Wednesday, 30 December 2009

So.What shall we call the new decade then ?

Of course this previous decade became know widely as the "Noughties",a term which came about mostly by evolution of public banter and the need for us to "label" everything.
I have already heard the term "Oneties" bandied around as a posible "label" for the next decade, but can't help but think that it sounds wrong, after all, we did not call the roaring twenties the "roaring twoties" did doesn't sound right.
My suggestion then, if we must "label" the next decade, would be to call them the "Tenties".Why? well it just follows the natural flow Tenties,Twenties,Thirties,Fourties etc,etc.

What do you think ?

Tuesday, 29 December 2009

Could you Buy a Wristband or Bracelet and help Vicki's family ?

Could you spare a couple of quid after Christmas to help a family who's daughter is fighting Leukaemia ?
Fancy an Ultra Trendy Wristband...or maybe you know someone who might !.

Click HERE to visit Vicki's dads blog and have a read of how Leukaemia has affected this family for several months, then marvel at the amazing way they have coped with the situation they find themselves in.

Imagine if it were your child fighting this disease, wouldn't you be glad to know that complete strangers could help you out by contributing a few quid to help you along ? Come on, in the spirit of Christmas, give a little,help a lot :-)

Thanks :-)


Saturday, 26 December 2009

NHS is being overwhelmed by constant stream of drunks...why ?

Having worked for the NHS for almost 14 years now after my previous "life" in the Armed Forces came to an end in 1996 i still cannot believe the astounding amount of money and resources that are squandered looking after and patching up the louts and lowlifes that clutter our health service.
I read an article today in the Daily Mail (which you can also see by clicking on the link at the end of this post...if you want too!) which reports of the carnage and disgrace that NHS front line staff face in A&E Departments the length and bredth of our country.
The NHS already spends vast sums of cash trying to encourage people to quit smoking (I did this myself at no cost to the NHS 20+ years ago!),trying to control drug use, and,yes, you guessed it,trying to curb peoples consumption of alchohol.Add then to this mix a large section of the population who consider it their "right" to drink themselves into oblivion, and afterwards expect "the rest of our society" to cover the cost of the resulting injury. Why do we tolerate such arrogant,selfish behaviour from this section of society ? I guess it is because,as usual,the powers that be don't want to be seen to be picking on this sad group of people, and don't appear to be able to convince them that drinking on a night out does not have to end up with them being unconcious on a hospital trolley.Maybe perhaps the goverment should start and "persuade" these poor lost souls by way of billing them at the A&E departments that they seem so fond of, you know, in the same way as they "persuade" drivers to slow down by giving them fines for speeding.
How about we bill serial drunks who end up in A&E, and charge them ...ohhhh...about £30, the cost of a couple of rounds, to pay towards their treatment....sounds good to me...what do you think ?

Daily Mail story is HERE......if you want to get REALLY angry :-)

Professor Humphrey Kay: Haematologist who revolutionised the treatment of leukaemia dies aged 86

Professor Humphrey Kay was a pioneer in the treatment of leukaemia and transformed the way doctors dealt with the disease. When Professor Kay entered the field of oncology in the 1950s there was no effective treatment for any form of this disease.

When Professor Kay entered the field of oncology in the 1950s there was no effective treatment for any form of this disease. But thanks to the work he pioneered and steered, by the mid-1980s most children with leukaemia, and a growing number of young adults, were being cured.

Kay was a true polymath, as comfortable with the arts as he was with science, and passionate about opera, ballet and music. He was also an accomplished musician and poet. He published a volume of humorous and reflective verse, Poems Polymorphic. One of these, "The Haematologist's Song", had a refrain of "Blood, blood, glorious blood..." set to The Hippopotamus tune of Flanders and Swann. He would sing it with great aplomb to delegates at national and international haematology meetings.

To read the full story on the Independant Website,click HERE.


Opening Times for Tesco and Sainsbury's in Sleaford over the Christmas break.

Just thought it might be helpful to post up the opening times of the 2 main Supermarkets in Sleaford during the festive season !

