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Help yourself

Self-help groups exist where people with similar problems or issues get together to discuss their difficulties and bounce ideas off one another. A number of websites have links to groups for all kinds of people. One of the largest of

Students filling the gap

Students fresh out of sixth form college or university may be considering a gap year to gain some ‘life experience’. One student, Will Parkhouse, chose to combine his with some work experience on a newspaper in India. Read about his

Fitness after pregnancy

Starting a fitness programme is always daunting. But even though it is even tougher with the demands of a small baby, the advice is to make time for fitness after pregnancy. The first stop for fitness advice is the midwife

Carry on camping

More and more people are taking to the fresh countryside air and getting out camping. There’s much more on offer than cold baked beans, collapsed tents and rain, rain, rain. Special holiday deals mean that it’s even possible to go

Breaking bad news

As a journalist there’s a good chance you will have been to interview a recently bereaved reader after a road smash or some other tragedy. It’s never easy and nothing can prepare you for your first “death knock”. But what

Listed buildings

England’s Listed Buildings are immortalised online at: imagesofengland.org.uk. Check out the ones in your region.

Download your brain

By the middle of the 21st century it *might* be possible to download your brain to a supercomputer. Ask some well-known locals which parts of their brain or memory they would like preserving for ever.

Checking out the animal shelters

The summer months are busy for animal rescue centres as people go off on holiday without a thought for their abandoned pets. Is there any room at your local RSPCA, Cats Protection shelter or volunteer animal welfare group? Which animals

Flirting from your car

There’s a new trend spreading throughout the country for everyday drivers… The people who run motorflirt.com offers a service which allows drivers from all over the country to flirt and communicate by text message – using vehicle number plates. Members

Working from home

More companies are said to be waking up to the benefits of letting staff work from home and other remote locations so they rarely need to set foot in the office. Is this good for work-life balance but bad for

Take an e-citizen course

What’s an e-citizen course? Why not try one out at www.e-citizen.gov.uk.

Do it yourself?

Busy Britons are increasingly relying on hired help. Rather doing simple chores like ironing, cooking and walking the dog, people would rather reach for the phone and ‘get someone in’. Is there nothing we can’t get done for us these

Working from home

More companies are said to be waking up to the benefits of letting staff work from home and other remote locations and they rarely need to set foot in the office. Is this good for work-life balance but bad for

Career choices

TV shows such as Hell’s Kitchen and Spooks can influence what careers young people want. What careers do young people in your area aspire to? What attracts them? Do they follow in their parents’ footsteps or are there other influences?

Kids who learn at home

Every week day by around 9am, most children are sitting at their desks in classrooms ready to start the daily routine of school life. It sounds like many a child’s dream to be allowed to stay home from school every

Pampered pets

Pampered pooches can relax in a heated pool and a therapist is on hand to massage aching bodies at an exclusive poodle parlour in Wales. The main idea behind the hydrotherapy spa is to treat dogs recovering from injuries or