Cutting Summer Electricity Bills

Cutting Summer Electricity Bills

Finance, Seasonal
In the summer your home will become unpleasantly hot and the vast majority of us will immediately resort to turning the air conditioning or fans on for 8 hours a day. The electricity used up by cooling your home is obviously significant and the bill from your electricity supplier will be large too if you do not find a way to cut back on usage. This article considers how you can reduce your electricity, and thus your bills, in preparation for the summer.

Create Isolation Points

Cooling your entire home is a mammoth task and it is a move that will greatly increase your electricity bills. There is no need, however, to cool your entire property during the day if you will not be using all of it. For most people the vast majority of the home will be unused throughout the day, so paying large amounts to cool the whole property is unnecessary. By creating areas that can be isolated by closing an insulated door, you can make it so that you need only cool one room instead of trying to reduce the temperature of the other 90% of your home that you are not using.

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What Style of Vacation Suits You?

What Style of Vacation Suits You?

If you have some free time on your hands and are looking to get out of your comfy furnished apartment, take a vacation! The big question is – what kind of vacation will you take? For those who need help deciding which vacation will work best for them, here are some vacation styles that might suit you:

Nature Excursion

For those who love natural beauty and enjoy the outdoors, a nature excursion vacation is a great place to start. These vacations typically involve lots of physical activity and time outdoors, so prepare accordingly with comfortable shoes and plenty of climate-appropriate apparel.

For those able-bodied enough to endure hikes and climbs, a nature excursion can reveal some truly stunning vistas no matter where you travel.

Guided Tours

Many people go on vacation on their own, free of any guidance, winging it all the way. However, some people prefer to have some structure to their vacation in order to see everything they want to see and to have things like transportation taken care of.

Guided tours are great if you want to maximise your time. They can also show you local insider secrets that most unguided tourists may miss.

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Why You Need Professional Help For Your Company’s Information Security

Why You Need Professional Help For Your Company’s Information Security

Business & Technology

Computer support for businesses is available at a reasonable price. They will help when problems arise and also help you set up a secure network to minimise the chance of something going wrong. Here are some things every business owner should understand about network and computer security:

Your People Are Your Biggest Risk

Information does not get stolen on its own. It is stolen by people. Whenever there is a security breach and the police are involved, who will they question first? The staff of the company. Innocent actions and premeditated crimes are just two of the ways your staff can put you at risk. It is important to screen and monitor employees, and teach them the proper way to use your network, computers and security.

Total Security is Impossible

The only way to keep a computer secure is to turn it off and unplug it from the internet. If Sony can have their Playstation network hacked, you know there is little chance of keeping your company totally secure. The majority of emails in circulation are spam, and the majority of websites on the internet have malicious intent.

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Giving Your Children Financial Security

Giving Your Children Financial Security

We all want to provide the best possible start to for our children and this usually involves some good financial planning. However, it also means protecting your family investments and savings from losses and unexpected costs. Even if you save and invest wisely, unexpected financial strain from the economy or form a loss of employment can quickly drain your money away.

Life Insurance

You should consider finding some good life insurance in order to protect your family from the loss of income if you, or your partner, pass away unexpectedly. For a relatively low cost you can make sure that your children are protected against any debts you might have such as a mortgage or any personal loans. While it is not nice to think of your death as anyone’s profit, you still need to think of your family’s survival.

Planning Your Own Funeral

You should also be planning you and your partner’s funeral well in advance and consider inquiring about funeral cover. A funeral can cost a small fortune, and if you have not saved or insured yourself then someone will still have to pay for the costs involved. Even funeral plots are becoming increasingly in demand and therefore more expensive as space in cemeteries is at a premium.

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Helping  Employees Deal with Trauma

Helping Employees Deal with Trauma

Business & Technology, Health & Fitness
When one or more of your employees experiences trauma, while at work or away, as a good manager, you must follow proper procedures. If the trauma or injury occurred at work, or on a work-related errand, then you must have the employee(s) fill out a workers’ compensation claim. It is very important that you find out what other services the employee may require, such as counselling and medical attention.

