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June 12 2015

tommieglpy

Straight Forward Ways To Make Your House Eco Friendly

Lots of people nowadays are trying to live much greener lives by being kind to the environment, and you can apply these principals to your home. When trying to think of ways to make your home look and feel better you will probably come across eco friendly ideas, as they tend to be the best. In this article we'll be looking at some green ways to make improvements to your home.

Whilst considering what improvements you might make to your home, please take a few minutes to consider some important safety factors. Make sure that your home has a sensible number of WORKING and REGULARLY TESTED smoke alarms fitted. If you are doing construction work within your home then why not take the opportunity to fit properly constructed fire doors on landings, kitchens etc. Modern fire doors have many great designs including glazed and semi-glazed models but much more importantly they all give at least 30 minutes protection from fire and smoke, giving anybody inside the house sufficient time to escape to safety.

Even before it became trendy to be environmentally aware, most people knew that insulation was the key to keeping your home warm and energy efficient. That part hasn't altered but now with the oil and electricity costs skyrocketing it is imperative that we are aware of this. It is possible to lose 50% of the heat in your home if the ceiling and walls aren't insulated enough. Prior to putting in insulation, be knowledgeable of what the measurement or "R value" of the insulation is. nullBe attentive to areas where the warmth can leave and cold can have access like space that surrounds your door. To seal off the drafts, use draft excluders as they can be helpful when made out of virtually any warm material, even clothes meant for the trash!

Your roof is worth a thought when remodeling your home. Energy efficient metal roofs are worth considering if you're planning on repairing your roof or getting a new one. This is because they can reflect the heat from below, which means the room won't lose heat so you'll save money. Or you could paint your roof with reflective paints. This is a good option for keeping your home cooler during the hot months. In general, your roof is an important part of the insulation of your home, so if it's not in top condition, it's one of the first tasks you should address.

A person can create improvements in their home that are eco-friendly in any room, bedrooms included. Your choice in mattresses, case in point, could be designed from organic latex or other natural materials. Also, materials for the bed are available that are chemically free which you can choose. A harmful chemical to the environment is formaldehyde and numerous typical bed materials contain it. People who struggle with sensitivity may find that when their mattresses, sheets and blankets are made of all natural materials, they sleep better. Making eco-friendly choices can be better for your family's health and for yours. Of course, you can also make the other elements of your bedroom green, from the floor and carpet to the paint on the walls. Ideas to make your home greener are reasonably easy to get implemented. Making decisions that are both efficient and green is the mindset you need to be in. And remember, you really do not need to change everything in your home in one go; do your makeover room by room.
tommieglpy

Some Thoughts On Green Home Improvement Jobs

nullPeople are certainly thinking about how they can help the environment by living greener and you can use these ideas for home improvement as well. When trying to think of ways to make your home look and feel better you will probably come across eco friendly ideas, as they tend to be the best. Below are a number of green ideas for improving the look and feel of your home.

Whilst considering what improvements you might make to your home, please take a few minutes to consider some important safety factors. Make sure that your home has a sensible number of WORKING and REGULARLY TESTED smoke alarms fitted. If you are doing construction work within your home then why not take the opportunity to fit properly constructed fire doors on landings, kitchens etc. Modern fire doors have many great designs including glazed and semi-glazed models but much more importantly they all give at least 30 minutes protection from fire and smoke, giving anybody inside the house sufficient time to escape to safety.

Most of the time people will address their kitchen first when they want to remodel their home. There are many green options to choose from in the kitchen, for example your appliances and the worktops you use. When deciding on which material to use for your countertops you should consider something that's both natural and local, like porcelain tiles or stone, so that you can make a choice that?s green. You should also take a look at all of your kitchen appliances and make sure they're up to date when it comes to energy efficiency. Take a look for the Energy Star logo to see whether or not it's efficient. Most new ones will have it.

You might think about bamboo or cork floors taking the place of your current flooring as they are "green", assuming that you are considering a replacement. Bamboo is similar to many more traditional wood floors, but it's considered more environmentally friendly because bamboo is not endangered as many other types of wood are. Providing you with good insulation is cork flooring, and this can be very pretty as well. Cork trees don't need to be chopped down since only the bark is used which is an advantage to the environment. Alternatively, stone or ceramic tiled flooring are green and another option. If you prefer carpeting, this can be environmentally friendly as well which means they are better for you. Rugs that are created using natural fibers are less probably to stir up problems with your allergies.

Because conventional power prices are increasing many people are looking at alternative energy, like solar energy and wind power. Making your home more energy efficient is a lot easier when using these natural and renewable energy sources. You can either buy DIY kits to install solar panels, or you could get in a professional. Depending on where you are you may have many options when it comes to wind turbines. Wind turbines and solar panels are worth the investment if you're very serious about making your house environmentally friendly.

When you make up your mind to make greener choices for home improvement, you realize that it's not so difficult. You'll be able to lower your monthly costs and you will be more independent, so in those ways you will be better off. You may have to make an initial investment for solar panels or insulation though. In the long run you will definitely get your money's worth from environmentally friendly investments.

April 14 2015

tommieglpy

Princess and Alf; a Staffy/JRT play session!

We set up a social session and play date with Princess the Staffy and Alf the Jack Russel Terrier up at the rescue. Both dogs looked to have pretty good social skills and a positive outlook of life so we all set off for a walk in the countryside together so they could relax and explore with each other (a great way for dogs to bond).  It didn't take them long to relax with each other so we headed back to the rescue so they could be let offlead to interact.  They showed great trust in each other straight away and got straight down to play fighting terrier style! They made the most of the limited space we had to work in and never once needed me to step in and guide them.

Not long after this session both dogs found their forever homes and will hopefully go on to be great ambassadors for their breeds, as once again, these dogs smash any bad reputation either breed sometimes suffers from. All they are is how they act; happy, positive and friendly dogs!

Whilst there are some basic rehoming requirements, they are standards rather of blanket policies. We attempt to be versatile to match the needs of the individual canine and the viability of your home supplied. Each pet dog will definitely have its own specific requirements for a new home and this will be detailed in their rehoming details. Click the following link for more information on Hungarian Vizsla

Allowing dogs to spend time interacting offlead is important whilst they are staying in rescue because it gives them a chance to practice their social skills and hopefully learn some new ones!

