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What driving app should you download?

Cristina Diaconu By Posted on 3 m read

There are so many apps out there for every aspect of our lives … including our driving experience.  But with so much choice – which ones are worth downloading?  Volkswagen dealership, Vindis, investigate:

HERE WeGo

Many drivers have been in this nightmare situation. We’ve just reached a city centre that we’re not familiar with and then realise that our mobile phones have lost their internet connections, making their sat-nav systems fairly pointless. With the HERE WeGo app though, you never need to go through this situation again.

Offline maps of the UK and for countries covering everywhere from the US and France to Spain and Italy can be downloaded onto your smartphones by accessing the app. This means that you can be navigated to your destination even when you haven’t got an internet connection.

The HERE WeGo app even has its uses when you’ve left your car at home. It’ll inform you of carsharing opportunities nearby whenever you need it and can call a local taxi too so that you never need to worry about being stranded in an unfamiliar city.

Where to download the app: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.here.app.maps&hl=en_GB

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/here-wego/id955837609?mt=8

JustPark

How annoying is it when you get to the end of a road trip and then realise that finding a free parking space appears to be an impossible task? Help is now at hand though, in the form of the JustPark app.

This is a service which has been ushered with praise at Richard Branson’s 2015 VOOM event and the 2017 British Parking Awards. The app itself has made up a database of 1.4 million parking spaces, off-street parking options (think car parks, private spaces and even driveways) and on-street parking possibilities (that’s stretches with parking meters and free parking zones).

Finding a free parking spot is just one useful feature of the JustPark app mind. You can also reserve a guaranteed space and pay for the spot via the app using either a card, PayPal or either Apple or Android Pay services. You’ll even be provided with easy-to-follow instructions and directions to the space once it’s reserved.

Where to download the app:

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.justpark.jp&hl=en_GB

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/justpark-parking/id519652671?mt=8

Android Auto

We move on to a pair of smart driving companies which you’ll notice have similar features. However, the choice of which one you download will depend on the type of smartphone you have.

Have the Android operating system on your smartphone? Then you’ll be wise to enhance your gadget with Android Auto. This smart driving companion essentially means that while you’re behind the wheel, you only need to mutter ‘OK Google’ in order to…

  • Set up real-time GPS navigation and be informed about traffic alerts.
  • Check your calendar for any occasions that you have scheduled.
  • Set reminders.
  • Get up-to-date news.
  • Setting up a do not disturb message on your phone.
  • Make or answer phone calls handsfree.
  • Access so many of your media apps, such as those containing your favourite music playlists, audiobooks and podcasts.

Own a smartphone which uses the iOS operating system? Then you’ll want to check out Apple CarPlay instead. Featuring Siri voice control, here’s just a few things you can do once you open the app:

  • Search for attractions while driving by simply asking for directions by the following means: “Siri, where’s the closest petrol station?”.
  • Have the app predict where you need to be by analysing addresses on your recent emails, text messages, contacts and calendars.
  • Make calls and listen to voicemail handsfree.
  • Have Siri read and reply to text messages, as well as send messages in new conversations too.
  • Gain access to content via your iTunes, Apple Music or other audio apps accounts, as well as even request for Siri to become your personal DJ for the duration of a road trip.

Where to download the Android Auto app:

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.projection.gearhead&hl=en_GB

Where to download the Apple CarPlay app:

https://www.apple.com/uk/ios/carplay/

 

Additional sources:

http://www.businessofapps.com/data/app-statistics/

http://www.worldometers.info/world-population/

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What You Need to Consider When Taking the Whole Family on Holiday

Cristina Diaconu By Posted on 3 m read

If you are planning on going on holiday and going with the whole family, then it can be a bit more difficult to plan and, this is because there will be more people to organise. However, it will be worth it when you have all the family together. If you are planning on going on a big family holiday then, there are a lot of things that you will need to take into consideration, and you have come to the right place. This is because, in this article, we will discuss what you need to consider when taking the whole family on holiday. If you want to find out more then, keep reading so you can start planning your big family holiday. 

