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July 8 2011 6 08 /07 /July /2011 13:47

Phillip Calvin Mcgraw, better known in the U.S as 'Dr. Phil', is an American TV personality, an author and psychologist and equally, the presenter of his own television show, 'Dr. Phil.' In his career, he has amassed fame and fortune but not without its controversies. Let us have an overview of the life and work of Dr. Phil McGraw.

Dr. Phil's early years

Dr. Phil was born on the 1st of September 1950 in Vinita, Oklahoma and is the son of an oil equipment supplier. He grew up with three sisters before attending the University of Tulsa, under an American Football scholarship where he played middle linebacker.

He had the misfortune of being on the receiving ends of one of the most one-sided games in college football history - a 100 - 6 defeat to the University of Houston. Shortly after this, he transferred to Midwestern State University.

Early career

Phillip graduated from Midwestern State University with a bachelor of Arts degree in psychology. He then did a master's degree in experimental psychology before finally earning the title of Dr Phil Mcgraw. He obtained his Ph.D in clinical psychology from the University of Texas in 1979.

Mcgraw went on to work with his father in his father's psychology practice, as well as delivering seminars before he went on to write a best-selling book, 'Life Strategies.'

Later, he went on to co-founded Courtroom Sciences Inc. (CSI), a trial consulting firm through which McGraw later came into contact with Oprah Winfrey.

Oprah Winfrey and Dr. Phil shows

McGraw first gained fame in 1995 when Oprah Winfrey hired McGraw's legal consulting firm CSI to prepare her for a trial that she was involved in.

Winfrey was so impressed with McGraw that she thanked him for her victory in the case, which ended in 1998 and as part of her gratitude, she invited him to appear on her show. His appearance proved so successful that he began appearing weekly as a "Relationship and Life Strategy Expert" on Tuesdays, starting in April 1998.

Over the next four years after this, McGraw went on to write three other best- selling relationship books.

In 2002, McGraw formed his own production company, Peteski Productions, and launched his own daily television show, Dr. Phil. It is an advice show, where he tackles a different topic on each show, offering advice according to his guests' troubles.

Personal life today

McGraw is married to Robin Jameson and the couple has two children, Jay and Jordan. The children have now moved out and McGraw shares his home with his wife in Beverly Hills.

McGraw is also a private pilot, with an instrument rating, flying single engine airplanes in his leisure time.

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July 7 2011 5 07 /07 /July /2011 08:36

There is a myth that free games can not be as good as games which you pay for. For the most part, this is true. However, there are plenty of free online gaming sites out there, with free games that can provide hours of entertainment.

Stick sports

Sticksports.com is a free gaming website, which features stick men, that you control playing various sports.

Sports range

The sports range from tennis to football, from racing to baseball but by far the best free web game is stick cricket.

Stick cricket

Simple but effective, easy to play but addictive, stick cricket will keep you entertained for hours, days, perhaps even weeks on end.

Features of the site

You can guide your favourite nation or create your own team to world domination. You can even compete in regularly updated leagues for high scores against other stick cricketers from all around the world. This is a fantastic free website, and is highly recommended.

Mini clip.com

Mini clip is a free website, which features a large number of free games from all genres. From sports games to basic racing games, Mini clip has so many games available, that there is no way that you would be able to play them all.

Features of the game

Although there are no single games, that are as good as the stick games, most of them are very simple.

The number of games on there keeps you on the site for a good length of time.

The games are more diverse, as the site features puzzle, and word games as well as sporting games.

Nuts games

Nuts magazine website features a very good selection of free games. Some are better than others and, for the most part, the games are fairly simple, but overly challenging.

Addictive game

However, the good thing about such simple games is that they can be very addictive, especially if you are competing against the high scores of fellow players, which is often the case in nuts games.

Different games

There is a very good 'super blast billiards game' as well as a decent online battle ping pong game.

The best game, however, is probably the nuts, 'be a soccer superstar' game, in which you play the life of a professional footballer, and try to play your way in to one of the top clubs.

For a free game, it is fairly realistic, and keeps you interested for a good amount of time.

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July 6 2011 4 06 /07 /July /2011 11:29

Universal Studios Islands of Adventure at Universal, Orlando in Florida is best known as the home of the "Harry Potter theme park" - The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. The Wizarding World is by far the most popular section of the park, but there is a lot more to it than just Hogwarts.

The park

Fantastic rides

Islands of Adventure is definitely livelier than Universal Studios, with some fantastic rides.

These are the Hulk roller-coaster, The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man (which will be revamped with a new HD film in 2012), Popeye & Bluto's Bilge-Rat Barges and the Jurassic Park River Adventure, which will leave you soaking wet.

