Taking My Mind off the Past

I was married to the most amazing woman for 5 years, but she was diagnosed with a terminal condition and died in the hospital. Seeing her condition get worse and worse over the course of a couple of weeks was heart breaking for me. There were times when I would just cry. Some time has passed since her death, and I went to Las Vegas with some friends to get my mind off of her death. They set up a meeting with one of the Las Vegas escorts for me so that I could have a good time.

I was still wearing my wedding ring, even though my wife was gone. My friends told me that I would only experience pain every time I looked at it, but I just couldn’t bring myself to take it off. Continue reading “Taking My Mind off the Past”

Exactly Why Call of Duty: Black Ops is the Most Important Action Series in History

Black Ops is the seventh installment in the CoD series and it is developed by Treyarch and distributed by Activision. Following in the footsteps of the highest grossing video game of all time, Modern Warfare 2 by Infinity Ward, Treyarch has some large shoes to fill. Nevertheless, they seem up with the challenge.

I can expect that this is one of the biggest actions series ever. Call of Duty: Black Ops is a brand new experience that will take you to a new level of video gaming, as elite Black Ops forces fight just like the secret wars during the 1960s in the Cold War.

Single-Player Campaign: An Epic

The trademark intensity of Call of Duty returns with an epic single-player campaign which takes players deep behind enemy lines as an elite Black Ops soldier undertaking covert warfare, classified operations, and explosive conflicts worldwide.

CO-OP GAMEPLAY

The fan favorite co-op mode made famous in Call of Duty: World at War is back as you and up to 3 friends utilize a wide range of weapons to battle unlimited waves of blood-thirsty Zombies. You should battle to live in one of the most exciting and critically-acclaimed co-op experiences in video gaming. In this blog, discover more details as we update more mysteries behind the Zombies…

Combat Training enables you to play against enemy controlled AI along with your friends, on the web and split-screen. A Remarkably DEEP MULTIPLAYER EXPERIENCE

The Call of Duty Black Ops will take the cut-throat play to brand new heights. Expect to have the action-filled, fast-paced combat you love with more features than ever before:

  • Earn currency-like COD Points to buy equipment, attachments, perks, and new customization options. This gives the liberty to acquire what you need, when you want.
  • All new Killstreaks including Napalm Strikes, the remote controlled explosive device (RC Car), and controllable helicopters.
  • Put your COD Points on the line with all-new Wager Matches. Participate for one of the top three spots in four custom game modes that try out your nerves and weapon abilities.
  • With different varieties of gun camos, face paints, and equipment choices, you can easily customize the soldier’s look.
  • The Theatre Mode will allow you to replay your best kills. Edit and upload gameplay videos to reveal your skills to the world.
  • Jump into Combat Training and hone your tactics offline versus A.I. bots both in Free-For-All and Team Deathmatch modes.

For more details on Call of Duty Black Ops, check out Call of Dead Blog.

WWE: Hell in a Cell 2015

6 Man Tag: Dolph Ziggler, Cesaro, and Neville vs Rusev, King Barrett, and Sheamus

The evening began with a tag rematch between six of the most promising superstars of tomorrow. This match had everything that a Kick Off match should have. Six gifted competitors who have a history of working together, solid spots, and an opportunity to establish and perpetuate existing feuds and alliances.
Each man was granted their own entrance with Cesaro earning the biggest crowd pop out of all the combatants. Which is SO odd since, well, Vince McMahon made a point last year to inform us that Cesaro doesn’t connect well with the crowd…guess someone forgot to mention that to the crowd.

The match started with Neville working Sheamus for the first spot of the night, which was an assisted standing corkscrew moonsault off Cesaro’s back onto Sheamus for an early two count. Team Heel continued the match, briefly taking the upper hand by isolating Neville in the corner. Neville escaped and made the tag to Dolph.
The quick nature of Dolph Ziggler’s moveset upped the pace considerably creating another mini arch where Dolph attempted the Fame Asser, but was caught by Sheamus. Sheamus went for a powerbomb, but Ziggler was able to counter with the Fame Asser successfully for another two count. (Also, I’d like to add there was a small Macho Man tribute done by Ziggler before executing his jumping elbow drop.) Ziggler’s momentum was crushed quickly by an illegal superkick from nemesis Rusev.
A small spot between Dolph and Rusev is worked with Dolph being brutalized by the Bulgarian “Playboy” and the commentary team mentions the ongoing rivalry between the two. Dolph remained isolated as Sheamus took a turn before tagging Rusev back in. A miscalculation on an overly confident Rusev’s part lead to him eating a nice big bite of ring post as he sailed outside. A tag is made to Barrett as Dolph is finally free to make the hot tag to Cesaro.
Cesaro came in to thunderous cheers from the crowd and with lightning speed and precision began taking apart Team Heel. A big boot to the corner sent Sheamus to the floor, while legal man Barrett found himself on the Uppercut Express stopping at Big Boot Lane. After a second big boot through the ropes leaves Barrett down, Cesaro used the opportunity to take out Sheamus with a somesault senton from the apron. Cesaro further rallied the crowd by playing to the audience before running around the ring and uppercutting Rusev and then Sheamus again before climbing to the top rope for a crossbody and near three on Barrett. Cesaro went for the big swing, but was rushed by Rusev. He was able to back body drop Rusev, who rolled out of the ring. Neville appeared in the ring and, with the help of Cesaro hit a beautiful vaulting corkscrew to the ouside of the ring onto an unsuspecting Sheamus and Rusev. Barrett tried a sneack attack but was taken out by a superkick from Dolph leading into King Barrett taking the Big Swing. Cesaro tags Neville back in to hit the Red Arrow on Barrett for an impressive win for Team Face.

