HERE COMES THE SUMMER IS IT THE SEASON FOR HOT OR COLD? JUNE GARDENING GET YOUR GARDENING BLOOMING THIS SUMMER
HOT HITS THE HOTTEST SUMMER TRACKS FOR THE SUNSHINE
KEEPING COOL KEEP YOURSELF COMFORTABLE AT HOME
FATHER’S DAY A GIFT GUIDE FOR THE PERFECT GIFT FOR DAD’S
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Here comes the Sun Favourite season of extremes, hold or cold?
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Cooling your house Top tips to keep comfortable at home during the hotter months About us Get to know us a little better and see why we are your agent of choice Our latest instructions Take a look at a selection of our latest properties on the market
BBQ rubs and sauces Elevate your ribs, steaks and burgers on the BBQ this summer
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Gifts for Father’s Day We have hand picked the perfect gifts for Father’s Day
June gardening It’s officially Summer, which means our gardens are in full bloom, but there are still jobs to do…
Summer’s tracks Get summer ready with the hottest tracks to enjoy in the sun
Upcoming films Cinemas reopen: A preview of the delayed films finally being released
Will England be Euro stars? EURO 2020 finally arrives and we have all the fixtures all in one place.
WELCOME TO THE JUNE ISSUE! It’s an exciting month. On the 21st, if things continue to plan, all social distancing measures will be lifted. And what better month for the UK to get back to normal than the official start of the summer? With this in mind, this month we are going all out for the good times with a feature showcasing some of the best summer facts around. Can’t stand the heat? On pages 8 & 9 we give you some great ideas how to keep your home cool during the warmer months. Father’s Day is on the 20th June and we have put together a guide of some of the hottest present ideas this year alongside two BBQ features; one keeping you up to date of the best kit available and another with some fantastic recipes to try.
The delayed EURO 2020 football competition kicks off this month too, which is why we have created a handy guide of every single fixture so you don’t miss a kick, alongside a preview of the top teams vying to bring the trophy home. And if that wasn’t enough, we explore the delayed films that are finally being released at the cinema; the top summer tracks you’ll all be singing along to this year as well as our usual monthly gardening guide. So, what are you waiting for? Light the BBQ, grab a beer or a vino, get settled in and enjoy… Jonathan Wheatley Editor
It’s the start of our favourite season of extremes “I love to see the summer beaming forth, and white wool sack clouds sailing to the north…” are the opening lines to a sonnet by John Clare, the so-called Northamptonshire Peasant Poet whose romantic visions of the English countryside made him a hot topic with Victorian chattering society. And what we could do with is a “beaming” summer to banish the gloom cast by a world-enveloping pandemic. June traditionally marks the start of the brightest, warmest and most longed-for season of the year. So here are a few facts to amuse, amaze and kill the conversation at your socially-distanced barbecue…
HERE COMES THE SUMMER! BARMY THAN BALMY
THE HEAT IS ON
It has snowed in June. At least a centimetre fell in parts of the country on June 2nd, 1975, forcing the abandonment of several county championship cricket matches. And, if that wasn’t bad enough, the bedding plants took a proper battering on June 19th, 1955 and June 1st and 3rd 1962 in Santon Downham, Norfolk, when temperatures dipped to a bulb-numbing -5.6°C – that’s 21.92°F, chillier than most winter nights.
Although meteorologists say summer officially starts on June 1st, the astronomical summer doesn’t begin until the 21st, when there is a 23.5° tilt of the Earth’s axis in its orbit around the Sun. The summer of 2006 is considered the warmest on record with daytime temperatures averaging 15.8° Centigrade (around 60° Fahrenheit). However, the hottest day was recorded at Cambridge University Botanic Garden on July 25th, 2019 when plants wilted in the sweltering 38.7°C heat (101.66°F).
Figures show that the summer of 2012 was the wettest on record. From June until the end of August, 366.8mm of rain fell across the UK, compared with 384.4mm in 1912.
The Eiffel Tower grows in the summer. Paris’ iron landmark can expand by up to 17cm on a hot day. Theoretically, it is possible to fry an egg on a car bonnet. TV chef James Martin did it in June 2018 in 26°C heat, although experts say you really need a dry heat of 70°C (158°F) to get it done properly. Which means you need to be in Death Valley, California, or the Australian outback to have a decent fry-up on your Merc, although it will make a mess of your paintwork. Droughts are not uncommon in the UK. One of the worst started in the autumn of 1975 when below-average winter rainfall preceded a blistering summer. From June 23rd, the temperatures did not dip below 32°C (90°F) for two weeks, peaking at 35.6°C (96.1°F) with the first significant rain falling on August 27th. You can work out the evening temperature by listening to a cricket. Count the number of chirps over 25 seconds, divide by 3 and add 4 to the Celsius figure. Yes, really. More
More than 405million kilogrammes of ice cream were sold in Britain last year. Hardly surprisingly, ice cream manufacturers say the most popular flavour is vanilla, followed by mint choc chip and raspberry ripple.
Folklore says if it rains on St Swithin’s Day, it will rain for 40 days thereafter. Remember the date – July 15th. More thunderstorms occur during the summer than at any time of the year, most occurring over the south-east of England.
There are currently 195 Blue Flag beaches in the British Isles. While most accept it is a recognition of water quality, the flag is also awarded for environmental management, safety and services, plus education and information. So, it is aimed at resort beaches with plenty of facilities as much as smaller, picturesque coves. Even though it does not have a sandy beach, the little village of St Mawes in Cornwall was last year named Britain’s ideal seaside resort in a Which? study. Skegness, Great Yarmouth, Bognor Regis, Blackpool, Morecambe and Cleethorpes didn’t fare as well. Chesil Beach in Dorset is the longest in the UK, at 18 miles long. But it is a shingle spit, so the sandy beaches at Bournemouth and Pendine Beach in Wales, which are more than seven miles long, are officially the longest. In comparison, the largest in the world is at Praia do Cassino in Brazil – a piffling 150 miles long.
