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19 Jun 19
sophiethebookdragon

The Lady of the Rivers is the prequel novel to The White Queen (which was turned into a BBC series back in 2013) by Philippa Gregory. It is the first instalment to the Tudor and Plantagenet series and takes place during the events that led up to the infamous War of the Roses. 

19 Jun 19
NBC Palm Springs - News, Weather, Traffic, Breaking News

Making it to the top of El Capitan is a daunting feat even for the most experienced climbers. Selah Schneiter, 10, was practically born to do it. The precocious climber made history last week when she became the youngest person on record to scale the famed, 3,000-foot vertical rock formation in California’s Yosemite National Park. Sitting alongside her […]

19 Jun 19
Scorched Eyebrow Studio

Happy belated Father’s Day!  I’d like to talk with you about boys.  “Boys will be boys” is a lousy excuse for hostility, disrespect for property, or refusing to bathe. Asking boys not to engage in physical sports, get dirty, or wreck their skateboards (sometimes into your mailbox) is simply unfair.  Boys are complex little people […]

19 Jun 19
Avid Love

The Bat-woman by Albert Joseph Penot, c. 1890.

19 Jun 19
NWPA Stories

One hundred years ago this month, the United States Congress voted in favor of an amendment to the U.S. Constitution granting women the right to vote. The movement that led up to this momentous occasion was called women’s suffrage and countless women fought and died for the ballot before they ever got the chance to finally cast one. Many women in Titusville were dedicated to this cause and booked national speakers, campaigned, organized, and even hosted one of the most famous icons of the suffrage movement.

19 Jun 19
Musing of a Motivated Math Teacher

I was at an in-service last week and heard from one of the many terrific presenters that right now is a great time to be a teacher. He went on to explain that currently there are so many books for teachers to read that anyone can find something of interest; something that will give them […]

19 Jun 19
Cord Cutters Nation TV

What Is BitTorrent, Anyway? BitTorrent has an unsavory reputation, one that is both unfair and yet also well deserved. At its best, BitTorrent addresses the bottleneck created when too many people try to download the same files from a single source at once—be they bootlegged tv shows, hot music tracks, DRM-free books, or photos of […]

19 Jun 19
Dad Life

Are you a Dad, formally an avid poker player, but now getting a poker game together feels like a yearly occurrence? If you are like me, getting a poker game together in college took about two hours. Sitting on my college apartment couch, my phone would vibrate with the message, “Cards at my place…7pm…u down!?” […]

19 Jun 19
Libro Review Blog

Genre – Non-Fiction (Self-help) No. Of pages – 184 Rating – 2.75/5 The only thing that’s constant is change. You cannot stop it, you cannot slow it down or fasten it up. It will happens at it’s own pace and you will have to deal with it. But what when we harness the power of […]

