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Father's Day 2013

Father's Day 2013

So what is Father’s day and what really happens? We all picture the idyllic scene of father’s waking up to ...
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A mum's journey into business fundraising

A mum's journey into business fundraising

Hatty Fawcett is a London mum with a young daughter She has created a website called Seek and Adore that ...
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June Horoscopes

June Horoscopes

With the warm weather here and the temperatures slowly rising, what  do the stars have in store for you this ...
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Gourmet Beef Burger

Gourmet Beef Burger

Looking for a classic, tasty beef burger recipe? We have a great juicy and mouth-watering beef burgers that anyone can ...
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Starting A Pension At 40 Plus

Starting A Pension At 40 Plus

Forty is a little ‘late’ in life to be thinking about your retirement plans, but it's by no means too ...
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How To Prevent Back Pain Driving

How To Prevent Back Pain Driving

Driving is a necessary part of the day, whether it’s a quick 5 minute journey to the shops or you ...
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May Horoscopes 2013

May Horoscopes 2013

So what do Mays stars have install for you? A new love or maybe a pay rise. You could get ...
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40 Plus and What Does Life Have To Offer?

40 Plus and What Does Life Have To Offer?

Does your life seem hard and a bit of a struggle? What is your experience of your day? Do you ...
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Our Beliefs and Our Thinking Are Shaped In Childhood

Our Beliefs and Our Thinking Are Shaped In Childhood

Do you know what you truly want in life and want to achieve? At 40 plus now is the time ...
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Lighting The Key To Energy Saving

Lighting The Key To Energy Saving

The technology already exists to save energy. A global switch to efficient lighting systems would trim the world's electricity bill ...
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So Who Is St George and Did He Fight A Dragon?

So Who Is St George and Did He Fight A Dragon?

Guess what, it’s St George’s day! Tell the truth did you remember that it was England’s saint day today or ...
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Victoria Sponge

Victoria Sponge

This is the traditional recipe. A cake that was popularised in the reign of QueenVictoriaand is still a classic today.

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Steak and Kidney Pie

Steak and Kidney Pie

This classic Steak and Kidney Pie Recipe will be a firm favourite at meal times. It is a classic British ...
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Jam Roly-Poly

Jam Roly-Poly

Non-Brits might not relish its hefty dose of stodge and sugar, but jam roly-poly is part of a pudding tradition ...
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Fish, Chips and Mushy Peas

Fish, Chips and Mushy Peas

Good fish and chips are becoming harder to find these days, but there are still some good chippy’s out there ...
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Eton Mess

Eton Mess

ClassicEtonmess is a quick, crowd-pleasing dessert when made with shop-bought meringue. It's also a great way to use up broken ...
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Elderflower Cordial

Elderflower Cordial

Homemade elderflower cordial is so much better than anything you can buy. Serve with sparkling water for a refreshing drink ...
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Eccles Cakes

Eccles Cakes

Eccles cakes aren't cakes, but as you can see in this Eccles Cake recipe, they are a small flat pastry ...
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Cottage Pie

Cottage Pie

This recipe is part of a Mixed Double. I believe it is worth going to the trouble of making twice ...
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Cornish Pasties

Cornish Pasties

These traditianal english pasties are great as a cold snack as well as having warm with vegetables and potato wedges.

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Bubble and Squeak

Bubble and Squeak

In theory this should be made with leftover sprouts, and at any other time it is, but at Christmas we ...
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Beef Wellington

Beef  Wellington

A wonderful traditional English dish, that is great for a Sunday or even a dinner party. serve with fresh vegtables ...
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Plants for Small Spaces

Plants for Small Spaces

Looking for a plant to brighten a corner of your new flat or house?  A variety of small plants can ...
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How the Food You Eat Affects Your Health and Happiness

How the Food You Eat Affects Your Health and Happiness

This second article in this series looks at the importance of the food in your diet to your health, happiness, ...
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The Big 40 Is It All Downhill Now?

The Big 40 Is It All Downhill Now?

The big 40. Is it all downhill now? Or can we have influence and control? Forty plus is it really mid-life ...
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The Bedroom Tax and What Does It Really Mean?

The Bedroom Tax and What Does It Really Mean?

I may become unpopular with a few readers and also may shed a bit of light on the situation to ...
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Horoscopes for April

Horoscopes for April

April seems to be the month for love and partnerships, whether in love or work. Good or bad, always think ...
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Baroness Margaret Thatcher

Baroness Margaret Thatcher


Margaret Thatcher, who died today at the age of 87, was an extraordinary kind of national leader. Her spokesman ...
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Chocolate Sunday Is On Its Way!

