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Survey: 33% of Brits don’t have enough savings to survive more than a month without pay

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A Take a Break magazine poll found that only 40% of Brits have enough savings to be able to survive the next three months without pay.

33% do not have enough savings to survive more than a month without pay. While 25% would like or are looking for a second job to make ends meet or to be able to live with less stress and money worries.


Clearly, during the pandemic there are not many jobs around but there are still opportunities in some areas. There are online jobs, for example you can find some here or many work in deliveries, cleaning or work for vaccine distribution.

The pandemic is also an opportunity to reinvent oneself and perhaps discover new talents. As in all things there will be people who lose and others will gain from this, perhaps in the long term. Many who are now furloughed are taking online courses and looking for ways to improve and be able to compete at the end of the pandemic. Others watch Netflix a lot.

The thing that always worries is that in the UK there are a lot of people who have practically no savings. As the saying goes, they are only a wage packet or two from destitution. 

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For the first time you can visit Buckingham Palace’s gardens

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For the first time, the famous Queen’s Gardens at Buckingham Palace will be opened. Normally only the Royal Family and those invited to the Queen’s parties can see them. The reason for this decision is that this summer there will be no traditional opening of part of the building because of the pandemic and to compensate they open the gardens.

Visitors will be able to wander the garden paths and experience the calm of this garden in the heart of London. You will see Horse Chestnut Avenue, the plane trees planted by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, and the famous lake with its bee island of Buckingham Palace. You can also have a picnic on one of the lawns. The gardens will be open from 9 July to 19 September but there are also weekend tours in April and May. You can book your tickets here

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This must be the smallest flat in London ever

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We have seen in recent years so flats that are practically little bigger in a shoe box rented or sold for high prices. We have always wondered how one can live in such a place because in many of these apartments there is not even room to store stuff or invite a friend.

We have now found the overall winner among London’s microscopic flats. This is an apartment in a tree in Brockwell Park with practically a sleeping place, a tiny wardrobe and a nightstand. Only a Barbie could be comfortable there. There is also the real estate agency sign that says it has been sold.

Clearly this is a joke or a way to point out how small London flats can be and are still sold and rented. In any case if you want to go and see it, you will find it in the south part of Brockwell Park in Brixton.

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London Zoo’s three young alpacas need a name

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We are all invited to choose a name for the three new alpacas at London Zoo. The first alpaca is 11 months old, it’s white and you can choose between Alpacaccino, Cusco and Snowball. The second alpaca is brown born 8 months ago and you can choose between Lima, Pumpkin Spice and Cookie. While the third, again brown, was born 9 months ago and could be called Cuenca, Humbug or Toffee Nut. Winning names will be announced when the zoo reopens.

If you also want to contribute and vote for the names you prefer, you can do it here. The London Zoo should open shortly but will miss the the Easter period, which is usually one of its busiest times.

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