19 Jun 19
The Sun
WILL THOMPSON’S greatest achievement in the game had been to take Preston to the Champions League final on computer smash-hit Football Manager. But after pitching up in Armenia as a tourist last summer and falling in love, he now dreams of a real-life European fairytale. Will Thompson, left, turned a holiday in Armenia into the job of a lifetime FC Dilijan began as a youth team where just a handful of players turned up Thompson swapped England for the stunning surroundings of Armenia Having set up a youth team for fun, the country’s FA fast-tracked the club he founded out of nothing, Dilijan FC, into the country’s second tier next season. And with a guaranteed spot in their Premier League the following year thanks to the Armenian FA’s vice-president, Crystal Palace fan Thompson sees no reason why they cannot soon be taking on Europe’s big guns. The Londoner, 31, said: “I left a recruitment job to go travelling. I had been in Costa Rica for six months and wanted to go somewhere off the beaten track before backpacking around Asia. “I thought Armenia was going to be Arabic and surrounded by desert — I didn’t really have a clue where it was. “When I arrived, the country was gripped by revolution where the government was overthrown. “But living was crazy cheap — you can live off just £75-a-month — and I met a local girl who worked in the Peace Corps helping kids, so I decided to stay a bit.” Thompson’s new love was based in Dilijan, an old Soviet town of 17,000 in the mountainous north known as ‘Little Switzerland’ for its stunning scenery and hiking trails. An avid football fan, before long he set up a youth side. He added: “If I had £100,000 in the bank I’m sure I would have gone straight to Thailand. HUMBLE BEGINNINGS “It’s lovely here but an English person would think it’s the Third World. “People sell raw meat out of their car boots, horses walk freely down the street. It’s what you imagine life was like 100 years ago.” On the youth team’s first day just eight kids turned up for a kickabout, some wearing slippers to play in. But after putting up posters in local schools and community centres, around 40 came for the second session. To give these poor kids the enjoyment of winning a medal, Thompson fruitlessly searched high and wide for a tournament. He was eventually put in touch with the Armenian FA, where many staff had been purged following the revolution. Thompson said: “They’d heard about what we were doing and the vice-president wanted to meet me. “He showed me his plans of how they are investing millions. They only had nine teams in the men’s first division and wanted to emulate other European leagues with 20. Thompson’s FC Dilijan have been fast-tracked into the Armenian second tier Stadium where Thompson is dreaming of Europa League football for his side one day “He loves English football and is a huge Arsenal fan. He loves Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who is a god out here, and asked if we wanted to join the league. “Teams usually have to have seven youth teams and a minimum of three A-level Uefa coaches to meet the criteria. “We just had the children who had come off the street and I hadn’t done any coaching before — but after one quick call he said we were straight in!” Faced with starting a team from scratch and getting them up to speed to compete over a season, Thompson put the feelers out locally and immediately had six ex-pros who had played in the Armenian league sign up. Working with numerous agents — one brought flop Jaroslaw Jach to Crystal Palace from Poland in 2018 — they sifted through countless videos of players around the world. And before long they had footballers from Nigeria, Portugal, Russia and Belarus jetting in for pre-season. Dilijan FC work alongside the town’s United World College — one of 17 globally — and they provided a stadium. Thompson hopes for gates of around 700 in their first campaign, which begins in August. [quote credit=”Thompson on his hopes for Dilijan”]We’re recruiting up to seven full-time coaches and the players will get housing. They are all here as professionals to create something serious.[/quote] He added: “A lot of them have played professional football and I have been taken back by their quality, which I’d say is about League One level. “We have had £100,000 invested in us through sponsors, which is a big deal considering a squad of 22 costs around £50,000. “The average salary in Dilijan is around £150-a-month, so that’s what we are paying the players. “The average budget in the First League is £500,000, which is what we are hoping to get next season. “We’re recruiting up to seven full-time coaches and the players will get housing. They are all here as professionals to create something serious.” Thompson is the owner-manager and also plans on making cameo appearances throughout the season. His Armenian is patchy and he struggles to communicate with players and coaches, often relying on hand gestures and the few English speakers translating. He still has another job working remotely as a recruitment manager for an online teaching company based in China, but hopes to quit soon. [article-rail-section title=”MOST