Journalist John Carreyou uncovered a Silicon Valley scam that raised hundreds of millions of dollars from investors. A blood-analyzing machine that claimed to be revolutionary was a complete fraud. So how did this start-up business fool so many?
Venice is a place of history, architecture and canals. Millions of tourists visit every year. They bring money and support employment, but there are environmental side-effects.
Pixabay and Freerangestock are websites that enable you to earn by uploading photos. Can these stock photography sites really provide a passive income?
You can save money buying Amazon Warehouse deals. They are sold by Amazon, not a marketplace seller. Here are some tips to help you find the best bargains.
If nothing is mentioned in your will about your internet accounts, your heirs may be unable to access them. Write a will that includes all of your property; including your online life and digital legacy.
Plan ahead if you want to get reasonably priced tickets for next summer's Wimbledon championships. Here’s how to avoid the ticket touts and watch your tennis heroes play in real life.
Technology changes make old PCs and laptops obsolete. It is a waste to throw them out with the trash. Here are some environmentally friendly ideas to make good use of your old computer.
Have you got a box of old cassette tapes from the 1970s and 1980s? They hold fond memories, but now you are unable to find a machine on which to play them? Here are some ways to upcycle old audio tapes.
Online banking is an easy way to manage your money. There are a few drawbacks but these are outweighed by the time and money you save. E-banking is a cost effective way for banks to do business and it is convenient for most customers.
Serving in a restaurant can be the start of a good career. Be the best and you will have happy customers and get noticed by management. Waiting on tables need not be a dead-end career.
Amazon wants you to try their Prime service. You can cancel at any time, so is it worth trying? A Prime subscription gives you faster deliveries, unlimited audio downloads and ad-free video streaming.
Are you a poet who wants to be published? Have you entered a writing competition and had your poem included in an anthology? Some of these contests are scams. Here are some tips to avoid being conned.
Mystery shopping can be an easy way to earn extra cash. Flexible hours, plenty of freebies, what’s not to like? Read on to find what being a secret shopper involves.
The internet can help you research the people and places in old photographs. Here are some tips on how to use online searches to aid your investigation.
If your writing ideas have dried up, stop staring at a blank page and try this game. You can play it on your own or as part of a group. It will get you thinking outside the box.
Nuisance calls can be annoying and frightening. Unwanted phone callers and con-artists are a menace. Here are some strategies to cope with these calls.
Passwords give access to computer files and other personal data. Make sure yours are not easy to crack. Here are some tips to help you create a memorable password.
Poor air quality has been linked to asthma and allergies. Research shows that indoor plants help filter out pollutants. Here is a list of ten great options for your home or office.
Nespresso ads have featured George Clooney for 10+ years. They adverts are fun and promote both the actor and the Nespresso brand. Here is my take on their storyline.
Leg cramps are painful and annoying, especially if they interrupt your sleep. Calf muscle spasms are often called Charley Horse. Learn about the cause of these cramps and you can take action to prevent them.
Many writers find it helpful to get honest feedback. Writers' groups are ideal for this purpose. Here are some guidelines to make it a positive experience for both giver and receiver.
Wool fiber is used to make clothes, bedding and insulation. It is renewable and recyclable unlike its synthetic rivals. Wool is a wonder fabric that keeps you warm in winter and cool in summer.
Some birds fly repeatedly at windows as they attack their reflection. Here are a few ideas that really work to stop them doing this. The remedies are simple and cheap to implement.
If you want to kiss an elk or moose, visit Gårdsjö Moose Park, Uppsala, near Stockholm for a unique experience. You will come away with good memories and great photographs.
Saddle soap keeps leather saddles and horse tack clean and supple. Here is a traditional recipe using lye and a more modern safer home recipe that does not use lye.
Do you suffer from painfully cold fingers and toes in cold weather? Here are some gadgets that will keep your feet and hands warm-as-toast this winter.
The Mackintosh coat was invented in Scotland 250 years ago. The famous Mack has become a style icon across the world. It is made by bonding cotton fabric with a patented rubber solution.
All too often, your favorite sweater succumbs to pilling and develops unsightly lint balls. Luckily, you can remove and prevent pilling on your clothes. Here are a few simple hacks to make your clothes last longer and look better.
Hard boiled eggs are great standby for summer salads. Shelling them need not be a problem. Here are some tips to make your hard-boiled eggs easy-to-peel.
Used kitchen oil and grease can clog up drains or a septic tank. Here are some tips on how to dispose of your old cooking fat in an environmentally responsible way.
