Monday, July 25, 2016

Fairlinch campsite in Braunton, North Devon is now open!

Fairlinch campsite in Braunton is now open! Special Summer reduction for family pitches 2 Adults + 2 Children £20 per night. Visit their website here


Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Why You Should Talk to Your Teenager about Alcohol

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Young children listen to their parents 
While younger children admire their parents and listen to everything you tell them, teenagers are moving towards independence and they start to listen to their peers more. They still need your protection, love and approval, however, even when they roll their eyes, so you should keep the communication lines open.

They need your advice
Children may say you are too old or uncool to know anything, but if you share some stories from your youth, and talk to them about your feelings, rather than talking at them, they’ll listen. This is important because if you don’t start a dialogue about alcohol with them, their friends will and they might not have as good an idea about it as you!

It’s an important conversation to have, and to keep having, but you also need to leave room for their questions, even if they seem silly.

Preventing underage drinking is important
Drinking too early in life can have an impact on your child’s social, academic and work attainment. It’s not too late to talk if you find out that they’ve tried alcohol already. Everyone makes mistakes, and if you explain that you’re concerned rather than angry, you won’t scare them into keeping their drinking secret.

It’s an on-going conversation, during which you build up trust and talk about feelings and opinions. It’s especially important with older teenagers, as they will be learning to drive. You need to talk about alcohol and driving before you have to find a drink drive solicitors firmIf your teenager feels he or she can approach you with questions and concerns, you stand a better chance of keeping them safe. Make sure they know you’re open to talking about it.

Accept that they’ll be curious
Drinking has such a huge place in our society that it’s hardly surprising teenagers are curious and even keen. Make sure it’s you they approach to find out more, rather than friends, TV shows and the media.

Questions you may have

Isn’t my child too young to think about alcohol?
If your child sees your friends and family drinking and having fun, then they’ll ask questions about alcohol from an early age. Make sure you talk to them in an age-appropriate way. If they’re asking, they need an answer.
Of course they may learn about alcohol at school, but you are their most influential role-model.

Will talking about drinking encourage it?
No, especially if you’re open and honest and explain why they have to wait until age 18 to drink. It’s been shown that good sex education results in fewer teenage pregnancies, and the same goes for alcohol. Talking encourages responsible thinking and behaviour, it doesn’t compel them to go and get drunk as soon as possible!

Will they think I’m hypocritical?
There are sound medical reasons why children shouldn’t drink alcohol and so as long as you set a good example and drink sensibly, you’re not a hypocrite for telling them to avoid drink.

While teenagers are almost grown up, they have to realise that their brains and bodies aren’t developed fully and that they should look after these precious commodities.

Why You Should Talk to Your Teenager about Alcohol

Consideration has been given for the editing and publishing of this post

Young children listen to their parents 
While younger children admire their parents and listen to everything you tell them, teenagers are moving towards independence and they start to listen to their peers more. They still need your protection, love and approval, however, even when they roll their eyes, so you should keep the communication lines open.

They need your advice
Children may say you are too old or uncool to know anything, but if you share some stories from your youth, and talk to them about your feelings, rather than talking at them, they’ll listen. This is important because if you don’t start a dialogue about alcohol with them, their friends will and they might not have as good an idea about it as you!
It’s an important conversation to have, and to keep having, but you also need to leave room for their questions, even if they seem silly.

Preventing underage drinking is important
Drinking too early in life can have an impact on your child’s social, academic and work attainment. It’s not too late to talk if you find out that they’ve tried alcohol already. Everyone makes mistakes, and if you explain that you’re concerned rather than angry, you won’t scare them into keeping their drinking secret.

It’s an on-going conversation, during which you build up trust and talk about feelings and opinions. It’s especially important with older teenagers, as they will be learning to drive. You need to talk about alcohol and driving before you have to find a drink drive solicitors firmIf your teenager feels he or she can approach you with questions and concerns, you stand a better chance of keeping them safe. Make sure they know you’re open to talking about it.

Accept that they’ll be curious
Drinking has such a huge place in our society that it’s hardly surprising teenagers are curious and even keen. Make sure it’s you they approach to find out more, rather than friends, TV shows and the media.

Questions you may have

Isn’t my child too young to think about alcohol?
If your child sees your friends and family drinking and having fun, then they’ll ask questions about alcohol from an early age. Make sure you talk to them in an age-appropriate way. If they’re asking, they need an answer.
Of course they may learn about alcohol at school, but you are their most influential role-model.

Will talking about drinking encourage it?
No, especially if you’re open and honest and explain why they have to wait until age 18 to drink. It’s been shown that good sex education results in fewer teenage pregnancies, and the same goes for alcohol. Talking encourages responsible thinking and behaviour, it doesn’t compel them to go and get drunk as soon as possible!

Will they think I’m hypocritical?
There are sound medical reasons why children shouldn’t drink alcohol and so as long as you set a good example and drink sensibly, you’re not a hypocrite for telling them to avoid drink.

While teenagers are almost grown up, they have to realise that their brains and bodies aren’t developed fully and that they should look after these precious commodities.

Friday, May 27, 2016

The Qualities of a Good Personal Injury Lawyer

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When people are confronted with personal injury for themselves or for family members, they want a lawyer who gives them the legal support they need to get on with their lives. The way to achieve this is to find the best personal injury lawyers in Toronto. Lawyers who specialize in personal injury such as the lawyers at HSH Personal Injury Law will have in-depth knowledge of personal injury law and years of experience in the field. Insurance companies also know the lawyers in their region, and their success rates. This can make a difference whether the insurance company wants to take the risk of going to court.

