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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Who knew? Hard rock is made up of softies Posted On 25 June 2021

Solihull band Blue Nation raise funds for QEHB   If you haven’t heard of Blue Nation – they’re a band you need to check out. Blue Nation are a three-piece band from Birmingham. They use Euphonic Riff based rock to create a sound which doesn’t fit neatly into a genre and is all the more …

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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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HSBC launches sub-1% mortgage amid widespread rate cuts Posted On 18 June 2021

HSBC UK has refreshed its mortgage rates with up to 0.20% cut from over 20 mortgages across all LTVs, including the bank’s Mortgage Guarantee Scheme rates at 95% LTV   The rate cuts mean the bank will be offering a sub-1.00% mortgage for the first time in almost five years in addition to re-introducing a …

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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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The children are our future Posted On 18 June 2021

Solihull pupils showcase their entrepreneurial spirit!   What was your favourite subject at school? How have you used it since? Maths, science, English, history, geography … enterprise and entrepreneurship. Unfortunately, the latter doesn’t feature as part of the statutory National Primary Curriculum despite the fact it has obvious real-world use. Because of this the amount …

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Taking the indoors-outdoors Posted On 18 June 2021

Making the most of your space   With warmer weather approaching, now is the perfect time to re-vamp your outside space ready for entertaining. The first thing to look at is the size and orientation of your garden. What do you want to use the space for, entertaining (dappled sun or shade is often best …

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Home is where the heart is Posted On 17 June 2021

Even if you can’t remember which box you put it in!   Moving house is well known to be one of the most stressful things you can do, yet the lure of a new home is almost impossible to ignore. With the 30th June ‘end of stamp duty holiday’ deadline fast approaching, many are frantically …

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Ready, Steady, App-tion! Posted On 16 June 2021

The apps you need to know about to enhance your summer   ‘There’s an app for that’ is a phrase often banded about- for good reason, it really does seem these days that there is an app for just about everything. With the market flooded with competitors, it can be difficult to sort which apps …

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Dining rooms: the forgotten space Posted On 15 June 2021

Why you need a dining room and how to decorate it   With open plan kitchens flooding the market, you could argue that the traditional dining room is losing its place.  The dining room should however maintain its established place of prestige in your home. Having a separate dining room offers a space which is …

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Father’s day gift guide Posted On 14 June 2021

This Sunday is father’s day and if you’re struggling with gift ideas, we have you covered   GLAMPING TRIP A glamping break might be the perfect way you and your dad, or your dad and his partner, can escape the hustle and bustle of city life. The beauty of a glamping pod is that you …

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