Gopro Hero3 Dog Mount Harness

After looking everywhere for a decent dog mount harness.. I failed to find one! So decided to make one myself. It may not look amazing but it’s stable and a lot comfier, more practical and gets better shots than the few I did find for sale when scouring the web.

You will need

- the original plastic base plate that your hero was fitted to the top of it’s box with
- 1 dog harness
- 1 old plastic buckle collar
- 1 or 2 sponges
- a dog coat
- super glue
- a gopro and a dog

What to do

1) Cut slots big enough for your old collar to fit through in either side of the plastic base plate

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2) Cut the collar in half and fix to either side of the base plate by looping through and using super glue

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Remove the original plastic buckle clips from the harness and loop through the other end of the collars (now fixed to either side of your base plate) to the harness. So one side can clip on and off using the collars buckle clip

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- Use strong tape to secure the base plate to the sponge (or 2 if needed) for stability and comfort

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Then your done! Put the new harness on first then use a coat with a slit in the back to go over the top and make sure that everything is secured in place.

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Now you get a camera view just behind your dogs head to show everything they are looking at with a much better view than the hanging collar cameras that show the floor most of the time!

The result..

8 reasons the Government will soon anounce Alien contact

Sounds like a crazy conspiracy theorist whacko nut job blog headline!

But at the moment more and more factors appear to be easing us in on the idea. It can’t be denied that if the government instantly dropped a bombshell that aliens existed… there would be an uproar of epic proportions! The weak minded can barely cope with different races and religions from our own planet! So it would make perfect sense to slowly ease us into the idea slowly.

An ancient proverb says.. ‘if you drop a lobster in boiling water it will scramble and kick and try to get out, but if put a lobster in cold water and boil him in it, he will sit there and happily boil to death

So in the attempt of not coming across as a whacko (the category most researchers in this field tend to fall into) I have outlined 7 simple facts to ponder.

1. Starting with the basics. UFO sightings (of modern times) only started following the second world war, once we had started testing atomic weapons leading to the technology that would be required to get into space. Since then a number of stories, cover ups and all manor of sightings have happened! Whether real, fake, or government tests.. there’s a lot leading up to present day!

2. In the 80′s we had a flurry of films about friendly aliens, E.T, Mac&Me, flight of the navigator, Close Encounters etc. Which then lead into the 90′s-2000′s with series of parallel films about Aliens attacking.. Independence Day, The Fourth Kind etc. Now both areas have been outlined in our minds. A popular psychology technique leaving us to make our own decision of the more likely outcome.

3. Within the past ten years occasional sightings have been drip fed out from more and more trusted sources, from RAF pilots, BBC News and even multiple UFO sightings on youtube that cannot be explained by experts.

4. In the mid 2000′s kids in nurseries started singing songs about the space man coming down, with books like the friendly space man, and astrology was introduced more into the core syllabus.

5. In June 2013 the UK Government casually released it’s MOD UFO Archives to the general public, outlining all reports of UFO sightings in Britain by government officials.

6. The Mexican government then released details on artefacts they have held for some time. Regarding engravings from the first civilisation which show stories of aliens coming to earth [see video below]


7. In late 2013 / early 2014 the scientific news has been littered with announcements of newly found exoplanets, and new telescopes developed to find exoplanets (Exoplanet Definition : planets like earth that could successfully harbour life)

8. In January 2014 the Daily Mail released details of a strange craft discovered on the moon, click here for the full story This object can be found on google moon at coordinates 22042’38.46N and 142034’44.52E.

Are we being boiled in the pot..

Lichfield Council Waste Collection – Incompetent bin men

After months of incompetent waste collection from Lichfield district council I finally decided to try and capture some on film.

In the past we have often had wheelie bins go missing and even found additional bins on our drive. Apparently the mental challenge of putting something back where you found it may be too taxing? That’s if we are amongst the lucky lottery of people to have their bin emptied at all!

We have also witnessed them first hand throw the bins back to the floor rather than upstanding and when a lid came of our own brown bin during being lifted it was simply dumped back on our drive with no replacement.

