Kids of all ages love Halloween

Happy Halloween Retro Sweets

Halloween is widely celebrated in the UK with lots of fun; the children go trick or treating around the neighbourhood seeing who can collect the most sweets. It’s become a famous tradition and one that the entire family can partake.

We found an unusual selection of favourite retro sweets in a ‘Happy Halloween’ gift tube which would make a great Halloween gifts.

A variety of retro sweets are included: love hearts; fruit salads; candy shrimps, flying saucers, refresher bars, white mice and a Swizzel lolly.

Your personalised message up to 15 words long can be added to the picture to make this an extra special greeting.  The tube is plastic with a choice of personalised or non personalised printed picture inserted into the tube.

Cocoapod is a vendor on The Travelling Souk  which prides its self on selecting personalised gifts

South London Refurbishments will assist with all your plumbing problems

We recently got South London Refurbishments builders South London in to do some plumbing work recommended by a friend. The first thing we noticed was their friendly approach added by their reasonable prices. This was an expense we had not budgeted for and worried about the extent of the problem and the cost to fix it. SLR Plumber South West London quote for free and there price was excellent so we didn’t even get a second opinion we simply appointed them to undertake the work.

They sent in the experts and within hours our plumbing problem was sorted out, they worked swiftly and quietly with minimal mess which they tidied up and left our home as if there was never a problem.

We can only thank SLR Plumber Clapham and Plumber Wandsworth for their excellent service.

Do not hesitate to contact them if you live in the South London Region, they service many areas such as Plumber Wimbledonand Plumber Banstead. 

SLR offers a wide range of plumbing services (solutions) in Plumber Sanderstead such as:

  • Bathrooms Installations
  • Boiler Replacement
  • Boiler Servicing
  • Leaks, burst pipes and fault finding
  • All aspects of plumbing!

IBS leaders in Industrial Equipment

IBS is a company that prides itself in offering the best Industrial Equipment and service in the industry. They ensure that their client’s downtime is kept to the absolute minimum ensuring their client’s productivity remains fully functional and the impact of any downtime does not have a negative effect on production. IBS clients are their number one priority and offer blower rental to assist with any breakdowns a company might have. They have a number of services and products for many sectors in various industries.

They have fully packaged roots type blower hire available to minimise our customers down time in the event of:

  • Emergency breakdown
  • Planned repair/maintenance
  • Short-term demand for extra air
  • Testing of new systems
  • Accidental damage

Our range features:

  • Volume flow rates between 30 and 9400 m3/hour FAD
  • Pressure differentials up to 1.0 bar
  • Variable speed drives to optimise performance and lower operational costs
  • Acoustic attenuation
  • Units based in UK locations for fast delivery

Larger Blower Sets are supplied complete in a transport frame fitted with acoustic panels and variable speed drives to optimise performance and lower operational costs.

Smaller sets are available either in transport frames or as bedplate sets (without acoustic enclosure/panels).

All sets are supplied complete with electric motor and belt drive, pressure relief valve, non-return valve and silencers. Pipework/hose and fittings can also be supplied to suit customers connection point.

Trust a company who has treats their customer’s as their number one priority ensuring that you can get blower repairs done swiftly and professionally to ensure production is not affected in any way.

dblo Associates residential and commercial London architects

Are you looking for a company who are committed, work smart, have a passion and love for the work they do and deliver quality every time?

dblo associates architects Knightsbridge is an amazing team of architects formed in 1998 in London with wide experience and knowledge across a variety of project and contract types. They have the ability to combine sound commercial and residential principles with the client’s specifications modifying to please both the client and legislation. They believe that projects should deliver quality, cost-effectively and on programme.

dblo Associates architects London Bridge aim is to investigate projects fully and to maximise understanding by all parties, in order to arrive at the best solutions. They want to work with proactive, enthusiastic people, who want to enjoy the process, producing a rewarding outcome for all parties.
dblo associates work on residential projects across London and the surrounding areas such as architects Kensington, providing detailed and innovative solutions.

No strings attached rent a friend UK

While relationships can be rewarding, they require a lot of time, energy and can bring stress, emotional drama and heartache. Imagine if you could have all the great perks of a relationship without the hassle and issues that go with it. Dukes of Daisy have the perfect solution for anyone who would like a date but doesn’t have time for a relationship or is not in a relationship.

Perhaps you need a date for a wedding or a work function, or simply would like a companion to go to movies or a long walk or dinner date. You might be feeling lonely and just feel like some good hearted fun which Dukes of Daisy offer. Click here to find a rent a friend UK and you will find hundreds of suitable male escorts companions of all ages with many wonderful qualities and attributes that you can choose from.

Don’t leave your energy saving measures half finished

There are numerous actions a business can take to reduce energy costs and lower carbon emissions. Energy management Services plays a key role but it’s also important not to overlook the other end of the process – the steps you take before that precious energy even reaches you; that is, the deal you sign up to and the way you manage energy purchasing.

To do this thoroughly and professionally requires a fully integrated energy strategy that includes the energy purchasing cycle.

