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Our first short story writing competition was such a great success that we decided to run another this summer. This has exceeded our expectations. We doubled the number of entries received while the quality of the entries stayed very high. The competition closed at the end of September and after a much deliberation we can now announce the winners of our Summer 2017 competition. The winner and the three runners up all won cash prizes and have their short stories published on our website (read their stories and tell us what you think of them in the comments below). The winning story The Eternal Coin was a striking piece moving the reader through 2000 years of British history in just 2000 words! It won the writer David Stokes £200. As our judges noted: We really liked David’s response to our theme. We’ve probably all looked at items in museums at some point and wondered how they arrived there. In his story, David takes us on an epic journey describing this. The writing is packed w
The Best 2017 Back to School Deals Although it hardly seems a minute since Roger Federer won Wimbledon – or since the sunshine of Glastonbury Festival – the summer of 2017 is just about over. And, as the school term looms, so too does the huge bill that comes with kitting out kids for another academic year. No one wants to go back to school for a new term without all the essentials so where can you find the deals to get everything you need for the family without breaking the bank? Stationary Despite the tech that drives many classrooms these days most kids still need good old fashion stationary for day-to-day learning. From pens and paper to note books and pencil cases, if you’re getting a great deal on back to school stationary then everyone is happy. High street store Paperchase has a range of super colourful stationary and kit for children of all ages – they’re currently offering 3 for 2 on all the essentials, from highlighters to erasers. You can also pick up the basics
The Good Life – being entirely self sufficient – has been a dream for decades. But whether you’re pursuing Tom and Barbara’s 70s hippy vision or something altogether more millennial where do you start when it comes to growing your own and turning green fingers into a great life? Back garden or allotment? If you’re lucky enough to have a fairly sizeable back garden then you’re off to a great start. If you don’t then there’s always an allotment. The idea of an allotment is that you’re allocated a patch of land that you can use to grow. Applications for allotments are made through the local council (search your local council website for details) and availability varies wildly from city to city. Most plots usually come in at between 100 and 300 square metres and will be located with other allotments managed by other local residents. The cost of renting an allotment is low – around £10 per year outside of London. The only complication with allotments is that, in areas
Summer is festival heaven. Whether you’re a fan of boutique events in UK woodlands or secret hideaways in Croatia, there are plenty of options to keep every possible type of festivalgoer entertained. Glastonbury (21st – 25th June) Glastonbury remains the Mother of all music festivals and one that every true festival fan needs to attend at least once. Who’s playing? Radiohead, Ed Sheeran, Katie Perry, Foo Fighters, Solange. Where is it? Down on Worthy Farm in Pilton, Somerset. How do you get tickets? Tickets sell out in a day and most have now already been sold, unless you know someone in a band or you’re prepared to buy a VIP package. Comfort tip: Hire a yurt, don’t camp. The Glastonbury site is notorious for being a mud bath if it rains and Glasto is notorious for taking place on the only rainy weekend in June.. Truck Festival (21st – 23rd July) Self-named “the godfather of the small festival scene” Truck festival is a leading independent event. Offering all the exc
According to Laterooms.com, two thirds of Brits are planning to holiday in the UK this year. After the upset of Brexit and the increased cost of heading off overseas, the UK is looking like an increasingly popular choice. Plus, as most of us have only seen around 2% of what this country offers, there is plenty of undiscovered terrain, whether you’re looking for city breaks or classic seaside stays. Glasgow An exciting alternative to culture rich city breaks, such as Berlin or Amsterdam, Glasgow is forecast to be one of the most popular staycation spots this year. Despite what you may have seen in Trainspotting, Glasgow has been named the World’ Friendliest City’ and is a goldmine of culture and history. Finnieston is the city’s food quarter, a haven for everyone from craft beer enthusiasts to fresh seafood lovers and vegans. Street art, Charles Rennie Mackintosh design, stunning architecture and vibrant nightlife all contribute to Glasgow’s appeal. Margate There are few coas
How will employment fare in 2017? Which sectors will grow and which will decline? What will the impact of Brexit be on all of those in and seeking work? The answer depends on which economist or forecasting unit you believe. Some are predicting robust growth throughout the rest of this year while others are predicting subdued growth or even rising unemployment. What are the forecasts about UK jobs? In its annual survey of economists published by the Financial Times in January, a majority of economists said that they expected that growth in the UK economy will slow markedly this year with household incomes suffering because of rising inflation and a majority of businesses postponing or shelving decisions on investment because of Brexit uncertainties. That, say the economists, will have a knock-on effect on the jobs market. Unemployment will start to rise this year as businesses try to cut costs in anticipation of Britain’s exit from the EU. Pressure on household incomes caused by ris