Category Archives: Self-help

Cheap 48x magnifier with large screen for visually impaired

UPDATE, May 2017. I have been commissioned to make another of the items described below. This one will involve a table-top box, on which the TV will sit, and to which the arm holding the video camera will be attached. … Continue reading

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Audio books for the visually impaired: cheap alternative to special MP3-player

Introduction: two projects to help the visually impaired This is the first of two posts on projects to help the visually impaired, motivated by the desire to assist an elderly relative with macular degeneration who is not computer-literate. Anything to help … Continue reading

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Applying for a university course? New service offered: help with your personal statement.

I recently realised that I had helped several people with their UCAS personal statements (i.e. statements of motivation for entrance into UK universities) in the last couple of years. All seemed pleased with what I did. It occurred to me … Continue reading

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‘Boiled frog’ relationships – are you in one?

UPDATE 22 February 2017. This article is one of the most popular I have ever written and continues to receive many hits, so I want to add useful additional information as I come across it, such as this excellent piece … Continue reading

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Mistrust, ants and liver flukes: a lesson I should have learned by now!

I am writing this as a note to myself as much as anything. They say that lessons keep repeating themselves until you have learnt from them. I don’t want certain lessons to be repeated. The parasite that takes control of … Continue reading

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Not BOGOF but DOGOF. Not multi-tasking but multi-purposing!

Bog off, BOGOF! We are all familiar with supermarket BOGOF offers (Buy One, Get One Free). These cunning ploys entice us into buying more and wasting more, and no doubt contribute to the 50% of food that is estimated to be … Continue reading

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Become a ‘possibilitarian’ for a better world with the Random Idea Generator!

Contents • Background (Skip this if you’re impatient or short of time!) • How to use the Random Idea Generator • Ideas for taking this further – I need your help! Background Crisis – what to do? I believe that … Continue reading

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