Here’s how you can save money when you buy an engagement ring

Making the decision to ask someone to marry you is the big one. After that, once you know it’s right, it makes sense to get the best ring you can to pop the question, and that could include value for money. Value doesn’t mean cheap, and with a bit of research, you could save yourself some outlay that could go towards the wedding itself.

A diamond engagement ring is the traditional option, though there is so much variation. Look into the ‘4 Cs’ and get the ring you want.

How the stone is cut will have a huge effect on how it sparkles, so choosing a clever cut could save some pounds. Advice is to choose the best cut you can afford, with industry ranking from excellent to poor. Some retailers also add in their own ‘signature’ cut, although those can be harder to evaluate to an untrained eye and might have a brand name premium.


You might think diamonds are all the same ‘colourless’ colour, but in fact, they range from a D (true ‘colourless,’ rare, and consequently costly) through to Z. Most people wouldn’t be able to tell the difference between a D and an H, so if cash is tight, look for a G-H.


All diamonds come with a rating from FL – meaning flawless – through to ‘inclusions’ which are visible. Opting for a diamond graded SI1 or SI2 will ensure you have a beautiful stone whose ‘flaws’ are not visible without a magnifying glass and then likely only to experts.


Many people will buy stones at full numbers, e.g. 1 carat, though buying just under a whole or common fraction will see a cost saving with little impact on visible quality. This is known as ‘buying shy.’

For more suggestions for how to choose the perfect diamond engagement ring, see the tips from Marie Claire. Once you have your budget set, and you’re armed with the top tips, start your research with specialist jewellers like Compare The Diamond Online retailers are often able to offer a bigger discount.

The key is not to feel pressure. It is an important decision because it’s meant to be forever, so take your time and think rather than rush and get it wrong.

How to Pack Clothing for Your Courier Delivery

It’s easy to send clothes by courier if you know how to pack them correctly. If you’re returning items, sending clothes to family or friends or posting an item you sold on eBay, then this guide will give you the information you need.There are many advantages of using a courier service. Here’s how to pack your clothing.

Fold Your Clothes

Start by folding the clothes neatly and try to get them as flat as possible. This way you’ll be able to fit them into a box or bag. To avoid creases in the clothes, use tissue paper and secure belts and zips.

Bags or Boxes?

You can choose between packing your clothes into a bag or box. If you’re sending baby clothes or a single item, then a bag is sufficient. Jiffy bags are easy to find and come in a range of sizes. Make sure if you use your own bag it isn’t overfilled, as it will break.

Boxes should be used for heavier and larger items. Make sure the box you choose is strong and don’t underestimate how heavy the clothes will be. If you’re using a box, then wrap the clothes in bubble wrap or other protective materials to protect them from potential water damage.

The Cost

Costs vary depending on the service you use, but each service will quote you on the price to send your package. There are lots of couriers to choose from, but make sure you find a reputable company with reasonable prices. One same day courier in Slough is

Things to Remember

When you’re weighing your package, make sure it’s fully packed with any protective materials included. If it’s heavier than the courier company expected, they might charge you extra.

Use a marker pen to write the address clearly. If the courier can’t understand your writing, then it may get delivered to the wrong address.

When sealing your parcel use strong tape to ensure it remains secure. Make sure you put tape around the edges to the parcel to keep the corners strong. Don’t use sellotape, because it won’t keep your items secure.

If the box has been used before, remove all addresses and labels so the courier can locate the address.

The Formula one. Ultimate racing division

Ask any petrol head and they will tell you that Formula One is the pinnacle of Motorsport. Every would be racing driver, setting out in karts or Caterham Sevens will have this as their ultimate aim. Few will ever get there and the talent required is incredible even to race for a minor team. The slick aerodynamic massively powered Formula one car is a testament to science and engineering with the ability of a human to pilot it through the many Grand Prix’s in the year. The nearest experience that most of us will ever get is actually going to or watching on television a Grand Prix.  The other way is to use a simulator on a Games console or even go really retro and buy a Scalextric set. When race day comes what better way is there than settling down with a drink and snacks and a Sportscar lap tray to keep it all on. Why not visit to get one? You can choose to decorate it with your favourite Driver or team on it. Where does Formula one originate from? How did it all start?

