Google announce online data ‘wills’ for users

The search engine giants Google have unveiled a new service that will allow the relatives and partners of account holders to inherit their online legacy, with users now being invited to set up their own digital ‘wills’.

Announcing the project, known as Inactive Account Manager, Google product manager Andreas Tuerk conceded that ‘not many of us like thinking about death’, and that this is especially the case when considering our own or that of those closest to us. However, in an increasingly digital world, it is important that people begin to make provisions for what happens to their online profiles once they have gone.

Although perhaps not as tangible a memorial as gravestones, a person’s YouTube, Google+, Gmail and Picasa Web Albums history can tell us a great deal about the deceased, and the parent company of these services feels that browsers should now have the opportunity to either have their online presence completely removed or managed by the family members and friends of their choice.

The Inactive Account Manager works by sending a text message and email to a user once their account has been inactive for either three, six or 12 months and, if this is not responded to, the programme will assume the person in question has passed away. After this, the account will either be deleted or handed over to a ‘trusted contact’, depending on the wishes of the deceased.

Certainly one of the more unusual forms of memorial care available, this new service from Google is nevertheless a well-considered and important one in today’s high tech world.

Why Is A Spa Break Such a Great Idea?

Deciding to take a spa break really is a decision to pamper yourself. Whether your motivation for going is to relieve work stress or get out and celebrate with friends, or maybe even a little time relaxing with your other half, the decision to take a spa break means putting yourself first.

So, why exactly is a spa break such a great choice? And what makes it such a relaxing and invigorating experience for spa seekers?

Restoration and Relaxation

Taking a spa break puts you in the hands of relaxation experts, whose job it is to relax, revitalize, and restore you. They use their specially formulated therapies and treatments to accomplish this on many levels—always feeding your sense of well being. So, whether you only book an hour or two for a quick treatment or you commit to a full spa vacation, you’ll come out feeling rested and somehow restored on a level that is not just physical, but mental and emotional, too.

It’s all about the Care.

The bone deep relaxation you get from a spa treatment comes from the unique focus on your body’s needs. During the busy hustle and bustle of day to day life most of us simply ignore those needs. The rush of real life tends to wear us out and even though we just see it as simply living in our bodies, we really do work them hard. This is why taking time out to recover and rejuvenate your body in a spa leads to benefits that transcend the physical body and affect your mental and emotional state.

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Top Three Weird Spa Treatments

For spa seekers there’s nothing better than booking up into a luxury retreat; to feel the natural soothe of heated stones, the sweet aroma scented candles and relaxing music courtesy of a pod of whales. While it might be relaxing for some people, others think that kind of therapy just isn’t enough. All over the world, people are coming up with weird and wonderful methods to help say goodbye to stress; here’s some of my favourites.

One of the latest therapy crazes is the carp pedicure. Apparently originally practiced in Turkey, people submerge their feet into a tank full of miniature carp to nibble away the dead skin deposits that have built up on your soles. As your feet become smoother, it’s believed to have the same effect on your mind and eventual outlook on life. The treatment is also now widely available to those on a spa break in the UK.

Another is the cactus massage, a favourite from therapists inMexico. This seems like an absolutely crazy idea but it’s completely pain free. The needles are removed from the leaves which are then heated in warm water, when warm they are split in half and pressed onto the patient’s skin. Cacti have soothing properties and are a close relative to the Aloe Vera plant. The juice squeezed from the leaves soaks into the skin, hydrating, detoxifying and helping to heal your skin from sunburn. Despite the positive reviews, I doubt it’s a method many will be trying at home.

Finally we have the 24-carat gold facial. Similarly seen as an act of evil by ‘Oddjob’ in the James Bond film ‘Goldfinger’, the people of Santa Fe can pay up to $475 for someone to cover their face with a paste containing bits of gold. Other than making you look like a BAFTA, the treatment is reported to lift, tighten and lighten the colour of your skin. It’s also rumoured to decrease the effects of collagen depletion, which can lead to sagginess and age spots.


