Tea Making Tips (1941)

Tea Making Tips is a comprehensive guide to the perfect cuppa, including the six golden tips for making the perfect brew, released in 1941. Courtesy of the British Film Institute (BFI) on YouTube. The film is 10 minutes long, so I suggest you put the kettle on, sit down and have and nice cup of char (aka chai) whilst you watch it. Made in pot with loose tea leaves of course! Enjoy…

You may also enjoy this BBC video on how to make a the perfect cup of tea:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p041fbr7

Britain set to be the only leading economy to not make steel.

In the Victorian era, Britain was responsible for 40% of the global supply of steel. It may soon produce nearly none at all. Should Tata sell off its sites in Scunthorpe or Port Talbot, following the closure of their Redcar plant last year, Britain would become the only member of the G7 no longer making steel. British steelmaking […]

Source: Britain set to be the only leading economy to not make steel. – A Truly British Family – Consumer champions of manufacturing & farming

My top notebooks or the best notebooks in the world – my quest to find the perfect notebook

In my quest to find the perfect notebook, I have decided the ones below are the world’s best notebooks. It’s down to personal choice of course and your particular requirements at the time. I’ve tried to think about cost, quality (and in particular paper quality), looks, size (whether you need something lightweight and fairly small and slim or something larger with more space) and what I want from a notebook at the moment. Although was meant to be a kind of ‘top 10’ notebooks, there are more than 10 and the order does not really matter as these are all great British made notebooks.

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Have your say – British medals to be made in France, but is is right?

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The manufacture of some British medals is to be off-shored to France according to reports this morning. This will be the first time that any top British honour has been manufactured abroad and the news has apparently provoked anger. It is understood that the CBE medal, the Distinguished Service Order, The Order of the Bath, the […]

From “A Truly British Family” – 2/3/16 – click the link and have your say.  95% of respondents so far think this is wrong!

Source: Have your say – British medals to be made in France, but is is right? – A Truly British Family – Consumer champions of manufacturing & farming

Links:  http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/honours-list/12178882/Queens-honours-French-firm-to-make-British-medals-for-first-time.html

http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/648939/Medals-British-war-heroes-minted-in-FRANCE-money-saving-move

Why not make the effort to buy British made Easter Eggs this Easter?

Tesco Help For Heroes Egg 187G. Made in the UK.

Tesco Help For Heroes Egg 187G. Made in the UK.

Over 80 million chocolate Easter Eggs are sold each year in the UK. This year check the packaging and make sure to choose an Easter Egg that is actually made in the UK (from British made chocolate and using British made packaging). From Thorntons to Fortnum and Mason to the Meaningful Chocolate Company to Moo Free to your local Sainsbury or Tesco or Marks and Spencer or corner shop it should be easy enough to find a British made Easter Egg. Buy British this Easter.

For the definitive list of all chocolate and confectionery that is actually made in the UK, including British made Easter Eggs, please click http://wp.me/p2KOue-AS

Much of the chocolate and confectionery sold in Britain that used to be made in Britain is now actually foreign made, so shop with care and choose British made.  Thanks🙂

Sainsbury's Milk Chocolate Easter Egg with Chocolate Caramels 155g

Sainsbury’s Milk Chocolate Easter Egg with Chocolate Caramels 155g. Made in the UK.

Fortnum and Mason Hand Decorated White Chocolate Egg 227g made in England

Fortnum and Mason Hand Decorated White Chocolate Egg 227g made in England

Marks and Spencer Star Wars R2D2 Easter Egg. Made in the UK. Front view.

Marks and Spencer Star Wars R2D2 Easter Egg. Made in the UK. Front view. Photograph by author.

Marks and Spencer Star Wars R2D2 Easter Egg. Made in the UK. Rear of packaging label view.

Marks and Spencer Star Wars R2D2 Easter Egg. Made in the UK. Rear of packaging label view. Photograph by author.

Moo Free Organic Dairy Free Easter Egg. Made in the UK.

Moo Free Organic Dairy Free Easter Egg. Made in the UK.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Importance of Buying British Kiln Dried Logs

The Importance of Buying British Kiln Dried Logs

You are perhaps not even aware, when buying firewood, that a huge amount now comes from Eastern Europe and the amount being imported is rising at a significant rate.

So, is this a problem or is it good news?

For some, it may be seen as good news as it is increasing the volume of kiln dried logs on the market and the consumer is having a larger number of online retailers in particular to buy from. However we believe it provides a number of issues that provides concern:

  1. Firstly, most online retailers don’t even say the wood is imported, so the consumer is not able to make an informed choice about the origin of the wood.
  2. Most kiln dried logs are imported from Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania and in these countries there is certainly not the same level of control on harvesting as in the UK.
  3. All UK wood is harvested under the control of the Forestry Commission and no trees can be felled without a felling licence, so all UK forestry is tightly controlled.
  4. How does the consumer know that the wood has been responsibly sourced in a sustainable way?
  5. There are stories of wood from Russia being sold across its borders via these countries and there is no strong reliability of the origin.
  6. Much of the hardwood coming from these countries is silver birch or alder. Both these species burn much quicker than native UK species such as oak, ash and beech, therefore don’t perform as well in terms of heat output.
  7. Imported wood from these countries travels well over 1,100 miles just to get to the UK. Is that good for the environmental footprint when we have firewood on our doorstep?