Get Everyone Involved 

The first step to taking your whole family on holiday is to make sure that you get everyone involved and start holiday planning. This is because when you get everyone involved you will be able to get an idea of the number of people who would like to come. When you find out who will come and how many, it can make it easier to start planning the rest of your holiday. 

Decide on a Destination 

Once you have got in touch with everyone and you have found out the number of people who are going on holiday then, you can start to have a look and decide on a destination. Make sure you discuss with everyone where they would like to go and then, choose a destination that everyone is happy with and that is suitable for all of the family. For example, if children are going then, you will need to choose a place that is suitable for both children and adults. 

Choose a Suitable Date to Travel 

The next thing to consider when travelling with the whole family is to make sure that you choose a suitable date to travel. This is because you will need to make sure that everyone can get the time off work and that they don’t have any other plans. When you are looking for dates to travel, you should make sure that the date is suitable for everyone before booking anything. If children are going to be there who are still at school, then it is important that you plan the holiday when they are on school holiday leave or during bank holidays

Deal with the Important Things

One of the most important things that you will need to deal with when going on a holiday is to make sure that you have the right travel documents and make sure that you have insurance. This is because if you don’t have your travel documents then, you won’t be able to travel and, if you don’t have insurance then, you would have to pay a lot of money if anything happened. Accidents can happen at any time and it is no different when you are going abroad. If you are looking for travel insurance to cover different things such as elderly travellers, damage, medical coverage and more then, make sure you head to Staysure to find out more. 

Use This as A Starting Point to Plan Your Family Holiday 

Overall, there are a lot of things that you need to take into consideration when it comes to taking the whole family on holiday and, in this article, we discussed some of the things to consider. If you would like to take your whole family on holiday then, make sure you use the information in this article as a starting point to help plan your family holiday.

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Ensure Optimum Nutrition Whilst Working from Home with Human Food

Human Food has created a range of vegan Organic Daily Nutrition Bars that make it as simple as possible for individuals to get the very best nutrition in order to support their overall wellbeing, boost immunity and increase cognitive function. Unlike other brands, Human Food delivers all of these benefits from whole foods, without the need for synthetic nutrients.

The brand’s Organic Daily Nutrition Bars are the world’s most nutritionally-dense organic food. Developed by a team of nutritionists and doctors, the bars combine 20 organic whole foods and whole food extracts, which have been carefully selected to provide the maximum functional benefits. Indeed, recent clinical trials by Swansea University have proved that Human Food’s Yellow Bar, which contains 500mg of organic turmeric, can improve reaction times and decision making by 10%.

Human Food recommends enjoying one of its Organic Daily Nutrition Bars every day to provide a solid foundation from which to complete an optimal diet. The bars can be delivered directly to consumers’ doorsteps and are hugely versatile and a quick, nutritious solution that is ideal at any time of day, whether as a snack to help sharpen the mind, stay focused and increase productivity whilst working from home, or enjoyed crumbled on top of Bircher muesli or porridge as a nourishing breakfast.

Each bar provides:

  • 100% RI Vitamin B12 – Human Food’s Organic Daily Nutrition Bars are the only products in the world to contain 100% organic, whole food-derived B12, as opposed to the Vitamin in a synthetic form.
  • 50% RI Iron, Calcium, Magnesium, and Vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5, B6 and D
  • 11g Protein
  • 800mg Omega 3
  • 500mg organic Maca
  • 200mg organic Ginseng
  • 3g organic Cacao
  • Other essential vitamins, minerals and nutrients, including: Potassium, Phosphorus, Copper, Zinc, Manganese, Vitamin E, Vitamin C, Folic Acid, Omega 6 and Omega 9

Human Food’s Organic Daily Nutrition Bars are available in three delicious and satiating editions: A fruity Red Bar, with organic Goji Berries, a subtly spicy Yellow Bar, infused with organic Turmeric, and a power-packed Green Bar, containing organic Spirulina.

