Aug
30
2010
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What are the advantages and disadvantages of mulching lawnmowers?

mulching-lawnmowerA mulching lawnmower is one that chops up the grass clippings very finely before driving them downwards into the lawn where they decay and return their nutrients to the earth. It has several advantages over a mower that collects the clippings and must be emptied regularly, Mowing is faster because there’s no need to stop [more...]

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Aug
28
2010
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Should your adventure activities provider be insured?

grim-ripperIt sounds like a “no-brainer”, doesn’t it, that your adventure activities provider needs to be insured? But it turns out not to be so clear-cut as that. The RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution, a British charity) says this in relation to the adventure sport of coasteering: The RNLI advises only taking part in coasteering as [more...]

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Aug
26
2010
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What was Mary Queen of Scots’ wedding like for ordinary Parisians?

Henry IV celebrates entry into Paris 1594When Mary Stuart married François, Dauphin of France, in 1558 what could the public see? For days in advance the city was busy. Workers set up theatres inside the palace, and hung draperies inside and outside the cathedral. Many people earned extra pennies constructing walkways and a stage with vineleaf decoration in the cathedral square. Dressmakers [more...]

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Aug
25
2010
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What is coasteering?

informal-coasteeringCoasteering involves traversing the coast and interacting with the sea and the rocks. It’s is an odd type of adventure activity because it is mostly operated and promoted by the organised outdoor activity industry in the United Kingdom, especially in Pembrokeshire (Wales) where it originated. If you were doing this with your friends, you wouldn’t [more...]

Aug
25
2010
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What is a Payday Loan?

monopoly board collecting salaryPayday Loan is the name given to a short-term loan or cash advance which as its name suggests is only required until the borrower’s next payday when it can be paid back. A tide-you-over loan is often seen as a quick answer to a temporary shortage of money, but it is not designed as a [more...]

Aug
24
2010
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What is known about Mary Queen of Scots’ first wedding dress?

Mary Stuart before her wedding, and in white veil as widow15-year-old Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots, was married to 14-year-old François, Dauphin of France, in April 1558. The wedding celebrations for the future French king and queen were magnificent, and a report of the grand ceremony and festivities was published one week later. So what does it tell us about Mary’s dress? [She] was dressed [more...]

Aug
23
2010
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What is the United Kingdom’s “Blue Lagoon”?

blue-lagoon-pembrokeshire-walesThe name Blue Lagoon suggests a piece of paradise from the tropics, however there is also a Blue Lagoon in the United Kingdom. It’s near the town of Abereiddy in Wales. The lagoon is a former steep-sided slate quarry that was flooded after it was abandoned. Today it is connected to the ocean by a [more...]

Aug
23
2010
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What is the Millennium Bridge at Gateshead?

millennium bridge at gateshead opening and closingThe Millennium Bridge at Gateshead is an impressive footbridge with a novel tilting design which crosses the River Tyne from Gateshead to Newcastle in the north-east of England. It is the first tilting bridge in the world. The quaysides of Gateshead and Newcastle has undergone redevelopment and regeneration since the decline of traditional industries in [more...]

Aug
21
2010
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What are some of the risks of tombstoning?

quarry-tombstoning“Tombstoning”, the practice of jumping from a height into water, is an enjoyable recreational activity. However, it is associated with a steady stream of rescues, injuries and deaths. If the risks are mitigated, jumping into water is a relatively low-risk activity. Many of the injuries and fatalities are caused by hitting rock instead of water. [more...]

Aug
19
2010
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What trimmings suit a full-skirted Victorian wedding dress design?

Victorian wedding dress, full skirt, flounces, veilWhite wedding dresses were popular in fashionable circles by the mid-19th century, even though many brides still chose other colours. The idea of a once-in-a-lifetime wedding dress was more flexible than today, and wearing white was quite a new fashion. Victorian dresses that look very “bridal” to us now were almost the same as evening [more...]

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