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Desperate young mum raises deposit to buy her first home

Fran, of Bath, Somerset, said she was delighted to buy the house – but is now living in an “empty shell” after selling everything.

She said: “It came to that time when I needed to buy my own house, I’ve always wanted to own a home, I want to provide a bit of stability.

“But I realised I couldn’t really afford it unless I sold my own stuff for a deposit. I’m one of those people that once I set my mind to it I will do whatever it takes to get there.

“If I have to sacrifice those things then I will. I sold everything I owned, from my motorbike, sofa, clothes and shoes. I even sold creams and oils I haven’t used.

“I have sold whatever there is you can sell, you wouldn’t believe it. I had friends messaging me asking if I was selling my whole life.

“I’m over the moon to have finally done it, but I’ve been left in a bit of an empty shell now. I’ve got a mattress on the floor and my daughter’s got her bed and that’s about it.”

Fran decided to sell her possessions in January this year after she worked out she could halve her monthly outgoings if she bought a house.

She currently pays £900-a-month in rent, with bills on top, and calculated that mortgage payments would be much less.

The enterprising mum used free internet sites such as Facebook and Gumtree, as well as car boot sales, to advertise her stuff.

She sold many of her items to complete strangers and managed to negotiate prices with fellow tenants for white goods like her fridge-freezer and dishwasher.

Fran also parted with many of her prized possessions, including precious jewellery and ornaments, and sold most of her vast collection of shoes.

She sold each of her 30 pairs for £10,Enjoy the greatest selection ever of stainless steel pendant.Shop the best selection of men’s stainless steel ring. and raised £300 towards her total.

Fran, a software engineer, even retrained as a beautician so she could work evenings and weekends.

She said: “The way I see it is I pay £900 a month on rent with bills on top and if I move into a house my mortgage would be half of that.

“At the moment things are really tight because we are paying and saving, when we move into our new house we will have so much more money.

“I can start enjoying days out and holidays and stuff. I can start enjoying life with my daughter again. She has sacrificed so much.

“I sold my clothes, stuff I don’t wear anymore. For years I haven’t changed size so I sold what I didn’t wear. I got quite a lot for them and I’m still selling some.

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“The only downside is that I didn’t get half as much as what they were worth but you just want to make sure you can get what you can.”

Fran recently queued up with her mum for 20 hours at Silcox Son and Wicks, in Bath, during a recent sale, to buy some new furniture.

She managed to buy a bed, worth £750, for just £200, and a sofa, worth £1,000, for a mere £500.

Fran added: “I have managed to still save money, I sold my sofa for £700 and bought another one for £500, I’ve got £200 in my pocket still.

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In an interview with Current Archaeology

Archaeologist Mick Aston, who played a key role in developing the Time Team series for British television, has died.

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“It is with a very heavy heart that we have been informed this evening that our dear friend and colleague Mick Aston has passed away,” the entry said.

First aired in 1994, the series uncovered some remarkable finds, including skeletons of monks beneath Westminster Abbey and gold jewellery from Anglo-Saxon times.

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Aston quit last year, describing an attempt to revamp the show as “dumbing down”.

Time Team was praised for boosting the popularity of archaeology in Britain, but some academics and professionals had misgivings, suggesting the series presented an inaccurate picture of field archaeology.

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“Archaeology is not essential. It isn’t something that we need … We need to make people realise how interesting it is, and we succeeded,” he said.

Despite the size of Time Team’s audience, the archaeological world never really ran with it, Aston said.

He feared he had not left a legacy. “There’ll be no legacy because the profession never picked up on it – cashed in, if you like – and developed what we did with Time Team.” DELHI – tudents at Our Lady of LaSalette were recently recognized for their writing skills by the Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association.

“We enjoy putting on a contest each year to encourage children to get involved in writing,Enjoy the greatest selection ever of stainless steel pendant.” said Len McDonald, unit president of the Brant, Haldimand, Norfolk OECTA. “It is a real bonus that a few of the students met some success.”

A number of students at the school entered into OECTA’s Young Authors competition and four students won at the local level for Brant, Haldimand and Norfolk. Taylor Opersko, Grade 4, and Zachary Mels, Grade 6, were recognized locally for their poems about horses and a cross in a battle field while Carter Dwornikiewicz, Grade 2, and Abby Springham, Grade 4, won at both the local and provincial levels.

