A Guide to Watersports in Cornwall

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Cornwall is fast getting a reputation as the watersports capital of the UK and with lakes, coves, rugged cliffs, and over 300 beaches it’s easy to see why. Next time you are staying in a Holiday Cottage in Cornwall why not take a break from the traditional Cornish holiday pursuits and give some watersports ago.

Kayaking is a popular watersport in Cornwall as it is a great way to explore the beautiful Cornish coastline and discover some hidden away beaches.

Canoeing is very similar to kayaking, in fact many people don’t know the difference between the two yet it’s very easy to tell the two apart once you know how to check. In a canoe you will either sit or kneel and use a paddle with a single blade at one end. In a kayak you will sit and use a paddle with a blade at wither end. Canoes are more suited to calm waters such as rivers and lakes making them ideal to explore Cornwall’s river valleys and waterways.

If you are an avid One Show viewer or were simply inspired by Christine Blakely’s recent waterski challenge then you might want to try it out for yourself. Thankful though you won’t have quite such a tough time of it has Christine as you will get to waterski along Cornwall’s beautiful coast rather than straight across the world busiest shipping lane.

There are so many other great watersports to choose from with windsurfing, waveskiing and of course surfing to name just a few. It doesn’t matter either if you are a watersports veteran or a complete novice as there a number of centres located right around Cornwall who can teach you all the basics as well as lend you equipment. so the next time your in Cornwall why not try something a bit different and give watersports ago.

Posted on March 30th 2010 in Uncategorized

Possible Interview Questions

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You have poured through the recruitment adverts and have finally found a suitable job, now you have to face the tricky task of getting through the interview. Job interviews can be a potential stumbling block for anyone so it’s always a good idea to practice your interview technique, not only will it help you prepare it will also give you a well timed confidence boost.

Here are some potential interview questions to help you practice.

  • What do you consider your greatest weakness?
  • What do you consider your greatest strength?
  • Describe your typical work week.
  • Do you take work home with you?
  • How many hours a week do you normally work?
  • How would you describe the pace at which you normally work?
  • How do you deal with stress and pressure?
  • What is your motivation?
  • What are your salary expectations?
  • What decisions do you find are the most difficult to make?
  • Tell us about yourself.
  • What has been the greatest disappointment in your life?
  • What are you passions in life?
  • What annoys you most?
  • What do most people criticize you for?
  • When was the last time you were angry? And what caused it?
  • If you could relive your life, what would you do differently?
  • If your friends and family were asked why you should be hired, what would they say?
  • Do you prefer to work on a team or independently?
  • Give some examples of teamwork you have been involved in.
  • What sort of work environment do you prefer?
  • How do you evaluate success and failure?
  • If your boss is 100% wrong about something how would deal with it?
  • Describe a difficult situation or project at work and how you overcame it.
  • Describe a time when your workload was heavy and how you managed it.

Good luck!

Posted on March 29th 2010 in Uncategorized

Gravestone Symbolism

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Gravestones have been used for centuries to mark the dead, prehistoric would use rocks and sticks but over the years this developed into elaborate and showy memorials for those who could afford them. With the ability to carve stone brought the use of all manner of symbols for the dead and it is quite fascinating looking into the meanings.

Whilst gravestones these days tend to be simple semi circular topped, rounded, pointed arched, gabled or square with the inscription of choice, it was in the 18th century that Gravestones were really elaborate and were often decorated with symbolic reminders of death such as cherubs, skulls, heavenly crowns or picks and shovels for the grave. Forms of simple decoration on Gravestones look like it is making a comeback with special emblems and themes used being familiar across many faiths. But what do these symbols mean?

Some of the more obvious symbols like the Dove (Purity, love and the holy spirit), Heart (Devotion), Horseshoe (Protection against evil) and Star of David (The God) are widely known by most. However, the more obscure might not be as well understood, a shell means birth and resurrection, Peacock means eternal life, Hourglass represents time and its swift flight, a Lamp means immortality and a triangle means Truth, Equality and Trinity. If you see a Lamb it will symbolize Innocence, this symbol is often used when the young pass away, and the same can be said for a Broken Column, which symbolizes early death. Symbols relating to relationships can be a hand, meaning a relation or partnership, an Arch, rejoined with a partner in Heaven or my favourite, the Ivy which means faithfulness, memory, and undying friendship.

Next time you visit a cemetery, you may notice the symbols on each Grave Stone a bit more and appreciate the meaning of why they are on the grave, it can be very humbling.

Posted on March 24th 2010 in Uncategorized

The Supernatural and Film

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Since the late 1800s when the first depiction of supernatural events appeared on our screens, there has been a demand and fascination for films to elicit emotion ranging from fear, horror and terror from the viewers. Regardless of anyone’s true beliefs outside of film they know that when they get to watch a psychological thriller there’s almost certainly going to be a Professional Psychic, a ghost or a troubled spirit, and a Psychic Medium Reading that occurs.

Take ‘The Gift’, a supernatural thriller which sees the main character, a Fortune Teller; get involved with a murder mystery after seeing visions of a missing girl killed. Her involvement and input leads to the killer and untangles a web of lies and deceit. Throughout the film you see the torment and frustration she experiences trying to unravel her visions into order and clarity. She is also faced with mixed attitudes within her community, with some members requesting personal fortune readings whilst others shout abuse and call her a ‘witch’.

In the hit film the ‘Sixth Sense’ you see a tormented child, Cole, troubled that he sees dead people, with an equally tormented child psychologist trying to help him. The line ‘I see dead people’ which is spoken by Cole to the psychologist has become as famous as the film itself, and I am sure that anyone who has seen the film can still remember the chill they got when it transpires that the psychologist is actually dead himself. Brrr.

I have named but two in a long line of supernatural, psychological horror films that prove that to this day the paranormal is still as fascinating and popular as it has ever been.

Posted on March 18th 2010 in Death and Dying, Spirituality