In anticipation of this being our celebratory 100th edition, I’ve been looking at sites
involving 100 or celebration. I could have spent lots of money on shopping sites if I
were that way inclined, but instead, here are some more interesting sites.
Over 100 things
to do in a lift - some not suitable for children, but
101 Middle Eastern recipes - prepare to feel hungry and to search for some challenging
Work out your predicted
lifespan - if you dare. I will live to around 80 years
old, but Iíve plenty of opportunities to increase that following
their considered advice
A top 100 toys and nostalgia on
a number of pages - how many of these did you own, or
Want to see a 5,000 egg omelette being
cooked? - you’ll have to make your way to Abbeville in
Louisiana, USA, but with this ingredient list, it might just
be worth it
RECIPE FOR ABBEVILLE'S GIANT CAJUN OMELETTE
- 5000 small Eggs
- 50 pounds medium Onion, chopped
- 75 Green Bell Peppers, finely chopped
- 1 1/2 gallons pure Vegetable Oil
- 52 pounds Butter
- 6 1/4 gallons Milk
- 4 gallons chopped Green Onion Tops
- 2 gallons finely chopped fresh Parsley
- Tabasco Pepper Sauce (season to taste)
- Crawfish Tails
The Green Gift Shop
Val Gillings checks out 'Complete
Wasters' and finds the bargain of the year
'Complete Wasters'' in Sileby have an
eco shop and their aim is to recycle and
re-use anything and everything.
They sell lamps made from a variety of
materials: tin ones formed into owls,
frogs and many other animals, lamps from
tree bark with calico shades inset with
real leaves.The calico ones are made in
Indonesia and are fair traded.There are
also some impressive lamps made from
recycled glass. Several books are on sale,
and for the more energetic of us there is
a muscle rub made from organic herbs
and precious oils.This could come in
useful if you have been shifting some of
the organic compost they stock.
As they have only recently moved to Sileby,
they are still settling in but have plenty of
ideas for the future, such as a wildlife area
in the grounds, demonstrations on organic
growing, solar energy, herbs for health and
composting for beginners.A wholefood
café is also on the agenda, where fair
traded tea and coffee will be served.
If you are not already a computer owner
and are put off by the cost, then a visit
to Complete Wasters' is a must.Their
computers start at £50 and for this you
get a 15 inch monitor with Windows 98
and Office.Their 'top of the range' are
£175 and for this you get a 17 inch
monitor with CD rewriter, soundcard,
Windows 2000 and Office.Theses really
must be the bargain of the year.
If you would like to visit and see for
yourself, they are at 6,Cossington Road,
Sileby and are open
Progress towards a “disability friendly” village
In part 1 of this two part feature,
Olwen Spiers explains measures in
place now and in the future in
Barrow and looks further afield at
events over the summer for people
with a disability.
The census of 2001 indicated that 14.8 %
of the population of Barrow were coping
with long-term illness/disability.There were
35 holders of a "Blue Badge" registered at
County Hall.The Disability Discrimination
Act came into force in October 2004 and
encouraging measures have been taken to
respond to its requirements.
Humphrey Perkins Community
Access to the school foyer and hall has
been made possible for people in wheel
chairs by a permanent ramp to access
the hall from the outside and a newly
installed lift in the foyer to allow access
between the hall and the rest of the
The churches have been working hard to
provide, by fund raising and other means,
all the facilities to be user friendly to
everyone in the village, no matter what
the disability may be.
Disabled access toilets
Designated parking for Blue Badge
Hearing loops for those with a hearing
Access for wheelchair users is available.
There is a very extensive selection of
audio tapes and large print books. Future
plans include improvements to the
general facilities and the car park with
designated Blue Badge parking.
Bishop Beveridge Club
A toilet for disabled persons has been
installed.Tina Long and the committee
members, in conjunction with the
trustees, are working towards further
facilities for the hearing impaired and
This is an organisation catering for the
visually impaired.Volunteers in Barrow
organise a social gathering once a
month, on the third Thursday from 2-4
pm at the Methodist Church Hall.
Contact Barbara Mitchell on
There is also a Vista Gardening Group
which meets at Bishop Beveridge on the
third Wednesday of each month for a
morning session. Phone Vista on
For Barrow residents who are unable to
collect their medicines from the
Chemist, arrangements may be made
with the staff at the Medical Centre and
the Chemist for a home delivery.
Arrangements need to be made a few
days in advance since the delivery is only
available on certain days of the week.
Some of the High Street shops are faced
with a problem because of the steps at
the entrance and the highway
restrictions inhibiting, indeed preventing,
permanent ramp access.
