Monday, 17 December 2012

Roller Shutters for Windows and Doors - FAQs

Direct Shutters in Adelaide is a South Australian-owned family business backed by over 25 years’ experience in the manufacture and installation of roller shutters for windows and doors in both homes and business premises.  We also specialise in the installation of security doors and window grilles.  For more information about the benefits to be gained from installing roller shutters on the windows and doors in your home, including enhanced security, a reduction in energy use, and added protection against fire, call Joe Anastasi on (08) 8244 4437 or email  Further useful information is available on the Direct Shutters website

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How are roller shutters made?
Roller shutters are manufactured from high-grade aluminium, and are insulated with high-density polyurethane.  They are constructed as a system of interlocking slats, and have a fade- and scratch-resistant baked enamel paint finish.  This means that shutters are extremely strong and durable, block up to 90% of the sun’s heat, and are able to stand up to a great deal of force.

Are roller shutters made in Australia?
A wide range of Australian-designed and -made roller shutters are available from reputable local shutter installers.  You should always insist on high-quality Australian-made shutters for windows and doors from a reliable and well-established manufacturer, such as OZRoll and Croci.

What sort of properties suit roller shutters?
As roller shutter design and construction is extremely versatile, it means they can be installed in practically any home, so no matter where you are living or the type of property you have, you can benefit from the added home security, reduced energy use and enhanced fire protection that roller shutters on your windows and doors provide.

Are roller shutters easy to clean and maintain?
Their sturdy construction from high-grade materials means that roller shutters last for many years and require very little maintenance.  Surfaces have been finished in a baked enamel paint, meaning that they are extremely durable and can be easily cleaned every few months with a damp cloth or by spraying lightly with water.

Do roller shutters allow you to control how much sunlight enters your home?
Roller shutters, unlike some security bars and grilles, open fully so that you can control the amount of sunlight or breeze that you let in through your windows and doors at any time, while still maintaining a high degree of privacy when required.

Are there a range of colours and styles available?
Roller shutters come in a wide range of colours and styles, meaning that you will be able to find a design that is right for you, your home and your lifestyle.  Talk to a reputable dealer to find out about the full range of colours and designs of Australian-made roller shutters available to homeowners.

How are roller shutters operated?
Although they are installed on the exterior of your home, roller shutters on windows and doors are operated from inside, either manually with a winder or strap, by battery units, or electric motors, both of which can also be remote controlled.

Is it possible to have remote control roller shutters installed?
Roller shutters can be operated by a remote control system that is either powered by a battery, or by solar power.  A remote control system means that opening and closing your roller shutters is quick and easy, and multiple shutters can be controlled with a single remote control unit.  Furthermore, a battery-operated remote control system is unobtrusive, requires low voltage, and does not need to be installed by an electrician, saving both time and money.

How do solar power roller shutters work?
Solar power shutters are operated by a solar tubular motor powered by small, lightweight solar cells that can be attached to the window shutter pelmet, on a nearby wall, or on the roof of your home.  They are unobtrusive and compact in size, and the stand-alone system can be installed quickly and easily, without the aid of an electrician.  Solar power shutters are also especially good in remote or rural regions, where it isn’t always easy to access a power source. 

A further significant benefit is that window shutters that operate on solar power are especially valuable in bushfire zones, because even when mains power is cut during a fire the shutters can still be closed in order to protect your property from flying sparks and burning embers (see more on bushfires below).

For further information on the benefits of solar power roller shutters, click here.

How do roller shutters help reduce energy costs?
Roller shutters are an effective, cost-efficient and environmentally-friendly way in which to keep your home cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter, cutting down on your use of air conditioning and heating, and so reducing your electricity consumption.  The insulating effect of roller shutters means that you can more effectively control the temperature in your home, which significantly impacts on your home’s energy efficiency.  Therefore, roller shutters can help you to make serious savings on your power and electricity bills, while utilising a green technology that doesn’t increase your emissions. 

For further information on how roller shutters can help to reduce your energy costs, click here.

Are roller shutters suitable for use in bushfire-prone areas?

Roller shutters can provide a valuable line of defence against the dangers of fire.  In extreme heat, windows will frequently crack or explode, meaning the glass will fall out of the frame, and so flying sparks and burning embers can enter your home through the now-unprotected space.  However, bushfire resistant shutters have been shown to be able to withstand extreme radiant heat and so prevent your window glass from breaking, thus providing a stronger barrier against encroaching fire.  In addition, aluminium window shutters have a baked enamel paint finish and are injected with polyurethane foam, which means they are also resistant to flames, so as well as protecting your glass they can protect the fabric and structure of your home and form an additional line of defence.  If you live in a bushfire-prone region, you should look for fire resistant shutters manufactured to withstand BAL 40 (Bushfire Attack Level 40).

