6 Quick Tips For RV Beginners To Create Great Experience

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RVing is more than just an outdoor activity – it’s a lifestyle.

In the U.S. alone, there are around 40 million people who take part in recreational vehicle activities every year. There are also roughly 9 million American families who own RVs. But with more than 16,000 campground and RV parks in the country – how do you make yours stand out?

If you’re a campground or RV park owner, here are 6 simple ways to create great experiences for RVers that will keep them coming back.

1. Make It Affordable

Some people purchase RVs either because they can’t afford to build or rent a house of their own or for those yearly camping adventures. It’s important to have simple, transparent fees and make sure you set prices which keep you on top of the competition. The average cost of a private RV park is around $38. While campgrounds are relatively cheaper, most of these campgrounds don’t allow campers to stay for more than 14 days. Give your campers a treat and offer affordability.

2. Location is Everything

Many people prefer RV camping or lifestyle because it gives them a chance to connect with nature. The first thing people look for in a park or campground is the location and the ambiance. Although campers differ greatly, the two most common reasons for RV parking are:

  • When people want peace and quiet in the middle of a scenic view.
  • When people want to socialize and do fun activities.

Take simple steps to show off the view or ambiance you offer online, and help travelers unwind with area for games or suggested sightseeing activities.

3. Offer Online Reservations

We know how amazing spur-of-the-moment RV trips feel like, but it can be a bummer to pack your bags, gas up the RV, and head to a beautiful RV campground or park, only to find out it’s fully booked. While many RV parks offer online reservations, a small percentage haven’t transitioned from traditional email or phone methods. Creating a rv campground software or website will also give campers a chance to find the information they’re looking for regarding your park.

4. Provide Amenities

Whether they’re roughing it up or RV glamping, let’s admit that having the convenience of basic amenities is essential. Here are some of the common amenities you can offer:

  • Hookups
  • Bathrooms
  • Hot showers
  • Common supplies
  • Propane service
  • Firewood for sale

Some “luxurious” amenities to consider include:

  • Pool
  • Spa
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Laundry services
  • Game rooms
  • TV room
  • Picnic tables

5. Add Fun Activities

Your RV park or caravan can have its upper hand over other parks just by the number of fun activities you offer. Families traveling with children or sports enthusiasts will appreciate activities such as:

  • Guided tours
  • Horseback riding
  • Sports like badminton, tennis, baseball, Frisbee, football
  • Biking
  • Scavenger hunts
  • Hiking / Trekking
  • Swimming
  • Water volleyball
  • Fishing
  • Canoeing
  • Boating
  • Snorkeling
  • Stargazing
  • Night trekking

6. Create an Online Community

After your campers have departed from your park, do your services stop there as well? Of course not! You want your campers to keep coming back. That’s how you’ll know they had a great experience. In order to do this, create an online community where you nurture and value your relationship with your RV campers. Reaching out to them will add a personal touch to your owner-client relationship. In addition, having an online presence will also enable campers to express positive reviews, constructive criticism, and any other type of feedback they have about your park and services. This way, it will be easier for you to learn from their comments and do the necessary changes.

Managing a campground or RV park can be a fulfilling job. If you do things right, you can be responsible for making other people’s vacations memorable.

Novastar VX6S All-in-1 Controller/ Video Processor

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The VX6s is an all-in-one controller that integrates sending card functions with video processing. Designed with powerful video processing capability, it supports 7 video inputs and 6 Gigabit Ethernet outputs.

Based on the powerful FPGA processing platform, the VX6s supports multiple transition effects, such as quick seamless switching and fade, providing flexible display controlling and outstanding video presentations.

The VX6s is equipped with an expansion card which can connect a USB drive to play the media files stored in it. By connecting a mouse and monitor, the USB playback can be intuitively monitored in real-time.

