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A smiley place - with music, gadgets, literature, games, sport, DVDs, movies, apps, and more . . .

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 -


http://www.guardian.co.uk/books


http://www.priceminister.co.uk/nav/Books


http://www.google.co.uk/images?hl=en&rlz=1G1GGLQ_ENUK305&q=books&um=1&ie=UTF-8&source=univ&ei=KC3bTPe3L4aEhQem5Kz_Dw&sa=X&oi=image_result_group&ct=title&resnum=6&ved=0CF4QsAQwBQ&biw=1362&bih=538


http://www.thebookpeople.co.uk/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/qs_home_tbp?storeId=10001&catalogId=10051&langId=100


We really like this site - check out the range and choices:


http://www.thebookpeople.co.uk/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/qs_home_tbp?storeId=10001&catalogId=10051&langId=100


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)


http://www.tanzende.com/


http://www.marlboroughfineart.com/international.php


http://121clicks.com/inspirations/fine-art-photographers-a-collection-of-portfolio-websites


http://firecrackerfashion.blogspot.co.uk/2011/10/ronnie-woods-exhibition-comes-to.html


http://peter-williams-art.blogspot.co.uk/2012_01_01_archive.html


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/ 


SPORT

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 !


Golf:

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!


http://www.teeofftimes.co.uk/featured-offers/cheap-tee-times


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:


http://www.uksport.gov.uk/


Football:

You might also like this site about football at the lower levels:


https://www.sportengland.org/search/?q=football&btnSearch=Go 


 For everything Premier League, check out:


 https://www.premierleague.com/matchweek/1605/blog


. . . . and there's more !

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!) -

http://reviews.cnet.co.uk/gadgets-and-gaming/


and for games, a site that seems to have a large range and choice is -

http://www.game.co.uk/


and here's another interesting site - especially if you're considering buying a 'used' phone.

http://www.smartfonestore.com/


For refurbished phones, ipads, ipods, etc:


https://www.musicmagpie.co.uk


https://www.hotukdeals.com/vouchers/store.musicmagpie.co.uk


These sites are worth checking out as well as Amazon, Tesco direct, Asda direct and others.


GADGETS

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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a must for your car

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!

things to do when you're young and bored !

Something for everyone - really!

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!

teen stuff

Some websites if you like opinion or news. Remember there are many newspapers you can check out!

Help lines available to young people

Frank (24 Hours)

0800 776600 (free)

For confidential help and advice with drug-related problems


Childline

0800 1111 (free)

For anyone under 18 who is in danger or distress or who needs advice


RU Thinking

For confidential advice on emergency contraception

0800 28 29 30 (free)


The Samaritans

08457 90 90 90 (local rate call)

A helpline giving emotional support for anyone in a crisis


Child Protection (NSPCC)

0808 800 5000


Victim Support Line

0845 30 30 900

For anyone affected by crime


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