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The ultimate Scalextric ?

3-2-1-Goooooooooooo!

Obsession? Nah, we're just jealous!

An American Scalextric enthusiast has built what appears to be the most realistic circuit ever constructe. James Harlan of White Lake, Michigan, didn't simply buy as much Scalextric clobber as he could get his hands on - he spent around £3,700 and took three years to customise an incredible 145ft racing track which includes 19 corners. It also features life-like pit lanes, a 19ft-long bridge and incredibly accurate scenery that includes skyscrapers, safety cars and television cameras!

Our world in their hands - really?

Clueless

Anyone who totally fails to see the risks of taking significant and crucial actions and decisions - including seriously misjudging the outcome of her own 'called' general election and dangerously hangs onto the coat tails of the Americans - especially now they are led by the erratic and unstable Trump shouldn't be PM in my opinion. I don't know about you but I don't want my children and grandchildren to become Russian crisps because of manic gung-ho Trump and his followers. What about the hugely under-funded and under-staffed NHS and the Social Care of people here at home?

Brainless

The verbal cock-ups uttered by this man are innumerable. What was Teresa May thinking giving this man the most important international job in our government? He is not fit for purpose. He even looks like Trump! In these days of world troubles and unrest, surely we need a true diplomat who is capable of dealing at the highest levels with world leaders without causing friction and irritation as he goes. Other world leaders must be laughing at us with this guy as our representative abroad. Why does Oliver Hardy come to mind?

Dangerous Sociopath

A sociopath can be defined as a person who has a serious Antisocial Personality Disorder. This disorder is characterised by a total disregard for the feelings of others, a lack of remorse or shame, manipulative behavior, unchecked egocentricity and the easy willingness to use and repeatedly lie to other people in order to achieve their goals. Sociopaths consider other people merely tools to be used and abused and can be very dangerous. Many of us know one and they are often very successful people. It's easy to see why. Ed.

New at School

Aggggggh!

There is  talk about the possibility of teaching young teens about porn (with moving clips). The reason given is that it is all online and easy to access. It is said that 90+% will have watched hard porn by the time they are 14 and it would be sensible to give perspective to this and point out that these people are actors and real relationship sex isn't like that. What do you think? (Source The Wright Stuff Channel 5)

Is time being called on analog clocks?

It seems that our children can't tell the time on standard analogue clocks or our teachers haven't the time (sorry) to teach them. So there is talk of dropping learning the time in school in favour of just digital time pieces. By the way, this is a picture of a typical school clock. (Source The Wright Stuff Channel 5) What do you think?

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What she really means . . . . How to decode what she says

Words are not enough

…for women, that is. “Words are just part of women’s communication process and will often use them in context, adding real meaning with body language or tone of voice,” says Julia. “Men, however, tend to use words in a ‘say it straight or you’ll get it crooked’ fashion – which is why they’re often accused of being tactless or blunt.” 

No questions asked

So if your other half has said she doesn’t want anything for Valentine’s Day, how can you figure out what’s really going on in her head?


“What women often mean when we say we don’t want a gift or treat is that we didn’t want to be asked,” explains Julia. “Asking shows a lack of understanding of our character and our emotions. If we have to agree to a gift and even tell you what we want, that gift will instantly become unromantic and meaningless. For women, gifts are a measure of understanding and effort on a guy’s behalf.”


It’s the thought that counts

Julia suggests that while we might say we don't want a fuss, we do want the guy to want to make one. Confusing, huh! “We want a man to be able to evaluate our words versus our true feelings, just like when we say we’re ‘fine’, when our body language and vocal tone clearly signal that we’re not.”

How to get it just right

So can’t you just come out and ask what she means? “Challenging a woman is never a good idea here,” warns Julia. “Then you’re calling her bluff on the incongruent signalling, or worse, accusing her of lying. Better to plan a surprise which you deliver with the line ‘I know you said you didn’t want anything but I wanted to let you know how I feel about you’. Focus on the outgoing aspect of the gifting process – that you wanted to give it, rather than the fact that she wanted to receive it. Never make her feel greedy.”

Do some detective work

But how do you go about deciding how much fuss to make? If you’re going to bring up the subject of the gift, Julia recommends talking to your partner face to face so you can check out her vocal tone and body language. “If she looks or sounds faintly annoyed (tight lips, averted gaze, even a dismissive shrug), then she’s indicating you were wrong to ask, but not wrong to get something. If she laughs and sounds too bright and breezy, she’s being modest. Look for an over-stretched smile and lots of eye contact plus some extravagant gesticulation.