Adam - K999.org

http://www.ncar.org.uk/princess-and-alf-a-staffyjrt-play-session/
tommieglpy

Princess and Alf; a Staffy/JRT play session!

We set up a social session and play date with Princess the Staffy and Alf the Jack Russel Terrier up at the rescue. Both dogs looked to have pretty good social skills and a positive outlook of life so we all set off for a walk in the countryside together so they could relax and explore with each other (a great way for dogs to bond).  It didn't take them long to relax with each other so we headed back to the rescue so they could be let offlead to interact.  They showed great trust in each other straight away and got straight down to play fighting terrier style! They made the most of the limited space we had to work in and never once needed me to step in and guide them.

Not long after this session both dogs found their forever homes and will hopefully go on to be great ambassadors for their breeds, as once again, these dogs smash any bad reputation either breed sometimes suffers from. All they are is how they act; happy, positive and friendly dogs!

Whilst there are some basic rehoming requirements, they are standards rather of blanket policies. We attempt to be versatile to match the needs of the individual canine and the viability of your home supplied. Each pet dog will definitely have its own specific requirements for a new home and this will be detailed in their rehoming details. Click the following link for more information on Hungarian Vizsla

Allowing dogs to spend time interacting offlead is important whilst they are staying in rescue because it gives them a chance to practice their social skills and hopefully learn some new ones!

Adam - K999.org

http://www.ncar.org.uk/princess-and-alf-a-staffyjrt-play-session/
tommieglpy

Jim Mellon: Now is the time for Britons to buy European property

Entrepreneur and investor Jim Mellon has reportedly amassed a fortune of £850m by making the right calls and identifying various key trends or "money fountains".

He built his reputation after making spectacular amounts during Russia's transformation in the 1990s and more recently has seen his bold views on biotech pay off. Sometimes called Britain's answer to Warren Buffett, he co-authored Cracking the Code three years ago, which correctly predicted biotech investments would take-off.

In a new series of video interviews with Telegraph Money, he shares his views on the best investments today, how he built his fortune and his worst investment mistakes.

Mr Mellon, who founded fund manager Charlemagne Capital in the Nineties and today has various interests including his own investment company Burnbrae, based in the Isle of Man, correctly called the slump in the euro a year ago ("my Jack Russell could have forecast the euro would fall") and explains why now is great time to buy property in northern Europe, and even Spain.

His calls don't always come on, having seen the value of his German property portfolio slide in the 2007/08 property crash.

The themes of his new book, Fast Forward, focus on how younger people can prepare for the quickening pace of disruption in the world, and how investors can profit.

- One country you haven't thought of - where your pound now goes 30pc further

- Why tomorrow's expats should choose Germany over Spain



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o Read a full interview with Jim Mellon in this Saturday's Daily Telegraph Your Money section. With interest rates stuck firmly in the gutter, people are searching elsewhere for opportunities to invest their savings. One popular opportunity is the buy-to-let market, you either get a mortgage on a property and then rent the property out, thus paying the mortgage. With property holding its value nicely, it's a technique that offers a degree of security whilst still returning decent returns on your investment. Sadly, its not without its pitfalls. The following link has some answers to questions such as Is Direct Line Landlord Insurance OK For Buy To Let Property.He will be speaking at the Master Investor Conference on Saturday April 25 masterinvestor.co.uk

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tommieglpy

Princess and Alf; a Staffy/JRT play session!

Whilst there are some basic rehoming requirements, they are guidelines instead of blanket policies. We attempt to be versatile to match the requirements of the individual dog and the suitability of our home supplied. Each canine will definitely have its own particular demands for a new house and this will be detailed in their rehoming details. Click the following link for more information on Nervous Puppy

We set up a social session and play date with Princess the Staffy and Alf the Jack Russel Terrier up at the rescue. Both dogs looked to have pretty good social skills and a positive outlook of life so we all set off for a walk in the countryside together so they could relax and explore with each other (a great way for dogs to bond).  It didn't take them long to relax with each other so we headed back to the rescue so they could be let offlead to interact.  They showed great trust in each other straight away and got straight down to play fighting terrier style! They made the most of the limited space we had to work in and never once needed me to step in and guide them.

Not long after this session both dogs found their forever homes and will hopefully go on to be great ambassadors for their breeds, as once again, these dogs smash any bad reputation either breed sometimes suffers from. All they are is how they act; happy, positive and friendly dogs!

Allowing dogs to spend time interacting offlead is important whilst they are staying in rescue because it gives them a chance to practice their social skills and hopefully learn some new ones!

Adam - K999.org

http://www.ncar.org.uk/princess-and-alf-a-staffyjrt-play-session/
tommieglpy

Jim Mellon: This stat tells you why London house prices are falling

Entrepreneur and investor Jim Mellon has amassed a reported fortune of £850m by making the right calls and identifying various key trends or "money fountains".

In the latest in a series of video interview, Mr Mellon, who said he is struggling to sell his own flat in London's West End, explains why he believes house prices in the capital are "definitely on the way down".

The most worrying statistic he cites is that there are 41,000 "units" being built in London over £1m but last year only 3,000 homes were sold for more than a million.

Jim Mellon built his reputation after making spectacular amounts during Russia's transformation in the 1990s and more recently has seen his bold views on biotech pay off. With interest rates stuck firmly in the gutter, investors are searching elsewhere for investment opportunities. One popular strategy is the rental property market, you or if you have the funds available you buy a property and then get an income from the rent. With property prices still rising, it's a technique offering a degree of security whilst still returning good returns on your investment. Sadly, its not without its pitfalls. The following link has some answers to questions such as Is Direct Line Landlord Insurance OK For Buy To Let Property.Sometimes called Britain's answer to Warren Buffett, he co-authored Cracking the Code three years ago, which correctly predicted biotech investments would take-off.

In a new series of video interviews with Telegraph Money, he shares his views on the best investments today, how he built his fortune and his worst investment mistakes.

Mr Mellon, who founded fund manager Charlemagne Capital in the Nineties and today has various interests including his own investment company Burnbrae, based in the Isle of Man, correctly called the slump in the euro a year ago.