READ IN FOOTBALL” posts_category=”339″ posts_number=”12″ query_type=”popular” /] What started as a few days in Armenia has turned into Thompson’s obsession. He said: “It is a dream for any man to build and manage a squad in a competition where you could qualify for Europe. This is my life. “We could finish first and qualify for the Europa League or we could lose 12-0 every game. If we don’t come last or in the bottom half it would be a huge achievement. “More realistically the goal is to reach the qualification stages within three years. But maybe we could win the domestic cup next season!” As for Mkhitaryan, Thompson admitted it would be a “dream come true” to get an endorsement from the local hero. But, as Thompson added: “Arsenal are very tough to deal with in terms of getting anything. Hopefully when he leaves!” For more information about Dalijan FC, visit the club’s Facebook page. Thompson expanded his team from just youth to senior, professional level Thompson is hoping for big things from his Dilijan squad in the future From humble beginnings, Dilijan is rapidly rising through the ranks [bc_video video_id=”6050107426001″ account_id=”5067014667001″ player_id=”default” embed=”in-page” padding_top=”56%” autoplay=”” min_width=”0px” max_width=”640px” width=”100%” height=”100%” caption=”Manchester United ‘agree record £55m transfer fee for Crystal Palace star Aaron Wan-Bissaka'”]
19 Jun 19
The Scottish Sun
WILL THOMPSON’S greatest achievement in the game had been to take Preston to the Champions League final on computer smash-hit Football Manager. But after pitching up in Armenia as a tourist last summer and falling in love, he now dreams of a real-life European fairytale. Will Thompson, left, turned a holiday in Armenia into the job of a lifetime FC Dilijan began as a youth team where just a handful of players turned up Thompson swapped England for the stunning surroundings of Armenia Having set up a youth team for fun, the country’s FA fast-tracked the club he founded out of nothing, Dilijan FC, into the country’s second tier next season. And with a guaranteed spot in their Premier League the following year thanks to the Armenian FA’s vice-president, Crystal Palace fan Thompson sees no reason why they cannot soon be taking on Europe’s big guns. The Londoner, 31, said: “I left a recruitment job to go travelling. I had been in Costa Rica for six months and wanted to go somewhere off the beaten track before backpacking around Asia. “I thought Armenia was going to be Arabic and surrounded by desert — I didn’t really have a clue where it was. “When I arrived, the country was gripped by revolution where the government was overthrown. “But living was crazy cheap — you can live off just £75-a-month — and I met a local girl who worked in the Peace Corps helping kids, so I decided to stay a bit.” Thompson’s new love was based in Dilijan, an old Soviet town of 17,000 in the mountainous north known as ‘Little Switzerland’ for its stunning scenery and hiking trails. An avid football fan, before long he set up a youth side. He added: “If I had £100,000 in the bank I’m sure I would have gone straight to Thailand. HUMBLE BEGINNINGS “It’s lovely here but an English person would think it’s the Third World. “People sell raw meat out of their car boots, horses walk freely down the street. It’s what you imagine life was like 100 years ago.” On the youth team’s first day just eight kids turned up for a kickabout, some wearing slippers to play in. But after putting up posters in local schools and community centres, around 40 came for the second session. To give these poor kids the enjoyment of winning a medal, Thompson fruitlessly searched high and wide for a tournament. He was eventually put in touch with the Armenian FA, where many staff had been purged following the revolution. Thompson said: “They’d heard about what we were doing and the vice-president wanted to meet me. “He showed me his plans of how they are investing millions. They only had nine teams in the men’s first division and wanted to emulate other European leagues with 20. Thompson’s FC Dilijan have been fast-tracked into the Armenian second tier Work is beginning on a brand new stadium, which they will share with another pro team “He loves English football and is a huge Arsenal fan. He loves Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who is a god out here, and asked if we wanted to join the league. “Teams usually have to have seven youth teams and a minimum of three A-level Uefa coaches to meet the criteria. “We just had the children who had come off the street and I hadn’t done any coaching before — but after one quick call he said we were straight in!” Faced with starting a team from scratch and getting them up to speed to compete over a season, Thompson put the feelers out locally and immediately had six ex-pros who had played in the Armenian league sign up. Working with numerous agents — one brought flop Jaroslaw Jach to Crystal Palace from Poland in 2018 — they sifted through countless videos of players around the world. And before long they had footballers from Nigeria, Portugal, Russia and Belarus jetting in for pre-season. Dilijan FC work alongside the town’s United World College — one of 17 globally — and they provided a stadium. Thompson hopes for gates of around 700 in their first campaign, which begins in August. [quote credit=”Thompson on his hopes for Dilijan”]We’re recruiting up to seven full-time coaches and the players will get housing. They are all here as professionals to create something serious.