Why you should Learn to dive in the Caribbean with PADI

Learning to dive is something that I had wanted to do for some time but never did. Nothing in particular was blocking me and I was prevented once by not staying on one place long enough while backpacking in Australia – I needed a check over by the doctor to declare me fit to dive. These days more is known and now a declaration form can allow you to get diving the day you land.

Things that prevent you from scuba diving

But what also was stopping me? When I took holidays later on the time limits imposed and planning just didn’t allow me to explore learning to dive. And there were no pool ‘try dives’ sessions – again today this is a common thing. PADI has helped organise the diving schools as dive shops have been appalling in the marketing department. So now you can take advantage of that Caribbean swimming pool in resort and do a trial dive and you will see exactly how comfortable it is to breathe underwater – alarmingly it’s easy.

Take a scuba diving holiday in the Caribbean

But why not go one better and get a trial at home if you are still unsure and then book a Caribbean diving vacation expressly to discover the reef and fish life ? You can choose easily a local diving centre and enquire at the local swimming pools. Go along and chat to them – they will tell you that you can even start to learn then take your progress and finish up in the ocean!

The benefits of Scuba Diving

It’s a start at something that will give you the following benefits:

  • Increased confidence
  • Increased fitness
  • Increased organisational skills
  • A cool PADI DIVER card to show your friends
  • Make new friends 
  • Being able to scuba anywhere you go (duh)

and many more..

What to expect in a weeks vacation

In a week you can enjoy your holiday and become a PADI Open Water Scuba Diver, plus start to dive with the dive shop or resort a few times. Two weeks vacation would really start to build your confidence and next year you would be ready to work on the Advanced Scuba Diver course. There is a step you can do even before the Open Water Certificate which is a PADI Discover Scuba Diver day course. You get a very real taste of diving in the real ocean and get accompanied at all times by the divemaster or instructor. This can go towards your Open Water Certificate. This is popular with cruise ship passengers as you do it in a day, your ship docks and you get whisked on a scuba diving adventure! AMAZING..

So you see with reading a simple internet article you are full of ideas and the spirit of adventure is starting to course through you veins..

To help you get even more of an idea the I suggest you head over to the following website to learn more https://caribbean-diving.com

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The Two Ronnies’ top 10 sketches

Some very good ones I had forgotten.

The Adam Lewis Comedy Blog

Ronnie Corbett, best known for his work alongside Ronnie Barker, was a pioneering comedian and actor. His partnership with Barker resulted in the greatest ever sketch show, The Two Ronnies, which aired in the 70s and 80s, running for 12 series. It lead the way for shows of the same style such as Armstrong and Miller as well as The Mitchell and Webb Look and offered a more sophisticated type of humour as a contrast to Monty Python. Here’s my top 10 out of what is a huge catalogue of hilarious sketches.

10 – Crossword

The beauty of this little skit is the ending. The ending of a sketch can make or break it and the final line is the crux of this sketch. To be honest anything with a nun is funny.

9 – Dr Death

A simple idea but made great by the perfect execution.

8 – Bald…

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Coronavirus Masks – Why We Need To Wear Them


We need to have a supply of masks to help spread the disease whilst in a period of semi lockdown. Without having immunity we are achieving one sole purpose whilst in lockdown. That is reducing the initial influx of people into the ICU wards and Intensive care throughout the world not just the UK. I am a UK resident currently in lockdown. Here I present a little video:

The danger is is that lockdown is costly to the economy our mental health and achieves only that single benefit. Do not imagine that it is killing off the virus. If it mutates those who built an immunity will come back into the equation.
We are merely getting ourselves into a position to be able to battle the virus and achieve


R is the number that indicates the life or death or ‘rate of spread’ less than 1 and it is dying and continued state will achieve the end of the virus. R>1 indicates the virus is spreading and is living. Lockdown if you like is not going to be able to be less than 1 while we don’t fully lockdown. The fear is that coming out of lockdown R begins to rise back up.


Masks are needed to reduce the spread of this virus whilst we get back out and are slowly released from lockdown. We need not be ashamed of wearing them let’s build a culture of acceptance and working to help each other defeat this beast of a pandemic.


