Flight delays have the potential to wreck holidays and disrupt business plans. They can be under an hour or more than one day or anything in between. One delayed flight can mess up all the follow-up travel plans from getting a connecting flight to missing out on the public transport you had planned to get you nearer home.

Little things can make it less stressful depending on the causes and length of the delay. It might be that the airline offers you complimentary refreshments.

An apology helps but is so often not given in case it means admitting liability when often a sorry would make air passengers feel so much better about their plight.

It can be stressful whatever your circumstances but if you have children who get bored easily it can be an absolute nightmare. This is worse if your children are so young that you cannot really explain to them what is going on and that everything will turn out OK in the end. Couples often handle stress in different ways too so that might add domestic strife to an already challenging situation.

We all have lives away from our holiday period or business tasks. Sometimes we are juggling a lot of responsibilities. This might mean we have people who rely on us as unpaid carers to someone who is old and frail or someone with mental or physical health issues. Perhaps we left children at home with someone else who is only available for a limited period.

It can be nerve-wracking if you are the victim of a longer flight delay worrying where you are going to spend the night. You might have limited funds available at the end of a holiday.

Claiming compensation for flight delays takes a little time and effort but if you have suffered in some of the ways above, a successful claim might make you feel a whole lot better.

My Dad worked in Bradford so I became very familiar with the iconic Little Germany which has been used in a number of films and TV productions over the years including ‘Wall of Tyranny’, ‘The Red Riding Trilogy’, ‘L.A. without a map’ and more recently ‘The Syndicate’. It used to be fun seeing shop fronts and street signs change from time to time to meet the needs of a particular era.

Of course Yorkshire is very diverse and I have lived in all the sections of it except South Yorkshire over the years. In fact, my husband and I moved to North Yorkshire about a year after getting together and started our family there.

My baby and then toddler sonwas obsessed with Thomas the Tank Engine and developed a real interest in trains. In fact, he was most put out at about the age of 3 when somebody we met referred to trains as “choo-choos” in his presence.

We would regularly take trips to Grosmont which is like stepping back in time in many ways with its quaint shops and tearooms and of course, the steam trains. I love how old railways don’t stay closed for long often brought back to life very quickly by volunteer train enthusiasts.

After Grosmont, we would go the smaller station at Goathland which has been used as Hogsmeade Station in the Harry Potter films and Aidensfield in the popular sixties drama Heartbeat. Harry Potter kept my children happy and Aidensfield kept my husband happy. I like any historic sites so enjoyed myself too especially if a visit to a tea shop was on the agenda.

It really is a thrill to see locations we know and love transformed on screen.

I have enjoyed revisiting some fond memories for PCAPredict.com

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You may be wondering how your social calendar will alter if you decide to stop smoking but deem yourself as a socialite — with Nicotinell’s smoker profile quiz perfect for discovering if you are indeed a social smoker.
Fortunately, help is at hand. The following guide will set out how you can remain to be a socialite without having to smoke:

Are there links between alcohol and smoking?

Before we delve into how you can socialise while enjoying a smoke-free lifestyle, first we will explain the close link that is seen between drinking alcohol and smoking.
This is because government data has established that up to 90 per cent of people who find themselves addicted to alcohol also smoke. Furthermore, smokers have been found to be more likely to drink and have a 2.7 times greater risk of becoming dependent on alcohol than non-smokers do.
There’s also scientific links, in that alcohol and nicotine both act on common mechanisms found in the human brain. When it comes to nicotine, the chemical compound will enter the bloodstream as soon as you smoke a cigarette and rapidly get transported to your brain. Once there, the nicotine will stimulate the brain by creating receptors which release chemicals that give a feeling of pressure. These receptors will increase in number as smoking becomes prolonged and your brain will become reliant on nicotine in order to release these feel-good chemicals.
Within 72 hours of deciding to stop smoking, the nicotine supply found in your bloodstream will drop. Those receptors won’t disappear that quickly though, so your brain’s chemistry will react to cause powerful cravings and strong emotional reactions. Persistence is key, as nicotine receptors will go away with time and your brain chemistry should be back to normal within three months of a quit.
Researchers believe that alcohol fosters the feeling of pleasure as well. If true, this reinforces the effects of nicotine on the brain. There are suggestions that nicotine and alcohol will moderate each other’s effects on the brain due to the fact that nicotine stimulates while alcohol sedates.

How to socialise during your quit-smoking journey

Early on in your quit-smoking journey, you’re likely to be faced with a situation where you will be invited to socialise in a scenario where you would have previously had a cigarette. Here’s how to stick to your goals and still have a good time:

Choose a social get-together where there’s no smoking

Invite friends to your house instead of heading to a place where people are likely to be smoking. You can celebrate your smoke-free success with them. You’ll be able to control what is served too, which can help stop those triggers and completely avoid cigarettes in your smoke-free home.