The origin of the phrase “million dollar question” is linked to two 20th century TV quiz shows. Learn more about how these words became a common catchphrase.
For some, life in a medieval castle would have been relatively comfortable; for others, it would have been a smelly and dirty place to live. It depended on whether you were born wealthy or poor, a noble or a serf.
The key to making fluffy scrambled eggs is to use fresh ingredients and serve immediately. Follow my tips and your scrambled egg dish will soon become a firm favorite.
A National Insurance number in the UK is as important as an identity card. Without one you are unable to claim benefits or health care. The significance of each part of your NI number is explained here.
Swarms of midges, mosquitoes and biting flies can ruin a summer evening. Here are some tried and tested strategies to help you repel biting insects.
Choosing earrings for sensitive ears can be tricky. The label "hypoallergenic" does not mean earrings are allergy free. Here are some tips to help you find jewelry and a material that suits your sensitive skin.
Some nuts are easy to shell but others, like walnuts, can be awkward. The edible part of the nut often shatters along with the shell. Here are some cracking ideas to solve the problem.
Selling old books online can be a good way to make money. Here are a few tips about what sells easily and what some of the pitfalls can be.
People want to volunteer but are not sure which non-profit or charity to choose. Here are some tips to make your recruitment campaign grab their attention.
Fresh cut flowers make your home smell of summer and sunshine. You can make them last longer by taking a few simple steps. Here are some tips to help you.
Many banks no longer offer safe-deposit boxes. But you still have documents and items you want to keep secure. Here are some alternatives and the kind of valuables that should be stored in them.
Removing broken glass from a yard or lawn must be done carefully or you could end up with a nasty cut. Here are some ways to clear up glass safely.
The terms food chain and web relate to eco-systems. A food or energy pyramid is a diagram containing dietary advice. Here is a short explanation of each one to help avoid confusion.
Cell phones are a crucial part of modern life. Here are some tips to help you negotiate the best price with the smartphone companies. Go prepared to bargain and you can get a good deal.
One of the worst household chores is cleaning a messy oven. No-one wants to spend hours cleaning up grease splashes. Here are some tips to reduce the problem.
Learn how to make the most of your revision time and pass exams and tests more easily. Here are some study tips to help you succeed. Work smarter, not harder.
Research suggests a relationship between being able to smell and the development of Alzheimer’s disease. Learn about the peanut butter test and how it can assist dementia diagnosis.
The retail sector employs people of all ages, but is known as being a low wage sector. Here are some reasons why people choose to work in this sector.
Springtime makes us all act a bit silly. Reciting rhymes and poems seems to come naturally. Here are some old favorites. Many are well known, but I hope you discover some that are new to you.
English scones are quick and easy to make. An authentic traditional snack, scones are eaten in England for afternoon tea. Here are some tips to make your scones the best.
Some people are reluctant to buy groceries online as they worry about getting quality fresh produce. My experience has been very positive. Why not join the millions who now have their groceries delivered?
The amount of edible flesh on an Atlantic Cod depends on the weight of the fish, but approximately 50% of the original weight is discarded. The flesh is the most valuable part, but skin and bones can be used to make soup, so nothing need be wasted.
Fish can be preserved by drying, salting, and freezing. These methods go back thousands of years and are effective ways to store bumper harvests for times of scarcity.
A recent survey showed that red is the car color most likely to be pooped on by birds. But is this true? Does the color of your car really make a difference or are other factors involved?
Most gold has a karat hallmark on it. On older items this may be too worn to read. Luckily, there are other ways to determine the karat rating. A simple acid test can be done at home and the equipment is relatively cheap to buy.
Haiku poetry is an ancient Japanese art form that captures a feeling about nature in a few short lines. Here are some haiku about cats, a few by modern writers, some by ancient poets, and lots more written by me.
Haiku is a form of Japanese poetry used to describe emotions in relation to nature. They are short and powerful. They are a great way to start writing your own poetry. Here are some of my haiku poems relating to cold weather and winter.
Roly-polies, pill bugs or woodlice are harmless, but most people do not want them inside their homes. They are an essential link in breaking down organic matter, so why not learn to love them, not destroy them?
Flash fiction is a way of telling a story in just a few words.This genre catches a reader's attention and leaves them wanting more. Try it for yourself by following a few simple rules.
Turn your excess runner beans into something useful. Here's what happened when I made runner bean wine from my home-grown vegetables.
People use the words bine and vine as if they mean the same thing. But they each grow in a different way. Here are the ways to tell them apart.