Before Formula one there were still Grand Prix’s. These were slightly ad hoc meetings where teams and privateers would turn up with a car at arranged meetings and race each other. There was no set Formula so cars were distinctly mismatched and all had differing designs. These meetings had grown out of Pre First World War races like the London to Brighton run and the very first Paris to Rouen. Most races were more like Rally’s having a City to City theme. Endurance of the cars and reliability was what was really tested. As these were held on public roads the cars needed to be quite hardy. Due to public interest, and safety, it was decided that specific race tracks should be made. The first ever was the banked oval of Brooklands in Surrey. The cars were able to reach very high speeds for the first time and the public flocked to watch.

In the 1920’s a move was made to ensure that some stability was needed. Larger car manufactures in Europe such as Alfa Romero, Bugatti, Renault,Mercedes and Riley were all looking to use the races to test car improvements and advertise their vehicles. A series of officially regulated Grand Prix’s throughout Europe were started with a Drivers and Constructors championship. After the Second World War the term of Formula one was established and a set of clear rules and regulations set down, although teams could work within the guidelines to give their car an edge. Super charged cars could compete against normally aspirated engine cars and the Drivers began to take on celebrity status. Little did those first drivers in the 1950’s know how much the cars, in terms of speed and design plus the physical demands on the driver, were to change greatly over the next 60 years! So settle down and enjoy it, you’re watching a Formula with a lot of heritage.

Wonderful Wedding Records

We all love a good wedding and we all love an exciting world record. Combine the two and it’s an even greater reason to celebrate! Here are some weird, wacky and wonderful wedding world records:

Most Royal Wedding Souvenirs in a Wedding Dress

Us Brits get a bit crazy over a Royal wedding, but none more so than Jon Burkhart who decided to set a world record by donning a wedding dress and seeing how much Royal souvenirs he could stuff down it in 30 seconds. Some people will do anything for a wedding! April 29th 2011, in London, Jon managed an impressive 13 stuffed souvenirs in 30 seconds. What a legend!

Biggest Wedding Cake

In 2004, a team of 58 chefs (yes, 58!) baked a colossal wedding cake at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Connecticut, USA. There were 7 tiers and the cake weighed a whopping 15,000 pounds including 5,000 pounds of frosting. Each tier had to be lifted by a forklift truck to put into position.

Longest Dress Train

A bridal salon in Cyprus once made a wedding dress with a bridal train of 4,468 feet in length. We should imagine the bride needed quite a few bridesmaids to help her lift that down the aisle as that train was nearly a mile long! Your wedding might not be world-record breaking, but make sure you have smashing memories by hiring a Bournemouth Wedding Photographer like Nick Rutter Bournemouths Number 1 Wedding Photographer

Oldest Bridesmaid

This record goes to show that you’re never too old to be a bridesmaid. Edith Guildford of the UK was a respectable 105 years old when she was asked to be a bridesmaid. As long as they are a close friend or family member, age means nothing when it comes to wanting support on your big day.

Largest Pet Wedding

If you’ve ever thought your pet needs nuptials then head to Littleton, Colorado where doggie ‘I dos’ are highly popular. In May 2007, the town of Littleton hosted a marriage ceremony for 178 canines. If that’s rather too much of a clean-up job for you to cope with, why not train your pooch to carry the rings down the aisle instead?

Longest Engagement

Think you’ve been waiting an age between engagement and wedding? Then how about 67 years of waiting? A Mexican couple were in no rush when they wed at the age of 82, a stunning 67 years after getting engaged. While waiting to get married has its benefits, such as booking in advance, discounts and planning – when months turns into decades, it might be time to discuss commitment issues.

Oldest Bride

Never feel too old to be walked down the aisle. Minnie Munro was 102 years old when she finally got to day ‘I will’. She married a man twenty years her junior too, so never give up hope of finding your soul mate, no matter how many wrinkles you might have!

Your new car: to buy or to lease?

There are plenty of decisions to be made when it is time for you to replace your old car. There’s the make and model, the colour and the additional features to choose. These days, you also have a choice about how you finance your new vehicle.

The top tip is to thoroughly research the options available to you and then weigh up the advantages of buying and leasing. Here are a few things that you could consider.

