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BBC Educational Services – Bitesize

The BBC Bitesize service is a web-based support service for kids. It had been developed to help school children pass examinations and also to aid they using their schooling. At first BBC Bitesize just appeared into the core UK areas of English, Science and Math. Design were selected from KS Three program, KS Two and the KS One, as well as the GCSE program.

The website uses revision guides, quizzes, flash games, class notes and celebrities who preform for the kids. Graphics and diagrams go into the essential facts which are needed to learn and help the class notes on the website. Besides this the BBC has a TV service and also sells a collection of publications. The KS One website looks at numeracy and literacy. The KS Two website looks at English, Math and Science. The KS Three website looks with additional detail merely at identical issues as KS Two. Including work on human biology, Quadratic Equations and Shakespeare.

The site’s GCSE section is more complex compared to other three. The compulsory areas of Science, Math and English therefore are linked to other and are looked at in great detail. There are also more links into the main broadcasting area which can be difficult to access if you’re based outside the UK. This site can show you how to access from the USA for example.

The Highers part of the website looks in more detail, but at identical areas. Additionally, there is revision contents on the topic which will be just open to study in Scottland. A section is also called Gaidhlig, that Gaelic pupils may examine with. Not every area on the program is comprised, for example Company Management or Economics.

The BBC Bitesize website (The Welsh Section)’s third section looks at four areas. All these are Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Math and Welsh. Additionally, there is an additional resource which can be found to enable a non-Welsh pupil to understand Welsh. It is so in the growth phases and should be noted the Welsh section is the most recent portion of the website.

John Helvinas

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Some Thoughts On Investing In The Stock Market

I missed the Facebook IPO. Its too bad because even though the stock initially went down, it went back up and has given everyone who held on a nice gain. I know that there are no guarantees in the stock market but I wish I knew more about buying stocks so that I could perhaps learn how to better save for retirement. 

There is another IPO that is going to be coming up sometime this year. It is for the Chinese company Alibaba which is apparently a massive e-commerce site that does more business than Amazon and Ebay COMBINED! Now that is one huge company and already the hype is starting to build. I’m thinking maybe I should buy some of their stock when it comes for sale and hold on for 5 to 10 years. If they are as dominant as Amazon, it could be a good investment for patient long term investors of which I am.

I don’t know much about initial public offerings other than they are the first time a company goes public and anyone can buy shares of the business. I researched online to find more about how to buy Alibaba stock at the IPO and didn’t find too much other than that link. It seems I could buy Yahoo stock to get a piece of the Alibaba pie but I don’t understand too much about that.

Putting some of my money in stocks seems to be a good thing to do from what I have read. I do know that I should be making some money with my savings and the bank is givoing me nothing. I know I’m late to the game investing but everyone has to start somewhere so I might start with buying Alibaba whenever it goes public later this year. 


Thoughts on Building a Different Kind of Home

Many people dream of having a home in the country.  Some people envision a simple, even primitive place to stay while on hunting or fishing expeditions, or as a base from which to engage in such pastimes as hiking, biking or off-roading.  Other people have in mind something more elaborate, perhaps including all the amenities of home.

One thing that is common to both types of visionaries is that many of them would like to emphasize the country ambiance of their place by having it made of log construction.  Nothing says “country” quite like a log cabin!  

If you are having thoughts of such a place for your own, and don’t really intend for it to be your primary residence, or if you want to downsize to a smaller place, you will want to explore small log cabin floor plans.  Whether you are thinking really rustic, with just a few hundred square feet of floor space, or something rather larger, maybe up to about a thousand square feet, it’s essential to make the most of every single square foot.

There are books available of small log cabin floor plans, and they are the perfect place to start your research and planning.  As you peruse these plans, it’s important to keep in mind the particular characteristics of the site on which you intend to build your getaway.  As an example, you’ll want to take into account the north-south alignment on the site, so that you can take maximum advantage of natural heating and cooling.  The availability of power can be an issue in keeping your place comfortable, and you won’t want to have to devote unnecessary time or money to doing so.

The smaller the log cabin, the more you will have to account in your floor plan for shared functions in the available space.  That is, space that is used for waking activities will likely also have to be used for sleeping.  If you have children who go to bed early, try to find a small log cabin floor plan that allows them some room to be separated from adult activities at bed time.  

Another important thing to keep in mind when doing your planning is the need to allow for the free flow of air if you will be heating from a fireplace or stove.  Some log cabin plans assume some kind of forced air or electrical space heating.  If you don’t have that, you may find parts of your country domain unlivable in cold weather.  

My Idea of Travelling

I wouldn’t call myself a hardened traveller, but I have done quite a few long trips in my time. Six months before college was the longest, but I have also had quite a few 6 week mini adventures without much of an itinerary.   It’s an experience I can well recommend and the earlier you get into the mindset of the traveller, the more you’ll enjoy it.


The danger is of course, especially as you start work, that those all inclusive trips which ferry you to and from the airport to the luxury hotel.  Then you get whizzed around by the tour company on a series of ‘excursions’ which almost always cost a fortune.  The temptation is of course there, but if you’re not quite into this stage I urge you to try to be more adventurous when on holiday.

It does pay dividends, I can assure you.  You meet more people, real people from the country you’re visiting and not just other tourists and hotel staff. You also will see and feel much more of the place you visit.  As let’s be honest the inside of a 5 star hotel will not vary that much from Portugal to Australia.