“If you manage to make your offer while the gift is in view, i.e. you’re both looking in the jewellery shop window, only focus on her eye gaze. If she wants something she’ll gaze at it longingly despite denying the fact she wants it, or she may look away but then return her gaze to the gift after a pause.” 


And if you’re still unsure? Remember it’s the gesture that is important, so buy tickets to a concert or gig you know she wants to see, or for a pretty fail-safe option that shows you care and doesn’t cost the earth, cook her favourite dinner.


A few interesting websites for the boys

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Inspiration

Always aim at complete harmony of thought and word and deed. Always aim at purifying your thoughts and everything will be well.

-- Mahatma Gandhi


Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any one thing.

-- Abraham Lincoln


Be nice to people on your way up because you meet them on your way down.

-- Jimmy Durante


Be not the slave of your own past. Plunge into the sublime seas, dive deep and swim far, so you shall come back with self-respect, with new power, with an advanced experience that shall explain and overlook the old.

-- Ralph Waldo Emerson


Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.

-- Theodore Roosevelt


Don't say you don't have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michaelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein.

-- H. Jackson Brown


Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there.

-- Will Rogers


Every really new idea looks crazy at first.

-- Alfred North Whitehead


History will be kind to me for I intend to write it.

-- Sir Winston Churchill


I haven't failed, I've found 10,000 ways that don't work.

-- Thomas Edison


If you cannot work with love but only with distaste, it is better that you should leave your work.

-- Kahlil Gibran


If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.

-- Henry David Thoreau


Imagination is more important than knowledge...

-- Albert Einstein


Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine and at last you create what you will.

-- George Bernard Shaw


It is common sense to take a method and try it. If it fails, admit it frankly and try another. But above all, try something.

-- Franklin D. Roosevelt


It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.

-- Aristotle


It's a funny thing about life; if you refuse to accept anything but the best, you very often get it.

-- W. Somerset Maugham


It's kind of fun to do the impossible.

-- Walt Disney


Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.

-- Mark Twain


One word frees us of all the weight and pain of life: That word is love.

-- Sophocles


Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in getting up every time we do.

-- Confucius


Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work.

-- Aristotle


The aim of life is self-development. To realize one's nature perfectly - that is what each of us is here for.

-- Oscar Wilde


The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources.

-- Albert Einstein


The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them.

-- Albert Einstein


The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good.

-- Samuel Johnson


The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser people so full of doubts.

l-- Bertrand Russell


While we are postponing, life speeds by.

-- Seneca

A good idea

Free calls?

0800 numbers are free, by law, from mobiles but the rest of the 08 and 03 market and other prefixes is a very grey area. Check with your mobile network provider what is free and what is not. Get them to email or text you with the answer so that if they get it wrong (and they do!) you can prove what was said!


"He said" "she said"

On Android phones you can download free apps which allow you to record phone calls. You can choose to record automatically all calls or click to record individual calls. You are alloed to do this for your own use, but not to pass to others without permission. However, this will prove when someone has said something to you, they later deny. Online stores, service providers, etc.

Check the cost before you call

There are some 'wizards' available on iPhonea and Android which allow you to enter the premium rate number (08 / 09 / etc) and in many cases you will be given the normal 'geographic' number (01 / 02 / etc). For example "Saynoto0870", there are of course others.

Annoying male habits - yes guys, they exist !!

If you don't believe us - ask your beloved.

 

We love you, guys, but these things are driving us crazy . . . .

You know that moment when your eyes widen and you think, did he really just do that? Sometimes, no matter how much you love him, your man does that one thing that just irritates the hell of you.

Research shows annoying behavior can actually slow down your brain activity. So listen up ladies, you've got your minds to protect. Here are 10 things you must get your guys to put the kibosh on.


1. Planning Spontaneous Trips
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This might be a shocker, but we hate surprises. British Airways conducted a survey and found that not only 60% of women hate surprises, nearly a third felt unexpected trips are on their list of "don'ts." The problem with unplanned getaways is we don’t have enough time to prepare. Turns out, we need about 7 days and 11 hours notice in order to fully enjoy a romantic vacation. Guys, please give us this time — we wouldn't want to leave our toothbrush behind.

2. Falling Asleep After sex:
Want to feel insecure and attention-starved? Tell your guy that once sex is done he should skip the pillow talk, roll over and get some shuteye. University psychologists who conducted the study say chatting and cuddling are just as important as what happens before sex — or even during the act itself. A man falling asleep before his partner is thought to be a non-conscious act that lets him avoid any conversations about commitment. Real sneaky, guys - but we're not sure that's actually true. You might just have tired him out!