WALL OF FLAME
One of the world’s largest fixed barbecues has been made in Gloucestershire. The £10,000 monster, commissioned by a wedding venue, can cook seven whole lambs, three pigs or two cows at the same time, as well as
1,000 sausages or 500 burgers, is heatproof to 600°C, weighs two tonnes, measures 5m across, needs 14 bags of coal to ignite and can be worked by three chefs. It is made by the Bespoke BBQ Company and is dubbed… God-grilla.
e’ve all missed spending precious time with our parents, so this year make it extra special with our unique gift guide to help you find the perfect gift for your dear dad this Father’s Day.
GLAMPING TRIP A glamping break might be the perfect way you and your dad, or your dad and his partner, can escape the hustle and bustle of city life. The beauty of a glamping pod is that you get the advantages of camping, but without the hassle that traditional camping can sometimes bring.
DRINKS CADDY This gift would be perfect for a picnic, and/or for carrying beers in. Even if it’s not a picnic, this would be extremely useful for just about any kind of travelling event. These caddies can sometimes come equipped with various accessories, so make sure you find the right one for your dad.
AFTERNOON TEA There is nothing quite like an afternoon tea, and everyone loves them! You can’t really go wrong with tea, sandwiches, cakes and scones, so why not treat your dad this year and satisfy his sweet tooth?
FIRE PIT The last year or so has understandably seen outdoor spaces being used much more than usual, so your dad might love to light up his very own fire pit once the sun goes down, to extend those evenings outside a little longer than the sun alone permits.
IDEAS FOR SPECIAL FATHER’S DAY GIFTS Celebrate Father’s Day with our hot picks for gifts this year
DRINKS JAR WITH TAP If you dad likes to drink, a large glass jar with a tap would be just perfect for him. This would be ideal to keep a unique mixer for spirits, for example, since it can be made ahead of time and kept refrigerated in the jar for weeks, even months.
SPA DAY Spa days might often get primarily associated with women, but this is an unfair generalization because couples very often attend spa days together, and indeed men can attend them alone if they wish – nothing wrong with that. A luxury spa day might be the very thing your dad needs at the moment. From full body massages to jacuzzis and steam rooms, your dad might just love to receive a voucher for something like this for Father’s Day.
You can make it as unique as you like, and it will last him forever.
PERSONALISED ENGRAVED KEYCHAIN If you want to get really sentimental this Father’s Day, an engraved keychain would be ideal to say something special to your dad. You can make it as unique as you like, and it will last him forever.
FRAMED PORTRAIT OF THE COUPLE Never has it been so important to celebrate togetherness, and especially longevity of relationships. This Father’s Day, your dad might well love a framed portrait of him pictured with his beloved, or his family. Social media can surely provide you with varying options to frame, and you can also have it redesigned slightly if you wish, to make it even more bespoke.
PERSONALISED PEN Pens are typically inexpensive. But to have one personalized can add priceless value. And let’s face it, even in this digital age, we still often use them, especially our sometimes old-fashioned fathers!
PERSONALISED MUG The thing about a personalized item is that you have almost complete freedom to say whatever you like to your beloved dad, and what better way to do that than to simultaneously encourage him to relax with a hot beverage of his choosing? A personalized mug is the perfect way to tell your dad how much he means to you, which he can be reminded
of daily whenever he drinks from it. But if you think a picture says a thousand words instead, an imprinted photo on the mug is a fantastic alternative.
PERSONALISED CHARGING DOCKING STATION A charging docking station is an ideal gift for your father. It can hold the likes of his phone, his glasses, his wallet, his keys, and more. In terms of practicality, it’s perfect, for it organizes all of your items into one small unit, making things altogether so much tidier.
MENS BODY SPRAY There’s a big difference between smelling bad, and smelling really quite nice. And usually, especially when you’re out and about, there’s no in between, so it’s important what we men spray ourselves with. You’d be well advised to get your dad an especially nice smelly this Father’s Day. A mild one which will last all day long would generally be the preferred option.
HOT STONE THERAPY PACK Since we all love a good massage, it seems like an ingenious idea to bring that pleasure into your very own home, and without even needing a professional masseuse. These packs can come with everything you need to enjoy a good massage, without having to travel to a massage parlour.
