Sunday, December 19, 2010

Select Committee lokking at shootings and gun legislation in the UK

Just heard Keith Vaz about the Selcet Committee relating to the shootings in the UK in 2010. Seemed to suggest removing 34 existing laws and creating one big one. Gun control by the back door maybe? Must say I wasn't aware you could have a license even if you have a suspended sentence and didn't know you can have a firearm license at 14. Maybe it would be good to sort out these obvious anomalies. Assuming of course that a parent or guardian can still teach a child to shoot under supervision!

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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Brilliant plugins for use in Wordpress to quadruple your visitors.

Here are two of the secrets I use for promoting Wordpress sites automatically. It is white hat and therefore is loved by the search engines.

The RSS Bomber for Wordpress.

I also use this for even better results in wordpress. they work on different aspects of the wordpress set up so they don't conflict. Both of them cost a penny or two but with one extra commission they would pay for themselves.

Wordpress Silo Plugin.

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Thursday, October 7, 2010

Wedding Photographer London

Wedding Photography London

Wedding Photographer London

As an experienced Wedding Photographer based in London Sandi Friend is the prominent photographer people turn to.

Sandi is not only trained in wedding photography, but is also an accomplished Fashion Photographer and has many clients in the editorial world.

Children play an important part in Sandi’s Portfolio, and as a very busy mum, understands taking photographs of children requires tremendous skill and patience. Working with fashion models is challenging enough, but producing that natural photograph needs a sensitive and empathic touch. All of Sandi’s Portfolios demonstrate her well practiced photography skills.

Another Web Design Cumbria and Lancashire website

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Karen Rhodes - Wedding Caterers, Event Management and Catering for the home. - Karen Rhodes Catering

I am so pleased with this new website. It is a Web Design Cumbria and Lancashire Special

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Saturday, September 18, 2010

Times & Star | Cumbria's Roman history washed to the surface by floods

Last updated at 13:44, Wednesday, 25 August 2010

The deluge that struck the county last November washed away so many precious things – the rebuilding of lives still goes on in its wake.

Papcastle dig photo
Archaeologist Mark Graham at work

But as the torrents receded, the most important archeological find the county has seen in years was revealed near Cockermouth.

In the middle of a scrubby field edging the River Derwent at Papcastle, a team of local volunteers are dotted around several trenches. Wearing waterproofs and clutching trowels, they are on their hands and knees, scraping and brushing at the earth as two nonplussed horses look on.

Known as Broomlands, one edge of the field is bordered by the back of the Lakes Homecentre. On the other side is the village of Papcastle, rising into the trees.

Through the site a wide strip of boulders and gravel sweeps. It’s the calling card of the torrential floodwater that thundered so powerfully through the field that it also reportedly deposited a transit van that had been left in a car park some distance away.

Although the field had peacefully been used for crops and grazing for perhaps many centuries, the floods are certainly not the first piece of action Broomlands has ever seen.

At the centre of the dig is a compelling, historically significant find in the shape of a section of sandstone wall.

Sitting three feet underground and neighbouring a waterlogged trench, to the untrained eye it’s just...well, muddy stone. But this slab of wall forms part of a Roman mill dating back about 2,000 years.

It is a major coup for the county. There is only one other in the whole of the north of England – a mill unearthed at Halwhistle Burn in 1908.

It also has the potential to bring about major changes in the way we think about Romano-British settlements.

The mill is a discovery that has the team, headed up by Mark Graham of Grampus Heritage and Training, extremely excited.

“We had no idea any of this was here,” Mark says.

“This is exciting stuff.”

The mill is just one of the findings since explorations began. A geophysical survey in May saw droves of volunteers pacing the field in grids armed with magnetometers – instruments that can detect buried walls.

In the picture that the readings created an amphitheatre, iron smelting works and domestic buildings were seen just several feet below the surface.

These structures now form part of the excavation. Along the way, Roman coins have been found, some with emperor’s heads still visible, and a pendant of red enamel along with shards and shards of Samian ware pottery.

Cockermouth man Ray Buckingham is one of the volunteers painstakingly working to uncover the historical treasure.

Squatting in a baseball cap and fleece, Ray is busy digging soil from the outline of a Roman building.

An old hand at this excavation lark, he triggered the quest last year after walking out on the fields when the flood waters had drained away.

“I found structures were visible,” says Ray. “And bits of pottery. Other people were finding them too when out walking. So I called the county archeologist.”

Soon afterwards, Heritage Lottery Fund stumped up the cash so Bassenthwaite Reflections could investigate.

The Bassenthwaite conservation charity was working at Castlerigg, near Keswick, as part of the Unlocking Hidden Heritage project but soon took up the call and paid attention to Broomfields.

Incidentally Ray, who works in construction, has history in uncovering artifacts around Papcastle. The Roman fort at Papcastle has been open for several years, but Ray kick-started national interest in the village again after contacting Channel 4’s Time Team in 1998.

“It was at my old house in Papcastle and I was building an extension. I started finding Roman material.

