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I have had windows installed by Anglian and thought the initial installation and preparation was ok, however the bombardment of phone-calls, letters and even home visits was astronomical to the point we had complain to trading standards.
We purchased so called sound-proofing windows, which actually dont work half as well as the windows we had prior to installation with secondary glazing. The installation however was fine and we have had no issues with the windows in general. I do believe the quality of their windows is good but when we only purchased for half of our house we were then bombarded.
Starting to have weekly if not twice weekly calls, then letters, then on two occassions a salesman arrived on my doorstep I was beginning to get irate with this company. We made several complaints to Anglian asking them to stop contacting us and if we wished to have more windows from them then indeed we would contact them but continually this went on.
We phoned, we wrote letters of complaint to head office and we had to bar their numbers with BT and then take our complaint to trading standards especially after being targeted on our doorstep with a salesman.
It was beyond wrong in their approach to us to the point we will probably not be purchasing more windows from them in the future therefore with their continued harrassment they have lost a customer. We still now occasionally get letters and promotions form them but it has taken a long time for them to finally get the message that we no longer want a service from them.
So overall they provide good product albeit Im sure there are much better and then beware of their continued harassment to sell more to you.
Choosing a new kitchen is an exciting event but the design you have in your head can vary a lot because of costs and amenities.
The first steps to a new kitchen should be with imagery and a brainstorm of what you want and need. Look at the space you have and work with it.
Ways to generate a brainstorm are through imagery from magazines, apps such as pinterest and google imagery. Look at magazines of design homes and ideal homes and pick what you like from each source, put all that together and then you start to gain the main features of your dream kitchen.
The majority of kitchens can be dream like and yet be done on a budget, but you must be prepared to look around and mix and match also. Don't discount more expensive stores such as magnet or independent kitchen designers because you may sometimes find for what you want it may be just the right price.
Go to cheaper stores first such as Ikea and then work your way up price wise as then you can have price comparisons to go to other stores with as many stores will now price match. For example go to ikea first, this is nearly always the cheapest bar B and Q, then homebase, and magnet. Magnet are surprisingly good at price matching and can be deemed as much better quality albeit the majority of carcasses now are made the same. All have a very good design service and different stores will suit individuals.
Homebase can be very cheap and very expensive, they have an excellent design service however and dependant on what you want can suit you.
Mix and match, I have got carcasses from one store, handles online as this will always be cheaper, sink from ikea, gadgets from ikea etc.
Searching online for smaller items is always a good idea, however be very wary when purchasing electrical and large items online such as ovens as you may sometimes find you wont have the same guarantee and safety net should something go wrong as you do with a large store.
Worktops make or break a kitchen so be very careful in what you buy. Worktops take the most ware from your kitchen so be aware of this when you are buying. Quartz and granite are obviously a number one choice for many people but they are most expensive however are the hardest wearing and also many good companies will give lifetime guarantees especially with true italian quartz.
Wood is beautiful but is the highest of maintenance for a worktop. It needs to be oiled at least once a year and can stain easily even with water marks.
High gloss scratches easily but can look amazing when kept in great condition, easily cleaned.
Laminate worktops are the most popular option for the majority of people as they are of excellent quality and look nowadays and are hard wearing but can be replaced cheaply and easily.
Geocaching is something I have only just started to get into and I absolutely love it. It is basically a nationwide treasure hunt which allows you to drive and walk to locations to find objects, notepads and boxes where you log your name and such and can even find gifts.
It is basically a treasure hunt which can be undertaken anywhere in the world for it is a worldwide event. Everywhere are hidden small waterproof boxes which will usually have a notebook in, or a little gift to swap or something fun for you to find. When you have found it you write in the log book and then move on to your next find.
The geocaching works on a GPS system on a phone or sat nav. You have to sign up to the geocaching site with an account and then once this is on your phone you can find a geocache nearest to you, press it and start to follow the GPS locations and directions on the compass. When you have reached the destination you are given clues as to where you will find the geocache and generally have to hunt around for it in grass, woodland and such. They will always be hidden and that's half the fun to find them.
