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Brabantia 30L newIcon Pedal Bin

I was due a new bin since my current one has become a faded red, almost pink on he outside. I eventually decided on the Brabantia 30L pedal bin in fingerproof matt silver. The bin even features a soft closing lid which really sold it to me. Here are some photos of the bin and a link to a video showing it off at the end of this post. 

Open box
Inner plastic bin
Top view

Here is my video of me showing the soft closing lid in action. 

GreenPan Cambridge Ceramic Non-Stick Wok

Bought from Amazon.co.uk, quite impressed with it already. The quality of the wok is excellent, lovely sparkling dark ceramic on the inside of the wok.

On the very first use I had cooked raw chicken with crushed garlic on it. I didn’t use any oil and the chicken did not stick at all. It’s nice and easy to clean, no funny crannies.

I don’t have an induction hob and it still works great, the wide base allows the wok to sit on the grates perfectly.

Auchrannie House Hotel Review

Situated in a town called Brodick on the Isle of Arran. Auchrannie Resort it is known as too is a family owned hotel that is very child friendly.

We were staying for 2 nights in a Spa Resort Double room. Check in was very straightforward, no fuss. We had asked for a travel cot for our little one and that was already in the room.

The room had a fridge which provided complementary water and milk stating it will be replenished everyday. The tv was a really nice modern flat screen with all the digital channels working! The only gripe I would say is, the window curtains don’t really blackout the light – not useful having a very young child. The room was very spacious even with our cot in it. The sofa could turn into a sofa bed if required. The room had a massive wardrobe meaning you could unpack the suitcase and place it inside too.

The toilet was in good condition, decent shower and a heated towel rail, useful for drying our swimming gear! Towels and complementary Arran Aromatics toiletries were provided – nice.

Just a note, our room. 101 didn’t have a good wifi signal, a little disappointed with that but surprising too as it was close to the reception! You really need wifi as in that bit you don’t get a mobile data signal either.

The resort had 2 pools, we only went to one located near the spa. It had a splash pool with some waterfall feature, brilliant for a 2 year old. The pool was pretty warm, not freezing like others we’ve been to. You can ask for floats and arm bands which they happily provide use off free of charge.

The restaurants were fab, we had a meal in both Cruize and Brambles Seafood restaurants.

My dessert from Cruise, amazing toffee sticky pudding.

Breakfast is served in the Cruize restaurant for those staying in the Spa Resort. The breakfast itself is very decent being a buffet service with quality Ayrshire bacon and farmers sausages,the hash browns were to die for!

There is a soft play at the resort too, free to use for hotel guests. It has two main sections, one for 0 to 24 months, mainly a play area with a slide into a ball pit. The second section for 2 years and above, a decent size structure full of the stuff with a big slide! There are also a few car types rides too – you have to put coins into these. Part of the soft play is a little outdoor park type thing – slide, climbing frame etc, good to use on a nice day. Here is out wee man doing his thing!

I hope this brief review is useful for you, I would definitely revisit his place. I loved how the resort had so many things quite close to each other. The staff was amazing and we couldn’t ask for any better hospitality.

IPC6023 Error on BT TV Internet Channels

Read this if you use an ASUS 3rd party router (i.e. not the BT HomeHub) and, you are receiving the IPC6023 error on BT TV when trying to watch internet channels. Funny thing is, your BT Player works fine and so does apps like BBC iPlayer.

I’ve come across a solution that worked for me from one of the posts in the BT Community site. It took me ages to find so hopefully you find this specific post easily! There are lots of posts out there that mentions if you are using Powerline or not, I am using Powerline adapters and I got my internet channels working.

I’ve got an ASUS DSL-AC68U router and there are a couple of settings within the admin pages that I turned on to make it work.

Enable multicast routing (IGMP Proxy) – ENABLE
Enable efficient multicast forwarding (IGMP Snooping) – ENABLE

Leave the other settings as below.

ASUS-AC68U Multicast

As soon as the settings were applied, I tried the BT internet channel  and it worked!

Thanks to sepph who posted on this https://community.bt.com/t5/YouView-Boxes/Multicast-Settings-for-3rd-Party-Routers-may-not-work/td-p/913740/page/11