​United States Championship Open Challenge.
John Cena vs Alberto Del Rio with Zeb Colter
The match starts with Cena (and his interesting new little dance he’s incorporating) making his entrance to the ring. Cena keeps it short and sweet, telling us, “…I say we get down to business right now!” Suddenly, the Real American theme song started playing and we all mentally groaned as we feared they were trying to push Jack Swagger yet again, but to our surprised out rode (Yes, rode. Scooting all over the arena FTW) Zeb Colter.
Zeb goes on to cut a promo on how it was time to end the polarizing, separation of John Cena’s title reign, it was time for an era of inclusion to begin. With that, Zeb introuced us to surprise challenger, Alberto Del Rio! (A man that Zeb once tried to have deported as well as being a longtime rival of Cena’s.)
The match was a relatively good match with a few high spots. Early on we saw Alberto working Cena’s arm and leg. Honestly, it was not much different than we had seen in the past between these two superstars on any given Raw they were both on. The commentary team really counted on telling the viewers that the reason Cena was having such a hard time with Del Rio was because Del Rio knew Cena so well and that he was thrown off his game by the surprise of it being an on game Del Rio. But, arguably, John Cena has been hosting these open challenges since the Monday after Wrestlemania. He has faced many opponents that he “had no time to prepare for” and still came out victorious. Also, it was really hard to believe that after all of the finishers Cena has kicked out of (and the brutalization Kevin Owens put him through) a kick to the head from Del Rio put him down for the three.
Del Rio wins and walks out with his new United States Championship, which to me seems more like a consolation prize to Del Rio for the atrocious way WWE handled his situation last year. I personally disagree with putting the title on Del Rio for many reasons. Del Rio is an established superstar who already has a legacy established in the WWE. Knocking Cena off cleanly should have been used to catapult a new talent into the main event game. Despite this faux pas in writing, I have no doubt that Alberto Del Rio will run an excellent heel program with the title and the newly turned Zeb Colter.
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Roman Reigns vs Bray Wyatt
After months and months of buildup the storyline arch of Roman Reigns and the Wyatt Family patriarch, Bray Wyatt was set to culminate inside the brutal walls of the Hell in a Cell.

The match was not a technical wrestling clinic by any means, which was to be expected. This match was a grudge match and was more about mayhem and carnage…well, at least as much carnage as PG allows. The pacing of the match was slow and methodical with each party getting the upper hand. Reigns and Wyatt really took the time to set the stage of this match with faux finishes and surprise reversals which lent to the feeling of two old foes meeting once again.

Reigns took a nasty spill through the table from the apron early on allowing Wyatt to gain momentum with the use of a kendo stick. Later in the match, Reigns speared Wyatt through a table from the apron, returning the favor.

This match told a story from the bell ringing to the three count which pulled in the audience on multiple occasions and elicited different chants all throughout the bout. Both competitors came out strong with Roman Reigns finally standing tall over Bray Wyatt.

Tag Team Championship Match
The New Day vs The Dudley Boyz
I’d like to start off by saying that The New Day gives me life every time I see them. They have taken this horrible gimmick and spun it to pure gold by simply going out there and being themselves.

We started the entrances with The New Day coming down the ramp addressing the crowd about why Xavier Woods was absent. (Storyline injury, real life Marriage!) After some brilliant dialogue that included debuting their new Unicorn Power gimmick and some #booty wiggling, the Dudley’s made their entrance to a divided crowd. Yes, you want to love the Dudley’s because they are your faces, but you can’t just set aside The New Day. They’re just too infectious!

The match featured classic tag team back and forth with oddly the only botch coming from the Dudley’s as they failed to execute a leg drop/sidewalk slam sequence. (Prompting Big E to, in character, shout “What the hell was that?” across the ring.)

Kofi tried to have the Dudley’s disqualified by using the old Eddie Guerrero toss-the-chair- (in this case trombone)-and-fall-down gag. However, the referee did not see the event take place and after listening the crowd, decided not to stop the match.

