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7 expert kitchen design tips to make cooking a delight

“WE SPEND SO much time in the kitchen,” says kitchen designer Marie Browne. “But we don’t ask ourselves, how are we using this space? How could we be using it better?”

For most households in Ireland, the kitchen is where life happens. Not just cooking, but everything from the morning scramble to afternoon schoolwork; from lazy lunches to late-night conversations. 

We asked Marie – a designer with Cash & Carry Kitchens – for her tips on designing a kitchen that makes life easier, not harder. Say goodbye to cluttered worktops and make awkward storage a thing of the past with her expert advice. 

1. First, make your ‘must-have’ list of appliances

The first step, says Marie, is to look at the things that you really need. “That’s where the design process really starts,” she says. And it’s crucial to be realistic. “If you’re a family of four, you don’t want

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‘Students should go home’ says Bath disease control expert as cases rise

A Bath disease control expert has said that students should go home and learn remotely to slow the rise in coronavirus cases.

Dr Bharat Pankhania, a former consultant in communicable disease control with more than 20 years’ experience in infectious diseases, has said that he has revised is position on students coming back to university and now thinks it would be safer for them to be at home.

He’s also said that cases at the university would inevitably percolate into the wider community, but that he did not expect a local lockdown to be implemented in the south west.

Several universities across the region have seen high numbers of coronavirus cases, Bristol has almost 120 active cases, Exeter has over 200 cases and the University of Bath now has over 100.

Mr Pankhania said: “It was inevitable cases were going to increase when students returned. But now I have revised

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How To Create An Onsen Bath At Home, According To An Expert From A 1,300-Year-Old Japanese Spa Town

A trip to an onsen is a quintessential part of a trip to Japan. The age-old ritual of soaking in a hot spring-fed bath quietly among others feels like an escape from the stresses of everyday life—something just about everyone needs right now.

While the pandemic has made travel to Japan off-limits for most tourists right now, it hasn’t put a damper on recreating the onsen experience at home, using tips from Colin Fukai. He serves as global marketing chief of Nishimuraya Honkan, a Japanese ryokan (or inn) with rooms that lead to a lush garden, sublime kaiseki meals made of ultra-fresh seafood and seasonal vegetables, and its own on-site onsen exclusively reserved for guests.

Nishimuraya Honkan makes the perfect home base for visitors

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