Saturday, 28 June 2014

Hostility Towards Travellers?

I was asked on social media, "If I was made homeless, and had no other option but to live in my caravan, would I face the same hostility toward me as the travellers that we see in the town? Would I be treated any differently?"

I replied, My observation is that hostility is greatest the closer the travellers are housed to residents. The hostility rises in proportion to any associated anti-social behaviour, such as urinating in public, the greater the perceived sound of the travellers generator, and the correlation of local minor crime to the arrival of the traveller. So, if you were to lose your house and take to the caravan, take care where you park, toilet, and keep away from areas likely to be affected by crime and you'll minimise the danger of being an outcast.

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Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Another Petrol Station in Houghton Regis? Oh No!

According to Twitter, this post of mine got the most attention this week.

I do wish developers would consider the future. The number of homes in Houghton Regis is set to double. New people will need furnishings and current people need household goods. While Poundstretcher serves this type of product, in Bedford Square, with smaller shops offering bits and bobs, more retail choice is needed locally. The nearest B&M store is in Luton, 4 miles away.


18 Ways to Do Better Googling

Enter these in the Google Search box

1. DEFINE

Define: word
Use this to find definitions.

2. EXACT QUOTE

"word word word"
Quotation marks get you the exact quote.

3. REDUCE NUMBER OF RESULTS

word -noun
Finds references to word and not noun

4. GET A PRICE RANGE

clock £10..£12
Finds clocks on sale between two prices.

5. SEARCH A WEB SITE

site:hrnd.co.uk bypass
Finds references on HRND.co.uk to bypass

6. USE A WILD CARD

nelly the * packed her *
searches for something using * as a wildcard

7. LOOK FOR A FILETYPE

building bypass filetype:ppt
looks for a powerpoint presentation about building bypass

8. TIMER

set timer for 10 seconds
pick a time of your choosing. Timer can go full screen and can even beep

9. MATHS

(20% x 100) + 34+67/36
pops up a Calculator and shows the result.

10. EXCHANGE RATE

pound to euro

11. ANIMATED GIFS

red frog
type the search term, click "Images", click on "search tools", click on "Type", click on "Animated".

12. TITLES

intitle:bypass
locates articles with search term in the title

13. BARREL ROLL

do a barrel roll

14. TIME

time in alanya
gives you the time in Alanya city, Turkey

15. TRANSLATE

translate chicken to turkish
gives you the Turkish word for chicken

16. FLIGHTS

BA 335
gives you flight times

17. FILMS
films houghton regis
gives you list of films to see near town given

18. WEATHER FORECAST

houghton regis forecast
gives you forecast for given town