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The Teddington River Festival and Teddington Lifeboat Station Open Day is a family fun day enjoyed by thousands of visitors with a variety of activities across the river including live music, boat rides, river rescue demonstrations, skiffing, rowing and kayaking taster sessions, craft & community stalls, fairground rides and inflatables and so much more.

With the theme ‘Leisure and pleasure on the Thames’, the 2014 festival provided an ideal platform for the, Teddington Lifeboat Station and RNLI Fundraisers, the River Thames Boat Project and its specially adapted Dutch barge ‘Thames Venturer’, the Twickenham Sea Cadets and many other charitable organisations to recruit new members, raise awareness and funds for their cause. More than £6,000 was raised throughout the day for all the charities and not for profit organisations involved. Watch the highlights of the festival via our short video taken throughout the day.

Festival Dragon

We are also very grateful to all the individuals and organisations who support the event through sponsorship and benefit in kind.

The festival simply cannot take place without this level of support. Visit our sponsors page to find out who supported the event this year.


Get Involved

The Teddington River Festival is a charitable community event raising the profile of the River Thames and those who use and serve the river as well as Teddington and its community.


The Teddington River Festival is grateful to the support of community and local sponsors to enable this event to take place. It is not possible to hold this event without this support.

Book a Stand

Craft & community stands are available in the Manor Road Recreation Ground and on the Ham Tow Path at £50 for a 3mx3m pitch. There is a minimum of 4 stands of any one kind, for example, jewellery and only 2 stands.

Donate a Prize

The Teddington River Festival Prize Draw raises funds for the chosen festival charities, which this year include:

  • Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI)
  • River Thames Boat Project
  • Sea Cadets Twickenham

Provide an Activity

The success of the Teddington River Festival is measured by the enjoyment received by visitors throughout the day. We are always looking for events and activities that add value and enjoyment to the day. If you would like to add to the fun.


We are currently looking for support sponsors. Support sponsors will benefit from branding on the day, an advertisement in the official programme that will be distributed before and during the festival as well as optional stand space on the day.


Smith’s Ten Second Knife and Scissors Sharpener – Review

Smith's Ten Second Knife and Scissors Sharpener

When I first saw this small 10 Second Sharpener for under five dollars in Lowes, I didn’t think it would amount to much. (The retail price has increased a few dollars since then.) At the time, I was a little short on cash but needed something to put a quick edge back on the majority of our kitchen knife supply. (The belt sander edging was no longer keeping my family happy.)

When I got the sharpener home I quickly removed the bubble pack and stood at the countertop, busily sharpening one dull knife after another for the next thirty minutes. True to the package labeling claim, I would have to agree that you can put a fine edge on a medium grade steel knife in about ten seconds. It may take a little longer if the knife is in extremely bad shape. Visit here: https://www.emailmeform.com/builder/emf/sale/huusk-reviews for extra information.

Second Knife and Scissors

Sharpening instructions are included in the package. I would advise anyone purchasing this item to read them before attempting to use this small 3″ by 5″ tool. Most home sharpeners require the user to draw the knife across the tool with the sharp edge of the knife blade facing down. This one has you hold the knife on a flat surface with the spine of the knife down. The tool is then drawn over the sharp edge of the blade through the “V” notch, which contains the carbide cutting heads.

Sharpening scissors is just as easy as working on knives. The blades protrude through a couple of angled openings in the plastic housing, allowing the carbide cutters to address the metal at a precise angle. As an added bonus, you can rotate the tool 180 degrees to work on left-handed scissors.

The over all design of this sharpener is very good with much thought given to the ergonomics of the human hand. The finger grips are inlayed with a soft, easily cleaned rubber for maximum comfort when sharpening multiple knives. There is an access cover to the carbide cutters in the knife sharpening notch. Opening this allows you to flip the cutters over when they become dull. They are also replaceable when they are worn out.

The small size of this sharpener allows it to be stored easily in the drawer with your kitchen knives. It is always in within reach to put a quick, new edge on any of my knives without creating a major interruption in the food preparation process. After using this sharpener for nearly two years, I would highly recommend it to anyone. The company website makes it easy to find a retailer handling their sharpening products.

