The Future of Tinned Food?

Following the news that food bank use in the UK has reached its highest rate since records began last month, we got to thinking about how food is changing in our society. The previous year has seen a 13% increase of emergency supplies being delivered since the previous year. We won’t get bogged down in the politics of it but increasing living costs due to inflation is certainly a large factor.

Since fast-food’s rise to ascension, people’s relationship to food is changing. The appeal of spending an hour or more prepping and cooking food has dwindled when you know you can get a meal in minutes down the road. We’re also often strapped for time. As a result, there’s been a surge in convenience foods: Microwave burgers, noodles, ready meals, these offer the convenience of fast-food at often even lower prices.

There’s one convenience food in particular that we want to talk about: tinned food. Tinned food is often always cheap and easy to use. We’ve already seen entire meals in tins before and you may have avoided these like the plague. But the reality is, there are lots of people that rely on them to get by.

The long-life and low prices of tinned food also mean they feature heavily in food banks. As the rate of food bank usage appears to be climbing, we thought about what tinned food could look like in the future. As people are being priced out of food, could this be where we are headed?

We took some different cuisines and imagined what they would look like if they were condensed down to fit in a tin. Would you eat any of these?

Australian

First, we’re going down under. For our Aussie meal, we’ve got a barbecue-in-a-tin featuring burgers, shrimps and beer.

Tinned Australian Barbecue Food

Chinese

One of the nation’s favourite takeaways. Chinese cuisine is adored here in the UK but is a luxury that more and more people are not able to afford. How about tinned Chinese food? You’re probably going to want to exercise caution with this one.

Tinned Chinese Takeaway 

Indian

Who doesn’t love a curry? Could you eat a tinned curry though?

Tinned Indian Curry

Fish n’ Chips

Fish n’ Chips. The national dish. It’s simple and delicious. What about when you put it in a tin? We’re not too sure about the look of those mushy peas.

Tinned Fish and Chips

Mexican

This one’s not that far of a stretch. Tinned chilli con carne is readily available in loads of stores. Another one we’d tread carefully around.

Tinned Mexican Food

Italian

Show this to an Italian and they might actually break down in tears. The tin does no favours for the beautiful Italian foods that we know and love. Lasagne, pizza and ice cream. Delicious. All at once? We’ll let you be the judge.

Tinned Pizza Italian Food

Japanese

Raw fish from a tin. What could go wrong?

Tinned Sushi

Could this be where food is headed? It may not happen quite to this extent, but it is undeniable that convenience foods are on the rise whilst our food budgets are thinning up. Just look at how many people rely on food banks. What do you think?

4 Eco-Friendly Home Improvements to Maintain a Comfortable Temperature All Year Long

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The quest for a comfortable room temperature is one of the great challenges of our age. A room that’s too hot in summer and too cold in winter can really darken your mood, be it during sweltering summer nights or frosty winter mornings when you daren’t leave your bed.

The temptation is always to stick the heating on for longer or invest in a fan or air conditioning unit – and these solutions may work in the short term, but they’re less than environmentally friendly, and they usually vamp up the cost of your energy bills. Air conditioning units across the world rely on CFCs, a type of gas that’s harmful to the atmosphere and contributes to the greenhouse effect – while most central heating systems rely on fossil fuel burning.

If you’re looking to reconcile comfort with sustainability, in this post, we’re focusing on how you can achieve a comfortable temperature all year round while being eco conscious.

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Your Favourite Movies Reimagined as Caravans or Trailers

Your favourite movies reimagined as caravans or trailers, depending where you’re from… because, well, why not? Sure, some people reading this may think it’s an odd concept but bear with us, we do actually have a reason. You may have noticed there’s been an increase in trailer parks and mobile home living. This is due to a lack of affordable housing for many families. We wanted to raise awareness of the issue by portraying it in a new light. We commissioned a designer to have a little fun, and we designed your favourite TV and movie locations as trailers. The settings we chose, when introduced with the context of the show, could viably have been created as trailers. Take a look at our creations below.

