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Me and my pal Charles decided to take a trip down to Goodrington on Wednesday to do a little bit of fishing from the promenade. Since it was lunchtime I suggested that we nip down and get a portion of chips between us, after all I am a fat b and shouldn't be eating them anyway. We went to one of the kiosks that open just for the summer and made our order. 15 min later the chips have still not arrived so we cancelled the order and walked about 50 yards to the little takeaway hut just in front of the Inn on the Quay. I could hear music blaring out before I even got to the takeaway hut. To my amazement the music was coming from a pair of speakers that were sitting on the counter. Now this wasn't gentle relaxing music to make you feel good, this was pop music with the volume turned up to number 10 to number 10 on the volume knob. Now I promise you I am not joking but both Charles and myself could hardly hear each other over this racket. I don't know about the guy serving, even though he was very talented and could distinguish the customers voices under the music, or he was very good at lipreading. I just cannot understand why they had the music turned up so loud, I don't think I've been anywhere where I've come across a situation like this. So take this as a warning, you may need to take your earplugs if you are going for some food at The Inn on the Quay.

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I'm sure there are lots of women out there who are good at driving, however I've not met many of them.  This video just goes to prove my point.

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I have always been a sceptic when it comes to the supernatural and ghosts, however this video totally changed my way of thinking. Beware, it will blow you away

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A few years after my accident, I started developing dry, flaky skin on my face, especially around the nose area.  The doctor couldn't diagnose what was causing the problem, however, he gave me a steroid cream to use.  This didn't make any difference and the problem persisted.  After a year or two it got considerably better and I wasn't experiencing the same amount of sore reddish skin around my nose.  Having said this, I can't remember a time when I have not suffered from dry, flaky skin on my face.  Sometimes the problem is severe, other times it's hardly noticeable, but it's always been there over the years.  A family friend recommended using "Bio Oil" as they had successfully used it themselves for various skin conditions.  Bio oil is used in many cases to treat stretchmarks, I believe pregnant women use it after giving birth.  However, it can be used for dry and sore skin as well.  Now I don't want to tempt fate as I've been here before with various ointments and creams, however since I been using this oil I haven't got one single piece of loose, flaky skin on my face at all.  In fact I have been able to wear dark clothing without having to constantly brush  loose skin off the front of my shirt.  It is quite remarkable how quickly this oil has worked, it can't possibly be a coincidence, it really has nipped it in the bud and for the first time in as long as I can remember I have really good skin without any dryness or flakiness whatsoever.  Unfortunately Bio Oil is quite expensive, a small bottle will set you back around the £10 mark.  Having said this, we managed to find a bottle halfprice at our local chemist so shopping around, or even looking on the Internet will probably benefit you.

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I saw a very sad story on the news today regarding a chap in his fifties who broke his neck in the early nineties.  I don't know what level he is, I would suspect probably about a C4 neck injury.  Even though the news stated he had no movement below his neck, he was able to control an electric wheelchair using joystick by himself, however, his movement was obviously more impaired than myself.  Sadly, he has decided that he has had enough of life and wants doctors to help him take his own life.  Of course we all know that the law does not permit doctors in this country to assist people in suicide.  Can now I'm not going to get into the ins and outs of why I think he is making the wrong decision, I don't know that I and I wouldn't dream of trying to get into his head and have them out what he is thinking.  Everybody is different, everybody has got their own opinion and obviously he is absolutely determined that this is what he wants.

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This is one of my favourite videos of all time, it's just absolutely wonderful.

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Posted by on in TV Gossip

It does make me laugh when watching Masterchef.  The introduction to each program goes something like "these are some of the best cooks in the UK."  If these contestants who appear on Masterchef are supposedly some of the best cooks in the country, I would hate to taste the food of everybody else.  This program is a joke, how can you possibly come out of this competition as a Masterchef?  Okay, the winners are fairly competent in the kitchen and can probably knock up a half decent meal, but compare them to a proper chef and they would get laughed out of the kitchen.  For crying out loud, some of the contestants this evening who have got through to the quarter-finals can't even poach a bloody egg properly. 

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Posted by on in Humour

This is just brilliant, so funny that I just had to share it with you

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b2ap3_thumbnail_double-yellow-lines.jpgNews item made me chuckle today on the BBC news.  The council in Swindon were asked to put double yellow lines on some very narrow backplanes to stop people from parking and causing obstructions.  However, they took it a little bit too far and painted double yellow lines on the road on an alleyway that you would be hard pushed to ride a push bike down, let alone gets your motor vehicle through.

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Posted by on in TV Gossip

Britain's Got Talent 2013 started on Saturday evening.  If you didn't watch the first episode, then you missed a couple of really fabulous acts.  The two acts that really stood out for me were a young 14-year old disabled lad who is an up-and-coming comedian, and a group of dancers from Hungary.  I won't waffle on about how great they were, I'll let you make your own mind up.

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Posted by on in Humour
Aircraft Quiz 
 
This should be an easy quiz for those who have 
even a modicum of knowledge about aircraft 
 
However, the answer may surprise you . . . 
 
