Feature Part 14! Looking Back On what Was a Lovely Spring & Summer and giving thanks for that and the amazing companies and services who contribute so much to human progress and happiness!

Go, go, go! Havaianas accelerates summer vibes with Sahara Force India F1® Team Havaianas is proud to announce its fun and cool new partnership The ‘original flip-flop’ brand continues its […]

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Go, go, go! Havaianas accelerates summer vibes with Sahara Force India F1® Team

Havaianas is proud to announce its fun and cool new partnership

The ‘original flip-flop’ brand continues its mission of spreading the joy of Brazilian summer with a surprise sponsorship of Sahara Force India F1®Team.

Born out of social listening, the deal with Force India will see vibrant on-car branding on the team’s Halo device – designed to be a protection for the drivers and a perfect place to fit the Havaianas logo due to the similarity to the shape of flip-flop straps!

Inside and outside of the Paddock, there have been many debates surrounding the halo add-on for Formula One cars. But there is one thing that everyone has agreed on: the halo is a dead ringer for the straps of a flip-flop! And what could be more synonymous for flip-flops than Havaianas?

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“Together with Force India we have come up with an eye-catching design on the car’s halo, which was the logical place to place our logo.” says Márcio Utsch, CEO of Alpargatas, Havaianas.

Brazilians, fans of Havaianas, and the world took to the internet to comment on the similarities between the halo design and a flip-flop thong, starting conversations on Twitter and encouraging race teams to join forces with the ‘original flip-flop’.

Fortunately, Havaianas was listening and the ‘love brand of Brazil’ took action. Surprising its consumers by answering their humorous request, and taking the opportunity to infuse their colourful and energetic attitude with Force India F1 Team

“At Havaianas, we pride ourselves on listening to the fans of our brand and over the few months we have seen more and more people associating our flips-flops with the new Halo across social media.” Márcio Utsch adds.

Havaianas is always excited about summer because for this youthful, fun-loving brand, it’s more than just a season. Summertime is when everything becomes more colourful, warmer and happier; and it’s this fun factor that the ‘original flip-flop’ wants to introduce into Formula One fans.

“This is huge news for Havaianas. We want to bring our fun and cool vibe to Formula One and the opportunity presented by the Force India team really grabbed our attention.” says Utsch.

And the feeling is definitely mutual: “We are delighted to bring Havaianas into Formula One. Where better than the halo to carry the famous Havaianas logo? It’s a savvy move by this loved Brazilian brand, which will bring a touch of the beach to the paddock throughout the season. We have always been an adventurous team with our marketing efforts, and after introducing the pink livery in 2017 we hope this partnership will appeal to all fun-loving F1 fans in 2018.” Havaianas’ collabs are a long and enviable list of cool, energetic brands like Star Wars, Sony, Missoni and Disney. Today, the iconic flip-flop brand aims to surprise and delight its fans (and the world!) with unprecedented partnerships and by keeping the opinions of its consumers at the forefront of everything it does.

March 23rd (opening weekend of the 2018 season in Australia) will mark the launch of the partnership, which will continue for several races during the nine-month Formula One season.

“We are looking forward to engaging with Formula One fans at races around the world throughout the year, so stay tuned for some exciting developments.” enthuses Alpargatas’ Utsch.

So, Formula One lovers and flip-flop fans can look forward to catching a glimpse of the playful partnership at many of the exhilarating races to come in the months ahead!

Photos: James Moy

 

 

Baselworld and Formex Swiss Watches: Our Perspective By CEO Raphael Granito

Why you won’t find us at Baselworld.

You may have recently read a variety of articles reporting on the dramatic changes in the world’s most important watch fair.

These changes have been building over the past few years and should be worrying for organisers as the numbers speak very clearly. 2017 saw a decrease of 200 exhibitors from the previous year and this year, another whopping 600 exhibitors decided not to join the show, effectively cutting last year’s numbers in half.

With the Swiss watch industry recovering from its recent crisis, and markets like China and the US growing once again, one might ask what the reasons are for such a decline in the number of companies exhibiting at Baselworld. Despite the industry being upbeat about its recent recovery, the retail landscape has changed significantly, and the times when 30 percent of a brand’s total production was sold to distributors and retail partners in Basel are over. Thanks to rapid digitalisation, customers are much more informed and thus more sensitive to pricing today. This forces the brands to rethink pricing strategies to reach a better match between pricing and offering.

A further effect caused by a more digitalised customer base is the need to communicate and engage with consumers about the brand’s activities year-round. The constant access to quick information requires brands to present new models and collections throughout the year and “feed” the blogs and watch aficionados with new content. This requires a higher frequency of new developments and a shorter time to market for the brands.

The ease of digital communication and the decreasing costs of global travel have also led to a decrease in the importance of big fairs like Baselworld to facilitate the interaction between brands and their retail partners.

A recent article by Revolution’s Wei Koh (https://www.revolution.watch/will-baselworld-continue-to-exist/) titled “Will Basel World Continue to Exist?” also points out many of the shortcomings of the fair in comparison with its relatively new competitor the Salon SIHH (Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie) in Geneva. He writes from his perspective as a watch journalist and complains about simple hotel rooms in Basel costing triple the regular price during the fair; slow or no Wi-Fi to upload live stories for his readers; as well as brand stands that are only accessible for retail partners and not open to the public. SIHH does things a bit differently and offers free Wi-Fi, well-lit photo booths purposely built for social media photography, work stations for journalists and a generally more open and friendly attitude towards visitors.

What about Formex?

At the end of 2016 we changed our business model completely by building an award-winning e-commerce site for our brand and selling exclusively direct-to-consumer. This had the very welcome side-effect of eliminating retail margins and led to the possibility of offering our watches at a much more competitive price and therefore passing the savings on to our customers. All this, while including super-fast shipping, taxes and duties and free returns in almost every country in the world.

While trade shows undoubtedly have prestige they are also about presenting the brand and its new models to existing and potential retail partners. They also give journalists sneak peaks and presentations on new models so they can inform the public.

For us at Formex we have no need to lure in new retail partners. We would much rather invest the resources we save on shows like Baselworld and put them into product development and improving our customer experience even further.

Contrary to what most people would think, going exclusively online has brought us much closer to our customers and we enjoy the personal contact we have with them on a daily basis. The market feedback on our products also became much faster than it used to be. Customers are more able to share their experiences with us and therefore help us understand what they need without the barrier of a brick and mortar retailer.

However, we do participate at smaller shows that are targeted at the final customer. For instance, the Wind Up Watch Fair by Worn & Wound in San Francisco this May, where we were able to interact with our customers in person and share our passion for watchmaking was a great experience.

Find out more about Formex Swiss Watches, their brand ambassadors and experience their watches with their virtual app: www.formexwatch.com or follow them @formexwatch on Twitter and Instagram

Dr. Nancy Irwin – Addiction Specialist & Primary Therapist at Seasons Recovery Centers

Dr. Nancy Irwin is a highly sought after addiction therapist who specializes in hypnotherapy, as well as other holistic approaches for treating addictive behaviors, sexual abuse recovery, and other traumas.

Dr. Irwin is also the author of YOU-TURN: Changing Direction in Midlife (2008), a collection of “over 40 stories of people over 40” who made amazing transitions in midlife and has been featured in a wide variety of media outlets including CNN, CNBC, Fox, and MSNBC.

Dr. Irwin experienced an epiphany when she began volunteering for Children of the Night, a shelter for sexually abused children in Los Angeles. This experience awoke the healer in Dr. Irwin, prompting her to pursue a doctorate in psychology at California Southern University with a specialty focus on the prevention and healing of sexual abuse. Dr. Irwin graduated from the Hypnosis Motivation Institute in Tarzana, California, in 2003, with honors and the Director’s Award.

She is a member of the American Hypnosis Association, the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers, the California Psychological Association, the Los Angeles County Psychological Association, and she is a Diplomate in the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress.

A certified practitioner of EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), Time Line Therapy, and Emotion Free Therapy, Dr. Irwin tailors each client’s treatment to effect the most rapid transformation possible. Dr. Irwin’s academic accomplishments, life experience, and personal approach together enable her to provide clients with a unique treatment experience.

Dr. Irwin currently serves as a Primary Therapist & Certified Hypnotherapist at Seasons Recovery Centers in Los Angeles, California.