Features

  • Features 7 input connectors: 2 × 3G-SDI, 2 × HDMI 1.3, 2 × DVI, 1 × DVI+DVI LOOP and 1 × USB playback.
  • Supports 3 × windows.
  • Supports quick and advanced screen configurations.
  • Switches the PVW to PGM by pressing only the TAKE button in the switcher mode.
  • Supports adjustment of input resolutions.
  • Supports device redundancy settings.
  • The maximum loading capacity of video output is 3.9 million pixels.
  • Supports brightness adjustment of the screen loaded by the Novastar VX6s.
  • Multiple VX6s units can be cascaded.
  • Supports auto fit function of windows.
  • The maximum video output width and height are both 4096 pixels.
  • A total of 16 user presets can be created and saved as templates. The templates can be used directly and conveniently by pressing the number buttons on the front panel.
  • Any HDMI or DVI input source can be used as the synchronization signal to achieve vertical synchronization of outputs of multiple devices.
  • Features an intuitive OLED screen and clear button pressure need indicator prompt in the front panel, simplifying control system and operation.

Appearance

Front Panel

          No.                Button                                                                     Function

1

ON/OFF

button

Power button

2

OLED

screen

Displays the current status and setting menu of the device.

3

Knob

  • On the home screen, pressing the knob enters the operation menu screen.
  • On the operation menu screen, rotating the knob selects a menu item, and pressing the knob confirms the selection or enters the submenu.
  • When a menu item with parameters is selected, you can rotate the knob to adjust the parameters. Please note that after adjustment, you need to press the knob again to confirm the adjustment.

4

ESC

button

Pressing the button exits the current menu or operation.

5

Window control buttons

  • Pressing a button enters the corresponding window property menu.
  • Statuses of button indicators:
  • On: The window is open.
  • Off: The window is closed.
  • Flashing: The window is being edited.
  • When a window is open, holding down the window button can close the window.
  • In the USB playback mode, you can play, pause, play
  • previous, play next or stop current playback.
  • SCALE: This is a shortcut button for auto fit function. You can press this button to make the window of the lowest priority fit the screen.

Rear Panel

Input

Connector

Quantity

Description

3G-SDI

2

Supports input resolutions up to 1920×1080@60Hz and downward compatibility.

Supports both progressive and interlaced signals.

SDI1 supports de-interlacing.

USB 2.0

2

Connects to a mouse/keyboard, or connects to a USB drive to play media files stored in the drive. The supported USB drives and the formats of the media files in it are described as follows.

USB drive: FAT/FAT32

The USB drive cannot be a partitioned one or used as the system startup disk.

Picture file format: JPG, JPEG, BMP, PNG and WEBP

Video file format: MP4, AVI, MKV, MOV, 3GP, FLV and MPG

Video coding: MPEG-1/2, MPEG-4, H.264/AVC, MVC, H.265/HEVC, H.263, GOOGLE VP8, VC-1 and MOTION JPEG

Output

Connector

Quantity

Description

Ethernet

6

6 Ethernet outputs

DVI

1

A monitoring connector, which can be set to preview the editing image or monitor the PGM

Overall Specifications

Electrical Parameters

Power consumption

65 W

 

Power supply

AC100V~240V 50/60Hz

 

Operating Environment

Temperature

–20°C to +60°C

 

Humidity

20% RH to 95% RH

 

Dimensions

Applications

Specifications

Input

Connector

Quantity

Description

3G-SDI

2

Supports input resolutions up to 1920×1080@60Hz and downward compatibility.

Supports both progressive and interlaced signals.

SDI1 supports de-interlacing.

USB 2.0

2

Connects to a mouse/keyboard, or connects to a USB drive to play media files stored in the drive. The supported USB drives and the formats of the media files in it are described as follows.

USB drive: FAT/FAT32

The USB drive cannot be a partitioned one or used as the Novastar system startup disk.

