People are always after new bits of technology and digital devices. What about natural & durable material such as wood and ceramic?
No one wants vintage wood toys! Or if you give this to your child, he/she will look at you as if you are from another planet. When you think that even toddlers get their own tablets to play games or even connect with their grandparents on Skype!
Do we not appreciate simple and beautiful things anymore? Are we ignoring the nature around us?
It is as if receiving a present which is not "connected" or "wearable high-tech" was shameful. Some have been dreaming for that Apple iWatch.
So now, lets look at something like ceramic. Indeed this is what is used by potters to make cups, saucers and other plates. We can also find a few ceramic coasters in offices as promotional gifts. Meanwhile, Formula1 and cycling can also use ceramic for its resistance and durability.
If you speak about having such accessory on you bicycle next to your smartphone to track your speed and all the Strava App results, people may laugh because... ceramic can be seen and perceived as a rather simple and almost forgotten material.
Nowadays, cycling is mainly associated with kevlar and carbon. Of course, there is a cost for quality and reliable parts. Same goes for helmets. People must understand that headgear is important and something with a price tag of 20 Pounds won't be as good as an item at 75 Pounds. Security and safety is essential when you take your bicycle. There shouldn't be any hesitation to buy a more expensive helmet as there is a guarantee of getting a better protection.
What we all want is something with a seal of approval and manufactured with care. It is understandable that no everyone has the same budget when it comes to invest in a car, motorbike or bicycle. A cheap(er) purchase will - in most cases - not last for long.
Sometimes it is worth either saving for a little longer to reach the correct product or just be patient until the perfect second-hand item is available.
Some alternative and innovative options can come forward. As an example, Carmen Hijosa is the entrepreneur behind the new textile Pinatex. It feels like leather but it is a material way more natural. To discover and read all details check this article HERE.
Wearing the latest trend is generally pleasing for the buyer. However, it is essential to be comfortable... this is (or should be) the main factor. Unfortunately, it happens that it is all about the look and the colour but the garment is not that great.
Most people selling clothes want their clientèle to be happy with what they are actually buying. Having something returned is never that good, especially when the customer complaint is related to quality and finish.
Organic cotton is without a doubt the winner in most categories. And the good news is; there is a ten percent growth after three years of terrible struggle.
...The organic cotton market is again growing according to the Organic Cotton Market Report, an annual study conducted by Textile Exchange, an international nonprofit organization committed to a more sustainable textile industry... Source
We could question "who is interested in buying organic cotton items"?
In general, people working in hot premises, simply because it is lighter and better than nylon. New parents will also favourite the choice of organic cotton for their newborn. The industry making babywear outfits for boys/girls needs to focus constantly on such market. The competition is strong and having regular new designs, colours and seasonal collections is a must to survive. There are also those practicing a sport - with the exception of cyclists wearing tight lycra kits!
Cotton will certainly remains the most enjoyable textile to wear all year long. Organic cotton though brings something extra of course. It is also important to think about others.
Initially, there were Capital and Gemini which became one.
The contact number remains the same and is easy to remember - check the website HERE. It is in fact hard not to notice the cars, because there are so many of them. A bit like the yellow cabs of New York...they are everywhere.
Some cars are: eco friendly/hybrid/electric and this is also what Apple Taxis is after. Their eco policy is rather interesting:
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What do most customers want from a business? Efficiency, great customer service, punctuality especially when it is to catch a train or plane. Lateness is not acceptable. Fear not as all drivers from this company are real experts to drive you from A to B without any hassle.
Technology is also onboard. Each driver has a device which allows the Head Office to track their exact position. What does this mean?
For instance, when/if you call the main switchboard number, the operator will check which car is the nearest from your address. The waiting time to pick you up will be shorter than normal and when you contact them by using your smartphone, you will receive a text when the taxi is outside your building.
An impressive change which gives the new and existing users a real faith into their service. No real stress and hassle of being late for your meeting or else. Everything is correctly timed.
The service is overall pleasing and there is always the question whether you need a receipt. Business cards are also available in case you want to pass their details to a local business or some friends.
Prince George is almost two (in July). It is April 2015 and Kate is due to give birth anytime now. No one exactly know whether she is expecting a boy or a girl. It will be a surprise for of all us.
For some unknown reasons, there have been guesses about the eventual names of the newborn. It is always surprising that people have nothing better to do than anticipating such decisions. In the end it could be a rather unusual name that wasn't even on the "potential" list. Reporters, journalists and other editors like to create a buzz around the private/secret life of The Royal Family!
The second person in the limelight of parenthood is Keira Knightley! Indeed, the actress who was in many costume dramas is pregnant and has not been shy to show it.
Various newspapers, magazines have published images either when she is casually shopping or during The Oscars.
There is always a kind of rush to get photographs of pregnant celebrities.
Then it is about the first channel, radio station and magazine to announce the birth with as many information as possible with a lot of "if", because nothing is really clear.
The fashion is also something to take into consideration. For the mother to be but also for the future baby. Everything is observed and scanned very closely, because it is always good to know what these women have been wearing during the nine months previous to the birth of their little one.
From 6th April 2015, things are changing for anyone aged 55 and over with a pension pot!
Indeed, all the money saved for your old days, can now be released for whatever reason.
This is welcome by many - but can also be dangerous as people could go to an endless shopping spree.
Of course, all depends on the amount available but there is no restriction.
A couple could decide to buy a sports car, go to luxury hotels and get the best meals and stay in expensive hotels throughout the world. Meanwhile, the direction of investment property and the buy-to-let is the popular choice for many. There is no need to rush a transaction whether it is for a car, clothes or travel. The excitement is natural though... because it is something which could change your lifestyle.
A few UK pension companies were ready to receive their clients on Easter Monday - so much so that their offices/branches were open on that particular Bank Holiday!
The Guardian wrote a detailed article about the pension pot revolution and its danger - see HERE.
Surely, when you reach a certain age you are getting wiser but who knows - especially when suddenly you can get something instantly by unlocking this amount of cash, initially destined to cover your life after work.
The great thing is that most sensible people will think, and then decide what is best. Because investing is certainly a great idea - as long as it is worse it and with minimum risks. It would be awful to see all this financial effort reduced to nothing due to an inconsiderate decision.
...The Association of British Insurers, which represents the big pension firms, has warned consumers not to “panic or rush into making decisions” and to be on their guard...
Nowadays, getting a mortgage whether you are first buyer or not can be hectic and stressful. Now, this important announcement may allow parents/grand-parents to invest for themselves but also support their child(ren) and grand-child(ren) as the deposit is usually the main problem.
A mortgage monthly payment is generally cheaper than a rent (sometimes it can be half the actual amount required by the proprietor). The credit crunch didn't help the potential buyers because most banks became careful about who to lend money to. It became a chain reaction or a snowball effect - call it whatever you want but families started to struggle to get through their expenses without asking for help and support.
Financial establishments started to reduce allowances and this triggered a situation where UK housing repossession was involved. It is a serious matter with heavy consequences, where a protocol and procedures need to be followed (read HERE).
Will the pension pot new rules/legislation change the UK economy and the way people deal with their finances?