Pokemon – Pallet Town

With Ash and his friends constantly on the move, looking for new Pokémon and seeking new battles, it is viable their Pallet Town home could have been a trailer. In fact, it would make a lot of sense. Here’s how it would look.

Pokemon - Pellet Town House Reimagined

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How to beat your family at board games EVERY TIME!

We all know how competitive we get when it comes to playing board games with our family. You could be having a lovely Christmas Day, lots of lovely new gifts, a nice wholesome dinner, a few glasses of bubbly, feet up on the sofa with the tin of chocolates next to you… it’s all going well until someone suggests a game of Monopoly. Board games are a fun tradition but let’s face it, we all want to win. Monopoly had to create a hotline in recent years, where experts were on hand with the official rule book, after it was revealed 51% of games end in a row.

But it’s not just a Christmas problem, you never know when someone might next suggest bringing the board games out of the loft… after a Sunday roast, when you can’t find anything to watch on tele, when the kids have gone to bed… Board game gate could happen anytime and unless you want to spend the rest of eternity being reminded by Uncle John about that time he stole all your money and left you bankrupt, you better get clued up.

We’ve created some fun graphics to show you the sneaky tricks that will help you win at the most popular board games, every time! Say goodbye to losing and get ready to watch the smirk disappear from Uncle John’s face…

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Stay Safe: Learn the hazards around your home

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The home is a dangerous place, with all types of hazards conspiring to ruin your day. We’ve put together a trusty guide of all the worst hazards so you can take steps to protect yourself and your family. Let’s have a look at the biggest things we need to watch out for.

Upturned plugs – arguably the worst pain in the world. If you’re lucky you will be wearing socks but more often than not disaster will strike when you have bare feet.

Dangerously low wifi signal – Is there any greater heartache than seeing GPRS on your phone or two bars on your computer?

Hitting snooze is a very dangerous game. While you really appreciate those few beautiful extra minutes it often means you’re more tired when you wake and you don’t have time for that beloved coffee.

Cold water when you’re mid shower is the worst, especially in winter. Do you brave the cold to finish your shower or get out covered in soapsuds?

Low phone battery is devastating and it always seems to happen when you need your phones the most.

Spilt red wine – on the sofa, on the white shirt, on the cream carpet. Tastes so good, stains so easily.

Spider in the bath. This hazard always seems to happen the most when you’re home alone. It’s like they can smell the fear.

Lego underfoot – ouch. Which is more painful – standing on lego or standing on a plug? Let us know your thoughts.

No toilet roll – you never seem to notice until it’s too late, and everyone becomes a prankster when you’re stuck on the loo. Always put toilet roll on the shopping list.

Bin juice spillage – it doesn’t matter that you bought the ‘extra strong’ bin liners, at some point everyone will fall victim to bin juice spillage.

Missing remote control – the remote always disappears down the arm of the sofa yet it always make sense to search every corner of the living room first and interrogate every family member who might have been the last to use it.

Low on teabags – when you desperately need a cuppa and you either run out of teabags or milk.

Coloured socks in the white wash. Everyone’s experienced this but to this day no one knows how the coloured sock got there.

Weekend alarm clock – When you forget to turn off the alarm and get woke up to the ever familiar sound at 6am on a Saturday. At least you get to go back to sleep safe in the knowledge it’s a false alarm.

Cold bathroom floor – when you wake in the middle of night and leave the warm cosy bed to visit the ice cold floor of the bathroom.

Toilet seat left up – It takes a lot of effort to lift the toilet seat up so who can blame the boys for not putting the seat down after. Just make sure you check before you sit down.

Charger won’t reach the sofa – when you have low phone battery, facebook notifications to check and a charger that won’t reach from the socket to the sofa, why is life so cruel?!

Shampoo in your eyes is one of the most painful hazards we encounter every day but unfortunately it’s the risk we have to take.

Low on toothpaste – Toothpaste doesn’t last forever but the fight isn’t over until the tube has been bent into the craziest shapes.

Toe stubbing hazard – you’ve lived in your house for several years but no matter how familiar you are with your home, at some point you will still stub your toe on your bed post.

Hungry and grumpy pets – they’ve already been fed their dinner but they act like they haven’t eaten in a week.