For further information on how roller shutters can help to protect your home from bushfires, click here.

Will roller window shutters protect against storm damage?
In strong winds and storms, damage to windows and doors is always a danger.  Flying debris and broken tree branches can be propelled at great speeds and velocity in heavy winds, while heavy hail can shatter windows or the glass in doors.

Roller shutters are produced from aluminium and have foam insulation, which means they are extremely strong and durable, and able to resist just about anything heavy winds or extreme weather can throw at them.  Also, when they are closed, roller shutters do not rattle or shake in high winds, are quick and easy to operate (either manually or by remote control), and can be closed at a moment’s notice of an impending storm.

For further information on how roller shutters can help to protect your home against storm damage, click here.

Can roller shutters help to improve home security?
Roller shutters are extremely strong and able to stand up to a great deal of force, as they are manufactured from high-grade aluminium and constructed as a system of interlocking slats.  In addition, they have an internal locking mechanism that will ensure that the shutter is locked in position when it is closed.  For further peace of mind, however, key locking can also be installed or, if you have solar powered or remote controlled shutters, these lock automatically, further preventing the shutters being opened or forced from the outside.

Do insurance companies recommend installing roller shutters?
Roller shutters are recommended by many Australian insurance companies as a means of enhancing your home security, and this can make a difference in some cases to the cost of the home insurance premiums you pay.

Sunday, 16 December 2012

Ceramica Tile + Design Adelaide Offer a Design Consultancy Service for Choosing Ceramic Tiles

Ceramica Tile + Design is an Adelaide owned and operated independent importer, distributor and retailer of superior quality tiles from around the world.  They offer a wide range of design consultation services to help homeowners choose the right bathroom, kitchen, or outdoor tiles to suit their home and budget.  Contact Design Consultant Anita Sweeting on (08) 8346 6653 or Ceramica Tile + Design at

Ceramica Tile + Design is one of Adelaide’s leading importers and retailers of ceramic tiles from the world’s most well-respected manufacturers.  In addition, they also offer a design consultancy service that will enable you to make all the right tiling choices for your home.

“in recent years there have been some stunning new developments in technology that have revolutionised the way ceramic tiles are designed and manufactured,” said Anita Sweeting, Design Consultant at Ceramica Tile + Design.  “This means that there are a huge number of new and innovative styles and design concepts now available from the world’s best makers.  We provide a design consultancy service for our customers that showcases the very best of these new ranges and styles, and enables our clients to choose from the latest collections now available on the international market.”

Ceramica Tile + Design work with clients to help them to discover the many exciting and innovative contemporary tiling solutions now available to homeowners in Adelaide.  They work in close consultation with customers and use their expert knowledge to help homeowners create design concepts that are unique and that make the most of what the world’s best tile makers are now able to offer.  “As experts in ceramic tiles, we understand what will look good in your home, but we also have the knowledge and expertise to guide you towards the right type of tile to suit your lifestyle and budget,” said Anita Sweeting.   “For instance, we also help you to understand what sort of finish will suit your home, how to have your tiles installed and what you need to do to maintain them in pristine condition.”

However, as they import premium quality tiles from the best manufacturers worldwide, Ceramica Tile + Design will also help you to formulate a design concept incorporating the most attractive and innovative tile designs available on the market today, and their design services also extend to other aspects of home and interior design as well.  Anita Sweeting said, “We are always happy to work with customers to develop any aspect of a design concept, whether it be furniture, fixtures or fittings, in order to create a total, integrated look.  Our aim is always to help you to design a setting that will show off your home and your new tiles in the best possible light, and our experience and expertise means that we can advise you on any aspect of home decoration and renovation.”

The design and manufacture of ceramic tiles has changed a great deal, and new innovations continue to be developed.  Therefore, if you are building a new home, renovating your existing home, or you simply want to explore the imaginative and innovative new ranges of tiling solutions that are now available in Adelaide, contact Ceramica Tile + Design for expert advice and guidance, and a design service that incorporates the very best of what the international tile market now has to offer.

To find out more about the benefits of working with a design consultant when selecting tiles for your home, click here.

