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I was quite shocked to hear that the Right Honourable Iain Duncan Smith has put forward proposals to tax disability benefit. Both PIP (personal Independence payment) and DLA (disability living allowance) would be  affected. Apparently government sources told the Sunday Times that taxing disability benefits would raise several billion pounds. So what does that mean? They'll have more money to spend on Trident, illegal immigrants, sending our Armed Forces to fight wars that have absolutely nothing to do with us. I'd like to stick Iain Duncan Smith in a wheelchair for a whole year, bind his fingers together so he can't use them properly and insert an indwelling catheter. Maybe then he will realise that being disabled isn't all that fun and everyday life brings its challenges. Believe me, I would absolutely love to still be going out to sea earning a living, but that isn't never happen, so I rely on my disability benefits.

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Posted by on in Angling

I received an e-mail from a UK company this evening that have started manufacturing environmentally friendly fishing hooks for catching garfish. Now this idea isn't exactly new, they use something similar to catch marlin in some parts of Mexico. Basically, instead of having a traditional fishing hook which is designed to pierce the fishes mouth, stopping it from escaping, this company is using fine strands of silk. Now you may wonder how on earth you are going to catch a fish on silk, may be you could lasso it some way. Actually, it's a lot simpler than that. The garfish has a very long beak type mouth, a little bit like a crocodile I suppose. Their mouths are full of little teeth. They have designed the silk in a way that it attracts the garfish, the garfish probably thinks it's a small baitfish. As soon as the garfish grab hold of the silk, the silk becomes entangled in all the tiny teeth and the garfish cannot escape. Now if you've ever fished for garfish, you'll know that they are buggers for swallowing the bait. Normally a fish can get rid of a hook in the salty water, they will often corrode and the fish will not be affected at all. However, most people want their hook back and simply rip it out of the fishes throat which obviously results in the fishes death. This new method will obviously appeal to those people who are squeamish about removing hooks from the fishes mouth. I foresee using something like this if you are targeting garfish only, maybe if you are fishing in one of the competitions and are looking for specimen size garfish and do not want to catch anything else. Obviously the other advantages you are not going to snag up on rocks and weed whilst retrieving your tackle. I'm looking forward to trying these myself later on in the summer when the garfish arrive in our waters. The only downside I can see is that you may have to renew the silk hook every time you catch a fish. But we will just have to wait and see, it may be a case that a single silk hook will last a whole fishing session before you have to discard it.

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Everybody likes a bargain, especially if you are saving hundreds, or even thousands of pounds. I recently purchased a Tag Heuer Monaco, a watch that has always been near the top of my list of desirable prestige watches that I wanted to add to my collection. Tag Heuer are Swiss made watches and therefore can only be bought new from authorised dealers, you will not Rolex, Omega, Rolex etc watches available on Amazon. However, there are a few online suppliers that will provide you with perfectly legitimate and new Swiss watches, but at a greatly reduced price. Normally, Swiss watches are very much offered at the same price where ever you shop, the manufacturers will not permit massive discounts in their products, although individual shops will often offer a discount on certain models. I became aware of a company called Swiss Watches Direct a couple of years ago and looked at their website, they were offering a large variety of Swiss watches at a greatly discounted price to what you could ever buy one from an main authorised dealer. So I bought my Tag Monaco and made a saving of over £1000. These online dealers are often referred to as "grey market" dealers. Many people who collect prestige watches advise against buying from these grey market online dealerships because of one very important reason, the warranty that comes with these watches will automatically be voided if you do not purchase the box from an authorised dealer. Having said that, Swiss watches direct will cover the warranty themselves, however I'm not convinced the watches would go back to Tag, Rolex etc etc, they would probably use one of their own employees to service the watch.

