Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Charged For Sending Pictures Through WhatsApp - Warning!

I recently noticed some odd charges on my mobile phone bill. So I called up EE to ask what they were.

I was told they were charges for picture messages!

I said I wasn't aware I had sent any, and anyway some of the numbers they had been supposedly sent too were very odd.

I was asked if I used WhatsApp, which I do.

I was then told that if your data signal is a bit flakey the phone will use the picture messaging (as if you were sending it through a text) and you get charged.

I was told this is in the T's & C's we never read when we install WhatsApp..

So beware, don't take it for granted that WhatsApp is always free!

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Christmas Memories Via YouTube

When my 3 children were young they used to *LOVE* this video.. yes it was a VHS video, remember those?

But thankfully to YouTube it can now be relived.

It brings back so many lovely memories of the excitement and anticipation of Christmas with my little ones, it actually brings a tear to my eye as those days are so long gone now.

Have to show it to my Grandson who is almost 3 now.. see if he likes it or is it just too old fashioned for him - have to wait and see..

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Recently Read - Elizabeth Is Missing by Emma Healey

Elizabeth Is MissingElizabeth Is Missing by Emma Healey

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book had me from the very first page. It's a beautiful, sad, tragic story set both in current time and in the past.

Now I have finished it I know I'm going to miss Maud and her daughter Helen - such adorable characters.

Emma Healey - I hope to read more from you in the not too distant future!

Elizabeth Is Missing is at once a page-turning mystery that takes us from post-war Britain to the present day and a piercingly honest portrait of love and memory, families and aging through the lens of an unforgettable protagonist who will seize your heart--an elderly woman descending into forgetfulness, as she embarks alone on a quest to find the best friend she believes has disappeared. 

Maud, an aging grandmother, is slowly losing her memory--and her grip on everyday life. Notes fill her pockets and dot the walls of her home, increasingly crucial reminders of the immediate world. Most crucial is the fact that she can't find her only friend--Elizabeth has disappeared: she isn't answering the phone and doesn't seem to be at her house. 

Maud, convinced Elizabeth is in terrible danger, refuses to forget her even if her frustrated daughter, Helen, her carer, Carla, and the police won't listen and won't help. Armed with an overwhelming feeling that Elizabeth desperately needs her help, Maud sets out to find her. And, unexpectedly, her search triggers an old and powerful memory of another unsolved disappearance--that of her sister, Sukey, who vanished more than 50 years ago, shortly after the Second World War.

As long-ago memories emerge, Maud begins to uncover forgotten clues to her sister's disappearance and to piece together the mystery that has haunted her family for decades, discovering new momentum in her search for her friend. Could the mystery of Sukey's disappearance hold the key to finding Elizabeth?

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Friday, November 21, 2014

Recently Read - The World According To Bob by James Bowen

The World According to Bob: The Further Adventures of One Man and His Street-wise CatThe World According to Bob: The Further Adventures of One Man and His Street-wise Cat by James Bowen

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Enjoyed this book as it's more amazing stories of Street Cat Bob.

I have 2 cats and neither of mine would like to travel around on my neck, or on the bus or tube!

The sequel to the bestselling A STREET CAT NAMED BOB continues the remarkable adventures of James and Bob showing - through new stories - how Bob's extraordinary street wisdom has shown James the meaning of friendship, loyalty, trust - and happiness.

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Friday, November 14, 2014

Recently Read - From The Cradle by Louise Voss & Mark Edwards

From the CradleFrom the Cradle by Louise Voss and Mark Edwards

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed this book. It had so many twists and turns, I kept thinking I'd sussed it and then, bang! another revelation. It's not the first book I've read by Mark Edwards, but it's the first I've read from the duo. It will not be the last either!

The first child was taken from her house.
The second from his mother's car.
The third from her own bedroom...

When Helen and Sean Philips go out for the evening, leaving their teenage daughter babysitting little Frankie, they have no idea that they are about to face every parent's greatest fear.

Detective Inspector Patrick Lennon is hopeful that the three children who have been abducted in this patch of south-west London will be returned safe and well. But when a body is found in a local park, Lennon realizes that time is running out—and that nothing in this case is as it seems...

Blending police procedural with psychological thriller, From the Cradle will have every parent checking that their children are safe in their beds...then checking again.

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Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Jack The Ripper, The iPhone 6 and ThreeUK

Last Sunday I was treated to a rather interesting night out courtesy of ThreeUK.

A small group of bloggers were taken back to 1888 to the spooky dark streets of East London for a Jack The Ripper tour followed by a rather lovely meal!

Now the best bit of the night was being loaned an iPhone 6 to test out and take photos of the evening with.

What more could a girl want? A bit of history, food, and a fancy new phone to get some shots with!

I’ve had an iPhone for a few years now, starting with the iPhone 3, then 4s and currently 5s, so the phone itself wasn’t particularly different.

But what is amazing is how slim it feels, with the bigger screen which is beautifully clear and bright. Although, I was a little concerned I might drop it as it’s so smooth, I think if it was my own I’d definitely put in a case. Pity to hide the beauty but safety first!

