Soundbars to air fryers: the best refurbished Black Friday tech deals

Investing in refurbished technology can help consumers cut costs with little to no compromise on quality – and this Black Friday, a number of top retailers are offering highly competitive deals on pre-loved tech. From laptops to hair tools, air fryers to soundbars, take a look at some of the best refurbished deals on the […]

Stir-up Sunday 2022: recipes for Christmas cake

A traditional Christmas cake is a popular addition to the festive treats menu. Made in many different ways, they are generally “variations on the classic fruitcake”, said the English Tea Store. Christmas cakes can be “light, dark, moist, dry, heavy, spongy, leavened, unleavened” and even come in many different shapes, with “frosting, glazing, a dusting […]

Stir-up Sunday 2022: recipes for Christmas pudding

For many, finishing off a hearty, traditional roast dinner with a rich slab of Christmas pudding is the final nail in the coffin in a season of festive gluttony. But despite classic fruitcakes falling by the wayside as lighter-textured sponge and cupcakes become the tastes du jour, this once-a-year treat remains a staple of the […]

A weekend in Bath: travel guide and best things to do

1 Why you should visit Bath Famous for its Roman baths, Georgian architecture and World Heritage status, Bath is one of Britain’s “loveliest little cities”, said The Times. The “only downside” to a place this pretty “is its popularity”. Visit outside of the “hectic” summer months and you’ll be able to see “Bath at its […]

A weekend in Brighton and Hove: travel guide, attractions and things to do

1 Why you should visit Brighton and Hove The East Sussex seaside city of Brighton and Hove is known for being “quirky, bohemian, artsy, and very LGBTQ-friendly”, said the Nomadic Matt travel blog. Considered one of the “hippest” places in the UK, it really comes alive with festivals and events in summer, but it’s actually […]

Pros and cons of shared ownership

UK house prices have continued to rise despite economic turmoil and surging mortgage rates, making it more difficult than ever for first-time buyers to get on the housing ladder. According to Rightmove, average property prices were up 0.9% this month to a new record of £371,158, although it also found that first-time buyer demand was down […]

A weekend in Prague: travel guide, attractions and things to do

1 Why you should visit Prague Prague’s “stunning architectural masterpieces” and the fact that it contains the world’s largest castle complex, as well as its relative affordability, are all factors included in travel website Culture Trip’s top ten reasons to visit Prague.  The Czech Republic’s capital “has kept up with European trends in the realms of art, […]

Wordle alternatives: 16 best games, puzzles and apps

Wordle, the online word guessing game that took the internet by storm, celebrates its first anniversary this month. The word game was born out of the pandemic, when former Reddit software developer Josh Wardle designed the game for his partner Palak Shah, “who was absorbed by word games like the New York Times Spelling Bee […]

A weekend in Paris: travel guide, attractions and things to do

1 Why you should visit Paris Put simply, “because it’s Paris”, the “tirelessly picturesque” City of Love and Lights, said The Times. The French capital is a city where you can “eat like a king” and “marvel at some of the finest historical sights” in the world.  Paris, which sits on the River Seine, is the […]

Italy’s Aosta Valley: the stunning skyway to Mont Blanc

First of all, I must apologise to the people of Liguria – because I now have a new favourite region of Italy. Having holidayed a number of times in this beautiful country, I never thought that Cinque Terre would be knocked from the top spot of my ranking. However, after a memorable few days in […]

Best portrayals of Queen Elizabeth in TV and film

Queen Elizabeth II inspired a wealth of television and film dramatisations during her 70-year reign. Her Majesty has been “immortalised in everything from the big-budget period drama The Crown to cartoon fame in The Simpsons”, said Sky News’ entertainment reporter Gemma Peplow. Following the Queen’s death last Thursday, the former show returned to Netflix’s Top Ten most-viewed […]

The Great British Bake Off’s most memorable moments

The electric mixers are warming up, the speed freezers are cooling down and the tent poles are firmly in place, which can only mean one thing: the return of The Great British Bake Off. Series 13 of the nation’s favourite baking show will begin on Channel 4 next Tuesday, as a dozen contestants enter the infamous […]