5 unexpected benefits of the 5:2 Diet


The Fast Diet (5:2 Diet) doesn’t only help you lose weight. Read on to find out five unexpected benefits of the 5:2 diet.

After a break of about 18 months, I recently started doing the 5:2 Diet again.

You know the one – also known as the Fast Diet, it’s where you restrict the amount of calories you eat for two days of the week, and then eat what you want the rest of the time.… Read more

Searching for Hampshire’s best burger at: Ruby Red’s, Winchester [series] 

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On Saturday, Hench and I did a short pub crawl around sunny Winchester.

All that beer drinking made us hungry. So what better to satisfy our pangs than a burger?

Ruby Red’s Burger Shack is conveniently located on Jewry Street, at the top of town towards the railway station. As well as burgers, it does breakfasts, burritos and hot dogs.

I had a disappointing experience on my last visit to a specialist burger bar on my search for the best burger in Hampshire.… Read more

The Great Dorset Chilli Festival 2016 [review]

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We visited the Great Dorset Chilli Festival at Wimborne St Giles on a sunny summer Sunday. Find out what this popular food festival had to offer chilli pepper fans and foodies.

Where would you find the world’s hottest chilli peppers?

Mexico? India? Jamaica? Dorset?

Yes, that’s right. Dorset.

Look under the polytunnels at Sea Spring Seeds in West Bexington near Bridport and you’ll find the bright-red Dorset Naga – one of the world’s hottest peppers.… Read more

Dog-friendly pubs in Southampton

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This is an ever-growing list of dog-friendly pubs, bars, cafes and restaurants in Southampton and the surrounding area. Includes a description of each pub, plus where to find them.

Last updated: 27 August 2016

With hundreds of acres of green spaces, four city parks recently named among the top parks in the UK and the New Forest and South Downs National Parks in easy reach, Southampton is a great place for dog owners.… Read more

BlocOut blackout blinds [review]


BlocOut blackout blinds promise easy installation and an unmatched level of darkness for any room. Read my BlocOut blind review to see if they live up to the hype.

I love the summer. However, as a light sleeper, one thing I don’t like about it is the light mornings. As the summer solstice gets closer and closer, I wake up earlier and earlier.… Read more