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Pound soars against dollar and euro as better-than-expected growth increases likelihood of interest rate rise

The pound soared against the euro and the dollar on Wednesday after official figures revealed the UK economy grew faster than expected last …

Economics

Haier debuts trio of trim tablets

Slim tablets with small price tags from Haeir debut at MWC 2015.<p>We're already seeing more tablets at Mobile World Congress 2015 than we did at CES 2015 and you can thank Haier for at least three of them. The HaierPad trifecta deliver a trendy skinny aesthetic at a low price in select European …

Enchanting "Quiet Treehouse" is a Sound-Proof Sanctuary

We often associate treehouses with a time of carefree innocence and as a place to escape from the rest of the world. With this in mind, luxury small-structure designer Blue Forest crafted <i>Quiet Treehouse</i>, an enchanting space for children (and adults!) to learn and play. It's not your typical …

Homemade alcohol: let's sloe down and talk about moonshine

Mark Diacono catches up with John Wright, a wild-food expert who also knows a thing or two about homemade booze<p>I have known John Wright a good many years, and you could count the times I've seen him without a drink on the fingers of one foot. By the same token, I've never seen him worse for wear. …

Is your computer slow? 10 ways to make it run faster

There's nothing more frustrating than a sluggish computer, especially when you know it still has legs in it.<p>Rather than buying a new laptop or PC, here are 10 ways of avoiding a costly new purchase by making your old computer run faster.<p>1. Uninstall unused programs<p>New PCs come with a whole load of …

Laptops

Top 10 apples to grow in your garden

Henry Chevallier Guild, eighth generation of the apple-growing Aspall cider family says, Britain has one of the best climates in the world for apples. In the 19th century we used to make the most of that, with 2,500 different varieties listed in the UK, but that's now declined to only 12 that …

How to choose an apple tree for your garden

When I finally had a garden big enough for apple trees, the 18th-century variety 'Orleans Reinette' was one of the first I planted. Why? Because apple enthusiast Edward Bunyard told me to. "This magnificent fruit cannot be too highly recommended," he raves in his Handbook Of Hardy Fruits, published …

One Man's 40,000km Journey Across the World By Bicycle

Originally starting in London, photographer and writer Rob Lutter set off on an ambitious global journey, hoping to travel across 40,000km on his bicycle. Along the way, the goal has been to not only photograph the many sites he visits, finding inspiration from his travels and the people he meets, …

7 stories to read this weekend

Advertisement<p>6 Comments<p>I have tried to find some interesting reads that are anchored in contemporary life and its trends. Hope you enjoy them.<p>Why we …

Currently Coveting: 5 Lounge Chairs with a Bohemian Vibe

Summer’s not over yet; here are five lounge chairs that will give your outdoor space a bohemian vibe (and when the weather turns, they’ll be equally …

Outdoor Spaces

Articles about 10 ways deck out wooden beach house on Dwell.com - Dwell

From a home designed by David Chipperfield in London to WORKac's New York duplex, here is what caught our eye over the last few...<p>From floating student dorms to concrete homes, catch up from the week with these abodes from around the world.<p>From clever materials to coastal living, here's what caught …

Live (or at Least Lodge) Like a Catalonian

For those of us not lucky enough to live in Barcelona, there’s a network of rental apartments that will allow us to indulge in a Catalonian …

Apartments

Buddha Had It Right: Relax The Mind And Productivity Will Follow

Eastern thought and meditation are pushing ever-closer to the mainstream. Today, many ancient teachings coincide perfectly with modern research on improved mental agility.<p>“The great enigma for psychologists and philosophers is the mind.”<br>–Bhante Wimala<p>Several decades ago, the term ‘mindfulness’ used …

Tired of stubborn app permissions? Android 4.3 has a fix for that

It can be hard for Android users to keep track of what exactly their apps are doing, but it looks like that's about to change with Android …

Melissani Cave, Greece

See the Documentary “Wonder: The Lives of Anna and Harlan Hubbard” if You Can

Anna and Harlan Hubbard may not be names familiar to most readers. But if you have ever thought dreamily of Henry David Thoreau’s experiment, …

How to Sharpen Chainsaw Teeth : Lawn Care & Power Tools

The best quiet beaches in the UK: experts share their secrets on Guardian Travel Don't fancy sharing your patch of sand or shingle with hundreds, if not thousands, of other sunseekers? Then check out these lesser-known beaches, tipped by those in the know http://t.gu.com/mNfkf Plus see the latest weather report: http://t.gu.com/mNg8q Photo: Moors sands, Prawle Point, south Devon Credit: wildguide.net