Cornwall Self Catering in Luxury!

Bude is an excellent place from which to discover the pleasures of Devon and Cornwall. Particularly when holiday cottages to rent in today’s market are often times so lavish. This summer UK tourists seeking a staycation with a difference are scrambling to book self-catering holidays in the mellow, sunny Westcountry. So what is available in and around Bude for summer 2011? And which are the greatest nearby attractions?

Numerous cottages in the UK’s much-loved holiday counties are pet friendly, and that means you can bring your best furry friend with you. There is plenty of opportunity for family friendly self-catering and a few luxury cottages also come with a heated outdoor pool. Select yours carefully and you may even end up benefiting from an all private woods, an all weather tennis court and dedicated youngsters’ play areas. Acres upon acres of well maintained gardens with aromatic, exquisitely planted landscapes and smooth lawns. Wonderful!!

Take picturesque Bridgerule, just a few miles away from Bude itself. Close by Bude’s surfer’s heaven, every one of the regions beaches are breathtaking. Widemouth Bay as well as the charming South West coastal path are just ten minutes drive away. And there’s 4 star luxury self catering accommodation in the heart of the village at Glebe House, a group of outstanding Georgian properties of durable stone with wooden beams, traditional studded doors and a warm, agreeable atmosphere. Well behaved pets are welcome too, by arrangement, which can be terrific news if the children can’t bear to go on holiday without their dog.

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Wild Guide: Devon, Cornwall and South West

Wherever you holiday you can find plenty to do in the area and not too much further afield from the numerous alluring holiday cottages in the countries balmiest holiday paradise. There’s countryside shows with displays of artistry, farm animals, riding events, stalls with local produce, fairground rides and entertainment for the little ones. There’s the Bude Jazz festival in the last week of August. There is the historic Bude Canal, dug out from the tough earth to transport coal, sand and limestone to remote outlying areas for soil improvement. There’s the old Museum, in past times a smithy. And, it goes without saying, there’s always terrific food.

Food aficionados adore self catering cottages in the Westcountry. Previously a culinary no mans land, Britain happens to be solidly on the world-wide foodie map and, to prove the point, you’ll find gastro-pubs and exceptional eating places almost everywhere. You can partake of some of the finest Indian food in the region. Fire up your taste buds with delicious locally caught fish. Or visit one of the areas numerous informal surf-style cafes and diners, suppliers of great fast food to hungry surfers and water sports enthusiasts from all around the globe!

The tea rooms of Cornwall and Devon are world famous for cream teas. There’s an abundance of really great farm B&B’s and country house hotels. And appealing places such as Tintagel, Boscastle, Clovelly and Padstow are all in easy reach for laid back days out exploring in the sunshine. How about a last minute visit to the Westcountry? It certainly is worth a go. However it’s almost certainly better to reserve self catering Cornwall or Devon early, especially if you wish to be close to the coast!

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Posted by admin - August 29, 2014 at 5:50 am

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Top 5 Bizarre Burglaries

There are hundreds of thousands of burglaries every year in the UK, and around the world the problem is just as common. There are many theories as to why it happens, and every day the newspapers and TV are filled with stories about intruders and thieves who have broken in to a stranger’s home and stolen what is precious to them. A lot of the time, we don’t hear the stories of people who try and steal our goods and fail miserably. Maybe we should do more often. Sometimes we just need the reassurance that sometimes, crime doesn’t always pay. Here are five great stories of burglaries who failed in their terrible task:

1. The Burglar who forgot his phone

A few years ago, in Washington DC, a man was arrested when he broke into a house and proceeded to go through the house stealing whatever he could. He was disturbed during the robbery and left the home in a hurry. When he was arrested later on, he was confused as to how the police knew it was him. He then learned that he had plugged his phone into the wall of the house to charge the battery and left it there. The police then called numbers on the phone to find out who the owner was, and the jig was up. The 25 year old man was later charged with 10 burglaries.

2. The Burglar with a bad alibi

Last year in Belgium, a man was arrested on suspicion of robbing a jewellery store in Liege. But the man had a pretty good alibi, or so he thought. The alibi was that he was busy breaking into a school at the same time, so he couldn’t possibly have been doing both. He probably should have kept that to himself, as he was then charged with breaking into the school.

3. The Burglar with a conscience

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Manage Your Home with a Smartphone App!: Learn to Control your Lighting, Thermostats, IP Cameras, Music, Kitchen, Garden, Safety & Security Alarm Systems on your smartphone or Tablet device.

