I’ve been in the news recently. Every time something pops up about holidays in term time I am a spokesperson on behalf of families for the national media.
The subject of taking children out of school in term time is something I am very passionate about. It is about the entitlement to go on holiday.
It is about the principal of not being so outlandishly ripped off by holiday and flight companies who quadruple the prices when the kids break up.
It is about the principal of being able to make educated decisions about the upbringing and welfare of my children without being dictated to by the government.
The decision by the Supreme Court to criminalise decent hard working parents for taking them out of school in term time is wrong and not through. This has been a smokescreen to hide the fact that not only is this a tax on families but the ruling was a political decision to save egg on the face on the government who would have had to fork out millions un compensation to those parents already fined.
My children are well travelled and received the highest accolades in their report, they consistently attain high grades in class, one of my lids was personally selected by the head teacher to represent the school in a presentation in front of the Chief of Police and Lord Mayor. My children are widely acknowledge in the community as being extremely polite and respectful and teachers hope that they are placed in their classes as they go through school. Their attendance is on average 98%
One or 2 days off throughout the year is not going to dumb down education. Why are parents being punished for the sins of a very small minority of delinquent parents who are not interested in the welfare of their children. Deal with them individually.
Children are blessings, not possessions or accessories. Most countries except my homeland accepts this. Only in the UK are our offspring discouraged from taking them out in public until they are 18. "Snotty kids, troublesome teens". Stop blanket labelling everyone under age. Stop this negativity You can learn a lot from children and indeed my eyes have been opened since I have brought up my children and I have learned new things, such as overcoming a fear of climbing a real mountain.
We, as families are not cattle to be herded on holiday when the government dictates and then shuffled back to our sheds out of season.
May I suggest that those who criticise me and say my children are a “ lifestyle choice” study evolution and the meaning of life. Breeding is inherent to the survival of our species.
Everyone benefits from the younger generation, who see the world through fresh, untarnished and enthusiastic eyes.
If you are fortunate to grow old and don't have children to assist you who will be looking after you in your care home? Who will be treating your ailments? Who will you be calling to mend your light fitting/boiler? Who will be protecting out country? My children's generation.
Summer is around the corner and I look forward to seeing children playing outside, in the parks and sat in restaurants with their parents. They should be seen and heard.
Life is for living, stop telling everyone how they “should” be.
Few could have predicted the effects that technology would have on the casino industry. Since 1996, online casinos have been taking over the gambling landscape and have even boasted becoming as popular (if not more) that land-based casinos on occasion. In order to fully understand the benefits and drawbacks of each, it is important to consider the opinions of those who participate in each form of gambling. While at the moment it seems that land-based casino’s currently take the top spot when it comes to popularity levels in comparison to mobile casino games, we certainly do need to give some credit to the opposing party here. The real question is: what does the future hold in terms of casinos overall – land-based or otherwise?
The Online Casino
Firstly, let’s explore what playing casino games is like today, in the popular age of mobile phones, apps and tablets. Straight away, mobile casino game play has the incentive of offering its players the ability to play in the comfort of their home and does not require you to dress in a particular way or spend additional money on purchasing food, drinks etc. For many people, land-based casinos can be intimidating and this is why online casinos provide a welcome sense of relief as you are able to play in a controlled and familiar environment. With the pressure off, people claim to have more fun.
Alternatively, online casinos are known for offering a wide range of rewards and incentives in the form of special offers or discounts in a way that land-based casinos do not. In many instances, online casino companies even give you free money to begin playing with- a physical casino would not do the same. Online casinos also have the added benefit of year-round entertainment- they are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 365 days a year, which allows for an incredible amount of flexibility in terms of game play hours and accessibility.
Finally, one of the most useful things about online casinos is that they give you the opportunity to practice your skills, which is particularly encouraging for beginners. Fans of the popular casino game blackjack have been known to brush up their skills through a combination of studying blackjack video guides and testing blackjack strategies online. The amount of risk associated with online gameplay is significantly less than when you put yourself forward to play in a casino as you are able to control what games you enter and keep a closer eye on your bank roll.
