ART and LITERATURE
These websites concentrate on literature and offer a wide range of opportunities to get your eyes into the covers of a good book or story -
We really like this site - check out the range and choices:
In contrast, here are some websites that offer Fine Art and Styles you might like (Please be aware that some content may be unsuitable for young people for various reasons and we urge you to use caution for that reason. Art can contain adult and sensitive images and themes)
THEATRE and SHOWS
Treat yourself and your family or friends to a superb evening with top entertainment at the LOWTHER PAVILLION opposite Lytham Green.
You can call the box office on
01253 794 221
Or register online for news of shows and performances, plus you can book tickets online too! Go to http://www.lowtherpavilion.co.uk/
We'll try to bring as much variety to the Sport area as possible, not just football but please remember that much of it is seasonal !
We thought a fairway to put the facts to you were these (sorry about that)!
Here are all the golf courses in England in a really useful list format (we think) http://www.englandgolf.org/golfcentral/golf-clubs/lancashire/
And this site gives details of golfing holidays and breaks (it doesn't offer advice on divorce 'though!! http://www.golfbreaks.com/uk/england/default.aspx
These guys profess to offer good deals on green fees, etc- worth checking!
Olympic and associated sports:
Here is a really good site that offers a different perspective on sports of most varieties and what is happening from a formal viewpoint:
You might also like this site about football at the lower levels:
For everything Premier League, check out:
GAMES and GAMING
Don't know if you've come across this site, but it is quite comprehensive and the reviews seem reasonable (any review can be coloured by the reviewer's personal preferences of course!) -
and for games, a site that seems to have a large range and choice is -
and here's another interesting site - especially if you're considering buying a 'used' phone.
For refurbished phones, ipads, ipods, etc:
These sites are worth checking out as well as Amazon, Tesco direct, Asda direct and others.
10 things you didn't know your phone could do. Prepare to be impressed ! ! !
1. Match paint colours
Want to paint your walls the same colour as your duvet – or replicate a colour you’ve seen somewhere else in your own home? Well, ditch the Dulux catalogue and download the paint manufacturer’s free Let’s Colour Studio app on your iPhone instead. All you then do is take a photo and let the app find the colour for you. For about £2, you can order a tester sample to make sure paint shade is just right.
2. Use your phone as a spirit level
Want to make sure the shelves you put up aren’t sloping? Don’t rummage around your toolbox – grab your phone. The free iHandy level app, available on iPhone and Android, is even better. Just place your handset on the item you want straight and it works in the same way as a traditional spirit level, using the phone's accelerometer. However, it also measures the degrees precisely so you can get it bang on zero easily.
3. Start your car
Fed up of going out on cold mornings and having to shiver as you drive off to work? Well, download the Viper Smart App - on either an iPhone, or Android and you won’t have to. You'll need to have attached a Viper SmartStart system to your car's electronics, but the free app lets users unlock the car and turn the ignition remotely. The app and SmartStart system also lets you track the vehicle’s movements – handy if you have teenage children borrowing your car.
4. Measure things
Don’t have a tape measure big enough to measure buildings? No problem – get yourself the £3.99 Dot Measure Pro app for iPhone or the less- effective-but-free Smart Measure Pro app for Android – and your handset will do it for you. All you have to do is point your camera lens at what you want to measure and, using trigonometry, it will calculate how tall and wide it is and far away you are.
5. Design your dream room
Want to rearrange your furniture are worried to risk doing it in case it won’t fit? Well, using the £1.99 Mark On Call iPhone app, you can expertly plan how you want your room to look and the technology will do the maths for you. The app 'measures' furniture, then 'fits' it into a space - no more lifting and shifting in vain.
6. Picture your dream home
Following on from Mark On Call, iPhone owners may want to visualise what the room space they have planned might look like. To help them, the uDecore app creates an augmented reality image of how the chairs, tables and other furniture items might appear.
7. Monitor your heart
Want to know how much your heart races after an encounter with your fire-breathing boss? There’s an app for that. Azumio’s free Instant Heart rate app - available on iPhone, Android and Windows Phone – is so good it has won awards. All you have to do is touch your phone screen for a few seconds and it will tell you how many beats per minute your heart is clocking. It will also let you know where this fits in compared with your and everyone else’s average.
8. Change TV channels
Fed up of losing the remote? Now you can install it on your phone instead.
ThinkFlood's £44.99 RedEye Mini dongle lets you change channels using your iPhone.
Just plug it in, download the software and then point at any TVand click to your heart’s content. The firm promises that an Android-compatible device is coming soon.
