When do you know that you’ve ‘made it’? Well as a Footballer probably having 3 World Cup winners medals, a specially made World Cup replica trophy, and the ball you scored your 1,000th goal with is a pretty good indication.
But who are we talking about? Well, as you might have guessed by the sheer amount of goals he bagged, it’s Pele. And he’s auctioning his stuff off…
As a legend of world football, arguably the biggest global name of his generation, and FIFA Player of the Century, Pele has acquired an eclectic set the best and most bizarre gifts everywhere he’s been, from all corners of the world!
They include everything from elaborate crowns and ceremonial daggers, model ships and jet fighters, to more prosaic clocks, dishes, and freedom-of-the-city keys from various municipalities.
But as he’s getting older, Pele doesn’t have time to care for such artifacts and they’ve been gathering dust over the last few years. Pele has also been in and out of hospital over the past 12 months for back, hip and prostate surgery so it’s unlikely he’ll have chance to take care of them soon!
As such, Pele has decided to auction a set of his treasured possessions off and donate some of the money to Pequeno Principe paediatric hospital in Brazil, which he supports.
Here is a list of just some of the items Pele is to auction:
- His personal Jules Rimet World Cup replica trophy – Estimate: $400,000-$600,000
- 1958, 1962 and 1970 World Cup medals – Estimate: $100,000-$200,000 each
- 1,000th goal ball – Estimate: $40,000-$60,000
- 1977 NY Cosmos NASL Championship ring – Estimate: $30,000-$40,000
- L’Equipe Athlete of the Century award – Estimate: $20,000-$30,000
- 1958 Brazil World Champion sash – Estimate: $10,000-$20,000
- Santos FC game-worn jersey – Estimate: $8,000-$10,000
- Santos World Club Champions sash – Estimate: $5,000-$7,000
- Game-worn New York Cosmos jersey – Estimate: $8,000-$10,000
The auction is expected to fetch between £2.5m to £3.5m but that could significantly increase should the bidding be high!
Not a bad collection, eh?! A pretty impressive haul of stuff in there, and some serious money will be chucked about at the auction. But Pele had to start somewhere, and one of our Elite Sport courses is the ideal platform for you to start your own medal collection. Check them out here now!
What’s worse than doing no exercise? Doing exercise, putting loads of effort it, but doing it totally wrong so you’re actually getting absolutely no benefit. Nightmare! Here’s how to make sure you are doing them right, courtesy of the BBC.
1.The right exercises, the wrong way?
You don’t need to be a gym fanatic to have heard of the plank, the push-up or the squat. You’ve probably had a go at them in your home or in an exercise class.
They’re three of the best exercises you can do to get stronger. I regularly use them to train my clients, whether they’re top professional athletes or just regular people who want to tone up.
And even better, they can be done anywhere, with no special equipment required. While they might look simple, there are pitfalls you need to avoid in order to get the full benefit. So what’s the right way to do a plank, a push-up and a squat?
Push-ups are one of the best ways to improve upper body strength. Use the arrows to scroll through this video demonstration of the standard version. Remember, this is a controlled move, so should be performed smoothly and slowly.
The plank is the ultimate way to develop a strong core. It’s a static exercise where you lie on the ground and support your body. But getting into the right position – and staying in it – is vital. Click or tap on the labels below to get my tips.
Squats work all the major muscles in your lower body. But there are common mistakes that make it less effective. Use the arrows to scroll through the video and see how to perform the perfect squat.
5.The next level
In order to get fitter and stronger, you need to keep pushing yourself. So once you’ve mastered the basics, consider moving on to these more difficult versions.
Feet elevated push-up
It’s Taco Tuesday! Yes, the Mexican dish is that good it can have it’s own day dedicated to all things taco. We didn’t want you to miss out on such goodness, so here’s a dead easy recipe for you to throw together later. Oh, and it’s vegetarian so it’s healthy and perfect for all!
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 onion, finely chopped
- 1 garlic clove
- 3 celery stalks, finely chopped
- 200g/7oz portobello/shiitake mushrooms, chopped
- 2 green chillies, chopped
- 100g/3½oz tomato purée
- 1 tsp cocoa powder (optional)
- 150ml/5fl oz vegetable stock
- 2 x 400g tinned kidney beans, or mixed beans, rinsed and drained
- salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 12 ready-made taco shells, warmed
- 150g/5oz Monterey Jack (or mild cheddar) cheese, grated
- 2 tbsp chopped fresh coriander (optional)
- 200ml/7fl oz plain yoghurt
Heat the oil in a frying pan over a medium heat. Fry the onion, garlic and celery until soft.
