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Rustic Retreat

Wednesday, May 30th, 2007

10592c.jpgHas your father been working really hard this year? Do you think he deserves a well earned break? Well a week away might be just what he needs. It’s often tough to find a holiday that dads really appreciate. I know my dad doesn’t really enjoy the sun and spending time on a beach. Cities aren’t really his thing either as he’s seen most of the sights in Europe and I can’t afford to send him further a field. I was racking my brains to find something I though he would enjoy when I came across a website called Costal Cottages.

On this site you can find some really unique holidays in England, involving stays in rustic cottages on the Pembrokeshire coast including arranged activities such as cycling rowing and absailing – just the thing for a dad who spends all day in an office. Week long holidays start from only £199 per person. And special touches such as a hamper filled with your dad’s favourite treats really add to the experience. Check out the special page on Father’s Day breaks to see exactly what’s included and the idyllic cottages you can choose from

A Flutter for Father's Day

Wednesday, May 30th, 2007

royalenclosurelawn.jpgThe Royal Ascot Races begin on Tuesday the 19th of June and I can’t think of many fathers that wouldn’t appreciate a ticket to one of the most exciting events of the year. Royal Ascot is steeped in tradition and is a great day out even if you don’t like horses! Ladies day is world renowned chance for ladies at ascot to show off their best dresses and hats, so is something mum would enjoy too. The royal enclosure is quite a spectacle with men required to wear grey top hats and tails and women in equally elegant attire.

There are wide range or restaurants and bars varying greatly in price so there is something for everyone. If you are feeling particular extravagant you could book a table at the Royal Pavilion Restaurant for £750 per head, which includes tickets to the royal enclosure, butler service, meals and drinks all day as well as other unique services. However a general admission ticket at £60 or a Silver Ring ticket at £80 which both include entertainment and access to a host of cheaper bars and restaurants might be more with in your price range. Either way Royal Ascot is a fantastic once a year event not to be missed and being so close to fathers day a perfect present to show your dad how much you care.

Father’s Day Cufflinks

Monday, May 21st, 2007

Father’s Day CufflinksFather’s Day is coming up on 17th June and there are many special gifts you can buy for your Dad this year. You don’t have to spend a lot of money to show him you care, but obviously you can if you want to! I have just seen these cute little cufflinks on, ideal if you are male and stuck for ideas.

They are individually hand decorated, produced on fine bone china tile inserts and come neatly packaged in a small blue case. The cufflinks cost just £14.95 and will probably be treasured by your dad for the rest of his life.

National Epilepsy Week

Monday, May 21st, 2007

epilepsy.jpgIt’s also national epilepsy week this week. Each year the week has a special focus and this year it is ‘epilepsy and employment’. The week aims to raise awareness of the condition amongst employers and ensure sufferers are given a fair opportunity in the recruitment process and at work.

Epilepsy Action suggests that we can help the cause in a number of ways; We can ask our MP to raise the issue in parliament. So far Chris McCafferty MP has presented an Early Day Motion in parliament. This is a sort of petition which members of parliament sign to show their support of a cause or issue. They suggest that we should ask our MP to sign this motion by writing to him or her.

We can also attend one of Epilepsy Action’s Local Branch Days held at shopping centres and libraries to find out more about eplipsy. This week if you are in Scotland you can take part in a fundraising walk or check out the events page for more fundraising activities later in the year all around the UK.

Can You Cut Out Meat For a Week?

Monday, May 21st, 2007

halloumi-tomato-2.jpgToday is the beginning of National Vegetarian Week – a week to consider the health, lifestyle, moral and social benefits of going veggie! The National Vegetarian Society have some great tips for enjoying a meat free life and have some yummy recipes invented especially to celebrate the week. Check out the recipe for a delicious Creamy Watercress and Blue Cheese Pasta. You can even call 0161 925 2000 for a free recipe booklet.

Apparently there are environmental benefits to avoiding meat, such as the fact that it takes less water to grow vegetarian foods and farm animals give off more greenhouse gases! If going veggie or going green is something you feel strongly about, this week is a perfect opportunity to make a donation to the society to help them promote vegetarianism, you can do so on their website. Or even better, you can try being a vegetarian for just this week, and you never know you might never want to go back to eating meat.

National Chocolate Chip Day

Tuesday, May 15th, 2007

Chocolate Chip CookiesBelieve it or not we actually have a whole day dedicated to celebrating the chocolate chip, and that day is today. I personally think it’s a fab idea – I mean where would we be without the chocolate chips in cookies, ice cream, muffins or brownies, I can’t bear to think about it.

Each year it is celebrated on March 15th and although origins of the day are unclear, it certainly is a popular national day. I think it is only fair that we all go out after work and buy some chocolate chips or some cookies and celebrate this marvellous day!

Send Someone Back In Time

Tuesday, May 15th, 2007

If you know someone who has just about everything money could possibly buy and you’re stuck for what to buy then this present is unlikely to be something they’ve already got. Probably best for older generations (who’ll appreciate it more), a real newspaper from the day they were born will take them back in time – who else can compete with a pressie like that!

Choose any date in the last 100 years and receive an original newspaper that has been carefully stored away until now. Just be careful they didn’t have a mum like mine, who actually kept the newspaper from the day I was born! Apparently the headline read 3 million people unemployed – let’s hope whoever you buy this present for had a more exciting first day alive!

You could also use this present for other special occasions such as your wedding day or just a memorable day. Available for £35 from Buy A Gift.

Aged To Perfection

Tuesday, May 15th, 2007

I came across this ‘Aged To Perfection’ T-Shirt today and decided it was a perfect gift for Father’s Day! Even though Father’s Day is a while away yet (17th June) I often find it really hard to shop for men and end up buying some extremely dull gift such as socks or golf tees, so this year I wanted to get something different. Granted it is only a T-Shirt, but I think dads everywhere would be proud to receive this from their daughter!

At £16.95 it will set you back more than the golf tees, but won’t exactly make a whole in your pocket! Available in one size, fitting up to 46” chest, from Presents Direct.

The Most Personal Gift You Can Give!

Thursday, May 3rd, 2007

DNA ArtworkHere’s a gift idea that you can guarantee they don’t have already! A piece of modern art presenting their own personal DNA. You can even choose the colour it’s produced in as well as the size it comes in. It’s a very cool idea using very new technologies that combine science with art.

In short, you swab your mouth, send it off, it goes through a process of reading your DNA, it gets printed onto a canvas, and then all you need to do is hang it on the wall!

They also offer the DNA CODE – this is a crystal block with your unique generic code etched by laser into the centre. Check out for more information.