Picture file format: JPG, JPEG, BMP, PNG and WEBP

Video file format: MP4, AVI, MKV, MOV, 3GP, FLV and MPG

Video coding: MPEG-1/2, MPEG-4, H.264/AVC, MVC, H.265/HEVC, H.263, GOOGLE VP8, VC-1 and MOTION JPEG

Audio file format: MP3, WMA, WAV and 3GP Audio coding:

−       MPEG Audio: MPEG1/2/2.5 Audio Layer1/2/3

−       Windows Media Audio: WMA Version4/4.1/7/8/9, wmapro

−       WAV Audio: MS-ADPCM, IMA-ADPCM, PCM

−       FLAC Audio: Compress Level 0-8

−       AAC Audio: ADIF,ATDS Header AAC-LC and AAC-HE, AAC-ELD

DVI

2

VESA standard

Supports input resolutions up to 1920×1200@60Hz and downward compatibility.

Supports HDCP.

Supports only progressive signals.

DVI LOOP

1

DVI loop output connector

HDMI

2

Supports input resolutions up to 1920×1200@60Hz and downward compatibility.

Supports HDCP.

Supports only progressive signals.

Output

Connector

Quantity

Description

Ethernet

6

6 Ethernet outputs

DVI

1

A monitoring connector, which can be set to preview the editing image or monitor the PGM

Control

Connector

Quantity

Description

ETHERNET

1

Connects to the PC for communication, or to the network.

USB (Type-B)

1

On the front panel, type-B

Connects to the PC for device control.

Used as the input port for cascading devices

U-DISK

1

On the front panel, type-A Reserved connector

USB (Type-B)

1

On the rear panel, type-B

l Connects to the PC for device control.

l Used as the input port for cascading devices

USB (Type-A)

1

On the rear panel, type-A

Used as the output port for cascading devices

Overall Specifications

Connector

Quantity

Description

Power connector

1

AC100-240V~50/60Hz

Power consumption

65 W

Operating temperature

-20°C to +60°C

Dimensions

483.6 mm × 250.1 mm × 45.0 mm

Travel Security Tips for Business Travel

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ExecSecure, an innovative, worldwide security transportation service, is now available through a unique web-based platform for business travelers and corporate travel agencies, providing access to reliable, affordable security transportation, including armored vehicles and bodyguard Peru, if necessary.

Road traffic incidents are the number one killer of U.S. Citizens traveling abroad, and vehicles are the focal point for multiple criminal attacks including express kidnap, actual kidnap, muggings and personal assault,” said Mark Deane, CEO of ExecSecure, Inc. “Organizations leave themselves open to numerous litigation issues if they have employees fend for themselves with taxis and ride share services, especially in certain cities; ExecSecure can help reduce that risk, providing high-quality security services and peace of mind to business travelers.

The platform handles booking, delivery and oversight of secure executive transportation services for business travelers including access to vetted drivers, vehicles, armored cars, and bodyguards. ExecSecure users simply register, click on the city they want and the dates of their travel, and then choose from a menu of vehicles and security services. Payment is via credit card to negate the often lengthy and cumbersome purchase order and invoice system.

ExecSecure was developed by former Special Forces and counter-terrorism specialists from ETS Risk Management who identified that organizations were leaving themselves open to potential litigation by leaving business travelers to maneuver unnecessary, hazardous situations in high-risk environments.

About

ExecSecure was founded to meet the needs and demands of the modern executive business traveler in an increasingly uncertain world. It is staffed by leading global security experts with extensive experience at the highest levels of Government, Special Forces and Intelligence services in the U.S. and U.K. and is operating in partnership with technical specialists to deliver an innovative, secure ground transportation booking system. ExecSecure is a subsidiary of ETS Risk Management; learn more About Us, a leading Global Security and Risk Management Company based in Bethesda, MD.

SE Asia Tourist Hot-Spots Affected By Zika

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With all eyes on Rio this summer as the city hosted the Olympic Games the Zika virus and associated health hazards were rarely out of the headlines. Participating nations athletes, families and fans alike expressed concern over the risk and several high profile athletes dropped out; largely due to concern over the particular risks affecting pregnant women or those likely to fall pregnant.