He now feels it is great time to buy property in northern Europe, and even Spain.

His calls don't always come on, having seen the value of his German property portfolio slide in the 2007/08 property crash.

The themes of his new book, Fast Forward, focus on how younger people can prepare for the quickening pace of disruption in the world, and how investors can profit.

- One country you haven't thought of - where your pound now goes 30pc further

- Why tomorrow's expats should choose Germany over Spain



Jim Mellon at launch of Isle of Man Aircraft Register - VisualMedia

o Jim Mellon will be speaking at the Master Investor Conference on Saturday April 25 masterinvestor.co.uk

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tommieglpy

Happy Dog Caught On Camera Playing A Game With Himself

Here is a wonderful moment caught on camera by someone traveling in Kobe, Japan. He came upon the happy dog playing by himself and quickly whipped out his cell phone. The dog was with his owners and they were watching him play.

Whilst there are some essential rehoming requirements, they are guidelines instead of blanket policies. We try to be functional to match the requirements of the individual canine and the viability of your house provided. Each pet dog will certainly have its own specific demands for a new house and this will be detailed in their rehoming info. Click the following link for more information on http://www.nervousdog.co.uk/

The clever dog keeps picking up the ball and running upstream to drop it back into the water and then running back to catch it before it floats away. He's wagging his tail the whole time, never taking his eye off the ball and just totally enjoying his game.

dog playing by river

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Sydney's most expensive suburb racks up another record sale as recruitment queen Julia Ross sells Mediterranean-style home for more than $37 million

The Ville de Mare is located on Wolseley Road, Point Piper, known to many as Millionaire's row

The house is one of five this year which has sold in the picturesque suburb for more than $30 million

The five-bedroom palatial pad includes an infinity pool and offers views of Sydney Harbour from every corner

It was owned by Australian businesswoman Julie Ross who launched her own successful recruitment firm in 1988

She sold her remaining shares in 2011 and was estimated to have a network of $65 million according to BRW  

By Daniel Mills for Daily Mail Australia

Published: 12:18 GMT, 7 October 2014 | Updated: 13:30 GMT, 7 October 2014

A five-bedroom palatial pad once home to Australian recruitment queen Julia Ross has sold on Sydney's most expensive street for more than $37 million. 

The Mediterranean-inspired home in Point Piper, in the city's east, is Sydney's highest selling home this year surpassing four other properties on the same suburb which have cracked the $30 million mark.

Listing agents Bill Malouf of LJ Hooker Double Bay and Ken Jacobs of Christies International Real listed the Wolseley Road property on Millionaire's Row for a cool $40 million last month but would not speculate whether it reached that mark. 

The Mediterranean-style home was sold bought $21 million eight years ago but sold for almost twice the price last month

The price set a nationwide record for a non waterfront home and was the highest priced sale recorded so far in 2014

The Ville del Mare, on Wolseley Road, which boasts 270 degree views of the best harbour in Australia on possibly the nation's most desirable street

Both remain tight-lipped over the sale of the Ville del Mare, on Wolseley Road, which boasts 270 degree views of the best harbour in Australia on possibly the nation's most desirable street.

Ms Ross, who founded her own recruiting business Julia Ross recruitment in 1988 sold the ornate limestone Palazzo for close to double the $21.5 million price tag she paid for it back in 2005.

The price was the second highest paid for a house in Australia at the time, beaten only by the $28 million sale of the Altona which is also situated at Point Piper. With interest rates steadfastly refusing to rise, people are looking elsewhere for opportunities to invest their savings. One popular opportunity is the buy-to-let market, you or if you have the funds available you buy a property and then get an income from the rent. With property holding its value nicely, it's an opportunity offering a degree of security whilst still returning good returns on your investment. Sadly, you need to be aware of potential problems. The following link offers answers to questions such as Is Direct Line Landlord Insurance OK For Buy To Let Property.It sold for $52 million last year and remains Sydney's second most expensive sale.

The city's record house remains the nearby $53 million Villa Veneto pad paid for Sydney dentist and medical innovator David Penn. 

As it stands today, the Ville de Mare captures sweeping harbour views and keeps impeccable gardens on the grounds of the luxurious 1500 square metre property that also has five oversized ensuite bedrooms.

The three-storey home also has its own self-contained apartment on the lower level.

The estimated $37 million sale is a record for a non-waterfront sale in Australia and follows the sale of four other properties all above $30 million this year which are all located in the same salubrious suburb. 

The price was the second highest paid for a house in Australia in 2005, beaten only by the $28 million sale of the Altona. It sold for $52 million last year.

Decked out with chandeliers, cherubs and Corinthian columns it is undoubtedly one of Sydney's most prestigious properties.

Extensive formal and informal living and dining spaces encompass a bar room and a magnificent entertainer's kitchen, while there is the very best in automated smart home technology. 

The focal point is an infinity edge pool from which you can soak up the view, with concealed outdoor speakers and professional garden lighting. 

It is the latest of five properties above $30 million to change hands in Point Piper this year including another non-waterfront home in Wentworth St in July, and the home formerly owned by Property developer and Ville de Mare neighbour Ron Medich.

He pocketed about $30 million earlier in June for his 783 square metre Piper Point property. Last week, a home belonging to former hotelier Salvatore Paino sold for more than $30 million.

Ms Ross was named at number 25 on the BRW rich list in 2013 with an estimated wealth of  $65 million. She sold half of her business in 2000 and the remaining stock in 2011.

Decked out with chandeliers, cherubs and Corinthian columns it is undoubtedly one of Sydney's most prestigious properties

Inside and out: This bedroom offers a magnificent view of the harbour 

The home is the latest of five properties above $30 million to change hands in Point Piper this year

A neighbouring property owned by Ron Medich also recent sold on the same street for close to the same amount

The home captures sweeping harbour views the residence is set amid impeccable gardens on more than 1500sqm of land

The home captures sweeping harbour views and is set amid impeccable gardens on more than 1500sqm of land

The trophy sale sets a new record for non-waterfront real estate in Australia, eclipsing the $32.4 million paid in 2008 for the nearby mansion Craig-y-Mor

Ken Jacobs, of Christie's International, and Bill Malouf, of LJ Hooker Double Bay, confirmed the property had sold but would not disclose the price

A sales campaign for the three-storey property began in August with hopes of $40 million but it is not known how close this home got to that mark

Sydney's record house house sale remains the $53 million paid for the nearby waterfront Villa Veneto, and second highest was set last March when Altona sold for $52 million.