Prostate Cancer: Symptoms and Treatment of Cancer of the Prostate

Prostate Cancer

The prostate is a part of the male reproductive system, so naturally the disease is limited to men. As a cancer, prostate cancer is second only to lung cancer with regard to fatality. Prostate cancer is a common, and serious disease that must be dealt with through early identification, and immediate treatment, View https://www.laweekly.com/prostastream-reviews-best-prostate-supplement-for-you/ for effective information right now..

The primary way of detecting prostate cancer is through a rectal exam. The rectal exam, which is one of the most joked about aspects of male medical treatment in middle age and beyond, is an important test that can make the difference between life and death to a person living with prostate cancer.

Symptoms of Prostate Cancer

Symptoms of Prostate Cancer

Like lung cancer, a frightening and typical characteristic of prostate cancer is that symptoms are seldom evident until the more advanced stages of the disease. More advanced stages of prostate cancer display symptoms such as difficult urination, a decrease in the strength of the urination stream, and discomfort in the pelvis (Mayo Clinic).

Other, more obvious symptoms include the presence of blood in the urine or semen, bone pain, or swelling in the legs. Regular prostate screenings are recommended for older adults, even when none of these symptoms occur (Mayo Clinic).

Treatment of Prostate Cancer

Treatment of prostate cancer generally falls into the categories of surgery, radiation therapy, or hormone therapy. Other new treatments may include cryosurgery, chemotherapy, and high-intensity ultra sound (National Cancer Institute).

Surgical treatment of prostate cancer is generally reserved for patients in good health because recovery from surgery can be difficult on the body. Surgery treatment, which involves physically removing cancer cells, may range from lymph node removal to total prostate removal. Pelvic lymphadenectomy is a surgical treatment that removes the lymph nodes surrounding the prostate to determine the presence of cancer. If cancer is discovered, other treatment methods such as radiation or hormone therapy may be used. Radical prostatectomy is a surgical procedure that removes the entire prostate through invasive surgery (National Cancer Institute).

Radiation therapy uses high-energy radiation such as X-ray to destroy the cancerous cells before they can spread. The type of radiation used depends greatly on the stage of the cancer. Drugs can also be used to destroy cancer cells or cease their division (American Cancer Institute).

Treatment of Prostate Cancer

Certain hormones, such as estrogen, have been known to help cancer cells divide. Hormone therapy is a type of treatment that helps prevent hormone assistance by removing or blocking the action of hormones that provoke the cancer to spread (National Cancer Institute).

Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for educational purposes only and should not be used for diagnosis or to guide treatment without the opinion of a health professional. Any reader who is concerned about his or her health should contact a doctor for advice.

The British Inner City Knife-Crime Phenomenon

The British Inner City Knife-Crime Phenomenon

Not surprisingly, the topic of how young people in Britain (especially the inner city areas) should handle personal safety concerns, with the growing incidence of fatal stabbings, is raised with increasing frequency. It’s a really complex one to address from the perspective of the individual who is trying to protect himself/herself – or their loved ones – but I will try a New Age approach in this article which I hope teenagers (and their parents) will identify with and understand.

Yes, there is a larger social picture which needs to be addressed to stem the rising tide of knife violence (from a community perspective). The causes of this ‘epidemic’ need to be directly addressed for the betterment of the whole community. But many people are concerned with how to preserve life now, as things currently stand. The social solution cannot be effected overnight so the burning issue of personal safety remains in the meantime.

Before I enter this ‘prickly maze’ and start making suggestions on a topic of this importance and magnitude, it’s worth elaborating on a particular aspect of WHY? this is happening and what the significance of these reasons is (about the mindset associated with perpetrators and victims of knife crime).

A mass of statistics are constantly being published and manipulated in the media, with different explanations offered to suit different political agendas. As someone who has faced this sort of violence personally (and had to make personal choices about self defense based on being a teenager in such an environment) I have got a reasonable perspective on the sort of decision making processes which are occurring ‘on the ground’ – so to speak. These are just my opinion and my views, but I think having a working perspective on this makes it more obvious (and less hypothetical) how one needs to tackle the threat from one’s own personal viewpoint.

Addressing The Topic:

One perspective I do not hear being debated – or explained – in the media, but which is pertinent to explaining why this sudden turn to knife-related violence is actually occurring, is the question of “WHY are these youngsters and gangsters making the shift towards these vicious knife attacks in Britain – and not so much in other urbanised nations?”Why is it a local, British phenomenon?

