About Russell Chapman

Russell Chapman is a freelance photographer and writer. From the UK, he is now based in Switzerland. Photography has always been his greatest passion. Using photography he tries to communicate strong messages and emotions in a way that will have a lasting impact on those who observe his work. He is recognized for his work in Syria, having been invited to present at international conferences such as Refugee Voices at the Refugee Studies Centre at St Annes College, Oxford University and Franklin University, Switzerland. He has also published the book Syria: Refugees and Rebels which photo documents the human story of the conflict in Syria as well as the refugee camps of Lebanon and Jordan.

What I’m Up To. Business Coaching Update

To be honest, it has been a hard year. My mother was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer at the end of last year, so this year was busy with family, giving mum a good time, family holidays together for her, going back to all the places where she had good memories. Finally she passed on August 24th, the end came very quickly, she had less than a day in hospital. Now I’m starting to get back into the swing of things. A part of that was being invited to write for a business/life coaching magazine. You can see the article here: http://bcoaching.online/blog/2018/10/09/coaching-in-a-different-culture/

The Brexit Irish Border Question

It comes down to this. Britain doesn’t want a border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. The EU is insisting on a border so the British response is this, you want a border, you create it, finance it, control it and take responsibility for it. My brother is reasonably senior at the UK Home Office and the Department for Brexit. This is what’s coming down the line.

Syria, what comes next?

Syria is almost entirely back under government control, what does that mean? Whilst Russia has been the main player in supporting Assad from the air, without Iran there would be no Assad. Iran is the real political power in Syria

What could this lead to? Iran’s intention is to destabilize the arab world as much as possible and put pressure on Israel. Now, with its access to the border with Jordan, there is a real possibility it will begin work to create chaos in Jordan. There are two objectives, if Jordan can be destabilized enough, it will raise alarm in Israel for the security of its border. In Syria, Israel has the buffer zone of the Golan Heights in Syria to keep Iranian proxies such as Hezbollah at arms length. If Jordan were to become unstable, there would be no buffer zone.

Secondly, if Iran through Syria can unbalance Jordan, then it would also have access to the border with Saudi Arabia, and this I think would be the main objective. Ultimately Iran wants to see the collapse of Saudi Arabia ,its nemesis . Slowly but surely Iran is surrounding the country. It has strong influence in Iraq so therefore has access to the eastern border, Yemen on the southern border is a war zone and Iran supports the Houthi rebels there. The next logical step is to create chaos in Jordan and give Iran access to the northern border of Saudi Arabia.

Russia isn’t strong enough to control Iranian influence in Syria and I’m not sure it would be unhappy if Iran were able to destabilize Jordan an American ally. Jordan in many ways is a fragile country. It is small and poor with hotbeds of potential unrest waiting to explode given the opportunity. The cities of Zarqa in the north and Ma’an in the south are pretty much no go areas, the army and police have to stay out of those cities and manage them by controlling the roads in and out. Given the opportunity, they would rise up now if they could. If Iran, now with its access to the Jordanian border can create enough chaos, it is certain fighting would start in Jordan. This is a huge security concern for both Israel and Saudi Arabia.

The point is this, the war in Syria stopped being about revolution a long time ago. Today it is about increasing power in the region, having geography and the strategic upper hand on your side. Iran is playing a long game here. Winning Syria is just one step further towards its goal of being the dominant power in the middle east.

Why BitCoin Will Not Succeed In The Long Term

Why BitCoin will not succeed in the long term. There are several different reasons.

One of the first is the cost of producing BitCoin. So far about 11 million ‘coins’ have to be mined using computers to ‘hash’ algorithms, out of a total of 21 million coins. To date the cost of electricity to produce a single BitCoin averages $6500. This time next year, because the complexity of computer calculations increases with each BitCoin mined, the average electricity cost will be approx $14000. The final cost of electricity to produce all 21 million coins will be far higher than that.

Second point. Transaction costs with BitCoin are increasing rapidly. The average fee now is $20 for any transaction and increasing all the time. That kills BitCoin as a currency, you will never be able to use it for grocery shopping. It is the way the blockchain technology underlying the system works. The faster you want to process a BitCoin payment, the more you have to pay, and that can be far higher than $20.

Third point. Governments will not allow a popular asset to be traded without being able to collect tax on it. They will start restricting the BitCoin exchanges. European governments on Friday 15/12/17 began doing this.

Final point. BitCoin has no fundamental value, it is just a digital ‘thing’, with nothing to support its value in the real world.

It is just a thing for speculation and ‘get rich quick’, For many investors, when the time comes, will be a way to lose money quickly. Particularly as the BitCoin system can’t handle large numbers of buy and sell orders for immediate processing. Your sell order could well take several days to process. That is simply how the BitCoin system works.

Caveat emptor

The Next War?