Ceramica Tile + Design offer a design consultancy service

Saturday, 15 December 2012

Osteopathic Treatment in Australia - FAQs

Amber Laris is an Australian osteopath who has been treating patients in her osteopathic clinic in the heart of the Adelaide CBD for over 30 years. If you have further questions about what is involved in osteopathic treatment, or would like to find out more about the benefits to health and well-being of osteopathy, contact Amber Laris on (08) 8221 6100 or visit her website

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What types of illness, injury or discomfort is osteopathic therapy suitable for?
While osteopathy is highly effective at treating specific complaints and conditions, in particular musculoskeletal problems, it also addresses a wide range of general health problems and conditions.   As osteopathic therapy is holistic, it also seeks to address your general well-being as well as treating particular injuries.

What parts of the body does an osteopath treat?
An osteopath treats almost any structure in the body (e.g. joint, muscle, tendon) that, through injury, misuse or deterioration, is not functioning effectively and is causing pain, discomfort or stress.

What does osteopathic treatment consist of?
Osteopathic treatment may involve: soft tissues being massaged; joints being articulated or mobilised; muscles being exercised through stretching and resistance; or visceral techniques, i.e., the gentle and rhythmic manipulation of internal organs.  All of these techniques are aimed at restoring balance and stimulating the body’s natural ability to heal itself.

What is Osteopathic Manipulation Treatment (OMT)?
Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT) involves precise amounts of physical pressure being gently applied to specific locations on the body, perhaps the affected area but also possibly at another point.  OMT may sometimes require a short, forceful movement called a high-velocity thrust, when you might hear a clicking or popping noise.  This is not painful and is entirely normal and to be expected.

Is osteopathic treatment painful?
Osteopathic manipulation and treatment is not painful, although there can sometimes be feelings of discomfort as an injured part of the body is manipulated.  Alternatively, you might experience a mild soreness immediately following a treatment session in the same way as you might after physical exercise.

Is osteopathy suitable for pregnant women?
Osteopathy is suitable for pregnant women, many of whom find it beneficial as means of reducing back pain.

Can osteopathy help to prevent injury?
If you are involved in activity that places undue stress on your body (e.g. high impact sports, or a job that involves a lot of manual labour), osteopathic treatment can help to prevent you from developing problems.  

For further information on the ways in which osteopathy can restore your sense of well-being, click here.

What can I expect at the beginning of a course of treatment?
At the outset of a course of treatment, your osteopath will require information regarding your medical history (including any accidents or traumas), lifestyle and overall sense of well-being, as well as the more precise nature of your complaint.  They may also wish to test your coordination and reflexes, and your blood pressure.  This will then be followed by a thorough physical examination that will explore your bones, joints, muscles, ligaments and tendons.  Your osteopath may also want to test the flexibility of your arms, legs and back, and will also look carefully at your spine, perhaps examining your posture and balance.

How many sessions will I need?
After an initial examination, your osteopath will decide upon a personalised treatment plan and will share with you the process as well as the outcomes that can be expected as the treatment progresses, alongside an expected timeframe for the treatment.  It might be that only a few osteopathic sessions are necessary, perhaps followed by an occasional check-up, or your osteopath may recommend a regular course of treatment.

For further information on what to expect from osteopathic treatment, click here.

What training and qualifications do osteopaths have?

An osteopath in Australia is required to undergo a minimum of five years’ training, which consists usually of a Bachelor degree followed by a Masters degree.  As part of their training, an osteopath in Australia will undertake studies in a wide variety of disciplines.  

Are osteopaths registered?
All osteopaths in Australia are registered with the Osteopathy Board of Australia (in association with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency) and a registered osteopath is able to practise in all Australian states and territories.  Osteopaths are also required to undertake programmes of continuing professional development in order to ensure that the osteopathic healthcare services they provide are delivered to the highest possible standard.

For further information on training and qualifications of osteopaths in Australia, click here.

Do I need a GP referral to visit an osteopath?

Osteopaths in Australia are classified as primary healthcare professionals, which means that they are qualified to diagnose and treat patients without the need for a prior referral from a general practitioner (although see below re: Medicare and osteopathy).

Can I claim a Medicare rebate for treatment by an osteopath?

If you have a chronic condition (e.g. a long-standing musculoskeletal condition), you are eligible for a Medicare rebate on five sessions of osteopathic treatment, provided your condition is being managed by a GP who has provided you with MBS Chronic Disease Management services as part of a GP Management Plan (GPMP) and Team Care Arrangements (TCAs). 

Can I claim for osteopathic treatment on my private health insurance?

Most private health funds in Australia will offer either a form of ancillary or extras cover that will either entitle you to a set number of osteopathic treatment sessions throughout a calendar year (depending on the level of cover), or will make a contribution towards the cost of osteopathic treatment sessions, up to an agreed amount.