This is a great and free task for people of all ages but especially for a family to do with their kids. You can spend hours hunting for them and even create your own and hide them and then register this on the geocaching site
There are also munzees which can be found which are scanning tags without a box and once you find the tag you scan it on your phone and this logs you find on the main website. You need a GQ scanner on your phone for this and also the munzee app.
Overall this is great fun and a great holiday and after school activity for your kids and to get out in the fresh air, great fitness fun also.
Finding a new house is generally something that should always be fun and exciting and is always a new start all round. Of course sometimes people have no option but to move, but this can still be deemed in the positive by not just settling for something but finding something that is suitable and in a location where you will be happy. I think nearly always this can be done if the work is put into finding that perfect place.
Always see finding a house as fun and exciting and seek the positives of this. Even when budget may be low you can still look in the right places and in an area youll love and some of the tiniest places have the most beautiful charm.
Whenever I have looked for a new property both whilst buying and renting Ive never just settled for something and have made sure I have found something which is unique and inspiring and that when I walk into the front door I will immediately feel at home and inspired.
Look around and dont ever just look in one place. Look at all the estate agents in an area, put your names on lists and scour the internet as well as papers, facebook, loot and private listings on ebay and such. Purple bricks on the internet is something that is relatively new but is deemed very good where people sell privately and there are no overheads.
Look for something that inspires you immediately on the page before you have even looked at it, when you go to the area get a feel for it, is it safe? Is it desirable? Does it have local shops and amenities? Is it accessible? Alternatively is it secluded enough for you and out of the way of everything? Whilst many people think that living in desirable places and secluded places is not affordable you would be surprised what you can find. I have rented various annexes and old stable blocks converted and barns which have been advertised in local shops and papers.
The key is to always see it as a new start and an exciting one and then scour everywhere and make a pact to never settle for something. You will know straight away upon opening the door of a property whether you like it or not so work on that basis and your dream hut, flat, apartment, house or mansion will be on your doorstep.
I am not a fan of hunting in any shape or form, why - because it is abused extensively in this country and all around the world. Hunting will consist of killing animals in various forms, here are my views on several.
Fox hunting - I live in the country and this form of hunting is merely a torturous and cruel sport for the conservative and rich, it is nothing more and is certainly not a means of controlling foxes and the welfare of other animals. One fox is caught in a days hunt and the hunt is aimed for pomp and ceremony. A disgusting sport, still continuing illegally in many areas and I pray it will never come back legally within the government.
Shooting - Shooting pheasants and pigeons or rabbits is not something I am specifically agaisnt AS LONG AS it is done humanely and for food only. I eat meat and will only eat free range and organic meat and will eat game. Shooting can be done humanely and quickly, but the right gun and shot needs to be used. If it is not then this leads to pain and torture which is unnecessary.
Traps - Traps in this country are generally illegal as they are barbaric and torturous. There is generally no need to trap an animal and these are mainly used to trap badgers, as the myth still continues that they contribute to TB. The atrocity with the killing of badgers within this country is abhorrent.
Around the world - The hunting that has existed and still remains strongly around the world is quite abhorrent to me. The extinction of many animals mainly down to hunting is barbaric and I believe strong prison sentences should be put in place for illegal hunting. Even many countries where hunting is legal is barbaric with the culling of seals whom are smashed over the head, the poaching of rhinos, the black rhino now being extinct and the killing of elephants, the most gentle animal in the world. How people do this is beyond me, and some will deem their hunting antics as conservation which couldnt be further form the truth. It is simply a destruction of the beauty of our planet and is abhorrent on so many levels.
Fur hunting - there are no words I have for this. People whom wear fur are sick and lame individuals whom have no care for any living species. Fur is an abhorrent and cruel act and the agony these animals suffer is beyond anything. The continuations of fur to be sold is an abomination of this world.
The city of Salisbury is beautiful, quintessentially British and quaint. However whilst it holds beautiful charm it is also large enough to spend long days shopping with large department stores and an array of restaurants and cafes.
Top few places to go to in Salisbury are -
Salisbury cathedral - An Anglican cathedral with gothic architecture, holding the tallest spire in the UK. It also holds the Magna Carta which is well worth viewing.
