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Edition No. 187

Date:- 12 February 2005

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ET can now text home

THIS week, Telewest Broadband has launched a new home telephone service for customers in Liverpool and Southport that allows everyone to join the texting revolution, without needing a mobile phone.

The cable company's texting service enables SMS messages to be sent and received using a text-enabled phone and landline. Or, for those with a standard phone, it will turn the text into an audio message.

Incoming messages are delivered by an automated female voice, which can even translate popular text abbreviations, such as 'u r gr8!' Senders simply type the text as normal and send it to the relevant home number, where the phone will ring to deliver the audio message, or store it if no-one is available.

Eric Tveter, president and chief operating officer at Telewest Broadband, said:- "Texting has never been more popular, but it's previously been exclusive to mobile phone users. Our new service breaks down the barriers for people without a mobile phone and allows family members and friends to send and receive SMS messages at home."

The service is expected to appeal to families with children and teenagers, who will be able to swap short messages with their parents about where they are, what their plans are, or when they need a lift!

Telewest Broadband's phone customers can also benefit from a mobile calling package offering savings on both texts and calls to mobiles. Talk Mobile costs £1.50 per month on top of standard phone line rental and offers calls to the four main mobile networks for a third less than BT Together rates.

Eric Tveter added:- "Not only can our phone customers now swap texts with a mobile, but they needn't think twice if they want to call one."


THE Stroke Association and Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland (R.I.B.I.) are joining forces for a third year running in a bid to target high blood pressure which is the biggest cause of strokes. The campaign will offer free blood pressure measuring checks, open to everybody, on Friday 8 and Saturday 9 April 2005. The campaign has proven to be extremely successful over the past 2 years, with record numbers of people getting their blood pressure measured.

Stroke is the largest single cause of severe disability in England and Wales, with over 250,000 people being affected at any one time. This 2 day public health campaign focuses on the importance of everyone knowing their blood pressure and making sure that we get it measured regularly. 

Joe Korner, Director of Communications at The Stroke Association said:- "For every ten people who die of stroke, four could have been saved if they had arranged regular blood pressure measurements and then followed medical advice. 

It is vitally important that people take advantage of the free blood pressure measuring. High blood pressure often has no symptoms and the campaign aims to raise awareness of this silent killer. We hope that our partnership with the R.I.B.I. and our strong links within the community will really help to drive the message home."

If you would like a free Blood Pressure Measuring pack or further information, email:- or call 01604 623938/623933.

Winners of the Ideal Homes Competition 2005.

WE had plenty of interesting answers, but sadly no, if you responded to our question with NEC or MGM Arena, you were incorrect. The real place the show is being held at is Earls Court, London. So if you got that you were correct.

The following have got 2 tickets to see the show:-
Mrs Mandy Holmes from Whiteley, Mrs J Thirsk from Holmer Green, David Cavender from London, Simon Green from Southport. 

Well done and we hope you have a fantastic time.

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