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Virtual Reality VR is set to take off this Summer!

Newest VR headsets promise to become the successor to the iPhone’s challenge to improve VR technology has been taken up by the investors and manufacturers!

VR: the next big thing?

Memories Laced with Virtual Reality

Explore new routes to retailling your products, memorabilia and services right here in Cottingham via social media using VR!

Contact Mike at Cottingham Allsorts for further details about doing this as it becomes available – and of course for restoring and trasferring your old photos, videos and films onto digital media 


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The Story of the Lonesome Pine and the Giant Corporation

Or how to go from zero to hero – online

A lonesome pine neon sign in the desert (gettyimages)

Starting from scratch to go to the top of the listings, this is more than a story about neon signs in the desert: how to succeed online

it’s more than just about putting up a website and expecting people to find it ..

If you are new to using the Internet this may come as some consolation:  we know the majority of you who are fifty-plus are new to it and that many more of you are wanting to promote yourselves and your interests online.

Soon another sign followed our lonesome pine .. and another

And a poet soon arrives and before you know it ..

Home for tired aspirational neon signmakers in the desert

And who would have guessed,

they served-up the best!

Nick and his friends decided to provide shade, some lonesome pine entertainmet, rest and serve some refreshments to tired drivers!

Laurel and Hardy: in it to hit it!

Nick got so fed up of telling his life story over and over,

he decided to tell a ryme,

make a film and put it online .. (ouch)

Dive for cover!

For Nick was now about to get out his holiday snaps ..

And tell another    🙂

You also need to get yourself high-up in the search engine rankings in order to be seen

The Americans have an evocative expression for the problem: it’s like putting up a neon sign in the desert!

Fave rave

Google is the primary Internet search engine of choice that everyone uses for most routine enquiries and there are two routes to get the top of page 1. Like most things in life you need money and or much sense to get to the top of the pile! Some things in life (as online) are free but many are not. What started out as a generous and altruistic plan to improve knowledge-sharing by universities between geeky academics soon became commercialised and taken-up by governments. People and business soon followed. is also committed to the early spirit of the Internet and likes to inform and provide lots of free stuff online!

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Some more news and views

66% of us now own a smart phone and for the younger generations it is the must-have accessory. All this information is just a few clicks away online thanks to the likes of Google, unlike in the old days when you would have to trudge down to the council offices and probably also have to visit the County archives in Leeds.

To give you an idea of how much is at stake here – with Google recently agreeing to pay a decade of UK back tax amounting to some £120m, some have said it still only represents a drop in the ocean!

Back to our story ..

During Year 1 we struggled with the main Internet search engine page ratings to climb up the ratings for the keyword “Cottingham”. We are now jockeying for key position with Wikipedia for the keyword Cottingham! For months we were repeatedly hurled back from Page 3 to Page 12 on Google and we got “spammed” with thousands of junk emails, so we decided to discontinue our inbox and let social media take the strain (you can find us on Facebook and Twitter). Some say it’s a war for ratings out there online, as it is in real life. Seeking a new start in a fresh place is like the wild west – hence sometimes it makes sense to be a lonesome pine – and tell a ryme, or two!

We say with hindsight: early set-backs just made us all the more determined. Getting good back-links to tell your story online helps your ratings too and they are the equivalent of references in real life.

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You’ve got to be in it to hit it!

We at are now in pole position to help others with their search engine promotions online!

Equiries welcome to Cottingham Allsorts


‘Cook in the bag’ style roast vegetables product innovation trials at Morrisons!

Local inventor Nicholas Robinson has inspired a new generation of ‘cook in the bag’ style roast vegetables!

‘Slow foods’ get to copy fast foods for convenience!


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Cottingham tv’s Work-out Guide to becoming Healthy, Wealthy and Wise in 2016

You’d better shape-up!

Make these tips your New Year’s Resolution!

Myth-buster #1: you don’t have to be wealthy to grow your wealth!

Just don’t leave your savings in a big 4  bank!

The Art (and the philosophy) of economical living: the longest journey starts with a single first step!

It’s the little and the big things that matter! Look after the pennies.. look after your health! 

We’ll start with becoming wise, as you’ve got to wise up and grasp the nettle and smell the coffee before you can begin to shape up financially – and shape-up health-wise to be able to enjoy the benefits of being in financial shape!

The world is a profoundly unfair place*, with undue rewards placed on those who can manage their finances and undue penalties placed on those who can’t!

With these few basic tips, learn how to become prosperous

learn how to live within modest and humble means!

There is a widespread belief held by Socialists that money doesn’t count, isn’t important – ask their past Chancellors! “I come from a long tradition of politicians”, one of whom recently admitted, “where they can’t and don’t add-up!”

The clock is ticking towards your retirement – act now! Take back control of your finances!

Wise-up and watch your wealth grow!

There is a widely-held belief that living maxed-out in debt is good for you! Don’t be fooled! Cut up those credit cards and stay in credit, not debt!

Make money out of the banks: don’t let the banks make money out of you!

