Will Sizing John Create Cheltenham Gold Cup History?

There’s no guarantee you will ever witness history at a sporting event. There have been moments in memories past when greatness has narrowly eluded even the great teams and competitors. However, that should not be the case with the elite horse Sizing John in his bid to secure back-to-back triumphs at the Cheltenham Gold Cup. The bay gelding won the event as an outside contender last season with a fine run as jockey Robbie Power in the saddle.

Sizing John has enhanced his reputation with further impressive victories. Jessica Harrington’s charge has built a notoriety and level of expectation every time he takes to the track. Therefore there will be much anticipation when he returns to Cheltenham Festival in March to defend his Gold Cup crown, with the Bay Gelding considered the leading contender on Oddschecker as per a variety of bookmakers. Only one horse since the turn of the millennium has managed to win back-to-back Gold Cups – as Best Mate won the race three times on the bounce from 2002 to 2004. Only six horses in the history of the meet have pulled off back-to-back triumphs, dating back to 1924.

There are few sporting events where you know history will be made. Real Madrid became the first team since the Champions League was reformatted in 1992 to win back-to-back crowns when they beat Juventus in Cardiff in June.  There are surprising times in history when in Super Bowl XLII when the New England Patriots were denied immortality in the NFL when their quest to remain unbeaten in the 2007 season was ended by the New York Giants.

The atmosphere at Cheltenham on Champions’ Day will be a special experience, matching that of a Champions League final or a Super Bowl. Tickets can be secured for £50 and if you’re a fan of racing or simply like soaking in the occasion of a major event – with the addition of a few beverages – then it is surely one not to miss out on.

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Sizing John has time to build form for the day but has already impressed in the National Hunt 2017/18 season. The bay gelding has risen to the occasion to claim victory at the John Durkan Memorial Punchestown Chase, overcoming a poor start to the meet to claim a comfortable victory over a talented field, including Djakadam. Djakadam has endured a number of failures at the Cheltenham Gold Cup, finishing second twice and he will be one of the competitors vying to deny Harrington’s charge the famous victory.

Top Entertaining Ways to Pass Time Online

The internet is a great tool for a variety of different things. If you’re looking for entertainment then there are simply thousands of ways to spend your time. We’ve got some suggestions for anyone that wants to find themselves entertained with a browser by their side.

Read Free Books

Copyright free books and public use literature can be a free way to entertain yourself. There’s loads of books out there that you can download on your phone, eReader or even your computer. These will give you access to so much entertainment, without spending a penny.

If you want to enjoy classic books then you’ll have a range to pick from. Most older books are no longer protected by copyright so you can download and read for free, you can find a huge collection of copyright free books at Gutenberg.

Learn a New Skill

If you’re in the market to learn something new then the internet is your best friend. Whether you want to learn a new hobby or work towards a qualification, there are loads of free courses to check out. These can even help you out with getting a better job or into another course.

YouTube and other streaming services can help you to connect with those that can teach you these skills. There are loads of free resources out there too, like worksheets, books and articles, that will turn you into an expert in your new field.

Watch Movies

With streaming services at an all-time high, you have hundreds of hours of top class entertainment at your fingertips. Thousands of hours of content are uploaded to the internet on a daily basis.

Services like Netflix, Now TV and Hayu are all great, with mobile apps to keep you watching on the move. Even on YouTube and Vimeo, you will find a variety of free documentaries to check out too.

Play Bingo

Bingo is known as one of the best online activities in the world, as it’s one of the few that can actually give you a bit of cash back. Sites like Rocket Bingo and Free bingo.co.uk allow you to play for free too, even earning bonus funds or real cash to play with. Continue reading →

Tips to Help Your Car Weather the Winter

During the severe weather extremes of the winter months, there’s certain maintenance and safety related items that should be checked to insure they can withstand the riggers of the season. Safety is always a concern during extreme winter months with icy, wet and slippery road conditions..

Tyres for the Cars Winter Months

  • Tire Tread – Making sure there is plenty of tire tread on the vehicles tire’s is important, especially for wet or icy road conditions. Not enough tire tread will cause the rear of the car to slide under wet or icy conditions. It’s always best to have plenty of tread on all four tyres. If a persons budget doesn’t allow for four new tyres, make sure that the tyres with the most tread are placed on the rear of the car, to prevent the rear from slipping.
  • Winter Tyres – If the car is driven in areas were the roads aren’t well maintained during winter months, winter tyres may be a safer alternative. Winter tyres are designed specifically for better traction control on icy road conditions. If you need to find new tyres, you can find best offers online by comparing prices via tyres.net.

Brake Maintenance for the Cars Winter Months

  • Brakes – The cars brakes should be checked for leaks, brake fluid level and to insure that there’s plenty of brake lining before the extremes of winter develop. Like tyres are important for traction, a proper working brake system is important for minimal stopping distance, especially on wet or icy roads.
  • ABS Brakes – If the cars anti-lock brake system (ABS) light is on, have the ABS checked. If the ABS isn’t working correctly, over braking could cause the cars wheels to lock and skid on icy or wet roads.

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How to Shop for Better Romantic Gifts

When one thinks of romantic gifts, roses and chocolates immediately come to mind. People send them as Christmas gifts, Valentine’s Day gifts and anniversary gifts to express gratitude, love and devotion. For those who can afford, a better romantic gift idea would be a diamond pendant. Diamonds are perfect for those who want to give gifts to profess eternal love.

