Dry, Cracked Heels How To Handle!

By Martin Jones

I recently moved to Florida and off came the shoes and on went an old pair of sandals. I love the outdoors, – walking on the beach but within a couple of weeks the skin on the back of my heels started to split. It was painful!

There were two things here – One, I had to quickly do something about the open split and figure out how it was happening. Well, three things, I had to get it to heal up as well. And make sure it did not happen again I guess thats four.

So, the first thing I did was to put some lotion on my foot. The lotion I used has honey and aloe vera amongst other things. It is called Thentix A Touch of Honey. The anti bacterial properties of these two ingredients and some others helped to prevent infection. The next thing I had to do was somehow close and protect the fissure or split. This is not easy on feet. Band-aids dont work. They wont stick to the skin on the heel. Ive done some research on different kinds of glues and from this I know there are medical superglues that are used for suturing. There are certain types of cyanoacrylate* (*the technical term for super glue type glues) that are used for this. Well, I didnt have one of those and had no idea where to get one but I did have some Miracle Glue which has similar properties. Now it is pretty runny so be careful not to try and put this on your foot when sitting on the sofa or over a carpet or kitchen floor. If you spill it, dont expect to get it off. So, once the lotion has dried, apply some of the glue to the split an allow it to dry. Open to the air like this it will take a little while. I would not advise trying to wipe off any excess with your finger unless you dont mind hobbling around for a few hours with your finger attached to your foot. Once it is dry you may want to wear shoes and socks for a day or so. Then each night before I go to bed I put some of the Thentix on my whole heel to keep it moist, supple and allow healing.

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Putting the lotion on each day like this helps soften the skin as there was quite a callus built up on the back of my heel and the pressure pushing on the back of my heel with lousy sandals was helping the skin to crack. You could also use a pumice stone or something similar to rub off some of the skin. Take it easy on this or you are going to create more problems.

The causes of cracks or fissures in the feet can be caused from: anything that is putting undue pressure on the heel standing too long particularly in ill fitting shoes or sandals; obesity; as well as some diet problems and other general skin conditions.

Is it an Ongoing Problem?

On top of the obvious immediate handlings I would advise seeing a nutritionist or doctor if this is an ongoing problem. A podiatrist or chiropractor may need to be consulted as well to see if posture or other foot problems are the cause. Eczema or psoriasis can also be contributing factors. Using the Thentix A Touch of Honey and the Miracle Glue will help the symptoms in this case but one should definitely see a doctor or nutritionist to search out and handle the cause. The problem could be something as simple as a vitamin or mineral deficiency.

The same sort of problem can happen with hands particularly the ends of the fingers. Often people working with chemicals or drying agents like mortar will have problems. Have a look at bricklayers hands sometime. The ends of his fingers often have cracks in the skin that are very slow to heal. I would suggest the same thing: make sure that the cracks are clean and dry and apply some of the lotion. When that is dry glue run a bead of glue along the fissure. I would not use just any type of glue for this if you can find one thats approved for skin all the better. And use honey lotion as the healing properties of honey can be quite dramatic.

Doing the above, I have been back to wearing sandals with no other ill effects.

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Senior Telegraph writer Peter Oborne alleges paper suppressed reports on HSBC

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Peter Oborne, former chief political commentator at British broadsheet newspaper the Daily Telegraph, has alleged the paper suppressed and under-reported stories involving banking giant HSBC so as to avoid a loss of advertising revenue. In a public resignation from the paper published on the openDemocracy website on Tuesday, the veteran journalist and columnist alleges the division between advertising and editorial had not been kept watertight and that editors were committing a form of “fraud” on readers of the newspaper.

In Oborne’s article, he details how he submitted a story to the Telegraph regarding HSBC closing a number of prominent British Muslims’s accounts — despite assurances to the contrary, the story was not published by the paper. This led to Oborne investigating other coverage of HSBC in the newspaper. He cites the example of a story written by the Telegraph banking correspondent Harry Wilson on problems with HSBC’s accounts, which Oborne claims was quietly removed from the Telegraph website. Oborne says the failure of the Telegraph to cover HSBC is also present in the relative coverage given in November 2014 after the bank had to allocate a fund of £1 billion to compensate customers, as well as an investigation into manipulation of the currency market: Oborne argues these developments were given considerable coverage in competing newspapers including the Guardian, Times, and Mail but the Telegraph covered them only briefly several pages into the business section.

