PASSING your driving test isn't easy - around half of all learners fail the practical exam every year. But that certainly doesn't mean it is pot luck if you pass as there are plenty of ways to increase your chances. We reveal all... How do I pass my driving test? We teamed up with RED Driving School to provide you with some real world advice on how you can ditch the 'L' plates in record speed. Most people take around 40 hours of lessons although you can do an intensive course to get you ready in a matter of days or weeks. That's the premise behind E4's new TV show - All Star Driving School - that puts celebs like Geordie Shore star Vicky Pattison and former Pussycat Doll Kimberley Wyatt through their paces. So what tips should you and the reality stars take - and what's best avoided? Location, location, location Where you're taking the test can have a big impact with pass rates differing hugely across the country. Test centres in the West Midlands are statistically hardest … [Read more...] about How to pass your driving test, when should I book my practical and theory and what are the weirdest reasons people have failed?
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I recently received a £200,000 inheritance, and am considering investing it for the long term or putting it into my pension, but can’t do so all at once due to the annual allowance limits. What should I do with it? I’m 42, and still have a long time until retirement. PT, via email Handling inheritance money can be difficult. For some, it will be the largest individual amount of money they have ever had to manage, and the tax implications to mismanaging it can be severe. Here is how to handle such an inheritance in three different scenarios, if you don’t plan to use the money immediately. Investing the money as a long-term savings pot What you actually invest in depends on your risk tolerance, level of knowledge, and time horizon for needing the money back. Taking financial advice may be sensible. Read our guide to picking a financial adviser here, guide to fund types here and our top tips for investing here. In terms of where to put … [Read more...] about Ask a Money expert: ‘I’ve inherited money that doesn’t fit inside an Isa, where should I put it?’
MY boyfriend and I have been together for three years. I'm 19 now and was only 16 when we got together – he's now 25, so there's quite a big age gap. I was a little naive, so was happy for him to take the lead on things when I was younger but, as I've got older I've learnt a lot and have ideas of my own. The thing is though, he's forever telling me what to do and he thinks he knows best because he's older. It's really starting to annoy me now – and I think he's getting worse as he tries to tell me what to wear and who I should be friends with. He can get quite aggressive when I don't agree with him, too. Three years is a long time to invest in someone but I'm getting more and more uncertain of my feelings for him. Do you think it's time I left him? NY FIONA SAYS: I think you're right to be concerned. The fact that he gets aggressive with you when you don't agree with him is worrying. And the fact that he tries to control who you make friends with is a big red warning light … [Read more...] about Ask Fiona: Should I leave my controlling boyfriend?
ALL eyes were on ex-Hollyoaks actress Rachel Shenton who won an Oscar this year for Best Live Action Short Film The Silent Child and did her acceptance speech in sign language. The film tells the story of four-year-old Libby, who is taught to sign by her social worker as she can’t speak, but how can you get started learning the powerful language? How do you learn sign language? Sign language is used to communicate with those who are hard of hearing or deaf. There are a number of different types around the world, including British Sign Language (BSL). It may seem daunting learning a new language, but you can start by picking up the alphabet, numbers and popular words. Then move onto frequently used phrases and learn how to string a sentence together. What is the British sign language alphabet? Many words and phrases have dedication signs, but sometimes you may need to spell out words letter by letter if there isn’t an applicable one. British Sign Language (BSL) has a … [Read more...] about Where can I learn sign language in the UK, what is the British alphabet and what courses can I take?
DEAR DEIDRE: I HAD drunken sex with my partner’s daughter but couldn’t remember a thing about it when I woke up next to her in the morning. I thought it was my partner at first. But as I looked around the room I could see unfamiliar clothes scattered all over the place. I’m 38 and my partner is 37. We’ve been together for four years. Her daughter is 18. I was totally gobsmacked and it took a few seconds for it to sink in. She was talking to me and I could see her lips moving but all I could hear was a roaring in my ears. It felt like everything was in slow motion. I got out of bed and went to the bathroom and just stared at myself in the mirror. It was a really strange feeling, like it wasn’t me looking back at myself. I wrapped a towel around me and went back to the bedroom as my stomach starting to churn. She smiled at me and said something about how it was her first time and how it was more amazing than she could have imagined. I begged her to … [Read more...] about I had drunken sex with my teenage stepdaughter thinking it was my partner – should I carry on seeing her?