BBQ BEST KIT Get kitted out ready for BBQ season with our guide to the best tools for the job
BQ season is upon us. The smell of smoke alongside a glass of wine or a beer is what summer is all about. However, for those of us who see BBQ as more than just burnt sausages and burgers, there is a real science to creating the perfect smoked food. So, we have put together this guide to the best kit you need to get the most from your grill…
MEAT THERMOMETER Maybe not the snazziest or most exciting piece of kit, but an internal meat thermometer is probably the most important tool for all smoking and grilling enthusiasts. You see, when you cook burgers or sausages on a BBQ over direct coals you are actually grilling not barbecuing. A real BBQ is cooked using indirect heat with lots of smoke to get that real BBQ flavour. Barbecuing is tougher than grilling, which is why it is so important to have a meat thermometer to know what is happening inside your meat and when it is safe to eat. We highly recommend this meat thermometer from Weber. £19.74 | bbqworld.co.uk
SMOKING WOODCHIPS Even if you are simply grilling, you’ll still want that smoky flavour to your food. We don’t all have access to chopped oak, applewood or hickory, which is why companies supply flavoured woodchips. These little pieces of roughly 1cm woodchip are usually soaked in beer or wine before being added directly to your charcoal or in a smoker box. When they burn they release thick flavourful smoke, which gives all your food, whether smoked or grilled, that rich BBQ flavour. We love these Whisky Barrel Oak chips that add great flavour to red meat. £5.50 | hotsmoked.co.uk
BEER CAN CHICKEN HOLDER Have you ever fancied cooking a whole chicken on a BBQ but was worried about how much time and effort it would take if you don’t have an electric spit to cook it through on all sides? Beer can chicken originated in the U.S State of Louisiana and is a great way to indirectly cook a whole chicken whilst imbuing it with plenty of taste and moisture. It’s simple, by placing a half-filled beer can inside the chicken’s cavity, when the liquid gets hot enough it steams the chicken from the inside out. Sometimes, it doesn’t seem so hygienic to put an actual beer can inside the chicken, which is why you can buy a handy beer can chicken holder that can be used again and again. We love this simple device from Landmann. £15.99 | landmann.com
BBQ RUBS AND SAUCES
BQ season. The smell of smoke in the air. Drinks with friends. Sunshine. What more could you ask for? How about the best rubs and sauces to create the most flavourful meat possible in your own back garden.
Elevate your ribs, steaks and burgers on the BBQ this summer
A dry rub is perfect for ribs, steaks and for adding to your burgers before and during cooking to give a rich smoky and sweet flavour.
MAPLE GLAZE FOR RIBS AND CHICKEN
A sweet and smoky marinade that is perfect for pork ribs and chicken.
In Memphis, USA, the rub is considered as important as the meat and smoke. Ingredients: 1/2 cup paprika 1/4 cup garlic powder 1/4 cup mild chilli powder 3 tablespoons salt 3 tablespoons black pepper 2 tablespoons onion powder 2 tablespoons celery seeds 1 tablespoon brown sugar 1 tablespoon dried oregano 1 tablespoon dried thyme 1 tablespoon cumin 2 teaspoons dry mustard 2 teaspoons ground coriander 2 teaspoons ground allspice Method: Simply add all the ingredients into a bowl and mix until well combined. Store in an airtight container for up to six-months. When ready to use, rub the spice mix all over the meat at least an hour before cooking and leave to marinade. Cook the meat over open coals or smoke depending on your preference.
Ingredients: 1 cup apple juice, to be divided about 1/4 teaspoon morton’s kosher salt per pound of ribs another 2 pinches salt for the glaze 2 teaspoons hot sauce 1/4 cup real maple syrup 4 tablespoons of the Memphis rub Method: Sprinkle the salt onto your ribs or chicken and then rub in the Memphis rub. Smoke or roast for an hour or so. Place the chicken or ribs onto aluminium foil and create a boat. Drizzle ½ cup of the apple juice over the meat and then re-wrap tightly before placing back on the grill. After another hour or so (longer for the ribs) remove the meat and drain the apple and meat juice into a saucepan. Add the remaining apple juice and the maple syrup and bring it to a simmer. When the sauce has a shiny glaze, add the salt and hot sauce and stir. Coat the meat in the marinade and put back onto the grill for five-minutes.
As the hottest months of the year approach, we can look ahead to lots of upcoming warmth.
ut that’s not to say that the heat doesn’t present some challenges. When it comes to winding down in the evenings, it can be difficult to relax when the temperature doesn’t feel like it’s dropping. So here are some of our best ways to cool your home this Summer.
When it comes to appliances designed for cooling someone down, a fan can prove to be man’s best friend. But often, when the weather becomes too hot, fans can be counter-productive, and end up recycling hot air. To avoid this, try strategically pointing your fan towards open windows, so that hot air can be pushed out of a room. And if you have a ceiling fan, setting it to anti-clockwise can also help to remove the hot air. Another idea is to place a dish with ice in front of a fan. This DIY air-conditioning trick will create a cool mist as the ice evaporates, resulting in lower temperatures, and is ideal for any time of the day. Another inventive DIY trick is to repurpose a hot water bottle. It is widely known that hot water bottles are the perfect way to warm your bed up on a cold winter’s night. So surely the same method can be applied to summer, when the process is reversed? So fill your bottle with cold water, and place it in the freezer before you go to bed. Or if you haven’t got a hot water bottle, you can grab any bottle that can hold a liquid and give this a go. This will give you a homemade ice-pack, which will keep you cool all night long.
ADJUST YOUR BEDDING
If you fancy getting some new bed sheets in the coming months, then summer is the perfect excuse to replace your heavier, winter sheets, with lightweight cotton ones. And opting for cotton sheets which are also of a light colour, results in a more breathable fabric, and will help to give you a better night’s sleep. And if this still isn’t working for you, then try to bring the temperature of the sheets down.
THE COOL-PROOF GUIDE TO BRINGING THE TEMPERATURE DOWN IN YOUR HOME THIS SUMMER
Another inventive DIY trick is to repurpose a hot water bottle. So fill your bottle with cold water, and place it in the freezer before you go to bed.
Many people will recommend lying on a damp towel, or sprinkling water over your sheets, in order to cool your bed down. This may work, but will also result in a long-lasting wetness, which no one wants. Instead, pop your sheets in the freezer for a few minutes before bedtime. As well as giving them an icy freshness before you sleep, it won’t make your bedding as wet as applying water would. Just make sure to put your sheets in a bag first, so that they don’t come out smelling of frozen food!