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3 charges in and I am still enjoying the passive enjoyment I get from this toy. I am an older chap (45) who loves flight and the deeper understanding of what is going on under the hood. – What the hell is this dude going on about?

It’s that deeper understanding that is key. How do these things stay in the air let alone avoid obstacles and react to hand movements..it’s fascinating to ponder while this toy flies.


Sometimes the more relaxed trajectories are the most pleasant. I have had moments where it sticks to the ceiling as it is designed to react to a hand over it to go up! So it’s doing what it’s processor is told. At other times it flies fast in a straight line then stops before hitting the wall. Yes it avoids destruction. Which brings me on to point a) It’s robust. Well in its normal operation I don’t think crashing would break this toy. It has a cage made of plastic and it isn’t heavy. But if you trod on it I think it would break. Back to the flight at other times it flips. I don’t yet know how to make it flip though but it does on occasion and maybe that makes that manoeuvre more special.

The dog isn’t a fan but I can imagine another dog (a lab for example) loving it and eating it. It’s around the size of a squeezed grapefruit. The play time so far feels enough I think the stated 5-8 minutes feels right. It seems to charge with a red light on the USB end in 20-30 minutes which is cool. I can see this being a lot of fun for kids.

You Don’t Need An App Nor a Controller! Simples

I don’t know why but there is something nice because of the simplicity (you don’t need to control it) a single push switch turns it on and off press once and you get the blue faster mode which doesn’t seem more fast yet and loses control more. Maybe this mode woks for bigger spaces. I am testing in a small space so anyone with a modest flat would be able to enjoy it. You don’t need a big area by any means. I really recommend this as it’s fun and I think good value when we see the same amount of money going a lot shorter.


So I was thinking the battery was dead as on first operation you are encouraged to “on holding the UFO extend your hand then release your hand” no motors started no sign of life. I thought I needed to charge it. This was in my unboxing video here. So after shutting the video off I got brave and just held it out and rapidly let it and the ufo fall! Motors engage and it is a delight it just starts up and looks very ROBO COP- well in a way… it comes to life when you think it  might just be dead. That is somehow part of the fun. So I started to experiment with braver launching…flicking the drone out doesn’t work leading me to believe it is all about the gravity and feeling the drop. It needs it. So horizontal motion and a following less than level drop doesn’t engage the UFO. Have fun trying…it’s tough enough to just hit the deck.



So far 3 charges in I can thoroughly recommend this even paying 15-20 for it. For you a parent this will provide fun away from electronics. I would love to know if girls like it? I would make the assumption it’s a boys toy. Even if that’s the case this is going to be one of the big 2019 Christmas toys to get so order before they run out.

Reporting Spam Emails

It seems that there is no way to directly tell an email provider like GMAIL Google that emails are being setup for spam and they should investigate. So I am taking my 10 minutes to collate this list. Please add emails you want to report in the comments. Hopefully spam generating email harvesters will pick up these emails and start sending them spam too. The accounts then should start to flag and be unworkable for the idiots creating them. It’s a kind of spam virus. That’s the idea.

All you need to do is add your spam email in the comments. Even better if you have an ip address then list that as well.

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AirPod Clones: Are They Worth Buying?

You must have considered buying AirPod clones and that is why you are here to ascertain whether they are worth buying. Since Apple launched its 1st generation AirPods in 2016, owning them became every music lover’s dream. AirPods are not all about music. It is about convenience and productive lifestyle too. But owing to their high price range, a wide range of audience cannot afford them.


Thanks, to Chinese manufacturers, their innovative AirPod clones can now give you almost original AirPod user-experience without having to spend a fortune. Yes, you heard it right. Fake AirPods can provide you with the same user experience as real Apple Airpods at a cheaper price.

Earlier, when AirPod clones were just on the rise, users were not much enthusiastic about the product. It was mainly because they could not rely on a product that had issues like slow connectivity and low battery life. But things have taken a different turn now with the introduction of the H1 Chip-set.

Here are some good reasons why you should opt for AirPod clones:

  • Affordability:

One of the obvious reasons to go for fake AirPods is the price factor. Instead of spending $150 or $200 on original AirPods, you can get AirPod clones for even below $20 and they will still serve your purpose.

