Thursday, 17 August 2017

Waterlooville Fete: 11am-3pm Sunday 20th Aug. Calli can't wait for the dog show!


Why not bring your dog along to the Dog show at 
Waterlooville Summer fete on Sunday 20 August in Jubilee Park.  
This event has been organised by Downland Veterinary Group, Denmead.
This is a fun event and the classes reflect this!


For more information on coming events in Waterlooville, be sure to follow:

Dust if you must...


Dust if you must, but wouldn't it be better
To paint a picture, or write a letter,
Bake a cake, or plant a seed;
Ponder the difference between want and need?

Dust if you must, but there's not much time,
With rivers to swim, and mountains to climb;
Music to hear, and books to read;
Friends to cherish, and life to lead.

Dust if you must, but the world's out there
With the sun in your eyes, and the wind in your hair;
A flutter of snow, a shower of rain,
This day will not come around again.

Dust if you must, but bear in mind,
Old age will come and it's not kind.
And when you go (and go you must)
You, yourself, will make more dust.

Tidy is good, but life is full of chores.
Don't get consumed by them...
Life is more than existence: enjoy & cherish life!

Poem by Rose Milligan

Monday, 14 August 2017

At first I did not speak out...


Martin Niemöller (1892–1984) was a prominent Protestant pastor who emerged as an outspoken public foe of Adolf Hitler and spent the last seven years of Nazi rule in concentration camps.

Niemöller is perhaps best remembered for the quotation:

First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out -
Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out -
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out -
Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me - and there was no one left to speak for me.

Don't Be a Sucker! is a short educational film produced by the U.S. War Department in 1943 and re-released in 1947. The film depicts the rise of Nazism in Germany and warns Americans against repeating the mistakes of intolerance made in Nazi Germany. It emphasizes that Americans will lose their country if they let themselves be turned into "suckers" by the forces of fanaticism and hatred. The film was made to make the case for the desegregation of the United States armed forces by simply revealing the connection between prejudice and fascism.

Denmead Activities and Bible School - it's this week!


What is DABS? Denmead Activities and Bible School - organised by the three Church communities of Denmead - has been running every summer for over 30 years.

Faith and Fun for children aged 5 to 11

Four days of fun for children of all ages - with games, craft, singing, Bible stories and much more - every August. There are crèche facilities for young children of helpers.


When Playboys Ruled The World: James Hunt and Barry Sheene


When Playboys Ruled The World is a documentary about Barry Sheene and James Hunt – two of the most iconic racers of the ’70s and ’80s. Hunt was a Formula 1 driver and Barry Sheene was a grand prix motorcycle racer, both men became famous for their antics both on and off the asphalt with James Hunt’s name now being almost synonymous with the concept of a playboy.

In spite of (or perhaps because of) the two men’s extra curricular activities they were both staggeringly talented racers, both men would win world championships – which was wildly irritating to their slightly more serious peers.

The full documentary runs at about an hour long, it’s a fantastic bit of filmmaking and it’s a must watch for anyone interested in vintage motor racing.


Helicopter Glamping - stay in a converted Sea King helicopter!


Welcome to Helicopter Glamping at Mains Farm, Thornhill, Stirling.

As featured on Channel 4's George Clarke's Amazing Spaces, Scotland's most unusual place to stay is now ready for take off!

Ever wonder what it would be like to sleep in a helicopter? Well now you can! 

We have transformed a Sea King helicopter into a stunning luxury overnight accommodation complete with mini kitchen and shower room.

Our helicopter takes glamping to a higher level, with fantastic original features, a quirky bed in the tail and a spectacular cockpit seating area with panoramic views over the Carse of Stirling. We think it's every child's (and big kid's) dream holiday home.

Be one of the first to 'fly' with us by booking now.


Sunday, 13 August 2017

Reading for today: on the loss of our beloved Pets


I will never laugh at anyone for grieving over a loved beast. I think God wants us to love Him more, not to love creatures (even animals) less. We love everything in one way too much (i.e., at the expense of our love for Him), but in another way we love every- thing too little.

No person, animal, flower, or even pebble has ever been loved too much - i.e., more than every one of God’s works deserves.

Dedicated to our precious Angel Poppy who died 13 August 2014

Compiled in Words to Live By

Friday, 11 August 2017

Thanks Curry for Change! Looks like I have won a hamper full of spicy goodness!


