Friday, 30 September 2011

September 30 warm day

It's very warm today, the temperature outside is about 26c and 29c in some parts of the UK. This is because of the heatwave that hits Britain this week and compared with the seasonal average weather here which is 17c for autumn this week has been exceptionally warm!

According to theguardian news, Britain has sizzled again as the record-breaking mini heatwave baked the country.

Temperatures well above average for this time of year were recorded up and down the UK, with Finningley in South Yorkshire topping the chart.

With the mercury peaking at 29.0C (84F), the hotspot smashed the previous warmest September 29, which was recorded in York in 1895 when the thermometer reached 27.8C (82F).

London enjoyed a sweltering 28.1C (83F) at Kew Gardens in the west of the capital, while the seaside village of Weybourne in Norfolk basked in 27.1C (81F) heat.

However this would not last long, as foretasted that on Sunday the fine weather will become increasingly confined to southeast England as cloud and outbreaks of rain spread slowly from the northwest. It will also become less warm and windier. So enjoy the weather while it's good!

Thursday, 29 September 2011

Graph of Pregnancy and Birth in the US

Here is a graph of US pregnancy and birth; now the reason I posted this on my blog is that I do like the graphic as it contains very good information on childbirth rate and the rates of pregnancy with complications which I think is very useful if you are researching for the same topic for school or personal research purposes.

Your package is available for pickup Scam

Note that if you received this email " Your package is available for pickup" do not download or open any attachment as this is a virus!
The email looks like this with a downloadable attachment:

Dear customer.

Your package has been returned to the Parcelforce office.
Reason: Error in delivery address.
Please find the attached document containing detailed information about delivery failure.
Read all information carefully and come to the "Parcelforce Service" office to receive your package.

Thank you for using our delivery company.
Parcelforce Service.

What Parcelforce usually do when you got a package and you are not around to receive it, is that they leave a card on your mailbox that has all the information on how to collect your package.

Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Box Office Hits Horror Movies

I do not think I am a horror freak but I do like watching horror movies. From old to the new ones, I think I have found the list of Box office horror movies of all time! I honestly have seen all these films listed on the chart and most of them are really good. So just to let you see, I have copied and posted here the graphic of the said list of box office horror movies.

Friday, 23 September 2011

Royal Mail Error package delivery email scam

I received an email from customer(.)service@royalmail(.)com and think this is a scam, it has got a document attachment on it, but I did not bother to open it, instead I went to the royal mail website and look if there is something that says about scam emails or suspicious emails. Luckily I found what I was looking for, on the royal mail website under costumer service/security/suspicious-emails I found this information:

From The Royal Mail Webiste

If you receive an email that appears to be from us but is unexpected, remember:

We will never send you an email asking for credit card numbers or other personal or confidential information.
We will never ask you to enter information on a page that isn’t part of the Royal Mail website.
We will never include attachments unless the email was solicited by you and sent from a recognised member of Royal Mail staff.

Here are some quick ways to tell a scam email

Check at the top. Fraudsters often use subjects or greetings that are impersonal and general, like “Attention Royal Mail Customer”.
They may use a forged email address in the “from” field like "”.
They may even use the Royal Mail logo. None of this guarantees the email has come from us.

What are scam emails?
Scam emails try to lead you to a website and enter personal information which is used by fraudsters to commit identity theft and other crimes. Don’t fall for them. If in any doubt, report them to our dedicated security team and delete them from your inbox.The subject of the email may refer to an item of post being held for collection and asks you to call a specific telephone number. We will never email you about attempted delivery of mail items. Do not call the number. You may be charged for a premium rate phone call or asked to enter personal information.

Our golden rules:
Never send sensitive, personal information, security details or credit card numbers by email.
Never click on a link in an email if you are unsure about it, especially if it asks for personal financial information.
Make sure you have a spam filter on your email accountPlease Note: Royal Mail will under no circumstances ask you to send your account details or password via e-mail.

Reporting potential scams:

If you receive a suspicious e-mail or discover a Royal Mail branded website which you believe to be fraudulent, please contact Customer Services. If you have are the victim of a payment scam, you can obtain a crime reference number by reporting the incident to your local Police station or visiting the Action Fraud website. For expert advice on other email scams visit the Metropolitan Police website or read articles focussing on this area at Safe from Scams website.

On my experience, every-time I got a large parcel and I am not at home, they will leave a small card on my mailbox with all the information on how to get the parcel, sometimes a letter through the post indicating that I got a parcel that requires a custom tax payment. So I think this email that I received now is definitely a scam!

This is the email I received today:

From: Royal Mail
To: youremail@yahoo(.)co(.)uk
Sent: Friday, 23 September 2011,
Subject: Royal Mail Error package delivery
Dear customer.

A courier did not deliver the package to your address.
Reason: Error in delivery address.
Information about your package is attached to the letter.
Read all information carefully and come to the "Royal Mail" office to receive your package.

Thank you.
Customer service.

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Sunday, 18 September 2011


This is a forwarded email I received from a good friend today. I actually like the story so I decided to share it here in my blog. A
counselor with a Christian counseling degree
may especially appreciate this story. Have A Blessed Sunday Everyone!