The Land-Based Casino
Straight away, it is important to acknowledge the fact that land based casinos deserve their following as they are essentially the seed that has made online casinos possible. You cannot detract from the fact that land-based casinos are a classic example of the very best, traditional game play. When people visit a physical casino, they are coming along for several factors; the entertainment value, the general vibe, the food/ drinks and for connecting with their friends and fellow casino goers. While online casinos are easy to access, they cannot detract from the fact that land-based casinos offer a more memorable and ‘real’ gaming experience.
It is important to analyse the benefits of land-based casinos from a psychological stand point to really get to grips with why these casinos will always remain popular. The sights and sounds of a land-based casino and the lively atmosphere are things that people love to be a part of. In Las Vegas, for example, casino attendees receive free drinks and these are certainly an important incentive in maintaining their popularity. Similarly, the beauty of land-based casinos is that you are able to experience a variety and spontaneity to your game play in a way that is not possible online. Physical casinos come with a constant stream of people, different dealers and ever-changing scenarios. Compare this to online casinos that follow a particular coded system and it is easy to see why someone may not get the same thrill from an online slot machine as they would a physical one. It seems that although the online gaming market is growing, the increase in digital casino games allows there to be more scope for physical, land-based casinos as people are more often reaching for something more tangible.
Finally, in an age where mobile is king, there is the most certainly an increased awareness of online security. Cybercrime is becoming an ever growing threat, which means more people are avoiding sharing their personal details online. This, alongside the fact that casinos in the UK have seen a shakeup in terms of strict regulations, means that more people feel safer in-house than playing casino games online.
I have been an entrepreneur for almost ten years now and come across a lot of people in business. Most, like me are driven, ambitious and enjoy the daily challenge. Many enjoy sharing their experiences and meeting up to discuss possibilities of working together. Others do not. Some believe in entitlement, they want a piece of your success.
Running a business is a 24/7 choice.You never switch off, you cant afford to for so many reasons. Most people don't see this. They just see the public face of the business and make all kinds of assumptions, mostly wrong ones.
I have seen the most vicious comments about other people's business, including my own. People like to know they despise you, and want everyone else to know as well. It is not enough to defame your business, but to insult your family as well.
Why do haters hate so much? It is a reflection of their own insecurities, their own desperate unhappiness and their own hatred towards themselves and discontentment with their own lives ,hating you because they cannot do what you are doing, or achieve what you are achieving. They want to ride on your success, tag themselves into whatever you are doing, for that is the only way their name will be associated with anything significant.
There is a direct correlation between the amount of success you enjoy and the number of haters you have. Haters bring value to your business. Criticism and hate are the price you pay for taking your business to the top.If you don't want people talking about you, then you aren't ready for success.
For many people, last year was a stressful year. From the deaths of too many much-loved celebrities to political events that left millions of people shocked and unsure about their future, it’s no surprise that 2017 started with thousands of individuals vowing that this would be the year they regain their calm. In a world that’s becoming increasingly more fast-paced and stressful, staying in control of your emotions and stress levels can be difficult at the best of times. Here what to do if you want to avoid stress and stay calm this year.
Recently, meditation has gotten a lot of coverage because of its high effectivity in helping people to combat a huge range of issues, from general stress to anxiety and major depressive disorders. But, meditation is no new idea, having been practiced by Buddhists, particularly Buddhist monks, for centuries. Meditation today is easily accessible, with classes available at most major cities and at Buddhist temples, whilst those who’d rather meditate from the comfort of their home can do so with a range of guided meditation tutorials and relaxing meditation music available for free on YouTube. Choosing regular meditation as one of your 2017 goals will certainly make this year calmer for you and help you to gain more control in your own life.
Stress and anxiety can often lead to low mood, which in turn leads to us attempting to cheer ourselves up with bad habits such as comfort eating or drinking alcohol. Although this can certainly provide a temporary release, the long-term effects of binging on junk food or alcohol are certainly not worth it, both physically and mentally. This year, make sure that engaging in physical activity is one of your main goals. Not only will your physique improve, you’ll also notice that your mood is lifted and your head feels clearer in general.