[/quote] He added: “A lot of them have played professional football and I have been taken back by their quality, which I’d say is about League One level. “We have had £100,000 invested in us through sponsors, which is a big deal considering a squad of 22 costs around £50,000. “The average salary in Dilijan is around £150-a-month, so that’s what we are paying the players. “The average budget in the First League is £500,000, which is what we are hoping to get next season. “We’re recruiting up to seven full-time coaches and the players will get housing. They are all here as professionals to create something serious.” Thompson is the owner-manager and also plans on making cameo appearances throughout the season. His Armenian is patchy and he struggles to communicate with players and coaches, often relying on hand gestures and the few English speakers translating. He still has another job working remotely as a recruitment manager for an online teaching company based in China, but hopes to quit soon. [article-rail-section title=”MOST READ IN FOOTBALL” posts_category=”3″ posts_number=”12″ query_type=”popular” /] What started as a few days in Armenia has turned into Thompson’s obsession. He said: “It is a dream for any man to build and manage a squad in a competition where you could qualify for Europe. This is my life. “We could finish first and qualify for the Europa League or we could lose 12-0 every game. If we don’t come last or in the bottom half it would be a huge achievement. “More realistically the goal is to reach the qualification stages within three years. But maybe we could win the domestic cup next season!” As for Mkhitaryan, Thompson admitted it would be a “dream come true” to get an endorsement from the local hero. But, as Thompson added: “Arsenal are very tough to deal with in terms of getting anything. Hopefully when he leaves!” For more information about Dilijan FC, visit the club’s Facebook page. Thompson expanded his team from just youth to senior, professional level Thompson is hoping for big things from his Dilijan squad in the future From humble beginnings, Dilijan is rapidly rising through the ranks [bc_video video_id=”6050107426001″ account_id=”5067014667001″ player_id=”default” embed=”in-page” padding_top=”56%” autoplay=”” min_width=”0px” max_width=”640px” width=”100%” height=”100%” caption=”Manchester United ‘agree record £55m transfer fee for Crystal Palace star Aaron Wan-Bissaka'”]
19 Jun 19
The Irish Sun
WILL THOMPSON’S greatest achievement in the game had been to take Preston to the Champions League final on computer smash-hit Football Manager. But after pitching up in Armenia as a tourist last summer and falling in love, he now dreams of a real-life European fairytale. Will Thompson, left, turned a holiday in Armenia into the job of a lifetime FC Dilijan began as a youth team where just a handful of players turned up Thompson swapped England for the stunning surroundings of Armenia Having set up a youth team for fun, the country’s FA fast-tracked the club he founded out of nothing, Dilijan FC, into the country’s second tier next season. And with a guaranteed spot in their Premier League the following year thanks to the Armenian FA’s vice-president, Crystal Palace fan Thompson sees no reason why they cannot soon be taking on Europe’s big guns. The Londoner, 31, said: “I left a recruitment job to go travelling. I had been in Costa Rica for six months and wanted to go somewhere off the beaten track before backpacking around Asia. “I thought Armenia was going to be Arabic and surrounded by desert — I didn’t really have a clue where it was. “When I arrived, the country was gripped by revolution where the government was overthrown. “But living was crazy cheap — you can live off just £75-a-month — and I met a local girl who worked in the Peace Corps helping kids, so I decided to stay a bit.” Thompson’s new love was based in Dilijan, an old Soviet town of 17,000 in the mountainous north known as ‘Little Switzerland’ for its stunning scenery and hiking trails. An avid football fan, before long he set up a youth side. He added: “If I had £100,000 in the bank I’m sure I would have gone straight to Thailand. HUMBLE BEGINNINGS “It’s lovely here but an English person would think it’s the Third World. “People sell raw meat out of their car boots, horses walk freely down the street. It’s what you imagine life was like 100 years ago.” On the youth team’s first day just eight kids turned up for a kickabout, some wearing slippers to play in. But after putting up posters in local schools and community centres, around 40 came for the second session. To give these poor kids the enjoyment of winning a medal, Thompson fruitlessly searched high and wide for a tournament. He was eventually put in touch with the Armenian FA, where many