Human Food only uses 100% whole food-derived nutrients in its products, as these are packed with essential phytonutrients that are required for optimal absorption by the body. Wholefood nutrients are typically more bioavailable than synthetic equivalents; wholefood Vitamin E, for example, is absorbed by the body at over seven times the rate of its synthetic counterpart[2].

The Organic Daily Nutrition Bars contain no added sugar, sweeteners, preservatives, flavourings, synthetic nutrients, soy, grains, wheat, dairy or GMO’s, are allergen-free and each one has all of its seeds whole to protect against oxidisation, which causes degradation in taste and nutrition.

Human Food’s Organic Daily Nutrition Bars (RRP: £3.30 per bar) are available to order directly to consumers’ doorsteps via the brand’s website and can be purchased individually, as a two-week trial pack (RRP: £33.00) or as part of a monthly subscription (RRP: £66.00 for 20 bars).

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How Customers Can Support the Hospitality Industry

During this difficult period, it’s more important than ever that we all come together to support hospitality businesses weather-the-storm.

Five star Grande dame hotel The Landmark London, and The Varsity Hotel & Spa in Cambridge are offering customers the chance to purchase gift vouchers via their websites, which can be used at a later date as a treat.

The Landmark London

Five-star Grande Dame hotel The Landmark London in Marylebone has launched a series of vouchers that allow customers to purchase a gift experience at the hotel. Priced from £50.00, the vouchers can make fantastic presents for a loved one, or simply as a gift for yourself to enjoy at a later date.

The vouchers can be used for spa treatments in The Landmark London’s world class spa, and across its F&B outlets for Champagne Sunday Brunch to Lunch and High Palms High Tea, available to purchase via the hotel’s website.

The Varsity Hotel & Spa

The Varsity Hotel & Spa in Cambridge has launched experience vouchers, that allow individuals to send a gift to a loved one they can’t see.

Priced from £20.00, the vouchers make the perfect present for any kind of celebration, including birthdays and anniversaries, and are available to purchase via the hotel’s website. They can be redeemed in the future as and when desired.

The experience vouchers can be used for spa treatments in the hotel’s Glassworks Health Club and across its F&B outlets for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea or dinner. Individuals can choose between SIX Bar & Brasserie, which provides a stunning panorama of the city, and The River Bar Steakhouse & Grill, located on the Quayside, with riverside views.

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Searcys Announces Measures to Support Event Organisers

In 173-year history, Searcys has seen many wonderful events grace their venues, but also significant world-wide challenges. As a company, Searcys holds founder John Searcys’ values close to their hearts and will be there to support their teams, partners and customers in the best way they can.

In these unpredictable times, Searcys would like to confirm that their central events team Exclusive Events is making every practical step to offer as much support possible. The hospitality company has implemented a series of measures to assist organisers with future and existing bookings, with their dedicated Exclusive Events team on hand to help with any enquiries and planning.  

1.     Exclusive Events team is working, albeit remotely, between 09.00 and 17.00 every day, Monday to Friday, and is here to help you. Please call on 020 7101 0220 or online at www.searcys.co.uk or drop a note to exclusive.events@searcys.co.uk.

2.     We use fully integrated cloud technology, with mobile and team-working systems, so are equipped and ready to support you remotely.

3.     If organisers feel any hesitancy with regards to an existing booking, Searcys will facilitate alternative arrangements through the Exclusive Events team.

4.     Events that were booked to take place at the closed venues after 19 March, in April or May this year, can be rescheduled for any time before the end of September 2020 with no cancellation charge.

In the meantime, Searcys continues to work in a variety of different ways, and you can stay up to date on all Searcys restaurants and venues via the website www.searcys.co.uk and social media @SearcysLondon. Keep an eye out for tips on baking and for cooking at home, which will be shared over the coming weeks. The company is also supporting its partners by sharing their stories and news across Searcys channels.

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Vegan and Vegetarian Vitamin Enquiries Rise 6.9% YoY

Vegan and vegetarianism have become increasingly popular in the last few years, with more and more retailers and eateries now offering plant-based options for those opting to cut down on or totally restrict animal products from their diet.

