Only 4 people in the world are allowed to do this.
1. The reigning British Monarch
2. The President of the USA
3. The Pope
4. The Prime Minister of Malta
This info was courtesy of Auto Express magazine.
Water shortage? You can spray that again!
Well, actually, you can’t, according to Britain’s water companies. The firms are bringing in hosepipe bans across the country, signalling a potential end to the traditional car wash.
Drivers in the South-East of England will be the first to be affected by the ban – introduced because of a lack of rainfall over the winter months – but it could spread nationwide. Now, leading car care produce manufacturer Comma has tapped into the problem and issued a new list of recommendations for saving valuable water while still giving your motor a clean.
An estimated 6 million drivers wash their vehicle every weekend and 57 percent of those have admitted that they do it by hosing down first, according to Comma’s research. Ignoring a hosepipe ban introduced by your local water authority could mean a fine of up to £1,000 and a criminal record, so the firm’s advice should be taken by the bucket load. “With so many people in this country grabbing a hosepipe, a change of habit is required,” explained company spokesman Mike Brewsey. “You only need one pail of water to clean the car, and another to wash it down.”
Comma claims a staggering 84 million gallons of water could be saved each weekend if more drivers converted to buckets instead of hoses.
Figures released by supplier Three Valleys Water show that a hose pipes use 20 gallons per wash – which compares with only 3 gallons for each bucket.
Top Water Saving Tips When Washing Your Car
1. Clean your car from the roof down to the wheels
2. Always wash in the shade to avoid drying marks and repeat cleaning
3. Wring your sponge or chamois out over your bucket
4. Use a sponge to wash down with one hand, and a chamois in the other to dry off immediately
5. Wash your car after a rain shower – it will already be wet, so you won’t need a hose to rinse it first
I’m looking to find more information on the VK range of mobile phones.
I used to have a Nokia 6100 and it was a really thin and small phone that was reliable and had a good battery life. The only problem is that this phone is quite out of date and I find the responsiveness of it a little slow compared to todays standards.
I’m currently looking for an upgrade or replacement – ideally a Nokia 6100 shell but with 6230i insides. I know that this isn’t possible but even different brands interest me hence me mentioning the VK Mobile range. If anyone has any suggestions I’d be interested to hear.
Battery life over 5 days
Max Height – 110mm
Max Width – 60mm
Max Thickness – 10mm
Weight – not bothered
Screen – Need to view images
Ringtones – MP3
USB Chargeable – USB lead to charge
Like I said, the VK2000 looked good but there are others on the horizon and I’d be prepared to hang-on for a couple of months to see their latest offerings.
Having tried out some ISP’s recently for webhosting I was attracted to bpweb.net due to their good reviews and the fact that they did a 30 day money-back-guarantee.
I setup some accounts OK and wanted to add POP3 accounts which I added. I then decided to change the POP3 accounts and did that however they didn’t work. It transpired that they only update your requests such as changes to web forwarding, pop3 accounts, etc. etc. on a daily basis at 11pm. So if you were to request changes at 11.30pm, or you made a mistake you would have to wait until the following evening at 11pm for your changes to be executed. This is not good in todays age!
I then contacted support for a couple of questions via their support console – no response, sent another – no response and then telephoned Nick/Andy in support and he helped. I asked why my requests hadn’t been answered – he said that they hadn’t seen them. Anyhow, after this and the 11pm updates I said that I would like to cancel my account (this is 2/3 days after opening it – which I must add, took them 1 hour!) … No reply. I tried this 10 times and send forms from their “secure support area” … No reply. I then called and was told I would have to e-mail them. Which I did.
I then left it and thought. Oh well they’ve got £30 out of me.
3 weeks later I got a second bill from their service on my card. I had to eventually go to the payment collected and manually cancel the service. Not through BPweb but the service provider.
BPwebseem to use an antiquated, slow system for updating changes. They didn’t reply to my support requests and failed to assist me in cancelling their service.
Since this experience I have used Clook clook.co.uk and they are great. The cPanel system is instant, their prices seem to be cheaper (bonus) and the support response is as I would expect, if not better. Usually an e-mail response within 5mins to 30 mins. Not that I’ve had to use it much, apart from a flurry of panic e-mails at the start ;-P
Moral of story. Check out that they have a cancellation procedure or find your exit before comitting.
Check out the garden. Barbecue’s here we come!
Been told that I need to water the lawn now with one of those sprinkler systems.
I’m gonna plug the landscaping company here:-
Name: Martin Matthews
Company: Arristor landscape gardeners essex, block paving for essex,
decking in essex and General Maintenance
Address: 22 Coptfold Road, Brentwood, Essex. CM14 4BN
Mob: 07771 742 165
Came across an interesting post at Digital Point last week regarding good sources for CSS Templates.
I listed this place as it shows you what is happening “live” when you modify the code on the settings page.
As I’m learning CSS at the moment it was a good find. CSS is NOT easy, but with practice….
If anyone else has any good CSS template links I’d be interested to see them!
Oh, and here’s an interim shot of how Martin & Martin are getting on with their landscaping in my garden!
Been having my garden landscaped over the past couple of weeks and today is supposed to be the last day!
Oops. Talked too soon.
They’ll be back tomorrow
More snaps to follow but had to attach one of a mini digger. Didn’t realise how cheap these are to hire. Check out google’s results Mini Digger Hire