Add the mushrooms and chillies and cook for one minute.Add the tomato purée and cook for a further 2-3 minutes. When the mushrooms are soft, add the cocoa powder (if using) and stock and bring to the boil.
Reduce the heat and simmer for 15 minutes, then add the beans and cook for a further 10-12 minutes, or until the sauce has reduced and the beans are all heated through.
To serve, place 2-3 tablespoonfuls of the bean chilli in each taco shell. Top with the grated cheese, chopped coriander (if using), and a spoon of yoghurt and put on plates.
S’alright this veggie food isn’t it?! In fact, it’s really, really good in all things Mexican. For more vegetarian recipes and recipes from around the world, take a look through our Catering courses here at The Sheffield College. Click here for more info.
If you’re into your music you will have heard the news that Brian Johnson is no longer able to perform live with legends AC/DC. Basically, if you’ve missed it, he’s had too much fun and played his tunes too loud, and now he’s about completely deaf. Axl Rose is stepping in but will it work? Who knows, but Wow247 took a look back where bands have drafted in other front men in previous emergencies!
Joe Strummer and The Pogues
After the bubble burst for Joe Strummer on The Clash’s stadium rock status, the singer looked to a rag-tag band of Irish folk-punks for solace. The lead man initially helped out as a touring guitarist and produced the group’s 1990 album Hell’s Ditch, but when Shane MacGowan went characteristically AWOL not long after, Strummer stepped in as the group’s lead singer.
It was clear that this was just a case of a group of musicians who quite enjoyed each other’s company, more than Joe looking to steal the limelight away from the slurry MacGowan – but that didn’t stop fans chanting Shane’s name at gigs.
Verdict: Is it really The Pogues, if Shane isn’t there?
David Gilmour and Pink Floyd
Pink Floyd initially burst on to London’s psychedelia scene fronted by the wild-eyed Syd Barrett, a talented public schoolboy in the grip of an LSD craze. However, Syd’s behaviour eventually moved from ‘far out’ to genuinely troubling as the singer was left somewhat fried by the drug culture of the Swinging Sixties.
Gilmour was initially brought in as a fifth member, but eventually became the group’s lead singer on iconic albums such as Dark Side of the Moon and Wish You Were Here.
Verdict: Gilmour became the definitive face of Pink Floyd for many fans across the world.
Brian Johnson and AC/DC
‘Whaaa?’ We hear you cry.
Yep, before Brian Johnson sent AC/DC into rock greatness with his gravel-voiced vocals, there was another. Months after releasing their breakthrough album Highway To Hell, Australian frontman Bon Scott tragically died following excessive alcohol consumption. The group were heartbroken and considered disbanding, but Scott’s parents encouraged them to continue and Johnson was brought on board as a replacement.
Verdict: Played until it nearly sent him deaf – so a pretty good run.
Gary Cherone and Van Halen
By the late ’90s, the strutting cock rock of Van Halen was looking as prehistoric as a day out at Jurassic Park. Following the second departure of the all-action David Lee Roth, the band enlisted Extreme front man Gary Cherone to take on the vocal duties over Eddie Van Halen’s shredding guitar solos.
The line-up released Van Halen III in 1998 but received a critical panning – and the band called it a day not long after. Speaking to Rolling Stone in 2012, Cherone was quite philosophical about the whole thing:
“Things started to get a little dysfunctional. I think that some in the camp sensed my frustration. I knew the end was near. Looking back, I don’t feel any regret.”
Verdict: No amount of technically impressive guitar solos could save this one.
Ray Manzarek and The Doors
A mere three months after the death of Jim Morrison, The Doors released Other Voices – an album which saw songwriter and keyboard extroadinaire Ray Manzarek taking on the vocal duties. ‘Riders on the Storm’ was literally still in the charts.
While it would be cynical to say the band were looking to cash in on the success of the album L.A. Woman and even the attention created around Jim’s untimely death –Other Voices felt like taking The Doors’ sounds and removing the most vital component.
Verdict: You can’t replace the Lizard King. Unless you’re Val Kilmer.
Robbie Williams and Queen
Let’s all take a moment to think about how close this was to happening. After teaming up for a cover of ‘We Are The Champions’ for the soundtrack to 2001’s A Knight’s Tale, there did come a point where Brian May was in advanced talks with Williams to bring him on as a full-time replacement for Freddie Mercury.
Queen have since taken on both Paul Rogers and Adam Lambert as their touring lead singer, while Robbie decided to build bridges with former band Take That.
Verdict: A bullet dodged by all involved.