“Time Team decided to come along and they excavated in my garden.”

Papcastle became a film set for that weekend. The team numbered 45, including caterers, the St John Ambulance volunteers, three film crews and a staff of archaeologists and presenters.

The Time Team discoveries led archaeologists to believe that Papcastle was far larger and more important than previously thought.

They found a gridded street pattern, which suggests a well thought-out and planned town.

The resulting programme was aired in 1999.

But although the Time Team took geophysical readings from a field close by, on the other side of the river, the exploration ended there. Indeed, monuments in Papcastle are mentioned in documents dating back to the 1550s. Yet no one has ever thought to dig in the Broomlands field until now.

Mark explains: “The reason people didn’t look this side is because it’s a flood plain. The rest is on a hill.

“But this could have been the engine for industry in the settlement.”

Some 100ft from the river course as it is now, the mill could potentially once have been used to power bellows for metal smelting.

“The river course has changed since then,” says Mark. “We think this was to harness the power of the river. And it shows people felt safe living here a long way from the fort.

“We think it’s part of the settlement that grew after the initial fortification.

“Maybe now in other areas where Roman settlements have been found, using modern technologies we can discover places where before we would not have thought people would occupy.

“It changes our perceptions of the importance of rivers to Romano-British settlements.”

The dig also has the potential to change our perception of Romans in the county according to Mark.

“When people think of Romans in Cumbria they think of forts and how we are in a zone of military occupation.

“This helps tell part of the untold story in Cumbria of how we had thriving a civilian culture.”

The dig is scheduled to finish a week on Saturday. After then, it is up to the landowners and various bodies such as Natural England what happens next.

Mark says: “We will have a lot of questions. The more you find, the more intrigued you are.”

And indeed the Romans are intriguing. More than 15 volunteers from the community have turned out for every day of the dig so far.

Roger Asquith, a retired engineer at Sellafield, lives just minutes from the dig site and has been keenly involved in helping unearth the field’s secrets.

“It’s about discovery,” he says. “And Roman mills are as rare as rocking horse droppings.”

“I think the Romans are very tangible,” adds Mark. “We can see the material they’ve left behind. The Roman age is the birth of the historic age in Britain, before that it’s pre-historic.

“The Romans have had a massive impact on the country and we are part of a much larger Roman Empire that stretched down as far as Africa.

“You could say that here we are at the edge of the Roman Empire, we’re part of something amazing.”

Perhaps the Broomlands remains will be covered over after this dig and sleep undisturbed again for many years. Perhaps there will be more excavations hot on the heels of the Bassenthwaite project.

It’s not yet clear. But the rest, as they say, is definitely history.

If you are interested in helping out at the dig call 017687 74785.

First published at 11:25, Wednesday, 25 August 2010
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Amazing what you can find in a field in Cockermouth.

Now how do I get a grant to keep this open to the general public, or do I have to fill it all in next week?

Criminal... 50 odd people have worked on this dig, similar to Time Team and now we have to fill it in again.

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Thursday, September 16, 2010

French Villa Management » French Villa Management by Heather Curwen

Johnnies new website, not finished but he's live in a French Magazine tomorrow so needed the contct pages etc up to speed.

Website built in 2 hours!

Not bad really...

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Saturday, September 11, 2010

North West Weather for Windermere, Kendal and The Lake District - Current Weather Conditions at Mirefoot Cottages

Live weather from a weather station near windermere. I particularly like dynamic informative pages like this. Thats why I built it!

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Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Changing or just ringing you energy provider saved me £400!!

Major coup! .....

Rang both my Electricity Companies: nPower and Eon as House on one and cottages on the other. They were charging me different tariffs, obviously.

First call to nPower.

Oh, you can have it much cheaper than that, just go onto our latest tariff. As a direct debit customer I didn't make a huge difference, £1200 down to £950 but if you are moving to direct debit and bills online it would be a huge jump.

So... Thought I'd dump Eon as they were much more expensive for my usage.

Rang them up... Same thing except I don't do bills on line. £1300 down to £1100.

Takes 6 weeks to do an account transfer, so just going online and applying to both companies to go onto the new tariffs straight away and saving a whopping £400.

Super Cool and chuffed to bits!

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Lake Windermere: England's Largest Lake And Its Surrounds

Good short precis of what there is available in the Windermere Area. By the guys

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Sunday, September 5, 2010

» Safety Culture – a Step too far for Windermere Windermere Hotels

I am passionate about this complete safety related farce.

How can one swim go ahead and the other be cancelled on the same day in the same lake?

The Environment Agency failed Cumbria in November with its non existent river management for the preceeding 5 years and now this back of the fag packet safety assessment that affects countless businesses and nearly 10,00 swimers. What a farce!!!