Chocolate Sunday Is On Its Way!

Easter is almost upon us and its time to go on the chocolate hunt. But is chocolate good for you ...
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What is Easter?

What is Easter?

Easter is celebrated the world over to mark the resurrection of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. The young and ...
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Are you suffering with back pain?

Are you suffering with back pain?

I am guessing you are here because you are suffering with back pain right now, lower back pain or upper ...
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Happy St. Patrick's Day

Happy St. Patrick's Day

It's that time of year again when they turn rivers green in the USA and the partys start in Irland. ...
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No Smoking Day 2013

No Smoking Day 2013

No Smoking Day was established as a national event on Ash Wednesday in 1984, and has grown in status and ...
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March Horoscopes

March Horoscopes

March is the month of the beginning of spring. The spring equinox happens on March 20 this year and this ...
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Mothering Sunday

Mothering Sunday

As I prepare for Mothering Sunday, (which for those of you who haven’t noticed it advertised all over the place, ...
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Happy St David's Day

Happy St David's Day

To all the Welsh out there, we would like to wish you a happy St David’s day. For everyone else, ...
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Real Southern Blues Comes to Reading

Real Southern Blues Comes to Reading


The Blagrave Arms in central Reading, opposite the old Town Hall, used to be one of those ...
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Light and fluffy pancakes

Light and fluffy pancakes

These light fluffy pancakes are delicious and easy to make. you can have any topping you like and they go ...
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What is Lent?

What is Lent?

The other day I was sat typing away at my PC, when my daughter’s friend said, “what are you writing?” ...
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Ash Wednesday and its meaning

Ash Wednesday and its meaning

Ash Wednesday is the beginning of Lent for Western Christian churches. It's a day of penitence to clean the soul ...
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Shrove Tuesday (Pancake Day)

Shrove Tuesday (Pancake Day)

Every year we hunt out our best pancake pans, find nice juicy lemons and get ready to make our pancakes. ...
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February Horoscopes

February Horoscopes

From your career path and amorous adventures to simply life in general, lets take a look at what the stars ...
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Happy Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine's Day

Love it, hate it, or simply not bothered about it, Valentine's Day  is right around the corner. The TV is ...
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The sign of the Snake

The sign of the Snake

What you need to know about a person born under the sign of the Snake

A person born under the sign ...
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Ok so were did Chinese New Year all start

Ok so were did Chinese New Year all start

The Year 2013 is the 4710th  year of the Chinese calendar. The Chinese believe that the first king of China ...
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Happy Chinese New Year

Happy Chinese New Year

It’s that time of year again, yep it’s New Years or should I say Chinese New Year.

The Chinese New Year ...
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Winter Sunshine the Canaries

Winter Sunshine the Canaries

In my last article about Winter Holidays I featured Tenerife, a solid, good value for money, traditional, winter sunshine destination. ...
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What Are Sugar Alcohols?

What Are Sugar Alcohols?

What You Need to Know

If you spend any time looking at nutrition labels, you’ve probably noticed some intriguing ingredients in ...
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Easy ways to cut your sodium intake

Easy ways to cut your sodium intake

You consume salt every single day, and that's a good thing! Our bodies need salt to help ...
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What Are Net Carbs? How Do They Affect Blood Sugar?

What Are Net Carbs?  How Do They Affect Blood Sugar?



Since low carbohydrate diets became popular, the phrase "net carbs" has become a fairly regular fixture on the ...
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Breaking Your Sugar Addiction

Breaking Your Sugar Addiction

That white, powdery substance just makes you feel good. You can't get it off your mind, and you ...
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Robert Burns

Robert Burns

Robert Burns is one ofScotland’s most famous and important writers and he is best known for his songs and poetry. ...
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Traditional Scottish Tablet

Traditional Scottish Tablet

This recipe is originally my mother in laws, however I've taken my own twist with it, increasing the sugar and ...
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Skirlie

Skirlie

Skirlie is a lovely traditional Scottish dish. Serve hot to accompany meats or haggis, or use as a stuffing for ...
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Selkirk Bannock

Selkirk Bannock

This is recipe for a traditional Scottish fruit loaf, that can be served warn with butter. You need to knead ...
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Scottish Stovies With Lamb

Scottish Stovies With Lamb

This hearty dish of lean lamb layered with delicious root vegetables and baked in a covered casserole is perfect for ...
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Scotch Broth

Scotch Broth

This is a delicious, traditional warming soup with carrots, turnips, celery and barley. Great for winter days, as well as ...
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Raspberry Cranachan

Raspberry Cranachan

This traditional Scottish dessert is quick and easy to put together, and the nutritious combination of cream, fromage frais, oats ...
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Cock-a-Leekie Soup

Cock-a-Leekie Soup

Cock-a-Leekie, the classic Scottish soup that is slow cooked, wholesome and easy to make.

