A Brief History of Douglas Motorcycles

In 1882, the Douglas brothers, William and Edward, formed the Douglas Engineering Company in Kingswood, Bristol to carry out foundry work.
Douglas Motorcycles T35 Mk 1 
The horizontally opposed twin cylinder (flat twin) engine had originally been designed by German engineer, Karl Benz.
The flat twin engine for which the Douglas company became well known, was designed by Joseph Barter, the founder of Light Motors Ltd.
Barter had produced a single-cylinder motorcycle between 1902 and 1904, and then the 200cc flat twin called the Fairy, using components manufactured at the Douglas foundry.
Light Motors Ltd. failed in 1907 and was taken over by the Douglas brothers. Barter joined Douglas to continue with motorcycle design.
In 1907, the first Douglas motorcycle appeared. It featured a 350cc version of the flat twin and single speed belt drive. One of the cylinders faced forwards whilst the opposing cylinder faced the rear of the motorcycle. Initial sales were not too impressive.
In 1910, a two speed gearbox had been introduced, and this improved sales figures.
In 1911, two of three Douglas entries finished in the Isle of Man TT Races.
William Douglas rode one of the machines into seventh place in just over four hours.
G.L. Fletcher came twelfth.
1912 was more successful for Douglas in the Isle of Man Junior TT Race.
Harry Bashall came first at an average speed of 39.65mph.
In second place was Edward Kickham who achieved the fastest lap at 41.76mph.
J. Stewart came in fourth position and Jack Haslam came eighth.
In 1913, Douglas entered thirteen machines in the Isle of Man Junior TT Race.
Seven of these machines finished the race, the best position being W. Newsome who came in second place.
In 1914, the best that Douglas could manage in the Junior TT Race was seventh place ridden by E.E. Elwell.
Douglas continued to enter the TT Races with some reasonable results.
During World War I, Douglas manufactured many motorcycles for military use.
By 1920, the range included overhead valve machines 500cc and 733cc, as well as side valve machines of 350cc and 595cc.
The 350cc side valve machines were reconditioned military WD models.
Also in the 1920s, the RA models were introduced for racing. They featured disc brakes developed at the Research Association.
In 1923, production RA models were introduced in 346cc and 596cc versions.
The 348cc side valve EW models followed shortly after.
TT success returned to Douglas in 1923 when Tom Sheard won the Senior TT. Also in 1923, Douglas won the first ever Isle of Man Sidecar Race with the famous Douglas banking sidecar ridden by Freddie Dixon and T.W. Denny.
A Douglas ridden by A.H. Alexander came third in the Junior TT that year.
Later in 1923 Jim Whalley won the French Grand Prix on a Douglas.
Percy Flook won the gruelling Durban-Johannesburg Race in 1923 riding a 2.75 hp machine. He achieved an average speed of 43 mph over 430 miles.
In 1927, both 350cc and 600cc versions of the EW were available and in 1928 a 350cc ohv Sports model based on the EW was introduced.
In 1929 came the S5 and S6 models, developed by the well known motorcycle racer and tuner, Freddie Dixon.
Another Dixon design, the 350cc A31 followed in 1930.
In 1931, the overhead valve K32 and M32 models were introduced.
In 1932, after twenty five years of motorcycle production, Douglas became a limited company known as Douglas Motors Ltd.
They were to continue manufacturing motorcycles for a further twenty five years.
In 1934, the Blue Chief and the Endeavour, a 494cc flat twin shaft drive model were introduced.
By 1935, the company was struggling financially and was taken over by by the British Aircraft Company (BAC) who then formed a new company, Aero Engines Ltd.
The company continued to manufacture side valve 350cc, 500cc and 600cc models up to the breakout of World War II.
Motorcycle production continued into World War II and for the war effort, the company manufactured a variety of products including generators, aircraft components and industrial engines.
In 1945, the T35 was introduced featuring a 350cc flat twin engine with chain drive.
In 1946, the company became known as Douglas (Kingswood) Ltd.
In 1948, not long after the war, Douglas was facing financial difficulty again and production was restricted to the 350cc flat twin models.
In the early 1950s, Douglas became the UK importer and constructor of the Piaggio Vespa scooters.
In 1955, the 350cc Douglas Dragonfly was introduced. This was the last motorcycle to be produced by Douglas.
The Dragonfly featured a 348cc flat twin engine, four speed gearbox and chain drive.
In 1957, when Westinghouse Brake and Signal took over Douglas, production of Douglas motorcycles came to an end.
The production of the Vespa scooters at the Douglas factory also ended, however the company did continue to assemble scooters from parts imported from Italy.
Under Westinghouse, Douglas continued to sell Piaggio scooters and when Piaggio acquired the Gilera motorcycle brand in 1969, Douglas also became the UK importer for Gilera.
This continued through until 1982 when the import licence came to an end.
Steven Hodgkiss

