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Monthly February 2017
Fantastic Mr Fox: Syndicated Interview with Composer, Arthur Darvill

How did you first become involved with the stage production of Fantastic Mr Fox, and what made you want to come on board?

Maria (Aberg) the director called me and said would you like to write some music for Fantastic Mr Fox, I said absolutely!  She then said it opens in November and this was in June, so it has been a fairly swift process but I am very glad she asked me.

Do you think Road Dahl’s writing is something that translates easily to the stage?

I don’t think anything translates easily to stage but I think his stories are so rich and full of brilliant well-defined characters that it is a real joy to see these characters, especially those from Fantastic Mr Fox jump out of the book.

How does it feel to create music for something as well known and universally loved as a Road Dahl story?

It has been a real privilege to write music for this. It is a pinch yourself moment. When re-reading the book I thought I love this book but I don’t know if I can do this, which I think is a good reaction to have.  Throughout the writing process it has been about honouring what Dahl wrote and making sure the music tells the story in the best we can tell it.

Were you a fan of the book ‘Fantastic Mr Fox’ growing up?

I am a massive Roald Dahl fan. He was basically my introduction to reading. I remember reading Fox in my cabin bed that I had growing up in Birmingham. I read it in one go, in one night, and just absolutely loved it. It had a drastic impact on the way my world was shaped. Dahl made the most disgusting things in life seem like the most joyous. He also had a great sense of justice, which can only be a good thing.

Tell us about your process for composing the music?

I don’t know if I have a process. I had a clear idea in my head what I wanted it to sound like but that kind of changed and thankfully a lot of the pressure was removed when I was working with the team on the lyrics. They knew exactly what needed to happen and write with such a good sense of humour.

What did you want to capture about the story and its characters in the music?

There are a definite group of characters In Fantastic Mr Fox; humans and animals. I wanted to give them both a very different sound to start with and as the story develops, these sounds slightly cross over depending on what is happening. The farmers have a dirty earthy English sound and the animals are freer. Mr Fox is arrogant at times and Mouse sings about cheese, which is very sweet.

What do you hope audiences take away from the show?

It’s a perfect family show for all ages.  I hope audiences take away melodies that they can sing on their way home. This show is so much fun and the right people get their comeuppance. It is not black and white. You will go home discussing the moral content of the story whilst laughing at the jokes.

What’s your favourite song in the show and why?

I can’t choose one song. I’m very pleased with how the Farmers’ song (Foxy Feeling) has turned out but they are all good.

Audiences will recognise you from your acting roles in Broadchurch and Doctor Who, but they might not realise that you are also an established composer. Is juggling both careers a challenge?

It is a challenge but a joyous challenge. I couldn’t just do one or the other, I have to do both. I have a fun job and I would never complain about it.

What’s coming up next for you?

I am currently in Legends of Tomorrow and will hopefully write some more music.

UK Tour: 25 Jan – 9 July 2017

www.fantasticmrfoxlive.com

The Year of Literary Heroes

VisitEngland has declared 2017 as the “Year of Literary Heroes” – recognising the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s death, 20 years since the first Harry Potter book, and other publishing phenomena that have helped put England on the map.

With Britain’s extensive network of navigable inland waterways transporting canal boat holiday-makers through rural idylls, with wooded glades, sweeping farmland and sleepy villages – to exciting waterside towns and cities with connections to some of our greatest Literary Heroes, Drifters Waterway Holidays (www.drifters.co.uk) has put together its Top 5 Literary destinations for 2017:

  1. Explore Ted Hughes’ Calderdale by canal – on a short break (three or four nights) from Drifters’ base at Sowerby Bridge, narrowboat holiday-makers can travel along the Rochdale Canal to Todmorden and back, exploring the beautiful Calder Valley and passing through Mytholmroyd, where Ted Hughes played as a child, and Hebden Bridge, where Sylvia Path is buried. The journey there and back travels 20 miles of waterway, passing through 34 locks, and takes around 16 hours. ***2017 short break (three or four nights) prices from Sowerby Bridge start at £415 for a boat for two people.  Prices include damage waiver, pre-holiday information, comprehensive instruction, fuel, gas, parking, buoyancy aids and bed linen.
  1. Find out about Jane Austen in Georgian Bath – on a short break from Drifters’ canal boat hire base at Bradford on Avon in Wiltshire, it’s a delightful six-hour journey along the picturesque Kennet & Avon Canal to Bath Top Lock and back. Here canal boat holiday-makers can moor-up and walk 15 minutes to Bath City centre, where they can visit the Jane Austen Centre to find out about the writer and the City that inspired ‘Northanger Abbey’ and ‘Persuasion’, and enjoy a truly elegant afternoon tea at the Regency Tea Rooms.  ****2017 short break (three or four nights) prices from Bradford on Avon start at £580 for a boat for four people, weekly hire from £835. Price includes boat hire, cancellation protection, gas, car parking, tuition on arrival, buoyancy aids, bed linen, towels and first pet.  A fuel deposit of £50 is taken for short breaks, £90 for a week.  Actual cost is around £10-15 per day.  Second pet is £25 for a short break, £35 for a week.
  1. Mark the 150th anniversary of Arnold Bennett’s birth with cruise through the Potteries – from Drifters’ base at Great Haywood on the Trent & Mersey Canal in Staffordshire, it takes around 10 hours, travelling through 18 locks to reach Stoke-on-Trent, where events and exhibitions are being staged throughout the year to mark the 150th anniversary of the birth of Enoch Arnold Bennett. A prolific writer with close ties to the Potteries, Bennett’s novels include ‘Anna of the Five Towns’, which told the social and industrial history of the local people.  On a week’s holiday, boaters can continue on from Stoke to complete the Four Counties Ring, which passes through Cheshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire and the West Midlands, travelling a further 90 miles, through 76 more locks, and cruising for another 45 hours. ****2017 short break (three or four nights) prices from Great Haywood start at £470 for a boat for four people, weekly hire from £670. Price includes boat hire, cancellation protection, gas, car parking, tuition on arrival, buoyancy aids, bed linen, towels and first pet.  A fuel deposit of £50 is taken for short breaks, £90 for a week.  Actual cost is around £10-15 per day.  Second pet is £25 for a short break, £35 for a week.
  1. Celebrate 80 years of The Hobbit with a journey through Tolkien country – Published in 1937 to wide critical acclaim, the popularity of JRR Tolkien’s ‘The Hobbit’ endures. Tolkien spent much of his childhood exploring the village of Sarehole (now Hall Green), Moseley Bog, the Malvern Hills, and nearby Bromsgrove, Alcester and Alvechurch.  From Drifters’ base on the Worcester & Birmingham Canal at Alvechurch, narrowboat holiday-makers can travel through some of the landscapes that inspired Tolkien’s masterpiece.  On a short break, travel along beautiful tree-lined waters to the village of Lapworth and back, perfect for canal boat holiday beginners.  On a week’s holiday, more experienced boaters can tackle the Stourport Ring, travelling 74 miles through 118 locks in around 45 hours.  To celebrate 80 years since the book’s publication, Drifters will gift a copy of The Hobbit to customers quoting “Tolkien” when booking a boat departing from Alvechurch in 2017.  Please note this offer won’t be applied retrospectively.   ****2017 short break (three or four nights) hire prices from Alvechurch starts at £619 for a boat for four people, £799 for a week.  Price includes bedding, towels, collision damage waiver, first pet, car parking, tuition and buoyancy aids. Fuel is extra – a £50 fuel deposit is taken for short breaks, £90 for a week, £140 for 10/11 nights and £180 for two weeks.
  1. Unearth infamous pirate lairs in Bristol – from Drifters’ canal boat hire base on the Kennet & Avon Canal at Hilperton near Trowbridge, Bristol’s Floating Harbour is a two-day cruise away, travelling 30 miles along the Kennet & Avon Canal and the Bristol Avon, passing through Bradford on Avon and the City of Bath. Once there, canal boat holiday-makers can moor-up and take time to discover Bristol’s exciting maritime history with a guided Pirate Walk, encountering Long John Silver’s treasure chest in the smuggler’s cave, Treasure Ireland’s Spy Glass Inn and Pirate Captain Blackbeard’s lair.  ****2017 short break (three or four nights) hire prices from Hilperton start at £619 for a boat for four people, £799 for a week.  Price includes bedding, towels, collision damage waiver, first pet, car parking, tuition and buoyancy aids. Fuel is extra – a £50 fuel deposit is taken for short breaks, £90 for a week, £140 for 10/11 nights and £180 for two weeks.

Drifters Waterway Holidays offers over 580 narrowboats for hire from 45 locations across England, Scotland and Wales.  2017 hire prices start at £395 for a short break (three or four nights) on a boat for four, £575 for a week and many boats currently have early booking discounts.

For more information about Drifters boating holidays call 0844 984 0322 or visit www.drifters.co.uk.

For more literary inspiration go to www.visitengland.com/literature For information about visiting the canal network go to www.canalrivertrust.org.uk

Never Forget The Cake

I used to hate tea. Not just dislike it, not just not mind it, but actually, literally, hate it. The smell, the taste, the feel of a teabag… It was almost a phobia.

