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Tom Carver has been writing articles online for many years now but is a relatively new writer with InfoBarrel. Tom began working as a professional writer in June 2008 but he had been writing creatively for many years, on a part time basis, prior to 2008. Tom enjoys writing about diverse topics, including everything from engineering to  stamp collecting. Tom likes to play Bridge, Scrabble and Chess and Tom is an eclectic reader. Although many of these hobbies are indoor activities Tom does have a large garden to look after so he gets plenty of fresh air too (and a break from writing). Tom is an excellent potato farmer and has experimented with some of the old traditional ways of growing potatoes. A large space facilitates growing potatoes in lazy beds and the options when space is limited are to grow spuds in pots, sacks, barrels or small containers.  
Tom has a Masters in Technology Management but his primary degree is in Information Technology but he no longer works in the industry. Tom became fascinated with collecting antiques and has amassed quite a collection of oddments including some of the early Thomas the Tank Engine wooden trains. Tom’s home is somewhat cluttered, to say the least. As a hobbyist Tom owns and has collected coins, medals, cards, antique bottles and vases but Tom passion is still with his very first hobby which was stamp collecting. Tom began collecting Christmas stamps as a child when he was just 8 years old. Tom likes playing board games with his children and encourages them to be imaginative with their construction Kre-o toys and Lego sets. He plays cards too with the older children and is teaching them how to play Bridge and to appreciate chess.
As a psychic Tom specializes in card readings, specifically Tarot cards but he has read palms and tea leaves accurately. His preference is for card reading and explaining the meaning within the Tarot layout (Tarot spread). As a keen philatelist he was pleasantly surprised to find Astrology (a favorite topic of Toms) featured on postage stamps issued by Canada Post in 2011. As well as Canadian stamps Tom collects other country’s stamps too and has many albums of Australian, Irish, Royal Mail and American postage stamps. Tom’s interest in stamps was infectious and his children collect them too but they prefer the themed ones such as Walt Disney postage stamps or The Simpson’s stamps.
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Entertainment
by Tom_Carver
4 years ago
Europa Stamp Winners Since 2002

A history of Europa stamps including images of the winning stamps this century. PostEurop coordinate the Postal Operators throughout the European region.

Lifestyle
by Tom_Carver
4 years ago
Wheres Wally Picture Book and Dyslexia

Martin Handford classics are reviewed from a Dyslexia perspective. A Wheres Wally picture book (also Waldo) can do more for a child with learning difficulties than any Shakespeare tome. The educational value of the Waldo books are examined from a parent's viewpoint.

Business & Money
by Tom_Carver
5 years ago
Tracking Individual URLS using URL Channels in Google Adsense

How to go about tracking Individual URLS using URL Channels in Google Adsense. This is the step by step method of adding URLs to your Google account.

Entertainment
by Tom_Carver
5 years ago
ENGLISH POSTAGE STAMPS

Great Britain stamps have dictated the way the world's stamp issuers produce their postage stamps. This is still evident today and the latest adventure from Royal Mail is to produce new stamps within 24 hours. This is to celebrate the Olympic Games in London and each stamp will be issued within 1 day of a British Gold Medal winning performance in 2012.

Entertainment
by Tom_Carver
5 years ago
Read Marvel Comic Books Online

Marvel Comics Collectors have a new way to see their superheroes. Comic book heroes are freely available to read courtesy of Marvel Digital Comics. This article explains how to access and read Marvel Comic books online. An in depth explanation is given on the many features available with free Marvel comics as well as how to subscribe to the paid online comic service if you are more than a casual comic fan. Welcome to the Marvel Universe Online.

Entertainment
by Tom_Carver
5 years ago
Blue Superheroes in DC Comic Books

The DC Universe comic group has featured several colorful superheroes and villains in the past. This article looks specifically at blue DC Comic Superheroes. Those featured are Blue Beetle, Nightwing and Black Lightning. All three are shown in the image and they each have had their own DC comic book covers. Comic book readers and collectors love to read about the protectors of our society and these represented are the good blue ones.

Lifestyle
by Tom_Carver
5 years ago
Great British Fashion Icons

Top UK Fashion Designers are shown on beautiful stamps showing examples of the designer's work. The very Best of British fashion has been featured by Royal Mail and includes images of creations by Vivienne Westwood and Zandra Rhodes. In all, ten Great British Fashion Gurus have been chosen to be represented among the elite designers in the fashion world. Iconic images of each designer are shown.

Entertainment
by Tom_Carver
5 years ago
Green Comic Book Heroes

This superhero article looks at characters from comic books. DC Comics superheroes are featured, as well as rival Marvel Universe heroes. The key concept is that all of these heroes with superpowers are unnaturally green. Not green with envy, nor green in the amateur sense, just simply green. Green Arrow, Green Lantern and The Incredible Hulk are featured.

Entertainment
by Tom_Carver
5 years ago
Book or Kindle?

A humorous look at Kindles and their counterparts which are real books. Books are better than Kindles on many levels. This article lists 10 reasons why books are superior to Kindle Ereaders. Electronic books will never be the same or take the place of real world books. The tactile nature of books far outweighs ebooks and many readers will find something about books that cannot be replicated by electronic means.

