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The last roast lamb recipe you’ll ever need

We decided on roast lamb for Sunday roast dinner yesterday and boy did it go down well! I loosely based it on a recipe my mum used to make, but this one was too good to forget so I’m going to write it down and share it with everyone else. I’m not going to state Read more about The last roast lamb recipe you’ll ever need[…]

How to get your invite to buy a One Plus One.

If there’s one thing I have noticed while trying to get an invite to buy a One Plus One is that One Plus are going to make you work for it.

Recently they have been rolling out large batches of invites prior to their new pre-ordering system which has made it easier for a lot to get an invite, in fact this is how I have managed to get mine too. All you need to do is know what is going on and be prepared to drop what you are doing and dash to your computer. Keeping your phone on you at all times is essential.

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The following is a list of tools you will need in order to succeed, if you miss one out you risk missing one of One Plus’s clues. Bear in mind I am not an iPhone user so if you are you may need to tweak this plan for it to work effectively with your tech. Oh and congratulations on converting if you are moving away from iPhone!

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2014 – How can I better myself this year?

Oh yes, it’s that time of year again, the beginning of the year where we all look back on last and wonder did we fulfil any of the promises we made to ourselves a year ago. I think there will be a common outcome of not likely!

If I’m honest I didn’t make any new year’s resolutions last year, I wasn’t in the best place and didn’t feel confident enough with myself to stick to them, however, things have changed in the months leading up to now and I am ready to start 2014 on a positive note, so this post will be about the new year’s resolutions I feel are real, achievable and essential as this year is the beginning of the rest of my life 🙂

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Resolution one – to finish what I have started.

I started a learn at home course on becoming a fully qualified bookkeeper back about 3 years ago. I am very proud to say I have completed 75% of it, however, I have failed to complete the rest of it because of a mix of work, play, holidays and most probably laziness. […]

How to: Transfer contacts from your Blackberry device to iCloud (using MS Outlook)

My parents have recently each purchased an iPhone 5 and asked me to set them up. One of the most important things when changing mobile phones is transferring your contacts.  But Apple don’t make it very easy.

I’m an Android man, I have never owned an Apple device nor do I know much about how they work or behave. Which is probably similar to quite a few people out there. So I turn to good old Google for a bit of advice.

Hours of searching on Google turned up a lot of rubbish about how you can back up your contacts through iTunes (which doesn’t seem to be supported any more), or backing up to and managing them through Gmail or Yahoo Mail, which would be good if I wanted to do that, but I wanted to get them onto the iCloud so they can synchronise and constantly update from that source. So I had to get a little bit creative and I thought that I’d share it with you who may be wanting the same end result – transferring your contacts quickly and easily (for free) from your Blackberry device in bulk onto the iCloud, here’s how…..

You will need:

  • Your Blackberry device.
  • Your iPhone – this needs to be set up so it is backing up to your contacts to your iCloud account. Check your settings.
  • Your Blackberry USB cable.
  • Blackberry Desktop Software – if you don’t have this you can get it here.
  • A PC or laptop with Microsoft Outlook installed (I’m using Office 2007).
  • A Yahoo! account.
  • TextPad 7 Software – if you don’t have it you can get it here. I used version 7.0.9.
  • A cup of tea or a GnT if it’s after 6pm!

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Barcelona for the weekend.

I fell in love with this city back in early 2011 when I visited for a week on one of my solo holidays. Ever since then I have wanted to return, even if it was just for a weekend – and last weekend I got my wish. But guess what, I’m now itching to get Read more about Barcelona for the weekend.[…]

This year’s travel plans – so exciting!

Well this has kind of happened all at once, but really I don’t care! I have some really exciting travel plans lined up, all in the next three months. I’m packing my bag and jetting off to Barcelona with my brother Paul on the 8th March. Now I have been there before, but I didn’t Read more about This year’s travel plans – so exciting![…]

I’ve started drinking green tea! Here are some of the benefits…

I recently made the decision to take a healthier approach to life, this meant three things: get off my arse, get motivated and get fit! Now I have managed to do this before, but because of an injury I have taken a couple of backward steps, but now since I’m starting to recover I’d like Read more about I’ve started drinking green tea! Here are some of the benefits…[…]

Simplified London Underground map

I found this little gem while browsing Facebook this morning.   I love this picture. It’s perfect for almost any kind of trip into London and caters for the essentials! I especially like the stop for XXL. Unfortunately, I do not have any source for this image. However, I will update this post should I Read more about Simplified London Underground map[…]