Sarah O'Meara

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What Makes Expensive Speakers So Good?

(0) Comments | Posted November 21, 2014 | 10:28 AM

Technical speaker specifications aren't everyone's choice of bedtime reading.

Phrases such as 'near field' and 'ultra linear frequency response' tend to only have audiophiles grinning over their Horlicks.

But getting to grips with the basics can help you draw a budgetary line in the sand. And stop you spending...

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What You Should Buy For The Perfect Housewarming Gift

(0) Comments | Posted September 15, 2014 | 2:02 AM

The problem with housewarming parties is that close friends have a habit of morphing into strange relatives who like to bear surprising gifts.

Where once they brought wine, now they come bearing indoor tulip trees, personalised chopping boards, and elaborate tasting plates, with an array of dipping sauces that won't...

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Moving House? How To Take The Pain Out Of Packing (According To The Experts)

(3) Comments | Posted September 10, 2014 | 8:51 AM

If buying a house is one of the most stressful things that you can do, then surely packing comes in a close second.

While moving home can be one of the most exciting times of your life, it also requires a large commitment of time and...

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How To Decorate Your Rented Home, Without Losing Your Deposit

(0) Comments | Posted September 5, 2014 | 10:49 AM

Without a doubt, one of the most frustrating elements of renting a home can be feeling a lack of control over its decoration.

However, there are many cunning ways to get round stringent letting agreements and turn your rented house into a personal sanctuary.

Rising property prices...

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QUIZ: Which Opera Are You?

(27) Comments | Posted September 5, 2014 | 1:58 AM

Each year, the BP Big Screens programme broadcasts live performances to cinemas across the country, thrilling thousands of opera lovers.

2014 marks the 25th anniversary of the partnership with BP which has enabled half a million people to enjoy world-class opera and ballet through free live broadcasts from the...

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Why Everyone Is Talking About... Dominican Republic

(29) Comments | Posted September 4, 2014 | 6:35 PM

With an average annual temperature of 25 degrees, stunning beaches and great nightlife, it's tricky to work out why you wouldn’t want to go on holiday to the Dominican Republic.

Boasting access to tranquil spots, as well as great nights out, this Caribbean nation on the island of Hispaniola, is...

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Why Everyone Is Talking About... St. Kitts

(0) Comments | Posted September 4, 2014 | 6:33 PM

A little known jewel in the crown of the Caribbean, this stunning island is the perfect place to take a break from the modern world.

Sure it's got that famous Caribbean weather, with hot sun, cooling breezes and a warm sea, but that's not the only reason discerning holidaymakers...

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9 Caribbean Hotels With Amazing Views

(1) Comments | Posted September 4, 2014 | 10:39 AM

If there's one thing that's utterly special about a Caribbean island hotel room, it's the view.

Nothing quite beats walking into your suite and realising there's nothing between you and paradise but a host of tropical butterflies.

With an average temperature that stays in the mid-20s all year round,...

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Why Everyone Is Talking About... Saint Lucia

(3) Comments | Posted September 4, 2014 | 10:33 AM

Saint Lucia is an island that exudes relaxation and luxury. Whether you're looking for an eco retreat in a chocolate plantation (yes, you can do this!), or feel just about ready to slide into an infinity pool set in a tropical paradise, there's the perfect resort for you.

It's not...

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Smart Storage: How To Keep Things Hidden In A Small Space

(5) Comments | Posted August 25, 2014 | 12:26 AM

Britons don't fair well when it comes to space. Our homes are half the size they were than in the 1920s, according to the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).

Our new-build homes are the smallest in Western Europe, which means the

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10 Things You Should Have in Your Home By the Time You're 40

(22) Comments | Posted August 21, 2014 | 11:34 AM

I remember the first time I slept over at my future husband's house, I knew I wanted to spend the rest of my life with him.

He was the most kind, wise and addictively eccentric man I'd ever met. But that wasn't the reason I wanted to stay forever.


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9 Things You Should Ask When Renting A Flat

(4) Comments | Posted August 14, 2014 | 4:39 AM

There's a reason that the British are obsessed with owning property. It's because being a tenant hasn't changed much since feudal times.

In the eyes of many landlords, renters are no more than common peasants, preordained to live in squalor by virtue of their birth.

That can be the...

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Chinese Hotel Resorts That Will Turn Your Head Eastwards

(0) Comments | Posted July 9, 2014 | 3:04 PM

Now if you've seen the news in past years, you'll know that China's no picnic to travel around. Particularly on any national holiday.

You can expect busloads of visitors at every tourist attraction, a disproportionate amount of posing in front of historic monuments, and scant...

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Como dizer que você ama o seu pai (sem, de fato, usar essas palavras)

(0) Comments | Posted June 25, 2014 | 12:54 PM

Se você fica um pouco nervoso sobre falar que ama o seu pai, você não é o único.

Uma pesquisa recente da Wilkinson Sword revelou que 43% das pessoas acham que deveriam dizer "Eu te amo" com mais frequência, enquanto quase 25% admitiram que nunca dizem essas três palavras.


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9 Habits Of People Who Never Worry

(2) Comments | Posted June 12, 2014 | 11:00 AM

If you're feeling stressed out by life, the first thing to remember is that you're not alone.

Anxiety is a huge problem in Britain and according to the charity Mental Health Foundation, levels of anxiety are rising.

Almost one in five people from around the UK feels...

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Amazing Global Work-Life Balance Ideas That Should Be Brought To The UK

(0) Comments | Posted June 10, 2014 | 11:00 AM

The way we live our working lives is never far from the spotlight, these days.

A recent survey for Depression Awareness Week revealed that as many as a third of people in the UK are struggling to cope at work because of depression, stress...

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Best Lunches For Sedentary Jobs

(2) Comments | Posted June 2, 2014 | 11:00 AM

Of all the meals in the day, lunchtime is the one that no longer has any 'me time'.

For office workers, this midday meal was long ago subsumed into the work routine, and is now more likely to involve something-from-Pret than a lovingly prepared homemade food offering, which...

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How Being A Perfectionist Is Holding You Back, Live A Little

(2) Comments | Posted May 30, 2014 | 11:00 AM

Sometimes we need to be called out on really obvious behaviours that are getting us nowhere. And, surprisingly, perfectionism is one of them.

When you think more deeply about the idea, it makes perfect sense.

If you assume that all your productive efforts are not good enough (because how can...

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How To Tell Your Dad You Love Him (Without Actually Saying Those Words)

(0) Comments | Posted May 20, 2014 | 11:37 AM

If you're slightly nervous about telling your dad you love him on Father's Day, you're not alone.

A recent survey by Wilkinson Sword revealed that 43% of us think we should say those three words more often, while almost a quarter admitted to never saying 'I love you' at...

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9 Simple Tricks To Help You Work Smarter, Not Harder

(0) Comments | Posted May 16, 2014 | 11:00 AM

Ouch. We know you don't want to hear it, but UK workers are lagging behind on the productivity front.

In 2012, the Office for National Statistics revealed we produced less than all the rest of the major industrialised economies.

Yes, we officially get less done than the...

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