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Is there Still Life Ahead for those Old British Public Telephones?

Added May 12, 2019, Under: Environment, How To, Technology

One of the iconic symbols of Britain is its bright red telephone kiosk - and of course tourists love them! But sadly with the meteoric rise of the cell phone, and the landline telephone losing out,  those red boxes housing public telephones are fast becoming redundant. There has been a 90% reduction in calls made from the phone boxes in the past 10 years while today only an average of one call per day is made from these phones. So you can see ...

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What is OCT & its Link with your Eye Health?

Added April 29, 2019, Under: Diseases, Health, Technology

When attending a recent eye exam at my opticians, I was interested to see that there was a new procedure available for all patients.  It is known as OCT. OCT stands for Ocular Coherence Tomography and is an advanced eye scan for people of all ages. Similar to the ultrasound, which we are all familiar with, OCT uses light rather than sound waves to illustrate the different layers that make up the back of your eye. The OCT machine captures both a fundus ...

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Those 6-Pack Plastic Rings Can Cause So Much Harm

Added April 21, 2019, Under: Environment, Technology

Those plastic rings used to connect drink cans together have been around since the 1970s - and it has long been known how lethal they can be for wildlife. Thousands of marine animals and birds are thought to die or become maimed by getting trapped in discarded six-pack plastic hoops each and every year. But why has it taken so long for something to be done about it? Much like the plastic straws, six-pack rings are often seen as enemies of the ocean. Though ...

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Why You Should Never Re-Use Plastic Bottles!

Added March 23, 2019, Under: Diseases, Environment, Technology

Single use plastic bottles have become a huge environmental problem, making many consumers feel very guilty if they have to go out and buy them - and with good reason. But don't think you will be helping the environment by re-using those single use plastic bottles. We need to get them completely out of the system. We know the numbers of single use plastic bottles are high but you might not realize that, although a million plastic bottles are purchased EVERY MINUTE worldwide, ...

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How Hygienic Is Your Smart Phone?

Added March 5, 2019, Under: How To, Technology

Never out of your hand, it is no wonder that today's smart phone could be a ticking "germ" time bomb. Of course, we are exposed to germs on all the every day things that we touch - money, handrails, shopping carts, gym equipment, toilet seats, washroom door handles and more. And we are encouraged to wash our hands when we get home, or to our workplace, especially before we start handling food and beverages. How smart phones are different When we touch our phones, ...

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Nude Shopping Is Right On Trend!

Added January 31, 2019, Under: Environment, Nutrition, Technology

But this is not about shopping in the nude! It is about looking for, supporting and then buying fresh fruit and vegetables that are being sold nude... Ditch the plastic The plan is for "food in the nude"  to mean the beginning of the end for plastic wrapping and packaging in supermarkets and other stores. A group of New World supermarkets in New Zealand have abandoned the use of plastic wrapping for virtually all of their fruit and vegetables in a project labelled - ...

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Why You Should Beg, Borrow or Steal that Baby Tooth Back from the Tooth Fairy!

Added January 25, 2019, Under: Children's Health, Dental Care, Diseases, Technology

Our children's baby teeth (like umbilical cords although less controversial) contain stem cells that can cure diseases and grow replacement tissue and bones in the body. If you can collect and store them, those baby teeth can potentially be used to treat diseases that might arise when your child gets older - or even for close family members with serious illness. Scientists and doctors alike are now suggesting parents keep their children’s baby teeth. If your child is diagnosed with certain types of cancer, the ...

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Good News About The Ozone Layer!

Added November 20, 2018, Under: Environment, Technology

A UN report has given the good news that the ozone level is finally healing. Several decades ago, we were warned that the Earth's protective layer was getting thinner and had been since the 1970s - and we all became very alarmed at the harm we were doing with our aerosol sprays and coolants from our refrigerators. We were told how the use of man-made chemicals (which we came to know as CFS or chlorofluorocarbons and which release chlorine and bromine), were ...

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Ironing & Is It Just A Task From The Past?

Added November 16, 2018, Under: Environment, Technology

Would you believe that some of us have found that the task of ironing is perfect for stress relief and even therapeutic! And yes, I know that the whole concept has become a bit outdated. But even so, with the return of many other areas of nostalgia, could ironing become more popular again? Why did ironing fall out of favor? The advent of synthetic materials, the arrival of the tumble dryer and a generally busier lifestyle. Why could ironing make a return? The trend to more ...

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Is “Recycling” Plastic The Wrong Choice To Make?

Added November 12, 2018, Under: Environment, Technology

Unless we are very careful or very fortunate, we all have to put up with unnecessary plastic in our lives. Even though we may do our best to cut down on its use, it is a constant battle all the time when supermarkets, and other suppliers insist on packaging their products in this commodity. Of course, we firmly believe that we are doing the right thing by recycling. But is that really so? Recently, recycling has become unsustainable In many areas, recycling for households means ...

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