Care Industry One of Biggest Growers

The British elderly care industry is booming right now. Massive investments are leading to a whole new generation of companies. Companies like Safe Harbor who began with just one nursing home in the Midlands now have 5 in the region.

These once small firms are simply reacting to the market as more and more elderly people seek quality care. The rise of the internet generation has ensured that standards need to remain high. One bad review online can make or break a business so quality care needs to be adhered to at all times.

People want their family members to reside in smaller homes with a sense of community and homeliness. This is why it is the smaller companies who are gradually making their mark rather than bigger ones with hospital-like accommodations which offer unpleasant and “cold” feeling accommodation.

Care Home Burslem


Care homes like Agnes and Arthur (pictured) offer small, homely environments for their residents. This makes the transition much easier for residents when moving out of their own homes. Many elderly people have a fear of hospitals, so using converted large mansions or small apartment blocks is the trend.

My Retro Furniture Ideas

I have been getting into the retro look recently, inspired by movies such as 2001 A Space Odyssey. The rounded edges and creative use of fabrics gives rooms a unique look. So here are a few items of furniture that are on my wish list.

The red bucket seat below is top of my list. It has that retro look but also appears to be a comfortable chair which could be used for dining. It is available from the swivel chairs collection at Fabulous Furniture.

red bucket swivel seat

If I could afford it I would certainly go for the pod chair below. The Alpha Lounge Chair isn’t too far off a thousand dollars. I’ve always loved pod chairs but never really found them too comfortable for long periods. This one features arm rests which should mean more usage.


Below is a piece I really like. It reminds me of the seating in a classic car from the States. I’m not sure where to buy it but more information can be found here. It doesn’t quit fit into the red colour scheme I’m going for but I am saving this one for the future.

Retro Furniture

Bringing nature into your living room

These days we are all guilty of spending too much time glued to the TV, computer or smart phone. One company who is offering a way to disconnect from these electronic devices is Uscenes. The 2013 start up of the year has set its mission to stop people watching so much TV… but putting a video background on the TV instead.

The idea is simple. To record high quality still camera footage of nature and certain other scenes. Then give people the change to use their TV as a window to the scene. The idea came to head videographer Michael years ago whilst watching Back To The Future 2. The movie featured a Scenery Channel and Michael never forgot what a great idea it would be.

Fast forward many years into the future and Michael has helped to set up Uscenes. They have around 50 scenery videos so far with plenty more on the way. Michael says “We have an infinite number of amazing scenes to film around the world. Since we started the sales have gone really well, so we are already funnelling the money back into the project to fund new shoots.”

One example was last weekend when Michael flew to Portugal for a few days to film some new video backgrounds. One example from the trip is the beach scenes in the clip below. He also filmed atop cliffs and captured some sunsets.

Uscenes has decided not to offer DVDs or Blu Ray discs as they see these mediums as a dying breed. Instead all products are downloaded from the website. Not all of us have a media streaming device or media player yet but this seems like a great reason to get one. For those not quite up to date with the latest tech you can record the videos onto DVD or enjoy them on your computer. The videos all come with screensaver apps too.

How To Clean Your Driveway Without Ruining The Concrete

Most of us buy a power washer from our local hardware superstore. These machines are also known as jet washers or pressure washers. They basically send a high powered stream of water out of the nozzle to blast away dirt. The problem with using these machines on a concrete driveway or patio is that they will take the face off the surface.

Most concrete driveways have a top layer which is different to the inside. On pattern imprinted driveways this has a protective coating and coloured dye. Ornamental paving slabs also have a coloured outer layer. Repeated use of a power washer will wear this layer away.

If you are cleaning your concrete regularly the surface will become rougher which means dirt will stick easier. The finish will also deteriorate meaning loss of colour and eventually the inner aggregate stone will show.

Dan from Sale Exterior Restoration is a driveway cleaning specialist and he recommends either letting a professional company like his do the job, or follow the steps below. He says;

“a company like us will only need to do this job every 5-10 years, depending on the surface type and location. Using a cheap power washer twice a year or so will just ruin your surface.”

If you want to do the job yourself follow these steps:

1. Hire a good quality power washer instead of buying one. The top of the range machines omit a much stronger jet of water. This makes the job much faster and eliminates “streaks” from areas missed or rushed.

2. Once cleaned, sweep off any dirt which has gathered in puddles. Then leave the surface until it is bone dry. Whilst waiting purchase a suitable sealant for your driveway. Be aware than some sealants have a subtle matt finish and others have a glossy finish which can be very shiny.

3. Brush the surface with a medium brush. Then apply the sealer. Follow the instructions on the packaging. Usually 2 coats is required. Once applied you can sit back and relax for the next 5-10 years because the sealant will protect the concrete from the elements and from attracting dirt. Using a sealant will help prevent cracks in concrete which are most common in areas which freeze up in winter.

UK Self Hypnosis website actually works

Now I am as sceptical as anyone when it comes to thinks like hypnosis. Self hypnosis sounded even more unrealistic than seeing a real life hypnotherapist. But I’ve been getting overweight over the past few years and my efforts to diet and exercise haven’t brought lasting results. After a friend saying it had helped him I decided to give it a shot. For just £15 I thought what the hell.

After checking out reviews online I chose the most legit looking site (Self Hypnosis UK) and ordered their virtual gastric band download. The hypnotherapist has a slight northern accent and was female which were pluses. The download was quick and came with instructions. I was soon lay on my back with my eyes closed.

