My Magical New Windows

Isn`t a childs imagination a wonderful thing? I am going to give you an account of the day our house had new windows put in and how as a small boy it seemed to transform my whole universe. Here is a recount of my feelings and what I saw on that magical day.

It was a Monday morning, but this particular Monday I rose excitedly bright and early from my bed and hurried downstairs. This was not because I was looking forward to school, and it wasn`t even because it was a school holiday, it was because my Mum and Dad had ordered new windows for our home including my bedroom window!! And they were going to be double glazed windows too!! I was beside myself with excitement!

“What time are the window men coming” I blurted out to my Mum who had only just emerged from bed herself and was just putting the kettle on. “9.00 but its not yet 7.30 so please calm down!!” I calmed down, at least for my breakfast, and sat there looking at the clock in the kitchen.

Let me give you a bit of background information. We weren`t a rich family, weren`t desperately poor as Dad had a job at the Post Office but there were 3 kids to feed and bills and clothes and food and as my Mum often said money doesn`t grow on trees. The house was in a bit of a state, especially my bedroom window. Draughts got through the side so it was bitterly cold in the winter, it was scratched and dirty both inside and out with mould often forming on the sills, and I couldn`t see through it properly, and when I did the marks and scratches made me conjure up ghosts and bogey men in the twilight as my fevered mind would play tricks with me.

Then the window men came. They were nice men which was unusual and they smiled and chatted to me as they went about their work as I watched. My window was done in about 90 minutes flat and it was awesome!!!! The sun had come out and was blasting through the new double glazing, there was no noise from outside for the first time I can ever remember.

The window seemed twice as wide as normal and something magical was happening. I could suddenly see hot air balloons billowing up into the sky, a huge rainbow emerged with a young lady sat astride it waving at me, and I could see New York right outside, people with cool hats on scurrying across the streets, bright yellow taxis everywhere, theatres, cafes and restaurants on every corner, and skyscrapers as far as the eye can see.

The scene swiftly changed to Sydney harbour bridge and then onto Africa where I watched wildebeest, lions, snakes and monkeys from my window. I spent an age staring out at all these scenes, entranced and bewiched, until my Mum called me down for tea.

I had these visions many times through my childhood, sometimes whilst looking through my window and sometimes whilst sleeping and although they weren`t real they were some of the best times of my life. And all because of my brand new magical window.


The Conservatives Are Hell Bent On Scrapping The Disability Living Allowance

David Cameron is going to scrap the Disability Living Allowance in society and it seems nothing is going to stop him. The Disability Living Allowance is a godsend to many disabled people as it allows them to live their life on their terms and it gives them an independence that it would be impossible to have otherwise. Unfortunately it seems the Conservatives are looking to save money by targeting the most vulnerable people in society such as the disabled, the homeless and the unemployed.

The Disability Living Allowance means that disabled people can get out and about and can join in with the community and contribute to society as well. They can get carers when they need them who will help them with the things that it is impossible to do on their own. It means they can have a life worth living, whereas without this allowance many disabled people will have long hours on their own stuck in their accommodation and many will also have to go into residential care and completely lose their independence.

In defence of this the government say that the disabled who obtain this allowance will be able to apply for financial and other help from their local council, but the problem with this is that the funds are not ring fenced so that many councils will either give limited help or no help at all as they are under pressure to make cuts in all sectors as their budgets have been drastically cut over the last few years.

What the disabled who previously have had an indefinite award for Disability Living Allowance will have to apply for after October of this year is Personal Independence Payments. The Department of Work and Pensions will be inviting them to make a claim but it is likely that many may not respond and be very fearful of what the future holds for them. It is hoped they get the legal advice they require.

This change in circumstances for the disabled will have a huge impact on their quality of life and they will be unable to have the full and active life they once had which is a very cruel blow to many of these people.

In summary this scrapping of the allowance is a move that will cause consternation for many disabled people and we must just hope that the DWP and councils are generous with helping them out in the future but it is difficult to be too positive at this moment in time.

For advice and information on any legal matters a good solicitors that can give you sound advice are Gus Campbell Solicitors in Northern Ireland.

Smyth Window Systems Open Windows Of Opportunity For You

Now I do like a good window! A window is your entrance (or exit) from the outside world, it can either keep you in touch with the neighborhood or keep you safe from the neighborhood, or both as the circumstances dictate. I like lovely big open windows that let as much light as possible into the room.

