Gmail Motion- Write your E-mails with Body Movement

by Julie

So many thing have changed over the years, computers are leaps and bounds ahead of what they were in the beginning, but since the advent of e-mail, the way it has been composed has stayed exactly the same, until now…

Google explains that the mouse and keyboard were invented before the Internet even existed. Since then, countless technological advancements have allowed for much more efficient human computer interaction. Why then do we continue to use outdated technology? Introducing Gmail Motion — now you can control Gmail with your body.

Gmail Motion uses your computer’s built-in webcam and Google’s patented spatial tracking technology to detect your movements and translate them into meaningful characters and commands. Movements are designed to be simple and intuitive for people of all skill levels.

First you need to familiarize yourself with some of the basic functionality of Gmail Motion using this printable guide of sample gestures. With it, you’ll be able to start writing and responding to emails – with your body – in no time.

S M S Kettle (kettles you text on your way home?)

ReadywhenUR – SMS Kettle

by Stephen
I think my dream gadget has just been invented. It’s laziness at its peak! This gadget is called ‘ReadywhenUR’, an ingenious title when I tell you what this thing can do. You send a SMS text to your kettle and it boils. Can you believe it! I’m definitely going to be getting one of these.

When you send the text, it is sent to the satellite and sent back to the kettle to be received by the built in radio receiver. I can see it now. You are watching telly and want a cup of tea during the adverts but can’t be bothered getting up, going into the kitchen and waiting on the kettle to boil before returning to the sofa only to miss the first two minutes of your favorite TV program.All you have to do is text your kettle (can’t believe I’m saying that) before the break, and all you will have to do is walk in the kitchen and serve your already boiled water.

If you are a gadget lover like me, you’ll go through about 100 texts a month anyway, so sending a text that will boil your kettle sounds like very little effort and what are a few texts when you’re spending hundreds a month on gadgets?

What a cool wedding gift, or house moving present! Great for when you have a friend over for a coffee and it certainly will impress the ladies. When you have been at work all day and just want to sit down to a nice mug of hot chocolate, text your kettle before you arrive and voila.

This amazing kettle can be yours for £100, which is more than your average kettle but will save you time and effort in the long run. No need for a husband or wife to make a cuppa for you, you just need your mobile and a ‘ReadywhenUR’.

Would this be any good for your guests??

Whitney Houston found dead, aged 48

Publicist confirms death of troubled soul singer, one of the world’s best-selling artists at her peak in the 80s and 90s

American soul singer and actress Whitney Houston, one of the most decorated female artists of all time, has died aged 48.


Her publicist, Kristen Foster, confirmed her death in the early hours of this morning. While the cause of death remains unclear, police said she was found dead in her hotel room in Los Angeles.

Police spokesman Mark Rosen told reporters Houston was pronounced dead at 15:55pm (23:55 GMT) in her room on the fourth floor of the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

“She has been positively identified by friends and family (who) were with her at the hotel, and next of kin have already been notified,” he said.

The singer was in Beverly Hills for the Grammy Awards which take place on Sunday night. She died hours before she was expected to perform at record producer Clive Davis’s annual pre-Grammy party on Saturday, which is held at the Beverly Hilton.

Houston was one of the world’s best-selling artists at her peak in the 80s and 90s, selling more than 170 million albums. Among her hundreds of awards sat two Emmys and six Grammys as she moved effortlessly from musical hits such as I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me) and Saving All My Love For You to worldwide movie success with The Bodyguard – which included her signature hit I Will Always Love You – and Waiting to Exhale.

But her striking voice and image, along with her record sales, became ravaged in recent years by drink and drug abuse. Public appearances became more erratic and she confessed to using cocaine, marijuana and pills leaving her unable to hit the high notes she had done in her prime.

Despite her personal troubles she commanded great affection among her music industry colleagues, and emotional tributes were sent out in the hours after news broke of her death I am absolutely heartbroken at the news of Whitney’s passing,” legendary music producer Quincy Jones said in a statement. “… I always regretted not having had the opportunity to workwith her. She was a true original and a talent beyond compare. I will miss her terribly.”

Neil Portnow, president of the Recording Academy, which runs the Grammys, said event producers were working on ways to honour the singer in front of her many friends in the audience.

Standing on the red carpet outside the hotel, Portnow said they would “try to celebrate her life,” and called Houston a “one of a kind singer” whose body of work was “staggering.”

Whitney Houston, her debut album in 1985, sold millions. Saving All My Love for You brought her her first Grammy, for best female pop vocal. Further hits followed leaving the New York Times to write that Houston “possesses one of her generation’s most powerful gospel-trained voices”.