A highly likely explanation of the recent shift towards knife crime is actually (purely my views, remember)because the police have been so effective with their Trident operation that they have made it very difficult for criminals and gangsters to access firearms. The reduction in gun crime, I believe, is a big reason for why thugs are turning to knives. Gun inflow to theUK was stemmed a while ago – and gun crime was then fuelled by a ‘pool’ of the same weapons being circulated around the criminal fraternity. This weapons pool was then decimated by removing the weapons from the streets – which briefly led to a spell of crimes relating to the conversion of replica guns to live ammunition (by a small number of criminal gangs). The replica converters were then rounded up too – and then the supply of weapons really ‘dried up,’ so to speak.

This then left only the commonly available household and related implements at the disposal of thugs. The problem with knives then became that anyone could get one. In the days of limited numbers of firearms it quickly became known within the community WHO? actually possessed a firearm. All and sundry were not in a position to respond (and get their own firearms) at this stage. So a ‘status quo’ was established – whereby those without weapons did not think they had a chance against the weapons carriers.

Confrontations were then less likely because the unarmed members of society took reasonable and simple measures to avoid violence breaking out with known, armed thugs. They naturally drifted towards instinctive measures of avoidance – and I believe therein lies the solution (even today). Implement natural avoidance measures – as you would against gun-wielding criminal threats.

Continuing with the Scenario Development:

Now that the almighty gun is no longer prevalent, everyone feels they have a genuine fighting chance against a knife-wielding threat by simply getting a bigger knife, Check more details here. Teenagers think they have a better chance of arming to the same level as the opponents they fear. This has led teenagers from the more vulnerable sections of society to arm themselves to try to match what they believe is the potential threat. It’s become a phenomenon of feeding the hysteria and building the tension – on both sides of the conflict (victims and perpetrators).

The easy access to knives has caused more of the vulnerable individuals/groups to arm themselves – making the threat of a violent confrontation much more likely and raising the level of tension artificially high, as a result.

Now don’t get me wrong, I am not implying that the bulk of teenagers are carrying weapons as a result – because they are not. However, because nobody is sure any more of who is likely to be armed (and who isn’t), the tensions are very high and the natural instinct to strike pre-emptively (yes, the pre-emptive strike is a natural instinct – developed for a good reason – survival) is being fuelled by this tension.

Thus, more of the susceptible groups have armed themselves and when they feel threatened in any way – or even intimidated – they hasten towards being ‘proactive’ and striking before the ‘enemy’ strikes them first. This is leading to an escalation of the frequency and intensity of violence, due to increased suspicion levels between teenagers – and is really symptomatic of a transfer in these societies from lower frequencies gun crime to higher frequencies of knife crime instead – which is a self-fuelling scourge on society and is, hence escalating far above the gun crime levels it’s replacing.

Back to the solution – planned, premeditated and effective avoidance measures (designed around pre-empting potential risks) will form the solution. By “avoidance” I don’t just mean staying indoors (although, in many cases, it does help to do so). I also mean:

  1. Taking steps to ensure you are not in high risk areas or ‘hot-spots’
  2. Ensuring that you are not armed (because that makes the likelihood of knife violence almost unavoidable, if a confrontation happens to arise)
  3. Choosing your friends wisely and avoiding ‘herd mentality’
  4. Finding new interests to keep you busy, so that you are not tempted to loiter in the streets – ‘wasting time’ – as a form of ‘passing time’
  5. Plan any of your trips and if you are to walk the streets avoid high-risk areas and areas frequented by high-risk individuals (or gangs)

I know this sort of guidance may sometimes appear to be an oversimplification of the situation – and in some cases it is (because even if you keep to yourself you may live in a community where the threat actually comes to you – even if you stay indoors all day). How do you deal with that scenario?

It’s difficult to say:

Moving in large groups will help. Moving during daylight hours whenever possible will also help. In addition, learning a martial art will be very handy (for 2 reasons):

lethal weapons has been downgraded
  1. It serves as a positive activity – which fills teenagers’ time productively – and also builds a sense of confidence.
  2. It serves to teach you your own limits and vulnerabilities – and to be able to judge them in relation to those of others (which makes you less likely to misjudge situations and more likely to take the correct defensive action – if you are unfortunate enough to be caught up in a threatening situation).