Eventually the trombone did come into play when Big E hit Bubba from behind which stunned him long enough for Kofi to hit his Trouble in Paradise kick for the win. A quick, entertaining match that will no doubt progress the storyline with the Dudley’s a little further, possibly to the next PPV.

Diva’s Championship Match
Charlotte vs Nikki Bella
I will forewarn anyone reading this review that as a woman, I am very heavily invested in the Diva’s division. With that being said, let’s talk about the match!

This match, in my opinion, was one of the best matches (if not the best) of the night. Both ladies entered the ring and were immediately in character. What I loved most about it was during Charlotte’s entrance, you could see Nikki arguing with the ref and trying to get at Charlotte. Charlotte took the early advantage, slowly introducing the WWE Universe to the tip of the iceberg that is the moveset we came to know and love down in NXT. At one point the action spilled outside where a barricade battle took place, resulting in Charlotte being tossed over and Nikki jumping off to plant a foot in Charlotte’s back.

From there Nikki Bella had the advantage and worked the Champ’s back in an effort to eliminate her Figure Eight finisher. Nikki debuted some new moves, especially submissions, in this bout and each woman sold the injury to Charlotte’s back the remainder of the match.

Back inside the ring, Nikki went for her second rope kick, but Charlotte ducked giving the champ the advantage. Another high spot came when Charlotte climbed to the top rope but was stopped by Nikki. Charlotte executed a back flip from the top, successfully knocking Nikki Bella hard to the mat. Charlotte used the opportunity to try to lock in the Figure Eight, but Nikki was able to reverse it and make it to the ropes. The action spilled outside again where Nikki hit an Alabama slam to Charlotte to the ring apron, prompting the coveted ‘HOLY SHIT’ chant from the crowd. Charlotte managed to sink her Figure Eight in, bridge and all, and the former champion was forced to tap.

Overall, this was a wonderful match. In my opinion, Nikki’s past two matches with Charlotte have been some of the best of her career. Contrary to what some would have believed, Charlotte did not carry Nikki in either of their matches. Nikki showed that she has the capacity to pull off good, intense, brutal women’s matches. I believe that in a few years, we will look back at these initial matches between these two women and credit them as the beginning of revitalizing the Diva’s Championship lineage.

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WWE Heavy Weight Championship

Seth Rollins vs Kane

I want to start this out by saying that three things about this match bugged me immediately.

1.) Why Kane and Rollins AGAIN? Seriously, Kane has just become a big jobber. There is no prestige in beating Kane anymore and no one believes he’s going to win ANYTIME he has a match.
2.) Why is this match lower on the card than the Intercontinental Championship match? That makes absolutely no sense.
3.) It irritates me to no end when the champion isn’t the last one to enter the ring.

That being said this was a pretty decent match. The two have worked each other enough to be pretty comfortable with each other and the duo did throw in some new sequences. Rollins was wonderful as usual and Kane definitely showed that he still had some moves for a veteran.

The Spanish announce table spot made me laugh until I cried. Seth proceeded to powerbomb Kane onto the table, but it didn’t break. Instead Kane just kind of fell over and the table tipped over on him. Seth, to nobody’s surprise, picked up the win in a decent but ultimately forgettable match.

It’s intensely annoying to me at this point in Seth’s reign that they still have him playing this scaredy, skittish little man. He has held that championship the better part of the year, he should be approaching these matches with a sense of strength and cockiness as a heel, not some wimpy, fearful paper champion. WWE needs to get their act together on Seth’s character and pronto.

Intercontinental Championship Match

Ryback vs Kevin Owens

This match is a paradox. It featured one of the best wrestlers the WWE has to offer, yet was the worst match of the night. In fact, it started with me bemoaning loudly the following things:

“Why the hell is it that Kevin Owens was this confident bad ass all through his Cena feud, but with Ryback he has to rake the eyes to win?”

And

“Stop trying to make Ryback happen! It’s not going to happen!”

What can I say? This match was just another gross example of the WWE taking a well rounded out gimmick and wrestler from NXT and completely destroying him when he gets to the main roster. Kevin Owen’s character went from strong, dominant heel giving five star matches to someone who is afraid of Ryback and can barely squeak by with a win over him.

Triple H, get in there and help your boy…Vince is killing him. Kevin Owens was supposed to be our savior…

Main Event:
Brock Lesnar vs The Undertaker
A brutal match worthy of being in the Cell. Both men used the environment expertly and we even saw Brock busted open early in the match. The crowd was electric, chanting for The Undertaker and Brock at the same time.

