Things to Consider when Getting a Sphynx Cat

When it comes to choosing a new feline friend to share your home with you, there is nothing more distinctive looking than the Sphynx. These cats are definitely the type to divide opinions – their most striking feature being that they have no fur.

The lack of fur also means that they are favoured by people who often suffer from cat allergies and would struggle to have a more hairy cat. Although Sphynx cats do have very fine hairs on them, it is nowhere near the amount that other cats have, so for allergy sufferers they can be a great companion.

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However, because of the lack of hair, these cats do require special care and attention, so if you are thinking of bringing one into your home, here are some tips…

Make sure you find a Registered and Ethical Breeder – Over the course of the pandemic in particular, pet ownership soared as people went on the hunt for pets to share lockdown life with. Unfortunately, this drove up prices of pets and many unscrupulous ‘breeders’ sought to cash in and make money as they became more in demand. When looking for a breeder, you should make sure that they are GCCF registered. You can then start to build a relationship with the breeder, get to know them and their cats which is a great way to learn about the breed and ensure that they are right for you. A good breeder will encourage and welcome this.

Sphynx cats can get chilly due to their lack of fur so make sure that they are always able to keep warm. If you have a cold home it may not be suitable, especially in the winter. Heat sources such as this from underfloor heating Gloucestershire based company Parsons flooring is a good way to heat the home, and you could also get some cosy cat jumpers and socks for your cat to stay cosy and snug in. A cosy bed and a plentiful supply of snuggly blankets are also must have items for sphynx cats. As well as the fact that their obvious pedigree appearance makes them a target for thieves, they also should be kept indoor only due to their low tolerance for the cold.

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As well as the cold, extra care must be taken to care for the skin of a Sphynx cat. Due to the lack of hair they benefit from being bathed on a weekly basis, which is something they should be introduced to from a young age so that they get used to it. Although cats are not really fans of being bathed, with a Sphynx it is essential to prevent problems developing with the skin. When bathing them, you should pay particular attention to clean the folds of skin and places under wrinkles, as this is where dirt and bacteria can build up and cause problems.

What is the right type of thermal spray coating for your application?

When it comes to choosing the right type of thermal spray coating for your application, it makes sense to take the time to weigh up your options. With many excellent types of coating available, you will be sure to find the ideal solution for your needs.

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Types of thermal spray coatings

The category of thermal spray coatings can be broken down into five main types: flame, arc, plasma, HVOF (high-velocity oxy-fuel), and detonation gun spraying. All these coatings require a consumable, such as a powder or wire, to be heated to a high temperature and then projected onto the surface to be coated. The difference in these five approaches comes from the heat source and the speed at which the coating particles hit the substrate’s surface.

Flame spraying, for example, uses heat drawn from the burning of a fuel gas and oxygen mixture. This heats the chosen consumable so that it can be projected via compressed air or inert gas. The result is an inexpensive spray coating that offers less durability and lower bond strength than other approaches. HGOF uses a comparable heat source but delivers higher particle velocities, leading to far superior coatings.

Arc spraying is achieved by placing a DC electrical arch between a pair of consumable wire electrodes. When these electrodes melt, the spray substance is created and then projected via compressed gas. The resulting coating has a higher bond strength than flame coatings; however, this method produces unwanted side effects, such as fumes.

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The best choice

Also using a DC electric arc, thermal plasma spray coating offers a better solution. A powder consumable is fed into a jet whilst an inert gas is fed into the torch, resulting in a high-velocity spray with particles achieving speeds of 200-300m/s. This technique achieves a strong and effective coating of substrates with high melting points.

Companies such as Poeton can deliver variations of this application, such as VPS (vacuum plasma spraying) and LPPS (low-pressure plasma spraying), to enable a vast selection of items to be durably coated. The popularity of this type of coating can be seen by the growing value of its market.

Detonation gun spraying is another great option, using shockwave technology to produce high particle speeds and superb quality coatings.