Oborne’s article alleges a number of other examples of suppression — calling the coverage of pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong “bizarre”, and noting that the paper under-reported news of false accounting at Tesco but gave significant prominence to stories about the company without a critical edge.

Following Oborne’s article, a spokesman for the Telegraph responded: “Like any other business, we never comment on individual commercial relationships, but our policy is absolutely clear. We aim to provide all our commercial partners with a range of advertising solutions, but the distinction between advertising and our award-winning editorial operation has always been fundamental to our business. We utterly refute any allegation to the contrary. It is a matter of huge regret that Peter Oborne, for nearly five years a contributor to the Telegraph, should have launched such an astonishing and unfounded attack, full of inaccuracy and innuendo, on his own paper.”

Media commentator Roy Greenslade, writing for the Guardian, described Oborne’s allegations against the Telegraph as “dynamite” and said they go “to the heart of a paper’s credibility”. The Barclay brothers, owners of the Telegraph, “are being held to account”, according to Greenslade, and Oborne “has shone a light on a dark reality”.

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BDSM as business: An interview with the owners of a dungeon

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Torture proliferates American headlines today: whether its use is defensible in certain contexts and the morality of the practice. Wikinews reporter David Shankbone was curious about torture in American popular culture. This is the first of a two part series examining the BDSM business. This interview focuses on the owners of a dungeon, what they charge, what the clients are like and how they handle their needs.

When Shankbone rings the bell of “HC & Co.” he has no idea what to expect. A BDSM (Bondage Discipline Sadism Masochism) dungeon is a legal enterprise in New York City, and there are more than a few businesses that cater to a clientèle that wants an enema, a spanking, to be dressed like a baby or to wear women’s clothing. Shankbone went to find out what these businesses are like, who runs them, who works at them, and who frequents them. He spent three hours one night in what is considered one of the more upscale establishments in Manhattan, Rebecca’s Hidden Chamber, where according to The Village Voice, “you can take your girlfriend or wife, and have them treated with respect—unless they hope to be treated with something other than respect!”

When Shankbone arrived on the sixth floor of a midtown office building, the elevator opened up to a hallway where a smiling Rebecca greeted him. She is a beautiful forty-ish Long Island mother of three who is dressed in smart black pants and a black turtleneck that reaches up to her blond-streaked hair pulled back in a bushy ponytail. “Are you David Shankbone? We’re so excited to meet you!” she says, and leads him down the hall to a living room area with a sofa, a television playing an action-thriller, an open supply cabinet stocked with enema kits, and her husband Bill sitting at the computer trying to find where the re-release of Blade Runner is playing at the local theater. “I don’t like that movie,” says Rebecca.

Perhaps the most poignant moment came at the end of the night when Shankbone was waiting to be escorted out (to avoid running into a client). Rebecca came into the room and sat on the sofa. “You know, a lot of people out there would like to see me burn for what I do,” she says. Rebecca is a woman who has faced challenges in her life, and dealt with them the best she could given her circumstances. She sees herself as providing a service to people who have needs, no matter how debauched the outside world deems them. They sat talking mutual challenges they have faced and politics (she’s supporting Hillary); Rebecca reflected upon the irony that many of the people who supported the torture at Abu Ghraib would want her closed down. It was in this conversation that Shankbone saw that humanity can be found anywhere, including in places that appear on the surface to cater to the inhumanity some people in our society feel towards themselves, or others.

“The best way to describe it,” says Bill, “is if you had a kink, and you had a wife and you had two kids, and every time you had sex with your wife it just didn’t hit the nail on the head. What would you do about it? How would you handle it? You might go through life feeling unfulfilled. Or you might say, ‘No, my kink is I really need to dress in women’s clothing.’ We’re that outlet. We’re not the evil devil out here, plucking people off the street, keeping them chained up for days on end.”

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    • 2.3 The prices
  • 3 The clients
    • 3.1 What happens when a client walks through the door
    • 3.2 Motivations of the clients
    • 3.3 Typical requests
    • 3.4 What is not typical
  • 4 The environment
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Cheap Internet Banner Advertising – Friend or Foe?


Mark Williams

For years internet banner advertising dominated the World Wide Web. Everyone was bidding ridiculously high amounts of money for banner advertisements. Then came the dot com crash and banner advertisements lost its luster. Internet banner advertising has become a thing of the past, or has it? The truth is there is still a place for internet banner advertising, now I’m not saying that the banner ad is making a comeback. But, they have gotten quite a bit cheaper, to the tune of mere pennies, over the years and if you utilize them right they can be a great marketing tool for your online business.

