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A fascinating visit to the ‘House of Art’

On a wet and rainy day we set off down the M3 to Petworth. I wasn’t sure what the attraction of the 17th century palace of Petworth house and gardens was, but as soon as you arrive you are met by 700 acres of stunning parkland landscaped by Capability Brown in his heyday....
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I’m fed up having to defend myself as a baby boomer!

Suddenly everyone is anti we ‘baby boomers’ and empty nesters. And that’s before the granny bashing that has gone on post budget. It seems to have pitched the generations against each other. Ok,  so yes my generation have had free university fees, but actually I was the first in...
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The boomerang generation grows to 3 million

The Office of National Statistics has revealed that nearly 3 million adult children aged between 20 and 34 are now living at home with their parents. Men are the worst – one in three lives at home compared to one in six young women. With the prices of first homes rocketing...
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Charity fundraising ideas

If you are not sure where to start but want to do some fundraising, getting together with friends to organize a coffee morning with all the back up of a big charity and its publicity material is an easy launch pad. Choose a high profile cause or a local one with which you and...
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Ideas for holiday rentals in the UK

If you want to rent somewhere, and self cater here are some sites for rentals that are a little out of the ordinary, though you will have to book well in advance for many of them. English Heritage offers properties in historic properties such as castles, and abbeys . Equipped to...
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Ideas for days out in London

London Walks  A relatively unknown source of fascinating information, and highly recommended for a few hours is the London Walks Company They offer guided walks (morning, afternoon and sometimes evening) through both famous and lesser known areas of London. The guides are...
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Thinking of going back to work? These are your transferable skills

These are the skills that you have built up during any job or activity that you can apply to other jobs. You can build up skills through all sorts of activities – jobs, projects, volunteer work, hobbies, sports, virtually anything. For example communication – being able to...
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Caring for the Elderly

It is encouraging to read that most people over 50 feel less stressed, are happier and have a better sense of wellbeing than those who are younger – well I guess there has to be some advantage to gaining a few more wrinkles! Maybe to some extent the pressure is off because we are...
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Great places to stay and eat in Europe

  Czech Republic Prague Chateau Mcely It’s a fabulous spa hotel about an hour’s drive from Prague. Tel. 00 42 03 25 60 00 00 The Augustine Letanska 33, was a monastery dating in part back to the 13th C, and has been beautifully updated into a gorgeous hotel with...
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