Ensure That Everyone is Safe

The first thing to do, in the event of a traumatic event in the workplace, is to ensure all staff members – and clients – are safe. Next, call the appropriate organisations, such as the Employee Assistance Program (EAP).

Be forthright with your staff, and let them know what is going on. This will quell rumours from spreading around the workplace. Address any concerns that your employees may have immediately, and make sure to follow guidelines and company rules if there are any.

Set Up a Critical Incident Response Plan

Traumatised employees need help straight away. If the trauma did not occurin the workplace, ask what the employee plans to do outside of work hours, if he or she has support, and offer help.

Expect a wide variety of reactions from your staff. Some may:

  • Express anger, disbelief, denial, or depression.
  • Be in shock, or have angry outbursts or uncontrollable crying.
  • Appear numb or unaffected.
  • Experience confusion, forgetfulness, distraction, or irritability.

These reactions may be immediate, short-term, or ongoing.

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How to Cash In on an Awesome Website

How to Cash In on an Awesome Website

Business & Technology
So you have a fantastic website set up for your business – what’s next? A great website is an excellent basis for customer engagement and building sales, but how do you make the most of your website?

Here are some practical ideas for cashing in on your awesome new website:

1. Sync with Your Marketing Strategy

A great website with appealing website design is an essential starting point for your overall marketing strategy. Once you have your business website set up, you could look at integrating your site into your marketing strategy. Start looking into different ways to promote and get the most out of your website, such as:

  • Traditional marketing – Your business might use traditional marketing tools, like radio ads, print ads, or direct mail marketing. If so, these should reference your new website with a link. In cross-referencing your offline and online marketing materials, your business leverages your marketing channels for greater impact.
  • Internet marketing – Using paid Internet advertising is another way to direct more relevant traffic to your website. Other types of Internet marketing include e-Newsletters, guest blogging and social media advertising.
  • Search engine optimisation (SEO) – Your business can enhance organic search results by using SEO techniques, so that more potential customers can find your website. Like paid advertising, SEO targets specific customers with the use of keywords or phrases.

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Planning a Dinner Party At Home

Planning a Dinner Party At Home

Food & Drink

Planning a dinner party is lots of fun and a great way to spend time with friends. You can make it as fancy as you like and you can even have a theme! If you are planning to entertain, here are a few dinner party theme ideas to make your party sparkle.

Hawaiian Luau Party

Hawaiian Luau dinner parties are fantastic ideas for summer and entails lots of grass skirts, bikini tops, Hawaiian shirts and bare feet. Use lots of flowers and lays for decorations and you can also hand them to your guests as they arrive!

What to serve? Lots of dishes featuring sweet potatoes, salmon, mangoes and pineapples. Don’t forget the tiki torches – or the cocktails!

Rustic Dinner Party

A perfect dinner party idea for winter, a rustic dinner gathering is all about simplicity and tradition. Use candles to create a warm and cosy feel in your home and if feasible, use wooden furniture to produce that ‘rustic’ feel. Dried, hanging herbs make great decorations, as do small potted flowers and plants.

What to serve? Cheese and wine are excellent rustic options, but if you are going the full three-course meal, consider doing soup as an entree, a roast with vegetables for main and a traditional cake for dessert. Yum!

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RSI and Other Common Office Ailments

RSI and Other Common Office Ailments

Health & Fitness
Even though office work may not seem like a particularly dangerous type of work, it is becoming increasingly common for those who spend their days at a desk to experience significant health problems as a result. The following looks at some of the most common office ailments, some tips for preventing them from occurring, as well as how to deal with them if they do develop.


One of the most common office ailments is suffering from an RSI, or repetitive stress injury, which as the name suggests results from doing the same activity repetitively over a long period of time. RSI’s typically affect the wrists, hands, shoulders, elbows, knees, back or ankles, and can come as a result of heavy lifting, repetitive motion, constant stress, awkward positioning, or holding one part of your body immobile for extended periods of time.

RSI’s can be extremely painful and ultimately debilitating, with the best approach to them being ensuring that everything from the tools you use to the way your work area is organised, is done with the health of your body in mind, and also that you have health insurance coverage for any RSI’s you may develop.