It takes photos very nicely, however having the on/off button on the side (as opposed to on the top on previous iPhones) I found myself accidentally pressing it and turning it off when taking a landscape shot.

Having now played around with the iPhone 6 for a few days now I’m just about in love with it. I do however have to hold back somewhat as I can’t keep it, although I wish I could! Have to wait another 11 months before I can upgrade.

If you are thinking of getting an iPhone 6 and are lucky enough to be in a position to get one NOW!! take a look at them on the ThreeUK website - they have some good price plans, I particularly fancy the “All You Can Eat” data and minutes!

Ahh well, my turn will come and in the meantime, thank you ThreeUK for giving me this opportunity to have this experience!

Below is a little slideshow of our spooky Jack The Ripper evening!

Created with flickr slideshow.

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Recently Read - The Hot Zone: The Terrifying True Story Of The Origins Of The Ebola Virus by Richard Preston

The Hot Zone: The Terrifying True Story of the Origins of the Ebola VirusThe Hot Zone: The Terrifying True Story of the Origins of the Ebola Virus by Richard Preston

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

With Ebola very much in the news recently it was interesting to read this book. It's a true account but written in the style of a gripping novel and quite horrific at times.

If you are not too squeamish it's a very good read!

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Recently Read - Gone Again by Doug Johnstone

Gone AgainGone Again by Doug Johnstone

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

59p very well spent - very good page turner!

'It's just to say that no-one has come to pick Nathan up from school, and we were wondering if there was a problem of some kind?' As Mark Douglas photographs a pod of whales stranded in the waters off Edinburgh's Portobello Beach, he is called by his son's school: his wife, Lauren, hasn't turned up to collect their son. Calm at first, Mark collects Nathan and takes him home but as the hours slowly crawl by he increasingly starts to worry. With brilliantly controlled reveals, we learn some of the painful secrets of the couple's shared past, not least that it isn't the first time Lauren has disappeared. And as Mark struggles to care for his son and shield him from the truth of what's going on, the police seem dangerously short of leads. That is, until a shocking discovery..

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Cat Teeth Cleaning Time

I dropped Freddie cat off to the vet today. He's having his teeth cleaned under general anaesthesia.

He was not a happy boy this morning, not at all amused that there was no breakfast and then the sight of the carrier sent him speeding off to hide under the bed.


I'm waiting for the call to go collect him this afternoon.

Then next week, the whole palaver to be repeated with Mabel.

I have been quoted £190 EACH! (dependant on how much they need to do)

And I thought it was expensive when I went to the hygienist!

I wish there was some way to regularly clean their teeth at home without them getting upset - anyone had any success?

Monday, October 13, 2014

Working Mums: #nigglefix is the answer to your prayers!

It’s not easy being a mum … especially if you’re planning to look stylish too. After you’ve washed, dressed and fed the kids, there’s often little time left to look after yours truly. In fact, if you’re going to make it into work before 9 then there’s usually just enough time to throw on yesterday’s outfit and a little lippy and hope for the best!

Of course, it’s also at these times that life’s little niggles start to creep up and ruin your day. First you miss the bus by a minute, even though you’re sure the driver saw you running down the road, and then you discover your new ‘must-have’ shoes are determined to restrict all circulation to your feet as you trudge uncomfortably down the road.

Finally, you arrive at work to find a stack of paperwork, back-to-back meetings and the Mount Everest of washing up in the kitchen (because office workers are far too busy posting selfies online to worry about the mould growing at the bottom of last week’s cup!)

These little niggles can really get you down – especially as they’re such common occurrences. As this video shows, women experience niggles practically everywhere they go:

You’ll see from the clip that one niggle has been well and truly fixed though – and that’s the one where you are forced to wear an uncomfortable bra all day. We’ve all been there: no matter how much you adjust its position, loosen or tighten the straps, it just never sits right.

Thankfully Triumph – who has launched a whole niggle fix campaign to rid women of all their pesky frustrations – has also come up with a simple solution to this common issue.

The Magic Wire Bra from Triumph offers all the support of an underwired bra but with a lot more comfort. A good bra like the Magic Wire will help to define your shape too so you’ll be able to banish a few wardrobe malfunctions at the same time (note: ‘double-breast’ is a term that should only be used when describing suit jackets and not something which describes the interplay between your bra and top).

Shaped with every woman in mind, the usual customary under wiring has been replaced with an ingenious piece of silicone in the Magic Wire. This provides an easy-to-wear, comfortable bra that actually looks good. The smart design means women have one less thing to worry about but Triumph hasn’t stopped their war against niggles here.

Truly believing that a niggle shared is a niggle halved, they are encouraging women all over the country to list their own niggles in the hope of finding answers and support from other ladies. Visit the company’s Twitter or Facebook page and post about your niggles using #nigglefix and see what happens.

You could find yourself with a whole series of easily solutions – like the Magic Wire bra – and the company has even partnered with The Huffington Post to offer some great content from comedians and other celebs so you never know who you might share a niggle with next!