Monthly Archives: October 2013

Jewellery With Heart

Wedding rings haven’t changed much in design over the centuries. Most people will settle for a respectable piece of silver or gold around their finger. Some might have a flamboyant piece that shows off wealth while others aim for a simple ring that signifies the bond of love being greater than the worth of the ring. For many Irish people though, a wedding band and pieces revolving around the claddagh design are of great importance for any traditional wedding.

Claddagh rings are a gorgeous piece of jewellery with a traditional Irish design that has been used to celebrate all manner of occasions. When a child is born the family will be given a claddagh band or the mother will be given a ring with the child’s birthstone in the centre. The design aims to represents new and long lasting lover with two hands clasping on to a shining heart.

For many Irish people getting married though, a band will be commonplace as a featured gift from a close family member. Many couples now even aim to incorporate it in to their wedding rings with claddagh patterns and celtic designs etched in.


It’s seen as bringing a level of Irish authenticity to the wedding and a celebration of culture far removed from drinking a pint of the black stuff or dancing to traditional music.

A Little Piece of Silver

Silver Jewellery has consistently been a favorite option with girls. But, the demand and acceptability for silver jewellery for a style accessory has shot up drastically in the previous decade or so.

The current prevalence of silver jewellery could be credited to the sophistication and versatility related to this precious metal. It’s now accepted as an even more contemporary jewelry alternative vis – a – vis the heavy and pricey conventional gold jewelry. Actually on evaluating one discovers that little has changed within the designs of gold jewellery during the last few decades, whereas, fashion has dictated that the trendiest designs are frequently created for silver and costume jewellery.


Sterling silver is an alloy comprising 7% copper and nearly 93% silver. The seven % alloy provides the silver hardness and endurance. With no alloy, the silver piece will be too-soft to use.

Now, a broad number of fashionable jewelry pieces can be found in sterling silver including silver to silver created with coloured gemstones. From a trend perspective, gold is largely appropriate for daytime use. During winters, silver gels nicely if worn with blue, black and other dark colours. Yet within the summertime, worn with light-weight clothes and pastels, silver appears comfy and cool.

Silver is really one of the earliest found metals in the world.

Silver was utilized in early Italy and Greece to make boats, private decorations, jewelry, arrows, arms and coinage. It was utilized as money in several cultures.

The word “Sterling Silver”, emerged in England from the 13th-century.
The pound sterling was utilized as money in England from the twelfth century until the center of the twentieth century.

Silver, while not used in circulating money throughout the planet, continues to be used for jewelry, flatware and plates. Because of growing demand generation facilities using modern technology to provide hip silver articles to high-fashion jewelry stores, have developed.

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My New Discovery

I love my TV shows, never used to watch that much TV but times have certainly changed.  I think one of the reasons is that my children have got a bit older and now no longer demand my attentions every waking minute.  Part of me misses this but at least I can sit down and watch a few shows uninterrupted.  My favorite are some of the great US shows that are produced which start appearing on UK Television.

Unfortunately I get quite frustrated waiting for them to air in the UK until I found a solution a year or two back.  It started with I think one of the many series of Lost, I got so frustrated waiting for the show to reach the UK I started looking online.  Of course there were lots of solutions but too many involved downloading from seedy looking sites or virus riddled servers.  The other issue was that it took forever to download from these sites and was rapidly turning into a full time occupation.

That was when somebody in the US told me about Hulu which airs all the best shows online (even streaming in HD).  She was right every show I wanted to watch and all slap bang up to date was there. It was looking good until I actually tried to watch something and then it all went wrong.  You see like lots of media sites Hulu has decided to restrict access to those people actually resident in the USA – which didn’t include me.  Whenever I tried to access the shows I’d get a little, polite message saying that I couldn’t!

But I persisted and discovered that the only way Hulu knows that I am not in the US is because of my IP address.  This address is linked to my ISP and country so is easy to work out where I am.  However I discovered  that it was actually fairly easy to hide this IP address and pretend I was in the US.  So I searched and after finding lots of rubbish servers I discovered that you could buy very cheap subscriptions to services that gave you access to a whole host of US proxy sites like these.

All  that I needed to do was connect to one these before accessing Hulu and it was fooled into letting me watch.  As long as I used a proxy server based in the US I was fine.  It’s worth checking out as you can also use this technique to watch the BBC Iplayer if you’re outside the UK too.



My Growing Paranoia About Privacy

I’m sure I didn’t used to be like this, paranoid I mean.  I don’t remember being secretive or being worried that other people knew where I lived or where I worked.  I know when it started though and it’s more than just my passing years that is to blame.

I use Facebook so I have no desire to be a complete hermit.  But I cringe when people put up stupid photos of themselves, or broadcast their address and telephone number on their wall.  I briefly think of reminding them that’s its a bit stupid to announce online where you live and then the next day confirm that the property will be empty for three weeks as you are going on holiday.   If I was considering becoming a criminal, a long list of Facebook friends would be a business asset.

There are other problems, in the UK before we all spectacularly ran out of money the last Government has some seriously unnerving idea.  To collect all the data available on what everyone does online and put it in a database that the Government, Police and various agencies could access when they wish to spy on us.

It was called the Intercept Modernization Program and it was nothing more than a huge spying database.  If the East German Secret Police, the Stasi would have been overjoyed if they were still around.  The justification some mumblings about safety and capturing terrorists.

Of course we had a safety net, in the fact that Government IT projects never work properly.  However if by some fluke it had been implemented correctly it would be the same as having a webcam on every screen in the land, whilst the Government minions peer over your shoulder.

The more people want to monitor what I’m doing online, the less inclined I am to let them.  So now I have used the technology available to make sure that what I do on the web is private.  I stay up to date with all the latest anonymous surfing techniques (source: and invest in software to keep me safe.

If my government want to know what I’ve been doing online then they can come and ask me.  Spying on the entire population on the off chance of picking up the odd dopey terrorist is not a good enough excuse in my opinion.