These Are The UK’s Most Community-Minded Places To Live

This year has made many of us reconsider our lifestyle choices. With working from home set to remain the new normal for the foreseeable future and a quarter of the UK back in lockdown, the place we choose to live has never felt more important.

If you’ve been contemplating leaving London or any other big city in favour of somewhere more peaceful, you’ll probably be interested in a new study revealing the UK’s most “thoughtful” places to live.

Though “thoughtfulness” is obviously a pretty difficult concept to quantify, the folks at Bloom & Wild compiled their rankings using hard data in five key categories. These were: the town or city’s number of registered charities, number of volunteering opportunities, number of community gardening schemes, its recycling rate and its level of electric car ownership.

Swindon, home to 452 registered charities and 21 community gardening groups, came out on top with an

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Reflective Mark McCall looks back on an era as Saracens bow out of Europe

Saracens boss Mark McCall accepted it was the end of an era at the London club following their elimination from the Heineken Champions Cup.

The reigning champions suffered a 19-15 semi-final defeat to Racing 92 in Paris as Juan Imhoff’s late converted try proved decisive.

Sarries were condemned to relegation from the Gallagher Premiership in January for breaching salary cap regulations.

They have two Premiership fixtures to fulfil – away to Worcester on Wednesday and at home to Bath next Sunday – before starting life in the Championship.

“In many ways it is the end of an era,” said director of rugby McCall. “But we showed all the qualities and characteristics we need on a new journey.

“This has been an incredible period for us in the last five seasons.

“This was our 23rd knock-out game in either Europe or the Premiership and we’ve won 19 of those games, which

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‘Create a space in your home that makes you happy’

a person sitting at a table in front of a window: Known for his style skills, Queer Eye’s Tan France is expanding his repertoire.

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Known for his style skills, Queer Eye’s Tan France is expanding his repertoire.

Creating a serene, mood-boosting home has never been more important than in 2020 when we were all forced to stay inside for months on end during lockdown. The idea of our living spaces as havens away from the unpredictable and uneasy world outside was not lost on Queer Eye’s Tan France, who used lockdown as a chance to focus on his long-term, yet little-known love – interior décor.

Best known as Queer Eye’s fashion expert, Tan has spent the last few months working on a homeware collaboration with Etsy, co-designing with 13 of the platform’s talented sellers to create a collection of elevated must-haves. Each piece is designed as a perfect gift (like or not, Christmas is less than 100 days away), from beautiful ceramic mugs to scented candles and high-quality bath robes.

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See the Real Deadwood | Travel

Fans of the HBO show “Deadwood,” which ended a three-season run in 2006, are finally being rewarded with new content—“Deadwood: The Movie,” premiering this Friday. The show and movie (set 10 years after the final season of the show) chronicle the world of rough and tumble gold-rush town Deadwood, South Dakota, in the late 19th century, following characters like Seth Bullock, Al Swearingen, Calamity Jane and Wild Bill Hickok.

What some viewers don’t know, though, is that these characters were real people and Deadwood is a real place. Though both the movie and the show were filmed in California, rather than South Dakota, critics lauded the series for its historical accuracy. The writers scoured historical material like newspapers and talked to local museums to get the proper timeline and setting for the shows. They followed the same process for the movie, but because the film is set later with the

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London Bay Homes waterfront estate underway in Port Royal

Gravina, Smith, Matte & Arnold Marketing and PR, Special to Naples Daily News
Published 6:00 a.m. ET Sept. 26, 2020


Construction is underway on a new London Bay Homes luxury estate model home at 4155 Cutlass Lane in Naples, featuring a custom design that celebrates its commanding views of Doubloon Bay in the prestigious Port Royal neighborhood.

On the heels of a successful Port Royal collaboration at 700 Admiralty Parade West, the London Bay Homes-led team of Kukk Architecture & Design and Romanza Interior Design have joined forces once again on the 6,569 square-foot luxury home on Cutlass Lane.

