New App : Happy Catz

Posted on July 30, 2012
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The game is a puzzle game where you have to place cheese, mice, cats and dogs on the board to match the required target.

The idea is simple but as the level number increases, so does the difficulty. You start on a 3×3 board and progress to a 7×7 board, always against the clock.

A mouse will become happy if it is closer to more cheese than cats, a cat is happy if it is closer to more mice than cats or dogs and a dog is happy if it is closer to more cats than dogs. The game starts off quite easy with only cheese, mice and cats available but when you complete the 6×6 grid levels then the dog comes into play.

There are 200 levels of increasing difficulty where either the board size increases or the time available decreases.

There is also a tutorial to help you through the first level.


Valentines day App for Android

Posted on February 13, 2011
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Ok as promised my Valentines day ebook app for Android is published. although later than I would have liked, it’s packed with love poems and 30+ recipes for you and your valentine to share. The app is ad supported so is free to install. You can download it from here.

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More New Android eBooks

Posted on February 12, 2011
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I Have just published 2 new eBooks for the Android platform. These books are free as they are ad-supported. I should have another eBook out before Valentines day for all of you romantics out there but you will have to wait for that one :)

The 2 recently published eBooks are both self help books which are both very relevant in today’s economic climate.

The first one is called Credit Card Society and is written to help you try and avoid credit card debt or if you are already burdened with said affliction then there is a guide on how to rid yourself of the debt.




The second one is called Impossible Is Just A Word and is a self help book for those unfortunate enough to suffer low self-esteem or self-worth. There are lots of examples of why people suffer from these problems, how to avoid them and also how to increase your self-esteem and feel in yourself that you can achieve the goals you set yourself.

You can install either (or both) of the eBooks simply by scanning the barcode image with your phone and following the instructions, or by clicking on the app link and selecting install. If you don’t have a barcode scanner on your phone you can get one from here.As mentioned above, both of these eBooks are ad-supported and I would appreciate it if you clicked on an ad now and again while you are reading.

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First Android App

Posted on December 15, 2010
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I have just published my first app for Android phones, just in time for Christmas. The app is a stand alone eBook of seasonal recipes from around the world. There are 80 recipes from 37 different countries. You can bookmark your favourite recipes to enable you to go straight to the recipe you want. Conversion tables allow you to prepare the recipes using the weights and measures you are used to and there is also a handy table enabling you to convert your oven temperatures, even if you use a gas cooker. The eBook contains 10 chapters (including bread, starters, meat and fish main courses). Each chapter has 8 recipes including a Rib Roast from Morocco and Grilled King Prawn with Thai Dressing from Australia.

You can download the eBook (costs £0.59)  either in one of 2 ways.

Use a QR code scanner

  1. Open your prefered QR code scanner.
  2. Point your phone camera at the QR code below and scan it.
  3. Follow the onscreen instructions to proceed with the installation.

OR

Manually install from the Android Market

  1. Go to ‘Market’ on your Android-powered device.
  2. Select ‘Search’.
  3. Enter ’80 Seasonal Recipes’ into the search field.
  4. Once you’ve found the ’80 Seasonal Recipes’ app, touch to install.
  5. Follow the onscreen instructions to proceed with the installation.

Forums are now live

Posted on October 25, 2010
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I have just installed a forum on the site. There is a forum for each of the categories on the site where you should be able to have a meaningful discussion about the articles on the site, or suggest articles you would like to see. The forum can be found Here. There is also a link at the top of the page so you should always be able to get there.

Menemen (Turkish Omelette)

Posted on October 25, 2010
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This is a recipe I picked up on my travels to Turkey. Both myself and my wife really enjoy this dish and have served it to guests on numerous occasions.

Ingredients
Serves 2-3

  • 6 large eggs
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 pound skinned chopped tomatoes (or 1 tin chopped tomatoes)
  • 4 ounces mild green chilli peppers
  • 1 ounce margarine (it must be margarine, oil doesn’t work so well)
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • salt for seasoning
  • water

Cooking Instructions

Peel and finely slice the onion. Remove most (but not all) of the seeds from the chillis then slice them into rings, keeping as many seeds as required for hotness.

Melt the margarine into a large frying pan then add the onions & chillis. Sweat the onions until they become soft. Add the tomatoes and allow to reduce (at a fairly high heat) for approx 10 minutes. While the tomatoes are doing, beat the eggs with the salt and pepper.

When there is almost no liquid left in the tomatoes, add a small quantity of water and the beaten eggs. Stir the mixture until the eggs have all firmed up and the dish is ready to serve with crusty bread and a salad garnish.

Cold Calling

Posted on October 24, 2010
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I heard this on the radio a while back and thought it amusing enough to post here.


The phone rang this morning, it was girl from a re-mortgage company. Conversation went like this.

Caller: Do you have a large mortgage on your home?
Me: No actually, I’ve nearly paid it all off.
Caller: Well then are you interested in consolidating all of your loans & credit cards into one easy payment?
Me: I’m sorry, but I don’t have any debts only my small mortgage
Caller: Ok then, how about a loan to make some home improvements?
Me: Funny that but I’ve just had some work done and I paid cash for it.
Caller: What about a new car sir? Are you considering a loan for a new car?
Me: I don’t need one, I’ve got a fairly new Ferrari in the garage next to my Triumph motorcycle.
Caller: Just one more question then sir. Are you looking for a wife?

Lobscouse (also known as Scouse)

Posted on October 24, 2010
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This is a dish I have eaten regularly as a child and is most welcome on a cold winter night.

Ingredients
serves 4-6

  • 1/2 pound of stewing steak
  • 1/2 pound of breast of lamb
  • 1 large onion
  • 1 pound of carrots
  • 5 pounds of potatoes
  • 2 OXO cubes (beef stock cubes)
  • 2 teaspoons of vegetable oil
  • Salt & Pepper
  • water
  • Cooking instructions
    cooked slowly for approx. 4 hours

    Dice the meat into large cubes & lightly brown in the vegetable oil.

    Place meat into a large saucepan, chop onion into large chunks and add to the meat. Add sliced carrots and 1 pound of finely chopped potatoes.

    Half fill saucepan with cold water and then crumble the stock cubes into the water. Add salt & pepper to season.

    Simmer for 2 hours, stiring occasionally. Peel the remaining potatoes and chop roughly, add these to the saucepan and simmer for another 2 hours.

    Serve hot with crusty bread.

    The Scouse can be made in advance and kept covered & refrigerated for up to 2 days and reheated in a saucepan.

    The dish usually tastes better after being reheated.

    New site new era

    Posted on October 23, 2010
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    After a couple of years of this site laying dormant because my home server went AWOL, I have decided to resurrect the site in a new guise. The content should be varied covering such subjects as hobbies, food and drink but also anything the Absolutely Average human might find interesting.

    I envisage that a considerable amount of the content will be about my endeavours in developing apps for the mobile phone market. Anybody interested in mobile phone development (or for that matter) any form of computer development could learn from my experiences both past and future. I intend providing tutorials from the basics right through to the really technical. As the site grows I will be adding forums and other features to make it easier for everyone reading.