Alan Zibluk Market Hive Founding Member

7 Networking Questions to Ask Yourself

I get together with a couple dozen other business owners for lunch every Tuesday here in Birmingham 
– Community Business Builders of Birmingham – is what we named the group several years ago when it started…
Networking Questions To Ask 
We have a 60 minute meeting over lunch and we keep the meeting very structured in order to be respectful of everybody’s time.
Every person has 60 seconds to introduce themselves and their business.
The we have a 5 minute education segment and then 2 of our members have 7 minutes to talk about their business in a little detail…
If there is any time left at the end of the meeting we encourage anyone with referrals from any other member to give a little gratitude/feedback.
It’s a very “fast” hour so we constantly encourage members to have “one on one” meetings during the week. In other words get together for Coffee or lunch and get more in depth about what we do business wise and what kind of referrals are good for each other. I love it…
Today’s business education segment was handled by Joe Simons.
Joe is an architect who is focused on “building with integrity”. It’s his branding motto. Although he’s capable and proficient with just about any architectural work Joe especially works with a lot of churches.
It’s not just about drawing a plan for a building with an architect like Joe, it’s about guiding his clients through the “mine fields” of government red tape that can cost a client a lot of extra time/money.
Joe gets most of his business by networking so it was no surprise to me when his educational topic was “Questions to ask an influential leader”. Joe related how he had used this exact list of questions when he had lunch with a mayor of a New Mexico city recently…
Joe was quick to credit John Maxwell with 7 questions Joe likes to ask “Influential Leaders” but it occurred to me the list works well with anybody you or I are talking to (in person or over the phone) so I thought I’d share it.
Next time you are talking to someone and establishing “rapport” here are some questions that may help you help them help you & them…
  1. What is the greatest lesson you have learned?
  2. What are you focused on learning right now?
  3. How has failure shaped your future?
  4. Who do you know that I should know? (my favorite)
  5. What have you read that you’d recommend I read?
  6. What have you done that you’d recommend I do?
  7. How can I add some value to what you do?
That’s an easy 7 to jot down and try the next time you are meeting with someone. Let me know how it works for you if you do use them – that would be a great future post.
Steven Hodgkiss