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NOW THAT’S WHAT I CALL MUSIC! releases NOW 99

Release date 23 March 2018

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The countdown to the UK’s biggest celebration of pop music NOW 100 starts right here as NOW Music release its poptastic predecessor NOW 99 on Friday 23 March 2018. Undoubtedly the biggest music brand in the world and the creators of the UK’s pop music soundtrack of the past 35 years, NOW Music have set the music agenda for decades and 2018 is no different, with this summer seeing the arrival of the monumental NOW 100.

Since NOW 1 which featured 28 artists and sold 1.1 million copies in 1983, NOW has become the nation’s favourite music brand, with over 1978 artists appearing on 99 volumes with 120 million sales over 35 years. Every British home owns, on average, over four NOW albums. Last year NOW sales were beaten only by Ed Sheeran’s chart-topping Divide.

NOW99 is set to become a chart topper with 45 of the biggest hits of the past few months including Rudimental feat. Jess Glynne, Macklemore & Dan Caplen These Days, Dua Lipa’s IDGAF, Taylor Swift’s …Ready For It and BRIT winner Stormzy feat. MNEK Blinded By Your Grace, Pt. 2, together with some newly released tracks which will no doubt climb the charts in the coming weeks Sigala feat. Paloma Faith’s Lullaby and Portugal the Man’s Feel It Still.

NOW 99 sees a record number of debuts including Ramz Barking, Dave ft. MoStack No Words and Not3s ft. Mabel My Lover, and making a welcome return are music legends U2, who make their 20th NOW appearance with You’re The Best Thing About Me. Kylie Minogue is making her 24th appearance with Dancing; she made her debut on NOW 11 with I Should Be So lucky back in 1988. After 13 years, Oasis are back on NOW 99 with Live Forever after Liam Gallagher’s tribute during the Brit Awards for the victims of the Manchester bombing tragedy in 2017.

Steve Pritchard, Co- Managing Director, NOW Music said: “What’s incredibly gratifying about NOW 99 is the amount of new, especially British, talent getting a platform. In much the same way as their brilliance at this year’s Brits arguably took the likes of Stormzy and Dua Lipa to another level in their careers, inclusion in a NOW album can herald a catchy song becoming a classic, or an artist joining the pantheon of British pop music history: and the inclusion of artists such as Tom Walker and Mabel, who even has two tracks on this NOW 99 album is an extremely welcome sign that they’re about to take the next step.”

You can also listen to this album and more via the NOW Music App www.nowmusicplus.co.uk.

And just a reminder to all those pop stars out there to celebrate NOW100, Now Music have joined forces with ITV’s Good Morning Britain, offering music fans a once in a lifetime opportunity to appear on the last track of this epic album, recording at the famous Abbey Road Studios. You have until 21 March to enter this exciting competition “SING IT TO WIN IT” which gives music fans up and down the country – 16 years and upwards, in groups of three to ten people – the chance to secure their place in music history by appearing on this very special album NOW 100. Entries close 21 March for full terms and conditions click here http://www.itv.com/goodmorningbritain/sing-it-to-win-it/sing-it-to-win-it-how-to-enter

Next up NOW100, release date 20 July, one of the biggest music events of 2018.

CD 1

01. Rudimental feat. Jess Glynne, Macklemore & Dan Caplen – These Days

02. Dua Lipa – IDGAF

03. Portugal. The Man – Feel It Still

04. Justin Timberlake feat. Chris Stapleton – Say Something

05. Taylor Swift – …Ready For It?

06. Marshmello & Anne-Marie FRIENDS

07. Bruno Mars feat. Cardi B – Finesse (Remix)

08. Sigala & Paloma Faith – Lullaby

09. Craig David feat. Bastille – I Know You

10. Jason Derulo feat. French Montana – Tip Toe

11. Jax Jones feat. Ina Wroldsen – Breathe

12. George Ezra – Paradise

13. Kylie Minogue – Dancing

14. Camila Cabello – Never Be The Same

15. Mabel & Not3s – Fine Line

16. Sigrid – Strangers

17. Paloma Faith – Guilty

18. P!nk – Beautiful Trauma

19. James Arthur – Naked

20. Tom Walker – Leave A Light On

21. Calum Scott – You Are The Reason

22. Sam Smith – One Last Song

CD 2

01. Stormzy feat. MNEK – Blinded By Your Grace, Pt. 2

02. Post Malone feat. Ty Dolla $ign – Psycho

03. BlocBoy JB feat. Drake – Look Alive

04. Khalid – Location

05. NF – Let You Down

06. Ramz – Barking

07. J Hus – Bouff Daddy

08. CLiQ feat. Alika – Wavey

09. Dave feat. MoStack – No Words

10. B Young – Jumanji

11. RAYE & Mr Eazi – Decline

12. Not3s x Mabel – My Lover

13. Rak-Su feat. Wyclef Jean & Naughty Boy – Dimelo (X Factor Recording)

14. G-Eazy & Halsey – Him & I

15. SZA x Calvin Harris – The Weekend (Funk Wav Remix)

16. Hailee Steinfeld & Alesso feat. Florida Georgia Line & WATT – Let Me Go

17. 5 Seconds Of Summer – Want You Back

18. Demi Lovato – Tell Me You Love Me

19. Maroon 5 – Wait

20. James Bay – Wild Love

21. Rag’n’Bone Man – As You Are

22. U2 – You’re The Best Thing About Me

23. Oasis – Live Forever

NOW That’s What I Call Music! 99 is out 23 March and is available to pre-order now

Do Not Waste Food This BBQ season! BE PREPARED! >>> ETI Ltd SuperFast Thermapen 4 digital thermometer! >> thermometer.co.uk

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The SuperFast Thermapen 4 is the UK’s number one selling food thermometer. Measuring temperature over the range of -49.9 to 299.9 °C and used by hundreds of thousands of discerning cooks worldwide, it offers a combination of speed, accuracy and convenience of use. The new Thermapen 4 uses advanced technology and includes a number of innovative features illustrated below – Click image to download PDF.

The patented 360° self-rotating display can be used in any position, in either hand and is truly ambidextrous. The Thermapen 4 incorporates an intelligent backlit display sensing light levels, automatically turning the backlight on/off in varying light conditions. The motion-sensing sleep mode with user changeable time delay automatically turns the Thermapen 4 on/off when set down or picked up, maximising battery life.

The casing is washable and includes Biomaster additive that reduces bacterial growth and the ergonomic rubber seal minimises the risk of the ingress of water, dust or food.

As well as being waterproof to IP66/67, it is still ‘probably’ the fastest reading contact thermometer on the market today . The true temperature of a product can be tested in just three seconds. The Thermapen 4 incorporates a reduced tip, stainless steel, food penetration probe (Ø3.3 x 110 mm) that conveniently folds back through 180° into the side of the instrument when not in use.

The Thermapen 4 is powered by a single AAA battery with a life expectancy of 3000 hours in normal use, without the backlight. Both low battery (icon) and open circuit indication are displayed, when applicable. Each Thermapen Mk4 is supplied with a FREE traceable certificate of calibration.

Thermapen® is a registered trademark in the UK (2025607), EU (008449571) and the USA (3898535).

It is also protected by German Utility Patent DE202013103605 (U1), EC Regd.Des.No. 002535161-0003 and EC Regd.Des.No. 002535161-0005

The automatic 360° rotational display is protected by UK Patent No. GB 2504936 and USA Patent No. US 9470560

 

Create a zen-like atmosphere in your home with the Meditating Buddha Figurines from Flying Tiger.

These decorative statues will create a surrounding of peace and serenity in any room.

Buddha Decoration – £3 – Flying Tiger Stores
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Create a Cosy Retreat with ACR Stoves

Now is the perfect time to get your heating and fireplaces sorted, all ready for when the weather turns colder. After all, what is more cosy and inviting than a woodburning stove filled with flickering flames? ACR Stoves have a range of options available, with something to match every interior scheme.

Woodburning stoves are a great choice for those who are looking to create a cosy ambience. They have the performance to heat your home effectively, and are economical as heat is contained so less escapes up the chimney. ACR Stoves have a wide choice of stoves available, from super contemporary to traditional cast iron, in an array of colours.

