Monthly Archives April 2007

It’s a PR Fest!

A site of mine that lost ranking and PR in Google nearly 3 years ago has finally been granted a PR again! It’s only a PR1 but it’s ever-so slightly better than PR0! This site (UKMoneyPot) has also now been attributed a PR1 and the site has been online for a little over 3 months. Another of my new sites has also recently gained PR1 but that particular site has only been live for 6 weeks! I’m not a PR junkie and I couldn’t really care less about it to be honest. Some people consider it the Holy Grail of SEO but I
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APR – Annual Percentage Rate

Several definitions of APR can be found online but without digging deep the results can be a little vague. The APR or Annual Percentage Rate is, according to Wikipedia: “Annual Percentage Rate (APR) is an expression of the effective interest rate that will be paid on a loan, taking into account one-time fees and standardizing the way the rate is expressed. In other words the APR is the total cost of credit to the consumer expressed as an annual percentage of the amount of credit granted. APR is intended to make it easier to compare lenders and loan options.” That is just a snippet from
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Man Chops Off Bits in London Restaurant.

I remember as a child walking with my brother and mother through the streets of Amsterdam, on a meander from my fathers office, seeing a man erupt from a restaurant door, only to expose himself and wave his tackle about in disgust at the owner. I only imagine this was some form of protest and needless to say it’s one of those sights that unfortunately sticks. In recent news, things have got worse. A man recently went into a London restaurant and actually chopped his bits off. http://uk.news.yahoo.com/afp/20070424/tuk-britain-gastronomy-offbeat-a7ad41d.html Apparently he’s doing ok…??
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Rain? What’s That?

After over 2 weeks without a drop of rain in the south of England it’s finally arrived. Heavy rainfall several weeks ago provided sufficient reserves to allow the plant-life to ‘spring’ into action and spew forth a myriad of colours and scents but after the unprecedented heat-wave of the last two weeks, former quagmires began to develop surface cracks! If the last two weeks are a sign of things to come and the forecast ‘long hot summer’ is to become a reality, it’s time to buy those water butts and start collecting as much as possible. Hosepipe/sprinkler bans may be
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Mobile Phones in Hospitals

Watching a report this morning a UK hospital has decided to relax the ban of mobile phone use within the hospital. Research now shows that mobile phones don’t actually cause interference with sensitive equipment. This is great news for patients and visitors alike wanting to share news or communicate more freely with friends and relatives. Points have been made about the noise issue and possible annoyance of mobile phones in hospitals but radios and TV’s are not banned? However the hospital does ask that people with mobile phones turn the ringtone to ‘silent’ and do not use their cameras. This
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Sitemaps for Google, Yahoo and MSN Live Search

Anyone that has owned a website for some time or is involved in promoting their website will probably know all about submitting sitemaps to search engines such as Google, Yahoo and MSN. A sitemap is essentially a list of URL’s or web pages of a particular site laid out in a format that tells search engines what pages there are in the site. This saves the search engines the time required to look through all the links of a site before it finds all the pages. This can help speed up the indexing of new pages and pages that change
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Planning a Shopping Holiday in the US?

Following recent news a big announcement is the current exchange rate between the pound (GBP) and the dollar (USD). The pound rose to its highest against the dollar since 1992 and now stands at 1 GBP = 2.00493 USD (according to www.xe.com the currency converter). This is great news for people planning a holiday to the states because it effectively means equivalent products in the USA are about half the price. If you are thinking of buying cheap goods in the USA things to consider are state taxes, different electricity supplies and chancers. Do your research before you buy and buy
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Summer Spending Starting Early

With the week ahead forecast to be fine and dry for most of the south and the recent record temperatures you might be forgiven for thinking summer has already arrived. With the sun comes a shift in UK spending trends and people generally spend less on their household bills. Heating can be reduced or turned off, water temperature for baths and showers can be lowered without noticing a difference and lighting isn’t turned on until much later in the day. This does not necessarily mean people will save money during the summer months because alternative spending habits emerge. I conducted
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The Truth

The Truth A quote I will always remember is one by Carlos Castaneda: “If the truth can be told so as to be understood, it will be believed.” From this I understand that a lie that is told in a way that makes sense can also be believed. As a child my parents were always telling me ‘believe nothing of what you hear and only half of what you see’. (A brave thing to teach a child if not followed by ‘except what we tell you’ – and possible the reason I am now a salespersons worst nightmare!) It is
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