One thing that few people think about is focussing on avoiding activities which increase the heat around a home. In particular, there are two key areas which you can address in order to reduce heat. Firstly, think about your cooking. One of the biggest sources of heat in any home is from preparing food in a kitchen. So why not try your hand at some dishes that don’t require the oven and hobs to be turned on, like salads. And if you do want to cook, consider utilising barbecues outside, to avoid excess steam hanging around. Secondly, reduce the temperature of your shower. By using warm, rather than hot water, this will not only reduce the amount of steam which is able to travel around your house, but will also leave you feeling much cooler, and therefore more relaxed in the hot weather.
GRAB A GADGET (AIR CON/COLD BLANKET)
If none of these DIY tricks are working for you, then there is always the option of buying some tech, which is guaranteed to keep you cool. If you’re on the hunt for a new air conditioner, then take a look at an air purifier. For example, the Dyson Pure Cool Tower Advanced Technology Air Purifier Fan will help to keep you cool day and night. The great thing about this fan is its quietness, even when on a powerful setting, so this is ideal for anyone who struggles to sleep during hot nights. Or, if you fancy a cheaper option, then get yourself a cooling blanket. These blankets absorb sweat from your body, to keep you cool all night long. They’re also machine washable, meaning that you can use it throughout the summer, and it won’t lose its freshness.
It’s officially Summer, which means our gardens are in full bloom, but there are still jobs to do…
June is the first month where the weather can virtually be guaranteed. No more frosts, warmer evenings and, hopefully, hotter days. The Spring flowers have mostly gone and the summer ones are coming through providing an abundance of colour. However, as nice as it is to sit in your garden and enjoy it, there are still plenty of jobs to do…
WEEDING Weeds. The arch-nemesis of our beautiful gardens. However, with some hard work, these can be removed. All weeds can be controlled without weedkillers, and for our environment, it is best to get your hand’s dirty before resorting to chemicals. One of the best manual ways to control weeds is by hoeing. Simply run a hoe over a bed or between rows to kill most weed seedlings. Ideally, choose a dry day with light wind so that the seedlings will dry out on the surface. Pull up annual weeds by hand before they set seed. Perennial weeds should be dug out with as much root or bulb as possible using a hand or border fork. Hand weeding is easiest on lighter soils and should only be attempted when it won’t disturb the roots of garden plants.
HANGING BASKETS Hanging baskets provide valuable colour at eye level in your garden. Choose vibrant bedding plants for a short-term show, or herbs, shrubs and evergreens for a longer-lasting display. The great thing about hanging baskets is that you can plant them in situ straight away. The basic principles for creating a hanging basket are very simple. First of all, if you are using a standard wire basket, it will need to be lined. You can buy readymade cardboard liners and fibrous materials sold for the purpose.
Then add a good quality, peat-free multipurpose compost and give it a good water before starting to add your bedding plants or herbs, shrubs and
You should prune deciduous shrubs (losing their leaves in winter) after they have flowered.
evergreens. Once the basket has been planted, check every day in summer, watering always unless the compost is wet.
PRUNE EARLY-FLOWERING SHRUBS Deciduous shrubs that flower in late winter, spring and early summer need annual pruning to encourage strong, healthy shoots and improve flowering. Annual pruning also prolongs the life of these early-flowering shrubs. You should prune deciduous shrubs (losing their leaves in winter) after they have flowered. As they usually flower on the previous year’s growth, pruning immediately after flowering allows maximum time for the development of young growth. To prune, you will need a good pair
of secateurs and start by cutting out any damaged or dead shoots back to their point of origin. Where there are many stems, remove some to ground level to keep the bush open and avoid congestion.
PLANT SUMMER BEDS Bedding plants provide a temporary decorative seasonal display for planters, borders, containers and hanging baskets. And now is the perfect time to create them. Bedding plants can be grown from seed, bought as plug plants (young seedlings) or purchased as pot-grown specimens.
sunshine you will have more luck with Mediterranean plants, flowers and herbs than if you tried to plant something more suitable for shady conditions. Once you know your borders and beds, you can go online to find the most suitable plants or ask at your local garden centre.
WATERING Watering is key to growing healthy, beautiful plants, however, water is a precious resource and supplies in the UK are under pressure, so you want to be water-smart to help the environment and preserve water.
The best time to water plants is in the Many public gardens change the morning, as this is when the sun comes bedding up and plants start to use displays the water. The foliage and twice a year, soil surface is also likely To prune, you will replanting in to stay drier for longer need a good pair of late spring and than evening watering, secateurs and start early autumn. discouraging slugs and by cutting out any This is called snails from ruining damaged or dead successional your plants. shoots back to their planting. point of origin. However, In regards to how much before you water, there is no simple rule even think of thumb. Each plant has about planting summer beds, you will different watering needs, however, want to know what type of soil you have. you can look for the signs that a plant needs more or less water such as a lack For example, if you have a dry border of growth, dull leaves, wilting and a with free-draining soil and lots of change in position of leaves.