Out of the Headlines but Still a Risk

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Whilst the Zika virus no longer occupies the front pages of our newspapers a recent World Health Organization report has not only highlighted the ongoing risks of Zika but also that it is has spread extensively across South East Asia, and now affects key tourist destinations including Thailand and Indonesia.

At Explore Secure we actively encourage all travelers, be they business groups, students or vacationers, to always carefully plan and prepare for the trip abroad in order to not only understand any risks – but also how best to mitigate them so as to best enjoy a rewarding trip. To that end we urge all those heading overseas to understand Zika, where it is prevalent and the best measures to take to reduce exposure.

Zika Cases Increase across SE Asia

Zika infections are “highly likely” to keep spreading in Asia, the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned. Hundreds of cases of the virus have been reported in Singapore while two cases of Zika-linked microcephaly have already been confirmed in Thailand.[1] Across the region increased numbers of cases have been reported many including pregnant women. Thailand and Singapore have reported the most cases – but Malaysia, Vietnam and the Philippines have also reported cases.

The US Communicable Disease Center now advises that: “Zika virus has been present in areas of Southeast Asia for many years, and several countries have reported occasional cases or small outbreaks of Zika virus infections. Zika virus is considered endemic in some countries, and a large number of local residents are likely to be immune. However, US travelers to endemic areas may not be immune to Zika virus and infections have occurred among travelers to Southeast Asia. Recent variations have been observed in the number of cases reported in Southeast Asia. This can reflect changes in awareness of Zika virus, surveillance and testing for Zika virus, or changes in intensity of Zika virus transmission. Pregnant women traveling to Southeast Asia could become infected with Zika virus. The level of this risk is unknown and likely lowers than in areas where Zika virus is newly introduced and spreading widely”

Pregnant Women Travelers

With the particular risks associated with pregnant women the center has issued the following considerations: “Zika virus infection during pregnancy causes severe birth defects, including microcephaly and severe fetal brain abnormalities. Therefore, pregnant women should talk with their healthcare provider and consider postponing nonessential travel to Southeast Asia. Zika virus testing should be offered to people with symptoms of Zika virus disease, including pregnant women and others who develop symptoms during or following travel.”[2]

How to avoid exposure to Zika

For those traveling to the region – or indeed already there given the significant ex-pat population in Singapore – you should follow the same sensible guidance that is issued for protection against all mosquito borne disease and illness. Simple adoption of this best practice to limit exposure, avoid bites and covering exposed skin is the best approach. Follow the following:

  • Cover exposed skin by wearing long-sleeved shirts and long pants/trousers.
  • Avoid areas of stagnant water where mosquitos breed and don’t allow pools/puddles of water to gather close to your accommodation.
  • Use EPA-registered insect repellents containing DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus (OLE, also called para-menthane-diol [PMD]), or IR3535. Always use as directed.
  • Pregnant and breastfeeding women can use all EPA-registered insect repellents, including DEET, according to the product label.
  • Most repellents, including DEET, can be used on children older than 2 months. (OLE should not be used on children younger than 3 years.)
  • Use permethrin-treated clothing and gear (such as boots, pants, socks, and tents). You can buy pre-treated clothing and gear or treat them yourself.
  • Stay in places with air conditioning and window and door screens to keep mosquitoes outside.
  • Sleep under a mosquito bed net if air conditioned or screened rooms are not available or if sleeping outdoors.
  • Mosquito netting can be used to cover babies younger than 2 months old in carriers, strollers, or cribs to protect them from mosquito bites
  • Zika can be spread through sexual contact – therefore the use of condoms or abstinence whilst in areas affected should be considered.
  • More information can be found at https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/page/zika-virus-southeast-asia

All travelers should understand the risks and seek advice when making the decision as to whether they should still travel. Consult your family doctor or physician prior to travel and also on your return – which is always a sensible practice. At Explore Secure – we champion safe travel and encourage our friends and colleagues to explore the world armed with the most up to date and sensible guidance to stay healthy, safe and above all to enjoy their travel experiences. If you are interested in learning more about travel safety and health check out our online travel safety training briefings.

