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Coping in the Snow

The UK has seen more than its usual seasonal dumping of snow over the last few weeks. As ever, we seem totally unprepared and much disruption ensues. Perhaps we should get better prepared and assume each winter there will be snow. That way we can react better like countries such as Sweden or Canada. Here are a few ways we can get ready so next winter doesn’t catch us unawares:

Buy Winter Tyres

If you live in a rural area or somewhere that gets heavy snowfall, you might want to invest in special winter tyres for your vehicle. They are designed with softer rubber that provides increased traction in icy and snowy conditions. Yes, they will be an expense, but they will keep you safer if you drive a lot in less than favourable conditions.

Driving in Snow

If inclement is forecast, then read up on driving in the ice and snow. For most inexperienced drivers and those who have long since forgotten the highway code, it’s easy to find yourself out of depth in poor road conditions and reduced visibility. If your car doesn’t have anti-lock braking, then learn how to pump your brakes if you enter a skid and remember to leave three times the normal gap between vehicles on the road.

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Walk Carefully

Invest in some solid walking or snow boots for when pavements turn slippery. Take small steps on ice and keep your hands free in case you fall.

Stay Well-Stocked

It always pays to have a space in a cupboard for additional supplies. You can do this before any bad weather hits, so you don’t have to go out and panic-buy. Stock up on a few things like extra toilet roll, nappies, tinned food and bottled water for example. You’ll be glad you did if you end up stuck indoors for a few days while the snow thaws.

Check Your Boiler

Before winter descends, it’s wise to have your boiler checked over by a professional. The last thing you want is for your heating and hot water to go belly-up in the middle of a snowstorm! Autumn is a great time for making sure all is well with your boiler. For Boiler Installation Gloucester, visit

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Know Where to Find Information

We have had a few weather warnings issued by the Met Office so far this year, so it’s important to know where to get information and help in an emergency situation. Have your radio tuned to a local station, with some spare batteries in case the power goes out. Have emergency numbers in an accessible place, such as your electricity provider, water company and gas emergency numbers. Don’t forget about checking on elderly family or neighbours too to make sure they are warm and have adequate supplies.

Hemorrhoids in Children: Causes, Symptoms, Treatment

Hemorrhoids in Children

The main causes of hemorrhoids in children and adolescents. Symptomatology of the disease. Description of the main methods of treatment and prevention of disease.

We are all used to the fact that hemorrhoids are a disease of people in old age, and also not looking after their health. This is a serious misconception, because hemorrhoids in children – is as complex and unpleasant a disease as the older generation, but with its own peculiarities. Since children, especially in infancy, cannot explain their feelings, any basic parent should know the main symptoms of babies. Read more

Gift buying chore

Maybe it’s a male thing or maybe it’s just a me thing but I am terrible at buying gifts for people. I wander round the shops, I browse on the net and I agonise over and over about what to buy someone, so I end up buying precisely nothing. Then it’s all a mad rush and I fall into that “anything will do” phase that you find yourself and it’s usually sifting through what’s left especially if it’s and event like Christmas or Valentines Day for example. There are people that specialise in this, so I’m told. That sort of feels like cheating to be honest and even more impersonal than buying something rubbish.

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There is a certain skill to it. It’s not like you don’t like/love the person your buying for and you probably show them you care in the proper way all year round. This time the spotlight is on you. I’ve tried all the standard things, chocolate, flowers, chocolate flowers even, wine, personalised Lap Trays lie the ones available at for example but I never seem to find that perfect gift, though the lap tray went down well.

There is plenty of help out there, support groups that are only too willing to take you cash and turn it into a personalised service for you to use. One thing I did try was asking the person what they wanted. That was a very bad idea. I got a surly “just anything is fine”. By the way don’t listen to them when they tell you that because it’s not true. When you do get them anything the fallout is severe, and the consequences will be dire. I have therefore formulated a plan.

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Whenever you are in shop and you see something you think they may like saunter vaguely over to it and go “OH, look at this dear/babes/Dad/Trevor”, whatever it is you call the important person you’re buying for, “What do you think of this?” If their pupils dilate and they start talking quickly then you could be onto a winner. The only problem with this scenario is if they love it so much they might go and buy the thing there and then putting you back to square one. If they mumble something and don’t look up or do look and go “meh” remove that one from the list. There is a positive out of this situation because they might go, “Your Aunty Denise/Mum/Bryan the Dog would like it though”. Result! You’ve now got someone you can blame when Aunty Denise/Mum/Bryan the Dog look at you like you’ve lost your senses when you give it to them.

The best way is to listen to them. Take mental notes and actually pay attention to the other person. They will drop you hints even if they don’t realise their doing it. Anyway, I’m on to the internet, It’s her birthday coming up soon.

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