Oh my Cod! It’s Seafood Week!

We are in the middle of Seafood Week, a national campaign to get us all to eat more fish and seafood. We had plenty of fun with that on Friday, which was also known as #fishpunday on Twitter. However, it is now time to examine the more serious elements of this celebration; namely those who are out on the sea actually catching the fish and seafood that we are so keen to enjoy. There is significant pressure on skippers to keep their vessels in the best possible condition so they can make the catch. To celebrate their role, and Seafood Week, we take a look at the must-have’s for all mariners. Continue reading

Motor Through Winter With Our Storage And Maintenance Tips!

Where has the year gone? I can’t believe we are already in October; it feels like only last week we were basking in the heat of summer. The days are now getting shorter, the nights longer and the weather? Well, the less said about that, the better!

Now is the time to think about winter preparations and storage if you own a prized car or bike that you use sporadically. Perhaps, like myself, you are a big motorsport fan who also races but now needs to store their “baby” until next season. Regardless of your motivation behind having a second vehicle and storing it, there are plenty of ways to ensure it remains in peak condition over the difficult winter months. Continue reading

Farm Safety

Owen’s excellent piece yesterday looked at the beginning of autumn, the phenomena of the harvest moon and the place of the harvest in our traditional history. If you missed that, you can read that here. One thing that is often overlooked by outsiders all year round, but especially at harvest time, is the inherent risk that agriculture poses to our farmers. Continue reading

Harvest Festival & The Beginning of Autumn

Understanding the Autumn Equinox

What is autumn?

Autumn is the season between summer and winter and tends to fall around the third quarter of the year, mainly between September & October. Autumn can be seen coming as the leaves on the trees change from a vibrant green to a rustic brown, red and yellow as they begin to fall from their trees as a result of the change in temperature. Continue reading

How to Survive in University Halls of Residence.

The first days spent away from home during your university study in the halls are often a mixed bag of nerves. Meeting so many new people can be daunting, along with getting accustomed to life away from the comfort zone of living with your parents. Having to do your own washing & cooking can be a kick up the backside for some. People may decide to deal with this by forgetting about it all, with the help of a few shots of cheap vodka at the student bar. However, the headache from that will be far greater than the headache of doing your own chores, so why not get ahead of the game?

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Know Your Lifting Grades

You need some chain or chain fittings for that project you’ve finally decided to undertake, but you stop. In that moment, you ask yourself: “Grade 80 or Grade 100?”. Undecided, you try to weigh up the advantages and disadvantages of using one over the other, to no avail. At SecureFix Direct, we sometimes get asked the same question: “Grade 80 or Grade 100?” To help you make a more informed choice, we have put together this handy factfile. Continue reading

UK National Maritime Awareness Day 2018

Saturday 1st September sees the celebration of Britain’s maritime past in a festival that will take place in Ilfracombe, North Devon. It takes place beneath Lantern Hill, home to the UK’s oldest lighthouse. Aged at around 2000 years old, it’s Roman ruins can be found at Dover Castle, which used to be one of the most important castles of England’s Middle Ages history due to its strategic position on the coast. As a keen historian myself, having fleetingly studied Britain’s naval history, this celebration offered me the perfect excuse to delve back in time. Continue reading

Fire Safety – Our Top Tips

In figures released in a fire and rescue government report on August 9, it was revealed that there has been a 1% increase in accidental fires in the year ending in March 2018. Whilst 1% appears to only be a small, insignificant figure, the opposite is true when one considers the figures involved; rising to 86,392 from 85,846 in the preceding year. Accidental fires can be the most innocuous, started by that stray cigarette or just by leaving the hob on. Indeed, according to the Avon Fire & Rescue Service, over half of all the fire injuries in the home are caused by cooking appliances. Continue reading

A Beginners guide to Dock & Anchor Lines

Welcome to the crazy, yet exciting world of dock and anchor lines.

Choices, choices everywhere… It can be a headache and time consuming finding the ideal product when there is so much choice. This guide will aid you in helping understand the difference between dock lines and anchor lines and what you need, in case you’re not sure.

Let’s begin by stripping it all back to basics. Continue reading