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UK’s Most Successful Property Tycoons

by Greg on October 16, 2017
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Most people are curious to know more about the rich and powerful of the world. Here’s an infographic from ABC Finance Limited that will shed some light on the most successful property tycoons of the UK.

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The Perks of Staying in a Serviced Apartment on Your Next Vacation

by Greg on August 5, 2016
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The one thing that travelers look for when they are away from home is exactly that, a home. It’s not enough that a hotel has a bed and shower. Travelers, whether on business or short vacation, look for other amenities so that they can make the most of their short term stay. They want the […]

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Stormy Australia Infographic

by Greg on October 9, 2015
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Australia can experience a range of ‘natural disasters’ including bushfires, floods, severe storms, earthquakes and landslides. These events cause great financial hardship for individuals and communities, and can result in loss of life. This information by Half Price will help you better understand those disasters and how to deal with them.

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Simple ways to transform your garden this Christmas

by Greg on October 27, 2014
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These are top tips from Jason Hodges and Adbri Masonry With Christmas just around the corner, it’s the perfect time to get your outdoor area ready for family and friends to enjoy. The holiday break provides a great opportunity to tackle all those jobs you’ve been meaning to do and give your outdoor area a […]

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How to Safeguard Your Home Against Flooding

by Greg on August 17, 2013
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Contrary to what most people think, the risk of serious flooding is present all year round, in wet or dry seasons. According to www.abs.gov.au, the frequency of rain days (defined as days when 0.2 mm or more of rainfall is recorded in a 24-hour period) is greatest near the southern Australian coast, exceeding 150 rain […]

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The Block: bathrooms where the ‘wow factor’ replaced practicality and common sense

by Chris Lang on March 4, 2013
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If you watched “The Block All Stars” during the “bathroom week”, you’ll know what I’m talking about. For those unfamiliar with “The Block”, it’s a television show about home renovation where people compete for the best-looking reno project. They are given an unbelievable amount of work and unrealistic time constraints and have to do their […]

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Five of the most popular kitchen worktops – the pros and cons

by Greg on February 26, 2013
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Picking the right worktop can greatly enhance the look of your kitchen, but the lack of a ‘must-have’ surface means choosing the best one can be hard. As with most areas of interior design it comes down to your very own preference, although the ‘right’ surfaces often have a few common themes. Ideally your own worktop should be scratch proof to avoid a pricey […]

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Serviced Apartments

by Greg on June 28, 2012
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Whether you are traveling for vacation or work, why always stay in a hotel or B&B? Why not look at the option of booking a serviced apartment? If you were not aware of this type of accommodation then here is a brief overview. Serviced apartments can be rented for short or long stay by tourists […]

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Dealing with unwelcome guests in your house (part 2)

by Chris Lang on April 22, 2009
Dealing with unwelcome guests in your house (part 2)

Let’s get it over with – here is the rest of my spiders list with pictures, descriptions, symptoms, and treatment.

With this list you can stop living in fear, because it tells you exactly what you’re dealing with. Sorry, little spiders, you don’t have the advantage of surprise any more!

Still, some ugly pictures lay ahead so don’t say I didn’t warn you and proceed at your own risk :)

Brown house spiderBrown House Spider

Usually found in dark places: cupboards, inside or under furniture, in sheds. It has a small brown body (4 – 10mm) with tiny white spots and long legs.

Symptoms if bites

Headache, nausea, small blisters around the bite site. Not deadly.

Redback spider
Redback Spider
All the other spiders look scarier than this little creature and yet it is the one you should really watch out for. The females can easily recognized by the red “hourglass” on their rear ends, whereas males have the same shape of marking, only white. The females are twice as large as the males; their body size is 10mm vs. 4mm in males.

Unfortunately these spiders like living close to us, humans, which is why we should be very careful when moving rubbish bins or old containers, sitting on the steps of our verandas or using outdoor toilets – always look under the seat. Personally, I always wear gloves for gardening or if I have to touch anything that’s been sitting outside for a while.

Symptoms if bites

Bad news – this spider is deadly. Good news – there is antivenene in every hospital, you just need to get there quickly. The symptoms are sharp pain, sweating, loss of coordination, vomiting. The bite site becomes red and swollen and in five minutes the pain increases significantly and spreads all over, the person gets very thirsty.

Treatment

Get to the closest hospital as soon as possible or call an ambulance.

Daddy Long Leg
Daddy Long Legs Spider
This is the most common spider and I have 5 of them living in my house at this very moment. I don’t do anything about those little guys for one reason – they kill and eat Redbacks! Which is why I think of them as guardians rather than intruders. On contrary to what many people will tell you, they are not venomous and present no danger to humans.

Daddy Long Leg are harmless, live in dark corners of a house, under the ceiling, behind doors or in cupboards. They have extremely long slender legs and smallish body and don’t look scary at all. If I could pick a “favorite” spider, it’d be Daddy Long Leg :)

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What is RSS feed, why and how to subscribe

by Chris Lang on August 23, 2007
What is RSS feed, why and how to subscribe

All you need to know about RSS (Really Simple Syndication) is that it’s a feature of a website that allows you to read articles from that website without having to visit it every time.

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Comfort of your home

by Chris Lang on April 20, 2007
Comfort of your home

When we say “home”, we mean the dearest to our heart place, the one that we value more than anything. It is a home where we grew up or our kids are growing up, or a place we’re growing old in.

But this article is about a new home for a new family. When anyone decides to build his own home, the first specialist to see would be an architect.

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