Pros and cons of leasing

According to Toby Poston of the BVRLA, which is the trade body for rental and leasing firms, leasing is now the most popular way of purchasing a new car in the UK. This situation was triggered by the banking crisis which forced manufacturers to find new ways of increasing sales. Cheap finance is widely available because interest rates are low, and it opens up markets to people who would not be able to make an outright purchase.

For those who want a new car but would prefer to avoid the hassle and cost of ownership, car leasing in Leicester is the obvious option and is available from providers such as Car leasing Leicester company Total Motion. You get the joy of always driving a new car, low monthly payments and no expensive maintenance bills.

The downside is that it can work out as more expensive in the long-run, you will have to pay for wear and tear and it may not be available to you if you have a poor credit history.

The pros and cons of buying

Buying is the traditional way of obtaining a car and many people still prefer it. You will own the car outright which makes it simple with no involvement of another company. You are free to sell the car at any time, for example if you no longer need it or you need the money. You are also free to modify the car in any way you like.

However, there are also some disadvantages. If you have to get finance to buy the car (a personal loan or increasing your mortgage) the monthly payments can be high, and it can end up costing a lot of money. You also have to remember that the car will depreciate and your asset is falling in value all the time.

Aldi Has a New Range of Adorable Wedding Gifts

When you’re shopping around for the perfect wedding gift to give your lucky friends or family member, Aldi isn’t usually the first place that springs to mind. If you feel tempted to skip this unassuming supermarket completely, think again, because Aldi just launched a range of bridal party items and wedding gifts – and they’re not bad at all.

There’s nothing wrong with giving within your budget, as explained here: So here’s Aldi with the answer to your woes.

Sprucing Up the Marital Home

First in the line-up are some adorable cushions, perfectly fitting into the traditional wedding gift ideas. Buying things for the happy couple to decorate their new home with has always been a wedding gift staple, and these cushions easily add to the mix. Classic ‘bride and groom’ cushions slot alongside a cute pink flamingo print with the words ‘Est. 2018’ embellished underneath. Who wouldn’t love them? They’re less than £4, so you could get them enough to adorn a whole three-piece suite.

Say It in Writing

For something a little more subtle, try one of Aldi’s wedding books. It doesn’t matter if the wedding is at the registry office or a Wedding Hotel Venue in the Wye Valley or if it’s a gorgeous affair at, a wedding book can be quietly slotted in at the reception for people to write whatever they want in. Tastefully designed, these little books wouldn’t look out of place at a higher-end retailer, and they only cost a fiver.

If the idea of giving an entire book seems a little too much, you can give an adorable pack of wedding notes. Each big letter is an individual note, eventually spelling out either ‘Mr & Mrs’ and ‘Love’. They can be used as a small part of the reception party in place of a wedding book for guests to write their own individual messages on. Alternatively, they can be for the couple’s sole use to write messages to each other on. How lovely is that?

Aldi wouldn’t be first on your list of places to shop for gifts for the happy couple, but maybe now it has a place. A range of small, subtle and sweet gifts here would be perfect and wonderfully in place at any wedding, big or small.

The Necessity of Airtel Mobile Recharge

Mobile phones are the lifelines for every individual nowadays. The usage of mobile phones put the people together in spite of the distances. Every business and almost relations are also based on the mobile phones. Fast moving life and busy schedules will not allow the individuals to meet people every day. Mobile provides various methods for the connectivity with the people as SMS, calls, chat and many more. To make calls, SMS, chat via mobile balance is necessary either pre or post balance must be in your mobile phones. The increasing awareness of internet and digital payment methods are now leading in new ways for the online recharge. The excessive use of mobiles also increases the necessity of Online Recharge.

Hassle Free Online Airtel Recharge

During the initial phases of Mobile. People used to stand in the queues at mobile recharge shops. Specific paper recharge coupons were used for the recharge. As the time moves, latest technology picked up the pace and online mobile recharge becomes the first choice of the mobile users. There are so many website portals, and apps have been introduced as Paytm, Mobikwik, Phonepe and many more. Without standing in a queue or move to the recharge shops, users can get their mobile recharge done through these user-friendly portals. In case of urgency, a user only requires portal and internet banking for the recharge and payment.

