The Flooring That Can Add Value to Your Property

If you are selling your home, you may think that the type of flooring you have down on your floors matters little to anyone thinking of buying it. After all, won’t the buyers just rip up all your old carpet and replace it with something new anyway?

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Maybe. But flooring is one of the fundamental elements of any home – it helps set the tone for the rest of the property, meaning what you have on your floor will certainly influence whether someone buys it or not. It’s also worth remembering that certain types of flooring can add value to your property, too.

What Not to Install

Cheap-looking vinyl, worn and dirty carpet and warped, badly-laid laminate will not only put buyers off but may even reduce the selling price of your house.

If you have any of these in your house, it may be worth replacing them if you are thinking of selling. Having attractive flooring down will certainly help matters if you are seeking to sell.

What to go for Instead

Most buyers will look for timeless designs, as well as well-laid and hardwearing flooring which they can envisage living with for years. Yes, it’s true they may well want to replace even that expensive carpet you only laid down last year, but there are certain types of flooring which are more likely to appeal to the average buyer than most.

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According to Massachusetts Real Estate News, hardwood is by far the top choice of most home-buyers for most of the rooms in the house.

Solid wood floors are the luxurious option, and are usually believed to add value to any home – as much as £1,000, in some estimates. A high quality wooden floor will last for decades, and most buyers will see it as an added bonus.

But if you can’t afford real wood, go for the best quality laminate flooring instead. Cheaper than wood but no less attractive and hardwearing, something like the oak laminate flooring available from will look fabulous and add value to your home.

As long as it is laid correctly and is reasonably attractive, laminate floors will appeal to most buyers and could add hundreds on to your asking price.

You can even put laminate down in kitchens and bathrooms, although do remember to get the water-resistant type.

Attacks on Fire Crews Increase in West Yorkshire

Firefighters were once respected and admired, and prank calls were the biggest nuisance they faced. Unfortunately, violent attacks on fire crews are rising dramatically, particularly in Bradford, West Yorkshire.

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Rising Numbers

Recent figures show that firefighters reported nearly 90 attacks, compared to 60 in the year before, with at least six out of ten involving random missiles being deliberately thrown at crews. Such incidents escalate in the period around Bonfire Night, when fireworks are easily available, increasing the danger and injuries officers suffer.

While some attacks seem spontaneous, others appear to be planned, with the offenders luring fire officers to the area with a false alarm for the express purpose of causing them harm. In an attempt to reduce the number of attacks, the possibility of issuing active fire brigade personnel with a body worn camera is one of the items on the agenda for senior fire chiefs in the region.

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Group Planning

In January the ‘Attacks on Firefighters Working Group’ was formed to specifically address this escalating problem. Led by Martin Speed, District Commander for Bradford, the group is looking at various ways to deal with the attacks, of which a body worn camera is one. Other strategies on the table involve strengthening relationships with local communities, considering options to use some level of force against perpetrators and exploring possible powers of arrest.

Ideally, this move would trigger a triple-P strategy of preventing (the attacks), protecting (the firefighter) and prosecuting (through hard evidence) those guilty. However, success is not guaranteed. Union officials have concerns they could make crews even more of a target and point out that current cab-based cameras have never been used successfully in a prosecution, largely because those responsible tend to attack from a distance.

Last year the Metropolitan Police Force began using body worn cameras sourced from companies such as who specialize in this field. So far the results have been promising, both reducing crime in general and in prosecutions. However, as their work involves closer contact with potential and actual troublemakers, the chance to capture images is much greater.

The potential for technology to help firefighters tackle the risk of attack is not known, but it is a positive move towards preventing the extra dangers crews face daily and punishing those responsible.

How is cotton dyed?

One of cotton’s great qualities is that as a natural fibre, it dyes very well. Centuries ago, cotton was dyed with natural dyes such as indigo, cochineal and ochre. Today, chemical dyes are used to secure the consistency and durability of the colour. Here is a look at the various processes.

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Yarn dyeing

In this process, the yarn gets dyed before it is woven. The thread is wound around cylindrical packages that are perforated and put on vertical spindles that go in a cylindrical machine to be dyed. This is called package dyeing. It involves dye being forced in and out under pressure through the packages to ensure even coverage. Now the thread can be woven to produce various effects such gingham, checks, plaids, stripes and various other effects. Cotton dyeing comes under great scrutiny for its huge water consumption, and research is being carried out to find less ecologically harmful methods.

Piece dyeing

Piece dying is generally used to achieve one solid colour. It’s a basic method in which a length of fabric is prepared for dyeing. It then goes full width through a solution of hot dye before passing through padded rollers that evenly distribute the colour before removing the excess liquid. There are many variations on this method. In places like India, you might still find families that will twist the length of cotton fabric into a rope and pass it through vats of dye in their backyard. On the other end of the spectrum, you will see completely mechanised factories that dye thousands of yards daily.

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With automatic screen bed printing, intricate, hand-crafted effects can be achieved like those that can be seen on cotton prints at places like Designs are produced on individual screens of flat mesh that block out the negative spaces of each colour. Screen printing can also be done on a rotary machine.

