Daley James Francis
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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. You can find all his writings at www.daleyjfrancis.com

Entries by Daley James Francis

Setting a Budget for Your Oz Backpacking Trip

(0) Comments | Posted 5 August 2013 | (10:06)

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...

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Summertime Blues: Social Media and Home Security

(0) Comments | Posted 30 July 2013 | (14:21)

The holiday season is upon us again and for once the weather seems to be holding up, meaning that you don't have to disappear to the far-reaches of the world to find the beach weather. It might be thunderstorms and rain soon enough but enjoy it while it's here, especially...

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Still Dreaming of Beachfront Living

(0) Comments | Posted 30 July 2013 | (11:50)

Two friends and I took a road trip from New York to Miami a couple of years ago, and on the way down we visited Nags Head in North Carolina and fell in love with the place. As a trio of pasty Brits who had lived in cold...

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The Internet and Porn: Can It Really Be Controlled?

(0) Comments | Posted 22 July 2013 | (16:03)

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...

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How Do You Choose the Best Web Hosting?

(0) Comments | Posted 21 July 2013 | (21:53)

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...

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Can You Live Your Life Without Debt?

(0) Comments | Posted 3 July 2013 | (11:57)

Anybody between the ages of 18-30 will almost certainly have had a conversation with their parents or somebody from previous generations and heard the following expression: "If we couldn't afford it, we didn't have it."

When you've finished rolling your eyes at the memory of your parents, grandparents or some...

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Garage Days (Not) Revisited

(0) Comments | Posted 1 July 2013 | (17:29)

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...

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Essential Tools for the Freelance Writer

(0) Comments | Posted 28 June 2013 | (09:24)

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...

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Saving Cash as a Penniless Student

(0) Comments | Posted 28 June 2013 | (09:13)

When I graduated from university last summer I was 31 years of age. I was a "mature student", not a student that took over a decade to graduate like Tom Green's character in the comedy Road Trip. Being a mature student gave me a pretty good insight into what it...

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

(0) Comments | Posted 28 June 2013 | (09:01)


There has always been bullying. It's nothing new. When I was growing up in the late 80's and as a teenager in the mid-late 90's, the majority of it was verbal, and aimed at fashion, music or your haircut. The difference between then and...

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Is Online Booking Making Travel Agents Redundant?

(0) Comments | Posted 24 June 2013 | (00:00)

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...

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Is Cold Calling on the Way Out?

(0) Comments | Posted 21 June 2013 | (14:22)

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.

As recently as two...

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Is Cuenca Ecuador the Next Expat Retirement Mecca?

(0) Comments | Posted 19 June 2013 | (09:05)

In this age of financial insecurity and glum outlooks for the future, everybody needs something to perk themselves up. The younger generation often take to filling a backpack and exploring the far-reaches of Asia, South America and Australasia for a year or two in between studying or just to get...

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Can You Really Turn Back the Clock?

(0) Comments | Posted 11 June 2013 | (17:50)

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 and - for the most part - safe use of vitamins, creams and supplements, to...

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Great Ways to Travel Europe on a Budget

(0) Comments | Posted 11 June 2013 | (16:28)

You can't turn on the TV, radio or surf the net without coming across some bad news about the economy within the first five minutes. Everywhere you turn, there's talk on job losses, cuts, recessions and lord knows what else. It's a pretty depressing state of affairs and we'd all...

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The Evolution of Mobile Gaming

(0) Comments | Posted 11 June 2013 | (15:00)

I was 17 years old when I bought my first mobile phone. It was 1998 and the internet and mobile phones were still in relative infancy. The mobile phone I had was a Motorola something-or-other. It was really long and heavy and when it was in my pocket it looked...

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Bringing the Cinema Into Your Home

(0) Comments | Posted 11 June 2013 | (11:17)

It's becoming more and more expensive to head to the cinema to see the local films, and with the 3D craze still in full swing, the price tag for more than two people to go and watch a film on the big screen is pretty ridiculous, especially when you take...

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Why Getting an Annual Check-up is Essential

(0) Comments | Posted 10 June 2013 | (13:38)

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. The issue with the latter is that the hypochondriacs...

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Can a Home Inspection Improve Your Chances of a Sale?

(0) Comments | Posted 10 June 2013 | (12:24)

Selling a home in the current climate is difficult, and you need more than just a 60 minute makeover and a good estate agent to show it off to guarantee yourself a sale. Sometimes you need an extra hand to get the people who come through your door to make...

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How Florida Won Over This Cynical Traveller

(0) Comments | Posted 12 May 2013 | (17:29)

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. Whether you're a kid travelling with your parents, a backpacker travelling...

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