A terrible phobia. A debilitating phobia. In fact, there was no ‘almost’ about it. I’d be quite happy, minding my own business, walking down the street, or sitting in a café, when suddenly, that tangy, spicy scent – the smell that made my taste buds shrivel up and try to hide – would hit me. Wafting its way past as a waitress carried a cup of the beige stuff to a nearby table, it seemed to leap out of the mug and assault my senses, slapping me round the face with its jolly old self. Jogging by me in a frantic commute, its consumer blissfully unaware that their beverage of choice had made me feel really rather unwell, it slowed down as it went by, wanting me to get a good dose of its goodness.

And it’s a strange thing, this ‘teaphobia’. Someone who is afraid of spiders gets sympathy, gets people offering to save them from the hairy little beasts. A person afraid of the dark is allowed to sleep with the light on. Anyone afraid of heights wouldn’t be expected to work up a ladder.

But I received no sympathy. Odd looks, disbelieving sniggers, shakes of the head, yes, I got those. And I was not excused from being in the same room as tea – I could not run off and hope that it was gone when I got back. I had to stay or risk being thought of as a fool. I had to listen to friends, family, colleagues slurping their way through never-ending cuppas. I had to watch them licking their lips and sighing in satisfaction. I had to, on occasion, tidy up the remains of their crumb encrusted mugs, the biscuits they had dunked leaving behind remnants that floated in the cold, brown puddle at the bottom of the teacup.

Disgusting. Isn’t it?

Or was it just me?

It felt that way.

When visiting family, all great tea drinkers, I would, of course, be offered a drink when I arrived. “Cuppa?”

I steeled myself. “No, thank you. Coffee would be great. Or something cold.”

“What? No tea?”

Every time. Every time I saw the confusion in their eyes, the worry coursing through their minds. They wondered why I was so strange. They wondered what was wrong with me.

What was wrong with me? Tea was my birthright, surely. I’m British. I should have been sipping tea until the cows came home, dunking Digestives and munching macaroons. I should have enjoyed cradling a hot mug as I sat and listened to the radio. Or gossiping through a mouthful of the stuff in the hairdresser’s. My friends had been weened on tea, had drunk it from bottles and beakers and sippy cups since they were tiny. They loved it. It reminded them of snuggling with their mothers at story time. It reminded them of feeling unwell and dozing on the sofa.

It was a part of them.

It was a part of us. Keep calm and have a cup of tea. It was – and is – the solver of all ills, and fixer of all failings.

I shouldn’t have been trying to get away from it at any given opportunity.

Should I?

But I did. And so, feeling decidedly unpatriotic and strangely alone, I carried on through life drinking coffee and cola and trying my best not to come into contact with tea.

Something changed, though.

Something big.

My husband bought me a present.

Now, at this stage I had sailed through four years of dating followed by three years of marriage without the dread ‘T’ word causing too many issues.

“I don’t really like tea,” I had said when he had offered to make me a cup the first time I had visited his house. “I’d rather have a Coke.”

He didn’t have Coke, so I settled on lemonade. And that was it. All those years later, I was still drinking lemonade in preference to tea, and Coke in preference to lemonade. I bypassed his family asking if I wanted a cuppa by offering to do the making, and thereby not sounding strange in front of them.

It was all working out rather well, and my odd little phobia was neatly tucked away in the drawer in my mind labelled Nothing To See Here.

But that present… I couldn’t get away from it then. He bought me tea at The Ritz. At. The. Ritz.

What a gift! How exciting! I was so impressed and stunned, in fact, that forgot about the tea part. At. The. Ritz. That’s all that mattered to me. I would have to find a suitable outfit – smart but not something that looked as though I was trying too hard. Nothing flouncy or flowery. A hat? Would I need a hat? Did I own a hat? So many questions, so little time to organise anything…

It was on the train to London that I started to wonder. Tea. It didn’t mean the afternoon meal. It couldn’t. The Ritz would call that ‘dinner’ and besides, this was booked for eleven o’clock in the morning.

Oh no! Tea meant tea! What was I going to do?

I started to panic. I probably even sweated a little. My husband, himself excited and pleased at the gift he had bought me, did not notice. Thank goodness. But my stomach was in knots and my throat was tight and all I could think about was how to not drink tea at The Ritz.

I didn’t think there was any way around it.

How could I ask for coffee? How could I ask for Coke? To not drink tea at The Ritz might even, as far as I knew, have been a capital offence. If I declined their kind offer, I might have been dragged off to the Tower, left there to rot until I apologised and had a nice cuppa with the Queen to prove how sorry I was.

And how could I possibly do that?