Lower Back Pain

One of the worst things that you can do for your body is to spend extended periods of time sitting, so it is no surprise that office workers regularly develop lower back injuries. Having a well supported office chair is key, as is making sure that you are sitting with your feel flat on the floor and your legs uncrossed, because without a good chair and correct posture, it is only a matter of time before your back starts to have problems.

Having a well supported bed and pillows can also help a lot, as it will allow your body to recover from the hours of sitting, and can prevent a small strain in your back from becoming something far more serious.

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Xmas Gift Giving Arrangements

Xmas Gift Giving Arrangements

Gift-giving has become one of the most prominent Christmas traditions in the Western world. People around the globe exchange presents with family, friends, co-workers, colleagues and acquaintances once a year as part of the larger Christmas festivities.

However enjoyable this process is for some people, it can be difficult to know when you should stop! Giving a gift to close friends makes sense, but areas such as the workplace can be substantially trickier. If you buy gifts for your boss, or for close co-workers, does this mean you need to buy something for everyone?

Rather than leaving you to sort this out for yourself, we’ve put together a few suggestions as to how you might best be able to work through the sometimes tricky tradition of gift-giving.

Secret Santa

Also known as Kris Kringle, this is possibly the best-known of the various gifting traditions. When participating with a Secret Santa, you are provided with the name of a co-worker, friend, acquaintance etc. who you need to purchase a gift for. Likewise, another random person is provided with your name, to get a gift for you.

The people involved need to keep the name they’ve been given a secret, of course—otherwise, the purpose is defeated. This can potentially lead to a great deal of fun, as the people involved may not know each other particularly well and need to figure out what to get other people, without giving away too many clues.

NB: It’s wise to set a few ground rules. There should always be a price limit (e.g. no more than £10 spent) and there should probably be a few ground rules laid out about what constitutes “funny” as opposed to “completely inappropriate.”

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Common Health Problems In Old Age

Common Health Problems In Old Age

Health & Fitness
It is no secret that as you get older your health starts to go, so whether you are planning for your own old age or looking out for your parents or grandparents, it is smart to plan for health issues. Having made it this far, every senior deserves to have the best possible healthcare and support. It can mean the difference between a healthy and happy final few years and a stressful and unhappy situation. The following are some of the most common health problems that people are likely to experience in old age.


It is amazing how often you use your joints in an average day, so it is no surprise that by the time a person gets to old age, arthritis becomes an issue. Almost everyone will experience some kind of pain or discomfort in the joints of their hands, feet, ankles, shoulders or some other joints in their body. Those who used their hands for work are often the most seriously affected. Various remedies are available, ranging from massage to creams to acupuncture. Some treatments can be expensive, so having good health insurance can prove to be essential.

Fading Vision

Eyes weren’t meant to last forever, and no matter how many carrots you have eaten in your life, chances are that your vision will start to fail as you age. As your vision grows worse, you will need to keep replacing your prescription, which is definitely not cheap, making your optometry bills among the biggest expenses that you will need to cover.

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Boys Only Xmas Party – London

Boys Only Xmas Party – London


London is one of the UK’s largest cities, and there are plenty of activities on offer for any visitor. With a little forward planning, you can have a great night out. Just remember—have fun, but drink responsibly. You don’t want the night to be so big that you don’t remember it!


Make sure that you’ve got somewhere to stay for the evening! Don’t forget that the many hotels, hostels, etc. will all be filling up far in advance of Christmas. Don’t think that you’ll be able to wing it on the night, or you’ll likely end up on the street. If your group is planning to stay on in London for a few nights, it may be worthwhile booking some serviced apartments.

It’s also important to note that some places will have a “no parties” policy, so it’s probably best not to expect festivities to continue once you’re back at the hotel. Still, that doesn’t mean that you can’t crack open a Christmas hamper and enjoy a few treats before bed.


London is well known for having some of the best restuarants in the world. Boasting over 50 Michelin starred restuarants, you are guaranteed to find the most exquisite menu’s on offer.

