How to live the Good Life in 2017

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
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The Top 6 Music Festivals for 2017

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
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UK holiday hotspots for 2017

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
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What’s going to happen to the UK jobs market in 2017?

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
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Is 2017 the year of the Internet of Things?

The Internet of Things has become a term of common currency. All it really means is that equipment and devices are connected by the internet, sharing data. The most common example is a fridge that could let you know when you were out of butter or milk. Aside from the more ridiculous Internet of Things fantasies, 2016 was a big year for pushing this concept forward, as it began to get traction outside of just businesses and geeks. So, in theory 2017 should be the year in which Internet of Things enters all of our lives, whether we like it or not. It all depends on 5G For the Internet of Things to really take hold, 5G mobile communication needs to happen. Before it does, most experts predict that networks won’t be fast enough or have the capacity to create an effective Internet of Things. Speed is one of the key differences between the 4G networks we have now, and 5G. An SMS takes 40 milliseconds to send on a 4G network and just one or two with 5G. While that might seem like a pointle
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The best way to buy and finance a car in 2017

If your car is old, always breaking down or simply becoming a bit of an embarrassment, you’re probably thinking about replacing it. But buying a new or used car can seem like a daunting prospect: do you ask the bank for a loan, go with one of the finance companies’ options or sign up to a lease deal? What will cost you the least money each month, saving your budget for all your other expenses, or are you more concerned about what the deal will cost you in total over the long term? New car or preloved car? While buying a spanking new motor might seem like the best option – lower running costs, fewer breakdowns and the cachet of driving the latest model – it’s worth remembering that the average new car will lose almost 50 per cent of its sale value over the first three years that you drive it. That’s just the average depreciation; many cars lose their value much faster than that with makes like Peugeot, Citroen and Fiat losing up to two thirds of their value over those three
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UK Housing Market Forecast for 2017

House price rises slowed significantly during 2016 and experts are warning that this sluggish growth is likely to continue this year with uncertainty about Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union. Meanwhile, changes to stamp duty in 2015 are continuing to have an impact on the very highest end of the property market where the cost of buying a home has increased dramatically.  Furthermore, higher rate duty charges on second homes came in in April 2016 and it is expected that these will have a further depressing effect on prices. So what will happen to prices this year? The latest national figures for house prices are for October 2016. Released by the Office for National Statistics, these show that UK prices rose 6.9 per cent in the year to October which was the lowest overall rise since the end of 2015 with the average UK house now costing £217,000. Growth has slowed across all housing sectors with virtually every index now suggesting that the slowdown will continue throughou
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