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It Pays to Advertise

Tuesday, June 5th, 2012

 

Love Lane Interiors – Give your home some love

Sunday, June 3rd, 2012

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The power of advertising

Monday, May 21st, 2012

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At Think Big Publishing Ltd, we are passionate about helping local reputable businesses communicate their marketing messages through powerful advertising techniques and ideas. We have two main magazine brands, Recommended Magazine and Walmley Pages Magazine. Our dynamic team help promote local business and recommend the best to the Sutton Coldfield public. (more…)

 

Drain Care offer advice on drainage smells to Sutton Coldfield, Great Barr, Aldridge and Walsall residents.

Friday, March 9th, 2012

Look out for editorial coming soon. Draincare offer advice to Sutton Coldfield, Great Barr, Aldridge and Walsall residents on drain preventative maintenance, drain b

lockages, smells and odours.

Len of Draincare talks about Draincares 24hr preventative maintenance contracts, flushing out drains before

they become blocked. Also featured is the free daytime call out service where len can discuss probelms and provide advice.

Click HERE to read more about Draincare and look out for the editorial coming soon.

Draincare, featured on Recommended Sutton Coldfield Magazine, Recommended Sutton Coldfield Online and

the Great Barr Gazette Magazine.

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Look out for editorial coming soon. Draincare offer advice to Sutton Coldfield, Great Barr, Aldridge and Walsall residents on drain preventative maintenance, drain blockages, smells and odours.
Len of Draincare talks about Draincares 24hr preventative maintenance contracts, flushing out drains before they become blocked. Also featured is the free daytime call out service where len can discuss probelms and provide advice.
Click HERE to read more about Draincare and look out for the editorial coming soon.
Draincare, featured on Recommended Sutton Coldfield Magazine, Recommended Sutton Coldfield Online and the Great Barr Gazette Magazine.

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Atease Upholstery have joined Recommended Sutton Coldfield

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011

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Family run business Atease Upholstery have over 30 years experience in all matters of upholstery.  They also provide a bespoke furniture service, so you can create your own unique piece of furniture that will last for years.  Why not give them a call today, if you need a piece of furnture reupholstered or repaired, no job is too small or large.  A wide range of jobs are undertaken, from footstools to pub furniture to antiques.  The friendly staff at Atease Upholstery will be pleased to take your call.  Atease Upholstery are happy to arrange a home visit in Sutton Coldfield and surrounding areas, click here for more information.

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business Atease Upholstery have over 30 years experience in all matters of upholstery.  They also provide a bespoke furniture service, so you can create your own unique piece of furniture that will last for years.  Why not give them a call today, if you need a piece of furnture reupholstered or repaired, no job is too small or large.  A wide range of

jobs are undertaken, from footstools to pub furniture to antiques.  The friendly staff at Atease Upholstery will be pleased to take your call.  Atease Upholstery are happy to arrange a home visit in Sutton Coldfield and surrounding areas, click  here for more information.

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A Ryan Landscapes have joined Recommended Sutton Coldfield

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

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A Ryan Landscapes have over 23 years of experience creating beautifull gardens and driveways.  They can bring your dream garden in to a reality, starting with detailed drawings and completing all work in a clean and tidy manner with no compromising on quality.

Customer service is a priority and references from previous satisfied customers are available.  Why not give them a call today to discuss you landscaping, gardening or driveway requirements, whether it is a major project or a small job, they will be happy to provide a free quotation for you.

For more information about A Ryan Landscapes, please click here.

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Customer service is a priority and references from previous satisfied customers are available.  Why not give them a call today to discuss you landscaping, gardening or driveway requirements, whether it is a major project or a small job, they will be happy to provide a

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Road Test – Citroen DS4

Sunday, September 11th, 2011

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Citroen struck gold last year with the DS3, a stylish compact hot hatch that rivals the Mini. They hit upon a clever trick: take a humdrum run of the mill hatchback, the C3 in this case, add a funky and attractive body, tune the suspension and add a hot engine – you wind up with a big seller that you can charge a premium price for and it even adds a bit of allure to the rest of the range.

The latest car to

get the DS treatment is the DS4, based on Citroen’s ho-hum family hatch, the C4. Citroen are billing it as a five door coupe but this car is really that current fad, the crossover.