Ingredients:

Serves: 8

1           ...
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Clapshot

Clapshot

Straight from the isles of Orkney, here's a traditional clapshot recipe for your Burns supper. Serve hot with oatcakes or ...
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Burns Night Haggis

Burns Night Haggis

This is a traditional haggis recipe, straight out of Bonnie Scotland. Try making your own for Burns Night.

Ingredients:

Serves: 12

500g               ...
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Scottish shortbread

Scottish shortbread

Simple and easy traditional shortbread squares made with a combination of semolina and plain flour. Sprinkle with additional caster sugar ...
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Half world's food production never reaches our mouths!

Half world's food production never reaches our mouths!

Half of the entire World’s Food Production Never Reaches our Mouths, According to recent Global Food Report!

This morning while I ...
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Hugh Jackman superstar, sex god and he even sings

Hugh Jackman superstar, sex god and he even sings

Yes he’s hot, he sings and he can pull off sideburns. Let’s face it girls and sorry boys, Hugh Jackman ...
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Are your children heading to University?

Are your children heading to University?

Are your children heading to University?  Here’s some helpful tips to make the journey a bit less stressful, for both ...
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Horoscopes for January 2013

Horoscopes for January 2013

Well we have a new year and a fresh start for us all. For some it is new beggings and ...
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The London Underground 150th Birthday

The London Underground 150th Birthday

The London Underground rail network, or affectionately known as 'the Tube' will be marking its 150th anniversary in 2013.

We think ...
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Are company cars still worth it?

Are company cars still worth it?

On April 1 2012, the bands for company car tax bands shifted. This means the majority of company car ...
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Wines for the holidays, that won't hurt your pocket

Wines for the holidays, that won't hurt your pocket

Choosing a bottle of wine from the hundreds on offer in our supermarkets can be a bit daunting to say ...
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Next Time A Police Officer Says "Blow In Here", You May Want To Thank Them!

Next Time A Police Officer Says

The thought of taking a breathalyzer sends chills down any driver’s spine.  But soon, they may cause a sigh of ...
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Top 5 Android Tablets For 2012

Top 5 Android Tablets For 2012

Like the team at Topping Forty, we know you can’t do with out your gadgets. With so many out there ...
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Top 5 Smart Phones On The Market

Top 5 Smart Phones On The Market

Put your hand up if you have a mobile phone. I didn’t mean literally, you can put your hand down ...
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Top 5 Ereaders For 2012

Top 5 Ereaders For 2012

We all love to read a book and generally we love to read a nice paperback, smelling the pages as ...
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Top Five Electric Toothbrushes

Top Five Electric Toothbrushes

An electric toothbrush may encourage you to brush for longer, so here are Topping Forty’s five of the best to ...
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December Horoscopes for 2012

December Horoscopes for 2012


A horoscope is an astrological chart or diagram representing the positions of the Sun, Moon, planets, astrological aspects and ...
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Have A Crime Free Christmas!

Have A Crime Free Christmas!

By Special Sergeant Andy McDonald Sponsored by CrimeHangers.com
The season to be jolly is fast approaching, but don’t let your ...
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A Brief History Of The Holiday

A Brief History Of The Holiday

The birth of Jesus Christ was linked to the date December 25 in the 4th century, we find this in ...
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Tips On How To Wrap Gifts Like A Pro

Tips On How To Wrap Gifts Like A Pro

Wrapping presents is a task in itself, the team at Topping Forty dread this part of Christmas and created these ...
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Old Christmas Day, Some Christmas Trivia

Old Christmas Day, Some Christmas Trivia

Until Julius Caesar’s time the Roman year was organised round the phases of the moon. For many reasons this was ...
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Keeping Warm and Safe This Winter

Keeping Warm and Safe This Winter

The horrible chill of the winter months are nearly upon us again and you've probably already had your first cold ...
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Sir Charles Dickens

Sir Charles Dickens

Charles Dickens was born in Portsmouth,England on February 7, 1812. His father, supporting such a large family, had difficulty avoiding ...
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Tips For Taking Care Of Your Hands This Winter

Tips For Taking Care Of Your Hands This Winter

If the eyes are a window to our souls, our hands can be a dead giveaway to our age. They ...
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