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Spring sun alert

If we saw a bit of sunshine now and then we might be more aware of it! Despite our often dismal climate we are still at risk of skin cancer and long-term damage through those burning rays. Even cloudy days

Caravan clubs

What is the appeal of driving along the road towing a sardine can on wheels behind you? Try reading this article by Chris Rundle. Useful websites: National Caravan Council; Camping and caravanning UK.

The misinformation age

Is this the information age, or the misinformation age? Would you be able to spot an e-mail or internet scam before falling for its charm? Many people forward chain e-mails which threaten a curse if you don’t. Others can unleash

Play away…

Councils up and down the country run after-school play schemes and school holiday schemes for the youngsters. But what sort of children go along each night after school – and what do they get up to? Most of the people

Oh baby!

The world’s eyes (well, some eyes in this country, at least) are on Kerry Katona to see how she sheds those extra pregnancy pounds. Many celebrity mums make the rest of the world green with envy at the speed with

Fancy tabling a bid for a slice of history

Charles Dickens’ writing table and chair which he used to pen Great Expectations are due to go under the auctioneer’s hammer. Reports suggest that the sale, at Christie’s in June, could raise anything up to £80,000, proceeds of which will

Good behaviour for youngsters – or else!!!

A new £218m scheme to address the causes of juvenile delinquency has been revealed. The project will see children as young as ten receive one-to-one sessions with specialist case workers. They will also have to sign so-called ‘good behaviour’ contracts

Lost pets

Losing a pet is distressing and knowing where to look, who to contact and how to find your pet can be daunting. The Kennel Club – has a free guide What To Do If You Lose Your Pet which gives

Popular charities

What makes a charity popular? Is it personal involvement where a cause touches someone’s life? Could it be slick advertising or just something that people identify with? Some people give to just one charity while others hand over £1 whenever

The NHS exposed

What’s the real story behind the NHS on your patch? Some horror stories never see the light of day. Balance some of the miracle cures for kids stories by checking out his website:

Are house prices crashing on your doorstep?

The rising price of property is constantly making the local and national news. But it’s much less common to see reports about house prices falling. A new website called Property Snake details just that information. Simply punch a postcode from

Stumping up for stamp duty

Stamp duty for first-time house buyers has almost doubled in just five years, according to new figures. The average bill is now £1,751 for those seeking their first property. The most expensive areas are London and the south-east of England.

Who has the best publicity?

Campaign group PETA pulled another one of its high-profile publicity stunts when it placed a near-naked pregnant woman in a small cage in Covent Garden. PETA – which means People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals – said it was

Traditional sweet becomes alternative Easter treat

Easter is nearly upon us and one chippie in Maidstone is taking a traditional treat to new culinary places. Phil Cornford is deep frying Cadbury’s Creme Eggs in batter, pushing the treats to new levels on the Richter scale of

A special kind of minister

Your local shopping centre is likely to have a special listening ear you might not have expected – as many now have a minister or chaplain. The same goes for your local league football club. There’s usually someone available if