Gordon King and the Goldfoot Trilogy

In 1929, Gordon King was born in Gympie, a small gold mining town in the state of Queensland, Australia. He was the youngest child in a family with four sisters.

His formative years were spent in Gympie, and in his early twenties he married a local girl. Being an intelligent man, he aspired to better himself and built successful careers in the armed forces, industry and later in universities.

He was a modest family man, and lived a life to the highest standards of integrity and ethical behaviour.

Upon retirement from his paid career, he undertook full time unpaid work for his church. When aged in his seventies, he decided he would like to write a trilogy of novels based on a farming family in the area of his youth, Gympie.

He had had the idea for these stories for many years, and once written, decided to have them published for others to enjoy, with all proceeds from sales going to cancer research in memory of his wife.

The three books are shown below, with links to get them in Amazon’s Kindle store. You don’t need a Kindle to read them – any computer or mobile device with a reader will work.

You may be wondering how I know of Gordon King? Well, he is my much loved father and, biased I may be, one of the most admirable men you could meet.

Why a Slow Cooker is Better than Fast Food

greasy hamburger

 

Many people would consider this lump of unappetizing crap to be a well rounded meal, as well as other artery thickening “delicacies” like re-heated pizza, foul chips and triple fried chicken.

 

 

And what’s more, they will pay good money for it, mostly on the basis that is quick and matches their fast paced lifestyle.

As a mature age codger who still has good health but who sometimes over-indulges, I am not about to preach the merits of healthy eating and all that goes with it. There are enough do-gooders out there doing just that.

My idea is targeted at your hip pocket, assuming that’s where you wallet or purse sits, and it doesn’t matter if you are a family, couple of any age, single or cooking for the football team.

Fast fat food is expensive – I would conservatively estimate ten bucks per head per meal, probably more. And I am ashamed to know characters who will drive out of their way to get a fix of their favourite takeaway.

slow cooker meal

If I mention slow cooker (or crock pot as it is sometimes known) I expect there are many who will howl with laughter and say I sound like their grandfather.

But listen to this.

 

 

A slow cooker can be loaded up in the morning with a bunch of cheap ingredients (healthy ones too I might add, but that is irrelevant), left on all day and when you return home a stunning aroma will greet you as you come in the door. You will actually think you have gone to your grandparent’s for dinner.

A lot of people think a slow cooker is only good for soup and tough cuts of meat, but you can do fish dishes, curries of all persuasions, pork and chicken extravaganzas, vegetables, even desserts and heaps more. And most times the ingredients which produce five servings will cost no more than a single fast food meal.

The economics of the slow cooker make great sense:

slow cooker crockpot

 

 

Get a slow cooker (crock pot) for less than $50

 

slow cooker book

 

 

 

 

Get a slow cooker recipe book for less than $10

 

And tastily eat your way to wealth (and probably good health too).

 

 

 

The Complete Guide to Website Investing

For those with more than a passing interest in the Internet, the thought of making money online regularly crosses the mind but the “how” remains a mystery to most. Website investing could be the answer to this problem and I will attempt to explain why, and how.

To start at the beginning (bear with me here) most people who use the Internet have at some stage bought something online – product, service or information. Naturally every such purchase has meant (at least) one person receiving money.

I say at least one person because even if you buy from a big online company like Amazon, chances are you arrived at Amazon via a review or recommendation from a third party. Often that third party is registered with Amazon and gets a commission based on your purchase. This is one of the most common sales models on the Internet and is known as affiliate marketing.

My mention of affiliate marketing is to let you know there are many ways to make money from owning a website. However the knowledge and time involved to get a website to the stage of earning income is beyond most people, and even when would-be online business people have a go at it, they fail. In fact, it is estimated around 98% of online businesses fail – much more than the conventional bricks and mortar variety.

So, if it is almost prohibitively difficult to get a website up, running and making money, is there an alternative?

Well yes there is – website investing.

Website investing is now a mature strategy for building a full or part-time passive income via the acquisition of an existing online business.

A website purchase can range in value from hundreds to literally billions of dollars, and to be successful at any level you need to understand how best to identify, value and then actually buy the web business.

Beyond that, your level of involvement in the business can vary depending on the state of the website you have purchased, your personal situation and online knowledge, but the opportunities are boundless.

It goes without saying (almost) that to go through the process of acquiring a website requires getting the right information and advice to help avoid the pitfalls and ensure a wise decision is made up front.

the website investor book

 

Jeff Hunt is a renowned expert on website investing – he has purchased more than 300 income producing websites, he consults with large corporations and has written the definitive book on website investing, The Website Investor.

