Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Bishops Cleeve

There are lots of places to live around the UK with interesting names. Bishop Auckland, for instance started out as Bishop's Oakland referring to the hunting grounds and oak forests in the area. People looking to move could do worse than looking for a house for sale in Bishops Cleeve, in the Borough of Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire. Bishops Cleeve is another interestingly named location at the foot of Cleeve Hill in the Cotswolds. The word cleeve meaning cliff in modern English or "aet Clife" in the "Saxon Chartulary", from 769.

Friday, 2 September 2011

Brighton Pier for Sale

Brighton Pier for sale
If its something you've always dreamed of owning, the news that Brighton Pier, for sale for the first time in 25 years, could be yours for the right money has probably come at the wrong time. It's impossible to get a mortgage for a small house in the UK in the current economic climate, let alone a Victorian structure sitting in the English Channel!

Apparently, there are lots of celebrities living in Brighton, and the pier is already a major attraction, so perhaps Brighton Pier will be bought by an existing resident and become the Van Outen Pier or the Nick Cave Pier?

For the full story, read the Brighton Pier For Sale article at FindaProperty.com

Sunday, 1 May 2011

Kindle Rebooting Itself Continuously?

Take a look at what was happening to my lovely new Kindle:

I trawled the web and discovered several forums discussing this type of rebooting problem after buying a Kindle cover...

Well, I had't bought a cover and my Kindle 3 was new out of the box. Only just plugged in using the USB power cable supplied and plugged straight into the wall.
All seemed well, it would turn on and off, I was able to set the Wifi without problems and browse the Amazon store looking for eBooks to read and download.
I even looked at the 'Experimental' browser and was very impressed to see that I cold browse the web.

Then I set it down, having turned it off by flicking the slider to the right. The orange light lit up, and a picture of Darwin's finches showed up on the screen. All looked good until a few moments later when the Kindle started to reboot itself as shown in the video above.

The rebooting cycle was endless, showing the boy beneath the tree and the progress bar. The Kindle progress bar would move to about half way and then pause for a moment, before continuing to the end. Then the Kindle screen would flash a few times and the process start again. Over and over.

The eagle eyed amongst you will notice from the video that the 'fix' to this reboot or resetting problem for the Kindle was to move it away from anything metal... then the cycle is broken and the login prompt appears.

In the video above, the Kindle is shown laying on the metal surface of my Macbook, however as soon as it is moved to a nearby wooden chair, the problem of continuous Kindle reboot stops immediately, and the prompt is displayed.

Other causes of the reboot:

I think that some covers for the Kindle may also cause the Kindle to reboot non-stop as the cover may have metal parts, and the proximity of the metal to the Kindle itself is enough for interference with the electric field around the device to the point that it starts to re-cycle or reset continuously as shown above.

If you have this problem with your Kindle, try:

1. Removing covers with metal parts (this includes retaining clips that engage with the sides of the Kindle)
2. Placing the Kindle away from other metal or electrical contact.

Once the Kindle is well away from anything metallic, the re-booting should stop immediately!

Let me know it this has helped you, I look forward to hearing your thoughts!

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Sunday, 24 April 2011

Cycle Hire in France

Here's a great place where you can find a list of cycle hire shops in France and the UK too. Given the hassle involved in traveling with your bike, the chance to hire bicycles when you get there is certainly appealing. If you are looking for a bike to rent in France or even if you are planning a weekend away cycling in the UK, then forget fitting roof bars and cycle carriers, just hire a bike instead!

Tuesday, 28 September 2010

Jumbo Jet

The sudden surge of air traffic in the mid-60s caught cities and airlines off guard. Air traffic was increasing by 15-20% per year and airports were becoming congested. Both bigger aircraft and much bigger airports for them to land at were needed. All three of the big names in American civilian transport had solutions to the problem. So did the new European consortium Airbus. McDonnell Douglas launched the DC-10. Lockheed, which had sat out the jet age after making the popular L-1049 Constellation in the 1940s, announced the L-1011 TriStar. Airbus announced the only twin-engine jumbo jet, the A300. Boeing announced a plane much bigger than either of them: The jumbo jet called the 747.

Tuesday, 13 July 2010

Patio garden sun loungers and recliners Tobin

Given the recent fantastic weather, I am tempted to slap on the sun tan lotion and sprawl out in the garden. Trouble is, I need to have something to sprawl on to enjoy the sunshine an flowers. Brief research shows that garden furniture is very complex for the buyer... Does anyone know the difference between a garden steamer, a garden sunlounger and a garden recliner
I certainly don't and this leaves me with a conundrum. What if I buy the wrong thing, perhaps I really want to steam in the garden and kit recline, or do I simply want to lounge about?
On the other hand, given the recent news about the Tobin murders, do I really want to lounge about on top of my patio, without first checking for bodies buried underneath?
The garden would be a lot less tranquil with groups of forensic detectives trooping through the garden looking for clues to how the previous owner fertilized his lawn with non standard gardening methods.

Friday, 28 May 2010

Barbeques or barbeskews?

Now that my garden is finally looking lopped, trimmed and the lawn edged, it's time to think about what I should do to enjoy it whilst the British summer lasts. The annual spring gardening schedule is pretty much completed thanks to a run of good clear days, the plants are growing well and the bald patches in the lawn are coming back to life. Don't have the hose on and a dog tied up in the garden... The combination of mud and digging makes a real mess.
I have had several barbeques before. Using an old mazola oil drum and some chicken wire, I knocked up a massive barbeque on which you could roast a lamb or pig. Very tasty, BBQ lamb. I have also owned a more glamourously looking barbarque but made the mistake of painting it with hammerite to protect it from the weather. The food that came off that BBQ didn't taste as good, so I used it instead as the basis of a bonfire for small garden cuttings.
Anyway, I'm now considering gettig barbeque mark 3 and believe I've solved the problem of enjoying the garden and having a barby at the same time, the Barbeskew .
This little number looks cooking fantastic to me. It rotates the meat for you and ensures it gets evenly burnt on all sides :)
Hopefully it'll also cook other foods like peppers, but really I think it's a mans domain, roasting meat outdoors on a barbeque.