Dwornikiewicz said he was “happy” he won and thought his poem was picked because, “I had a lot of good rhymes in it and I didn’t really hurt my sisters feelings because of the ending,” he said.

Springham won for her non-fiction piece about the London Children’s Hospital.

“I wrote about it because my brother has cancer,” she said. “I wrote about the different programs at the hospital and what they do, so people are aware of what cancer is and what the hospital does.”

Springham tells the reader about a clown named Ollie who makes children laugh, and once trapped her mom in the bathroom. She also talks about some of the programs at the hospital including the Child Life program, Bravery Beads and art therapy.

Springham said she was happy her essay won and also happy because her brother is doing much better now.

Dwornikiewicz and Springham’s work was published in a booklet with the other provincial winners.
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The Celestine Home Adaptations Centre in Yate, is a joint initiative between Merlin Housing Society, whose property the new centre is in, and West of England Care & Repair, with funding provided by South Gloucestershire Council.Shop the best selection of men’s stainless steel ring. It features a wet room, adapted kitchen and stair lift, all within a normal three-bedroomed home.

Karen Butler said: “I know that many people want to be able to stay living in their own home, and the right adaptations can make all the difference. I hope that this new centre will give people the help and support they need to maintain their independence.”

The Celestine Centre is designed to allow older visitors, and disabled people of all ages, to try out and choose bathroom, kitchen and sleeping equipment which meets their individual needs. The garden also includes a children’s play area with anti-climb fencing, safe play rubber chippings and raised flower beds – both house and garden are fully wheelchair accessible.

Darryl Smith, Independent Service Manager at Merlin, said: “We’re committed to helping residents remain independent in their home and by adapting one of our properties we hope to demonstrate how you can make your own home easier and safer to live in. The Celestine Centre provides residents with more information about what adaptations might benefit them in their home.”

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Installations illustrating a number of bathing and showering solutions are also on display some, such as the wet room wheelchair accessible bathroom are fully functional. Other displays feature some of the best products available from leading suppliers in accessible bathing equipment such as AKW Medicare, Impey Showers, Phlexicare and Mira and will help to illustrate alternative and attractive bathing and toileting solutions.

There is plenty of state of the art gadgetry to see including a motorised remote controlled window sash opener and curtain and roller blind operators. The front entrance door is fitted with a ‘SmartBell’ door bell which allows the occupant to communicate with callers using their mobile phone and can be opened using a remote control or a key pad.

A wireless alarm control system has also been installed and provides protection against burglary, fire and tampering. In addition it can be used to control lights and electrical appliances within the house and to monitor the activity of disabled or elderly people left at home. Information is presented visually or verbally and voice prompts can help the user to take the correct actions. Wireless add-ons include cameras, emergency pendant alarms, smoke detectors, temperature detectors, motion detectors, flood and gas detectors and more. All this is accessible via the internet to a laptop or smart phone.

The centre is open by appointment only via Merlin’s aids and adaptations team, WE Care & Repair or from local occupational therapists.

Palestinians oppose Jewish worship at the vast stone plaza overlooking Judaism’s Western Wall as a potential threat to access for Muslims.

Aware of the volatile mix of politics and religion, Israel has largely stymied such prayer for 46 years by having its police prevent Jewish worship at the site on grounds it could cause a public disturbance.

Palestinian concerns have been heightened, however, by the fact that allies of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are among the most vocal advocates of Jewish prayer at the 35-acre site that is revered by Jews as the Temple Mount and by Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary.

This month alone, Israeli police have hauled away half a dozen Israelis from the site. A Jewish Israeli and an Arab citizen were held in connection with a brawl that injured a Muslim official and four other Jewish men were detained for prostrating themselves on the holy ground.Our Home power monitor and energy saving devices help reduce energy.Find great deals on eBay for stainless steel bracelet Bracelet in Fashion Jewelry Bracelets.

Several other Israelis have been questioned in the past two months for trying to pray at the compound during police-escorted sightseeing tours. A lamb was seized from another Israeli who had plans to slaughter it in ritual sacrifice.

Israeli police accompany most visitors to the compound, where escorted tours are held frequently. They cross a wooden bridge to a gate where plastic police shields and other riot-control gear are stored, a ready display of how quickly the otherwise serene atmosphere can sometimes go awry.Enjoy the greatest selection ever of stainless steel pendant.