Purchasing the fast pass

It is often a good idea to purchase the fast pass, as the queues can be especially long, and you can get the most out of the adventure island experience.

Three roller-coasters

One disappointment comes by the fact that, despite its large size, there are only three roller-coasters in the park. Despite this, the water rides exceed expectations, but they will get you drenched.

Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Of course, if you are a big Harry Potter fan, then Wizarding World of Harry Potter will most likely be your favourite section of the park, and arguably it deserves an entire review of its own.

Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey

The main ride Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey is hands-down the best theme park ride at the park. The mouse has nothing on it.

Even a tour of Hogwarts is amazing.

Other rides

The other rides in the Wizarding World area are not as thrilling with a

mini roller-coaster (less that one-minute ride time), and the Dragon Challenge is fun, but is ultimately just another small roller-coaster.

Despite this, the main ride and the area itself make up for these shortfalls.

Extra details

Purchase of tickets

Buying tickets in advance is a must, and you will need to check the park's daily opening hours on Universal's website. (The park is open everyday of the year.)

Advance reservations

If you'd like to eat lunch or dinner at the award-winning Mythos or book the Cat in the Hat character breakfast at Confisco Grille, you can call 407-224-4012 for advance reservations.


Both Universal Orlando theme parks are located just off Interstate 4 in Orlando, near the intersection with the Florida Turnpike. You can get driving directions to the parks from their website.

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July 1 2011 6 01 /07 /July /2011 08:46

Golf tees are small devices which are pushed into the ground and are used to prop a golf ball slightly up in to the air to give a golfer an advantage when hitting their first shot on a hole. This article gives and overview of the pros and cons of personalised golf tees.

What are personalised golf tees?

Personalised golf tees are normal golf tees which have an imprinted message or logo on them either on the stem of the tee or on the top of the tee where the ball is placed. This message might be a company's slogan, somebody's personal name or initials or even a company's logo.


Personalized golf tees are a great way for companies to advertise to a mass audience, especially in the professional game. They can also make a nice gift to somebody who is in to golf if it is personalised for them. There are definite postive points and negtive points to personalised golf tees though.

Positive points

Promotion for the company

Personalised golf tees can be a great way for businesses and companies to promote themselves on the golf course, especially in professional golf when the TV cameras are rolling.

Each time the camera zooms in on the golf ball before it is teed off, the audience will be reminded of the companies brand and it will be imprinted in their mind.

Easy to be found when lost

They can even be useful when it comes to ordinary golf players as tees often get lost and are found thanks to the branding. When another golfer comes across such tee, they will see the branding on the tee. This can also be a great technique with printed golf balls as they are lost and found in the same manner.


For players, they can also be an advantage because it will mean that they will gain added income from the sponsorship of having a company's brand on their tees.

Negative points

The negative points of imprinted golf tees come more from an advertiser's point of view than a player's.

Advertising of another company during an event

If a golf event is already being sponsored, the event organisers probably would not be happy with another company being advertised on the course because they would have already paid a lot of money for their company to be advertised.

Lost and broken easily

On top of this, even though they are fairly inexpensive, tees are reguarly lost or broken (particuarly wooden tees) by players and are constantly having to be replaced which can result in the cost of replacing the tees mounting up

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June 29 2011 4 29 /06 /June /2011 23:10

Crystal Palace National Sports Centre is located in Crystal Palace in South London. It is home to Britain's premier athletics stadium as well as a large sports centre and was officially opened in 1964. Prior to this re-opening, the sports centre was rich in sporting history with the site previously hosting a number of FA cup finals and high profile rugby matches. This article details out all you need to know about the Crystal Palace National Sports Centre.

As it is today

The current athletics stadium is built on the former football ground of Crystal palace and can seat 15,500 people, with the possibility of extending the seating to hold 24,000 people. The future of the stadium is in doubt with the building of the Olympic stadium on Stratford.

The national sports center also has a leisure centre which contains an Olympic-sized swimming pool as well as a state-of-the-art fitness centre.

Recently, the ground's future as an athletics stadium has been thrown in doubt as both Crystal Palace FC and Tottenham Hostpur have drawn up plans to turn the ground into a purpose-built football stadium once again.

The history of the ground

Between 1895 and 1914, the ground was a football stadium which hosted the annual FA Cup final as well as being the original home of Crystal Palace FC before they moved to Selhurst Park. In 1913, almost 122,000 people squeezed into the grounds for the FA Cup final between Aston Villa and Sunderland.


The ground also has a rich history in rugby and has the prestige of having hosted the first ever England Rugby Union international against New Zealand in England, with the All Blacks running out 15-0 victors.