Previous studies on the opinions of British consumers suggest concerns that those maintaining a vegan or vegetarian diet are at risk of nutrient deficiencies. Careful planning and supplementation can assist in keeping those with restricted diets as healthy as possible.

When comparing data from January 2019 to 2020, Vitl.com noticed a 6.9% increase in people classifying themselves as vegan and vegetarian in their consultations for personalised vitamins.

The increase in people identifying as vegan and vegetarian in the Vitl nutrition consultation was most prevalent among men in the 18-34 age groups. The results of women in the same age group – although slightly weaker – were also still observable.

The uplift cannot be seen in the 35+ age groups, amongst which between 10% and 16% claim to be vegan or vegetarian in the last few years.

Georgie Murphy, MSc Nutrition ANutr at Vitl.com gave the following advice on the most common vitamin deficiencies in both vegan and vegetarian diets and how to combat them:

“The decision to follow a vegan or vegetarian diet is one that should be carefully considered prior to making the change, but one that can undoubtedly offer an array of benefits to your health and wellbeing, such as a reduction of saturated fat and a crucial increase in fibre intake.

Listed below are some of the tell-tale signs of certain nutrient insufficiencies and how best to remedy the symptoms.”

B12

B12 is mainly found in animal products, so a sudden change in eating habits without correct supplementation could possibly mean you’re depriving your body of the adequate amount of this essential vitamin. Signs of B12 deficiency include:

  • Tiredness, even after a good night’s sleep
  • Weakness or feeling lightheaded
  • Shortness of breath
  • Heart palpitations
  • A smooth tongue
  • Constipation or diarrhoea

Not all is lost however; B12 is easily supplemented for those who have opted for a plant-based lifestyle. Take the Vitl consultation for your very own personalised recommendation.

Omega 3

With evidence pointing to a worryingly lack of omega 3 in Western Diets, cutting out rich sources such as fish and eggs put you at further risk of deficiency, symptoms of which are:

  • Dry skin and hair
  • Weak nails
  • Dandruff
  • Small bumps on the top of your arms and legs

Be sure to include vegan/vegetarian sources such as walnuts, chia seeds and surprisingly brussel sprouts! To help you obtain optimal amounts of omega 3, supplementation is advisable to help you reach an optimal omega 6:3 ratio to support skin integrity, brain function and immune response.

Vitamin D3

Vitamin D3, shown to be 87% more absorbable than D2, is found in meat, fatty fish (salmon, mackerel, sardines) and eggs but even those who eat animal products may need to supplement this nutrient. You can synthesise D3 from sunlight on the skin; however, as sun safety is so important, as well as the fact that modern lifestyle does not always allow for adequate sun exposure, supplementing is an efficient method of achieving optimal D3 levels. Signs you could have a D3 deficiency include:

  • Falling ill often
  • Feeling tired or fatigued
  • Bone aches or back pain
  • Depression
  • Wounds take longer to heal
  • Hair loss
  • Muscle pain
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Why We Love to Gamble Online by Casino Utan Registrering and Konto

Cristina Diaconu By Posted on 5 m read

A lot of folks who don’t gamble tag gamblers as a “certain kind of people” who live life on the fast lane, and well, the fact is they are not far from the truth. For you to excel at gambling, you will need to be able to know how to deal with a significant amount of risk. But that’s not all there is to gaming, whether you are playing online, or at a casino in Vegas or anywhere in the world, you need practically the same set of skills to be able to record any success.

But what exactly draws your attention to gambling? I have tried to answers some of the reasons why I can’t get enough of gambling below. But before we get into that, if you are serious about making it big with online betting, then you want to get on the best platform. You can check the casino utan registrering and see if they have services that meet your needs.

 

The Adrenalin Rush

Yes! Don’t you love the rush of blood within you when you are neck-deep in a tight game of blackjacks or online poker? I know I do. It can be annoying not to have something that excites you and gets your heart racing. Every professional gambler or gamer knows that there is undoubtedly nothing compared to the adrenaline rush when you are engrossed in a game.