Kim & I are keen on supporting good causes where we can.
One of our favourites: Curry For Change have been running a competition.
Being a bit of a compo hound, I thought I'd give it a go.
Looks like I've won a hamper full of delicious Natco ingredients! 
There's gonna be some extra tasty nosh shortly in the Tocher household soon!

I'm so pleased & very thankful to:

xxx

Personal data belonging to up to 21,000 TalkTalk customers could have been used for scams and fraud


The Information Commissioner’s Office has fined TalkTalk Telecom Group PLC £100,000 after it failed to look after its customers’ data and risked it falling into the hands of scammers and fraudsters.

An ICO investigation found TalkTalk breached the Data Protection Act because it allowed staff to have access to large quantities of customers’ data. Its lack of adequate security measures left the data open to exploitation by rogue employees.

The breach came to light in September 2014 when TalkTalk started getting complaints from customers that they were receiving scam calls. Typically, the scammers pretended they were providing support for technical problems. They quoted customers’ addresses and TalkTalk account numbers.

The ICO launched an investigation into how customer details – names, addresses, phone numbers and account numbers - were compromised.

Still using TalkTalk? Had enough?
Contact Donline for a chat about a decent ISP: Utility Warehouse.


Have you made the switch yet? Ready for better service & smaller bills?


Over three million customers had already switched their electricity supplier by the end of July, according to the latest figures.

UK Energy, the trade association for the energy industry, said one in five had signed up to small or medium sized suppliers.

In July alone 385,000 customers switched, a 16% increase on July 2016.

Lawrence Slade, chief executive of Energy UK, said: "There are now over 50 suppliers to choose from, which is driving innovation, improvements to customer service and providing an incentive to keep prices competitive as suppliers fight to keep and attract customers."

Have you made the switch yet? Ready for better service & smaller bills?

Find out what Which have to say about The Utility Warehouse.
Contact Donline to find about the benefits of switching to The Utility Warehouse!

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

OK, I love Gin & Motorcyles, but SURELY this is too much?...


Taking Hipster to 11: Gin Made with Harley-Davidson Parts

While the stereotypical Harley rider is often characterized as a beer drinker, Uwe Ehinger (aka The Archaeologist) figured that the best way to preserve old Knucklehead parts was in gin. We're not entirely sure why.

But we’re not making this up: Ehinger's "The Archaeologist Premium Dry Gin" contains original Harley parts culled from bins and backwaters around the world. 

One may savor the flavor of a ’39 Flathead cam that was once rusting in a Mexican desert, or rocker arms from a ’62 Panhead from a village in South Korea, or screw-nuts from the final resting place of a ’47 Knucklehead in the mountains of Chile. 

Alternatively, let's not...


Smashing Security: Passwords - and how to keep safe!


Passwords - everything you need to know about how to make them safer, and better secure your online accounts.

In this episode of the Smashing Security Podcastregular hosts Graham Cluley, Carole Theriault and Vanja Svajcer discuss the perennial problem of passwords and offer some advice and tips for computer users.


Spoken Truth: Dai Woolridge. An amazing Gospel poet!


Today I have stumbled upon Dai Woolridge. I'm amazed at what he does - telling God's truth in video & verse. Do check his site out, I think you will love his work too!

For those of you who don’t know me, my name’s Dai Woolridge and I’ve come up with the concept of ‘Spoken Truth’; Gospel Truth through Spoken Word.

The heart behind ‘Spoken Truth’ is simple. To ‘speak’ what I believe to be ‘true’, and to speak it through the medium of ‘spoken word’. (Want to find out more about ‘Spoken Word’? This is my take on it.

On this site, you’ll find short films which are available to watch, share, download and be a resource. But the point isn’t you getting your ear talked off as I get up on my hobby horse, the point is to communicate a truth which far outranks any opinions that I may have.

My hope is that you will be engaged with the timeless truths of the Gospel; truths from the Bible, about Jesus and God’s rescue plan for the human race. The word ‘Gospel’ is a translation from the Greek and the root definition is ‘good news’. That’s the reason I want to share it – because it really is something worth sharing.


Monday, 7 August 2017

iOS users beware: You're the biggest target for mobile phishing attacks


A new report from mobile security company Wandera is putting a new face on phishing, especially when it happens on mobile devices. Eighty-one percent of mobile phishing attacks happen outside of email, 63% happen on iOS devices, and 85% of organizations have been phished whether they know it or not.

