The weirdest complaints from holiday home guests revealed

Holiday home insurance provided Schofields Ltd has revealed some of the weirdest complaints that holiday home owners have received from Brits staying in their holiday homes. Complaints ranged from the bed being too comfy and the décor being too nice. It just goes to show that us Brits will complain about anything.

Here are the top 10 strangest holiday home complaints:

  1. Bed was too comfy and we spent too much time in it meaning that we missed time sightseeing.
  2. Our ski chalet was on top of a mountain and my wife is scared of heights.
  3. I put weight on due to eating too many complimentary snacks.
  4. The ocean made too much noise at our beachfront holiday home and moonlight kept shining through the window keeping us up at night.
  5. The weather was too cold to use the hot tub even though the water temperature was right.
  6. We fed a local cat outside the house and it kept coming back, we felt a bit trapped as we could not get rid of it.
  7. We requested a holiday home without internet access to get away from everyday stress, but when I returned home I had missed a very important email and was in trouble with my boss. The holiday home should have had internet access so I could pick up my emails.
  8. We watched a scary movie before going to our holiday home and were adamant that it was haunted after a light flickered the first time we switched it on.
  9. Our beachfront holiday home ruined my designer shoes because of all the sand.
  10. We booked our holiday home because of the fantastic views, but when we got there we found out that it was half way up a hill and it hurt my legs walking to it.

Have you ever come across a holidaymaker that has had a weird or strange complaint? Leave your comments below.

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Administering medicine by spoon can raise the risk of dosage mistakes by up to 50%

A new study, published in the Pediatrics journal has warned parents not to use spoons to administer medication as it can lead to potentially dangerous dosage mistakes. Instead, parents are advised to use droppers and syringes which measure in millilitres when administering liquid medication.

The study found that parents who used spoons instead of droppers or syringes were 50% more likely to give their child the wrong dosage. Dr Alan Mendelsohn from the New York University medical school and co-author of the study said that too much or too little medication can both be harmful to the health of the child. He explained that not enough medication may not treat the illness adequately, while too much medication could have adverse side effects that could potentially be life-threatening.

Parents who were polled assumed that any similar-sized spoon would do leading to 43% making a mistake in dosage compared to just 28% that used a dropper or syringe.

In conclusion, Dr Mendelsohn has suggested that pharmacists and other health professionals should help to promote the use of millilitre units for administering liquid prescriptions and medications.


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LG G3 Overview

The LG G3 is one of the most exciting smartphones to come out so far this year, thanks mainly to its super impressive 5.5 inch Quad HD display which delivers ultra-sharp images in 2,560 x 1,440 pixels.

The bezel-free and light weight metallic design makes the LG G3 stand out from the crowd and it also packs a punch inside with a quad-core 2.5GHz processor and 3GB RAM for enhanced multitasking and a 13 megapixel camera to capture those precious moments.

The LG G3 comes with 16GB or 32GB of internal storage and can be expanded via a microSD card slot and the Corning Gorilla Glass 3 makes sure that it’s strong and durable. All of your wireless connectivity needs are built in including Wi-Fi, NFC, infrared and GPS, as well as 4G and Bluetooth.

The LG G3 runs Android 4.4.2 (KitKat) so it runs the most up to date apps, all of which can be downloaded via Google Play. The G3 also has built-in wireless charging capability, providing a clutter-free way to charge the device.

LG has been playing catch-up over the past few years, but its latest offering has much to offer those looking for something a bit different. The LG G3 is available now on a range of mobile networks, from free on selected contracts.


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Making the best use of garden rooms

The construction of a garden room will offer many advantages to property owners. First, it will add to the value of the property and second, it will create extra space, which is most valuable for anyone raising young families or for people who want to work from home and need office space. While garden rooms provide great benefits it is down to the individual homeowner to put them to the best possible use. Garden rooms are insulated to the highest standard and can easily be connected to the mains water supply and other utilities, allowing toilet facilities, heating and lighting, Wi-Fi and cable TV connections. This means the garden rooms, garden offices or contemporary garden studios can be put to the same kind of use as any room within the main property. A garden room, surrounded by all the delights offered by a beautiful and tranquil garden, can be a great place for hosting parties. If a deck is included friends and guests can enjoy a drink outside on those warm summer days and evenings. When the weather is colder or if it is raining, there will still be plenty of room inside for everyone to have an enjoyable time. Children’s toys and games can take up a lot of space in the home. However, a garden room can easily be turned into a playroom for the youngsters. As the children become older they may want to enjoy more privacy and a garden room will be the ideal place for them to hang out. Those keen on keeping fit have the option of turning their garden room into their own private gym. Alternatively, for anyone running a business from home a garden office will prove to be a Godsend. Garden offices can save time and money commuting to and from the office and provide an ideal environment in which to work.

