Easter and April is over and our attention will soon turn to the summer holiday.
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Every electrician whether they work at a company or self employed who undertake work in or around your home or business property in Scotland should have a valid SJIB ECS grade card.
If they don't have a valid grade card then there is a very high risk they are not qualified to current electrical regulations or health and safety awareness.
Every proper electrician will carry their current valid grade card with them to every job so make sure you ask to see it before they carry out work.
Don't Risk It. #ElectricityCanKill
Four weeks to go until my second marathon and the home doorstep event at Stirling.
The inaugural Stirling Scottish Marathon takes place on Sunday 21st May 2017 and my training continued today at the 10 mile Great Edinburgh Run.
Running through the historic streets of Auld Reekie was good preparation for running through the historic streets of Stirling in May.
I appreciate the Stirling Marathon in May is close to home and many local people will be taking part and raising money for worthy charities and each cause is worth supporting.
I am hoping to raise a small amount of money for Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland who support the many people in Scotland who are affected by these conditions.
If you can donate CHSS a few pounds or more it would mean a lot to the charity and help them continue to research and support these illnesses.
I have a charity page available if you can help. Thank you.
On Sunday morning I was in Grangemouth to take part in their annual Round The Houses 10k running event.
The race started and ended at Grangemouth Stadium which was the venue for what I still regard as one of my greatest ever achievements.
1989 was the year and Grangemouth Stadium was the venue when a football team from Larbert near Falkirk (VIS Colts - formally North Broomage Colts) won the Under 13 Scottish Youth Cup defeating the favourites and well known Edinburgh side Hutchison Vale.
Today was an ideal opportunity to look back on that day but it also got me thinking about why we don't look back on our achievements as often as we should.
We are all caught up in the day to day hustle and bustle of life and for me that is especially true in the business world as I know I don't spent enough time reflecting on the past. We all get caught up in the present and the countless decisions we have to make in the current time that we don't stop and take time to reflect and learn from the past
Looking back at the past and your achievements can have varying effects, one can be the usual "what if" that though is the demon negative that we must banish from our thoughts immediately. I can look back to when I was 18 years old and when I gave up football to concentrate on my electrical career and ask "what if" - what could I have become if I had dedicated all my time to football instead of an electrical apprenticeship.
Or we could look back on our past and our achievements and learn from it but to do that I and you need to set time aside and remove ourselves from the present and allow time to reflect on the past.
So instead of wondering and dwelling on the what if's of why I gave up football, I could look at our teams achievement in 1989 and look at how we defeated the favourite on the day, how as a group of individuals we all played to our own strengths which galvanised us as a team, how we were coached by focused dedicated individuals who got the best out of each one of us to benefit the sum of the team, how by hard work and dedication we deservedly won the cup, how we had to spend many cold winter nights after school in the rain and cold training in the dark to help us achieve our goal.
Taking time out to reflect on those positives of the past will help us make better present and future decisions.
We all spend and yes that still at times includes me, living and getting bogged down in the present but our future can become much more clearer and straightforward by taking time out to reflect and learn from our wins and loses in the past BUT we must allow time in the present to learn from the past which in turn will influence our future.
There's countless more successful people in the world that have achieved much more than winning a football cup competition at 13 years old but the reflecting on the achievement and learning from the negative and plus points of the past is what drives and steers our future success.
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Following on from our last blog post by Westfarm Windows regarding DIY we are delighted to have another guest post this time by Sainsbury's Bank.
They have provided us with a 13 page guide with examples of how you can improve your home with suggestions from smart devices to loft conversations.
Click the below link to download the PDF and start improving your home - thank you to Sainsbury's Bank for being part of our blog.
Cue replies of "grow up" and "it's all fake" ;-) but I can't let today go without mentioning the retirement of one of my childhood heroes. My childhood football hero was Roberto Baggio but in the world of "Sports Entertainment" it was the Undertaker.
After a quarter of a century the "Dead Man" finally laid his distinctive black gloves, trenchcoat and hat in the centre of the ring as arguably one of the most iconic wrestling figures of all time finally 'retired' after his match on the grandest stage of all - Wrestlemania.
We all have vices and for me from the late 1980's following the larger than life characters of WWF/WWE has given me the opportunity to immerse myself at times away from 'the real world'. Despite a feud with Hulk Hogan who was everybody's feavourite wrestling in the late 80's / early 90's I quickly warmed to Undertaker and have followed his life in and out of the ring ever since.
We all need to take time out and get away from the hustle and bustle of life and for me wrestling has been one of those quick fixes I needed over the years but after today it will never be the same for me and like all other "sports entertainment" fans today all I can say is #ThankYouTaker
The below blog update is a guest post from Kenny Muir of Westfarm Windows which highlights the dangers of DIY work and gives advice on how to prevent injuries. We thank Kenny for his post and infographic which is good timing just as the Easter DIY craze begins.
The dangers of DIY- know your safety precautions
DIY is great fun, not only does it allow you to unleash your creativity in your own home, but it also gives you a chance to save money on those home improvements too.
The only trouble with DIY, and it is often one thing that people forget, is that it can at times be dangerous, as the infographic below from Westfarm Windows shows. This is why it is vital that anyone who is going to be carrying out some form of DIY follows the correct safety precautions.
These vary from the simple, to those that relate to particular projects. To help you to stay safe, we have put together some of the most important safety precautions for you to take.
General precautions for any form of DIY
When carrying out DIY you will need to wear suitable clothing. This means that you should avoid loose fitting clothes, and never wear any jewellery that could pose a risk of getting caught.
The place that you are working in should be clean, well-organised and well-ventilated if you are working side. Especially if you are working with anything that is going to cause dust, or lets off any fumes.
You should always take your time and never rush through. Concentrate on the task that you have in hand and try not to get distracted with other things that are going on.
Just in case, you should have a well-stocked first aid kit nearby, and always try to have someone else around when you are undertaking any DIY project that could cause an injury.
Use the right safety equipment and tools
It is vital that you always wear the right safety gear when taking on any DIY project. This includes a dust mask, goggles and gloves. However, you may also need to cover your clothes with overalls to keep everything clean and tucked away.
If you are using tools for the DIY project then you will need to have all the right tools for the job, not only this but you will need to be familiar with the tools to. If they are electrical then you should always turn them off and unplug them when they are not in use. Drills in particular should always be off when changing the parts, and take care to remove the chuck key before you turn the drill back on.
Tools should always be kept in good working order. You may not know that sharp blades are actually safer than those that are blunt.
DIY, when carried out safely and with the right tools can be incredibly worthwhile. The satisfaction that you can feel after completing a project yourself is well worth the hard work that you will have put in.
Just remember, when carrying out any type of DIY work, it is vital that you keep yourself safe and try to avoid any injury that you are at risk from.
On Friday evening I attended a small event in our village to celebrate 40 years of Cambusbarron Community Council.
Cambusbarron is one of the oldest community councils in Scotland and a number of the founding councillors were present at the event.
Like Fallin, the village I grew up in, Cambusbarron has a strong community spirit enhanced by both old and newer residents to the village. Engaging with your local community council as well as our village organisations is vital in supporting and influencing your local area.
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