Or you could just start your own band and have the most fun you probably ever could do! Sounds alright doesn’t it? Making music, the travelling, the lifestyle. I’m up for it. Our Music courses can make it happen. Click here to see more about our Music courses.
It’s the start of National BBQ Week. And it’s Bank Holiday Monday. So you pretty much have no excuses for not getting in your garden and having one today. Even if it’s raining, that just makes it even more British! Here’s some tips from Jamie Oliver…
Get the right barbecue
It may sound basic but there are two crucial things your burner needs if you want to make great barbecue food. The first thing is, it has to be a charcoal one. The second thing you need is a lid. It locks in flavour, keeps the temperature constant and can be used as an extra technique.
Use the right fuel
Our main man DJ BBQ, author of Food Tube’s BBQ Book, recommends lumpwood charcoal – the stuff that looks like burnt tree – because it will give the best flavour. It’s unadulterated and natural.
If you’re a bit of a pro, try adding wood chips to your charcoal. Hickory and oak are great with fish and pork, while cherry and apple wood add a sweetness to most meats. Just soak half what you’ll use in water to make it last, then add it all once lit.
Wait for the right moment to cook
Barbecuing takes patience and concentration, in that order. You need to wait for the flames to die down – flame-grilled is a very misleading term! You want the coals white hot – by which I mean grey and glowing. That’s the hottest and evenest heat.
Get the temperature bang on
Following on from that, don’t forget that what you have created is a caveman oven, so you need to control the heat just like an oven. DJ BBQ says the best way to test the heat is with your hand. Hold your hand about 12cm/5inches above the grill and see how long you can hold it there comfortably (ie. without screaming).
6 seconds = low heat
4 seconds = medium heat
2 seconds = in DJ’s words “hotter than a goat’s butt in a chilli pepper patch”
0 seconds = Hospital. Now.
You also need to control the temperature across the grill. The easiest technique is the half and half – put all the coals to one side, so you have a mega-hot side and one with no direct heat.
Get the best tools
We’ve all accidently lost a sausage down a grill or flipped a burger over the edge. Well, get yourself a decent fish slice, a heavy-duty oven glove and maybe even a fish grill (clamp/clip/basket thing – we’ve no idea what they are called). The one bit of kit you simply must have is a decent pair of tongs – they give you the most control, and reduce the chances of dropping anything between the grills.
Make your own burgers
Homemade burgers are better. Even if you make them from nothing but salt and pepper and good-quality meat, they will beat anything in the shops.
Fish is great on barbecues
Why do people forget fish? Fish and smoke are such great friends (think smoked salmon!). So get a whole trout or side of salmon, throw some oak chips in and cook like the caveman you always knew you were.
Marinade, marinade, marinade!
We all know the phrase “leave for a few hours, ideally over night”. Well that applies doubly to barbecues, to make sure the flavours aren’t overridden by the addition of the smoke. In fact, it’s best to save some marinade when you make, and brush your meat or fish with the marinade every 10 minutes as it cooks. That way it will add moisture, trap the smoke flavour and caramelise gently as it goes.
Don’t ruin the vegetables
I know barbecues are an excuse for us all to turn into carnivores, but fire does wondrous things to vegetables too, if you get the technique right. What you want is that lovely charring along the bars – it looks amazing, and tastes even better. So slice thin, then grill straight away – no oil, no seasoning. Once cooked you can add the flavour in some quality olive oil and a bit of vinegar, like in these griddled veggies.
Get the sides right
Sides should never be an afterthought! They will make up two-thirds of what you eat if you’re trying to have something that resembles a balanced meal. You could go for aclassic potato salad, get some cheeky corn on the cobs on the grill, some simple and delicious couscous or, my favourite, some Navajo flatbreads – awesome made on the barbecue and great for mopping up marinades.
So there you have it, our top ten tips for barbecuing. Have you got any to add, or any recipes you think make a barbecue extra special?
And for more cooking tips get yourself enrolled on one of our Catering courses here at The Sheffield College. Have a look through them here today!
Here’s some BuzzFeed photo stories from a few weeks ago. They’re lovely, enjoy!