Bills restaurant - An organically based food restaurant open from breakfast all day through to dinner. This is not cheap but well worth a visit as the food is beautiful, worth booking a table also.
Boston Tea Party - Funky and free range/organic cafe serving breakfast and lunch with an array of cakes and afternoon tea. I love this place for a lunch and a cup of coffee in the afternoon. Very quirky and great food.
Christmas Market - A beautiful hand crafted christmas market in wooden chalets is a beautiful market housed in the main square of the city each December. Its not cheap but has unique items for sale and you are sure to find that unusual and welcome gift there.
Old Sarum - The earliest settlement in Salisbury with some of the earliest roads. A beautiful area for a picnic with family and friends.
Salisbury tower tour - These tours dont run all year round and are more so within the summer months when the weather is safer, however this is a wonderful tour to go on but is not for the unfit! It has 332 steps and is done in stages with a comprehensive tour guide and the different sections are beautiful to view.
Stonehenge - This is approx 30 minutes from salisbury city centre but is an ancient area of beauty to go to. A neolithic and prehistoric monument. An excellent exhibition centre housing remnants of a 5500 aged man! An area extremely spiritual and home to druids.
Overall Salisbury lies in the heart of Wiltshire and is on the border with hampshire and can be easily driven to with good train links. The cathedral is one of the most beautiful in the country. A whole day can be spent milling around the city with treats and eats and quirky closes and cloisters all round.
There are certain people I would like to meet for various reasons within my life.
The first of these is Madonna. I am a fan of madonnas earlier stuff, and I like her music overall however I feel she is one of the most powerful women in musical history and albeit she is a mega superstar she is also a caring, strong, spiritual woman and on a woman and mother connection I feel we could discuss alot and I would learn alot from her also.
The second person I would like to meet is The lady who writes for the Rebelle Society blog, she intrigues me and is acutely like myself. I relate to every word she writes and her power and passion for life is extroidinary.
The third person - Lois Bourne, a witch and occultist for over 30 years and has written various books of her life as a witch and conversations she has had throughout her life within this domain. An incredible and humble person.
The Fourth person - Sting, well apart from on a very trivial level I am in love with the man he is of spiritual domain and I would adore to learn his practice of tantra and his knowledge of it Decipher this as you will!
His music is exquisite and historical.
The fifth person - A monk from the highest ordinate within the gregorian era. The music these men produced was meditative, gracious and a high connection with gods.
The sixth person - A tibetan monk. A man who has high spiritual worth and lives life by the law of spiritual grace.
The seventh person - Anais Nin, Erotic writer with various lovers. She speaks of her relationships with each and the great depth each give her. A woman of great love and depth with sensual passion.
If I won the lottery I would -
- Pay off my mortgage and a few of my freinds mortgages also
- Buy a slightly bigger house, secluded with no noise and a swimming pool
- Set up a huge animal sanctuary in various areas of the world and adopt some children
- Buy an Art Gallery
- Buy a club where people can indulge with one another!!!
- Buy a Range Rover purely because its the car of my dreams
- Have a full time masseuse
- Travel to Brazil to experience the rainforest and Ayuhausca
- Travel to Iceland
- Buy a business that would be suitable to pass onto my children
-Buy some properties for future investments
- Buy land and a campsite in Snowdonia and The highlands of Scotland
- Inject money into decent animal sanctuarys
- Put money into shares in various companies
-Buy some horses and farm animals
-Invest in a farm so it can run organically
- Place money into Brain Tumour and Diabetes research without animal testing
I think winning the lottery would whilst be wonderful also be a hinderance and I would feel cheated to have money that I wouldnt have earnt myself as Im a proud and hard worker and I enjoy earning my own money. I would not want to change who I was with a huge amount of money being in my life and whilst many people would state they wouldnt allow that to happen I think in many cases it would naturally happen as ones whole life would change and you would evidently feel more power within your life.
I wouldnt say no though!!!
Sadly it is a rarity that I am home alone alot albeit Im also lucky I am not saying that but when I do get that rare opportunity to be home alone I will indulge in it greatly.