Internet banner advertising used to be simple! All you had to do was throw up some flashy banners and wait for people to come crawling to your web site. Those days are over, now you have to earn their click with great copyrighting. But, that is ok because I am about to show you some simple techniques that will allow you to put the banner ad back in your marketing arsenal.

The following steps will help you transform your cheap internet banner advertising into a priceless marketing weapon. With these simple instructions, there will always be traffic on your web site.

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1. For starters forget about all of the flashy stuff! To get the clicks you need to use great copyrighting. With a banner ad you have limited space so every word must count. You need to capture the reader’s attention in your first statement. If you don’t, you will not get the click. It is best if you can make your banner ad look like a traditional classified ad.

2. The placement of your ad is critical for your success. You need to find the right network and make sure you list your ad on sites that focus on your niche. It is a waste of money for you to do otherwise. In short, don’t waste your time placing a banner ad for internet marketing in a network of web sites that focuses on gardening.

3. The objective is to convert words into clicks with your banner ad. Now that you have found a good advertising market for your ad you must focus on the content. As I said earlier, it is best if your banner ad appears like a newspaper classified ad. The trick is to develop an ad using just 2-3 sentences that will get the web surfers attention. That takes a strong headline followed by a sentence that leaves them wanting more, forcing the click you desire.

4. The key to any good advertising plan is testing. Most internet banner advertising companies will allow you to run more than one banner ad. They rotate your ads through their network of sites and you are provided the clicks per impression information for each ad. This enables you to test different ads with different copy to see which one gets the most clicks. When you find an ad that gets a click thru rate of over 3% you have found a winner. Take that ad and buy more impressions and expand it to other networks.

In summary pick the right network of web sites to run your first ads. Write attractive ads with great copy, then test, test, and test some more. Find that winning ad and expand your advertising sphere.

Internet banner advertising can be an effective form of marketing online. Even though banners aren’t as useful as they used to be, their steep discount in cost can make them as effective as pay per click advertising with the right ad. Follow the steps outlined above, test your ads until you find a winner, and then expand your reach with a high converting ad. If you do you will get cheap traffic to your site and start cashing in on that cheap internet banner advertising.Internet Banner Advertising

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Hell Pizza condom advertisements: complaints upheld

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

A record number of complaints, over 600, against the New Zealand restaurant chain Hell Pizza for its advertising campaign using condoms delivered via letterbox have been upheld by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA). Family First “welcomes heavenly decision from ASA on Hells Pizza.”

Hell Pizza delivered sealed foil condoms in a cardboard box to households nationwide. On the outside of the box were the words: “Our pizza for meat lovers!” and the restaurant logo. The inside of the box included the condom and explicit instructions on how to use it. Hell Pizza delivered 70,000 condoms to households. An additional 100,000 were distributed to health and community groups who the chain said were “very supportive.”

Bob McCoskrie, director of Family First, said: “This is a victory for the protection of families from grubby advertising by companies like Hell’s Pizza, and is also a message to other companies who cross the line of what is decent and acceptable to our community. This is a pizza delivery company taking the moral high ground on sex education and telling parents how to give sex education to their kids, implying that all parents have failed at this, and kids as young as five should be exposed to this type of material.”

S. Nicholas filed a formal complaint and said in the complaint:” Any child can open the box take out these condoms and play with them. These are contraceptive devices, not playthings. The package also gave full instructions ‘how to use the condom’ in case some young person wanted to ‘experiment’! It shows lack of taste and is irresponsible.”

Other complainants said that it is inappropriate to promote food with a condom, the text “meat lovers” was offensive, that it undermined family values, and removed the right for families to teach sex education to their children. Condom use instructions that came with the advertising campaign were unnecessary and unacceptable and that there are health and safety issues if the condom broke during delivery.

The ASA said that three code of ethic rules were broken. They were basic principle 4, advertisements should follow a sense of social responsibility to both the consumers and society; rule 4, advertisements should not contain anything generally offensive and rule 5, advertisements should not contain anything that would cause serious widespread offence.

The agency Cinderella, acting on behalf of Hell Pizza, said that they “most certainly did approach this campaign with a due sense of social responsibility to consumers and society.”

Cinderella said: “From the very beginning, the company’s marketing activities were unconventional and memorable… HELL has built a successful brand by utilizing a limited marketing budget in ways that sought to grab attention and secure significant additional media coverage that would never have been able to be sustained using conventional, paid-for, advertising techniques.”