Houston seemed born for greatness. She was the daughter of gospel singer Cissy Houston, the cousin of 60s pop diva Dionne Warwick, and the goddaughter of Aretha Franklin. She started singing in church as a child and in her teens, she was a backing singer for Chaka Khan and Jermaine Jackson.

Following her death Franklin released a statement saying: “I just can’t talk about it now. It’s so stunning and unbelievable. I couldn’t believe what I was reading coming across the TV screen. My heart goes out to Cissy, her daughter Bobbi Kris, her family and Bobby (Brown).”

Houston married soul singer Bobby Brown in 1992, the year that The Bodyguard made her an acting star. But their rocky marriage, during which Brown was arrested several times on charges including domestic abuse, ended in divorce in 2007. Two spells in rehab followed before Houston appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show in 2010 to declare herself clean.

Houston briefly reignited her album sales with the 2009 platinum-selling I Look To You, but a disappointing world tour followed.

Just booked on the Great Northern Run….

God i need to train….the run is on my birthday 20th may, My 40th,if anyone wants to sponcer me,Im running for Manchesters Childrens Hospital,all sponcers WELCOME!!!!

Heres a bit of history about the run..

and traditionThe Bupa Great Manchester Run is Britain’s premier 10k and was first staged in 2003. In the inaugural year, world class Ethiopians Berhane Adere and Derartu Tulu fought a magnificent battle at the head of the 10,000 strong field, Adere just winning ba sprint finish in 31min 50sec. Sonia O’Sullivan was 10 seconds behind. Paul Tergat ran a perfectly controlled race to take the men’s title in 28:48 in a tight battle with fellow Kenyans William Talel and Daniel Rono, who were two seconds and eight seconds behind respectively.

In 2004, O’Sullivan scored a major upset when outpacing Adere to win by three seconds in a time of 32:12 with Margaret Okayo of Kenya third in 32:23. Aussie Craig Mottram won the men’s race in 27:54 from runner-up Zersenay Tadesse with an out-of-sorts Tergat back in fourth.

The world’s greatest-ever distance runner, Haile Gebrselassie, put on a breathtaking show around the streets of Manchester in 2005 to post a UK all-comers’ record of 27:25. He was followed home by Juan Carlos de la Ossa, who lowered the Spanish national record to 27:55, and Ukraine’s Sergiy Lebid in 28:14. Lornah Kiplagat’s performance might have been overshadowed by the Great Ethiopian, but the Kenyan-born woman now representing the Netherlands, ran the fastest time in Britain of the year – 31:28 – to beat Jelena Prokopcuka of Latvia.

In 2006, by defeating their rivals Tadesse and Adere were rewarded with new Eritrean and Ethiopian records – Adere in 31:07 and Tadesse in a super fast 27:36. But Gebrselassie’s UK All-Comers’ 10km record didn’t survive in 2007 as Micah Kogo produced a stunning 27:07 run, while Britain’s Jo Pavey, the 33-year-old Commonwealth 5,000m silver medallist, roared to a personal best time of 31:47 to narrowly win the women’s event.

Pavey defended her title in 2008, pulling away from Kenya’s Rose Cheruiyot in the closing stages to win by 10seconds in a time of 31:58 with Bezunesh Bekele from Ethiopia third.

Gebrselassie’s hopes of regaining his world 10km road running record in 2009 were thwarted by strong winds but he still proved too powerful for the rest of the field as he stormed home in 27:39 ahead of Ali Zaied of Libya and Lebid. Cheruiyot, who had her eyes on Paula Radcliffe’s UK all-comers’ mark of 30:38, also saw her opportunity wrecked by the elements but still produced a respectable time of 32:01. Brian Alldis, coached by Paralympic legend Tanni Grey-Thompson, claimed an easy win in the wheelchair race in 23:20, well clear of Tushar Patel, who clocked 25min 26sec and Daniel Lucker (26min 10sec). Paralympic 1500m silver medallist Shelly Woods, who was third in the recent Flora London Marathon, won the women’s title unchallenged in 25:27 from Sarah Piercy.

Gebrselassie stormed to his third Bupa Great Manchester Run success in 2010 but again was thwarted by a strong wind, which this time restricted him to a time of 28:02. Seven seconds back in second place was Spain’s Ayad Lamdassem with Lebid third in 28:29. Gebrselassie’s fellow Ethiopian Worknesh Kidane, in her first international 10k, won in a fast and personal best time of 31min 19sec over the flat and fast course.She had broken away just after halfway and easily won ahead of Jessica Augusto and Ines Monteiro (both of Portugal), though they gained personal best times of 31:47 and 32:02 respectively. David Weir and Shelly Woods won the men’s and women’s wheelchair events for the second year running in 2010.