As alluded to earlier, the fact that such violence is increasing is probably a result of people no longer knowing where the lines are drawn, because the definition of lethal weapons has been downgraded to a level where the majority now have access to them. Before this conundrum presented itself people were much more able to naturally take evasive action and stay safe. If we all disarm immediately (those of us with decency and the will to live) the armed thug will actually become less of a threat to us as individuals, because we will revert to addressing such threats in the same way we would deal with gun-wielding rogues. I don’t think anyone really needs instruction on how to do that, so I won’t attempt to give any….

Technology for the Work Place

Technology for the Work Place

It seems that with every new day there is an up-to-the-minute technological product announced. All around us, ideas are being innovated and created to improve our everyday functions. No longer is work information saved into the one monitor and modem sitting in your office cubicle; now a days we are accessing material from any computer, any cell phone, at any time. There is even this fresh, hip term that has budded from the phenomenon: the cloud. The cloud is no longer just a mass of water vapor in the sky; in fact, when searched online, cloud brings up a majority of storage related stories. So what exactly does this once meteorological word mean?

The cloud, quite simply, is a place to store information and connect one another over the internet. Cloud computing is completely evolving the way we store material and communicate, by improving speed, reducing cost, and upgrading performance. With all that said, it pretty much becomes a necessity for all companies and work environments. Together coworkers can interact with and share business data easily and securely. Soon all of us will be using this so-called cloud in the work place, school, and in our personal lives.

One cloud-esque product for your company is Hologram; made to connect your business, people, partners and content in one place. Communication through email is a thing of the past. On software such as Oogwave, you save more time and can ultimately achieve more by utilizing collaboration. Email has offered multi-line communication and has broken the barrier of geography, but it’s Oogwave that offers inside and outside sharing. This way you can have team work on multiple private groups within the company, but also share externally to collaborate with outside partners.

The main selling point for the cloud is that possibilities seem endless. While using Oogwave software, you can sync and connect at anytime from anywhere. One customer from Spain puts it in layman’s terms, “Oogwave has simply helped us reduce the time from a new idea to call to action to execution. It has helped us tremendously in managing and accelerating innovation within.” While once we were emailing files and folders to one another as attachments, we can now keep all collaborators, information, content and processes in one single spot. What better for a company than a place to monitor, control, and improve material from a multitude of directions?

The Underground World of Internet Meme Humor and Satire

Internet Meme Humor and Satire

The world of Internet culture has its own language, protocol and website cliques. An Internet meme is a single image that provides satire. A common Internet meme is a satirical approach at the motivational posters seen in businesses and corporate offices. Internet memes are often used to represent celebrities after iconic mistakes such as the incident with Kanye West and Taylor Swift. Memes are virally popular images, which take up email messages, domain names, and they are posted on several online forums.

Origin of the Meme

The term “meme” was introduced in a 1976 pop-science book entitled The Selfish Gene. The book was authored by Richard Dawkins. The meme was a viral entity that spread from human to human. The meme was able to evolve and change as it passed to different people. Just like the satirical images that spread on the Internet, a meme can last for only a few days or it can perpetuate for years. One Internet meme that continues to evolve and persist is the image of cats, which are termed “LOLcats” online. The Internet meme considered the first to propagate across the Internet was the dancing baby, even seen in television shows such as Ally McBeal,Visit our website for fruitful information about internet meme right now.

The Start and Propagation of Memes

The website 4chan is known as the central point for meme creation. 4chan is an image board started by the head administrator named “moot.” The group of people who originate Internet memes are in the section of 4chan labeled “/b/.” /b/ creates the memes, which are then picked up by other generation websites. The 4chan group is known as a rude, crude Internet sensation. Moot even made Time Magazine Most Influential People finalist in 2009.

Meme generation sites such as Know Your Meme, Encyclopedia Dramatica and Meme Generator continue to propagate the 4chan memes to the Internet. As more people read the meme image, it evolves into different pop culture icons and textual content. Websites such as the Meme Generator provide templates for the most popular memes, and allow users to create their own within minutes. These Internet memes – although crude and considered obscene – are a part of the culture that shapes online activity and personalities. Many memes insult and shock people, but the images shown and the text displayed are witty, interesting and even make people laugh.

Don’t Bring a Knife to a Gun Fight; Or, Having a Battle of Wits with an Unarmed Person


We’ve all heard that phrase in my title, right? “Don’t bring a knife to a gun fight?” Or more precisely for this treatise, don’t have a battle of wits with an unarmed person? Some folks just love to ignore these two admonitions.