Visually it has the sloping roofline of a coupe and the look is accentuated by the concealed rear door handles and the way the rear window juts back into the C pillar. Below this, though, lie the tall sides, big wheels and jacked up ride height of an SUV. The gaping grill sits well with the chunky proportions and the panoramic windscreen, curvaceous rear and bulging wheel arches combine to make the design both distinctive and easy on the eye. The rear of the car bears the brunt of the compromises caused by the coupe styling; you take your life in your hands trying to get past that jutting rear window and, once installed in the back seats, you’ll find it decidedly claustrophobic, a situation that is not helped by the fact that the rear windows don’t wind down. Thankfully, things are much better in the front; the seats are big and comfortable, the dash is curvy and well laid out and the three instrument pods behind the wheel look great, even if they are difficult to read. There are lots of nice design touches too; it feels like a lot of thought has gone into the interior.

So far, so good but, as with the DS3, the proof of the pudding lies in what it’s like to drive. Let’s start with the engine; I was driving the top of the range 1.6 turbo with a hefty 200bhp to be had. This delivers pretty peppy performance with 62mph coming up in 7.9 seconds and a more than adequate top speed of 146. The engine has to be worked hard to get the best out of it but this is no great hardship, thanks to the slick 6 speed gearbox and the lovely rasp from the exhaust when you pile some revs on. The claimed combined MPG of 44.1 sounds impressive but I doubt that you’d see that in real world driving. There is nothing particularly exotic about the suspension but, once again, the engineers have applied themselves and the result is taut handling with minimal body roll and bags of grip. The steering is nice and precise, too, with plenty of feedback – this really is a car you can have some fun in. That driving pleasure doesn’t come at the expense of the ride either; while not as satin smooth as a Citroen C6 it absorbs the bumps commendably well, even on our third world standard town centre roads.

What is perhaps most remarkable about the DS4 is how much better it is than the C4 upon which it is based. It is not a triumph of style over substance; it is a genuinely good car in virtually every respect. Yes, there are a couple of drawbacks; the boot is pretty titchy and some of the styling cues, the rear windows in particular, come at too high a price in terms of practicality, but this is still a very good effort by Citroen. The DS brand proves that they are still capable of producing cars that are stylish, innovative and a little bit out of the ordinary. I’m already looking forward to the DS5 which should come out later this year.

Just one thing, though; I can’t help thinking that the DS4 would have been better still if it truly was a five door coupe rather than yet another crossover.
K Johnson
Car as tested Citroen DS4 DSport THP 200  £23,650 OTR

Article from Recommeded Magazine – Sutton Coldfield – Delivered to over 40,000 Sutton Coldfield residents.

Paragraph Citroen struck gold last year with the DS3, a stylish compact hot hatch that rivals the Mini. They hit upon a clever trick: take a humdrum run of the mill hatchback, the C3 in this case, add a funky and attractive body, tune the suspension and add a hot engine – you wind up with a big seller that you can charge a premium price for and it even adds a bit of allure to the rest of the range. The latest car to get the DS treatment is the DS4, based on Citroen’s ho-hum family hatch, the C4. Citroen are billing it as a five door coupe but this car is really that current fad, the crossover.
Visually it has the sloping roofline of a coupe and the look is accentuated by the concealed rear door handles and the way the rear window juts back into the C pillar. Below this, though, lie the tall sides, big wheels and jacked up ride height of an SUV. The gaping grill sits well with the chunky proportions and the panoramic windscreen, curvaceous rear and bulging wheel arches combine to make the design both distinctive and easy on the eye. The rear of the car bears the brunt of the compromises caused by the coupe styling; you take your life in your hands trying to get past that jutting rear window and, once installed in the back seats, you’ll find it decidedly claustrophobic, a situation that is not helped by the fact that the rear windows don’t wind down. Thankfully, things are much better in the front; the seats are big and comfortable, the dash is curvy and well laid out and the three instrument pods behind the wheel look great, even if they are difficult to read. There are lots of nice design touches too; it feels like a lot of thought has gone into the interior.
So far, so good but, as with the DS3, the proof of the pudding lies in what it’s like

