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Archive for November, 2008

New baby and toddler online store on Watkissonline.co.uk

Tuesday, November 25th, 2008

I’ve created a new online shop featuring some of the items featured in the Baby and children blog pages along with other baby and child related items. Buying from the online store will help support the Baby and children blog. New Watkissonline baby shop also see: First Aid Quiz Online Shop (UK) PenguinTutor Online Shop […]

Book Review: The Code Book: The Secret History of Codes and Code-breaking by Simon Singh

Friday, November 21st, 2008

I have had the opportunity of hearing Simon Singh talk at Batchley Park when I worked in IT security. I received a free signed copy of the first version of the book, which is the version I’m reviewing. He was a very enthusiastic presenter and his enthusiasm also shows through in the book. The Code […]

Software Review – OpenOffice.org 3 – Free Office Suite for Windows, Mac, Linux and more…

Tuesday, November 18th, 2008

OpenOffice.org version 3 is the latest version of a completely free Office Suite. Version 3 was released on the 13 October and in about a month clocked up Twelve Million (12,000,000) downloads from the main site. The actual number of installed copies is most likely much higher as some Linux users may have downloaded through […]

Computer upgrade Utopia – Linux Ubuntu upgrade to 8.10

Sunday, November 16th, 2008

Just Imagine, the latest version of your favourite operating system has become available. You click on a button which says “Upgrade”, and your computer downloads the latest version and installs it. Imagine you don’t have to pay any money for it Imagine that all your software still runs Imagine that all your hardware peripherals still […]

Tropical Birdland Leicester – taking a child and baby in Summer and Autumn

Tuesday, November 11th, 2008

I have been to Tropical Birdland in Dresford, Leicestershire on two occasions. The first was a warm spring day when I took our toddler on my own, and the second was on a cold autumn day with my wife, child and baby. Although we enjoyed both visits it was a far better place for children […]

Where not to stay in London – Travelodge Wembley

Saturday, November 1st, 2008

I have a reason to be biased against this particular hotel as we had some money stolen whilst staying there. This has however had the opposite effect. The negative comments in this post are ones I’d already planned to write before we knew about the money being stolen, and I’m very happy with the response […]


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