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10 Signs You Know You're a Blogger

Clare over at Emmy's Mummy has started a new blogging meme. Regular readers - who might remember the epic list of memes I posted a while ago - will know that I can never resist such temptation. So, without further ado, here are my ten signs you know you're a blogger: ☆ You can't open anything without taking a photograph of it in its box first. ☆  You find waiting for domain authority updates almost as nail biting as waiting for exam results. ☆  You know what domain authority is. ☆  You spend more time working on your ' pinnable image ' than you do on writing the actual post. ☆  You always wanted to learn a new language, you just didn't think it would be markup. ☆  Checking your blog email turns into three hours glued to your laptop. ☆  You have profiles on social media networks you can't even pronounce - every backlink counts! ☆  You have nightmares about Canva going down. ☆  Your friends and family glaze over at the first mention o

What I Read in March + Giveaway

My book reviews for the month... The Rotherham Trunk Murder: Uncovering An 80 Year Old Miscarriage of Justice by Jeannette Hensby My rating: 4 of 5 stars Non-Fiction, 2016. Well researched and detailed account of the so called 'Tin Trunk Murder'. The twist about the murderer is intriguing, and I hope there will be an updated version if any more information comes to light! Dead Secret by Ava McCarthy My rating: 5 of 5 stars I really enjoyed this fast paced thriller - so much so I couldn't put it down! Well written, superbly plotted, and enough twists and turns to keep anyone page turning. Highly recommended. A Private Disgrace: Lizzie Borden By Daylight by Victoria Lincoln My rating: 2 of 5 stars Non-Fiction, 1967. Some interesting information from a woman who grew up just a few doors away from Lizzie Borden, and could comment knowledgeably on the local personages, the layout of the house, quirks of dress and language, etc. But, and for me i

Giveaway: Carbon Monoxide Alarm

Some new research conducted by npower has uncovered some truly shocking statistics. Although 95% of people in the UK know what Carbon Monoxide is, only 5.5% can identify the most common symptoms. I've written about  the dangers of Carbon Monoxide  before, and I was really keen to work with npower on this campaign. I've put some of those findings into an infographic: Particularly worrying was how low understanding of CO was among those in the private rental sector. Social landlords, of course, are highly regulated and closely inspected while private landlords, to put it bluntly, are not. It became a legal requirement in October 2015 for private landlords to fit a CO alarm in rooms that are used as living accommodation which also contain an appliance that burns, or is capable of burning solid fuel, and best practice states that a CO alarm should be fitted near a gas boiler. The figure show that at least 35% of private rentals are lacking a CO alarm, and tenants in a furt

Basic HTML For Bloggers

Everything is so automated these days it can seem like you have no reason to learn any HTML. Blogger, Wordpress and all the other platforms have nice clean interfaces for uploading pictures, formatting your text, and anything else you might want to do in your day-to-day blogging. But sometimes they're not working, or perhaps they just seem to be messing up for no apparent reason. That's when a little HTML comes in handy. What is HTML? HTML stands for HyperText Markup Language, which is the standard markup language for creating web pages. As Wikipedia puts it: web browsers use HTML to interpret and compose text, images, and other material into visual or audible web pages. It started life way back in 1989 when Tim Berners Lee, computer scientist extraordinaire, had the idea of conjoining hypertext and the internet. The result was the World Wide Web! HTML is still constantly evolving; we're currently on the fifth version of the language, HTML5. How does HTML wor

This Week #28

I was so low at the beginning of this week - my mobile phone contract was suspended on Monday because I hadn't been able to pay the bill, and it just felt like I was drowning in overdrawn notifications and demands for payment. But. I had a good cry, sucked it up, and asked my parents if I could borrow some money, and went back to see the doctor.  I paid the gas bill, and the phone bill, and sent off the form to re-set up the direct debit for the Labour Party the bank cancelled for me. (It would be kind of awkward if I get in real arrears with that and get suspended from the group at work!) I felt so much less stressed after that, and I spent the rest of the week building on that by spring cleaning the house.  There is a big pile earmarked for eBay now, and black bags full of stuff for the Cash4Clothes place. Hopefully I'll manage to make enough to pay my parents back so we can just stay on top of things then. Anthony has already sold off most of his Dr Who

History of Photography

It's amazing to think that photography - something so familiar and integral to our lives - has only been around for 200 years! Read on for a whistle stop tour of its history; from its labour intensive beginnings in home laboratories to the super swanky Lumix Super Zoom cameras of today. Photography is one medium which really has come a very long way... Camera Obscura 18th century illustration of a camera obscura. The earliest written references to the camera obscura date back to the fifth century BC, and they were probably in use well before that. Not really a camera as we would understand it, they are, nevertheless, the granddaddy of modern photography. Consisting of a box (or room) with a small hole, often fitted with a lens since the seventeenth century, they work like so: Light passes through the hole, hits a surface, and reproduces the view in front of the hole - in colour and with the perspective intact. That view can then be traced to produce realistic d

Review: The Ashbridge Inn

I was so pleased this week to be asked to review The Ashbridge Inn in Pontrhydyrun, Cwmbran, part of the Table Table restaurant brand. I have lots of memories of visiting The Ashbridge growing up, back when it was part of a different chain - many moments of sibling rivalry were played out to their natural conclusion amidst the organised chaos that was Charlie Chalks' Fun Factory... When you walk into The Ashbridge today it's like a different world. Gone is the acrid tang of sweaty feet emanating from said Fun Factory and the accompanying screeching, in its place is modern decor, comfy seating, and an atmosphere of cheerful calm. We - my Mum, Anthony, Marianna and I - went for a late lunch, with the table booked for 1:30pm. As soon as we arrived we were shown to our table, a swanky leather half-moon booth with a view out to the bar, and provided with a highchair for Marianna. She was grouchy and clingy, whingy and loud, but there were lots of other families eating, and