The days of alarms and floodlights being the only choice for home security are behind us with the growing availability of more intelligent and flexible options, such as smart cameras. Placed outside or within the home, these internet-connected cameras offer a live view of what’s happening from practically anywhere, send alerts when they detect motion – and some can even recognise friend from foe. They promise full control and piece of mind through your smartphone, tablet or smart display. If something suspicious is happening, you can fire off an alarm, alert the police or even shout at the intruder straight through the camera, all while recording their every move. Ring Floodlight Cam £249 The Ring Floodlight Cam combines, as the name might suggest, two articulated LED floodlights and a camera in one device, which make it perfect for replacement of traditional security lights in the back garden. Larger and more capable than its battery-driven siblings, the Floodlight … [Read more...] about Intruder alert! The best smart home security cameras
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A hero Army bomb finder who was shot in the head by a sniper in Afghanistan is penniless and living in a car. Jack Lamb told how he has battled PTSD since taking a Taliban bullet in the face while on patrol six years ago. After a 13-hour operation to save his life, he spent three years being treated at the Army’s Headley Court rehabilitation centre in Surrey before being medically discharged. The 25-year-old ex-Rifleman accused the Army of not helping him readjust to life on civvy street where he is on benefits after failing to find work.I came into the real world with no real skills and severe brain damage,” he said. “I didn’t even know how to pay my own bills. “I’ve had severe PTSD, breakdowns and put a lot on to my family. I believe there should be more help for people like me out there.” He has been sofa surfing and has his belongings in a VW Golf after a relative could no longer put him up. Jack, of Jarrow, Tyneside, … [Read more...] about Soldier shot in face by Taliban is living in his car because he can’t find a job
A couple have been ordered to leave their home after more than 10 feet of land fell into the sea last week, leaving the property precariously close to a cliff edge. After the 3.5-metre section fell away overnight in a 'cataclysmic event' last week, engineers concluded a row of three cottages in Easton Bavants in East Suffolk was now 10 metres from the cliff, and unsafe. Juliet Blaxland, 55, and her husband Giles Stibbe, 60, will now move home next week despite saying as recently as September that they thought her home, one the furthest east in the UK, would be safe for at least five years. ‹ Slide me › Until recently Ms Blaxland's home looked reasonably safe from the encroaching North Sea but now has been deemed unsafe But violent autumn storms, alongside big tides, triggered a dramatic increase in erosion, with nine metres of land lost in the past four months. Juliet told the Mirror: 'We knew all along it would eventually be demolished but it has caught us by … [Read more...] about Living on the EDGE: Couple must leave their home of 12 years before it falls into the sea after ‘cataclysmic’ cliff erosion left them just 30ft from disaster
Before 1948, if a British duke, viscount or baron was accused of a felony, he was tried not alongside the common criminals in the Old Bailey, but by a jury of his peers in the House of Lords. I thought about that two-tiered system of criminal justice quite a bit last week, when I spent four days in a Los Angeles courtroom covering the civil defamation trial of Elon Musk. The Tesla and SpaceX chief had been sued by Vernon Unsworth, a British cave explorer who assisted with the Tham Luang cave rescue, for calling him a “pedo guy” on Twitter. Musk’s special status as one of the world’s approximately 2,100 billionaires loomed over the trial, from jury selection, when prospective jurors were asked to reveal whether they had any strong opinions about billionaires, to closing arguments, when Unsworth’s attorney argued that $190m in damages would constitute a “hard slap on the wrist”. The US has never had an aristocracy, but our abandonment of … [Read more...] about Musk, Bloomberg, Bezos: America’s aristocracy of tech robber barons lives by its own rules
Other People's Daughters: The Life and Times of the Governess I must declare an interest: 15 years ago I wrote the first scholarly book on the Victorian governess designed for a general readership. It has always puzzled me why no one has attempted anything similar since. Back in the late 1980s you had to depend on luck and contacts to have any chance of locating the unpublished memoirs, letters and diaries on which this kind of work depends. But since then we have had a revolution - and a properly democratic one too - in the way that archives have been made available to anyone who has access to a computer. With digitally reproduced documents and searchable databases now online, the chances of locating sources which you previously didn't know existed have increased exponentially. As long as you know how to Google and are very very patient, chances are you will eventually find exactly what you didn't quite know you were looking for. There really is no hiding place on the web, even for … [Read more...] about Who knows Nanny best?