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Posted by on in Computer Talk

I love promoting amateur radio, especially to the disabled who often stay at home not talking to people for hours and hours. Obtaining an amateur radio licence nowadays has been made a lot easier. In the old days you had to take a rather complicated exam and then take a Morse code test which certainly wasn't easy for most people. I like to run a live streaming video when I'm operating, you can watch me completely live talking to people all around the world. Even though I often don't see many people during the day apart from my family, I talk to more people in one day than most people talk to in a week. Let's just say there is more rabbit here than Watership Down

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Posted by on in Focus on Disability

If you don't have a problem with using your fingers and can hold things properly then  the shape and size of the television remote will probably be of no concern to you. However, if like me you don't have any finger or hand movement then in most cases you rely on using things like remote controls whilst they are sitting on a flat surface. I've noticed in the last few years that nearly all televisions/sky/DVD remote controls do not have a flat surface underneath, they are shaped and therefore when you try and press buttons the control will rock from side to side and it's almost impossible to press buttons. The Sky remote control isn't too bad, but it's still does move quite a bit, especially if you are pressing buttons that are not centralised on the control. However, I recently purchased a Samsung television and the control is virtually impossible to use whilst it is sitting on the table, you have to struggle to hold the control if you want to operate the television remotely.

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I was really surprised that Alan Sugar chose Mark Wright to be his partner in this new venture. Now I don't claim to be an expert when it comes to Internet marketing, but I've done a hell of a lot of search engine optimisation myself, and basically this is what Mark Wright is going to be doing, optimising peoples websites so that they appear on the first page of high-ranking search engines, or that's what he hopes he can do for them anyway.

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Posted by on in General Discussion

I had a mishap in my van in mid-September, the front of my Mercedes sprinter had a close encounter with a signpost. So of course I got in contact with the insurance company, they arranged for an inspection to be carried out. Whilst talking to the insurance guy on the phone, I happened to mention that my vehicle had some very expensive hand controls fitted and they needed to be taken into account, it wasn't just a case of looking at the vehicle and writing it off because an eight-year-old Mercedes sprinter doesn't carry much market value now, the driving controls were very valuable and were included in the insurance. I suggested that if they had any questions regarding these controls they contact Adaptacar who fitted them in the first place. It was then that it was suggested to me that the vehicle went up to Adaptacar where the inspection could take place. Of course this was a good idea and I felt that things were definitely going in the right direction. 

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Posted by on in Interesting & useful websites

I love this website, I often use it to work out how much money I will have at a certain date in the future. All you do is put in the start date, and then the end date, it will then tell you how me weeks in between, extremely useful. Or you can start from today's date, and work out exactly how many weeks it is until somebody's birthday, or anniversary for instance. Check it out, it's very simple to use, even better.

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If you don't know anything about amateur radio, or what we do then you may be interested in watching me operate live on the Internet. I have setup a web cam using the live stream which will enable you to see exactly what goes on when an amateur radio operator switches his transceiver on. If you want, you can also interact with me by using the messaging system which is located to the right of the video. Obviously I will talk when it's possible so just ask me any questions you wish and we shall do our best to interact with not only our radio friends, but also our online computer friends.

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It doesn't matter what you are searching for on YouTube, whether it be a mobile phone, a computer monitor, an MP3 player or an amateur radio, 9 times out of 10, you've then got to sit there and watch the product being taken out of its box. 

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Posted by on in TV Gossip

I think this year's official Sainsbury's advert is incredibly moving and actually put a tear in my eye at the end

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Swatch watches are very collectable. They're very affordable which means you don't have to be a millionaire to be able to collect them. Swatch watches are normally sold for a short period of time and then discontinued. This means that you will always end up with a watch that is no longer available. This makes them very collectable.

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Posted by on in For Sale

Take this opportunity to purchase one of the greatest ever-based microphones made for CB radio. The Turner Super Sidekick was made originally for the AM and SSB modes in the United States. However, it works really well on the FM mode as well. Now that the UK can legally use AM and SSB, this microphone would be a fantastic addition to your CB radio shack. These are not available anymore and they are very rare indeed. Do not make the mistake of confusing the Turner Super Sidekick with the Turner +3B, they are completely different microphones, even though they look identical.

