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The Gift Of A Great Read

For historical fiction fans Washington Black – Esi Edugyan 11-year-old slave Washington Black is taken from the sugar fields and lent to his tyrannical master’s brother, Titch, to work on a ‘cloudcutter’ hot air balloon. The duo form an unlikely friendship that, coupled with Washington’s artistic talent, could provide a way out of slavery. For […]

Apricot & Orange Cheesecakes

Finish off a meal with these deliciously creamy individual apricot and orange cheesecakes. You can make them a day in advance.   Ingredients:   125g digestive biscuits, crushed 40g unsalted butter, melted Zest and juice of a small orange 2 tsp powdered gelatine 250g full-fat soft cheese 25g caster sugar 200ml double cream, softly whipped […]

Tales From Britain’s ‘Food War’ Zones

Many Brits – perhaps hoping for a repeat of last summer’s heatwave – have decided against travelling abroad this year. Of course, it’s great news for our home-grown tourist industry. If you’re planning to take your annual holiday in Britain this summer, you might be looking forward to the opportunity to sample local brews, cheeses, […]

Mortgages: Short-Term Or Long-Term

It’s easy to be overwhelmed by the sheer number of mortgage products available. The trend towards offering non-traditional mortgage terms doesn’t help when you’re trying to decide which loan is best. Banks and building societies are increasingly offering longer-term mortgages lasting 30 or 40 years alongside the ‘standard’ 25-year term with which many of us […]

Driverless Cars Explained

Driverless cars are a hot topic in the motoring world at the moment. Everyone’s talking about them; manufacturers, politicians and transport chiefs are all nattering on about the future of cars without the need for drivers. But what are they, and what do they mean for the future of motoring? We’re going to try and […]

Seventies Chic

Get your groove on – Seventies chic is back! But this time around orange pine and avocado bathrooms are banned, in favour of good-looking furnishings, bold patterns and cool accessories. The Seventies revival in interiors has been brewing for a while, building up to an unmistakeable trend that has even started to reach the high […]

Encouraging A Love Of Reading

According to BookTrust, children who enjoy reading tend to have better literacy skills, increased vocabulary and enhanced general knowledge. Reluctant readers may need some encouragement to discover their love of reading, however. Lead by example Show your child how much you enjoy reading, even if it’s just by flicking through a cookbook or burying your […]

The History Of Children’s Toys

The history of children’s toys ranges from a simple cup and ball to a Slinky.  Toys don’t necessarily have to be complicated to provide hours of enjoyment. Since the dawn of time, children have played with toys both to amuse themselves and to learn about the world around them. The Origins of the Doll Some […]

Chicken & Rice Burritos

Make these quick and easy chicken and rice burritos for on-the-go lunch or supper. Wrap tightly in foil to transport. Ingredients: 1 tbsp olive oil 1 onion, peeled and finely chopped 2 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed 100g easy-cook long grain rice, boiled, drained and cooled (see tip) 2 tsp chilli powder 350g chicken breast […]