This may sound petty, but every week there’s either rubbish all over the floor, a bin missing or no bin emptied at all. Eventually it can get kind of frustrating!

It’s not even the physical actions that bug me that much, it’s the lack of respect and care from the individuals who are in a well paid job. Consistent failure to carry out the task you are paid for surely can’t go unnoticed for so long? This probably stems from lack of care higher up, if waste disposal was privately run I’m damn sure it would be more cost effective efficient and accurate.

So here’s a small video from today, refusing to take additional bags and throwing a bin back on its side:

Ingress Car Stickers

The Ingress car stickers are now here at last! – Worldwide postage also now included

car-stickerSick of seeing people have their football team and family stickers on their car? It’s time to show your pride for something remotely interesting.. even though 90% of the world might not get it. Resistance & Enlightened blue and green small window stickers (2″ x 4″)


£4.50
Worldwide postage £1






£4.50
Worldwide postage £1





Staffordshire Candy Cart Hire

Hiring a Candy Cart for your wedding or special event doesn’t have to be hard! At Candy Carts Ltd it’s easy, simply secure your date with a small deposit online and they take care of everything. They arrange drop off and collection with you and your venue and set up everything so you are good to go. Use the online system to select whether you want to hire the cart on its own, with glassware and bags or with sweets for any amount of people. You can even choose your own custom roof lining color and decor to match your theme. If you are looking for high quality candy cart hire in Staffordshire then Candy Carts Ltd is the place to go.

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Candy Carts Ltd even have a simple online payment plan so once you have paid your deposit you can log back in at any time to pay off the full amount of but by bit. Prices start from £100 including drop off and collection, with the highest quality vintage candy cart for hire. Take a look and weddingcandycarts.co.uk for full details and online booking.

Web Design Staffordshire

As some of you may know I am Managing Director of inLIFE Design, providing Web Design and Digital Marketing Solutions from our Staffordshire based office in Burntwood.

inLIFE Design was founded in 2009 by myself, previously I worked as in house web designer for a number of firms including Phones 4 u, Staffordshire University and VIBE audio. I loved my job at VIBE which involved creating the website from the ground up, including a facebook page which when we created it had 1 like and now has over 10,000. They were a great team of people and we got to visit all the car shows throughout the year and also have great works night out with the guys from MaxPower (now not existant) and FastCat magazine. Although as much as I enjoyed the job, it was always my long term ambition to form a Digital Marketing Agency that could provide the knowledge and skills of an in house as web designer to businesses at an affordable price. After leaving full time at VIBE we now still continue to design and develop for VIBE audio’s web presence today through inLIFE Design.

inLIFE Design first started off in a small attic office hired from a friend who had a shop front IT firm called TechCare. We soon expanded taking on a larger office downstairs and then when TechCare moved to larger premises we took on the building. This not only gave us more space for expansion but also gave us something no other web design or digital marketing agency in Staffordshire has.. a shop front!

We didn’t really need a shop front presence  being business to business based and originally took it on for the space and as a great advertising location. As the inLIFE web design office is based at Swan Island in Burntwood, Staffordshire,  a popular driving route from Lichfield to Cannock. We then found however that a number of local business were coming in through the door for web design and marketing solutions.

We hear from customers often that they can’t get hold of their web guy or that they have no idea where their website is hosted… the list goes on and on. The one thing we now find a web design shop front office gives inLIFE is a trust worthy and reliable presence, something distinctly lacking in web design companies in Staffordshire. Customers are confident they can come in and talk to us for good honest advise whenever they need it. If and when we move to larger premis in the future I am determined to keep this premiss, making our office an open and accessible place where customers can always visit.

From the start of the business I was joined by Chris Smith as full time web design & developer. At the time Chris had just come out of college struggling to find a job but is now a key part of the business and the plans I have for it’s future. We also have 2 part time additional employees and taking on another intern shortly.