Some of the best known restaurants to visit are:

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Your Work at Home Checklist

Your Work at Home Checklist

Business & Technology
Working from home can be both exciting and stressful at the same time. It involves and requires a huge amount of commitment to enable you to make the most of the situation and stay committed when the sofa and a hot cup of coca beckons. One of the most important elements of running a home business is this high level of commitment, but there are several more unique elements which are needed in a home office:

New Email

When you join a company for employment the first thing that will happen is that you will be given a company email address. This is a testament to the importance of having a company domain for your emails. Having a style email address is far more professional than using a name@yahoo style email address and the change will be reflected in your business success. It is also important to ensure that you can achieve compatibility with all clients and companies. It is thus important to be prepared to convert from lotus notes to outlook and vice versa as this program will provide you with a far greater flexibility and allow you to cater to a wider range of company clients.

Comprehensive Insurance

When working for yourself, it is important to recognise that there is no support mechanism supporting you. You will literally be working alone and taking on the full responsibility of all that a business entails. One of the key elements of this is securing yourself during sickness or injury. In a company there would obviously be a period of time over which sick pay would be provided and your tasks would be covered in the interim. In a small business, however, the consequences are far greater because you will lose your income and also lose your customers because they will necessarily need to find alternative means to complete the jobs whilst you are sick. For this reason it is vital to get comprehensive income protection insurance so that you can guarantee an income even if you are sick or injured and unable to work.

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Making Electrical Cabling Accessible

Making Electrical Cabling Accessible

Home & Garden

No matter if you build a new home or renovate your current one, it is better to have greater accessibility to your electrical system. There are many reasons why you would want to have accessible electrical wires, and there are plenty of ways that you can make it happen. The following are some considerations for you to make when it comes to the electrical wiring in your home.

Benefits of Making Your Cabling Accessible

When fuses keep blowing, or electrical equipment doesn’t operate properly, you will ultimately want to check the electrical wiring in your home to identify the problem. Unless your wires are highly accessible, however, then this will suddenly become a very tedious task. Not only that, but if you want to maintain, upgrade, or replace existing electrical components in your home, you will need to have easy access to them.

Easy access to electrical panels is also important for the safety of employees, construction workers, or even your own family members, so they should never be blocked or inaccessible. In fact, in a workplace, obstructing electrical panels – such as behind a shelf or table – is actually a violation of OH&S regulations.

Lay Out an Electrical Plan

To ensure your electrical wires and panel remain accessible, it’s important that you make a detailed electrical plan for your home before you start renovating or building. Choose a site where the panel is least likely to be disturbed, such as in a closet or basement – but that is easy to access. Consider how you will route the wires through your home, so that they end up at the panel itself, and take note of where any switches, power points, or other devices will be located.

If you’ll be staying in portable buildings throughout the duration of the remodelling or building of your home, then you will also want to devise a plan for how you will direct some electricity from your home to your temporary dwellings.

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How to Cope With the Rising Cost of Living

How to Cope With the Rising Cost of Living

The cost of living in the UK is rising rapidly and looks set to continue to do so. Much as we’d all love to turn back the clock to more prosperous times it just isn’t possible, so we need to find ways to reduce our expenditure instead. The cost of living is increasing at a faster rate than the average income, so it really is time to look seriously at household budgets and cut out the fat:


There are some things in everyone’s life which just aren’t necessary. Whether it’s spending £30 instead of £50 on a manicure, or buying a £3 coffee each morning, there are areas in everyone’s life where they can cut back without sacrificing their standard of living. Certain expenditures like school supplies for your children are essential, but you may have to start buying plain pencils instead cartoon character stationary for example.

Stop losing money

You may think that you don’t lose money but the average Brit is unable to account for £59 a week. This expenditure on ‘unknown items’ adds up to over £3,050 a year! Most people blame it on unexpected supermarket spending and nights out, but it’s very important to keep track of every cent in this climate. A somewhat painful but necessary process is the tracking of your family outgoings. Sitting down with your partner and honestly reviewing where your money is going will almost certainly make your realise a disproportionate area of spending which can be easily rectified.