to drive. Let’s start with the engine; I was driving the top of the range 1.6 turbo with a hefty 200bhp to be had. This delivers pretty peppy performance with 62mph coming up in 7.9 seconds and a more than adequate top speed of 146. The engine has to be worked hard to get the best out of it but this is no great hardship, thanks to the slick 6 speed gearbox and the lovely rasp from the exhaust when you pile some revs on. The claimed combined MPG of 44.1 sounds impressive but I doubt that you’d see that in real world driving. There is nothing particularly exotic about the suspension but, once again, the engineers have applied themselves and the result is taut handling with minimal body roll and bags of grip. The steering is nice and precise, too, with plenty of feedback – this really is a car you can have some fun in. That driving pleasure doesn’t come at the expense of the ride either; while not as satin smooth as a Citroen C6 it absorbs the bumps commendably well, even on our third world standard town centre roads.
What is perhaps most remarkable about the DS4 is how much better it is than the C4 upon which it is based. It is not a triumph of style over substance; it is a genuinely good car in virtually every respect. Yes, there are a couple of drawbacks; the boot is pretty titchy and some of the styling cues, the rear windows in particular, come at too high a price in terms of practicality, but this is still a very good effort by Citroen. The DS brand proves that they are still capable of producing cars that are stylish, innovative and a little bit out of the ordinary. I’m already looking forward to the DS5 which should come out later this year.
Just one thing, though; I can’t help thinking that the DS4 would have been better still if it truly was a five door coupe rather than yet another crossover.
K Johnson
Car as tested Citroen DS4 DSport THP 200  £23,650 OTR
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IT and Media – Email Marketing

Thursday, September 1st, 2011

 

Fitness in Sutton Coldfield

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

 

Pimp My Ride -To the Sutton Coldfield Garden Centre and Back!

Thursday, April 21st, 2011

p>Pimp My Ride -To the Garden Centre and Back!

We’ve all done it – popped along to our local Sutton Coldfield garden centre for a packet of sunflower seeds and come out with enough new plants to re-stock

a small country estate. It is also virtually impossible to leave without a trailer full of compost, a nice new shiny stainless steel thingamibob for weeding the borders or maybe a Lady Spade! Which is all very well until you get to the family Mondeo and wonder how you are going to fit it all in.

The bottom line is that most cars and I include Chelsea Tractors and pick ups in this sweeping statement, were not designed for the garden centre run. The loading procedure for your average shopping trip inevitably takes the form of a scene from ‘It’s a Knockout’ with Stuart Hall providing a hilarious commentary as the boot, back seat, foot wells and glove box are engulfed in horticultural stuff.

Yes, of course you can cheat and take advantage of the free home delivery, but not everyone can wait to get their new plants and ‘sundries’ home; besides, what if you live outside the delivery area? A few years ago I remember travelling through Birmingham in my gleaming company car when I spotted a garden centre with a sign proclaiming ‘SALE – EVERYTHING HALF PRICE!’ This always has that red rag/ bull effect on yours

truly so business meetings were cancelled as I went hunting for a bargain. Unfortunately, my bargain(s) turned out to be a pair of spiral topiary specimen trees which were approximately 6 feet tall and planted in substantial pots of very heavy compost. Stuart Hall would have had a field day; my suit, the previously immaculate car and my self-esteem were in tatters as I managed to cajole these monsters through the boot, across the back seat and onto the dashboard. Thankfully the trees survived unscathed and are still resplendent in the front garden of my old house – however, every time I pass by I get flashbacks of the journey from hell and the hefty cleaning bill!

Luckily I have never been one of those people who feel a need to drive around in a spotless car and, having now acquired 3 children and assorted dogs, that isn’t an option anyway. Yes I’ve done the flash motor bit but my latest jalopy, an old Volvo estate, is proving to be as close to perfection as I can get for garden centre forays. Firstly, it has got a massive boot with a low sill; with the back seats down you could even get a garden bench in there! Secondly it already has a background aroma of ‘Eau de Wild Bunch’ so a stray bit of manure won’t make any difference. Most importantly, I have a good feel for exactly how much I can load in before either the suspension gives up the ghost or the boys in blue read me my rights. If I had one complaint it would be the lack of headroom for tall plants (sod the passengers!) but perhaps I could get someone to fit one of those concertina roofs like you see on Camper Vans.

