Geoff Ellis Online Blog

Geoff Ellis Online Blog

After years of prevarication, I have decided to start a blog.

Geoff Ellis Online- ZX80 to WordPress. Well, it’s going to be a bit random, as I want to share ideas and discoveries with you.  Occasionally it’ll be a meander through my earlier days as a journalist, from the Sinclair ZX80 talking about the adoption of IT and the home computer wars.   I am active in the Internet Marketing business and have helped a lot of people jump on board with their own ideas- using the Internet as the vehicle for an instant viable business. I will be telling you what I have found works for me- and what doesn’t. Now we are at the beginning of a new decade, 2020 wil be the year of huge consolidation in the IT sector and new and exciting opportunities for web based businesses. It will also mean that the temptation for all of us not to ignore the Shiny Objects syndrome  warning will continue to grow.  Why not make one resolution:- If you are going to weaken at the blandishments of all the amazing make more money deals and gizmos (and take my word- you WILL WEAKEN!) get it over with- invest your cash on the most attractive opportunity and package- get it- play with it, then put it to one side, and focus on the main business. At least it gets it out of the system quickly!  So- 2020 can be a year of opportunity for all of us….enjoy it!


ULSTER- 51 Years ago!

Fifty years ago  I found myself in the middle of one of the pivotal moments in Ulster’s turbulent history – the appearance of British army troops on the streets of Derry and Belfast.  It followed  days of violent rioting in both cities..

As a staff photographer with the Belfast Telegraph, the Province’s national daily, I photographed violence in both Belfast and Derry (Londonderry, if we are to remain impartial!) It was a far cry from my eleven years in beautiful , sleepy Bath, where the most exciting assignments  were the genteel Bath Festival, regular OAP tea parties and Bath City FC!

I spent days and nights in Bogside, procuring a passport, signed by Sean Keenan, a leading nationalist, which offered some sort of protection, watching “civilians” in camelhair coats, equipped with binoculars and notebooks who were very obviously military officers checking the lie of the land before the commitment of their forces. I photographed the last RUC officer to flee Free Derry, being chased by hundreds of rioters, injured policemen, brave firefighters,the first use of CS gas in the UK ,(I still keep pencils in one of my souvenir cartridge cases).

Inevitably there were comic moments- a good sequence of  fisticuffs, between someone who I suspect had just popped out from a local bar and thought he’d have a go at the police


derry passport

More Ulster pictures –  Ulster- Fifty years ago

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I will be talking about the biggest single hurdle that most of us encounter- the dreaded “latest shiny object” that not only swallows your cash and time, but also in many cases, your aspirations and hopes. So- I’ll probably get this into some sort of structure as time goes on. In my previous life running a London based PR company, my bookkeeper complained to me that my mind was like a butterfly.  That I was unable to concentrate on one small idea at a time – but flitting about from subject to subject. Well – it probably was, but it is being aware of the situation, and having the mental strength to combat it which is the important thing- and anyway- I never wanted to be a tick boxes book keeper!

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I’m off to cull a few Gig of shiny things from my HDD!


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