Choosing a Right Moving Company

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So, you are moving. Maybe your move is just across town and maybe you are moving from Edmonton to Ottawa, Toronto, Montreal, or Vancouver. Are you moving from a furnished apartment or from a home you have lived in for twenty years? When choosing a moving company in Edmonton, you need to know if the Edmonton moving company provides the moving services that you need. Some big moving companies focus on long-distance moves and are not really interested in short moves across town. And, small local movers may specialize in local moving and not have the resources for a large move to another city in Canada. With Helping Hands Family Movers, you have an Edmonton moving company that is happy to help move your belongings to another location in Edmonton or anywhere else in Canada. Once you have narrowed your search to companies that will do your sort of move, you need to consider if they can do the job when you need it done, have the experience to do the job right, and charge a fair price.

Is The Edmonton Mover Available When You Need Them?

If you need to move when your house sells, when your rent is up on your apartment, or when a new job is available in a distant city, you need a mover that is available when you need them. When hiring Edmonton movers, this requires that you find an Edmonton moving company that has the resources and initiative to be at your service when you need them and not when it is convenient for them. When you are working from a short list of Edmonton movers, you can cross anyone off the list that starts telling you when you can move and when they can show up! For long-distance moves, you may need to be flexible because the company will be committing more resources for a longer period of time. But being available when the client needs to move is part of the job description for a professional moving company.

Experience And Competence Are Important When Choosing A Moving Company In Edmonton

For the best moving services Edmonton has to offer, ask how many years the company has been in the moving business and ask for references. Reviews and testimonials are important and give you insights that may not be apparent from simply talking to the Edmonton moving company. Although a brand new moving company may do just fine for your move, you are entitled to the assurance that the company will carefully handle your possessions. You will also want to make sure that they are insured and bonded. You are entitled to know just how they will handle your property during the move as well. The “frequently asked questions” or FAQ page on the Helping Hands Family Movers website explains in detail how floors and furniture are protected against scratches, how to protect your valuables during a move, and more. And, if cover the issue of taking bulky furniture apart to move it and putting it together at the end of the move!

Choosing A Moving Company In Edmonton With Transparent Pricing

When you have settled on the company to move you across town or across Canada, you need to make sure that you can afford their price. Helping Hands Family Movers in Edmonton lists their moving rates on their website for all to see. If you are in need help for a move in Edmonton or anywhere in Canada, contact Helping Hands Family Movers of Edmonton today.

Why Can’t I Buy Cement and Make My Own Driveway?

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A concrete driveway can easily last 30 years or more if the cement mix is right, the workmanship on the money and routine maintenance carried out. You are thinking of a concrete driveway for your home and thinking about how to get the best possible price. After checking around you are wondering, “Why can’t I buy cement and make my own driveway?” Can you do this? How much work is it? What could go wrong? Wouldn’t you end up with the same result? The answer is, no. Basic concrete driveways require careful and exact preparations, the right concrete mix, and enough workers to do the job. Each worker has to know their job and correctly finishing the driveway surface makes the difference between a driveway that looks great for 30 years and one that spends that last 29 years with chips and pockmarks. And, if you are interested in a decorative concrete surface, like exposed aggregate or stamped concrete, these require skills that are acquired over many years.

What Is Involved in Creating a Concrete Driveway?

If you believe that concrete work for a driveway looks easy, guess again! You need to know how to prepare the area, set up the forms, and even level the ground as needed. Once the cement truck arrives and it comes time to pour the cement, every step needs to be done properly and on time. Skill and experience are critical if you want to reliably get the best job done every time. And, correct finishing results in the most attractive and durable surface while mistakes will be visible for decades.

