Indie traders proving lockdown may not mean slowdown Posted On 01 April 2020

The Coronavirus outbreak has dealt business a blow with the unprecedented lockdown demanded by government sparking panic buying and giving the economy more jitters than a dodgy curry. And when big brands batten down the hatches with their gloomy forecasts, the common perception is that small independent traders will feel more than the pinch as …

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Keep calm and carry on; it’s the British way Posted On 30 March 2020

Keeping a stiff upper lip. It’s something for which the British are renowned: stoically battling on in the face of adversity, jaws clenched, teeth gritted, a resolute expression, a statement of intent For example, think of that symbol of defiance, Sir Francis Drake continuing his game of bowls as the might of the Spanish Armada …

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Apps to help you keep in touch with loved ones Posted On 27 March 2020

Being away from friends and family can be tough, however, with apps such as Whatsapp, Facebook and Skype, there are ways you can keep some semblance of normal life and keep up to date with loved ones   Whatsapp Whatsapp is predominantly a messaging app, however, with Whatsapp, you can send pictures and videos using …

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The world is virtually at your fingertips Posted On 25 March 2020

If you think your chances of an Easter trip to Paris to see the treasures of the Louvre have been scuppered by the coronavirus lockdown, you’re wrong. Similarly, if you’ve always wanted to visit the world-famous Smithsonian in Washington but have never found the time, well, now you can… and you won’t have to break …

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Keep the kids busy Posted On 24 March 2020

With most children in Britain off school, we thought we would look at some of the ways people are keeping them busy…   Health & Fitness Over 800,000 people tuned in to Joe Wick’s first YouTube live PE session on Monday morning. The fitness influencer first announced he was going to be holding virtual workouts …

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Your home finances during COVID-19 Posted On 23 March 2020

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, alongside Boris Johnson, has announced an unprecedented package to support families and businesses With the coronavirus pandemic shutting down normal day-to-day life for a huge number of Britons, the government has introduced measures to keep families secure in their homes and the economy intact.   Job Retention Scheme …

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The true meaning of Mothers Day Posted On 23 March 2020

Mother’s Day has long been known as the day when we show love and gratitude to the women who raised us; whether that be by presenting them with flowers or a box of chocolates. But just where did the tradition come from? There are several days throughout the year that have tradition etched on them; …

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Blockbuster movies coming early to your living room… Posted On 20 March 2020

The film industry is fighting back with the promise of early video-on-demand releases of some of the hottest blockbusters right now, to keep you entertained in your own home! Sky and NBC Universal have announced a partnership so that when a movie is released in the cinema, it will be available in Sky Store on …

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Add new life to your home Posted On 18 March 2020

Update your interior by adding style and colour; it’s one of the easiest ways to freshen up the look and feel of your home. Have the right tools Using the best – and the right – tools, such as brushes, paint and rollers are key to getting the finish just right. Now that doesn’t mean …

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Reap what you sow Posted On 16 March 2020

With plant-based diets on the increase, now might be the time to dig up the lawn and grow your own vegetables. Years ago, it was highly unusual for homeowners not to have a vegetable patch. Whether it was just a strip running alongside the lawn or turning the whole garden into a backyard allotment, post-war …

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Government’s tax and spending plans revealed in Budget Posted On 13 March 2020

Delivering his first Budget in the House of Commons, Chancellor Rishi Sunak laid out the government’s plans for the year ahead. Housing & transport links By mid-2025, more than £600bn is set to be spent on transport links such as roads and rail, plus housing and broadband. £27bn of that will be set aside for …

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Better by spa Posted On 11 March 2020

Luxury or a modern-day necessity?Spa breaks are becoming the norm to treat mind, body… and your mum! If your vision of a spa session involves a face pack and a slice of cucumber over each eye, then we’re raising a carefully-trimmed eyebrow in despair. Similarly, if it involves waddling around in a fluffy white towelling …

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England clinch first Triple Crown since 2016 Posted On 09 March 2020

England beat Wales in the Six Nations to keep the title race alive with one game left to play. England’s third victory since defeat on the first day means they sit atop of the Six Nations table, level on points with France after Scotland’s impressive 28-17 win on Sunday. It took England five minutes to …

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What to consider when moving for a new job Posted On 06 March 2020

Whether it be a career change or a promotion, one day you may be required to up-sticks and leave your comfortable surroundings… With high-speed internet the world has gotten smaller; however, it may still lead to big changes when it comes to your career. One of these may be a move to a new city …

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What to consider when replacing your windows and doors Posted On 04 March 2020

New windows and doors can not only keep your house warmer over winter but also save you thousands of pounds in the long run. If you are looking into new windows and doors this year, the range on offer can confuse; as can the regulations implemented back in 2002. It is no longer as simple …

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Cleaning hacks you can’t live without Posted On 02 March 2020

Thanks to the likes of Mrs. Hinch, giving your house a spring clean in preparation for selling or for house viewings has never been easier. Here we’ve compiled a few of our favourite cleaning hacks to make the cleaning process easy and cost effective; some of the tips may surprise you!   Shaving foam That’s …

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Happy birthday at last Posted On 28 February 2020

It’s a leap year, when every four years we get an extra day in February. But what does that mean, particularly for those born on February 29? The celebrated English actor Joss Ackland, who has appeared in more than 130 film and TV roles, is 23 next month. Darren Ambrose, the former Colchester United, Ipswich …

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Show your garden some love Posted On 26 February 2020

It’s hard to imagine anything lovable about your garden this month. It’s cold, damp and that bare, bedraggled, weather-battered mess you see from your window bears no resemblance to the vibrant, verdant, perfumed patch of horticultural perfection you lovingly nurtured last summer. Those ornamental trees you bought for their eerie sculptural forms during the winter have …

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England force their way back into the Six Nations title race Posted On 24 February 2020

Dominant win for Eddie Jones’ men against Ireland on Sunday blows open the 2020 Six Nations England ended Ireland’s Grand Slam hopes on a wet and windy Sunday afternoon at Twickenham after an error-prone performance from Ireland. Ireland invited U2 frontman, Bono, into their camp during the build-up, but their performance was neither the Sweetest …

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Vegan mac ‘n’ cheese Posted On 21 February 2020

If you missed out on trying Veganuary, have no fear; here we feature a tempting recipe that’s sure to whet your appetite (and the rest of the family too) Preparation time: 15 minutes Cooking time: 20 minutes (plus overnight soaking) Serves: 6 Nutrition: 686kcal per serving Ingredients 160g raw cashews 200g carrots, peeled and cut …

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