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Posted on21 May 2017 2:29 PM GMT

Car Manufacturers Must do something to tackle Epidemic Levels of Vehicle Theft

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Car Manufacturers Must do something to tackle Epidemic Levels of Vehicle Theft

A blog I posted back in March of last year highlighted how difficult it was to insure, own and keep a Range Rover in London - they just got stolen far too easily and far too often. And if anything, this issue seems to be worsening, and there does not seem to be a single car brand now that is not impacted by this sort of activity.

 

The crux of the matter is really that it is too easy to steal cars, too easy to break into vans and help yourselves to valuable tools and property stored

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Posted on21 May 2017 1:15 PM GMT

The Hawk ToneBird 7 is my Pick of Destiny!

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The Hawk ToneBird 7 is my Pick of Destiny!

For several months last year I was deeply submerged in the process of discovering the perfect guitar pick / plectrum for my needs. In my first report ’Choosing the Right Guitar Pick’ I detailed how I tried a vast array of different materials, textures, thicknesses and sizes (mostly Jim Dunlop varieties) - before concluding that the smaller ’Jazz III’ style picks were the ones that seemed to suit me the best.

 

Next I went deeper - very specifically within the Jazz

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Posted on21 May 2017 1:56 AM GMT

2017 Guitar Pedals seems to be all about Dual Action Effects

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2017 Guitar Pedals seems to be all about Dual Action Effects

My last pedal post was about Modulation, Delay and Reverb where I featured 12 pedals - 3 each at the different size footprints. I professed an unswerving devotion to Strymon at the top end of that scale and said I would be most unlikely to swap out any of those pedals. However, as things often are, I have watched a number of the demo videos, and am increasingly enamoured by the brand new Empress EchoSystem Dual Delay - which now happens to lie at the top of my current wishlist.

 

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Posted on20 May 2017 8:49 PM GMT

12 Great Guitar Combo Amps for your Consideration

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12 Great Guitar Combo Amps for your Consideration

As posted previously, I only got back into guitar again last year, and a whole lot has changed since I was then involved. And while my Tone Quest has by and large been a hugely rewarding and successful endeavour, I made some significant mistakes in my early amp choices.

 

In my endeavour to keep things simple, I thought I could buy a great guitar, and an equally great modelling amp to cover all the bases / sounds I would need to generate. I was intrigued by the Line 6 Amplifi 150 -

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Posted on17 May 2017 10:06 AM GMT

Ocean Media Group transforms digital business with two dedicated Affino sector-focused hubs

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Ocean Media Group transforms digital business with two dedicated Affino sector-focused hubs

Ocean Media Group (OMG) is evenly shared across two very specific sectors - Housing and Weddings / Bridal. They were looking for a unified platform which they could deploy across all their digital properties both for the front end and the audience CRM, and which would harmonize the running of those digital businesses, while improving on scalability, manageability and productivity.

 

OMG was looking to transform the way it rolls out events, whilst also creating the best brand hubs,

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Posted on11 May 2017 2:48 PM GMT

Pavement Bandits Running Riot in London while Police Do Nothing

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Pavement Bandits Running Riot in London while Police Do Nothing

While the overall crime profile for London has remained fairly static for several years now, even falling for certain types of activity, there are unfortunately two areas where criminal activity has gone way out of control. Most people are aware of the scary increase in knife-related crimes of late, but there is another equally sinister activity which has ballooned even faster - with 11,000 incidents recorded last year in London and still growing. Including 20 incidents in just a single square

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Posted on10 May 2017 2:35 PM GMT

Drewry Transforms Global Subscription Sales Business with Affino

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Drewry Transforms Global Subscription Sales Business with Affino

When we first met, Drewry had already produced a highly intricate brief - covering hundreds of points of detailed systems requirements for an end-to-end enterprise grade subscription sales and management platform. At the heart was the requirement to allow Drewry to sell its high end and high value products in a very specific manner around the globe, both online and directly.

 

The major challenge being that Drewry sells over fifty complex subscription services, with core periodicals but

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Posted on08 May 2017 12:48 PM GMT

How Affino is quite a different kind of proposition to WordPress and CMS solutions in general

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How Affino is quite a different kind of proposition to WordPress and CMS solutions in general

While Affino often gets compared to, and mentioned in the same context as CMS solutions, it is in fact a relatively new approach, and as different as Office was when it was first introduced by Microsoft as an integrated suite to replace Word Perfect and Lotus 1-2-3.

 

Even though it is not easy to compare Affino directly to WordPress, here are some of the key discussion points that arise:

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Posted on05 May 2017 12:00 AM GMT

This Saturday is Free Comic Book Day - Celebrate Image's 25th Anniversary!

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This Saturday is Free Comic Book Day - Celebrate Image's 25th Anniversary!

Much like with Record Store Day, I consider myself a little too old to be queueing with the masses - for the chance of 5 flimsy collectibles - which will most likely end up being compiled into a compendium volume at a later date anyhow. I am almost entirely TP-based (Trade Paperback) these days - preferring a more solid volume with a full narrative arc, versus collecting episodically. I also tend to find those collected volumes keep better than the paper covered slivers.

 

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Posted on04 May 2017 1:04 AM GMT

Happy Star Wars Day - May the 4th be with You!

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Happy Star Wars Day - May the 4th be with You!

In years past I have singled out various bits of new Star Wars merch for your purchasing consideration. This time I will just give you two links - one to Lego (here) and one to Forbidden Planet (there) - those should both sate your cravings for new Star Wars memorabilia.

 

Instead, we turn our attention back to the original universe that started / spawned this whole journey / saga we now celebrate - the still most significant cinema event of my life - when I first saw Star Wars ’A

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