I don’t remember now whether there was even an option for choosing anything other than tea… I suppose there must have been, for form’s sake, but I wouldn’t imagine the waiter who served us had ever taken an order for anything else. His face was expectant, and he had appeared with such a silent suavity that he took me by surprise and I panicked.

The menu – a menu just for tea (and, yes, possibly other things, but nothing overly important) – was expansive. There were seventeen different types to choose from, ranging from the caffeine free Moroccan Mint, a fresh and light cup that soothes the senses, through Chun Mee, a carefully scented green tea, to the Ritz Royal English, a specially made blend only available at The Ritz, it takes the best of Kenyan, Assam and Ceylon.

But I didn’t know all of that.

As I said, I panicked.

And knowing nothing about tea, and having to choose something, I went for the only name that seemed familiar: Earl Grey.

Of course I’d heard of it. I’d never tasted it (I’d never wanted to), but it seemed the safest option. It was the most recognisable. It was harmless. Sort of. Of course, I wouldn’t be able to drink it, or pour it, and I would have to stop breathing since the room was full of the mingling aromas of lemon and mint and orange and rose petals. And, underneath all the clever, interesting, rather lovely smelling ingredients, there was tea.

Hang on a minute.

Tea.

I was surrounded by the stuff.

It was being sipped and slurped all around me.

It was being enjoyed and savoured everywhere I looked.

I could smell it. I could almost taste it, the air was so full of tea. And I didn’t mind. Actually, it was rather pleasant. Actually, I quite liked it.

How strange.

So when my lovely little teapot – made of bone china, so delicate and thin that I was worried I would break it just by touching it – arrived, full of Earl Grey, I felt ready. I would taste it. I would try it. I would see how I coped.

It didn’t look too bad when my husband poured it into my cup. It smelt good, and I gathered up some of the teeny tiny sandwiches (beef and horseradish sauce, salmon and cucumber) in a pile in front of me.

And, steeling myself, ready to run should I need to, I took a very little drink from my teacup.

Then I took a slightly larger one.

And another. And on and on and I had, unbelievably, finished the whole thing.

Not only that; I had enjoyed it.

I must have done, since I hadn’t yet touched my sandwiches.

I must have done, since I poured myself another cup.

I must have done, since I haven’t looked back.

I am now a tea drinker.

I am drinking a cup of tea (Earl Grey with just the smallest splash of milk) as I type this.

I tend to believe that my sudden about face was related to the occasion – romantic, special, possibly even once in a lifetime – and my surroundings – opulent, stunning, absolutely beautiful and so very British – and that strange thing that people do in relating smells and tastes to times and things.

When I drink tea, I am reminded of that day. I see again the chandeliers and the marble. I can hear the delicate tinkle twinkle of teaspoons on thin china. I can smell the heady mixture of tea and fruit and salmon sandwiches. And cake. Let’s not forget the cake…

Let’s never forget the cake.

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Baby Clothes That Are Safe and Comfortable for Your Child

Preparing to bring a new baby home is fraught with so many emotions that it is difficult for new parents to share their joy without also conveying some trepidation and dread. Aside with the never-ending supply of baby supplies, including baby clothes, there are also tales about how new parents’ life are going to alter, which may cause worry and anxiety. Babies’ lack of sleep, constant cycle of nappy changes, odd-hour feedings, and infinite quantities of washing are enough to create concern. Continue reading to learn why new parents take extra particular care with their baby’s laundry, as well as the most comfortable and safe textiles to outfit your baby in to prevent skin sensitivities from fibres.

Newborns have the most sensitive skin conceivable, and everything that comes into contact with it might irritate it. It may be a difficult tag or the washing detergent.  That is why it is critical to wash all baby items before placing it on their sensitive skin.

In addition to cleaning all garments, new parents and those providing clothing presents to new parents must choose clothing items with care. Aside from being warm and comfy, it should also be breathable and feel wonderful against a baby’s skin. The following are some of the best fabrics for baby clothes.

Organic Cotton Baby Clothes

One of the best materials for baby clothes is organic cotton. Organic cotton is free of pesticides and other dangerous chemicals since it is derived from natural seeds. Farmers use less water since they often cultivate organic cotton in tropical climates. That offers it an advantage in terms of environmental responsibility. If your child has sensitive skin, you may want to consider buying baby clothes made of organic cotton from one of the many low-cost manufacturers available. In addition to keeping newborns warm and dry, organic cotton can be handed down from one generation to the next since it is more breathable and washes more easily.

Terrycloth Baby Clothes

Your baby’s skin is fragile, therefore you’ll want nothing but a soft towel to remove any extra water from it after a bath. Towels and robes have long been made from terrycloth because of its absorbency and plushness. With terrycloth towels, washcloths, and socks, you can ensure that your baby’s delicate skin is protected.

