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Archive for May, 2009

Tatty Teddy at Disneyland Paris – Holiday diary for Euro-disney

Sunday, May 31st, 2009

We have recently returned from a trip to Disneyland Paris (aka. Eurodisney). I will write up a proper review, but meanwhile here is a diary through the eyes of Tatty Teddy. Tatty is from our children’s nursery who goes off with the kids whenever they go on holiday. A holiday diary is then written up […]

Update on Beoley pedestrian crossing – road safety review

Friday, May 22nd, 2009

After some recent incidents on Beoley crossing I sent a letter to Worcestershire county council asking them to review the pedestrian crossing. Soon after I sent the letter I received a letter from the county council saying that they were going to investigate it. I have also seen a box appear on one of the […]

Eee PC – mini tutorial – command line shell – xterm / konsole

Wednesday, May 20th, 2009

I’ve recently bought an Asus Eee PC with Linux (customised version of Xandros) pre-installed. This is a mini tutorial on accessing and getting the most out of the the command line interface (CLI) on the Eee PC. Although the Eee PC customised Linux GUI hides the workings of Linux behind the scenes there are times […]

Book review: First Aid Manual 9th Edition

Sunday, May 17th, 2009

Note that this review is based on an old version of the first aid manual. Click here to read about the latest first aid manual. Another year a new edition of the First Aid Manual – or so it feels. In fact the last edition was 3 years ago. This is shorter time than some […]

Firefox with Personas – Web browser with style – create your own (First Aid Quiz)

Saturday, May 16th, 2009

The Firefox browser has now become the most stylish and easiest to customise. This is all possible thanks to a new feature from the Mozilla Labs called Personas. It’s always been possible to customise Firefox using themes, but themes were hard to implement and used for changing the look of the icons rather than the […]

Linux pre-installed, Windows XP, Windows 7 and netbooks

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

This is a comment that I wrote to a facebook entry. The original thread was on whether Windows 7 is just as slow as Vista, but the bit that I responded to was about Linux being pre-installed. [Regarding] Linux pre-installed and selling, well it’s working on Netbooks. Who would have thought 2 years ago that […]

Cannon Hall Children’s Farm and Country Park, South Yorkshire

Monday, May 11th, 2009

I have been to Cannon Hall Country park many times. I have been visiting since I was a child and have even had a summer job at a plant nursery adjacent to the park. It has been many years since I visited and what used to be a normal working farm has now become a […]

Ash End House Farm – Children’s farm with bouncy pillow

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009

We have visited Ash End House Farm with our baby son and 3 year old daughter twice in the last two months. It’s not often that we would return to the same tourist attraction in such quick succession, especially consider that it’s not free and it is a considerable distance from our house. Certainly one […]

Government Information on Swine Flu A(H1N1)

Saturday, May 2nd, 2009

The UK government has launched a Swine Flu section to the direct.gov website to provide information to the public. It includes information on the number of recorded cases as well as tips on prevention and the latest travel recommendations. UK Government Swine Flu pages. It includes a link to the swine flu leaflet that will […]

Free home fire safety check, free smoke detector, free long-life smoke alarm battery

Friday, May 1st, 2009

If you had a fire at home would you know what to do?

  • Do you know the best exit route?
  • Is that route kept clear?
  • Are the keys to your door easily accessible?
  • Do you have a working smoke alarm?
  • Have you checked the alarm is working?
  • Is the battery in the alarm within the recommended life (typically less than 1 year)?

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