3. Not Listening:
This one should come as no surprise (to either sex). According to a survey done by the laundry company Ariel, more than one third of women said not listening was their partner’s worst habit and is only made worse when men repeat the last few words back to you like a parrot. Rude! But can you blame him for not paying attention? Not always. A 'Live Science' study finds that men and women focus differently—and that men are likely to be distracted by what's going on in the background. Eyes over here, fellas!

4. Leaving The Toilet Seat Up
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It may sound like a cliché, but according to Ariel, this is the second most annoying male habit. Sure, when he leaves the seat up it takes only a second for us to put it back down, but it still feels disrespectful — as though he's not listening to you. Remember how annoyed that makes you? See above.

5. Leaving Toenail Clippings And Beard Shavings Around
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Ariel found that leaving clippings and shavings around the house was a big (not to mention gross) annoyance — 18% of women cited it as their top male idiosyncrasy. Single ladies take note of cleanliness too. 'Coupon Cabin' found poor hygiene to be the biggest dating deal-breaker. That being said guys, keep shaving because we often don't like beards, they can be scratchy, if you know what we mean!

6. Leaving clothes all over the place:

Whether you help around the house or not, your dirty laundry doesn't belong on the bedroom floor, the bathroom floor, the bath, or over the back of the couch! Also your other half isn't there to clear up after you. So grow up a little and keep your home tidy (and 'sock-smells' free)!

7. Displaying A Poor Sense of Style:


In a recent survey, Ariel found that 60% of single women consider clothing to be a top dating deal-breaker. From the haircut to the shoes, we're taking note. Plus, if you're wearing the right colour, we're taking numbers too. The survey found that men who wear purple, followed by black, have a better chance of scoring a date. What colour should the guys ditch? Pink.

8. Treating The Waiter Poorly:


How you treat strangers says a lot about you— and when you lose your cool over something small, it's a turnoff. According to 'Coupon Cabin', 80% of women find a partner’s negative exchange with servers, hosts or hostesses to be a dating deal-breaker.

9. Using Your Mobile On A Date
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Addictions and dependency to mobile devices are on the rise, and yes, we're totally attached to ours too – but using a mobile during or throughout a date? No way. Whether he's checking the score or texting his pals, it irks us at any stage of the relationship. 'Coupon Cabin' revealed 82% of women consider this a deal-breaker.

10. Trying To Go Through The Back Door:

'Men's Health' surveyed women on their least favorite sex positions and much to the dismay of guys, doggy style was at the top of the list. Women felt it was too painful and not intimate enough. Guys, there are plenty of positions out there, let's back off (no pun intended) this one.


Do you agree with this list? What annoying habit did we leave out, email us with anything else that really irks you!

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Man builds stunnning 'hobbit house' for just £3,000 !

A man has built a hillside home reminiscent of a hobbit house from JRR Tolkien's Lord of the Rings — on a budget of just £3,000.

Simon Dale constructed the woodland home for his family in Wales, taking only four months to fully complete the project with help from his father-in-law. Built with "maximum regard for the environment" it contains a cosy living room, an open-plan kitchen and a split-level bedroom area. The home is also adorned with fairy lights and wooden furniture to complete the look.

"These sort of low-cost, natural buildings have a place not only in their own sustainability but also in their potential to provide affordable housing which allows people access to land and the opportunity to lead simple, sustainable lives," he said.

Designed to be fully sustainable, the home is heated by a wood burner while solar panels on the roof provide power. It also has water supplied by a nearby spring — completing provider-free utilities.

"Being your own have-a-go architect is a lot of fun and allows you to create and enjoy something which is part of yourself," said Dale. "Building from natural materials does away with producer's profits and the cocktail of carcinogenic poisons that fill most modern buildings".

Dale completed the home while his wife and two children camped in the nearby countryside, moving in after the timber frame and roof had been completed. Despite having no previous experience as a builder or carpenter the ambitious plans came to fruition.

"This kind of building is accessible to anyone. My main relevant skills were being able bodied, having self belief and perseverance and a mate or two to give a lift now and again," he explained.


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Child Safety

This brilliant app works on iPhone (iOS) and Android. It lets you know at all times where your child is. Do check it out. There is a limited free version or you can pay around £20 a year for the full and comprehensive version. Well worth it.

 Doctor: "I'm sorry, but you suffer from a terminal illness and have only 10 to live."

Patient: "What do you mean, 10? 10 what? Months? Weeks?!"

Doctor: "Nine, eight, seven"

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