 

More importantly, Jeff has just released his outstanding Website Investors training course, called Own the Web.

This course covers everything you need to consider when looking for a website to purchase, irrespective of your budget and level of Internet knowledge. For a modest investment, Jeff gives you the benefit of his years of experience successfully purchasing websites which generate his full time income.

I bought the course some time back and have been through it a number of times – it really is of the highest quality and professionalism. To give you a feel for what is included, I have prepared a short video inside look at Own the Web below.

By the way, Own the Web is just one component of Jeff’s Website Investors program which also includes access to consulting and focus groups.

So if you are remotely interested in online investment opportunities and/or don’t know where to start, check out Website Investors right now or watch the video first.

How I Set Up my SMSF Gratis

There was a time, long ago, when saving was ingrained into the Australian psyche. Who can remember these passbooks which formed part of a compulsory savings regime for schoolkids?

old savings passbook

Over time, saving fell out of fashion while use of credit cards became the norm.

When people retired and left the workforce they relied heavily on the old age pension to get them through until they shuffled off this mortal coil. With this drain on public finances, government decided that as voluntary saving could never be popularised again, it would be made compulsory.

And so Australia’s superannuation system (“super”) was introduced in 1992 with mandatory employer and employee contributions building a nest egg to be utilised at retirement and so reduce pressure on the federal pension system.

Although the superannuation system has been heavily tinkered with ever since by successive governments, and financial institutions have charged outrageous fees to “manage” super funds, the arrangement has been largely successful in achieving its purpose, with about $2 trillion in superannuation assets at the end of 2014.

There are two rather attractive aspects of superannuation which do not get exploited to the extent they should:

1. At Age 60, Superannuation Withdrawals are Tax Free

At some stage the government figured that sixty was a good age to let people loose on their superannuation savings, and at some other time, decided that the withdrawal of funds would be tax free. This latter apparent generosity was not really all that benevolent considering multiple taxes had most likely already been paid on these deposits.

With governments all around the world revising retirement ages upwards due to longer life expectancy, it is likely that one day the superannuation access may rise from age 60. But for now, even if you are 60 and still working it probably makes sense to start a pension phase and get hold of your money, tax free, while you can.

2. Set up Your Own Self Managed Superannuation Fund

The growth in Self Managed Superannuation Funds (SMSFs) in recent years has been slowing, possibly due to the perceived complexities and cost in setting up, and then the ongoing governance requirements.

These matters can be challenging at first glance but if you are prepared to expend a bit of effort and take ownership of your super, you will be amazed at how easy and cheap it is to set up and run your own SMSF.

In my case, I did more research than I probably needed as I had been locked into a financial advisor and an accountant for over twenty years. To extricate my affairs from their vice-like (no pun intended) fee driven grasp was more demanding than getting my SMSF underway.

Three Simple Steps to Set Up Your Own SMSF

ato logoFirstly, visit the excellent SMSF training material prepared by the Australian Tax Office (ATO). The ATO is responsible for the proper conduct and compliance of SMSFs so you need to work with them. Consider the ATO like a strict but generous schoolmaster – stay on the right side and they are very helpful.

Secondly, give thought and write down all matters you have considered for your SMSF, including structure, investment strategy, funds allocation and the like. Do this as you work through the ATO material above.

esuperfund logoThirdly, and by now you will have quite a bit of knowledge without having spent a cent, visit Esuperfund. This is where the rubber hits the road.

Esuperfund has successfully done what no other superannuation-related business has been able or prepared to do – build a completely online business to handle SMSF set up and management.

As well as the simple to follow steps provided by Esuperfund, they have extra training material and are very responsive to queries. They handle all compliance matters (including the compulsory annual audit), plus rollovers, pensions starts including transition to retirement – the whole works really.

And all this for a modest flat annual fee which is currently $699 after the free first year. There is none of the taking a percentage of your fund balance like the vultures that comprise most of the superannuation market.

There was never a better time (or way) to establish your Self Managed Superannuation Fund – get to it!

Lennie Lower Forgotten Comic Genius

If ever a reason to laugh was warranted, it must have been the during the Great Depression of the 1920s.

The same could be said for the time during World War II when most of the planet was occupied with the effort of staying alive.

Fortunately, in Australia at least, a reason to laugh was being presented in newspaper columns by the great humourist, Lennie Lower.

Lennie was born in the town of Dubbo in 1903 and led a somewhat itinerant early life, deserting twice from different areas of the Australian military, and sleeping rough in Sydney when unemployed. He had written from a very early age and found his niche in the late 1920s writing for a living, initially with the Labor Daily, and then the Australian Women’s Weekly, the Daily Telegraph and Smith’s Weekly.

