Setting up a Home Library (Shhhhh!)

by Greg Brina on August 1, 2014

You might think that with the stratospheric rise of tablet computing that physical libraries are becoming a thing of the past. But – as lot of bookworms agree – there’s something far more wholesome and satisfying about indexing through hard copies than there is about tapping a search into iBooks or Amazon and hitting download. Libraries are place to sit, relax, learn and contemplate. They’re also brilliant for families. So if a Home Library sounds like your ultimate wise-up-whilst-chilling-out kind of space you’ll like this particular blog entry – because we’ve got four handy pointers in how to set one up…

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Gadgets today – antiques tomorrow

by louis.hill on July 30, 2014

Hands holding color cube

Who would have thought during the Rubik’s Cube craze of the 1980s that the colourful 3D combination puzzle would one day become a popular collector’s item? And it’s not as though they are rare. As of January 2009, 350 million cubes had been sold worldwide making it the world’s top selling puzzle game.

Equally, it’s doubtful that families during the interwar years could ever have imagined that their everyday household objects, characterised by precise geometric shapes and strong colours, would constitute the popular art deco style of today, with its timeless appeal.

All too often, we find ourselves getting rid of outdated items, only to find that they have become collectable after only a short time. Think of the finger-dial telephone, Roberts radios, gramophones and old magazine collections. We all had them. If only we’d kept hold of them.

Yet, becoming an astute collector of quality items from the current decade, with an eye for items that will stand the test of time, isn’t always easy.

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Advice for festival first timers…

July 29, 2014

Festival season is in full swing and it seems more people than ever are venturing to open spaces, camping, glamping and generally hanging out for an extended weekend in the country, backed by their favourite bands and artists. With 2014 shaping up to be a vintage summer (looks like our complimentary biscuit crumbs were right) […]

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A different take on exercise….

July 20, 2014

Running, cycling, circuits, rowing and new fangled fast fitness routines with names like Insanity, Intensity and Ignominy (ok we made that last one up – but look up its real meaning – it might not be far off!). There are lots of ways to get fit. We could give you a rundown of the calories you’ll burn doing each, […]

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Taking the stress out of moving home

July 16, 2014

Moving house is said to be one of the most stressful times in life, up there with starting a new job or getting married. There’s a huge amount of organising, packing and tidying to do, but here at ABC Selfstore, we don’t believe moving house needs to be such a stressful time so we’ve have devised a list […]

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Designing a Home Office

July 11, 2014

The Home Office. No, not the one presided over by Home Secretary, the Rt Hon Theresa May MP. We’re talking the space in your home where you can get work done. Somewhere quiet and comfortable, free of distractions so that you can maximise concentration. Whether that’s for paid work, domestic admin or school homework – a […]

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Britains most interesting houses…

July 9, 2014

Thanks to programmes like Grand Designs, us Brits are getting much more creative with our houses. And whilst bedsits, 1 & 2 bed apartments and square-box semi’s might might be the stock and trade for most of us, those with the wherewithal are thinking laterally (and – it would seem – vertically). All sorts of obsolete buildings […]

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A great sporting weekend for the Brits… if not for Brit competitors

July 6, 2014

It’s been a great weekend for sports fans with 4 major events taking place over the 3 days (and 3 of them on home soil). Sadly, 3 out of four of them have been a bit of disappointment in terms of competitive success. We guess that run of super form we’ve been riding since the Olympics had to […]

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If We’re Lyin’ We’re Cryin’ – Tall tales of Self Storage

July 5, 2014

Those of you who are diehard fans of Disney’s hit animation Cars will undoubtedly be familiar with Mater’s Tall Tales. A series of “cars-toons” where Mater the tow truck spins an unlikely yarn that turns out to have some truth behind it. Likewise, devotees of Gavin and Stacey will recall the moment when John Prescott appeared […]

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July 4, 2014

Graduation is a memorable occasion for many. Proud parents applaud their children whilst they collect their degree and students often sigh with relief to have finished university and can finally start the next chapter of their life. Moving back home after graduation isn’t the first choice for many graduates, however unfortunately after expensive tuition fees […]

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