Alan Zibluk Market Hive Founding Member

Four Ideas To Utilizing Discussion Board Marketing

Forum Boards have been a part of the internet community for a really lengthy time. It is an easy way for somebody to speak with different individuals all around the world about shared pursuits, questions, as well as answers. Online discussion board marketing is likely one of the best methods for a small business to promote their product or service in addition to socializing with doable buyers of your product. 
Forum Marketing with MarketHive 
In at the moment quick paced internet world you could find forums on nearly any topic that may be of curiosity to you. All you must do is go to your favorite search engine and sort in your favorite subject and add forums and you may be greeted with hundreds of thousands of results.  The chances are virtually countless on the forums that you’ve got the power to decide on from. When you get the results all you have to do is search by means of the links and find the forum that you feel might contribute to you or one which could possibly contribute to the forum. If you’re making an attempt to promote what you are promoting however, it’s essential click on on many of the forums and register. 
Upon getting registered in a number of of the more fashionable boards you have to to edit your profile. The profile is very important as it will be the one thing that will promote your product online. It’s possible you’ll consider on creating a brief bio that tells visitors about you and the business you might be promoting. Just be sure you embody your keywords to both the text and hyperlink to your blog. This can show you how to show up on the search engines. 
Now that you have completed your profile you are actually able to create a signature file. The signature file will help you increase traffic to your website in addition to increasing the backlink. This file will seem every time you put up in a forum.
Now that you have each of the most important steps finished, you are now prepared to use the discussion board to market your small business or product.  There are a few tips that it’s best to follow though to ensure that the forums to work for you.
1. Use the web forums to be able to be taught as much as you’ll be able to about your business. Nearly all the boards which are out there are free to make use of so it is a great approach to do research. Also some boards mean you can learn the posts without even joining which is nice as it permits you access to priceless data with out having to join. That you must you’ll want to take the time in studying these boards and asking any questions that you could be have. Studying is one of the most important steps to any web enterprise as issues are consistently changing.
2. You’ll want to use the forums to ask questions. Nearly everybody in the forum community is keen to assist others and reply questions as they can. When you never ask your query, you will never get the answers that you seek. The key although is to make sure that you ask the fitting questions as you do not want to spam the discussion board boards. Spamming the forum boards to get folks to click on on your signature link will only get your post deleted and presumably get you banned from the discussion board as well.
3. Once you’re feeling you might be ready you may begin to reply questions for different members of the forum in addition to assist them with their issues just as they did for you. It will help you to get your backlink to grow as your belief grows. This will also assist you to turn into generally known as an skilled on subject. 
4. Try to not submit any links in your initial publish this is what you will use your signature file for
Forum advertising is a great way to socialize and meet new potential clients of your product. If they’re used accurately, you possibly can have a really successful web business.
Steven Hodgkiss
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Alan Zibluk Market Hive Founding Member

Why Become a MarketHive Alpha Founder?

MarketHive will be released to the public very soon. It is currently in a soft launch phase.

During this soft launch phase, there is the opportunity to become a MarketHive Alpha Founder.

What is MarketHive, what is meant by soft launch and what is an Alpha Founder?

MarketHive is a powerful inbound marketing system and worldwide Social Neural Networking community for home based business owners and customers alike. It is also designed to help those seeking an opportunity to start their own business.
Funded with almost $500,000 raised by the original Founder Members, MarketHive has been developed over the last 2 years by Tom Prendergast who has over 25 years internet marketing experience.

MarketHive will offer an extensive range of advanced marketing tools entirely free of charge to every member. Imagine a system that will help people run their existing business, or start a new business, without the worry of how much the marketing tools will cost.

As MarketHive membership grows, its income will come from advertising.
Advertising will be optional. No member will be under any obligation to place any ads.

Do you think a system offering free tools and no obligation to pay for any advertising will attract many members?

The soft launch phase is where the developers and original Founder Members of MarketHive are carrying out some final testing before full release to the public… and also where Alpha Founder positions are being offered to those wishing to share in the future success of MarketHive.

By making a commitment to contribute a one time payment of $1200 to the marketing campaign, each Alpha Founder will receive a lifetime profit share of the MarketHive advertising revenue.

Think about that very carefully. A lifetime profit share for around the same cost of a daily cup of coffee for one year.

You do not need to understand internet marketing to be an Alpha Founder. However, if you do wish to use the potential of MarketHive to build a business, there will be many benefits such as ad credits for life and much more.

There will be a total of 1,000 Alpha Founder positions. Some have already been taken.

If you are interested in becoming an Alpha Founder, or if you need more information, please send an email stating Alpha Founder in the subject line to paulgmercer@gmail.com. 

You can, of course, sign up for your free MarketHive account by going to markethive.com/paulmercer and log in using one of your social networks. The account will be limited to certain functions as MarketHive is still in the soft launch phase.


Alan Zibluk Market Hive Founding Member

Trying to raise interest on your social network?

Marketing on social network sitesTrying to raise interest on your social network?

Marketing on Social network sites is not an easy feat. It relies on a lot of user interaction, especially with existing contacts. Know the benefits Social sites can do to your business. Understand how social networking can drive targeted traffic to your web site today.

Social network sites are the new breed of online social hubs. More and more users turn to social networking sites to find loved ones, reconnect with old friends, or even host a high school reunion.

However, social networking sites offer more than just meeting new and old friends, it can also be an avenue to promote your latest book, show online users about your Internet site and updates, or even use the social sites to promote your views and agendas.

