Wednesday 1st April 2020

Tag: going out


Spring is here, spring is here, life is skittles and life is beer

The birds chirruping, the sweet smell of blossom, that tickle of hay fever, and the large bright thing in the sky that has been elusive for months. Spring is well and truly here! When this season begins, there’s a sense of new beginnings akin to New Year. I have rejoined the gym and started waking…

Fox Village

My trip to Fox Village, Japan

From hedgehog cafes, to islands literally full of cats and rabbits that will chase you to be fed, there are many places in Japan that will make you squeal at just how darn cute they are! One of those places is Fox Village in Shiroishi, Miyagi prefecture. During my ten day (eight, actually, if you…

Dating relationships money

Date in a dash: a pub quiz with romance?

Dating can be an expensive business; from paying, to apps, to nights out. So, I have taken up the gauntlet to explore different ways of dating and their value for money. In the name of research, I signed up (with a friend), to do my first speed dating pub quiz this month. I’ve done speed…

2017 New Year

Welcoming in 2017: we’ll take a cup of kindness yet

2016: Brexit. Trump. Syria. Yemen. Attacks. Cuts. The rise of fascism. All the lost icons.  Southern Rail. 2017…??? I don’t think I have ever looked forward to a new year as much as i look forward to 2017. Whilst, personally, I had a lot of highs (I got to go to six weddings!), 2016 has…

Wedding Preparations

Wedding guest prep: what to spend to look fabulous

Oh my goodness, weddings are so expensive! Don’t get too excited, guys! My partner hasn’t popped the question just yet, but I attended a wedding this weekend. Even as a guest, I found that I was splashing out so that I looked my best, and it all added up. As a disclaimer, I should add…

Free Culture

The importance of free culture

As Brexit bites, the purse strings are tight! Especially with a Conservative government, with A levels like Art History and Archaeology being scrapped (which, to be fair, I didn’t actually know that you could take until university) along with numerous grants for arts funding, it’s easy to ask – is accessible culture something that this…

Glasgow Days Out

Glasgow: great days out no matter how tight the purse strings!

Around Britain there are a lot of things to see and do. We’re blessed as an island nation to be comprised of four similar, but in many ways very distinctly different, countries. Getting an occasional dose of this British history and culture can be expensive (£8 for a ticket into York Minster, anyone?), but it…

Horse Racing

Anne’s day at the races

Ever wondered what a day at the races is like? Well, it’s definitely not the way to improve your economic outlook – unless you are one of the few true cognoscenti. But here’s how it goes… For a start, it’s all geared towards the benefit of the bookies, the racecourse and various others to keep…

How to get by in Dubai

Dubai on a budget? Here’s how it can be done!

Dubai, home to the world’s largest shopping mall, markets dripping with gold, seven star hotels and manmade islands, might seem like an unlikely choice for a budget getaway. The Emirate welcomed 14.2 million overnight visitors to its glittering cityscape of iconic skyscrapers in 2015, but not all of them (surely?) had unlimited funds for splurging on…



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