Tesco Christmas opening hours

Monday 21st: 0600 to midnight
Tuesday 22nd: 24 hours
Wednesday 23rd: 24 hours
Christmas Eve: until 1800
Christmas Day: CLOSED
Boxing Day: CLOSED
Sunday 27th: 1000 to 1600
Monday 28th: 0800 to 2200
Sainsbury's Seasonal opening hours

Wed 23rd Dec 0800 - 2200
Christmas Eve 0600 - 1800
Christmas Day Closed - Closed
Boxing Day Closed - Closed
Sun 27th Dec 1000 - 1600
Bank Holiday 0900 - 1900
Tue 29th Dec 0800 - 2100
Wed 30th Dec 0800 - 2100
New Years Eve 0700 - 1900
New Years Day 1000 - 1800
Sat 2nd Jan 0800 - 2100

Hope this helps if you need to do an urgent grocery shop !

Thursday, 24 December 2009

Merry Christmas World, and I hope you are all having a wonderful time :-)

Of course sadly this is a world that is very often full of tradgedy and misfortune,and some peoples lives are blighted by sadness,poverty and fear, so when we are enjoying our own Christmas celebrations this year, lets all spare a thought and a prayer for those who may not be so fortunate as ourselves.Remember that next Christmas,maybe our own lives may be touched by adversity and misfortune.As the saying goes "There before the grace of god go I".

Happy Christmas to all of my blog readers wherever you may be, and I hope that you all find hope,peace and happiness in this wonderful and magical time of the year.

Andy :-)

Now...time for another mince pie i think...! :-)

Why does the world go mad when the snow falls ?

Having now had snow on the ground for 6 days i have witnessed quitea few examples of the Great British Publics crazy behaviour during such conditions.For Example:

Why do people insist on walking on slippery roads which are carrying  numerous cars travelling sideways so that they don't fall over on the pavements? Is being run over by a car less painful than falling on your backside ?

Drivers who insist on driving in snow,fog and ice without any form of lighting on their vehicles.....are they wearing night goggles or something? Sadly I would guess that the other folk on the road are not, so they stand a good chance of causing or being involved in some sort of bump and will hear those immortal words "Sorry mate, i didn't see you"...which is of course highly likely !.

Shops in Sleaford appear to have not bothered salting thier car parks or paths this year.I overheard a lady telling another customer that it was "If we salt and someone falls over we are liable", "So health and safety suggest that we leave people to make thier own clearway and so avoid litigation if they slip"!.....I have not confirmed this fact, but having heard of other hairbrained rules and regulations over the last few years, i can't say that i would be surprised if it was true.

As my old Gran used to say "There's nowt as strange as folk" !

And now for something a bit Christmassy ! (Is that a real word?)


How nice is this song ?

Ho,ho ho! :-)

Wednesday, 23 December 2009

Why you shouldn't sell your gold or mobiles to companies who advertise on TV!......

Having done a little research recently into the recent flood of companies asking you to sell your Mobile phones or Gold to them it would seem that there is a very good reason that they seem so keen to aquire your stuff, most obviously, they are offering you an absolutely awful rate of return !.

Lets take the Postal Gold companies for instance. Why don't they tell you on the adverts what you should expect to get for your gold items? Well, perhaps it is because they (on average) will give you approx £1.34 per ounce for 9 carat gold.And the current market value of 9 carat gold?.....Oh, about £6.00 per ounce!.A slight difference you will agree.No wonder the adverts for these companies are multiplying by the day.

These are the prices quoted for the following companies.Bear in mind that brokers had been paying £6.00+ Per gram when these figures were attained in November 2009.That is a BIG difference !

Cash My Gold - £1.34 per gram - £1.48 per gram

Money4Gold - £1.55 per gram

Cash 4 Gold - £1.90 per gram

Your Cash For Gold - £3.67 per gram

GoldenOwl - £3.54 per gram

Cash Your Gold Now - £4.00 per gram

Post Gold For Cash - £5.13 per gram.

This is a good site to view before you sell your gold.Click HERE for enlightenment!
Try this one HERE  for more information before you send your gold anywhere !

How about Mobile phone "recycling" companies? Of course they are encouraging us to send them our old mobiles, but as regards recycling.....anything above 3 years old you may as well give to charity for the pittance they are offering. I checked the value of my 2.5 year old (as then) Sony W850i a few months ago and was stunned to learn that this phone, which cost over £130 new, was valued at only £15!...and that was on condition that it had a charger and was working!.I sold it on Ebay for £39 + P&P a week later, a slightly better deal i think you will agree. Don't even try to sell them your old Nokia 6110 or the likes, cos it appears that their efforts to save the planet are only relevant if it makes them money.

