A Christmas cake delight! Posted On 22 November 2019

Baking your own Christmas cake is a must-do to help you get in the festive spirit. Involve the kids to make it a family affair! Our editor shares her family recipe so you can create your own special, family, memories   Ingredients 350g plain flour 1 tsp mixed spice 100g ground almonds 1 eating apple, …

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Let the countdown begin! Posted On 20 November 2019

Count down the days to Christmas in style. Here we feature our top picks for kids and adults alike (plus something for the pooch too!)   1. This limited time only, online exclusive, contains £50 worth of products to please any stationery enthusiast. You can expect to find notebooks, pens & pencils, a Paperchase voucher …

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The Davis Cup Posted On 18 November 2019

  Tennis’ Davis Cup is the ultimate team tennis event. Run by the ITF, it is the World Cup of Tennis As of this years’ tournament, the format has changed, so it is now an 18-team event at the end of the season taking place in Madrid over one week. They divide the 18 teams …

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Farm conversion wins House of the Year award Posted On 15 November 2019

It doesn’t look anything special. In fact, it looks like an undistinguished farm building. But House Lessans, the carefully-worked conversion of a barn and a shed into a modernist family home built on a very tight budget in the hills of Co Down, Northern Ireland, has been revealed as House of the Year by the …

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Stephen King – The Institute: Book review Posted On 13 November 2019

Having recently celebrated his 72nd birthday, King released his 61st novel last month. Along with ten short story collections and five non-fiction books, he has written more books than years he’s been on this world. Stephen King is the living author with the most film adaptations to his name. You may know the obvious ones …

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Kit out your kitchen Posted On 11 November 2019

With the kitchen one of the hubs of the home, it’s key to ensure that you have the right tools to make it fully functional. Having these to hand will ensure you cook up a storm in no time! Here’s what you should have – and why. 1. Worktop savers These might not quite do …

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Market Leaders Posted On 08 November 2019

‘tis the season for Christmas markets and here’s a selection from home and abroad ‘yule’ go wild for! It may be hard to accept that the most magical time of year is just around the corner; but it is, and if you need a helping hand to start embracing the Yuletide spirit – or kick-start …

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Bring the outside, in Posted On 06 November 2019

It’s a trend that is growing in popularity. More of us  are embracing the great outdoors and bringing it inside the home. Create your own nature-inspired interior with our top tips. Floral and botanical patterns Inject a woodland feel into your home by adding floral or botanical patterns. Whether that is with a bold wallpaper, …

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Hamilton’s masterclass puts the seal on a golden era for British sport Posted On 04 November 2019

Lewis Hamilton’s sixth world drivers’ championship, duly confirmed at the United States Grand Prix on Sunday, confirms his place on the front row of the grid of Formula One legends. It also marks a milestone for British, and certainly English, sport. The latest world crown for Hamilton completes another processional year for the Mercedes team …

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A guide to staying safe on Bonfire night Posted On 01 November 2019

Bonfire night can be one of the most exciting nights of the year and for very good reason. It’s a night filled with pretty firework displays, traditional bonfire treats and cosy hot drinks. However, it’s important to stay safe. Whether you’re attending a firework display or celebrating at home, it’s important to remember that there …

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How smart is your smart meter? Posted On 30 October 2019

Over 14 million smart meters have been installed in the UK so far, but there are still tens of millions to do before the full roll out has been completed. Back in 2009, the British government announced a plan to update Britain’s energy metering system and install smart meters throughout the UK by 2020. This …

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Medics give England coach good news ahead of World Cup final bid Posted On 28 October 2019

Eddie Jones’ sunny disposition after England’s ruthless dismissal of New Zealand in their Rugby World Cup semi-final on Saturday shows no sign of diminishing Beating the All Blacks, unbeaten in the competition since 2007, was never going to be a walk in the park. From the moment England defiantly faced down the Haka with a …

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It’s time to save time and put the clocks back Posted On 25 October 2019

Daylight Savings Time (DST) ends at 2am on Sunday If you remember to put all your timepieces back an hour before you go to bed on Saturday, you can roll over and make the most of the extra hour in bed. If you forget, it’s time to stare blankly at the central heating control panel, …

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Time to make your move? Posted On 23 October 2019

From meter readings to removal companies, here’s our checklist of what to do when you move Although it’s an exciting step, moving home can also be one of the most stressful things you can do. However, careful organisation and planning can help the process go smoother – so read on! 8 Weeks – Research Ideally, …

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England ruthlessly dispatch Australia to qualify for the semi-finals Posted On 21 October 2019

First Rugby World Cup semi-final for 12 years, for Eddie Jones’s team England were impressive, as they blew away a spirited Australia side on Saturday. Eddie Jones’s team worked tirelessly and were organised in defence, providing their best performance at this years’ Rugby World Cup, when they needed it the most. The game started frantically, …

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Spooktacular soup! Posted On 18 October 2019

If you’re planning on carving pumpkins this Halloween, make the most of the whole pumpkin! There are plenty of recipes out there to try, but we love this soup which uses both the flesh and seeds Pumpkin & lentil soup Serves 4 Kcals per serving: 233 Suitable for vegetarians and gluten free Ingredients • 1 …

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Keep cosy in style this winter! Posted On 16 October 2019

Don’t let the cold keep you indoors. Snuggle up against the elements in soft chunky knits and stylish accessories. Here are our faves.. 1. Squirrel Print Hat & Mittens Set With this cute crocheted hat and matching mittens, they’ll be ready for splashing through all the puddles! Featuring ribbed cuffs, fora snuggly mitten fit. Embellished …

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Shrieks ahead! Posted On 14 October 2019

Grab your broomsticks, it’s Halloween! Here’show to keep your little coven spellbound and the not-so-little monsters in your life cackling at some of Britain’s top haunts. Apparently, we have the Celts to thank for Halloween and its creepy traditions. According to some scholars, the last day of October marked the end of the Celtic calendar …

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Typhoon wreaks havoc on sporting events Posted On 11 October 2019

Typhoon Hagibis is gathering force and ready, not only to batter Japan and provide a significant threat to life and property, but also to put a real dampener on this weekend’s sporting calendar The devastating tropical storm, expected to be the worst to hit the region this year, has already put the Rugby World Cup …

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Be inspired by autumn’s new colour trends Posted On 09 October 2019

The bedroom Ochre is a beautiful mustard yellow that is taking the high-street by storm, and it’s perfect for brightening up a room while adding a cosy feel of autumn too.  Either opt for block colour or items featuring it as hints of colour. There are a whole host of ways of incorporating ochre into …

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