The reason I mention all of this to you is that I came across Smyth Window Systems who are based in Portadown in Northern Ireland, and they have such a good selection of windows to choose from I thought i had to share them with you, so without further ado here goes:

Sliding Sash Windows

Above are what is commonly known as Sliding Sash Windows which are very traditional but still popular in new housing even today because I suspect they look so cool!

Casement Windows

Now this one is a Casement Window, and these are great as if it is a hot day you can make your home bright and breezy by opening up the windows as seen on the picture, and it is a very modern and clean design.

Tilt And Turn Windows

Tilt and Turn Windows are very flexible and again are useful for opening up and letting the air into the room. The windows can be tilted open at the top to provide lots of ventilation and these are particular favouritesof mine.

French Windows

As we all know the French are a very bright and clever race (though a touch argumentative at times!!) and they created the wonderful French Windows which can give you maximum ventilation and unrestricted access. Voila!!

Triple Glazed Windows

And last but definitely not least we have the Triple Glazed Windows which are very useful if like me you live in the UK and it barely rises above freezing even in the summer! These of course help keep the warmth and so the heating bills down and also cut down the amount of condensation in the air.

There are many other window variations of course but I thought I would just give you a flavour of some of my favourite ones. As for Smyth Window Systems, I suggest you check them out.

Contacting Your Database Just Got A Whole Lot Easier

I have found a new way of instantly contacting my database, and with open rates I could only dream of before, and I love it!! You see I have found a solution which is known as TextSolution and this company have a sure fire way of helping you contact all your customers or potential customers or group members in an instant.

Lets go through how this system all works; You can build a database of your clients mobile phone numbers and store it in the TextSolution system, and from there you can instantly contact all these people on their mobile phones by text from either your computer or your own mobile phone if you are on the move and you want to use this facility.

And the great advantage to contacting all these clients or group members by text is that the open rate is incredible and so your message gets through to them every time. On average it seems that contacting someone by email will lead to a 5% open rate, whereas if you contact someone by text the open rate is going to be approx 94%!! This is astonishing and believe me it can totally turn your business around if you use this method to contact clients.

Instant Text Messaging is the way forward for businesses without a doubt and it can be equally as important for charity organisations, football, cricket and rugby clubs etc, as they can get in touch with their members at the drop of a hat.

There is also another advantage to TextSolution as you can text people and send the same information as you would in an email, so for instance you can send attachments in the text such as pictures, videos, PDF documents etc etc. So you have all the advantages of emails but with a far, far better open rate as you are sending the information by text. When you send someone a text they very often open it in a few minutes, and sometimes a few seconds, whereas if you send someone an email if they open it at all it is likely they will not open it straight away but a few hours down the line.

So as you can see TextSolution has a great deal going for it, and on top of this it is very reasonably priced and you can also get a 14 day free trial at the moment so what are you waiting for!!

Jewellery Maketh The Woman But Not The Man

Granted this is not an objective viewpoint but we are a broad church and there is room for all here. I will probably get accused of being old school and stuck in the dark ages but I believe that jewellery looks great on a woman but rather naff on a man at best. With women a piece of jewellery can enhance their outfit or their particular look. A beautiful necklace or bracelet, some fabulous looking rings, a stunning brooch, some gorgeous looking earrings, or some other type of body jewellery.

With men it just makes them look either far too flash or just plain ridiculous. Some of the worst cases can be some gaudy pendant, some great big blingy rings or ear and nose piercings. They might as well have numpty written large across their forehead!

Women wear jewellery in the main to look stylish and classy, they take great pride in finding the right jewellery for the particular outfit they will be wearing and they ensure it all matches so they look the part (I know I am generalising here to the nth degree but bear with me!). And they know they can fair turn a mans head if they get it just right which many of them invariably do.

Some men think they are wearing jewellery to look stylish but little do they know that no-one apart from the seriously deluded (and I accept that there are more of the seriously deluded around than is good for the rest of us) think that they look at all dapper.

Now there is also the case of body jewellery such as nose studs, lip studs, nipple piercing, eyebrow piercing and tongue piercing. Again some women can carry off some of these types of jewellery and they can even look rather fabulous in some instances, but men in the main tend to look like demented thugs.

So in summary if you are a man and you think you can impress the girls (or maybe the guys) by wearing some bling then you may just like to think again. Instead I would try to find a stylish shirt to wear or get yourself a new haircut, or maybe a natty pair of shoes or loafers as they are much more likely to do the trick. Be a real man and wear good, stylish clothes and leave the bling to some other poor deluded fool.