Gravel in shoe. How did the stones even get in there though?

Carpet burns – another pain that happens out of the blue.

No clean underwear – you’re forever doing laundry but for some reason you can never find clean underwear.

Mismatched socks. Where do all the socks go, it’s virtually impossible to find a pair.

Cat on stairs – When you’ve got a cat you can never walk down the stairs without looking again.

Risk of moths – When it’s a lovely day, it’s nice to have the windows open and let in that glorious cool breeze. Until evening time, when you turn on the big light and find moths flying around the lampshade.

Forgotten alarm code – Life comes with too many passwords and passcodes but not all scream loud enough for the world to hear when you can’t remember the code.

So these hazards are a bit of fun although you can’t deny the struggle some of them cause. Take care at home and if you are looking to make some home improvements, check out our range of internal bi-fold doors.

The Best Internal BiFold Doors

We sell a very large range of internal bifold doors with varying designs so we have something to suit everyone’s tastes. We have three different types of internal folding doors, the Roomfold Standard, the Roomfold Deluxe and the Roomfold Grande. We decided to create a list of the best internal bi-fold doors we offer.

Glazed Oak P10 RoomFold Clear Doors

These doors have full-length clear glass panels and are surrounded by oak. They are one of the most popular styles of bi-fold door, mostly due to the fact that the set can be decorated or stained to the colour and style that you prefer. This standard system is available in either 3 or 4 door sets, and are offered in a large range of styles so you should be able to find one for your room. They are also offered with no floor track, this means that the whole room can have a seamless floor, without a track in the middle. It also means that you don’t have to worry about installing a track.

Oak Mexicano RoomFold Grande

To go with our Mexicano internal door range, we also have the Mexicano internal bifold door. These doors have a cottage door style. You get the advantage of being able to shut a room completely off and with high-quality folding doors. If you have the Mexicano internal doors too, you can match your doors, showing how much attention to detail you put into the interior of your home. These doors don’t use a track along the floor either, but the upper track still provides you with a smooth folding door. The Mexicano range uses only the best unfinished solid core engineered oak doors.

White 4L Shaker RoomFold Deluxe Doors

These doors are created with high-quality white primed finished with clear toughened glass, helping the door achieve its contemporary look. Due to the clear glass throughout the door, it allows you to shut off the other side of the room while still being able to see through. These doors come in many different sizes and are available in 3, 4, 5 and 6 door systems so you have plenty of options to choose from.

Oak Aston RoomFold Grande – Clear

These doors have more of a traditional style, using glazed unfinished oak with clear toughened safety glass. These doors are very simplistic but still look stylish and they let the light flow through the room seamlessly. The Aston doors are available in 2, 3, 4, and 5 door systems and can also be adjusted in both height and width to fit the non-standard door openings. They comes without the floor track again, however, the head track still allows your door to run smoothly.

Contemporary White 4L RoomFold Deluxe Doors

If you’re looking for a more contemporary look for your rooms, these are definitely the bifold doors for you. These deluxe doors offer a patterned solid white primed door, with 4 frosted glass panels per leaf. It is great to be able to close off a room off and then be able to open it all up, that’s exactly what these doors do. They come with both a head track and a floor track, both help make sure that the door runs smoothly across the room. These particular RoomFold doors are available in 3, 4, 5, and 6 door systems so there’s bound to be one for your room.

York Oak RoomFold Deluxe Interior Doors

If you’re looking for some bifold doors that can also match your other interior doors, these might be the right bifold doors for you. The York Oak doors come with both a head and base track, this tends to be most common when the doors become longer. They are available in 3, 4, 5 and 6 door systems, and come in a large variety of leaf sizes, this allows you to choose the best sizes for your needs. If you still cannot find one to fit your door frame, these doors are adaptable and can be adjusted by the width and height a fair bit.

Lincoln Oak RoomFold Interior Doors

The Lincoln Oak doors are also offered as more of a traditional range of internal doors. They are made with unfinished glazed oak and clear hardened glass. They are available in 3 and 4 door sets, meaning they’re not our biggest door, however, the stylish door makes up for it. Also, if you’re looking for a door that you have without fitting a base track, this type of door might be right for you. The sets are also reversible, meaning you have the doors open whichever way you’d like. They start at 533mm for the door leaf size, and go all the way up to 686mm wide, this means you should be able to find one for your door frame.

