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Updated by Hamish Hayward on Nov 23, 2015
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Writing on Bubblews

Writing on Bubblews is a lot of fun - and you get paid! Here's a list of some of my "bubbles"

Ethnic And Racial Stereotyping Is Alive And Well
A seven year old girl has been returned to her Roma family in Dublin after DNA testing proved that she was, in fact, their daughter. Irish police had removed the girl from the family - on the basis of the fact that she had blonde hair and blue eyes.
Organizing Your Bubbles - And Promoting At The Same Time
If you would like to keep your posts organized - and promote them at the same time, there's a great website called which will allow you to do just that. It's free to join and it might be worth your while to cast your eye over it.
Gold Leaf Trees In Australia
Australian scientists have found that some eucalyptus trees in the Australian outback contain tiny traces of gold. Eucalyptus trees have deep and extensive root systems, and this is drawing up tiny particles of gold from the ground. The gold is toxic to the plant, so it is transported to the leaves where it can do less harm.
Stopping Smoking
Twenty years ago, I stopped smoking. I went from 40 a day to nothing overnight - and it was tough. I didn't do it because of my health - although I had always said that I would quit (one day). I did it because my wife was pregnant with my first son.
Are You A Worrier? - News - Bubblews
Speak Freely. Write Your World.
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Speak Freely. Write Your World.
Ebooks Or Tree Books?
Let me start off by saying that I am a huge Kindle fan. I got my first Kindle, a Kindle 2.0, shipped to the UK from the USA before there was even a Kindle store in the UK. We've been inseparable ever since.
Saving Money On Energy
Once again, the UK news is buzzing with price rises for electricity and gas. Politicians are full of ideas and schemes as to what should be done to protect consumers. It's the same every winter it seems. Once again, many people will have to scrimp and save in order to keep their family homes comfortably warm during the cold winter months ahead.
Laptop Cooling Pads
If you've ever used your laptop on your lap, you've probably noticed that these handy devices can get rather warm after a fairly short period. That's not a good thing. Excessive temperature can certainly make your laptop uncomfortable to use on your knee - but there are more serious consequences.
Terry Pratchett - One of My Favorite Authors
Terry Pratchett is one of my favorite authors. He writes satirical fantasy novels and is probably best known for his "Discworld" series - although he has written other novels which are also well worth reading. Discworld is a world which is full of magic, wizards, witches, dragons, trolls, dwarves, werewolves, vampires, etc.
My Time In Brazil
For two and a half years - between early 2006 and mid 2008 - I lived in Porto Alegre, in the south of Brazil. I was there to work and my wife and two sons were with with me.
Funny The Things You Miss
I stayed in the south of Brazil for just over 2 years, between 2006 and 2008. It was a great time in our family's life and we really enjoyed it. Brazil is a lovely country and the people are very friendly. I never had any problems with security or personal safety during all of the time I was there.
Gifts For Whisky Lovers - Whisky Flasks
If you will shortly be looking for a Christmas gift for a whisky lover, then you might want to choose something different from a bottle of whisky this year. It's nice to choose something different and shows that you put a little thought into your gift selection.
Which Type of Tablet To Choose For Children?
Tablet computers are the ideal gadgets for young children. They are easy and intuitive to use - and they can make learning a whole lot of fun. At the moment, if you're in the market for a tablet computer for one or more of your kids, you have the choice of a "toy" tablet, such as the LeapPad2 over there, or a "real" tablet, like a Kindle Fire or a Nexus.
Waiting For Sunday Dinner
Just a quick post while I'm waiting for Sunday dinner to cook. Roast chicken with garlic and herb butter. Roast potatoes, sweet potatoes and parsnips on the side. It smells good already. My oldest son is here - still in bed. To be fair, he did work late.
Gift Ideas For Whisky Lovers - Whisky Stones
Although I love whisky, and the good stuff at that, I don't think I'm a whisky snob. If you want to mix your whisky with something else, that's fine by me. I wouldn't do it, especially not if it was a good whisky, but each to his own as they say.
Planning Sunday Lunch
I went out earlier and got all the stuff for Sunday lunch. We're going to have roast chicken, with garlic, lemon and herbs - plus roast potatoes, sweet potatoes and parsnips. I'm looking forward to it and I'll cook it all up in my lovely halogen oven.
How Much TV Do You Watch?
I recently posted about the fact that I can't remember the last time I bought a newspaper - see it here: - and then I realized that I rarely watch television these days either. I tend to get my news and entertainment from the internet - sometimes with a radio playing in the background.
Why You Should Not Eat Margarine
My wife has a yappy little Yorkie called Monty - that's him over there dressed up for the Scottish weather. He is an absolute glutton - eats just about anything, and it always tastes better if it comes off somebody else's plate.
Shopping Online
I'm not big on shopping. I have testosterone - which puts me in the 50% of the world's population which would, if given the choice, never set foot in a shop (unless it was one which sold power tools or which had many, many different types of whisky).
Camomile Tea
Every year I go to the doctor for a check up - and every year I get told to stop/cut back on something. Last year he wanted me to drink less whisky. Fair enough - I cut down quite a lot. This year he wanted me to consume less caffeine and eat less cheese.
How Do You Cope With Notifications?
I know that there are many people who are much more active, and who have many more connections than I have, on Bubblews. I really wonder how on earth they manage to keep up with their notifications.
The Young And The Old
The BBC news on the radio this morning had two big stories: - Some new leads in the case of the missing Madeleine McCann case (kidnapped 6 year old child for those who don't follow UK news). - Horrible revelations about how old people are being treated in care homes.
Gift Ideas For Whisky Lovers - Glencairn Whisky Glasses
With Christmas fast approaching, I thought that it might be nice to consider some alternative gift choices for whisky lovers. Admittedly whisky lovers aren't that hard to choose gifts for - a bottle of single malt will usually hit the spot (it will in my house - and that's a fact).
Tablet Computer - So Easy To Use
I recently posted about how tablet computers make a great gift for seniors. you can read it here if you like: We got a Kindle Fire HD for my 75 year old mother-in-law's birthday gift and she loved it.