Help by the provision of a handrail is of
assistance to many.Wheelchair users are,
in many instances, offered the services of
the shop from outside.There are, as yet,
no means of requesting such help by the
provision an external bell/sound system
accessible from a wheelchair.
Parking & Toilets
The public car parks at the Three Crowns
and the approach to the old railway
station each now have one parking space
reserved for Blue Badge holders.
The public toilets, including the
"Disabled" toilet in the public car park
adjoining the Three Crowns car park, are
open until approximately 3.30 pm.
Sports events this summer
25th - 28th August.
Age range 2-80 years.
Transplant Games - for anyone who
has had one of the six major
transplant operations : heart, lung, liver,
kidney, pancreas, bone marrow.
Contact the Sports Development
Centre tel : 01509 226171, or e-mail
Leicestershire & Rutland Youth
GamesAlso, Disability Athletics and a
Disability Football Festival at venues
to be announced.
For further information contact Will
Blanche or Annette East at
Charnwood Borough Council,
tel: 01509 634673
Look out for issue no.22 this summer
of ‘Sports Development’ a newsletter
for sporting people with a disability.
Contact the Community Services
Dept, County Hall, Glenfield on
0116 2657130 for further information.
Sunday 26th June.
An event, including swimming, for
anyone under 16 from primary
schools, senior schools and special
schools, mainly involving school team
nominations and/or club nominations,
to be held at Burleigh College
There are other activities worth
mentioning such as the new research
and training centre to promote disability
sport which is to be centred in
Loughborough. Further information is
available from the Sports Dept. for
Disabled People, Community Services
Dept - details as above
This is to be held at Donnington Park on
7th 8th & 9th July and is strongly
recommended for anyone wishing to find
out more about equipment and facilities
available. It has both an extensive
exhibition under cover and an active
outdoor section, staffed by the experts,
well organised with free entry.The huge
car parks are adjacent and there is a well
organised service of wheelchair
accessible buses that transport visitors
to the exhibition hall.
Thursday 7th July is National Young
Persons Day when special events are
being organised for young people with a
mobility problem, with many fun events
being listed for them.
Details on website:
tel: 0870 7703222.
Apologies are offered to organisations
which have been omitted. It is hoped
that they will make contact so they can
be included in the next issue.Also,
whether you have a disability or not,
please make suggestions in your Parish
Plan questionnaire, or contact:
tel: 01509 414273.
In part 2 - information on shopmobility,
transport, the National Trust.
PC Health and
In the second of this regular advice column, Ian Knowles looks at how to
safeguard precious & irreplaceable data
There can be more value to data than just financial; what about those precious digital
photos of the wedding, first-born grandchild or baby's first steps, the once in a lifetime
holiday in paradise? If your computer hard drive fails, they could be lost forever.Then
there are your emails and address book, possibly these days you might have your entire
music collection stored on computer.
Backing up computer data is usually associated with businesses backing up the accounts
and payroll etc., but what about the home user? How many people keep track of their
finances, schoolwork, letters, invoices and receipts on a home computer, especially if
To start, organise your data files, into a logical series of folders with names that make
them easy to find, especially if the family share a computer.
Once you have organised your files how do you go about backing them up?
In the past, tapes drives were the only devices available and still are today but they are
expensive and relatively impractical for the home user.
Today's most common and cost effective solution is the writable CD. Up to 700Mb of
data can be stored on a single compact disc (the equivalent of more than 485 floppy
disks). If you use re-writable CD's (CDRW), you can format the discs using a packet
writing program such as InCD, which allows you to drag and drop files onto a CD as if
it was a big floppy disk using Microsoft® Windows Explorer and Backup. Standard
writable CD's (CDR) need a separate program such as Ahead Nero® or Roxio® Easy
CD Creator®.You can use Windows XP's built in CD writing facility if you prefer.
If you have files larger than 700Mb, you might want to consider backing up to DVD, as
with CD's, writable and re-writable forms are available, with capacity from 4.7Gb single
layer discs, up to 8.5Gb double layer discs. Recording speeds and capacities are
increasing all the time as the technology improves.
For very large backups, e.g. complete hard drives, the Universal Serial Bus standard
provides a convenient method to connect external storage for data transfer and backup.
External USB hard disk drives are available in capacities from 40Gb up to 1.6 Terabytes.
Another medium is the USB flash drive, available in capacities from 64Mb up to 2GB, all
you need do is plug it into a USB socket on your PC and you have an extra removable
drive.These are available in capacity from 64Mb up to 2Gb, not so cost effective as CDs
but ideal for short-term backup or transferring files between computers or to
compatible devices such as MP3 players.
Whatever backup method you choose, remember to do it regularly.
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