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Heating Causes the Most Home Arguments

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Perfect Home | Heating Causes the Most Home Arguments | Romsey & VillagesFOR BRITS living with family, friends or a partner, it seems that there is one thing that is getting them hot under the collar, new research reveals.

29% of British adults cite disagreements over the central heating as the most common cause of household arguments, according to a survey of 1,394 UK adults by home heating specialists, Emo Oil.

Although more than three quarters of UK adults (82%) state that they are happy with their living arrangement and the people they co-reside with, 62% of respondents claim disputes over heating occur at least once every three months.

Concerns over high bills, temperature levels and when the heating is switched on or off, are listed by respondents as some of the key reasons for heated disputes.

Men are more likely to turn off the heating in a bid to save money than their female counterparts, with 54% claiming they do so.

Arguments over household chores, interior design decisions, general mess and cooking were found to be the top five causes of squabbles for UK residents.

Suzanne Waddell, Marketing Manager at Emo Oil, said: “It’s surprising to see that despite a large proportion of Britons stating they’re happy with their current living arrangements, including the person they live with, we still get really irked by the small day to day things they do.

“It seems here in the UK, we just can’t seem to agree on central heating issues in the home and allow it to be a frequent cause of rows. We recommend sitting down at least once or twice a year to discuss a heating plan that everybody is happy with and then there are no nasty surprises later down the line.”

The research revealed that other causes of arguments, which featured in the top ten, centred around factors such as what’s on TV, unmade beds and lights being left on and wearing shoes indoors.

According to the survey, residents living in the North West are the worst culprits when it comes to arguing about the central heating, with 34% citing this as the main cause of quarrels in the home.

Signed, Sealed and Delivered This Valentine's Day

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signed, sealed and delivered this valentines dayNew research by Royal Mail has revealed that when it comes to sharing the love this Valentine’s Day, the traditional methods of expressing love win out with more than two thirds (67%) planning on giving a card. This compares to just 5% who said they had previously sent an emoji instead of a Valentine’s Day card.

Contrary to popular belief, men are more likely to send a card (68%) than women (65%) with 45-54 year olds (69%) feeling the most love.

Of the 2,000 interviewed who are giving a card, 88% said they are planning on sending one Valentine's Day card this year. Almost in one ten (8%) admitted that they are going to send two with a further 4% posting three cards.

Partners and spouses are the top recipients (92%), followed by children (4%) and secret crush (3%). Parents and secret lovers (2%) share the next spot on the list coming in just before pets (1%). When it comes to secret lovers, women are more likely to wake up to a card on Valentine’s Day - more men (2%) are planning to give a card to their secret lover than women (1%).

It seems that those who are unsure of whether they will receive a card are taking matters into their own hands, as 6% of those interviewed admitted they will be sending themselves a card on 14th February. Those aged between 25 and 34 year olds are most likely to pop a card in the post with their name on (11%).

Make yourself feel good (64%), ensure that you receive at least one card (26%) and make someone jealous (23%) are the main reasons for a self-sent Valentine’s Day card. Nearly a fifth (19%) confessed that they were going to send themselves a card to show their parents that they had a significant other while a further 6% were doing it to show their friends that they have a significant other. Women are most likely to send themselves a card to show their parents that they have a significant other (31%) while men do it to make themselves feel good (68%).

A Royal Mail spokesperson said: “The introduction of universal postage in the early Victorian era led to a blossoming of romantic communication across the UK. Even now, the postal network remains one of the most popular ways to share love tokens.

“Our research found that one in five (18%) people are planning to use Royal Mail’s network to deliver their love this Valentine’s Day. As with those early communications in the late 18th century, the reasons for sending a card via the post - nice surprise (60%), adds mystery (45%) and more thoughtful (24%) – no doubt remain the same.”

One of the earliest surviving Valentine’s Day card dates from 1790 and is known as a ‘Puzzle Purse’. The recipient was required to unfold the card in a certain way to reveal a romantic verse inside.

The oldest printed card in the world was sent in 1797 and has been pierced in the corners to produce a lace effect. Similar to modern day cards, it is decorated with cupids, doves and flowers.

It took over 40 years for the practice of sending Valentine’s Day cards to really take shape. By the 1840s, and thanks to the introduction of the Penny Post, all sorts of cards where sent to loved ones including scented sachets, pop-up designs, musical cards and even ones that exploded like Christmas crackers. This signalled the start of the nation’s 277-year love affair with Valentine’s Day cards.

