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Eight Tips to Paint Blue Monday Red!

Blue Monday is the name given to the third Monday in January which is claimed to be the most depressing day of the year. The idea was first included in a press release from Sky Travel holiday company in 2005…

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A Carol for Christmas

Carols were originally pagan songs, sung at the Winter Solstice celebrations as people gathered round stone circles. The word “carol” means a dance or a song of praise and joy. But in an early re-branding exercise the first Christians absorbed…

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Give ‘Em Pumpkin to Talk About!

Large pumpkins of various degrees of orange and gold are festooning every supermarket shelf at the moment, ready to be turned into demonic grinning faces. I started wondering – as you do – about what on earth pumpkins have got…

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Black as Hell, Strong as Death and Sweet as Love

That’s how a Turkish proverb describes coffee. Good, eh? I love coffee but as I already have pronounced Tigger-like tendencies when I’m absolutely coffee stone-cold sober, too much caffeine has me bouncing around at supersonic speed. So I have to…

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Start Something New in September

The lazy days of summer are over, and September brings new energy as people begin to focus on what needs to get done before the end of the year. Maybe it’s years of WH Smiths “Back to School” window displays.…

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The Italian Job

We were supposed to be having dinner at a very newly opened Greek restaurant in Stony Stratford. Unfortunately, although we’d made a booking, they hadn’t written it down. So, there we were at 7pm on 31st August all dressed up…

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The Ballet of the Bats

Watching bats at dusk, gracefully swooping amongst the trees in arcs and circles at astonishing speed in search of their prey, I’m always charmed and amazed by them. Bats live in the countryside, towns and cities across the UK. They…

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Caribbean Café Pops Up in Old Wolverton

Better Than Mamma's is resident at The Old School House Monday-Thursday until 22nd August and will be serving an African-Caribbean menu from 12-3pm. My advice to you is head down there while you can and spice up your summer! Blazing…

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