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Best harbours on the Solent



Portsmouth Harbour by SarahTZ via Flickr

The Solent is a great sailing destination whether you’re you just starting out or you’re looking for somewhere new to visit. With a range of large ports including Portsmouth and Cowes as well as tiny marinas dotted along the coast there really is a selection of excellent places to moor. Whether you want to take on the trip over to the Isle of Wight or sail the gentle tides of the Hamble, here’s a guide to the best harbours available on the Solent.


Portsmouth features one of the largest natural harbours in the UK and you’ll have the chance to see everything from luxury yachts to tiny vessels sharing the waves.

Perhaps the biggest challenge with visiting Portsmouth Harbour is actually a big part of its appeal – it is one of the busiest in the UK. With strong tidal streams, a narrow entry point and fairly strict regulations, it adds up that Portsmouth is not perhaps the easiest port to visit and attempting it should be left until you have some experience. However, once you are moored here it’s a wonderful place to be.

With world-class facilities, you’ll be able to find just about anything you like here. You can berth in a number of different areas but wherever you go you’ll easily be able to find a great range of pubs, restaurants and entertainment options.


Yarmouth is an easier approach than some of the harbours on the Solent, but remember that this is still an exceptionally busy port for ferries. When the harbour is full to capacity a red flag is flown on the head of the pier and you should steer clear until it is safe to approach. However, most of the time Yarmouth is an easily navigable port in an excellent location.


With no tidal restrictions, the Hamble might be the ideal access point to the Solent. You’ll find an array of little marinas along the banks of this sleepy river so you can choose a convenient place to set off from. Once you are in the water you’ll simply need to sail on the river until you reach the Solent were you’ll have full access to the ports of the south coast.

Whether you’re looking for a quiet spot for leisurely sailing or are just looking for something different from the large harbours, this is a great place to come. You can stop off at Port Hamble, based in the charming village of Hamble le Rice where you’ll find restaurants, bars and a surprising variety of pubs.


Undoubtedly one of the most famous sailing spots on the Solent, Cowes sits on the northern coast of the Isle of Wight right at the mouth of the Medina River. Iconic in the yacht racing community, Cowes can be visited any time of year but is best avoided early in August because the Cowes Week attracts more than a thousand boats and sees up to 40 races occurring every day!

The rest of the year this is a great spot to visit with all the facilities you would expect from a high quality port. Fuel and gas can be easily obtained, and once you are moored you can get out and experience the best that the harbour and town has to offer.


If you’re looking for an attractive town and a pretty harbour that isn’t as busy as some of the major ports, Lymington is a lovely place to dock. Found a little way to the west of Portsmouth Harbour, the only drawback is the number of ferries found here. The well-used route between Lymington and Yarmouth is definitely worth sailing for the opportunity to visit two great stops in one trip.

Article provided by Mike James, an independent content writer working together with Portsmouth-based luxury yacht charter company Pure Latitude, who were consulted over the information contained in this post.



What Kitchen Suits Your Style? Modern, Classic or Shaker?




shaker kitchen designs

A kitchen is the centre of the home. Your kitchen ranges between where friends and family gather, talk about their day, cook meals, have drinks, to somewhere you can just enjoy each other’s company. The kitchen is the heart of the home. But, everyone’s lifestyle is different. Everyone’s taste is different. So, you need a kitchen that not only mirrors your lifestyle but matches your taste too. Whilst some prefer a more traditional design, others want a modern feel or flair – and it’s all down to personal taste.

When it comes to redesigning your kitchen, what style would you go for? It’s a difficult one isn’t it. With so many different styles to go for, how can you know exactly what you want until you’ve seen it in action? Leading kitchen designer, Roman Kitchens, based in Essex, have provided three examples of bespoke kitchens and styles they specialise in, accompanied with beautiful images. This design guide will get you one step closer to picking your dream kitchen for your home.

1. Modern

New home in the city centre? Or even a sleek new modern build? You want a trendy and modern kitchen to reflect your city lifestyle. In modern kitchen design, colours are bolder and fresher, with sleek design and utilities that are distinctive and vibrant.

modern kitchen designs

This modern kitchen is sleek and smooth with flawless design and beauty. Minimalism doesn’t stop this kitchen standing out. Featured walls of wood and vibrant mint green draw the eye, whilst the white surfaces reflect the light, illuminating every nook and cranny of this kitchen. This kitchen features products from Rotpunkt, innovators of modern kitchen design. Made with German engineering, a Rotpunkt Kitchen is the ultimate modern addition to your home. Rotpunkt Kitchens have timeless design and amazing functionality, they work for every purpose and are eco-friendly. Sourced from natural materials, a Rotpunkt kitchen uses 37% less timber, conserving natural forests and being more environmentally conscious.

