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Hello, I am Jane Coward and I have worked for PiciScan as an administrator since September 2013. The role has turned out to be very different from that which I initially imagined requiring night classes in web design and furthering my knowledge of other programs but I enjoy bringing my creativity into the workplace by writing most of the blog posts and taking the photos to illustrate them.


Last updated: Monday 14th December 2015

Christmas 2015

Christmas 2015

Posted: 14 December 2015

It’s nearly the time of year to be going up into the loft and bringing down all the Christmas decorations, locating the tree and seeing if those lights from last year still work, or if you need to buy any more...

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Remembrance Day 2015

Remembrance Day 2015

Posted: 27 November 2015

November is a particularly poignant time for remembering those lost in war; we tend to think of remembrance as focussing on both World Wars, but in reality, conflict has never gone away and we are assailed daily by disturbing images from Syria...

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Summer Closure

Summer Closure

Posted: 13 July 2015

From tomorrow until the third of August, PiciScan will be closed, while we take a well earned break from preserving precious memories ...

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sepia

Sepia

Posted: 25 June 2015

Nowadays it is easy to transform any photograph you take on a digital device from coloured into black and white, add unusual tones or transform it to look like...

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pearl anniversary

Pearl Anniversary

Posted: 18 June 2015

Next year will be my husband's and my 30th Wedding Anniversary. Surprisingly he looked it up on the computer and informed me that it will be our Pearl! He then...

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what floats your boat

What Floats Your Boat?

Posted: 11 June 2015

Taking a picture is a bit like the proverbial “chicken & egg” question, are you taking a picture because photography is your passion or is the subject matter...

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personal picture

Personal Picture

Posted: 04 June 2015

Since I got a new camera and did the night class on how to use it plus the good feedback I have received regarding my photographs I had this idea to try to take...

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our customers

Our Customers

Posted: 28 May 2015

The most important person that PiciScan cares about is you! After all, if it were not for you we would not exist so we would like to take this opportunity to...

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disc negatives

Disc Negatives

Posted: 21 May 2015

Do you have any of these kind of negatives at home? To find the ones I have in the photo I had to do quite a bit of rummaging around for and finally found...

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rspb 111st anniversary

RSPB 111st Anniversary

Posted: 14 May 2015

Just like Bilbo Baggins who celebrated his "Eleventy first" birthday the RSPB has its 111th anniversary this year of when it was granted its Royal Charter...

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vhs tapes but no player

VHS Tapes But No Player

Posted: 07 May 2015

We all have them don't we? Old VHS tapes that we took with those huge cameras back in the day, probably recording onto mini tapes too. We then laboriously...

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black and white photos

Black And White Photos

Posted: 30 April 2015

Colour photos certainly have a vibrancy to them and we are so used to seeing them that when we come across black and white photos it can stop us in our tracks...

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cutting down to size

Cutting Down To Size

Posted: 23 April 2015

Recently the good weather allowed my husband to drive over a friendly farmer's field with his trailer to this stack of tree trunks. The trees had been blown...

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black sheeep of the familys

Black Sheep of the Family

Posted: 16 April 2015

Have you been doing some research into your family tree and have come across a relative who was the black sheep of the family? No doubt that your interest has been piqued...

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close up

Close Up

Posted: 9 April 2015

On the photography course I did recently we all wanted to learn more about our cameras and how to use them but our choice of subject matter differed greatly…

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holiday memories

Holiday Memories

Posted: 26 March 2015

Seeing a picture of a Scrabble board reminds me of a wonderful caravan holiday during my childhood with my parents and older sister. It was down in St. Ives and…

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slide cleaning

Slide Cleaning

Posted: 19 March 2015

You have decided to have your precious slides digitally scanned and you have looked at the different scanning packages that are on offer. Some include cleaning…

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spring cleaning

Spring Cleaning

Posted: 12 March 2015

Spring has arrived as even here in the north of England I have seen snowdrops, daffodils and crocus growing. There are even a few lambs in the fields although the…

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a walk in the woods

A Walk In The Woods

Posted: 05 March 2015

Perhaps the crisp weather drove you outside to enjoy a walk in the woods recently and you took your camera or phone with you. There must have been many...

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1657 chocolate house

1657 Chocolate House

Posted: 26 February 2015

PiciScan is proud to be located in Kendal, a town which has a long history. Part of the historical record is in the buildings that we can see today.

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planning a wedding

Planning A Wedding

Posted: 12 February 2015

Valentine's Day is approaching and it is that time of year when Wedding Fayres pop up at hotels. Are you planning your wedding for later this year or sometime…

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family tree

Family Tree

Posted: 29 January 2015

Researching into your family tree is generally something that people get interested in as they mature. Perhaps the spark ignited after the loss of an…

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medium format going the way of the dodo

Medium Format - Going The Way Of The Dodo

Posted: 22 January 2015

Everything has its time in the limelight and may then go onto being improved upon or left by the wayside. But, like this DeLorean, there are people who enjoy…

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christmas quiz

Christmas Quiz

Posted: 18 Dec 2014

As part of the festive season we offer a photography based coffee time quiz for you to enjoy. There are no prizes apart from the odd chuckle or two - we hope!

