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Which is the best reusable coffee cup?13h Which is the best reusable coffee cup?
Waitrose says I have to bring my own cup – what should I get, and is this a ploy to stop the freebies?
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Shopping Guide: Shopping for Outdoor Dining Chairs15h Shopping Guide: Shopping for Outdoor Dining Chairs
The ideal outdoor dining chair isn’t simply a more durable version of an interior chair. It should encourage lounging.
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Selling your home by raffle could be a gamble17h Selling your home by raffle could be a gamble
It may seem like a lucrative way to beat the market, but you could end up out of pocket It was an ambitious plan: Donna Pirie offered to give away her £1.7m Aberdeenshire mansion in a competition, but she wanted to sell £3.75m worth of tickets to do so and give £1m to charity. In the end, she sold just 10,000 tickets at £25 each – totalling £250,000 – despite national newspaper coverage. The terms and conditions of the competition allowed her to delay the draw twice but she decided to keep her home and instead give away £188,000 in cash prizes. She also gave £50,000 to charity. Running the competition cost her £43,500, so she ended up with a net loss of £31,500.
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How selling your home through a raffle could leave you out of pocket17h Updated How selling your home through a raffle could leave you out of pocket
It may seem like a lucrative way to beat the market but can end up being more of a headache It was an ambitious plan: Donna Pirie offered to give away her £1.7m Aberdeenshire mansion in a competition, but she wanted to sell £3.75m worth of tickets to do so and give £1m to charity. In the end, she sold just 10,000 tickets at £25 each – totalling £250,000 – despite national newspaper coverage. The terms and conditions of the competition allowed her to delay the draw twice but she decided to keep her home and instead give away £188,000 in cash prizes. She also gave £50,000 to charity. Running the competition cost her £43,500, so she ended up with a net loss of £31,500.
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House price inflation in parts of Wales hits 10%, while London falls18h House price inflation in parts of Wales hits 10%, while London falls
As buyers rush to beat the new stamp duty rates, property prices in Monmouthshire leap 11.3% in a year A rush to beat new stamp duty rates has pushed annual
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Have you been affected by Thameslink timetable changes?19h Have you been affected by Thameslink timetable changes?
Passenger groups and unions have been critical of changes they say could mean working lives are severely impacted
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32h Unsheltered: What You Need to Know as a New York Tenant
The city’s housing system can be complicated to navigate. Here’s a quick primer on what your rights are and how to exercise them.
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Alice Rawsthorn’s cultural highlights39h Alice Rawsthorn’s cultural highlights
The design critic on Maggie Nelson’s beguiling writing, a truly creepy sculpture and a northern soul classic
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Carniverous plants with real bite43h Carniverous plants with real bite
Three deadly carnivores to terrify insects and delight kids If you are a regular reader, you might just have noticed that I have a slight fondness for exotic plants. Hell, let’s be honest, it’s more of an obsession. Yet I like to think that part of my love of them is not just due to personal bias, but because there is simply no other group of plants that quite captures the imagination of such a diverse group of audiences, which might not otherwise be into horticulture. The massive leaves, dazzling colours, even weird behaviours, just seem to embody the feeling of a storybook adventure in ways that polite herbaceous borders simply don’t. And if you are looking for pure Roald Dahl levels of wide-eyed-wonder, you really can’t get more storybook than carnivorous plants. Yet you might be surprised to learn that despite their exotic appearance, many of these plants, far from being tender tropicals, can find the cosy, year-round warmth of the average living room just too stifling. Instead, they prefer the cool outdoors of even our most mediocre summers and come the winter are more than capable of shrugging off some pretty Arctic blasts. In fact, many actively need this period of dormancy to grow well. So if you have a sunny spot outdoors sheltered from strong winds, here are three of my favourites to surprise and delight the kids (and big kids) in your life.
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My gardening guru | Allan Jenkins43h My gardening guru | Allan Jenkins
Following the example of gardening expert can inspire you to greater things
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The dilapidated Victorian house that’s now ‘indestructible’43h The dilapidated Victorian house that’s now ‘indestructible’
Rebuilt and filled with reclaimed pieces, this family home in north-west London has been given a new lease of life Flora Bathurst is surveying her back garden with dismay: scattered on the lawn are a bright red robot, a Nerf gun, a toy trolley and a large plastic cash register. “I have tried to do my best to keep it under control,” she says. “But there is an inevitability to small people’s stuff.” Bathurst has lived with her husband and two young children in this terraced house in north-west London for just two and a half years, and already she feels the place is “silting up”. To the outsider, Bathurst’s home is an exquisite assemblage of design classics set against a considered selection of reclaimed materials, but at heart – both literally and figuratively – it’s a hard-working family home. Bathurst, who is a director of photography (and
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