Printing generally gets done on finished lengths that have been prepared for printing. Similar to printing on paper, different colours can be applied in one operation performed by a roller machine. Various copper rollers are used depending on the design and colours needed. With a very well synchronised machine, the fabric is rolled between the different coloured rollers and a rotating drum to pick up colour from the engraved part of the roller. Drying and heat setting follow immediately.

How to make crispy fries

The fries are a real treat. You can eat them alone or accompanied by a sauce or as a side dish in many dishes of everyday life. Although it seems that frying does not seem to have any secrets for ordinary people, some advice to prepare them better will make the difference between good fries, very tasty and crispy, and conversely, fries soft, dried and dull. Discover in this article of esscnyc, WHAT you need to know to make crispy fries to impress your guests. Continue reading “How to make crispy fries”

Choose the Right Conference Venue with Our Tips

If you have been given the responsibility for organising your firm’s latest conference, you have to start choosing a venue quickly. The best venues get booked up well in advance, and you don’t want to be stuck with what is left after everyone else has made their choice. So where do you start? If you are arranging your first conference, here are some tips for selecting the venue that is just right for you.

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Where Is the Best Place to Hold Your Conference?

Start by thinking about who is likely to be attending your conference. Is it for local business people only, for example? Will delegates be travelling from overseas? Make sure that transport links to the venue are efficient. Look at air, rail and road links and ensure that they link up. Your delegates will want a seamless journey to the venue. At least some of them will be travelling by car, so check out the parking arrangements too. When you are considering how to arrange a corporate event, these details matter.

What will delegates do to relax after the conference sessions? Research the local restaurants and tourist attractions. You could even host pre- or post-event functions at them to facilitate networking and team-building. However, according to the experts at organising academic conferences, there are problems if the area is too nice. Your delegates may choose to explore the area instead of attending the talks.

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If your conference is to be held over several days, many delegates will choose to stay overnight in the locality. If the conference venue is a hotel, can it accommodate all your guests? If not, is quality accommodation available nearby? You may need to arrange a shuttle service or negotiate discounts with local taxi firms. An event management firm such as can take care of details like this for you.

What Does the Venue Offer You?

Is the conference hall big enough for your expected attendance? Speakers at conferences now demand the latest in audio-visual equipment to deliver presentations, so make sure that the conference room is kitted out. Are there additional areas for networking, poster presentations and workshops? You may need several of these at the same time. Put together a draft timetable and work out who will be where at what time.

6 more questions you need to ask of your marquee hire firm

When you’re paying out a lot of money for hiring a marquee, it is important that you have hired the right company to cover your needs.

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These are a few important questions you need to ask:

1 British weather is very unpredictable, can the marquee cater for any eventuality? For example, if the weather is very hot can the marquee be opened up to let fresh air in and will fans be available to cool the room? If, on the other hand, the weather is wet or even stormy, can the marquee be closed up and is it stormproof? Are heaters available because the last thing you want is for your guests to get wet or cold?

2 An electricity supply will be needed to run lighting, refrigeration and catering requirements, and also for music and any entertainment system. Will a generator be supplied, if not, can they suggest a provider?

3 Lighting in the marquee is quite an important factor to achieve a nice ambient atmosphere. Can candles be used? Is this a safe option in a marquee? Otherwise, what lighting is available?

4 Do they supply the bathroom/toilet facilities and will there be a separate one for the bride to use? Using the bathroom in a wedding dress is no easy task and so a private bathroom would be a bonus. Where will these be situated and are there any special requirements?

5 Will the marquee mess up my garden? A good marquee hire company such as marquee hire in Kent will supply a marquee erectors in a team who will ensure the marquee area will be left neat and tidy.

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6 It is best to take out an insurance policy to cover both the marquee and your property from any damage that might occur. It is always better to be safe than sorry.

Marquees come in all shapes and sizes, the five main types are:

1.      Framed rectangular shaped tent that needs no poles inside.
2.      Traditional pretty tents with inner poles and curved roof.
3.      Chinese hat, attractive point-topped tents.
4.      Stretch tents, good for fixing on a range of surfaces and very flexible.
5.      Bell tents, used mostly for glamping.

Whichever marquee you choose, you will have a unique, individual experience and a night to remember.

8 more types of office desk to consider

For those who work from home or spend quite a lot of their time on their computer, a practical and comfortable home office desk is essential. Buying a new desk can be confusing because there are so many styles and materials to choose from. Here we will look at eight more types of office desk to consider.


Traditionally, wooden desks are a staple of the home office. You can choose many different types of wood, such as oak, pine and mahogany. Wood gives a natural look and makes for a resilient and strong desk that requires very little maintenance.


Laminate surfaces are normally a protective layer of plastic over a wooden construction. Laminate is handy if you want to protect the surface of the desk and allows flexibility when it comes to the colour scheme. Laminate isn’t the most stylish of finishes, but it is practical if you want to protect your desk.

