women welcome too!
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!
AND . . . . Forget 'Forza' on XBox, check this out !
Set up a simple additional bank or building society account that gives you a debit card. You can do this in your name or give your child their own account - if they are over 11 they can have a proper free account. You can do this on-line with a number of banks if it's a 2nd account for you, but if the child is to have their own account, you'll need to nip into a branch - it takes about 10 mins and you'll need your own debit card and the child's birth certificate. Link the new account to the XBox or whatever for the monthly 'Live' payment (usually about £5.99pm) and, importantly, that account will be the one the child can use to download and pay for anything else. Set up a monthly Standing Order or Transfer to that account from your main bank account the day before the XBox Live or whichever is due. When your child wants anything else he/she will have to ask you and you can decide to do a simple transfer to the new account if you want to - or not! Result: No surprise debits on your bank account and the cost of doing this is zero! It can also be used as s simple incentive plan for your child do do their jobs / homework / etc.
We've added this to 'Woman Zone' too, as it's such a big subject at the moment.
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 out of you.
Research shows annoying behavior can actually slow down your brain activity. So listen 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
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
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
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 :
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 these irritations? What annoying habit did we leave out, email us with anything else that really bugs you about your man!
STOP PRESS . . . . there's a similar article from the men's perspective too - over in the 'Woman Zone' section!
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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