No matter which stove you choose, there are many ways to style them to create exactly the kind of space you want. No matter where you live, you can create a classic country living room by arranging comfy sofas around the fireplace. A cream finish adds a gentle twist to a classic stove, while a wooden mantel shelf adds a rustic contrast. Keep a stack of logs by the alcove to keep the fire going and complete the look with cosy throws and blankets.

For those dreaming of a more contemporary look, there’s no reason not to employ a woodburning stove in a modern open-plan living area. ACR Stoves have a collection of freestanding models which can be installed away from the wall, creating a wonderful centrepiece that will heat the whole area and be enjoyed from all angles of the room. Be sure to enlist the help of an accredited installer who will make sure the structure is safe and meets the latest regulations.

However you decide to style your new stove, you can be sure that it will add a wonderful extra dimension to your interior scheme. A roaring fire is automatically a place for people to gather, turning any room into a welcome retreat from the elements, especially when winter comes around.

Black Garlic Ketchup picks up fifth award at Cumbria Life Food and Drink Awards

The Hawkshead Relish Company has been announced as a winner in the 2018 Cumbria Life Food and Drink Awards.

Their Black Garlic Ketchup has been awarded with the ‘Best New Product’ category.

The awards took place at Kendal College and were hosted by food critic and writer Jay Rayner, he said ‘Events like these awards are brilliant for the local community, chefs, restaurateurs and food producers because they shine a spotlight on what’s really brilliant’.

Black Garlic Ketchup has been a huge hit since it was launched back in April 2017, already having won a Great Taste Award, Condiment of the Year with the Great British Food Magazine, reached the final of the Grocer New Product of the Year Awards and won the best condiment category at the World Food Innovation awards. The Company devised the product which uses whole Garlic Bulbs which have been cooked slowly for up to 50 days until they are black, rich and sweet, to create a ketchup that can be used both as a condiment and as an ingredient.

Mark Whitehead MBE, MD who devised the recipe said “The awards were an amazing night and to have won the Best New Product category amongst some of the best food producers in the County was just fantastic.”

Now being stocked by stores throughout the UK and at Booths stores around the North West, and online both via the Hawkshead Relish website and on Amazon.

For nationwide stockists & further information on this & the full range contact pr@hawksheadrelish.com or visit www.hawksheadrelish.com

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Winners of over 58 Great Taste Awards

FBU Small Family Business of the Year 2017

Great British Food Award Winner 2017

Finalist – The Grocer New Product of the Year Awards 2017

Runners-up – NatWest Great British Entrepreneur of the Year Awards (Family Business Category) 2017

Cumbria Life Food and Drink Awards 2018 Winner

World Food Innovation Awards 2018 winner

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Kawaii cuteness abounds as the most glamorous of finishes meets the most adorable of shades: introducing the Verdigris Copper Miniature Lamp Shade from Urban Cottage Industries.

Perfect for getting playful with scale and creating the illusion of space, the miniature makes a great addition to any room. Spun from a solid piece of copper, the materials natural ageing is then accelerated to product an authentic verdigris patina.

Available in component form or as a complete pendant. Use the Made For You online configurator to create your own bespoke miniature pendant.

Verdigris Copper Miniature Lamp Shade, £79.20 (80mm)

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Make your guests green with envy while showing off the unique Eye Storage Tray from the National Theatre Bookshop.

Whether displayed on a console table to keep keys safe or placed on your bedside table with treasured trinkets this eye-catching tray will be sure to turn heads!

SCARAMOUCHE! BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY CLAIMS TOP SPOT AS THE ULTIMATE

SING-A-LONG CAR SONG

– The AA reveals top sing-a-long songs for car journeys, with half of us (51%) joining in a

sing song in the car

– Pop music unites the nation as the all-time favourite genre for the road

– 74% treasure musical moments in the car

Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody has been voted the ultimate sing-a-long song of all time, in a study by the AA* looking at the songs that bring us together during car journeys. The 1975 anthem was followed by Bon Jovi’s Living on a Prayer in second place just ahead of the cheesy classic, Sweet Caroline by Neil Diamond.

The research found that over half (51%) of holiday makers will be joining in on a sing-a-long, belting out an average of eight tunes on a road trip. To help keep the nation’s show on the road, the AA has revealed the top sing-a-long songs for the first big driving weekend of the year, after 95% said that music makes the journey fly by.

Pop songs are most likely to spark an impromptu singing session and grime music is the least popular genre for a sing-a-long. Drivers are so keen to not miss a beat that nearly half (45%) have driven past their destination so that they can carry on listening to their favourite tunes. The clear majority (84%) claim that they would find it unbearable to not have music in the car.

Yet, long car journeys aren’t always harmonious with an average of two squabbles per trip with 43% admitting to rowing about what music to listen to on long car journeys.

Cheryl Calverley, Marketing Director at the AA, comments: “Our research has shown that we’re more likely to sing in the car than anywhere else, with group sing-a-longs forming special memories for 74% of us. It’s no coincidence that the favourite sing-a-long song, Bohemian Rhapsody, also featured in the famous car scene from the hit movie Wayne’s World.

“We hope that this sing-a-long playlist helps contribute to these experiences and show that car journeys can be as fun as the destination this bank holiday.”

TOP 25 BEST IN CAR SING-A-LONG SONGS OF ALL TIME

Bohemian Rhapsody – Queen
Livin’ on a Prayer – Bon Jovi
Sweet Caroline – Neil Diamond
Dancing Queen – ABBA
Don’t Stop Believin’ – The Journey
I will Survive – Gloria Gaynor
Wonderwall – Oasis
Hotel California – The Eagles
Hey Jude – The Beatles
Eye of the Tiger – Survivor
Mr Brightside – The Killers
Angels – Robbie Williams
Bat Out of Hell – Meatloaf
Beat It – Michael Jackson
Girls Just Wanna have fun – Cyndi Lauper
The final Countdown – Europe
Let it Go – Frozen
Sweet Home Alabama – Lynyrd Skynyrd
Everything’s Gonna be Alright – Bob Marley
Rolling in the Deep – Adele
Thriller – Michael Jackson
Uptown Funk – Mark Ronson
Imagine – John Lennon
Hey ya – Outkast
Let’s Dance – David Bowie

The survey also found that mums were voted to have the best singing voice, closely followed by daughters. This brings to life the singing baby girl in the AA advert featuring the Tina Turner hit Proud Mary. The advert was televised in March 2018, illustrating how the AA helps members ‘never miss a beat’. View the film at: http://www.theaa.com/about-us/singing-baby

£70.4BN WORTH OF LOCKED UP EQUITY SQUIRRELLED AWAY IN BRITISH HOUSEHOLDS

Value of Items Per Household Rises 159% in Just Five Years, from approx. £1,000 to £2,589
Almost Three Quarters of Brits Feel Stressed and Disorganised from Items They No Longer Use

London, UK. Monday 26th March 2018: Research by Gumtree reveals Brits are increasingly overlooking valuable equity locked up in their homes, with £2,589 worth of items they no longer need per household, equating to a whopping £70.4 billion nationally[1]. This potential source of re-sale income is also on the rise, with the research indicating a 159% increase in just five years, when the average household had £1,000 worth of these pre-loved items stored away[2].

The study of 2,000 British adults found this untapped capital is triggering emotional reactions, with almost three quarters (68%) of Brits saying that having items they no longer need makes them feel stressed and disorganised. These items include everything from clothes (47%), to books (43%) to old tech like DVDs (39%) and CDs (39%).

The items in Gumtree’s ‘top 10’ unwanted list include clutter which was originally bought for hundreds of pounds. That’s why the UK’s #1 Classifieds site and app has backed this year’s ‘National Clear Your Clutter Day’ taking place on Friday 13th April, to encourage Brits to make money by selling and finding a new home for items they no longer use.

Gumtree’s ‘Top 10’ Unused & Unwanted Household Items

Unused / Unwanted Items
Average Original Purchase Value

Clothes – 47%
£130

Books – 43%
£69

DVDs – 39%
£72

CDs – 39%
£92

Shoes – 37%
£84

Bags – 29%
£66

Cuddly Toys – 25%
£36

Kitchen Appliances & Gadgets – 24%
£81

Vinyl Records – 21%
£130

Computers – 16%
£327

Hannah Wilson, Marketing Director at Gumtree, says:

“We know that as our lives grow and progress, our needs for space and goods change in turn. You would be surprised how much money you could make by selling things you’ve loved but now need to find a new home for.”

