Life The Basic Manual
  • Introduction To Life The Basic Manual

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    David and Sian James introduce Life The Basic Manual - an encyclopaedia of experience that grows as contributors share their hard-won wisdom. They welcome new viewers to the channel, and explain who they are, and what Life The Basic Manual does.

    Life The Basic Manual is the platform where people who are expert by experience can share their knowledge of how to survive on this difficult planet with its myriad of tricky situations to navigate.

    If you ever felt that you didn't have all the inside information that everyone else was basing their decisions on, or that you’d have liked a guide for facing life’s challenges, you are not alone. David and Sian explain that their mission is to freely share the kind of information that has helped them, and that they hope can help you.

    They believe knowledge is power - and they invite you to help them share that power. Show less
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    A fans view of the 2016/17 season.

    This series of clips offers an inside view on how to get the best tickets to see Manchester United play at Old Trafford, from a life-long fan and season ticket holder - our very own David James.

    He intrepidly braves the crowds to give you tips on where to park, what kind of ticket you might want to buy, the different options available, and how to get a placement in the stadium that works for you.

    He offers the inside view from a top-notch private box, and from one of the suites where you can sit, eat, drink and socialise during half-time.

    The videos are all filmed against the background of the hallowed ground itself, filled with the sense of excitement and anticipation any United fan would feel at being at their home ground.
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  • Lawrence Copeland On Buying Your First Property Play all

    One of the most daunting tasks many of us face is buying our first property, be that an apartment or house. Navigating the maze of the property market, estate agents, mortgage lenders, and solicitors can seem overwhelming. Like any complex process, most of us can benefit from insider advice from an expert. This is why Lawrence Copeland, estate agent and surveyor extraordinaire, has decided to record this playlist on how to buy your first property.

    In it, he covers all the basic principles of getting through buying your first home intact, and getting the best result possible for your money. He’s been in the business for over thirty eight years, and he’s dealt with property in the town, country and suburbs. He’s distilled some of the fundamental steps you’ll need to take down in an easy-to-follow guide.

    The first piece introduces this topic, and set out some of the areas that it cover. The second video discusses your initial step - a realistic assessment of your financial resources. Lawrence discusses how to go about this, and what you are likely to need in terms of a deposit.

    In the third video, Lawrence examines the role of a good estate agent in the process of buying property, and how finding the right one can save you both time and money. Local knowledge and an understanding of market conditions can be an invaluable asset when hunting for your first home.

    In the next piece, Lawrence suggests that you ask yourself a fundamental question. Where do I want to live? What matters to me in this process? What are my real priorities? Being clear from the outset about your goals will help you make the best choice for yourself and your family.

    And when you get to view a property, what are the smart and necessary questions to ask the estate agent or vendor? Lawrence has a few suggestions on what it is you need to know at this stage.

    So if you’ve ever wondered how to buy your first property, and you wanted insider tips on how to manage it - watch this informed and expert view.


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  • Top Tips On English Cocker Spaniels Play all

    In this delightful playlist, Michelle and Mike introduce us to their two English Cocker Spaniels, Finlay and Gabe, and share their top tips on caring for the breed.

    Michelle has owned English Cocker Spaniels all of her life. She has also served within various animal charities and shelters, as board member and volunteer. She is passionate about the welfare of all animals, not just her own.

    She shares with us some of her experiences of the breed, and why she loves English Cocker Spaniels so much in the first piece of the playlist.

    In the second video, Michelle offers us some insights into the general care of your English Cocker Spaniel, and the crucial importance of keeping your puppy safe with a collar and microchip. She also discusses the benefits of splaying or neutering your pet when the appropriate time comes.

    The third video looks at how to care for your English Cocker Spaniel’s ears (a vulnerable spot for the breed), coat and teeth.

    In the fourth piece, Michelle shares some top tips she’s learnt over the years to get your puppy through its teething period with the least possible discomfort.

    The final piece of the playlist deals with what treats are best for your dog.

    So if you love English Cocker Spaniels, sit back and enjoy. This playlist is recorded for you, and for everyone who wants to offer their dog the best quality of life and health possible.


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  • The Voice Of Sedona Play all

    Dr Robin Weeks has a Ph.D in Geophysics, faculty at University of Washington, and and a Masters in Religious Studies from Naropa University. He is also director of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. He has a passion for explicating the relationship between science and spirituality.

    This interest has condensed into a fascination with the relationship we have (or don’t have) with the natural world.

