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Fun Design Ideas for a Modern Home

If you’re looking for ways to inject more personality and flair into your sleek, contemporary house, there are plenty of fun design ideas you can try. From eye-catching wall accents to unique furniture pieces, a few small tweaks can transform the vibe. Use these creative ideas to make your modern home more lively and enjoyable....

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The Ultimate Cure for a Slippery Sleeping Pad – Simple Modification

I’m calling them my ‘Anti-slip Limpet Strips’. Maybe it’s just me, but I found that the combination of my Thermarest NeoAir XLite NXT sleeping pad and my Nordisk Telemark tent floor created something slipperier than a super-slippery oiled-up eel! It wasn’t a huge problem but it just wouldn’t stay where I put it. If I...

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Machynlleth to Tre Ddol – Wild Camping

With a new rucksack to try out, and what looked like a break in the weather I decided to head off on a wild-camping adventure on Monday. I don’t officially work on Mondays or Tuesdays, but often end up doing so, especially if I’m at home. A couple of days in the hills would mean...

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The Perfect Backpack – Is it even possible?

The simple answer is no, there can’t be one backpack that is perfect in all situations. A quick jaunt in the hills in the summer calls for something very different to a multi-day hike in the mountains in winter. Volume and carrying capacity alone will dictate that. Similarly the perfect backpack for you might not...

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Surf ‘n’ Turf

This may be showing my age, but the University tagline used to be ‘Where the Mountains Meet the Sea’. It’s always nice therefore to have a day where I manage to get in the sea and then head off into the hills. Things have been a little quiet here since we returned from holiday. Anna...

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Save the Beach – The Maldives

After a final night on Dhigura we had another early start and a very quick breakfast at the guest house. We then caught the 2-hour speedboat all the way back to Malé. Although we still had things to do today and another night in another hotel on Hulhumalé it felt like the beginning of a...

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Dhigurah – The Maldives

After another night of no sleep we had breakfast at the Antares Guest House on Dhangethi and then packed all of our stuff ready for a speedboat ride to the neighbouring island of Dhigurah. It only took 15 minutes before we slowed and entered the blue waters of the harbour. Once again, there was quite...

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Dhangethi – The Maldives

After a bumpy speedboat ride from North Malé Atoll to South Ari Atoll we arrived at the island of Dhangethi and moored in the harbour. It was clear straight away that this was a local island and not a well-manicured resort. There was work being carried out around the harbour and development was taking place...

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Malé Tour – The Maldives

After a couple of nights of luxury on the resort island of Bandos, our Maldives holiday continued with a speedboat ride back to Malé. Today it was hot, sticky and sunny as we arrived on the dockside by the airport. We soon met up with Zaff, our guide for the week and met the others...

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The Maldives – Bandos Resort Island

After a long flight and arrival in the Maldives during a torrential storm, we were soon on board a speedboat for a 15 minute transfer to the island resort of Bandos. There are so many island resorts to choose from that it can be over-whelming. They all offer similar things but can range in price...