In 2007, somebody broke into a home in New Mexico and stole $1,000 cash and jewellery worth a lot more, including a piece of jewellery that was given to the person by somebody who was on their deathbed. Three years later, the items were returned, including a handwritten letter from the burglar apologising for what he had done and for putting them through so much. The victim told police that she was satisfied with this and no longer wanted the burglar found or charged.

4.The Burglar with a sense of humour

A burglar in Oak Hill, Greater London was disturbed by a couple returning home from shopping and took refuge upstairs in their home. He waited a long time for the couple to venture out again, and then made a big mistake. One of the home-owners made a joke, and the burglar laughed, alerting them to his presence and leading to his arrest.

5. The Burglar who got stuck

A burglar who had just robbed a home in Maastricht, Holland made a huge error when he tried to escape from the scene of the crime. Climbing up to the rooftop in a bid to get away, the 33 year old thief tripped and fell down a chimney. Police were called after the burglar was heard shouting for help by the victims neighbours.

Author Bio: Daley has an avid interest in home security. He works with All in One Security to ensure homes are protected with quality security products.

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Posted by Guest Author - August 28, 2014 at 7:55 am

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Fire Safety In The Workplace

In 2011-12 fire and rescue authorities attended 585,000 fires or false alarms in Britain, 7% fewer than in 2010-11 (626,900). Within this total, fires decreased by 6% to 272,100, while false alarms fell by 8% to 312,400 (ref. HSE)

Most fires are preventable if the person(s) responsible take the correct precautions and adopt the right behaviours and procedures. Having the right equipment installed, whether that would be fire alarms, extinguishers or fire hoses, could help in event of a fire.

You may not know but it only takes three things for a fire to start, a source of heat (ignition), a source of fuel (something that will burn) and oxygen.

The source of heat can be anything like, lighting, naked flames, electrical equipment, smoker’s materials (cigarettes, matches lighters etc.) or anything else that gives out heat.

Sources of fuel are any materials that burn easily if the come into contact with the source of heat. Materials such as wood, paper, plastic, rubber or foam are sources of fuel for a fire to ignite.

Oxygen – quite self explanatory really. The third component of making a fire start is simply the air around us.

How do you prevent a fire when you have the three components in one building? Simple keep them apart – obviously you cannot control air, but keep the source of the heat e.g. a heater, in a suitable place and where it cannot be knocked over and keep the flammable materials away from the source of heat if possible.


Employers responsible for fire safety, must carry out a fire safety risk assessment regularly and keep it up to date. A fire risk assessment will help you decide:

- What the chances are of a fire starting?

- Whether a fire in the building would put people in danger

- Whether your existing fire precautions are suitable

- Whether more precaution are needed

When carrying out a risk assessment, consider 6 things:

1. Use your and your employees’ knowledge and experience to identify fire hazards

2. Consider work processes that could cause a fire

3. Take the whole of the workplace into account such as outdoor locations

4. For small premises, you can assess the building as a whole

5. For larger premises, to make it easy to assess, divide the building into sections

6. If you share you premises with other business, always discuss every risk assessment with them

Fire Safety Risk Assessment

The BS 9999 Handbook. Effective fire safety in the design, management and use of buildings

The BS 9999 Handbook. Effective fire safety in the design, management and use of buildings

A risk assessment contains six steps:

First, identify any possible fire hazards. As you know a fire cannot start without the three components, how many risks are there that involve the three things.

Next, think about who it might harm and how. Consider the 4 groups of people in the building or has access to the building including anyone who works there. People who are disabled, young workers or people with communication. People who are not in the workplace all the time; cleaners or visitors. Members of the public, and people and other businesses who share the workplace with you.

Step 3, assess the risks and decide what precautions to take. All of these things should be in mind when deciding what precautions to take and what equipment you will need.

1. Control the sources of heat (ignition)

2. Limiting the fuel for a fire

3. Detecting and warning about fires – fire alarms and air horns

4. Escaping a fire – Panic bars, fire exits, evacuation chair and fire escape ladders

5. Fighting fires – fire extinguishers

6. Maintaining and testing fire precautions – test all fire alarms and fire exits

7. Fire safety information for employees

To keep this information safe and accessible to anyone, write all information about the assessments in a fire safety manual. It is also helpful to have a log book because when a health and safety inspector comes around, they can keep up to date and check the assessments you have been taking, which contributes to the overall health and safety inspection.

Once you have assessed the building and if you have identified any risks, what do you do next? Take at look at the risks, can you prevent a fire from happening? if not, can you reduce the risks and manage them safely? Always try and prevent a fire from happening, even if it means rearranging the office or moving things about just to avoid the risk.