Visitors are closely watched by both the police and the Muslim religious officials of the Waqf who administer the compound and keep an eye out to make sure no Jewish worship takes place. Anyone wearing Jewish religious garb is generally kept away from the Islamic holy tract.

At the compound, one group of visitors walked past al-Aqsa, drawing shouting from Muslim women sitting in the shade of tree and from Palestinian children attending a day camp. They ignored the catcalls and continued deeper into the plaza.
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Over the past several weeks, as news spread about his deteriorating health, Nelson Mandela’s legacy of struggle and freedom has again been considered by his heirs throughout the world. It — and we — will well outlast his 94 years of life.

Often called the “father of the Rainbow Nation,” Madiba,Uline stocks a wide selection of double sided tape. as he is known in South Africa, has come to be revered by his fellow countrymen, and by the international community.

Mr. Mandela led the movement to end the apartheid in South Africa. And he did so from prison — for 27 years.

During the 1960s,Find great deals on Mens Surgical stainless steel earring, Mr. Mandela was part of a political party — the African National Congress — that desired the government to end the brutal segregation that defined his home.

Having views contrary to the government’s at the time led Mr. Mandela to being arrested on counts of several charges, including sabotage.

During the more than quarter-century that he was imprisoned, he became a symbol for the blacks of the nation and would become one for people of other colors throughout the world.

Often spoken of in the same breath as Martin Luther King Jr. and Mohandas Gandhi, Mr. Mandela had to choose a less peaceful path than the other two leaders — one that included violence, said Anna Faul, a social work professor at the University of Louisville, who lived in South Africa for 40 years.

Initially, Mr. Mandela encouraged peaceful and non-violent demonstrations, but he later came to support armed struggle with the government.

At one point while in prison, he was offered release if he would renounce the armed struggle. Mr. Mandela refused.

Later, he recalled saying to his oppressors, “You started violence — our violence is a defense.”

Only a man of principle would stand by his convictions and choose to remain in hellish conditions instead of compromising his beliefs for an easier path that included release.

And only a deeply moral man could — after being released from prison — offer complete forgiveness to the people who had imprisoned him and spur South Africa toward reconciliation.

In the lingering twilight of the summer solstice weekend, The Spin sipped and mingled in The Stone Fox’s backyard garden, feeling a bit like a denizen of Harper Lee’s Maycomb in the collar-wilting heat. As showtime neared, we found a spot inside, cheek to cheek amid the sold-out crowd. The kitchen was closed per Jonathan Richman’s request, and the AC was shut off, leaving us to bask in the heat of a couple hundred bodies. Ordinarily, this might have miffed us a bit, but we were willing to play along, as The Spin has never had any qualms with watching a Richman set.

Soon, the lights dimmed from their already mood-enhancing level, and Richman and longtime percussion collaborator Tommy Larkins appeared at a side entrance, greeted by thunderous applause. From the second Richman sang a greeting, we were no longer in a West Side restaurant. He took a quick spin around his half of the stage, Larkins laid down a cool Latin rhythm,Find great deals on Mens Surgical stainless steel earring, and with the first lines of “That Summer Feeling,” we were taken straight to a Beat Era nightclub of Richman’s imagination.

As Larkins followed every nuance with telepathic grace, Richman remained a body in motion, dancing a perpetual wiry flamenco, moving his guitar around his microphone to change its tone, striking poses like an ancient fresco. Nothing struck us as particularly childlike about this show; sticking mostly to his catalog from the past 10 years, Richman told stories and expounded on philosophical meditations using an adult’s elevated language, and occasionally, other languages — Spanish, French and Italian — but never becoming pedantic. Verses were determined by the flow of the narration, not by any mathematical construct. Sometimes they were strung together between choruses, peppered with asides and anecdotes in a range of voices recalling Andy Kaufman or Robin Williams on the standup circuit. During Richman’s impressive but tastefully restrained solos, he stared into space, the screens open,The smart card has a memory chip embedded in it that, channeling instructions from somewhere else.