Concrete Flatwork Process

Concrete driveway, sidewalks, patios, and floors are “flatwork.” There are more than a dozen steps and most of them happen after the ready-mix truck comes and delivers the wet concrete. So, you can take your time preparing the area, setting up forms, and deciding how much concrete you need, but everything else is equal parts experience and performance art! Here are the basic steps we carry out at Patriarch Construction when creating driveways that look great and last for decades,

  • Remove the old driveway by jack-hammering it to pieces and cart the pieces away
  • Check out the soil base, determining concrete slab length, width, and thickness
  • Get a permit from the City of Calgary (if needed)
  • Demolition: jack-hammer and remove the old driveway, as applicable
  • Excavating the site down to solid soil or to make space for a base of gravel
  • Build forms and slope them so that water will run off the finished driveway
  • Lay a gravel base and tamp as needed (or tamp the existing soil base)
  • Add a metal slab reinforcement and plastic barrier for moisture as needed

Note: All of this happens before you need to pour the cement. It is critical that these steps are done correctly because mistakes like large areas of concrete Calgary that are laid on soft or un-tamped soil or gravel will sag and leave the concrete slab at risk of cracking and sinking.

Now things speed up as the cement truck arrives and starts pouring.

Pouring a Concrete Driveway

For a driveway-sized project, the cement is delivered by truck (ready-mix). It poured down a trough to fill the forms. Enough workers need to be present to spread the concrete with rakes and shovels and level it.

Screeding the Concrete

To screed is to level the wet concrete using a long, straight board. This commonly takes at least three people, depending on the size of the concrete driveway. This is done as soon as the concrete is in the forms.

Initial Edging of the Concrete

A cement mason shapes the edges of the slab using a concrete edger (tool).

Floating the Concrete Surface

This is the smoothing that takes place after screeding. It can be done with a small hand float, a long-handled bull float, or even a power float (power trowel). While screeding can be done by novices, floating is done by a more-experienced cement mason.

Joint Control Creation

Eventually, your concrete driveway will have cracks. It makes no difference how good your base supports the concrete, how good the cement mix is, or how good the workmanship is. Warm summers, cold Alberta winters, and years of use will cause cracks in the concrete surface. Creating control joints helps control where cracks will occur. This is done by cutting into the concrete slab to one-fourth of its thickness.

Hand-troweling the Concrete

A cement mason will kneel on a board laid over the slab and smooth it even more with a trowel or hand float. This is done during the pour and can be done later as touch ups.

Final Edging of the Concrete

This is the last time that the mason will shape the edges of the concrete and along the control joints as the concrete is now setting.

Brooming the Concrete

This is just like it sounds. The mason uses a broom to add texture to the concrete surface. This is also when other finishes or surface textures are introduced, such as with decorative concrete.

Curing the Concrete

The cement mason sprays the slab with a curing agent and a sealer to finish off the job.

Specific Skills Required for Finishing a Concrete Driveway Surface

If these lists of steps have not answered your question, “Why can’t I buy cement and make my own driveway,” there is more.

When you are pouring a driveway is not the time to learn how to pour and finish concrete. If you really want to buy the cement and do the job yourself, start with a concrete slab next to your tool shed. When you have gotten that right after a few tries, you might consider a slightly larger project. Unfortunately, when you get up to large “flatwork” projects like driveways, you need to train a crew as well.

Finishing cement correctly is an art. When the cement mason uses floats and trowels, it is not just to smooth the surface. The idea is to push the gravel in the concrete just below the surface to leave a top layer of “cream” composed of sand, cement, and water.

How to Pour a Concrete Driveway

There is a skill in doing this part in that the mason needs to work the surface just enough and then stop. Finishing too soon often results in a weak top surface that will flake or “spall.” Waiting too long to start means the surface will not smooth out easily and you will end up overworking it and also getting a weak top surface that flakes.

The concrete driveway will last for thirty years. You would rather that it did not start out with areas flaked off the first year! For more information about concrete driveways, decorative concrete driveway surfaces, or pricing, contact us at Patriarch Construction.