The Client Needs to Feel Confident

Good lawyers are good communicators. They keep their clients in the loop and establish a good lawyer-client relationship. Clients must feel comfortable asking questions and must get clear answers in order to maintain trust in their lawyer. 

Specialization

Clients not only need a lawyer who specializes in personal injury cases, but also in other aspects of personal injury law. Many clients want to take a settlement offer and need to trust their lawyer to know if an offer is fair or not. The lawyer needs to be willing and able to take the case to court if necessary. If the insurance company sees that the lawyer has never tried a case in court, it may keep any settlement very low in the hope the lawyer will lose at trial. 

Success Is Key

Clients have the right to know if the personal injury lawyer they are considering hiring has a good success rate in his or her previous cases. They will not only want to know how many cases were won, but also how much compensation the lawyer was able to secure. Prospective clients may also ask to speak to the lawyer’s previous clients or look online for testimonials and comments about the lawyer in question. 

Tenaciousness

In order to feel confident, clients need to see that their lawyer will fight for them. Insurance companies generally keep records of lawyers who have won major settlements in court and are more likely to provide a higher settlement to avoid going to court against those lawyers. 

Questions a Client May Ask

How much time will the lawyer actually spend on my case?
Who will handle my case? Will it be handed over to paralegals?
Does the office have adequate support staff?
How will my lawyer communicate with me?
Does the law office take every case or only ones it feels it can win? 

In order for lawyers to attract and keep good personal injury cases, clients need to feel valued by their lawyer and have confidence and trust in his or her abilities. Clients can immediately feel as if they are just another case or if their problems are being handled with integrity and compassion. When anyone is facing personal injury, his or her life is disrupted, maybe forever. They may not be able to think clearly and need to rely on their lawyer to organize the way forward. To give the client peace of mind at this time is a great gift, and to win a fair and sizable settlement or to win in court is the best beginning of their life after personal injury.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Drink driving charges: circumstances for defence

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You might think that being charged with drink driving means you will definitely be disqualified but you might be wrong. There may be a valid defence to your charge. However, you’ll need to make sure you contact a professional, such as those at http://drinkdrivesolicitor.com if you want to avoid conviction and keep your driving licence.

The ins and outs of drink driving charges can be difficult for people to navigate, but with the right instruction, you could find out that a charge could be defended.

So, what are some of the most common defences?

1. Failure to provide a specimen?

One of the most commonly contested charges is failure to provide a specimen of breath for analysis. This covers a situation where a person has been required to provide breath at the police station but has not been able to satisfy the requirements of the breath testing machine.

There are different machines used for obtaining breath specimens in England and Wales. These are the Lion Intoxilyser 6000, the Intoximeter EC/IR and the Camic Datamaster, and while each device measures a sample in a similar way, the requirements each machine needs to register a sample are different. Officers are not trained in relation to the different requirements of each machine meaning it could be the instructions given that resulted in the failure not the person accused.

If you have a lung problem which severely restricts your ability to breathe then you could have been unable to meet the requirements of the machine. The police have the power to require blood or urine instead but do not always do so. This could result in the dismissal of the charge against you warrants further discussion with your solicitor.

2. An error in procedure

With such strict and yet differing policies from place to place, errors in procedure can be fairly common. This occurs regularly where the police require specimens whilst the person accused is at a hospital, for example, where they are being treated following an accident

At hospital, only blood and urine specimens can be required for subsequent analysis at a laboratory. This means that the procedure to be followed is more complicated than at the police station and the scope for arguing that it has not been followed correctly is normally greater. The police must also ensure that the person from whom they are requiring samples is in a position to provide valid consent. If a head injury has been sustained this may not be the case and the sample could be ruled inadmissible by the Court. Similarly, if a person has not provided consent to the provision of a blood sample but was not in a position to fully understand the requirement they would be entitled to be found not guilty of the charge.

3. Faulty equipment

As with any machine used to provide evidence and scientific analysis, there is always the potential for it to give an incorrect reading. There has been a great deal of debate in relation to whether electromagnetic waves from mobile phones and police radios can interfere with the result of a breath test. Similarly, anomalies with the calibration of machines may be identified If you are surprised by a reading given (click here for drink driving limits), and feel strongly that the machine may have been faulty then your solicitor can help you to build a case for this.


The vital consideration with each of these circumstances is that you contact an expert drink driving solicitor as soon as possible. Have you had any experience of drink driving charges recently? I’d love to hear your story in the comments.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Book recommendation: In Cold Blood : A True Account of a Multiple Murder and Its Consequences by Truman Capote

The chilling true crime 'non-fiction novel' that made Truman Capote's name, In Cold Blood is a seminal work of modern prose, a remarkable synthesis of journalistic skill and powerfully evocative narrative published in Penguin Modern Classics. Controversial and compelling, In Cold Blood reconstructs the murder in 1959 of a Kansas farmer, his wife and both their children. Truman Capote's comprehensive study of the killings and subsequent investigation explores the circumstances surrounding this terrible crime and the effect it had on those involved. At the centre of his study are the amoral young killers Perry Smith and Dick Hickcock, who, vividly drawn by Capote, are shown to be reprehensible yet entirely and frighteningly human. Available from Amazon.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Book recommendation: Forever Rumpole: The Best of the Rumpole Stories by John Mortimer


Forever Rumpole - a hilarious selection of the very best Rumpole stories by John Mortimer. Horace Rumpole lives alongside Mr Pickwick and Bertie Wooster as one of the immortal comic characters in English fiction. Forever Rumpole contains seven stories originally chosen by the author himself as his favourites, together with a further seven from the later period and the opening chapters of a Rumpole novel that Sir John was working on when he died in 2009. The book also includes a fascinating introduction by Ann Mallalieu, fellow lawyer and for many years Sir John's colleague in practice. Available from Amazon.