Lifestyle

Top ten worst rental properties in London

By Joe Mellor Deputy Editor Last week a group of MPs and peers have called for an overhaul of the way the rental industry is run to provide better protection for families who do not own their own home. Well until that is sorted out (don’t hold your breath) www.rentalraters.com are the TripAdvisor of the rental market, to alert you to dodgy landlords. It is an on-line community that praises the best and (literally) rubbishes the worst. We have compiled...

Are we living in 1984?

By Jack Peat  In an information economy where our personal data is wilfully publicised, recorded and used for political and corporate gain, the question of whether we are living the prophesied dystopian theories of Nineteen Eighty-Four is more poignant than ever. George Orwell’s timeless work paints a frightening picture of official deception, secret surveillance and manipulation of history by a totalitarian, authoritarian state. A world where language is a heretic tool that be controlled and used. Words with negative meanings...

Why bowel cancer survivor is supporting City Giving Day

  By Jo Walker, Senior Press Officer, Beating Bowel Cancer We all spend a fair bit of time on the loo over our lifetimes but tend to avoid talking about any problems we might have there, which can lead to life- threatening illnesses going unchecked. Londoner, Stephen Browne, was a healthy 45-year-old when he was diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2012. Each year 41,600 people in the UK get diagnosed with bowel cancer – that’s someone every 15 minutes. Early...

I battled TB and now I’m in the army

By Simon Richardson Around a year ago, I was in the middle of a gruelling battle against drug-resistant tuberculosis (TB), taking a cocktail of drugs with horrific side effects and fighting for my life. If you’d told me then that just over a year later I’d be a fully trained soldier and planning to cycle the length of Great Britain, I’d never have believed you. But here I am. I wanted to mark a year free of TB by setting...

10 Tips to Make Tired Skin Look Better

  Dr Barbara Kubicka, MD, CIME/ICAM, MBCAM Aesthetic Physician Too often, dermatologists and non-surgical skin treatment practitioners think in terms of delivering treatments.  It’s simple – a patient asks for botox injections or dermal fillers, you give them some and everybody’s happy – right? Actually, at my skin clinic in Belgravia/Knightsbridge, we work very differently, putting the patient before the treatment programme. That means understanding who they are in quite some detail. To really get a detailed picture of what...

Become Fitter with a Gym Buddy

By Emma Raw When you think of the top athletes in the world, how do they get ahead? Take a look at the FIFA World Cup teams. These athletes train nearly every day together - they always have a buddy to train with. They have that extra support that keeps them motivated and determined. Well, you can think of fitness training in this way too. When you hit the gym make sure you ask a friend to come along with...

Wedding Style Special

By Charlotte Stringer With the wedding season in full swing, fashion experts STYLIGHT have put together the ultimate wedding guide; whether you’re attending the wedding of the year (or planning it!) they have thought of every detail to make sure the day goes off without a hitch. Taking inspiration from three of the year’s most beautiful trends, there’s a wedding style for everyone. Classically Romantic Simple, stylish and beautiful: a classic, romantic wedding is an enduringly popular theme. With muted...

Nurturing entrepreneurial spirit in your children

By Gemma Johnson, CEO, MyFamilyClub.co.uk Ah, the famous ‘entrepreneurial spirit’. For me, it’s one of the most exciting spirits an individual can possess. But what is it, exactly? It’s hard to describe, but you know it when you see it. People with entrepreneurial spirit tend to have irrepressible ambition and desire to succeed. They’re not put off by risks that would scare other people rigid (such as the possibility of losing large amounts of money) because all the risks they take...

Frugal Cooking: Method behind the madness

By Jack Peat There's no such thing as a frugal recipe. Indeed, the idea of a recipe negates the very concept of frugality. But there is method behind the madness. Some mothers in Eastern Europe refuse to shop until all reserves in the pantry have been used up. It wasn't until a Polish friend of mine went into my kitchen after a night out to find little more than a few cans of soup, stale bread and some dated cruciferous...

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