So if you are looking for web design in staffordshire take a look at our website, give us a call or just pop in the office for a chat! We are always happy to help local business even if it’s just free advise as to the next best step to take with your online marketing. We also provide a free website review and SEO audit if you already have a website that you think isn’t performing as well as it should be. If your serious about your business and a quality online presence then we would love to hear from you

Staffordshire is by no means our limit thought, we have provided web design and marketing solutions for companies all over the UK and abroad from Scotland, Manchester and London to as far afield as the Algarve, Canada and California. We have worked on projects for councils, schools, channel 4 TV shows an blue chip companies, as well as local florists and air dressers. We provide the same level of quality and affordable services whether our client be big or small.

We’d love to have a chat with you today about what the web can do for your business. www.inlifedesign.co.uk

The first web Revolution

They say when your in the middle of an event, you don’t realise what a key part it will play in the future. I’m guessing when my Grandad was in the Navy in world war II they bared no thought about how in years to come kids would be learning about it in history.

Although not on the same scale as world war II, but just as world changing, I believe we are in the middle of one of these times. The internet has had its first technological revolution, with facebook twitter and youtube playing an integral part in freeing Egypt from the corrupt reign of Mubarak. I remember speaking to a taxi driver in Egypt only a few months before everything kicked off, he was telling me all about the countries corruption and how he did not know what would be happening in the next election. Little did I think then that the very entity I work on, spend every day on, and pays my wages.. the internet, would be the very thing to help free them a few months later.

From my previous blogs such as ‘rise of the honest open internet‘ it’s clear I have high hopes for the way the net will change humanity, and its still young. Yet I feel we are slap bang in the middle of the of the first step to change .

Following the events in Egypt one couple even named their daughter ‘Facebook’. Now Libya have risen up with the same power of the people through the use of the internet, currently in the midst of a similar protest against their corrupt leader Gaddafi.

Gaddaffi has even made his own poor attempt at convincing the public by faking films of supporters cheering for him and claiming those against him have been forced drugs and alcohol. Through TV media this may have worked but with the power of social media and a public voice this is has just made him look even more stupid.

This is a great time to be in, and I have a feeling the Internet still has a few tricks up it’s sleeve for the future of the human race.

History of the UK’s first Modified Car club.. and me

Before Facebook. Before Youtube. Before any other online modified car club. There was Streetrace.co.uk

11 years ago I was playing around with web development for just a bit of fun.. (now a full time job) something for us to show the world what we were doing to our cars and the laugh we were having along the way.

Back in 1999 the internet was only a luxury for less than half the UK population, we were using dial up modems to access it on Pentium computers with 32gig of memory. My phone was a Phillips Savvy.. a tiny screen with polyphonic ringtones and a sticky out areal, and if you turned the phone off when sending a text or directly after a call you could get free credit! Technology was being born.

Websites were all pixelated, framed table based static nasty looking sites, most of which hosted free on sites like geocities. When submitting a URL to yahoo you had to choose what category your site fell in and they had a manual team of people who would approve the URL.

I made a random website called chinknet after my nickname..  this then was later changed into bluefiesta.com named after my first car, a blue fiesta that I worked the entire 6 weeks of my college holidays just to buy a front bumper for (still used by mc rally in their advertising for the bumper today)

In 2001 bluefiesta.com was hosting images of me and a local bunch of mates messing around in our cars, images from car shows we were going to as well as just general info about how we were modifying them. The site had a guestbook that was quickly getting filled up, with more and more taking to this new ‘internet’ it was one of the only places for local cruising information around.

The site was then expanded through my then partner in web crime ‘Wez’ who started the site blackescort.com about his car the black escort (I think the site now has another meaning) we linked the 2 sites and were getting a large number of hits locally from people just checking out what we were doing, and looking for images of their cars from cruises.

