Is the BBC going mad?

We all pay our TV licences, every year they ask for more money but still the BBC keeps disappointing with the programs that they put on air these days. I have to be honest I have been watching a lot more sky news these days than any BBC channel put together.

Excuse me this rant, but it had to be said and I’m sure that you’ll agree with me. And I’m not only talking about the TV provided by the state funded TV station. The other day I was tuning in to the World Service and I was astonished to find a program like this one going on air, a program about rent boys in London. What is the difference between such programs and websites like this one? Seriously, that kind of programs I expect to find on Channel 4 than the TV station that we all help to fund.

Seriously BBC a program about male prostitution? Sky tv here I come…

What is Osteopathy?

Osteopathy is an established system of diagnosis and treatment which uses a variety of techniques to help with symptoms affecting the body’s musculoskeletal system (bones, muscles, joints and ligaments). Osteopaths consider the patient from a mechanical, functional and postural viewpoint to allow the body to function with the minimum of wear, stress and energy. Osteopathy can help with symptoms of arthritic pain, back or neck pain, spinal disc problems, sciatica, joint stiffness, shoulder pain, frozen shoulder, muscular strains, ligament sprains, postural problems, sports injuries, headaches jaw pain and more.

Cranial Osteopathy is very gentle, non invasive and can benefit people of all ages including new born babies, children and pregnant women. Very specific, skilled, light pressure is applied where necessary to assist the natural ability of the body to release stresses and tensions. When osteopaths examine babies areas of tension are often found in the spine or head which are indications that the baby is uncomfortable. A baby cannot complain of backache or headache, and will typically express this by crying and being unsettled or irritable. In a research study conducted by Clive Hayden into the effects of cranial osteopathic treatment on babies, some parents perceived the following changes in their children’s behaviour: reduced colicky crying, improved sleep, less unsettled irritable behaviour and increased quiet happy spells.

More Resources:

For more healthcare courses and careers visit this site.
Ostheopathy in the UK: http://www.osteopathy.org.uk/
In the US: http://www.osteopathic.org/Pages/default.aspx

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From The Expert: What Is Life Insurance?

Today I’m going to talk about something that you’ll find boring but very necessary. Life insurance cover companies promote two types of protection covers. They are over 50s life insurance and term insurance. Whole insurance is when the time covered is the entire life and the premium is calculated accordingly. In case of term insurance, the insurance policy is taken for a fixed time of five, ten or fifteen years. The policy is covered for only that definite time and the beneficiaries are given the sum assured if the insured dies during the term of the policy. A large number of life insurance companies exist today to offer different life insurance policies to their clients. These life insurance companies try to keep their policy offers differentiated by offering various combinations and making different classifications on the policies. Over 50s Life insurance cover policies can be classified into two types: Term life policies. A Term life policy is helpful to cover a person’s short-term requirements. For example if the policyholder meets an accident, he can make an insurance claim. Term insurance is a policy which covers potential need in the short run and permanent Insurance- This insurance policy is for the entire life of a policyholder. The value increases throughout the life of the policy holder. Many websites offer a comparison service, which includes most of the UK policies.

Whatever the type of life insurance quote you chose, one thing is for certain, an insurance policy will ensure the financial well being of the beneficiaries in case of death of the policy holder. The family with young children or the single person who has a responsibility towards other people should think seriously of getting a policy. Getting a life insurance quote is very important for families and single people who are financially responsible for someone. They might be looking after aged parents or someone who is handicapped who would be destitute without their help. True, none of us feel we could die prematurely but is it worth taking the risk of leaving loved ones without a financial support in case the family earner dies prematurely? The premium you are offered by the specific company for the policy is affected by a number of different things. Examples of these are your age, sex, occupation, health and if you smoke or not along with, the amount of cover you decide to take and the length of the policy term is also a factor that will effect the final premium offered to you,

Term Life insurance cover can appear to be a minefield. No doubt many people turn to experts on life insurance policies for valuable advice before purchasing a policy. After all you want to make sure that first, you have adequate cover to meet the financial requirement in case of death and you need to be comfortable with the monthly repayment which will have to be paid as long as the life insurance is active and not claimed.

