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A Foxy true story

Good news for all animal lovers . . . 14th January (Reuters) A wounded fox shot its would be killer.

A wounded fox shot its would be killer in Belarus by pulling the trigger on the hunter's gun as the pair scuffled after the man tried to finish the animal off with the butt of the rifle. The unnamed hunter, who had approached the fox after wounding it from a distance, was in hospital with a leg wound, while the fox made its escape.

"The animal fiercely resisted and in the struggle pulled the trigger with its paw," one lawyer was quoted as saying.


Ha ha, we say . . . . and why there was a lawyer, were they going to sue the fox?!

Britain's dumbest parking space?

Contractors mark out bay with lamppost in the middle

Britain's worst parking space? Contractors mark out bay with lamppost in the middle

Finding a parking space in London is tricky at the best of times.

But drivers in Romford, East London were left baffled by this utterly bizarre parking space which could well be the most useless in Britain.

A passer-by took a picture of the space, which has a speed bump lamppost sign plonked right in the middle.

Retired engineer Phil Wailing, 63, spotted the metal post surrounded by fresh white paint as he walked his dog near his home on Sunday.

The grandfather-of-two Phil said: ‘It really beggars belief. 

‘I think the contractors must have been down the Aspen Tree pub at the end of the road before they started painting.

‘It smacks of the work of jobsworths but you've got to laugh.’

Havering Council said contractors "mistakenly" painted around the sign on a pavement and the paint will be removed as soon as possible.


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Family Courts (*Note we are not professionals!)

* Coram Child Law Advice Service 0300 330 5480

Free advice for those who find the service of lawyers too expensive and seek to take the DIY approach in the family court.


You can also get 1/2 hour free advice from a number of family solicitors, just  Google 'Family Law Solicitors Lytham St Annes'


Beware that if you are looking at taking your children's other parent to court, when you serve papers, they have a free counter application which can be very serious if you're not aware they can do this. For example, you could be seeking a Shared Care or Weekends access order and your 'ex' could counter with an application for 'sole care' on grounds you may not be aware of until you get the application back. So please do be careful and get any professional advice you can before making your application. Also beware of getting into obvious acrimony in your application or in court. The judge on the day can involve Social Services or CafCass if he feels that both parties are not putting the child(ren) first or that they won't work together. (Please note we are not professional and offer this suggestion based only on experiences of people we know).


Debt Management Free Help

Many of us are struggling with money for reasons that are often completely beyond our control. This may be due to government policies, greedy suppliers and corporates, out of control advertising in our faces all the time, the EU, or Brexit (better described as 'the great unknown'. Here are a couple of charities that will offer free help and advice.

Debt Management Plans

Here's another help source to consider

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What keeps you awake at night

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No, we're not making a bawdy joke, and we're not talking about taxes either.


We're talking about your behaviour and environment, and how they can conspire to deny you a good night's sleep.


Here are our remedies, so you can wake the next morning fully refreshed.


Stress

You may find it difficult to switch off from daily anxieties you experience at work, at home or in your personal life. This can severely affect your ability to sleep.


Make a list of tasks for the next day and keep it beside your bed - this will help you take control of them. Don't fret about past events, or about the future. Try to talk through problems with your partner or a friend.


Give yourself some quiet time, and try relaxing activities like pilates or yoga.


Night cap

It may be a ritual which makes it easier to fall asleep - but it will also ensure your sleep is unsettled.


Alcohol, along with caffeine and nicotine, is a major sleep disruptor. It suppresses the production of adrenaline, which helps you fall asleep faster. However, within hours your body counteracts this effect by producing more adrenaline, which will make you wake up, or sleep poorly. Alcohol is also a diuretic, which means you may have to visit the loo overnight.


In fact, even drinking six hours before bedtime can affect your sleep, so it's best to cut back to daily recommended limits, or not drink at all.


Late night snack

A late night snack may sound like a nice treat, but if you don't pick it carefully, it could undermine the quality of your sleep.


Polishing off that curry - or any spicy, rich, heavy food - not only weighs you down, but as you lie down, it could cause heartburn.


Likewise, you should avoid any drinks or foods that contain stimulants - alcohol we've mentioned, but you should also stay away from coffee, some types of tea, and cocoa.


Now, if you do have trouble falling asleep, some foods can actually help you. For instance, camomile tea has a calming effect, which will help you fall asleep.


Your bedroom

Perhaps the key element of getting a good night's sleep is your bed. Make sure it's comfortable. Do your back a favour, and change your mattress every 10 years. If the mattress sags, put a board under it until you can afford to buy a new one.