Making sure that yourself and employees are safe is the number one thing when running a business, so keep all these points mentioned in mind when carrying out a fire safety assessment, this way you won’t miss anything.

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Posted by admin - August 27, 2014 at 6:50 pm

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Luxury Leather Goods are a Great Gift

Hip flasks are one of the luxury leather goods that seems entirely British, and is certainly proving to be an established tradition that’s in no need of a revival. As popular today as ever, good quality hip flasks are more than just a way to carry an invigorating tipple with you when out on a cold winter’s day. Like most professional leather products, hip flasks are an iconic tradition, as beautiful to see, touch and hold as they are convenient and welcome.

For many people hip flasks are one of the more popular luxury corporate gifts, and certainly they’re a welcome change from watches, gift vouchers or clocks. Professional leather products today are manufactured from soft, high quality leather that’s not split, but sourced from lambs and goats, giving them a beautiful soft, supple and smooth feel that makes them every bit as inviting to touch and hold as to look at and admire.

Hip flasks may be a display item, but they’re also very handy when out and about on a hunt or a walk. Whether you enjoy a strong coffee, liquor or a little of Scotland’s finest oak matured water, hip flasks are available in a wide range of styles, sizes and appearances.

Andrew James Designer 8oz Hip Flask With Funnel - High Quality Grade 304 Brushed Stainless Steel

Andrew James Designer 8oz Hip Flask With Funnel

From 4oz hip flasks to 6oz and even 8oz hip flasks, the choice is often available to have a decanter, cup, or glass incorporated into the design, making them perfect for sharing. Of course, luxury leather goods are not the preserve of men, with hip flasks continuing to prove very popular with ladies too, and today there are several beautiful designs available, giving ladies the chance to warm their cockles on a cold winter’s hunt.

If you’re looking for luxury corporate gifts then you may be considering traditional items such as portfolios, desk blotters and travel bags, but hip flasks could prove to be a much appreciated alternative, and certainly one likely to receive good use.

But don’t assume that all hip flasks advertised as being ideal luxury leather goods are the same. Hip flasks made from soft, supple leather, especially kid, goat or sheep leather is likely to provide years of use without cracking or wearing, as well as being warm to the touch – useful on a typical British day. With soft, warm leather wrapped lovingly around a decanter of your favourite invigorating tipple, you’ll be ready for anything this green and pleasant land can throw at you!

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Posted by admin - August 27, 2014 at 8:11 am

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The history of bathrooms and bathroom lighting

We all know about Roman baths and that some are still intact even today and are able to be visited and admired for their foresight and luxury. As the saying goes, ‘cleanliness is next to godliness’ and as a race, humans have been aware of cleanliness and the rituals of it from as far back as 3,000 BC, when being clean was important as it meant you were pure enough to enter a holy place.

The first actual known bath comes a little later on, at about 1,700 BC, on the island of Crete in the Palace of Knossos. The knowledge of this container is amazing, as it shows that the shape and type of plumbing that was involved is not that far removed from what we have and use nowadays.

Of course back then, bathroom lighting was not an issue, they did not need bulbs, fancy lampshades or peaceful lighting – they just had the sun and daylight! It was the Greeks who first showed initiative with drainage systems and proper water supplies and there is even evidence on an ancient Greek vase to show that the Greeks had showers.

But it was really the Romans who made bathing a daily or weekly ritual. They even built separate areas for dry and damp heat and for cold and warm bathing, to differentiate between the benefits that each one offered.

The first bathroom in the United Kingdom to be recorded was not until the middle of the 17th century. We obviously were not that bothered about cleanliness or godliness! Even Queen Elizabeth I only had a bath once a year and that was probably against her better judgement.

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All New Bathroom Idea Book: Cabinets, Countertops, Storage, Flooring, Lighting, Fixtures (Taunton Home Idea Books) (Paperback) – Common

The room where we go to relax, spend a few minutes of me-time or simply go through the motions of our ablutions is a relatively modern phenomena. A century ago, a tin bath was plonked unceremoniously in front of the fire, which was invariably in the main living room, water was boiled on the stove and you washed and scrubbed where all could see.

Now, bathrooms with their subtle bathroom lighting are havens of peace and tranquillity (you hope!). So bathroom lighting would only have come about once the techniques in plumbing allowed the rooms to become self-contained and washing and bathing became more private.

Now there are all sorts of different types of bathroom lighting that you can choose from, depending on what sort of image you want to create. A lot of natural light is useful but that is not always possible, so plumping for bright white bulbs is your best bet, as they will cut out shadows and allow you to see more clearly.