Viscous From Bamboo

Bamboo is a great material for making clothes for your baby. Viscose made from bamboo is naturally good for a baby’s skin because it wicks away moisture and doesn’t cause allergies. Viscose from bamboo also helps keep babies warm, dry, and free of smells, so it’s great for baby clothes. 

Fleece

Fleece is a fabric made from synthetic materials. It’s fuzzy, soft, warm, and lets air pass through. Fleece is great for kids to wear as outerwear because it keeps them warm and dry. Because of this, it is often used for things like pyjamas and jackets for baby clothes. 

As you’ve read, it’s important to take care of the clothes that will touch a baby’s skin. You can dress your baby in any of these safe and comfortable fabrics.

3 Ingenious Ways to Store Food

For a lot of people at home, the kitchen is a special place. It’s where they go to have fun and get rid of some stress. But when more than one person is using the same room, it’s not a given that everyone will keep the kitchen clean. This would make the kitchen messy and full of things.

How could you ever solve this problem? You would need a solution that makes it easy to get to all the food in your kitchen while keeping it safe and looking nice – it’s about how you store food. We have the right tricks and tips for you to do that. From food that needs to be kept cool to snacks, our steps could really cover every type of item that a family needs every day.

Refrigerated Items

There are a lot of things in our fridge. From meat to fruits and vegetables. Our refrigerators are full of sauces and other things to put on food. Let’s not forget the food we have left over from the day. We have so many things in our fridge that it’s hard to keep it always in order. So, when things aren’t in order, they look like a boring mess. But if we divide your refrigerator’s organisation into various sections, it is much easier to store food. 

Fruit

When you get fresh fruits from the shop, there are a few things you should keep in mind. First, separate the fruit into two groups: those that smell strong and those that don’t. We do this because we don’t want the odour of our fruit to spread to other things in the refrigerator. So, put the bunch with the strong smell in a separate container in the fridge. You can arrange the rest on your kitchen worktop or on one of the shelves in the fridge.

For fruit that has already been cut, we suggest buying plastic containers that can be used and recycled. Not only are these cheap, but they are also easy to wash and store. Then, you can put these containers in your fridge to store food in a way that looks neat and organised. They won’t take up much room and will give your fridge a clean look.

Snacks

Most people probably eat snacks more than any other type of food. So, they tend to make the most mess in the kitchen. There is no sense of order, and rubbish from such snacks is all over the place. But this can be corrected with a few changes.

First, get everything that needs to be kept cold. On the sides of the fridge, you can stack juices and condiments. If you have opened liquids or condiments that you don’t want to take up an entire box for, you can always buy pouches to store them. Using cutting-edge technologies like reliable pick-and-place industrial robots, pouch makers can make pouches that last a long time, can hold a lot of things, take up less space, and are easy to open.

Chocolates can be arranged in order of preference on a shelf by neatly stacking them on top of each other. Lastly, you can store snacks that don’t need to be kept cold in the side cabinets.

How To Cut Down On Facebook

When it comes to severe addictions, it’s common to think of the obvious ones first. Alcohol, smoking, and gambling are all examples of harmful vices. People who suffer from addictions like this are at risk of losing their whole lives.

The rise of social media has resulted in a new kind of addiction. Addiction to social media platforms. There are alcoholics, and then there are individuals who are hooked to their phones and Facebook. These companies pretend to care about their customers’ well-being, but if you dig a little further, you’ll discover that’s a lie. You may see this in the current headlines, as hundreds of individuals are requesting Facebook class action reimbursements.

We’re here to help you cut down on your Facebook use. A list of ideas and methods has been put up for those who wish to spend less time on Facebook.

Only Use Messenger If You Want To Cut Down On Facebook

Many users claim that if it weren’t for the messenger app, they would abandon Facebook entirely. So, if you find yourself browsing and want to avoid bogus news and memes, consider switching to only using messenger. Remove the Facebook app from your phone and replace it with the Messenger app. You can even download a PC messaging app.

Turn Off Push Notifications

You can disable push notifications by going to your phone’s settings. That is, when you are offline, your phone will not automatically seek out social network updates. This means that you will only get alerts when you open the app. This is an excellent method for preventing Facebook alerts from fueling your procrastination.

Download A Limiter App To Help Cut Down On Facebook

There are many applications available for all phone platforms that will place a physical restriction on your app use. You can set a time restriction for each app, and after you’ve been on it for that amount of time, the limiter will kick in, preventing access. This is an excellent approach to reduce your time spent on social media and cut down on Facebook.

