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There’s nothing nicer than snuggling on the sofa with a bowl of popcorn, a hot chocolate and a Christmas movie. But what movie do you choose? To help relieve the stress of choosing, here’s my top ten of the greatest Christmas movies of all. So whether you want to watch just one or go through the whole ten hopefully it gives you some inspiration and…


Most of us would agree it is a sensible idea to set aside some money each month for emergencies or to make sure we have enough to live on in retirement. But did you know you could be missing out on significant sums of money just because of the account you choose? Let me explain how. One of the most popular ways to save in…


The 20th Anniversary of the Scottish Friendly Children’s Book Tour has reached its final stop after an incredible year of touring some of the most exciting names in children’s literature all over Scotland and the UK. This November we are taking inspirational author Phil Earle back on the road to visit schools in Moray, Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Angus and Perth & Kinross! Phil’s first job was…


Autumn has well and truly arrived and so the Scottish Friendly Children’s Book Tour is heading south in search of warmer climes! We will be taking renowned, heavy-weight author Keith Gray back to his roots, visiting secondary schools across Lincolnshire where he grew up! Keith went from ‘reluctant reader’ at school to award-winning author of books for children and young adults, including The Runner and…


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. This September, Scottish Book Trust are taking the award-winning author of the Mr Gum series, Andy Stanton back on the road. Andy first toured…


Today, Thursday 13 September 2018, is Roald Dahl Day, the annual, global celebration of the famous storyteller, his stories and his characters. An annual celebration, Roald Dahl Day happens on or around 13 September, the author’s birthday. Born in Llandaff, Wales in 1916 to Norwegian parents, Harald Dahl and Sofie Magdalene Hesselberg Roald Dahl went on to write many classic books in his lifetime, including…


Yesterday I had the privilege of attending a 16th birthday party with a difference. For a start the venue for the birthday party was impressive – the Terrace overlooking the Thames at the Houses of Parliament no less! More importantly, the party wasn’t for a person, but for a special type of investment – the Child Trust Fund. Child Trust Funds were launched by the…


There’s a saying often made by some younger smart Alec to those of a certain age who let out a groan as they stoop to tie their shoe lace or, for a second, have forgotten why they opened the fridge: “Yes, old age doesn’t come on its own!” It certainly doesn’t. According to the Office for National Statistics, in mid-2016 there were 1.6 million people…


Madonna has just turned 60. And while she may not be ‘hung up’ about it, your sixties is an important time to sort out your finances, ‘material girl’ (or guy) or not. Always a smart cookie, Madonna has carefully managed her career, reportedly amassing a £450m fortune over the past four decades. While she probably won’t have money troubles when she eventually retires, the rest…


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