The answer then is to take your gold to your local jeweller and sell your Mobile under 3 years old on Ebay, then perhaps you will get just a little more cash in your pocket, and not be furnishing the deep ones of the TV advertising companies.

Bahhh Humbug :-) Merry Crimbo folks!

Jake Peach has raised over £600,000 for sick children since beating leukaemia

When Santa checks his list of this year's especially deserving boys and girls, Jake Peach's name should be right at the top.

Since last Christmas, the 13-year-old has battled and beaten leukaemia while raising more than £600,000 for sick children and inspiring millions with his bravery.

His fundraising included persuading Premiership footballers to donate a day's pay, rallying support from a 60,000-strong crowd at Arsenal's Emirates Stadium, and charming Gordon Brown and his wife Sarah over coffee at 10 Downing Street.

Even when he was honoured with a Child of Courage gong at the Mirror's Pride of Britain awards in October, Jake was more concerned with helping others - using his moment of glory to ask celebrities in the audience for donations.

So the Mirror decided to make Christmas come a little early for Jake with a special delivery, including games for his PSP and Nintendo Wii, and a special DVD of his favourite movie, Transformers 2. Although delighted with his gifts, Jake was far more interested in talking about how he owes his life to the staff of Great Ormond Street - which is why he has raised so much money for the hospital.

To read more click HERE to view the Daily Mirror Website.

Merry Christmas Jake.What amazing fella you are :-)

Monday, 21 December 2009

Leukaemia Boys Dream trip to Eurodisney treat becomes a nightmare.

An east Belfast father has told how he was forced to fork out more than a thousand pounds to get
his eight-year-old son home for a vital leukaemia appointment after a treat holiday to Eurodisney turned into a travel nightmare.

The journey home ended up lasting three days and hours of negotiations with staff. Sydney Harvey from Gilnahirk said at one stage he feared his family might have to spend Christmas in Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris.
Mr Harvey took his wife Wendy and three children, including little Ryan to Eurodisney last Monday. They were due to return to Belfast International Airport on Thursday, but their journey home turned into three days waiting around airports.

To read more: Please visit the website of the Belfast Telegraph by clicking HERE

Nicola Coates, 35, loses her brave battle with leukaemia.

COURAGEOUS Nicola Coates has lost a 23-year battle for life after being stricken by leukaemia for the fifth time.

The 35-year-old – who was given a life-saving bone marrow transplant by an American newspaper editor in 2000 after The Press ran a campaign to find a donor – died suddenly in hospital after suffering liver failure caused by the leukaemia.

This is a story of a lady who never gave up the fight for the most precious thing that any of us has...our life.
Many would have quit long before Nicola did, but her determination must serve as inspiration to all of us who are fighting this disease.

To read the complete story, click HERE to go to the York Press Website.

Sunday, 20 December 2009

Slowmotion Apocalypse Guitarist NICOLAS MILANESE Diagnosed With Leukaemia

A statement from the band's official page reads: "Unfortunately, this time we're writing for giving you bad news (sic). Only few (sic) days ago we discovered Nicolas suffers from leukaemia. He will have to go through a rather long period of therapy and this won't allow him to give his contribution to the life of Slowmotion Apocalypse.

"We're all shocked and as a band we decided to wait for him to be able to have a normal life and to be able to play with us again. We are therefore taking a pause for an indeterminate period of time. All our shows are cancelled. We're sure you'll understand the reasons of our choice.
"A special message to all our friends: Nicolas needs first of all to have a rest. We ask you not to call him but rather send him text messages."

S2M wishes Nicolas well in his leukaemia journey.

Drug apartheid hits victims of leukaemia in England (daily Mail Online)

Leukaemia sufferers in England will be denied potentially life-saving drugs freely available in Scotland.

The proposal to ban English patients from getting the medication on the NHS has been branded 'stupid and heartless'.
Doctors and campaigners say the Government rationing body's measures will worsen the postcode lottery, with patients north of the border able to get dasatinib and nilotinib that could add years to their lives.

The preliminary guidance from the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence affects patients with chronic myeloid leukaemia.

Although the drugs cost £30,000 a year, only a maximum of 300 patients a year are likely to need them.