My overview WAS NOT a threat of physical violence. It was a metaphor, which by the way, isn’t it awesomely stupid that when I use metaphor I have to then announce I used metaphor? I have to for the disclaimer value because those that wanna pick a fight with me will use any rationalization to try to win the day. What dolts!

tripe that rolls off your fingertip

Do any of you people read some of the tripe that rolls off your fingertips? I ask because in this realm of electronic goings-on there are a lot of punches thrown that do not connect. And the part that really slays me, is the puncher whose blow landed short will then be the loudest to scream foul when I counter punch and take them off their feet, again, speaking in metaphor and employing the writer’s tool of rhetorical statements, learn more here.

And yes, I am the one guilty of taking the bait, thus I end up having a battle of wits with an unarmed fool. Sorry friends – it’s my nature. I am a naturally pugnacious individual. Kind, respectful and considerate of all, but push me and I’ll cut ya three ways – long, deep and continuous – again, metaphor!

Do those that play this foolish game actually think they are winning the day with a little tantrum?

What these dolts lack is humility. Y’all have heard of that, right? It’s that, “Don’t throw stones if your house is made of glass.” “Judge not lest ye be judged.” And no, I am not arguing dissenting opinions are an issue. But when persons forget they are no more perfect than the one they attempt to defame, they truly show their colors.

For example, I once had a political dissenter show up on my article and basically state “The author left out an apostrophe, so if they do not know grammar, they are too stupid to be giving anyone else advice” or something to that effect.

So when I went to that person’s CP page imagine my delight when in their own bio they had one subject-verb disagreement and one misspelling, like the word “here” when they meant “hear.” And the person in question had a BA in Journalism!

Lemme see, lemme see . . . A professional journalist, or at least one with the sheepskin to imply professional, defames me, an amateur, yet they are no better than I? So isn’t that like Tom Brady dressing down an 8 year old pee wee football player for not being a pro? So Tom Brady throws two interceptions and then fusses at the amateur for throwing one interception? BS folks!

And the dissenter was not a working journalist. They got their BA in Journalism, but their bio listed no professional accomplishments. Their next statement in the bio was how 5 years later they got their JD to practice law. Hmmmm . . . what to make of that?

So if I can put together a scenario based on the evidence, the person in question graduated from college to be a journalist, yet it took the 5 years to complete a 3 year law degree? So either they were too inept to do a three year program in three years, or more likely, they tried journalism, failed, flopped, or whatever, then went to law school after two years in journalistic limbo.

By the way, what I just typed I said to them openly, and they did not deny it, so more than likely, they were a failed journalist who joined AP to throw their weight around to impress we amateurs (yes, I know AP has many successful professional journalists who produce here). What an ass.

That would be like me defaming new motorcycle riders for their lack of experience. I mean, I have been riding big man motorsickles since 1978, so should I try and punk the newbies when compared to my 31 years in the saddle? Only a lame assed punk would engage in such, and I am plenty of things, but lame assed punk ain’t one of ’em! What was the point to all this? Just to try and once again remind some who need it that no one is above learning something new every single day – no one! And just when you think you have the world by the short hairs, someone, hopefully me, will come along and smack ya back to reality. Remind you that you ain’t all that and a bag of chips.

I have zero illusions as to my greatness and impact upon this rock. I will live and die and no one will give a rat’s ass except my loved ones, and I’m just fine with that! Some of you need to take a lesson in humility from me.

And that’s what’s coming next in Whiplash’s catalog. I will delve into the concepts of humility, false-humility and boasting. Let’s just separate the men from the boys, or the women form the girls. I have spent my life observing and chronicling what I see and hear. It is indeed amazing how if one catalogs, files and ruminates about what they see around them, so much can be learned. Sometimes the school of hardknocks is a damn fine university.

school of hardknocks and my formal BA

And when we add my PHd. from the school of hardknocks and my formal BA I indeed have plenty to ruminate upon. Stay tuned. Whiplash is just getting started. (Don’t y’all love it when I go all “third person” on ya?)

Adobe Premiere Video Editing: Top 10 Tips for Beginners

Adobe Premiere Video Editing

Adobe Premiere is a useful editing application for both professional and novice video editors. The layout of the programs, makes the editing work flow go smoothly and there are dozens of features available to manipulate and edit footage.