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Dangers Of Ad Hoc IT Systems

Dangers Of Ad Hoc IT Systems

Business & Technology
Sometimes there is nothing better than being able to log onto a free Wi-Fi system to quickly check your emails, but by connecting to these types of ad hoc networks you may in fact be endangering your computer and all of the information on it. The following looks briefly at some of the many dangers associated with ad hoc systems.

How Is An Ad-Hoc System Different?

When you are accessing the Internet at home or in your office you will generally do so via an access point, which will mean your computer and data are protected by at least a basic level of security, encryption and IT support. However when you access ad hoc networks such as free public Wi-Fi, you are essentially bypassing any access point and connecting straight to other computers and devices, which while being a great way to get on the Internet, can leave your important data vulnerable.


A big danger of using an ad-hoc IT system is that you may be providing viruses or malicious software with a direct path into your computer and networks, exposing your entire system to all kinds of damage. You can at least somewhat protect yourself by providing a higher level of anti-virus protection for your computer, but you will still be opening the door to just about any kind of virus any time you are on an ad-hoc system.

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Missing Out on Mobile Sales

Missing Out on Mobile Sales

Business & Technology
With so much emphasis on smartphones, it’s important to make your website as mobile-friendly as possible so as not to miss out on potential sales. Providing easy-to-use and interactive phone apps gives these ‘mobile’ customers a convenient way to stay abreast of promotions and deals. It also gives them an easy way to get in contact with your business.

The Impact of Mobile Sales

It used to be the case that you needed to visit stores/businesses in person to inquire about products, pricing and delivery, as well as make the purchase. However, in today’s digital world, people are increasingly relying upon their mobile device to do everything, from banking, scheduling, socialising, and shopping.

Today’s society is all about convenience. People lose interest easily and quickly, so providing them with easy ways to not only find your business but also make purchases from you is of crucial importance. In fact, a large number of people say that the one device they cannot live without is their smartphone.

Whether consumers shop or just browse your e-commerce site using their smartphone or tablet PC, it makes sense to optimise your website for mobile devices. There is just such a growing demand here that a company is going to end up missing a large number of potential customers if it doesn’t recognise this trend and take advantage of it.

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Selling Power Back to the Grid

Selling Power Back to the Grid

Home & Garden

Does the idea of generating your own energy appeal to you? Generating your own power can help the environment while helping you cut your energy bill.You’re probably already aware of the various renewable energy options, but did you know you can sell excess power back to energy companies to reduce your energy bill and even make a profit? Here’s how you can generate your own power at home, a quick outline of the feed-in tariff system, and how to know if you’re eligible.

Generating your own power at home

Power is the one resource we just can’t seem to get enough of at home. Essential appliances, the latest gadgets, basics like heating and cooling — these things could be mereluxuries to dream about if we didn’t have access to plenty of electricity, gas, solar, or other energy sources.

If your electricity bill seems to be climbing by the month, perhaps you’ve considered installing your own solar panels or otherwise generating your own energy at home. You can generate power to augment your existing power supply or even to become completely energy self-sufficient.

One thing’s for certain: generating your own power will save you on energy costs over time and free up more funds for your monthly car payment or home-loan repayment.

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Engaging Your Customers On Social Networks

Engaging Your Customers On Social Networks

Business & Technology
Social media has taken the world by storm, and these days to be any chance of succeeding in business you need to be getting involved and engaging your customers via social networks. The following looks at some of the reasons why it is smart to engage your customers on social networks, as well as a few ideas on how to do it.


Build Trust

Social media offers a fantastic opportunity for businesses to get to know their customers and vice versa, and by making your business a familiar presence on social networks it will be a lot easier to come across as more transparent and therefore easier to trust. You should still be using SEO marketing, flyer distribution, flash mobs or whatever else to drive traffic to your website, but when paired with the familiarity created through social media marketing, it can mean those customers driven to your site arrive already familiar with who you are, and therefore are a little more trusting.

Get Feedback

Social media offers one of the best ways to get feedback from your customers, as it is a whole lot quicker and easier for them to send feedback via their mobile devices than it would be to fill out a survey and send it via regular post. The better you can encourage and harness your customer feedback, the more likely you are to be able to keep them happy, so make sure you are using social networks to keep your finger on the pulse when it comes to your customer satisfaction.