They have failed to respond to treatment with another drug, called Glivec, or become resistant to it.

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Rage Against the MAchine take Number one slot from X Factor (y) effort

YEEEESSSSSS!. Christmas miracles are true!.Simon Cowell's run of Christmas number ones from his stable of "Pop Clones" is at an end thanks to a campaign by the general public.

The X Factor (y) mogul has been a total wet blanket about the whole affair claiming that the campaign was akin to being "Scrooge" and was being run by "party poopers".The truth of course is that after years of the same god awful drivel, the likes of which have not been witnessed since that of the Stock,Aitken and Waterman era when (for those old enough to remember) the likes of Kylie,Jason and Rick Astley had the same strangle hold on the British charts for what seemed like an eternity !.

Good to know that the great British public still have the power and commitment to have some impact on things within our daily we need to start a Facebook group to give the poor old British Driver/car owner some clout...anyone fancy a fuel boycott ? :-)

Merry Crimbo peeps !

Not posted for a few days. Time for an update then !

Lets start on Thursday night when,after a quick trip to Newark hospital,I was stopped at a junction on the way home by traffic lights.I was just pulling away from them when...BUMP! I was rear ended by a Nissan Micra !.
I remember thinking that this was just so bl++dy typical...last day at work,last drive home and this happens.I put on the hazzard lights,jumped out and took a quick look to see what the damage was.
Aren't towbars wonderful things ? Mine took the full impact of the collision and saved my arse..well the cars arse anyway!.Sadly the lady who hit me (and who was very apologetic) was not quite so fortunate and lost her front reg plate.I took her details and then told her that i would call if we needed to go further pending a more thorough examination the next day.After doing this, it was clear that the damage was zero,so i will not be calling the lady and hope that the worry of an insurance claim can now be deleted from her "to do" list this Christmas :-)
Sadly, the following day, after dropping off the kids at thier respective schools, i had another bump,this time due to the recent heavy snowfall and bad luck.
After dropping off number 3 sprogg, i was making my way home along a very wet and slushy Grantham Road when,attempting to turn into Ancaster Drive, i hit an area of very slippy and compacted snow.The result? The car decided it did not want to go around the corner, and instead it slammed into the kerb...only at about 6-7mph, but OUCH did it go with a hell of a bang!.Upon first examination it appeared that I had only dented the alloy wheel on the passenger side, but after getting back in the car and driving the remaining 3-400 yards to our home, i knew it was a lot worse than just that.
When your front wheel is rubbing against the rear of your front arch, you know somethings wrong, and in this case it was due to the front wheel having been pushed back by some 2-3 inches...not good!.
To cut a long story short, i called the folks at PitStop Garage in Sleaford who managed to not only repair the car in 5 hours, but presented me with a bill for a lot less than i had imagined it would have been :-) (About the same as our insurance excess!).So thanks once again to John,Chris and the crew for saving my bacon once more!(Hope you enjoy the Stella Artois fella's!)
The snow is still with us today (Sunday) and there was a very lighht sprinkle of it again last night, but not much (thank goodness!). Yesterday I took 2 of the kids sledging and we had a great time...i had forgotten what it was like to have fun like do as you get older sadly.

Tuesday, 15 December 2009

Buy Rage Against the Machine and block cowell's chart domination.....

I don't normally get involved in petty demo's against things, but after being brought to the end of my tether this year by the constant attempts at world music domination by Simon Cowell and his mind numbing "talent" drivel in the form of BGT and X Factor(y), i have decided for the sake of all "real" hard working musician's who are made to watch as this circus unfolds and through laughable manipulation of the media, ensures that one of Mr Cowell's "clones" has yet another chart No1.
It is not a level playing field, nor is it doing any good for the music industry.It picks fun and riducules the sad individuals who sometimes do actually think they can sing, but then it transpires that they deffinately can't.

Simoan (not a mis spelling!) complained this week that people who oppose his music show tidalwave are somehow out to ruin his party........well perhaps they are....i wonder why :-)

To buy the "alternative" Christmas No1 click HERE to go to the Amazon site.Only 29p but you may just help to save the music industry in the UK....and possibly the world !.

This is a link to the Official Facebook Group (There is a back up group because strangely (!) the original keeps disappearing from the Facebook site!) Click HERE to see the campaign Facebook group.