If you are a beginner in Adobe Premiere, there are ten essential things you need to learn about the software. Once you get past these hurdles, you will be able to edit a lot easier and get into the more advanced features of the software.

Default Settings

There are two default settings that should be changed to save a lot of time while editing. Both settings are accessed in the “Edit,” “Preferences” and “General” sub-menu. Click on the checkbox labeled “Scale Media to Project Size.” This means that any picture or video file will be scaled down to the project size. If you are mixing pictures, HD video, and standard video, this option saved a lot of time from “Scaling” and making sure that videos fit properly in the frame.

The other default setting is the “Default Picture Length.” It’s originally set at 150 frames or five seconds of footage, but you can change this to any set amount so you do not have to adjust every single picture you add to the project. Press “OK” once the changes are made and they will automatically apply, You will get more details on movavi video editor.

Adobe Premiere

Audio Mixers

Adobe Premiere users that access a single monitor to no get the full view of every window and editing tool. One of the more important hidden tools is the “Audio Mixer.” There are two ways to access this. The first is to click on “View,” “Workspace” and select “Audio Mixing Workspace.” The second way is to click on “Window” and select the “Audio Mixer.”

Clip Speed

Whether you want a slow motion replay or to speed up a shot, the process is quick and easy. Right-click on a video and select the “Speed” icon. Choose a new percentage or a duration and click “OK” to apply it.

Connecting Media

If you have a sound effect or a song that you want on a specific part of a clip, then you lock the media together so additional editing does not separate them. Click on the video clip to highlight it. Hold “CTRL” and click on the audio clip. Right-click in one of them and select “Link” or “Group.”

Zoom Tools

The timeline can become crowded. Get to exact moments with the zoom navigation tool. Click and drag the small zoom slider in the bottom left corner of the “Timeline” window. You can zoom out as far as the project or zoom in to single frame edits.


Go to “File,” “New” and “Title” to create a new title for the project. Click on the “Live Preview” button to show the video in the background so you can see how the title will look. Also use the title create to create simple shapes and objects like circles, arrows and octagons.


Edit complicated scenes in their own compositions. Go to “File,” “New” and select “Composition.” Make the edits in the second composition and then just drag the “Composition 2” file from the “Project Window” into the “Composition 1” to add it.


Locate video transitions in the “Effects” tab. Under the “Video Transitions” folder you can drag and drop dozens of transitions into a project. Make changes to the transitions with the “Effect Controls” tab. Extend the transition longer and change the way it animates on the screen.

Quick Render

Most of the effects and videos render in real time with Adobe Premiere, but to see a preview of full effects, titles and transitions, simply press “Enter” on the keyboard. This will render the project and automatically play a preview in the “Monitor” window.

Project Bins

Keep your project more organized with “Bins” or folders to organize files. Click on the “Folder” icon in the “Project” window to create a new folder. Give the folder a name and then drag the files in there. This will help separate clips and make them easier to add to the project.

Keep practicing while you edit to get the most out of the software and adapt to the program.

Easier to Lose Weight When I Was Younger

Easier to Lose Weight When I Was Younger

Weight loss was easier when I was younger, but here I go again, reinventing my grocery list and clearing my pantry of forbidden foods. There are no “forbidden foods” on the Weight Watchers new 360 plan since they teach moderation and tracking. But there are foods that are more difficult for me to resist than others. I am changing my food life by writing down every bite and learning to plan and balance my food intake within my 26-point allotment for each day.

Weight Watchers

The leader at my weekly Weight Watchers meeting reminds us that we have 49 “extra” points each week and we should feel confident using them. Heck, I could really go wild and use all of them in one sitting — if I let myself. I’ve lost only 13 pounds so far this time, but I sure don’t want to see it again. This time I know I have to make a lifelong commitment to change or I will wind up right back in the same place I was 13 pounds ago.

There are lots of feelings associated with weight loss: frustration when you don’t lose or lose as much as you think you should, exhilaration when the number of pounds lost inches upward, pride in yourself for losing and doing something very good for yourself, pride when you catch your reflection in a store window, and disappointment in self when you secretly eat ice cream or sneak chocolate and don’t write it down (or add the total into your daily points).