The Question:
 

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Okay, this is a shameless plug for a friend's website. Actually, it's a website I designed for him a few years ago. Actually, it's a lot longer than I realised, time does fly. Anyway, we cannot understand why it doesn't generate more sales. I suppose is going to be huge demand for Harrington jackets, monkey poo etc, plus the fact that there are quite a few other online stores and shops selling these items. Having said that we do fairly well, search engines and simply entering "Harrington jacket"). On the first page of Google. But still, the sales are very poor indeed, you certainly couldn't make a living out of this one website.

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Posted by on in TV Soap Opera

Eastenders never ceases to amaze me with their ridiculous, totally unbelievable and farcical storylines. Just recently we've seen a young baby taken away from her mother for no apparent reason than having a mild case of nappy rash. After spending some time in foster care, this young vulnerable baby was placed in the greasy hands of a violent, alcoholic drug taking ageing thug, i.e. Phil Mitchell. Yeah right, this would really happen in real life.

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Posted by on in General Discussion

If, like me, you are pretty much stranded once tucked up in bed, the last thing you want happening is a house fire.  In case you haven't seen the news today the German company Bosch are calling their dishwashers as they have been causing house fires. Follow the link below for more information, plus to find out which models are being recalled.

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There has been a lot of controversy in the news lately about this so-called "bedroom tax".  If you don't receive housing benefit and live in your own house then it has absolutely nothing to do with you.  Your benefits will rise accordingly each year and you will definitely not lose any money.  However, if you do receive housing benefit and have an extra bedroom that you do not use then you may well be subject to paying this tax each month. Basically the government are now saying that if you have a spare bedroom that you don't use then the government will charge you for it. If you have more than one spare bedroom, then you'll pay even more. 

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Good to hear that Mick Philpott, his wife and neighbour have been given long prison sentences for the manslaughter of their six children.  What the hell was going through their minds when they decided to set alight to their house whilst the children were asleep upstairs?  Well, they are going to have a long, long time to ask themselves this question.  From what I have seen of Mick Philpott, he was a conniving, controlling arrogant piece of work that had complete control over his wife, I actually do pity her in a small way, it was quite obvious when you saw them together he pulled all her strings, told her what to do and say, it wouldn't surprise me if she was absolutely terrified of him.  Obviously this story made big news when it happened last year.  Maybe I have got a suspicious mind, but I remember watching the press conference that Mick Philpott and his wife did, straightaway when I saw his crocodile tears I said to the person with me that he was the one that started the fire, and I was absolutely right.  You can tell when somebody is crying and grieving genuinely.  The fact that he didn't shed any tears whatsoever was a dead giveaway, the experts that would have been watching and scrutinising his actions would have seen right through him straightaway.  In fact, the policeman who was there with them, said exactly this.  However, Mick Philpott was obviously far too arrogant for his own good and he has got his comeuppance.  You'd like to think that he will now have the next couple of decades to think just how much damage his actions have caused, but I strongly suspect he's more upset about being incarcerated than anything else.

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You're not alone in worrying about whether or not your disability benefits are going to be affected.  Personally, I wish the government would just leave them alone, they work well for me, I don't see why they have to start messing around.

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Posted by on in Sky Television

I've just watched the first episode of Revolution, a long-awaited series that is being screened on Sky One at nine o'clock on a Friday evening here in the UK.  The program focuses on a scenario where the world's electricity suddenly switches off without warning.  Our entire world is thrown back into the days where we didn't have electricity.  When the electricity automatically switched off, planes fell out of the sky, communication using modern technology ceased to work, our hospitals no longer run, we are basically screwed.  15 years after the blackout life still goes on, but much the same as it was before the Industrial Revolution.  We rely on candles and lanterns for light, small communities grow their own food, life seems quieter and less stressful.  However, not all is what it seems.  A dangerous man arrives at a small community living in a cul-de-sac and kills the father of a young woman.  Unbeknown to this young woman this strange man has something to do with the blackout.  She and two other companions set off by themselves in search of answers about the past and hope to reclaim the feature.  Pretty gritty stuff, definitely worth tuning in to if you haven't seen it yet.  You have only missed the first couple of episodes so it should be fairly easy for you to catch up.

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300 gallon aquarium for saleReluctantly I am parting with my large 300 gallon aquarium.  I've had a couple of enquiries but no takers as of yet.  The 300 gallon aquarium measures eight foot in length, 2/12 feet in width and height.  There are two filters are available, an unused sump filter which is located in the cabinet, plus the more recent sump filter which is located next to the tank inside a cabinet to make it conspicuous. In fact there are two filters available, both Eheim filters that can circulate over 3000 litres an hour.  Only one filter is needed to be working on the tank so the second filter is more of a spare. 

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I have used various companies for my Joomla! templates before.  Rocket Theme is very popular amongst a lot of people.  However, I find that their templates are not really suitable for everyday blog type websites like the one I am using on this site.  The yearly membership fee on rocket theme is quite expensive, which is why I am no longer a member, I just wasn't getting value for money and their templates design didn't suit the type of websites I create. In fairness, there are different subscriptions which may seem to your individual needs.

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