Take a Break
Working hard is good for us, and many individuals are at their happiest when working tirelessly on a project that is important to them. But, when you’re committed to working hard on something, you also need to know your own body, and understand when you’re getting tired and when you need to take a break. Short breaks are beneficial, as they allow you to focus on something else for a change, for example playing bingo at Ladbrokes. Switching focus allows you to clear your mind and can be very helpful for seeing things in a different light.
Today, too many people are worried about getting support for stress or potential mental health problems. Even if your stress levels don’t warrant a visit to a therapist, it’s important to make sure that you have a good support network in your life, whether this is from your parents, siblings, partner, children, or close friends. Having somebody who can be a calming presence to turn to when you’re feeling stressed is often essential in managing these emotions.
Enduring stress is never easy, but for many people, it’s a regular part of their daily lives. If you’re hoping to reduce your stress levels this year, it’s important to do more of these essential habits.
I am Andy and here is a little bit about why I am now training as a makeup artist after being a very successful stylist for 13 years.
As part of my career as a hair stylist I have worked on many photo shoots and fashion shows and I have been fortunate enough to be head stylist at Manchester and Liverpool Fashion week 2015 and 2016.
Working on these jobs I realised over the years that for me to stay ahead of the game I needed to be able to do makeup, as this would increase my opportunities.
Well where do I start???? To begin with I didn’t think that we would be learning about blood splatters and bullet wounds on our first lesson on a Monday morning that’s for sure. Here we all were (myself and 16 women, yes I am the only guy, again! Haha) all eager and keen sat in anatomy and physiology and boom…We were told about what to expect in class, crime and ballistic, blood splatter, death and decomposition etc etc, to say there was a few ashen faces was an understatement haha, next we were shown a 10 min video of scenes of heads being blown off, legs and arms flying everywhere. Sarah, our lecturer says ever so casual “You have to get used to seeing the real thing, because you will have to recreate it one day. If anyone feels a bit faint just don’t worry get up and get some air”…..
Welcome to SFX makeup 101
Next session to throw us in at the deep end was practical application with Diane, Lip Art……. We all had to pick a word out of a basket, mine was blood!!! Great, what is it with all this blood I thought haha. Easy you would think, ohhhhhh no, not at all, especially when the last time I really picked up a makeup brush I referred to myself as Miss Sapphire and was in my teens not 30’s.
So away I go, a week to research and experiment before I had my first practical assessment… Who to use as a model???? Well to start I used myself as I was at least used to that. Then I used my friend Rachel, then my sis Jo…
So that was my first week as an MUA on my degree, I have really enjoyed it and I am excited and slightly scared of what is to come.
The next pic is of me doing my first assessment, but we will leave that for next week’s blog.
Until then, have a great week,
Our experts expose their top 10-calorie saving tricks….
1. Swap your latte for an Americano
“Some lattes can have any where from 200-290 calories. By only having a small splash of milk in your Americano you could save huge calories, whilst not sacrificing too much flavour,” says Lily.
2. Swap binging on oatcakes and flapjacks for 3 squares of good quality dark chocolate
“Instead of munching on oat cakes and flapjacks with your afternoon tea, which are high in calories, beat your sugar cravings with three squares of good quality dark chocolate (minimum 70% cocoa). This amount will only contain a relatively small amount of sugar, and there is also evidence that dark chocolate has health benefits. You can also try a small pot of sugar-free plain yoghurt, with a teaspoon of pure cocoa or raw cacao powder,” says Shona Wilkinson, Nutritionist at SuperfoodUK.com the online shopping destination for health & wellbeing.
3. Swap your bread for red cabbage cups
“Red cabbage cups are easy to transport, and packed full of antioxidants. You also save at least 200 calories per sandwich. All you need to do is fill each large red cabbage leaf with your usual sandwich filling,” says Lily.
4. Can’t say no to bread? Swap white sliced bread for rye bread
“Rye bread, as opposed to white bread, is usually lower in calories and will help keep you fuller for longer. Rye bread also has the health benefit of containing more fibre,” says Dr. Marilyn Glenville, author of Natural Alternatives to Sugar (from £7.98, Amazon), www.marilynglenville.com.