Bring a quit buddy along to your social events

No matter if it’s a friend or family member, a quit buddy will be a great person to have join you at whatever social event you’re heading along to. A quit buddy is someone who supports your quit. Should you encounter old smoking friends who ask you to join them, make sure they are aware of your situation so they can be respectful. Not only that, you’ll also have your quit buddy to hang out with.

Hang out with non-smokers

You’ll receive plenty of help from non-smokers and friends who are keen to support your decision to quit smoking. Who you choose to hang out with can help support your ex-smoking status. Slip-ups can occur when quitters are in the company of other smokers who may not be aware of how to support their quit attempt.

Give yourself a pep talk

Smoking cravings may be trigged as you head out for a drink. Before leaving the house or in the car, be mentally prepared by saying aloud, “I’m a former smoker.” Or try, “I don’t smoke. I’m healthier and happier without cigarettes.” The main point is to remind yourself that you’re a former smoker and that you don’t need to light up anymore.

Don’t delay socialising

Just because you’re having doubts, that shouldn’t give you the excuse to cancel social plans. Everything you did as a smoker, you can do as a former smoker. Holding off too long from social drinking after quitting can create a sense of intimidation. Plus, socialising with friends is an important part of your life. The sooner you teach yourself how to enjoy a drink or two without a cigarette, the sooner you’ll feel like your life is back to normal.

Using electronic screens is now part of everyday life for both work and leisure purposes. Smartphones and tablets are now seen as essential rather than luxury items. They help us gather information quickly and learn new things. However, they also can bring health risks for both children and adults.

It is pretty common to experience some degree of neck or shoulder pain when we use electronic devices a lot. Wrist and hand pain also occur. We often remain in a static position when on our electronic devices and an obsession with them means we are leading more and more sedentary lifestyles.

As parents we need to show good healthy habits to our children and this includes around the new technologies of the 21st century. We need to be looking out for bad posture in our children and teenagers. We need to be encouraging more time outdoors and providing good opportunities for exercise to ensure the healthy development of bones and joints.

As incredible as it might seem, studies have shown that excessive texting can lead to inflamed tendons and degeneration of the thumb joint.

Now let’s consider eye health. We know this is important. We take ourselves off to the optician’s regularly and even if we leave our own appointments a little too long, we tend to be on point at ensuring our children have frequent eye checks. Are electronic screens adversely affecting the health of our eyes?

Should we be considering a computer screen cover for eyes or is that being overly cautious?

In our increasingly busy world, we need our sleep as adults and of course want to ensure our children and teenager get a good night’s sleep. Blue light from smartphones and tablets causes strain to the eyes and can prevent you dropping off to sleep.

Although the amount of HEV light emitted by smartphones and other digital devices is much less than that emitted by the sun, the time people are spending on such devices and how close they keep their faces to the screen with bowed heads mean there are major concerns from eye experts about the possible long term impact of blue light on wellbeing.

Did you know that virtually all visible blue light passes through the cornea and lens and reaches the retina which is the inner lining at the back of the eye?

Scientific studies have shown that too much exposure to blue light can damage light sensitive cells in the retina. This damage resembles those of macular degeneration which can lead to the permanent loss of sight. Although more research is needed in this area, any parent would want to protect themselves and their children from any risk of sight loss.

So if you are using your phone all the time and so many of us do these days for texting, emailing and browsing the worldwide web, it is time to look at ways of protecting your eye health. A convenient way to reduce your blue light exposure is to use a blue light filter.

These filters are available for computer screens, tablets and smartphones. They prevent large amounts of blue light coming from your various electronic screens from reaching your eyes without affecting the visibility of the display on the screen.

When you sit down and think what it would be like to lose your sight or worse still see your child lose theirs, you realise how vital it is to consider the impact on eye health of any overexposure to electronic screens.


Smoked salmon canapés are quick, simple and perfect for a wedding or a dinner party. My smoked salmon canapés recipe serves 6 and is ready in as little as 15 minutes.

Smoked Salmon


400g Norwegian smoked salmon

Scandinavian KnekkebrØd (or Rye) crisp breads

1 tub of cream cheese

2 tbsp crème fraîche

2 large unwaxed lemons (juice and zest of 1.5)

1 large bunch of dill, part chopped finely, part sprigs reserved

Freshly milled black pepper


Mix the cream cheese, crème fraîche, chopped dill, lemon juice and half the zest, then add freshly milled black pepper.

Place the crisp breads on serving trays. Scoop some cream cheese filling and place on top of each of the crisp breads, using a fork to make the swirls.

Cut the Norwegian smoked salmon slices into ribbons, then roll and twist, and place on top of the crisp breads.

Top with individual sprigs of dill. Garnish with a couple of strands of the lemon zest.

If you enjoy eating smoked salmon, buy it from a reliable manufacturer, consume it by the “use by” date, and keep it properly refrigerated. If you eat it frequently, balance your sodium intake and include plenty of fruits and vegetables in your daily diet. A high intake of fruits and vegetables is associated with protection from stomach cancer.

What do you like to serve as canapés for special occasions?

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