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An Essential Guide To 2018 Music Festivals

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Summer.

For most the arrival of warm weather and glorious sunshine is enough to lighten the mood, however for many it also brings the unrivalled excitement of music festivals.
Having been lucky to attend a few in my lifetime, there simply appears to be no let up in the popularity of festivals for attendees and artists alike. In 2017 there was a 12% increase in the number of people who attended live events, resulting in a wave of cash for the industry.
This popularity has seen the season stretch from early spring all the way through into winter with everyone from Ed Sheeran to the local pub band lining up for the chance to perform.
There are now literally hundreds of different all singing, all dancing events catering for all types of attendee’s and with the ever reliable Glastonbury taking a well-earned break, choosing a festival which will make all the effort, money and time off work worth it can be daunting prospect.
Thankfully in the digital age that we live in, there are guides to he…

The UK Teaching Crisis: Two New Tactics Being Deployed

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At the beginning of May the UK marked its support for the teaching community with national teacher appreciation day, a day dedicated to sharing affection, both online and offline for the role that teachers undertake in society. Conversely in the subsequent weeks, newspapers have been rife with stories of a growing crisis in the industry. Between unmanageable workloads, growing class sizes or an inability to recruit qualified staff, it is difficult to see how sincere or heartfelt this appreciation really is.
Crisis
The sense of crisis is supported by some recent stats. The department of education outlined that just under 40,000 teachers quit the profession in 2016, representing around 9% of the workforce. These departures have not been offset by a highly publicised recruiting drive, as there remains a shortfall of 30,000.
This shortfall results in a negative knock on effect for the schools. Less teachers results in classes being combined. These larger classes result in inefficient lessons…

Visiting Japan: Why You Need To Go Soon

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Japan is a country that has garnered a reputation for itself as offering a rich culture infused with a modern and innovative society. This society quickly endears itself to the visitor and continues to draw in those who can’t help but want to learn more.

This is highlighted by the fact that Japan attracted a record number of tourists in 2017, with 28.69 million people visiting, resulting in an incredible increase of 19% compared to the previous year and the sixth consecutive yearly increase.

Large increases in the number of tourists can be attributed to substantial numbers visiting from fellow Asian countries, especially thanks to an increase in the number of budget flights from South Korea. This has been further supplemented by greater numbers of cruise ships arriving from China thanks to visa restrictions being lifted.
However, the appeal of visiting and spending time in Japan is not confined to Asian tourists, the combination of continued uncertainty back home and the rise of ‘Ego Tra…

Renovate to Rent or Spruce to Sell?

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Following my parents decision to delegate the big responsibility of what will happen to our family home, to me – we have almost come to a final verdict. Renting is the strong contender here, but before anything is set in stone the property does needs some attention, whether we are selling or letting. It is structurally sound, however there are some aesthetic improvements that can be made to increase quality and efficiency of the property which will in turn increase the sale or rent value.
With becoming a landlord comes great responsibility and there are important regulations that need to be followed. For example, proprietors are expected to maintain the roof, windows, ceilings and walls to a safe and secure standard. Recently, there have been some horrifying renting stories of rogue landlords not maintaining their properties, which the government are now cracking down on, by introducing a brand new set of standards and regulations.
Period Property Problems

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Could December Be The Best Time To Look For A New Job?

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The festive season is nearly upon us and as we start to creep towards 2018 and the start of another year, there will be much soul searching. Are we happy with our lives? Could we be in better shape? Could our relationships be better? Better job?
The new year is always the impetus for many people to begin to address where they want to go in life, many new year resolutions are made and fall by the wayside, but those resolutions that are the result of genuine reasons for wanting a change tend to become habit.
However, there appears to be a growing trend and number of experts who are suggesting those wanting to switch jobs should not wait until January and consider doing it in December for various factors:
Competition
For many the thought of having job insecurity or interview hassle around the holidays is too daunting a prospect, but because of these reasons, there is likely to be significantly decreased amounts of competition.
Some reports suggest that there is almost a 33% drop in the number…

An Insight Into The Autumn Budget & The Economic Future of the UK

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Last week, Philip Hammond’s second budget was announced to the backdrop of the ever-increasing uncertainty surrounding Brexit, the continued squeezing of public finances, and the wider economic outlook worsening. This highly anticipated event was eagerly anticipated, and followed on from projected forecasts for growth being cut back with Britain sliding to the bottom of the G7 Growth table.
This was Hammond’s first opportunity to strike back after falling victim to a steady and unrelenting stream of criticism earlier this year. His first budget in the Spring was met with a flurry of criticism across both the political and public spectrum as the Conservatives abandoned a pre-election pledge not to increase National Insurance contributions.
However, the Chancellor then announced a series of measures to clampdown on tax breaks for the self-employed, which led to a sustained backlash from various quarters, and eventually, an almighty U-turn.
Following on from Theresa May’s uninspiring c…

To Let Or To Sell: That Is The Question

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Now that I have reached the half way mark in my thirtieth year, I have been entrusted with a position of immense responsibility by my parents: I have been tasked with helping them decide what to do with the family home following their announcement that they are going to be retiring to the sunnier climes of the south of France in the new year. 
Not only has this afforded me greater amounts of responsibility, it also feels as though I have been initiated into the world of home staging thanks to my ever enthusiastic mother, as well as the world of arts and crafts and decorating, thanks for my girlfriend.
Along with many of our fellow Brighton inhabitants, we have been immensely fortunate to have seen the value of our home soar in value since it was purchased in the late 1990s. It is estimated that average house prices in Brighton and Hove have seen a surge of 500% since 1995, increasing from the average cost of £50,000 in 1995, to £300,00 in 2015.
Recent reports have indicated that this…