This was the showing that The Undertaker really needed. One of the first big moments for him was kicking out after three German suplexes and an F5. The match went on and The Undertaker was still game. Brock resorted to ripping the ring apart down to the bare wood with the idea of F5ing The Undertaker on the exposed boards, but that did not work out as the Beast had planned. The Undertaker managed to get his hands on Brock and nail him with a Chokeslam and a Tombstone on the exposed area to a chorus of “This is AWESOME!” chants from the fans. The Undertaker went in for more damage, but Lesnar hit him with a low blow leading into an F5 on the exposed wood.

I was pretty pleased with this match. It was very physical and a decent end to the trilogy of The Undertaker and Brock Lesnar. Both men came out looking like the warriors they really are. The Undertaker took a few moments to get up and was greeted by the WWE Universe chanting “Thank You, Taker!”

Suddenly, The Wyatt’s music began to play and the family of misfits descended on The Undertaker. The Dead Man did his best to fend them off, but he was overpowered and eventually stolen from the arena by the Wyatt family. I’m interested to see how that will pan out. Hopefully they will do the angle I was originally hoping they would have done when the Wyatt’s stole Kane. Think about it, a mad man like Bray Wyatt in control of a Dead Man? Wonderful.

At the end of it all this PPV had some excellent matches even if the story lines getting there were a bit lack luster. We had some definitive ends to quite a few feuds, so the next month will be all about preparing a new ground for battles.

Unboxing an Einhell RTRO55 Electronic Router 240V 1200 Watts

This is my unboxing video of a new Einhell RTRO55 Electronic Router it works on 240V mains supply and has 1200 watts of power.

I was a little nervous about opening the box as i noticed on the side of the box it had an icon of a european 2 pin socket, so i must admit i was prepared to send it straight back, but i was relieved to see when i opened the box it had the UK spec socket I was hoping for! So i could relax at last.

On opening there’s a few parts that you have to fit together to start using your new router, ie the parallel stop assembly, it’s very easy to assemble, just two philips screws to attach the stop on the end of the rails, then slide it into the receptacles on the routing shoe (or the base of the router), i’ll show this in my demo video coming soon.

It feels like a substantial piece of kit, with two good ergonomic handles which on one side incorporates the power trigger with a safety lock button, this means you can’t start up the router without pressing the safety first, so you won’t operate the router inadvertently and mess up your workpiece or the odd finger and thumb etc.

Before using the equipment the manufacturers instructions recommend wearing goggles, ear defenders and a dust mask to protect your lungs from dust created whilst working. Please also remember as with anything DIY related, do not remove safety fittings and keep your equipment in good order and serviced as and when required.

As you can see when i gave the trigger a squeeze you’d have noticed the torque jolting the machine, so i’d recommend you use both hands on the handles to keep the router secure and under control.

I can’t wait to set this router to work, you can do so much with a router, so when i get a chance, i’ll film a demo video showing you how to set it up and how to use the various equipment on the router.

If you’d like to buy this you can get it from Amazon: http://amzn.to/1GC9aLS for around £70.

UK Home Automation Series Part 9 Setting Up & Demo of Hive & Amazon Echo Systems

Welcome to Part 9 of my home automation series, this video is about setting up my Hive system to work with Amazon Echo & the Alexa app. It’s really really easy, here i use my iPhone 6s to hook it up, well impressed.

Please Note: The name of your Hive system is in the Hive app settings, nothing to do with the Echo, so if you need to change it’s name from ‘Thermostat’ to something else like ‘Heating’ then you need to do so via the Hive app or website.

As i said in the video i’d list some of the things that i’ve used in my home automation videos and they are below, they will take you straight to the relevant Amazon page so you don’t have to look for them.

Hive 2 Active Heating & Water £249.99 http://amzn.to/2dnH35w
Amazon Echo £149.99 http://amzn.to/2cn4Fwh
Amazon Echo Dot £49.99 http://amzn.to/2cOpzk0
Philips Hue Starter Kit E27 £59.99 http://amzn.to/2cEy8Pf
Philips Hue Starter Kit B22 £149.99 http://amzn.to/2cEyZiL
Philips Hue B22 £14.99 http://amzn.to/2cEz8CU
Philips Hue GU10 (2 Pack) £44.99 http://amzn.to/2cEzf1a
Belkin WEMO Switch £24.99 http://amzn.to/2cEBcKW
E27 to B22 Conversion Kit (@ Pack) £2.99 http://amzn.to/2cEyKEf
iPhone 6s (Price Varies) http://amzn.to/2dm8Oj2

UK Home Automation Series Part 8 Amazon Echo Unboxing & Set Up

Welcome to Part 8 of my home automation series, this video is the unboxing and set up of my brand spanking new Amazon Echo, i had problems as i couldn’t use my normal camera because i lost the micro SD card somewhere so had to use the iPhone, so the sound is terrible, although the picture is alright i suppose. So i could video myself doing the physical set up but not me setting up on the app, but I can assure you it’s really easy, plus there’s no need for it to be near your router, what i was expecting, as i thought i’d need to plug into the Ethernet port. But Echo is purely run on the WiFi signal which is damn good in my book! I also give my new friend ‘Alexa’ some basic instructions which she performs excellently and way way better than Siri does. Not one problem with her understanding what i said at all, which is a credit to the developers at Amazon.