The range of gifts exchanged by lovers over the years has increased. Personalized pillowcases are fun romantic gifts for couples on all occasions and could symbolize their beautiful love. Cuff Links made in sterling silver with embedded gemstone could be another gift choice for him. Similarly, a bottle of classic perfume is a romantic gift for her that is enough to make a good impression.

How to shop for better romantic gifts for him or her? The first tip to remember is that romantic gifts are here to express the depth of admiration, love and passion. Here are gift ideas for her and tips on how to buy romantic gifts for him.

Gifts for Her

Give your woman a unique romantic gift that she will treasure. When buying gifts for her, you must think outside of the boxes of chocolates, bouquets of flowers and dinners for two. Instead, impress her with the gorgeous sculpture of a dancing couple. The art gift could be the symbol of the love you share . . . profound and everlasting. Continue reading →

How to get a flawless Complexion with Makeup

Everyone seeks for that Flawless Complexion that we all see in magazines and on celebrities but we cant all afford to do it the way they do. I am a huge lover of High End brands but sometimes you can get some amazing products on the High Street for half of the price. I am now sharing with you my secret Drugstore products I use to create the highly wanted Flawless Complexion.

Prepping your skin is an important step so to do this I always go back to my much loved Rimmel Stay Matte Primer. This has to be my favourite primer of all time! Rimmel have three versions of this primer so there will be one to suit your skin type. Next I move onto foundation and I love a good full coverage base. The Seventeen Stay Time Foundation is just perfect, It is full coverage, has SPF 25 and comes with a pump. I do find this best to apply with a brush rather than a sponge. To Conceal my under eyes I use the Seventeen Stay Time Concealer which is very much so a dupe for the Urban Decay Naked Concealer. Continue reading →

How to start your own taxi firm – success stories

Transportation is an essential element of any economy. It facilitates movement of people and goods thus playing a significant role in trade, and by extension development. The importance of transportation has meant that many people usually want to get into this business as the rewards are worth it. Getting into the air or sea transportation business is not that easy as it requires an enormous capital investment beforehand.

Land transportation, on the other hand, is quite easy to start. There are several forms of transportation on land such as rail or trams, cable cars, etc., but this article will solely focus on how you can start your own taxi business. The majority of the taxi businesses around the UK such as A Taxis of Bristol, Zone Minicabs, and Comcab all began as small companies and grew slowly over the years into the companies you know today.

Taxis - Bristol

By following the blueprint of these successful companies, the process of starting your own taxi cab business can be summarized as follows:

Evaluating the idea

One needs to walk around and do some basic research to determine whether the taxi business idea is indeed suitable to the location you have chosen. Does it have the potential to generate profits that you want and to sustain itself?

Developing the business

This entails coming up with a business plan of how you want your business to be. This will involve drawing up plans for where and how you will get finance, licenses, customer retention strategies and long-term sustainability.

Getting your first vehicles

Once you have completed the two processes above, the next step involves purchasing, leasing or hiring the required vehicles for the operation. This process needs one to be very selective as you don’t want vehicles that cost a lot to run and maintain as this is not good for business. Continue reading →

No more clutter, no more stress

Spring is finally here, and many of us would have got on the marigolds and dusters and set to work on the big spring clean. The sense of reward when we finally sit down having dusted and cleaned every nook and crannie of a house is one hard to rival, a cup of tea tastes all the better when it’s been earned.

decluttering hacks

One thing many of us can forget, is the need for a deep declutter alongside the deep clean. If anything, we should declutter first. Having excess items and clutter around the home has been linked to both stress and low concentration levels. Oakwood doors: the leading UK provider of internal oak doors, have shared some clever little decluttering hacks to help free up some space in the home and the mind. Try a couple of these out and let us know how you get along!

  • Throw away, give away, or donate one item a day. We aren’t saying you have to get rid of all of your possessions, but trying this method will massively cut down the amount of clutter you have by the end of the year, what’s better, you can continue it the year after! It feels rewarding when you manage to give something you no longer use to someone who will.
  • If you find it difficult to get rid of clothes, try using the hanger method of clearing things out. Once you’ve gone through manually and thrown everything you definitely won’t wear again, start putting washed clothes back in the wardrobe with the hangers facing the opposite way. Within a few months it will be easy to see what you are and aren’t wearing, and odds are you won’t wear those shorts that are collecting dust at the back of a draw again, so get rid!
  • Set smaller goals to start with. Maybe you’ll challenge yourself to fill a box or a bag with items you don’t need or use. Once this challenge is completed, start it all over again. The key is to try and be a little ruthless with yourself. If you’ve considered throwing or donating an item a few times and you find yourself looking at it again undecided, it’s time to go. If a bag or box seems too much, then just set yourself the goal of 5-10 minutes a day.
  • Use a number system. This can be great for sorting things into categories, for example if you chose the number 5, you’d choose 5 things to throw, 5 things to donate, and 5 things to find a proper home within your home for. It might be an idea to still make a box up for things you just can’t do away with, but to get them into storage or in the attic. After all, as the old saying goes, out of sight out of mind.

The main thing is to just go for it! Get it into your head that this is what you need to do and keep thinking of the reasons why. Change your views so you aren’t thinking of it as decluttering, but uncluttering, and keep in mind the benefits.