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Wednesday, 27-Jun-2012 10:12 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Learn to Cook and Improve Your Culinary Skills - the Enjoyable W

Learning to Cook

Anyone can learn to cook or build on their existing skills, and doing so can transform your diet, health and lifestyle for the better. After all, food shouldn’t just be fuel! By learning how to cook, every meal can become an exciting dining experience.

Of course, forcing yourself to practice the same recipe over and over again at home is never going to be fun. Reading a knife skills cook book and dicing enough onions to last a lifetime may very well boost your skills, but there is no use in being a whizz in the kitchen if you find cooking a chore and never make the most of your ability.

To really improve your culinary skills and ignite your passion for food, you really need to enjoy the whole process. Leading London cooking schools offer culinary workshops in which you can create delicious meals in a fun and sociable environment.

Informal cooking classes offer a unique opportunity to learn new recipes and skills. After all, where else can you receive guidance from a top chef, meet new people with similar tastes, enjoy a fine dining experience, expand your existing knowledge and recapture your passion for food, all at the same time?

Types of Classes

Beginners or intermediates may choose a themed menu of their favourite cuisine, with schools offering menus themed around Italian, Indian, British, Spanish, meat, desserts, or healthy recipes. Die-hard foodies will enjoy a class learning refined culinary skills such as macaroon making, a four course masterclass or a menu designed for entertaining and impressing at your next dinner party.

Busy professionals can opt for a 30 minute lunch break class, and you may even find cooking schools in London which offer children’s classes during half terms and holidays.

Whatever your age, lifestyle, tastes and cooking ability, thanks to cooking workshops in London, there’s no excuse not to transform the way you eat forever!

L’atelier des Chefs offer fun and friendly cooking workshops in London, with state-of-the-art kitchens in Oxford Circus and St Paul’s. With hundreds of themed classes every month to choose from, boosting your culinary skills with a delicious menu to match your tastes is easy at L’atelier des Chefs.

Wednesday, 27-Jun-2012 05:31 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Say It with Personalised Wall Stickers

Look at that wall. Look at it. Big, bland, empty. White. Okay, maybe it’s not white. Maybe your wall is yellow or cream or mint. Maybe it’s fuchsia. I’d be worried if it was, but it might be. Anyway, the point remains that for all your hours in front of the Dulux pot paints chart, your wall is a particularly pleasant shade of unexciting. The typical thing to do with an uninteresting wall is to hang a painting on it, or perhaps hide it behind something else (a cabinet, a dresser, a curtain), but that’s just skirting around the problem. Your wall is your canvas and there are ways to make it interesting without going the full Three Men and a Baby. Personalised wall stickers allow you to (literally) make a dynamic statement and to stamp your character on a room.

Wall stickers are an increasingly popular way to brighten up any room. They bring a sense of fun and style to the space, without having to pay a professional painter to painstakingly draw up your chosen mural. Film, TV and music icons are always popular; Charlie Chaplin, Audrey Hepburn and Justin Bieber all spell cool for their respective generations (and confusion and fear for all others). Alternatively, there are fun designs which can add a sense of action or kinetic energy to the empty space; turn your living room wall into a giant game of Space Invaders, give a sense of flowing music in your room with a crotchets and quavers design, or bring life to the wall with a birdcage on a branch. Best of all, in this year of all years, show how proud you are to be British with an “I Love London” design or a rendering of an iconic landmark like Big Ben or a red telephone box.

Of course, if you really want to personalise your space then there’s no better way to do it than with your own words. Some suppliers offer online design tools, allowing you to draw up your own personalised wall sticker and see what it will look like on the wall before ordering. Start with a word or phrase of your choice, then decide on colour, font and size.

Even if you eventually get bored of the design, fear not; all these personalised wall stickers are removable. They can be peeled off without taking the paint with them or leaving behind adhesive stains. Not only does this remove the stress if you wake up one morning and decide you don’t want to look at your ex-girlfriend’s name anymore, it also makes removable wall stickers perfect for short term use. Maybe you’re having an Olympics party; festoon your walls with London designs, safe in the knowledge they can come straight off again the moment the closing ceremony is over.

If you want to make an impression in a room, say it with a personalised wall sticker.

My Wall Stickers are the UK’s number one suppliers of unique wall stickers for your home. Their online personalised wall stickers service, allows you to design and buy your own quote stickers. Have a go yourself.

Tuesday, 26-Jun-2012 10:28 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Do not let your curtains down: give them a great curtain pole

You’ve just bought some luxurious curtains and they look great. You get them home, undo the wrappings and marvel at their quality. Finally, a touch of class, you think, as you shake them out and hang them up. The curtains look okay, but they just don’t hang right. You take them down and try again. Nope. Perhaps that piece of twine strung between two nails has had its day.

If this sounds silly, it is, but you’d be surprised how many people use something cheap and nasty to hang their curtains from. They don’t use string, perhaps, but poorly fitting, low quality curtain poles are just as ugly. This is a particular problem with bay windows, where some people cram in three or four poles to try to cope with the curved space. It doesn’t need to be this way. Modern technology means there are some innovative, and infinitely more attractive, options.

Curtain poles

A pole can be a brilliant way of showing off your curtains as there are so many different designs and materials available. Some have rings for hanging the curtains, while others have gliders. Gliders allow the curtains to be drawn with less friction and the pole itself to be more slender, although rings create a more traditional feel and place more emphasis on the pole itself. Most poles have a range of finials so they can be easily accessorised to match the style of the room.

