Monthly Archives: May 2014

Which sport will you be watching this summer?

Summer of sport survey

Are you a football person or do you prefer Wimbledon?

The summer is ahead of us and it is promising to be a summer of sport.

We want to know what you’re most looking forward to so please answer the below anonymous survey:

New Years resolution poll - what have you given up / taken up?

Have we missed your favourite sport?

Do you have any tips you’d like to share? Let us know, email

Watching the World Cup: Your rescue kit

World CUp

It’s only a couple of months until the World Cup in Brazil. Whether you like it or not for four weeks football will dominate the headlines and the conversation.

Watching and following the World Cup can be tricky so we’ve put together a brief ‘survival guide’ of information and useful links to help you keep up to speed.

If you don’t like football then just remember – it’s only four weeks. It will soon be over (for another four years at least).

When are the games?

The World Cup kicks off with the opening match of hosts Brazil versus Ghana, on June 12. The final (the last game) is on July 13.

Kick off times range between 5pm (UK time) to 11pm. There’s also a single game at 2am (Japan vs Ivory Coast).

Watching the games?

All the games are on terrestrial television. So if you wish you can watch every game from the comfort of your own sofa. Games are split between ITV and BBC – because of this they are also available online (but make sure you have a TV licence).

Where to watch it?

Festivals how to guide and tips

Festival tips

Festivals how to guide/tips

Summer is here, and with summer comes the Great British festival season.

Planning on going to a festival this year? Whether it’s Glastonbury, with its tens of thousands of revellers, or a smaller folk festival, with a couple of hundred, these tips will help you make the most of the experience.

  1. Get a tent that’s bigger than you need
    A three-person tent fits three people inside it. That’s ‘physically fits’ three people. This doesn’t account for three people’s worth of food, booze, clothes and other stuff. Get a tent that fits more than the number of people who will be sleeping in it. The extra space will come in handy, be more

Get fit for your holiday – top 5 tips to get fit on a budget

Fit on a budget

So it’s May, and summer is finally within touching distance. Are you planning a holiday somewhere? Whether it’s two weeks on Caribbean sand or a weekend in Blackpool, everyone wants to look good when they head to the beach.

Getting fit, losing weight and exercising are intentions that many of us make in the run up to a summer holiday. But what with gym memberships, pricey health food and fitness classes, building the perfect beach body can be expensive.

Don’t panic though as the below tips will help you get fit without breaking the bank.

  1. Make your own gym

You don’t necessarily need that gym membership. It’s possible to make a gym in your own home – for limited cost. Borrowing or claiming unwanted gym kit from friends and family can be an easy way to get your hands on some weights and running kit. Most people don’t need much, a couple of dumbbells, a resistance band or an exercise ball. Equally you might want to check out ebay, Gumtree or Craigslist for cheap deals. The same goes for running kit – ask around before you go and buy new equipment.

  1. Pick a cheap gym

BBQ planning: are you a charcoal or gas man?

Charcoal or gas?

BBQ planning: are you a charcoal or gas man? (new)

With the summer on the horizon and the weather seemingly improving, many of us will start pulling out the BBQ as often as possible.

It’s an on-going debate which is often hotly (terrible pun) argued. What’s better, gas or charcoal?

Grilling over white-hot charcoal is the more traditional method and if a smoky flavour is your priority then you’re surely a charcoal man.

On the other hand gas barbecues are quick and really easy to cook on, so you’re likely to get more use out of it – perhaps even for smaller one-off meals.

Still undecided? Here are a few questions to ask yourself to help you figure out whether you’re a gas or charcoal person…

Think about how much time you want to spend prepping. To get a good charcoal BBQ on the go takes around 40 minutes. Gas, on the other hand, is virtually instant, turn it on and get grilling. So if you want a quick turnaround and don’t enjoy the faffing around then probably go for a gas option.

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