staff had been purged following the revolution. Thompson said: “They’d heard about what we were doing and the vice-president wanted to meet me. “He showed me his plans of how they are investing millions. They only had nine teams in the men’s first division and wanted to emulate other European leagues with 20. Thompson’s FC Dilijan have been fast-tracked into the Armenian second tier Work is beginning on a brand new stadium, which they will share with another pro team “He loves English football and is a huge Arsenal fan. He loves Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who is a god out here, and asked if we wanted to join the league. “Teams usually have to have seven youth teams and a minimum of three A-level Uefa coaches to meet the criteria. “We just had the children who had come off the street and I hadn’t done any coaching before — but after one quick call he said we were straight in!” Faced with starting a team from scratch and getting them up to speed to compete over a season, Thompson put the feelers out locally and immediately had six ex-pros who had played in the Armenian league sign up. Working with numerous agents — one brought flop Jaroslaw Jach to Crystal Palace from Poland in 2018 — they sifted through countless videos of players around the world. And before long they had footballers from Nigeria, Portugal, Russia and Belarus jetting in for pre-season. Dilijan FC work alongside the town’s United World College — one of 17 globally — and they provided a stadium. Thompson hopes for gates of around 700 in their first campaign, which begins in August. [quote credit=”Thompson on his hopes for Dilijan”]We’re recruiting up to seven full-time coaches and the players will get housing. They are all here as professionals to create something serious.[/quote] He added: “A lot of them have played professional football and I have been taken back by their quality, which I’d say is about League One level. “We have had £100,000 invested in us through sponsors, which is a big deal considering a squad of 22 costs around £50,000. “The average salary in Dilijan is around £150-a-month, so that’s what we are paying the players. “The average budget in the First League is £500,000, which is what we are hoping to get next season. “We’re recruiting up to seven full-time coaches and the players will get housing. They are all here as professionals to create something serious.” Thompson is the owner-manager and also plans on making cameo appearances throughout the season. His Armenian is patchy and he struggles to communicate with players and coaches, often relying on hand gestures and the few English speakers translating. He still has another job working remotely as a recruitment manager for an online teaching company based in China, but hopes to quit soon. [article-rail-section title=”MOST READ IN FOOTBALL” posts_category=”10″ posts_number=”12″ query_type=”popular” /] What started as a few days in Armenia has turned into Thompson’s obsession. He said: “It is a dream for any man to build and manage a squad in a competition where you could qualify for Europe. This is my life. “We could finish first and qualify for the Europa League or we could lose 12-0 every game. If we don’t come last or in the bottom half it would be a huge achievement. “More realistically the goal is to reach the qualification stages within three years. But maybe we could win the domestic cup next season!” As for Mkhitaryan, Thompson admitted it would be a “dream come true” to get an endorsement from the local hero. But, as Thompson added: “Arsenal are very tough to deal with in terms of getting anything. Hopefully when he leaves!” For more information about Dilijan FC, visit the club’s Facebook page. Thompson expanded his team from just youth to senior, professional level Thompson is hoping for big things from his Dilijan squad in the future From humble beginnings, Dilijan is rapidly rising through the ranks [bc_video video_id=”6050107426001″ account_id=”5067014667001″ player_id=”default” embed=”in-page” padding_top=”56%” autoplay=”” min_width=”0px” max_width=”640px” width=”100%” height=”100%” caption=”Manchester United ‘agree record £55m transfer fee for Crystal Palace star Aaron Wan-Bissaka'”]
19 Jun 19
Avid Reader Book Blog

Dear lord, I was so invested into this story. Violent Ends picks up where Violent Delights drops off so it would be helpful to read book #1 first. BUT, for those who have read Violent Delights and picked up Violent Ends, WHAT IN THE WOLRD?! This was such an amazing roller coaster of a ride […]

19 Jun 19
The Australian

Welcome to the Trading Day blog for Thursday, June 20. Local stocks are set to edge higher at the open after the US Fed kept rates on hold, but hinted at possible cuts in the future. Locally, Qantas unveils changes to its frequent flyer program.

19 Jun 19
The Journey of Lillelund 605

Facebook is incredibly popular since it connects friends and family in an easy way. Consider the potential for business marketing on Facebook. Read on for tips on how to use this avenue to the best of your ability. You can quickly expand your viewers on Facebook by holding a competition. Prizes will open the eyes […]