 Easy Methods for Mobile Recharge

It is straightforward to recharge mobile phones online. People don’t require specialized training to do it as online apps and portals are designed more simply. One just needs the Internet connectivity along with the smartphone, laptop, desktop or tablets. Airtel online recharge provides, various discount coupons, reward points, and cash back offer for thier users. It is done within few seconds, and the user can enjoy the full talk time, unlimited SMS packs, internet packages, etc. as per their capacity and payment options. Many companies have introduced attractive offers for regular users, which is also helping them in building their business.

Reliability of Online Recharge

Few people always have a query regarding the reliability of online Airtel recharge. Due to online payment involvement, people are looking for the safety and security of their hard earned money. The portals have used the secured interface for the payment options. Whenever one is making an online payment, it will ask for bank details and one-time password before proceeding ahead. It will make sure for the users for the safety of their transaction. There is an option of securing with login id and password as well for making it more comfortable for the payment. It provides users with a solution that is instant and can get from anywhere and anytime.

Customer Support for Online Recharge

For every successful business, there must be excellent customer support behind. Here many portals provide the active support for their customers. In case a user is facing any challenge while recharging or making payment, customer support plays an important role. Users need not worry about their questions regarding online recharge. They will provide you the detailed information in written, or somehow they call you back for the personal attention. Mobile online recharge option is a complete package for the people who are looking for the time saving and hassle-free services.

Protecting Your Home from Burglars and Other Criminals

Always ensure that windows and doors are closed. Having exterior entry points unlocked is almost like inviting intruders to enter. Therefore, be certain that these areas are closed and locked, regardless of whether you are present in the home or away from the property. High-quality window locks can make a real difference, and it is wise to make updates to these if you are going to be updating windows that may still have trickle vents. Burglars can easily identify locks that are weakened and easy to breach. Doors ought to be equipped with deadbolt mechanisms, and sliders need vertical bolting systems as well as a rod placed inside their tracks. This stops intruders from lifting the doors from the track to gain entry. Do not leave front doors unlocked for any reason, even if your absence will be momentary in nature. Do not neglect to pay close attention to garage entry doors. These can be vulnerable locations, and burglars often exploit this fact. The automatic door alone is likely insufficient to keep your home safe.

Get New Locks Installed

When moving to a new home, make sure to get new locks installed. Renters need to request that their landlords make lock changes immediately. Though former tenants may have returned the keys that they originally received, it is possible that they made copies that were given to others along the way. There is no substitute for exercising caution in this realm because there is nothing worse than having an uninvited visitor enter your rental property. Use a lockbox or a safe to keep valuables protected. Safes that are smaller in size or not wall-mounted can be affixed to the floor so that burglars cannot walk off with them. Do not provide your code to anyone who is not a trusted family member or friend. Also, avoid leaving the code in written form in a place that can be easily discovered.

Do Not Label Keys

Never label house keys or keep spare keys hidden outdoors. When labelled keys end up stolen or lost, there could be a real price to pay, particularly if they are attached to a wallet or ID card. Experienced burglars often search beneath doormats and in garden spaces for false rock key holders. A better option is to give a key to a friend who can be trusted. If there are no neighbours nearby who can hold a key for you, think about buying a combination box that can be kept in a secret spot on the larger property.

Explore Home Security System Options

Security systems for home use come with a range of features, many of which make a positive difference. Motion detecting lights, door and window sensors and alarms can be effective, as can security cameras to capture video of intruders. Choose the options that work best for your individual situation, and hire a well-known company to perform the installation work. While it may be a chore to turn the system on each time the house is left, burglars rely on laziness in this arena. Therefore, it is a step worth taking in order to thwart determined intruders from getting inside the home. Learn everything possible about the new security system and teach the entire family about how it works. This prevents inconvenient false alarm events that can also be expensive and irritating to those living nearby. Also, it is important to avoid false alarms because they may desensitize your neighbours so that they do not respond when there is a true emergency going on.

Consider Specialty Glass on Windows

Consider installing metal bars or specialty glass on windows. This might seem a bit much for most homes, but it can be a good idea to use these techniques to stop burglars who are willing to smash the glass in order to get inside a home. These tools can keep intruders out successfully, and these days it is possible to find products that are actually visually attractive in addition to being effective.