Of course, it will be more relaxing when you are on a winning streak. But there is a lot of excitement that comes with the profit and losses. It may take you a while to get a handle of how to control your emotions when gambling, especially if you are a novice who still has a lot to learn.

It is a lot possible to lose your cool when you lose, and you need to be disciplined enough to be in control always. A course in anger management will come in handy, so you don’t get physical with your gadgets whenever things don’t pan out your way.

 

The Potential Winnings

Another reason why us gamblers are addicted to the game is because of the potential winnings we stand to make when we place a bet. It is why we get online or drive or fly to Vegas, to double or triple our stake. It’s all about the money, and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. If you spend a lot of time gambling, then you should get some form of compensation for all those hours and effort you put into it.

If you are patient and know a few winning strategies to help maximize your winnings, then it is possible to be a successful gambler. You also don’t want to be greedy and stake all in one go. That’s how you lose everything and go broke, and if you’re going to avoid all of that, you should have a handle on your gambling expenses. The best gamblers always set aside a betting budget from their monthly earnings, and if you are still learning the ropes, you probably want to consider their strategies too.

The Losses Too

If I learned anything from all my gambling losses over the years is that you need to lose first, then win. Every failure is a step closer to becoming better at the game. And the truth is there are a lot of lessons during those losing streaks that will prepare you to become the guru your dream to become. As you begin to gather more knowledge and gain experience with your preferred game, it becomes easy for you to manage your losses and winnings.

If you are a newbie, you want to avoid listening to rumors of superstitions that there are winning tricks that you can employ to win at online gambling. Instead, you want to concentrate on finding a strategy that works for you and stick to it. It will require practice for you to understand how to play the game to win even when you lose. So you want to focus instead on learning how to win, and not how to cheat.

Sharpens the Mind

All that strategizing, planning, calculating, and then executing, can have a positive impact on your cognitive skills. For you to be a good gambler, you need to be smart or act smartly. There is no room for distractions, and you need to be in the right frame of mind at all times. A simple game of cards can help you with basic arithmetic’s, and also help to improve your organizational skills. In contrast, the complex ones like the multiple combat games can do more than even improve your cooperative skills.

If you are an excellent punter who knows how to maximize gambling winnings, chances are you will be good in some other areas of money as well. It could be money management or how to spend a lot of it. Whichever the case, you want to approach gambling like a professional if you intend to make anything meaningful at the end of the day from all your effort. The link below has some useful tips on how to improve your chances of winning when you gamble.

 

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/get-lucky-win-then-maximi_b_9010794

 

Improves your Math’s Skills

The funny thing is that when I was growing up, I used to suck at math’s, and since I began gambling, I have suddenly become good with numbers. Not only that, I have become more skilled at managing and predicting odds. Even though I wouldn’t consider myself an expert punter, I can’t deny that I have significantly improved in many other areas as well.

While it may not be useful in dealing with complex arithmetic like calculus and algebra, but you do get better with basic mathematics. And if you doubt it, it only means you haven’t tried gambling before.

Final Note

There are indeed a lot of risks associated with online gambling even more than at a local casino, and the only way to keep yourself free from harm is to stick by the rules. You can read up on some of them on this website, so you may want to check that out if you are serious about becoming a pro. Remember to always have fun, and don’t spend all of your winnings in one place.

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Lookers Group Reveals United Kingdom and Ireland’s 27 Most Idyllic Road Trips

Cristina Diaconu By Posted on 2 m read

Lookers Group, one of the leading UK motor retail and aftersales service groups, has revealed the 27 most idyllic road trips in the United Kingdom and Ireland.

 

We scoured the length and breadth of Britain and Ireland to bring you the most scenic, adventure-seeking and family-friendly routes. We even factored in how much it will cost you for fuel.

 

Whether you are looking for a family break or a solo journey of discovery, there’s a route to match your needs.

 

Here at Lookers, we pride ourselves on quality and we’ve created routes for days out, weekend breaks and even half-term staycations.

 

If you are an active Andy, you will find plenty to do on a 192-mile trip from Chesterfield to Aldeburgh. The two-day route takes in Ferry Meadows Country Park and Abbey Gardens in Bury St Edmunds and has an average fuel cost of just £24.49.