“I love the overlapping concepts here, of taking images of what was and overlaying them with what is to make the viewer question what will become of an environment next. The photos are subtle but striking.” —Kate Bubacz, Senior Photo Editor, News
“All things Americana with Amanda K. Greene’s photo documentation of the South. Greene uses a simple and minimal approach to capturing those subtle details that are often overlooked. A great series with an even more beautiful aesthetic.” —Jared Harrell, Photo Editor, News
“Richard Nicholson’s charming series of photographs takes us behind the lens (as it were) of projection booths across the U.K., giving viewers a rarely seen glimpse behind the scenes into the spaces and people who very literally bring film to life. This series of works will be on display in Birmingham as part of the Flatpack Film Festival, April 19–24.” —Ben King, Deputy Art Director
“Dan Giannopoulos’s photo project Discarded Drug Baggies exists somewhere between social documentary and fine art. Since 2013, Giannopoulos has collected, photographed, and mapped the locations of colorful Ziploc baggies designed for transporting drugs, found on the city streets of London. The resulting body of work attempts to visualize a growing drug epidemic in England.” —Gabriel Sanchez, Photo Essay Editor
“The primary in New York this week was the first time in a long time that the primary actually mattered and the candidates were both locals. Time did a good job looking at how diverse the locals in New York City actually are, bending the idea of the local demographics.” —K.B.
“Havana’s edit of work in Nepal provides a good overview of the sheer destruction of the earthquake and the terrible mismanagement of the aftermath.” —K.B.
“Prince will always be remembered as the quintessential definition of the word ‘cool’. In 19 archival pictures from throughout Prince’s prolific career, BuzzFeed has put together a glimpse at all those things, both monumental and small, that made him who he was.” — G.S.
“This is a lovely project that shows that the details of life can make great photos — it doesn’t have to be dramatic to be good.” —K.B.
Guys, its been a week. Here are the most moving, sorrowful, and beautiful pictures from the past week.
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Well it’s Bank Holiday Sunday and I’m sure you’ve had a glass of wine by now. Well, maybe several but that’s cool with us. However, if you get bored of your wine, why not have a crack at painting with it. This guy did and the results are awesome!
This is Alfonso Aguirre in his studio, living his best life.
Here’s his bullfighter:
Which he describes as “masculine frivolity”… titillating.
And this acid trip of beauty:
It all started as an accident. Alfonso was having his own private “paint n’ sip” class at home when his brush ended up in his wine instead of his water glass. And voila! Just like Jesus, he turned water(color) into wine. I mean, kinda sorta.
Look at his fancy wine pots! They look like they belong next to a bunch of succulents in a hipster’s home.
Alfonso makes it clear that making wine art is not like making jungle juice for a frat party. It takes hours to mix the color juuuuust right.
And after he’s done with one painting, he throws out the rest of the paint and starts fresh! UM, Alfonso, I’d be happy to take the leftovers off your hands for ya.
Lastly, unlike a drunken night out, mistakes can NOT be made.
Art takes many forms. Fine art takes even more forms! This fella, somehow, paints with wine instead of drinking it! Think what you could do if you were encouraged to be mega arty. Check out our Art and Design courses here at The Sheffield College for a chance to (pretty much) be as creative as you like!
Isn’t it annoying when your teacher says “there’s no right or wrong way of revising, it’s what works for you.” Argghhh, yes it’s true so you can’t fault them for telling you it, but what should you be doing? Well, take in these tips for starters and things should look a little clearer…
Revamp your revision
Tired of the same-old same-old? Need to perk up your revision technique? Take a look at Plotr seven tips to revamp your revision. You’ll find a whole grab-bag of new ways to tackle your studies, from roping in friends and family to swap Monopoly for flash cards to taking a quick YouTube inspiration break. Yes, you heard it right – YouTube can actually help with your revision.
Discover your secret learning style
How do you learn new things best? Do you soak up information faster if you see it, say it or do it? We all find it easier in one of three ways – through looking, listening or through touch, depending on our personality. Try our handy learning styles checklist to discover which learning technique works best for you and how you can use it in your revision from now on.
Get a mobile study buddy
If you have access to a mobile phone, Plotr shines a light on five handy revision apps that are like a study buddy in your pocket. Discover free gems like Remember the Milk (a genius app for to-do lists) and iMindMap(a great visual aid). You can’t take a phone into exams, but you can still use one to revise for them.
Get rid of bad habits
Bad habits can sneak into your revision technique when you least expect it. They’re so sneaky you may not even know they’re there. Plotr’s guide on what to watch out for will help you spot any pesky habits and send them packing. See our 6 good study habits to pick up ASAP.
Take the Plotr exam pledge
Great results start with good intentions. Take the Plotr exam pledge, and we’ll throw in a cut-out-and-keep version for you to stick to your mirror for daily inspiration.
Jog your memory
Looking for a memory boost in revision time to help you soak up facts and figures? From super spider diagrams to discovering the secrets of the roman room, Plotr has some unforgettable tips to help boost your memory. Take a look!
Get revision tips from apprentices who passed their exams
Revising for exams? Exam dates creeping up on you? To give you a helping hand we asked three apprentices at Interserve what they wish they’d known before the big day. Their revision tips and super-honest stories could help you on your way to exam domination.