Prefinished Glazed Oak RoomFold Deluxe 

This prefinished door set means that they are ready to install straight away, without any decorating. These doors are offered with a solid core, engineered oak and clear glass door panels. These are available in 3, 4, 5 and 6 door sets, giving you an amazing range of sizes to choose from. Again, if you don’t find the exact size you need, these doors can be trimmed a little to fit your door frame. Be sure to have a long look through all of the sizes beforehand, though.

Oslo Prefinished Oak RoomFold Interior Doors

The oslo doors are also provided with prefinished engineered oak with strong clear glass. This means that once they arrive, they can be fitted straight away, without having to decorate anything. The doors have narrow horizontal lines through the glass, this still lets the light flow through the room. These RoomFold doors are from the Standard range, so they are available in 3 and 4 sets, but still come in a variety of sizes. These doors don’t need a floor track either, so they allow you to still have a seamless room. This set is also reversible, so you can decide which way you want your doors to open.

Walnut 4L RoomFold Grande – Clear Prefinished

This walnut set offers a contemporary styling which is becoming rather popular, especially in modern homes. This set is made from toughened clear glass with a warmer colour wood. Explaining why its name is Walnut. The colour is known to make you feel warmer, as the colour is warmer whereas the glass still allows the light to pass through the rooms. As the door, doesn’t need a floor track, they can be put on any materials and if the door is a little too big. The doors can be trimmed a little if done properly.

There are our top 10 internal bifold doors. We wanted to make sure there were lots of different styles of doors, as well as colours. So, everyone could find a door for them.

Star Wars Family Crests

When it comes to Star Wars, it’s ALL about the family and the big family reveals: Darth Vader to Luke: “No, I am your father”, Leia is Luke’s sister [shock: spoiler!]. Kylo Ren is Han Solo’s son and Vader’s grandson (Ben Solo) etc etc.

Whilst we know some of the backstory of our characters, there is potentially a lot left to be revealed in the new movies.

Will we see an appearance from Boba Fett, or one of his kids? Is Jar Jar Binks a secret Sith Lord (or even, dare we say it Supreme Leader Snoke). Who are Rey’s parents?

Fett: Boba Fett and his father Jango are technically related to every single clone trooper ever created. Arguably the biggest family in the galaxy. Proud of their Mandalorian roots, where family means a lot, but a collected bounty means more. “MORTUS VIVERE: DEAD OR ALIVE”

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Solo: Reluctantly dragged into the conflict between the Rebel Alliance and the Empire, Han makes an unlikely family man and father. He and Chewbacca are like brothers, hence his subtle inclusion on the crest. The heartbreaking scene on the bridge at the end of Force Awakens that divided the family is represented in the crest with the motto “PRIMO SOLO IGNIS: HAN SHOT FIRST”.

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Skywalker: the most famous family in the galaxy; Luke, Leia, Vader. Tattooine. A mix of good and evil giving balance to the force “LUX ET TENEBRAE: LIGHT AND DARKNESS”. Could Rey be revealed to be a Skywalker in the future too?

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Binks: A social outcast, with no known family. Adopted by Qui Gon Jinn and an unwitting hero in The Phantom Menace. Whilst lighthearted at first viewing, there are some darker undertones for the fan theorists. “SEQUI, STULTI: FOLLOW, FOOLS”

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Life With Pets Summed Up In Hilarious Charts

We’re all a bit weird when it comes to our pets – it’s fine to admit it.

Despite the fact you probably spend most of your time cleaning up after it, you still love it – and why wouldn’t you? They’ve got so many lovable traits, as we explore below…

 

“You alright? Did you miss me? Have you been a good boy?”

How you talk to your pet

 

“I might be a rottweiler, but I really need to show that chihuahua who’s boss.”

How big dogs think they are

 

Tasty, but definitely not fun.

Will you regret buying fish?