Enhancing the light by having strategically placed mirrors around the room can add to the effect and help with the light. This could either be a mirror over the sink or even some smaller mirrors on any window ledges or other sills. These can reflect the light to make the room look bigger, if that is the effect you want to achieve.

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Posted by admin - August 27, 2014 at 7:13 am

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Fatboy Makes Beanbags with Style and Swagger

Anybody who thinks of a beanbag as an uninteresting, static object with limited potential and devoid of style or flair is obviously unfamiliar with the vast and impressive Fatboy range.

Available in a dozen different styles and at least twice as many colours, the Fatboy bean bag has a use in more or less any situation, whether it is for parking the children, sitting, lying, throwing at somebody or simply lurking unobtrusively in a corner as an aesthetically agreeable item of furniture.

Let us consider a few of them. First of all there is the Shuttershadie, with its appealing horizontal stripes and built-in shadow effect. Fatboy says it has ‘real swagger’. Then there is the outdoor Buggle-Up, with its rain and stain protective coat it is a thing that, unlike the kids, you really can take anywhere.

The Marimekko has an iconic Finnish flower design which leads it to truly stand out from its competition, a veritable prince amongst beanbags which is available in four exciting colour options.

Meanwhile the Metahlowski, the all shiny disco boy of the beanbag world, struts its stuff around your living room in beautiful bronze, sparkling silver, glistening gold or trendy titanium.

Options for smaller people – or for smaller dogs!


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Giant Beanbag in Orange. Indoor & Outdoor Bean Bag

There is far more too in the famous, fabulous Fatboy line-up. A whole range of Junior beanbags, modelled on the Original version and available in the same sixteen colours, provides options for the younger members of the household, whilst even your favourite pet is not left out with its Fatboy Doggie Lounge Dog Bed, itself offered in two sizes.

Not to be outdone the versatile Fatboy Point is a family favourite. Chair, foot cushion, child park or ornament, its classic tubular shape reaches parts of the home that other beanbags cannot reach.

Fatboy’s bean bag portfolio is as interesting as it is extensive. You can, to all intents and purposes, choose any colour, any size and any style that springs to mind and there will always be something very close to whatever it was that you had envisioned.

This is a line of products that really is full of beans, in very much more than the literal sense. It lends life and vibrancy to any home, and when it comes to utilising space effectively whilst providing options for sitting and resting offers a fun solution to what can be a serious dilemma.

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Posted by admin - August 27, 2014 at 7:05 am

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The Peg Method in Memory Improvement

Failing memory can be a scary thing; however, it does not mean that you have necessarily have a medical condition that is leading to your memory loss.Often times hectic lives are enough to cause our memory to fail when we are trying to recall something that otherwise would be relatively simple to remember.

There are various ways one can go about trying to improve their memory skills in various memory improvement techniques.  However, some of the memory techniques recommended are tedious and simple put, hard to administer into ones daily life.  Take the Peg Method for instance.  The peg method may be great for using the chunking system for recalling phone numbers; however, its number and letter association is a lot to recall on its own.  If you have a large list of items you need to recall with out notes, if you do not have time to set up associations, the Peg method is not for you.

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Improve Memory: The Ultimate Guide To Improve Your Memory

So how can one easily improve their memory skills?  First off, no two individuals are like and every one has a different style of learning.  Some people may be visual learners while others may be more hands on.  Others may do better by audio means of learning.

For learning memory improvement techniques, you have to take into consideration your learning style first.  Secondly, you have to consider the ease in the application of the skills taught.Do you have the time to administer them into your daily life?Lastly if you learn on a multiple combination of learning styles, are the techniques offered flexible with your style of learning.

For some, the Peg method may work wonders on helping them improve their memory; however, on others it may fall on deaf ears.  The best type of memory improvement techniques are those that can stimulate all learning styles and all your senses, well expect smell and taste unless you choose to snack while learning.  With techniques such as those taught in Memory Improvement courses you can sit and snack while learning valuable techniques that will vastly improve your memory but stimulating both sides of your brain and working with all learning styles.

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Posted by admin - August 23, 2014 at 9:14 am

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Knitting with Alpaca Fleece

An Alpaca is an animal from the same family as the llama. It has thick fleece and when sheared, is spun into a beautiful wool. Alpaca fleece is often sought for projects because of its unique properties. It is becoming quite fashionable lately to have articles of clothing as well as linens made from Alpaca wool. For those who enjoy knitting, using Alpaca is especially desirable. You can make lovely crafts from it for yourself or for gifts. It is easy and fun to work with and ideal for all levels of knitting from beginner to advanced.