9. Turn lights on – and change their colour
Turning on light switches from your wall too much effort? Then do it using your phone. All you need are three Phillips Hue bulbs for an admittedly massive £179.99 and either an Android or iPhone. Then you can turns the lights on or off and – this is its party trick – change the colour emitted from the clever LED lighting.
10. Record TV shows
ForgoT to set your Sky+ box to record a show? Don’t worry – just download the satelite broadcaster’s free Mobile Record app and record and record it remotely from wherever you are in the world.
And . . . . Tell us about a great app you use and we shall be bringing you our favourite app of the week as well - it's good to share!
And . . . . Why not check out our hints about ''Cache' and 'Storage' on your phone or tablet? When you've finished here, click on 'Useful Stuff' and have a read!
MOVIES AND DVDs
A movie gem - 'Dinner Rush'
This exciting, behind-the-scenes drama surrounding an Italian restaurant is lovingly brought to life in ‘Dinner Rush’. Director Bob Giraldi creates a rapid-fire tale of gangsters, gourmet food, high flying chefs, bookies and obnoxious patrons - brought to life with snappy dialogue and an experienced ensemble cast. Brilliant (Ed). Available on Amazon for around £4 - a worthwhile spend!
MUSIC, CDs, DOWNLOADS
Surprise surprise (!) a good music and videos site is http://music.yahoo.com/
and another: http://www.last.fm/
and another: http://www.bbc.co.uk/music this has multiple options to whet your musical appetite. The BBC still does it well, don't you think?
but we like the best, for its genre choices and range: http://www.jango.com/
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This device is indispensable for any car. Have had one in the boot for a few years and it has got me out of trouble about four times. Also helped a very grateful friendly neighbour once. Silverline portable charger for about £32.00 from Amazon. Brilliant on those cold wet mornings when the car won't start!
If you're saying this Autumn or Winter "I have nothing to do!" No more excuses - here is a list of 60 things to do the next time you are bored!
1. Write a story and put it up on a website – see if anyone likes it (remember it has to be Legal, Decent Honest & True – don’t upset others!)
2. Go swimming / play tennis, basketball, shooting or archery (local Scouts or YMCA often has these facilities
3. Attend a school or college football game, or another sport
4. Play touch football with friends
5. Have a Charity Shop challenge (everyone buys something from any charity shop and the best gets a prize!)
6. Eat chocolate then go for a jog!
7. Take out your camera, get some good / interesting shots / you might have a talent / show your friends
8. Read a scary book or one that makes you laugh
9. Go for a hike with friends – not on your own!
10. Play Group games: Twister, Charades, Pictionary, Football Monopoly, etc
11. Make home made Chilli or Pizza
12. Make a seasonal imaginative salad
13. Knit a scarf
14. Press leaves
15. Play Blind Man's Buff (google it for how to play - good fun for 3 or more!)
16. Donate food to a food bank
17. Have a Harry Potter party
18. Organise a Treasure Hunt
19. Have a home made cakes and cookies party, everyone has to contribute!
20. Go apple picking or other seasonal fruit - not someone's garden!
21. Make art of out leaves
22. Take a mate or two and go to a working farm for some help-out fun
23. Drink fancy coffees / teas
24. Bake pies
25. Have a photo-shoot in a leaf pile
26. Make toffee apples
27. Decorate or change your room round
28. Earn extra cash by walking dogs, discuss with your parents first, be safe!
29. Bake biscuits, then eat them with your friends - yummy!
30. Take a nature walk
31. Think of creative Halloween costume ideas
32. TRICK OR TREAT, because who hates sweets and chocolate?!
33. Decorate/carve pumpkins
34. Have a Picnic inside or out!
35. Have an apple dunking party
36. Write a funny story for any children in your family - they will love it!
37. Go to your local theatre - you may be surprised at what's on
38. Learn to knit
40. Visit your local football club, learn their history, buy a cheap momento
41. Have a bonfire party - even in summer!
42. Go to a car boot sale. Take your own stall with friends?
43. Pick fruit from a farmers market
44. Have a Halloween party
45. Go to a local fair (tabletop/church/school) Find something really cool!
46. Watch old scary movies
47. Dye your hair seasonal or sensational colours
48. Go to an outdoor concert
49. Buy a second-hand game. Save your money, why does it have to be new?
50. Have a sleepover
51. Have a seasonal BBQ with friends
52. Make something from old stuff. Cut up jeans, dye something, feels good!
53. Have a photo shoot competition with your friends, include your pets
54. Bead some bracelets
55. Airbrush paint art, tee-shirts and other nifty things!
56. Take your dog for a walk.
57. Go paint balling or laserquest (can be a bit expensive 'though)
58. Make a scarecrow in your garden
59. Be arty - draw a self portrait, or invite a friend and draw each other!
60. Have a tug-o-war over a mud hole with friends!
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