 

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Move over grey - navy blue is the rich new shade we all want on our walls

By Kate Watson-smyth

Published: 14:26 GMT, 2 April 2015 | Updated: 14:27 GMT, 2 April 2015

Colours are so fickle. One minute we're led to believe that muted creams and greys are just the ticket for a stylish home; then we're told a splash of joyous colour is all that's needed to soothe the soul and impress the neighbours. 

Into the deep: Navy blue throws metallic lampshades, like these by Rowen and Wren, into sparkly relief

And now it's all change again -- because the colour of the moment is navy blue. 

It began, as these things often do, on the catwalk. All the fashion editors have been wearing navy rather than black at the recent shows. Then the interiors magazines started photographing furniture and accessories against navy instead of grey walls. 

After that, it was only a matter of time before it took off as the fashionable neutral du jour. But it doesn't end there. Just as copper looks so pretty against a grey backdrop, so the warmer metals -- brass and gold -- dazzle against an inky blue wall. 

Style leader: A wall painted in Charcoal Drift by paint company Dulux adds drama to this dining room 

The luxe look has made a discreet return to interiors. But we're not talking about those shiny gold taps of the Eighties -- this time designers are specifying soft brasses with a natural tarnish. 

Jacqui Brooks, co-founder of online lifestyle store www.miafleur.com, which has started using dark blue as a backdrop colour, says that although copper is still selling well, brass is fast catching up. 

'Copper has only just hit the mass market, so it's going to be around for quite a while yet. But brass is going to feature more prominently as the year goes on. 'All the warm metals -- brass, gold and bronze are so sumptuous and glow beautifully against a dark wall.'

Moody blues: Rowen and Wren metallic accessories against a blue wall and Hague Blue by Farrow and Ball 

Grey was just the start of the moody colour explosion. With interest rates steadfastly refusing to rise, investors are searching elsewhere for opportunities to invest their savings. One particular strategy is the buy-to-let market, you either get a mortgage on a property and then rent the property out, thus paying the mortgage. With property holding its value nicely, it's an opportunity offering a degree of security whilst offering good returns on your investment. Sadly, its not without its pitfalls. The following link has some answers to questions such as Is Direct Line Landlord Insurance OK For Buy To Let Property.Navy is warmer and easier to live with. We might even move on to burgundy or dark green or, dare I say it, brown.' 

Charlotte Cosby, head of creative at Farrow Ball, the company behind one of the most famous shades of grey of them all -- Down Pipe -- says dark tones are increasingly seen as the new neutrals.

'In 2015 we're predicting another shift, towards darker, organic browns such as earthy Tanner's Brown. Used on all four walls, this warm colour will have a cocooning effect. On skirting boards and woodwork, it can ground a room by creating more light and space above. 

'Dark shades make a striking background for fabrics, furnishings and accessories, and recently we have seen the rising popularity of navy shades like rich Stiffkey or the strong Hague Blue, which has a slightly greener undertone.'

Using either of these will create a dramatic, as well as contemporary interior,' she said. Other popular versions of this colour include Dulux Raven Plume and Basalt, a blue/black paint by Little Greene, which changes according to the light. 

Perfect shade: Stiffkey Blue by Farrow and Ball will bring rich colour and depth to a room like this playroom

Grey is still 'huge' said David Mottershead, the managing director of the company, before adding that deep blues represent a 'fashion forward' alternative. 'Intense blues are adorning the most fashionable of today's interiors bringing richness and glamour to the home. Colours like Basalt and Hick's Blue are both favourites with interior designers and can really ground a scheme and unify the space.' 

Home interior design trends have always followed fashion but the gap between the two has narrowed significantly in recent years, says Evelina Kravaev Soderberg, head of design at HM Home, which has just launched its new collection full of inky blues and indigo with several brass accessories included. 

True blues: Popular Downpipe by Farrow and Ball and, right, Carbon Blue matt emulsion  by Fired Earth

'Take the trend for denim, indigo, ethnic prints and shades of blue, which are being used for both garments and interiors this season.' 

Many High Street stores now stock pieces with a brass finish to contrast with blues, from coffee tables to lamps and candlesticks. Taps and other bathroom hardware are expensive, but there are affordable small pieces. 

Lucy Uren, creative director of www.rowenandwren.co.uk, says warm metals and cool tones have been fashionable for a while, but adds that we are all becoming bolder in our colour choices. Embracing the blues has never been more fashionable.

 

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Judges held in esteem? by Simon Parsons

Created: 08/04/2015

Judges held in esteem? by Simon ParsonsI DON'T know how many of you take the trouble to read the minutes of the Kennel Club liaison council for whatever aspect of the dog world you are involved in. It's worth doing so to see what the delegates are putting forward on your behalf and it may well be that some of their ideas eventually come to reality.

  The minutes of the November Breeds Council meeting are to hand and hardly surprisingly the subject of judges was uppermost on delegates' minds.

  Starting with previous recommendations, the KC had been asked to 're-evaluate the procedure when appointing first-time judges by taking account of the breed council's views on prospective judges'.

  The General Committee confirmed that breed club opinion was always taken into consideration: 'However it was the quality of the information which was crucial in its deliberations. In particular, information must be objective and factual.'

  The Committee requested that in order to give a better understanding of what the Sub-Committee required when considering questionnaires the office provide some guidance on 'useful and meaningful opinion information' and that the Council be made aware of the information that the KC had recently issued with regards to Stud Book bands and breed club judges list requirements.

  Brought forward was a proposal that as part of the judges' contract all critiques must be sent to both dog papers and the show secretary. Secretaries should be asked to include in their annual returns a list of reports they have not received.

  The office explained that there was no specified time limit for publication of critiques as it was up to the dog press to set its own publication schedule. However it was highlighted that the office would investigate any missing critiques which were drawn to its attention. Societies may, if they wish, specify in their contract with the judge that a critique should be submitted to the secretary, and if this requirement was not fulfilled, the matter should be referred to the office for investigation as a possible breach of contract. 

