people that have helped and worked with our soldiers from translators to cleaners that would clearly be punished for the crime of helping foreign troops are given the sanctuary that them and there families need, because our boys and girls wouldn’t have been able to do their work without them. I understand the Taliban has “said” there is an amnesty for those workers, but you only have to see what’s been happening in the districts around Kabul to know that, that is a load of BS.

The British government has said they will take a measly 20,000 afghan refugees, but the mess we have been a part of causing it hardly seems like a drop in the ocean of the numbers we should be taking. And for the record my views on immigration are fairly conservative I’m not a huge fan of large waves of people being able to just freely enter the country (but that’s a chat for another day) but if you went and burnt somebody’s house down I think you should be expected to house them until it was safe to return. 

I will end this by again paying tribute to the brave men and women that have lost their lives in this 20 years war. 3500 parents, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles that will never see these brave soldiers again. And to the rest of you, we thank you for your service.

Pretending

Stop pretending; We go through life on this tiny rock flying through space pretending to be who we are, showing the world a face ,a side ,a persona that isn’t true to you. Most of us never find that happiness that comes from being ones true self, we are always searching for that something else “if I only I got XXXX I could be that, if only I had XXXX I could get that, if XXXX didn’t happen to me I would of made this of my life” it’s human nature to want what we don’t have, most people don’t take any accountability for their own life choices, everything is always somebody else’s fault. 

  • You didn’t graduate from University because somebody died,
  • You didn’t make it as a footballer because because you got injured,
  • You didn’t get the job because the managers hired their friend,

Excuses after excuse.. you didn’t get it because you didn’t work hard enough, plain and simple. Stop pretending, stop living a lie be happy with what you have got and if you can’t be happy with what you have, then change it.

Many of us are not successful by the definition they take from others, yet are wholly successful from what they want in life, when we actually look at it. 

For some people a teacher doesn’t represent success, most teachers doesn’t drive a nice car or live in a big house, but for that teacher the greatest gift in life to them is too teach! You see, stop projecting your idea of success on others, you know nothing of their circumstances their dreams or their drive. 

Stop pretending life is perfect when you know deep down its not, life is about moments, and if your living this fantasy life you may miss your moment, in life there are moments when opportunities present themselves, you just have to take that leap of faith and jump. 

Spot your opportunity, I took my mine I stopped pretending, I saw my window and I changed my story… My life was mapped out much differently to the one I live now, I grew up in a council house and left school with no real qualification, my first few years of work saw me working in Tesco and factories around Grantham, if im truly honest my life sucked! But I decided this can’t be my life, I told myself “I am destined for greatness”

Growing up success for me looked like a 40k salary, a Mercedes and a house I owned, I’d look at that pictures and say wow.. I have exceed my expectation and some, but because I saw my window and went for it. I don’t write this to brag or willie wave, but to show you can change the destiny of your story. 

Sometimes life beats you up, knocks you down and that’s ok because it’s what we do after that struggle that defines us, many of us take those knocks sit and cry but I chose to fight. 

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