06 Sep

888sport Gains Exposure In The English Football Championship

888 sport logoBetting entity 888sport will have enjoy a large exposure of its brand in the upcoming English Football Championship thanks to the commercial partnerships it has reach with four of the competing clubs.

Championship clubs Birmingham City, Brentford, Nottingham Forest and Preston North End will all feature 888sport branding on their playing kits after all four reached commercial arrangements with the online betting provider for the upcoming 2016-2017 football season.  It’s gambling bonuses can be found here.

888sport has also unveiled a new community initiative for football followers known as “888sport Fans First”, which will see supporters of all four football clubs enjoy free travel to mid-week league games leading up to the Christmas period.

There will also be other benefits made to fans of the clubs through the initiative such as free bets, free tickets and match day experiences and interaction with the teams.

Comment From 888sport

Mr Itai Pazner, who acts in the position of Senior Vice President and Head of B2C at 888 Holdings, spoke of the importance that Championship clubs play within their related communities, and hoped that the fans of said clubs would appreciate 888sport’s initiatives to allow them greater access to their teams and match day appearances and experiences

23 Aug

Make a Greenhouse from Old Windows

greenhouse-from-old-windowsConstructing a Cold Frame? Keep your eyes peeled for someone local who’s having double glazing installed. If you can get hold of some of the old window panes which are about to be discarded and sent to landfill, you will save yourself a fair amount of money!


These “lights” or window panes will end up on your new frame sloping from back to front so that the rain can run down. You’ll also need some wood. Chances are some old pallet wood or scrap will do the trick, as long as they’re around six inches wide.


The same can happen if you’re thinking of constructing a one-of-a-kind Greenhouse. You might not be able to make a very large greenhouse from discarded double glazing agent’s windows, but it will look amazing! The roof will need to be made from polycarbonate sheeting. Hopefully you will persuade your local double glazing firm to part with a 460 square feet of old window you’ll end up with a good sized greenhouse!


If the frames are aluminium, it might be better to frame them, so that the aluminium itself if concealed. It’s better that the greenhouse looks all wood. You might consider caulking to reduce air infiltration – especially during the colder months. It’s also good to have some roof vents at the side, in summer.


Overall, obtaining unwanted windows from double glazing firms and making yourself something unique is a great summer project! That first tomato of the season will taste especially good in your brilliant, (old) new Greenhouse!

23 Aug

Decks and Patios

decks-patioThe great thing about having somewhere firm underfoot is that you can keep the area clean for sitting, eating, drinking, sunbathing…Installing decking, balconies and patios can be just as green, colourful and scented as any other part of a garden, and there are beautiful containers of every size, shape, colour and material to be found in garden centres.


Most of our troughs, pots and baskets are given over to annuals and each year we like to think up a different colour scheme – just to make a change. I love red geraniums – reminds me of southern Europe – and they go so well with their own strong green foliage. We’ve had pinks and whites, which is fun and frothy, and a riot with blue and yellow too – the entire colour spectrum. It all looks good in nature, even if you wouldn’t choose it for painting a room.


Container gardening is all fun. Use good all-purpose peat-free compost and ensure it drains well. Set your containers up off the ground on bricks or something similar so that they don’t sit in damp, which will harbour and admit pests, and won’t rot your decking if it is wood. You will need to feed these plants during the growing season if you want them to thrive and keep flowering.


Imagine if everyone with a balcony made a colourful show of it – what different towns we would live in. There is health and safety to consider – you don’t want to risk troughs or baskets crashing to the ground – so mount them on sound fittings and check them regularly.


For eye-level interest and some privacy you could grow hanging basket varieties for colour, dappled shade and a feeling of enclosure; alternatively, a balcony can be framed. Plants, such as climbers, will continue in pots for many years with the right care, which includes some feed during the growing season, and an annual refresh and top-up of the potting material, or potting them on if they need a bigger container. If you can harvest your rainwater and avoid using tap water, so much the better. If not, leaving tap water to stand for a day or two will benefit your plants by reducing the chlorine content.


These dry and sheltered places are also good for growing herbs and salad leaves, which both look and smell good, and you’ll have them handy to pick and use whenever you fancy.

23 Aug

Growing food in your own garden

A few of years ago we resolved to grow food seriously; a large garden or an allotment will keep your household well fed. We now have onions, shallots, beans, potatoes, tomatoes, butternut squash, corn on the cob, leeks, Jerusalem artichokes, spinach and salads most years. Nature is prolific – from the seeds of one tomato you get hundreds of plants, each with dozens of fruit. Indeed, there are some edible plants that are so prolific you will never starve.

Jerusalem artichokes and rhubarb are crops that need virtually no attention and they will embarrass you with their profusion. You’ll be giving them away – begging friends to take some. Once you have planted artichoke bulbs, you’ll have plenty of this root crop to dig up year on year, any time between November and March. A modest application of organic manure annually is more than enough to encourage them – they can become a bit of a pest if they’re allowed to spread into areas where you have other plans, so best to keep them in a separate bed.

Rhubarb you can ‘force’, by the simple expedient of placing something over the plant that will funnel the growth upwards towards the light. We use a spare compost ‘dalek’. The result is finer, pinker, longer stems, like those you pay a lot for at the greengrocer’s or in the supermarket. Alternatively, you can leave the rhubarb to do its own thing, which will bring you a heavier harvest of bigger, thicker stems that are also delicious when cooked and put into a crumble. Rhubarb needs only a bit of manure to yield almost more than you can manage.

Another easy crop is the squash or marrow. There are many varieties, but I can tell you that a courgette, if left unnoticed and unpicked for a few days, is a marrow. My favourite are the big butternut squash because they will keep for two or three months into the winter if stored somewhere cool and airy. Bring these on from seeds, plant them out by putting each seedling on the top of a little mound of well-manured earth, and water when dry. For this small effort they will reward you with a grand supply of hard-skinned golden fruits with a wonderful flavour. Try slicing them up and bake sprinkled with salt and oil until they start to caramelise.