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The most wonderful – and wasteful – time of year

POSTED ON 28 DECEMBER 2020

More rubbish is produced at Christmas than any other time of year. Here’s how to dispose of it responsibly   ‘Tis the season of excess: Food, drink … and rubbish. We diligently recycle throughout the year, but at Christmas the level of waste goes up a notch or two. Or three. That’s 30per cent more …


That’s a cracker!

POSTED ON 24 DECEMBER 2020

They may make you groan and chuckle in equal measure, but Christmas cracker jokes are  part of the festive fun   It’s Tom Smith’s fault. After adopting the French idea of wrapping sugared almonds in fancy paper, the London confectioner decided, in the late 1840s, to expand his market from the discerning Victorian gents who …


Cheers, it’s Christmas!

POSTED ON 23 DECEMBER 2020

Need a festive fillip? Kickstart your Christmas morning with a classy cocktail    The turkey’s in the oven, the sprouts are ready and the potatoes have been blanched ready for roasting. What’s next on the Christmas Day to-do list? Well, if all’s going to plan it might be time for a quick tipple or a …


Pagans, pantos and pies: How we got to our modern Christmas

POSTED ON 22 DECEMBER 2020

There are so many traditions at this time of year, but do we know how they originated? Here are a few …   It’s Christmas, a time of joy, thanksgiving and a whole host of traditions whose origins and significance have been lost over the centuries. For example, why is Christmas Day on December 25th? …


Hamilton wins main SPOTY award on night of unsung heroes

POSTED ON 21 DECEMBER 2020

Selfless acts of courage highlighted in emotional ceremony While Lewis Hamilton took the plaudits for being named the BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year on Sunday, it was the undercard of award winners who provided a heartwarming glow to the scaled-back ceremony. Hamilton, the 35-year-old formula One star from Stevenage who equalled Michael Schumacher’s record …


Changes to tier system ‘won’t affect moving process’

POSTED ON 18 DECEMBER 2020

Only barriers to home sale process remain self-isolation or quarantine Amendments to the three-tier system have left anxious homeowners wondering if they will have to postpone their house moves until the Government signals an end to the restrictions imposed to combat the spread of COVID-19. However, the good news is that the housing market in …