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Is this living longer malarkey all it’s cracked up to be? It’s all very well that today’s newly-borns are set to live to an average of 79 and 83 for men and women respectively but, boy, are they going to have to pay for it! Two separate reports for the government point the way to an increase in the age at which workers will qualify…

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Hullo, goalkeeping enthusiasts from far and wide, it’s me Bob – you guessed it! – and I’m back from yet another enthralling weekend of football. We were all treated to some remarkable games and incredible displays of goalkeeping. Now folks, we predicted Manchester City’s Willy Caballero as our SuperSaver and while he didn’t quite give the willies to Liverpool and his side didn’t manage to…

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When you use your debit or credit card keeping a tab on what you have spent is hard, especially when you think about how easy it is to use contactless payment now. So for the next two weeks we’re asking you to buy everything in Cash only. This technique allows you to see REAL money being spent rather than a card. You basically take out…

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At Scottish Friendly, we’re passionate about savings and investments! We want the nation to think more about their savings habits and encourage more positive discussion on the subject. We know everyone wants his or her family to be financially secure. However, the reality of achieving this can be tough, and is only set to get tougher for young people in the future. That’s why we’re launching…

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Spring has finally sprung, so we are heading to beautiful Dumfries & Galloway and South Ayrshire on Scottish Friendly Children’s Book Tour with the brilliant, award-winning illustrator and author Emily Gravett! Competition Time To celebrate Emily’s upcoming tour, we are giving away a signed and dedicated copy of her latest book Tidy, a beautifully illustrated and humorous tale of an overzealous Badger, obsessed with keeping…

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Hullo, fellow football fanatics! It’s me, Bob Friendly, with news of another thrilling weekend of Premier League football. While Sunday’s clash between Manchester City and Liverpool will be the game on everyone’s minds, we can still expect some fantastic football from elsewhere, with plenty of super savers and goal machines hoping to make an impact! Thibaut Courtois sits at the top of the clean sheet…

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Scotland and Ireland are both steeped in myths and legends, so who better to take on the Scottish Friendly Children Book Tour’s very first trip to Northern Ireland than award-winning Scottish author and storyteller Lari Don. Over the course of a busy week, we snaked our way all around Northern Ireland from its northernmost tip Londonderry, out to the east coast and an atmospheric evening…

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Magical Mystery Tour of Liverpool with Nick Sharratt Celebrated author and illustrator Nick Sharratt needs little introduction. He is known all over the world for his rich, iconic illustration style found most notably in his collaborations with Jacqueline Wilson and Julia Donaldson but also his own award-winning picture books such as recent Bookbug Picture Book Prize winner, Shark in the Park on a Windy Day!…

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Her first children’s book, First Aid For Fairies, was published in 2008 and won a Royal Mail Award for Scottish Children’s Books a year later The Scottish Friendly Children’s Book Tour is exploring new territory this year and in February we are heading across the Irish Sea, taking brilliant Scottish storyteller Lari Don to Northern Ireland and visiting over 1500 pupils from 13 schools. Competition…

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Trainspotting’s classic ‘Choose Life’ monologue inspired an entire generation and has been seen plastered to the wall of student bedrooms ever since.  “Choose life. Choose a job.  Choose a career. Choose a family.  Choose washing machines, cars and compact disc players.  Choose fixed-interest mortgage repayments. Choose a starter home. Choose…mind-numbing spirit-crushing game shows.” The Renton character’s scathing put down of consumer society in 1996 reflected…

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