  On to actual proposals and the Irish Red and White Setter Club of GB proposed that in the interest of breed security, where out-crossing to another breed is recommended, a development register should be created by the KC. The club felt that the current system of marking outcrosses with an asterisk was adequate but not ideal as it could be prone to error and could lead to confusion.

  The KC had not used a development register for over 20 years and considered that doing so would represent a backward step. However, the council obviously disagreed with that view as it supported the proposal.

  The Welsh Corgi Pembroke Judges Sub-Committee made various suggestions regarding requirements for first-time CC judges. 

  It expressed its concern that having spent considerable effort in considering potential new judges as to their suitability to award CCs, its views were often apparently disregarded by the KC. As a result some shows had attracted extremely poor entries for judges who were not held in esteem by exhibitors. It was concerned that numbers of classes and dogs judged seem to be the main criteria, and suggested that acceptance of its proposal would help to ensure that judges built up sufficient knowledge of the breed to gain positive support from the breed club/council.

  For the KC, Simon Luxmoore acknowledged the frustration experienced by clubs when it appeared that their views were not taken into account, but explained that the objective of the KC Judges Sub-Committee was to ensure fairness and consistency when considering judges for approval. 

  Breed clubs' opinions were taken into account but that where a breed club did not support a judge, it was important that a clear and objective rationale, with supporting evidence, was provided to support the opinion. Where this was not provided, or where there was sufficient evidence to suggest that the judge was capable of judging a breed well, the opinion of the breed club may be overridden.

  He acknowledged that it was increasingly difficult for judges to accumulate numbers of dogs judged due to the decline in show entries and revealed that the KC is considering an alternative approach to methods of assessing the suitability of new judges to award CCs.

  He also said that a breed club may specify its own criteria for placing a judge on its own A3 list; these did not necessarily have to be identical to the KC's guideline for numbers required in each breed. However, where a breed club's requirement was different from that of the KC, the KC would assess a potential judge based on its own criteria, not those of the breed club. It was also highlighted that a proportion of questionnaires were submitted by B list judges who may not fulfil all the requirements for a club's A3 list.

  Going on to the Pembroke people's specific proposals: 

  That all judges who wish to judge a new breed should have to attend a breed appreciation seminar being run in compliance with the KC code of best practice: supported.

  That they should be mentored by a breed specialist, nominated by the breed club/council: deemed impractical and not supported.

  That they should study breed Standards and specific breed literature and reference material as recommended by the breed club/council: agreed.

  That they should spend time observing the breed at shows and speaking to exhibitors about the finer points of the breed: agreed.

  A concern was raised that should the above proposals be approved by the General Committee, there would be a good deal of additional work which may be onerous in those breeds where there was only one club. It was confirmed that the KC would generally look favourably upon applications for a second breed club as long as normal criteria were met.

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  The Pembroke people also raised a sensitive issue, and proposed that the KC consider re-introducing an upper age limit for judges awarding CCs for the first time in a breed.

  Mr Luxmoore explained that the JSC could only implement the KC's own regulations and could not impose an upper age limit. It was hoped that those show societies nominating older judges were doing so in the knowledge that the individual concerned was capable of fulfilling the appointment in a satisfactory manner. Should the JSC have a concern over a particular judge it would draw it to the attention of the inviting society.

  The council did not support the proposal, but hoped that judges who did not feel able to continue judging would be able to offer their services in a mentoring capacity.

  Under discussion items the Great Dane Breed Council, Mastiff Association and Southern Bullmastiff Society expressed concern in response to the KC's A3 judges list guidance where it had altered the requirements without consultation with breed clubs. The decline in show entries meant that it was increasingly difficult for aspiring judges to accumulate sufficient numbers to achieve A3 status; however there was also a concern that reducing the numbers required to qualify for an A or B judging list could lead to a reduction in the quality of judges being approved for such lists. 

  Mr Luxmoore confirmed that the JSC had always assessed potential judges based on the Stud Book banding for each breed, which was derived from entry figures at championship shows, and that this policy had not been changed. The figures were recalculated on an annual basis so reflected trends in entries for each breed. The guidance had been released solely in the interests of clarity. 

  He again clarified that breed clubs may set their own criteria for judges lists and that it was not necessary for them to use the KC's criteria if they wished not to do so.

  The Great Dane Council was another to make suggestions to improve the quality of judges, some of which had been dealt with earlier in the meeting. Others included the introduction of a trainee judge system, which apparently is already under consideration by the KC. It was accepted that it was important to differentiate between those new to judging and experienced judges wishing to judge additional breeds. Mentoring was mentioned again; the Great Dane Club of Wales has operated mentoring for its special awards event classes for a number of years. This too is under consideration by the KC.

  The Dane Council feels that evaluation of judges should take place before they are approved to award CCs for the first time, at a club show with the placement of dogs also being evaluated in conjunction with the present evaluation requirements. Trainee judges in the ring, as at FCI shows, were also mentioned - must admit I thought this had been allowed by the KC some years back but very few seemed to take advantage of it.

  The liaison council emphasised the importance of judging lists being kept up to date by breed clubs.

  The KC confirmed its intention to make such information available in relation to judges approved to award CCs; as we know this has now happened. 

  Finally, the Border Terrier Club proposed that in making reciprocal arrangements for the approval of championship show judges with the FCI (or any other overseas kennel body), the General Committee should be asked to ensure that the level of practical experience required of overseas judges for approval to award CCs is equivalent to the level required of domestic UK judges.

  Mr Luxmoore said that the JSC was currently working with the FCI regarding the mutual recognition of judges, and of course this has within the last week been finalised.

  One thing emerges from all this, that there is still a lot of difference between the judges exhibitors are inflicted with and those the exhibitors would like to have. Surely it's not beyond the realms of possibility for this to be sorted out?