“LUST and sex are, in our experience, often found not far apart. One generally follows the other. And enjoying great food either before or after is also not such a stretch.”

Replying to the instructions that have to be printed, Cinderella said: “The terms are not really sexually arousing and the suggestion made by one hysterical complainant that they could then go and act out the instructions on the next door child is just not plausible and probably not even physically possible. It borders on insane to believe that this is a credible risk. …there has not been an explosion of sexual assault of children after being exposed to government health warnings.”

The ASA then considered all information given to them by both complainants and the advertiser.

The ASA agreed that the advertisements were in breach of basic principle 4 because: “Unsolicited, unaddressed delivery of a condom to letterboxes to promote a food brand did not meet [the basic principle 4] standard.” The standard “required all advertising to be prepared with a due sense of social responsibility to consumers and society.”

The ASA then reviewed whether or not the advertisement programme had breached rule 4 and rule 5. “The method of distribution was a key factor in considering whether or not the promotion had breached the Rules, taking into account the random context, medium, audience and product. The majority of the Board noted that it was difficult to target specific groups or ages using unaddressed letterbox distribution. In addition, it was concerned that such a method of distribution allowed any member of a household access to the advertising.” The majority of the ASA board did not find the instructions offensive but did agree that it would cause widespread offense. The advertisement programme is in breach of rule 4 and rule 5.

Some of the ASA board said: “…While the promotion had caused offence to some, this was offset by the possibility that the promotion had reached an audience that may not access the safe sex message via other media.”

The ASA decided to uphold the complaints, “complaints were unanimously upheld.”

“Our message to Hell’s Pizza is simple – stay out of the bedroom and get back into the kitchen,” Mr McCoskrie said.

Advertising contract scandal could bring down Canadian government

Friday, April 22, 2005

“Those who are in power are to be held responsible, and that includes me,” Canada’s Prime Minister, Paul Martin, told his nation in the first live address by a PM in ten years. “If so much as a dollar is found to have made its way into the Liberal Party for ill-gotten gains, it will be repaid to the people of Canada.” [1]

Conservative Leader Stephen Harper described Mr Martin’s broadcast as “a party leader playing for time, begging for another chance”.

“After the Prime Minister has shut down the democratic process here … my guess is there will be more people that are calling for some accountability, perhaps in the form of an election,” New Democratic Party (NDP) leader Jack Layton said.

A series of opinion polls show that in an election held today, a minority Conservative government would probably result, reports The Australian.

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ebay Talk – 10 Simple Tips to Understand ebay Language,Slang or eBay Acronyms

In this article I will cover the language or slang terms used on eBay when dealing with eBay auctions. These are easy to understand ebay how to tips to help you cope in the ebay world.

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1. FVF – Final Value Fee

2. NPB – None Paying Buyer (fairly obvious)

3. TOS – Terms of Service

4. BIN Buy it now (an option to set a price to buy it without bidding, you need 10 feedback, buying or selling, before you can do this)

5. Shill Bidding – Increasing price artificailly Using a friends or fake account. (unacceptable and can get you banned)

1. FVF – Final Value Fee

Your seller account is charged a final value fee (FVF) When your item sells or ends with a winning bid, this is based on the item’s final sale price and category.


: The FVF is based on the final sale price.

Fixed price or Buy It Now

: The FVF is based on the final sale price and category.

Reserve price auction-style listings

: The FVF is based on the final sale price when the reserve price is met.

There’s no FVF if the reserve isn’t met.

Business & Industrial categories Auction-style or fixed price listings

: The FVF is based on the final sale price and category.

2. NPB – Non Paying Buyer

This normally happens when someone is disputing a purchase or invariably trying to rip you off. This can be done by saying an item was never received or of poor qulaity, they can also try and use money transfer services for payment instead of paypal. eBay has specifically strengthened their paypal protection for sellers to prevent fraud

3. TOS – Terms of Service

Terms that are specified for the biding and sale to complete, make sure that you clearly state your sales procedure and buyer actions to be followed. State any return procedure and policy as part of the TOS with a requirement that if they go ahead with the payment they agree with TOS.

Having a clearly defined TOS means the buyers understand what you expect and what they get in return, you will get less rogue buyers that can cause problems .

