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Penn

Penn

I live on the south-west coast of England in a small town called Brixham.  I been confined to a wheelchair 1986 after breaking my neck in a swimming pool accident.  Computers are my saviour and I spend most days doing one thing or another on my PC.  Other interests I have include angling and amateur radio.  I also run a website and forum dedicated to looking after and caring for the Oscar fish cichlid


A friend of mine brought me to the attention of this new quad copter that is basically a flying camera that is completely controlled by a kind of GPS device that you attach to your wrist. So if you want some awesome aerial video footage of yourself skiing down the piste then this clever little camera will actually follow you. It is absolutely incredible, the amount of things you could use it for is endless. I quite fancy getting one to take fishing with me, you could have it hovering 20 feet above you filming you whilst you catch fish. If you are a mountain biker, you could get it to follow you down a mountain, or if you are a kayaker, you can get it to follow you down the river, apparently it is even waterproof. This is something I really fancy getting when it's released in 2016. I suspect it will be quite expensive, but the fun you could you could have makes it worth every penny. 

Check their promotional video out

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I recently bought a new for my Mercedes sprinter. It's all singing and dancing, I can stream live music, take calls through the radio, it really is the bees knees. So I bought a couple of weeks ago and needed somebody to fit it. Liquid Ice who have a shop on Torquay Road in Paignton recommended a chap called Karl Hutchinson who just happens to be the son of the owner of Liquid Ice. Karl came to my house yesterday evening and fitted to stereo to my van within an hour. He has done an absolutely fantastic professional job and I would highly recommend him to anyone.

Karl Hutchinson is a professional audio fitter. He is a fully insured mobile fitting service, in other words he will come to your house. He also carries out other services such as boot install specialist, fibreglass fabrication, hands-free kits and reverse sensors.

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If you are a website owner then you should know by now that Google will punish you if your website if your website is not responsive. By this I mean your website must be able to adapt to the different size devices and screens that people are using nowadays. So for instance, if somebody is using a normal desktop PC 22 inch monitor to look at your site and everything looks fine, the site must also load properly if they then swap over to their iPhone. Obviously the website isn't going to show exactly the same, obviously there is not enough room on an iPhone to show the website as it would be seen on a desktop PC monitor. However, the website should adapt itself so the user can easily browse your website from a smaller screen.

If you own one of these smart phones then obviously you can test your website on your own phone. However there are absolutely tons and tons of different brands and makes of mobile phone out there on the market nowadays. Obviously it's just simply not feasible for you to go out and buy every single phone on the market to test your website on. I know some people go through phone shops and test their websites. But there really should be something more practical and easy in order for you to check your website and make sure that it is working properly on smart phones.

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A friend of mine is always boasting about how much he can tolerate eating hot spicy food. In all fairness, I've seen him eating some pretty hot food, far hotter than I could manage. I've told them that I am going to challenge him to eat one . He says he will do it, but now I'm thinking that maybe it's not a good idea, I don't want to be the cause of his demise. Having said that, he's such a big headed sod that as far as I'm concerned he deserves everything that will happen if he does decide to eat one of these incredibly hot chilies.

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I have been a Corrie fan for the best part of 25 years now and I've always thought the storylines have been well thought out, realistic, and most importantly enjoyable. However, after watching the episode on Thursday 28 May which saw the a massive fire break out in the apartment block where Carla and Nick live, I'm afraid I am extremely disappointed with how the whole storyline developed during the programme.

To cut a long story short, Tracy Barlow thought she was going to be the new barmaid of the Rovers due to her devious plotting with Tony to buy the Rovers, notwithstanding that she had also been having an affair with him. She then finds out that Carla at the very last minute has offered to buy Liz's share, thus scuppering any hope of her getting her feet under the bar at the Rovers. So Tracey being Tracey is out for revenge. She steals the keys to Carla's flat, lets herself in when everybody is asleep, including her own daughter whom unknown to Tracey is asleep in Carla's bedroom. Her intentions soon become clear, she intends to wallop Carla over the head, however she changes her mind at the last minute. She then lights a candle so she can look at a photo album containing photos of Rob. She then puts the candle down but neglects to extinguish the flame out. So the inevitable happens, the candle starts a fire.

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Posted by on in TV Gossip

Very excited to see that the award-winning Long Lost Family is returning for another series on June 3 on ITV at 9 PM. I will certainly be tuning in.

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I am an avid fisherman and often spend the whole day sitting beside the fishing lake. In the hot weather it can be extremely uncomfortable if I'm not able to cool down. It is important that people with my particular high-level disability have a way to cool down. Unfortunately our internal thermometer has basically been completely disrupted due to the high-level spinal cord injury and therefore we do not sweat in hot weather. Of course sweating is the body's way to cool itself down. The next best thing to sweating is to actually simulate sweating, I found an excellent way to cool myself down in hot weather and that is to use a . I never gave fishing in the summer now without my trusty water spray bottle.

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I have been using Dragon NaturallySpeaking since the late 1990s now. The program is absolutely brilliant, it gets 10/10 from me. However, what I have learnt over the years is the program is only as good as the microphone you use with it.

I must have spent a small fortune over the years on different microphones from different companies. Logitech produce some quality microphones, as do Plantronics, however I've recently bought a pair of headset microphones from a company called Sennheiser.