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Take in more than two million years of history

Take a visit to the British Museum, where more than two millions years of history is on display. Founded back in 1753, the British Museum is one of London’s oldest institutions, and was the world’s first national public museum. Open to everyone, free of charge, the museum first welcomed a mere 5,000 visitors through its doors every year to the nearly 6 million it welcomes today.

The museum covers practically every aspect and period in human history, from pre-historic times, including Britain, from 800 BC, to the ancient world of Egypt, Rome, Babylon, Asia and the Middle East, through to Medieval Europe and the nineteenth century.

Some of archaeology’s most incredible finds are on display here, including the magnificent and unrivalled jewellery and armour collection; the extremely precious Anglo-Saxon helmet from the Sutton Hoo ship burial; the statue of Ramesses II which inspired the Romantic poet, Percy Bysshe Shelley, to write the famous poem Ozymandias; and the Rosetta Stone, which finally enabled Jean-François Champollion to crack the code of ancient Egypt and decipher Egyptian hieroglyphics.

The British Museum houses an almost unrivalled collection of Egyptian mummies, some showing the Greek and Roman influences on Egyptian culture, with faces of the dead individuals painted realistically on their caskets. It also has a gallery devoted to the Enlightenment, the age of reason that flourished during the 17th and 18th centuries in Europe.

As well as many permanent exhibitions and displays, the British Museum also has an ever-changing schedule of exhibitions, some of which may charge an admission fee. Current high profile exhibitions include Vikings: Life and Legend, showing from 6th March to 22nd June, which is the first of its kind at the museum in more than 30 years.

The museum has plenty of gift shops dotted around the buildings, and has three separate eateries. These include two cafés serving snacks, salads and sandwiches, as well as hot food, and the Great Court Restaurant, an open dining experience sited just beneath the dome of the Great Court. It offers seasonal British cuisine and afternoon tea.

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Be healthy on holiday

Going on holiday is exciting, but there are health considerations to consider before that plane takes off.

An important consideration to bear in mind is the necessity of travel insurance.  UK travellers may not be covered abroad in the event of a medical emergency, even if they have a health insurance policy at home, so purchasing travel insurance that covers medical costs is imperative.  Ensure that any insurance policy bought covers the entire duration of a holiday.

Travel to particular parts of the world requires the administration of vaccinations, so consult with a GP before leaving home and get the necessary injections.  The latest health advice for various countries is easily obtainable on the internet and the Foreign & Commonwealth Office provides travel updates on its website.

A handy tip is to have a travel kit filled with health essentials, ranging from sunscreen and painkillers to insect repellent and anti-diarrhoea medication.  Such items could come in handy, no matter where the destination is.

Protection from the sun is vital.  In the UK, skin cancer is one of the most common types of cancer, with around 2,600 people dying from it each year.  When abroad, or even at home during the summer months, spend the hours of 11.00 a.m. to 3.00 p.m. in the shade and be sure to wear adequate sun protection.  Special precautions should be taken with children in respect of exposure to the sun.  Tell a GP about any changes to moles or the development of unusual skin growths.

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Milan – the fashion capital of the world

The second largest city in Italy, Milan is a magnificent holiday destination that has a lot to offer. For the average tourist, Milan’s cosmopolitan ambience, offering a variety of worldly pleasures, including restaurants with elegant settings, great shopping malls and exciting nightlife, is what makes the city interesting.


Dominated by a humid, sub-tropical climate, Milan is an urban oasis with moderately hot summers, perfect for holidaymakers trying to get away from sweltering temperatures. The best time to visit this city is from May through September.

Things to do and see

Although seen as less beautiful than other Italian cities such as Rome, Florence and Venice, Milan reveals a wealth of historical sites, including the Duomo, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, La Scala, Brera art gallery and Castello Sforzesco. Milan’s historic places are sprinkled with antique art pieces, including statues and bas-reliefs, and modern architecture such as the San Siro and Pirelli tower.

Besides going on city tours, tourists are welcome to enjoy tasty meals in chic restaurants serving traditional Milanese and Italian cuisine, superior wines and refreshing drinks. Lacerba, an interesting restaurant offering an artistic dining experience, is one of the wonders of Milan. After a delicious dinner in this restaurant, tourists can round off their evening with a savoury drink at Brek, one of the best café bars in the city. In spring and autumn, Milan becomes an attractive shopping paradise, inviting numerous fashion aficionados, supermodels and paparazzi to visit its trade fairs.