A history of the most spectacular Palace in Crete

Before the Romans and the Egyptians, there were other civilisations and Empires whose ingenuity and creativity were truly incredible. One of these was the Minoans. They made their home on the stunning islands of Crete. Sitting in the  Mediterranean, not far from the coast of mainland Greece, the Island of Crete is one of the most picturesque there is. Like so many of the Greek islands, it was of strategic importance for controlling trade and commerce in the region. This was all to the Minoans advantage. They used their experience at war and maritime skills to build a fleet that would soon dominate the Mediterranean. They exploited that dominance and money to build a fantastic palace. This was to be the famous city of Knossos. Its remains can still be seen to this day.

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Knossos enters into the Greek Mythos as the site of the Labyrinth and the lair of the Minotaur. It is easy to see the link between the two. Minoans and Minotaur was a direct reference and also an insult from the mainlanders. They constructed a story around the islanders who had a ritual of leaping bulls. The island’s youth would run and vault a bull using its horns as leverage as a test of manhood.

So far, the extensive archaeological work that has been conducted on Knossos has not yielded substantial underground mazes or the remains of a man bull hybrid. It has uncovered some beautiful things and clearly indicates that the Minoans were incredibly advanced in civilisation. The evidence for this is clear, and it is written on the walls of the Palace itself. The incredible frescos the Minoans created show examples of their life and times. It illustrates their rituals and celebrations. It also shows they had access to colour palettes from around the sea which they exploited.

However, it is their essential ability to create pretty astounding systems of public health that can really impress. It is generally thought that the Romans are the pioneers of clean water and latrines. However, as they got all their best ideas from the Greeks, it seems the Minoans were a massive influence. In Knossos, we can see some of the most impressive drainage systems ever created by simple gravity-fed systems. Using the nearby streams and rivers, they are diverted to flow through the city and the Palace. A modern Drain Lining Company like Wilkinson Environmental would be impressed with the skills that have been shown.

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Using just hewn stone and worked clay, the Minoans were able to construct a system that took all of the wastewater out of the city whilst still providing clean water as well.

A public health system is not the only example of the Minoans skill.

There are countless examples of worked ceramic, gold and pottery. The finest being a bust of a bull’s head with golden horns and intricate figurines of snake goddesses.

How to style a beanie hat

Beanies are a quintessential choice when you are looking for a men’s winter hat to look good and keep out the cold. There is a vast array of options when it comes to the types available and the way they can be worn, so check out the following ideas for styling your beanie to add the finishing touch to any winter outfit.

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Simple is best

One of the best choices you can make is to go for a simple beanie, such as a plain navy Lyle & Scott eagle logo hat or a standard swoosh Nike choice. This will give you the most versatility when it comes to how you wear your hat and what you can wear it with.

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If you are going for patterns or bold colours, try to create a balance between the two for maximum wearability; for example, if you go for an intricate pattern, try to choose a more subdued tone. Also, think about the way in which a pattern will look if you want to team it with your new coat from a retailer such as

There are occasions when you can go to town with the colours and patterning on your beaning, such as if you want increased visibility whilst doing outdoor sports. If you are planning a winter sports holiday abroad, always read the official guidance.

Think hair

Try to match the style and the way you wear your beanie with your hair and face shape; for example, if you have a wide forehead and a fringe, you may want to wear your beanie tilted backwards a little to let your hair show at the front. If you have very little hair, you could choose the classic beanie-wearing style, which is pulling it down low on your forehead and over your ears.

Choose your rolls

You can opt to wear your beanie without rolling the edges for a trendy look that subverts the norm; alternatively, you can go for the more traditional single roll with a cuff measuring between two and three inches. The latter is often the best choice for heavier knit beanies or very light hats with a looser fit. If you really want to show off your hair, you could go for the double roll, which thickens the cuff to reveal more of your crowning glory.

The different types of forces that we use in everyday life.

