PUBLISHED: 17:00 05 February 2018 Sheena Grant Stored pinecones ready for burning as kindling on the winter fire. Picture: GETTY IMAGES This content is subject to copyright. Apparently, it was Blue Monday on January 15, calculated to be the most depressing day of the year, when factors such as the weather, debt levels and low motivation are most likely to come together to make the perfect storm of despondency. It’s a load of rubbish, of course, not least because the idea came about when a holiday company asked a psychologist to come up with a formula for the January blues, presumably to persuade people they needed to book a holiday. Others dislike the term for different reasons, with mental health charity Mind saying it’s “dangerously misleading”. I think it’s misleading too. In my book, every day is blue in January, the coldest, darkest month of the year. I’m always pleased to see the back of it. Among the tools I use to get through are … [Read more...] about Free kindling to keep the home fires burning this winter
PUBLISHED: 18:07 30 January 2018 | UPDATED: 06:41 31 January 2018 Glass of gin tonic with lemon. Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto This content is subject to copyright. After a successful first event in 2017, a festival dedicated to gin is coming back to Suffolk. Visitors enjoy themselves at the National Gin Festival in Ipswich. Picture: RICHARD MARSHAM/RMG PHOTOGRAPHY Gin lovers rejoice. Following a successful first event last summer, Gin Festival is returning to Ipswich, bringing the nation’s favourite spirit to the town in June. The gin tour begins next month in London, travelling around the country and landing at Ipswich Town Hall between Friday, June 1, and Sunday, June 3. The festival visited the Town Hall for the first time last year, where around 3,000 visitors were estimated to have enjoyed a tipple or two. Visitors enjoy themselves at the National Gin Festival in Ipswich. Picture: RICHARD MARSHAM/RMG PHOTOGRAPHY Drinkers can expect different gin … [Read more...] about Gin Festival returning to Ipswich this summer
PUBLISHED: 11:09 27 January 2018 Rose Child If you're warm enough at home why not share your winter fuel allowance and help Rennie Grove? This content is subject to copyright. Local resident Ralph Parry is helping to raise funds for Rennie Grove Hospice Care by encouraging people to “Share the Warmth” this winter. Grove House. Grove House in St Albans is now over 20 years old and the heating system is inefficient and needs to be upgraded. Ralph is suggesting that people may wish to consider donating all or part of their Winter Fuel Payment to go towards this upgrade. Ralph said: “Some people are in the really fortunate position where they receive the Government’s winter fuel allowance but don’t actually need it. By donating all or part of their allowance to Rennie Grove’s Share the Warmth fund, people will be making a valuable contribution towards upgrading the heating system at Grove House and helping to keep those people who use the day … [Read more...] about Share the warmth this winter and do your bit for Grove
The Prime Minister will use her speech at the World Economic Forum to demand social media giants crack down on illegal and harmful content or face a backlash from government and investors. Theresa May will focus on the role of technology in modern life as she addresses the main congress.Although she is expected to praise the potential of technology to "transform lives", she will also call on social media companies to do much more to stop allowing content that promotes terror, extremism and child abuse.She will say: "Technology companies still need to go further in stepping up to their responsibilities for dealing with harmful and illegal online activity."These companies simply cannot stand by while their platforms are used to facilitate child abuse, modern slavery or the spreading of terrorist and extremist content."We need to go further, so that ultimately this content is removed automatically. These companies have some of the best brains in the world. They must focus their brightest … [Read more...] about Davos: Theresa May to urge tech firms to ‘go further’ over illegal content
PUBLISHED: 13:55 19 January 2018 | UPDATED: 13:55 19 January 2018 Charlotte Smith-Jarvis Toast Burns Night with a dram of whisky. Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto This content is subject to copyright. 10 restaurants and pubs in East Anglia to enjoy Burns Night on January 25 and beyond. Elveden Courtyard, Elveden After being greeted by a piper, sit down on Burns Night for smoked haddock mousse Scotch eggs with kale salad and bacon and mustard sauce, followed perhaps by Dundee venison stew with haggis dumplings and rumbledethumps. And end with an open Scotch rhubarb tart or frozen milk chocolate and Drambuie parfait with crumbled tablet fudge. Three courses are £29.95. The White Hart, Hingham This pub is laying on three Scottish-inspired dishes on Burns Night – as well as an array of one-off cocktails to toast the occasion. Start with parcels of haggis, neeps and tatties with Drambuie cream. Follow that with oat crusted herring on cullen skink broth, and end on a … [Read more...] about Where can you celebrate Burns Night this year?