• pokemon go mental health
    Mental Health,  Technology

    What’s With The Middle Aged Woman Playing Pokemon Go?

    For a while, I’ve wanted to write a blog about the way Pokemon Go affects mental health. This seems like the perfect day to do it and that’s because today, 27th February, is Pokemon Day. You might wonder what Pokemon Day is or what it means and why it is celebrated on 27th February. It’s essentially a day that pays homage to the Pokemon franchise and it’s on 27th February because on that day in 1996, Pokemon Red and Green were released in Japan. Yes, it’s been around for that long. It still feels like something new to me, but I suppose to kids who have grown up with the…

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    Money,  Technology

    Ziffit Review

    If you’re a bookworm, and I know many of my readers are, you might be interested in this review. Ziffit is an app I hadn’t heard about until recently but it’s fast becoming one of my favourites. It’s a way to clear out your old books, CDs, DVDs, games etc. and make money at the same time. You can get it from your phone’s app store for free. It’s top left in the picture below. Ziffit came to my attention because it was advertised during the commercial break of Good Morning Britain. It’s a really simple idea. You use your smartphone to scan the barcodes of books, CDs, games and…

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    Technology,  Wish List

    What I’ve Been Fangirling On This Week: Electric Cars!

    There is something I really want to write about. I’ve fallen in love with the idea of owning an electric car. In the last few days I’ve been doing a lot of research about them and there are so many advantages that I can’t see any reason not to buy one now. Here are the five reasons why I’m determined to buy an electric car. They cost less to run I’ve read varying reports about how much it costs to run an electric car. First I read an article that said charging costs around 4 or 5p per mile. Then I read another that said you pay £1.20 to connect…

  • brothers grimm artificial intelligence fairy tale sleep story calm app
    Books,  Technology

    The World’s First AI Bedtime Story: The Princess And The Fox

    Over the last year I’ve learned a bit about AI through working for tech website, OxGadgets. I still don’t know enough about it though and wish I had done more research into AI and what it can really do for writers and their stories. I have recently been listening to a computer generated story, written using the fairy tales by the Brothers Grimm called The Princess and The Fox. Let me share a bit of background information about this story with you before I go any further. I’m a big fan of an app called Calm. Some of you might have heard of it. Calm is a wellness app that…

  • Guest Posts,  Technology

    Radio Radio by Ronnie McGhie

    During April 2013, I compiled a series of interviews and collaborations which I’m hoping to re-publish in the next few weeks. My first republished post is local radio legend (and one of my Dad’s good mates) Ronnie McGhie.  It’s time to absorb yourself in the world of radio.  Take it away, Ronnie!“Radio, Radio”by Ronnie McGhie When can you honestly say that you actually listened to the radio? Now I’m not talking about driving in the car, humming, “Bohemian Rhapsody” or constantly chatting on your phone, hands free, of course! I am talking about turning on the radio in the house instead of the television. I do realise that is an…