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Trollied – Trolleys are marvellous!

You probably have better things to do than read a blog post about trolleys. Maybe that paint drying over there is missing your affection or you need to check that your socks are paired up correctly. Any bet you’re hovering over the red ‘x’ at the top right of the screen – once again, poised to shun the trolleys practicality and wheeling fortune. It’s just another example of how we take advantage of the trolley.

Typical Trolleys

Just imagine its payday and you’re looking forward to stacking up your empty shelves with a vast array of food. The thought of moseying around your store and placing fresh merchandise into your trusty wagon – the wheels smoothly rotating and caressing the aisles as fluent as a silk river. You turn up to your store and what’s this? THERE ARE NO TROLLEYS. All of the other stores are shut; you take a look down at those good for nothing baskets and sigh. You are not an octopus.


There was a time when shopping trolleys or shopping carts were yet to be invented. It took the owner of a supermarket chain in Oklahoma City to invent the generous wheelers. He pondered how his customers could obtain more groceries in one swoop. So in his office he grabbed a folding wooden chair, implemented wheels onto the legs and applied a basket. Thus, the supermarket trolley was born.

Since then the trolley has come on leaps and bounds. They’ve got bigger, found homes within shelters and have even got compartments for coins to be inserted. Sure from time to time you’ll find an injured trolley amongst the pack, or the local trolley stealer will stalk trolleys at night in preparation for a rogue scrap dealer in the morning. But all in all, shoppers wouldn’t be without them.

Tactical Trolleys

A perfect platform for products isn’t where the trolley ends. In big and burly warehouses, tough, robust and extra manly trolleys can be found. Flat bed trolleys for distributing heavy loaded bulks or the L-shaped trolley (hand truck) that commonly has two wheels, it’s usually seen slipping underneath grateful passenger’s luggage at train stations and airports.

Trolleys have even become beautiful. Beauty trolleys for make-up are available for image savvy people to help store away cosmetics while they’re on the move. Trolleys also help save lives; the Gurney trolley is a wheeled stretcher that aids the manoeuvring of injured, poorly or life threatened patients. Elton John loves a trolley, the multi swivelling casters (wheels) on the Piano Dolly enables people to successfully move huge pianos into desired positions. Trolleys are marvellous!

Old people lap it up as well. Shopping trolleys displaying a gingham patterned interior are firm favourites amongst the elderly. Some of them even abuse the storage space by creating warm hubs for household pets to travel inside as they shop.

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Trolleys are beneficial for the fast paced world that we live in. They allow us to carry things that are too heavy or that need protection. If a trolley could speak it would discuss its abuse, the way it’s climbed upon by unsettled children, left to wallow in a stagnant stream and how a faulty wheel wouldn’t discourage its use to a hungry banker.

Paul Simm is an observant writer who enjoys casting his eye over the minimal, obscure and generic.


Top Causes and Cures for Financial Headaches

Most of us are guilty of spending money irresponsibly at some point or another, whether it is ploughing it in to that dazzling fruit machine down at the local pub or whether it is blowing it on impulse buys when we head into town.

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In this day and age, particularly in the current financial climate, it is vital for the average person to be far more responsible when it comes to spending. A few of the ways in which you can do this include:

Don’t spend more than you can afford

Trying to lead a champagne lifestyle on beer money is a recipe for financial disaster. Before you know it, you will have maxed out your credit cards, exceeded your overdraft, and wiped out any savings you may have had. It is vital that you only spend what you can afford and live within your means. This means no frivolous spending on items you don’t need, no impulse buys, and no splashing out on the credit card or other forms of finance when you run out of money in the bank. If it is already too late and you’ve already found yourself in a mess with credit cards and other forms of finance, make sure you speak to experts such as the counsellors at Consolidated Credit.

With these three simple tips, you could find that it is far easier to be responsible about how much you spend, which means that you can benefit from making your money stretch further.

Keep track of your spending

When you pay for things on your debit card and you also have various payments going out on direct debits or standing orders, it can be easy to lose track of what’s gone out of your account. This can lead to spending money that is not yours to spend, as it is earmarked for payments that are due out of your account. This, in turn, can result in hefty bank charges and a cycle of overspending and being charged. Keeping track of what is coming into and going out of your account means that you will always know what you have left to spend and can therefore manage your account and your finances more responsibly.

Switch and save

Many of us end up paying more than we need to on various services and products, such as insurance plans and utility bills. Remember, we live in a very competitive world and with a little research and effort you could find that you can shave a fair amount off the money you pay out each month by switching. Take time to regularly review things such as your gas, electricity, and car insurance plans and take a look to see whether you can cut the cost by switching to a better deal.

With these three simple tips, you could find that it is far easier to be responsible about how much you spend, which means that you can benefit from making your money stretch further.

Perfect Learning Starts With An Outdoor Learning Space

It’s no wonder that there is a worldwide movement to “leave no child inside”. Parent’s teachers as well as the society should ensure that children should have wonderful places to go outside where they can both play and learn.

We all are very much aware of the fact that outdoor plays enhance physical and mental strength. But are you aware of the fact that out door learning is also important as children can students can personally interact with much of what they are learning about. The outdoor learning is not confined to bookish knowledge; it can also be incorporated into art, English, math, science, and physical education. Students do not get bored reading books but they can relate their learning with practical knowledge. They can learn about natural environment, they will learn to make decisions that affect the use and management of natural resources.