Is A Personal Trainer Really Needed To Up Your Game

I have my moments, not so many these days at my delicate age, when I get fit and firing and work really hard at my fitness but it never lasts for more than a few weeks at the very most. I create a plan of action, motivate myself and things go swimmingly for a while and then—-

I have a day when I feel a bit sore, or I am not feeling too well, or I just feel dog tired and so I don`t follow my plan that day, I don`t do the required exercises and I eat the wrong foods and then it is just a slippery slope that leads back to where I started from. Which leads me to the main thrust of this post which is if people need a personal trainer to really push and motivate them or if they can go it alone if they have the required motivation. One thing I have found is that I do need some extra motivation and I suspect most people are exactly the same, as when the going gets tough when you are working out or dieting on your own it is too easy to find an excuse to step off the gas.

Personal trainers can help you in a variety of areas. Of course you can work in tandem with a colleague or friend and get fit together and this can work fine for people but it is always good if you can have a real professional by your side who knows exactly what you need to be doing day by day and week by week.

Firstly you need to make sure you choose a good personal trainer, check some out thoroughly and ask around for recommendations from some trusted friends. Then you have a good chance of getting yourself in the shape you always wanted to be in.

A good personal trainer will set out a daily and weekly plan of action. He will start you off fairly gently and then up the pace as you progress. He will make sure you are properly exercising all the main muscle groups, and in a way that will hopefully avoid any injuries to yourself. He will also make sure you have a diet that will give you all the energy you need for your exercise program and give you directions on when you should eat, what you should eat and how much you should eat.

He will also see the signs when you are beginning to tire, give you some extra motivation and ensure you have an enjoyable and varied exercise program so that you never see the exercising as a chore. Yes, the right personal trainers can be worth their weight in gold.

Has Making A Personal Injury Claim Been Made More Difficult In Recent Times?

There has in the last few years been a clampdown on bogus whiplash injury claims by the government and this has now led to less money in total being awarded for whiplash injuries in the intervening period. But it would be wrong to assume that making a personal injury claim has been made more difficult per se.

The fact of the matter is that if you have a personal injury claim that has very little substance to it then you now most certainly have less chance of getting awarded compensation for your perceived injuries. But if you have a genuine injury that can be medically proven then there is absolutely no reason for you not to win your claim to compensation. That is providing of course that you can prove that the accident you have had was not your fault but of a third party.

The authorities acted to tighten up proceedings in the wake of figures showing that there was more compensation awarded for whiplash injuries in the UK than any other country in Europe, and they felt that they had to act to stop any fraudulent claims. There have certainly been individuals and groups of people over the years who have exploited these types of injuries and set up accidents so as to benefit from compensation for supposed injuries.

Now if you are involved in a road traffic accident and you go to hospital with a whiplash injury you will be more rigorously checked out and tested than previously so as to be sure that your injuries are real. As previously mentioned you have nothing to worry about as long as you are truthful and only go to get checked out if you think you do have a whiplash injury.

The process with your insurers and solicitors is also more rigorous and you do have to prove that you have indeed received a personal injury to yourself that was not your fault. With the help of your solicitor though you can negotiate any hurdles that anybody puts in front of you to receive the compensation you deserve.

We certainly don`t want to go back to the days when people did not bother putting any claims in the majority of the time. as it is important that people if they have had an injustice against them do act and try to get compensation for their injuries and/or the time off work they require as a result.

