3 Car Must Haves for the Winter Weather!

November is here! We’ve all felt the colder weather and the inevitable snow shall be fast approaching. With many of us still needing to carry out the “day to day” we shall be looking at those essential in car must haves to ensure you are fully equipped for the winter difficulties. The 3 products we shall be looking at are all lightweight, compact, durable and real must haves for your car this winter. Continue reading

Remembering a Century Since Armistice

This coming Sunday, as we all know, is Remembrance Sunday; a day of emotion, reflection and paying of respects to those fallen and departed in conflicts throughout history. As we know, the armistice was signed on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. Poignantly, on the centenary of the First World War, the 11th day of the 11th month falls on Remembrance Sunday itself. As the nation bows its collective head and reflects on the sacrifices of heroes past, I’ve taken this opportunity to look back and see how the war gave birth to things we take for granted today. Continue reading

Cover Up The Caravan…It’s Cold!

The Met Office are forecasting a breath of freezing Arctic air to arrive on these shores by the end of this week. With Halloween around the corner and winter on its tail, these are chilling prospects indeed. Whilst the thoughts of cold nights evoke memories of days and nights in on the sofa with the flames of the fireplace roaring warmly, we must spare a thought for our vehicles who we leave outside, abandoned, to freeze up and shiver. If cars and caravans could shiver, that is. If we were out in the cold, a cover would be one of the things we would desire. Remember Andy’s recent blog on storage and maintenance? (View it here if you don’t) Our vehicles can fail us if we neglect them. Love your vehicle and take steps to avoid a bitter break with our new caravan covers. Continue reading

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