Unfortunately, this is often overlooked – sometimes because such measures as incorporating energy management products are more tangible, but often because buying energy cost-effectively is complicated.

There are numerous variables, enormous volatility in prices and an endless array of contract options. But while this may be daunting, getting it right can deliver major savings and significant competitive advantages.

The three aspects of buying gas and electricity that make them different from most other products or services you purchase are the timing of the purchase, your company’s appetite for risk and the skills and knowledge needed to get it right.

Timing is crucial because market prices fluctuate quickly and massively. Some changes are foreseeable, such as seasonal demand, while others, such as unrest in the Middle East, can sometimes be totally unforeseen and could send energy prices soaring in hours.

Consequently, you must clearly understand markets and the forces driving them and constantly monitor them to both take advantage of opportunities as they arise and avoid being caught flat-footed.

Different businesses have different appetites for risk and this has a profound influence on energy purchasing. Most contracts are either “fixed term” or “flexible”, the latter giving a degree of control over prices and potentially make savings – but at greater risk.

To find a contract with the right level of risk for your business you need to know the options available.

Skills and knowledge
Finally, if you are responsible for energy procurement you must be familiar with the myriad of different opportunities provided by energy suppliers and negotiate with them to get the best deals.

In all these things, familiarity, experience and industry knowledge are crucial. Energy purchasing has become an increasingly specialist full-time role and an industry of experts has grown up to operate between energy suppliers and business users. Companies like UES Energy constantly monitor market fluctuations and the full spectrum of suppliers’ contracts to help clients find the best options.

Premium airline seating manufacturer Contour Aerospace (now part of Zodiac Aerospace Group), were one company who saw the value in working with energy professionals and following great results from RUMM Energy Management Software on their energy management, turned to UES Energy for advice for their energy purchasing.

Finance Director Alison Baker said: “(UES Energy) approach to energy procurement focuses on avoiding unnecessary cost and their advice on the timing of contract placement is backed up with detailed market intelligence. Their quality of service is reassuring and a stark difference to our previous energy broker.”

Don’t let the weather ruin a special occasion

Heating Information

There is a popular and generally misguided conception about the features, benefits and needs for marquee heating of a temporary structure. Many a seemingly successful summer event is ruined by the rush for extra layers as the sun sets. Please be aware that many guests don’t bring coats or wraps to summer events – in our opinion neither should they need to.


Food for thought listed below are the sunset times for 2014……(whilst you are here, it is worthwhile to note that these are also extremely relevant when considering your marquee lighting).

  • Early April 19.41
  • Late April 20.09
  • Early May 20.30
  • Late May 20.53
  • Early June 21.10
  • Late June 21.20
  • Early July 21.20
  • Late July 21.03
  • Mid-August 20.28
  • Late August 19.59
  • Early September 19.28

Our marquee heaters are installed and maintained by specialist heating engineers. They have researched and developed a market leading modern heater portfolio. The heaters are silenced equipment, barely visible within the marquee, with covers to discreetly sit outside the marquee and thermostatically controlled. They are a far cry away from the other available run of the mill marquee heating systems.

In order to keep you warm from our cool breezy summer nights, or keep the chill away from a brisk winter we thoroughly advise that you consider our recommendations.

Marquee Hire modern silenced heaters with low profile diffusers are a far cry from the usual run of the mill marquee heating; as a result they are perfect for winter marquee hire.

For larger scale events marquee hire can also offer a more substantial marquee heating option to re-circulate the air within the temporary structure.

Read what advice DIY Marquees give you on buying a marquee

Useful information from DIY Marquee will help you make the right decision in purchasing a marquee. This can be especially useful if you are looking at purchasing a commercial DIY Marquee.

6x4m marquee or 4x6m marquee?

In the marquee industry there is not a huge amount of terminology for someone new to the scene to get used to. One is getting used to feet and metres and how to switch between the two (3m=10ft essentially), most customers prefer everything in metres but you still get some that need it in feet.

Another standard to get used to is that when talking marquees the width comes first and the length second. A 4x6m marquee is very different to a 6x4m one for example.

4x6m Classic DIY Marquee

A 4x6m Marquee means that the A-frames are 4m wide and it is 6m long (three 2m bays).

6x4m Classic DIY Marquee

A 6x4m marquee on the other hand has 6m wide A-frames and is 4m long (two 2m bays).

Why offer both?

The most popular way of covering a 4x6m area is with a 4x6m marquee, there are however times when this is not the best option.

  • If you already own a 6m wide marquee or have spare 6m metalwork then you can just buy a 6x4m roof and therefore increase your hiring potential without buying a complete new 4x6m marquee.
  • If the marquee is going up against a house then it is far easier having the gable butted up for weathering and access purposes. If the customer needs the 6m side of the marquee up against the house then it is best practice to go with a 6x4m marquee rather than a 4x6m one.

So if you looking for a DIY Party Tent or any other Marquee look no further DIY Marquees will assist with the right Marquee to buy.