Buckfast Could Be About To Be Hit With A Price

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Brexit could be bad news for Buckfast drinkers as Brexit could boost the price of a bottle of Buckfast wine by up to eight per cent, according to drink industry experts.

And that would impact heavily on the price of a glass of the vino in the pubs and clubs where it is most popular, in the Orchard County – and elsewhere in Ulster and beyond including Australia.

The wine does come from a British wine-maker, the famous Buckfast Abbey in Devon. It’s nurtured and bottled by monks there. But for decades the base wines used in the brothers’ brew has been imported from France.

Now, the Sunday World has discovered that honey used to make the mead in Buckfast also comes from the continent, from specialist beekeepers in Portugal. Article Source

“The price of all of those are bound to increase if British Prime Minister Theresa May goes for a ‘hard’ Brexit, which looks increasingly likely, and high customs tariffs are reintroduced.

Said one Belfast-based drinks industry insider yesterday: “A huge amount of the alcoholic drinks consumed in Northern Ireland are imported.

And the price of importing the base wine and the bees’ honey is sure to take off, like most other imports from EU countries, if the current free trade agreements [1] with the UK collapse.

“Think even of Guinness, brewed in Dublin, and even the wide range of Irish whiskies made in the Irish Republic as well.

“Wine is no different. We all know how much of that is imported from France, Spain, Germany and other EU countries.

Buckfast tonic wine Australia may be different in that it is made in Britain.

“But its core ingredients, the French base ‘mistella’ wine and honey from Portugal are imported, too.

“And if they balloon in price because of Brexit, the price of a bottle of Buckfast is bound to, too.

“Overall, on those imports – and that includes Belgian beers like Stella Artois, or as it’s known in West Belfast Chuckie Artois, and Dutch beers like Heineken – you could be looking at a price hike of between eight and 10 per cent.”

And that would be bad news for the boys from the County Armagh – and elsewhere – who have a particular liking for what they call ‘Lurgan Champagne’.

“Buckfast may be called a tonic wine, but a price rise like that will be anything but a tonic for those who drink it,” the wine importing expert added.

Meantime, the bees in Portugal which actually produce the specialist honey are called – what else? – but Buckfast bees.

They’re bred by a wizen-faced apiarist in his 70s called Jose Vicente Furtado, and the strain is sold on to other beekeepers for producing honey from his hives in the town of Burgau, near Lagos.

And here’s a fact to raise a glass to: Jose’s black bees (the British black bee was wiped out by a condition known as ‘acarine disease’) are man-made.

Senhor Vicente’s race of Buckfast bees are bred through – wait for it – artificial insemination.

Which could, in the end, be a cure, if not for the age-old male problem of what Ulster beer drinkers call brewers’ droop, then certainly an antidote for Buckfast droop.

Buckfast is available in Australia via an Irish startup Company in Sydney who operate Buckfast Australia Facebook page(Click here), or via Hellodrinks, Those in Sydney have the luxury of having Buckfast delivered cold to their doors within 60 minutes by an Uber Style Alcohol delivery service also owned by the same Irish company called Swiftdrinks.

How Much Pressure Do My Tires Need?

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Just because summer is winding down, it doesn’t mean that road travel is. For many drivers, the end of summer temperatures are a reminder of change to come. Some drivers are soaking up the last few weeks to hit the trails and the sand, or take a local day trip. Others are packing up and taking those college kids to campus.  Any way you slice it, change is coming and change of season, means change for your vehicle’s tire pressure.

Every year we’re all reminded to check the batteries in our fire alarms when we change the clocks. So why not use the change of season as a reminder to check your tire pressure? You can always bring your vehicle to a qualified mechanic to check your tire pressure. But, with a simple air pressure gauge and a Masterflow 12-volt portable air compressor you can check your tire pressure and adjust your tire pressure at your convenience.  