Milan offers a variety of accommodation choices, ranging from budget and mid-range hostels, such as Piero Rotta Youth Hostel and Ostello Olinda, to luxury hotels, including Hotel Pierre Milano, Hotel Lloyd, and Hotel de la Ville. Travellers can also opt for Città di Milano, a campsite that has the cheapest lodging option available in the city.


On average, the flight time from London to Milan is about two hours. On arrival at one of the two international airports in Milan, tourists can get a taxi or bus to go anywhere in the city. Milan has an efficient public transportation network, including metros, trams, buses, and trains, to connect different districts to each other.


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Near Field Communication – the future is nigh!

Near Field Communication or NFC for short has been around for many years, but it is only now with advances in mobile technology that we are seeing how this technology could help us in the future.

NFC allows small pieces of data to be transmitted between smartphones and other NFC enabled devices such as point of sale terminals and vending machines. It is already being used by companies all around the world as a payment method for small items and as a digital business card, but in the future it could so much more.

Analysts estimate that 50% of mobile phone users will have an NFC enabled device by the end of 2014, fuelling the development and innovation of the technology.

Some of the future uses for NFC include a cashless society where you would pay for your items by waving your mobile phone at an NFC enabled terminal, and NFC tags could even be embedded into hospital patients charts that could be accessed by the doctor or nurse to check on prescriptions and medical history to help them give the best care.

Possibly the most exciting use of the technology is the fact that NFC tags are becoming so small that they could be integrated into just about anything including movie posters sending you to the movies website, estate agent signs to give you information on a specific property and even clothes labels that could be used to find items that go with it or offer special discounts.

Another use for NFC that is becoming popular is in security locks, providing secure access to your property without the need for a key. NFC enabled key locks are already being utilised in hotels and businesses, and soon could become a reality for the home.

NFC technology has the capability to replace all your money, credit cards, keys and ID badges, as well as being used as an advertising or informational tool for businesses and educational establishments. Only time will tell if this technology will reach its full potential.

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Vows in Las Vegas – Wedding venues outside of the chapels

There are plenty of wedding locations in Las Vegas away from the traditional chapels and outdoor venues can provide a wonderful setting in which to exchange vows. Here are a few alternatives to for anyone thinking of getting wed on the strip.

Hawaii Gardens

The Hilton Garden Inn in Las Vegas is a venue exclusive to weddings. A relatively new location for ceremonies, The Hawaii Gardens provide a stunning and elegant setting for your romantic nuptials; choose to exchange vows on either the hotel’s sandy beach or beneath the gazebo.

Valley of Fire State Park

Once a sacred and spiritual meeting place, the Valley of Fire State Park boasts brilliant coloured and unusual exquisite shades of sandstone rock, a setting perfect for a romantic wedding. Formed out of shifting sand dunes, the site has been dated as being from the prehistoric age and owes its presence to years of erosion.

Springs Preserves 

A Springs Preserves wedding is the epitome of lush; the venue is a conservation and sustainable 180 acre green area. The eight acre garden makes for a prime wedding setting and the preserve is made entirely from recyclable materials; ideal for couples who want feel they are making a difference while celebrating in lavish surroundings.

The Grand Canyon

Getting married in one of the world’s natural wonders is quite special in itself, but why not go the extra mile and exchange your vows mid-flight? Helicopter weddings in the Canyon involve hovering over Lake Mead and the Hoover Dam and end with a romantic return flight into the sunset.

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How to choose a mobile phone deal

When choosing a mobile phone deal it is important to remember that not all deals are created equal and, before making a choice, it would be wise to spend some time reading mobile phone deal reviews.

Which mobile phone deal is right for you?

Deals are structured in a number of ways.  You can choose from:

  • Pay as you go mobile phone deals (PAYG)
  • Contract mobile phone deals
  • SIM-only mobile phone deals.

Your choice of deal will very much depend on how you use your mobile phone.  Is your monthly bill generally quite high?  Do you make a lot of calls, or do you spend more time on the internet?  How often do you text? Answering these questions will help you to decide which type of deal you want to select.

Pay as you go mobile deals

PAYG deals offer a degree of freedom as they do not require you to sign a contract or a direct-debit agreement.  They are a great choice if you are a light user and generally spend no more than £10 to £15 a month on your mobile phone usage.  The downside is that you cannot make outgoing calls or send text messages if your credit runs out.

Contract mobile deals

This is a great choice of mobile deal if you are looking to get a new, high-end mobile phone, or if you use your mobile phone a lot.  In general, you commit to a contract of 12, 18 or 24 months.  You will pay a monthly fee by direct debit and deals can be structured in a way that suits your usage patterns.

SIM-only mobile deals

The SIM-only deal is perfect for users who do not need a new handset.  This can be structured with inclusive minutes, data, etc. much like a contract deal, but the duration is much shorter and it is cheaper since you get no handset.

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