Unique gifts from The Travelling Souk

Shopping can be a schlepp at times especially if you work all week and have little time to shop for presents, you might not want to spend all weekend shopping for unusual gifts which is where you would find The Travelling Souk a wonderful relief and fun shopping experience.

The products you will find on The Travelling Souk are usually not found on the high street making them unique gifts, excellent quality and usually one of a kind.

Baby Gifts  Gadgets and Gizmos   Mother Of The Bride   Bath and Shower

Carefully selected vendors ensure The Travelling Souk offer quality and excellent product service.

The Travelling Souk is one of the few gift websites that have featured in many of the UK’s most popular magazine and news articles.

A shopping experience that is one of a kind from the luxury of your home or office.

As seen in Daily Mail, Fabulous, Grazia, the Guardian, Stella, Stylist and Country Living magazine

Delicious summer salad recipes from Jamie Oliver

With summer around the corner, the clocks have changed, days are becoming longer with excitement in the air. Everyone is preparing for the summer by getting their tan at a salon, frequenting the gym, people have taken to running and cycling along the Thames. What better way to get into shape than with some scrumptious unusual salads. I found these delicious summer salad recipes from Jamie Oliver, which were too good not to share:


1 small red onion, peeled
1-2 fresh red chillies, deseeded
2 handfuls ripe red or yellow tomatoes
1 lemon
extra virgin olive oil
sea salt
freshly ground black pepper
410 g tinned chickpeas, drained, or around 4 large handfuls of soaked and cooked chickpeas
1 handful fresh mint, chopped
1 handful fresh green or purple basil, finely ripped
100 g feta cheese

Chickpeas are pretty under-used in this country, to be honest. In places like Morocco, Italy and Spain they are prized like our Jersey new potato. Still, we have a lot more choice now than we used to have. If you go to a Spanish deli or specialist counter, you will generally be able to find jars of cooked chickpeas in water and these are the ones you want to make this salad really good. They should look a little plumper than tinned chickpeas but, of course, both tinned ones or dried ones can be used successfully. This salad is a great one for making up as you go along; you can use different spices, sun-dried tomatoes and spicy chorizo sausages, for instance.

First of all, finely slice your red onion. Once that’s done, finely slice your chillies then roughly chop your tomatoes, mixing them in with the onion and chillies. Scrape all of this, and the juice, into a bowl and dress with the juice of half a lemon and 3 tablespoons of good extra virgin olive oil. Season to taste. Heat the chickpeas in a pan, then add 90 per cent of them to the bowl. Mush up the remaining chickpeas and add these as well – they will give a nice creamy consistency. Allow to marinate for a little while and serve at room temperature.

Just as you’re ready to serve, give the salad a final dress with the fresh mint and basil. Taste one last time for seasoning – you may want to add the juice from your remaining lemon half at this point. Place on a nice serving dish and crumble over the feta cheese.

Whether it’s delicious vegetarian or best vegan recipes you’re after, or ideas for gluten or dairy-free dishes, you’ll find plenty here to inspire you. For more info on how we classify our lifestyle recipes please read our special diets fact sheet, or or for more information on how to plan your meals please see our special diets guidance.

 4 large handfuls mixed tomatoes
sea salt
freshly ground black pepper
extra virgin olive oil
good-quality red wine vinegar
½ clove garlic, grated
2 teaspoons fresh horseradish, grated, or jarred hot horseradish
1 small handful fresh flat-leaf parsley, finely sliced

For this salad it’s great to try and get a whole mixture of different tomatoes, at room temperature, nice and ripe. Let them sunbathe on the window ledge if need be! Try and get hold of fresh horseradish – give your greengrocer a challenge to get some in.

Cut the bigger tomatoes into slices about 1cm/½ inch thick. You can halve the cherry tomatoes or leave them whole. Then sprinkle them all with a good dusting of sea salt. Put them in a colander and leave them for 30 minutes. What’s going to happen here is that the salt will draw the excess moisture out of the tomatoes, intensifying their flavour. Don’t worry about the salad being too salty, as a lot of the salt drips away.

Place the tomatoes in a large bowl and dress with enough extra virgin olive oil to loosen (approximately 6 tablespoons), and 1–2 tablespoons of vinegar, but do add these to your own taste. Toss around and check for seasoning – you may or may not need salt but will certainly need pepper. Add the garlic. Now start to add the horseradish. Stir in a couple of teaspoons to begin with, toss around and taste. If you like it a bit hotter, add a bit more horseradish. All I do now is get some finely sliced flat-leaf parsley (stalks and leaves) and mix this into the tomatoes. Toss everything together and serve as a wonderful salad, making sure you mop up all the juices with some nice squashy bread.

This salad is fantastic with roast beef, goat’s cheese or jacket potatoes. And to be honest, even if you put these tomatoes in a roasting tray and roasted them with some sausages scattered around them it would be nice.

Whether it’s delicious vegetarian or vegan recipes you’re after, or ideas for gluten or dairy-free dishes, you’ll find plenty here to inspire you. For more info on how we classify our lifestyle recipes please read our special diets fact sheet, or or for more information on how to plan your meals please see our special diets guidance.

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