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£369m Buckingham Palace repairs

Who pays for Buckingham Palace repairs?
There are reports that Buckingham Palace needs £369m of essential repairs.
Some say these repairs should be paid by the Queen, while others say it should be paid by the Government.

The Crown Estates owns Buckingham Palace and therefore is the body that should theoretically pay for the repairs.

Average UK Wage and Salary

Average Wages in the United Kingdom How much has the average wage changed in the UK ? In 1980 the average wage was £5,720 and the average house cost £22,677 In 2015 the average wage was £29,934 and the average house was £188,566 In 1980 it was 3.96 years wages to buy a house In …

Marinade: Lemon Honey Soy

Lemon Honey Soy Marinade Ingredients 1 clove garlic, peeled and crushed ⅓ cup soy sauce 2 tablespoons sesame oil 2 tablespoons lemon juice 2 tablespoons honey Method Place garlic, soy sauce, oil, lemon juice and honey in a bowl and whisk to combine. Place meat of choice in a ceramic or glass dish. Pour over …

Reims 1945, 7th May

On the 7th May 1945, Germany signed an unconditional surrender at the Allied headquarters in Reims, north-eastern France.  This officially ended World War II in Europe, although NOT in the Soviet Union it appears. This unconditional surrender was signed by: Colonel-General Alfred Jodl (Germany). Walter Bedell Smith [United States Army, Diplomat] (Western Allies). Ivan Susloparov (Soviet Union). Major-General François Sevez …

Do they speak Filipino or Tagalog in Cebu

What language do they speak in the Cebu province of the Philippines ? Filipino is the National language of the Philippines, spoken by the vast majority of the Philippine population. Tagalog is a regional dialect that is very close to Filipino, and therefore very commonly used by a large percentage of the population. But in …

Scotland: Independence Referendum 18 September 2014

Scotland’s referendum will be held on 18 September 2014, Riaghaltas na h-Alba‘s First Minister Alex Salmond announced in the Scottish Parliament in March 2013. The date is contained in the Scottish Independence Referendum Bill, introduced to the Parliament on 21st March 2013, which also confirms that voters will be asked the question: Should Scotland be an …

How many Teaspoons in a Tablespoon ?

I was asked the question “How many Teaspoons in a Tablespoon ?” and to be honest, I wasn’t sure, so I said about 3 or 4. I should have asked the question how big is your tablespoon ? 😉 However, I did need to find out for sure, so: 1 Tablespoon [US] = 3 Teaspoons …

Maundy Thursday in Great Britain

Maundy Thursday commemorates the day of the Last Supper of Jesus Christ with the Apostles. The word ‘Maundy’ comes from the command or ‘mandatum’ by Christ at the Last Supper, to love one another. The traditional Maundy Thursday ceremony in Britain is carried out the the Monarch, where ‘Maundy money’ is distributed to an equal …

Star Wars Release Date

Star Wars, the space film series created by George Lucas. The Star Wars series began in an unusual way, with the first release being Episode FOUR, followed three years later by Episode FIVE, and then a further three years with Episode SIX.  Then Sixteen years later, they released Episode ONE, followed 3 years later by …

How Safe are the Websites you Visit ?

Internet security is now one of the big issues with many sites containing unsafe links, or malware, that can cause problems for your internet surfing experiences. There are a few good options that many people can take advantage of to safeguard their surfing, and most people now already have Anti Virus programs installed, although how …

UK State Pension Changes 2016

On Monday 18 March 2013, the Government announced that, subject to Parliamentary approval of the Pensions Bill, the single-tier pension will be introduced in April 2016. dwp.gov.uk/policy/pensions-reform/state-pension This reform will affect people who reach State Pension age from the time it is introduced. Current pensioners and those reaching State Pension age prior to introduction of …

Hotels and Resorts in Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro, Philippines

A selection of Hotels and Resorts in Puerto Galera, Philippines. ABWonderdive Bed & Breakfast, Small La Laguna Beach, Puerto Galera Agbing Beach Resort, White Beach, Puerto Galera Amihan Villa, Barangay Talipanan, Aninuan, Puerto Galera Angelyns Beach Resort,  Big La Laguna Beach, Puerto Galera Apartelle de Francesca, White Beach, Puerto Galera Atlantis Dive Resorts, Sabang Beach, Puerto Galera …

Batangas, Philippines. Hotels and Resorts

A selection of Hotels and Resorts in Batangas, Philippines. Acuatico Beach Resort & Hotel, Laiya, San Juan, Batangas Angelyns Beach Resort Anilao Outrigger Resort, Solo, Anilao, Mabini Aquaventure Reef Club, Anilao, Mabini Bamboo Beach Resort Balai sa San Juan Resort, San Juan, Lobo, Batangas Banana Moon Beach Resort Batangas Country Club Buri Resort and Spa …

3G v 4G Mobile Phones

For some of us, the difference between 3G and 4G on a mobile phone is as complex a question as the meaning of life.  Although we must assume that 4G is better, as it is newer and has a higher number 😉 So, what is the difference, and does it really matter? 3G means 3rd …