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August 28 2013

A chip on his shoulder

New legislation has recently been announced that means all dogs must be microchipped to permanently identify them by April 2016. For those not familiar with the technology, a microchip is a small device the size and shape of a grain of rice that is implanted just under the skin between the shoulder blades and then read with a hand-held scanner. The microchip works like a barcode to give the animal a unique 15 digit number that is then registered on a national database with the keeper’s contact details. It is likely that a substantial fine will be introduced for non-compliance. It is already a legal requirement that all dogs wear a collar and a tag which states the keeper’s name and address, with a maximum fine of £5000. It is a good idea, though not compulsory, to have phone numbers for the keeper and the animal’s vet included... Read More


August 28 2013

Long live the laptop — How to look after one

IN last month’s Downend Voice we looked at buying a new laptop or desktop PC. Desktop machines tend not to get broken that often (we probably get 10 - 15% of jobs being desktops) but laptops are a whole different story. So you’ve bought a brand new laptop but how should you look after it to make sure it lasts you a long time. Here are five tips for a long laptop life.. Read More


August 28 2013

Be on the lookout for rogue traders

WE’RE working with South Gloucestershire Trading Standards after beat team officers came across a suspected ‘rogue trader’ while on patrol in Downend in August... Read More


August 03 2013

Staple Hill Feature August 2013

Staple Hill Feature August 2013.. Read More


August 03 2013

Baguette Me Not — providing quality food in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere

Business of the month Baguette Me Not — providing quality food in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.. Read More


August 03 2013

Next Step opens its doors in August

Next Step Centre is run by Dr Tim Button and his team of Cleve Chiropractic and has been created to provide state of the art systems and equipment to aid with the continued treatment and recovery process of injury and promote fitness... Read More


August 03 2013

The value of friendship

When I returned to the UK I noticed a newspaper headline, where a government minister was suggesting that Neighbourhood Watch groups could be utilised to keep an eye out for older people on their own, and possibly even help out with basic care needs, another illustration of how increasingly local communities will take on some of the support functions which both local and national government have fulfilled in the past... Read More


August 03 2013

Buying a new computer - understanding the jargon

So you’ve decided to buy a new desktop or laptop PC but the bewildering array of facts and figures are making the job of choosing the right machine for you a real headache. Have no fear, we are here to cut through the jargon. .. Read More


August 03 2013

Home networking - the need for speed

These days we all want super-fast broadband and demand that all of our downloads complete in an instant – if not before. Unfortunately the weak link for a lot of people is the wireless network in their house. Don’t get me wrong, wireless networks are great for casual working, surfing the web, checking your email and give you the freedom to move around with your portable device, but what if you want to move large files around or stream High Definition movies or TV? Unless you’re very lucky, this is when your wireless network begins to creak a little. Signal strength, bandwidth limitations and interference can all cause wireless networks to perform poorly, especially when sustained data transfer rates are required... Read More


August 03 2013

Summer risks for pets

During the summer months, most of us are keen to go outside and enjoy the warm and sunny weather. Unfortunately we are not the only ones who are outside in greater numbers, there are more biting insects, bees and wasps at this time of year. .. Read More