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  1. Tristan da Cunha, The Remotest Island In The World by Belle

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    Tristan da Cunha, named the remotest Island in the world, lies 1,750 miles from Cape Town,  South Africa and 2,088 miles from South America. The closest land mass is Saint Helena a mere 1,510 miles distant.

    Tristan Da Cunha was first discovered in 1506 by a Portuguese sailor named Tristão da Cunha. However, Tristão was unable to land on Tristan because of its accessibility difficulties and very rough seas. Despite this, Tristão named the island ‘Ilha de Tristão da Cunha’ – roughly translated as ‘The Islands of Tristão da Cunha’. The name was changed to Tristan da Cunha at a later date.

    The island is a dependency of Saint Helena – a British Overseas Territory. Tristan da Cunha’s motto is “Our faith is our strength”, and its National Anthem is the British God Save the Queen. The island’s capital (and most populated city) is ‘Edinburgh of the Seven Seas’, more commonly called Edinburgh. In 2005, the Royal Mail assigned Tristan its own the postcode because the mail was getting lost due to no postcode, and the capital was being confused with the Scottish city of Edinburgh.

    The island's unique social and economic organisation has evolved over the years, but is based on the principles set out by William Glass in 1817, when he established a settlement based on equality. All Tristan families are farmers, owning their own stock and/or fishing. All land is communally owned. All households have plots of land at The Patches on which they grow potatoes. Livestock numbers are strictly controlled to conserve pasture and to prevent better-off families from accumulating wealth. Unless the community votes for a change in its law, no outsiders are allowed to buy land or settle on Tristan; theoretically the whole island would have to be put up for sale.[ All people, including children and pensioners, are involved in farming, while adults additionally have salaried jobs working either for the government, or, a small number in domestic service. Many of the men are involved in the fishing industry, going to sea in good weather. The nominal fishing season lasts 90 days; however, during the 2013 fishing season – 1 July to 30 September – there were only 10 days suitable for fishing.

    This beautiful Island is centred by an active volcano, which last erupted in 1961 where all the islanders where taken from the island and placed on UK and South African soil. Many went back to Tristan after the devastation of that eruption and many others stayed in the UK and Africa.

    This beautiful place certainly needs visiting or just learning about.

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  2. "How To", New Years Resolutions by Belle

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    New Year

    Its a new year and i know your all picking your resolutions, but ask yourself "do you stick to them?"

    I bet the answer is "no"

    Well lets look at why? The main reason being we pick something that is unrealistic or something we aren't really passionate about. So lets solve this.

    1 - Pick a resolution that means something to you. So i you really do need to lose weight for the summer then yes pick it, but make sure there is passion and motivate behind it. Put a full plan in place.

    2- Don't pick something to big. If you pick something you don't feel you can handle for a full year then don't do it. You will only feel disappointed if you fail so why put yourself through that. You don't have to pick something big, it can be something really small like drink 1 litre of water per day to be healthier.

    3- Don't do one if you don't want to. Don't feel pressured you need a new years resolution. If you don't want one then just don't have one, its your life.

    4- Pick a resolution you can do with a friend. Your more likely to stick to a resolution if you have support. Its also more fun this way.

    5- Keep track. Keeping track of your resolution, either in a diary or in a blog, your more likely to stick to it.

    Why not let me know your resolutions and how you plan to stick to them and how well your doing? The best ones will be feathered in a future issue. 

  3. A trip to the North Pole by Belle

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    The North Pole, which is also known as the geographic North Pole or terrestrial North Pole, is defined as the point in the northern hemispheres where the earth's axis of rotation meets its surface. The North Pole is the northern most point on the Earth, lying diametrically opposite the South Pole. 

    The North Pole has one of the most amazing sites you will ever see. Not only is it pure beauty it's a place we all think of at Christmas growing up. The North Pole is a must for your bucket list. 

    The North Pole is owned by nobody, there is No economic value and yet no alternative or equivalent. The importance of this amazing place is immeasurable, and many don't realise that. This experience really is one of the most unique holidays and greatest travel achievements on the planet.

    Besides Santa there is one other amazing reason to visit the North Pole, the spectacular Aurora lights. Aurora lights up Jupiter's North Pole sky in a way like no other. The stunning sky's can be captured by the famous Hubble telescope.

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    So whether it’s to visit Santa and his reindeer's or just to take in the beauty this amazing place beholds always think North Pole when thinking of a “must have” adventure of a life time.

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  4. DIY Tricks For Independent Chicks by Belle

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    Lets talk wallpaper!

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    We all love abit of DIY but one thing most people struggle with that you honestly would think is easy, is hanging wallpaper. It really isn't as easy as it seems as if done wrong can look odd and uneven and that's just not what you want.

    Firstly make sure you walls are smooth and clean, and that you have all your equipment is ready. Then you are going to work from the centre of the wall, this is going to make the room feel even. Your going to cut your first piece, to do this measure the height of the wall and add 100mm to get your drop length. Then on a clean, dry pasting table. Double check the way your paper comes off the roll. The design could be upside down.

     

    Make sure you work with the design the right way up. Find the point in the design you want to see at the top of the wall. Cut straight across the paper about 50mm above that. You’ll trim the extra off after you’ve hung the wallpaper. Measure out the drop length on the back of your paper. Mark a straight line across the back and make your cut. Put a dustsheet on the floor will help keep your wallpaper clean as you work. (Straight match patterns. Check the label of your paper. A symbol with two arrows opposite one another means it’s a straight match pattern where the left and right sides line up) Check your first drop dry against the wall before you paste or cut any more. If the ceiling height varies, cut each drop one at a time and number it on the back so you know which drop goes where. Unroll your next drop on top of your first and line up the pattern on the side furthest away from you. Cut your second drop to match your first. Keep offcuts to use above doors. (Drop match patterns. When you see a drop match symbol it means the pattern is staggered so the next drop matches up (usually) half way down the first. Put your first drop back on the pasting table, then unroll the next length so the pattern matches on the near side and cut to match the top of the previous drop.

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  5. Travel by Belle

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    Cyprus, officially the Republic of Cyprus, is an island country in the Eastern Mediterranean and the third largest and third most populous island in the Mediterranean. It is located south of Turkey, west of Syriaand Lebanon, northwest of Israel, north of Egypt, and southeast of Greece. Whatever the season, Cyprus provides ample opportunity to experience something new, interesting and exciting, including activities, events, customs and places that are unique and special to the island. This Island is filled with rich culture and history, and not to mention beautiful sandy beaches and amazing views.

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    Cyprus really is a holiday to suit all people, they have everything from sandy beaches such as FigTreeBay, to ancient ruins like the Kings Tombs, and amazing nature walks along the coast filled with stunning views and nature at its best, or go have fun in the water theme park. The Cypriot people really are among the most friendly i have met, so welcoming and friendly and always willing to help. The food is just out of this world and so fresh you can taste the difference, and certainly is something to try. The nightlife has everything you could want from the Aya Napa nightclubs to the relaxing restaurants and family entertainment. Cyprus really does need to be on your holiday bucket list.

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