Thursday 14 September 2023

Delio, the Hive book 1 by RR Haywood

DELIO, Phase One (The Hive, #1)DELIO, Phase One by R.R. Haywood
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Nicely done, original concept and retaining the style & humour we see in other books by the author, a pleasure to read but a shame about the lack of book 2.....come on get writing

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Saturday 2 September 2023

Testing Google's Bard AI

I just thought I would try something on Bard : 

My request : Create an example blog post for

and after about 10 seconds 

Sure, here is an example of a blog post that you could write for

Title: How to Teach Your Kids About Money


Teaching your kids about money is an important part of parenting. It can help them develop good financial habits that will serve them well throughout their lives. Here are some tips on how to teach your kids about money:


  1. Start early. The sooner you start talking to your kids about money, the better. Even young children can understand basic concepts like saving and spending.
  2. Be a good role model. Your kids are watching you, so it's important to be a good role model when it comes to money. Talk about your own financial decisions and let them see how you manage your money.
  3. Make it fun. Learning about money doesn't have to be boring. There are many fun ways to teach your kids about money, such as playing games, reading books, and setting up a lemonade stand.
  4. Be patient. It takes time for kids to learn about money. Don't get discouraged if they don't seem to be getting it right away. Just keep talking to them and providing them with opportunities to learn.


Teaching your kids about money is a worthwhile investment. It can help them avoid financial problems in the future and build a strong financial foundation.

Here are some additional tips:

  • Use real-world examples to illustrate your points. For example, if you're talking about saving money, you could talk about how you save for a vacation or a new car.
  • Make it relevant to your kids' lives. Talk about the things that they're interested in, such as toys, clothes, or video games.
  • Be positive and encouraging. Let your kids know that you believe in them and that they can learn about money.
I hope this helps! 

Remarkably clever and aligns with any number of posts that my various feeds are serving up lately.

Friday 1 September 2023

Photo catch-up

Check out my recent photos loaded up onto clickasnap/TheOneBalance, unfortunately the product still doesn't have good social capabilities so pictures cannot be embedded direct from the site.

One of my new photos posted today Ponta das Campanhas

The Elfor One

The Elfor One (The Code Book 3)The Elfor One by R.R. Haywood
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The book I have been waiting for, well written, utterly engaging, mixing humour with tempo and memorable character.

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Exiles (Forgotten Heroes of Rome Book 10)Exiles by Jerry Autieri
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The saga continues and provides another engaging story.

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Marva Collins : Hard Knocks

Hard Knocks (SC Marva Collins, #3)Hard Knocks by Nathan Lowell

Became available the day before I finished book two, I was so glad as I was already worrying about finishing book two and having nothing to compare for what came next.

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