I tend to either get myself take a way or cook a nice meal for myself, something that only I like in my household and no one else can moan about. I will either watch catch up tv of trash which no one likes or a film something such as a romantic comedy or tragedy.
I will also have a long hot bath with lovely bubbles and scents and candles.
Sometimes it is fun to go online when home alone and go chat sites such as chat roulette which can in turn be hillarious and you can even meet new people and freinds on it. I will go to bed early or with my laptop and then read and going to bed early is an indulgence in itself as I prefer to go to bed earlier but many in my household do not, so a guilt trip sets in!
Indulge in yourself on a night in alone, dont be afraid of what others think of what you eat, watch or do, just be you for that night and you may wake up a much happier person.
I always plan my own holidays through the internet as it always works out cheaper and you know exactly what you are doing from one moment to the next as you have invariably done it yourself, this I find is the cheapest way to work out a holiday.
However having said that, I have not been on long haul flights and expeditions and should I do this then I would be more inclined to go through an agent with detailed itinerary's and would feel much safer being within organised groups rather than having to organise trips alone.
The internet will always be the cheapest way to find holidays as there is no middle man hence the cheapest deals will always be found there. I think booking directly with companies is also a good way to save money.
Sites such as booking.com to find hotels is a great site and also travelstay if you are looking for hotels in London is great.
Last minute is a great website again for cheap hotels and trivago for holidays abroad.
Try to book as much as you can by yourself and through the internet but be safe and follow sites which are renowned and worthy.
I am an avid fan of books, the paper kind with a cover and pages that you can curl up to read and flick through each page, however saying that I am also a fan of electronic formats for several reasons.
One, the kindle or smartphone that allows you to read from it is easy and you can store many books on it which of course saves space in the house and you have them all in one place which is easy for travelling and especially going abroad. Of course with a kindle you can also have a book exactly when you want it for you simply download it and within seconds it is there in front of you. One specific reason why I love my kindle app is because I can read in bed at night with the light off and not disturb anyone. It is nice to be able to read in the dark as it can give a higher sense of emotional contact with the book, however saying that you can also gain as much emotional contact with the physical book in your hands especially if it is an old one.
Overall both the traditional book and the kindle have their own place but I feel sadly many more people use their kindle now rather than buying a actual book and the decline of smaller bookshops especially is tragic. Please support normal books as well as the kindle because to hold a book in a chair with a cup of hot tea especially when it is raining outside is a magic that cant be replaced.
To answer the question therefore I purchase half of my books from a kindle device and half from the bookshop. It usually depends what type of book it is and how much I wish to connect to it.
A strange question in all aspects as literature is generally written by people whom have artistic minds and hence misery is a huge part of this type of characters soul. Life is not one happy, pretty rose and hence it shouldnt be like this in many books and emotions are never going to run dry so literature should tackle all emotions and make you feel both happiness and sadness at that time of reading.
Misery is part of life and to write about can engage in so many emotions towards the person reading it and they themselves can assess how miserable the feel whilst reading it as of course we all suffer and feel in different ways and what affects one person will not affect the next.
There should always be books written on all emotions and yes misery is one of them so no it shouldnt be stopped in any shape or form as if it were then it would indirectly be stopping a writer from being true to themselves and feeding emotions into their book. A good book will nearly always contain a good array of emotions and allow the reader to feel each of them accordingly.
Keep the misery!
I do feel Britains particularly work to many hours a week and hence dont get to live a life fullfilled with love, happiness and quality time with family and freinds, however it is, in this country specifically, a viscous circle as the more one works the more they gain financially (usually), allowing us to be able to do more things with freinds and family, however it is then getting the time to do so.
Work in England is categorised into various sectors, however people that love their job and have a main career are happier to work these long hours whereas many people who are stuck in the rat race of 9-5 jobs hate working such long hours and dont get what they need out of their work to be fullfilled in all areas of their life. There lies the main aspect that if you are happy in your job and your job entices you to get up each day and be happy then it is ok to work longer weeks but that applies to a minority of people.
Countries such as Italy and Spain have less working weeks and are overall happier and healthier people and they spend far more time with their families and freinds.