So i’ve ordered a new SD card which should arrive tomorrow so i can continue setting up the Echo with my other home automation products such as my Philips Hue system, my Belkin WeMo switches and my Hive systems.

As i said in the video i’d list some of the things that i’ve used in my home automation videos and they are below, they will take you straight to the relevant Amazon page so you don’t have to look for them.

Amazon Echo £149.99 http://amzn.to/2cn4Fwh
Amazon Echo Dot £49.99 http://amzn.to/2cOpzk0
Philips Hue Starter Kit E27 £59.99 http://amzn.to/2cEy8Pf
Philips Hue Starter Kit B22 £149.99 http://amzn.to/2cEyZiL
Philips Hue B22 £14.99 http://amzn.to/2cEz8CU
Philips Hue GU10 (2 Pack) £44.99 http://amzn.to/2cEzf1a
Belkin WEMO Switch £24.99 http://amzn.to/2cEBcKW
E27 to B22 Conversion Kit (@ Pack) £2.99 http://amzn.to/2cEyKEf
iPhone 6s (Price Varies) http://amzn.to/2dm8Oj2

UK Home Automation Series Part 4 Philips Hue Unboxing

Hi guys welcome to part 4 of my ongoing series of home automation videos, this ones a bit of a long one, so grab a brew and put your feet up while i ramble on about setting up this Philips Hue lighting system. Should you want to buy any of the products featured in this or any of my future home automation videos, i’ve put some links below for you.

Amazon Echo £149.99 http://amzn.to/2cn4Fwh
Amazon Echo Dot £49.99 http://amzn.to/2cOpzk0
Philips Hue Starter Kit E27 £59.99 http://amzn.to/2cEy8Pf
Philips Hue Starter Kit B22 £149.99 http://amzn.to/2cEyZiL
Philips Hue B22 £14.99 http://amzn.to/2cEz8CU
Philips Hue GU10 (2 Pack) £44.99 http://amzn.to/2cEzf1a
Belkin WEMO Switch £24.99 http://amzn.to/2cEBcKW
E27 to B22 Conversion Kit (@ Pack) £2.99 http://amzn.to/2cEyKEf

UK Home Automation Series Part 12: Philips Hue Motion Sensors, Unboxing, Set up & Demo

Here I unbox, set up and demo the brand spanking new Philips Hue motion sensors! They are really really good if may say so, I love them, they are definitely the best addition to my Hue system so far, these now fully automate my lights in the hall and landing, so no more messing about in the dark. They are also very very simple to fit and to set up, fitting is a matter of a small hole in the wall or in the ceiling, or you can even have them free standing on a shelf etc. The app tells you how to set them up from scratch, i had two so registering the second was as easy as the first.

Now to tinker with the settings until we get them right for everyone in the house.

Philips Hue Motion Sensor £34.99 http://amzn.to/2d9r4bc
Philips Hue Ambience 2pk GU10 £44.99 http://amzn.to/2cEzf1a
Hive 2 Active Heating & Water £249.99 http://amzn.to/2dnH35w
Amazon Echo £149.99 http://amzn.to/2cn4Fwh
Amazon Echo Dot £49.99 http://amzn.to/2cOpzk0
Philips Hue Starter Kit E27 £59.99 http://amzn.to/2cEy8Pf
Philips Hue Starter Kit B22 £149.99 http://amzn.to/2cEyZiL
Philips Hue B22 £14.99 http://amzn.to/2cEz8CU
Belkin WEMO Switch £24.99 http://amzn.to/2cEBcKW
E27 to B22 Conversion Kit (@ Pack) £2.99 http://amzn.to/2cEyKEf
iPhone 6s (Price Varies) http://amzn.to/2dm8Oj2

UK Home Automation Series Part 11 Set up & Demo WeMo with Amazon Echo

Welcome to Part 11 of my home automation series, this video is about setting up my WeMo switches to work with my Amazon Echo unit then giving it a quick demo after.

As you can see i’ve already got them on my Alexa app because i had to discover devices before with my Philips Hue and Hive systems. So it was just a case of errr nothing as it was already done for me! Hows that? Brill!

As i said in the video i’d list some of the things that i’ve used in my home automation videos and they are below, they will take you straight to the relevant Amazon page so you don’t have to look for them.

