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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

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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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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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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Posted by on in Focus on Disability

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.

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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.

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