We then got planning to expand the sites into a single entity for all modified car enthusiasts, cruisers and modifiers alike to come to one place. We sat down to work out the areas of the site such as general chat, performance, ice, newbie’s (a structure which was then copied by car clubs that came after us.. and then by those that came after them.. and is still apparent across a large number of forums today)

As part of my University course I then transformed the website into Streetrace.co.uk. A brand name chosen not to be about racing on the streets, more just as a brand name (back then cruise-myarea.co.uk wasn’t even thought of yet) . To start with we used a free Yabb forum software which was buggy, as forum software was a relatively new thing still. We input the structure we had planned into the forum and it grew to over 300 members within months (back then before facebook and smartphones.. this was a lot!) We then decided to sell sponsorship advertising on the site and used the money along with our own to buy a better less buggy forum software, the best available. The site was re-skinned and custom developed to form the base of Streetrace.co.uk as it is known today.

After that in 2003 facebook and myspace came into development, but were still not even heard of! So Streetrace.co.uk was the only place for the UK to come and read about everything car modified related, including show images from all the old shows like Weston wheels, modifying guides, games and more. The only other forums out at the time were all cruise based ones, and a number of which we became friendly with including the then 2 biggest Midlands Cruise sites Kroozmidz and cruisemidlands. More and more cruise based forums were popping up using free or cheap forum software. But non had the whole package like Streetrace including full show coverage, membership, cruises, meets and more. Non yet.

By late 2003 Maxpower had made us their best car club and we were invited to Max Live and their after party hosting the likes of Jordan and ‘Jamie Shaw’ (before he was made z-list famous by UK Pimp my Ride).

A couple of years on the site was ever expanding with new galleries, online garage, membership packs with keyrings, attending all shows. At this time more clubs similar to Streetrace were popping up, and amongst all this we were getting a large number of offers from people who wanted to become admin or owners! Some of which we turned down who then went on to create other well known car clubs today , and  then some even seen us as rivals (although it’s nice to know we inspired). As sole owner of the club I then decided to sit down and select 4 main admin who were best for the job, then sold shares so were we then all part owner of the club. This is a tradition that has continued until today with shares changing hands but never any more than 5 owners allowed. Leading up to todays current owners Tony, Wez, Stu and myself (although not now managed and ran by us)

We carried on hitting all the biggest and best car shows including hot import nights London with Tim westwood in 2005, we had countless magazine features, press coverage,  parties & even a music single.  We Teamed up with DJ Cutloose who became our music icon at shows.. again the first club to even have its own DJ! Along the way we unknowingly influenced a large number of other modified car clubs that sprang up with the same idea.. some spawning directly from members of Streetrace.. and even some spawning from those! Plus others popping up all around the UK in general. We went from being the only generic modified car club being at shows in 2002 (amongst vw clubs, mondeo clubs, seat clubs etc) to being one of thousands of generic modified car clubs and cruise sites by 2006.

Being the first however we were then the biggest, hitting a peak at USC Show 2007 & USC show 2008 in which we were given a concrete pitch, took the truck dance stage and DJ’s and told by the organised of we got any bigger we would need to pay for a trade area as we had more attention than the dance stage!

Not only was this a peak for Streetrace.co.uk, it was a peak for the Modified car Scene in general. After this the shows started to die down with less attendance. We celebrated our ten year anniversary in style hiring out a bar on broad street Birmingham with all staff arriving in a pimped out fire engine and attendance from max power and Fastcar.. the very people who were inviting us to their parties when it all began.

Over the time we also did a number of large scale evens like running yearly nurburgring trips, a meet at the ace cafe, as well as being the first club to team up with police in promoting safer driving by taking racing to the track instead of on the roads. As well as raising money for road safety charities in a joint effort with police that even made the papers. On top of a personal thank you from Inspector Matt Derrick “It has been a pleasure to work with you and thank you for your efforts in bringing the Police and Car Cruising fraternity closer together. I am confident that in years to come there are many people who will benefit greatly from our and particularly your work and effort in the relationship and hopefully many people who otherwise might not have been with us will never realise that you saved their lives. Strong stuff I know but those are the kind of consequences we are dealing with.”

