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Date:18 April 2007 I Comments: 0 I Views:6,769

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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Date:17 April 2007 I Comments: 0 I Views:6,678

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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Date:16 April 2007 I Comments: 0 I Views:6,564

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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Date:30 March 2007 I Comments: 1 I Views:7,182

Having temporarily lost the use of my car to a severe case of head-gasketitus it was with absolutely no marked reluctance whatsoever that I resorted to using my motorbike. It’s true certain inanimate objects can spark emotion because I actually feel guilty about leaving it locked away for sometimes months on end! Maybe I feel guilty about the fact it’s money doing nothing? But I don’t think so. I know what I feel and it’s definately guilt over not getting out there and enjoying the freedom you feel on a bike! I recently replaced the slightly illegal exhaust pipe for

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Date:21 March 2007 I Comments: 0 I Views:6,341

It’s the first day of spring and along the south coast of England it’s a glorious sunny day. (taken using Nokia 6233) The general feeling when the sun is shining is positive but despite the beautiful weather many of us also feel a little apprehension over today’s budget. It’s been announced that the cost of a pint of beer will rise by 1p and cider will rise by 1p per litre. Wine rises by 5p, sparkling wine sees a rise of 7p while there is to be no increase in the tax on spirits. Cigarettes will see a rise of 11p per pack and

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Date:14 March 2007 I Comments: 0 I Views:7,486

Today is the day the Pi is celebrated by a unique group of people sometimes referred to as the ‘acolytes of the church of pi’. Once a year these followers of Pi gather to celebrate all things Pi. Falling on the 14th of March is also significant because in the US date format that would appear as 3.14 which are the first three digits of this well known seemingly infinite number. Although not recognised as a world record holder (for not submitting the required evidence to Guinness), Akira Haraguchi, a 60-year-old mental health counselor in Japan has after accurately recited

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Date:14 March 2007 I Comments: 0 I Views:6,852

FollowUs (www.followus.co.uk), the UK’s leading mobile location solutions service company, has aided BBC’s Watchdog to uncover how one airport car parking company was mistreating a customers’ car. Aired on the 27th February, the show followed the actions of an employee of a Meet & Greet service with the hidden FollowUs Win200 GPS logger device to track the movements of a bait car. It revealed the car was left on the side of a road and outside a supermarket for three nights when it was meant to be in a secure compound. The device also revealed the driver breaking the speed

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Date:7 March 2007 I Comments: 1 I Views:2,339

Happy birthday to me Happy birthday to me Happy birthday dear me-e Happy birthday to me!! Dentist at 11, car in for MOT (fingers crossed..) Just another day…!

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Date:2 March 2007 I Comments: 0 I Views:1,988

I in my capacity as a personal finance website owner I come across advertising material for a multitude of personal finance products. Sometimes it catches my eye and I think, yes, that’ll probably work! Other times I look at things and think, what on earth! Don’t get me wrong, I’m guilty of design ‘mistakes’ and I put that down to having to much creative freedom and a detached view on reality. It’s a difficult business to advertise. You have to get the balance just right and appeal to your target demographic and in the finance industry that can sometimes mean

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Date:1 March 2007 I Comments: 0 I Views:2,110

A recent study by Picture Financial reveals that most us in the UK know more about the products we buy off the shelf in a supermarket than the financial products available to us. Apparently only 6% of us know our rights when buying a financial product. One of the reasons behind this was ‘apathy’ (some of us just aren’t really bothered), another reason was the vast number of products out there and another was the confusing jargon used. Now I can understand why a large number of people may not know too much about pensions and plenty of us may

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