Entertainment
by Tom_Carver
5 years ago
Postal Logos

This Postal Logos article looks at 8 of the best postage stamp issuers in the world. The post logo for each country is shown on a unique stamp montage. Those featured are United States Postal Service (USPS), Eire, Royal Mail, Canada Post, Australia Post, Correos, Deutsche Post and La Poste. Commemorative and definitive stamps are also discussed.

Entertainment
by Tom_Carver
5 years ago
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Marvel and DC Comics Villains

This super villain article features images and information on our best loved Marvel Comics and DC Comics villains. The Superheroes of the DC and Marvel Universes only exist because of the trouble caused by these Super-Villains who are at large and causing havoc wherever they go. Marvel Comic Books and their rival DC Comic Books have created a world where good triumphs over evil but we do love these roguish characters of the 'The Injustice League' that also headline as 'The Secret Society of Super Villains'.

Entertainment
by Tom_Carver
5 years ago
DC Comics Superheroes on Stamps

DC Comics and the USPS have, in a joint venture, produced a set of 20 Superhero postage stamps. The old favorites like Batman and Superman are stamped with Wonder Woman and Supergirl representing the fairer sex on postage stamps. In all, 10 superheroes are presented alongside 10 more commemorative stamps of DC comic book covers of The Flash, Green Lantern and several other icons from the DC Universe. Comics book collectors will love them as too will stamp enthusiasts throughout the globe.

Entertainment
by Tom_Carver
5 years ago
3 Great British Comics

This article features Great British Comics such as The Beano, Bunty, Tiger, Topper and Dandy which has been on the go for 75 years. The characters range from Desperate Dan to Roy of the Rovers and The Bash Street Kids. Many adults who read these comics in their youth and will fondly remember Korky the Cat, Billy Whizz, Roger the Dodger, Dennis the Menace and The Four Marys. In all, there were 10 comics featured in the World of Comics collection which had the stamp of approval from Royal Mail.

Entertainment
by Tom_Carver
5 years ago
DC Comics Women Superheroes

Superheroes are usually male but this article looks at DC Comics Women who have all the powers and superpowers of their male counterparts. The 4 DC Comics Women Superheroes featured are Power Girl, The Huntress with her crossbow, Black Canary and the Magician known as Zatanna. DC Comics Superhero women are exciting additions to the comic book superhero genre and many of them outshine the rather more famed Batman and Superman.

Entertainment
by Tom_Carver
5 years ago
Marvel Comics Superheroes

This superhero tribute features images and stamps for collectors of Marvel Comics memorabilia. The article examines such icons as Captain America, Spider-Man and many others. Marvel Comic Books and USPS teamed up to produce a superb range of stamp images for comic book collectors and philatelists to drool over. This USPS commemorative set of stamps rivals any other stamp issue and is a collector gem featuring not just the Marvel Comics Superheroes but their comic book covers too.

Home & Garden
by Tom_Carver
5 years ago
When to Plant Potatoes

The potato article looks at when to plant your potato crop as well as the preparation needed to get the best from your seed potatoes. Irish potatoes traditionally go into the ground in mid March, after the frost, and typically March 17 is used as a marker, as it is St. Patricks Day. Advice and tips on growing potatoes feature throughout this potato article.

Entertainment
by Tom_Carver
5 years ago
The Hunger Games Trilogy - Books, Movie Characters

The Hunger Games Books feature a world, way in the future, where the ruling body govern with an iron fist. Boys and girls from 12 districts are selected to fight each other on live TV. Suzanne Collins Hunger Game book is a best seller and the movie of the same name is eagerly anticipated by fantasy fans. Katniss Everdeen will be a big box office star.

Entertainment
by Tom_Carver
5 years ago
CHOCOLATE GAMES

A beautiful selection of board games that you can eat. Every popular game has a chocolate edition. Featured are Chocolate Scrabble, Chocolate Monopoly and a yummy chocolate chess set. When you finish playing these wonderful game classics you eat them. You cannot get more enjoyment from a board game and the kids will be only too willing to play when you arrange a family games night.

Entertainment
by Tom_Carver
5 years ago
Hobbit Lego

The new Hobbit Lego is likely to be as popular as Ninjago and Batman Lego. The prospect of playing with Lord of the Rings and Hobbit play sets are a boon for fans of Tolkien and Lego alike. Lego Gandalf, Frodo, Bilbo and Samwise Gamgee all doing battle with Orcs, Goblins and Dragons will whet the appetite of Lego lovers. New sets will feature Helm's Deep and other battles; with dozens of minifigs of the most popular characters constructed as a result of the new partnership between LEGO Group and Warner Brothers.

Entertainment
by Tom_Carver
5 years ago
Weird Lego Products

LEGO, the traditional maker of building blocks and toy construction bricks for children, have a range of weird Lego bits available. These included all sorts of creepy crawling bugs and strange scary minifigure heads. Spin off Lego products like radios and ice cubes have little to do with this famous toy but they are for sale along with the awful Lego candy which is sure to encourage children to put small parts in their mouth.

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