Whilst HMRC government stats are available for imports of firewood, the category includes heat logs, but it is not thought likely that this represents any significant volume. It also includes other EU countries which is where there are some anomalies. For example the figures show over 6,000 tonnes coming from Portugal, Belgium and the Netherlands but nevertheless when the figures for all European countries are taken as a whole it does give an indication of trends. In 2012 the stats show that 7,000 tonnes of firewood were imported into the UK and in 2014 this figure rose to 24,000 tonnes. A pretty significant increase and is reasonably believable in the fact there are now many companies selling imported which is easily identifiable in that it is supplied in wooden crates.

What should be done?

Firstly, there needs to be control over imports and as a bare minimum ALL imported firewood should be clearly labelled with the country of origin.

There needs to be a big push on the new ‘Grown in Britain’ government approved scheme for promoting British timber.

There should be greater support for promoting HETAS/Woodsure fuels, approved under their quality schemes.

Consumers need to be given clear choice with the knowledge that they can support the management and sustainability of British forestry. Well managed British woodland is key to the future of the industry and provides the best for flora and fauna.

Support of British forestry is vital to our landscape and future sustainability of both the woodlands themselves and the industry that is supported by it.

Certainly Wood are UK’s largest supplier of 100% British kiln dried logs, to find out more visit http://www.certainlywood.co.uk

 

Certainly Wood – www.certainlywood.co.uk

HETAS HETAS is the official body recognised by Government to approve biomass and solid fuel heating appliances, fuels and services including the registration of competent installers and servicing businesses. www.hetas.co.uk

WoodsureWoodsure is the UK’s only woodfuel quality assurance scheme. Trust Woodsure certified suppliers for reliable, high-quality wood fuels – http://woodsure.co.uk

Certainly Wood – Certainly Wood is a family business and the largest specialist firewood supplier in the UK producing 20,000 tonnes per year of kiln dried logs and kindling. All firewood and kindling is hardwood and from sustainable British woodland, locally sourced from within a 100 mile radius.

This is a guest article for UK Made written by Certainly Wood.

Grown in Britain logo. Grown in Britain promotes active management to create a more sustainable future for British woodlands.

Grown in Britain logo. Grown in Britain promotes active management to create a more sustainable future for British woodlands.

Get Laid Beds – A True British Bed Maker

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Get Laid Beds – A True British Bed Maker

Get Laid Beds are a UK based wooden bed maker, that specialises in the a vast array of wooden bed frames, including their iconic Low Beds, stylish Standard Height Beds and their prestigious Four Poster Beds. They have a family heritage in carpentry and using experienced craftsmanship, meaning that they take great pride in the quality and design of the wooden beds that they hand make in their workshop. They even offer an amazing 11 year guarantee on all of their wooden beds as result from their careful and experienced craftsmanship.

We live in a period in which the majority of products are mass produced and with streamlined manufacturing, which diverts away from the traditional British manufacturing values and quality. Get Laid Beds hand make all of their beds with custom alterations and special care, so each of their customers get a personalised bed with their own choice of colour finish and size. This is all done locally from their Leicester based workshop, of which they deliver worldwide to customers bedrooms.

Wooden Bed Frames

One of their most popular beds is their contemporary Platform Bed (Space Saver). The wooden Platform Space Saver bed is a popular style as a result from its space efficient design. It is designed to give you those extra few inches of space when you need them most, especially with small bedrooms and awkward spaces. In addition to boasting a contemporary design, and a minimalist aesthetic it also allows clearance underneath the bed frame which offers a valuable storage solution. With no inclusion of a headboard, the Space Saver version of the Platform Bed offers more flexibility as you can install a headboard of your own.

The main difference between Get Laid Beds wooden bed frames and others is that they are made using quality mortise and tenon joints. This method of construction makes your bed much more sturdy and durable, meaning that it can stand the test of time, which is reflected in the company’s promise of an 11 year guarantee on all their wooden beds. You can certainly be confident in the quality and British design of their wooden bed frames.

Buying Handmade British Beds

Get Laid Beds produce all their wooden bed frames locally, with bespoke sizes and finishes, as a result from being able to offer more customisable features on their handmade wooden beds. This Includes a choice between a range of colour finishes, such as sleek black, smooth white, modern chocolate and professional grey colour finishes for their Solid Scandinavian Pine bed frames.

They also offer a range of hardwood finishes, including such popular hardwoods as Oak, Walnut and Ash. This service allows you to really personalise your wooden bed frame to suit your bedroom. They also offer 17 different bed size, which range from a Small Single to such large custom sizes as a King, Super-King and their own special 7ft Super-Caesar. You can also customise the size with their alterations service which starts from as little as £55.

Additional Information

All of this ensures that your wooden bed can be handmade to be more personal to you, so you can confident that the stylish British wooden bed frame will look great in your bedroom. You can view their range of British handmade wooden bed frames, as well as their mattresses and bedding on their website here – http://www.getlaidbeds.co.uk/

This is a guest article for UK Made written by Get laid Beds.