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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.

I am selling a Swatch chronograph quartz watch which I purchased about six years ago. The watch is around 39/40 mm in diameter and has an elasticated strap.

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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.

For a microphone that is probably more than 35 years old, it's in remarkably good condition. Obviously being an old microphone does mean it is a little aged, but I don't think you will be disappointed with its condition.

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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.

News reports stated that his mind will cord was completely severed. Now we all know that we cannot always trust what the media says so whether he had an absolute complete break I really couldn't say. I often see reports about so called paralysed people who miraculously start walking again. It often turns out that the paralysis is nowhere near as severe as what myself and many other spinal injury patients have suffered. This breakthrough is very exciting as if it's as simple as taking cells from the nose then we may all benefit. However, I'm not going to get excited at the moment because ever since I was paralysed the scientists have been saying that it won't be very long before there is a breakthrough in a cure for spinal cord injury. 25 years ago I remember watching a program where they clearly stated that by the turn of the century they would have a cure for spinal cord injury. Well, that was 14 years ago and I've not been aware of any huge breakthrough in a cure for spinal-cord injury.

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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.

Also included in the sale is a Nissei 30 amp power supply which is more than enough to run the radio on full power.

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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. 

I'm almost tempted to say that this is one of the best examples I've had with buying a disabled product that is grossly exorbitant to the extent that they are completely taking advantage of people who have nowhere else to go if they need one of these products. 

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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.

The council then had to move in to clean up after these dirty filthy scum. There isn't any other way to describe these travellers, they are just a bunch of lazy filthy trash that leave misery behind them wherever they go. If I was to drive onto the common and leave my van there for more than a few hours, you can bet your life a ticket would be slapped on it. Now I don't know the exact circumstances of how the authorities are dealing with these people, but I simply cannot understand why they are allowed to continually park up on the common. The first thing I would do on their arrival would be to give them a warning, move off within the hour or else. If they were still there, I would clamp all of their vehicles. I would then issue them with a bill for parking their vehicles on the common. Block of the entrance that they gained access to the common, and make sure that they cannot leave. Surely it's not that difficult, these people should not be allowed to get away with behaving like this.

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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. 

Unfortunately some developers use a slightly more cunning method of sponsoring other products. What they do is include other people software within their own download. In other words when you download their free software, you also download another piece of software that will automatically install itself on your computer. In some cases you will be prompted whether you want to install this extra piece of software.  However in my experience it's often the case that the software is completely hidden and you will only realise that you have installed something else when a box pops up all of a sudden, probably prompting you to scan your PC. A lot of this unwanted software is very simple to install, you just go through the same procedure as you would any other pieces of software you don't want any more. Recently I've had more of a problem when installing free software. Hidden within the software is some kind of application that automatically redirects your homepage to another. I've managed to stop this from happening by rolling back my browser to the default, but whether this has actually removed the hidden culprit, I really couldn't say.

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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.

However, I can see exactly what happened and why the money is so low. All of last night's numbers were low, none of them were any higher than 17. It is a known fact that most people use birthdays for their lottery numbers. Low numbers means lots of winners.

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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.

If you are genuine and you did have an account you will notice that your profile no longer exists. Worry not, you still have a valid account on the website so all you need to do is sign in with the username and password that you registered with and simply create a new profile.

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Ever since I traced my birth family and they started visiting me we have always enjoyed a trip to Paignton pier where we would spend a couple of hours wasting a couple of quid on their machines. In particular we used to enjoy playing the "tipping point" type machines, the ones that have a couple of trays that move back and forth. In recent times, £1 would give you 45 min of fun, but you would always end up putting the money back in again, you never went to the amusements to make money.

My family came down at the beginning of April and of course we visited the amusement arcades on the pier. We changed our pound into a bunch of two pence pieces and started playing one of the machines. Something was different, it wasn't behaving in the way it always used to. For a start, we put in all of the money in no time at all and got very little out. It wasn't just Jean and myself, my sister Bex found the same thing happening to her. I took a closer look at the machine and realised that they had been modified in a way that meant you would get very little money out for the money you are putting in. Instead of having a basic shelf with coins hanging off, waiting to fall, they had attached a long thin metal bar along the bottom tray. They have then jammed in loads of coins which make them look as if they are ready to fall. However, because they are jammed in between the tray and the bar, they are going absolutely nowhere. You can only see the bar if you look very carefully, but all the machines have definitely been rigged so that hardly any money came out. I personally think this type of action is pretty despicable by the people who run the pier. After all, it's only two pence pieces, we're not talking about lots of money. Kids enjoy playing these machines, they use their pocket money to enjoy themselves on the pier, modifying the machines so that you have to put twice as much in is tantamount to stealing as far as I'm concerned. These machines are not made like this, it's unacceptable that the owners of Paignton piel felt it necessary to modify them like this.

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Posted by on in Focus on Disability

I am just lying here in bed watching television at an absolutely ridiculous hour, I should have been asleep hours ago, no wonder I'm tired during the day a lot of the time.

Like most people who have suffered a spinal cord injury I live in hope that one day in my lifetime someone somewhere will come up with a cure and give us back some movement, maybe even the ability to walk again. I've just been watching a television programme and when it finished and adverts came on for an interesting programme on stem cell research which is being screened in May. The programme which will be screened on the Discovery Channel on May 4 is called Stephen Hawkins Stem Cell Universe and looks to be very interesting indeed. I'll certainly be tuning in.

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Posted by on in General Discussion

I have a small painting of a trout by an artist called Arthur Wetherall Burgess and I'm looking for some more information on it.