Go Cold Turkey

This is probably the most difficult and severe option to do. If you’ve tried all the strategies above and still can’t get rid of your Facebook addiction, you may want to seek help. Going cold turkey could be an option for you. This can be done in two ways. For starters, uninstall the Facebook applications from your phone and avoid using Facebook on your computer. First of all, you need to delete the Facebook account that you have. Unfortunately, the clever blighters at Facebook make it extremely hard to remove your account. Instead, you have the option of temporarily deactivating your account. This can be just as useful.

Why You Should Visit The Dentist This Month

While few people like going to the dentist, keeping regular dental appointments ensures that your teeth stay in good condition. Regular exams may help prevent the development of a variety of oral health issues, such as tooth decay and gum disease. Most individuals assume that they only need to visit the dentist for oral issues, not for their teeth and gums. Everyone, regardless of age, has to have regular dentist visits. Dental exams provide a number of benefits that may help keep your gums and teeth healthy and strong for a long time.

Preventative Care Costs Less When You Visit The Dentist

If your health isn’t motivating you to take care of your teeth, think about the financial benefits when you visit the dentist. Most dental insurance policies include preventative care and other operations, so it’s important to see a dentist on a regular basis. By spotting issues early, you may avoid costly and invasive treatments in the future.

Early Detection Of Issues

Scheduling regular dentist checkups helps you catch any potential dental problems early. While brushing one’s teeth may seem like the sole way to keep one’s mouth clean, this is not always the case. Dental problems, such as abscesses, endodontic treatment, dental implant failure, and serious infection, could also develop from this neglect. However, dental problems may also lead to more serious illnesses such as dementia, diabetes, and osteoporosis, which is a little-known fact. As a result, it’s important to follow your dentist’s advice and visit the dentist every few months so that you can catch any problems early.

Better Self-Esteem

Regular dental cleanings are a fantastic method to preserve a radiant smile and boost your self-esteem. There are several ways to improve the appearance of your smile with the aid of a professional dentist, such as teeth whitening and veneers. Therefore, why not visit the dentist and see what a difference it could make?

The Wonderful Advantages of Slowing Down Your Life

We’ve all had hectic lives in the past. We all have moments when we wish we could slow down our lives and have a little more free time to ourselves, whether it’s because of the job we do or just because we have a lot on our plates.

To be honest, that’s not a difficult desire to realise! Here are a few suggestions for slowing down your life and the benefits that come with it.

Do Less, Not More For Slowing Down Your Life

Doing less is one of the most powerful ways of slowing down your life. Streamline your tasks and eliminate all of the unnecessary ones.  For example, if you spend an hour performing a dozen jobs and don’t feel successful at the end, you should strive to cut down on those jobs to create more time for hobbies and things that make you feel better about yourself.

This will give you the feeling that you have a lot more time to use effectively, but it’s also crucial not to ignore the dull activities if they’re necessary for your life.

Lower Your Stress Levels

Slowing down your life can make your mind less prone to stress, which will have amazing health advantages. The less you worry about, the better you’ll be able to concentrate on key activities and stay optimistic throughout the day.

You’ll be more productive and joyful if you don’t try to do everything at once.

Be More Organised For Slowing Down Your Life

Your life will become a lot more organised if it dawns on you that you don’t need a strict daily routine in order to get things done.

As a result, you’ll concentrate less on meeting tight deadlines and more on completing chores and work because you’re inspired to do so, rather than because your schedule dictates it.

Build Healthy Habits

Finally, slowing down your life allows you to devote more time to self-improvement. For example, if your lunch break used to be 15 minutes, you probably purchased nasty fast food and ate it on the spot. Not only is it unhealthy, but eating too rapidly might cause stomach and digestive problems.

Instead of purchasing something because it’s quicker, why not prepare your own meals or create a salad at home, keep it in a box, and then have a wonderful and nutritious homemade lunch?

Signs You’re Not Sleeping Well

All of us need a good night’s sleep, regardless of our age, and when you’re not sleeping well, you’ll certainly feel it. Getting a good night’s sleep is essential if you want to avoid feeling groggy the next day. In order to maintain good health, you must be able to get a good night’s sleep, and this will have a significant influence on your day-to-day activities. In addition to raising your risk of an accident or injury, sleep deprivation may cause you to have hallucinations; you need to get help when you’re not sleeping well.

Getting adequate sleep is essential if you want to keep your mind and body in tip-top shape, but you should be aware of the warning signals that your sleep quality might be improving. Take a look at these symptoms to see whether you’re getting enough sleep.