Social network sites or User-created content sites like blogs, forums, or dating web sites are basically places online where users can congregate to share information, give advice, or work on similar interests. Users flock social network sites, making it a good vantage point for Internet  marketers to launch their products.

There are two types of marketing involved over social networking sites. Different types of individuals who promote their products or skills over social networking sites often employ varying tactics to get their message across. Several online marketers employ the use of the comments system on social marketing sites to post information about their products or use social sites to improve search engine placement for their Internet sites.

Though some Internet marketers would go overboard with the promotion and quite literally spam their target audience with useless data just to lure them to clicking a link which will direct them to the Internet site being promoted. Other types of people marketing on the Internet employ a subtle technique of social engineering to make users trust them and to make them purchase their products or click on a link to their main web site.

Other marketers would go as far as using black hat search optimization techniques to force web browsers into redirecting to another site. This type of marketing is not allowed on most social communities, and could get you banned on that social site, if caught.

Taking the different strategies piece by piece we identify different patterns on how people marketing on the Internet coordinate their efforts to capture a wider scope of online users on a social networking site and achieve better search engine placement for their Internet sites. Web marketers who operate viral marketing strategies often use software tools that will allow them to harvest different user profiles or account numbers, which they would use to send or post messages on. Internet  marketers meticulously gather user details and interest, and seek out vital social community sections like forums and rant pages where their messages can go around with the least possible chance of getting erased by members. Some people marketing on the Internet usually lace their promotional words with entertaining music or videos.

But this can still be the tip of the iceberg on the grand scheme of online promotions. Once you give into the advertising, you will see yourself clicking on different links which will make you download or get redirected to another Internet site which can force you to download a certain application or Trojan which they can then use to either force your browser to redirect to other Internet pages when you are browsing or quite literally force your computer to accept different ads from their Internet site.

Social engineering on the other hand employs more interaction between the marketer and the end users. Internet  marketers who employ social engineering often use chatrooms or utilize the email system of social network sites to send messages to users. VoIP or Internet telephoning can also be used to improve marketer and user interaction. This type of online marketing may take awhile to be realized, but is often more successful in landing repeat customers, if done right.

Neural Social Marketing

Alan Zibluk Market Hive Founding Member

Are you frightened of being, or supporting, one of the pioneers?

Imagine being asked to support the Wright brothers in their quest to fly. Many people dismissed them as being mad.
…or what if someone had told you that one day there would be the possibility of flying to the moon?

What would you have done? Would you be the one to support them or would you dismiss them as being mad?

Hindsight is a wonderful thing.

Of course, not everything is as “impossible” as the first flight or the first man on the moon was…
…but whenever a new concept is talked about, there will be those who dismiss it and those who embrace it.

MarketHive, developed over the last two years with almost $500,000 raised by the Founder Members, is a powerful inbound marketing system and worldwide Social Neural Networking community for home based business owners and customers alike. It is also designed to help those seeking an opportunity to start their own business.

MarketHive will offer an extensive range of advanced business marketing tools entirely free of charge to every member. Imagine a system that helps people start up in business without the worry of how much these tools will cost.
MarketHive will derive its income from advertising. However, no member will be under any obligation to place any ads.

MarketHive is currently in the soft launch phase where the Founder Members are carrying out some final testing before release to the public… and also where Alpha Founder positions are being offered to those who share our vision by making a commitment to contribute to the marketing campaign for just one year in return for a lifetime profit share.

I am not going to waste your time… The cost to be an Alpha Founder is $1,200 payable over 12 months. No special deals or useless bonuses if you join in the next five minutes.

There is a maximum of 1,000 Alpha Founder positions. When they are gone, that’s it. Some have already been taken.

You do not need to understand internet marketing to be an Alpha Founder, in the same way that you would not have needed to understand aircraft to support the Wright brothers. However, if you do wish to use the potential of MarketHive to build a business, there will be many benefits such as ad credits for life and much more.

If you are interested in becoming an Alpha Founder, or if you need more information, please send me an email stating Alpha Founder in the subject line to paulgmercer@gmail.com. 