For further information on Medicare rebates and private health cover for osteopathic treatment, click here.

Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Renewing Your Wedding Vows in Adelaide?

Adelaide Wedding Speeches have a range of specials on offer to help you if you are planning on renewing your wedding vows.

If you are planning on a ceremony to renew your wedding vows, or are getting married and want to write your own vows, then Adelaide Wedding Speeches have three special packages just for you.

Our personalised vow writing service means that you can benefit from the skills and experience of a professional writer, who will work with you to create a unique and bespoke set of vows that will help you to express your thoughts and feelings in a heartfelt, yet clear and well-organised manner.

In addition, we will also help you to rehearse and learn your vows.  We can show you the most effective way to recite your vows so that when you speak you are able to capture the emotions and feelings that your words express but in such a way as to maintain a clear and effective speaking style.  

Overall, our services aim to ensure that on your big day you feel well-prepared and relaxed so that you will be able to speak your most heartfelt of words with confidence and pleasure.

Adelaide Wedding Speeches offer three different personalised vow writing packages, starting from just $99.

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If you are thinking of renewing your wedding vows, contact Adelaide Wedding Speeches
Adelaide Wedding Speeches can work with you to create unique, bespoke wedding vows

Sunday, 7 October 2012

Cadogan & Hall launch new website

Cadogan and Hall have just launched a brand new website and we think it looks pretty special!

The site is designed to give a clear description of the services we provide, and it features examples of the work we have produced recently for Adelaide and South Australian businesses, such as websites, online blogs, articles and press releases.

Our new site was produced by Media Gain, another Adelaide company and, as we say, it looks wonderful!

Please come and have a look and tell us what you think!

Adelaide Writing Agency
Cadogan & Hall

Thursday, 4 October 2012

Media Gain and Cadogan & Hall launch new website for Adelaide company Builders At Your Service

Website designers Media Gain and online content writers Cadogan & Hall have produced a new website for Adelaide construction company Builders At Your Service.

A new website for Adelaide building and construction company Builders At Your Service has just gone live, and is the latest to be produced by Adelaide website designers Media Gain and online content writers Cadogan & Hall.  Media Gain and Cadogan & Hall specialise in producing engaging and affordable websites for small- and medium-sized businesses throughout South Australia, and are establishing a growing reputation for helping their clients to be found online.

The two companies work together closely to ensure that there is a good blend of image and content in their websites, and support clients in getting their message out across social media as well.

“We really focus on helping smaller businesses establish their presence on the internet,” said Denise Angus of Media Gain.  “For small and medium enterprises, it can sometimes be hard to compete with bigger firms, but we think our combination of attractive design, user-friendly functionality and high-quality, professionally researched and written content goes a long way towards getting our clients’ names and services out there and known to the wider Adelaide public.”

The emphasis on top quality content is vital, and Media Gain and Cadogan & Hall work closely with their clients to create content that is engaging, informative and unique.

“In the case of Builders At Your Service, for instance, we spent an afternoon with the owner of the company Gavan O’Connor, really getting to know him and his business,” said Denise Angus.  “In this way, we were able to get a good understanding not only of the nuts and bolts of the business, but also the whole ethos of the company.  We came to understand what makes them different from other companies working in home construction and renovation, and this is what we tried to bring out on the website.  If you visit the site, we think that you’ll get a real sense of what makes the company tick, and what makes them unique.  For smaller businesses like Builders At Your Service, this is really important and so this is where we have sought to develop our expertise.”

Cost-effectiveness is, of course, also an important consideration for small and medium enterprises, and so Media Gain and Cadogan & Hall have website and online content packages that are within the reach of companies large and small.  The websites they produce are also promoted extensively across social media and this adds further value for a new business or one that is just beginning to establish an online presence.

To find out more about the affordable website design and online content packages being offered in Adelaide by Media Gain and Cadogan & Hall, contact Denise Angus at or visit

Affordable website design in Adelaide
Adelaide Web Designers Media Gain

Press releases, articles, online content in Adelaide
Adelaide Online Content Writers Cadogan and Hall
Adelaide Building and Construction Company
Adelaide Building and Construction Company Builders At Your Service

Saturday, 21 April 2012

On Reading Other People's Diaries (Part 1)

On Reading Other People's Diaries (Part 1)

The first in a short series of articles on the enduring popularity of diaries, including some of the most engaging examples from across a range of styles and times.

The diary as a literary form remains with us and continues to engage and enthral.  What lays behind its enduring appeal?  Firstly, there is the sense of intimacy - we are able to witness (at second hand, at least) events as they unfold.  In the case of political diaries, we are able to gain some insight (depending on the author's proximity to events) into the thinking behind occasions of importance and significance to which we might not otherwise have access.

