July’s handy websites

Categories: Webtools
July’s handy websites

I haven't had a whole lot of time to sort out my bookmarks of late, but after a quick look through them this morning, here are a few that have caught my eye this month. 21 Most Visited Free Fonts 101 CSS Techniques 35 Portable Applications That Every Tech Needs 5000+ Resources To Do Just About Anything Online A List Apart Desktop Blogging Clients Gmail Tips and Tricks The Complete Web 2.0 Directory Top 10 Free Music Websites PNG Icons and Icon Packs Web 2.0 Badges Zamzar File Conversions Photoshop Brushes Web Design and Development Studio Web Developer's List Daily Colour Scheme Listamatic And that my friend, will do for now...

Life changes so quickly

Categories: Featured, Personal Life
Life changes so quickly

Please note before reading: this may sound like a letter of complaint, a long-winded whinge or perhaps even selfish of me to write. However, it is none of the above. It is simply an update on our situation and the reality of our lives after Anja being diagnosed with terminal lung cancer. Less than 4 months ago, life felt extremely different than it does for us right now. In fact, it was only back in March over the Easter weekend, that we went up to Edinburgh and came away with a plan to start a new life there within the next 12 to 18 months. One week later that dream was shattered of course, when we were told the devastating news that Anja had lung cancer. And at the risk of sounding totally depressed, pessimistic and out of hope, I have to say in all honesty, it's very much been a downhill trip from that point to where we are now. Obviously, the news that Anja does not have long to live, is in itself hard to deal with, but as the last few months have passed, our daily way of life has also been shaken to the core. Life for us, ...

Friends in time of crisis

Categories: Featured, Personal Life
Friends in time of crisis

If there was ever a sure way to find out who your friends are in life, a personal crisis will be the time when this is truly determined. Up until recently, we would have said we have quite a few friends. These 'friends' include people with whom we work, people we have met along the way in our new life in England, and also those people we know online. So, with Anja being diagnosed with cancer and being told she has very little time to live, you would think that ALL of our friends would come to the fore. This assumption, however, is wrong. It now seems that we have only a few friends. A handful of people have stoood out heads and shoulders above the rest as true friends, because they have shown they really care about us. They phone and email every day, they offer their 24 hour assistance and they are 'here' for us whenever we need them. These friends have helped us cope with this whole crisis and they continue to do so, every single day. They offer support to us not only in the form of words, but also with actions and support that really does make ...

Over the top advertising

Categories: Thoughts
Over the top advertising

We see them every day, everywhere we go, whatever we do - advertisements for products and services plastered in front of our faces. And of course it is a huge business. Good advertising tricks the average person into believing that they need a product or service even when they don't, and the tricks are usually sublimal and well constructed. They play on a person's imagination and portray life as dismal and pointless without the given product in their possession. The thing is, we all know this advertising technique and yet we still get caught. This is the true sign of just how effective good advertising can be for businesses. But some advertising goes too far. Sit down and watch TV for a night/day and take notice of what is advertised most. A few stand out in my opinion: toilet rolls, shampoos, new cars, shaving products, tooth cleaning products, perfume, car insurances and mortgage lending serices. I live in England, so maybe it is different in your part of the world, but I imagine you have certain products that stand out above the others, no matter where you are located. And they are definitely way over the top. Take toilet rolls for example ...

The bigger the company…

Categories: Featured, Personal Life
The bigger the company…

Is it just me or do you find that dealing with big companies generally means less service, longer phone calls and more hassles? I recently purchased a new car and with the deal came 6-months free comprehensive insurance. Excellent, I thought to myself, that's more money saved. I have had no accidents in that 6 months and my no claim bonus of 5+ years has remained intact. But 6 months passes very quickly and before I knew it, the time to pay for car insurance was upon me once more. Now, with everything else that is going on around me at the moment, I just did not have time to do the whole compare prices exercise, so I opted to stay with the same car insurance company and avoid any hassles. Big mistake it seems! Again, because of all the problems we are going through right now, I decided to pay by monthly instalments and therefore, have the money at hand for more important things, like looking after Anja and making sure she has everything she needs/wants. So, all the forms were filled in and a direct debit authority signed. I then forgot about it and got on with life. Simple. ...

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