4. BIN – Buy It Now

You can purchase the item right away at a set price without waiting for an auction to end

Below are auction types BIN is used for;

Auction-style listings with BIN option

: You can choose to compete and bid in the auction or purchase the item by using Buy It Now. For some listings the Buy It Now option is only available until the first bid is placed. The Buy It Now price is at least 10% higher than the starting auction price. For eBay Motors it wont apply to vehicle listings just to Parts & Accessories.

Reserve price auctions with a Buy It Now option

: The Buy It Now option is only shown until the reserve price is met. Act quickly as this means that when you see that an item has both a Buy It Now price and one or more bids.

Buy It Now price only

: Purchase the item right away at the Buy It Now price no bidding involved.

Variation Listings

: Some listings have variations to choose from, such as T-shirts that come in various sizes or colors. Specify the variations and quantity you want before you click the Buy It Now button.

5. Shill Bidding

Increasing an item/s price artificailly Using a friends or fake account, this will apply to employees trying to buy items as they have additional product info that other ebayers will not have. Any violations will end in account suspension and loss of Powerseller status or any other benefits plus loss of fees.

5 eBay slang tips dealing with item quality

1. VINT – Vintage

2. DOA – Dead on arrival

3. VHTF – Very hard to find

4. NWT – New with tag

5. MIB/NIB – Mint in box or New in box

1. VINT – Vintage

Any old or vintage item, this can be anything from an old sowing machine to a toy. Make sure you have an accurate description and pictures that show the actual condition of the item to ensure buyers are aware of the conditiona and any flaws

2. DOA – Dead On Arrival

This indicates any item which is not working on delivery, normally something which has broken in transit and refers to electronic or mechanical equipment. This can also cover any fragile items. To ensure that you as the seller are cover take a picture of the items during packing before sealing the packaging and mail it to the seller. If there is any problem you can take it up with the delivery company.

3. VHTF – Very Hard to Find

Any rare item of limited quantity, this is especially the case for items with limited manufacturing runs that are collectables. This works well if you are selling in a specific niche to a targeting group of buyers.

4. NWT – New with Tag

Any new item still with the manufacturers tag attached.

5. NIB/MIB – New/Mint in Box

Again this is any boxed item which has not been used or opened. This can be from new gifted items or purchased items which are collectables and which are being auctioned off.

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Warren Buffett to host world’s most expensive lunch

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Billionaire Warren Buffett, Chief Executive of Berkshire Hathaway, auctioned lunch with himself on eBay for US$2.63 million.

Bidding, which started on eBay a few weeks ago, attracted nine bidders, offering huge sums for the opportunity to have a steak lunch with the man said to be a “legendary investor”.

If you had the money, would you pay millions for lunch with Buffet?
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The winning bidder, an anonymous individual, will be parting with $2.63 million for a meal with the world-famed investor and has the opportunity to bring along seven friends for the meal.

This, the latest of Buffett’s charity auctions, is providing funds to the Glide Foundation, a charity that provides food, health care, housing and job training for San Francisco’s homeless.

Over the last ten years, Buffett has netted $5.9 million in donations through such auctions.

EU regulation prevents sale of ‘small’ kiwi fruit in Bristol shop

Thursday, June 26, 2008

A grocer in Bristol has been told that, under regulations brought in by the European Union, he is not allowed to sell a recently imported batch of kiwi fruit because they are too small. A spokesperson for the UK’s Rural Payments Agency said that they failed the EU standards for fruit.

Tim Down, the grocer involved, responded angrily to the action taken by government. “I was given 24 hours to think about it and my outrage grew.” He continued “They are perfectly fit to eat. These regulations come at a time when rising food prices are highlighted and we’re being forced to throw away perfectly good food.”

Down then claimed that there was no problem with the food. “There is nothing wrong with its palatability, it’s purely because it is slightly less than the prescribed minimum size.”

The government officials found that some of the Kiwis weighed only 58 grams, four grams below the required level. The EU has said that it plans to lessen the restrictions imposed by the regulation, potentially stopping an incident like this occurring in the future.

“The inspector’s decision is consistent with RPA’s commitment to protect consumers, who must feel confident that the produce they are buying is of the right quality,” said a spokesperson of the Rural Payments Agency, explaining the move.

Under the Agriculture and Horticulture Act 1964, selling undersized fruit, or providing them at no cost, is an offence which can carry a penalty of £5,000. The Food Standards Agency has said that the act “provides for the application and enforcement in Great Britain of European Community Regulations specifying the grading, marketing and labelling requirements for certain fresh fruit and vegetables and makes certain acts or omissions that contravene those rules punishable offences. “