MSC Bellissima to be named in Southampton in March 2019 | Cruise | Travel

It will be only the third time that an MSC cruise ship will have been named outside Italy, the spiritual home of the family-owned cruise line. Legendary Italian actress Sophia Loren has been godmother to all MSC Cruises’ ships so far – even MSC Seaside which was named in Miami last year. Although she has not been officially linked with MSC Bellissima’s naming ceremony on March 2, staff last night said they were hopeful she could be persuaded to attend the glittering event on Southampton Water. “The UK is the…

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25 ‘Impolite’ Things People Do Because Of Anxiety

“25 ‘Impolite’ Things People Do Because of Anxiety” was published on The Mighty. Written by Juliette Virzi When you’ve lived with anxiety for a while, you become aware of the unique things you do because of it. Things like overthinking, overplanning and overcompensating are mainstays for many folks struggling with anxiety — but they aren’t the only ways anxiety manifests. Sometimes anxiety can make us do things that are often described (and misunderstood) as being “impolite.” Maybe you leave parties without saying goodbye to the people who invited you. Maybe you avoid…

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ISA 2018 stocks shares Isa account | Personal Finance | Finance

Getty Thousands of stocks and funds are available to purchase without the need to seek advice first You can choose from thousands of stocks and funds, with you can buy cheaply and easily without advice through online platforms such as AJ Bell, Cavendish Online, Fidelity FundsNetwork, FundCalibre, Hargreaves Lansdown, Tilney and The Share Centre.  Platforms cut initial fund charges to zero in many cases, which means more of your money goes straight to work, while some also offer rebates on annual fund management fees.  But which funds should you buy? …

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UK House Prices:  February chills didn’t impact on sales  | Property | Life & Style

The figures show that, on a seasonally adjusted basis, 101,010 residential properties were sold last month, which is only a very slight reduction of 0.3 per cent on January when 101,350 homes were sold.   Looking at the year on year comparison, again there was only a small drop with 101,710 properties purchased in February 2017.  The data from HMRC is based on completed sales transactions across the entire UK residential market, therefore provides an evidence-based view of the market and current levels of housing activity which is why its results…

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Council Tax bands: When will Council Tax rise and by how much? | Property | Life & Style

Council tax bands define how much you pay to the local authorities each year for local services. Will you be affected by a council tax rise, which is expected to occur in April this year? It is said your bill could go up by as much as six per cent, adding in some cases over £100 to your annual bill. Will your council tax go up? This may be the case across all council tax bands, if a planned increase occurs. It believed there will be a council tax rise,…

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ISAs 2018: Act now to claim a bonus of up to £33,000 on your savings | Personal Finance | Finance

Once you have set up a Lisa you can then keep paying in and claiming a bonus every year to age 50, lifting your maximum potential bonus to £33,000. The Lisa is designed to help first-time buyers put down a deposit on a home worth up to £450,000. There is a 25 per cent penalty if savers withdraw the money for any other reason, although this is waived after age 60. Two thirds of investors now say they would encourage their children or grandchildren to open a Lisa, according to…

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