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Troubleshooting on Your Computer

Troubleshooting on Your Computer

Business & Technology

When there is something wrong with your computer, but you don’t know what, then it can be difficult to determine how you can possibly fix the problem.

Troubleshooting is a common practice whereby people try and fix a problem that they have not yet determined based on a small amount of information only. This is complicated by the fact that the problem is not always with your computer and can be the fault of a web page provider or a software glitch that has decided to arise.

It is actually surprisingly easy to troubleshoot if you know roughly where to look, however, and this article considers some of the possible issues that you may be having as a way to show how you can best troubleshoot problems.

Grinding Hardrive Noises

There are many reasons why you may hear grinding noises when your hardrive is booting up, but none of these are good reasons. If you can hear grinding from your hardrive then it is likely to die in the very near future. Ordering a new hardrive and backing up your old one is the most important step in avoiding catastrophic failure.

A Loss of Compatibility After an Upgrade

When people upgrade they often forget to think about the history of programs and data that they still need to access. Many upgrades make it difficult to utilise older programs and even a change from Windows to OSX can cause havoc. There is no quick fix for this problem, but buying a Windows terminal emulator would give you the access you need.

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Types Of Phone Systems Explained

Types Of Phone Systems Explained

Business & Technology
If your business is looking for telecommunications solutions, it can be a little confusing for those unfamiliar with terms such as VoIP, PBX and PABX. What can make it even more perplexing is that different systems can actually be integrated to form individualised solutions for specific needs.

It is important when considering business phone systems that you know how many users there are, the volume of calls and call patterns. Call management features are also vital and are an integral part of all systems. It is important to speak to a telecommunications expert when considering a system to help guide you through the options and your needs. Here is a basic guide to help give you a little knowledge before taking that next step.


VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) is increasing in popularity as its biggest attraction is the ability to significantly cut call costs. Quite simply, VoIP works by placing and receiving phone calls over the internet rather than a traditional landline. Usually it can be a simple case of just installing software and you are away. In many cases you can use your current phone – instead of plugging it into the wall, you plug it into a compatible modem or router.

The benefits of VoIP are rapidly being realised by businesses as along with cost savings (calls are either very cheap or sometimes even free), it allows for other forms of communication such as instant messaging and video calling. Of course, traditional faxes can also be sent via VoIP. Many telecommunications providers are making it easier for customers to go “naked” – do away with fixed landlines altogether – or have a mixture of systems.

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Building Benches in Your Backyard

Building Benches in Your Backyard

Home & Garden
Nothing is as relaxing as lounging in the shade with your favourite book and a cool drink. If you are looking to add a bench to your backyard, the good news is that you don’t have to purchase one that’s not exactly what you want. All you need are some power tools and timber in order to make one on your own.

Choose the Location

To start off, you need to decide where to put the backyard bench. The most important aspect in this regard is to place it under a shady spot. This way you’ll be able to enjoy your bench in both summer and winter.

Draw Up a Plan

Once you have chosen the perfect spot for your bench, take measurements and then hit the drawing board. Planning is the most essential step in this project, because you don’t want to waste your time or your resources. A well-thought-out plan will make the process easy and manageable. If you’re not great with conceptualising a plan on paper, you can always find plans on the internet.

Keep It Simple

Unless you have experience in building wooden objects, keep things simple when building a bench. The easiest design to make would be a simple wooden bench with four legs and a contoured or straight back.

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Recovering Lost Digital Correspondence

Recovering Lost Digital Correspondence

Business & Technology
It is easy to take email correspondence for granted. Whenever we want to access some information, a quick search through the archives reveals every document and every conversation. However, if your hard drive fails or even if you have just changed email programs, you might just find yourself with a problem. Suddenly losing that wealth of correspondence and the information contained within it can, at best, be irritating or distressing and, at worst, be quite devastating.

Fortunately, with a little bit of knowledge or with the help of an IT consulting professional, there is a good chance you will be able to recover your emails.