Please...give the gift of MUSIC generously this year.

Sunday, 13 December 2009

Mission accomplished.Santa Claus delivered to Grotto as requested :-)

Well it was a bit of a rush the other day to say the least.Up at 07:30, dressed,washed,cleaned out rabbits (just 2 of them!),got ids up (always fun at the weekend...seem to be glued into their beds!). Checked car,loaded boxes of bits to sell for Leukaemia Research on my stall at the Christmas fair,then,after a VERY swift fried breakfast it was off on our way.

As is usual in situations when time is at a premium, my route was littered with the obligatory 38 tonners doing 40MPH,several tractors a la trailers doing about 20-25, and the occasional "Sunday Drivers" who, due to their belief that you can only enjoy a drive at under 50mph, will happily sit behind affore mentioned lorries/tractors for miles on end without seizing any oppertumity to overtake, no matter how safe it is!.

After finally working my way through the rolling road block that is the A17/A617, I arrived at my first port of call, Kings Mill Hospital, and there I had 2 jobs to do.The first job was to manufacture a number plate out of (this sounds like a blue peter project doesn't it ?) a piece of yellow card,a laminating sleeve,a black marker pen and some artistic licence !. After that was completed I then located an item that had been left at the Dept for me by Peter from the ITC Dept (Thanks Peter!).....mored of that later :-)

After getting back to the car i then discovered that my bubble machine had tipped over in the boot and had not only emptied its entire contents of soap suds into the carpet, but this had also now left me needing to locate some more mixture for use in the parade. I decided to detour to the local Tesco xtra store.

"We only sell bubble mixture in summer" the lady at Tesco's told me!......."Why" i asked, "don't people blow bubbles in winter?".We left the store and stopped only to top up the fuel tank which was reading a little low.

We arrived at Mansfield Woodhouse at approx 11:05, and immediately went to my parents house to give Scarlett a quick wash as during the trip over from Sleaford she had aquired an awfully dirty coat of filth.
My parents had already left to go to the house down the road that is the storage location for Santa's sleigh, and due to that fact i had no access to my dads pressure washer.....damn!.
Looking around the back yard I found a bucket of rainwater which i took, dropped in a small amount of car wash liquid (which i had in the boot luckily) and then performed the worlds quickest handwash !.

Once the car was presentable we drove the few hundred yards down to Snata's secret transport storage depot (a garage on Rose's not secret anymore!), at which point we hitched up the sledge and after a quick systems check (lights!) we drove over to the carpark of the Greyhound pub our pick up point for Saint Nick.

Unfortunetly Santa was not present at this location when we arrived, but after sending off a scout (my dad) to locate said Mr Claus he arrived a few mins later in his civis and using his "Off duty" name of Bill!.

One slight problem which was noted at this point was that "Mini Me" ,my son who was dressed as a raindeer with flashing nose, became slightly suspicious of the bloke who claimed to be Santa, so we sent him off with his sister to have a five minute walk around the shops on the high street and hey presto, when he arrived back,Bill had gone, but a rather convincing Santa was now sat in his sleigh!. Just as I was quietly congratulating myself as having pulled a master stroke of desception n convincing Mini me of the arrival of the "real" Santa, he looked at me as only a 6 year old can and said "It's OK dad, I know it's not the real Santa 'cos I saw the suit in his Morrisons plastic carrier bag.......damn, i had been rumbled !.
Not to lose this battle of whits I came out with a corker of a reply,"Actually Andy it IS the real Santa, but...well you know how Spider man and Super Man only dress in their "Super" clothes when in action? Well Santa is the same, he only gets his red gear on when on duty...otherwise people would be forever stopping him and putting in never ending requests for presents!.....
"Mmmmm....., i never thought of that dad........but don't worry, i won't tell anyone else that this is THE Santa....we'll keep it just between ourselves!". Sorted ! :-)

After dressing  myself up into a passable copy of the STIG from BBC top gear (this was what the package was that Peter had left for me at my Dept!) we started the engine.....and waited.

The parade came past the entrance to the Greyhound carpark, and we slid gracefully into the back of it,lights on,Stig at the wheel and Santa doing a fine job waving to the kids along the way.