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It was reported today that a Polish man has now regained feeling and movement back in his lower limbs after being paralysed from the chest down following an incident where he was stabbed in the back with a knife.

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I have decided to sell my ICOM 7400 which I have owned from you. The radio was purchased around 2004/5 from Waters and Stanton. The radio covers the HF frequencies including WARC frequencies. It also covers both 2 m & 6 m operating on all modes. The ICOM 7400 is not only a first-class HF transceiver, but it's also an extremely good radio if you want to operate SSB on the 2 m band. If you like 6 m then this radio also has the benefit of being able to operate on these frequencies. Unfortunately I do not have the original box as this was inadvertently disposed of without my knowledge. However the manual comes with the radio.

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Posted by on in Focus on Disability

Over the years I have needed to get various bits of equipment that help me in my daily living. Other times I have got people to make me adaptions from scratch. Recently I had some work done on my wheelchair which meant I wasn't able to reach some of the switches and buttons in my van. Rather than go to all the trouble of having the buttons and switches modified, I decided that the easiest option would be to keep a mouth stick in the vehicle. A search on the Internet didn't really been that many options are in fact I could only find one available here in the UK. I must say I was rather taken aback when I looked at how much money they were asking for it, £38 for what is nothing more than an ounce of aluminium tubing, a bit of plastic, and a rubber stop end. 

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Yet again travellers took up residence on Churston Common a couple of weeks ago. The council have made an attempt to stop them getting onto the green by putting large rocks along the border. However these travellers seem to be able to get around this obstacle somehow. At one point, there were probably six or seven caravans parked around the trees. These people have absolutely no regard for anyone, they let their dogs run around off the lead, probably fouling the common, I very much doubt whether any of them clean up after their animals. At one stage the dogs were running freely on the road, very nearly causing an accident. Whilst driving past today, I noticed that they had all departed. However, they left behind them an absolute mess, garden refuse, household rubbish, it was disgusting.

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If the truth be known we all like freebies. Who really wants to pay for something if you can get it free? Software doesn't come cheap , you can pay hundreds of pounds for a single piece of software nowadays. However some companies will give you their software completely free of charge. A lot of the software I use has been downloaded I didn't pay a penny for it. Having said that, you have got to be very careful when downloading software that is offered for free. Developers are not really that generous, of course they're going to want something for the hard work, they're not going to spend all that money and hard work just to give it away for nothing. A lot of developers will actually receive sponsorship on their website. In other words people will pay them to advertise, normally in the form of banners that will link directly to their own website. 

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Like a lot of people in the UK I have been doing the lottery ever since it started. I've never won much but we all live in hope that one day our numbers will come up. To my absolute joy and excitement 4 of my numbers came up in last night's draw. However, the excitement soon subsided when I realised that I would receive a measly £25 for my four numbers. £25 for four numbers? You have got to be kidding me? The lottery pays £25 for three numbers, it simply ridiculous that four numbers pays out exactly the same.

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I wanted to let everybody know that I have made a few changes to Wheel Love Dating website. There aren't any radical changes, in fact you probably won't notice much difference apart from the front page introduction which has been changed. You will also notice that the website is rather sparse of members at the moment. There's a simple explanation to this, I have purged the website of any member who I think is not genuine, in other words is there to perform a scam on genuine members. I have also modified the profile as well. Whereas before many of the sections were not mandatory, in other words if you didn't want to enter any information it had to, I have changed the rules now. This is a dating website, anyone who is genuine will want to fill in their profile properly. Before the people who are not genuine wouldn't bother filling in any of their profile, their intent was to contact other members as soon as they tell them the basic registration. Well I'm putting a stop to that now, I'm fed up with all these Africans to trawl the Internet looking for vulnerable victims, it's not going to happen any more on this website so you can rest assured that all members will be as genuine as I can possibly ascertain.

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