Have Cane Will Travel – Disabled Travel in Australia

Award-winning comedy writer, Ian Heydon (Kingswood Country, How Green Was My Cactus, The Samuel Pepys Show, The Year My Country Broke) recently took out an unexpected award – for writing about travelling with a disability.

In 2010 Ian was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. That led to the question – what does a writer who has a disability and who loves to travel write about? The answer was pretty obvious. Because Ian uses a cane for mobility assistance, he built a website called Cane & Able Travel and that site won the inaugural Business disAbility Award for Business Innovation in 2012.

Back in 2003, Ian had a travel book on Australia published called The Small Guide to A Big Country (Explore) and he subsequently bought a travel agent’s licence (Small Guide Travel). Much of Ian’s research for that book is still valid. As Ian says, “They haven’t moved the Sydney Opera House or most of Australia’s main attractions, so all I really needed to do was update where necessary and add the accessibility and disability facility information. It’s a bonus that the Small Guide Travel consultants can assist with itinerary advice and bookings.”

When Ian travels these days he uses both a cane and a wheelchair for getting around. “Before my diagnosis with MS I guess I felt a bit of pity when I saw other people in wheelchairs. I didn’t realise that wheelchairs give a person with a disability so much freedom. Mine allows me to get around much better at airports, especially when the boarding gate can be a fair distance from check-in, and it makes art galleries, museums and theatre so much more accessible and enjoyable.”

Ian first took his wheelchair on a trip to Dubai, London and Paris in 2012. While there are websites with attractions and disability information for those destinations in the pipeline, Ian’s first priority is writing about Australia. In late 2012 he visited Cairns and road-tested attractions like Skyrail and Quicksilver’s Great Barrier Reef as well as disabled-friendly accommodation. From this came the destination specific website, Cairns Disabled Travel.

The next cab of the rank was Canberra. According to Ian, Canberra is arguably Australia’s most rewarding destination for travellers with a disability. “There are flights from all other major cities and centres, they have an excellent public transport and wheelchair-assisted taxi system and all the major attractions are accessible, with many of them free. There’s excellent accommodation, terrific restaurants and bars and so much to see and do. It really is a fabulous tourist destination. Sure, after a couple of weeks there might be some thumb twiddling but for a few days away it is fabulous.” Ian visited Canberra in 2011 and 2013 to research accessible accommodation and attractions and the Canberra Disabled Travel website is now live.

Ian has a multi-destination itinerary on the drawing board for all Australian capital cities and major regional centres so you could see him soon in your part of the country. But the Kingswood? No, he won’t be taking the Kingswood!

Why Install Vinyl Cladding?

Vinyl cladding, also called vinyl siding, refers to plastic exterior cladding for homes and commercial buildings. The siding is used as an alternative to traditional wood, fiber cement, and aluminum cladding. The cladding is made up of about 80% polyvinyl chloride (PVC) resin and the remaining 20%, ingredients to give the material its color, gloss, opacity, flexibility, durability, and impact resistance. Vinyl siding has been in the market since the late 50s and it is today one of the most popular exterior claddings in the U.S. and Canada. There are several reasons why you should consider installing vinyl cladding.

This is one of the most affordable sidings in the market. You will spend between 25% and 50% less than what you would have spent on aluminum and wood siding. Most vinyl cladding manufacturers offer competitive warranties.

Many people neglect their homes’ exteriors, but waterproofing the exterior is important because it improves the longevity of your walls and it saves you money on repairs. A strong wall is also important for your security.

Vinyl cladding comes in different colors, styles, and patterns, meaning there is something for everyone. You do not have as much flexibility with other options like brick and stucco.

You can go for years without maintaining, leave alone replacing the cladding. The cladding is very durable. It is not damaged by termites (the major problem with wood sidings) and other wood boring pests and insects, there is no fading, and there is no chalking. All you need to do is occasionally clean the siding with a mixture of water and a mild detergent.

Given that pigments are mixed with the resins, the colors are deep and penetrating. Unlike the case with aluminum and wood sidings which are painted on, blemishes and scratches are not visible with vinyl siding. The fact that no painting is necessary means you get to save money.

Another advantage of vinyl cladding is that it is environmentally friendly given that it is recyclable. Wood sidings lead to the destruction of forests while extraction of aluminum from its ore is energy intensive and it leads to the emission of greenhouse gases. The insulation you get from the siding means greater thermal performance of your house and consequently reduced energy expenditure.

You could go for a vinyl cladding brand that features perforations for the moisture to escape. This is important because you will prevent mold, mildew, and condensation. Installing vinyl siding is also a good idea because it increases the resale value of your home.

Acne Treatment Brisbane

IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) is a light based technology which treats several skin conditions in one treatment. It works in the deeper layers of the skin where traditional skincare cannot reach, thus achieving a far superior result.
Skin concerns such as pigmentation, freckling, sun damage, capillaries, redness, acne scarring and rosacea may be treated with photorejuvenation.

Pulses of light are applied to the skin via a handpiece which filters the wavelengths of light through a layer of ultrasound gel. The treatments remove most types of sun induced pigmentation like freckling, age spots and sun damage. By lessening the darker pigmentation IPL leaves the skin with a more even tone. Vascular skin concerns including capillaries, redness, acne scarring and rosacea are also targeted by the broad wavelengths of light. IPL works particularly well on red acne scarring that is left behind after undergoing acne treatments.

As most people will have several skin concerns, this treatment has become popular as it can address them all. The IPL photorejuvenation also stimulates the production of collagen which will plump and smooth the texture of the skin, improving fine lines, wrinkles and pitted scarring.

