Interesting crane facts to know

Cranes have been enabling our construction projects since at least 900 BC. The ancient Greeks used them to create their marble theatres, temples and monuments. One of the earliest items known to have been lifted by crane is a stone sarcophagus in Corinth weighing 2.3 tons. Image Credit Curiously, there is no evidence of cranes being used to construct the pyramids. Some blocks weigh 50 tons, and even modern cranes could not lift them. How were they powered without motors? They relied on differentials, rope and manpower, often assisted by…

The home guard protected us

I read an interesting article this week talking about the Bristish sitcom ‘Dad’s Army’ and how it was fifty years old this year. I used to enjoy watching these episodes as a child and watching the very picky character Captain Mainwaring and his troop muddle their way through exercises and training in a bid to become an effective home guard unit. It got me thinking about the real home guard and what they would have done. Although they may not have been on the front line during the war or…

The Artisan Fashion Industry: A $21bn Opportunity

Artisan fashion used to be a phrase synonymous with expensive, boutique labels. How else could fashionistas get their hands on unique handmade products created by craftsmen using the finest products and fabrics? However, changes in the way we shop and the way we think about shopping has led to some dramatic changes in the market. For once, this shopping revolution is having a positive effect around the world.

Getting out in Gloucestershire – Where to go in the Autumn

Exploring Gloucestershire is extremely rewarding in any season, but at this time of the year as the Summer turns to Autumn, you will begin to see the trees spectacular displays, and the weather will cool down enough to make walking more pleasurable, whilst still having long enough days to get out and enjoy the countryside and the stunning views around the county. If you are planning to visit Gloucestershire in the Autumn, you are in for a treat. There is plenty on offer, whether you are travelling as a group,…

White Oak Flooring has appeal

Choosing flooring for your house can be tricky, as there are so many options. One option, however, that is proving to be a favourite with those who love simple yet stylish wooden floors is white oak. This type of flooring not only sticks to the traditional style with seamless slat connections and clean ring lines, it also comes in a variety of different colours so you can pick and choose the one that works best with your decor and your lifestyle.   If your lifestyle is a property investor who likes…

Leftover flooring gifts you can create

When you install a new floor, you are likely to end up with bits of leftover flooring pieces at the end of the job. This is because you need to buy extra to have enough in case of breakages and to give you space for cutting the shape required. There is no need to throw these oddments away. Instead, why not make them into personalised gifts for friends and family? Image Credit Carpets One great idea is to make a piece of carpet into a scratching post for a cat.…

Is laying laminate over concrete possible?

Concrete floors have proved to be an attractive option in home design. Dyes, texturing and staining can make concrete mimic anything from ceramic to brick; best of all, it is durable and low maintenance. Image Credit Despite its durability, concrete can crack over many years, and replacing a concrete floor can be a major undertaking. Laminating over the top is one solution, although this comes with its few challenges.  If you don’t fancy facing these challenges alone then you could always contact a specialist to come and do it for…

Bamboo flooring cleaning tips

Bamboo floors look very similar to hardwoods, using strong, durable, eco-friendly material. Bamboo is a highly renewable source of material which grows faster than wood. It can be harvested without the need to replant because the roots are left in place when it is picked. Like hardwood floors, it needs to be treated well to make the most of its good looks and long life. It is durable and hard-wearing so needs little care and maintenance but it is important to keep it free from dust, dirt and wet feet.…

Why sports training is not like the movies

Many people misunderstand what it takes to be successful. Most of our images and thoughts around the road to success comes from Hollywood films. But how realistic are these? The main premise is usually a character who has an ambitious dream. They know that to get there, they must train long and hard. This is usually followed by a musical montage segment showing the character going to extreme lengths to train like mad. After this, the main protagonist normally succeeds and is awarded a prize. Is life really like this?…

Incorporating metal into your decor

One of the decoration trends that has remained a definite favourite for the past few years is metal. Whether it’s industrial-style metal furniture, traditional tin or big copper or brass trends, metal is here to stay. One area that is often overlooked is the ceiling but you can make this the fifth wall, so to speak and even include metal in this space. Are you looking for style inspiration and want to know how to integrate metal into your home? Then here are some modern metal ideas to bring your…