Tuesday, 19 November 2019

Question: "What does God want me to do?"

We ask the question what does God want me to do? for a variety of reasons. We may be facing a big life decision and truly want to follow God’s plan. Or we may be searching for God and believe that there are steps to follow or rules to keep in order to find Him. Or we may ask, “What does God want me to do?” because we can’t find purpose or meaning in our lives and suspect that God is keeping it from us. Whatever motivates the question, the Bible has answers when we are wondering what God wants us to do.

When asking what God wants me to do, remember that we are not human doings. We were created in God’s image as human beings to communicate and walk in harmony with Him (Genesis 1:27). When we focus on who we are in Christ and study the Scriptures, we will know what God wants us to do.

Wednesday, 13 November 2019

Microsoft starts rolling out Windows 10 November 2019 Update

12th Nov 2019: Microsoft started rolling out the free Windows 10 November 2019 Update. For those keeping track, this update is Windows 10 build 18363 and will bring Windows 10 to version 1909. You can grab it from Windows Update when it’s served to you, or try to download it manually (when available in your region).

Windows 10 is being developed as a service, meaning it receives new features on a regular basis. Microsoft has released seven major updates so far: November Update, Anniversary Update, Creators Update, Fall Creators Update, April 2018 Update, October 2018 Update, and May 2019 Update. The eighth one arrives this month.

Update - PM 15/11/2019: I have updated my laptop to Win10Pro v1909 - a really fast upgrade: 5-10 mins including download, install & reboot! No visible differences - some minor changes.

Every year, dogs are thrown away like rubbish! Please help the Dogs Trust care for an abandoned dog, this Christmas.

Three-legged Boxer cross, Missy was found wandering the streets just days before Christmas. She had been thrown away like she was nothing – just another piece of rubbish. Thankfully, Missy was rushed into our care. She was clearly traumatised by her ordeal but what made her situation even more critical was that she was heavily pregnant.

We did everything we could to make sure she and her puppies knew they weren’t rubbish - It’s what we do for every dog that comes through our doors.

What is wrong with some people? Dogs are a beautiful, precious part of God's creation, & they are good for us too! Always love & care for your pets especially at Christmas, and if possible give to an animal charity like Dogs Trust or Healing Paws. Thanks x. 

Monday, 11 November 2019

Top five (six!) classic bikes to buy now before they increase in value

Here is a great article from Bennetts - BikeSocial with recommendations as to what to look for if you are in the market for a modern classic motorcycle. I'm glad to see that prices are much more reasonable than they were a couple of years ago - when a bag of bolts would cost a king's ransom! 

This is their shortlist - & I'd pretty much agree:
1996 Suzuki GSF1200 Bandit
2005 Suzuki GSX-R1000K5
1985 Yamaha V-Max
1993 Ducati M900 Monster
1994 BMW R 1100 GS

For my money - I'd add this to the list: 1983 Honda VF750 SC (Sabre). This was one of my fave big bikes in the day. Now a minter (like these: Bike1 or Bike2) is £2.5 to 3.5k. Doer-uppers start @ £600! They did have their issues (OK, major issues - camshafts!), but when sorted (& they invariably are - or they wouldn't be around 30+ years later) they are cracking bikes. Santa - please take note... ;0)

Thursday, 7 November 2019

Reading for today: pray for our politicians

I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people -  for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.

Read all of 1 Timothy 2 at Bible Gateway

Wednesday, 6 November 2019

Stop the press: Bimota are back. Again!

*** Unveiled at EICMA 2019 *** The Kawasaki Heavy Industries group considers it a privilege to be able to, through Italian Motorcycle Investment, support the BIMOTA brand in its revival.

Ooooo I really hope this will be a the MCL show later this month! Bimota are the ultimate in outrageously sexy motorcycles. Cutting edge tech & engineering, stunning styling, eye-watering price tags. Essentially: Italian! The Tesi H2 could be an awesome thing: hub-centre steering & the amazing H2 supercharged engine. Hold on tight - to the bars & your wallet!

