Wednesday, 1 October 2014

The Gallery - Creative


We have just returned from a week in Spain and one of the things I noticed is what a creative bunch the Spanish are. There is interesting street art everywhere, my favourite being this cute matryoshka doll - (Russian doll) and many gorgeous sculptures like the one below which is located in cambrils along the Costa Dorada. The sculpture is a group of six that represent the centenary of the 'Year of the Misfortunes' when in 1911 a vicious storm along the Mediterranean coast, from Barcelona to Valencia took the lives of 140 fishermen.


I also love Spanish Architecture. So many beautiful buildings everywhere you look from the retro 1960's hotels to magnificent cathedrals to the elaborate Spanish home. I love it all. One house that really caught my eye was this stunning place in the centre of Salou. So much creative detail with its impressive ceramic staircase leading up to its decorative front door, so typically Spanish. I fell in love with it.





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Tuesday, 30 September 2014

A TV Buyers Guide




It’s never been a more exciting time to buy a new television. There’s a platter of delicious new technology on the market to give you unrivalled viewing experiences. Before you get click-happy on your favourite electronics site (we would recommend hispek.com) or storm into the clearance sale at your local tech store, have a look at this advice on choosing the perfect TV for you.

Size
How big do you want to go? With models going up to 80” inches you can almost replicate the cinematic experience in your own living room. This is not the best option for all households however. If you have a rather cosy living space it is likely to be a mistake to dominate the room with a huge screen. Which? have a handy interactive guide to advise which screens are best for whom.


HD
High Definition is now the standard quality for most new televisions. Therefore, it stands to reason you can now go even higher. 4K or Ultra HD TVs are now on the market and promise new levels of picture quality. This is an exciting prospect but before you pay the extra money for one these models, it is worth bearing in mind that there hasn’t been a great deal of content made to watch in Ultra HD as yet.

3D
A nice extra feature to have on your television which does not necessarily cost a lot more. 3D TVs are now fairly common but if you are hoping to watch sport in this mode you may be disappointed as Sky Sports have stopped showing programming in 3D as it failed to take off. For movies however, it is an appealing option – just remember the more people you invite around, the more glasses you will need.


Smart
With a growing number of great online television and film services such as BBC iPlayer and Netflix, many believe this is the future for TV. Smart TVs not only allow you easy access to these services but you can also browse social media and use a host of other applications through your TV screen.

Curved
Featuring a slight concave curve, these models, released to a mass market by Samsung, LG and Sony in early 2014 have won many admirers but also a number of detractors. Arguments for include, the shape providing a more immersive experience, sharper image quality and ‘twice as much’ contrast. Apart from obviously being more expensive than most flat screen model, cons for curved TVs include the inability to hang the TV on a wall and the fact you are required to sit in a specific position to get the benefits of the curved TV.

Brand
As with a lot of tech equipment, it is important to get a TV made by a manufacturer which has a solid reputation. As mentioned above, Samsung and LG are known for their innovation and wide range of models. It is possible to buy home brands from stores such as Currys PC World and Tesco but these can have a reputation for a lack of quality.



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