Forces are all around us and acting upon us and the items around us every day. As well as these forces occurring naturally such as friction and gravity, we can cause these forces to help us in particular tasks, such as the force that is created in a Hydraulic Power Unit from These forces then usually help us to move objects, lift them or to give us additional strength that we would otherwise lack.

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There are a number of different forces and here are just a few of them for you to have a look at.

Gravitational – this is the most common force that we are all aware of and it is the force that is pushed down on all objects and us as humans and keeps us safe on the ground of the earth. It is also the pull that keeps the planets spinning in orbit.

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Frictional – this is the force that objects experience on a surface when they are moved across it. Friction tends to occur in the opposite direction that an object is moving in. For example, a car has a frictional force on the ground below it as it moves along the road.

Air Resistance – this is the force of the air against an object when it travels through the air. This is experienced on everything from plans down to tennis balls.

Spring – this is the force that is built up in a spring or a coil and is the force built up when it is compressed.The force is then released when it is stretched.

What can you fit in the back of a trailer?

The answer to that question is pretty much anything you want.  However there are certain rules and regulations that you have to abide by.  For the most part people select trainers so that they can move large objects.  This can take the form of waste from a garden, heavy furniture in a house move,  general large items that need to be transported from one location to another or even, if it is a converted unit, horses.

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When you have the trailer attached to your car you should begin to think about what weight it can actually handle.  It is impossible for many cars to tow large objects.  Most trailers are specifically designed to accommodate SUV or Estate vehicles.  Smaller objects can be towed in cars with a lower horsepower.

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The trailer will have specific dimensions that you can choose before you set out.  Bear in mind what items and what volume of material you are going to need to move before you order one. Should you need them, Trailer Parts are available from

Once you have the trailer that is correct for you then the sky is really the limit.  You should also think about the fact that you will have to drive this vehicle on the road where other users will be present.  Having a trailer at the rear of the car means you have to be even more considerate than you would normally be.  However, with care and skill you should be able to use the trailer to its full capacity and function.

Types of roof in Britain.

All across the UK buildings can be seen from every angle. They will differ in design and style but they will all have one thing in common – a roof, which usually takes on the form of slate.  However this is not the only type of roof that you will find in the country as there are, for example, thatched roofs which use traditional methods of tightly bound straw creating an incredible rustic look . They do,however, require an extraordinary amount of maintenance. The reason we now use Welsh slate instead is because it is a much better material for keeping out damp weather.

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In this country we have an enormous amount of rainfall therefore we need decent roofs to protect us. If your roof is looking in disrepair look to Hereford Roofers who can provide the perfect service for making sure your roof is working well.

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The other type of roof  you will find is the flat roof, which although it appears to be flat this is not actually the case. No roof is flat as it would create standing water which would cause further problems with damp and mould and they would collect rainwater and other such waste. No expense should be spared when it comes to roofs. They represent some of the most important parts of a house and without them serious illness and injury can occur.

Three Easy Ways to Update and Refresh your Kitchen

The kitchen is probably the room in your home that experiences the most wear and tear. Used for all manner of things, the kitchen is a high traffic area, as well as being the engine room of the house, so it is little wonder that it can often be the first room to start to look a little worse for wear. However, you don’t have to spend an absolute fortune on the place to make it look much better – here are a few ways to give your old kitchen some love…

Update your cupboards – You don’t need to buy a whole new kitchen when you can give your old one a new lease of life with some paint. Painting tired old kitchen cupboards is an inexpensive way to get a modern looking kitchen, as well as changing cupboard door handles.

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The Kitchen Floor – The floor of a kitchen takes a lot of abuse, so it needs to be tough. This is the part of the kitchen that many people often feel takes the brunt of wear and tear – look at attractive and hardwearing flooring such as this engineered wood flooring for the kitchen to make sure you get the best of both.

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If you want to make the kitchen look more modern, then there are some really easy ways to do this. Simply changing a few things – new kettle, new light fittings etc will make a big overall impact on the look of your kitchen and it doesn’t cost a lot!

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