Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Gtech Multi Review

Dusting a chandelier with Gtech MultiI have been curious about the Gtech Multi for some time. I have always wanted cordless handheld cleaners to work well, because they have such an array of potential uses. Everyone has that niggling housework job that would be made easier by having something pokier, or more maneouverable but, finding something with enough oomph to do the same job as a full size vacuum cleaner can be a struggle. I know I have had very little success in the past. They would either lose charge quickly, or have very limited 'suck' in the first place! It's been years since I've tried a new one, though, so I was keen to see what had changed and how I would get on with this new technology.
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Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Win Prizes for You and Your Child!


This week, we are having a parent and child giveaway. We all like to spoil our children, and sometimes we might even go without ourselves to do it. This time, though, you don't have to, because you can win something nice for you and them. Just a simple Rafflecopter amble is all that's needed to win a Buddha candle set for you and a Frozen hot water bottle and 3D glitter set for your little one.
Please note: The packaging is a little damaged on the hot water bottle, because I left it in the boot of the car and squashed it. I am an idiot, but I've added the glitter set as an extra to make up for my stupidity!
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Awesome Autism

I promised a good friend of mine that I would write something for Autism Awareness Month. I may have left it a bit late, but something happened today that really inspired me. I heard a talk given by a man whose job is to inspire children to enjoy engineering and perhaps, eventually, pursue it as a career. What he said reminded me why autism is awesome and why we need individuals with these particular unique gifts to make the world go round. Here's why... 

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Monday, 18 April 2016

Home Alone - How Young is too Young?

Child sleeping with title text overlaidOften in the press is the much-debated subject of when it's ok to leave your children home alone. It's always a difficult question, because children mature at different rates and there are a variety of different circumstances in which you could leave your child. For example; popping next door to borrow something, is a world away from going out for the day, or even over night. On one occasion a father was convicted (overturned on appeal) of  willfully exposing his daughter to risk of harm. He spent five minutes in a chemist buying Calpol, while she sat, in his eyeline, in the car outside. On hearing the evidence, the appeal judge was quoted as saying 'This is supposed to be a crime?' Yet, in theory at least, something could have happened to that child.
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Thursday, 7 April 2016

Dear Mr Nobody

Toilet roll with writing on it. Dear Mr Nobody, you might think you're being sly,
Hiding in the shadows, like a secret service spy,
But let me tell you something, I know your little game,
Whenever there's a mishap, you're the one to blame.

The lid is off the jam again, there's a sticky cupboard door,
And, somewhat inexplicably, Rice Krispies on the floor.
In the bathroom is an empty space where the toilet roll should be,
Towels are screwed up on the floor and I know it wasn't me.
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Monday, 4 April 2016

The Run In. A Football Guest Post by Phil

As the football season draws to a close, fans are starting to get nervous about their teams. Will they make the top 4 and get into Europe? Will they escape relegation? Either way it's going to be close and the burning question that the whole footballing nation wants to know is; can anyone catch Leicester City and how many doughnuts will be in it if they do? Leicester have made a lot of friends this season and gained a lot of admiration, rightly so I believe. They don't have a team of global superstars, yet they work their socks off and have produced some stunning results. 
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Sunday, 3 April 2016

Instant Ink from HP; One Less Thing to Remember!


Once upon a time, not so long ago, printers were huge noisy machines, printing rows of grey words and figures on piles of perforated paper in the corners of office blocks. Yes, I realise that probably does reveal my age a bit, but it amazes me how far technology has come in a relatively short time, because I'm not actually that old, but I do remember those days. It's funny to think that people printing out their spreadsheets and invoices in the 70's and 80's with that oh-so-familiar noise of the dot matrix forming each character from tiny dots, would never be able to imagine how versatile printers are these days. 

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My Sunday Photo: Crazy Cloud Formations!

Fluffy clouds against a blue sky.

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Friday, 1 April 2016

Famous, Rich and Homeless; View from a Cynic

Julia Bradberry in Famous, Rich and Homeless
How on earth do you pretend to be homeless? This was the question a lot of people were asking when Famous, Rich and Homeless arrived on our screens in aid of Sport Relief. This was a very sensitive subject and, with a title like that, this show had the potential to fall flat on its face as a patronising pat on the head to anyone currently grappling with the reality of this horrendous situation. Surely, anyone who goes into this knowing they have a warm bed to return to at the end of the 'experiment' can't really learn anything... can they?

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Lumie Brightspark SAD Lightbox Review

I don't have SAD, but I do have a problem staying awake during the day. It's something to do with the quality of the sleep I get at night, but I don't have a definitive answer yet as to what could be causing it. However, it is a big problem, when you spend a lot of the day sitting at a computer trying to type coherent sentences, without resorting to piles of chocolate and tea to get through it. Ok, I might still consume copious amounts of chocolate and tea anyway, but it would be nice to be able to stay awake and enjoy it. Lumie produce a variety of different lightboxes, as well as bodyclock wake-up lights and skin therapy lamps. They sent me the Brightspark Lightbox free of charge, for the purposes of this honest review.
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