2. Classic

Prefer a homely and traditional feel? Classic kitchens are warm, welcoming and filled with wood. Wood flooring, wood fixtures, wood furniture – you name it! You can bring a rustic feel to your urban home with a classic kitchen. Subtle colours and beautiful finishes, Classic kitchens are for taking it back to the basics with a definitive look and feel.

classic kitchen designs

With stated handles for cupboards, Classic kitchens are effortlessly timeless. They convey an elegant but relaxing nature. Giving off countryside vibes, natural elements convey a British countryside feel. The wood featured in a classic kitchen can range between oaks and walnut, creating a warmth and original feel to your home. Soft English heritage colours add a certain mood to your home, softening the light making it cosier.

3. Shaker

Any kitchen planner will tell you that the meeting point between traditional and modern design, is a Shaker kitchen. They have a distinctive style and innovative feel. Shakers are fresh, mixing different colour tones with stylish wood and vinyl. The most important feature of a Shaker kitchen is functionality – every feature needs to serve a purpose in the kitchen. Paired with stylish and unique furniture, a Shaker kitchen is an ideal addition to any home.

shaker kitchen designs

The ultimate marriage between Classic and Modern kitchens, this Shaker kitchen has deep colour tones with copper emphasis features. All the fittings and fixtures blur the line of modern and tradition, with a Classic look but modern colour vibe. Unique furniture and design make Shaker Kitchens perfect for the middle ground in kitchen design. Minimal but beautifully dressed. Traditional but bold and modern at the same time. Storage solutions are part of the functionality of Shaker kitchens, but don’t detour from conveying yours as a luxury kitchen.

Whatever you choose for your new kitchen, be it Modern, Classic or Shaker – pick whatever suits you. Taste is, and always will be, subjective – it’s down to you.

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Ways Green Preppers Are Trying to Protect their Privacy



Environmental activists are not given the admiration that they deserve. A recent poll by Gallup found that a whopping 32% of Americans still doubt the existence of global warming. The government’s attitude is even worse.

Many global warming activists and green preppers have raised the alarm bell on climate change over the past few years. Government officials have taken notice and begun tracking their activity online. Even former National Guard officers have admitted that green preppers and climate activists are being targeted for terrorist watchlists.

Of course, the extent of their surveillance depends on the context of activism. People that make benign claims about climate change are unlikely to end up on a watchlist, although it is possible if they make allusions to their disdain of the government. However, even the most pacifistic and well intentioned environmental activists may unwittingly trigger some algorithm and be on the wrong side of a criminal investigation.

How could something like this happen? Here are some possibilities:

  • They could share a post on social media from a climate extremist group or another individual on the climate watchlist.
  • They could overly politicize their social media content, such as being highly critical of the president.
  • They could use figures of speech that may be misinterpreted as threats.
  • They might praise the goals of a climate change extremist organization that as previously resorted to violence, even if they don’t condone the actual means.

Preppers and environmental activists must do everything in their power to protect their privacy. Failing to do so could cost them their reputation, future career opportunities or even their freedom. Here are some ways that they are contacting themselves.

Living Off the Grid and Only Venturing to Civilization for Online Use

The more digital footprints you leave behind, the greater attention you draw. People that hold controversial views on environmentalism or doomsday prepping must minimize their digital paper trail.

Living off the grid is probably the best way to protect your privacy. You can make occasional trips to town to use the Wi-Fi and stock up on supplies.

Know the Surveillance Policies of Public Wi-Fi Providers

Using Wi-Fi away from your home can be a good way to protect your privacy.However, choosing the right public Wi-Fi providers is going to be very important.

Keep in mind that some corporate coffee shops such a Starbucks can store tapes for up to 60 days. Mom and pop businesses don’t have the technology nor the interest to store them that long. They generally store tips for only 24 hours and delete them afterwards. This gives you a good window of opportunity to post your thoughts on climate change without being detected.

Always use a VPN with a No Logging Policy

Using a VPN is one of the best ways to protect your online privacy. However, some of these providers do a much better job than others. What is a VPN and what should you look for when choosing one? Here are some things to look for when making a selection:

  • Make sure they are based in a country that has strict laws on protecting user privacy. VPNs that are based out of Switzerland, Panama for the British Virgin Islands are always good bets.
  • Look for VPN that has a strict no logging policy. Some VPNs will actually track the websites that you visit, which almost entirely defeats the purpose. Most obviously much better than this, but many also track Your connections and logging data. You want to use a VPN that doesn’t keep any logs at all.
  • Try to choose a VPN that has an Internet kill switch. This means that all content will stop serving if your VPN connection drops, which prevents your personal data from leaking out of the VPN tunnel.

You will be much safer if you use a high-quality VPN consistently, especially if you have controversial views on climate related issues or doomsday prepping.

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