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Daley James Francis

Writer. Terrence Malick meets Terrance and Phillip.

Daley graduated as a mature student from De Montfort University in 2012, having studied Creative Writing and Journalism. He grew up watching films and decided that writing them would be a pretty cool job. He has written and produced three short films, with the latest, the boxing comedy-drama Rocky Road, in post-production. He will be entering that into short film festivals throughout 2013, whilst exploring all different forms of writing; from the web, the screen, the stage and the page.

Summertime Blues: Social Media and Home Security

Social media and smartphone technology has improved to the point that you can pinpoint your exact location to a Facebook status or photo, or add a location to a Tweet, just as easily as you can send the message itself. This is all very well in the world of technology and social media, but not the smartest move if you're on the other side of the world and your house currently lies empty.
06/08/2013 13:57 BST

Setting a Budget for Your Oz Backpacking Trip

Australia as a backpacking destination is so popular and talked about it has almost become a cliché, something to roll your eyes at when somebody reveals it as the destination of choice for their backpacking trip. It no longer holds the cool card that it used to, with the likes of India and Thailand stealing a march on our commonwealth friends.
05/08/2013 14:08 BST

Still Dreaming of Beachfront Living

My best friend and I were studying Leisure and Tourism at college back in '98, and all we ever used to talk about was getting a group of us to buy a beachfront property when we'd all "made it" and we'd meet up there every year for a vacation. It was a pretty nice pipe dream and it never happened.
01/08/2013 09:42 BST

The Internet and Porn: Can It Really Be Controlled?

The porn industry is huge, and the online world has made it even easier to get your hands (or your eyes) on it, and if you want to indulge in it for free, you can do that too. It doesn't take a great deal of effort to get past the adult security measures.
23/07/2013 10:33 BST

How Do You Choose the Best Web Hosting?

There are hundreds of web hosting companies out there, and a large number of them promise the world for very little in return. Some of these deals are too good to be true though, and it's important to know how to sniff out the best deals and leave the rubbish ones by the wayside.
22/07/2013 14:30 BST

Can You Live Your Life Without Debt?

As soon as the country falls into the mess of recession, that's when the prudence comes in, but by then it's too late. We're used to getting what we want when we want it in this country, and we've provided our own undoing as a result by living beyond our means.
03/07/2013 12:24 BST

Garage Days (Not) Revisited

Recently, my girlfriend and I have been discussing moving to a house that has a garage. I'm 32 years of age and the last time I drove a car was in 1998, when I failed my test for the third and final time. In between fails two and three, my test was cancelled three times in a row.
02/07/2013 13:39 BST

Essential Tools for the Freelance Writer

Since becoming a full-time self-employed freelance writer four months ago, I've had a baptism of fire of sorts. I've had work rejected, made bad deals, been screwed over by being too naive and trusting and made some bad decisions with clients who have paid peanuts for work that I've since made significantly more money from later down the road.
28/06/2013 16:37 BST

The Continued Growth of Social Media and the Threat to Child Safety

On the issue of bullying, social media allowed bullies to change tactics, and with less risk involved. Psychological bullying came to the forefront, with Facebook Groups, pages and live chats all available for vulnerable kids to be targeted. Parents wrote social media off as a "fad" or a "trend" and the majority of them - through no fault of their own - left their kids to it.
28/06/2013 16:35 BST

Saving Cash as a Penniless Student

After six months at uni (and bear in mind this was in the pre-£9,000 a year tuition fees era), my friend came to me and asked me how she could save money as she was completely skint, couldn't find paid work (she had been volunteering) and didn't want to live up to the cliché of the student who is bailed out by their parents whenever the going gets tough.
28/06/2013 13:34 BST

Is Cold Calling on the Way Out?

It is the bane of anyone with a home or business telephone's existence: The unwanted cold call. Even with the invention and growth of the internet, many of us are still targeted by companies trying to flog us something that we have absolutely no use for.
25/06/2013 14:14 BST

Is Online Booking Making Travel Agents Redundant?

The online world is a pretty fantastic place, and for people who can't be bothered and who don't have the time or patience to visit a store or pick up the phone to speak to an agent, companies that have joined us in the 21st Century and let you buy or book online via their websites are a saving grace.
23/06/2013 23:24 BST

Is Cuenca Ecuador the Next Expat Retirement Mecca?

One of the rising stars of expat retirement choices is that of Cuenca, Ecuador. South America has become a little too popular as a place to retire, but there are plenty of undiscovered gems to be uncovered, and in South America, Ecuador is the latest.
19/06/2013 12:26 BST

The Evolution of Mobile Gaming

Over the past decade, as technology has improved, developments such as Bluetooth and Wi-Fi have enabled mobile gamers to achieve the Holy Grail: Multi-player gaming. For mobile phone users, an Infrared, Bluetooth, GPRS, 3G, Wi-Fi, AI, MMS, or Wireless LAN connection meant being able to play anything from Tetris to F1 together.
14/06/2013 12:16 BST

Can You Really Turn Back the Clock?

The words "anti-ageing" are either met by wide-eyed anticipation or absolute horror depending on who you talk to. There are so many treatments out there for both men and women that range from the simple to the more risky treatments of cosmetic surgery and testosterone therapy.
12/06/2013 11:15 BST

Great Ways to Travel Europe on a Budget

Just getting on a plane and heading off to Europe used to be the norm, but it your budget doesn't cater for the more jet-set backpacking lifestyle, there are alternative ways to travel Europe that won't have you calling home for funds after five minutes.
12/06/2013 11:07 BST

Bringing the Cinema Into Your Home

With the likes of Netflix and LoveFilm, and awesome HD projectors available for home use at a reasonable price, you can quite easily turn your home into a movie theatre. You can get a 70 inch flat screen 3D TV for around £2,500-£3,000. That £3,000 is going to be money well spent for years.
11/06/2013 12:07 BST

Can a Home Inspection Improve Your Chances of a Sale?

Home inspectors are extremely popular with homeowners who are looking to sell. Different from building or code inspectors, home inspectors go through each section of your home to ensure that any defects are brought to your attention that could hurt the sale of your property.
10/06/2013 14:25 BST

Why Getting an Annual Check-up is Essential

When it comes to the subject of healthcare, everywhere you turn there is contradictory advice on whether to visit a doctor in person or to try and self-diagnose using the likes of the NHS Helpline via the phone or the internet.
10/06/2013 13:49 BST

How Florida Won Over This Cynical Traveller

Travellers heading to Florida know that it is the kind of place where you can either turn your nose up at the commercialism and OTT nature of the tourism, or just delve into it head first and enjoy it.
14/05/2013 10:15 BST