Monday, 21 March 2016

Music Monday - Tunage

Morning all,

Today I'm trying to keep up with blog goodness right now and with that Music Monday needs to continue and today its got a banger.

I heard this on Radio X the other night and its already on my playlist.

So turn it up, grab a cuppa and enjoy

 Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds - Ballad of the mighty I





Got any bangers you need to share? Post it below.

Until next time

Paul.

Saturday, 23 January 2016

Vodafone Presents the perfect paring.

Hi all,

I was invited by Vodafone to come and see two of their newest devices the Vodafone Tab Speed 6 and the Vodafone Smart Ultra 6. Long names aside, they are an impressive pairing for both new users and those looking for good, solid devices with high end specifications at a great price.

While this isn't a review I'm hoping to get my hands on these for a bit longer soon,

Lets's begin with the Vodafone Tab Speed 6, the sixth generation of own brand tablet from the network giant,. It's a 4G enabled 8 inch slab with a bright display, quad core Snapdragon processor, 16gb storage, 5mp rear facing camera and 4060mAh battery.
Boasting Android lollipop 5.1, bringing with it many improvements from the user interface to overall device security and enhanced Google services.

Overall the device felt great in the hand, was responsive and in the short time I played with it was a pleasure to use, I didn't get chance to test the LTE 4G capabilities but overall Vodafone's 4G service is very consistent from previous tests and reviews.

What impresses me more is the price, £125 for a decent performing tablet with 4G or free on contract at £16/month for 3gb data.

The Vodafone Smart Ultra 6 is another impressive 4G capable device with an octa core snapdragon processor, 13mp camera, vibrant full HD 5.5 inch display and a tasty 3000mAh battery all packaged in a beautiful shell.

Again the device boasts Android Lollipop 5.1 it had a great feeling in the hand and again felt impressively zippy while trying it out.

Overall these would be a fantastic paring for both new and existing android users and perfect for budget conscious users

I'm hoping to go back and play with these again soon and give you all a review of these low priced powerhouses in the future, so keep your eyes peeled for more Vodafone goodness.

Monday, 21 December 2015

A day in Slough with CalAid #MusicMonday

Hi all.

Yes, I know i've not been here a lot, there's a lot of things going on at the moment and it's a bit non stop for me and the family right now. Hence the lack of family stuff right now, this will improve over time but for now let's go back to something positive.

On Sunday I went to Slough with a member of B3ta, (hey Trelly!) who kindly drove me to CalAid to organise donations to go to Syria.

During the day we met some amazing people who had been to the Jungle and been building sturdy shelters for refugees in Calais. With some going back in a few days and staying through Christmas. I felt proud to be a part of a group helping others and hope to go back again in the future.

But I do know CalAid Slough needs help with their units as they have to move all the donations from one site to their second site by the end of the year. If anyone local is up for it I'm sure they would love to see you.

Now for some music I've been thinking about it for today and this little ditty by Reef fit perfectly. for some reason. It's a happy song!
So I present Reef - Place your hands!

Monday, 26 October 2015

MusicMonday

Morning all.
I've not done a musicmonday in flipping ages, let alone a family or bike related blogpost.
well there's a reason for this that i cant talk about yet, purely for confusions sake. but for now lets ramp things back up with some music on t'blog.
I've been thinking about memories from days gone by and by chance caught this on a 90's online radio station and it's been stuck in my head all week.
so in the hope it brings you good memories. I give you
PM Dawm - Sail adrift on memory bliss

Saturday, 17 October 2015

Zooming with the Emicro One

Hi all,

A few days back I had the chance to go and see with the new
Emicro One from Micro Scooters, one of the sleekest designed scooters for grownups in the market. Thanks to late trains I didn't get a chance to have a try them out, but from what I saw I was very impressed.

From a design standpoint many electronic scooters are large, clunky and look unattractive, whereas the Emicro One has been skillfully engineered by Micro Scooters innovation team to take the fundamentals of a scooter and add electronics while reducing the bulk found with many others yet improving the looks so it looks like a traditional scooter. I think the Emicro One looks extraordinary and could be a seen as an unparalleled method of transport for adults while all the kids will be wanting it.

While comparing it to other scooters, weigh
What defines this from other brands it its unique motion control sensor allows riders to start and control their speed through body movement. Micro Scooters say this is a world first as the motion control also reduces battery consumption and allows the Emicro One to run cable free.


