News Report November 2014
News Report November 2014: How Ronaldo became ‘the perfect player’ – Happy and sad jobs – The island at the end of the earth – How to have a wedding on a budget
How Ronaldo became ‘the perfect player’ – Happy and sad jobs – The island at the end of the earth – How to have a wedding on a budget
Cristiano Ronaldo is considered to be one of the world’s best footballers.
He has achieved great success with Real Madrid and Manchester United, and won FIFA’s world player of the year award twice. In 2013 alone, the Portugal captain scored 66 goals in 56 games.
But when he first joined Manchester United in 2003, it wasn’t so simple.
He had a lot of skill, but was too skinny, and didn’t score many goals.
“Ronaldo was a natural talent, a rough diamond,” said Mike Clegg, his power development coach at Manchester United.
But Clegg said he did “thousands and thousands of hours” of hard work to “turn himself into the perfect player.”
Whenever he made a mistake in a game, he kept practising until he got it right.
He became physically stronger, and bought a house with a swimming pool to help him recover after games.
In 2009, Ronaldo was bought by Real Madrid for a world-record fee of £80m.
So, the question is: when he is already so good, is it possible for Ronaldo to improve even more?
“Ronaldo improves every day,” said coach Aitor Karanka, who worked with Ronaldo at Real Madrid.
“‘Look at his numbers three years ago and you think, it’s impossible he can do better, and then you look at him this year and he’s done better again.”
It seems that, for Ronaldo, the sky’s the limit.
Happy and sad jobs
Which would make you happier? Working in a pub, or at the pulpit?
In early 2014, BBC news reported on research about the connection between jobs and levels of life satisfaction. It found pub workers are unhappiest and members of the clergy are most satisfied.
But is this true in real life?
Paul Mundy was working in a pub when he decided to become a vicar. He says the two roles are very different, but he actually enjoys both. And there are similarities: both are quite stressful and let you see people at the “best and worst of times”.
He says: “If you’ve got people coming through the door and the till’s ringing, you’re the happiest publican in the world.
“And if you’re standing in the pulpit and you’ve got lots of bottoms on seats, you’re the happiest vicar in the world as well.”
The island at the end of the earth
What is your ideal holiday destination?
It could be the tiny Pacific island of Palmerston. With its beautiful white sand, transparent water, and palm trees, you may think you have arrived in paradise.
But this is one of the most remote islands in the world. Surrounded by thousands of miles of ocean, it is only accessible by boat. The journey takes nine days from Tahiti, and is long and dangerous. However, it’s well worth it.
“Nothing goes wrong in Palmerston,” says Bob Marsters, the mayor, who greets visitors in his boat. He, like all except three of the other 62 islanders are descendants of one man – William Marsters, an Englishman who settled here 150 years ago with his three wives.
There’s no shop on the island and drinking water comes from rainwater. A ship with supplies calls just twice a year. The main street is a narrow piece of sand no more than 100 metres long, and has only half a dozen buildings.
But what the island lacks in amenities, it makes up in its beauty and peace. If you want to get away from it all, this island ‘at the end of the earth’ could be the place to go. You may never want to go back home.
How to have a wedding on a budget
Up to a-quarter-of-a-million couples will get married in the UK this year. On average, this will cost them £21,000 each – not including a honeymoon or the rings.
Tessa O’Sullivan is getting married in a few months, and she’s surprised at how much anything wedding-related costs.
“Every time I call a supplier – for example, a florist, or the printers – the quotes are always much higher than I expect,” she says.
But experts say such pricing is justified.
“There’s so much more emotion and work involved in a wedding than for any other party,” says Sandy Moretta, a wedding planner.
However, it’s possible to plan a wedding on a budget, without losing any of its emotional impact.
Negotiating with suppliers is essential, and reducing the guest list is another great way to cut the final bill.
One of the best ways to limit costs is to have a winter wedding. A wedding on a Tuesday in November could be up to 50% cheaper than a Saturday in June.
Finally, you can often save money by asking friends to supply flowers and make-up.
But Tessa is going to pay the high prices. “I’ve dreamt of my wedding for years and I want it to be perfect,” she says.