Three Great Reasons for a Spa Break

Many people think of spa treatments as a luxury they can’t afford but this just isn’t true. There are many great value spa break experiences available for a range of budgets and it really is something that you should think about. This blog post takes a look at the top three reasons why a spa break really is an essential lifestyle choice; so jump on board and learn a little about being one of the spa seekers.

  1. A Little Escapism.

Top of our list is the escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life. A trip to a spa is a fantastic way to relax and escape stress. There’s someone there to take care of you, you are cut of from the phone, work and the kids; it’s a really all round break. This sense of relaxation is often something that you can carry back into the world after your break, the lingering feeling or relaxation really is fantastic.

  1. Treating aches and pains

The range of highly trained therapists in most day spas is extensive. Everything from beauty therapists for skin care advice to massage therapists to sort out your aches and relax your muscles. Many spas will also have medically trained staff too, so you can get the benefit of good medical advice while receiving treatment.

  1. Nourishing body and mind

Day spas are well know for their physical treatments for your muscles, skin and body in general; the range of treatments help to detoxify, relax, rejuvenate and re-energize you body. What’s often not taken into account is the mental relaxation, between the calmness of the experience, the aromatherapy and the gentle music you get a real sense of well being.

How do you know if you need to cleanse your aura?

It’s a question that people new to the psychic world often find themselves asking. The workings of an aura are often communicated early on but the day to day maintenance that can help your spiritual well being is often overlooked.


Do you really need to cleanse your aura?

Cleansing of your aura is a great way of protecting yourself from negative energies in day to day life. It’s a step that most people should consider especially if you fall into any of the following categories:

  • You work in a toxic environment. A toxic environment is usually a job that has a lot of close contact with other people who harbour negative energies. So that’s, teachers, law enforcers, judges and lawyers, prison guards and hospital workers; they all fall into the most at risk category.
  • You’re suffering from an illness. Be it an illness of spirit or body it’s important to remember that at times like this your natural protection is reduced so it’s important to cleanse your aura regularly to help bolster your defenses.
  • General stressful environments. Stressful situations cause a build up of negative energies. So whenever you go through a stressful period in your life a quick cleansing can help restore calm and balance.

Cleansing is easy to do and consulting a friendly psychic medium can help you learn the needed techniques. If you’re ever in doubt of whether you need to cleanse or not though it’s worth getting a tarot reading, to give you an overview of your current psychic state.

Getting the best out of a Psychic Phone Reading

Deciding to contact one of the many phone psychics around can be a difficult choice. Many people find themselves struggling with doubts about how good the reading will be over the phone and whether there’s anything that can be done to make sure the readings are good.

This blog post takes a look at a few points that can really help make sure you get the best reading possible, after all psychic readings help millions of people every year and can be an important part in your spiritual life.

  1. Psychic reading abilities are different from clairvoyance.

Where as a clairvoyant can predict the future; the psychic abilities used for performing readings work through sensing and interacting with auras. This means that most psychics will only be able to connect with your present and offer guidance. If you’re looking for guidance for the future you want to make sure that your phone Psychic lists clairvoyance as one of their abilities.

  1. Keep an open mind.

Whenever you enter into a psychic reading one of the most important aspects that you have control over, is keeping an open mind. If you don’t believe the reading will work then your aura will change to reflect this. If you do keep an open mind then you can get the best possible reading.

  1. Open your energy field and be receptive.

This opening is important to form a strong connection with the psychic performing the reading. If you are suspicious, guarded or stressed then sometimes this connection will naturally be closed. You can get around this by making sure you’re in a comfortable, calm, homely place when having the reading; after all it is one of the biggest advantages of a phone reading.

The Difference Between Clairvoyants and Mediums

It is important to understand the differences between the different types of psychics that exist and how what they can do affects the ways in which they can help you. Of course, many individuals are able to use a number of different skills, allowing you to find one psychic that can provide you with all the different abilities you need.

However, this post will point out the differences between two major strands of psychic ability, that of psychic readings and psychic mediums. Hopefully, this will make you aware that the differences between the two are fairly simple and easy to understand and get to grips with.