I have committed to this way of eating, but so far I have not committed to the “e-word” — exercise. I blame it on anything I can and make tons of excuses to self. Who am I kidding? Only me! I know I should be walking but somehow my feet won’t take me out the door, get more info. Sure, I’ve walked a few times, but it’s never regular. They say you have to do something at least 10 times before it becomes a habit¬. I don’t know if I will ever do the “e-word” 10 times in a row. I have good intentions, though. My old tennis shoes are in the back of my car in case I am out somewhere and have time to walk. So far, they haven’t hit the dirt.

We real estate agents are really big on a call-to-action, so here’s one: Commit to walk for 15 minutes a day every day for 10 days. Let’s test it and see if it feels like something we’d like to have as a habit. I will. Care to join me?

Living with Diabetes

Living with Diabetes

What You Should Know

Type 1 and Type 2
Diabetes type 1 is an autoimmune disease which affects the beta cells of the pancreas that produces insulin. This disease was formerly known as insulin dependent diabetes mellitus (IDDM). This disease presents in children, as well as in adults, and is characterized by the loss of the beta cells of the pancreas, which are known as the islets of Langerhans. However, since type 1 diabetes was most commonly associated with children, it was formerly known as juvenile diabetes.

Diabetes is incurable; there is no method of prevention, and no way to reverse the disease. In type 2 diabetes, it can be managed by diet and a healthy lifestyle. In some cases a patient with type 1 diabetes can have a transplant of the islet cells of the pancreas to arrest the disease, but in type 2 diabetes this option is not available, because this from of the disease is not an autoimmune disease.

Signs and Symptoms

Signs and Symptoms

The characteristics of this disease presents with excessive thirst, frequent urination, unexplained weight loss, and extreme fatigue. These symptoms can be present in both types of diabetes, especially if the patient has poor eating habits and leads a sedentary lifestyle.


The diagnosis is usually made when patients report their symptoms and complaints to their doctor. In the case of children the parents notice their symptoms and complaints and take the child to their physician to be examined. Diabetes is often discovered when a patient is having other problems that they are seeking help for, such as: poor wound healing, ulcers of the feet, eye problems and fungal infections.

In the diagnostic phase of the examination, the doctor will test the patient’s blood glucose level when fasting. A normal fasting blood sugar (FBS) ranges from 70-99 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dl). Diabetes should be suspected if the FBS levels run between 100 mg/dl and 126 mg/dl, which are considered above normal for fasting levels.

Treatment and management

Treatment and management

In type 1 diabetes the treatment is insulin replacement; without it diabetic ketoacidosis and coma can develop which will lead to death if not treated. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease and is caused by the patient’s own immune system waging war against the proteins within the islet cells of the pancreas.

The antibodies of the immune system “see” these necessary proteins as a threat to the body and set out to destroy them, which results in the inability of the islets to produce insulin.

Insulin is a natural hormone produced in the islet cells of the pancreas. The function of insulin is to counteract high levels of blood glucose (hyperglycemia), by regulating glucose metabolism. Without the production of insulin, glucose, the fuel that our cells need to survive, cannot cross the outer membranes of the cells to nourish the cells of our body. Insulin carries glucose into the cells by a process called active transport. In short, insulin functions like a little taxi that carries the glucose molecules into the cells. The cells have a receptor, or more like a lock, and insulin has the key to unlock it, to allow the glucose to enter and nourish the whole body. Without insulin we would die.

Patient education is key to managing diabetes. Learning how to incorporate a healthy eating plan, sensible exercise and self-glucose monitoring will help to manage the disease as well as reducing the long term complications, such as heart disease, kidney failure and high blood pressure, visit your url.


At this time there are no preventative measures of type 1 diabetes. The risk of type 2 diabetes in some cases can be reduced by making healthy changes in lifestyle. Making positive changes in our diet, as well as increasing our activity can do much to prevent the complications that bring on type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is often associated with age and weight, as well as genetics. As we get older, and the more we become overweight, we become more at risk for type 2 diabetes.

Since my parents both had diabetes, and they both died from complications from the disease; I decided to make some healthy changes in my lifestyle. I changed to non-fat milk, lowered my fat intake, by eating more chicken and less beef, as well as incorporated lots of fresh vegetables and fruits in my diet, and instead of eating meat as a main course, I use it more as a condiment. We can choose to make changes to improve our lifestyle, which could prevent the onset of diabetes type 2, but at this time there is no cure or prevention for diabetes type 1. Researchers are working to put an end to this disease.