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Friday, September 3, 2010

We’re being persecuted, say Lake District off-road drivers (From The Westmorland Gazette)

We’re being persecuted, say Lake District off-road drivers (From The Westmorland Gazette)

Countryside campaigners and walking groups are delighted by the ruling – but off-roaders are fuming at the judgement to ban them from the Walna Scar Pass between Coniston and Seathwaite. Alan Kidd, senior editor of the Off Road Yearbook, said: “Off-road drivers feel enormously and unfairly persecuted, that there’s a campaign of vilification against us by other user groups, particularly some of the more militant walking groups who try to paint a very unfair picture of the damage that 4x4 drivers cause.

Not sure Windermere Hotels users will be so pleased at a loss of yet another outdoor activity!

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Poisonous algae forces Lake Windermere swim to be postponed Telegraph

A spokesman said: "Unfortunately it has been necessary to postpone the British Gas Great North Swim, which was due to be staged on Saturday and Sunday, September 4th and 5th, at Windermere.

"This is due to prevalence of blue-green algae and the impact that this may have on safety in the water."

The decision was taken by the event safety group after stringent water quality checks were completed.

The organisers said: "We are looking at a potential new 2010 date for the Great North Swim and will let you know by email on or before Tuesday, September 7."

Such a shame. Hopefully it will still go ahead, but there are bound to be so many fewer participants.

Mind you, after a lifetime of swimming in it, I don't seem to be any worse the ware! Do I ?

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Waterskiing on Windermere

Windermere Hotels in the background

Download now or watch on posterous
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The Mum test

I was out walking with my 4-year-old daughter. She picked up something off of the ground and started to put it in her mouth.
I took the item away from her and I asked her not to do that.
'Why?' my daughter asked.
'Because it's been on the ground; you don't know where it's been, it's dirty,
And probably has germs,' I replied.

At this point, my daughter looked at me with total admiration and asked,
'Mum, how do you know all this stuff? You are so smart...'

I was thinking quickly and replied, 'All mums know this stuff. It's on the Mum Test. You have to know it, or they don't let you be a Mum.'
We walked along in silence for 2 or 3 minutes, but she was evidently pondering this new information.
'Oh.....I get it!' she beamed, 'So if you don't pass the test you have to be the dad.'
'Exactly,' I replied with a big smile on my face.

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Just started using Gmail - Priority Inbox

Gmail's priority Inbox is great, so far!

It really makes a difference to my workflow in the morning when I open my mail up. Beginning to save loads of time.

If I can get the Windermere Hotels blog steaming up the Google listings then I shall need this accelerated email handling!

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Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Windermere Hotels

A great start to an open discussion about Windermere Hotels. The hog wash surrounding their promotional activities etc.

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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Check out this site I found on StumbleUpon!

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Quite like the simplicity of this site

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Friday, August 6, 2010

Luxury Garden furniture and outdoor equipment delivered direct including: Garden Hammock, Garden Loungers, Garden Swings, Hamper Baskets - Garden Deals

Garden Hammock, Garden Loungers, Garden Swings, Hamper Baskets

We are delighted to re-open our succesful website with a nrand new range of garden outdoor furniture and equipment. All our products are deliveered directly from the manufacturer so you benefit from the lowest prices on the Internet.

We currently have the following items available: Garden Hammock, Garden Loungers, Garden Swings, Hamper Baskets

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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Small Dog Harness - Finally something to control the mutt with!

Small Dog Harness - and it works.

I have to say I have been trying to find a small dog harness for ages and at last I have found one and it works! I can highly recommend it and it can even control a working cocker spaniel called Smudge!

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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

The Outdoor Warehouse - Deuter Futura 32


The Deuter Futura 32

The Deuter Futura 32 rucksack is built for the weekend get-away with features that you normally do not find in a small rucksack. This Deuter Futura 32 provides ample space for an overnight escape.

For anyone looking for clarity, check out the new clean lines of the Futura. In addition, this Futura top-loader is even more comfortable thanks to its new fit hip belt the perfect criteria to accomplish lengthy day hikes, multi-day mountain treks or long via ferratas on top form.

Its Aircomfort back ventilation system leaves you with more room in your lungs and its precision features leave you wanting for nothing. With their performance-enhancing Aircomfort back ventilation system and full list of features and available in the Futura SL versions, equipped with shorter, narrower SL shoulder straps and a conical shaped waist belt to deliver the perfect fit that all users have been looking for.

 ** Please note that delivery will take 5-days for this item **

This daysack is part of our full range and you can find our other ruscksacks and backpacks here.

We tried this recently and were very impressed. Carried a load of stuff without knackering my back.

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Sunday, January 31, 2010

Wunder Cams : Weather Underground

Cool, now you can see a history of our webcam, when its working that is!
The webcam is at our Lake District Cottages website and looks North towards Longsleddale and Potter Fell.

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Friday, January 15, 2010

How long has the Queen ruled for ? Amazing

I was a little shocked by the pictures when it penetrated my brain as to how long she’s been around.

This old gal gives new meaning to the phrase "Long Live the Queen"

How old does this one make you feel?











I don't know about you, but I went oh my gosh somewhere between Eisenhower and Truman.





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