Hive 2 Active Heating & Water £249.99 http://amzn.to/2dnH35w
Amazon Echo £149.99 http://amzn.to/2cn4Fwh
Amazon Echo Dot £49.99 http://amzn.to/2cOpzk0
Philips Hue Starter Kit E27 £59.99 http://amzn.to/2cEy8Pf
Philips Hue Starter Kit B22 £149.99 http://amzn.to/2cEyZiL
Philips Hue B22 £14.99 http://amzn.to/2cEz8CU
Philips Hue GU10 (2 Pack) £44.99 http://amzn.to/2cEzf1a
Belkin WEMO Switch £24.99 http://amzn.to/2cEBcKW
E27 to B22 Conversion Kit (@ Pack) £2.99 http://amzn.to/2cEyKEf
iPhone 6s (Price Varies) http://amzn.to/2dm8Oj2

UK Home Automation Series Part 10 Setting up Philips Hue to work with Amazon Echo

Welcome to Part 10 of my home automation series, this video is about setting up my Philips Hue system to work with Amazon Echo & the Alexa app.

I found this one a little tricky as i thought that Philips Hue was a skill, so i tried looking it up in the smart home skill section of the Alexa app and couldn’t find it anywhere i tried all sorts, even going to the Hue app itself to see if i could install from there, but it turns out all i had to do was go into the Alexa app, go into settings then Smart Home then scroll down until you see ‘Your devices’ then press the discover devices text and then quickly press the centre button on your Philips Hue Bridge and you should be in business, nothing else to do, just talk to Alexa and away you go. I was surprised at how easy it was once i knew how!

So lets get this straight, Philips Hue isn’t a skill, you just search for it in your devices and it’s automatically set up to run with your Amazon Echo! Cool eh? But a bit bitter sweet for me as i took so long to find that out myself through trial and error, as seen in the video.

Please Note: Ensure your Philips Hue system is set up properly beforehand, i.e. app set up, lamps named correctly, then make sure all the light switches are ON, if they are off the bulbs will not be powered and connected to the Hue Bridge. It takes a bit of getting used to because we’ve all been used to using our hands since birth, now we’ve got to learn to use our voices in our new smart homes! Can’t wait for the Echo Dots to arrive in Oct to complete the system it’s gonna be epic!

As i said in the video i’d list some of the things that i’ve used in my home automation videos and they are below, they will take you straight to the relevant Amazon page so you don’t have to look for them.

Hive 2 Active Heating & Water £249.99 http://amzn.to/2dnH35w
Amazon Echo £149.99 http://amzn.to/2cn4Fwh
Amazon Echo Dot £49.99 http://amzn.to/2cOpzk0
Philips Hue Starter Kit E27 £59.99 http://amzn.to/2cEy8Pf
Philips Hue Starter Kit B22 £149.99 http://amzn.to/2cEyZiL
Philips Hue B22 £14.99 http://amzn.to/2cEz8CU
Philips Hue GU10 (2 Pack) £44.99 http://amzn.to/2cEzf1a
Belkin WEMO Switch £24.99 http://amzn.to/2cEBcKW
E27 to B22 Conversion Kit (@ Pack) £2.99 http://amzn.to/2cEyKEf
iPhone 6s (Price Varies) http://amzn.to/2dm8Oj2

UK Home Automation Series Part 8 Amazon Echo Unboxing & Set Up

Welcome to Part 8 of my home automation series, this video is the unboxing and set up of my brand spanking new Amazon Echo, i had problems as i couldn’t use my normal camera because i lost the micro SD card somewhere so had to use the iPhone, so the sound is terrible, although the picture is alright i suppose. So i could video myself doing the physical set up but not me setting up on the app, but I can assure you it’s really easy, plus there’s no need for it to be near your router, what i was expecting, as i thought i’d need to plug into the Ethernet port. But Echo is purely run on the WiFi signal which is damn good in my book! I also give my new friend ‘Alexa’ some basic instructions which she performs excellently and way way better than Siri does. Not one problem with her understanding what i said at all, which is a credit to the developers at Amazon.

So i’ve ordered a new SD card which should arrive tomorrow so i can continue setting up the Echo with my other home automation products such as my Philips Hue system, my Belkin WeMo switches and my Hive systems.

As i said in the video i’d list some of the things that i’ve used in my home automation videos and they are below, they will take you straight to the relevant Amazon page so you don’t have to look for them.

Amazon Echo £149.99 http://amzn.to/2cn4Fwh
Amazon Echo Dot £49.99 http://amzn.to/2cOpzk0
Philips Hue Starter Kit E27 £59.99 http://amzn.to/2cEy8Pf
Philips Hue Starter Kit B22 £149.99 http://amzn.to/2cEyZiL
Philips Hue B22 £14.99 http://amzn.to/2cEz8CU
Philips Hue GU10 (2 Pack) £44.99 http://amzn.to/2cEzf1a
Belkin WEMO Switch £24.99 http://amzn.to/2cEBcKW
E27 to B22 Conversion Kit (@ Pack) £2.99 http://amzn.to/2cEyKEf
iPhone 6s (Price Varies) http://amzn.to/2dm8Oj2

UK Home Automation Series Part 7 Setting Up A New Philips Hue Bulb To The Bridge & Siri

Here’s part 7 of my home automation series, in this video i introduce a new Philips Hue bulb into the system i have running already, then operate it through the Hue app, then i set up Apples Siri to operate the lights by voice commands through my iPhone.