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Adelaide couple to demolish dream home because they didn't get council approval

Bob Sinclair has less than a week to knock down his Elizabeth Park house

He has spent the past six years building it to live in with his wife Sheryl

Mr Sinclair, 66, built part of the two-storey home with wood instead of steel

Council is forcing him to knock it down because he didn't get approval

By Sarah Michael for Daily Mail Australia

Published: 04:04 GMT, 7 October 2014 | Updated: 12:01 GMT, 7 October 2014

Bob Sinclair has spent the past six years building a house to live in with his wife Sheryl but his local council says he has less than a week left to knock it down.

Mr Sinclair, 66, built part of the two-storey home in Elizabeth Park, north of Adelaide, with wood instead of the steel that the council had originally approved.

He tried and failed to get his changes approved and as a result the Environment, Resources and Development Court found in favour of Playford Council during a June hearing and ordered that the entire structure be demolished before next Tuesday.

Bob Sinclair has less than a week to knock down his house in Elizabeth Park, north of Adelaide

Mr Sinclair, 66, has spent the past six years building it to live in with his wife Sheryl

'We're looking into whether or not we can appeal but it appears the cost of the appeal would be prohibitive,' Mr Sinclair told Daily Mail Australia.

'The best we can get is an extension on the demolition order.'

The block of land was originally purchased in 2006 by Mr Sinclair's daughter Vanessa Sinclair-Benke, but Mr Sinclair started building the house for him and his wife to live in.

'My daughter was looking for an investment property,' he said.

'We would have been paying the mortgage as the rent on the house.'

Mr Sinclair first lodged a development application in June 2006, and council approved a two-storey steel framed dwelling and garage in January 2007.

Work commenced in January 2008, and under the development approval work was required to be substantially completed by 11 January 2010, or else the approval would lapse.

Mr Sinclair built part of the two-storey home with wood instead of steel and the council is forcing him to knock it down because he didn't get approval

Mr Sinclair said the price of steel went 'through the roof' after his first application and would have cost an extra $40,000 so he used timber instead, the Northern Messenger reported.

In July 2011 a neighbour complained to council about inadequately secured roof sheeting on the partially built house which was flapping in the wind and making noise.

The council's building surveyor investigated the complaint and found a number of defects in relation to the timber framing, gang nails leaving rafters and weather damage to the timber framing and flooring.

It was then that he also discovered the framing had been built with timber not steel. 

Mr Sinclair was told in a letter he must lodge another development application seeking approval in relation to the timber framing in order to continue construction.

On 26 April 2012, Mr Sinclair submitted a further development application and 'development plan consent' was granted on 5 November 2012.

The block of land was originally purchased in 2006 by Mr Sinclair's daughter Vanessa Sinclair-Benke, but Mr Sinclair started building the house for him and his wife to live in

Before he could recommence construction, Mr Sinclair also required 'building rules consent' for the same development.

No building rules consent had been obtained by November 2013, so an extension of time was granted.

Mr Sinclair submitted building rule consent from private building certifiers Katnich Dodd in April 2014, but the council did not issue approval, saying his submission did not match the previous development application.

On June 5 the council filed an application with the court for a demolition order, which was granted on June 27. 

Mr Sinclair told Daily Mail Australia his view was that the council had approved his development then 'changed its mind'.

'Eventually I got my building consent approval and the council withheld it and put on a demolition order,' he said.

Playford Council has been contacted for comment.



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5 Ways My Puppy Reminds Me Of a Toddler.

Anthropomorphising animals isn't a good idea and usually gets us into all kinds of trouble. Dogs are not furry babies. They are their own species, with a totally different set of day to day priorities communication signals. However spending time with nieces, nephews and god-children over the years, I'm amazed that the toddler stage in kids has so many similarities with puppy development. Both in terms of how puppies explore the world and how we deal with the frustrations such interaction may bring, puppies and toddlers aren't all that different at all. 

Whilst there are some basic rehoming criteria, they are guidelines rather of blanket policies. We attempt to be functional to match the requirements of the individual dog and the viability of our home offered. Each dog will certainly have its own certain demands for a new house and this will be detailed in their rehoming info. Clicking on the following link will get you more information on http://www.nervousdog.co.uk/

Walking anywhere takes forever!

If you've tried rushing somewhere with a toddler, you'll know it's impossible not to investigate and question every single leaf, anthill and cloud. They bumble along exploring the world with surprising interest as you try to encourage, cajoul and sometimes carry them onward. Now how many new puppy owners find they get no-where on a walk? Pups will sit down, refuse to move, sniff, sniff some more, chase a leaf, spook at, then check out an unusual object. For both kids and young dogs, with distractions aplenty, everything needs to be investigated, in case it's not safe, in case it tastes good, in case it gives feedback. Despite what owners often tell me, there is nothing wrong with your puppy and you need to give them time to learn about the world. Don't plan your walks from A to B. Plan your walks according to what your pup is learning. Interact, have fun, encourage and explore together. Give them a chance to learn about the world, not just march through it at adult human pace because you've only left 10 mins to get yourself home again. Allow them to step on, step in, put feet up (inanimate objects only obviously), sniff, grab, live.

'I absolutely must not miss out on the action.'

Every parent knows that toddlers need quality sleep to recharge and that quality sleep means a quiet space, ideally dark and cosy, without external stimulus. When toddlers are over tired and over stimulated, they get cranky, which means they can't settle down and are less likely to get quality sleep. Guess what puppy owners? Your dog is no different. If there is even the least exciting amount of activity going on, your puppy will not have the maturity to take himself off for a sleep, unless he's totally exhausted. If you overstimulate him (post-play, post-walk, post-visitor, post-kids-coming-in-from-school), and you don't then allow him to recharge, this is likely to result in biting, racing around as if his brain is on fire and generally being a looney. Most owners report this behaviour early evening, when puppy should be in bed, asleep, but in fact it goes on throughout the day also. Make opportunities for quality sleep time. Put him away somewhere dark, warm, cosy and boring so he can catch up on sleep and avoid becoming cranky over tired. Most pups needs at least 14hrs sleep a day. Make sure he has the chance to get it!

Everything is potentially dangerous.