Alan Zibluk Market Hive Founding Member

Dew Drop Inn in Derby, Connecticut Restaurant Review

I am happy that MarketHive is now in Alpha Promotion Mode. I know this blog post will be shared so I need to get back to writing. If you are interested in learning more please check out my website at http://www.markethive.com/alzibluk. You need to sign up with one of your social media accounts.

One of my favorite places to go is the Dew Drop Inn in Derby, Connecticut. Their address is 25 North Avenue, Derby, CT 06418. Telephone is (203) 735-7757. Below is a picture of the outside of the Dew Drop Inn as well as my first lunch there on Saturday April 19, 2014. It was the Rodeo Burger which is described as “Cheddar Cheese, Onion Rings, Bacon and BBQ Sauce.

Besides giving a review, I want to give my readers a chance to learn more. It is always good to have more than one opinion when you want to dine out.

Dew Drop Inn
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On my second visit I had the Blue Goat which is described as “Goat Cheese, Cucumbers, Mixed Greens and creamy blueberry dressing”. My third visit I brought my girlfriend from Ireland with me. We both shared the Fried Mozzarella Sticks and Jalapeno Poppers. Both were good and we both enjoyed them. Sorry no pictures for these. I told different people about my three visits and the one thing I constantly heard from different people was “you haven’t tried their wings yet”.

Since then I have had five different wings. I am listing them below in order of which ones I liked the most. My two favorites are the Cajun BBB and JD BBQ.

My third and fourth favorites were the Jim Bean Bourbon BBQ and General Tsao’s.

The last one I tried was the Spicy Ranch & Bacon ones. These were a little to rich for me. These would have been perfect to share with someone.

The staff at Dew Drop Inn are excellent. I like the customers. Some of the customers can be loud when they come in but will also say excuse me if they accidently bump into me on the way to the bathroom. One time there was this nice couple who brought in bread and was insistent that I had a piece.

I was born in Derby, Connecticut and I have loyalty to it. It is the smallest city in the State of Connecticut. I have found two hidden gems in this small city. One is Roseland Apizza and the other is the Dew Drop Inn.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me. Feel free to share (or like) anything I have done on Pinterest with others and feel free to follow me.

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All the best,

Alan Zibluk
e-mail: alan@internetguy.ws

Alan Zibluk Market Hive Founding Member

What is meant by Inbound Marketing?

I Just recently held the phrase Inbound Marketing and I said to myself what does that mean?

I started to research the phrase Inbound Marketing and found out the following:

Inbound is about creating and sharing content with the world. By creating content specifically designed to appeal to your best customers, inbound attracts qualified prospects to your business and keep them coming back for more information.

In this blog "Free Inbound Marketing Tools” I will be providing overall information about Inbound Internet Market and Inbound Marketing Tools that are needed to successful market on the Internet.

I invite you to provide your comments, etc. on this Blog.

Thank You!

Ida Mae Boyd, Market Hive Alpha Founder

Alan Zibluk Market Hive Founding Member

Just What Is A Social Network?