10 Relaxation Techniques To Energise You

In todays high octane world you can sometimes forget about what are the real essential ingredients to a happy and fulfilling life as you lose yourself in work, looking after the kids, sorting out your home etc. One person you really have to start looking after, as well as the rest of your family, is yourself. Being healthy both mentally as well as physically is so important and you will find you will function so much better when you look after the inner you.
One of the best ways to get your mojo back is to try a few relaxation techniques. If you manage your time well you can put a little part of your day aside each day to relax and look after yourself, do this and you will be amazed at how much productive you will be with the rest of your time during the day.
Here are 10 different but equally useful ways to relax:
1. Meditation: meditation is a wonderful method of relaxation to get rid of all of lifes stresses and strains. The main tenet of meditation is to concentrate on your breathing, breathe deeply in and out and feel the air moving in and out of your body. I would try to meditate for at least 10 minutes up to half an hour at a time if possible.
2. Progressive Relaxation: this is a technique where you tense up a certain part of your body and then relax it and then move onto another part of your body. You could start with your neck, tense the muscles up and then relax and feel the muscles loosen and then go to your shoulder muscles and so on. This can be very effective.
3. Drink Green Tea: green tea is both relaxing and high in antioxidants and you can derive great benefits from a couple of cups of green tea each day. Sit down, concentrate on sipping your tea and let the world pass you by for a few minutes.
4. Creative Visualisation: this is great!! Close your eyes, relax, and visualise yourself having a great time, doing something you always wanted to do, maybe being praised for something you have done really well. Work really hard at picturing yourself in a positive situation so you can virtually ouch the images you are conjuring up in your mind. You will feel a million dollars after a few minutes of creative visualisation. Try to do this at least once a day.
5. Yoga: yoga is something that can be enjoyed whether as a beginner or an experienced exponent. Good fun to learn, and it gives you a great feeling of well-being.
6. Running: if you are fit enough to go for a run it can give you a real buzz as those endorphins are released into your bloodstream. Always run within your limits, enjoy the feeling of freedom when running and blow away the cobwebs of your working day.
7. Dance: dancing is one of THE best ways to relax and to learn to let yourself go. The exercise makes you feel good, and it is a great way to tone up your body, and listening to music you love is also good for the soul. Dance at a club or dance in your house, whichever just dance!!
8. Aromatherapy: this is very therapeutic, soothing oils such as lavender and tea tree oil can have great calming effects upon your body and mind.
9. Dog Walking: walking your dog can be such a relaxing activity, just watching your dog enjoying itself can be one of lifes great pleasures. Also stroking a dog is very relaxing.
10. Laughing: having a good old laugh releases endorphins into your brain and can boost your immune system. Let yourself go once in a while, get with people you like and love and have a laugh.
I hope you can practice at least 2 or 3 of the above each and every day and I promise you that if you do you will feel 10 times more healthier, sharper, and energetic. Enjoy!!

Jewellery Can Be Worn Just About Everywhere!

Jewellery is a huge part of many peoples individuality nowadays and many go hand in hand with the tattoos they have emblazoned across parts of their body. Jewellery can be worn on the ears and wrists and fingers as is tradition but now the options are endless with jewellery available for noses, lips, nipples, toes, genitals and anywhere else you can think of.

There is a very good article on jewellery which describes all the types of jewellery along with all the different types of material that can be used to make it.

On the material available it says “There are many types of materials that jewellery can be made out of, from gold and gold plated to silver, surgical steel, acrylic, glass, bioplast, titanium, silicone and also natural materials like wood, bone, tooth, coral, fossils and gemstones. Natural materials can in fact give you some very unique, distinctive and quirky pieces of jewellery and are well worth checking out.”

To read the full article you can check it out here at the following link: A Guide To Jewellery

How Important Are Energy Efficient Windows In your Home?

With energy bills at record levels across the UK it is so important that you do everything you can to be more energy efficient in your home and one area you can make improvements on is to have energy efficient windows.
There are various ways that you can stop heat from escaping from your home, and these include double or triple glazed windows, secondary glazing, or you could try more dense, heavy or longer curtains.
And it is not just a reduction in your energy bills that you can effect by using one of the above methods; keeping the heat in your home can mean a less draughty house with fewer cold areas in it, you will also leave a smaller carbon footprint and so will be doing more to protect our planet from the extensive damage we have already done to it by our over use of fossil fuels.
energy efficient windows can also greatly reduce external noise and give you more peace and quiet in your home. And they can also reduce the condensation that often builds up on your windows which can cause damp patches eventually in your home and be very unsightly.
If you use a good window supplier you should get at least 20 years from any double glazing that you have installed, and if you don`t I would want to know why?!! You can base how efficient your double glazing is by checking these 3 areas:
1. How efficient are they at keeping heat from escaping from your home
2. Does the sunlight pass through the windows clearly and easily
3. Or there any draughts escaping through any part of the window
If you have an issue with any of the above I would contact your supplier and ask them to sort out this issue.
One thing to bear in mind is that although you would think that triple glazed windows would be more efficient than double glazed windows this is not always the case as there can be more condensation issues sometimes with triple glazing and your home can get less light in if the windows are not perfectly installed.
With regard to frames for your energy efficient windows there are 4 clear choices which are uPVC frames, aluminium or steel frames, wooden frames and composite frames. Of these 4 choices the one that you may not be familiar with and not know a lot about are composite frames. These have an inner timber frame and are covered with aluminium or plastic, and these can be very effective as they are weatherproof and also do not need a great deal of maintenance.