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Heading to Uni?

Published by Jake Smith

We noticed our wonderful neighbours hauling boxes out of their house while we were in the garden the other day. These aren't the cool neighbours: the ones we have shared a garden wall with for almost a quarter century and always celebrate Christmas and New Year with; these are the "cool" as in "chilly" as in "they've been here for well over a fortnight and they haven't spoken to us yet despite the fact that we left a lovely "welcome-to-the-neighbourhood" cake with a nice card on their doorstep.  Read more...

#Garden, #Grandparent, #Beer, #Smartphone, #AppleInc, #TheTablet, #Laptop, #TheBeatles, #Tea, #Sandwich, #TheFridge, #FreddieMercury, #Adolescence, #Cheese, #TheWho

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Swag For Your iPhone

Published by Jake Smith

What would we ever do without our smart phones? How did we ever manage to communicate with the world without them? Some of us may remember a time when the telephone was tethered to the house, rather than semi-permanently attached to our hands. If people called and you weren't in, they tried to call later and didn't get their knickers in a twist unless it was a dire emergency. Once answering machines came along, people simply left recorded messages and didn't get all undone if we did not respond immediately. What the outside world was doing waited until the evening news, and was quite adequately handled by the BBC. Now, the smart phone helps us keep in touch with everyone - and we mean everyone - through the magic of Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, and millions of other apps that allow us to glimpse, well, anything within mere seconds. Plotting Princess Charlotte's nappy changes? Check your smartphone. Mad about One Direction? Make your smartphone a bespoke testament to your love of all things Harry/Niall/Louis/Liam/(Zayne). We wake by our smartphones and we go to sleep by them, even though experts say that we should put down the electronics at least an hour before going to sleep, but they never had the snoring beast beside them and music hath charms that soothe - or, in our case, block out the snorting and hooting going on from the other side of the bed.  Read more...

#Smartphone, #Rhinoceros, #IPhone, #ListOfASongOfIceAndFireCharacters, #ROMCartridge, #Android, #Snapchat, #BBC, #AnsweringMachine, #Coffee, #HedvigElisabethCharlotteOfHolsteinGottorp, #Norway, #OneDirection, #BBCOnline, #GorillaGlass, #Facebook, #Polymer, #Twitter, #USB, #Butterfinger, #Instagram

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Back To School: Whoopee!

Published by Jake Smith

Back to School. Three words that bring joy to parents and a mix of excitement and horror to students. Summer is gone, the days are growing shorter, children are getting out their uniforms and teens and young adults are heading back to University and College. Each new beginning of the school year is ripe with possibility that comes with the promise to study hard and do our best. That said, we find ourselves with mixed emotions at the start of every school term: relief that the kids have somewhere else to go and we finally have some peace, and envy because the kids get all the cool stuff. We don't know about you, but we get a bit of a thrill when it comes to school supplies; especially new notebooks, pristine and white with their pale blue lines and red margins. They make us long for the days when we would sit at our desk and neatly write the date on the first page and promise ourselves that we will use our best penmanship for everything until we get that teacher who rambles on a little too quickly and we resort to hieroglyphics and code to get the notes down. The Gift Oasis has everything you need in the way of unusual and amusing notebooks, notepads, blank journals and sticky notes. A few of our favourites are the Treasure Map Notebooks and the Passport Notebooks that feature Alice in Wonderland or Neverland of Peter Pan fame.  Read more...

#Oasis, #Burrito, #StickyFingers, #Green, #PersonalDigitalAssistant, #R2D2, #PDA, #PeterPan, #Magi, #RollerballPen, #Neverland

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We're only here for the beer

Published by Jake Smith

One of our favourite summer pastimes, especially when the thermometer is threatening to reach 30 C, is to sit out in the shade of the garden with our feet in a paddling pool and a couple of bottles of ice-cold lager in a bucket, while we try to stay cool. Imagine our delight, then, when we received the new shipments of beer accessories this week! Now we can give the plastic bucket back to the children and chill our favourite beverages in this metal Party Time Beer Cooler! The cooler is made of galvanized metal meant to resist rust. The outside is painted white with the announcement “Ice Cold Beer Served Here.” Oval in shape, with a wire handle and wooden grip, this awesome party bucket holds six 12-oz bottles and enough ice to keep things nice and chilled. The best part, though, is the handy bottle opener built right into the handle so you never have to leave the comfort of your chair (that is until you break the seal) to go off in search of an opener.  Read more...

#Beer, #Garden, #Lime, #Thermometer, #Lemonade, #ClassicalConditioning

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Feline Fun - Lickstarter Pussycat Panties

Published by Jake Smith

Ladies, can we talk? We all know that men are dogs. Lovable, messy, goofy dogs. What they lack in finesse, they make up for with devotion - once properly trained of course. For grace and quiet dignity, however, one needs a pussy. Like the felines in Disney's The Aristocats, pussies come in all types: from sleek and exotic blue-eyed Siamese to Scottish Folds and Persians. Or if you're a bit lowbrow, there is the ever-adorable domestic house cat. They come in dozens of colours and patterns and are affectionate to a seal point, and they can give you the cold shoulder if you don't treat them right. Wildly entertaining, snuggly, warm, and soft, puss has been a part of our lives for almost ever. That's why there is a special day just for our fuzzy feline friends.  Read more...

#ScottishPeople, #TheAristocats, #PersianCat, #TheWaltDisneyCompany, #Felis

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