It is quite a nice experience and very relaxing. You just follow the voice of the hypnotherapist as she gets you to relax. Then the surgical part of adding the gastric band (lol). To be honest I haven’t really noticed much of a difference yet but I do feel that it could help. I have noticed a few times that I have been eating smaller portions. I’m going to try a few more listens and hopefully the messages will really start to sink in.

My thinking is that even if I cut down on my eating a small amount then it is well worth it. So far I’m not sure if it has just been a temporary placebo effect so we’ll have to see. I did keep an open mind and have tried to be mindful of the messages on the recording. I’m hoping that it will have long term results. I’ll post again in a couple of months or so to let you know how I’m getting on.

Hypnosis is being regarded as a new method in treating certain diseases and ailments.  Having the knowledge and understanding of this practice is critical, so that the decision-maker is filled in and knowledgeable.  People in this position usually carry a tough educational achievement, like an online healthcare administration degree because this information is not covered in basic classes.

The easy way to improve ski technique

improve ski technique with the SkiA Sweetspot Skiing is one of those activities that participants often just manage once or twice a year. That means it can be impossible to stay “slope ready” unless you live close by to an practice slope. There are a few ski simulator machines on the market but they cost large amounts of money, which means they aren’t worth buying for most people. The good news for skiers of all levels is that SkiA Designs Ltd launched a great little ski gadget last year, which is the ideal solution.

The Sweetspot is a ski trainer which can be used anywhere. The blocks are attached to the bottom of your boots and designed to give you that “sweetspot” feeling you get when balancing perfectly. At just £45/$72.50 per pair this represents good value for anyone looking to learn how to ski. It is also said to be useful for experts who need to hone their technique, or those undergoing rehabilitation from a ski injury.

The Sweetspot improves balance by giving users the feeling of being on real snow. It is also able to improve other aspects of ski technique such as control, turns and posture. Some ski coaches have advised their students to use the Sweetspot to practice at home. There are instructional videos and a free ebook available on the SkiA website at Skiers in the USA can visit There are also online stores for Australia and New Zealand.

Selling a Car Tips

While there are multiple options to sell your car online, buyers can be unpredictable. Besides, many other people are attempting to sell their vehicles on the internet. If you are trying to market your car, therefore, you might find it hard finding the right buyer for you. The good news is that there are lots of places for you to find good customers in the USA and UK. One of the most popular online sites to sell your car in the UK is Sell The Damaged Car.

Be sure to do enough research that will allow you to locate the best buyer for your specific model. To get started, here are practical tips to assist you in selling your car at the highest price possible.

Take Good Photographs

First, ensure you take good photographs of your car. This will require you to take clear photographs from a number of angles. In case your vehicle has any dent, be sure to take a number of clear photographs of the dent. Incorporating clear photographs in your car sale listing can greatly boost your chances of getting the right online buyer quickly. Any potential buyer will be able to know the kind of vehicle they are getting and in what condition.

Set A Reasonable Price

Make sure the price of your car is reasonable. In most cases, it is advisable to ensure that the price is somewhat below the vehicle’s value as this will enable you to get rid of it faster. Remember to state that the terms are negotiable.

To obtain a reasonable price for any type of vehicle, you will also need to utilize a price guide book. You can get a number of these manuals from bookstores. If you want to sell a classic vehicle or one that has undergone a lot of modifications, then you need a different metric to value your vehicle as it is most likely worth much more.

Be Candid

Make sure you are open and sincere regarding the condition of your car. In case there are any issues with the car, make sure that you state them on your listing.

Include An Honest Car History Description

Documenting an honest history of your car will give potential customers a reason to trust all other details that you provide them with. Most buyers prefer to deal with honest sellers.

By employing the aforementioned tips, you should be able to sell your car much faster albeit the stiff competition from other sellers in the USA.

Find Out Why Ford Is A Reliable Make Of Car

The name ‘Ford’ is an historic one, connected with the earliest days of motor manufacturing and the beginnings of America’s rise to commercial and cultural power. A Ford is an iconic car, no matter what vehicle you are driving. Consumers are frequently influenced to regard this make of car as reliable in part because some of the oldest ones are still around and still running, even after almost a century on the road.

Granted: these are not high speed race cars. They are antiques, well-loved and maintained by careful owners. Owners of modern Ford cars can do the same, however, maintaining their cars to find out why Ford is a reliable make of car. As with any machine, if you are kind and careful, it usually performs well. If you are rough with it, there is no way you can tell what will happen. Continue reading “Find Out Why Ford Is A Reliable Make Of Car” »

The Top Ways To Sell Your Old Car

There comes a point where you just need to give up your old car. You just might be ready for a new one. Perhaps payments on the car are too much. Maybe even you are moving across the country and cannot afford to take your car with you. Whatever the reason may be, you want to sell your car.

Selling a used car is by no means an easy task. It takes a lot of time and effort to get it into the right condition. Washing and maybe even waxing it on the outside, vacuuming the inside, cleaning the windows inside and out. Continue reading “The Top Ways To Sell Your Old Car” »

Tips For Buying A Car

A car is one of the most expensive and important purchases you will ever make. Whether you are a first-time car buyer or simply need to upgrade from your existing vehicle, the task is one which can quickly become overwhelming if not approached properly. There are certain points to remember when it comes buying a car, to help you through the process and ensure you invest your money wisely. Continue reading “Tips For Buying A Car” »