Phishing attacks on mobile devices is becoming increasingly common, the report says, and may even be the most pressing security issue of 2017, bypassing ransomware and other serious threats.

Mobile phishing attacks are predominantly targeting iOS users—63% of attacks occur on iOS, compared to 37% on Android. That may come as surprise considering how prevalent Android malware is, but it may be precisely because Android malware is common that phishing dominates on iOS.


Friday, 4 August 2017

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Motorcycle Live 2017 - tickets now on on sale!


Tickets for Motorcycle Live are now on sale, with prices frozen at 2016 rates. The UK’s biggest bike show will open its doors at The NEC, Birmingham from 18-26 November.

This year, the ticket price remains all-inclusive and advance buyers will not only benefit from significant savings in comparison to the on-the-door price, they will also be in with a chance of winning one of hundreds of on-the-spot prizes in the show’s 2017 Golden Ticket promotion.

Every one of the 17 live features and events at Motorcycle Live is absolutely FREE, so once inside the show, visitors of all ages can enjoy ten opportunities to ride a bike, plus non-stop interactive entertainment, celebrity appearances, classic, custom and special manufacturer displays and the awesome FMX Live presented by Arenacross.

But arguably the most popular attraction for the thousands of bike fans flooding through the doors every year is the chance to see the brand-new machinery from the world’s leading motorcycle manufacturers, on display in the UK for the very first time. There will be at least 38 manufacturers appearing at Motorcycle Live 2017 – that’s a whole lot of new metal for visitors to feast their eyes on.

Advance tickets go on sale on 1 August priced at just £19.50 per adult, £12 for Seniors, £1 for 11-16 year olds* and FREE for children aged ten and under (under 16s must be accompanied by a paying adult). There is also a £25 advance ticket, which includes entry to the show and a Spada Gonzo bag worth £29.99**.

I will be there with some pals. I go most years, MCL is great fun! Loads to see & do, strike a great bargain or two on kit. Hope to see you up there!


Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Stranger Things series 2 - on the way! Time for a series 1 ‪#‎strangerrewatch‬


Set in the fictional town of Hawkins, Indiana in the 1980s, the first season focuses on the investigation into the disappearance of a young boy amid supernatural events occurring around the town including the appearance of a psychokinetic girl who helps the missing boy's friends in their own search. The second season is set a year after the first, and deals with attempts of the characters to return to normal and consequences from that season.

I love this show! 
Great story, nostalgia, Stephen King vibe, characters, actors.
If you haven't seen it yet, do: it's fantastic!

Nothing was ever going back to normal.
#StrangerThings2 arrives on October 27.


An update on the Snopes.com crowdfunded rescue plan - good (not fake!) news!


Dear Readers,

We cannot express the extent to which we are gratified and humbled at how so many of you graciously contributed to our campaign and enabled us to continue our work during this difficult time. We received donations not only from all 50 states, but from 69 different countries around the world as well.  We are truly amazed that our mission and our story have achieved such a wide audience, and that they have brought together so many people.

The GoFundMe team is in the process of releasing the donations directly to the company, where our controller will ensure the funds are allocated appropriately and our commitment to our donors is maintained. 

To demonstrate our everlasting gratitude to all of you, our team has put together a short video to thank you for your support and attest to the importance of what you have helped us accomplish.

Sincerely yours,


Team Snopes


Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Stop me if you've heard this one before: seven priests walk into a pub...


Seven seminarians walk into a pub to celebrate after an ordination.  Naturally they are dressed in their clerical shirts etc.  The bartender says “Sorry gents, we don’t do fancy dress or stag dos”.  Aghast, the seminarians thought this must surely be a joke, but in fact he was serious.  “But we are real” they say, to no avail, they turn and leave.  Denied of their pint of Brains, they leave all sullen wondering where to go next.   Suddenly a man presumed to be the bar manager approaches them at the door and reassures them that he believes that they are real and invites them back in.  As a goodwill gesture he provides the men with a round of drinks and an outburst of applause fills the bar.

As one famous comedian once said “It’s the way I tell em”. Not much of a joke you say? That’s because it’s not a joke! This actually happened to our seminarians following the ordination of Fr. Peter McLaren last Saturday.  What a fantastic story indeed!  The bar in question is one of the most popular pubs in Cardiff – ‘The City Arms’.  They’ve even used our own Rev. James to promote their Rev. James.