Social networking is the grouping of individuals into specific groups, like small rural communities or a neighbourhood subdivision, if you will.  Even though social networking is possible in person, especially in the workplace, universities, and high schools, it is most popular online. 
This is because unlike most high schools, colleges, or workplaces, the internet is filled with hundreds of thousands of individuals who are looking to meet other people, to gather and share first-hand information and experiences about cooking, golfing, gardening, developing friendships professional alliances, finding employment, business-to-business marketing and even groups sharing with us information about baking cookies to the Thrive Movement.  The topics and interests are as varied and rich as the story of our universe. 
When it comes to online social networking, websites are commonly used. These websites are known as social sites. Social networking websites function like an online community of internet users. Depending on the website in question, many of these online community members share common interests in hobbies, religion, politics and alternative lifestyles. Once you are granted access to a social networking website you can begin to socialize. This socialization may include reading the profile pages of other members and possibly even contacting them. 
The friends that you can make are just one of the many  benefits to social networking online. Another one of those benefits includes diversity because the internet gives individuals from all around the world access to social networking sites. This means that although you are in the United States, you could develop an online friendship with someone in Denmark or India. Not only will you make new friends, but you just might learn a thing or two about new cultures or new languages and learning is always a good thing. 
As mentioned, social networking often  involves grouping specific individuals or entities together. While there are a number of social networking websites that focus on particular interests, there are others that do not. The websites without a main focus are often referred to as “traditional” social networking websites and usually have open memberships. This means that anyone can become a member, no matter what their hobbies, beliefs, or views are. However, once you are inside this online community, you can begin to create your own network of friends and eliminate members that do not share common interests or goals. 
As I’m sure you’re aware, there are dangers associated with social networking including data theft and viruses, which are on the rise. The most prevalent danger though often involves online predators or individuals who claim to be someone that they are not. Although danger does exist with networking online, it also exists in the real world, too. Just like you’re advised when meeting strangers at clubs and bars, school, or work — you are also advised to proceed with caution online. 
By being aware of your cyber-surroundings and who you are chatting to, you should be able to safely enjoy social networking online. It will take many phone conversations to get to know someone, but you really won’t be able to make a clear judgment until you can meet each other in person.  Just use common sense and listen to your inner voice; it will tell you when something doesn’t feel right about the online conversations taking place. 
If you’ve updated your Facebook status, posted photos of last night’s party to Flickr for your friends to see or made a business contact through LinkedIn, then you’ve used a social networking site. But what exactly is a social networking site? What are the key attributes that set it apart from other Web sites? How do they allow people to form online communities and share social networking information? 
Some of the earliest sites that we would recognize as being similar to today’s social networking sites appeared in the mid 1990s, when the Internet started growing in appeal. These early sites focused on letting users hook up with people they had known in the past, or finding out how they were connected to other site users. 
Friendster appeared in 2002 and followed a similar model, but it offered additional features like photo sharing and it quickly became the first of the “big” social networking sites. Since then, however, Friendster has declined in popularity and is no longer one of the top 20 social networking sites in the United States [source: Hitwise]. After Friendster came MySpace and Facebook, along with sites like Bebo, Hi5, Orkut and Yahoo! 360. In addition, dozens of sites catering to very specific regions or tastes have sprung up. Whether you’re interested in books, video games, music or meeting people from Denmark, there’s probably a social networking site for you. 
The idea of an online community goes back much farther than the 1990s, however. Very early forms of the Internet were used to foster social networks. The earliest online communities were dial-up bulletin-board systems (BBSes) such as The Well and numerous other regional systems. While these early communities did not have the features users have come to expect of modern social networking sites, they shared the core idea of connecting people with common interests. 
Once you are well informed and comfortable with your findings, you can begin your search from hundreds of networking communities to join. This can easily be done by performing a standard internet search. Your search will likely return a number of results, including MySpace, FriendWise, #MarketHive, FriendFinder, Yahoo! 360, Facebook, Orkut, and Classmates.
For free Inbound Marketing Tools see my main page at Market Hive

Alan Zibluk Market Hive Founding Member

C5 Youth Renewal Serum by JM Ocean Avenue

C5 Youth Serum
C5 Youth Renewal Serum is a luxurious night time product that is light on your skin, yet penetrates deeply to uplift those unwanted lines and wrinkles. This serum keeps you looking young and keeps your skin healthy.


C5 is a night serum for skins of all types, including mature and sensitive skin. No artificial color, fragrance, sulfates or parabens have been added. C5 does contain powerful anti-oxidants, to help fight free radicals and the future signs of aging due to environmental aggressors. It also contains Jojoba oils, an essential fatty acid which builds resiliency, and fights bacteria in all skin types.

Other incredible ingredients in C5 are natural botanicals, which help against skin irritation and inflammation. In addition, the exclusive 3.1 Skin Complex formula found in our entire Ice Elements line increases hydration while stimulating Elastin for added elasticity.

The peptide blend in the C5 Youth Renewal Serum is the first and only blend scientifically proven to work on five types of Collagen (1,3,4, 7 and 17). Therefore the name C5! This specific blend has in vivo and in vitro clinical studies that show continued changes and improvement up to 60 days and beyond including a reduction in wrinkle depth close to double what it is at day 30.

Why is this significant? No other peptide blend includes collagens 7 and 17, which contribute to improvement of skin firmness and the reduction of wrinkles and sagging.
For more information see C5 Youth Serum by JM Ocean Avenue

Alan Zibluk Market Hive Founding Member

Be As You Are ….