Author Unknown
September 21, 2011

There was a rich merchant who had 4 wives. He loved the 4th wife the most and adorned her with rich robes and treated her to delicacies. He took great care of her and gave her nothing but the best. He also loved the 3rd wife very much. He's very proud of her and always wanted to show her off to his friends. However, the merchant is always in great fear that she might run away with some other men. He too, loved his 2nd wife. She is a very considerate person, always patient and in fact is the merchant's confidante. Whenever the merchant faced some problems, he always turned to his 2nd wife and she would always help him out and tide him through difficult times. Now, the merchant's 1st wife is a very loyal partner and has made great contributions in maintaining his wealth and business as well as taking care of the household. However, the merchant did not love the first wife and although she loved him deeply, he hardly took notice of her.

One day, the merchant fell ill. Before long, he knew that he was going to die soon. He thought of his luxurious life and told himself, "Now I have 4 wives with me. But when I die, I'll be alone. How lonely I'll be! Thus, he asked the 4th wife, "I loved you most, endowed you with the finest
clothing and showered great care over you. Now that I'm dying, will you follow me and keep me company?" "No way!" replied the 4th wife and she walked away without another word. The answer cut like a sharp knife right into the merchant's heart.

The sad merchant then asked the 3rd wife, "I have loved you so much for all my life. Now that I'm dying, will you follow me and keep me company?" "No!" replied the 3rd wife. "Life is so good over here! I'm going to remarry when you die!" The merchant's heart sank and turned cold.

He then asked the 2nd wife, "I always turned to you for help and you've always helped me out. Now I need your help again. When I die, will you follow me and keep me company?" "I'm sorry, I can't help you out this time!" replied the 2nd wife. "At the very most, I can only send you to your grave." The answer came like a bolt of thunder and the merchant was devastated.

Then a voice called out : "I'll leave with you. I'll follow you no matter where you go." The merchant looked up and there was his first wife. She was so skinny, almost like she suffered from malnutrition. Greatly grieved, the merchant said, "I should have taken much better care of you while I could have!"

Actually, we all have 4 wives in our lives. The 4th wife is our body. No matter how much time and effort we lavish in making it look good, it'll leave us when we die. Our 3rd wife? Our possessions, status and wealth. When we die, they all go to others. The 2nd wife is our family and friends. No matter how close they had been there for us when we're alive, the furthest they can stay by us is up to the grave. The 1st wife is in fact our soul, often neglected in our pursuit of material wealth and sensual pleasure.

Guess what? It is actually the only thing that follows us wherever we go. Perhaps it's a good idea to cultivate and strengthen it now rather than to wait until we're on our deathbed to lament. (read ecclesiastes ch 7)

Monday, 12 September 2011

Women's Scrubs Sets

I have just spoken to a friend who is now undergoing her training at the hospital where my husband used to work, and that friend of mine inquired if I got an idea where she could get an affordable scrub uniform. Well, I told her about, you see my husband got a pair of scrubs from this website which actually lasted longer than the scrubs uniform he bought from the hospital. He does like and prefer to use that one compared to the scrubs he bought from the hospital because it is more comfortable and looks a lot better than the other one, even if they do have same color. Anyway, they do make scrubs for women and the prices are affordable too! So I gave her the website where she could have a look at the styles and selection of colors and will wait and see if she gets one as well! I Love the website and the style of their scrubs on sale, so if you are looking for scrubs, you can check out the website too!

I got here a sample photo of their scrubs, I took this from the website just to show you that they do men's, women's, and kids scrubs too.

Saturday, 10 September 2011

Marty McFly’s shoes sold on ebay

I saw this on Television today and also over the internet that Nike has produced a limited run of 1,500 pairs of the MAG to be sold on eBay in behalf of The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. The shoes were worn by Marty McFly from the film Back to the Future 2, a big hit SCI-fi adventure comedy film of the 80's which is my favorite film by the way! I saw some pictures on eBay and they do look exactly the same as the one on the film, it has a glowing Nike logo and glowing side of the outsole. Oh, if you are curious if it does lace-up by itself automatically just like on the film, well, I have read on the yahoo news and it says it doesn't. But still, having one of this would be great! So if I can only afford these shoes, I would definitely get one.

I have here some photos of the shoes I got from eBay.

Thursday, 1 September 2011

Import VAT on gifts received from USA to UK

Yesterday I got an invoice from the post office; well actually it was from Parcel Force stating I was sent a parcel from overseas and that it is subject to pay an import VAT which cost £8.67 and a clearance fee of another £8, total of 16.67. Now I was wondering why I got a customs charge as I did not order anything from abroad! The invoice said that they are going to keep the parcel for 20 days, and then it will be returned to sender. But if paid, which you can only do online, they are going to deliver it the next day.

I have paid for it and today it has been delivered. It was actually a gift for my daughter from my sister in America. I have spoken to my sister and she was wondering why the gift was taxed? Well, here is the thing that every sender should know when sending a gift to the United Kingdom. Your receiving party will pay an import value tax if your declared value of the gift you are sending exceeds £40. I think my sister put in $70 as a declared value so I was charge £8.67 for it. Plus the clearance fee charge of £8 from the Parcel Force, which they say would help cover the cost of additional handling, administration, collection of monies and provision of facilities for customs clearance of packages; these will all be billed to the receiving party. My sister was actually surprised to know that the cost of sending it plus the taxes paid where actually higher than the content of the parcel. Anyway, what’s done is done. But here is some additional information you might want to know about import taxes, I got this from the invoice that came yesterday.

Import Value Thresholds:
For goods moving within EU, import duties do not usually apply. However, for good imported from non-EU countries, customs charges do apply, these may include duty, excise duty and import VAT. Goods with a value of £18(for commercial items including internet/mail order purchases), or £40 in case of gifts between private individuals (plus shipping costs and postage for commercial items).