Why use Alpaca?

Alpaca fleece is very strong and durable and this makes it ideal for clothing, especially clothing that is used frequently. In addition, Alpaca knitwear is warm yet lightweight. For anyone who wears Alpaca clothing outdoors, it will keep you warm while remaining comfortable against the skin. The softness of Alpaca knitwearmakes it ideal for people of all ages. Infants and children will enjoy it as well as adults. This wool is also hypoallergenic so is the ideal choice for gifts. If you are unsure if someone has a sensitivity to a certain fabric, this is a good choice. You should be aware, though, that Alpaca is not waterproof, so it is not suited for outer clothing if it will be exposed to water.

Choosing alpaca wool yarn

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How to Knit an Infinity Scarf + 9 Fashionable Cowl Knitting Patterns

No alpaca wool yarn is the same. Although all wool from the alpaca has similar properties, there is one specific difference that sets apart various types. The softness can vary greatly between different types of wool. For this reason it is classified into various categories in order to make purchasing easier. These categories are based on micron count, which is simply the softness of the wool. There is a number associated with the wool. The wool with the lowest number has the softest texture. Baby alpaca is the softest category but this does not necessarily mean the fleece came from a young animal. You can get superfine or fine softness as well. This classification system is convenient for determining which type of yarn to use for your project.

Knitting tips for using alpaca

Alpaca has some unique properties that can make it challenging for particular knitting projects. The most significant is its elasticity. Sometimes the wool can give quite a bit which can be difficult in keeping the shape of a densely knitted garment. If, for example, you have a pattern for an alpaca sweater that uses dense stitches, you may find the completed garment stretched and misshapen. The best solution is to either use a less dense stitch or to use a blend of wools to help prevent this. There are specific patterns that recommend using alpaca and the stitches will complement the wool perfectly.

If you are new to using alpaca, try knitting with it. It is soft and durable which makes it ideal for clothing such as an alpaca sweater. Its hypo-allergenic properties also make it ideal for bedding and linens. If giving an alpaca garment you made as a gift, make sure to include proper care instructions so the recipient will get the most life out of the outfit.

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Posted by admin - August 23, 2014 at 6:10 am

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How To Use Subliminal Affirmations to Improve Your Golf Game

The game of golf is 90% a mental game, so learning to dominate the inner game of golf is important. Many golfers struggle for years until they learn how to use mental golf training techniques to their advantage. So don’t spend any more money on the latest golf driver, golf training aid, or lessons until you know how to implement the mental game of golf.

What do subliminal messages have to do with golf, you may think? Well, Tiger Woods has used Subliminal Affirmations since the age of 13. Most of the other top PGA professionals also use powerful mental techniques – in fact, it is the missing ingredient that the top 5% of golfers use.

Subliminal Affirmations – What are They?

The way this technique works is that the messages go straight into your unconscious mind and bypass your conscious mind. Our unconscious mind controls our behaviour and habits.

Your brain is sometimes filled with negative thoughts that tells you that you can’t do this or that, and it is constantly putting you down. But, since the affirmations are subliminal, they sidestep your conscious mind and go straight into your unconscious mind, where there is no resistance.

Your mind will then receive any messages that gets through to it, and directly use them to build new thought patterns and behaviours. In the case of subliminal affirmations for golfers, the complex movements of the golf swing will become a natural habit, just like riding a bicycle. If your unconscious mind is trained right, your golf game will work on autopilot; so you don’t have to think.

Powerful Subliminal Affirmations

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Tom Watson: Golf Lessons of a Lifetime II [Updated and Extended for 2014] [DVD]

Did you know that subliminal techniques were used in advertising? They were so powerful and effective that they have in fact now been banned. You have also probably seen subliminal programs that put you through a complete sleep cycle in only 20 minutes or others that you listen to before going to bed that make you sleep deeply all night long.

Other subliminal affirmation audio programs are used to help you with relationship building, love life, business success, or self confidence. So, you can see that these are powerful techniques – but if you are reading this, you probably want to know more about how this can help you improve your golf game.

The Amazing Golf Mind

A new mental golf program called Amazing Golf Mind Audio Program can indeed help you take your golf game to the next level. By listening to this program for just 20 minutes, three to four times a week before going to bed, your golf game will improve and your score will drop – and all without practising! Traditionally, learning the mental game of golf techniques was not easy, but with the audio program from Amazing Golf Mind Audio Program it is easy as falling off a push-bike!

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Posted by admin - August 20, 2014 at 8:29 am

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