The brilliant Ethiopian was back again for the 2011 race and made it three in a row with another stunning display, though he was given something to think about by rising British runner Chris Thompson, fresh from a recent PB. The Briton went stride-for-stride with the world’s greatest-ever distance runner until Gebrselassie made a telling break with around 2km to go to win in 28:10 in the testing windy and damp conditions. Thompson was 11 seconds further back with Ukraine’s Sergiy Lebid third in 28:25.

But there was a thoroughly deserved British success in the 2011 women’s race with Helen Clitheroe becoming the first home winner of the event for three years in a time of 31:45 following a superb gun-to-tape display. Christelle Daunay of France produced a fast finish to take second spot 13 seconds back with the highly-fancied Grace Momanyi (Kenya) third in 32:04 and former champion Berhane Adere having to settle for sixth.

(Hopefully  i will be on here next year??? ha ha …..)


2011 Haile Gebrselassie (ETH) 28:10
2010 Haile Gebrselassie (ETH) 28:02
2009 Haile Gebrselassie (ETH) 27:39
2008 Gunther Weidlinger (AUT) 28:10
2007 Micah Kogo (KEN) 27:21
2006 Zersenay Tadesse (ERIT) 27:36
2005 Haile Gebrselassie (ETH) 27:25
2004 Craig Mottram (AUS 27:54
2003 Paul Tergat (KEN) 28:48

2011 Helen Clitheroe (GB) 31:45
2010 Worknesh Kidane (ETH) 31:19
2009 Vivian Cheruiyot (KEN) 32:01
2008 Jo Pavey (GB) 31:58
2007 Jo Pavey (GB) 31:47
2006 Berhane Adere (ETH) 31:07
2005 Lornah Kiplagat (NETH) 31:28
2004 Sonia O’Sullivan (IRE) 32:12
2003 Berhane Adere (ETH) 31:5

So here goes,lets start training on Monday!

wish me luck!


Valentine Day is Comming…(14 feb)

5 Ways to Attract B&B Customers for Valentine’s Day

As Valentine’s Day approaches, it’s a great time of year to capitalise on your B&B business and turn a profit with a bit of clever marketing and these inspirational ideas.

1. Dinner packages

If your B&B has restaurant facilities, consider offering dinner, bed and breakfast deals for the Valentine’s weekend. With a romantic menu, a bottle of wine and some romantic décor in the dining room all thrown in to the package, your guests will enjoy an excellent weekend break and you’ll be able to pull in the customers with this ‘special offer’.

For B&Bs without a big kitchen or dining room, try approaching a restaurant or pub nearby for a partnership offer – they provide the dinner, you provide the bed and the customers receive a relaxed and stress-free holiday.

2. Special events

For a more unusual option than dinner for two, arrange a fun event to attract customers to your B&B. An evening of wine tasting or a menu of canapés paired with cocktails will be sure to get couples interested in what you have to offer.

3. Romantic breakfasts

Think chocolate, strawberries and decadent recipes – change your usual continental or Full English breakfast options for a more romantic and exciting menu especially for the Valentine’s weekend. These romantic B&B recipes should get you started on the right foot – simply upload the new menu to your website or listing page to attract the customers. Don’t forget to decorate the dining room with some romantic touches to set the scene!

4. Romance in the room

Subtle changes can make all the difference – add fairy lights, fresh flowers, rose petals and candles for a warm and inviting atmosphere that suit a romantic weekend break. Take photos of a decorated room and put it online to make sure guests know what to expect.

You can also offer extra services for a small fee to help a guest surprise their loved one – boxes of chocolates, roses and chilled champagne are easily bought and arranged in the room and will be a much appreciated treat when your customer’s open the door.

5. Singles parties

Love might be in the air, but why let the couples have all the fun? They aren’t your only prospective guests for Valentine’s Day. Instead of offering special rates and packages to couples, organise group rates for friends wishing to escape the loneliness of the holiday or singles looking to meet new people.

In your bar or dining room, you can offer a singles party or fun mixing event like speed dating to encourage more customers to come to your B&B


How Funny is this???

New Play Centre In Swinton (mcr)

Went to a new play area in Swinton today with the kids called the fun house,just like land of play,just a bit bigger,thought it was great,kids loved it? cheep,food was ok! parking at the front (FREE).go and give it a try?

The fun house,in Swinton….(really good)


Mums and Toddlers sessions are 9.30am – 11am (mon-fri).
For information about party bookings please click on the ‘PARTIES’ link on the left hand menu.
We can also arrange private hires.