Fresh sheets and pillow cases will make getting into bed more pleasant.


If the morning sun is causing you problems, invest in heavier curtains or lining, or wear an eye mask. If your partner snores, buy some soft ear plugs.


Keep the room at a decent temperature, and well ventilated – not too hot in the summer or too cold in winter.


Distractions

Bedrooms should only be used for sleeping and sex – not for working, eating or watching television.


If you have a television or computer in the room, then it is time to de-clutter and move them elsewhere.


You should aim to make your bedroom a dark, quiet and peaceful environment in which to rest after a hard day’s work.


Exercise

Do you get enough exercise? If not, give it a try. Regular exercise may help you fall asleep faster, and sleep more soundly.


However, keep in mind that for some people, exercising before bedtime might make it more difficult to go to sleep, so time it well.


Start exercising, and see what time of day works best for you.


Medications

Some medications can contain ingredients which may keep you awake at night.


This is true about both prescription medications and over the counter treatments. The latter may contain alcohol or caffeine, so read the labels well.


You should consult your pharmacist or your GP to ensure that what you are taking will not interfere with your sleep.


Irregular sleep patters

It is easy to cut back on your sleep during the busy work week, and plan to catch up on weekends. But this approach serves you poorly, as it will discombobulate your sleep cycle.


Establish a good sleep routine by going to bed and getting up at the same time each day, even at weekends. If you don’t fall asleep soon, get up and go to another room. Sit in a comfortable chair, relax and read a book or magazine. When you feel sleepy, go back to bed again. 


Only sleep in bed. Try to avoid taking a nap during the day, especially in the early evening, or else you will find it difficult to sleep again at night.


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Facebook: Do you trust them? who influenced brexit?

What do you think about Facebook misusing and abusing YOUR personal details? - Your name, address, age, religion, orientation, pictures, job, your browsing habits, what you do or don't like, your children, family and friends. I don't understand why people haven't closed their accounts en-mass, given the admission that Facebook has shared our details not only with Cambridge Analytica and that company's partners, but allegedly American, Russian and Chinese interests too. These people are highly dangerous and will only take action to protect our children and ourselves if there are laws passed to force them to, or if enough people close their accounts and hurt them financially - but it seems any number of people will put up with personal abuse so long as they can spend hours sloshing around in a pit of mindless rubbish. It seems Facebook also collects data on people who don't even have Facebook by logging who is browsing any page with a Facebook logo - scary or what?

DID WE MINDFULLY VOTE FOR BREXIT? DID THE US VOTE FOR TRUMP WITH FULL KNOWLEDGE OF WHAT THEY WERE VOTING FOR?

and now Facebook Dating too ?!?!?!?!

Even more of your personal details to Facebook

Now this decidedly murky organisation is going to suggest you trust it with even more about you as it launches a dating service too. Soon there will be nothing in your life that is not held on a file by Facebook and if they don't get you, Amazon or Google will. The government is now second in command to the sprawling internet giants who know more about you than your mother! Talk about Orwell and 1984?!

SOCIAL MEDIA COULD BE SUCH A POSITIVE DIMENSION, BUT

The government MUST get hold of it, legislate against the abusive use of OUR personal and private details and stop access to and by children. 13 is too young for this stuff, the minimum age should be 16 and there should be a routine that companies must employ to verify a user's age before allowing them to open or access such accounts. Facebook is as much about relationship wars and unpleasantness as it is about positive family and friends connections. Social media is often used as a hate and blackmail vehicle for children and teens to hurt each other. There are problems with paedophiles, terrorists and other undesirables. It has been allowed to turn into a Frankenstein's monster and it seems that Zuckerberg (worth $61billion) couldn't care less so long as the power and the dollars roll in. Time for action to turn it all back to being a positive connector for people. "Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely."

What do you think about Facebook, Instagram and the others. Email your thoughts to us. We'll share them in the next issue. This subject gets bigger every day.

 HAVE YOU NOTICED HOW YOUTUBE CHANGED SINCE BEING ACQUIRED BY GOOGLE AND IS NOW OPEN TO ANYTHING BEING UPLOADED NO MATTER WHAT AGE GROUP MAY BE READING OR VIEWING IT. PLEASE DON'T GIVE ME THAT PARENTAL CONTROLS RUBBISH - CHILDREN ARE WAY AHEAD OF YOU AND CAN BYPASS THESE SOFT HURDLES IN A FLASH. MANY OF OUR CHILDREN SPEND HOURS WATCHING OTHER PEOPLE PLAY GAMES , SHOW THEM THEIR MULTI-SCREEN GAMES ROOMS, TEACH THEM BAD ENGLISH AND BAD LANGUAGE AND TELL THEM HOW GREAT THEY ARE, MAKING OUR CHILDREN ASPIRE TO BEING A 'FAMOUS YOUTUBER'


IS THIS TAKING DEMOCRACY AND FREE SPEECH TOO FAR?