10 mins later we arrived at Turner hall and parked up.Santa left the sleigh, i cahnged back into my civvies (after a struggle with the catch on the helmet!) and we then set up the charity table selling Chritmassy bits and bobs for Leukaemia Research (we made £60).

We arrived back home at 8pm after a smashing fish supper from the Chippy on Vale Road...very nice!, and that,as they say, was that...until next year perhaps :-)

Friday, 11 December 2009

Mansfield Woodhouse Christmas Parade and Market tomorrow :-)

I have Just been giving Scarlett a quick wash down before her job on Saturday when she will be towing old Santa Claus through Mansfield Woodhouse on his way to the Christmas Fair at Turner Hall.

There is a rumour that someone special may be driving Scarlett on this special is a clue:

Rearrange these letters into a famous drivers name.....G I T S ?.....(Think "Top Gear") :-)

I just hope that it doesn't rain like it did last year...made my Antlers droop something rotten ! :-)

Ho Ho Ho !

Wednesday, 9 December 2009

Got these pictures from John,my photographer neighbour the other day....

Looking at these images that my photographer mate John gave to me the other day, it is hard to believe that only a few months on from when these pictures were taken, myself and Glen drove this same car 4000 miles in under 10 days.and I still have to pinch myself to comprehend just what an amazing repair job AW Accident repairs managed to perform to keep our dream alive.I will be eternally grateful to Andy Walsh and his amazing repair crew in Sleaford.

Ouch!....April 2008

Andy Walsh surveys the looked bad to me !

Amazing to also think that the car has since covered over 20'000 miles and passed 2 MOT tests post the "incident".

Thanks again to the Guys at Pitstop Garage Sleaford.....

Monday saw Scarlett going into Pitstop garage in Sleaford for her yearly MOT Test. I had popped in to see them at quite short notice after Heron Volkswagen (my regular MOT people) failed to get back to me before the current certificate was expired.
Thankfully Chris and John and the other guys at the garage stepped in to save the day, and the result ?

Well, after a few "adjustments", Scarlett has a crisp new MOT.

There were a few minor problems such as the wiper blades being rather tatty (replaced),the rear wheel bearings had slightly too much play (tightened), nearside headlamp assembly was loose and needed adjustment (fastened,adjusted) and the nearside alloy was slightly buckled ("Persuaded" back into shape!).

In addition to the MOT, they also carried out an oil and filter change and the whole lot (including labour,parts,tax etc) came to the rather agreeable sum of  £135!.

I would really like to say again just how much I appreciate the help that this local garage has given me over the last few years, and would advise anyone who lives in the Sleaford area to go to this establishment if you want good, honest and reliable service for reasonable money.

Cheers Guys :-)

Monday, 7 December 2009

"It would be funny it is was not so bloody tragic!" (Shirley Nolan)

Shirley was a lady who hated beurocracy and meddling people in crisp white shirts who didn't understand what she was trying to do.Today I had a taste of just the sort of thing she found herself up against all those years ago.

I called the BBC to ask if i could use the footage i have of Shirley's appearance on the program "The light of experience".All I wanted to do was put a 35 year old interview onto my website for people to see, so that they could get some idea as to what sort of a person she was. Result? After speaking to a lady who had A) never heard of the Anthony Nolan Trust B) Confused the hell out of me, and didn't seem to appreciate the fact that I was doing this for no gain.....NO GAIN.... (she quoted £700 for a 30 second clip!).
I have spent what seems like an age searching the BBC website for advice as to how I would go about "legally" posting their footage.........what a circus that is!.They almost never give you a telephone number to call, and if they do it is never quite the one you want.

So...BBC, can I just reitterate this point...again.....


I am not a criminal, i have no intention to deny the BBC royalties nor do I have any alterior motive for my request.I simply want to remind the world of just who this lady was, and what she has done for thousands of people by establishing the Anthony Nolan Trust.........that's all :-)

Come on BBC,please.Can you drop all the copyright stuff and let someone who wants to make a difference at least have a chance of doing so ?

If anyone from the Beeb reads this and would like to help, then PLEASE get in touch! :-)

Saturday, 5 December 2009

Fujitsu Amilo 3670 Laptop is great...but has a few "issues" !

Having had my Amilo 3670 for a couple of months I am really quite impressed with it so has a few annoying/niggling "issues" that I am at a loss to resolve !.

