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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Nuneaton children’s charity is gifted massive donation Posted On 23 December 2020

A £2000 donation, comprising cash and electrical devices, has helped local Nuneaton children’s charity enormously this Christmas     Barnardo’s Supported Lodgings, based in Nuneaton, Warwickshire, is one local children’s charity which will be eternally grateful this festive season. They recently received a £2,000 donation, which will very much help the charity continue its life-changing …

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Pagans, pantos and pies: How we got to our modern Christmas Posted On 22 December 2020

There are so many traditions at this time of year, but do we know how they originated? Here are a few …   It’s Christmas, a time of joy, thanksgiving and a whole host of traditions whose origins and significance have been lost over the centuries. For example, why is Christmas Day on December 25th? …

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Hamilton wins main SPOTY award on night of unsung heroes Posted On 21 December 2020

Selfless acts of courage highlighted in emotional ceremony While Lewis Hamilton took the plaudits for being named the BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year on Sunday, it was the undercard of award winners who provided a heartwarming glow to the scaled-back ceremony. Hamilton, the 35-year-old formula One star from Stevenage who equalled Michael Schumacher’s record …

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Changes to tier system ‘won’t affect moving process’ Posted On 18 December 2020

Only barriers to home sale process remain self-isolation or quarantine Amendments to the three-tier system have left anxious homeowners wondering if they will have to postpone their house moves until the Government signals an end to the restrictions imposed to combat the spread of COVID-19. However, the good news is that the housing market in …

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Tis the season… to eat and be merry. Posted On 17 December 2020

Our gorgeous guide to some special Chrismas recipes that will get your guests excited this festive season…   Cranberry and sage sausage rolls   These flavourful treats are perfect to have on the side throughout the holiday season…   Ingredients:   375g pack ready-rolled puff pastry ½ small garlic clove 1 beaten egg, to glaze …

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House prices set to rise in 2021 Posted On 16 December 2020

Rightmove’s latest house price index shows a property price increase next year   Residential property prices are set to increase next year, according to Rightmove’s latest house price index. The property portal forecasts a 4% rise in 2021, which has surprised some who expected the market to slow after the expiry of the Stamp Duty …

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Efforts to rewild London’s rivers are yielding results… Posted On 15 December 2020

Kingfisher sightings have increased in London over the last two decades thanks to ongoing efforts to rewild the city’s waterways   According to a report by the Catchment Partnership in London group (CpiL), which manages the city’s rivers, sightings of the orange and bluebirds have increased by 450 per cent since 2000, compared to the …

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‘Tis the season to be … careful Posted On 14 December 2020

Follow these handy tips to make sure Santa is the only one getting into your home during the festive season Even though COVID-19 restrictions and lockdowns mean we are spending more time at home this year it is best not to become too complacent when it comes to protecting our property, particularly during and immediately …

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2021 PDC World Darts Championship Preview Posted On 11 December 2020

Some associate the Christmas period with family time. Others think of more religious connotations. And some look forward to the festive period because it signals the beginning of the World Darts Championship. So as we near the festive period, let’s look ahead to what the biggest tournament in Darts has to offer.   What are …

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