Bank holiday history Posted On 17 April 2019

Every year there are eight bank holidays in England, Wales and Scotland – and ten in Northern Ireland. But why do we have them? The first legislation for bank holidays dates back to 1871 when Sir John Lubbock, a Liberal politician, introduced the ‘Bank Holidays Act 1871’. Lubbock was a keen Cricket fan and the …

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Lamb chops with chicory and purple broccoli served with wild garlic pesto and a creamy mustard sauce. Posted On 15 April 2019

Featuring lamb chops, chicory, purple sprouting broccoli and garlic pesto, this recipe makes the most of the great range of food that’s in season Serves 2 15 MINS PREP & COOK Six small or four large lamb chops 1 tsp oregano 1 tsp thyme 1 tsp rosemary 2 chicories 300g purple sprouting broccoli or tender …

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Wet weekend? No problem! Posted On 12 April 2019

One of the best things about spring and summer is that it can be easy to entertain kids as there are a range of outdoor activities you can do in the glorious sunshine. However, wet-free weekends are not always guaranteed. Here are some ideas on how to keep your little ones entertained when the weather …

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How to deep clean your garage and keep it organised for good Posted On 10 April 2019

With spring well and truly here, why not give your life a spring clean too? One area of a tidy and organised home that often gets overlooked is the garage. Here are some tips on how to not only spring clean your garage but to help keep it organised throughout the rest of the year. …

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The day we caught the train… Posted On 08 April 2019

Now that the days are becoming warmer and longer, you might be planning a day trip out. You don’t, however, need to travel via car to get there. There are many interesting places to visit up and down the UK that you can travel to, simply by hopping on a train! 2-for-1 entry In an …

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DIY top tips to stay safe this spring Posted On 05 April 2019

Springtime tends to see an increase in hospital visits after a rise in DIY related accidents With the longer days and dryer weather, it’s the perfect time to get started on those DIY jobs. When done safely and with the right equipment, DIY, or ‘do it yourself’, is a great option for small jobs around …

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Avengers Endgame: Who will survive? Posted On 03 April 2019

This April, the biggest ensemble superhero film ever made, Avengers: Endgame, will bring to a close a story eleven years in the making, and is set to reveal the fates of the much-loved superheroes The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) has ruled the box office every year since its first film in 2008. It features 20 …

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Improve your home on a budget Posted On 01 April 2019

Making improvements to your home doesn’t need to cost you a small fortune. With a touch of imagination and a little hard work, there are many ways you can re-style your home on a budget   Upcycle your existing furniture Before you ditch your dated furniture and replace it with new, there are many ways …

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EU to stop the clocks changing, but what does it have to do with Coldplay? Posted On 29 March 2019

The clocks usually go forward an hour on the last Sunday of March and then back an hour on the last Sunday of October as part of Daylight Saving Time (DST) – so don’t forget to put your clocks forward an hour this Sunday! The clock change was introduced during WW1 by Germany, to save …

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Smart technology for the home Posted On 27 March 2019

In-home smart technology is becoming increasingly popular, and here we explain why   Technology and its development have, to an extent, defined the modern age in which we live. Almost everything we do is in some way determined by technology. Over the past ten years, smart technology has been growing faster. It has settled down …

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Vegan recipes ideas Posted On 25 March 2019

The biggest food craze at the moment is vegan, with many opting for a vegan diet. Here are some great recipe ideas – whether you’re a full-time or part-time vegan!   Margherita Pizza Vegans don’t need to miss out on the joys of pizza with this vegan friendly margherita pizza   500g strong white bread …

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World’s most expensive cities revealed Posted On 22 March 2019

UK cities have risen up the list, but it’s a three-way tie at the top for the most expensive cities in the world!   This year, for the first time in its thirty-year history, the Economist Intelligence Unit’s (EIU) Worldwide Cost-of-Living Survey has Paris, Singapore and Hong Kong in joint place at number one.   …

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The meaning of hygge.. Posted On 20 March 2019

With stress levels rising in many countries around the world, how have the Danes managed to top the polls as the happiest people on the planet?  One of the major reasons is attributed to Hygge; but what is it?     Hygge (pronounced Hue-Guh) is a Danish word which is used to describe a special …

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Road to UEFA EURO 2020 Posted On 18 March 2019

March 2019 sees the start of the qualifying fixtures for the UEFA EURO 2020, with the qualifying fixtures running up until November 2019     Next year’s tournament will see some changes to the competition including the tournament being hosted in 12 countries with the final taking place at Wembley Stadium. None of the 12 …

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St Patrick’s Day celebrations! Posted On 15 March 2019

On Sunday 17th March, St Patrick’s Day will be upon us and it seems that everyone – not just the Irish – celebrate this day, including in other countries as far away as the US and Australia.  So, who was St Patrick?     St Patrick was a Christian missionary given credit with converting Ireland …

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The best fruit and vegetables to grow in your own garden Posted On 13 March 2019

Spring is generally considered the best time of the year to start sowing your vegetables and fruits, so here’s our guide to sowing some of the most popular edibles in your own garden or balcony     Garlic   There isn’t much space required to grow your garlic. Simply plant each garlic clove alongside each …

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Perfect gifts for her Posted On 11 March 2019

With Mother’s Day coming up on 31st March, here we feature some of our favourite finds that are sure to make her smile!     Sanctuary Spa Be Kind To Yourself Gift A trio of indulgent moisturisers to help transform skin from being thirsty, to super hydrated, soft and supple. Includes: Body Butter 50ml, Wet …

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