The potential Java security risk on your computer - and what to do about it


An important message from Oracle - the vendor behind Java

We’re sending you this message because you may have downloaded, installed, or updated Java SE software on your computer. The Federal Trade Commission, the nation’s consumer protection agency, has sued us for making allegedly deceptive security claims about Java SE. To settle the lawsuit, we agreed to contact you with instructions on how to protect the personal information on your computer by deleting older versions of Java SE from your computer. Please take the suggested steps as soon as possible.

Here’s a summary of what the FTC lawsuit is about. The FTC alleged that, in the past, when you installed or updated Java SE, it didn’t replace the version already on your computer. Instead, each version installed side-by-side at the same time. Later, after we changed this, installing or updating Java SE removed only the most recent version already on your computer. What’s more, in many cases, it didn’t remove any version released before October 2008.

Why was that a problem? Earlier versions of Java SE have serious security risks we corrected in later versions. When people downloaded a new version, we said they could keep Java SE on their computer secure by updating to the latest version or by deleting older versions using the Add/Remove Program utility in their Windows system. But according to the FTC, that wasn’t sufficient. Updating to the latest version didn’t always remove older versions. So many computers had several versions installed.

That creates a serious security vulnerability. Even if you installed the most recent version of Java SE, the personal information on your computer may be at risk because earlier, less secure versions could still be executed.

To fix this problem, visit http://java.com/uninstall, where instructions on how to uninstall older versions of Java SE are provided. This webpage also provides a link to the Java SE uninstall tool, which you can use to uninstall older versions of Java SE. You may also go to 
http://java.com/uninstallhelp if you have any additional questions or concerns.


"Jesus in the Park": Havant Park. Weekend of 12/13th August 2017


"Jesus in the Park"
Saturday 12th August 12 noon and 3pm
Sunday 13th August 3pm
Admission Free


Havant Passion Play Limited (Charity number 1154040) invites you to join us in Havant Park for our production of "Jesus in the Park".

This is our second Passion Play, the first was in Havant Park in August 2015, where we played to about 1500 people over the two days. This year we are hoping for even bigger crowds, so we are putting on this exciting new play, three times during the weekend.

James Burke-Dunsmore, who is our writer, producer, director and lead actor, is well known for taking the role of Jesus in 'The Life of Christ' on the Wintershall Estate and in London's Trafalgar Square on Good Friday.

Entry to "Jesus in the Park' is free, but do remember to bring a rug or garden chairs to sit on, as they will not be provided by us!

Light refreshments will be on sale before and after the performances, and you may like to purchase one of our First Edition Recipes Books!

We look forward to seeing you during the weekend.


Friday, 28 July 2017

Archie and Calli. Someone's been to the puppy parlour again!


Here on the left is Archie, a dear little Maltese whose mum & dad are clients of mine in Surrey. Calli looks like a larger (3x) version of Archie!

Calli has just spent the morning with Pam, and has come back pampered & ready for the weekend! Thanks Pam!


Booking.com - where to next?


Established in 1996 in Amsterdam, Booking.com has grown from a small Dutch start-up to one of the largest travel e-commerce companies in the world. Part of The Priceline Group (NASDAQ: PCLN), Booking.com now employs more than 15,000 employees in 187 offices in 70 countries worldwide.

With a mission to empower people to experience the world, Booking.com invests in digital technology that helps take the friction out of travel. At Booking.com, we connect travellers with the world’s largest selection of incredible places to stay, including everything from apartments, vacation homes, and family-run B&Bs to 5-star luxury resorts, tree houses and even igloos. The Booking.com website and mobile apps are available in over 40 languages, offer 1,399,000 properties, and cover 117,785 destinations in 225 countries and territories worldwide.

Each day, more than 1,200,000 room nights are reserved on our platform. So whether travelling for business or leisure, customers can instantly book their ideal accommodation quickly and easily with Booking.com, without booking fees and backed up by our promise to price match. Via our customer experience team, customers can reach Booking.com 24/7 for assistance and support in over 40 languages, any time of the day or night.

This is how Kim & I do most of our adventures: road trips by motorbike or car. We will often have a rough plan of travel and book hotels as we progress. Booking.com makes travel so easy & fun - highly recommended!


To paraphrase Beyonce: if you liked it, then you should have put a LOCK on it!


Oxford OF8 Boss Alarm Disc Lock and Chain - The alarm lock that works!