Capitalizing on a natural indoor-outdoor connection, the home features two walls of stacking sliding glass doors that connect the great

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Where Port Royal goes to retire


Brisk sales at Moorings Park Grande Lake, Naples’ sensational new Life Plan Community offering phenomenal lake and golf course views from every residence, have prompted the release of its sixth building, KeyBay. Just nine minutes from 5th Avenue South, the community has proved exceedingly popular with homeowners from the Port Royal and Gulf Shore Boulevard area who are looking to stay close to downtown Naples.

KeyBay will feature just 24 luxury residences with expansive outdoor spaces, all with waterfront views, distinctive open floor plans and enriched amenities brimming with luxury while complementing an active community lifestyle.

The majority of floor plans in KeyBay consist of the popular Cascade and the Spring floor plan. The Cascade functions as either a two-bedroom plus den or three-bedroom home. With 2,230 square feet under

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Devonshire model sells in Mediterra, inspires another custom build

Gravina, Smith, Matte & Arnold Marketing and PR, Special to Naples Daily News
Published 6:00 a.m. ET Sept. 26, 2020


In Mediterra, London Bay Homes’ Devonshire model captured the attention of not one, but two homebuyers in the sought-after gated golf course community on Livingston Road in North Naples.

 The first homebuyer found their coastal contemporary dream home in the 2,988-square-foot lake-view Devonshire model in the Cabreo neighborhood, adjacent to Mediterra’s beautifully landscaped walking trails and within an easy stroll of the community’s lush gardens. The second buyer – impressed by the Devonshire’s fresh design, easy indoor-outdoor connection, and quality construction – is working with London Bay Homes to design their own custom-built home within Cabreo.

Mediterra homebuyers seeking inspiration can view London Bay Homes’ selection

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Letters to the Editor Saturday, Sep. 26

Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion

Install tip jars to aid grocery store clerks

One of the few places that I’ve visited in the last six months is the grocery store. When I’m there, the essential workers are all going about their chores wearing their face masks.
They are exposed to many people every day making their tedious work even worse than normal. These loyal employees deserve a bonus.
If the management is too frugal to pay them directly, I have a solution to this inequity. The stores should install tip jars at each check out. I think most customers understand this situation and would gladly leave a tip.
Thomas Singer

Not paying for your irresponsible acts

Let us speak of helmets and seat belts. And masks. Some people claim they have the right to self-destruct.
Where exactly in the Constitution is that right defined? In any case, if

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MA Allen Revives a Beach House for Two Sisters

Designer MA Allen is often tasked with marrying the design needs and wants of couples. But when it came to her clients’ Emerald Isle, North Carolina, beach home, the Raleigh-based designer was tasked with pulling together an interior aesthetic that checked the boxes for two sisters. Built in 1999, the classic southern beach cottage was a family home for Allen’s clients and she and her associate, Margaret Richards, had designed both of their primary residences in Raleigh. “They’re both very fashion forward and have impeccable taste,” says Allen. “Margaret and I know both of them and their personal styles so well, and while they’re similar, they’re also different. So this project was really about coupling their individual personalities under one roof.”

The home had been damaged after Hurricane Florence blew through the Carolinas in 2018, so the designers were essentially starting from scratch, save for the original kitchen cabinetry. “Love

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Global housing markets continued to rise strongly in Q2, defying the pandemic

During the year to Q2 2020:

  • Surprisingly, global housing markets remained extraordinarily vibrant during the year to Q2 2020, especially in Europe, Canada and the US. Real house prices (i.e., prices adjusted for inflation) rose in 33 out of the 49 world’s housing markets which have so far published housing statistics.
  • The more upbeat nominal figures, more familiar to the public, showed house price rises in 38 countries, and declines in only 11 countries.
  • This is happening despite transaction volumes suffering an enormous hit from lockdowns and travel restrictions associated with the COVID-19 outbreak.
  • The most likely explanation is lower interest rates. Many central banks compensated for weak economies through lower interest rates and Quantitative Easing.
  • Strong house price surges have taken place in European countries, such as Turkey, Germany, Slovak Republic, Estonia, as well as Portugal.
  • Despite being the new epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak, the U.S. housing market
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