Festival city is a global hotspot

Starting on Friday, the Scottish capital will welcome thousands of people to its combined Festival Fringe, International Festival, Book Festival and Military Tattoo and the fun doesn’t stop until August 27.  What that tells you about Edinburgh is that the residents know how to have a good time (or at least when to rent out their homes and go on holiday) and the city is both friendly and inventive.  For the past two years it’s also been one of the UK’s property hotspots. In the first two months of 2018…

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Really Ready for Summer with Halfords – Tips for UK holidaymakers

We love to holiday at home – here’s how to do it better (Image: Halfords) A holiday in the UK is a popular choice for many Brits – with 51 per cent of us not planning to head overseas this summer. But holidaying at home can come with its worries, as a survey of 3,000 express.co.uk readers, in association with Halfords, has revealed. Don’t get in a jam A large number of those who shared their concerns about taking a break here in the UK cited traffic jams as their…

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Save tigers from being wiped out | Nature | News

Global Tiger Day is ringed in every conservationist’s diary, a milestone event founded on July 29, 2010, when 13 nations with teetering big cat populations united to not just halt their demise but to double their numbers. Hovering over this international call to arms remains the spectre of two tragic tiger extinctions in living memory.  The last Bali tiger vanished in the 1930s followed by the extirpation of the Javan tiger four decades later.  For extirpation, read extermination.  Colonial hunting, habitat destruction and local persecution wiped out both tiger races. …

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5 Things You’ll Never Need To Know About Wine To Enjoy It

You don’t need to know how a television works to enjoy watching it. You don’t need to understand how a transmission works to love your car. And you don’t need to understand a whole lot about wine to appreciate it. While professionals debate which wine is the world’s best or whether sommeliers can tell boxed wine from expensive Burgundy, one thing is certain: You already have all the tools you need to select and enjoy wine ― a nose, a mouth and the ability to form an opinion. So forget…

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Barcelona transfer news: Catalan club confirm Lucas Digne Everton deal | Football | Sport

Goal claim that the two clubs have agreed a £22million switch for the out-of-favour Frenchman. Digne is new Toffees boss Marco Silva’s top target on the left side of defence with veteran Leighton Baines turning 34 later this year and having struggled with injuries in the last few seasons. And Everton are now on the verge of completing a move for Digne, with the 25-year-old deciding to leave the Nou Camp after struggling to displace Jordi Alba. The defender made just eight La Liga starts for the Spanish champions last…

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Your money: Five minute guide to treating savers fairly ‘Basically a good idea’ | Personal Finance | Finance

Banks don’t reward loyalty for long-term savers (Image: GETTY) The Bank of England’s move to slash base rates to 0.5 per cent at the peak of the financial crisis in March 2009 is primarily to blame. Banks, and to a lesser extent building societies, have made a bad situation worse by abandoning loyal savers who have kept the same account for years. The average closed branch-based savings account pays just 0.1 per cent, while some pay a scandalously low 0.01 per cent. This is hardest on loyal, older savers who…

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