 

You’ve just been warned. Why do those fish look so tempting now you’re in the pet shop?

How fun pets are when you're choosing them

 

We hate to say we told you so.

How fun pets are when you get home

 

I didn’t like the new sofa anyway.

When your pets do something wrong

 

Just…why?

owning an African land snail

 

90% of the time those eyes are filled with nothing but hate.

How your cat looks at you

 

“I did play with it when I first got it, but then it bit me.”

Should I get a pet hamster?

 

We hope we haven’t offended any of you animal lovers out there. Please don’t take these images the wrong way! They’re just a bit of fun – unlike your African land snail…

Be sure to check out our range of internal bi-fold doors that will make your home much more beautiful for your family – including your pets.

The State of the Tradesman Industry

There is a shortage of skilled workers in Britain; from plumbers and builders to engineers. Construction and technical companies have blamed the recession for a lack of apprentices and have called on the government and schools to promote trades. Despite this, demand for workers in this area has never been higher. So, how’s the state of tradesman industry looking overall?

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Back in 2013, only 7,280 apprentices completed their training across all trades whilst the training body estimates that 35,000 are needed just to meet demand.

The Royal Academy of Engineering suggests Britain will need more than one million new engineers and technicians by 2020. This mean will mean doubling the current annual figure of engineering graduates and apprentices. There is a shortage in all sectors from transport to high-value manufacturing.

The construction industry is growing extremely quickly compared to the rest of the economy:

  • There is an increased demand of 18% for private housing and 8% for private commercial sector builds
  • Those benefiting most from this are workers such as site managers, engineers, architects and surveyors – with earnings increasing twice as quickly as the national average
  • Plumbers in the nation’s capital can now earn up to £100,000 a year

So, despite an increase in demand and in pay, why is it that so few apprentices and graduates are coming through in the traditional trade industries?

A recent survey of students aged 14 to 18 years of age (80% male, 20% female to maintain statistical integrity) found that 94% of students were not interested in pursuing a career in the trades.

 

Why don’t kids find trades ‘cool’? 

  • 53% said working in trades doesn’t interest them
  • 25% said they were not ‘mechanically inclined’
  • 24% said they are not good at fixing things
  • 21% said they are not educated enough about the industries
  • 15% didn’t think that trades were ‘cool’
  • 10% said the trades weren’t high-tech enough

In addition to this, 54% of young people believed that working in computers led to a better future, 37% believed working in an office gains you more respect and 25% believed that trade jobs were ‘old-fashioned’. That means fitting internal bi-fold doors wouldn’t be too popular at the moment – can you believe it?!

 

Is it easy to find a reliable tradesman these days?

  • 85% of people think that it’s not easy to find a trusted tradesman
  • 11% of people think it’s not difficult at all, with 5% unsure of the difficulty

 

How people are finding tradesmen

  • 81% of tradesmen are personally recommended by a friend or neighbour
  • 79% of people want to know the cost of the work up-front
  • 67% check that a tradesman belongs to a trade association
  • 63% do an online search for reviews
  • 61% check the company or tradesman’s website
  • 59% ensure the tradesman promises a receipt
  • 39% visit a former client’s project/home to check out work for themselves (if external)
  • Only 1% of people would not do any checks

 

Why do people hire tradesmen?

  • 60% of people say that a job is too difficult to complete themselves
  • 53% are seeking a professional finish
  • 28% do not have time to complete a job

 

Of the tradesmen hired by homeowners in the UK

  • 85% listened carefully to what they required
  • 84% showed up at the agreed time
  • 51% used polite language
  • 39% were older and more experienced
  • 38% took their shoes off at the door
  • 14% used impressive, modern tools
  • 13% used business cards
  • 12% wore branded overalls
  • 4% were younger with more recent training

 

Tips for finding more work as a trader

Unfortunately, there is always going to be a relative degree of prejudice when it comes to looking for a skilled tradesman; an older worker may appear more trusted due to their experience. Therefore, especially if you’re younger, it’s essential to do the following things to turn leads into work:

  • be attentive; show a genuine interest in their plans
  • be punctual; show up on time or, preferably, 5 minutes early to every appointment
  • be polite; refrain from swearing
  • be courteous; take your shoes off at the door
  • be organised; write customers a quote quickly – and make it accurate!
  • be pro-active; if you’ve done a good job, ask customers if they can leave you a review online
  • be technological; have a simple but effective website

Whilst it’s impossible to ‘be older’, acting maturely and dressing smartly can help you to appear more experienced.

