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“Never put off until tomorrow what you can do today.” How often over your life have you seen or heard this mantra? Probably more than you’d care to remember. And the reason, perhaps, we don’t like to be reminded is that it makes us wince to think of the number of times we have done the opposite and put things off. One of the things…


Guest blogger, teacher Katrina Lucas of Comely Park Primary School, Falkirk, reflects on the Scottish Friendly Children’s Book Tour over the years If you ever get the opportunity to become involved with the Scottish Friendly Children’s Book Tour grab it with both hands and don’t let go!  This collaboration with the Scottish Book Trust is, to paraphrase the Muppets, not only sensational but also inspirational…


Cast your minds back to last year and you may remember #TobleroneGate. The chocolate brand, owned by Mondelez International, announced it was reducing one of its bars from 170g to 150g. Another was resized from 400g to 360g. Cue uproar on social media. Well, we hate to be the bearer of bad news for lovers of all food sweet and savoury, but there’s a lot…


2018 marks the 20th anniversary of the Scottish Friendly Children’s Book Tour and, from 19 to 23 March, as part of the all-star anniversary celebrations, best-selling children’s author Julia Donaldson will visit libraries in Dundee, Stirling, Glasgow, the Scottish Borders and Dumfries & Galloway. Hundreds of school children will take part in the special events with Julia, who has written more than 160 books and…


Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past year, you’ll be aware of the reported salary differences between men and women, and the debate surrounding pay inequality. What you may not know is that gender also plays a key part when it comes to saving and investing. Our latest Disposable Income Index (DII), which looks at saving and spending habits of households across…


With roots tracing back to the early 1900’s, International Women’s Day acts as a day of homage to women across the globe, celebrating their achievements and successes whilst pushing for gender equality. To this day, the event remains unattached to any one organisation, instead uniting governments, charities and businesses alike. After all, from celebrated female scientists and politicians to mums, grannies and friends, each one…


It’s almost time to say a final farewell to our old faithful paper £10 notes. Last September, the Government introduced a new polymer note. Like the £5 note before it, the paper version is to be replaced by the new and improved polymer version which includes built in anti-counterfeit measures. So, what does this mean for you and your money? To save asking yourself, ‘when…


“Give me a girl at an impressionable age and she is mine for life.” So, famously, said one of Edinburgh’s most iconic fictional characters when she was in her prime – the decidedly dotty and unforgettable Miss Jean Brodie, created of course by arguably the Scottish capital’s most highly regarded author, the late Muriel Spark. The infamous Mussolini-supporting school teacher may not solely have had…


In 2018, Scottish Friendly is celebrating 20 years of the Scottish Friendly Children’s Book Tour with the Scottish Book Trust. From 1998-2018 the tour has taken over 100 authors and illustrators to meet 100,000 children across Scotland, England and Northern Ireland. In the first tour of this anniversary tour, the Scottish Book Trust team are taking the award-winning author and illustrator John Fardell back on…


Were you too extravagant over the festive period or did you manage to stick to your budget?  If you’re groaning in regret that it was the former, you’re not alone!  Now it’s time to face the music and, like countless others, look for ways to save money to get yourself back on an even keel. While lots of us head off to the gym in…


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