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Posted by on in Sea Fishing Tutorials

This is by far my favourite method for catching mackerel. There's nothing more exciting than seeing your float disappear suddenly below the surface.

Whereas many people use feathers to catch mackerel, you will get a lot more sport using float fishing tackle.

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Posted by on in Humour

They say that Ed Miliband Looks like Wallace out of Wallace and Gromit, well, I've always thought that Nigel is a dead ringer for Homer Simpson

 

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If you don't know me then you won't know about my little mishap back in February last year. I travelled up to Salisbury for an appointment, I decided to drive myself for a change, rather than getting hospital transport. The journey was great, to my surprise I didn't feel drowsy at all. I came back through Paignton and whilst manoeuvring a tight corner at some traffic lights a dreaded spasm decided it was going to appear just at the wrong moment. This spasm travelled into my right hand which meant I wasn't able to hold the joystick properly. My hand slipped off the joystick and I smashed straight into a road sign. It couldn't have happened at a worse time, bang on rush-hour, right on the corner of Manor Road when everybody was coming home from work. I lost count of the amount of people who had their phones out filming me, I'm surprised I haven't appeared on YouTube.

The vehicle was pretty mangled at the front, I wasn't even sure whether it was going to be salvageable or not. Anyway, after some arguments with my insurance company, they agreed to fix the vehicle, basically because of how much the hand controls were worth. It is sometimes unfair how insurance companies deal with people who have had accidents. You may have a really lovely car that is in great condition, but if it is eight or nine years old then it will have a market value, that is what your insurance company will give you. So if your car is worth £3000 and the damage cost £4000 to fix, you'll get the £3000 I'm afraid. I don't know what the market value of a Mercedes sprinter that is seven years old is, but I can't imagine it's an awful lot. However, to replace that vehicle, plus my hand controls, you're looking at the best part of £70,000.

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I'm really hoping that everyone is finding my website slightly easier to navigate now I have made some changes. Basically, the main menu under the logo/heading will take you to the main categories of my website. Within each of these categories you will find information related to that particular category. I've decided not to mix all the menus together because this could be confusing to some people. So in other words, when you go to "focus on disability" you will find a side menu with articles relating only to information based on disability, whether that be computers or disabled driving. Then if you want to read about what hobbies I like the participating, you just go to the main menu "my hobbies" and you will find all the information in that one particular category.
 
The homepage is a work in progress at the moment and in the next two or three weeks I hope to have some more photos that will be used to make up a really nice heading.
 
So I hope you like the changes so far, personally, I believe that the website is far easier to get around now and you know exactly where you are and what you want to look at.
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Posted by on in Angling

I went fishing today for the first time this year. It was a beautiful sunny and actually turned out to be quite hot, I wish I didn't put my fleece on. I actually sprayed water onto my neck and face to keep cool today, really was very warm indeed.

For such a beautiful sunny day, I was really surprised that there were only two other people at Town Parks match lake.

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Being a web designer (or I try to be) it's always important to check exactly where you rank for your keywords, after all it's no good ranking on the 10th page of Google, nobody ever goes that far. I've been using a great website lately to check exactly where my keywords rank on Google Yahoo and Bing. The other good thing about this website is you can add another website as a comparison. So if you have a competitor that you are trying to outrank on the search engines, you simply put both yours and their website in and it will tell you exactly where you both rank for a secular keyword. If they are above you in the search rankings then you know that you need to work harder on optimisation in order for you to get above them. It will also list 50 other in order that rank for the same keyword.

The other thing I like about this website is initially it will ask you to put a spam code in, this basically tells the programme that you are human and not an Internet robot. However, unlike many other websites that will ask you to enter a code for every search term, this one doesn't, you can keep using it.

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This is a really great little calculator that will give you a few surprises. For instance, try entering in £1 and using 1982 for example, you'll be quite surprised just how much it was worth compared to today's money.

 

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Local chef and restaurant owner Mitch Tonks has taken over what was the Crab Key restaurant located next to the Brixham fish market. I went to The Crab Key restaurant a few years ago and wasn't particularly impressed, let's hope that Mitch Tonks can do justice to our own Brixham caught fish. Being an ex-fisherman myself, I'm extremely proud of our Brixham trawler fleet and in my opinion we provide the best fish money can buy.  

I for one am a great seafood lover. If it crawls or swims in the sea then it's probably at risk from being eaten by me. You name it, scallops, crabs, lobster, cockles and mussels, fish, I love it all.

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This is a great website if you want to look back through the years and see where your favour songs where in the charts

http://www.officialcharts.com/archive/

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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.

If the government need more money then make the effort and go out and find the people who don't actually deserve benefits. The government has reportedly said that it needs to spend £25 billion on Trident. I simply cannot understand why we need a nuclear deterrent in this day and age. The amount of money that this government spends on arming itself, or fighting other people's wars for them is disgraceful.

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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.

If you are interested in trying these out then go to the website link below, these are the only UK suppliers of the silk hook

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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.

So I suppose it's a decision that you should think about before spending all that money. You can save yourself a lot of money, but at a cost, you lose the manufacturers two-year warranty by doing this. To be honest, I wouldn't buy from an unauthorised dealer again. The fact that I have warranties on other watches I have bought gives you peace of mind, you know that if something goes wrong within those two years you are going to be able to get the watch ticks by somebody who knows what they are doing. Anyway, if you can afford to pay £5000 for watch, is a £800 saving really going to bother you? Probably not

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