First, we will address psychic readings, the result of a clairvoyant looking to the future and discovering what lies there. This is an inherent ability of this psychic, and they can do it all on their own with no external influences or help. It is part of their mind that is able to peer forwards in time and let them gain seemingly impossible knowledge.

Psychic mediums, on the other hand, have the ability to communicate with spiritual beings, be they the spirits of those who have left us and passed beyond the veil, or representations of the energy and forces that work within our own hold, or even guardian angels. They can ask these beings questions and receive answers, which allows them to discover things that are hidden to the mortal world. They can not peer into the future or discover the unknowable themselves, but they have access to those who can.

That should clear that up for you, and help you to make a decision as to what abilities you are looking for in a psychic.

How to Track Down a Psychic

Many people feel that a psychic reading would benefit them a lot and are very eager to meet with a psychic and discuss what they can do to improve their life, or get a measure of assurance that the path they have chosen is the best one for them. The problem is that a lot of people have no idea how they would go about setting up a meeting with any psychics or how to get in contact with them. This blog post is aimed at helping you to get past that and go meet a psychic.

The first way to start scouting will be to ask your friends and family if they know of any good psychics in the area. If you can get a personal recommendation about a psychic then you’re off to a good start. You’ll also be able to ask them any questions you have about the psychic, such as what to expect from the readings and what sort of services they can offer.

Another good place to look is in any alternative health or spirituality shops nearby to see if any adverts have been posted. Checking the local newspapers might reveal some adverts offering psychic services too.

Of course, if you’d rather go straight to a reliable, reputable psychic then there are telephone services or websites that will allow you to get in touch with psychics and get your reading that way. It also allows you to do so from the comfort of your own home.

My Experience with a Psychic

I’d never really thought about visiting psychics before. The most exposure to them I had was in films or on TV (and I now know that psychics are seriously misrepresented by the media). That was until my friend Adam visited one and came back much happier and confident.

Adam had been getting really worried about his finances. Ever since the credit crunch he’s been counting every penny and cutting out anything he considered frivolous. He hasn’t run into any real money trouble, but he was pretty anxious about it happening and was trying to take as many precautions as possible. It was really getting to him until he started looking into psychic readings.

His first visit to the psychic got him quite excited. He was still worried about his money situations but he’d been filled with a sense that it wasn’t as bleak as it seemed. He said that talking to somebody who could glimpse the future made you realise that things wouldn’t always be like this, and he’d started feeling much more positive about what changes time would bring.

After he’d been a few times he really seemed much less stressed about the entire situation. He came to realise that the preparations he’d made were sensible and adequate, and that he was now in a much better position than a lot of people. He wasn’t just ready for bad financial use, he was already making significant savings that he was pumping into a little nest egg.

It was this fresh perspective that amazed me. The psychic had really allowed him to see things in a new way. This sort of eye opening experience is why I’ve now booked in to see a psychic too.

Choosing an Inscription for your Headstone

Making a decision on what to display on your marble gravestone can be a very difficult and lengthy process. You might go through loads of different ideas before finding one that you like, and could end up scrapping that a few days later. It’s important to think about it though, as if your nearest and dearest know what you would like on a headstone, it’s much easier for them to get on with the process and reduces the emotional stress and pain that they’ll be going through.

As for what to actually put on your gravestone, you have the entire wealth of all languages ever to choose from, which can be a little overwhelming. If you would like to go for a traditional choice, biblical quotes are always popular, as are fond remembrances of the family role you filled (“Beloved Husband, Cherished Father, Dutiful Son” for instance).

Or you could decide to go down a different route, perhaps with a humorous or witty epitaph to bring a smile to people who see your grave? There are plenty of funny little poems or messages on gravestones all over the world. One classic that has cropped up in a number of places is “I told you I was sick/ill”.

Another of my favourites is:

“Reader -if cash thou art in want of any,
Dig four feet deep and find a Penny.”
Epitaph of John Penny, Wimborne, England.

Of course, once you have decided on a gravestone epitaph, you’ll want to ensure that it’s maintained for future generations, so a proper system of memorial care is important.