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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

Torbay is one of the most popular and well-known holiday resort in the whole of the United Kingdom. Thousands and thousands of people visit the area every year and many of them are returning visitors. However, there does not appear to be a single holiday rental accommodation home that is fully accessible and equipped for a wheelchair bound person.

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Posted by on in General Discussion

Everything is becoming more expensive nowadays, therefore everybody likes to save money, even if it's only a couple of pounds. I have a simple tip that may save you up to 10% of what you are ordering online.

The next time you are going to order something online find the product you are looking for and copy the title of the product. It's easy to do, you simply drag your cursor full length of the title, then left click the mouse and choose copy from the drop-down list. Then paste the title back into your search engine and you should find all the online shops that sell the product you are looking for.

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Posted by on in YouTube Videos

Is great to see a video of Brixham harbour during World War II. Not sure where the boys were being taught, probably above one of the shops opposite the old fish market. At the end of the video you see fishermen walking into a pub, I think this is probably the Sprat and mackerel

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If you are a fisherman then I don't have to tell you how great the sport is. If you are a serious fisherman then you well know that when you're not fishing you're thinking about fishing, and when you are fishing your thinking about the next time you're going to go fishing. People who have the fishing bug think about it all the time. Now imagine being absolutely hooked on fishing but because of a disability you simply cannot get out and participate. Frustrating would be a complete understatement. I know this from personal experience. Thankfully I do have people who will go fishing with me, however, we have to arrange our trips, I can't simply decide to go fishing whenever I want, I've got to go when it's convenient for my helpers. That suits me, I know that people can't just drop everything when I want to go fishing. But there are people out there who don't have anyone to go with them, I really feel for these people, it must be horrible when you really want to do something but it's simply impossible because you don't have anyone to help.

I would like to bring together like-minded anglers in the South Devon area and offer help to disabled anglers who for some reason cannot go fishing on their own. I would like to make it quite clear that this would be on a voluntary basis. I think it's important that the disabled people who want to go fishing don't feel obliged that they have to pay the person who is helping them. Anyway, I would like to think that both parties would be able to fish, the helpers just there to help the disabled person tackle up, baits up land fish. After all, it's more fun to go fishing with a buddy than going all on your own.

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I recently purchased a hot water "one cup" boiler which makes it very easy for me to make a cup of tea quickly. There are various models on the market, this one is slightly dearer as it has the facility to alter how much water it dispenses on each boil. This is great if you have various drinking mugs of different sizes.

I think we paid just less than £60 for this at Currys.

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Now the new fishing season is nearly upon us I decided that a new elasticated strap was needed as the old one is starting to wear out. The straps I've had before have all been made out of an odd bit of elastic that I managed to get hold of. This time I decided to look for something that little bit more robust and will last a bit longer. One of the straps I had before I was made out of elasticated corset that someone didn't want any more. So I had a roof around on the Internet and found some elasticated back support that people use if they've got bad backs, or require some extra support when working. After looking around for a day or two I found one that seemed to fit the bill so ordered it. I was absolutely delighted when it arrived, it was almost made for the job. The only alterations I had to make were the removal of an extra strap that wasn't needed and the attachment of some extra Velcro. Apart from that the strap was perfect and should last for many years.

I got my strap from an online website called Better Life Healthcare and it cost around £14.

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Posted by on in Angling

I had a nice chat with Martyn Green the other day on the phone about fishing the River Dart at Totnes the other day. I've never spoken to him before but after our telephone call had learnt so much about where to catch flounder and bass and the best ways to catch them when fishing in the River Dart. If you are looking for a fishing tutor then I don't think you could go wrong with hiring Martyn. You can hire him as a fishing tutor for as little as an hour, or a full day. According to his website he can take up to 4 people.

Go to his website for more information on hiring a fishing tutor in the south-west Devon area

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Posted by on in TV Soap Opera

Just when I thought EastEnders were improving their storylines they do a storyline which involves a double-decker bus mowing several of the residents down in Albert Square.

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A couple of years ago I experimented with Berkely Gulp artificial baits when fishing in the sea. I tried lugworm, ragworm and peeler crab. Even though I did get some interest in the worm baits, and never actually caught anything. With the benefit of hindsight and a few YouTube videos for help, I now realise that I should have scaled down the size of the bait for where I was actually fishing.

So I've just bought myself some 2-inch gulp sandworms which are basically ragworm. I've bought the blood red colour which looks unbelievably realistic in the packet. If I don't catch anything on these them I won't catch on anything.

I'm going to be going fishing in the next few weeks and will be experimenting so check back in a few weeks time to see how I get on.
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Huge congratulations to Brixham quiz team called Abide with Me who appeared on the TV quiz show Eggheads today and actually won. Kevin was actually playing today so being able to win against him is, even more, reason to be congratulated.
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Posted by on in Computer Talk
You've gone to log into the admin side of your Joomla! 3.0 website and you are confronted with a white blank page. Normally when you get an error on a Joomla! website you will actually get a display on the screen of what the error is. If it's not showing you the error then it's very difficult to work out what's wrong. I found a very simple fix for this problem.