Grand Prix

The ground hosted cricket for a short time as well but, perhaps more interestingly, was formerly part of a Grand Prix circuit. It hosted the first ever London Grand Prix in 1937 and, later that year, also hosted the International Imperial Trophy which was the first motor racing event to be broadcast by the BBC.

Formula One

As time went on, the track even went on to host a couple of non-championship Formula One races. The last race took place on the track in May 1972 before the track was closed. It is still partially visible on the site and hosts a couple of low-key motoring events, though no actual race meets occur anymore.


The leisure centre also previously played host to British league basketball, acting as home venue for both London Towers and Crystal Palace before they merged into one team. The team folded in 2006 due to financial difficulties.

After the Olympics in 2012, Crystal palace will probably no longer be Britain's top athletics venue.

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June 29 2011 4 29 /06 /June /2011 13:54

Sports gambling can be a roller-coaster ride with big wins available but also big losses. Sports gambling is very different from casino gambling because, for the most part, it is not all about luck but about judgement and logic from the gambler. It is extremely hard for anybody to come up with ideas for the best ways to win money from sports gambling but there are certainly ways to avoid losing money. This article provides you with tips so as not to gamble on sports.

Do not gamble just for the sake of it

Being bored for a day or a big match being on is not a good reason to bet. If you are looking to make money, it is important to do proper research behind each bet. You should only bet if statistics and history support what you are intending to bet on.

The odds of betting

Betting is all about odds and it is important not to get too drawn in by odds. If a bet returns £200 from a £10 stake, it is probably not worth betting on because it is probably not going to win. Alternatively, just because a bet has odds of 1/10 does not mean it is a dead cert. So, it is not worth staking £100 for a 'guaranteed' tenner. Nothing in the world of sport is a dead cert.

Don't aim at recovering your losses

Finally, never bet in order to retrieve losses. If you have lost money on a bet, just leave it at that. Betting to retrieve losses comes under the, 'betting for the sake of it category' and more often than not leads to further losses as they are inevitably not well thought out.

Final word

Remember that one can ultimately come up with a formula on how to make a lot of money from sports betting, but you can certainly prevent unnecessary losses.

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June 28 2011 3 28 /06 /June /2011 14:18

Ice hockey is a full contact sport and so a lot of equipment is worn by the players for protection. As well as the equipment worn by the players, standard equipment is required in order to play the game.

Standard player equipment

All Ice Hockey players are required to wear ice skates, hockey pads, hockey helmets, hockey gloves, a neck guard, shoulder pads, elbow pads, padded hockey shorts and shin guards. All of this equipment is necessary to insure the players' safety on the ice. Players may also wear a mouth guard although the helmet provides plenty of protection.

A hockey stick

On top of this a player also has a hockey stick usually made up of either wood or composite materials. A lot of players wear a jock strap which protects the genital area as well as keeping it comfortable when playing.

The goalkeepers

Each team's goalkeeper requires added protection as he may take a hockey puck at him at high speed which would cause serious injury without. Goalkeepers wear all of the equipment listed above but on a grander scale. They have thicker blades on their skates, a larger hockey stick, a specialised goalie mask to protect the face, chest and arm protectors, heavily padded trousers and leg pads as well as a catch glove in order to gain an advantage when it comes to saving shots.

Goalie's facemasks

Goalie's facemasks are a big trademark of ice hockey. Some players wear a full face mask whilst others opt for a device called a face cage. In the NHL, it is now mandatory that all goalkeepers must also wear a throat protector in order to protect them from pucks and skate blades.

Match equipment

Ice hockey is played on an ice rink and in order to play, it requires two ice hockey goals towards either end of the ice rink as well as hockey pucks. Pucks are made out of a hard disk of vulcanised rubber and are frozen before a game in order to reduce bounce during play.

Final word

Around each ice rink in the professional game are boards and large, reinforced visors that help keep the puck in play.

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June 28 2011 3 28 /06 /June /2011 11:27

Trampoline stunts are extremely impressive both aesthetically and technically. It takes a great skill of strength, skill and bravery to pull off the very best trampoline tricks. In this article, five great trampoline moves are analysed and explained.

Double somersault


The double somersault move is fairly self-explanatory. It involves getting enough bounce in your jump and relies on expert timing in order to tumble your legs over your head twice whilst in the air before landing with your body in the vertical position.

This move is a lot harder than performing a single somersault, as it requires the trampolinist to achieve a very high bounce and tuck in a lot earlier than they would on a single somersault in order to achieve the added rotation.

It should be noted that all somersaults vary in difficulty, and therefore impressiveness, depending on whether the trampolinist uses a tuck position, a pike, a straight or a puck.

The tuck position is considered to be the most difficult one.