Learn how to live more economically: don’t smoke, don’t drink, don’t shop ‘till you drop on your plastic cards without being able to pay them back in a couple of months, don’t run a brand new car on credit, don’t holiday abroad on credit! Don’t over-indulge yourself on credit!

Marry the right person

– have a pre-nup!

Get your inheritance managed financially before the crunch comes!

The only winners at the end of the day are the banks, the State – and of course the lawyers! #PleaseNotThem

Don’t use the high street banks to hold your savings – they make a fortune out of the poor, the un-wise and the old!

Buy Gold to save long-term, not PEPs!

At and with Halloween Festivities in mind, we’re having a ‘kindness to carrots’ day!

How to enjoy eating your greens – even if they are orange!

Vegetables needn’t taste awful -with these few basic cooking tips from you too can make them taste great!

Vegetables needn’t taste like medicine – as something that has to be endured rather than enjoyed. In fact, the Victorians had a dreadful old maxim: the worse a medicine tasted, the more it did you good. Indeed our puritanical, no-frills approach to food preparation and cooking still persists today out in the regions!

How to avoid murdering your vegetables to death!

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Despite all the TV cooking programs out there, in this northern region and I’m sure in many others, our 1970s school dinner-style fried or boiled mentality persists where children are made to eat their greens and clear their plates!

Even your kids will like them!

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Here at we’ve added an autumnal twist so you can enjoy eating your greens! continued ..

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it’s better for you, better for the kids and better for the carrots!

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N.B: If you want separate carrot servings, after grilling your carrots on an oven tray under an open oven red-heat grill for 20 minutes as described, you should leave them in a closed oven covered in cooking foil with some added boiling water on 150 degrees for a further hour to cook them through thoroughly – you can add other vegetables as described. Remove smallerveges when they are browned!

Pumpkins are “squashes” like aubergines and courgettes and they will also respond well to this kind of cooking – but please note they have shorter cooking times – but you need to experiment!

Happy Halloween from!

Nick, Mike and Anne


Angels led by Donkeys: is plug-in hybrid vehicle performance still presenting a ‘race to the bottom’ for todays’ drivers in terms of enjoyment?

Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid: although finally a step in the right direction and despite powered and energy-recovery flywheel hybrid IC engine developments led by 2014-5 Formula One motor racing, the driving feel remains remote and the driving experience cold and clinical.


The author has been developing an alternative hybrid driving system that offers improved feel and enjoyment 

Brief history: a petrol-head’s guide

The race for alternative fuels

1990s: following on from fuel price-hikes from the previous decade, alternative fuels began to be explored with bio-fuels and LPG being pioneered as alternative dual-fuel options where your car boot was effectively sacrificed to carry the LPG in bulky pressurized cylinders above the fuel tank and spare tyre. Hybrid cars were also introduced, but they flopped as their battery technology was too heavy and expensive. It has been reported that GM’s EV-1 “was killed off by the oil and gas industry”, such was the culture of resistance to change in the industry and consumers at the time.

With the Diesel-fuelled internal combustion engine, inroads were made into the area of automotive fuel economy with Diesel fuel becoming available on the forecourts for car-drivers who were offered fuel tax-incentives to encourage them to buy cars with Diesel engines. Trucks had been using the more economical Diesel fuel for decades which helped open-up the US economy in the 1960s.

2000s: Diesel won the battle for the fuel of choice with fuel tax incentives continuing to be offered at the pumps by government. The turbo-Diesel offered performance gains over the sluggish normally-aspirated Diesel but it still didn’t compare with the petrol engine for performance. It has been said that we were duped into buying into Diesel technology because it was still inferior to the direct response offered by petrol engines. The Diesel engine along with the hybrid-powered vehicles were heavy and sluggish, requiring a ‘feather-touch’ accelerator action to bring any substantial efficiency gains. The Toyota Prius was reportedly awful in terms of performance feel and economy also but it did make a courageous first step to change an industry that was heavily-entrenched in and around the conventional petrol-fuelled internal combustion engine.

2010s: the bi turbo-Diesel offered a more lively feel and mid-range acceleration, overcoming ‘turbo-lag’.

Audi were the early pioneers of the bi-turbo Diesel technology with the other major manufacturers following suit.

Improvements in battery technology also led to the hybrid becoming replaced by the plug-in hybrids with Prius’ getting retrofits.

After we’d made the switch to Diesel, the fuel tax-incentive of diesel over petrol was phased out leaving a question-mark hanging the environmental advantages of Diesels with their high particulate emissions.

More recently,

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Many of us have been to see a 3D movie!

The good news they’re getting better at it – certainly since Jaws IIID!

but we still need 3D spectacles to watch them!

Now imagine a film in which those spectacles were turned into postage stamp-sized viewing displays

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VR on a Shoestring

This product review is subject to revision, but we wanted you to have it ASAP as “VR” is in the news currently

Update: and more recently BBC Click hot on our heels as ever, re-editing our releases the week before!

Does VR need rescuing by a Steve Jobs?