What really sealed the deal was the total joy pouring out of his performance. Richman’s hero, Lou Reed, may be lauded for his cool appraisal of everything he surveys, but Richman’s power came from his apparent firm belief in and excitement about everything he sings. As one of several familiar faces we saw put it, “If you don’t like what he’s doing, you’re going to like it by the time he’s done.” He made eye contact with just about everyone in the room, and commanded us to keep the beat while he and Larkins took turns soloing — it was more crowd participation than ever we’ve seen at a Richman show, and we’ve seen our share. Each song flowed into the next like the beads of sweat on the backs of our necks. During “I Was Dancing in the Lesbian Bar,” he told the story with his whole body, showing off both the lame dances from the first bar and the liberated moves from the sapphic hangout featured later in the song, all without missing a beat. “You can take photos and do weird shit if you want to,” he scolded, “but don’t get in the way of your fellow festificants.we offer the world’s best selling Home energy monitor solutions.”

After hearing of beauty raw and wild, mystery not of high heels and eye shadow, the glory of the moon, and a museum guard’s perspective on the work of Vermeer, the sobering advice of “When We Refuse to Suffer” didn’t feel like such a bitter pill. Perfectly in sync with our narrator, we could taste how much the sweet was made sweeter by the sour, despite a personal interjection from some fan who was maybe feeling a little too at home. The mosquito bites, the warm walks home and the occasional fast — these are the things that give us character, Richman told us. With a quick chorus of “Arrivederci, Roma,” Richman took his bow and made a beeline for the front door and the warm cloak of the night.
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There’s nothing quite like an Origin decider and the 2006 series produced one of the most dramatic and consequential tie-breaks of them all. With New South Wales having established a three-year stranglehold on the series it all came down to the wire in game three.

In game one New South Wales had won 17-16 following a field goal from Brett Finch, a man who had been the last on a long list of halfbacks the Blues hierarchy tried to call upon. In response, Queensland came out with merciless intent in game two, storming to a 30-6 victory in front of their home crowd on the back of Darren Lockyer’s man of the match efforts. For the first time in Origin history the decider was to be played on neutral territory at the Telstra Dome in Melbourne.

With the Maroons staring down the barrel of their fourth straight series loss, there was more than state pride at stake for Queensland, whose efforts in the preceding years had brought them pain and humiliation at the hands of their arch-rivals. Following a string of contentious video referral decisions, the Maroons found themselves down 14-4, hopelessly out of contention and looking like being the first team in Origin history to lose four series in a row.

But at the 71st minute mark Queensland halfback Johnathan Thurston dished off to Brent Tate who crossed for an ice-breaking try that breathed new life into the game. New South Wales would still look to control the closing minutes, but at least Queensland were in with a shot following Clinton Schifcofske’s conversion. Then the unthinkable occurred when a loose pass from Blues fullback Brett Hodgson was intercepted by Lockyer who burst across the line to Ray Warren’s cries of “They won’t take that off him,we offer the world’s best selling Home energy monitor solutions. they can’t take that off him!”. With Schifcofske’s conversion on target from dead in front, the Maroons were home in thrilling fashion.
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It would prove to be a Sliding Doors moment, replayed over and over in the heads of New South Wales players and supporters alike. Lockyer’s moment of inspiration set the wheels in motion for a period of Queensland success unheard of in Origin history; a moment of madness that has led to over half a decade of dominance.

A wedding at the Ojai Valley Inn ended with a spectacular fireworks display, with the approval of the Ventura County Fire Department and Ojai City Council. But some residents were caught off guard.

“You don’t really expect a fireworks show in Ojai unless it’s the Fourth of July,” said Hall, who thought a shed full of fireworks for next week’s holiday was accidentally set off. Not until he climbed on his roof did he figure out what was happening about 10 miles away.

He said the fireworks started about 9:30 p.m. and lasted for 10 minutes.

“I didn’t hear that anybody knew about it,” Hall said. “I just know people in Ojai that were not pleased.The smart card has a memory chip embedded in it that,”

He said the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office could have sent out an alert to warn residents about the loud noises.

Ojai City Manager Robert Clark said the city received at least two complaints about the surprise display.

“Didn’t realize it would cause such outside commotion,” Clark said. “We thought it would be a smaller event.”

He said the inn did not have to tell residents about its first fireworks event but that there may be a requirement in the future.

“We probably should have (notified residents), but we didn’t,” Clark said. “I don’t think there is going to be a next time,Find great deals on Mens Surgical stainless steel earring, so I think we learned a lesson.”

Capt. Mike Lindbery, a spokesman for the Ventura County Fire Department, said the interested party must file a temporary-use permit with the city where the event is scheduled. The Fire Department then has to approve the event providing that the area is free of fire danger.
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