Weighing in at 7.5kg, it is the world’s most lightweight and compact electric scooter to date with all the style of an adult scooter. (The girls think it's an awesome stunt scooter)

As for the battery, there’s a fast charging high capacity battery which can be fully charged in just one hour and has an average lifetime of 1000+ charging cycles and to aid battery life the Emicro One comes with regenerative braking to keep it topped up while on the go and has the option of 3 different ride programs – eco, standard and sport mode – make it easy for riders to control their speed and battery usage, perfect for beginners and the more experienced riders out there.





The specifications are as follows

·         WEIGHS ONLY 7.5KG/16.5LBS (THE LIGHTEST ELECTRIC SCOOTER IN THE WORLD)
·         BATTERY LASTS UP TO 12KM WITH 60 MINUTE RECHARGE TIME
·         COMPACT WITH AN EASY FOLD DESIGN
·         3 RIDE MODES - ECO, STANDARD & SPORT – FOR SPEED CONTROL
·         REGENERATIVE BRAKING FOR SHORTER BRAKING DISTANCES AND BATTERY RECHARGING
·         INTEGRATED HUB MOTOR - PRODUCES 500 WATTS OF POWER & 4 NEWTON METERS OF TORQUE
·         DUAL CORE FRONT WHEEL - SHOCK ABSORBENT SOFT CORE & HARD OUTER SHELL
·         SLOPE SUPPORT – HIGHER POWER AND TORQUE WHEN RIDING UPHILL
·         AUTOMATIC ON/OFF - REDUCES BATTERY CONSUMPTION
·         LED COMMUNICATION DISPLAY- SHOWS SPEED SETTING AND REMAINING BATTERY CHARGE

Hopefully I'll be going back to see the team at Micro Scooters to come and have a play with this in the next few weeks to be able to post more about the Emicro One, but for now click here for more information.

Paul

Friday, 2 October 2015

The Filofax Holborn iPad Air Case Review

Hi all,

Two weeks ago I was approached by the lovely people at Filofax to review a case for my tablet, as I've been a fan of Filofax products for many years I jumped at the chance.

On measuring my tablet up we agreed on the Holborn iPad Air case as the closest fit in the range and the one that caught my attention, however my tablet was disappointingly half inch too small for the mount, this was my fault for not measuring properly.


The Holborn case is one of the higher end tablet cases Filofax offer to keep your tablet safe and protected while offering huge versatility with the pockets and compartments to store paperwork, business cards or similar and also comes with an A5 ruled notepad with micro-perforated pages and a pen holder keeping you covered for input both digital and analogue.

Complementing the case's function is a 360 rotating mount for your device with a solid high quality feel to both the casing and the swivel base and for protection, the beautifully crafted case comes complete with svelte touches like the clip to hold the zipper to the case with both form and function.

For those craving film time while on the go the swivel mounting folds out into a stand and works exceptionally well and feels stable, when testing on the train yesterday it held up really well to our bumpy line.

Despite my device not fitting I used the case for the two weeks and found it more than functional for daily use, finding a perfect place for my bus and train smartcards and were read easily through the case without having to remove them, and while traveling the Holborn case fits perfectly into my Cybher satchel with plenty of space for my extended battery, USB cable and other oddities.

In conclusion the Filofax Holborn iPad Air Case is a perfect companion for those out and about giving perfect protection from the elements for your device and paperwork from day to day and offers all the function and style we've come to love from Filofax making this a perfect choice.

Don't have an iPad? Filofax have you covered too with a vast range of cases available.

Click here to see the Filofax Holborn Gallery
Click here for our Flickr gallery

Wednesday, 9 September 2015

Join the Keech Disco Starwalk

Hi all
This Saturday it's one of the communities most colourful and awesome charity events - The Keech 2015 Star
Walk

This year's theme is Disco and we're ready for an awesome overnight party loaded with 70's funk, 90's ravers (big up exodus/Leviticus) and 00's dance. With this we're looking for more marshalls and ladies to join up to make the event bigger, better and turn luton into a 10 mile discotheque!

Click here to sign up and join the fun - Registration is £15 and includes an awesome goody bag.

This years Star Walk is fast approaching and we need marshals to help keep the route safe and to cheer the ladies on who are taking part

I have decided to organise the marshals in a different way this year in order for it to run more efficiently with marshals being in place before the ladies set off

Would you be able to spare a few hours on Saturday 12th September, the walk starts at 22.30 so Marshals will need to be in place (you will be given an exact location) for 22.00 in order for all the route to be covered, the complete logistics of the night haven’t been finalised yet but I would like for all areas to be manned and then when you see then sweeper walkers come through (they will be identifiable) you can then go home

To Marshall with us: Call Keech on 01582 492339, or come to Barnfield College, New Bedford Rd, Luton LU2 7BF and tell them you heard from Imwellconfused or Paul Hooker (just so I know people saw the post)

Thanks for your help - Paul!