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text 2020-07-04 22:33
Reading progress update: I've read 171 out of 320 pages.
Capital Crimes: London Mysteries - Various Authors,Martin Edwards

So far, I like the variety of authors that Martin Edwards has picked, but few of the stories have been fun reads:

 

The Magic Casket - R. Austin Freeman

An interesting concept. I liked the local colour of mentioning exhibits at the museum in South Kensington (now the V&A), but other than that the depiction of the Japanese gangsters makes this one another one that won't be all that memorable.

 

The Holloway Flat Tragedy - Ernest Bramah

This is not my first Bramah, but it is the first that I have DNF's even tho it is a short story. There is something about Bramah's writing and his Max Carrados stories that just bores me stiff. 

It's a pity, the setting around Holloway sounded promising.

 

The Magician Of Cannon Street - J. S. Fletcher

Interesting up to a point, but it's another story that features the "evil foreigner" trope. That's not unusual for a GA mystery but it does lessen my reading enjoyment. Meh.

 

The Stealer of Marble - Edgar Wallace

This was delightful. True to form Wallace with the smart, yet totally bonkers, solution. 

 

The Tea Leaf - Robert Eustace and Edgar Jepson

Fantastic. I loved this locked room mystery. Not dissimilar to the Wallace story that precedes it (The Stealer of Marble) but I loved that this one combines several elements I liked with good mystery that kept me guessing. 

To be fair, I did not expect anything less from Robert Eustace. :D

 

I'll probably finish the rest of the stories tomorrow or Monday. 

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text 2020-07-04 19:16
Reading progress update: I've read 67 out of 320 pages.
Capital Crimes: London Mysteries - Various Authors,Martin Edwards

Reading on:

 

A Mystery of the Underground - John Oxenham:

 

I have no idea what I just read. I may have missed the point ... and plot of this story in its entirety. This is not one that will be memorable at all.

 

The Finchley Puzzle - Richard Marsh:

 

Erm, this story evidently emulates one by ACD, and one of my favourite Holmes stories at that. While the original required some suspension of disbelief, Marsh's story was absolutely preposterous, and not in a good way.

 

Onwards!

 

 

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text 2020-07-03 08:29
Green Methods to Implement in Your Routine Cleaning

 

It's high time you do away with chemical cleaning and using synthetic fragrances. Wanting a clean house should never be a reason to choose chemicals that are harmful to you and your environment. 

 

Before going further, it is clear that there are more benefits to using green cleaning methods than using chemical-filled substances. You also play a part in the struggle to keep the planet safe for future generations. Without delay, let us take you around the various choices we have made for our cleaning.

 

Green cleaning alternatives

  1. Window cleaning:When we clean our windows, we use 1/4 cups of vinegar with 2 or 3 cups of water. You could include lemon or lime to the mix, primarily for the scent. You can use any other scent by straining or boiling it. The water will serve as your scent. This ratio works okay for my windows, so you have to note how big or small your windows are. You might need to do a little test to see what quantity works best for you. Mix in a reusable spray bottle, spray and clean with a rag.  

 

  1. More Ventilation: Air fresheners are sweet-scented, pleasant, and possibly your first option when airing out your home, but these are chemicals. So rather than use them, go for ventilation. Open your windows wide enough to allow fresh air or odour removal in your home. You can also try flowers for natural scents. We suggest rosemary, lavender, and roses. 

 

  1. Wood surfaces:When cleaning wooden surfaces, use a mix of olive oil and vinegar. It works as great as chemical cleaners, and they don't leave you with any long-lasting smell or harm.

 

  1. Drainage system:Go with hot water first when cleaning out a drainage system, whether in the kitchen, bathroom, or otherwise. Then you can take a step further by using baking soda and white vinegar. The measurement should be up to you and your discretion. Once you have poured this into the drainage hole, leave it for about half an hour, the result should be foamy. This is a guaranteed way to rid yourself of drainage smell and clogs. You could also try a boiling mix of salt and vinegar. Pour it through the drainage and then flush the solution with cold water. 

 

  1. Carpet Cleaning: When cleaning your carpets from stains, spills, and dog accidents, you do not need to rush to the most chemically filled products to do the job. You have four natural and effective ways. Begin with vinegar. Spray a bit of vinegar on the carpet and scrub. If that isn't magic enough, then you can go onto add salt to the vinegar. This is extremely effective. The third choice is to use cornstarch; this works wonders, to get ink out, make a paste with cornstarch and milk, and your carpet will be as good as new and finally what else can work wonders but baking soda. But with baking soda, you will need to sprinkle on the area, scrub it in and then leave overnight for the baking soda to do its job. Once that is done, your carpet cleaning will be a breeze.  

 

  1. Sun Exposure: From mattresses to any other cloth-related furniture, you can allow the sun to do the task rather than disinfect it with chemicals. The sun rays can disinfect your mattresses and carpet in no time. Leave it from dawn to evening, and you can repeat it two or three times in a row to get the best result for free.

7.Dishes: When washing your dishes, you do not have to go for chemically produced options which do the job, but leave you with microscopic harm which will take effect in the long run. Instead, you can use these two options; first ash. For those with a fireplace, make use of those ashes to get your plates clean. They are extremely effective in getting the most greasy food out. You can also try using baking soda to wash off your plates. Don't forget to rinse extensively before and after using these methods. 

 

If you wish to get the best domestic cleaning in London, don't hesitate to get in touch with us.

 

Conclusion

Nothing gives you a peace of mind than knowing that your home is chemical-free, safe for you, your family, and your environment. 

 

© London Domestic Cleaners

 

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text 2020-07-02 10:31
Why Do You Need Fire Alarms and Immediate Repairs on Your Electrical Installations

 

Fire alarm installations in North London are necessary to keep you, your family and employees safe. Apart from this fire alarms help curb property loss. With early indications and fire alarms going off firefighters can reach you on time and eliminate the fire and prevent expansion.

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text 2020-07-01 15:32
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Mobile disco hires in Hampshire is a service that has made life much easier for anyone burdened with the job of planning the perfect evening.

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