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Metal desks are a thing of beauty and will give your office an ultra-modern look. Metal is an expensive material, so a fully metal desk may cost more than other options, although mixing a metal surface with a wooden base is a great way to get a sophisticated look at a decent price.


Glass surfaces are durable and require little or no maintenance, and they can significantly brighten an office. Glass is also a versatile material that can be used in a range of bespoke commercial desks from companies like

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Natural wood tones are by far the most common desk finish. Wood finishes give a great timeless look that conveys class and sophistication.


White provides a clean, bright finish to a desk and is a popular choice for a modern office. White finishes also help to give a less cluttered look to an office, helping to keep your mind clear when working.


Black is a serious tone that gives a desk a stately look. Black finishes are also great for hiding marks and the odd tea and coffee stain if you happen to place your drink down without a coaster.


Grey is a calming colour that offers a modern look with less edge. Less harsh than white or black, grey finishes strike a good balance.

Wilderness survival: eight common mistakes

The following are some of the most common mistakes made by people who end up needing to be rescued from the wilderness or who never made it home.

No shelter

Not having a form of shelter with you is a common mistake. Whilst sleeping under the stars sounds nice, in reality, exposure to the elements can be a killer. Keeping dry is central to survival.

Not possessing the knowledge required

The five crucial things that you need to know to survive in the wilderness are:
•       How to signal for help
•       How to build a shelter
•       How to find water and ensure it is safe to drink
•       What you can eat and where to find it
•       How to ignite a fire and keep it going

If you are planning a trip into the wild then you need to be as prepared as possible. You can find outdoor essentials such as the Vanquest 3.0 messenger bag on a specialist retailer’s website such as

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Taking the wrong clothes

Wear and take clothes that keep you warm but are also waterproof and able to withstand the elements. It is better to be able to remove layers if you get too warm but have them available for when the cold hits.

Underestimating the risks

Be prepared for the unexpected. Ensure you have contingency plans in place for even the most unlikely scenarios.

No signal plan

A common mistake is to not take anything other than a mobile phone with you. Good signalling tools to have are radios, bright clothes and flares. Without these, how are you going to signal for help if you get stuck in the wilderness?

Not having drinkable water

A big mistake is not taking enough drinkable water with you or being unaware how to ensure water found in the wild is drinkable and won’t make you sick. You can read more about this in this article by the experts at Ready Nutrition.

Incorrect or inadequate navigation tools

Heading into the wilderness without the correct navigation tools such as a map, compass or GPS device is asking for trouble and may prove to be a huge mistake. Being able to identify where you are using only nature’s signs and sounds around you is useful but can prove extremely difficult.

Digital Radio Stakeholders’ Event celebrates improved coverage

The Digital Radio Stakeholders’ Event marked the launch of 435 new local and national DAB transmitters, which have transformed the availability of DAB throughout the UK.

The event held on 28th March at the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders in London, saw senior representatives from the major stakeholders involved, Robin Holmes of the BBC, Grae Allan of Bauer, Glyn Jones of Arqiva and Ian O’Neill of DCMS, press the giant green radio switch to celebrate the progress made.

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The plan

The plans were first announced in 2014, funded by the Government, BBC and local radio multiplex operators, and organised by Ofcom. The work is now almost complete, with over 200 DAB transmitters built, the last few remaining will be completed this summer


Ten million people have now been brought into local DAB coverage, with 1.5 million more people within BBC DAB networks. The expansion has also brought a further 7,000 kilometers of the British road network into local DAB station coverage, and 2,300 kilometers of road for BBC DAB stations. Local DAB stations have now expanded population coverage from 75% to 90% of British households, which is now comparable to FM services.

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It’s good news for areas such as Gloucestershire and any Stroud TV aerial repair company such as Steve Unett Aerials, which will see coverage of between 70% and 99% in locations across the county.

Fourteen local new DAB multiplexes were launched over the past four years, now resulting in 53 DAB local multiplexes which broadcast 419 stations. Alongside this expansion, national coverage of BBC stations and commercial services has seen big changes. In total, 161 new transmitters on its national multiplex broadcast the nation’s 11 BBC stations to 97% of British households, and provide improved coverage for 13.6 million adults.

Transmitters have been launched to support the UK’s two commercial DAB networks, Sound Digital and Digital One. Sound Digital is a relatively new network, existing for just over a year, and was intended to cover 77% of British households carrying 19 stations, with Digital One expanded to serve 91% of UK households, carrying 13 stations.

During the event, Digital Radio UK revealed a new digital radio campaign which highlights to consumers that DAB coverage is now improved and expanded across national and local radio stations.

How to Disinfect Clothes at Home 4 Infallible Methods?

Just like us, clothes are in contact with germs, bacteria, viruses and fungi that can be the gateway to diseases. You may also have someone in your family who is ill or has immunodeficiency problems and you need to disinfect clothing to avoid complications. Although bleach can be an effective solution to your disinfecting routine of clothing, it is not necessary and would certainly ruin your wardrobe. Continue reading “How to Disinfect Clothes at Home 4 Infallible Methods?”