Curtain tracks

Curtain tracks are similar to poles with gliders, but are generally flatter in profile and even less visible. With a track, the focus is on the curtains, not what they’re hanging from. Some designs have a cord so the curtains can be operated like blinds. These are a great option for heavy curtains, or where the window is very high or in an awkward place. Instead of having to reach to top of the curtain to move it, you just pull the cord. This is also a bonus with pale or delicate curtains as they will not be handled as much.

Electric curtain rails

Rather than having a cord to open and close the curtains, electric designs function automatically. These give all the advantages of corded tracks, but add even more convenience and security to the mix. Not only do the curtains open and close on their own, this can be in response to a timer or light levels. The curtains closing automatically when it gets dark can be especially useful in winter, when they will help keep the heat in. The system can also deter thieves while you are on holiday, and is useful for the elderly or people with mobility problems.

Bay windows

Bay windows in particular benefit from new technology, as poles and rails can now be bent to fit the space perfectly. Whereas people used to use lots of poles to achieve the same effect, having a continuous curved rail is a much more practical and attractive solution.

Tracks Direct sell a wide range of curtain poles, tracks, rails and accessories, including some great designs from Silent Gliss. Their expert staff can help you show off your curtains by creating a bespoke rail to your exact specifications.

Tuesday, 26-Jun-2012 04:30 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Ensure your website has high rankings and enlist the help of a s

What is SEO?

SEO stands for search engine optimisation which is the definition of creating a high quality website that is visible to browsers. It is the practice of using natural and organic techniques to attract new and targeted visitors who will convert into customers.

Ensuring your website has a high ranking in Google is a daily struggle. Therefore, it’s a good idea to enlist the help of a specialist SEO company.

By using a range of internet marketing techniques, SEO experts will make your website more useful for customers, and more transparent and understandable to search engines.

Conducting thorough keyword research, writing strong webpage copy and having valid HTML are just some of the techniques used to achieve successful, long-term results.

Why use a search engine optimisation company?

Search engines are constantly making major changes to improve their services for both users and marketers. Google, Yahoo! and Bing regularly clean up their listings to ensure only the relevant sites appear in their top listings.

Keeping up with these changes can be a full time job in itself, so why not enlist the help of a well established search engine optimisation company? SEO experts understand exactly what search engines are looking for and use ethical techniques that do not contravene the search engines’ guidelines.

When it comes to internet marketing, many advertisers are often confused by which technique is going to work best for their website.

PPC stands for “pay-per-click advertising” and displays your adverts within the sponsored results in search engines. PPC is ideal for new businesses as it can be set up to work effectively and bring in high ROI relatively quickly. SEO can take slightly longer to build successful results, but is extremely cost effective in the long term.

For successful internet marketing, these options can be used alongside each other. Once you have established natural search engine visibility with SEO, PPC can be used to provide flexibility for your campaigns and test new keywords.

KPI Business Services can increase your revenue by ensuring your website is constantly on page one of Google. As a leading search engine optimisation company, their professional SEO and PPC experts use effective strategies proven to bring successful results.

Monday, 25-Jun-2012 12:26 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Spring cleaning your home - from lampshade to carpet

We all love to walk into a home that looks and smells fresh and clean. There is a great deal of evidence that a clean living environment improves both physical and mental health, but many of us only skim the surface and don’t clean the things that really matter. An annual deep clean can give us the motivation to do the chores we forget or put off. It doesn’t even have to be spring.


A first, logical step is to get rid of things you no longer need. Having less stuff in the house will make it far easier to clean the things you have left. The trick is to be thorough and brutal. Take everything out of your cupboards and wardrobes and make piles of things to keep, throw away, recycle, donate or sell. You can make a surprising amount of money selling stuff you don’t need at car boot sales or online, and taking things to charity shops lets you help others as well as yourself.
Once you’ve got rid of everything, it can be useful to take as much of the furniture out as you can, too. The fewer things in the way, the better.

Start at the top

Spring cleaning means cleaning everything in the house. A good way to go about it is to start at the top of the house and work your way down, as well as starting at the top of each room. Get rid of the cobwebs you’ve been meaning to have a go at for months, dust the tops of cupboards and take down the lampshades. Wash windows and scrub skirting boards. It is important to clean floors and carpets last, otherwise you will end up with dust falling and spoiling your hard work.

Carpets, curtains and upholstery

Carpets and soft furnishings are especially important. They are often one of the last things people think about, yet are known to trap germs, odours and allergens. Smokers and people with pets or young children are especially advised to give these things a deep clean at least once a year. Duvets, pillows, curtains and cushion covers can often be washed or dry-cleaned, and carpet cleaning machines are available which remove a surprising amount of dirt and grime. To eliminate stains and odours, use a specialist product aimed at the offending substance. General purpose cleaners often don’t work as well.

Hire what you need

While most of the cleaning can be done with products you already have, cleaning a carpet properly requires a professional-quality machine. This does not necessarily mean getting a professional company to do it, though, as it is much cheaper and more rewarding to do it yourself. Some people could consider buying a carpet cleaner, but for most people the best option is to rent. 9 out of every 10 people in the UK live 10 minutes or less from a rental outlet – they just don’t know it yet.

Rug Doctor is a well-known international brand specialising in carpet and upholstery cleaning products. It makes and supplies first-class carpet cleaning machines, which can be rented from over 2,800 locations in the UK alone. As part of your spring clean, don’t forget to hire a Rug Doctor!

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