At his peak, Lennie wrote eight newspaper articles every week, mostly prepared by hand in the bar of his favourite pub in Sydney. Lennie was quite a drinker and as a result sadly succumbed much too soon in 1947, at age only forty three.

lennie lower - heres luck

In 1930, thankfully Lennie produced his only novel “Here’s Luck” and it has stood the test of time to remain fresh today, with many laughs intermingled with bits of home spun philosophy and real life characters. The book is indeed a comedy classic.

Lennie’s only other book “Here’s Another” is a collection of short stories and newspaper columns, and also has moments of great fun.

What I find most interesting about Lennie’s work (about from the laughs of course) is that often the humour is reminiscent of modern comedy greats, such as Monty Python’s Flying Circus and Australia’s own Barry Humphries. Despite its simplicity of language and style, there is a cerebral aspect to Lower’s writing which belies the persona of the author.

When Lennie died there was little media reaction and he was largely forgotten for many years. However in the 1960s some of his columns were gathered into new compilations, and awareness of his wonderful literary deeds grew.

Thereafter his reputation was restored with a number of stage plays of his life, memorials in his honour at the Dubbo Museum and the Criterion Hotel, as well as acknowledgement of his influence by comedians of today.

Lennie Lower is no longer the forgotten comic genius, with his small body of work giving testimony to his undoubted talents as a comedy writer. Thanks Lennie.

 

Vancouver – the Good, Bad and Ugly

A two week stay in Vancouver, by choice?

Well you may ask, as Vancouver I doubt is on anybody’s list of must-do visits before death. Fortunately it was springtime so the weather was bearable, and there were good personal reasons for being there so a degree of pleasantness abounded.

Having visited other parts of Canada before, I was prepared for the friendliness of the people, the stunning scenery and the chill in the air. But being in Vancouver was a first and after two weeks walking almost every square meter of the city, a few impressions have stayed with me.

The Good of Vancouver

First up, what a stunning setting – the waterways of English Bay and False Creek, the backdrop of snow tipped mountains to the north and the wonderful Stanley and Queen Elizabeth Parks.

Next, Granville Island, Yaletown and Gastown are all older areas which have been given new leases on life and have their own characters and attractions, the latter comprising mostly eating and drinking. Again, more of the latter as the Greater Vancouver area is home to about forty boutique breweries.

The Craft beer barn in Vancouver, adjacent to the Olympic Village.

The Craft beer barn in Vancouver, adjacent to the Olympic Village.

If you enjoy proper beer, as I do, then there is a veritable smorgasbord of places in which to imbibe. A particular favorite was Craft, which although not a brewery in its own right, provides one hundred different beers on tap, most of them from local brewers. A top destination is Craft.

The Bad of Vancouver

After allowing for exchange rate variations, Vancouver is expensive for foodstuffs (whether bought at a supermarket or consumed in a restaurant) and despite a local wine industry in British Columbia, wine prices are very high.

As one who is used to either free or very low admission charges to museums and galleries, these too are pricey.

While still on prices, two items really got up my nose, big time.

Firstly, prices displayed anywhere (shop, restaurant, bar) do not include nor show the relevant taxes. This means an extra 10% GST and 1% provincial tax when you come to complete the purchase. This is really annoying – full price inclusive of tax should be displayed at the point of sale.

Secondly, the ubiquitous 15% service charge in restaurants, bars and taxis. How I hate this one.

The bottom line of these extra charges means a hefty uplift on the bill which is one thing, but the concealment adds greatly to the pain.

Vancouver is a modern city with mostly tall glass edifices dotting the skyline, exhibiting a soulless front. The old areas of the city are full of character but very small – a byproduct of Vancouver’s rush to develop at all costs in the 1960s. It is to be hoped that current rundown areas of town (and there still are some) will be preserved.

The Ugly of Vancouver

Vancouver is obviously a wealthy city, certainly judging by the high number of exotic and expensive cars cruising the roads.

However there is also a heck of a lot of people doing it tough, many sleeping rough right in the center of the city, many adjacent to posh establishments. Related to this is a high number of beggars, which I suppose the locals get used to and ignore, but harder to do for a surprised visitor.

The open availability of marijuana surprised me greatly. The official Federal law is the drug is to be dispensed for medical purposes only and shopfronts selling the weed are not permitted.

However, the Vancouver progressives (if they can be called that) have taken a very soft approach with the result that there are over eighty retail outlets selling marijuana (more shops than Starbucks!). These drugstores (in the true sense of the word) sell without controls and regulation, attracting all manner of dope heads and undesirables.