Confused Emotions When You’re Not Sleeping Well

You should be able to control your emotions and reactions to the environment around you. If your emotions are all over the place, it stands to reason that the cause could be that you’re not sleeping well. When you can’t sleep, it can have a negative effect on your mood, and you may feel gloomy and hopeless on top of your weariness.

You Feel Like You’re Moving Through Treacle

When you haven’t had nearly enough sleep, you may feel as if you’re functioning and thinking in slow motion. It’s like walking and working through viscous treacle, and it might leave you drowsy and unable to move swiftly.

You’re Forgetful

If you’re not sleeping well, you may find yourself forgetting your words in the middle of a sentence. You could also discover that you are unable to keep up with your daily activities since you are forgetting what you should be doing.

You Keep Getting Ill

Your immune system’s strength is dependent on your ability to obtain adequate rest. Not getting enough sleep could result in you getting cold after cold, which will not be pleasant in the long run. Getting more sleep will help you avoid this and feel lot better as a consequence.

You Want Sugary Food

If you’re not getting enough sleep, you’ll notice when you’re always grabbing for chocolate and sweets. You must remember that your body is desiring a sweet boost, which might indicate a lack of energy. Instead of continually reaching for starchy and sugary meals, set an alarm to get more sleep at night. To prevent gaining extra weight and feeling lethargic, you must be able to relax your body and sleep well.

Need A Smaller Home? Tips On How To Downsize

After their children have grown up and moved out, some people discover that their large house no longer serves their needs. They may want a smaller and more manageable property in which to spend their golden years.

If you find yourself in this situation, it might be difficult to determine when and how to downsize. There are a few things you can do to help ease the process of making a choice.

Assess What You Need

Think about what you want from your new house before packing up your stuff and moving out. The things you want today may not be realistic in the future, so consider your requirements carefully if you want to know how to downsize.

How many belongings will you be bringing with you? In order to save part of your old furniture, you’ll need to find a place large enough for it.

It’s possible that as we age, we will become less agile, so a top-floor flat may not be the best option for us in the future. Listing your desires will aid your decision-making in the future.

Clear It Out

Plan ahead of time when it comes to decluttering your home. Begin by searching through your attic and garage to discover what you don’t want anymore. In addition, you should check through your kitchen cabinets and shelves to see if there are any items you no longer desire.

If you don’t need it anymore, get rid of it or donate it to a good cause before you go. Additionally, you might begin selling items on auction websites to raise money for your new house. If you do this, you won’t have to spend a lot of time searching through all of your belongings when it’s time to pack up the home and you need to know how to downsize.

Assess Your Storage Needs For How To Downsize

A better notion of how much storage you’ll need in your new house will come once you’ve gone through all of your old stuff with care. If you’re looking at new houses, you’ll be able to quickly see if there’s adequate space for your family.

You may not have enough storage space in the new home, but if there is enough room, you can always build some more later. When contemplating a move to a smaller home, consider factors such as the number of rooms, the amount of storage, and the location.

How To Come Up With Story Ideas

You’re a writer. You want to write a story, but you’re not feeling inspired right now. Or maybe you are, but you can’t come up with story ideas that pique your curiosity. You’ll need some techniques to educate you on how to generate tale ideas. And you’d want to employ these methods on a regular basis to generate narrative ideas.

Writing creatively is like a muscle: use it or lose it. Thinking of story ideas is a necessary component of developing that muscle. And wow, if you want to create short stories, you have to think of a lot of ideas. Read on for some ideas about doing it. 

Use Prompts For Story Ideas

Looking at writing prompts is the most straightforward technique to get story ideas. They can be found just about everywhere. Google and you’ll discover lists, lists, and more lists of things you can do. Prompt books, games, and newsletters all exist and can be helpful. There is a never-ending supply of ideas for writing prompts. There are even story idea generators online.

Writing from a prompt may seem like a waste of time for some authors because they believe it will prevent them from coming up with anything new. But remember, it’s the author who makes it unique. A hundred different tales will emerge from the same prompt. You are the only one who can make a narrative your own.

People Watching

People watching is the best way for authors to come up with new story ideas, hands down. There are a number of authors working on their computers at coffee shops. In addition to writing, they’re also eavesdropping on others.

When it comes to creating characters and storylines, there is no such thing as a blank slate. Everyone and everything that happens in our lives is put into context to tell our stories.

To come up with new ideas, you’ll have to pay attention to what others are saying. Eventually, your brain will become “tuned in” to what is going on around you without your conscious effort. You could overhear a few words being said in a shop as you go by someone, and then, wham! A fantastic story concept.

Pay attention the next time you’re out in public (or simply glancing out your window as people pass by). Be aware of your surroundings and stay in the now. You’re surrounded by a sea of possibilities.

