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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The Brits: who won what? Posted On 19 February 2020

Now in it’s 40th year, there has always been some controversy when it comes to the Brits, with this year’s event no exception with the furore over the lack of female nominees. But who won big last night? Hosted by comedian Jack Whitehall for the third year running, the 40th Brit Awards ceremony took place …

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How to find property love that lasts Posted On 17 February 2020

If you build something up too much you just may set yourself up for disappointment. Try to go into any property viewing with an open mind. Your favourite property may disappoint, while the one you didn’t want to view could be perfect. And your perfect home will probably be the most expensive thing you ever …

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The history of Valentines Day Posted On 14 February 2020

  For many, 14th of February will involve making romantic plans with a loved one. But where does Valentine’s Day originate from? The name Valentine itself comes from a Saint and Christian martyr, although who he was is shrouded in mystery; just like the cards we send today. However, the most popular belief is that …

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Oscars 2020: Non-English film clinches Best Picture Posted On 12 February 2020

  “Parasite” received four awards at this year’s Oscars, including the prestigious Best Picture award: making it the first time that a non-English language film has done so. The 92nd Academy Awards honoured the best films of the year, with the event taking place at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. Presented by the Academy of Motion …

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Its a knockout! Posted On 10 February 2020

The Champions League returns with the ‘Last 16’ games kicking off this month and running through to the 18th March. Chelsea, Tottenham, Liverpool and Manchester City are all hoping to make it through to the last eight; however, Europe’s elite squads stand in their way. Chelsea Frank Lampard’s Chelsea are at a crossroads. Still in …

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Flights of fancy Posted On 07 February 2020

Forget the hearts and flowers. Chuck the chocolates in the bin. The road to your loved one’s heart is not in the clichéd, but more likely in an airport terminal. Because nothing says modern romance quite like: “Get your case. We’re off.” It may be Valentine’s Day this month, but early February isn’t generally the …

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Is a vegan diet the new way forward? Posted On 05 February 2020

Since 2014, more than half a million people in 178 countries have been inspired by the Veganuary movement; ditching dairy and meat in favour of plant-based foods. But how healthy is it to be a vegan A UK non-profit organisation, Veganuary encourages people to go vegan for the month of January as a way of …

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The day the underdogs bared their teeth from Paris to Miami Posted On 03 February 2020

Patrick Mahomes was telling anyone within earshot that he was going to Disney World – but only after the Kansas City Chiefs’ quarterback had finished with dreamland Mahomes at least was in the right geographical location for a celebratory trip, the Chiefs producing a stunning final quarter comeback in Miami, Florida to floor the San …

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Growth in house prices Posted On 31 January 2020

According to the latest Nationwide house price index, UK house price growth has risen to 1.9%, up from 1.4% in December. This growth is welcome news for the property sector – especially as prior to December, annual growth had been below 1% for 12 successive months. “Indicators of UK economic activity were fairly volatile for …

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The NTA results are in! Posted On 29 January 2020

The 25th National Television Awards ceremony took place last night and there were no surprises as to who won Best Presenter… At a packed out O2 arena, Tuesday night’s glittering award ceremony recognising talent within TV, took place. And they’ll be no surprises that the award of Best Presenter went to Ant and Dec – …

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The NTA results are in! Posted On 29 January 2020

The 25th National Television Awards ceremony took place last night and there were no surprises as to who won Best Presenter… At a packed out O2 arena, Tuesday night’s glittering award ceremony recognising talent within TV, took place. And they’ll be no surprises that the award of Best Presenter went to Ant and Dec – …

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Prepare your garden for spring Posted On 27 January 2020

Whether it’s weeding, pruning, clearing leaves or decorating your garden, it’s important to dig in now in order to enjoy your garden in the spring and summer months Clean up flower beds & borders Begin by removing any fallen leaves and debris from flower beds, lawns, pathways and ponds that have accumulated throughout winter. Once …

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Optimism in property market increases Posted On 24 January 2020

Since the election back in December, recent statistics have shown that there has been increased optimism in the property market from buyers and sellers alike. Between the period 8th December and 11th January, almost 65,000 properties were marketed. And with the election having been held on 12th December, many of these were marketed after the …

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Incorporating the basics of feng shui into your home Posted On 22 January 2020

Feng shui can easily be incorporated into any home, creating a better quality of energy. So, just what is feng shui? Developed over 3,000 years ago in China, Feng shui teaches people how they can balance the energies in any space with the arrangement of objects. This could be a home, office or garden. In …

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Cheapest supermarket of 2019 revealed Posted On 20 January 2020

Sainsbury’s has been crowned as the cheapest supermarket. A study by the Which? Consumer group revealed that the supermarket chain came top after tracking thousands of branded grocery prices across the six major supermarket chains throughout 2019. The data was collected by monitoring online pricing of branded items that were available in all supermarket chains; …

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Enjoy a takeaway the healthy way! Posted On 17 January 2020

Vegetable curry You don’t need to give up your curry nights just yet; stay on track with your healthy eating plan with this low-fat, vegetarian dish. Preparation time: 10 minutes Cooking time: 35 minutes Serves: 4 Nutrition: 207kcal per serving   Ingredients 1-2 tbsp red Thai curry paste 500ml low-sodium vegetable stock 2 onions, chopped …

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