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Buy of the week

Tower above your friends in these gravity-defying Topshop Wink slashed side leather sling back wedges. Bang on trend, these classy sandals will make you stand out from the crowd, however tall you are!   Cost £65. 
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Diary date

Whether you’re after quick interior updates or advice on how to transform your home, head to London’s West End from 26 April to 3 May for the West End Home Week. Retailers and department stores, including Debenhams, John Lewis, Liberty, Marks & Spencer, Anthropologie and Selfridges, are taking part and, throughout the week, they will be holding in-store lectures where you can quiz designers ...

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Booze up

Price hikes on booze from the pre-election budget caused little surprise, but experts believe it could have health benefits for all drinkers.
 Setting the minimum cost at 50p per unit of alcohol would save up to 50,000 people from illness in a decade, a Sheffield University team claims.
 Most of those who will benefit are those over the age of 45 with serious ill health, especially heart problems.
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Basic DIY is back

Pre-credit crunch, those weekend DIY projects were all about getting our houses ready to sell. Now, flexing our skills with a drill is all about staying put and improving our general standard of living says
    Here’s how the stats stack up: With few people prepared to buy or sell homes at the moment, 71% will focus on DIY projects that improve their quality of life, comp ...

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On the up

In the last year, the housing market seems to have recovered some of its stability. People are now getting on with their lives despite the recession and home improvement has been taken up with greater gusto than ever. This is a great time to relearn some of the skills lost by our parents and grandparents as we all get down to the general maintenance of our homes not only to make them last longer and avoid l ...

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Bum deal

If you suffer from small or flat bum syndrome, The Biniki could be the product for you. The clever device was designed by Californian psychologist Dr Karin Hart who decided she needed a lift in the derriere area when she lost weight.   The Biniki uses a belt around the waist with adjustable support hoops which loop under the buttocks to lift them up, making them look firm. She has even created a male ...

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Covering all angles

House buying can be a financial minefield, so do some prep work and factor in all the costs involved before you leap in. If you believe everything you read then getting a mortgage used to be as easy as taking money out of a cashpoint. But things, as we know, have changed and now it may involve quite a lot of legwork. Here are some things you should consider before you sign on the dotted line.    G ...

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11 exclusive places to live in the UK

While London may be home to some of the most expensive property postcodes in the UK, there are plenty of other glitzy addresses where you can splash your cash…   Sandbanks, Poole, Dorset Average price: £1,065,623 Nestled between Poole and Bournemouth, Sandbanks is one of the top five most expensive places to live in the UK. A run-down three-bedroom bungalow recently sold for £3 milli ...

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What’s your bid?

Some do it for the thrill, others do it for the possibility of bagging a bargain. Whatever your reason, there’s no denying that buying at auction is a unique experience… Popular TV shows like Homes Under The Hammer and the fact that you can now get information on most properties being sold at auction online, mean that an increasing number of UK buyers are deciding to ditch estate agents in favo ...

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Top Easter DIY tips from Celebrity guru

Easter weekend is almost upon us and if you are like many other people up and down the country you are probably planning on tackling some DIY jobs around the house.  One of the most commonly undertaken jobs is laying laminate flooring but its also one of those jobs that is easy to do badly. To help you get ready for the biggest DIY weekend the UK sees all year round we are delighted to bring you some t ...

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The survey – it’s a must for buyers

Many people don’t bother to commission a survey when buying a property, either because they feel they cannot afford one in addition to all the other costs of moving, or because they don’t think one is necessary… There are sound reasons for not skimping on a survey. First, you will want to be confident that the property you are buying is in a good structural state and that it represents a ...

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