Personal Finance Expert, Jasmine Birtles, founder of the national Clear Your Clutter campaign says:

“We lose millions every year by buying stuff we don’t need or not selling things we no longer want and then not using up what we already have because it’s hidden away and forgotten about. I believe households could be significantly richer if they sold their unused and unwanted items, questioned more what they buy and lived simpler, more stress-free lives going forward.”

    Zippo Hand Warmers are a superb heat source when camping or watching outdoor sports! Re-usable and 6hr / 12hr options! >>   www.zippo.co.uk

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Zippo Hand Warmer

Zippo hand warmers (£20.75 small/£22.90 large) are the perfect accessory for anyone bravely tackling the outdoors in the cold weather and come in a range of colours to suit almost anyone.

See more at :- www.zippo.co.uk/176-comfort

 

 

Gardening the modern way > a superb gift for any father tending to a balcony or terrace. >> www.gardena.com/uk

 

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Mini gardens within cities are on the rise and with the hectic day-to-day life of work and play in the city, a green retreat can act as a personal haven to unwind, even in the smallest of spaces.

GARDENA provides everything within its new product portfolio for city gardens to become a perfect green oasis.A small piece or lawn behind a terraced house or a balcony or terrace is a luxury for many city-dwellers and the trend inner city, is to create a small sanctuary over a few square metres – a green idyll to represent peace and relaxation, away from everyday life. This can vary between transforming a small balcony into a sea of flowers or raising fruit and vegetables in planters and pots, to careful planning of small lawned areas, or arranging shrubs and modern floral arangements in planters for a rooftop terrace. The small garden culture has been revived and given a modern twist.

Whether city or country based, all gardens have one thing in common – their need to be maintained. Plants have to be regularly watered and re-potted, shrubs and flowers to be cut and lawns mowed.

GARDENA spotted the trend for utilising small spaces into mini gardens, and now provides the perfect equipment for the novice, in the GARDENA city gardening range which is practical, functional and space-saving in storage, all mandatory for city gardens.

The new Balcony Box provides all the basic equipment needed for balcony gardeners; the most important hand tools in a box, always close by and protected against the weather. A new Terrace Spiral Hose with integrated bracket and the new Terrace Hose Box is suitable for small gardens or roof terraces, measuring only 7.5 by 10 meters, sufficient for a small outdoor space.

The GARDENA range cater for city gardening well; combinations such as the GARDENA combi-system and Flower Box Watering, as well as numerous cutting devices work well for those working in small gardens, balconies or terraces.

 

Tradition and know-how from GARDENA isn’t limited to large gardens; the brand’s slogan: ‘My garden. My passion.’ relates to all green spaces.

Gardening the modern way

With the new city gardening range, GARDENA has picked up on the trend for small gardens in the city, and is providing city gardeners with the perfect equipment – practical, functional, space-saving in storage and thus ideal when little space is available. (Photo: GARDENA)

New equipment for the city gardener

GARDENA Balcony Box

System Basic Set for the balcony and terrace in an attractive
storage box
 Trowel
 Grubber

 Secateurs
 Hand brush
 Storage box with integrated dustpan in the lid

RRP: £29.99

See more at :- www.gardena.com/uk/garden-care-tools/gardening-tools/balcony-box/

GARDENA Terrace Spiral Hose

 

Convenient irrigation for small gardens, terraces and balconies
 7.5 m Spiral Hose, 9 mm diameter
 The restoring force of the hose allows it to return into its spiral form after use
 Integrated bracket for space-saving storage
 Complete with 7.5 m GARDENA Spiral Hose, bracket, Original GARDENA System Parts and Spray Nozzle

RRP: £39.99

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Give yourself an energy boosting burst this Spring

Get into the habit of taking a daily herbal supplement to naturally enhance your energy levels. Containing Ginseng G115 as well as carefully selected vitamins and minerals, Pharmaton Vitality Capsules (£9.45 from Boots) is the only multivitamin clinically proven to relieve tiredness and improve mental and physical performance, guaranteeing to keep you on the front foot throughout Spring, and all year round.

mykind Vitamin C Organic Spray– Made from over 20 real, organic, vitamin C-packed whole foods including amla berry, kale, cherry and ginger, this easy-to-use, great tasting spray helps promote skin and tissue health, whilst also supporting the immune system.

mykind Vegan D3 Organic spray – This vitamin spray helps you stay topped up on the sunshine vitamin in preparation for summer, with the world’s first certified organic and Non-GMO Project Verified, vegan plant source of vitamin D3 from lichen – especially great news for veggies and vegans!

mykind Women’s Once Daily- Made exclusively with organic foods and herbs, just one natural tablet daily provides 19 essential vitamins and minerals with added vitamin B-12 to support energy levels and the metabolism, and also includes great levels of all B vitamins for radiant skin and nails.

How to Become a Housesitter: Insider Tips from the HouseSit Diva

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Little Moons spring up at Old St station with limited edition Cherry Blossom ice cream mochi

The handy cheat to help combat hay fever eye and eye irritation www.eyelergy.co.uk

Hay fever is one of the UK’s most common allergic conditions, affecting around 10 million adults and children every year. Hay fever is an allergic reaction to pollen released from trees and plants, and common symptoms include sneezing, runny nose and red itchy eyes. Although usually worse around freshly cut grass and during warm weather, this troublesome condition is not limited to fleeting summer days and can occur at any time when pollen levels are high – and in practice that means any time between spring and late autumn. Eyelergy not only helps to offer relief and protection from pollen but also from other airborne allergens commonly found in the home such as pet dander and dust mites. This versatile allergy protection helps to relieve eyes from irritation all year round.

Eyelergy eye drops are specially designed to combat the symptoms of hay fever eyes and eye irritation such as dry eye or irritation caused by dust and other airborne pollutants. The drops’ protective barrier gel technology rinses and shields the eyes from allergens and irritants such as pollen, mould, dust mites, pet dander, dust and airborne pollutants. Available in packs of 20 handy-sized single-dose droppers, Eyelergy eye drops are perfect for use on the go whenever required. What’s more, because each single-use dropper is sterile, the drops contain no preservative and so can also be used by contact lens wearers.

Why are our eyes particularly vulnerable to the effects of pollen? Unlike the nose and lungs, the eyes have no filtration devices (e.g. cilia or mucus) for expelling allergens. The main defence mechanism in the eye is the tear film, which provides a barrier function and dilutes and rinses away foreign bodies reaching the eye. Normally this rinsing process goes unnoticed. The problem with pollen and other allergens is that they cause an immune reaction which can disrupt the protective tear film. This then allows foreign bodies to reach the eyelid lining, causing even more irritation, thus leading to a spiralling vicious circle and over-production of tears. Eventually the eyes stream profusely with watery tears that afford little protection.

How does the gel barrier technology protect the eyes/does the gel barrier technology prevent irritants reaching the eye directly? Eyelergy’s gel formulation is activated by our normal blinking mechanism, and creates a protecting, lubricating and hydrating film over the surface of the eye. By blinking, the protective and lubricating effect of Eyelergy is maintained between applications by re-spreading the drops over the eye surface. This barrier works to stabilise the tear film, helping to restore the barrier and rinsing actions necessary to keep irritants and allergens out of harm’s way.

Why do eye drop formulas with preservatives lead to further irritation in contact lens wearers? Preservatives are essential in multidose formulas to prevent microbial contamination and spoilage of the drops once opened. Because Eyelergy is specially presented in sterile, single-dose droppers, this is not an issue and therefore the formula is preservative-free. This is important because preservatives too have the potential to cause eye irritation and sensitisation. Further, when used with contact lenses, these ingredients can accumulate in/under the lens, causing even more problems and sometimes even tissue damage. This explains why eye products containing preservatives are not recommended for long term use, or for use with contact lenses.

Is Eyelergy only suitable for those suffering from hay fever? Eyelergy is suitable for people suffering with hayfever eyes, allergy eyes of any type and with dry eye symptoms. Foreign bodies such as dust, pet dander, mould spores and pollen can all cause allergic irritation in the eye, and Eyelergy can provide effective relief from any of these. Eyelergy also helps to relieve dry eyes. Although the symptoms may not be the same for everyone, typically these include a sensation of having something in the eye and possibly some discomfort, itching, redness or inflammation. Paradoxically, dry eye sometimes involves excessively watery tears.