Always try to find work that is fullfilling to you no matter what that takes as whilst we do have to work long hours in the UK, it is then best to be happy in what you do and there is also nothing wrong with a strong work ethic and wanting to work long hours. There needs to be a strong balance between work and play and so many people forget this nowadays.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is an acute anxiety disorder which can affect a person both physically and mentally and most usually occurs after a life changing event, accident or any event that has caused acute distress and suffering.
Many soldiers suffer with post traumatic stress because of the tragic events they have witnessed in war torn countries and it is generally through witnessing or feeling a tragic event that can allow this illness to occur.
Symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress include re-experiencing the event of a tragedy or incident, living it again and again in your head and through day dreams and nightmares during sleep, visual disturbances that bring the imagery into the head again of the event.
Panic attacks and acute anxiety disorder.
A feeling of not wanting to socialise or take part in events in life that you used to enjoy.
Headaches, stomach aches and generalised aches and pains.
Feeling on edge continually and always expecting something to happen in turn leading to an acute paranoia.
Misuse or drugs, alcohol and even food.
Post traumatic stress otherwise known as PTSD, can occur anytime from a few weeks after an event to a few years after an event, it is simply when the brain decides to confront it and hence the imagery can take hold and start to become disabling for that person. It is a very real and acutely mentally disabling illness however there are many ways it can be helped and lead to cures now.
Always speak of your feelings to others whether it be a freind, family member, doctor or stranger. Talking is the main strategy for the brain to be able to cope and to release much pent up tension and mental suffering. It stores much unwanted emotions within the brain and once these emotions are put into actual words the brain is more readily accessible to release them.
Seek help when you cant cope, do not ignore post traumatic stress. Go to your doctors and aim to gain help from counselling rather than drugs albeit drug medication can help in certain circumstances.
Learn techniques of meditation, this can be acutely beneficial and has been scientifically proven to ease the brain and drop stress chemical levels.
Exercise - this raises seretonin levels in the brain which is the happy chemical in our bodies.
Eat well and healthy, you would be surprised how many foods can affect the emotional wellbeing of our brains.
Write your experiences down and talk them through with someone step by step. To not discuss events wont make them disappear they will only allow them to increase in your head.
Dont be afraid to talk to people, this is areal and devastating illness and can be treated so you can lie a happy life again.
Seek counselling and psychotherapy as ultimately this will bring you to new levels of understanding and help to rid images in your mind and being you back to whom you were before the event.
Stress is one of the main factors of poor health and diet in todays society as stress contributes to higher levels of chemicals within the body causing a person to want to over eat, or alternatively not eat at all, not exercise properly, not socialise and all these factors can contribute to stress becoming worse and creating a disabling lifestyle.
Stress can be caused by a variety of factors and what one person may become stressed over could be completly different to another person therefore it is all relative to that individual.
Stress symptoms can include -
Lack of energy and vitality
Change of eating habits
Lack of socialising or wanting to
Stomach Aches and pains with upset stomachs
Generalised aches and pains across the body
These are just some symptoms that can be suffered with stress however if stress is not attended to and maintained and cured it can lead to further health implications and can impair your quality of life distinctly.
To combat stress there are a variety of ways that people can help themselves before looking into medicinal help. Exercise is a huge contributor in handling stress and helping to combat it as exercise raises seretonin levels of the brain making the body feel more active, alive and energetic and happier.
Meditation is an incredible cure for stress especially when it is maintained daily and is part of a persons life. Meditation can be learnt alone, or through various groups, I found group meditation very worthwhile when I was particularly unwell with stress.
Reading can help with stress as it focuses the mind on another world, into a another life through the words of a book, if you dont read, start!
Looking to start new hobbies and interests, what do you really want to do in life, how can you get there and start it? Find ways to do things you love as youll be surprised how much you can do without alot of cost.
Walk and/or run, this allows to have fresh air and sunlight which incorporates vitamin D into the brain and exercise again gets you to raise chemical levels of the body.
Overall always try to maintain stress and keep it at bay as once it takes hold it can be difficult to get rid of, it can however be cured but dont always rely on other people to help you as at the end of the day there are so many ways others can help but ultimately it is only down to you.