The laptop has a good quality feel to it, and it seems to be screwed together really well in comparison to my (now 3 year old) Dell 9300.
The specifications are really quite good for a home laptop, these are:

Screen 18.4" HD "clearview" TFT
Hard Drive 500GB
Memory is an adequate 4GB
Graphics is 512MB NVidia Geoforce
Bluetooth,HDMI Output and WiFi connections are standard
The Optical drive is Blu Ray.

So what are the issues?

Well, the touch control sound slider (volume) has a mind of its own, and has a habit of increasing or decreasing the volume when it feels like it!.
Sometimes the screen freezes and the resolution drops to 640x480 when recovering from standby.
When surfing the net, the screen "shrinks" by a few lines each time the screen is refreshed...eventually you end up with just the top few inches of the webpage and have to scroll down to see the remaining area!.

Has anyone else got one of these machines ?If you do, do you have similar problems?
If you answer "yes" to the above questions...can you contact me and tell me if you managed to resolve them :-).

Friday, 4 December 2009

Irish actor Richard Todd, star of "The Longest Day" and "A Man Called Peter," dies at 90

I heard today that one of our local celebrities here in Lincolnshire has sadly died of cancer aged 90.
Richard had some very traumatic times in his life, especially the loss of both of his sons. His son Seamus from the second marriage took his own life in 1997, and his eldest son also killed himself in 2005 following the breakdown of his marriage.

Richard said that dealing with those tragedies was like his experience of war.

"You don't consciously set out to do something gallant. You just do it because that is what you are there for,".

To read the full story of Richard's amazing and varied life please click HERE.

Condoloences to his family at this sad time.

Saludos a mis amigos españoles Scirocco!

Sólo quería darte las gracias por todos tus amables palabras, cuando me uní a su página web del club Scirocco. Es bueno saber que todos compartimos la misma pasión por estos coches como lo hacemos aquí en el Reino Unido :-)

Mis mejores deseos


(Translation via Google Translate :-)

Rose Kelly. A moving story of one family's Leukaemia Journey.

Rose Kelly suffered Bone marrow failure at 5 months old.

Rose's diagnosis was the beginning of an arduous road to recovery from Infant Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia.

Rose’s mum, Alison, tells her story........

“Our world fell to pieces on the 13th July, 2006 when, after a series of infections, Rose was diagnosed with bone marrow failure. The next day we were admitted to Great Ormond Street Hospital".

"Our lives changed drastically from that moment".

To read this story on the Children with Leukaemia site,click HERE.

Infant leukaemia fears lead to calls for nuclear plant rethink

A radioactivity expert said a study on infant leukaemia close to nuclear power stations should be better known among people living near sites where new plants are planned.

Dr Ian Fairlie also called on the Government to rethink its position on building the next generation of stations because of health fears when he spoke at a lecture in Oldbury-on-Severn, near Thornbury.

Dr Fairlie, an independent consultant on radioactivity in the environment, was invited to the village by campaigners fighting proposals to build a new nuclear station just north of the existing Oldbury plant.

Power firms Eon UK and RWE npower have formed Horizon Nuclear Power to build the station in Shepperdine – one of 10 sites recently named by the Government as meeting requirements for next generation reactors.

Shepperdine Against Nuclear Energy (SANE) is concerned about the massive projec and the lecture was one of a series it has organised on issues from the economics and politics of nuclear energy to health concerns. Dr Fairlie said he had been shocked at the findings of the study, which was commissioned by the German government. It found an increase in childhood leukaemia near all the country's reactors.

Article found HERE on the "This is" website.

Wednesday, 2 December 2009

Melbourne paediatrician Les Markman is dying from leukaemia.Can you help ?

Melbourne paediatrician Les Markman is dying from leukaemia and his only hope for survival is a blood/stem cell/bone marrow transfusion from a suitable donor. The odds? 10,000-1.

Two campaigns held over the last ten days in Melbourne have proved negative and now Shula Endrey-Walder’s Gift of Life Organisation has launched a world-wide search to save the life of the 64-year-old doctor who himself has saved countless children from death.

The Sydney drive will be held this coming Sunday at Our Big Kitchen at 36 Flood St in Bondi. All healthy adults between 18 & 50 are urged to to have a simple blood test taken. The odds favour a Jewish donor