If you look at the newest Apple AirPods 2019, it is just the previous iteration with a few upgrades like the wireless charging feature. And the company has taken a major leap in terms of price.

It will be smarter to spend $21.99 on the i60 TWS that offers wireless charging with integrated H1 Chip. AirPod clones bring innovation at a price tag that does not pinch your pockets.

  • Original Airpods Experience:

The newest replication of the AirPod clones lineup, the i30 TWS, i60 TWS, and the Super AirPods Clone all feature the new H1 Chipset. This feature enables even AirPod clones to offer users original AirPods experience.

  • Quick Connectivity:

The pairing process is really smooth just like the original pods. When you pop open the charging case, an animation appears on your iPhone. You will simply have to hit connect and you’re set.

Also, AirPod clones are compatible with any device and work from any platform from Android to iOS, if it supports Bluetooth.

Longer Battery Life:

Manufacturers are coming up with Airpod clones that feature longer battery life. AirPods such as the i12 TWS AirPods can allow you to use the device for up to 4 hours.

So what are the best current Airpod clones in the market to buy?

  • 1200 TWS:

The new 1200 TWS AirPods gives you the option of pop up window. You can pair it with any Bluetooth-enabled device including Android, iPhone, Pc, and so on. The lightweight device comes with a smart sensor and its range is 20-30m.


  • i60 TWS:

It is one of the most affordable AirPod clones with a simple and powerful design. The small device uses an H1 chip that controls the popup screen. Apart from controlling music playback, volume, and song selection, it enables tasks like calling the voice assistant and answering calls without using the phone.


  • i100 TWS AirPods:

The i100 TWS AirPods features the same design and ergonomics as the original pods. It even offers the same level of Audio Quality. You will find three major improvements over the i30 TWS, i60 TWS, and i90 TWS. It has a better connectivity range of 150 foot, 2.5 hours of music playback, and better audio quality. Also, you will be able to see the battery levels of the AirPod and the charging bin independently on the popup animation.

  • i10 TWS:

Another great choice would be the i10 TWS that has been designed for functionality. It has a superior sound quality, touch control features, and supports wireless charging. Its transmission range is 10m and the device is made for Audiophiles. The only issue with the i10 TWS that users find is that only the right earplug has the microphone attached to it. But for the price it is tagged in, the AirPod is a great performer.

  • i13 TWS:

An improved version of i12 TWS, the i13 TWS has a better battery and its main feature is its touch control operation. You simply have to tap in order to increase the volume or change the song. The device features 3D super bass and has the same design as Apple AirPods. It is compatible with iPhone and Android.

AirPod Clones are Worth It

Earlier, users used to have a lot of issues concerning battery life, user experience, size, and connectivity when it comes to AirPod clones. But in recent times, manufacturers have successfully cloned the original AirPods. You don’t have to worry now about quick connectivity or battery life. Moreover, the buds on the AirPod clones can fit in the charging case of the original AirPods.

If you consider the price and the features, AirPod clones are equally good as the original Apple AirPods. You won’t regret buying them.

House Snagging Guide UK

You might be here as you have some questions about House Snagging. Let’s Assume what they may be as we explore the most frequently asked questions about SNAGGING. We will make a further assumption that you already know what it is! We don’t want to be one of those padded out articles. Please support us in that by sharing this direct to the point and helpful article.


Is It Worth Paying a Professional Snagger?

A snagg survey can range from 300 to 600 british pounds according to which magazine. ref- https://www.which.co.uk/money/mortgages-and-property/new-build-homes/snagging-surveys-apxu15x04s1j

So for yourself you need to ask- do I have the time to learn how to find the snaggs and rent the equipment to find the snaggs? In short it’s worth including the cost of snagging into the overall purchase cost of a new home. If you have time and money is short then you can explore the idea.

Where can I find a snagging list?

Ok so your not listening to me! DIY fine it’s your time. There are some lists available online but none that is complete. So you need to collate your own from lists you find online.

When is the ideal time to get a snagging survey?

