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Give your pets a helping hand this fireworks season

Many pets are nervous at the sound of the booming fireworks that light up the night sky this time of year, with some even needing to receive medical care during these stressful times. If you’re worried about your pet, then try some of our suggestions: Small Pets - Bring hutches/cages in to a quieter... Read more

BBQs and home safety

The sun is finally (sporadically) out, people are going on their lunchbreaks without their jackets and there's a mad rush on baps. It can only mean one thing: it's almost barbecue time! There's nothing we Brits like more in the summer months - apart from burning ourselves stupid in the midday su... Read more

Make sure your home insurance claim doesn't get rejected

If you're about to purchase a home insurance policy and you're blithely scrolling through those reams of terms and conditions without reading them, stop. Just stop.Those clever people at The Money Advice Service have compiled a list of things that could invalidate your insurance. Here are ten of the... Read more

Where to go in May

With the unseasonably chilly spring we’re having, we’re all in need of some sunshine here at Columbus Direct towers and our thoughts are turning to hotter climes.  Why not plan an early-season Summer break to get your dose of Vitamin D?  Here are our top picks for travel during May: Bahamas May is... Read more

Five festival gadgets you need this summer

Music festivals offer the perfect opportunity to enjoy a weekend of inhibition-losing - a time to let your hair down, get muddy and have fun with the people and bands you love. The fact that we spend hundreds of pounds to sleep in makeshift shelters, cook on small fires and sit on the floor listenin... Read more

BBQs around the world

The sun is high in the sky and it’s a hot day. Your good friends are all around you. And you’ve got control of the barbeque and have a great selection of steak, roast pork (with crackling), lamb chops and someone made a killer pistachio and peach salad. Now look to your left and see the view. It’s t... Read more

Claim compensation for your delayed summer flight

According to new research by flightright.co.uk, as many as one in five flights leaving the UK were delayed this summer - but passengers can still claim compensation from the airlines they travelled with. Flights from Gatwick to Spain were the worst affected, and people travelling to Barcelona affec... Read more

Ten ways to cheat death if you're stranded in the Aussie bush

An Australian woman found alive and well after being lost in the bush for 17 days has revealed how she stayed alive in the wilderness. Shannon Leah Fraser, 30, became lost after going to the Golden Hole swimming spot in Northern Queensland with her boyfriend and another friend. After she was rescue... Read more

How to winter-proof your home

Game of Thrones' Ned Stark was right to look so miserable when he announced that winter was coming. You're absolutely right, Ned. 'Tis the season of frozen pipes, clogged gutters and leaky roofs - but with a bit of forward thinking, you can protect your home this winter. These are the practical ch... Read more

Aussie travel insurers reveal their strangest requests

They say that truth is stranger than fiction, and these Aussie insurers appear to have upped the bar with these hair-raising claims. Allianz Global Assistance, who insure Australians and New Zealanders, have revealed their weirdest-ever claims. This list will make you look differently at activities... Read more

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