I have done some research and found that Arthur specialised in painting maritime scenes, warships in particular. Some research that I did several years ago led me to believe that he was born in North Devon UK and then moved to Australia where he undertook the role of artists for an organisation, possibly something to do with wildlife. He died in 1957 I believe, but that is about as much information as I know about this artist.

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I'm looking for people who can help me with a little bit of research. I'm trying to determine how many people develop sinus tracts when they have existing pressure sores, or if they just suddenly find out they've got a sinus tract that has come to the surface.

I had a sinus tract back in 2005 which took several months to heal. I then developed another one at the end of 2013 and have only just started getting back up again. Thankfully, the one I had this time was very small, only very narrow and 0.5 cm in length.

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If like me you use the Plantronics range of headphones/microphone then you will know that the sponge earpads don't last for ever. In fact, the sponges on the headphones will start wearing out after only a few months. Once they were out, you are then left with a perfectly decent pair of headphones that are incredibly uncomfortable to wear, especially when lying in bed. I found somebody on eBay who is selling replacement foam pad cushion covers for various makes the Plantronics microphones, one of which is the DSP 400 headphones. Obviously this item may not be available for the foreseeable future, so my advice would be to buy some now, after all for £5 you get five pairs which should last two or three years easily.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/171123917985

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Posted by on in Focus on Disability

Three months has gone by pretty quickly. I certainly highly recommend making sure you've got plenty of things to do whilst in bed, it has certainly stopped me from going stir crazy. 

Anyway, I got up properly for the first time yesterday. I had a visit from Michelle from SuMed, the suppliers of Roho in the UK. She brought a new Roho plus some pressure mapping equipment with her. I've made some fairly radical adjustments to my wheelchair, especially around the seating. I realised that my seat was falling short in depth of what it should be. When you are sitting in your wheelchair the front of the cushion should be approximately 1 inch from the back of your means. If you have too much of a gap that your thighs are not supported properly. It cost me £300 but it seems to have made quite a big difference, it's very noticeable how much more cushion is underneath me now. When I actually look at photos of how I sat before, it was almost as if I was sitting on the edge of the cushion with my legs dangling free go to undermine.

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We are now giving people the opportunity to place a sponsored advert on www.tetraplegicliving.com. The advert will comprise of a small image of your choice, obviously relating to your business. You can also have a small description and a direct link to your website. I have created four categories which I hope will relate to what people want to advertise on the website. If you are interested in placing adverts on our sponsored wall then please contact me. Prices are very reasonable, £50 for a permanent ad unit on our sponsored wall. We will accept payment through PayPal, unfortunately this is the only way I can accept payment for advertising.

 

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Posted by on in The Paranormal

I have been a huge fan of anything to do with sci-fi or paranormal activity, it's just a subject that fascinates me. However, if you were to ask me whether I actually believe in little green men, flying saucers, or even Bigfoot, you would probably be surprised to hear that I am extremely sceptical that any type of alien life has ever visited this world, or there are large, hairy beasts walking around the forests of North America, I just do not buy into it any more.

Let's just talk about life beyond this planet for a minute. Now don't misunderstand me, I am absolutely certain that out there in the vast expanses of space there must be life of life. Now, whether any intelligent life exists, we will probably never find out in our lifetime. Now when it comes to flying saucers or aliens abducting people from their beds late at night, I just don't believe it any more. With all the technology that we have nowadays, the up-to-date digital cameras, video cameras, cameras on people's phones, CCTV, you would have thought that if we have flying saucers visiting Earth on a regular basis, someone somewhere would have captured a really good image. But no one has ever photographed an image of a UFO that is anywhere near convincing. 

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For the second time in nine years I have found myself with a sinus on the backside. Thankfully it's not as bad as the one I had back in 2004 and even after two weeks of bed rest, the nurses tell me that it's looking really good, so hopefully it won't be too long before I am up and about again.

However, after the last time I spent nearly 8 months doing bed rest, I made sure that my bedroom was completely kitted out for a long stay in bed. There is nothing worse than lying in bed with nothing but the television to watch. I'm very much into the computer, I use it every single day of the year so that is obviously a very important part of my bedside setup. As you can see by the photograph below, I use a fairly large monitor, I think it's around 21 inches, anything smaller and it would be difficult to see what's going on when you are lying on your side. I use an Acer PC that I got from Currys. Because I still do a lot of computer graphics and website work, the computer carries a very good board, the bedroom PC has an Intel board with 4 GB of RAM, more than enough to deal with my everyday computer work. I couldn't use my computer without my trusty Kensington trackball mouse which is on the table next to the bed right where I can reach it comfortably. I use a pair of Plantronics headset microphone which are very comfortable. If you are using headset microphones in bed then make sure you get some with some foam earmuffs, if you don't you'll find your ears become sore very quickly.

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I have just finished a revamp of wheellovedating.co.uk. I have not made massive changes, however I have moved the users module to just underneath the heading where it more visible. I created a nice new header image which I must say I am rather pleased with. I've also put a lot of navigation into the main menu along the toolbar

We have only been running for a short period of time, however we now have quite a few new members and more extraordinary, we have managed to gain a Google page rank of 4. I'm not quite sure how this happens, however I am not complaining as it can do nothing but help people find us on the Internet.

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This video is not for the fainthearted. If you are at all squeamish then I suggest that you do not watch this video. However, I believe that some of the content in this video will demonstrate that you are not invincible and some of the silly stunts that kids perform these days can often lead to serious injury, or even death. Also, this video is a testament to how dangerous some of the sports we watch are.

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