It’s best to travel with a friend or two if possible, but travelling alone can be just as fun as long as you’re careful.  It’s worth remembering though that you’re much more likely to get lonely or home sick travelling alone especially if you have any problems on your travels.  My advice is to take with you a tablet or laptop so you can keep in touch with home – heck if you get a subscription to a service like this it’s just like being at home.  You can watch all your favorite Tv shows and catch the local news in the evening when relaxing – it certainly makes the world seem much smaller.

It also means that you can plan your trip, read reviews and get advice during your holiday. Heck you can even rearrange your trip whilst on it, of course that is usually subject to finance. The reality is that it’s easier than ever to do yoru own thing when your travelling now, try it and discover the joy which will stay with you for the rest of your life!

Holiday Check List

I’m going on what hopefully will be my best holiday ever next year, travelling all over India with a friend.  It’s by far my most adventurous vacation as I usually settle for the boring two weeks by a hotel pool.  It was my last holiday along the Red Sea in Sharm El Sheikh that I started thinking I was wasting my precious holidays.  The problems was that all my holidays were merging into one.  When you think about it a hotel pool is pretty much the same wherever you are, my two weeks in Egypt could have just as well been down the road from my house apart from the weather!

Anyway a daunting trip like this has started me thinking well in advance about what I need to take and do before I go.  Because I’m a completely obsessive blogger I’m obviously not going to put a list up on the fridge at home, yep I’m going to put a post instead!

Travel Insurance – got to be important on this one.  I’ve occasionally made short trips without insurance but not this trip.

Passports and Visas – I’ve a mind to check on visas for nearby countries too just in case I can nip over the border.

Innoculations and Medical – eternally paranoid about picking up some exotic illness, I want a jab against everything possible.

Money and Backups – I nearly always take a little cash now and rely on my cards for backup.  There’s normally ATM machines everywhere now.

My Notebook – so small and if I get my UK IP address program like this, I can watch the news on the BBC Iplayer every night! 

Well that’s a good start, I still have more  than twelve months to go but this trip is costing me a packet so I don’t want to mess it up.   I might actually make a slight addition to my trip as I’ve had the offer of visiting Tokyo too, wasn’t really interested before but checked on my Japan proxy program and I’m now very keen!


Getting Cross with Technology

As I get older I find my temper is getting shorter, and without doubt the thing that makes me most angry is generally technology.  However many gadgets I buy, how ever many software packages or apps I purchase – they never seem to make life either simpler or more enjoyable.  For example I had a few weeks away in Europe with my job last month,  Nothing very exciting, some meetings, a couple of training sessions and the rest sitting around in conferences.  So I envisaged a lot of slack, boring time in between.  Now at first I thought it would be a great opportunity for some sight seeing but alas that was not the case.  My intinary took me to some of the most boring parts of Europe, mostly based in industrial towns without as much as a fairy tale castle or museum for miles.  

Anyway so expecting a few dull nights sitting in hotels where I didn’t understand the TV channels I thought I’d invest in an Ipad to take with me.  I didn’t have much luggage space available but this seemed ideal, I could watch the baseball, check my stocks and watch Hulu in bed all night when I was bored.  I was actually kind of looking forward to some quiet time with this luxury to help me.  But of course it didn’t work out like that – I first tried sorting out my stock portfolio one evening.  However I tried to logon and it wouldn’t let me because it had decided I was in a foreign country!!!  Annoyed I tried the helpdesk and gave up at the thought of twenty minutes on an internation rate listening to muzac.

Then I tried ABC to watch some sports, again I was blocked because I wasn’t in the US – aren’t Americans allowed to travel abroad !!! The same story with Hulu which also irritatingly informed me I was not in the US and so I couldn’t watch any shows (apart from a couple of old promotions).  So that was it, I was an American abroad an I seemed to have been reclassified as an Italian – I mean how stupid don’t they expect people to travel !!  I even couldn’t get on to my banking site as an Anti Fraud prevention system detected I wasn’t in the US.

So I spent my evenings researching, and eventually found a solution on this web site – it showed me that the solution was to change my IP address and pretend I was in the USA.  

There were suggestions that it was possible for free but nothing like that seemed to work and eventually ended up with yet another subscription to some USA VPN thing. In the end I was made to feel like some uber hacker breaking my way into my own bank account and illegally downloading shows from my Hulu account.There’s a video here too, ;I’m not quite sure if I was or not !!!

Glutera Glutathione: Suitable for Your Beauty and Health


Glutera is made from peptide amino acid cysteine ​​or serum. Cysteine ​​Peptide is Precursors for the production of Glutathione (GSH) in the cell body. Glutathione (GSH) is a tripeptide protein consisting of three Amino Acid (LGlutamic Acid, LCysteine​​, LGlycine). Glutathione (GSH) is found naturally in our body. GSH is the first and foremost our body’s own master antioxidant.

All antioxidants can be classified into two major categories- exogenous and endogenous. Exogenous is antioxidant that come from external of our body, endogenous are made by our bodies. The external antioxidants are obtainable from food or supplement. Such as Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Quercetin, Broccoli, Spinach, Asparagus and so on.  When it comes to antioxidant made by the body, GSH is the master of antioxidant because it recycles these other antioxidant.

Glutathione is the essential antioxidant that the body needs, without it we may suffer from poor health. This glutera product take so many advantages from Glutathione in order to make a better and healthy body for us. 

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.

Source: www.proxyusa.com


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