My friends husband told me in despair one day that being a parent to a toddler was really just about making sure they don't kill themselves. If something can be climbed on, fallen off or tripped over then it's likely your toddler has done so. A puppy's ability to get into (dangerous) mischief is also phenomenally high. The number of puppies I've known who have quite seriously injured themselves by throwing themselves from a height is huge. Such injury can affect a dog for its entire life and cause all kinds of problems. Leave a well fitting harness on your pup (except when left alone) as they explore. Plenty of material there to grab to help them up, help them down, guide them under ultimately prevent injury. Supervise, supervise, supervise and when you can't supervise, use a crate or puppy safe area.

Show, don't tell.

Dogs don't speak English. So no matter how many times you tell them something (even in the loud, firm voice someone in the park told you to use), they may not necessarily understand what it is you're trying to communicate. If your toddler had climbed on the table, you would tell them to get off, then take their hand and guide them to safety. It's known as guided learning and pups can learn in exactly the same way. Rather than waste your breath repeating things over and over, tell them, then show them. For example, using a lightweight nylon leash, I might say 'leave it' to my pup, then gently move them away from the bin, rewarding them with a tasty treat when they come with me. They learn 'Leave it' means, come away from that and you'll get rewarded. Yes, you'll have to repeat it but all training is about putting patterns of behaviour into your dog's mind. At least your pup is learning what you intend him to learn, and not something else entirely. No-one is being shouted at. Owners aren't frustrated and pups aren't being scared or wound-up by the learning process.

'That looks tasty.'

Parents know that toddlers put everything into their mouth. It's called 'oral fixation' and it's a developmental stage, usually associated with teething, soothing and exploring the world through their mouth. Have you ever stopped to think that pups are going through exactly the same stage of development? They just have sharper teeth, and more access to chewable stuff than the average toddler. Providing safe outlets for puppy chewing needs (stuffed frozen Kongs, antlers, Nylabones) and removing the dangers from puppy's reach can help. Additionally, training a reliable 'drop'  or swap  for times when puppy has something dangerous in his mouth is invaluable. It will help avoid vet visits to have swallowed items surgically removed. It will avoid emergency room visits to treat a bite from a reluctant dog refusing to give up a stolen item. Win, win for all!

So the next time you're getting frustrated when your puppy refuses to walk, or flings himself around in excitement, take a step back. Try to think how you'd manage things if he was an 18 month old child with limited verbal communication skills, huge potential to injure himself and a crazy interest in a world we see as mundane. Dogs aren't furry humans, but as pups, they have more in common with toddlers than most puppy owners have ever considered.   

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March 15 2015

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Local Housing Allowance (LHA) and Universal Credit payments 2015/16

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The RLA has received details of the new LHA rates effective from 1st April 2015, which take into account the Maximum Local Housing Allowance. A full spreadsheet is available for landlords who take on benefit tenants.

You can download the document here, there are four tables to consider, and each table contains specific bits of information.

Table 4 shows the most important figures...how much benefit tenants are going to receive for housing costs!

The RLA continues to campaign for landlords to receive direct payment of housing benefits. The current arrangement for Universal Credit sees those on benefits receiving a lump sum, in arrears, for all payments, including housing and job seekers, for example, at which point the recipient is expected to make the necessary housing payments to their landlord.

Universal Credit is undergoing a phased national roll-out; find out more here.

The RLA is currently conducting a survey on landlord experiences regarding Universal Credit. With interest rates stuck firmly in the gutter, investors are searching elsewhere for opportunities to invest their savings. One popular opportunity is the buy-to-let market, you or if you have the funds available you buy a property and then get an income from the rent. With property prices still rising, it's an opportunity offering a degree of security whilst still returning decent returns on your investment. However, you need to be aware of potential problems. The following link offers answers to questions such as Does A Buy To Let Owner Need Landlord Insurance?.If you have not already done so, please do take part. The survey will be closing this Friday 6th March 2015. You can participate here

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March 14 2015

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Frankie - found in a snowstorm



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I'm Frankie and I'm a bit of an enigma. Not much is known about me before I appeared in someone's garden during a winter snowstorm. Luckily for me, that person was a volunteer for the Animal Accident Rescue Unit!

I'm about three years old and am just starting to find my feet at my foster carer's. I'm a bit quiet at the moment but am sure with some more TLC, my personality will begin to shine.

My fosterer says I play happily by myself but enjoy the attention she gives me. I just love being stroked and tickled, and will reward you with some very hearty purrs!

I'm fine being around children and adults. Also, my fosterer has other cats but I don't really pay much attention to them.

So if you are looking for an enigmatic cat with a loud purr - then look no further!

Around 3 years old.

All our cats are "snap" blood-tested at the Vets for FIV/Felv (the result is negative unless CLEARLY stated.)

All cats have received flea and worming treatment and are micro-chipped and litter-trained.

ADULT cats are neutered and KITTENS under 6 months old will need to be neutered by their new owner.

We recommend that ALL cats are kept indoors for around 6 - 8 weeks, to bond with their new owner and so that you can vaccinate them.  KITTENS should always be kept indoors until neutered and afterwards should be supervised, with only limited access outdoors and never be allowed out at night, as they are vulnerable to many dangers.

IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN FRANKIE PLEASE CONTACT OUR ADOPTION VOLUNTEER ON 0115 9985063 after 6pm. This number MUST NOT be used for any other type of enquiry or emergency.  Alternatively you can email this volunteer at admin@aaru.org.uk

We are run entirely by volunteers, we have no office or cattery so please be aware and we will reply ASAP, thank-you.

ALL ADOPTIONS will require a successful homecheck and we don't rehome on/near busier roads, sorry.

Whilst there are some fundamental rehoming criteria, they are guidelines rather of blanket policies. We try to be functional to match the requirements of the individual pet dog and the suitability of the house offered. Each pet dog will certainly have its own certain demands for a new home and this will certainly be detailed in their rehoming details. Clicking on the following link will get you more information on Fishing

NB.  We are always in urgent need of additional fosterers to help us foster the cats that AARU rescue.

* For more information about our Charity "Animal Accident Rescue Unit," please visit   www.animalaccident.org.uk

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Invest in buy-to-let for just £50



What's on offer?

First, you need to decide whether you want to lend money to a landlord or to own a stake in a buy-to-let property.