5. Swap your Caesar or Ranch dressings for olive oil & lemon
“Cheesy or creamy dressings can add 250 calories to your meal, making a healthy meal instantly unhealthy. By simply dressing your salads with a tablespoon of olive oil and a little lemon juice you can cut these calories by half,” says Lily.
6. Swap artificial sweeteners for cinnamon
“If you have a ’sweet tooth’ replace artificial sweeteners with cinnamon. Sweetener triggers sugar receptors in the same way that real sugar does. It causes increased production of insulin and — eventually — sugar rush. It will help keep your sugar cravings at bay and speed up your metabolism,” says Shona.
7. Swap rice for broccoli or cauliflower rice
“Cauliflower rice can increase your veg intake and instantly eliminate huge calories. Cooked rice has 218 calories per cup, with cauliflower rice coming at 25 calories per cup. This swap doesn’t have to be boring, you can flavour your cauliflower rice with a tasty combination of spices,” says Lily.
8. Swap dried fruit for fresh fruit
“Dried fruit is often considered a healthy snack. However, it has got a very high level of sugar that has been concentrated during the drying process. Alternatively, try to eat fresh fruit that will fill you up quickly, so you eat less. Watermelon, strawberries and grapefruit contain about 90 percent of water and are great as a snack,” says Shona.
9. Swap some avocado in guacamole for courgette
“Guacamole can still taste amazing without it’s calorie punch, by blending in a few cooked slices of courgette you can shave off at least 100 calories,” says Lily.
10. Swap the stuffed crust pizza for thin-crust or ‘Italian-style’ pizzas
“Thin-crust or ‘Italian-style’ pizzas contain less dough and therefore fewer calories than other types, whereas stuffed crust pizzas can add 50 to 70 calories per slice, compared to a normal pizza. If you really want to cut down on the calories share a pizza rather than having a whole one. A medium pizza can easily contain 1000 to 1500 calories or even more, with some large pizzas tipping the scale at around 3000 calories!” says Shona.
Asking Prices of Liverpool Property down 1% in the last year
I had an interesting question the other day from a homeowner in Ropewalks who asked me the difference between asking prices and values and why it mattered. When it comes to selling property, there must be agreement between the purchaser (buyer) and seller (vendor) for a property sale to take place. The value a buyer applies to a property can massively differ from the value a seller or mortgage company places upon it. The seller, the buyer and the mortgage company must find an agreeable value to assign to a property so the sale can proceed.
In many of my articles about the Liverpool property market, I talk about values, i.e. what property in Liverpool actually sells for, but I haven’t spoken about asking prices for while. Now asking prices are important as they are one of the four key matters a potential buyer will judge your property on (the others being location, bedrooms and type). Price yourself too high and you will put off buyers. So let’s take a look at the Liverpool numbers.
Over the last 12 months asking prices (i.e. the price advertised in the paper and on Rightmove) in the Liverpool area have decreased by 1%, taking the average asking price in Liverpool to 161,600 (down from £163,300 twelve months ago).
Interestingly though, when we look at, say detached and terraced property, a slightly different picture appears. Twelve months ago, the average asking price for a detached house in Liverpool was £335,400 and today its £355,400 (a rise of 6%); whilst over the same 12-month period, the average asking price of a terraced property was £107,300 a year ago, and today its £104,000 (a drop of 3%).
There has been very little change in the supply of property for sale in Liverpool recently. In December 2015, there were 8,855 on the market in Liverpool today there are 8,836 properties on the market. This will mean homeowners looking to sell will need to be conscious of how their property compares against others on the Liverpool property market. The Liverpool property market still has substantial momentum and sufficient demand remains.
… And here is the second point to make. Asking prices are one thing, but what a property sells for (i.e. value) is a completely different matter. These are the average prices achieved (i.e. what they sold for or the average value) for property in Liverpool over the last 12 months...
• Overall Average £153,100
• Detached £277,500
• Terraced £102,300
You can quite clearly see, there is a difference between what people are asking for property and what it is selling for. The underlying fundamentals of low interest mortgages and tight supply remain prevalent in the Liverpool property market however, the number one lesson has to be this ... if you want to sell, be realistic with your pricing.
by Adam Rastall, Liverpool Property Blog