WHAT DO YOU THINK ?

Are these the 'faces' of trust or deceipt?

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Google & facebook - what they know about us

A fascinating short documentary from the excellent ITV 'Tonight' program.


If you think you know what these Internet 'Big Brothers' know - you may not know the half of it . . . .

. . . . and here is the transcript if you prefer it

From the 'Tonight' programme on ITV 3rd May 2018

 

Facebook, Google & You: What They Know.

ITV ‘Tonight’ at 7:30pm on Thursday 3rd May
In 2004, college student Mark Zuckerberg launched a small website from his dorm room. At the time, the new site’s aim was to connect students around campus so they could share experiences but it’s popularity soon grew. Now 14 years later, Zuckerberg’s social media platform, Facebook is the fifth most valuable company in the world.
Last week, Facebook posted record profits of £3.6bn for the first three months of the year. But for a service that is provided free of charge to its users, how do they make money? They sell ads targeted at us.
In order for Facebook to show us the most relevant ads (and therefore the ones that will be most effective), Facebook needs our personal data. Every time we log on we share our personal data with the social media giant. By compiling all the data we share - information like our age, our location, our favourite holiday destination - Facebook is able to create a file on each of its users.
When pieced together, this data could give an invaluable insight into our how we think, what we like to buy and even potentially, our political preferences.
Four years ago, a Cambridge academic, Dr Aleksandr Kogan, installed a personality quiz on Facebook. 270 000 people downloaded the quiz and by doing so, shared their Facebook data with Dr Kogan.
What those people didn’t know was they had shared all their friends’ profile data with Dr Kogan as well. Bringing the total to potentially 87m facebook profiles.
This data was then allegedly used by a company called Cambridge Analytica to influence American voters during the last presidential election, something Cambridge Analytica have denied. After weeks of public scrutiny, Cambridge Analytica has now decided to shut its business.
Claims of a breach of users’ privacy are now being investigated both here and abroad. Mark Zuckerberg has faced lengthy formal questioning by US senators and representatives.
In the UK, Damian Collins MP is chair of a select committee which has been hearing evidence from Facebook and others about the way Facebook collect and share data.
Cambridge Analytica have decided to shutdown after the Facebook data scandal Credit: ITV/Tonight
“I don't think .. people really understood just how much of their data Facebook gathered whether or not they were actually using Facebook at the time.”
– DAMIAN COLLINS, MP
In response, Facebook told us;
“As people use Facebook they share information and content - whether it's liking a post, sharing a photo or updating their profile, we use this information to give a better service. We provide advertisers with reports about the kinds of people seeing their ads.... but we don’t share information that personally identifies you".
It’s not only Facebook who relies on advertising revenue. Google also sells ad space and they are eager to learn as much as they can about you.
Tech experts, Geoff White and Glenn Wilkinson explained:
“Google is trying to work out who you are, it's trying to work out what your into, what you're interested in and its splitting this up into different categories. Google's breaking you down into these categories, very useful for advertisers, really useful for people like me and Glenn who run websites!”
– GEOFF WHITE, TECHNOLOGY JOURNALIST
Tonight asked Google about this. Here’s what they said;
“In order to make the privacy choices that are right for them, it's essential that people can understand and control their Google data. Over the years, we've developed tools like My Account expressly for this purpose, and we'd encourage everyone to review it regularly.”
Today, data is described as the oil of the digital age. In the 21st century, large multinational companies are mining, processing and earning billions of pounds from the information we give them.
Nicholas Oliver believes that as the owners of our data, we should also be the ones to earn money from it. He runs a website which pays users every time they interact with brands who value the information.
– NICHOLAS OLIVER
For some however, the answer might be to stop the data grab when it comes to our information. Geoff White advised that it’s up to us to control who, when and how much access we allow.
“We're giving out the data, it's time to start turning off the taps. Logging out of Facebook when you've finished using it! Logging out of Google when you've finished using it! Signing out, signing off Wi-Fi, switching off your Wi-Fi when you're not using it, just turning off those taps you know you wouldn't leave a tap running in your house it's a waste."

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