Who can use Eyelergy? Eyelergy is suitable for use by children from 6 years of age, adults, pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers. Contact lens wearers can also use Eyelergy because it is preservative-free.

How regularly can Eyelergy be used? Eyelergy can be used as frequently as needed, whether for the relief of hayfever/allergy eyes or for dry eyes. Often this is around 3 or 4 times a day. It is advisable to consult a doctor, optician or pharmacist if symptoms continue for a long period of time or worsen

MAKE IT WINE TIME, ANY TIME

Whether it’s to celebrate a special occasion, or just wind down at the end of a long day, there’s nothing much better than pouring yourself a glass (or two…) of wine or bubbles. But statistics show that almost 24 percent of Australians have injured themselves as a result of drinking, and even more can’t remember what they’ve done whilst drinking and have regretted how much they’ve had to drink*. So what if you could have your wine and drink it too – without any of the consequences?

Edenvale alcohol removed wine makes it possible to do just that. Unlike most other non-alcoholic beverage alternatives, Edenvale wines are wines, made from varietal wine grapes, using traditional wine-making methods. Maintaining all the flavour, characteristics and varietal integrity of traditional blends, Edenvale removes the alcohol at the final stage of the wine-making process, leaving behind the health benefits of fermentation but cutting out the alcohol content – and your hangover.

Offering a sophisticated alcohol removed alternative for those who still wish to sip on an adult beverage, Edenvale’s range of wines are also perfect for pregnant women, those abstaining from alcohol for various reasons, and health conscious consumers who still want to enjoy the social aspect of having a drink – without having a drink.

Heroes of the comprehensive range include a well-balanced and smooth Chardonnay, a fresh and fruity Sparkling Cuvee, and a Shiraz with flavours of dark plummy fruit and spice. With roughly half the calories of standard wine, you’ll not only wake up without the hangover, you’ll also be able to have a great night out – wine glass full and in hand – without ruining your diet, or the morning after.

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Spring often brings with it an increase in allergic reactions. As many as 1 in 12 adults and 1 in 5 children are currently living with eczema, and that’s only one condition that can result in itchy skin. Change in temperature, exercise and allergies can all lead to itchy skin, but Suu Balm relieves these itches fast (it takes less than 5 minutes for 9/10 people). This means individuals can treat their itch and return to their activity with minimal disruption (no more missing rugby plays being driven to distraction!). Suu Balm is about to launch its #ItchFreeLife campaign to promote this message as people look to spend more time outside. Vegan friendly, steroid free, it’s suitable for all ages, although a patch test is advised for children. It also comes in a 75ml tube so it’s easy to carry and hand-luggage friendly.

   

 

CANTERBURY UNVEILS NEW ENGLAND SEVENS ON-FIELD KIT

Rugby clothing and kit provider Canterbury has revealed the new England Sevens kit. The kit will be worn for the first time in Hong Kong and then throughout the remainder of the men’s and women’s HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series, as well as at Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018.

To help push the players to the top of their game and ensure they excel on the pitch, the new kit features Canterbury’s pioneering fabric technology including, VapoDri, Canterbury’s own technology allowing the user to train harder for longer. With advanced wicking properties, sweat evaporation is boosted, allowing the garment to dry extremely quickly.

The aesthetic design of the new shirt has been inspired by the disruptive and dynamic style of the England Sevens teams and sevens as a sport, combined with the tradition of England Rugby. The white home jersey features the St George’s cross in dark grey and bright pink, while the alternate jersey features the pattern in bright pink, a traditional symbol utilised in a new, fresh iteration to appeal to fans.

Commenting on the launch of the new range, Simon Rowe, Head of Sports Marketing at Canterbury of New Zealand, said: “We’re very proud of the latest design of the 2018 England Sevens kit. We continue to push the boundaries with our continually evolving innovative technologies which ensure that every player is able to perform to the best of their ability and improve themselves both as individuals and as a team.”

Tom Mitchell, England Sevens captain, commented: “As a player, you feel an immense sense of pride when you put on the England shirt to represent your country and you want to be at your absolute best. It gives us real confidence knowing we are wearing the best possible kit and we look forward to wearing this new kit as we represent England at the Rugby World Cup Sevens this year.”

England Sevens women’s player, Abbie Brown, added: “It’s a big year for sevens, culminating in the Rugby World Cup Sevens in July, and every time we pull on the shirt we want to give it our all. Every player in the squad is proud to represent England, put on the jersey and wear the rose.”

The new England Sevens kit is available to buy from Tuesday 27th March in sizes S-4XL at www.canterbury.com and www.englandrugbystore.com

Garden Statues from Historic Royal Palaces

A new range of garden statues and ornaments is now available from the Historic Royal Palaces online shop at www.historicroyalpalaces.com, taking inspiration from some of the spectacular landmarks in the charity’s care. One of the architectural highlights at Hampton Court Palace is the King’s Beasts, ten heraldic statues that guard the palace entrance and include the lion of England, the royal dragon, the white lion of Mortimer and the white greyhound. This elegant statuary has been replicated, made in the UK from reconstituted stone and will bring a touch of regal splendor to any garden or entrance.

King of Beasts

Lion-Armorial-StoneStatue-GP10Regarded as the ‘king of beasts’, this 42cm high heraldic lion will stand guard in your flowerbeds and is a symbol of courage, strength and nobility.

Price: £75

Celebrate the Chinese year of the dog…

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Inspired by the White Greyhound of Richmond, this dog is one of the Queen’s beasts, ten heraldic statues that represent the genealogy of HM Queen Elizabeth II dating back to the Tudor period. Stands 80cm high. Price: £120

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For those seeking a more contemporary garden companion, this dachshund dog has an inquisitive look and is the perfect patio piece. Length 36cm.

Price: £45

There be dragons …….

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This year the Great Pagoda in Kew Gardens re-opens to the public after a major conservation project by Historic Royal Palaces. While the pagoda features 80 dragons, this special trio of stone dragons would make make any garden seem a little more exotic.

Crouching dragon, length 67cm. Price: £135

WO DRAGON PAGODA STONE GARDEN STATUE
This protective styled dragon stands 35cm high. Price: £40

WO 3 PIECE DRAGON STONE GARDEN STATUE

Travelling elegantly across the horizon is this dragon 175cm long. Price: £175

For a more traditional garden ornament there are these birdbaths. On left stands 43cm high. Price: £75.00 and on the right 69cm high. Price: £135

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Stone Finial

Finial-Stone-GardenStatue-GP2aPopular in the 18th and 19th centuries, the stone finial gives a perfect finish to gates and entranceways or as a focal point to any garden display. Price: £45

Robshaw challenges clubs to enter National Rugby Awards

Rugby clubs around the UK are being invited to enter the Crabbie’s 2018 National Rugby Awards, which give recognition to clubs at all levels and their members, for their contribution to the game.

Clubs of all sizes can enter the awards, which recognise achievements, as well as dedication and commitment to the game of rugby.

The largest rugby club awards night in the world, the Crabbie’s 2018 National Rugby Awards event will be attended by rugby celebrities, Premiership players and members of the England rugby team and will be held at the Rose Room, Twickenham Stadium on Wednesday 29th August 2018.

Lucy Cottrell, Brand Manager, Crabbie’s Alcoholic Ginger Beer says: “Crabbie’s is an avid supporter of grassroots rugby, our Crabbie’s Rugby Rewards activity sees us donate kit and equipment to community and local clubs up and down the country.

“The glamour of international tournaments is exciting, but the roots of rugby begin in local club communities. It’s the principles learned and nurtured during the early stages that build strong foundations for players’ sporting careers.

“The extensive support network local communities create around the game is invaluable, not just the players, but members and players’ families and friends too.

“There’s a real passion at grassroots level that deserves to be recognised and that’s why we would like clubs throughout the UK to join us at the Crabbie’s National Rugby Awards event to celebrate their achievements, as well as everything else that’s great about Rugby.”

Chris Robshaw, English Rugby Union player and ambassador for the Crabbie’s National Rugby Awards says: “There is no other event that brings together all the clubs and players from all the leagues in England, providing a real celebration for all those involved in English rugby – so come on, get entering!”

Award categories include Rugby Club of the Year, Men’s and Women’s Teams and Players of the Year, Coach of the Year, Rugby Club Volunteer of the Year and Facility Development of the Year.

