May
31
2010
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How do you design a wedding dress for a period movie?

18th century wedding dresses with panniersPlanning a wedding dress for a period drama is not just a question of research plus design flair. It’s true the dress must look authentic for that particular era as well as suiting the actress, her character, and the overall mood and setting. Yet at the same time, the designer has to think about the [more...]

May
30
2010
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When’s the best time to propose marriage?

engagement-ringSuppose you plan to get married sometime. When should you take the leap? What if you marry too early, and miss out on your ideal life partner (whom you hadn’t yet met when you married someone else)? What if you marry too late, after all the best potential partners have come and gone, and you [more...]

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May
28
2010
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What does a Venetian “ragazzo” do to impress his “ragazza”?

ragazzo-motor-boatEven if you don’t understand any Italian, you probably guessed correctly that a “ragazzo” is a young male and that his “ragazza” could be his girlfriend. One cannot generalize, of course, just as one cannot generalize about what young males elsewhere in the world do to impress girls. In many parts of the world, however, [more...]

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May
26
2010
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Is Harris Tweed still made the traditional way?

harris tweed swatchesThe new Dr. Who, Matt Smith, wears a distinctive jacket made of genuine Harris Tweed. The press has called it “timeless”, “traditional”, “vintage” and even “romantic”. The Doctor’s jacket is made from cloth woven in the 1960s, the same age as the TV programme itself.  The fabric looks much like Harris Tweed woven today, and [more...]

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May
26
2010
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What is Cinderella Analysis?

shoes soles trainersThe Prince may have matched the shoe to Cinderella easily enough, but matching a criminal to his shoes takes a rather more scientific approach. Cinderella Analysis is the name that has been given to the forensic examination of shoes and other footwear to match them to a suspect. To assist in this analysis, forensic scientists [more...]

May
24
2010
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Why grow tomatoes upside-down?

upside-down-tomato-plantsSome folks like to hang up a bucket and grow a tomato plant out of the bottom of the bucket, letting the stem grow downwards towards the earth. What’s the point? By growing the tomatoes suspended upside-down, snails and slugs are unlikely to bother the plants, and you won’t need to use stakes to stop [more...]

May
24
2010
2

Is there a problem with the Financial Services Compensation Scheme?

bank of englandAs we have all seen recently, the banking system is unstable. In the event that a bank goes bust and the bank’s liquidators are unable to repay your money, then the government’s Financial Services Compensation Scheme is available as place of last resort. However, there is a potential problem with the scheme which one must [more...]

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May
23
2010
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What is a 50 50 sale?

selling junk fundraise charityA 50 50 sale is a good way to fundraise for a charity or other worthy cause. It is also a great place to get rid of the unwanted items in your attic or garage, with a chance of making a little money for yourself. There are slight variations to running a 50 50 sale, [more...]

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May
21
2010
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Why does a groundskeeper need to be a good manager?

striped-lawn-and-hedgesA groundskeeper may not have to deal with many people, but he—or she—still needs a few traits that make a good manager. To some extent, a groundskeeper’s work is more critical—well, more open to criticism: everyone can see it, and one doesn’t need experience to recognize if it’s sloppy work; except for disastrous weather, there [more...]

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May
21
2010
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Does Ivy damage walls?

ivy on a wallThis has been a subject of debate for many years and has particularly exercised the minds of those involved in the heritage industry who protect, conserve and restore our architectural heritage. Ivy may add character to walls, but it is commonly thought that it will damage walls where the existing mortar is already weakened or [more...]

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