Yeo Valley Farm - Foreign Object Found in Yogurt


foreign object yeo valley yoghurt


I've been buying Yeo Valley yogurt for quite a few years and always have at least one pot in the fridge at any one time.  It never lasts long and is usually eaten within a few days.  In November (2018) having torn back the lid of a pot I'd bought just a few days earlier, there was something strange on the inside of the lid.  I initially thought it was just a lump of yogurt but having touched it with a spoon realised it was much more than that.  Having removed the object and then rinsed off the yogurt, I found myself looking at something unfamiliar and really had no idea what it was.  It was light weight, smooth and slightly rubbery, had no smell and no residue came off when I handled it.  My hunch was that it was fungus.

More curious about what it was than upset, I initially contacted the local environmental health office who advised me to get in touch with Yeo Valley Farm who produce the yogurt or alternatively take it back to the supermarket where I'd bought it and they would send it off for analysis.  Not having a receipt I didn't believe Sainsbury's would be particularly interested so decided to get in touch with Yeo Valley Farm instead.

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The Window Centre Harrow | What a Headache

Some of you may have noticed that I've been rather quiet lately but you'll be glad to hear that's about to change.  Over the last twelve months or so as well as flying around the world I've also been dealing with a wretched company called The Window Centre who are based in Harrow.  They fitted replacement windows and doors at my property in June 2016 which not only were installed by two incompetent installers who caused a significant amount of damage in and around my property but just two weeks after they'd left, problems began and have continued ever since.  After more than a year of amateurish adjustments on both windows and doors which included some being removed and refitted on more than one occasion, I was told the windows had not been manufactured correctly hence needed to be replaced.  That came as no surprise at all considering all the problems that I'd had and by that point in time, every single window in the house was either scraping or catching as it moved.  I'd also had continuous problems with a kitchen door that was unbelievably draughty and despite it being adjusted several times and being removed and refitted twice, the second time under the supervision of the director of The Window Centre Harrow, it was still draughty.  When I told him I intended to have it replaced because it wasn't the high quality door I was assured I was buying, I was completely ignored and in his subsequent correspondence in which he confirmed the windows would be replaced, he said a further adjustment would be carried out on the kitchen door.  By that time I had already informed him that I wanted a full refund for the entire installation and was taking legal advice.  A few weeks later as the weather turned colder I discovered that the patio doors which had also been adjusted several times, were still draughty.  In addition to the afore mentioned problems there were many other issues that I was dealing with as well.

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SEOJuice | AKA UpWeb SEO - Cowboy Search Engine Optimization


screenshot of a phoney promo posted in a digital marketing forum


Search engine optimization (SEO) is a process which affects the visibility of a website in unpaid search results. It looks at how search engines such as Google work and the best ways to improve the frequency in which a website or page appears and also its position.  In today's world it's big business and whilst there are many companies out there who are legitimate and trustworthy, there are also those like SEOJuice who now trade as UpWeb SEO who can best be described as cowboys. Trusting a company like this to carry out search engine optimisation on your website can cause a huge amount of damage to your online business which is exactly what happened when this company which is owned and run by Dave Adamson, worked on Stone Mania for just six months.

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Shungite and Crystal Healing


elite grade shungite


Shungite is a curious stone which comes exclusively from Russia, it's relatively rare, virtually unknown and the finest grade is known as elite shungite. It's surprisingly light weight, has a black residue that’s similar to soot that's produced by coal and is naturally lustrous.  The fact that it only comes from Karelia which is in the north west of Russia means that stones tend to be expensive and are highly sought after by rock and mineral enthusiasts around the world.

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Understanding Crystals, Rocks, Minerals


coloured crystals, rocks and minerals


Crystals, rocks and minerals are the building blocks of our planet and man has had an inherent attraction to them since the dawn of time. Their use for personal adornment can be traced back 82,000 years and throughout history they have remained a constant source of intrigue and fascination. They have been used as tools, carried as talismans, been carved into luxury objects and have long been associated with wealth and power. The belief that they hold magical and medicinal powers also dates back thousand of years and the myths and lore associated with them has been passed down through the generations. Today the practice of using crystals, rocks and minerals to promote health and well being is widely known as crystal healing and despite it being considered by many to be a pseudoscience, it remains hugely popular and is without doubt a multi billion dollar industry.

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Lumina Jewellery Caught Plagiarising


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Plagiarism is the practice of taking someone else's ideas and work in order to then pass them off as your own and whilst it's a massive problem online, most perpetrators are savvy and discreet enough to cover their tracks and make sufficient alterations to the stolen material in order to ensure that nobody identifies it as having originally been created by someone else. It's also pretty well known amongst online retailers that duplicate content doesn't rank well in Google which is another reason why pages of text that have been plagiarised tend to be altered before being republished but more importantly, plagiarism also violates Google's User Policy. Despite that Sarah and Picky Saund the people behind Lumina Jewellery made a conscious decision to set out to steal creative ideas and company policies from another business and I can only assume that was because they are unable to come up with anything original and exciting of their own. Sadly on this occasion it was Stone Mania who was the victim but what we uncovered after having landed on the website of Lumina Jewellery purely by chance, was that they had a very unhealthy interest in our business.      

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Trying to find decent articles to read online about crystals, rocks and minerals can be a real challenge because so much of what's available is repetitive, unoriginal and in many cases has been written for the sole purpose of improving a website's search engine ranking. I research extensively in preparation for the articles that I write in the Rocks & Minerals section of Stone Mania's website and have been writing articles to post online for many years, one thing I can say for sure is that plagiarism is a massive problem and one which Google is trying hard to eradicate. According to the Oxford Dictionary plagiarism means "the practice of taking someone else's work or ideas and passing them off as your own". The word plagiarism originates from the Latin 'plagiarius' meaning 'kidnapper' and it causes a huge amount of inaccurate and misleading information to be published online particularly on matters relating to crystals, rocks and minerals.

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