BITS ‘N’ PIECES 9th September 2021

BITS ‘N’ PIECES  9th September 2021 BLOG Thursday 9th September 2021


BITS & PIECES 9th September 2021

Interesting Bits ‘N’ Pieces of news I have come across on the WWWeb

  1. UK deaths outnumber births for first time in 40 years. Last year more deaths than births were registered in the UK for the first time since 1976. In total, just over 683,000 births were registered compared with nearly 690,000 deaths. This was only the second time deaths have outnumbered births since the late 1890s. The coronavirus epidemic led to a sharp rise in deaths last year but birth rates have also been falling for the last decade. BBC


  1. ‘Jaw-dropping’ fall in life expectancy

A public health expert has found that the Covid death rate in Greater Manchester was 25% higher than the average for England during the year to March, leading to “jaw-dropping” falls in life expectancy. The study, led by Michael Marmot, also said life expectancy across north-west England declined more during 2020 than in England overall. Responding to the findings, Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham said: “The pandemic has brutally exposed just how unequal England actually is.”


  1. Mispronunciation is all the rage. Pacifically, which – said instead of the word “specifically” – was found to be the most annoying mispronunciation in a survey of 2,000 Britons. Next came probly for probably and expresso for espresso. “Nucular”, “excetera” and “assessory” also featured. The Telegraph


  1. Cash was used for only 17% of all payments in 2020 – down from 45% in 2015 and 56% in 2010. The Guardian


  1. Flying car completes flight

A prototype flying car has completed a 35-minute flight in Slovakia. The hybrid car-aircraft is equipped with a BMW engine and runs on petrol-pump fuel. Its creator said it could fly about 600 miles, at a height of 8,200ft. The unit’s narrow wings fold down along the sides of the car when not in use, with Hyundai’s Europe chief claiming that flying cars will be a reality in cities around the globe by the end of this decade.


  1. Britney asks accountant to take charge

Britney Spears has asked a Los Angeles judge to remove her father from her conservatorship. In a court filing, her lawyer Matthew Rosengart requested that accountant Jason Rubin be named the conservator of Spears’ estate, a position currently held by her father, Jamie Spears. Rosengart questioned whether Spears was “guilty of misfeasance” as he argued that removing him was in the pop star’s best interest.


  1. Brits watched more TV during pandemic

British people spent a third of their waking hours watching television or online videos during 2020, according to a study from Ofcom. In an increase of almost an hour on pre-pandemic levels, the media regulator found that the average UK resident watched video content for five hours and 40 minutes a day last year. Ofcom said TV and online video have “proved an important antidote to lockdown life”, with people “glued to screens for news and entertainment”.


  1. Rihanna is a billionaire

Rihanna is officially a billionaire, according to Forbes. The business magazine says the 33-year-old pop star – whose real name is Robyn Fenty – has a net worth of $1.7bn, making her the wealthiest female musician and the second-richest woman in entertainment behind Oprah Winfrey. Rihanna hasn’t released an album for five years and has instead concentrated on her business empire.


  1. Earth’s hottest month ever. In July, the Earth experienced the hottest average temperatures on record. The planet was 0.93 degrees Celsius warmer than the average temperature of all Julys in the 20th century, according to data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The soaring temperatures have been met with extreme weather events across the globe, including drought, wildfires and severe storms. And without intervention, we can expect more severe weather in the years to come, according to a new report from the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The Independent


  1. TikTok overtook Facebook Messenger to become the most downloaded app in 2020. The Chinese video-sharing platform was the only app in the top five not owned by Facebook. BBC


  1. Tim Cook gets $750m pay award

Apple boss Tim Cook has received more than five million shares in the technology giant as a bonus triggered by the company’s rising share price. According to a company filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission, he sold most of the shares for more than $750m (£550m). The paperwork showed that Cook was eligible for the award as the company’s shares had risen by 191.83% over the last three years. The software giant now has a market valuation of almost $2.5tn.


  1. Most of the planet’s life is found in just 17 countries.

There are around 200 countries in the world, but just 17 of them hold most of the Earth’s biodiversity – its great variety of different species of plants, animals and other living things. Brazil, for example, home of the Amazon Rainforest, contains an estimated 4 million species.



10 Most Obvious Reasons Why People Fail on Reaching their Life Goals

A quote from C.G Jung once said ”You are what you do, not what you say you’ll do. ” All of us have goals. However, not everyone is serious about those goals. You can talk about your goals and plans a thousand times, but nothing will happen without any action. In this situation, the saying ‘action speaks louder than words’ is applicable.

Here is the list of the top ten reasons why people usually fail in reaching their goals.

  1. Not committed

If there’s a common denominator among successful people, it is the word commitment. It is essential to commit to something, especially your goals, in order for you to do everything it takes to reach it. Most people aren’t committed to their goals, thus making it alright for them even when they fail a lot of times. In this case, you will never really be successful in achieving what you want to achieve. Have a mindset of thinking that your goals are a ”must” and giving up is not an option. Set your commitment high and do everything to hit all your goals.