Tire pressure is affected by temperature so it’s very important that you do check the pressure when the seasons change and the temperature fluctuates. Don’t forget air is a gas that expands when heated and contracts when cooled. In most parts of our country, this makes fall and early winter months the most important times to check your tire pressure. As summer comes to a close, there are a few things we can count on.  The seasons will change, the air will get crisper and your tire’s air pressure is going to go down. 

To check your tire pressure you first need a tire air pressure gauge.  There are different types of air pressure gauges. There are digital, stick or dial gauges.  Grab yourself an Air Pump and check your pressure. Now, if you have the original tires that your car came with, you can easily look inside the driver’s side door to see what the recommended PSI (pounds per square inch) is for your tires. It’s most likely in your owner’s manual as well. Remember that that number is the maximum amount of air your tire can hold, not the recommended Pressure Calculator. If you have aftermarket tires then you are going to want to go to the tire manufacturer’s website or contact customer service to confirm this information with them before you go any further. 

Once you have your recommended tire pressure, you’ll need a Masterflow 12-volt portable tire inflator that suits your needs. There are different air compressors that are meant for different sized tires. For instance, the Masterflow MF1035 is a good fit for a passenger car size tire while the Masterflow MF1050 would be better for a small light duty pickup truck or SUV. If you’re lucky enough to be driving around with cool, larger tires you might want to check out the Masterflow MF1089 because that packs quite a punch and it’ll top off bigger tires fast.  

You may say, “Humph, who cares… As long as I don’t have a flat, does the air pressure in my tire REALLY matter?” Yes, yes it does. It’s a no brainer. Keeping your tires properly inflated is safer, helps prevent unnecessary wear and tear on your tires so they last longer, and even helps save you money on gas. So, when the seasons change use it as a reminder to check your tire pressure, or you can count on writing a check for some new tires quicker than you think.

How To Get The Stamped Concrete Installation At The Right Cost

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The stamped concrete patterns cost for a patio area will include the concrete, colour in addition to sealer, and labor if contracted out. A project embracing 800 sq. . ft. . Might be in the neighborhood of $5,000, more or less depending on variations and selections. Stamped concrete patterns needs to be pressure-blasted as well as washed every year. Resealing is unnecessary annually, yet it is a good idea since the stamped concrete patterns cost can be originally pretty significant. Failure to do so let’s excessive moisture soak into the cement and finally it will begin to pit, crater and crack. Moisture content will even because the steel rebar inside the cement to decay which will create fractures as well.

Concrete is a common house construction material, used in the building of basic foundations, porches along with other things in your home. The price of concrete per yard can vary, depending on the style or variety employed.

Ornamental concrete or stamped concrete patterns cost is greater simply because it features a stylized finish that will need much more work. As reported by the web page Stamped Concrete Cost, stamped concrete could cost approximately $18 or higher per sq.ft. , during the time of publication.

Take into account the sort of feel and look you are planning for the landscape before investing in brick pavers or stamped concrete patterns. If you wish an old-fashioned feel, brick is likely to bring out a lot more old style ambiance than stamped concrete patterns. Stamped concrete is great for projects such as pool area outdoor patios, where a particular layout may be sought after, without the additional trip-ups of authentic brick.

Stamped concrete for a pool’s patio area is simply concrete that’s stamped and patterned to seem like all kinds of other surface types. Common stamped concrete looks comprise flagstone, slate, brick, tile as well as timber. Like its friend, conventional poured concrete, stamped concrete is not as pricey as other kinds of pool deck materials for example pavers. Along with enhancements in concrete colouring, stamped concrete could also take on whatever colour a pool owner would like for the deck.

In comparison with regular poured concrete, stamped concrete is far pricier. The cost of poured concrete at time of being published was in fact under $5 per square yard or about .55 for each square foot. Stamped concrete moreover isn’t as durable or as color-fast as pavers. In addition, stamped concrete for pool areas can lose colour and stain if it isn’t sealed and then cleaned routinely. Sad to say, neglecting to carry out regular upkeep of stamped concrete will likely lead it to produce cracks with time.