Southgate gets England dreaming of Euro 2020 glory Posted On 30 June 2021

Coach oversees rare win against Germany to set up quarter-final tie with Ukraine   Twenty-five years after the lowest point of his career, The Quiet Man last night finally suppressed his tortured past. With his back arched, fists clenched in celebration, Gareth Southgate roared in triumph as his England side roared into the quarter-finals of …

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World Asteroid Day Posted On 30 June 2021

On a collision course to rock your world   Do you know what happened on 30th June 1908? If not, the United Nation’s hopes to change that with the celebration of World Asteroid Day on 30th June- 2021 marking the 5th year of celebration. In 1908, on 30th June, Earth experienced the largest asteroid impact …

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Will Southgate pick up the pace in the Euros? Posted On 29 June 2021

England will probably never have a better chance of ending their tournament hoodoo against Germany   If a teacher wrote an end-of-term report on England and Germany’s progress into the knockout stages of Euro 2020, it would be a short, succinct “must, and can, do better”. This evening, the two most underwhelming sides in the …

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Does your home have kerb appeal? Posted On 29 June 2021

5 tips to make a good first impression   First impressions count and houses are no exception to this rule. Often known as ‘kerb appeal’- it’s the small details which can make a big difference when trying to catch the interest of potential buyers. Kerb appeal is basically what your house looks like from the …

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You’ve chosen to move! Posted On 28 June 2021

Your kids haven’t- how to manage their emotions and ensure a smooth transition The day has arrived. Boxes are packed and ready to go. You’ve had the obligatory last coffee. It’s go time! Whilst you may be very excited to move house and start your next adventure, the chances are this decision was yours. For …

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A screen-free summer Posted On 25 June 2021

Must-try games kids will love   When you think back to childhood summers what do you remember fondly? Chances are it’s not being glued to a tv-screen, it’s the fun you had outdoors with other people. Today, the options of screens have multiplied: TVs, I-pads, phones, kindles and games consoles, with many of the games …

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Snack Attack Posted On 24 June 2021

Healthy snacks to make with the kids this summer   Kids are obsessed with snacks. The constant refrain, ‘Can I have a snack?’ can seem never-ending. But snacks are important, they can keep hunger at bay between meals and can be a good source of nutrition. The problems begin, however, when snacks lead to main …

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Hidden in Plain Sight Posted On 23 June 2021

Re-purposing hidden spaces in your home   It’s the classic problem: you bought your brand-new home. It was spacious, you almost rattled around in it and simply couldn’t envisage ever needing more storage or space than the abundance before you. Fast-forward a few years- a new partner, a cat, a dog and a couple of …

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Game changers Posted On 22 June 2021

How modern life has altered the dating scene   If you speak to your grandparents or parents about how they met, you are often hit with misty-eyed reminisces of eyes catching across a busy dance floor or meeting through mutual friends. What follows next is the common reprimand of having to trust your potential beau …

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If music be the food of love… Posted On 21 June 2021

Play on or listen on- do music your way   What are your plans for Monday 21st June? Will you compose a new piece on the piano? Choose some calming zen pieces to accompany your yoga practice? Browse Spotify for a new artist to explore? Why? Because 21st June marks World Music Day- an art …

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England will need nerves of steel in Euros showdown Posted On 18 June 2021

Expect Scotland’s underdogs to bare their teeth in Group D clash   Ever since Robert the Bruce gave King Edward II a good seeing to at Bannockburn more than 700 years ago this month, relationships been England and Scotland have been a bit spicey. Not that they were over-cordial beforehand, but by defying the odds …

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Leigh commemorates Dunkirk heroes with memorial service Posted On 18 June 2021

Many attended a Dunkirk Memorial Service recently, including Sir David Amess, MP for Southend West, held at St Clements Church, paying tribute to the brave heroes of Dunkirk   Marking 81 years now since the loss of the Leigh fishing boat, The Renown, the Service took place on the first day of this month and …

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