The ‘What If?’ Question

Another great way to come up with story ideas is to ask yourself ‘what if?’. Just look around you; what if your kitchen exploded? What if a spaceship landed on your driveway? What if a stranger appeared in your doorway? What if you cracked an egg and money fell out? What if… what if…

Just asking yourself this simple question will give you a plethora of story ideas that you can take and expand on. What if you did that and came up with a way to fight your writer’s block? Amazing!

3 Tips for Maintaining Doors and Windows at Home

To properly maintain your house, you must take care of your appliances, landscaping, and windows and doors. Fixing driveway sealing or hiring dustbins to remove waste is a common concern. Still, many homeowners neglect to clean and maintain their home’s windows and doors throughout the cold and hot months.

By taking modest precautions now, a homeowner can go a long way toward guaranteeing that their doors and windows will be in good working order from month to month.

When it comes to making sure the doors and windows are as secure as possible, there are a few considerations to bear in mind.

Make Sure The Doors and Windows Are Sealed

Various things can be done before winter even begins to reduce the possibility of complications during the colder months. Checking the windows and doors for cold air leakage will show you precisely where you could have problems later on.

Leaks are a major annoyance. Not only will the house never be warmed enough, but homeowners in this position will be losing money each month. Weatherstripping and caulk can help a lot.

Check Lifespans

If the doors and windows have been in place for a number of years, if not decades, it isn’t the worst thing in the world to have them changed entirely. While this is clearly not going to be attainable for everyone, it is something to think about.

If you discover any major damage or concerning indicators, do not hesitate to schedule a free consultation with your nearest window installer. A professional window company can evaluate your doors and windows and advise you on whether they need to be replaced.

The good news is that you can improve your house by designing your replacement windows to fit your contemporary furnishings or creative ceiling tiles. Vinyl windows are so adaptable and economical that they are very popular among homeowners.

A new entrance door also provides more complex choices, such as fibreglass or a smart lock, which may be fitted later by a professional locksmith.

New doors and windows certainly provide several advantages. It is not a terrible idea to get a property examined by specialists before the winter weather really sets in.

Keep The Windows Clean All Through The Year

There is no doubt that the windows go through a deal from season to season. During the winter, there is the possibility of even greater problems. This is especially true for people who don’t keep their windows clean and well-maintained. The good news is that vinyl windows are relatively simple to clean and keep in excellent condition. Simply making an effort to keep them cleaned, particularly when the weather turns cold, can keep the windows safe.

Doors and windows play a significant part in providing long-term comfort and security for your family, thus, they must be appropriately maintained to function correctly. Otherwise, just strive to get new ones!

4 Ways To Keep Yourself Occupied On A Long Train Journey

Many of us travel across the country to be with our relatives, to attend conferences, for work, or just for fun. Some may choose to drive, while others may want to fly, but if none of these alternatives appeals to you, the train may be the best option. How do you keep yourself entertained if you’re travelling by train and it’s going to be a long train journey? Here are some excellent suggestions.

long train journey

Colouring In

Distracting yourself by colouring is a great way to pass the time on a long train journey. It’s soothing, it puts your mind at ease, and it’s also a lot of fun! After your journey begins, get a colouring book (you don’t even have to have a kid’s one, although they’re pretty awesome too) and some pencils or crayons, pretend you’re six years old again, and settle down for some colouring. If you’d want to attempt something new, you can use methods like shading or colours that aren’t often associated with your style. Make it your own by changing the picture completely. Let your hair down and have some fun!

Read A Book

We’re extremely busy. We’re all extremely busy. So, when was the last time you sat down with a good book and read it thoroughly? We’re not talking about a short 10 minutes here and there; we’re talking about a few hours spent reading an engaging novel that you can truly get into. The train is an excellent time to do so. Go to your local public library and choose a few paperbacks that seem intriguing, or go to an indie bookstore and ask for recommendations on what you might like. Then spend some time reading on your long train journey and becoming immersed in the narrative.

long train journey

Write A Story

Following on from the reading suggestion, you might try your hand at creating a short tale – or the first chapter of a book. If you’re stuck for ideas, take a glance about you. Agatha Christie’s narrative about train passengers worked well, and you may discover that there are some intriguing individuals and circumstances going on all around you that are great for your piece of fiction. You can work on a laptop, but if there isn’t enough space, you can go old school and use a notepad and pen. If you prefer, you can type it all out on your phone – just make sure you have enough battery power to get it all down!

Online Games

You can now play a variety of online games on your phone or tablet, thanks to advances in technology. They may vary from puzzle games to hidden object games to games that need you to build your own communities and universes. There is so much variety that no matter how long the train journey is, you will never run out of new ideas to try or games to play.