Tuesday, 30 March 2010

Sandy Beaches

Lets reward sustainability, seems obvious eh? Bound to upset moneymakers for a while but I agree with Andy in the whole. Business could be rewarded for leaving the environment cleaner than it was when they arrived. Oil tar sands resolutions could be passed or other regulations to enforce a clean environment policy, leaving nice clean sands behind after the oil tar is removed.

Monday, 29 March 2010

George the Bear

Just how many George's are there?

George is involved in everything from Formula 1, bedtime stories, rent to buy tellies and cool facebook growler! Some of his stories are unfinished....

I've found even more George the Bears:

George the Bear featuring in a full length story...

George the bear racing Formula 1

George the Bear opening shops!?

George the bear - cool.

George the bear not finished:

George in Egypt:

Brighthouse stores

There was talk of rejuvenating the old Rumbelows name on the highstreet (I'm old enough to remember them and their tellys). The theory, it seems, is to try to use nostalgia as a weapon on the highstreet to battle the relative newcomer Brighthouse in this sector. Brighthouse has an active rollout of new stores, with recent store openings of Brighthouse at Maidstone and another Brighthouse store at Mexborough. Yet more Brighthouse stores are in the pipeline, with new shops opening in Cannock and Bromley soon.
My experience of renting TV equipment is like many other peoples, I suspect. It was necessary at a time when funds were low and technology was expensive. The latest televisions are still expensive, with HDTV and LED technology giving way to OLED in the near future, there is always an expensive telly out there to buy. So renting makes sense in times of recession if you really need the latest and greatest in audio visual equipment.
I'm still muddling along with a 20inch Sony, now over 12years old and CRT technology, but the thing just won't die. When it does, I'll be in the market for a new one and perhaps the options for buying the latest and greatest tv will be out there...
I'm not against rent to buy in principle. In fact that's how I buy cars under a contract hire plan. But with the car, I don't get the seemingly useful option to return it at any time. It looks like Brighthouse will allow a return during the rental period under their full service package.
Let's see how Rumbelows chooses to compete...

Update: Brighouse have opened another store in Bromley...

Thursday, 25 March 2010

Top 10 sleep tips

Leaving your baby to sleep at all is one of the biggest hurdles of parenting. The important thing to remember is that music can be used as medicine. Sleep deprivation as a result of not been able to settle your newborn can cause disharmony both in yourself and of course your little one. Playing music can de-stress parent and baby at the same time.

What follows are some essential tips in getting your baby off to sleep, and also some signs to look out for that maybe causing sleep disruption. Some of the tips may appear obvious, but sometimes it's the obvious that gets overlooked in stressful situations.

1) Check Nappy to see if it needs changing

2) Before cranking up the volume, always check your guitar amps temperature, this of course is a great indicator of whether you are about to blow a valve. If abnormally high, cool the room down, buy a bigger amp or move the baby closer to the speakers.

3) Is your baby hungry?...Get them a lolly and a six pack settle down to urban funk together.

4) Sometimes babies can scratch whilst sleeping, so keep expensive recording equipment near their cot in case they lay down a decent mix. Little fingers can also adjust the equaliser levels and this can cause them to really kick off. If so, place their hands in comfortable mittens/baby gloves and get them a recording contract.

5) Check leads are connected, if they are plugged in and there is no sound then buy some new musical equipment and prepare to ease babies discomfort.

6) Test for wind instruments, as your baby might have a gift for wind. If so, propbaby up and rub babies back.

7) To encourage sleep make sure you and your baby are both relaxed and sitting comfortably. Babies can sense tension, so make great stringed instrument tuners.

8) Try playing soft music at a low level in babies room to start with before winding up the bass. Dolphin music for example can be a great comforter, which is believed to imitate the sound of a mother's womb, bringing a calming affect to the child. Once the bass kicks in you won't need sleep.