What to do now

If you are having some or all of the signs and symptoms mentioned above, go to your doctor to be evaluated. To learn more about diabetes, go to the American Diabetes Association website. There you will find information on nutrition, recipes, weight management, exercise and other helpful information.

Work Cited:

American Diabetes Association
http://www.diabetes.org/home.jsp Web MD
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Lose Weight with a Cookie?

Lose Weight with a Cookie

From diet pills to surgery, people will do whatever it takes to lose weight. I’m one of those people. Yes, I have fell victim with some of these diets. Some have worked and some have failed. But it’s always worth trying a “miracle”, right? What about COOKIES that are suppose to help you lose weight? They sound like a “miracle” but do they work?

commercial for weight loss

I was sitting on my couch watching television, taking a break from my life, when I saw this commercial for weight loss cookies. I watched the commercial and was taken back. Could a cookie really help with weight issues? After all, that would be a diet for me. I love cookies! So, I decided to go research these wonder cookies on their website.

While researching them, I was taken back yet again at the price of these things. Are they magical cookies sprinkled with fairy dust? They have to be to pay that much for some cookies. Well, that could be just me, I guess I’m somewhat, well…..cheap. There I said it.

I’m not saying that they don’t work, I haven’t tried them, but that’s the whole reason for me writing about them. I want to know if anybody has ever heard of them and if they have tried it. I’m curious!!! Always have been, which is probably the reason I have tried many diets.

The way the diet works is you replace a meal with these cookies, not sure how many you eat at a meal. Quoted from the website itself, “Smart For Life, Eat Cookies, Lose Weight. It’s That Simple. For first time ever our famous healthy cookies are available for an at home program. Our cookies are made with mostly organic ingredients. They are the best tasting products ever. No GMO, Natural, No preservative. Some of our products are Heart Healthy. Each cookie is a meal.”

balanced fruits

These cookies are made with balanced fruits, proteins, fiber, and vegetables. They are suppose to help with cravings and hunger. “Smart For Life diet cookies have helped thousands of people shed millions of pounds!” (Quoted from the website) Where are these thousands of people who have had success with this diet? I would like to hear from you. Leave a comment and tell us what you thought of the diet and how well you did or didn’t do. I’m dying to see if these things have actually worked for at least one person out there.

If you think this is the diet for you or if you want to check them out for yourself, here is the website: https://www.emailmeform.com/builder/emf/sale/k-drops-test

History of the festival

The Teddington River Festival is a community event encompassing the Annual Teddington RNLI Lifeboat Station Open Day.


The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI)

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) provides, on call, a 24-hour lifeboat search and rescue service and a seasonal lifeguard service throughout the UK. With 236 stations and an active fleet of 330 lifeboats the RNLI rescues around 22 people per day. The Teddington Lifeboat Station, manned entirely by volunteers, is one of 4 stations along the Thames which collectively launched their lifeboats a total of 884 times last year rescuing 270 people. Teddington was ranked the 21st busiest station out of the 236 stations.

Thames Boat Project (TBP)

The River Thames Boat Project is a registered charity that gives people of all ages the chance to access the Thames, to discover this fascinating river, and to learn more about its environment. The specially adapted community barge, the Thames Venturer, provides day and residential cruises for people of all ages and abilities from its berth in Kingston upon Thames, and is also used as a floating classroom by local schools. The River Thames Boat Project runs five programmes including: day and residential cruises for people with physical disabilities.

Twickenham Sea Cadets (TSC)

The Twickenham Sea Cadets are part of the UK’s oldest nautical youth charity. Established in 1854 the first Sea Cadet unit at Whitstable in Kent, gave young people instruction on a naval theme. Traditionally old seafarers provided training while local businessmen funded the Unit Headquarters.

The tradition of community-based Sea Cadet Units continues today with 400 across the UK each with charitable status enabling them to raise funds to meet their running costs.

'A Thames View'

‘A Thames View’ Photography Competition sponsored by MAA Architects, Outerspace Limited and The Flying Cloud Café

Thank you to everyone who took part and our congratulations to the winning entries.


How to find us

From Teddington:

  • By rail: From Teddington Station turn left onto Station Road. At Teddington High Street turn right and continue through to the end of Ferry Road
  • By bus: The bus routes 281, 285, R33 and R68 stop at the Teddington Lock stop which is 200m walk from Teddington Lock
  • By car: There is limited street parking available in the residential roads north of the Kingston and Twickenham Roads



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