Interesting Facts About Boilers

If you’re thinking about having a new boiler fitted, or need to book a service because you think there’s something not quite right with your current one, here are some interesting facts you might not know to get the best from your boiler:

  1. Boilers work by heating through radiant or convection heating

Some boilers give off radiant heat, in that they heat a specific thing such as flooring and not air. Most boilers in the UK use convection heating, which heats the air itself. Whatever system is used, the act of heating is the same. Water runs through the system and is heated at a central location. It is then pumped through pipes, transfering heat to radiators and warming your home.

  1. Modern boilers are highly efficient

Boilers of the past used to get a bad wrap for being energy-inefficient. Thankfully, boilers have come a long way and modern units use between 85 and 99% of the fuel that they consume, which is a vast improvement. In the past, that figure was more like 50 to 70%.

  1. Does a boiler actually boil water?

You would think that the name suggested a boiling action, but you might be surprised to learn a modern boiler doesn’t boil water inside the system. Old boilers used to use steam to make heat, so did boil water up to temperatures of 190F. The benefit of boilers no longer using steam is a more efficient system, using less energy and yet still keeping your home toasty. For Gloucester Boiler Repair, visit

  1. A new boiler will save you money

If you are still operating an old boiler, upgrading could save you up to 30% on your current energy bills. New models are a great deal more energy-efficient. They use less energy to run and don’t bring the water to a full boil. This will save you considerable amounts and you’ll see the benefits almost straight away.

  1. The importance of having the correct water pressure

Did you know that the water pressure in your boiler system is different from that which is set in your overall plumbing system? Your boiler water pressure should be set between 12 and 15 psi for optimum functioning. Too low and you won’t experience enough heat, but too high and you could damage your system. You can easily lower pressure by bleeding the radiators and increase it by adding more water into the system.

  1. Don’t water-based systems mean excess moisture?

Although there is a lot of water involved, a boiler does, in fact, provide dry heat. The entire system, including the radiators and pipes is closed, so water doesn’t escape anywhere into your home. You won’t even see any water vapour escape either, as the components are made from non-porous materials. Therefore, you’ll see no increase in humidity inside your property.

A World of Fictional Tanks

The impressive role of tanks in warfare since their inception during World War I has inspired many an author and film director since. Huge, powerful, awesome machines that have a special place in the hearts of those who have served inside or alongside them. Here are two fictional tanks. One inspired by seeing tanks in action and one created before tanks were even a real thing.

The Land Ironclads

This was a short story written by H.G Wells about future tanks before there even were tanks! The story was printed in the 1903 December issue of Strand Magazine and involved fearful machines of 100 feet long, containing riflemen, engineers, a captain and carried remotely-controlled guns. Sound familiar?

The name ‘ironclad’ came from the steam warships of the mid-1800s that were protected by steel or iron armour plating. The machines were described as narrow with incredibly strong steel frames and being carried on 8 pairs of large wheels of 10 feet in diameter. For your own exciting Tank Driving experience, visit

A large iron plate served as protection for the whole vehicle, with the captain and crew having look-out ports around the top edge. There was also a tower that could be raised or lowered above the look-out points and through the middle of the upper iron cover. The riflemen would sit in cabins to use the mechanically targeting automatic rifles. H.G Wells was quite a visionary as this story was written before the start of what we now view as modern warfare.

The Baneblade

Most of us have heard of the hugely popular game Warhammer. There are wars galore, with battlefields taking over entire planets and battling for victory is all that counts. The Baneblade is a super-heavy tank belonging to the Imperial Guard., being there oldest and biggest serving vehicle in the armed forces of the Imperial Guard.

Such is the size of the beast that it requires a 10-person crew. It is a highly capable and powerful battle tank with no apparent weaknesses. There are different versions available, each with a unique applications and purpose. Its best use is for deployment in the support of heavy infantry. It can fire on infantry with Heavy Bolters and Demolisher Cannon, but also damage enemy armour with an impressively sounding Mega Battle Cannon. It is vicious in demolishing anything smaller, has huge crushing tracks and a vast arsenal of weaponry.

Anyone playing this game will favour this command vehicle when they take to the field. The command vehicle comes equipped with awesome communication capabilities and a wide range of tactical planning equipment. It is still not perfect though, despite its great power. It sits as a large, conspicuous target, is slow and not overly flexible or easy to manoeuvre.