Don’t Just Dive In

Unless you know what you are doing, be wary of just ‘having a go’. If your knowledge and understanding of computers is limited, you could do more harm than good. So, before trying to recover your lost emails, take a step back, think about what you may have done to cause the problem and whether there is a simple solution. If nothing else, gaining this clearer understanding of the situation will help you to explain what happened, should you need to call in someone else to help fix the problem.

Look for Help Already at Hand

Before you start to panic, make sure you have actually lost your emails completely. Use the tools your email provider supplies to restore any backed up messages or those that have simply been deleted. Click on the ‘Help’ icon within your email program and do a quick search for relevant topics. This information is written in a way that assumes only the most basic of understanding, so regardless of your level of computer literacy, it should be able to set you on your way.

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Remodelling Your Outdoor Entertainment Area

Remodelling Your Outdoor Entertainment Area

Home & Garden
Enjoying your home lifestyle becomes much better when you have a fun and relaxing outdoor entertainment area. However, if your backyard or patio has seen better days, then you will want to do some remodelling. Read on for ideas to improve the look of your alfresco area and give it a makeover.


Investing in some type of shade is vital for any outdoor entertainment area. This will provide protection from the sun and rain. Sheltering options include outdoor awning and blinds, pergola, shade sails, retractable sunroof and shade umbrellas. Your choice of shade will be the foundation of your outdoor entertainment, which will encourage your guests to venture beyond your house and mingle.


Your outdoor entertainment area will not be accommodating without somewhere to sit. You will at least need a dining table, enough chairs for your guests, and some smaller and portable tables for placing food and drinks. If you want a laidback outdoor seating area, you can set up an outdoor lounge and armchairs for your patio under your awnings. Also add cushions with interesting prints, textures and patterns that will go well with your furniture. For a simpler look, you can turn some timber boxes into seats by placing comfortable sitting cushions on top.

Other furniture options you might want to include are day beds and hammocks. Whatever outdoor furniture you use, ensure the fabric is durable and UV resistant.

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Proper Contact Lens Care

Proper Contact Lens Care

Health & Fitness
Contact lenses provide the wearer with clear vision and cosmetic benefits; however, they need the right kind of care.

The type of contact lenses you wear determines the care required. Extended-wear lenses need minimal care; while conventional lenses may require a little more attention. When in doubt, always follow the manufacturer’s instructions.

The importance of caring for your contacts

The eye is a sensitive area that can become infected or sensitive if you do not care of your contacts properly. Wearing contacts means you should take time to establish a proper cleaning and storage process if you want to maintain good eye health.

Good hygiene starts in the hands

Good contact lens hygiene begins in the hands. Always clean your hands with soap and dry them off with a lint-free towel before handling your contact lenses. Keep your nails clean and trimmed as your fingertips will come into contact with your lenses.

Cleaning your contacts

Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for the right contact lens cleaning routine. The contact lens manufacturer will offer specific instructions, and your lens solution will also provide step-by-step instructions for the cleaning procedure.

Typically you should clean your hands first and then place a few drops of saline solution on your lens before rubbing between your fingers. Rinse with more solution and store.

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Tips for Holidaying With Dogs

Tips for Holidaying With Dogs


Whether it’s a Skegness or Scotland, sometimes what to do with your dog can often be a source of trouble for many would-be holiday goers.

Finding a boarding kennel that can accommodate your beloved furry friend can sometimes be difficult, as can affording the hefty boarding fees. And, for some of us, the thought of sticking our pet in a boarding kennel is enough to make us sick with worry.

However, your pet doesn’t need to be a dampener on your holiday plans. Many holiday goers are now choosing to take their animals with them and this has seen a rise in holiday places tailored to meet you and your pet’s needs.

What shall be covered below are some useful (and essential) tips for planning a pet-friendly holiday.

Tip 1: Pet-Friendly Accommodation

It is essential when choosing to holiday with your pet that you source out and book accommodation that is pet-friendly.

Pet-friendly accommodations are designed to meet the needs of people who are holidaying with pets, so they have special areas for pets to run around and play in and pets are also often allowed to stay inside your accommodation.

However, when booking pet-friendly accommodation, contact them and find out exactly what their rules and regulations concerning pets are. This is to make sure that it’s suited to you and your pet.

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