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Essential Tyre Care and Maintenance Tips [AD]

When it comes to your tyres, Birmingham is something of a mixed bag: some areas are so congested that it might be easier to walk while others would be much easier to drive on were the potholes filled in occasionally. But there are also large swathes of the city where the roads are good, and your commute is quick and simple. Here are some essential tyre care and maintenance tips to ensure your daily drive is as trouble-free as possible. Watch for Inflation Making sure your tyres are in the best possible condition before you take to the roads is…

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Falling through the cracks: It’s time to take control of your pension #AD

Are you saving enough for your future? It’s a simple question, but the answer is never straightforward. At least, it’s not for me. Scottish Widows have recently published the 15th Women & Retirement Report. They’re celebrating the good progress that has been made since the report started. In 2019, 57% of women are saving adequately for retirement. That’s the highest proportion since their research started, helped in part by auto-enrolment. Despite this positive change, men stand to benefit from a staggering £78,800 more in their pension pot than women. Certain groups of women continue to fall through the cracks, remaining…

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What do you see when you look in the mirror?

Do you ever stand and face a mirror for no other reason than to see who is looking back at you? What do you see? Is your face the sum of all your experiences, a tale of a life well lived? Do you see the person who went through all those trials and tribulations to get to where you are now? Or do you see every wrinkle, grey hair and unwanted feature that taunts you? See the ones who didn’t make it When you stare into the eyes in the mirror, do you curse the dark circles beneath them? Look…

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Why haven’t you taught me swear words?

The question caught me off guard. “Mum, why haven’t you taught me any swear words?” My first thought was self-congratulatory. I’m not adverse to the odd swear word here and there, so raising a child to seven years old without teaching her a single one is somewhat noteworthy. My next thought was why on earth did she think I should be teaching her swear words. So I asked her, “Why would I?” Her answer was so logical that it made me wonder if I’ve been getting it all wrong. “I know swear words are bad, so how do I avoid…

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A September resolution about priorities

Do you make new year’s resolutions? I’ve always been terrible at them. By 1st January, I always have a bit of a food hangover from Christmas. It’s usually so long since I’ve exercised that I’ve lost my trainers, so resolutions almost always revolve around losing weight. In September though, making a resolution to last me until the end of the year seems a lot more reasonable. So this September, I’ve decided to make a resolution to prioritise better. The to-do list Like most freelancers, work is always at the top of my to-do list. Of course, it sits alongside the…

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