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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…


Christmas is a time for giving and it seems that spirit is alive and well in Britain in 2017. However, as the last Scottish Friendly Disposable Income Index (DII) of the year, which is now out, shows, the season of goodwill is putting significant social and financial pressures on us. Family, friends, TV advertising, retailers and social media are all combining to push us even…


If the ‘leaks’ to the media over recent days are to be believed, Chancellor Philip Hammond’s Budget today could see more cash being delivered for housing to help address the nation’s housing crisis, particularly for young people. It has been widely reported that the Chancellor will announce plans to build 300,000 houses a year. If this turns out to be the case, I think it…


There were plenty of talking points this weekend, with super saving, individual masterclasses, and sensational goals! Tottenham have difficulty imposing themselves against the top teams away from home in the Premier League. Saturday afternoon was evidence of that, as they suffered defeat at the hands of Arsenal. It was a comfortable victory for the hosts with both Harry Kane and Deli Ali unable to threaten…


The Premier League is back after international break, and what better way to return than with a north London derby kicking things off on Saturday afternoon. Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino has a fantastic record against Arsenal – having not yet lost a derby. Harry Kane will be the obvious threat to Arsenal’s back four, and will become the first player to score six consecutive league…


In October 2017, the Scottish Friendly Children’s Book Tour took the award-winning author and illustrator Ed Vere to meet P1-3 pupils from 13 schools across West Dunbartonshire, East Dunbartonshire and North Ayrshire! It was an exciting week of storytelling and illustration. Ed Vere’s books include the renowned Max series, featuring the fearless kitten Max, Banana and Bedtime for Monsters. Ed’s first book in the Max…


Move over Black Friday, there’s a new shopping frenzy in town and it goes by the name of Singles’ Day. What is Singles’ Day? Believe it or not, Singles’ Day has been around since the 1990’s where it began in China. The day acts as a celebration for single people – think Valentine’s day for the unattached – and it’s now become the world’s largest…


There was plenty of talking points in the Premier League this weekend, with trouble for Tony Pulis and his West Brom side, a worrying loss of form for Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku and a dominant display by Liverpool. However, there were six clean sheets at the weekend, so from a goalkeeping perspective it was certainly a good day in the office for a number…


It’s the weekend we have all been waiting for; we are in for a spectacular Super Sunday, with two tantalising fixtures that see Man City take on Arsenal, and Chelsea play host to Man United! Strap yourselves in, it’s going to be a good ‘un! The weekend’s games kick off on Saturday at the bet365 Stadium, with Leicester being the visitors. Stoke have been rather…


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