The next war could well be in Lebanon. If it happens and it looks likely, it will not be a local war but a proxy war fought by Saudia Arabia (KSA) and Iran. KSA is spending billions of dollars on weapons from the USA and UK and not only for it’s on going war in Yemen. Israel will also support KSA in a proxy war against Hezbollah in Lebanon because of Hezbollah’s deep ties with Iran. Iran on the other hand has been buying weapon systems from Russia. Russia supports Bashar al Assad of Syria, who is very close to Iran.

Can you see where I’m going here? A potential proxy war inside a proxy war. KSA vs Iran, the Sunni, Shia divide, Israel happy to see Iran caught up in a long drawn out war, expending resources, its enemies being weakened and unable to support the Palestinian territories in Israel, so it can continue to take over their land. USA supporting KSA and Russia supporting Iran, as both fight for influence in the Middle East. And people wonder why the global political system is so broken. It is run on a thirst for power and influence.

Russell Chapman Professional Life Coach, New Website

Ladies and Gentlemen, here it is, the launch of my new executive and personal life-coaching website. Please take the time to have a look at it and share it with those around you. If you are interested in my services, then please get in touch for your first free half hour consultation. Besides a wealth of life and business experience, being naturally empathetic and strategically minded, I studied hard to pass an exam in Life Coaching from an accredited UK college, Oxford Learning College. I want to help you be a better version of yourself, in both your personal and professional life.

Russell Chapman Professional Life Coach

One of the reasons I decided to start coaching is so I can have more free time to concentrate on photography and writing, so much happening in the world today and so much to write about. As time goes by, I will be adding more and more to this blog.

Launch of My Executive & Life Coaching Website Approaches

Work continues in preparation for the launch of my Executive/Life Coaching website. I’m very much looking forward to using my life and work experience as well as training as a certified coach to help clients become better versions of themselves, reaching greater potential. In the meantime I have produced a video for the website, which you can now watch.

Too quiet for too long, I know

Yes, I have been quiet here but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been busy. I have completed my life coaching course. Now I’m in the process of building the website, lots happening there. I’m looking forward to using my life experience, personal and professional in helping people be a better version of themselves.

As I develop my coaching business I will also have more time for photography and writing as well as other activities. I’m still watching the world very closely, just because I haven’t said much recently about the world situation, does not mean I don’t have many thoughts. We are living in a time when history will be made, for good or for bad.

So watch this space, yes I may be quiet at the moment, but when the time comes there will be very many things to talk about


My Journey to Life Coaching

I have decided to become a Life Coach and am now on a year long course to qualification. What led me to this decision and why? Read on to find out.

What triggered my thought process to decide on becoming a Life Coach was this winter. I am not designed to live in the cold. I never liked the cold but this winter was the hardest winter I have ever experienced. I wanted to hibernate. I need heat and sun, it gives me energy. So there I was one cold, dark, snowy day last December, reading some news sites and there was an article about Life Coaching, as I was reading, I realised that I have been informally helping and coaching others for years. It made me start thinking, could I do this as a job? I want to live in a warmer climate, somewhere in southern Europe, I want to work about 15 hours a week so I can have more time for personal things, such as writing and photography. So after doing more research into coaching I decided to go for it and begin studying for a diploma. I enjoy helping people, I have a lot of life experience, I’ve seen the best and worst of life, I’m naturally empathetic and a very good listener, I know human nature, I can also read people very well, it is easy for me to find out what makes a person tick.

Life Coaching has so many different aspects that are useful in both personal and professional life. One thing it isn’t about is being somebody’s psychologist, although elements of psychology are used. Coaching is about helping a person to be a better version of themself. It is about helping a person define what they want in life, what is achievable and realistic and then creating the steps that lead to making it happen. In fact, I hadn’t realised it at the time but it was using coaching techniques on myself that lead to me studying to become a Coach. My desire to live in a warmer climate, to reduce the amount of time I spend working so I can have time for other activities. Researching the best way to make this happen, confirming the goal is realistic and then taking action to make it happen.

A fascinating part of my course study is Neuro Linguistic Programing or NLP. How we speak and think has a huge impact on how we act. How we speak and act affects those around us. Learning how to program our thought and speech patterns has an effect not only on ourselves but also on those around us. Use of NLP in Coaching is about training a person to take more control of their thoughts and using those thoughts to create words and actions to have a positive result. We all want to make positive changes in our lives but so often we set ourselves up for failure because we haven’t thought things through. Coaching combined with NLP techniques, helps create the correct frame of mind, which then leads to the actions that enable a person to reach their goal.

So here I am on my Life Coaching journey. I will keep you posted as my studies progress, It is a fascinating subject, for me it doesn’t feel like study, I get totally absorbed in it. So if you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment or send me a message.