The hottest new books to look out for this year! Posted On 15 January 2021

2021 promises to be a literary gold mine. Here we take a look at the books have got us excited this year…   2020 brought us some fantastic books. Whether it was a non-fiction autobiography such as Greenlights by Matthew McConaughey, or the prequel to the Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins or something more political …

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National newspaper launches campaign to extend the Stamp Duty Holiday Posted On 14 January 2021

  Prime Minister’s old workplace launches the campaign called, ‘Stamp out the Duty,’ today.   The Daily Telegraph, the old workplace of Boris Johnson and considered a strong influence on the current government, is ‘calling on the Treasury to avoid penalising thousands of homebuyers at a time when mortgage lenders are already demanding vast deposits …

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Don’t just sit there, DO SOMETHING! Posted On 13 January 2021

It’s a new year and time to try something new. But just how daring will you be? Bucket lists have an air of morbid finality, a list of ‘must-do’ ambitions before that date with destiny. However, a schedule of mind-expanding, physically demanding experiences might be the ideal psychological boost required as we try to shake …

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Dress yourself happy Posted On 12 January 2021

Stuck at home all day looking at the grey sky at your window? Dress your way to happiness this month and lighten your mood.   Lockdown is tough. Especially this one which has fallen in the middle of winter. That hour of exercise doesn’t look so appealing when the rain is falling and the wind …

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‘Business as usual’ as market faces up to new lockdown Posted On 11 January 2021

Experts say it would have been a disaster if Government had mothballed ‘cornerstone of the economy’ Mortgage market experts last week declared “it’s business as usual” despite the third national lockdown, with one insisting many would be grateful the Government had sidestepped “placing the property market back into a pandemic-induced cryogenic deep freeze”. Insiders pointed …

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Chancellor urged to extend Stamp Duty holiday Posted On 08 January 2021

New lockdown adds to existing problems processing applications, industry experts insist   Property industry experts are urging the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, to extend the Stamp Duty deadline and prevent anxious homebuyers from “being thrown off a cliff edge”. In the first national lockdown last year, the Chancellor announced a holiday from the tax to keep …

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Clap for carers is back but with a different name Posted On 07 January 2021

During the first 10 weeks of the pandemic, the nation saluted the NHS and carers with a clap every Thursday, this week it returns…   The weekly applause for front-line NHS staff and other key workers last year was one of the most endearing and emotional scenes at 8pm every Thursday. Originally a one-off on …

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How to stay positive in Lockdown 3.0 Posted On 06 January 2021

Mental health experts say there are several things we can do to give ourselves a lift at this difficult time   Yes, we’ve been here before. Lockdowns are fast becoming the norm for our COVID-crippled communities, but unlike before there’s no summer, no Christmas on the horizon to focus on. Lockdown 3.0 is in the …

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Estate Agents CAN continue working through Lockdown 3.0 Posted On 05 January 2021

  With the third lockdown upon us, it has been confirmed that the property market in England can remain open   Last night, Boris Johnson announced a third national lockdown to tackle the new variant of COVID-19 that has seen a massive surge in cases throughout the country. The lockdown officially begins on Wednesday and …

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Forget stark interiors, it’s time to embrace Japandi Posted On 04 January 2021

Fusion of Scandinavian and Japanese styles is the interior look for 2021   Japandi. Admit it, you’ve no idea what it is. But it’s been on the rise for a while and 2021 will be the year when we take the principles to our hearts. Apparently. Japandi combines Scandinavian aesthetics with Japanese minimalism, with the …

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The most wonderful – and wasteful – time of year Posted On 28 December 2020

More rubbish is produced at Christmas than any other time of year. Here’s how to dispose of it responsibly   ‘Tis the season of excess: Food, drink … and rubbish. We diligently recycle throughout the year, but at Christmas the level of waste goes up a notch or two. Or three. That’s 30per cent more …

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That’s a cracker! Posted On 24 December 2020

They may make you groan and chuckle in equal measure, but Christmas cracker jokes are  part of the festive fun   It’s Tom Smith’s fault. After adopting the French idea of wrapping sugared almonds in fancy paper, the London confectioner decided, in the late 1840s, to expand his market from the discerning Victorian gents who …

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Cheers, it’s Christmas! Posted On 23 December 2020

Need a festive fillip? Kickstart your Christmas morning with a classy cocktail    The turkey’s in the oven, the sprouts are ready and the potatoes have been blanched ready for roasting. What’s next on the Christmas Day to-do list? Well, if all’s going to plan it might be time for a quick tipple or a …

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