Not enough sockets in your house? Buy this place - it's the EC socket mountain!

Buying a house is a major ordeal. You go from door to door, months zip past and something's never quite right... then you find it, "the one". A five-bedroom home in Pinner, Harrow, northwest London"I could see the girls growing up here," your partner utters with tears in their eyes.

Indeed, the listing on Rightmove looks none too shabby on the surface. "This family haven is situated in a family-friendly location just approx. 1.7 miles [2.7km] from Eastcote Station and 1.1 miles [c 1.8km] to Pinner High Street," the description burbles.

Because not once does the cheerful text acknowledge the sheer number of electrical sockets festooning interior walls of the house. Trypophobes and OCD sufferers should probably look away now!

One Bitcoin “whale” may have fueled the currency’s price spike in 2017

A single Bitcoin holder—called a “whale” in cryptocurrency parlance—likely manipulated the market and helped fuel the big rise in Bitcoin’s price in 2017, according to researchers. That year, Bitcoin’s price jumped from under $1,000 in January to more than $19,000 in December.

The news: Last year, University of Texas professor John Griffin and Amin Shams, an instructor at Ohio State University, published controversial research concluding that in 2017 just a few big players used the stablecoin Tether to prop up the price of Bitcoin following market downturns. Griffin and Shams now tell Bloomberg that just a single whale was likely behind the behavior. They say that one entity on Bitfinex, a popular cryptocurrency headquartered in Hong Kong, appears able to push the price of Bitcoin up when it falls below certain thresholds. 

Fullers are 174 years old on the 19th Nov 2019 - time to celebrate with drinks at £1.74 each!

It’s our birthday on 19 November, marking 174 years since the official partnership papers of Fuller, Smith & Turner were signed in 1845, and to celebrate we’re having a special Get Together in our pubs with entertainment, food, and of course, plenty of great drinks – and you’re invited! 

Each of our 200 managed pubs will be getting involved by putting on special events, including pub quizzes, comedy shows, open mic nights, meet the brewer or distiller mixers, tap takeovers, tastings, and fundraisers for our charity partner, Special Olympics GB.

If you sign up to Get Together you will receive a voucher code to get three drinks for £1.74 each, which you can redeem at any of our managed pubs on our birthday. Cheers!

Tuesday, 5 November 2019

Tools With A Mission: a Christian charity sending tools across the world

TWAM: our mission is to collect unwanted tools, refurbish them, sort them into trade kits and send them across the world for livelihood creation.  We send around 20 containers filled with over 300 tonnes of tools every year.

Why we do it: We want to support local people supporting their own communities through livelihood creating projects.  We believe there is dignity through work and the ability to provide for yourself and your family.  We believe entire communities can be transformed through training and the provision of tool kits and equipment.
Our motivation: We believe that God's heart reaches out to the poor and that He calls us to follow His example.

“You have been a refuge for the poor, a refuge for the needy in their distress, a shelter from the storm and a shade from the heat.”- Isaiah 25:4 (NIV)

Our motivation is to be a refuge for the poor, a safe place to find support, hope and dignity through the provision of tools and equipment.

Great news from our friends at Child of Hope, Uganda: construction progress on their secondary school

You can see how construction is progressing on our secondary school in this 2-minute video. We’re still on target for completing in time for the new school year in Jan/Feb and, as you’ll see, buildings are taking shape nicely.

When the school opens, we will probably start with three classes (S1, S2 and S3). S4 classes will have been taught different parts of the 'O' Level syllabus in their current secondary schools, so it will probaby be best for CoH S4 students to remain in them. We will then add the S4 class in 2021.

Motorcycle Live is almost here! 16-24 November at the NEC Birmingham

From 16-24 November at the NEC Birmingham, bike enthusiasts from around the country have the chance to see the latest new models from the world's leading manufacturers, enjoy non-stop live entertainment and take advantage of free chances to ride - will you be there?