The ideal time is the window between the building work completion and your legal completion date. Contact housesnagging.com to reserve your snagg. Just note you can still get a snagging report to your developers/builders before 2 years after the completion of the property but it’s best not to wait.

What are the most common snags?

Snaggs typically fall into either cosmetic or functional snags. An example being a door that catches some part of the frame. Poor finishing such as surfaces and corners form the biggest amount of snags- WHY? You house will have been rushed no doubt about it (sadly)- and the finish is what is hardest to get right quickly.

Don’t I have 10 years guarantee on my new build home in the UK?

Don’t confuse the 10 year NHBC New Build Guarantee with snags. That 10 year guarantee is for major defects and after 2 years there is no obligation to work on or fix snags. You have 2 years to get your snag list to your developer- so get snagging!

Other good pages about house snagging

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TINA At ‘TINA Das Musical’ Premiere!


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Hamburg, Germany – It was a rainy weekend in Hamburg but a small lull occurred when Rock Legend Tina Turner stood on the stage at the Premiere of TINA Das Musical. After attending the show the day before during Press Night, Tina showed up again at the end of the show, more briefly than the night before but thanking again the audience for coming and supporting the show!

As for the show in itself, the German version is almost identical to the London one apart from one major fact: all songs have been translated into German! It is, of course, a common practice in the world of musicals giving non-English speakers a different sound to Tina’s life but still getting the same emotional impact.

For a musical like “Mamma Mia!” This may work because it’s not a biographical piece. On the other hand, Tina’s songs and her life story are closely…

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How to Stop a Panic Attack

A panic attack from anxiety can strike anytime without any sign and it drags the person down like an anchor attached to the body. Many of us might have been first-hand witnesses of our close ones going through this or personally experienced it. So how to stop a panic attack? Some useful tips might help you the next time you or anyone you know goes through it.

Breathe Properly: Needless to say, the person becomes restless and begs, out of exhaustion, for some space. Though, this might sound easy and doing it is the hard part, you can still count on your breathing cycle. Take deep breaths and focus on the rhythm of your breathing to do it properly. You can also breathe from your mouth and perform a four second count.

Understand the Situation: Panic attack comes from anxiety and an anxious mind would not think straight. So while you are breathing properly, think about the things that bother you and pinpoint them. You would have better control over them after that.

Disable your Vision: Sometimes a simple act of closing your eyes would also make a lot of difference. Obstructing your vision would cut out one primary sense which would help you relax better.

Equate the Situation: Reality can be twisted with your mind doing the tricks while you are experiencing panic attacks. This can get worse if you do not formulate what is the thing that keeps poking you. Equating not necessarily means solving the problem entirely, it is just understanding the epicentre of your overthinking.

Find Something to Fidget: Keeping your subconscious mind busy helps in attaining a different level of peace. When you are getting panic attacks your brain wants to calm down for what it is meant to be. Fidgeting with something keeps the brain busy and makes sure you get enough time to recover. There are a lot of fidget toys which are specially built for this purpose and can be used by anyone.

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Relax your Muscles: Physical acts are not related to panic attacks, is a strong myth that surrounds it. When you are experiencing mentally, it affects your physical health as well, which becomes a nice way to stop the panic attack. Do some stretching or perform yoga moves to calm your body so that the brain relaxes. You can practice a few beforehand so it becomes easy later.

Keep Solutions with You: Keeping something that would instantly lower your heart rate and stops the attack is a wise choice. Herbs like lavender and lemon balm are something which are proved to be working instantly. Though they have their side effects but they can be used when it comes to emergency situations when things go out of hand.

People sweat, react, become indifferent when it comes to panic attacks and every person reacts in a different manner. Among all the techniques and all others which are not listed choose the most effective and easily available one. Panic attacks are to be taken seriously and it is very important to be prepared.

Another really good avenue to try is with meditation. It has and is helping many people with panic attacks from a preventative standpoint. Also life coaching can help you to identify some areas which are giving you underlying stress.

It’s not cool having panic attacks and you should really try to get help with them so you can lead a normal life or as normal as you can.
Look at the people around you- close to you. Are they your friend family, lover? Do they help or hinder you. Take an objective view.

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