With the peer-to-peer platforms you lend money to an investor to buy a property and receive regular interest on your capital. You don't have a share in the property so you don't benefit from any house price rises. But you don't have the added costs associated with letting a property such as maintenance and void periods between tenants.

Crowdfunding typically offers a share in a property or a number of properties. You receive regular dividends from the rental income and you benefit from house price rises. With interest rates steadfastly refusing to rise, investors are searching elsewhere for investment opportunities. One particular strategy is the rental property market, you either get a mortgage on a property and then rent the property out, thus paying the mortgage. With property holding its value nicely, it's a technique that offers a degree of security whilst offering good returns on your investment. However, its not without its pitfalls. The following link offers answers to questions such as Does A Buy To Let Owner Need Landlord Insurance?.Of course, if house prices fall, your capital is eroded. Investors are also exposed to void periods and management and maintenance costs.

With both approaches, your capital is at risk and it can be difficult to sell your investment if you want your money back early. Some platforms have set up secondary "exchanges", where you can sell your investment to others, but this is useful only if there is demand, so you may be forced to sell out cheaply.

While regulation is increasing, your investment is not protected by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme if there's a problem.

What about returns?

Estimated returns vary widely but range from around 3pc up to an ambitious 12pc.

Peer-to-peer platforms tend to offer more certainty as investors receive a set rate of interest, while crowdfundings provide rental yield estimates and projected capital returns that reflect estimated house price growth.

What are the options?

There are a large number of providers offering access to residential property and they all have a slightly different approach. Here we give a couple of examples:

Peer-to-peer

Landbay describes itself as the lowest risk P2P lender, focusing solely on the buy-to-let market, and says it lends only to experienced landlords. Investors can choose between a 4.2pc fixed rate of interest for three years and a "tracker" rate at 3 percentage points above Bank Rate, also for three years.

The minimum investment is £100 and your money is spread among a number of borrowers and properties.

If investors want to exit early they can, but only if Landbay can find a new investor to replace them.

LendInvest, launched in 2013, focuses on short to medium-term loans.

There are two products available - one is bridging finance where investors lend their cash to property buyers for between one and 12 months.

The other is a buy-to-let product where investors lend money to landlords to buy property. Investors select a property and a term of between one and three years. The properties are mainly in London and investors must put down a minimum £1,000 per property.

With both products investors receive monthly interest payments and the capital is repaid at the end of the term. LendInvest said the average net return for investors is 6.65pc.

Crowdfunding

Property Partner's website lists various London properties in which investors can buy a share, with a minimum of £50.

Once the money is pooled and properties are bought, each investor receives a portion of the monthly rental income. After five years, investors can sell their stake at market value and take a share of the capital gain (or loss). To exit earlier, investors can list their share for "resale" on the website.

Property Partner charges an upfront one-off transaction fee of 2pc and 12.5pc plus VAT of the rental income to manage the property.



Dave Love, 30, has invested £25,000 in three London buy-to-let properties through Property Partner.

The security and risk analyst, who lives in Hampshire, invested in properties in Whitechapel, Croydon and Hounslow. They are valued at between £223,000 and £438,000, with gross rental yields of up to 6.45pc or 4pc after costs.

He said he considered using the money to buy his own buy-to-let property, but decided it was better to spread his risk by splitting his money between a number of properties.

"If I'd bought a single buy-to-let property, I would have needed to do months of research on where to buy, what types of properties would produce the highest yields, which areas were expected to see house price growth," he said. "Then once I had bought a property, all my eggs would be in one basket.

"By investing in a number of different properties through a crowdfunding platform, I had access to the central London property market, which I never would have been able to afford on my own, and I could spread my risk. Plus all the research was done for me and I don't have to deal with tenants.

"The monthly rental income I'm receiving is almost three times what I was earning on my savings in a cash Isa, and that's not including any capital growth."

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Lottery grant saves our pioneering project



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Whilst there are some fundamental rehoming requirements, they are guidelines instead of blanket policies. We try to be flexible to match the needs of the individual dog and the suitability of our home supplied. Each pet dog will definitely have its own specific requirements for a new home and this will be detailed in their rehoming info. Click the following link for more information on http://www.rosscoe.co.uk/

A lottery grant has come to the rescue of one of our pioneering projects, which had been under serious threat.

Big lottery fund logo © National lotteryThe Hastings Wild Things scheme has been running since 2010. It uses wildlife and nature to help disadvantaged young people and families gain new skills and confidence and engage with animal welfare issues.

It launched with the help of a three year lottery grant and offered children, teens and young parents the chance to experience the great outdoors through a range of activities at the 56 acre-woodland at our Mallydams Woods Centre in Hastings.

Despite being an instant hit with children, teens and young parents, the project struggled financially after this initial funding ran out and there were fears it would not be able to continue.

Five years of funding

Now the scheme has been awarded a £470,000 grant from the Big Lottery Fund for five years.

Bel Deering, manager of Mallydams Wood, said:

"We're absolutely over the moon with this news.

"The response to the project has been incredibly positive from the start. I have seen with my own eyes the difference it has made to so many young people and families in the area - it has really transformed lives.

"It has been the first time many of the children had seen wildlife and woods - so many people get little chance to get close to nature these days. It's also an opportunity for us to encourage a respect for wildlife and nature among younger generations.

"It's been touch and go financially though, and there have been times when we just didn't think we would be able to continue. The fact that we now have five years funding makes such a difference to what we can do."

Allow the project to expand

Hastings is ranked by the government as being in the 10 per cent most deprived local authority areas in the country.

Many young people and families who take part in this scheme face personal and social challenges, and the scheme hopes to inspire them through the natural world and boost their self-esteem through practical outdoor activities and education.

The money will pay for two new posts, a community engagement manager and a family engagement officer. It will also allow the project to expand and work with more young people and families, teaching them to enjoy and respect wildlife.

The project has won several awards including the Senior Section Play Achievement Award at the SPARK awards last week, on Wednesday, 12 November. This award was given for their work creating natural play opportunities for families and children to engage with both nature and animal welfare.

Find out more about our Mallydams Woods Centre and our educational work.

We can't do it without you

To help us continue our work please donate online today or text RESCUE to 84010 to  give £3.

(Text costs £3 + one standard network rate message. Text to donate terms and conditions).

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