Perfect to kick-off the summer with, this hot tune by Selena Gomez
Get summer ready with the hottest tracks to enjoy in the sun
his summer will be one of freedom and new beginnings for many, and music is one of the best ways to channel that inner sensitivity and soulfulness into something to be shared with others. These inspirational-entitled tracks for this summer will surely do just that. So, let’s crack ourselves wide open this summer and enjoy the tunes! “Rare” by Selena Gomez Perfect to kick-off the summer with, this hot tune by Selena Gomez blends themes of breakup and self-affirmation, and features a killer baseline accompanied with Selena’s typically delicate vocals. “On My Own” by Shamir More of a declaration of independence rather than a moan of loneliness, this sizzling beat from Shamir rather sounds like a homage to the 90’s with its old-schools sounds. It’s crunchy guitar and textured percussion providing the song with a somewhat lo-fi charm, Shamir has described the song as “an accidental quarantine anthem.” “Hard To Forget” by Sam Hunt Typically creating earnest, bittersweet estrangement anthems, Sam Hunt makes no
exception with this country pop hit which invites us to reflect on how hard it can be to let certain things or people go. “Do It” by Chloe x Halle Typically known for their icy cool R&B sounds, “Do It” features a more angelic intertwining of both their vocals. This track was produced by Scott Storch, who was perhaps the biggest producer in pop and hip-hop during the 2000s, and he shows he still has the touch with an airy beat that bring out the best of Chloe and Halle’s harmonies. “Play Play” by J Hus ft. Burna Boy A refreshing blast of tropical breeze, “Play Play” rises and falls like a cresting wave with the vocals contrasting from one another masterfully. This is British rapper J Hus’ and Nigerian Afro-pop superstar Burna Boy’s third collaboration, the track altogether boasting their smooth baritone harmonies. “Physical” by Dua Lipa Dua Lipa was a big hit last year, and with her new song, “Physical”, she is sure dominate this year too. It has a neo-80’s feel to it, and offers chuggingsounding synthesisers with high powered vocals.
THE LATEST FILMS
TO GET YOU
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s cinemas reopened May 17th, we can look forward to indulging in all the latest releases. And after repeated setbacks, we take a look at some of the films that have been put on hold, but are now ready to explode onto UK screens.
The much anticipated Marvel superhero movie will hit screens in early July, having been pushed back on three separate occasions due to the forced closure of cinemas. The film is a sequel to the events of Captain America: Civil War (2016), and will focus on the lead character Natasha Romanoff, as she deals with issues in her past, long before she became an Avenger. As well as Scarlett Johansson, who will reprise her role as Romanoff, Black Widow will feature a star-studded cast which includes Florence Pugh, Ray Winstone, and Rachel Weisz. The film will also be made available on Disney+.
PETER RABBIT 2: THE RUNAWAY
This 3D live action/computer-animated comedy is a sequel to Peter Rabbit, and will include many of the bignames who starred in the first film. In particular, James Corden will voice the title character once more, and Rose Byrne and Dominic Gleeson will also return. This instalment will see Peter with his makeshift family, but forced to confront his mischievous behaviour. After being originally postponed, the release of this family favourite will be of interest to all ages, come May 21st.
TOP GUN: MAVERICK
The long-awaited sequel to the 80s classic Top Gun, will be on our screens towards the end of the year. Filming was completed by Summer 2019, but due to post-production details, eand ensuing lockdowns, this action movie will finally hit cinemas. The film sees Tom Cruise and Val Kilmer reprise their 80s roles, in a cast which will also boast Jon Hamm. Tom Cruise’s other new release, Mission Impossible 7, has been moved to 2022, in order to make way for Top Gun: Maverick.
And after repeated setbacks, we take a look at some of the films that have been put on hold
SPIRAL: FROM THE BOOK OF SAW
This new horror film, starring Chris Rock and Samuel L. Jackson was scheduled to be released in May last year. But it is now confirmed that this spine-chilling new movie will be available from May 21st. Centred around a brash detective and his rookie partner, the pair investigate a set of gruesome murders. And for all the horror fans who can’t get enough, the latest instalment of The Conjuring series, The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It, will be released just one week later.
WILL ENGLAND BE EURO STARS? Southgate’s men looking to end 55 years of hurt
the World Cup. All their Group D games are in London and they would only be required to travel for a quarter-final tie.
t’s coming home … in a manner of speaking. The 16th edition of football’s European Championships, postponed from last year, kicks off on June 11th and, for the first time, games are spread across the continent rather than one host nation, although the business end will be held at Wembley Stadium. Which will be handy for England should they again get to the semi-finals of a competition which is notoriously more difficult to win than its big brother,
It is, without doubt, one of the reasons why Gareth Southgate’s squad will be regarded among the favourites for only the third major tournament held in the birthplace of the game – the others being the World Cup in 1966, which they won, and Euro 96, where they lost on penalties in the semi-finals. But with England, getting out of the group is always something of an achievement, let alone one that is strewn with banana skins.
Friday June 11th Turkey Saturday June 12th Wales Wednesday June 16th Turkey
Italy Baku, 2pm Switzerland Baku, 5pm Wales
Saturday June 12th Denmark Saturday June 12th Belgium
Certainly, the fact they will not have to stray too far from home is a massive plus, but England were extremely underwhelming in their recent World Cup qualifiers. And the fear is the deeper they progress into the tournament, the more leg-weary they will become as the intensity of a punishing domestic season takes its toll. So, it may be worth siding with a squad which does not rely on England-based players. North Macedonia it is then!
Turkey Rome, 5pm Wales
Copenhagen, 5pm Finland St Petersburg, 8pm Russia
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Sunday June 13th Netherlands
Amsterdam, 8pm Ukraine
So, will suburban England once again be awash in a sea of St George’s flags and will we all be wearing Gareth Southgate waistcoats come July 11th?
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As for Wales, their Group A campaign is marginally less daunting, although the games against Italy, Turkey and Switzerland are divided between Baku and Rome.
It may be worth siding with a squad which does not rely on Englandbased players.
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If they win the group, England face the runners-up from Group F – that’s either Germany, France, defending champions Portugal or Hungary. Finish runners-up and its either Spain, Poland, Sweden or Slovakia. Who said there were easy games in international knockout football?