  1. Not specific

Vague goals will lead you to vague results. This is one of the usual problems with people. Most of us have goals that are vague. When you ask someone about their goals, he or she will most likely give you vague answers. This is the reason why it’s essential to have a specific goal in life. Knowing what you want to achieve can help you create a particular plan you will use and the specific results you want to see. So if you want to be successful in achieving your goals, then evaluate whether those goals are specific or not.

  1. No actions

One of the common reasons people fail to achieve their goals is that they don’t do anything to achieve them. People usually procrastinate instead of working on the goals they want to achieve. They would rather watch movies or play games than do something to be a step closer to their dreams.

A quote once says,” A goal without a plan is just a wish.” A plan without an action is just a dream. If you want to see results, then you better work for it. Decide right away about what you really want to do if achieving your goals or watching movies on Netflix.

  1. Distracted so easily

Another typical reason people fail is that they get distracted easily. They are the type of people who set a goal on their mind, but after quite some time, they focus on other things — forgetting the goals they are trying to attain.

This is one of the reasons why being focused is essential in achieving your goals. Success and reaching your goal take some time. You don’t have to rush and jump from one goal to the next one without even giving a try.

You must remember that when you didn’t see the results that you want, it does not mean that you have to give up and that your goals didn’t work. Try your best not to get distracted and try as many times as you can until you reach your goals on your bare hands.

  1. Have goals that are not motivating

It is essential for your goals to be exciting and motivating for you so that even when struggles come in your way, that will not be enough excuse to give up on your goals. Strong willpower is also essential in achieving your goals successfully. Try to associate strong emotional reasons with your goals to have great motivation, fire, and drive to pursue them.

  1. Doubts

Most people doubt themselves, especially their abilities. Some may have specific goals and plans; however, they doubt themselves and let their mind be filled with the question, ”What if I fail?”.

Doubt is okay until you let it overpower you. It can prevent someone from reaching his maximum potential, thus being a hindrance in achieving his goals.

Most successful people became successful because they believe in themselves, their abilities and the products or services they offer. If you won’t believe in yourself, then who else will? Believe in your abilities and believe that you can achieve your goals in life.

  1. No Focus

Achieving and reaching your goals and dreams requires great focus on being effective and efficient. You must not only focus on things but on the right things. Mostly, we have several goals, but we must set our mind what the most important goal we must put our focus on is.

If you are going to study successful people’s lives and stories, you will notice a pattern–they always focus on the things they do and the goals they want to attain. These people are deemed successful because they are the best, and they produce incredible results in their careers. And one of the reasons they became like this is because they focus on mastering their passion and crafts.

That is why it is essential and advisable to identify your most important goal right now and focus on attaining this goal first.

  1. Too many excuses

How many opportunities slipped from your fingers just because of your thousands of excuses?

Giving too many excuses limits you from achieving excellence from your crafts. We must always keep in mind that successful people keep on moving forward. While unsuccessful people on the other hand, are good at coming up with different excuses preventing them from achieving growth and success in their lives.

  1. Can’t handle failure

Commonly, we see people who jump and switch from one company and business to another. When their business failed, they will try another business venture or change industry, and the cycle will go on and on.

Most people’s determination deteriorates when they experience failure. When they do not see the results they want from the things they’re working on, they give up too easily and will try to chase another thing.

This thing applies the same to setting goals. Most people fail to reach and attain their goals in their lives because they are not good at handling their failures. They resort to giving up, changing goals, or choosing shortcuts when they did not get the results they want or when they face difficulties along the way.

It is a must to understand that failures are ingredients to success. They are essential to mould you as a wise person. Remember, most successful people failed several times and you are not an exception. Failures are lessons and feedback — a must ingredient in the success that we always want to achieve.

  1. Giving up too soon

Lastly, people resort to giving up too easily when they face setbacks and difficulties. They settle on letting go of their dreams and goals instead of improving their methods and strategies and finding ways to achieve the things they want.

Achieving your goals, dreams, and success is not as easy as it sounds like. These things take great effort and hard work, and we must be ready to face hard times and difficulties without giving these things up.


REMEMBER: The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.

– Nicolas Chamfort


 “To be the best, you must be able to handle the worst.” – Wilson Kanadi


Happiness is…being Britney Spears Accountant. What a job!


“I worry about ridiculous things, you know, how does a guy who drives a snowplough get to work in the morning… that can keep me awake for days.” – Billy Connolly


Love is…letting your heart rule your head.


a time to use cash…A time to use card.


9th September

1956 Elvis Presley appears on “The Ed Sullivan Show” for the 1st time.

1945 1st “bug” in a computer program discovered by Grace Hopper, a moth was removed with tweezers from a relay & taped into the log.

1908 Orville Wright makes 1st 1-hr airplane flight, Fort Myer, Va.

1543 Mary Stuart, at nine months old, is crowned “Queen of Scots” in the central Scottish town of Stirling.






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