The one and three


The one and three move refers to a one and three quarter somersault.

It is easier to perform than the double somersault as the trampolinist does not have to fully flip their body twice, as in the double somersault.

They should instead land on their back and this is known as the back drop position, after completing one full somersault.

A Randy


Performing a 'Randy', also known as a Rudolph, requires the trampolinist to perform a two and a half front somersault (flipping two and a half times) whilst the body is twisting in the air.

The twisting effect that occurs during the move will result in the trampolinist landing vertically on their feet.

The back in full and the full, full

Complicated moves

The back in full and the full, full are two of the most complicated manoeuvres in trampoline.

The back in full requires the trampolinist to perform a double back somersault with a full body twist in on the second somersault.

The full and full is an extension of the back and full.

This move also requires the trampolinist perform a double back somersault but the trampolinist performs a full body twist on both somersaults before landing vertically on their feet.

Both of these moves require precise timing and it is particularly important that the trampolinist gets enough height before performing this move. The move will result in the trampolinist to land vertically on their feet.

Final word

For more trampolining moves and trampolining tricks, you may run a quick Google video search.

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June 18 2011 7 18 /06 /June /2011 08:59

Legacy golf resort is located in the depths of the Arizona, Sonoran desert, just outside of Phoenix city centre, on an oasis just below Arizona's south mountain. It hosts a championship golf course as well as hotel suites, spa facilities, a pool, a fitness centre and a tennis court.

The course

Legacy golf course is a Championship18 hole course which is 6,946 yards in length, off the longest tees, and plays at a par 72. It was built and designed in 1999 by reknowned golf architect Gary Parks. The course is known for its wide fairways and well kept greens but the course's signature hole is the final hole which you encounter on the course, the 18th.

At 558 yards in length and combined with a nice water hazard to the left of the fairway, it is a bit of a monster. The course caters for golfers at all levels and is opened to the public as a community golf course as well as to those staying in the resort. Booking a tee time is essential in order to get on to the course.

The Resort


As a Phoenix resort, Legacy golf resort does not just offer a championship golf course but also an array of other facilities.

Ideal for meetings

With over 300 hotel suites, the resort is able to host large numbers of people meaning it is a popular get a way for business meetings as well as for groups looking for sports outings and general sporting events.


As well as a fitness centre, a swimming pool and tennis courts, the resort also boasts its own spa facilities which offer a huge range of massages from a useful golfers massage for those coming off the course all the way through to a maternity massage for mums to be.

Hikes, bingo and poker

For those not in to golf, the resort boasts everything from guided hikes through the mountains right through to bingo and poker. It even boats a mystery castle and hosts big parties on special holidays such as Independence day and Halloween.

Final word

Located only ten minutes from Sky Harbour international airport, it is easy to get to as well as only being just outside Phoenix city centre allowing easy access to every possible need.

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June 18 2011 7 18 /06 /June /2011 07:07

World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) is the worlds most successful sport's entertainment company. Most of the WWE super stars use a ring name instead of their real names and it is often intriguing to find out exactly what the top stars' names actually are. Here's how you can do just that.


Search on the true names on Wikipedia

If you are looking for the real name of an individual wrestler, although it is not favoured by all, Wikipedia is a great place to find out the real names of WWE wrestlers.

Simply, type your favourite super stars name in to the search bar and you will be given a whole profile about your chosen wrestler including their real name.

For example, if we type in 'The Undertaker' we are immediately told that the Undertaker's real name is 'Mark William Calaway.'

Wikipedia keeps updating information

Wikipedia has profiles for just about the whole WWE talent roster and ECW talent roster. Another good thing about Wikipedia is that it is always being updated and so every time, a new WWE superstar emerges on to the roster, Wikipedia will nearly always be immediately up-to-date with information about that person.



Angelfire.com is the ideal website if you are searching for a list of WWE wrestlers names. It provides you with the option of the WWE Raw roster, Smackdown roster, WWE ECW superstars as well as a list of wrestlers from the WWE Hall of Fame.

Once on your chosen page, you are provided with a list of ring names with each superstars' real name listed next to it.

Female wrestling list

It also includes a female wrestling list which is mixed in to the men's list. It is quite interesting to do a full sweep of a particular rosters superstar's real names, especially if you are bored one day and Angelfire is perfect for this although it is not completely up-to-date.


Books and biographies on superstars

Reading biographies or autobiographies, often only released by the top stars, is a simple way of finding out the real names of both Raw superstars and Smackdown superstars. Stars such as Triple H, Rey Mysterio and Edge have autobiographies on sale which provide plenty of information not just about the wrestlers' real names, but about who they really are and what they are really like behind their wrestling personas.

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