Our top columnist Geoffrey Shryhane looks at the richest of the rich. Remember that song from Fiddler on the Roof sung by Topol who trilled what he’d do “if I were a rich man?”I’ve no doubt that he was worth a bob or two.Not long ago, the Sunday Times Rich List revealed all. And yes it was fascinating to see the details of folks who have made a mint.Obviously some had inherited wealth. Had filthy rich mums and dads. My own dear parents left but a handful of pounds proving, perhaps, that it’s difficult for ordinary folks like ourselves to accumulate a fortune.Some of us are spenders and some savers. We’ve all known people earning “good money” who rush out and spend the lot and have to have jam butties until the end of the month. A bit of an exaggeration there but you know what I mean.Take our own Dave Whelan who needs no introduction. The family lived in Poolstock’s Chadwick Street and Mrs W took in washing to make ends meet.Now Dave … [Read more...] about Money doesn’t make you happy…but it gives you choice
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Tidy up our homes and lives often promoted as a life-changing step, but for some people throwing away their belongings can trigger the same brain activity as physical pain. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Reddit Share on WhatsApp Share on Google+ Share by Email Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Reddit Share on LinkedIn Share on Google+ Share by Email By Sarah Griffiths 15 May 2019 “Tidying can transform your life.” This is the beguiling promise from Japanese decluttering evangelist Marie Kondo. Around 11 million people have bought her book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, and millions more have tuned in to watch her in action on Netflix in the hope of learning how to emulate Kondo’s brand of minimalistic bliss.Her “KonMari” method of decluttering is straightforward – tidy your home by category … [Read more...] about Can decluttering your house really make you happier?
An Allenton man whose poem is read out before every Derby County match said he is immensely proud of his home city. Poet Jamie Thrasivoulou wrote We Are Derby after he was approached by Derby County who wanted to help motivate fans and players before games. Jamie, 35, said: "I'm immensely proud of Derby, we get a rough time compared to other cities in the Midlands. I was born here and I'll die here. "Derby has a rich heritage and we’ve not been great at showing it off. We've got just as much good cultural influence as other cities. "I sometimes feel like we don’t get the attention we deserve." He added: "I did a gig at Normanton Park last year and the organisers asked if they could write one of the verses from my poem in chalk. "The Punjabi Rams tagged Derby County in a picture of the verse and a few weeks later I had an email saying Frank and the team want a poet for the club." Jamie, who was born in Allenton and has since moved to the West End, re-wrote the poem and read … [Read more...] about This man’s emotional words will make you proud to be from Derby
Eve Kelliher gets the inside track from leading interior designer Deirdre Whelan. These days not even the humblest of garden sheds can hope to escape the beady eye of homeowners casting about for opportunities to expand their accommodation — or indeed cash in on the boom in Airbnb.So it’s a bit refreshing to hear one of Ireland’s leading interior designers suggest how thinking in more compact terms when moving house can also boost your bank balance and enhance your lifestyle. “Why would you pay a mortgage for a big spare room for someone to stay in only occasionally?” says Deirdre Whelan.Hosting friends and family is all well and good, but gently pointing them towards a wonderful B&B down the road or steering them to the couch means you don’t have to shell out for additional quarters you don’t need or can ill afford.Or you can reassign a spare room as a study or any functional space you will use regularly, suggests Deirdre.Such practical … [Read more...] about Why would you pay for a spare room you never use?
SCIENTISTS from Oxford and Yale have found exercise is more important to our mental health than money. By Elle Griffiths/Published 5th April 2019 GET PHYSICAL: Exercise makes you happier than money (Pic: GETTY) They say money can’t buy you happiness.But it can buy you a gym membership and, it turns out, that can.New research from boffins at the highly regarded universities of Oxford and Yale has shown that exercise is more important to our mental health than money. In the study, published in prestigious medical journal The Lancet, scientists collected data about the physical behaviour and mental mood of over 1.2 million Americans. Related Articles It takes SIX months to fall in love with people but 30 minutes to fall in love with a pet ‘Let us smoke WEED’ Nearly 20,000 Brits sign petition for PEOPLE'S VOTE – on cannabis The TYPE of sleeper you are could be the key to getting better rest Participants were asked to answer the following question: … [Read more...] about Exercise makes you HAPPIER than money, research says