Clubs can enter for free by completing the online entry form at www.nationalrugbyawards.co.uk by June 30th 2018.

When: Saturday 2nd June – Sunday 3rd June

Where: Twickenham Stadium, London

Tickets: https://www.eticketing.co.uk/rfu/EDP/Event/Index/2388

Prices: Adults from £30; Juniors £10

London’s Calling: HSBC London Sevens is back and bigger than ever

The HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series returns to Twickenham on 2nd-3rd June to celebrate two days of international rugby sevens with its biggest and best event yet.

Celebrating the iconic city of London as its theme, this will be the penultimate leg of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series, and as well as world-class sport, fans will also be treated to a weekend packed full of gourmet street food, live music and entertainment for the whole family.

Sevens-goers will experience the diversity and uniqueness of London and the best that it has to offer all under one roof at Twickenham Stadium, alongside watching the non-stop rugby sevens action that’s packed into this two-day event.

Due to the high demand for tickets last year, and the success of the new-and-improved event, there are 50,000 available per day, giving avid rugby enthusiasts and newcomer crowds the chance to be a part of this unrivalled event.

The HSBC London Sevens is also the only chance to watch England in action on the hallowed turf at Twickenham before they compete in the Rugby World Cup Sevens in San Francisco in July.

Steve Brown, CEO, England Rugby, said: “The HSBC London Sevens 2018 aims to offer a fresh, new look with even more for our loyal rugby fans to enjoy while encouraging new audiences to join in the spirit of this unique event. The tournament builds fantastic bonds between international crowds and, with the varied activities at this year’s event, we are striving to offer something for everyone to enjoy at the ultimate sporting event of the summer.”

Head of England Sevens, Simon Amor, added: “This season has already seen the England Sevens travel to some incredible locations around the world to represent their country, but nothing can beat playing at a home tournament in front of friends, family and incredible home fans.

“The feeling of running out onto the pitch at Twickenham, regardless of whether you’re making your debut or whether it’s your tenth time, is so special and it means a huge amount to the players to have such strong support in the stands.”

How do I get tickets?

To be a part of this year’s HSBC London Sevens, secure one of 100,000 exclusive tickets by booking today. Click here for more information and to book tickets.

When?

2nd and 3rd June 2018

Where?

Twickenham Stadium, Whitton Rd, Twickenham TW2 7BA

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Here at Our Kitchen Classroom, we’re gearing up for some special citrus-scented spring cleaning with our homemade orange cleansing scrub!

We mix the dried peels of freshly-picked fruit from Southern California with a few common household pantry staples to produce a bright and fragrant spring cleaning staple that is non-toxic and safe enough for the whole family to use and enjoy!

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The perfect gift for new parents, Matchstick Monkey’s brand NEW Gift Sets contain everything to help little ones with their teething troubles… whilst providing lots of fun and entertainment too.

Available in four stunning colourways, each set contains a Dancing Monkey teether toy to soothe sore gums, cute Knitted Monkey (with velcro hands and tummy rattle) to play with and a gorgeous 100%

Organic Cotton Muslin with handy teething label, in one perfect package!

Matchstick Monkey Gift Sets are £29.95 each and available in Blue, Green, Grey and Pink.

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Revealed – Britain’s top rugby pub named

The Merchants Inn in the town of Rugby has been voted the top rugby pub in Britain.

The quest by Aberdeen Standard Investments Melrose Sevens saw hundreds of rugby fans get behind their favourite bars and clubs, but it was the Warwickshire pub that secured the largest share of the votes, with one supporter declaring it worthy of the top honour for “great rugby atmosphere based in the true home of the greatest sport.”

The Merchants Inn faced competition from the Athletic Arms in Edinburgh, the Cabbage Patch at Twickenham, The Palmeira at Hove and the Buccleuch Arms Hotel in St Boswells in the Scottish Borders. The competition was held ahead of this year’s Aberdeen Standard Investments Melrose Sevens which takes place on Saturday, April 14.

Douglas Hardie, president of Melrose Rugby Club said: “There was an incredible response, with droves of rugby fans taking part. Just like the Melrose Sevens, there can only be one winner and we are delighted to award the title to The Merchants Inn.

“It seems no coincidence that those who live in the town where the sport began are also some of rugby’s biggest fans. Not only did The Merchants Inn gain the most votes, but it attracted favourable comments as to why it should win the award.

“In fact, there was great feedback about all the shortlisted venues, and what’s clear is that rugby fans love their locals, citing the warm welcome, friendly atmosphere, good beer and great staff among the attributes that make them top on match days.

“Around 12,000 people will be in Melrose to watch live rugby action, but many who can’t travel to the Scottish Borders to cheer on the home and international teams will watch the coverage screened in bars or pubs the length of Britain.

“If you can’t make it to Melrose, be sure to watch BBC coverage from 2-7pm in your local watering hole on BBC Scotland which is available outside Scotland on Freesat and Sky ‎Channel 970 and Virgin Media Channel 102.

“Judging by the feedback in our poll, the atmosphere will be just as friendly and welcoming in rugby pubs as fans raise a glass to toast our tournament.”

James Reeve, manager of the Merchants Inn said: “We’re overwhelmed to win this award and it means a great deal to us, particularly being up against some of the best rugby bars around. We see ourselves as the pub of rugby as we are less than 200 yards from where the game was invented and it’s great to know that our customers think so highly of what we offer here.”

Rugby fans were asked to suggest their favourite British bars and clubs to watch rugby in, and from the suggestions given, a shortlist of five was drawn up, with voting conducted on a poll shared on the Melrose Sevens social media platforms.

The Merchants Inn gained 42.7% of the vote, with the Cabbage Patch runners up, securing 35.6% of the vote.

What came across loud and clear is that punters value their locals, with the following given as reasons why each venue was a contender:

Merchants Inn, Rugby – “Fabulous beer, wines and food. They welcome all rugby supporters regardless of the team.”

“Best atmosphere I have been to watch rugby, and this is not just for international games. Great friendly people and a really rugby feel where all fans get along.”

“Always a great range of ale…and live rugby every week on the big screen ant TV. Always a smile behind the bar too.”

The Cabbage Patch, Twickenham – “As soon as you walk in you know what this pub is about, rugby! The food was amazing, the beer even better and the atmosphere second to none!

“Great atmosphere. Staff and manager superb. Rugby at core of everything they do.”

“Always a warm welcome throughout the year. Fabulous beer, wines and food. They welcome all rugby supporters regardless of the team.”

Athletic Arms, Edinburgh – “A pub that offers a warm welcome to everybody no matter what team you support.”

“A pub with a soul, an extensive variety of ales and great customer focused service.”

“It’s long been a great pub, first in it in the 1970s! Great beers, food and excellent location for Murrayfield. You cannae beat it.”

The Buccleuch Arms Hotel, St Boswells, Scottish Borders – “It’s so nice and friendly very relaxed.”

“A true rugby-first pub.”

“Great grub and fine local beers.”

The Palmeira, Hove – “The staff are so friendly and amazing! The beers are wonderful and food just as good! An amazing atmosphere all the time but especially on rugby days.”

“Great staff, great atmosphere, great drinks and a great time!”

“Great atmosphere on both sides of the bar.”

As well as the title, the Merchants Inn will receive an inscribed plaque to recognise the achievement.

The Aberdeen Standard Investments Melrose Sevens at The Greenyards on April 14 is a great day out for families, couples and rugby fans who enjoy fast and exhilarating sporting action. Tickets for the event start from £10 for children, £15 for senior citizens and £20 for adults. Family tickets are available for £50, admitting two adults and two children.

For more information about the Aberdeen Standard Investments Melrose Sevens, and to book tickets, visit www.melrose7s.com. Keep up to date with the action on Facebook at www.facebook.com/melrosevens, Twitter @melrosevens and Instagram @melrosesevens.

Summer Sizzlers from Lovely Sofas

Why not take the plunge this Summer with a bright statement sofa? Lovely Sofas have lots of stunning summer shades, sure to brighten any living room.

While large furniture has traditionally been in neutral colours, more and more people are opting for brightly coloured sofas. These bold, on-trend pieces are fantastic for injecting confidence and personality into a room. Beckie Carlisle, Senior Interiors Buying Manager at Lovely Sofas, has some top tips for decorating and styling with these statement seating options.