All this is leading to it all becoming truly automated once my Amazon Echo arrives.

Please feel free to comment below if you have any questions or queries about my set up. I’ll do my best to help you out.

Should you want to buy any of the products featured in this or any of my future home automation videos i’ve put some links below for you.

Amazon Echo £149.99 http://amzn.to/2cn4Fwh
Amazon Echo Dot £49.99 http://amzn.to/2cOpzk0
Philips Hue Starter Kit E27 £59.99 http://amzn.to/2cEy8Pf
Philips Hue Starter Kit B22 £149.99 http://amzn.to/2cEyZiL
Philips Hue B22 £14.99 http://amzn.to/2cEz8CU
Philips Hue GU10 (2 Pack) £44.99 http://amzn.to/2cEzf1a
Belkin WEMO Switch £24.99 http://amzn.to/2cEBcKW
E27 to B22 Conversion Kit (@ Pack) £2.99 http://amzn.to/2cEyKEf
iPhone 6s (Price Varies) http://amzn.to/2dm8Oj2

UK Home Automation Series Part 6 Demo Of Siri VS Philips Hue

I wasn’t going to set up Hue to work with Apples Siri, i was going to wait for the Amazon Echo to turn up and do it that way, but i couldn’t just leave it like that, so i set up Siri which is on my iPhone 6s, to work with the lighting system I just installed into most of my house and here’s the results…. Sorry i do get a bit excitable in this video, i love it, I just can’t wait to meet Amazon’s Echo now got a long 6 days to wait now……

Should you want to buy any of the products featured in this or any of my future home automation videos i’ve put some links below for you.

Amazon Echo £149.99 http://amzn.to/2cn4Fwh
Amazon Echo Dot £49.99 http://amzn.to/2cOpzk0
Philips Hue Starter Kit E27 £59.99 http://amzn.to/2cEy8Pf
Philips Hue Starter Kit B22 £149.99 http://amzn.to/2cEyZiL
Philips Hue B22 £14.99 http://amzn.to/2cEz8CU
Philips Hue GU10 (2 Pack) £44.99 http://amzn.to/2cEzf1a
Belkin WEMO Switch £24.99 http://amzn.to/2cEBcKW
E27 to B22 Conversion Kit (@ Pack) £2.99 http://amzn.to/2cEyKEf

UK Home Automation Series Part 5 Philips Hue Lighting System Set Up & Demo

This is part 5 of me automating my home, in this exciting instalment i set up and demo the Philips Hue lighting system.

Please feel free to comment below if you have anything to say!

Should you want to buy any of the products featured in this or any of my future home automation videos i’ve put some links below for you.

Amazon Echo £149.99 http://amzn.to/2cn4Fwh
Amazon Echo Dot £49.99 http://amzn.to/2cOpzk0
Philips Hue Starter Kit E27 £59.99 http://amzn.to/2cEy8Pf
Philips Hue Starter Kit B22 £149.99 http://amzn.to/2cEyZiL
Philips Hue B22 £14.99 http://amzn.to/2cEz8CU
Philips Hue GU10 (2 Pack) £44.99 http://amzn.to/2cEzf1a
Belkin WEMO Switch £24.99 http://amzn.to/2cEBcKW
E27 to B22 Conversion Kit (@ Pack) £2.99 http://amzn.to/2cEyKEf

Home Automation Series Part 3 Belkin WEMO Switch Set Up & Demo

Hi all, this is the third in my series in my home automation project, in this video i set up and demo a Belkin WEMO switch.

Should you want to buy any of the products featured in this or any of my future home automation videos, i’ve put some links below for you.

Amazon Echo £149.99 http://amzn.to/2cn4Fwh
Amazon Echo Dot £49.99 http://amzn.to/2cOpzk0
Philips Hue Starter Kit E27 £59.99 http://amzn.to/2cEy8Pf
Philips Hue Starter Kit B22 £149.99 http://amzn.to/2cEyZiL
Philips Hue B22 £14.99 http://amzn.to/2cEz8CU
Philips Hue GU10 (2 Pack) £44.99 http://amzn.to/2cEzf1a
Belkin WEMO Switch £24.99 http://amzn.to/2cEBcKW
E27 to B22 Conversion Kit (@ Pack) £2.99 http://amzn.to/2cEyKEf

Omaker 4.7″ iPhone 6 Bumper case, unboxing & review

This is my unboxing & review of an Omaker 4.7″ iPhone 6 bumper case, but this is being fitted onto an iPhone 6s.