Things that aren’t as important and could save your business money are:

  • impressive, modern tools: are they really necessary?
  • Branded overalls: they’re only going to get dirty, and there isn’t a heavy importance placed on them by homeowners

Business cards, however, are always essential – even if it’s not a deciding factor in earning you your current job. Remember – the biggest number of leads are generated through word-of-mouth – if they can give your card to someone else that needs work, you’ve expanded your reach simply by doing a good job.

 

 

Sources

http://hoa.org.uk/campaigns/publications-2/the-homeowner-survey-2015/
http://www.statista.com/statistics/428918/uk-homeowner-difficulties-finding-good-tradesman/
https://www.theguardian.com/business/2015/feb/10/uk-plumbers-builders-engineers-skill-crisis-economy
https://www.electriciancourses4u.co.uk/blog/tradesmen-pay-increasing-4x-faster-inflation/
http://www.internationaltimber.com/news/timber-industry/what-2015-holds-for-the-uk-construction-sector
http://www.statista.com/statistics/417282/home-improvement-reasons-for-hiring-trademan-european-households/
http://www.reliableplant.com/Read/15760/poll-skilled-trades-rank-low-in-teens%27-career-options

 

10 Hilarious Tradesman Pranks to Pull on the Job

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Jokes on the job are standard procedure for tradesmen during a hard day’s graft. We’ve rounded up some of the funniest safe-for-work pranks there are, so whether you’re an experienced tradesman looking for a practical joke to play, or if you’re an apprentice looking for tricks to avoid, we’ve got you covered below.

 

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#1 – The Cement Strongman: If you have a Facebook account, you’ll surely have seen a video of this happening to a poor apprentice at some point in time. “Are you strong enough to lift a bag of cement above your head?” is a challenge in itself, and it’s a surefire way to get you covered in powdered cement if you don’t have your wits about you.

#2 – The Fake Shopping List: Always be wary that you’re being asked to purchase something from this shopping list. You’ll rarely be handed the whole list of things to get, usually just one – so that it doesn’t look too obvious.

 

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#3 – The Dave Game: Always ensure that you either have your phone on you, or that you have a secure passcode that your colleagues don’t know – preferably both. The Dave game is lethal – particularly if you actually know someone called Dave…and who doesn’t?

#4 – The Bookie: Nipping to the bookie to place a bet on a tip can be commonplace for tradesmen that are regularly on-the-go. Watch out for old classics such as “Hoof Hearted” – if you don’t get it now, you will after reading it aloud a few times.

 

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#5 – The Food Order: If you’re going to get lunch from the supermarket, always think twice about what your colleagues have asked you to fetch for them. A leg of salmon, really?

#6 – Mustard Donuts: Oooh, this is a good one. Buy plain donuts and then get a bottle of sauce that has a pointed tip; mustard works well for this usually. Poke the pointed tip and fill the donuts with a ‘delicious’ surprise. Tell everyone they’re custard!

 

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#7 – The Dirty Van: There are tonnes of great one liners that you can write on a dirty van. Many are well-known, but are still amusing nonetheless.

#8 – The Blockade: Never trust a portaloo. That motto goes far beyond the site you’re working on, too.

 

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#9 – The Rock Shock: Do you use a radio which has the volume on a dial? If so, crank it up to full volume whilst the radio is off. Bonus points if you’ve tuned it into a rock station. The next person to turn the radio on will get a loud shock!

#10 – The ‘Fancy a Brew’?: This is all about playing the long game. If you’re making the brews, make someone a normal cuppa at first, but over time add more and more cold water to each one. The confusion is more than worth it as they start to suspect something is going on.

Be sure to check out the great range of interior bi-fold doors and exterior bi-fold doors that Climadoor has to offer.