For me, a return trip to Vancouver would require a mighty huge incentive, one I do not envisage occurring in my remaining lifetime. And I am very comfortable with that.

Is ShoeMoney Network Paid To Learn Genuine?

A while back I traveled half way round the world to Las Vegas to attend an Internet marketing conference – quite an investment for me but I wanted to get my online career moving.

The undoubted highlight of the event was the keynote address given by Mr. Jeremy Schoemaker.

For the uninitiated, in the sphere of online marketing Jeremy is reaching legend status (some would say he is already there, including Jeremy!) . From a humble start as a misfit young nerd he has made millions on the Internet and is continually helping others to do so as well.

So why does he help others?

From my viewpoint, he seems a totally grounded guy – approachable, good sense of humor, family man – who has it all and is happy to share it round. Genuinely nice and any similarity below is purely coincidental.

the shoemoney network

 

Anyway, enough plaudits for J. Schoemaker.

Being on his email list I recently received news of Jeremy’s “passion project” – an attempt to get newbie Internet marketers beyond the first hurdles to making money online. He offered to pay $1 for milestones met as people moved through his new ShoeMoney Network training program.

Well, I just had to give it a go and I can report it is fair dinkum (Aussie for genuine, the real McCoy), as you can see from the screenshot from my PayPal account.

paypal deposits from shoemoney network

You may think just a few dollars is nonsense, but there are countless people trying vainly to make money online who don’t make a single dollar – ever.

Plus from my perspective, the odd dollar here and there as you learn is secondary to the training itself.

Each Task (within a Belt Level – see screenshot) has a short video by Jeremy with a specific task to be completed. When the task is done and checked by Jeremy’s validation system, you get your dollar and move on to the next task.

shoemonet network dashboard

The whole ShoeMoney Network is geared towards getting participants online quickly, and in a position to earn real money (beyond Jeremy’s training incentives).

I should mention here that Schoemaker is an outstanding teacher. He uses clear simple language on the videos, and shows exactly what is to be done (and why). Follow his steps and you cannot go wrong.

There is a lot of training out there designed to teach people how to make money online. Some is free and some very expensive, and often the free content is superior.

However this is the first Internet marketing program I have encountered which is built on a premise of being paid to learn how to be paid online.

As someone once said, do yourself a favor and give the ShoeMoney Network a try – you can do nothing but gain. Click here to register.

 

 

Australian Football Rules!

The Australian football season has just commenced and by that I mean Australian Rules football, the most popular football code in the country, and the most played winter sport.

To the uninitiated, the term Australian Rules seems a joke because at first viewing there does not appear to be any rules. But rules there are, most of which are designed to keep the game moving at breakneck speed.

That said, a Mark is awarded when a player catches the ball which has been kicked to him. This leads to some spectacular leaps as a Mark entitles the player to an unimpeded kick, often being a kick for the goals.

australian football action

The history of the game is as long and grand as the arenas on which it is played nowadays.

The early British settlers developed the game loosely on Gaelic football played in Ireland, but adapted it for the tough local conditions. Hence in the early days, and until quite recently, on-field thuggery was commonplace.

But with increasing professionalism, television coverage and parental concerns, violence within the game is now confined to legal body clashes below the neck and above the knee. Protective clothing is not used which adds to both the spectacle and perceived danger, especially for overseas spectators.

The pinnacle of the competition is the national Australian Football League (AFL) comprising eighteen teams, with a competition spread over twenty one rounds.

Most Australian States have representation in the AFL with the teams as follows – take your pick if you are still sitting on the fence:

Victoria – Hawthorn Hawks, Collingwood Magpies, North Melbourne Kangaroos, Carlton Blues, Western Bulldogs, St. Kilda Saints, Melbourne Demons, Richmond Tigers, Essendon Bombers, Geelong Cats

New South Wales – Sydney Swans, Greater Western Sydney Giants

Queensland – Brisbane Lions, Gold Coast Suns

South Australia – Adelaide Crows, Port Adelaide Power

Western Australia – West Coast Eagles, Fremantle Dockers

If you think there is a disproportionate representation from Victoria, you are correct and there are historical reasons for this. Before fast and inexpensive air travel, it was impossible to have a national competition so individual states had their own local leagues.

Even today, for a Melbourne team playing in Perth (and vice versa) a six hour flight is required and teams need a day or so to acclimatize to the new location.

The season culminates with a finals series in September, fought out by the top eight finishers after the normal season has ended. The ultimate prize awaits the winner of the Grand Final as that team is crowned Premiers in front of a capacity crowd of 100,000 at the (ironically named) Melbourne Cricket Ground.

More articles about Australian Football coming soon.