Top the group, though, and the last-16 tie is at Wembley, while it’s a short hop to Amsterdam if they are second.
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They open their campaign on June 13th against Croatia, their conquerors in the 2018 World Cup semi-finals, before the showdown with Auld Enemy Scotland on June 18th and the conclusion against the Czech Republic four days later. Southgate will not need reminding you cannot underestimate the Croatians or the Czechs; as for the Scots, what they may lack in technical ability they will make up in heart and workrate, and the England manager will be grateful for a repeat of the win against the Tartan Terrors in the group stages of Euro 96.
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Bucharest, 8pm Third
Wembley, 5pm Runner up
Munich, 8pm Winner
Rome, 8pm Winner
SEMI-FINALS M 49
Tuesday July 6th Winner
Wednesday July 7th Winner
FINAL M 51
Sunday July 11th Winner
Wembley, 8pm Winner
Munich, 8pm Hungary
QUARTER-FINALS M 45
Budapest, 8pm France
ROUND OF 16 M 38
Munich, 5pm Germany
Budapest, 2pm France
Munich, 8pm Germany
Wednesday June 23rd
Budapest, 5pm Portugal
Wednesday June 23rd St Petersburg, 5pm
Wednesday June 23rd
Tuesday June 15th
Wembley, 8pm Winner
Present your house for sale by de-cluttering... Maximise your home’s potential and create spacious rooms enticing potential buyers – simply by de-cluttering!
De-cluttering allows you to… maximise your space, emotionally prepare you to move, and will allow you to focus your buyers on what is important
f you are looking to sell your house, or have had your home on the market for a while now, then you probably want to get the maximum sale price in the quickest time. There are a few things you can’t control – but the one thing that is in your control, is the look and feel of the interior and exterior. While it’s worth spending time fixing and cleaning your house before potential buyers come and view, it’s also important to de-clutter. This creates spacious rooms and also allows you to decrease and organise your personal items before you move yourself. Of course it’s understandable that you don’t to want spend money, time and energy on a home you are about to leave, however, a lot of people are looking for a house in which they can move straight into. Maintaining your
property might even save you thousands of pounds; it could even reduce added expenses of living in your home whilst waiting for a sale. And it might even help avoid possible reductions in the asking price. The main reason in which people move house tends to be because they lack space in their current home. They want a home that is spacious and in which they can grow into. If a potential viewer comes to your home and sees that there is lack of space, then this will turn them away. De-cluttering allows you to remove any unnecessary items in an untidy or overcrowded place. It will help maximise your space, emotionally prepare you to move, and will allow you to focus your buyers on what is important.
So where should you start? You need to create a great first impression and focus on the rooms themselves. You will notice that the first things you see in each room are personal items. Where possible you want to create the look of a
them into things you want to keep and things you want to get rid of. You may even find that you have collected a cupboard full of paper work. Get yourself organised! Don’t just throw it all away, but file it and go through it thoroughly. This will also make it easier when you move.
De-personalising can also be a great way to declutter. Too many personal effects can be distracting to buyers. They want to see a house in which they can make their own memories rather than seeing yours. Again, personal items can be stored away. Remember
Where possible you want to create the look of a lifestyle that the potential buyers want lifestyle that the potential buyer want. This usually has a ‘show home’ feel, rather than a ‘lived in’ feel. Minimising your things is the quickest way to do this: you want to ensure that potential buyers can do simple things, like, open any doors easily, ensuring that there are no obstacles. So, what do we mean by clutter? There are two types: genuine clutter, and items that you want to keep but don’t work for the sale of your property. Genuine Clutter: You need to go through the space and sort out each item, categorising
You also want to focus on little things like DVDs, books and trinkets. These items may have some small value so sell them or donate them to charity. Get rid of any old shoes and coats that are lying about in your porch or hallway. You might want to hide away the coats and shoes you do currently wear. Store them in your wardrobe, while you have viewings. Items that you want to keep but don’t work for the sale of your property: You may want to consider putting some items in storage while you sell your home. Sometimes items are too large or even too small for some spaces and can make the room look odd. If you want to keep these particular items, then store them until you move into your new home.
that this is only a temporary way of living and hopefully it won’t be for long! If you find you are keeping more things than you are throwing out, then think about whether or not it’s in the right room or do you even need it now? As previously mentioned, you can attempt to sell some of the things you have acquired over the years. Use sites like eBay, Gumtree and social networking sites to try and sell items. You may want to even hold a house sale for the remaining items that you can’t sell. Failing that, why not donate to charity. The end goal is still the same and it’s important to help potential buyers envision your house as theirs. So remember, decluttering will make your home more spacious and entice potential buyers!
Top Tips! If you are throwing away paperwork, shred anything that is confidential
De-clutter before agents come and take photos of your property. This will help attract more potential viewers online and get that first good impression
Don’t spend too long on certain items and don’t get distracted. Keep yourself motivated and race against the clock!
Make it fun! Play some music or watch TV while you de-clutter
Your step-by-step guide to the conveyancing process
nce a sale has been agreed and is in the hands of your solicitor, it will go through the following stages. Sometimes additional work will be needed – for example, if the property is leasehold or is yet to be registered with the Land Registry. It is also important for buyers to discuss the availability of their deposit with their solicitor early in the transaction, and we strongly recommend that you contact your solicitor regularly so that they can keep you fully up-to-date with the progress and the latest timescales.