The Oxford Boss Alarm disc lock combines an extremely tough and easy to use disc lock with a 100dB alarm. Now with a 1.5m Chain.

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This package is based around the same Oxford Alarm Lock that we use. It's obvious, tough & loud. By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail. Lock your Motorcycle!


Some people shouldn't get nice toys...

A driver lost control of his new £200,000 Ferrari and careered off a motorway before it burst into flames - after owning it for just an hour.

The high-performance Ferrari 430 Scuderia was reduced to a twisted wreck after the smash on the M1 near junction 37 in South Yorkshire on Thursday afternoon.

Police described how the car "went airborne" in the wet conditions.

The driver walked away with just cuts and bruises.

The car went 50 metres down a bank and ended up in a field, where it turned into a fireball and had to be extinguished by firefighters.

In a statement on Facebook, South Yorkshire Police said: "Officers asked the driver what sort of car he 'had' to which he replied 'it was a Ferrari'.

"Detecting a sense of damaged pride he then said 'I've only just got it, picked it up an hour ago'."


Wednesday, 26 July 2017

All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing


I've just had a great meeting with Jackie, who runs the Waterlooville Events TeamJackie & her team are working hard to revitalise Waterlooville town centre: increasing footfall & spend in the local shops & businesses.

There is something that can blights many town centres in the UK: the sad spiral of reduced visitors, closing shops - leading to reduced visitors.

This brought to mind a quote that is often attributed to Edmund Burke - namely:
All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.

In this world, there is so much hand wringing, people saying: isn't it sad that xyz happened.
Do you know what? Do something about it!
If you are tired of the shops, businesses, pubs - closing: give them your business: go there, spend your money, show them how valued their services are.

Very few people can change something large on their own.
If we all work together, we can effect great change.
Read The Starfish Story & reflect. I hope you feel moved to action.

Here, for example, is a great example of citizen action: The Fox & Hounds Pub, Denmead.
This pub would have been lost to housing development: apart from the Community Co-operative that was set up to rescue the building & reinstate it as a pub.
It is now once more a great pub & restaurant - recommended!

Call to action: please support your local villages & towns.
Thanks, rant over!

(Flash) Gordon's alive?! Not for much longer...


Adobe Systems has said that it plans to phase out its Flash Player plug-in by the end of 2020.

The technology was once one of the most widely used ways for people to watch video clips and play games online.

But it also attracted much criticism, particularly as flaws in its code meant it became a popular way for hackers to infect computers.

In recent years, much of its functionality has been offered by the rival HTML5 technology.

One of HTML5's benefits is that it can be used to make multimedia content available within webpages without requiring users to install and update a dedicated plug-in.


Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Microsoft confirms it's not killing off Paint after outpouring of support. Horray!


Today, we’ve seen an incredible outpouring of support and nostalgia around MS Paint. If there’s anything we learned, it’s that after 32 years, MS Paint has a lot of fans. It’s been amazing to see so much love for our trusty old app. Amidst today’s commentary around MS Paint we wanted to take this opportunity to set the record straight, clear up some confusion and share some good news:

MS Paint is here to stay, it will just have a new home soon, in the Windows Store where it will be available for free.


Reading for today: On Forgiveness


We say a great many things in church (and out of church too) without thinking of what we are saying. For instance, we say in the CreedI believe in the forgiveness of sins.” I had been saying it for several years before I asked myself why it was in the Creed. At first sight it seems hardly worth putting in. “If one is a Christian,” I thought, “of course one believes in the forgiveness of sins. It goes without saying.” But the people who compiled the Creed apparently thought that this was a part of our belief which we needed to be reminded of every time we went to church. And I have begun to see that, as far as I am concerned, they were right. To believe in the forgiveness of sins is not nearly so easy as I thought. Real belief in it is the sort of thing that very easily slips away if we don’t keep on polishing it up.

We believe that God forgives us our sins; but also that He will not do so unless we forgive other people their sins against us. There is no doubt about the second part of this statement. It is in the Lord’s Prayer; was emphatically stated by our Lord. If you don’t forgive you will not be forgiven. No part of His teaching is clearer, and there are no exceptions to it. He doesn’t say that we are to forgive other people’s sins provided they are not too frightful, or provided there are extenuating circumstances, or anything of that sort. We are to forgive them all, however spiteful, however mean, however often they are repeated. If we don’t, we shall be forgiven none of our own.