There is little or no downtime involved with photorejuvenation. Most people will experience some redness and heat in the area which subsides in several hours after treatment. The most common treatment areas are face, neck, décolletage/chest area and backs of hands.

Photorejuvenation treatments can be utilised as a once off treatment, however a course of treatments will promote the best results. A progressive result can be expected with a change usually noticed within a week after a session which is why IPL Photorejuvenation has gained such popularity among both men and women.

If you are looking for a Laser Clinic Brisbane that offers Acne Treatment Brisbane and IPL Brisbane then please see Image by Laser for a free consultation.

Proofreading Brisbane – Why Hire a Proofreader?

Avoid the temptation of proofreading and editing your own work because the human mind usually resists identifying the errors made as errors. This is mostly because of the emotional attachment a writer has to his/her work. There are several other reasons why you should hire a professional proofreader and editor.

The fact that you will know a professional will be doing the proofreading and editing means you will not be worried about such things as grammatical, spelling, and structural mistakes. This is important in that it boosts your creativity and confidence. It also helps you write much faster.

Having your work looked at by a fresh pair of eyes means errors that may have passed you will be captured. You are particularly likely to miss errors in such areas as the index, table of contents, table of authorities, table of figures, page numbers, citations, headers and footers, quotations, cross references, legal references, spelling of names, and section numbers.

You should hire a professional proofreader and editor because he/she will be an English language expert. Proofreading and editing your own work may lead to the fixing of spelling and grammatical mistakes, but structural mistakes require an English language expert to identify.

Most of us only consider the content (the gist of the story) when proofreading and editing and find it hard to spot mistakes in smaller words, but professional proofreaders and editors have the training and experience necessary to spot all mistakes.

Hiring a professional for proofreading brisbane and editing will save you valuable time. Doing everything yourself (from the several iterations, editing, and proofreading) could interfere with your job/business, school work and/or social life.

You need not spend a fortune on proofreading and editing. The Internet has made it possible for you to get editing services for as little as $0.020 per word. The few traditional writing agencies of old could get away with charging a premium, but the intense competition has drastically lowered the rates.

A good professional proofreader and editor will give you valuable tips on what you can do to improve the work. The feedback you get from your proofreader and editor will help mould you into a better writer.

Professionals have in-house checklists and style guides that they use for proofreading and editing. They sometimes avail these to their customers. It is only after professional proofreading and editing that your work will qualify for publication. Professional proofreaders and editors are not biased and will not be guided by emotions.

Newsagency Shopfit

Newsagency shops do an important job of bringing key products close to us. Their proximity to busy places like railway stations, airports and city streets makes them accessible. These shops help us to get our magazines, newspapers, cigarette packs and other necessities with ease. Due to their location, there is a constraint on the space they have available to them. So how the agency utilizes their space will determine how much stock they can hold and how many customers will be attracted to come in and make a purchase. To meet this need, many newsagency shopfit businesses have developed in the retail shopfitting industry. They will offer creative designs that will make your store more spacious and attractive to consumers.

Newsagency shopfit in Australia

In Australia, newsagents conduct distributive business and/or retail business. There are over 5000 individually owned newsagency shops. This means that the competition is stiff so you need to have a store that will stand out from the rest. A typical distribution newsagency will deal with home delivery of different newspapers and magazines whereas a retail newsagency will sell a range of newspapers, magazines, greeting cards and stationary.

The presence of such a big number of newsagencies means that you have to select the best newsagency shop fitter you can find in the market to do an outstanding job. The best newsagency shopfit company you will get in Australia is Revolution Retail Shopfitters. We are a company that has been in existence for many years and we will bring a wealth of experience to the newsagency shop fitting project. We have been in the retail business so we know how to design your shop to maximize revenues unlike our competitors. Apart from shop fitting experience, we have experience in Pharmacy and Chemist shop fitting. We will come with a plan that will free you as we design and change the model of your shop. Since the company has its own factory to manufacture all it needs to complete the project, you will save on time and costs incurred to complete the project.

The value we will add to the project

The concern of most shop owners is whether the remodeling of the store will flaunt their lease agreement. This concern is well taken care of by the Revolution Retail shopfitters in that we have worked with a good number of landlords in Australia. Some of the major landlords we have worked with are CFS, Stockland, Westfield, AMP Capital, Centro, Lend lease, GPT, McConaghy, Mirvac, Dexus and QIC. These major landlords have some of the most strict lease agreements. We have been able to do shop fitting jobs for tenants of these landlords without any issues.

With our many years experience in retail, we believe that the shop design and the shopping experience of your customers will depend with the kind of message you want to communicate. Knowing how communication is important, we will help you to achieve this by listening to your views to create an attractive shop that is eye catching with proper lighting and thoughtful display that will make shopping easier for your customers. We also know sound is important for a great shopping experience so we will work on your store music. Apart from working on your store music, we will work on your tiles, carpet or timber to improve the sound of the client’s shoes as they walk. We will inspire confidence in you by removing design or cost fears associated with the project.

Having been in the game for many years, we boast of very experienced staff that will bring a wealth of ideas in design, centre negotiations, planning, onsite and offsite construction. To top this up we have consultants that will help to merchandize your store.

You can access customer reviews to gauge the quality of our services. The many customers that have rated us positively will reassure you of the kind of work we are capable of. As they say numbers don’t lie. It is recommended you visit our website where you will be able to see the current projects we are working on. We have provided photos for these projects which can help you to settle on a design.

How you can reach us.
The physical address of the company is Unit 1, 12 Hinkler Court, Brendale, Qld 4500. You can reach us on phone through the telephone number 07 3881 2944 or fax 07 3881 2911.