 

For those driving off in an electric-friendly vehicle, a five-day journey from Blackpool to Weston-super-Mare will cost an impressive £12.48. With the money saved on driving costs, you should have plenty of money left over to check out Blackpool Pleasure Beach before heading off down to the west coast of Wales.

 

A stop off in Cardiff will give you the chance to explore Cardiff Castle before returning to England for the final leg of the route into tourist hotspot Weston-super-Mare.

 

Travel from England’s North East all the way to the Isle of Skye for £102.34 in a journey fit for a giant and visit the Angus MacAskill Museum in Dunvegan. The Isle of Skye native rose to fame for being the world’s tallest non-pathological giant, standing at 7ft 9in.

 

The beauty of Northern Ireland’s Antrim coastline will give thrill seekers the opportunity to cross Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge — a 20m crossing suspended 30m above the sea, from the Northern Irish mainland to the tiny island of Carrickarede.

 

Heading south of the border, a week-long excursion around the Emerald Isle takes in Dublin’s Temple Bar, Cork, and Tralee — home of Ireland’s Rose of Tralee International Festival.

 

Check out the Lookers road trip guide at https://www.lookers.co.uk/roadtrip/ and start planning your next journey right now.

Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge costs £9 per adult and £4.50 for a child aged 5 to 17, with family tickets costing £22.50

 

Tourist hotspot Weston-super-Mare features on Lookers Group’s 27 most idyllic routes in the UK and Ireland

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Bidfresh Launches Direct-to-Consumer Home Delivery

Fresh food supplier Bidfresh is adding direct-to-consumer home delivery services from its depots around the UK in response to the national measures introduced to address the coronavirus outbreak.

The public will be able to order meat, fish and seafood, fruit and veg, dairy and a range of other products. The free delivery service will operate in selected postcodes around the depots, and will run alongside Bidfresh’s established business with chef and caterers.

Home delivery has already been launched this week from Oliver Kay in Bolton, R Noone in Manchester, Knight Meats in Essex, and Henson in London, and is being rapidly added at other sites within the Bidfresh group.

Jane Aukim, marketing manager of Bidfresh said: “We are continuing to take orders from customers in the foodservice sector, but the current situation means many of them need less produce or are closing altogether, resulting in cancelled orders.

“At the same time, there’s clearly a need for consumers to be able to access fresh food. Offering home delivery alongside our established business will hopefully ensure that as much of the food as possible in our supply chain is being used.”

The products available will vary from depot to depot, reflecting the specialist nature of Bidfresh’s network of businesses. Delivery will be fulfilled by the business through its own drivers and couriers, and is being promoted through social media.

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Chestnut Launches Take-Away Offering to Support Their Local Communities

Chestnut pubs, inns and restaurants are remaining open, with appropriate precautions, however they have launched a NEW take-away option to continue to serve loyal customers, local communities, people who may not be able to visit, those who are in self-isolation and for guests staying in bedrooms at the properties. 

Chestnut is doing everything they can to make sure that they remain a safe environment for both of their team and guests and following government guidelines and asks their customers to take care and stay at home when feeling ill. 

Take-away 

If you are unable to visit, Chestnut has created a new take-away offering, which guests are either able to collect from the pub, or if you are staying at Chestnut, they can deliver directly to your room. The food options will be slightly reduced, but the food will still all be home-made by their brilliant chefs and as delicious as if you were dining in their restaurants. Menus and prices are ready to view on each property’s website and will be available during current opening hours, with last orders at 8.30pm. 

Example menus: The Ship at Dunwich – Fish & Chips £12.50 The Northgate – Salad boxes £9, Slow cooked venison stew £11 The Packhorse Inn – Beef burger £13.50, Wild mushroom risotto £13.50 

Chestnut believes they have an important role to play in these uncertain times. So, whether they can provide fresh air and a safe haven away, or simply a home cooked meal you can eat in the comfort of your own home, Chestnut hopes we can all support each other in these difficult times. 

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