How to do a Maltese wedding

The last time I was invited to an overseas wedding I ended up in A&E. Seriously. Rushing to breakfast the morning after a wedding in Greece, I misjudged a step midway down a concrete staircase and ended up supine with my knickers on show and then unable to stand on my ankle thanks to a

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Autumn Holiday Essentials for Men

As you know, we like to travel. This year alone, we have been lucky enough to enjoy several short trips, including a camping trip in Italy, a few days near Weymouth and a week in France. Over the years, we have got quite good at ensuring that we are always holiday ready. So, today, I

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Five fun day trips from London

Staying in London can be great fun. Of course you know that if you happen to live there, but it’s also an amazing place for tourists to spend a vacation. There’s just so much to see and do that you can find something different to do everyday for years.   That said, London can also

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If Elizabeth Barrett Browning had a Roomba

  Then Sonnet 43 might have read like this: How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. I love thee for relieving me of the plight Of carpet cleaning that you get just right For your gentle whirring and idle grace. I love thee at 11am every day’s As you do your deed,

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When your best friend moves house….

  … and you want to give them a house warming gift.  What do you give them?  When they are your best friends and you want to get them something that will last for years and that might remind them of your friendship whenever they see it. I have known the Cookes for over 15

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We need to talk about tyres

No don’t pull that face.   Don’t do what we all do when the adverts come on TV, and hit the fast forward.  Bear with me for five minutes because we need to talk about tyres.    Chances are you drive a car, or travel in a car with your family on a fairly regular

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How gorgeous does Croatia look?

The more I hear about Croatia the more I really want to visit.   And right now I really need a holiday.  I mean like I really need a holiday.   I am exhausted and we don’t have a holiday booked this year (I am not counting the week in France at Easter, or the

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