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Perfect outdoor classroom

But it only happens when you take a deep breath and decides that it’s time to make a change. To create a play ground and learning environment it is necessary to create a perfect environment

  • Meet all safety and licensing standards
  • Should be appropriate for mental and physical development
  • Optimizes the use of every square inch of your outdoor space while being 100% ADA compliant.
  • Should be designed to reduce anxiety, create delightful interchanges, form lasting memories and improves overall well being.
  • Should be less expensive than traditional, manufactured, equipment playground.
  • Should be beautiful, indigenous, sustainable, wildlife attractive, green, and environmentally friendly with a very low carbon footprint.

Benefits of perfect outdoor learning space

  • Research says that learning outside develops our senses by touching things which aids kids to recognize things that are smooth, rough, furry, slimy, soft and hard; forces and motion. The outside learning helps to learn about the natural process such evaporation, condensation, form of water, habitats and monitoring things such as the amount of sunlight, water and temperatures needed to keep a plant alive.
  • It enhances the mathematical skills like counting, shape, measurement and many other concepts.
  • In terms of English reading, listening, writing, questioning, poetry and word choice all have the potential to be improved when learning in an outdoor environment.

So the bottom line is that outdoor environment plays a vital role in all round development of the children. For young children who are learning the basic knowledge are able to observe things outside gives a practical element to otherwise theoretical knowledge.

Schools that are planning to develop an outdoor learning space should plan before and think about their objectives. Outside learning nature a child naturally, so it is very much important to have a covered area where teachers can give their lessons out of the sun and rain. A covered outdoor learning space allows the students to carry out their task even in adverse weather condition. An outdoor shelter or classroom will provide a comfortable seated area where children can play, eat or take lessons protected from the worst of the weather.

This unique space need not to be elaborated. It can be as simple and sweet as young children where they have the opportunity to really expand their minds and reflect on the nature that exists right outside of their classroom.

Nancy Mathew is a teacher and is passionate about children and enjoys experimenting with various activities in both classroom and playground. She understands the importance of outdoor classroom and shares lot of information, tips and ideas on children’s development

Preventing And Treating Playground Injuries

The playground is the place where happy memories and childhood friendships are created. Unfortunately, the playground is also a place which is a high risk place for injuries for children of all age groups. This does not have to be so if proper precaution and care is taken to prevent these injuries. If the inevitable happens prompt care can minimize any harm and long term effects of playground injuries.

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How do you prevent playground injuries?

According to the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDE), the most common playground injuries among children are fractures, concussions, dislocations and internal injuries. Children will be children and they cannot be expected to be careful while playing. More often than not they get carried away with the thrill and joy of carefree play. But here are some things that adults can do to prevent playground injuries.

Make sure the play structure is age appropriate

Children should never be allowed to play on equipment that are not suitable for their age level. Paying attention to the height of the slides and climbers and making sure the children are monitored when they attempt to climb these equipments will go a long way in preventing playground injuries.

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Ongoing maintenance of play equipment

Ongoing maintenance of the playground structures and equipment is a must to prevent injuries and this must be monitored by the recreation department of the city under which the playground falls. Improper maintenance is the major reason for frequent falls and injuries which is especially true in low income neighborhoods where maintenance is neglected due to low budgets. 

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Play supervision by adults

Children must always be under supervision of an adult while at the playground. There is no alternative to this very important rule.

Reinforce safety play rules

Reinforcing the playground safety rules to the kids before and after play is needed to incorporate safe playing rules among the kids while playing. Very often children get carried away and push each other around causing dangerous accidents from falls from high equipment. Rules such as no pushing and pulling, waiting for turns, no jumping off age inappropriate heights are some of the rules that can keep the children safe.  Steering clear of moving swings and rotating tire equipment is very important to prevent concussions and fractures.

Prevent over exposure to the sun

While exposure to the sun is important for children to make strong bones, the overexposure can cause sunburns and fainting spells due to overheating of their tiny bodies. Limiting the time in the sun can prevent these episodes of overheating and nasty sunburns. Always apply sunscreen with SPF 30 and above and reapply every half hour for maximum protection.

Treating playground injuries

In case of accidents or injuries at the playground, acting quickly is the key to preventing long term damage and injuries.

Check for breathing

The first thing to do is to always check if the child is breathing and is conscious of his or her surroundings. If it is a minor scrape or bump, the child may be more scared than hurt and will need lots of Tender Loving Care (TLC).

Do not move the child

In case of injury, try to keep the child as still as possible to prevent any spinal injuries till it is confirmed that the child is unharmed.

Make sure there are no broken bones

Next, check the child for any broken bones or fractures that need to be stabilized. In case of broken bones or fractures, a makeshift splint should be made to prevent further damage to the bone. This can be done by breaking off twigs or branches from nearby trees and tied around the affected limb to prevent bending at the joint.

Call For Medical Help

When in doubt, call for professional medical assistance especially if the child is not breathing or has lost consciousness. Remain by the side of the child and be prepared to give a brief but complete recount of what happened.

So, the best way to prevent and treat playground injuries on the playground is to practice prevention and precaution and by reinforcing safety rules in children while playing.

Ralph Coleman is an experienced writer who writes informative articles for healthcare professionals aspiring to get certified or recertified in ACLS and PALS courses.

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