Sure, the hot weather is lovely, but it's a double-edged sword. While you may enjoy the glorious sunshine and toasty temperatures during the day, come night-time, it's often a different story and we can be left frazzled and unable to sleep. Keeping your home cool during a heatwave can be a thankless task, especially if you don't have air-conditioning (which can be expensive anyway). So what to do when you're tossing and turning in the heat and nothing seems to be working? The Sleep School's expert Dr Guy Meadows works with Bensons for Beds and has nine top tips to keep you cool and get you to sleep, rather than be hot and bothered, counting sheep. Read More Hot weather advice 1. Keep a cool head Getting frustrated and restless because you're hot only generates more heat and keeps you up longer. Keep a cool head by lying still - only by accepting the heat can you move your mind and body closer to sleep. 2. Frozen bedding When bedroom temperatures soar drastically, action is often … [Read more...] about How to stay cool enough to sleep in a heatwave without air conditioning
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It seemed my companion had muttered under her breath - I know I barely heard her - that she had forgotten her glasses. And so it was for the gorgeous weekend we spent in the recently renovated Adare - every wish of ours was the staff's command. Up to that weekend, Adare, for me, was a pretty town/traffic nightmare on the way to Kerry. I always admired the quaint thatched houses and brightly coloured doorways from my slow moving car but silently hoped for an eventual bypass. It's always been a destination for American tourists, but for us Irish - not so much. That is until multimillionaire JP McManus wove his millions and magic into the period home of the local earldom - that of the Earls of Dunraven - and created what many believe is not only Ireland's, but the world's, top hotel. On our doorstep. Adare, which means 'fort of the oak', had been home for hundreds of years to the Quin family who became the earls of Dunraven in the early 19th Century and it was the second earl and his wife … [Read more...] about My weekend at Adare Manor
It’s a balancing act… You want your children’s bedrooms to be fun and youthful, but you also want them to be practical, stylish and (kind of) in keeping with the rest of your home. Worry not, there are a host of brilliant girls’ bedroom decorating ideas out there that will impress your little ones as much as you. Head to the high street for on-trend looks that won’t break the bank. The likes of H&M Home, Zara Home, Next Home and Ikea are bursting with inspiration and often offer products for children’s rooms that we’d be happy to have in our own bedrooms, like washed linen bedding and jute storage. Next is always a good bet for glamorous, sequin-finished pieces, blinds and bedding; Zara’s got earthy, natural looks nailed; H&M has loads of button-cute pieces like animal cushions and animal head wall mounts, and Ikea has affordable-chic colourful children’s furniture in spades. Boutique online stores, like Sweetpea & … [Read more...] about Sweet dreams: 16 creative bedroom ideas for girls you can shop online
As Central Otago temperatures approached 30°C this week, Naseby forgot summer and focused on ice, as the World Curling Championships qualifiers transfixed the town. RNZ's Kate Newton reports. All day the sun had been beating down upon the Maniototo, augmented by a dry wind that rattled through the poplars and flexed them into sinuous bends. The parched, nubbly tussock covering the hills had faded to the colour of age-bleached velvet, schist rock rubbing through the gaps. Rabbits, emboldened by their large numbers, grazed on dusty verges. A short way down a rural road on the outskirts of Naseby, just before the tarmac gave way to gravel, was a collection of buildings surrounded by wilding pines: a couple of tin sheds, an older weatherboard clubhouse, and a large, squat corrugated iron building with a wooden ramp leading down to a gravel car park. A temperature gauge resting on a faded brown plastic chair in the shade said 26°C. To step inside the largest building was to put … [Read more...] about Ice Ice Naseby: Curling qualifiers put summer on ice
It’s the 14th November, 2013. Emerging from the York Hall dressing room to a full auditorium in Bethnal Green is James ‘Lights Out’ Toney. The all-time great; the three-weight world champion; boxing’s cartoonish villain who sat back and smoked cigars in the bubble bath. Yet there he is, 45 years of age, waddling towards the ring in oversized black shorts with sagging pecs and a pork-pie midriff, trotted out as little more than a marketing gimmick to face Jason Gavern, a journeyman heavyweight who has lost eight of his last ten fights. The first bell goes and, for a second, it seems as if the poise may still, somehow, be there. The swagger, the straight-armed jab, the caramba-like shuffle until steadily the hollowness prevails. Toney stumbles over his front foot, his hooks slap at thick air and the crowd go mute bar a solitary catcall. Join Independent Minds For exclusive articles, events and an advertising-free read for just £5.99 €6.99 $9.99 a … [Read more...] about Klitschko: Why can the best boxers never let go?