It doesn’t matter if you’re a fan of classics or customs, sports bikes or cafe racers, Motorcycle Live is the place to be! If you want to meet racers and celebrities or if you’re looking for somewhere to go with the whole family – there is everything you need, under one roof.

There are a whole host of FREE opportunities to get on two wheels too - and it doesn't matter if you're a complete beginner or a seasoned-professional - there's something for all ages and all abilities. Click HERE to book your tickets!

Monday, 4 November 2019

Introducing the new Microsoft Edge and Bing

In our mission to empower people with knowledge with Microsoft 365, one critical opportunity is the internet. We know that 60% of the time people spend on the PC is within the web browser, and it has become the primary way we work, learn and play. The internet has become an everyday utility, that we reach for automatically without thinking, yet two decades after its introduction, we are bumping into challenges and obstacles that raise questions for us.
  • Is our data safe and our privacy protected as we surf the web?
  • At work, why can’t we find our internal company information, like our pay stub or co-worker’s office location, right from within our browser or search engine like we do with web search?
  • Why can’t the web work more seamlessly with the productivity tools we know like Office 365 so that we can be more productive with our research and collaborate with others?

At Microsoft, we believe it is time to expect more from your web experience whether you are using it for personal or business use, an IT manager in a company, or a web developer. Today we begin with a focus on people in businesses and introduce the new Microsoft Edge and Microsoft Bing – the browser and search engine for business.

Microsoft today announced that the new Microsoft Edge is expected to be generally available starting January 15, 2020. We are also excited to introduce our new look! To learn more about these announcements, click below:

2020 Moto Guzzi V85 TT Adventure MC Commute Review

Moto Guzzi returns to the motorcycle adventure riding scene in a pleasing medium-size package with its all-new V85 TT. Designed as a retro-themed but modern-featured ADV bike, the V85 TT is for riders looking to be able to travel farther, while experiencing the classic heartbeat of Guzzi's signature transverse-mounted air-cooled V-twin.

The V85 is powered by an overhauled 853cc twin. Yes, its cylinders still poke out from both sides of the machine, but the dynamic and character of the engine are more refined than ever. Still it retains that trademark Guzzi feel that makes it feel like, well, no other motorcycle on the road.

The engine hangs inside a steel trellis-type chassis with road-competent suspension that delivers a good balance between sport and comfort. Of course, styling is a big selling point, and this Guzzi, certainly is a head turner with its throwback lines to the Italian company’s Paris-Dakar racing days.

But don’t just take our word for it; see how the V85 TT Adventure performs on the road as we negotiate mean SoCal traffic during our work week commute.

We are off to the Motorcycle Live show in Birmingham later this month. This is probably the number 1 bike that I want to see in the flesh. Looks great in pix, and the reviewers seem to like it too.

Microsoft thinks we should have 3 day weekends - with benefits all round!

Last August, Microsoft Japan carried out a “Working Reform Project” called the Work-Life Choice Challenge Summer 2019. For one month last August, the company implemented a three-day weekend every week, giving 2,300 employees every Friday off during the month. This “special paid vacation” did not come at the expense of any other vacation time. The results were pretty incredible!

First off, the reductions. Employees took 25.4 percent fewer days off during the month, printed 58.7 percent fewer pages, and used 23.1 percent less electricity in the office (since it was closed an extra day). All of these saved the company quite a bit of money.

Next, the increases. Productivity went up by a staggering 39.9 percent. That means even though the employees were at work for less time, more work was actually getting done!

A lot of the increase in productivity is attributed to the changing of meetings. With only four days to get everything done for the week, many meetings were cut, shortened, or changed to virtual meetings instead of in-person.

And even though it should seem obvious, it’s also important to note that 92.1 percent of employees said that they liked the four day workweek at the end of the trial. Due to its success this year, Microsoft is planning on repeating it again next summer or perhaps at other times as well.