Monday 9.30am – 6.00pm

Tuesday 9.30am – 6.00pm

Wednesday 9.30am – 6.00pm

Thursday 9.30am – 6.00pm

Friday 9.30am – 6.00pm

Saturday 10.00am – 6.00pm

Sunday 10.00am – 5.00pm


Food not bad,cheep,quick…


Toast (Two slices) V
Toasted Tea Cake ( 1 ) V
Cheese on Toast ( 2 ) V
Beans on Toast V
Sausage Barm or Toast

Quiche of the day (Served with Side Salad + chipss)
Soup of the Day (Served with Crusty roll + Butter)

JACKET POTATOES with a choice of fillings:-
Plain Spud (Served with Butter + Salad Garnish) V
Cheddar Cheese V
Beans V
Homemade Coleslaw V
Tuna Mayonnaise
Prawn Mayo or Marie Rose

Cheese ploughman’s V
Egg Mayo V
Tuna Mayo
Chicken or Spicy BBQ Chicken
Cheddar Cheese V
Prawn / Prawn Mayo
All Served on White or Brown Bread With Salad Garnish.
Toasties an Wraps 50p Extra

BURGERS (All Served on a Bun With Salad Garnish And Chips)
¼ lb Beef Burger (with or without Onions )
Chicken Fillet Burger
Veggie Burger V

(All Served with Garlic Bread + chips or curly Fries)
Tuna Pasta Bake
Chicken Pasta Bake

PANINIS All served with salad garnish (add chips for an extra £1)
Tuna Melt (Tuna mayo and mozzarella)
Pepperoni and cheese (mozzarella or cheddar)
Spicy BBQ Chicken
Cheddar Cheese and Tomato V
Cheddar Cheese & Onion V
Extra Filling

WARM BAGUETTES All served with salad garnish (add chips for £1)
Spicy BBQ Chicken
Tuna Mayonnaise
Prawn mayo
Cheese and tomato V

Chunky chipbarm V
Chunky chips V
Chunky chips and beans V
Chunky chips and cheese V
Chunky chips, cheese and beans V
Onion Rings (8) V
Garlic Bread (3 slices) V
With Cheese V

Chicken Goujons
Turkey / Beef Sausage ( Please Ask )
Fish fingers
Beef Burger
Chicken Burger
Veggie Burger
Cheese an Tomato Pizza
All Served with chips or Curly fries.
Bean / Peas / Spaghetti hoops Extra

(served with Drink, crisps & bun)
Chicken or Turkey slices
Cheese Spread
Tuna Mayo
Chocolate Spread

Ice Cream Sundaes
Waffles with Ice Cream an Maple Syrup
Assorted Cakes
Assorted Muffins
Shortbread Slice

Sunmaid Raisins
Crispy Rolls
Twix, mars, snickers, Bounty, Aero
Magic Stars
2 Finger Kit-Kat
Fruit Nuggets
Fruit Pastilles
Piece of Fruit (check availability )

CONDIMENTS (Extra Sauce Sachet’s)
Tomato Sauce Sachet
Brown Sauce Sachet
Mayonnaise Sachet
Tartar sauce Sachet

Hot Chocolate
Hot Chocolate (with cream topping)
Filter Coffee
Kenco instant Coffee
Coffee Syrups

Cans of pop
Fresh Juice



Please Take Part In Our Poll”What you would like in a bnb”

manchesters best bnb watch the video to prove it!!!!

relax at the Ivy MountHi, my name is Paul, the owner of Ivy Mount Guest House. I offer you the warmest welcome to my charming home. My aim is to offer clean and comfortable accommodation at a great price.I want the Ivy Mount Guest House to feel like a home from home, which is why many guests return time and time again. Please check out our reviews on Trip Advisor

At the Ivy Mount Guest House, we can offer an early breakfast from 6am till 9.30am, Monday to Friday, a little later at weekends. We also have free soup and rolls, tea or coffee available from 4.30pm till 7pm, Monday to Thursday. Great after a hard day’s work or shopping. Come and say hi, meet fellow guests.

Sports fans will be pleased to know we are only a couple of miles from Old Trafford, home of Manchester United, and 7 miles from Manchester City’s ground. (both accessible via the Metro) For shoppers, easy access to the city centre, or the huge Trafford Centre is only 2 miles away.

So to summarise the benefits of staying at the Ivy Mount Guest House

Great location
Close to motorway
5 minutes walk to the Metro
Easy access to city centre
Old Trafford – 5 stops on the Metro
Manchester Airport – 20 minutes away
Full English Breakfast
Free soup and rolls during the week
Free off road parking
Clean and comfortable rooms
Great rates
Warm welcome
Easy to book from this website

So, what is stopping you from booking. Its easy and fast. Book from this website

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