A year on the modified car scene was still in a reluctant decline, the police started an all out campaign against modifiers. With a few idiots doing burnouts etc thus tarring the rest of us with the same brush…  as the scene grew the car enthusiast quickly became a public enemy. Also with the increase in clubs the magazines were continuously being brown nosed by certain clubs as this was the only way they could get noticed, to their own destruction. The rise of the internet set to be killing print media also brought down car magazines sales. Back in 1999 only available to a few the internet seamlessly overnight became part of everyday life accessible by the majority of the UK population with the increase in smart phones and home computing. Back then to see images of a show or cruise you had to buy the magazine (or look on streetrace.co.uk of course) now the images are on facebook and most forums before even getting home.

In Mid 2010 Streetrace.co.uk was awarded the most honorary of Max Powers awards.. ‘Outstanding Contribution to the Scene’. Shortly after this I personally left the scene due to my time being taken up by business, family and something a bit more global. With admin being passed hands to a great bunch of guys (previously Staff on there) who now continue to ruin the site as strong as ever.

Then in late 2010 due to a number of the aforementioned factors and ever decreasing sales MaxPower Magazine was unfortunately dropped by its publisher. The very magazine that influenced us in starting up back in the day. All a fitting end within months of Streetrace receiving its award and me leaving the scene.

The Club continues today now ran by an enthusiastic bunch of individuals with as much love for the scene as we all had back in 1999. The Club also continues to grow and outlive a number of other clubs that still come and go within the lifespan of Streetrace.

The End of MAX POWER Magazine.

Streetrace wins outstanding contribution to the scene awardI received an official email today at 3:28 pm that Max Power magazine was no more.

Suspended by its publisher Bauer media this sees the end of a much loved yet ever changing era for all modified car enthusiasts.

Working  in the scene at VIBE audio and being involved for over ten years this came as a shock, but not an unexpected one. In fact it is what I predicted 8 months ago (almost to the day) in my blog post ‘Fall of the Magazine’ . The ‘unnamed’ magazine mentioned in the article bares no second guessing.

Most car enthusiasts like myself  have grown up alongside Max Power since it first hit the shelves in 1994. I personally have fond memories of bright yellow Max Power stickers on my wardrobe door and always the mag I’d buy at the airport when heading on holiday. All up until my driving days in 1998 and then further influencing my creation of the UK’s first (and now biggest) modified car club. A club that ran for over ten years spawning many other car clubs that followed, and still ran today handed down by myself to the next generation of motoring enthusiasts. Since the clubs creation it too has grown alongside the magazine, with countless features from winning ‘best car club’ back in 2003 up until this very year where max power awarded the club ‘most outstanding contribution to the scene’.

The reason of its demise could be put on many things, personally I think its a mix of what I predicted in my aforementioned blog article, on top of the mags recent fascination with ‘candy floss rich kids’ cars, that the majority of motoring enthusiasts dont care (for apart from the small division of ‘clicks’) mixed with the crack down on motoring from the police and government, increase of fuel and road tax prices and the ability for the public to post news instantly on the net, often before the magazines have even got wind. There is no doubt times are changing.

The question now is what does this hold for its competitors, as without competition it can either mean great gain, or great loss. The closest competitor FAST CAR have recently been more switched on with what the public want (rather than the small clicks) on top of having a higher reading percentage.. but im sure changes and discussions will be taking place as we speak. I am a good friend with their team through my job (who im sure are reading this now after remarking on my last blog 8 months ago lol.. hey guys) as I was with the Max Power team too.

The official announcement was signed off with the following

‘It is our intention to keep the Max Power brand alive in the future with a series of “one shots” and special issues and some possible exciting new adventures.  Keep your eyes peeled for future new projects and we will endeavour to keep you updated with all the latest news from the Max Power brand.’

So who’s to say its not the end of the end, and going from the last meeting we had with the guys I can see a more mobile / net based media coming from it. Although it will never be the same.

So here’s to all those past and present who have grown up with the timeless magazine as I have, the print may not be on paper.. but it’s legend will certainly live on.