In order to see the errors, you need to go to your configuration.php file in your control panel. Open the file in edit mode and look for something similar to $error_reporting = 'default';. All you need to do is replace the "default" with "6135" (minus the quotation marks). When you go back to your website the errors should appear after refreshing the page.

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Posted by on in General Discussion
In light of the 2017 announcement of who is going to be knighted, I feel that this trend of giving knighthoods to anyone who manages to win more than one gold medal is cheapening this highest honour.
Nobody would argue that Mo Farah or Andy Murray are at the very top of their game. Both of these gentlemen have only achieved greatness within a few years. I don't know how much charity work they do, I can't imagine either of them has much time for charity work. Even so, the knighthood is a really massive award and in my opinion, should only be given to people who have really done something special for many years throughout their life.
I would actually suggest that people like David Beckham are more deserving of a knighthood than Mo Farah or Andy Murray. Bruce Forsyth had to wait 50 years for his knighthood. Ken Dodd has been going for God knows how long, he has also just been knighted, and deservedly as well. 
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Posted by on in TV Gossip
Way back in 1983 I watched a TV drama written by Willy Russell. The five-part serial was called One Summer and starred a very young David Morrisey. There aren't many programs from way back in the early 80s that have really stuck with me, however, One Summer affected me in a different way and I have never forgotten watching it. I recently received it as a birthday present and have just watched it again for only the second time in 33 years.
The story revolves mostly around two Liverpudlian schoolfriends, Billy, played by David Morrisey, and Icky, played by Spencer Leigh. Billy doesn't get on with either his sister or his mother and neither him or Icky have a particularly good school attendance record. The local police are out to get Billy. After getting into a dispute with another local gang Billy and Icky catch the train and run away to Wales. They're not sure where they're going in Wales, Billy holidayed there once and Wales has always been somewhere he wanted to get back to.

After arriving in Wales they come across a farmhouse which is home to Kidder, played by James Hazeldean. He takes both lads under his wing and lets them stay with him. Why is Kidder living all alone in Wales? There's more to his story as you will find out.

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Posted by on in YouTube Videos

These are some extremely corny Christmas videos.

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In light of what has been happening to some of the Olympic sports which are lottery funded I'm really not surprised that funding has been withdrawn. I reckon the lottery haven't got the money they used to have which is why they are now tightening their belts.

The National Lottery was at its best when it first started out in 1994. There was one drawer each week with jackpots being typically around the £7 million mark unless there was a rollover. Tickets cost £1 per line. So for a fiver, you could give yourself a pretty good chance of winning something.

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When autumn arrives and water temperatures drop, carp will reduce their feeding considerably. If you are planning on fishing during the colder months then there's a few important things that you should consider. The carp will normally retreat to a slightly deeper parts of the lake so fishing the margins may not be quite as good as it is during the summer months. Because the carp don't eat as much during colder months, there really is no need to pile lots of food in. So forget about lots of ground bait and pellets, and put your large method feeders away until summer arrives again. However, it's always a good idea to give the carp an incentive to come to your hook bait.

Guru tackle have come up with a very nifty device called the . To be honest, there's nothing really sophisticated about the device, it simplicity in itself and it's actually very clever as it enables you to offer up a small amount of pellets right on top of your hook bait. 

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If you like your fish and chips then let me recommend arguably the best fish and chip shop in the whole of Torbay. Simply Fish is located right opposite Brixham harbour just as you come down King Street. I can honestly say I've never had a bad meal from them. They really know how to produce a really tasty battered fish.

I also like the fact that they will provide the fish and chips in separate boxes which stops the fish batter going soggy.

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One of my favourite swims at the Town Parks Fishery just happens to be quite snaggy to the right. The carp know whether snaggy areas are and nine times out of 10 this is where they bolt to when hooked. One of the problems with float fishing tackle around snaggy areas is that when the line is pulled through underwater foliage, the shot will often either get moved on the line, or completely ripped off. Having to reshot the line and rearrange the float every time you catch a fish can get a little bit tiresome. So I have now started using a different float fishing method which completely eliminates the need to use shot on the line.

I've had some Middy fishing semi-loaded crystal wagglers knocking around in my tackle box for some time now. I decided to have a look at them the other day and see exactly how they could benefit me. Because they are only partially loaded they require some extra weight to cock them correctly in the water. What I do is lock the float onto the line with a couple of rubber float stops. Then if the float does get caught and pulled up or down the line, all you have to do is slide it back into place. Floats coming all different sizes.  The one I was using yesterday requires an extra 0.8 g of weight to bring it perfectly down in the water so only the colour was sticking out. Now rather than using split shot to add that extra weight, I opted for Drennan in-line olivettes. Match anglers normally use olivettes on their pole rigs to replace the need for using bulk shot. But there is absolutely nothing wrong with using them on a normal float set up. Like your standard shot, olivettes come in various sizes so you won't have any problem finding the exact weight you need.Because the olivettes slide onto the line, there is absolutely no chance they can fall off. However, they need to be secured on the line so they don't slide. The instructions tell you to use a couple of very small shot to lock the olivettes onto the line. Personally, that really defeats the object of why I'm using them in the first place. So what I do is use a couple of Korum rubber float stops to lock them in place.

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