    When we divide the universe into subject/object relations, we can better predict and control it. But many would argue that a purely materialistic focus has also alienated us from what we are, and how we live.

    Robin has spent years hiking daily in Sedona, Arizona. He’s discovered that when he pays attention to his surroundings, and brings his awareness to it, he feels more deeply and fully alive. He’s also found that the land itself has its own voice, if he can allow himself to hear

    One of the ways that he’s done this is to learn about Sedona’s flora and fauna, and its geology. In this playlist, he shares with us some of what he’s learnt.

    The first video is an introduction to Robin’s insights on how to have a deeper relationship with the land.

    in the second, he introduces us to an important being in the desert here, the remarkable Utah juniper.

    In the third piece, Robin tells us the manzanita scrub, and the ubiquitous banana yucca.

    The fourth video looks at scrub oak and prickly pear cactus, both key elements in this pinyon-juniper-chapparal ecosystem.

    The next clip explains the answer to the question that every Sedona visitor asks, ‘why are the rocks red?’.

    The in the final segment, Dr. Robin returns to his discussion of how we can each re-vivify our relationship to the land, and thence ourselves.

    If you want a deeper, more meaningful relationship to the land around you, or just to know more about the high desert environment, watch and enjoy.
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  • Getting Help With Addiction Play all

    If you think you might have a problem with drugs or alcohol, this playlist is for you.

    It contains information and experience on how addiction can feel, what it can do to you, and what to do when you decide you want to do something about it.

    LTBM think that simple, but effective, techniques and practices to deal with addiction are some of the best-kept secrets ever. This playlist is part of our ambition to unfold some of the philosophy and practices that have helped save the lives of countless people suffering from addiction.

    In the first clip of the playlist, we introduces the topic of addiction, and share some of the hard-won insights into its nature - a puzzling phenomenon that can seem strange to anyone who hasn’t lived it.

    Obsession and the compulsion to repeat are hallmark characteristics of what it means to be addicted to a substance or behaviour.

    The second video looks at how to face the reality of your use of drugs or alcohol, and whether or not that usage has become a problem.

    Following on the third video, introduces the nature of addiction itself and draws out some of the concepts that have helped many addicts deal with their addiction.

    In the final clip discusses the most important aspect of all when dealing with a drug or alcohol problem - how best to reach out and find effective help to overcome it.

    So if you’re worried you may have a problem with drugs or alcohol, you’re struggling with addiction and want to find a way through it, watch this playlist. It might just help you save your life.
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  • Recovery From Addiction And Chronic Pain Play all

    This playlist features potentially life-saving information and wisdom presented by Dan Mager, MSW. Dan has been a psychotherapist, clinical supervisor, and clinical director in a wide range of behavioural health and substance abuse treatment settings.

    If you are experiencing chronic pain in your recovery from addiction, trying to find recovery from addiction and/or chronic pain, or someone you love is struggling with either or both these issues, Dan has recorded this material with you in mind. It offers a succinct overview of the information and skills described in his book, Some Assembly Required: A Balanced Approach to Recovery from Addiction and Chronic Pain

    Part memoir, part self-help volume, and part clinical exploration, this book looks at the complex and difficult phenomenon that can arise when chronic pain meets addiction. It offers information, guidance, and support that can be extremely helpful for anyone struggling with these incredibly challenging issues.

    Dan has been the senior staff writer at the highly-regarded Central Recovery Press since November 2008. He has over 10 years in in recovery from both addiction and chronic pain.

    The lethal combination of these two phenomenon is a very topical subject, given the steeply rising figures for death by overdose on prescribed medication, particularly in the United States.

    According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), overdose deaths involving prescription opioids have quadrupled since 1999, and so have sales of these prescription drugs. From 1999 to 2014, more than 165,000 people have died in the U.S. from overdoses related to prescription opioids. In 2014 alone, more than 14,000 people died from overdoses involving prescription opioids.

    Addiction is a chronic, progressive, and life-threatening disorder that becomes all the more difficult to overcome when it’s reinforced by the need to alleviate chronic physical pain. Unfortunately, there is a surprisingly small amount of literature available to those who are dealing with these complicated and increasingly prevalent co-occurring conditions—professionally or personally.

    That is in large part why Dan wrote Some Assembly Required, and recorded this playlist.

    His book is available for purchase via the links below.

    Available on Amazon

    Available at the Central Recovery Press website it's:


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