Hillier Chelsea 2017 Design Unveiled

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Hillier Chelsea 2017 Design UnveiledThe 2017 Hillier Chelsea Flower Show garden has been inspired by one simple word: Spring.

The ‘Hillier’s Spring’ garden will bring together the word in all its meanings. From seasonality and the anticipation of the first growth, foliage and flower; to a sense of movement and dynamism, all fuelled with a spirit of excitement and simple pleasures. This is all encapsulated in the Hillier Spring garden, designed by Chelsea’s most decorated garden designer, Sarah Eberle.

The focal point of the design is a 4.3-metre-high metallic spring with hoops that span the length of the entire garden. The hoops wind through the centre of the garden, leading to a water feature and pool, drawing the eye and framing the garden. At the heart of the spiral, where the coils gather, is a square pavilion area. Together with a series of pathways and granite viewing platforms around the edge of the garden, a perfect vista from all angles is ensured.

In the design, Sarah has created a number of themes. She explained: “Hillier is famed for its trees so of course trees form a large part of the design. I have included many shaped trees, as well as trees that are suitable for pots for use in difficult spaces. There are also shaped shrubs, showing alternatives to traditional Box topiary which is so sadly suffering from Box blight.”

“To this end, we have included a modern parterre. It uses ground cover foliage plants, clipped yew columns of varying heights and has elements of flowers rising above the foliage in areas. We also highlight a number of small shrubs, which are so important for today’s gardeners as smaller-scale gardens are increasingly in the majority.”

The planting will also include two herbaceous borders with climbers on obelisks and pruned shrubs which follow the shaped plants theme. The garden will also be home to two new plants that will be launched at the show and are exclusive to Hillier. These will sit alongside Hillier Classics for those who have a keener specialist eye.

Sarah’s design will hopefully see her winning her 14th Chelsea gold medal as well as helping Hillier win its 72nd consecutive gold, furthering the company’s title as the most successful exhibitor in the show’s history. Sarah commented: “Working with Hillier again is something which I am very proud of. I started my show garden career with Hillier in the early 1990’s and they were instrumental in teaching me the craft of building a successful show garden. What goes around comes around!”

George Hillier said: “We are delighted with Sarah’s design and all that it represents. The planning is now well underway and we cannot wait to see it all come to fruition in May!”

For more information please visit www.hillier.co.uk or @HillierGarden. To join the conversation search on Twitter using #HillierChelsea17

Royal Mail Introduces A Self-Service Mobile Returns Solutions

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royal mail introduces a self service mobile returns solutionsRoyal Mail has announced new plans to make it easier for consumers to post and return parcels at Customer Service Points in Delivery Offices nationwide.

From April 2017, customers will be able to print off delivery and return labels at all of Royal Mail’s 1,200 Customer Service Points.

With the new self-service solution, Labels to Go, customers returning items online or buying postage online will receive an email containing a unique QR code. When this is scanned at a Customer Service Point, the QR code produces a postage label which can be applied to the parcel.

Currently, customers returning items using the Royal Mail returns portal or buying postage online using Click and Drop are required to print the postage labels at home. But increasingly consumers are ordering, paying for, sending and returning items online.

With over 50 per cent of UK shoppers using a mobile phone for their online purchases (Delivery Matters 2016), customers will benefit from the convenience of being able to print postage labels and post their parcels at the same time. It will also save time and money as they do not need to have a printer at home.

For businesses, this means even more convenient returns for their customers, high print quality of returns labels, and the visibility of Tracked Returns through the Royal Mail network.

Online returns are a crucial part of the online shopping experience. Royal Mail’s Delivery Matters report found that a good returns policy is invaluable to attract business and encourage repeat orders. 60 per cent of respondents interviewed said they would be unlikely to shop with a retailer again following a difficult returns experience. 13 per cent of respondents said they did not click through to pay for an order because they were unhappy with the returns policy.

Last summer, Royal Mail announced that it is increasing the number of Customer Service Points that are open on Sundays. The company also announced that customers will be able to send pre-paid parcels from Delivery Offices across the UK. These form part of a range of initiatives designed to make it easier for customers to send and receive parcels at a convenient time and place.