“There are many ways you can make a brightly coloured sofa work in a room,” Beckie comments. “Firstly, you can go for a sleek, co-ordinated look. Keep the palette simple and try pairing your new sofa with matching cushions – either in the same shade or in slightly different tones to add depth – then keep the rest of the room neutral.”

In fact, neutrals are a fantastic way to enhance your scheme. “Subtle tones such as whites and greys can help the eye rest and are a great way to add layers without overwhelming the space,” continues Beckie. “They also make the sofa the star of the show, so this is a great option for anyone who really wants to show off their new handcrafted purchase.”

On the other hand, a bold sofa might be a starting point for a maximalist, bright room. For colour lovers, this is a perfect chance to let your imagination run riot.

“This is a daring style, but it can look amazing,” says Beckie. “To get the best results, keep your colour palette to one main shade and add a few other colours as accents only. I’d also suggest keeping a theme throughout, such as florals, to tie everything together.”

No matter how you decide to style your new sofa, Lovely Sofas has hundreds of options to choose from. With dozens of fabrics available, the only limit is your imagination. If you’re not quite ready to go all out, their brand new accent chairs are great for adding just a touch of colour.

Whichever you choose, your new piece will be lovingly handmade by Lovely Sofa’s expert team of craftsmen and women in their Lancashire showroom. With every piece made to order, you can look forward to enjoying your very own Life of Lovely for years to come.

Top tips for building motorcycling skills and confidence

By Martin Cariven, Field Sales Manager Moneybarn

Whether you’re still rocking the L-plates, or a road-hardened veteran, there will always be ways to improve your motorbike abilities.

While it might seem obvious, when it comes to gaining confidence on a motorcycle, there is no substitute for physical miles and the more knowledge and experience you have, the better.

To make your ride safer and more enjoyable, Moneybarn has put together its top tips for refining your day-to-day motorbike skills.

Regaining control

Losing control on your motorbike can be a frightening experience. If you find yourself skidding, look ahead to where you want to go and try to maintain balance until you hit a patch with more grip. Braking could lead to uncontrolled sliding, so firmly pull in the clutch and freewheel to regain control.

To gain confidence, try going for a couple of laps on a dirt bike at a track. Not only is this a lot of fun, you will also get a bit of practice on regaining control in a safe environment. It’s better trying it there than when at speed along a tarmac road!

Handling the corners

Corners are the one of the most challenging and rewarding parts of riding. However, it’s estimated 60 percent of motorcycle crashes happen on bends. To help you avoid accidents, start by watching out for signs on the road to warn you of upcoming corners.

In the corner itself, it’s important to always look far ahead and make sure you brake and switch gears before starting to lean in. As much as possible, keep on the outside of the road.

Aim to ride a fluent line from the point where you lean, then accelerate easily through the corner while pulling the throttle open gently.

To practice, try to complete an imaginary slalom in a quiet place to familiarise yourself with the pressure, speed and input you need to make your bike turn as you want it to.

Riding pillion

Getting your passenger from A to B safely is your goal. Before anyone hops on the back of your bike, make sure they have properly fitting protective gear too.

Your bike’s balance will be altered by the extra weight, so before hitting the open road, do a few laps around an empty car park, or a quiet estate to get used to the handling.

Your passenger should be holding onto you tightly, but if you accelerate hard they will feel like they are falling off the back of the bike.

Keep your acceleration steady and build up speed slowly. Brake early and lightly for corners or potential hazards to stop the extra weight on your bike from making you lose control.

Make the most of the advantages

One of the best things about motorcycles is skipping traffic. If you’re a biker, you’ll know the satisfaction of leaving that line of cars far behind you.

However, this can be dangerous if you’re not cautious. If you think the lights are close to changing, it’s best not to move immediately. Work your way down the line of cars and squarely plant yourself in front of one of them, not to the side as this could cause a hazard.

When overtaking, don’t pull up close behind a vehicle, revving your engine. Stay a safe distance behind. When you overtake, pull out cautiously as the car could be slowing down because of something happening ahead.

Once you can see it’s safe, accelerate into the gap.

NEW SPORTING PARTNERSHIP PUTS SMILE ON LA MANGA CLUB’S FACE

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Spain’s world-famous La Manga Club resort is looking forward to welcoming a new generation of sports enthusiasts after partnering with Smile Group Travel – one of the UK’s leading sports tour operators.

The award-winning venue in Murcia, south-east Spain, has teamed up with Smile in a new relationship that will see the Essex-based company extensively promote the resort in the UK on an initial three-year basis.

Offering tours across the world for all sports, especially cricket, netball, rugby, football, hockey, swimming, tennis and golf, Smile Group Travel has grown over the last decade to become market leaders in organising bespoke sports programmes and events, arranging schedules for professional teams, universities, national and international associations, schools and businesses.

Under the terms of the agreement, the tour operator – who are the official travel partners for England Netball – will promote La Manga Club and its extensive array of sports and leisure facilities, which include a new European Cricket Performance Centre – the only one in Europe – three 18-hole golf courses, a 28-court tennis centre and 2,000sqm Wellness Centre.

Chad Harpur, director of sport at La Manga Club, said: “The resort is thrilled to be working with Smile Group Travel for the next three years. Their track record in organising sports tours in a wide range of different markets is second to none and we’ve been extremely impressed with the professionalism and expertise they’ve shown when we’ve worked with them before.

“La Manga Club is regarded as one of the world’s premier sports destinations, and this new partnership will only serve to enhance our global reputation as a leading venue for sports groups of all levels and ages.”

Smile Group Travel was founded by cricket lover and qualified coach Graeme Walker in Barbados in 2008, and organises tours and events all over the world.

The tour operator has worked with some of the biggest names in sport, especially cricket, with its extensive client list including the likes of county champions Essex, Hampshire, Sussex and Kent; the Lord’s Taverners; and England World Cup winner Lydia Greenway.

Walker said: “La Manga Club is a name that is synonymous throughout the sporting world. The resort shares the same passion for sport that we do and it’s a great privilege for us to have signed this agreement.

“With a wealth of five-star sports and leisure facilities – including the fantastic new cricket centre and first-class netball facilities – and a wide choice of accommodation, La Manga Club has so much to offer across the sporting spectrum for people of all ages, and we can’t wait to start promoting the resort to new and existing markets.

“We have always received great feedback from the groups that we’ve sent to the resort in the past and this deal will allow us to improve the service we can offer even further. Not only we will be able to offer groups ground support while they are at the resort, but we will also be expanding the number of tournaments, bespoke tours and high-quality training camps that we can offer to men and women, while also opening up the exciting possibility of multi-sports tours.”

The agreement is the latest significant sports partnership that La Manga Club has secured this winter with the resort launching a new Chelsea FC Foundation Soccer School this Easter, as well as becoming an official sponsor of The Tennis Podcast – one of the game’s most exciting and innovative new media outlets – and signing a three-year deal to host the prestigious European Senior Club Tennis Championship.

Also the official overseas training base of the Lawn Tennis Association, La Manga Club’s extensive facilities include three 18-hole golf courses and a Golf Training Centre, a 28-court tennis centre, a High Performance Sports Centre and 2,000m² Wellness Centre. There is also a five-star hotel, four-star serviced apartments and townhouses and more than 15 bars and restaurants.

For more information on La Manga Club and to book, please visit www.lamangaclub.com

For further details about Smile Golf Travel, phone 01708 893250 or go to www.smilegrouptravel.com

Ideas to Jump Your home into Spring.

Detroit, MI, March 28, 2018 (SLP Media Relations) –Spring is an amazing time of year. It means a renewal of all things that were once forgotten. The leaves will come back on the trees, and the flowers will begin to bloom. Birds will begin to fly and the sun with shine and warm the air. It’s also the beginning of spending time with family and friends and making memories that can last a lifetime.

“Spring adds new life and new beauty to all that is” – Jessica Harrelson

Yard work is always first on the list for getting ready for spring. Some of the essentials will be a lawnmower, rake, blower (one with a vacuum is great for those who are doing the work alone), lawn feed to make the lawn turn back that amazing color of green! Home Depot or even Walmart has an entire section dedicated to what you would need to make your yard stand out this season! Some furniture for the backyard are also essential. This time of year means family outdoor activities and you can have a mice patio set for the adults and a play set for the kids. That way everyone can enjoy the outdoors together! For this going to a department store like Sears would be a great way to pick out a nice patio set, a nice gazebo would add some great character to you backyard space!