Moving Home Checklist

A checklist for a smooth home move

MovingThe big day is just around the corner when you will finally receive the keys to your new home. Keeping track of everything that needs to be done can be stressful, so here is our handy checklist of what to do when moving into your new home:-

1. Contact your removals company in London with your moving date.
2. Have a clear out – moving home is a perfect opportunity to de-clutter.
3. Arrange the transfer of your services (gas, electricity, water, telephone, internet, council tax). Check with the estate agent who currently provides the services at your new property so that you can quickly set up your new accounts.
4. Cancel your buildings and contents insurance for your existing home and arrange insurance for your new home.
5. Make sure that the removals company will have easy access to your existing home and your new property – keep all paths and driveways clear and if necessary, ask your neighbours to move their cars to allow room for the removal van.
6. Leave your old property clean, tidy and free from any rubbish.
7. Know where everything needs to go in your new home – plan out where your furniture and boxes will go and give clear instructions to the removal company. A map or diagram can be useful.
8. Check to make sure that everything is working correctly. Check all lights, windows, doors and smoke alarms are working.
9. Know where the exits are – it is disorientating being in a new property for the first few days, so plan your escape routes in case of emergencies.
10. Consider changing the locks when you move in. You can expect to receive a full set of keys from the estate agents, but you do not know who else has keys.
11. Make the property your own – purchase anything that you don’t have but need (e.g. pictures, rugs, furniture etc.) and carry out any alterations or decorations. Doing this before you have fully unpacked will save you from re-packing later on.
12. Get to know your new neighborhood and get to know your neighbours – walk around to familiarise yourself with the streets and introduce yourself to your neighbours. Nothing will help you settle in your new home quicker than feeling part of a community.

A Place in the sun

Clear skies and brilliant sunshine are guaranteed in Almeria, southern Spain – and that’s official. Why else would Europe’s most powerful telescope, as well as one of the country’s most important solar energy plants, be sited in this Mediterranean province?

With more than 3100 hours of annual sunshine (that’s 8.5 hours per day, before you get the calculator out), it’s also not surprising that much of Spain’s flower and garden produce comes from this lovely coastal region, protected from any northerly winds by the Sierra de Gador mountains.

The southern Costas are usually thought of as a busy, boisterous playground by the Mediterranean. But unlike many of the southern sunspots, the smaller resort of Roquetas de Mar is relatively quiet, and life here moves at a slower – some might say more Spanish – pace.

Cabo de GataWalk on just past the port, into the old town, and you will find a large market which rambles through the shopping streets for three weeks out of four every month. Both old town and the harbour area are places, too, for an evening stroll, taking perhaps a glass of wine and sampling (often free) tapas in one of the many bars.

The old centre of the town boasts several places worth a visit, including the seventeenth-century church of Our Lady of the Rosary (Nuestra Señora del Rosario), the Arab watchtower of Cerrillos, and the castle of Roquetas, which is open daily; admission is free.

There’s more to shopping than just market stalls, though. The new shopping area of Gran Plaza, near the new Las Salinas development, is one of the biggest in Andalucia.

The salt lagoons which the area is named for begin at Las Marinas, just a couple of miles south of Roquetas, and you can see flamingos and other water birds here almost year-round.

But the largest bird population is to be found to the east of Almeria town, on the arid, and totally unspoilt, coast of the Cabo del Gato-Nijar nature park. With very little annual rainfall, few villages and virtually no farmland, the coast may seem desolate, but it is particularly popular with walkers and nature lovers.

At the furthest south-eastern tip is the Cabo de Gata lighthouse, marking the end of Andalucia’s largest coastal nature park. There’s an excellent viewpoint (mirador) here where you can view seabirds including cormorants, gannet, razorbills and gulls.

The peaks of the Cabo de Gata mountains fall sharply to the shoreline, creating dramatic cliffs where fish eagles nest, and which tower over tiny small hidden coves with white sand beaches. The crystal-clear water off the peninsula are a magnet for keen anglers and windsurfers, as well as a very popular location for underwater photography.

The large lagoon and wetland of the Salinas de Acosta also attracts bird watchers, with its large population of flamingos, heron and wading birds, and the remains of the old salt industry can still be found along the whole coastal region.

Inland, Almeria has an almost lunar landscape of desert, sandstone and dry riverbeds – which is why it has long been used as a location for film-makers. Indeed, the ‘spaghetti Western’ could perhaps have been re-named the ‘paella Western’, as you will discover if you visit Yucca City, just outside of Tabernas, which was used as the set for A Fistful of Dollars. (The Peter O’Toole classic, Lawrence of Arabia was also shot here, with the Spanish hinterland substituting for the Middle Eastern desert). The old film sets are still here, among the cactus and meseta scrub.

Almeria province is also famous for its ‘troglodite’ villages, where many homes echo the North African method of escaping from the searing heat by being formed as part cave-dwellings, dug into the soft, sand-coloured cliffs. Locals prize these homes which provide natural insulation from the desert-like summer temperatures.

The cave homes or casas-cueva, as they are known, often have chimney-like skylights to provide interior ventilation and lighting, but their facades mimic normal homes, with windows and tiled roofs.

The arid hills contain another interesting site, though it is not open to visitors – the EU solar energy research centre. Although you may not be able to get inside, you can from a distance see the rows of heliostat mirrors capturing solar energy, and other devices being tested to see which can best harness this natural source of free energy. It may not thrill everyone as the most beautiful sight in the world, but you’ll appreciate what it’s trying to do when you get back to the air-conditioning in your hotel bedroom.