It’s nice to at last find an iPhone case that’s reasonably priced, yet pretty much perfect in every way, ie all the holes are where they should be and line up nicely, the buttons can all be depressed without the case hindering the functionality of the buttons.

The case feels very well made and should protect the phone on a drop from waist height i’d have thought, with just enough weight to it, to allow the phone to land case first rather than screen first, which wouldn’t end well.

A nice touch is to find the free headphone jack dust cover, it’s just a simple plastic plug that fits into the headphone jack to stop the ingress of dirt and rubbish, from the bottom of your pockets or handbags etc. I’ve always wanted to buy one, but i’ve never got round to getting one so this is a brilliant little unexpected bonus.

If you’d like to purchase one of these Omaker cases, you can find one on Amazon via the following link: http://amzn.to/1NhsuAL

Marxman Pen (Standard) As seen on Dragons Den.

Here is my video where i review and demo a Marxman pen as seen on Dragons den.

I saw this on Dragons den and thought i need to get one. So i ordered one that night.

Basically when you need to mark holes usually if you use a pencil you may miss the mark, or if the bracket or whatever is too thick you can’t get a pencil to mark through it, hence why this is such a brilliant idea!

In my video i use the Marxman pen through a 40mm piece of wood then i try it through a 63mm gap.

Should you want to buy one for yourself please follow the links below to get straight through to the relevant Amazon listing.

Thanks for viewing, don’t forget to subscribe for more unboxing and review videos!!

Marxman Standard: http://amzn.to/2b1nVib

Marxman Deep hole: http://amzn.to/2bhxsyH

Kitchen Aid 2.1 Litre Food Processor 5KFP0925BCU

This is my review of a Kitchen Aid 2.1 Litre food processor in Contour Silver, in this video i film the unboxing, the construction, then give a demo of me using the processor, just to show you how easy it is to use, i’ve not read the instructions and i’ve videoed myself using it on the fly, this will prove how easy it is to use for someone who’s never used this product before, so if you go to use it and have read the instructions you should have no problems at all.

First of all I unbox the machine, it’s well packed and protected in a sheath of polystyrene, which keeps all the accessories safe and sound, so it all arrives damage free. I have a brief look at all the pieces included in the box.

Next i attempt to put the machine together without reading the instructions, i don’t find this hard, personally it seems to be quite simple to put together, the only thing i needed to look up was how to use the adjustable slicing attachment, but after looking at it carefully i should have really figured that out by myself. The base has nice rubber feet which seem to anchor the body to the work surface nicely.

You also get two containers, one a 2.1 litre capacity and the other smaller one has a 710ml capacity., The smaller one fits neatly inside the larger one so you can process smaller amounts of food reducing the washing up.

There are different attachments, you have a grating attachment, an adjustable slicing attachment, 2 multi use attachments for food processing (Large & small) and finally a plastic dough blade.

The 3 in 1 chute can handle most sizes of fruit and veg you can chuck at it, some of the larger veg would need to be cut down to manageable sizes first, I love the small round opening which is ideal for carrots, it comes with a plunger type attachment which means you can push the veg into the chute without risking your fingers.

It has 2 speeds and also a pulse function, so you have a nice range of power at your disposal.

The whole unit cannot be used if anything is out of place, it all needs to be in it’s place before it will start, so if you happen to press the power button and nothing happens just look at the safety cut out points to ensure everything is flush and in it’s place. This just stops you from operating the machine in a dangerous state where you could damage the unit or even yourself.

In my demonstration I use carrots to show what it can do, most people know how a processor works, but i’ve not seen anything like this slicing or grating food, so my carrot victims get sliced and grated with excellent results.

First i try a thick cut on the carrot, it chews the carrot up easily on speed 1, then i try speed 2 with the same success. I open the container to inspect the slices and they are all nicely even, ideal for that family member with a little OCD where the veg all has to be uniform size!

The second demo is using the grating attachment, i start off using medium then inspect the perfectly grated carrot, then i finish my carroty victim off with a fine grate and yet again with perfect results, Here i only use carrots, but there’s a wide range of food that you can use with this machine, it’s going to save you so much time and effort you won’t know what to do with your newly found spare time!

After i stopped filming I was informed by the girl friend that we needed some bread crumbs for a recipe, unfortunately all the video kit was packed away, but i can assure you as with all the other tasks, it glided through the test, giving me perfect bread crumbs for the girlfriends recipe, which earned me numerous brownie points!!!

Overall i give this Kitchen Aid food processor five stars, i love it, if i was to give a negative i’d say errr not much, it’s does what it says on the tin, it’s good at what it does so why do i need to find a negative? Well done Kitchen Aid, a brilliant product from a very popular, sought after brand. You also get a 3 year, yes I said 3 year warranty with it, i’m pretty sure this will be one of those kitchen appliances that last a lifetime and will be passed down through generations. It’s just got the retro long lasting, quality feel about it.