We are also able to learn about the author in a manner different to that of a biography or autobiography.  In the case of the latter, there is always the tendency (however subconscious) for the subject to portray themselves or their role in events in a more positive light.  The benefit of hindsight works wonders, and the autobiography (particularly in the political sphere) often winds up being a litany of self-justification (when things went wrong) or self-congratulation (when they went right).  This doesn't happen with diaries - we see people's vacillations, indecision, and sometimes their sheer bewilderment at what is happening around them.  What an honest and forthright diary captures is the changes in the state of mind of the author - today, life is hopeless, tomorrow it will be exhilarating.  An engaging diary should remind us that our perspective on the world on any given day is not an irreversible, indelible truth.  Rather, it is a reflection of circumstance, mood and our relationships with others on a given day, and is always subject to change at short notice.

The diary has not been superseded by the blog.  They serve very distinct purposes and so their intrinsic characters will continue to remain separate.  The blog is written with the intention of its being published and read immediately.  It is written with a particular audience in mind and often invites instant comment or feedback.  This undoubtedly affects how we read a blog, as we take it in instalments as they are produced, and this doesn't always provide opportunity for detailed analysis or comparison, or allow us to stand back and take an overview of the author's changing perspectives.   The blog is not designed as a record, more of a running commentary, and so for that reason it will often tend to lack a sense of perspective.

The diary, on the other hand, while also recording events contemporaneously, is nevertheless not designed for immediate consumption.  We are able to digest a longer period of time in one sitting, and so we have more points of comparison and reference.  To push the analogy, we are able to order from the full menu at the outset, rather than simply taking each course as it comes.  The diary often offers such an engaging insight into events because it manages to combine both immediacy and overview at the same time.  We have events being recorded as they unfold, but we can simultaneously gain an understanding of the full story from beginning to end.

With the above in mind, we would heartily recommend the series of political diaries that have been published recently by the former British Labour MP, Chris Mullin.  Mr Mullin, as well as being the author of the 1982 novel A Very British Coup, led the campaign for the overturning of the wrongful convictions of the Birmingham Six and Guildford Four.  His diaries cover an historic time in British politics - the birth and rise to power of New Labour including, perhaps most significantly, the time of Britain's decision to join the allied invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq.

As can be deduced from the titles, A View From the Foothills (2009), Decline and Fall (2010) and A Walk-on Part (2011) Mr Mullin was not a big-hitter in the New Labour regime (rising only as high as a junior cabinet minister), but the diaries are all the richer for that.  He is both an insider and an outsider at the same time, with access to the decision-making process beyond the rest of us, while still being (frustratingly, for him and us) a long way from the real heart of the action.

Mr Mullin is a wonderful diarist.  He writes with clarity, honesty and a degree of self-effacement that is extremely engaging.  We share his frustrations at the powerlessness (at times) of the backbench MP, his efforts to fight bureaucratic indifference on behalf of his constituents, and his moments of (admittedly) small triumph in the face of overwhelming odds.  The sections dealing with his elevation to junior minister ranks in the Department of the Environment are especially interesting, as are those dealing with his later return to government in the Department for Overseas Development.  What we see is a principled, decent and honest MP (and as the diaries reveal, the latter is in short supply) struggling against inertia to achieve positive change on behalf of his constituents and the nation.

Perhaps the most horrifying part of the diaries is the vacuousness at the heart of the New Labour project that they reveal.  Mr Mullin rightly details the successes of the Blair/Brown years (and despite everything, they did undoubtedly improve the lot of many people in need), but he also chronicles their lack of vision and cohesion.  The infighting, political machinations and sheer opportunism of leading politicians is laid bare and, while none of this should come as a surprise, it is nevertheless a salutary lesson to us all.  This is nowhere in evidence more than on the debates regarding British involvement in the invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan.  Mr Blair is revealed to have essentially taken the decision to join the invading alliance of his own accord, with little or no pressure on him from either the electorate or members of his government.  Whether the decision was right or wrong, the lack of consultation, rational debate or disclosure of facts should give us all pause.

Mr Mullin undoubtedly ranks alongside Richard Crossman and Alan Clark as the pre-eminent political chroniclers of their times.  Anyone with an interest in recent international history, the nature of politics or simply engaging, well-constructed writing, should seek them out.

Chris Mullin's website can be accessed here

Chris Mullin writes about the genesis of 'A Very British Coup' in the 'Guardian'