Seller’s solicitor’s steps • Obtain a copy of the Title Deeds (or office copies if the title is registered) • Obtain a copy of the Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) (if applicable) • The seller(s) will return a completed Property Information Form and a Fixtures, Fittings and Contents Form to the solicitors • Copies of the above documents, plus a draft contract – this is known as an ‘Information Pack’ – will be sent to the buyer’s solicitor • Answer the buyer’s solicitor’s additional enquiries (for example, specific questions about fixtures and fittings) and obtain copies of any planning consent documents • Agree the contract and arrange for the sellers to sign it in readiness of the exchange (below) • All parties agree completion dates and the contracts are exchanged
Between exchange and completion • Obtain redemption figures from the mortgage lender and reply to requisitions on title • Approve the transfer and arrange for the seller(s) and buyer(s) to sign • Receive the agent’s fee account and seek the seller’s consent to settle this out of completion funds
Completion date This is the date the ownership of the property passes from the seller to the buyer, and it follows the successful transfer of funds. It’s the date that the whole process works towards.
Upon completion • Receive completion funds and (only when this has been completed) instruct your estate agent to release the keys to buyers. Redeem mortgage and forward the financial statement. Forward any surplus funds (unless these are being used to fund an onward purchase). Ensure all outstanding bills are paid • Forward transfer documents and deeds to the buyer’s solicitors • Forward evidence of ‘discharge of mortgage’ to the buyer’s solicitors
Buyer’s solicitor’s steps • Obtain the Information Pack, including a copy of the EPC (if applicable) from the sellers’ solicitor and raise any additional queries • Initiate any specialist searches (for example: a coal search). Submit local, environmental and water searches and a chancel check. This takes about 10 working days in total, and enquiries are then usually raised from the results • Approve the contract when all enquiries are satisfactory and complete. (At this stage, a mortgage transfer deed will need to be signed and witnessed) • Receive a mortgage offer and instructions from the lender and deal with any conditions set out by them. Make sure that life cover and buildings insurance is being arranged • Request the deposit, report back to the buyer, and arrange for the contract to be signed. Place buildings insurance and life cover in force • All parties agree completion dates and the contracts are exchanged
Between exchange and completion • Raise ‘requisitions on title’ and prepare the draft transfer deed • Report on title to mortgage lender and obtain funds for completion, including Stamp Duty (if appropriate) • Prepare accounts, obtain signature to mortgage deed and undertake final Land Registry and Land Charges searches
Completion date This is the date the ownership of the property passes from the seller to the buyer, and it follows the successful transfer of funds. It’s the date that the whole process works towards.
Upon Completion • Forward to the seller’s solicitors the balance of funds − it is only then that they can authorise the release of the keys. Receive from the seller’s solicitors, the transfer document deeds • Stamp the Transfer Deed, register the buyer’s ownership with the Land Registry and forward the deeds to the lender or client (where appropriate)
Contract - The agreement that sets out the main terms that have been agreed − for example: price, address, names, etc. Two copies are drawn up, and each party signs one in readiness for the exchange of contracts. Deposit - The part of the purchase price (usually 10%) which the buyer pays on exchange of contracts. Exchange of contracts - The swapping of signed contracts by the solicitors (together with the buyer’s deposit). After this, the contract is binding. Energy Performance Certificate - This contains information on energy use, energy performance, carbon dioxide emissions, and fuel bills. Land Registry - The Government department that records who owns what land, and under what conditions. Local Authority Search - A list of questions that are specific to the property and intended, for example, to discover if there have been any planning applications on the property, if the road to the house is maintained by the council, etc. Mortgage Redemption Figure - The amount required to repay the outstanding capital/ interest of a mortgage. Property information form/fixtures, fittings and contents form - Standard forms about the property that the seller answers for their solicitor (for example: what will be left behind, details of guarantees, etc.) Title Deeds - Legal documents that prove ownership of land/buildings, and the terms on which they are owned. Transfer of Title - The document that passes the ownership from the seller to the buyer. Stamp Duty for buy to let investors and second home owners - An additional tax, paid by the buyer purchasing an additional property that is not their main residence. It includes buy to let landlords and those buying second homes and holiday homes. The higher rates will be 3 percentage points above the current rates of duty shown below. Requisition on title - An enquiry relating to the completion arrangements. Seller’s Pack - This comprises a Property Information Form, a Fixtures, Fittings and Contents Form, a copy of the title deeds and the draft contract. Stamp Duty - A tax paid by the buyer purchasing their main residence. The current Stamp Duty Holiday runs until the 30th June and as such you won’t pay stamp duty on purchases up to £500,000. After this date the nil-rate band will be set at £250k until the end of September.
Moving house? From meter readings to removal companies, there’s so much to remember when moving house. Here’s our checklist of what to do and when
irst of all, congratulations on your new home! The excitement has probably now kicked in but moving home can also be one of the most stressful and emotionally draining things you can do. However, careful organisation and planning can help decrease the stress and anxiety of moving. This comprehensive and essential checklist will help you do just that.
Eight weeks – Research Ideally, you want to start packing away any non-essential items as early as possible. This includes any items stored away in the loft, garage and shed. If you are not using it, pack it. Looking into your new area is also important, try to do this around eight weeks before you move. You might need to think about transferring your children to different schools and ordering new uniforms too. At this point, ensure you are also documenting all your important information away: that includes contact details, dates, contracts and information regarding your solicitor.
Six weeks – Removal companies or do it yourself? Now would be the perfect time to decide on a local removal company. Or if you don’t have too much to move, you may want to do it yourself. You could even look into different van hire companies. At this point you’ve probably started packing away some bits, but if there is anything you decide not to take, then look into selling these items or donating them to charity. This will also give you an idea on the volume of items you have to move.