The service that is essential for the spring season is a lawn care company or even a home improvement company. The winters can ruin some parts of your home, including the paint, roof and the gutters. So it is important to have these things fixed once the weather breaks. Getting it done during the winter would defeat the purpose because you run the risk of having to make these same repairs all over again.

Also changing up your yard décor is also essential. Most people like garden gnomes, as they add a little “cuteness” to the yard and they are also kind of fun for the kids. You can also plant a garden with fresh vegetables or even plant flowers to brighten up the outside of your home!

The Hideaway Bed from Furl

Space-saving experts Furl have just expanded their fantastic collection of wall beds. These sleek new designs make it easier than ever for customers to combine comfort and practicality and come with a range of customisation options.

Wall beds offer a practical solution for maximising available space, making it easy to create a multifunctional room that works throughout the day and night. With new additions recently added, Furl’s popular collection now includes three models; Vertico 35, Vertico 60 and Horizon.

Vertico 35
Housed in a compact, 35cm deep cabinet, Vertico 35 is a very slim wall bed. However, a narrow wall bed doesn’t mean it has a thin mattress – like all of Furl’s wall beds, it has a full depth 22cm mattress, so you can be sure of a comfortable night’s sleep. Simply choose the right colour or finish and it will blend beautifully into any interior scheme.

Vertico 60
Made to complement wardrobes and other bedroom furniture, Vertico 60 has a deeper cabinet. This larger space means it can include internal storage, such as display shelving and a huge cupboard within the bed for pillows, duvets and pyjamas. Perfect for anyone who likes to keep everything neatly tucked away.

Horizon
Because all rooms are different, Furl now offers different configurations of their wall beds. Horizon is a horizontal wall bed, meaning it does not require as much height in the room or space for the unfolded bed. Horizon is available is two versions; 35 with a super slim cabinet, and 60 with storage and shelves inside.

All of the wall beds are completely customisable, with numerous colour and finish options to the outside frame, door and internal fittings. Other options include shelving and desks on the outside of the door, making them perfect for the home office. Most importantly, any desks or shelving stay flat when opening the wall bed, so you do not need to remove the items when it’s time for bed.

Wall beds from Furl are suitable for any mattress size, type and depth. You can even incorporate a deeper pocket sprung or memory foam mattress if preferred. In addition, Furl has implemented a unique way to hold the mattress securely in place, which means there are no uncomfortable straps or awkward mechanisms to undo when changing the sheets.

Furl’s wall beds are beautifully styled and crafted, with elegant designs that would fit seamlessly into any room. Whether you’re looking for a comfy new bed that won’t take up too much valuable floor space, or a sleek way to convert your home office into a spare room, this is the perfect solution.

GIVE IN TO THE ALLURE OF ELHO

The exclusive Allure range from Elho is aptly named. It’s hard not to be seduced by the natural beauty of these stunning pots and planters. The striking combination of plastics and FSC* wood fibres creates a soft look and natural stone texture, with all the ease and convenience of durable and recyclable plastic. And the entire Allure range can be used indoors and outdoors – the best of both worlds.

The timeless classical shape of the Allure Doppio Square brings something special to any home, garden, terrace or balcony. Use the Allure Doppio Square Terrace (pictured above) as an attractive divider for creating zones in outdoor spaces or indoor rooms.

The Allure Soft (pictured left) is equally seductive, with gentle lines and the same natural look. The warm feel works just as well beside a garden lounger or next to the couch.

When summer is over, it’s easy to move Allure pots and planters indoors, to protect your precious specimen plants from harsh winter frosts. But severe frosts aren’t a problem for Allure. These tough pots are designed to withstand temperatures down to -40oC.

Made from unbreakable, high-grade plastic, the Allure range is practical as well as stylish. They are UV resistant and retain their rich natural colours in full sunlight.

New shapes and sizes of the Allure Ribbon (pictured right) have been introduced for 2018, making this stunning collection even more varied and versatile.

Mix and match different sizes and shapes of Allure pots and planters to create an eye-catching display – and transform a dull corner of your home or garden into your favourite spot.

* Forest Stewardship Council – produced from well managed forests or recycled materials.

Allure Doppio Square

Diameter
Height
Litres
RRP

40-47cm
35-42cm
30-50
£69-£99

Colours: Mineral Clay, Bark Brown, Red Sand

Allure Doppio Square Terrace

Diameter
Height
Litres
RRP

80x40cm
35cm
68
£150

Colours: Mineral Clay, Bark Brown, Red Sand

Allure Soft

Diameter
Height
Litres
RRP

40-55cm
29-46cm
26-76
£49.99-£139

Colours: Mineral Clay, Bark Brown

Allure Ribbon

Diameter
Height
Litres
RRP

40-55cm
31-61cm
27-80
£52.50-£149

Colours: Mineral Clay, Bark Brown

Elho pots and planters are widely stocked at all good garden centres, retailers and online.
W: www.elho.com
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Clas Ohlson To Sell Fresh Bottled ‘Swedish Air’

The Swedish home and hardware brand Clas Ohlson has announced a new product named “Swedish Air”. ­­ launches bottled Swedish Air, available in store and online this week
The product will be launched to celebrate the brand’s 100th birthday
Clas Ohlson made the announcement on its Facebook page this morning https://bit.ly/2J6AFAo​
People are able to purchase in store and online when the product launches this weekend

To mark the brandsits 100th year birthday, homeware brand Clas Ohlson announces has today announced that it is launching going to sell bottled Swedish Air, a take away container of r; pure, Swedish air for British consumers to enjoy. Clas Ohlson has been synonymous with Swedish culture since its opening in 1918 and now the homeware brand wants to bring a taste of its home country to its UK consumerscustomers.

Featuring a classically Swedish design, the product will be bottled in the areas surrounding Insjön, Clas Ohlson’s founding town. Situated next to the serene Österdalälven lake, Insjön is an area full of natural beauty and open green spaces. At 150ml per container, the stylish design encompasses the Swedish Lagom culture of not too much and not too little. Once purchased, consumers will open their bottles of Swedish Air in their home or work place and enjoy a breath of Swedish air for themselves.

The bottles will be shipped to the UK Clas Ohlson stores in Kingston-upon-Thames, Reading, St Albans, Manchester, Liverpool and Croydon.

Director of Design, Flora Lopias, said, “Swedish culture and design is increasingly popular across the world, in areas from homeware to technology to diet and lifestyle. Now, British customers will even be able to breathe like a Swede.”

Clas Ohlson is Sweden’s favourite home and hardware brand. Originating in Insjön, Sweden, Clas Ohlson now operates across five countries. The Clas Ohlson range covers over 10,000 products across five categories (Home, Electrical, Multimedia, Hardware, Leisure), all under the one roof – and in convenient locations on the high street, as well as online.

Clas Ohlson’s Swedish Air will go on sale on Sunday, 1st April at a RRP of £01.04.

We all have that immigrant friend who is very funny when talks about UK.

That friend who never understands anything and asks the most childish questions ever. That friend with weird expressions that always needs to be explained. Although for us is funny, that immigrant friend has a real struggle on adapting to UK. You might not be aware, but all its life completely changed when decided to move in your country. Its entire environment, group of friends, systems and procedures around it, changed dramatically. Since the Brexit vote, your friend feels much more pressure to adapt to Great Britain. For this reason, an excellent Easter gift for an immigrant is the course “Work in UK”, found at Immigrant School ( https://www.immigrantschool.co.uk )

The course will definitely speed up its adaptation to Great Britain, through its interactive lessons. For the beginning, the free quizzes will help it understand better its own situation in this country and how to prioritize the lessons. Then, it will learn how to find a new job as fast as possible, how to apply for NINO, open a bank account, its working rights (based on the quiz results) and, most important, how to enforce them. There is even a lesson about trendy HR terms (bullying, for example) and templates for any formal request they would want to make at work. So, from this gift, even you can win, by not having to answer to the countless questions from its workplace and not having to keep correcting its official documents. The best part is that the course lasts up to 3 hours and the price is more than affordable. Even more, you can check out as guest and pay without having a PayPal account.

Take a look here https://www.immigrantschool.co.uk/work-in-uk/