Helpful? Hopefully so! So when you’ve passed your exams, got the grades you were after because you used our banging tips, and are looking at what to do next, just have a nosey through our courses. It’s dead simple, and they’re dead good. Click here for more information
Being IT literate is mega important these days. Just about everything that we do is on computers. Which is why it’s always good to have a few cheats up your sleeve to make your life that little bit easier. Mashable bring you those hacks here…
1. If you waste time formatting the same report every single week
You don’t have to waste another minute playing with every style feature for every doc you create. Instead, save your favorite formatting so you can easily apply “Quick Styles” to any text in just seconds.
2. If you’re constantly having to cut and paste different sections of text
Usually you can only work with one text selection at a time. And that can be frustrating if you’re moving a lot of text around. But, with Word’s “spike” function, you can collect several selections and paste them all at once to a new location. Less scrolling, more working!
3. If you don’t understand why your formatting isn’t showing up right
Save yourself from those I’m-gonna-smash-this-computer moments by showing formatting marks. Then you’ll see where every space, tab, paragraph (and so on) really is so you can weed out what you don’t want. Because who hasn’t gone crazy at automated double-spacing that you didn’t sign up for?
4. If you can’t control auto-corrections
One of the most common complaints I hear from users is that they can’t stop their computer from changing certain things they type. It’s meant to be helpful, but you don’t always want three dashes turned into a horizontal line or bullet points for every list. End those “argh” moments by turning off automatic formatting.
5. If you want to collaborate with others simultaneously
If you’re also a Google Docs user, you know how handy it is to be able to edit a document simultaneously with your coworkers.
Word 2016 now keeps a copy of your work in the cloud so you can “co-author” with other people even at the same time. Plus, you’ll be able to access it from different devices so you can edit it from any device.
6. If you need to view two docs side-by-side for comparison
When you need to look at two documents compared to each other, you could always open them in two separate windows. But, use this trick and you’ll be able to “sync” the text of both so that they scroll together — making your checking easier than ever.
7. If you want to do more in less time
How about making your own keyboard shortcuts for any task you do repeatedly? You can assign (or change) shortcuts to any functions that don’t have one already. Your whole life could be as easy as copy/paste is for you right now.
8. If you need more information about your current doc right now
One useful feature of modern Word is the status bar at the bottom. You’ve probably noticed it, but also noticed the info there hasn’t been so helpful for you. By customizing it, you’ll see exactly what you need to know.
9. If you’re tired of typing the same words over and over
Your computer’s a powerful beast, so put it to work and save yourself precious keystrokes by having certain phrases or even whole sentences or paragraphs ready to be inserted anytime, anywhere.
10. If you want to keep certain docs readily available
Why not tailor your “Recent Docs” list to show the ones that you need most often? That means less time searching for file names you can’t quite remember and more time actually in the document you need to utilize.
11. If you need to know if your content’s right for your readers
This is one (fast) way to find out how easy your text is to understand. That way, you can be 100% sure it’s appropriate for your audience.
There’s a reason Microsoft has kept its place as an important productivity tool all these years. And now you can get the most out of it with these tips to do your work faster (and with a whole lot less frustration).
Does this look like total gobbledygook to you? If it does we’d recommend that you get involved with some of our IT courses. And you can see them here, just give the link a little click!
Big David Attenborough and his enthralling documentaries continue to show us that not everything has been discovered. New species, new plants, new reasons to love big Dave! But this newly discovered species of Jellyfish wasn’t found by Attenborough but is pretty cool all the same…
There’s still a lot left to learn about the Mariana Trench and the sea creatures that dwell in its depths, but researchers say they are discovering more with each visit.
Take, for example, last week’s discovery of a never-before-seen jellyfish. Cameras on the Okeanos Explorer, a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) research vessel, caught the animal gracefully swimming at a depth of 2.7 miles.
NOAA scientists, who called the jellyfish “stunningly beautiful” in a statement, believe that the bioluminescent creature may be an ambush predator, given that it had its long tentacles splayed outward while its bell remained motionless. Scientists identified it as belonging to the genusCrossota.
You can see a video of the discovery below. Although the jellyfish may look cartoonish, scientists insist they are real.
NOAA will be exploring the Mariana Trench and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands until July 10.
“The primary expedition goal is to acquire baseline information in deepwater areas to support science and management needs, and to understand the diversity and distribution of deepwater habitats,” NOAA said in a statement about the exploration.
You can follow the Okeanos Explorer through a live stream NOAA set up.
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