Four weeks – Notify utility companies This would be a good time for you to notify utility companies and inform them about your move to switch over. This includes gas and electricity, council tax, internet, phone rental and TV. You should also consider changing any car insurance, tax, memberships, phone contracts and inform your bank about the move. Now’s the time to also arrange a date to have your new house cleaned before you move
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Checklist Eight weeks Pack non-essential items Research your new area (transfer schools and order new uniform) Keep all important documents
Six weeks Decide on a local removal company Clear out any unwanted items Keep packing
It will be worth packing a night bag each to help everyone settle in, which means you won’t have to rummage through everything to find your toothbrush! in, and start ordering any new furnishings for your new property. Start packing away more items, that being, out of season clothes, books, dvd’s and even bulky items, like TV’s that aren’t used often.
Two weeks – Confirm all details Confirm your move with your removal company or van hire, estate agents and schools. If possible, try to organise someone to look after your pets and children for the day of your move, as this can also be a stressful time for them too. If your removal company doesn’t disassemble any furniture or sort out the un-plumbing for the washing machine, then now would be the ideal time to organise these. Remember to also cancel any local services you receive: this could be window cleaners, gardeners and newspaper deliveries. You should now also think about re-registering to vote and getting your post re-directed after your moving date. Continue packing away more furnishings, kitchen appliances and crockery that you won’t be using for the next couple of weeks.
24 hours – Final check and walk round You now have only 24 hours before you move, so double check that everything is packed away and ready for transit. It will be worth packing a night bag each to help everyone settle in, which means you won’t have to rummage through everything to find your toothbrush! You may want to create an inventory of your boxes and
furniture to help you keep track of what you have and to help you ensure it doesn’t go missing.
Moving day Today is the day! You need to be ready for when your removal company comes. Ensure that you let them know if there are any fragile boxes that need extra care when handling. If you’re moving yourself, then pack up your car or van and work out how many trips it may take. Before you leave, also take note of your final meter readings and send these off to your provider. Don’t forget to leave your keys for the new owners!
You have arrived at your new home! Give your removal company instructions of which boxes go in which rooms and make sure you are happy with everything that has arrived. Ensure you check for any damage before the movers leave. Read your new utility meters and send your readings of to your supplier. Taking photos of them will also ensure you have the correct reading if you need them again in the future. Unpack your essentials such as bed linen and clean towels. Don’t worry about the rest, it isn’t going anywhere! Order a takeaway, have a cup of tea and enjoy your first night with your family. Right, so now you’re all moved in, it’s time to settle down, unpack and enjoy your new place. Remember, planning is essential to ensure your move runs stress free.
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Notify utility companies Start preparation for your new house Keep packing
Two weeks Finalise all details Organise pet and child care Cancel local services Keep packing
24 hours Check every room and ensure everything is packed Pack a night bag so everything is to hand Collect your new keys Make sure your phone is fully charged so you can get in touch with the estate agents or removal company
Moving in Prepare for the arrival of the removal company and give them directions/ your contact details Ensure everything is ready to move Record meter readings
On arrival Give removal company instructions of what goes where Check for any damage before they leave Read your new utility meters and send them off to your supplier Check if the previous owners have left anything behind Unpack essentials Order a takeaway and sit back and relax!
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ou’re excited about your new home and location but the process of packing, organising and actually moving all of your items is something no-one really ever looks forward to. Not only that but you also have to contact utility companies, maintain a job, keep your children happy and clean your entire house. You do have super powers, right?
Removal companies You also won’t have to worry about the exhausting physical side of things, that being carrying boxes back and forth
Unless you live in a small property or flat, it could be worth hiring a professional removal company to help relieve some of the stress on the day. They have many skills and experience and some of the services they can provide include packing and
unpacking, dismantling and assembling furniture, loading your belongings quickly and securely, including those fragile and specialist items. They can even supply you with packing materials. Hiring a removal company will also allow you the time to collect the keys to your new home. You also won’t have to worry about the exhausting physical side of things, that being carrying boxes back and forth. Some services are great if you don’t have much time to plan and get these done yourself; however these do often come at a premium and may not be suitable for those on a budget. When choosing a removal company
Top tips for packing When packing, ensure you don’t overload your boxes with heavy items, as these will be difficult to lift and could cause a back injury. Fill any empty gaps using old newspaper, clothing, socks or even tea towels. This will help secure any items when they are being moved. its key to look at those which have good recommendations and reviews, as you need a company you can rely on. You can use comparison sites, such as comparemymove.com and reallymoving.com, to help find you the best deals.
items you have. You should also ask for the price to be broken down so you can see just how much you are paying for when it comes to certain aspects like insurance, packing, an hourly rate, mileage and any storage costs.
Once you have found a removal company, it can be useful to send them a briefing sheet that includes information about any items which need to be specially packed, any difficult or large items, plus any carpets and curtains which need moving. Finally, it can also be helpful to send them a floor plan of the new property so they can unload efficiently.
You should aim to get at least three quotes from removal companies, preferably from firms which will come out to your property rather than those who just estimate the cost over the phone, as you don’t want any nasty charges later on. Plus it will give the company an accurate idea of any restricted areas in your home, if they can park a van or lorry, and how many
Create an inventory and label all your boxes and write the contents on each box with a marker. That way you will know which room each box is to go in. And if you are super organised, you could even colour code each room! Pack heavier boxes on the bottom. This might seem like common sense but it will ensure that any of your fragile items won’t break. Pack a survival box. These are the things that you will need first and should include paper towels, bin bags, cutlery, the kettle, some mugs, tea, coffee, milk, sugar and finally, some toilet paper!
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