USB Turntables Vinyl Record Recording Converters.

So you have an expansive vinyl collection and you would like to convert your collection to a digital format so that you can listen to your favorite music via your portable music player, or just for the simplicity and convenience of having your music available whenever you require and wherever you are situated at that particular moment moment in time.

The answer would be a USB turntable. Right?

Well it’s not quite as simple as that. It will work but there are pitfalls.

First up, do not waste your money on a cheap USB turntable. The cheaper turntables have an awful sound quality replication.

The Sony PSLX300 would be a good choice.

Second it is going to take you a long time to do the conversion from vinyl to digital, if you have a large vinyl collection. For example fifty minutes of vinyl is going to still take fifty minutes to record and convert. Multiply that by the amount of albums you have and you can see this is a time intensive proposition. So it’s probably a good idea to set aside regular ‘recording’ sessions.

That said once you have converted your favorite ‘sounds’ which inevitably you will convert first, you will begin to discover music in your collection that you had forgotten about. This alone is worth the time invested and the money spent on equipment.

Once you have converted your precious ‘sounds’ into  a digital format and made a secure backup of the media. You may wish to sell your vinyl  to free up some space or simply to release some tied up capital.
I would suggest using ebay as a platform to sell your vinyl, if of course you can bear to part with it.

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What are your views or experiences with USB Turntables?

Exercise Bike or Cross Trainer.

Exercise is important for your health and well being.
One way to get some much needed exercise without leaving the comfort of your own home is to purchase some form of exercise equipment.
A couple of good choices are either a cross trainer or an exercise bike.

This two in one Roger Black cross trainer and exercise bike is a fantastic way to lose weight and get in shape. Both exercises are low impact, so are kind on your joints - unlike jogging - and they both provide a great cardiovascular workout which is crucial to burning calories and shifting those unwanted pounds. Manual resistance system. Hand grip and wireless pulse sensor. Console feedback: speed, time, distance, pulse, calories, odometer and scan. 8 level tension control. 6kg flywheel. 26 inch stride length. Maximum user weight 125kg (19st 10lb). General information: Batteries required 2 x AA (included) . Size H110, W72, D165cm. Weight 45kg. Transportation wheels. Self-assembly.

Best Price: £259.99 from Argos

I personally use an exercise bike.

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It is convenient having the exercise bike in my home-office and was not too expensive to purchase.

I use my exercise bike on a regular basis at least once a day. You don’t have to do a cycle marathon to feel the benefits, little and often seems to be the best option for me.  I have found it is possible to actually do some work whilst peddling, writing on a tablet for instance, but I prefer to listen to the local radio station or maybe a podcast.

Do you own an exercise bike or any other sort of fitness equipment?

Desk Fan Summer in the Office.

Hot town, summer in the city,
Back of my neck getting dirty and gritty …
As sung by  The Lovin’ Spoonful 

No sorry I’m afraid it’s ‘summer in the office’ the symptoms are the same but the outcome is different.  Sitting at your desk with not a breeze to be found.

Make your life more comfortable and tolerable in the steaming hot summer weather with a desk fan.

Cool your home or office space without costing the Earth with this Bionaire high performance desk fan. The eco-friendly DC motor uses 63% less energy than a traditional AC fan whilst still providing a powerful air flow to keep your environment cool and comfortable. A variable speed dial gives you full control of the air flow while the LED indicator shows your chosen speed. The quiet operation makes it ideal for desk or table-top use, at home or the office. 3 speed settings. Adjustable tilt. Oscillating. Suitable for freestanding. Size H48, W34, D26cm. Manufacturers 3 year parts and labour guarantee. Minimal assembly.

Best Price: £39.99 from Argos

Another alternative is to have an handy USB powered desk fan if you don’t have easy access to a mains power socket.

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Resistant Starch Have your Pasta and Eat It

In a previous post I showed you how to make your own pasta with a food processor.

Pasta Making Machine
Pasta Making Machine

This post will explain how with the aid of resistant starch you can have your pasta and eat it in moderation of course.

Pasta, white bread and white rice, contain ample amounts of  carbs and as we all know too many carbohydrates are bad for the waistline.

Now what if you could have your carbs and eat them almost guilt free?

A partial answer is resistant starch.

The trick is to cook your pasta or rice and then  cool it and reheat it making very sure that rice in particular is piping hot all the way through.

This process alters the structure of the rice or pasta and turns it into resistant starch, which is much harder for your body to break down and so making your body treat the food more like a fiber food.  Keeping you feeling fuller for longer. This process also works for baked potatoes.

Pasta Eggs Flour

The trick with sliced white bread is to freeze it first and toast it from frozen this will also alter the structure of the bread and make it more like a fiber food.

If you found this post about Resistant Starch and carbohydrates useful then please leave a comment below.


Buying a Stand Mixer an essential kitchen appliance

The stand mixer is an essential kitchen appliance that every home chef can use to enhance and expand their recipe repertoire.

A Stand mixer can whip up lots of healthy treats for you and your family.

From  pancake  batter, homemade pizza dough, muffins, biscuit dough, dressings, dips, homemade mayonnaise, meringues, whipped cream or egg whites, quick breads,  lemon meringue pie, chocolate mousse to velvety smooth cake mixes, the stand mixer Dash and Go will astound you with its versatility and when not in use its small footprint makes for easy storage in the smallest of kitchens.

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Well not quite old rope, more old fire hose, parachute silk and leather.  Up cycled fire hoses and auction banners

Who’d have thought these materials would have produced such elegant, desirable and functional re-cycled items.

The innovative company ELVIS & KRESSE have done just that, producing not only stunning weekend bags but also a myriad of other useful and functional items, including for men. Belts, cuff-links, wallets, key rings all styled as individual unique items.


For ladies there are handbags, overnight bags, purses, clutch bags and belts to mention but a few items.

Decommissioned Fire-hoses, parachute silk, coffee sacks, leather, tea sacks, printing blanket, shoe boxes and auction banners are just a few of the byproducts from industries that are saved from landfill or worse and recycled, or up-cycled by ELVIS & KRESSE.

Rangemaster Cookers Review and things to watch out for


The first choice to be made is mostly dependent on the  fuel supply to your kitchen.  Rangemaster cookers can be  all electric, all gas or a mixture of both in the duel fuel appliance combination.


It is important to check that the oven or ovens on the appliance both show an accurate operating temperature and heat up quickly when switched on. Also if possible check for even heating of the oven space.


The hob can also be gas, electric or a combination of both.

If it is electric check that the rings can they simmer some electrically powered  hobs have a nasty habit of not having a variable enough temperature setting.


Make sure the grill will evenly cook across its entire surface.

Again like the oven check the time the grill takes to heat up.  (continued below)…



(continued)… Another important thing to check is the amount of heated cooking area under the grill. A reasonable expectation is roughly 75% to 80%. Some bad grills only  have a cooking area of 50%.

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What Range style cooker do you own or would like to own?

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