The big problem with garden centre purchases is the ‘randomness’ of it all. Normally your groceries will fit neatly into plastic bags. Not so your garden supplies where you have to try and keep your plants from toppling over and prevent muddy water from dripping on your velour upholstery. I would love to see the Top Gear team have a go at ‘pimping’ your average car into the ideal wheels for garden centre devotees – Jeremy Clarkson take note!

Maybe ‘garden centre user friendliness’ would not be top of your average road tester’s priorities when putting the latest Porsche through it’s paces – but I would be willing to bet that at some stage in its life it’s going to have some inappropriate plant life on the passenger seat following a trip to the garden centre!

Gardening article provided by Recommended Magazine, Sutton Coldfield advertising local business in Sutton Coldfield

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Pimp My Ride -To the Garden Centre and Back!

We’ve all done it – popped along to our local Sutton Coldfield garden centre for a packet of sunflower seeds and come out with enough new plants to re-stock a small country estate. It is also virtually impossible to leave without a trailer full of compost, a nice new shiny stainless steel thingamibob for weeding the borders or maybe a Lady Spade! Which is all very well until you get to the family Mondeo and wonder how you are going to fit it all in.
The bottom line is that most cars and I include Chelsea Tractors and pick ups in this sweeping statement, were not designed for the garden centre run. The loading procedure for your average shopping trip inevitably takes the form of a scene from ‘It’s a Knockout’ with Stuart Hall providing a hilarious commentary as the boot, back seat,

foot wells and glove box are engulfed in horticultural stuff.
Yes, of course you can cheat and take advantage of the free home delivery, but not everyone can wait to get their new plants and ‘sundries’ home; besides, what if you live outside the delivery area? A few years ago I remember travelling through Birmingham in my gleaming company car when I spotted a garden centre with a sign proclaiming ‘SALE – EVERYTHING HALF PRICE!’ This always has that red rag/ bull effect on yours truly so business meetings were cancelled as I went hunting for a bargain. Unfortunately, my bargain(s) turned out to be a pair of spiral topiary specimen trees which were approximately 6 feet tall and planted in substantial pots of very heavy compost. Stuart Hall would have had a field day; my suit, the previously immaculate car and my self-esteem were in tatters as I managed to cajole these monsters through the boot, across the back seat and onto the dashboard. Thankfully the trees survived unscathed and are still resplendent in the front garden of my old house – however, every time I pass by I get flashbacks of the journey from hell and the hefty cleaning bill!
Luckily I have never been one of those people who feel a need to drive around in a spotless car and, having now acquired 3 children and assorted dogs, that isn’t an option anyway. Yes I’ve done the flash motor bit but my latest jalopy, an old Volvo estate, is proving to be as close to perfection as I can get for garden centre forays. Firstly, it has got a massive boot with a low sill; with the back seats down you could even get a garden bench in there! Secondly it already has a background aroma of ‘Eau de Wild Bunch’ so a stray bit of manure won’t make any difference. Most importantly, I have a good feel for exactly how much I can load in before either the suspension gives up the ghost or the boys in blue read me my rights. If I had one complaint it would be the lack of headroom for tall plants (sod the passengers!) but perhaps I could get someone to fit one of those concertina roofs like you see on Camper Vans.
The big problem with garden centre purchases is the ‘randomness’ of it all. Normally your groceries will fit neatly into plastic bags. Not so your garden supplies where you have to try and keep your plants from toppling over and prevent muddy water from dripping on your velour upholstery. I would love to see the Top Gear team have a go at ‘pimping’ your average car into the ideal wheels for garden centre devotees – Jeremy Clarkson take note!
Maybe ‘garden centre user friendliness’ would not be top of your average road tester’s priorities when putting the latest Porsche through it’s paces – but I would be willing to bet that at some stage in its life it’s going to have some inappropriate plant life on the passenger seat following a trip to the garden centre!
Gardening article provided by Recommended Magazine, Sutton Coldfield advertising local business in Sutton Coldfield
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