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christmas closing

Christmas Closing

Posted: 11 Dec 2014

Here at PiciScan we are taking a break over the Christmas and New Year holidays. We will close at 5pm on Friday 19th December 2014 and reopen at 9.30 am on...

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the box brownie camera

The Box Brownie Camera

Posted: 04 Dec 2014

In 1885 George Eastman invented roll film which was to replace the glass plates that had previously been used in big cumbersome cameras. Roll film or...

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torn negatives

Torn Negatives

Posted: 27 Nov 2014

Do you have any negatives that are in this state? Can you see what is on them? Are they precious?

Negatives are such flimsy things which, if not cared for can end...

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remembering grandad

Remembering Grandad

Posted: 20 Nov 2014

Recently my daughter said to me that she had always been a bit afraid of my father when she was a small child and regrets not being able to know him now that…

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remembrance day

Remembrance Day

Posted: 13 Nov 2014

It is at this time every year that we think about the valiant soldiers, sailors and airmen that have given their lives in the service of their country.…

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christmas present dilemma

Christmas Present Dilemma

Posted: 06 Nov 2014

It's that time again - Christmas present shopping and you are stuck for ideas. There are some people who seem to have everything so just what do you get them?

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dealing with the loss of a loved one

Dealing With The Loss Of A Loved One

Posted: 23 Oct 2014

We all have to deal with the loss of a loved one at times during our life whether it be a near relative or good friend but there are some people who also have...

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kendal site history

Kendal Site History

Posted: 16 Oct 2014

PiciScan is very proud to be based in Kendal which has a history of many trades conducting their business here. Some firms which are still trading can trace ...

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water damage in the home

Water Damage in the Home

Posted: 9 Oct 2014

For the first time in my life, and hopefully the last, the washing machine flooded my kitchen last week. No soap suds but lots of water to remove with quick mop ...

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Bulk Order Discounts Come To PicScan

Posted: 11 Aug 2011

Thanks to the purchase of ANOTHER scanner, we are proud to announce that we now offer bulk order discounts through our scanning shop website. Negative scanning ...

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Slide Scanning At PiciScan's Getting Quicker

Posted: 21 Jul 2011

PiciScan is pleased to announce that we have recently purchased a Braun Photo Technik MultiMag Slidescan 4000, from the nice guys at Camera Shop ...

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VHS-C Home Video Conversion Feedback

Posted: 29 Mar 2011

Home video to DVD conversion is going well for us here at PiciScan just now. Probably helped by our great price, and free return delivery on all our orders ...

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Uses For Scanned Slides

Posted: 28 Jan 2011

Recently a customer asked us to scan her parents’ holiday photos. They showed particularly memorable holidays to two stunning locations. In conversation ...

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A Customer Provides Feedback On His Scanned Slides

Posted: 11 Jan 2011

Shortly before Christmas, PiciScan received an order from a customer asking for 220 slides to be scanned to a personalised DVD. His order qualified for our FREE ...

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Making Prices For Our Scanning Service as Transparent as Possible

Posted: 17 Dec 2010

It was a key principle, when setting up PiciScan, that all customers viewing our site would get the exact price that they would pay for our scanning service ...

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A Short Video Of How We Help Preserve Your Memories

Posted: 17 Dec 2010

A nice man at PiciFilms put this together for us. It’s quite short, but says more than we could in hundreds of words. Take a look ...

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Turn your favourite old photos into art

Posted: 17 Dec 2010

At PiciScan we scan pictures. It’s kind of in the name. What you do with your photographs or negatives once they have been digitised is entirely up to you ...

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"One happy customer," speaks

Posted: 16 Dec 2010

"Thank for your truly excellent service!! I will surely be referring you to my colleagues, family and friends. I received the DVDs today at 12pm, as promised ..."

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Making it as easy as possible for our customers

Posted: 15 Dec 2010

Right back at the beginning of the idea of PiciScan, I started thinking about how to make our services as easy to access as possible ...

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Why I started PiciScan

Posted: 15 Dec 2010

Last November, November 2009, there was widespread flooding in Cumbria. In Kendal, where I’m from, we didn’t get it nearly as bad as Burneside ...

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The Latest From our Scanning Blog

Christmas 2015

Christmas 2015

Posted: 14 December 2015

It’s nearly the time of year to be going up into the loft and bringing down all the Christmas decorations, locating the tree and seeing if those lights from last year still work, or if you need to buy any more...

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The Latest From our Web Design Blog

Box Sizing: Border-Box

Box Sizing: Border-Box

Posted: 24 March 2016

I first came across box-sizing: border-box when it cropped up in a temporary colleague's CSS. I found it pretty annoying when I picked up work that he'd started as it seemed to get in the way. This was because, as I said in a previous post on margin ...

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