Shepway District Council to charge the public for information requests

People seeking details from their local authority relating to development, pollution and waste management will have to pay £25 an hour per request.

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Does Artwork Enhance a Home?

Way back in the mists of time, prehistoric man created cave paintings using naturally sourced materials, presumably to add a bit of ambiance to his home. As the centuries rolled on, man invested in paintings and sculptures to decorate his home. He sought out talented individuals and commissioned works of art. By the time the 20th century came, the development of mass-market printing techniques enabled artwork to be distributed to the masses. Mrs. Jones at 49 Acacia Avenue couldn’t afford to buy a Van Gogh painting of sunflowers, but she could afford a nice fine art reproduction print in a pretty frame. 
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Of course, not everyone appreciates artwork. Some people have no interest in hanging paintings or prints on their wall. For them, the idea of browsing art galleries and buying a painting doesn’t appeal. They would rather hang a 4K HDR top-of-the-range television on their wall and stare at that all night. Well, each to their own, but in case you are ruminating on the question of whether artwork enhancesa home, let’s discuss.

What’s Your Personal Taste in Art?

You don’t need to be an expert to appreciate fine art. We all have our own personal taste in art. Some people love realistic landscapes whereas others prefer modernist abstract paintings. Try to imagine how the world would look with no pictures, no advertising in magazines or on the screen. The world would be a very different place. 
Art is known to relieve stress, which is why it is common to see artwork in hospitals and medical centers. Sure, staring at a painting of a cute puppy is probably not going to make your toothache go away, but it might distract you for a few blissful moments. 
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Art Soothes Stress

The fact is, people instinctively feel better when they can look at artwork. It helps us to relax, soothes a fractious mood, and creates a sense of harmony, in much the same way that listening to music does. Researchers have also found that artwork in offices enhances productivity, which is why many businesses pay a lot of money for fine art paintings on top sites like to hang on their walls! 
Hanging art on your wall is a form of self-expression. We are drawn to artwork that “speaks” to us on a subliminal level. You might not understand it, but it doesn’t mean you can’t appreciate it. Art often provokes strong emotions, some positive and some negative. Choosing artwork for your walls gives people an insight into your personality. If they don’t know you that well, they can glean things about you from the type of artwork you like. 
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The Finishing Touch

Artwork adds a finishing touch to a room’s décor. Think of a print or painting as the icing on the cake. Bare, naked walls are plain and uninspiring, but a colorful painting hung in a prominent spot invites conversation and enhances the room immeasurably. 
You don’t need to be an expert to buy art. You also don’t need to be wealthy. Look for fine art prints or work created by local artists and select the pieces that you love the most.

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7 Hassle free tips when moving house in Sarasota

Are you planning a move to Sarasota, FL? Maybe you have to relocate for work or an irresistible business opportunity. Perhaps you are in the military or there is a serious health issue in your family. Whatever the situation, you do not have to compound things by stressing over the move, which is a common response. Instead, here are seven moving tips to make packing up your life and embarking on a new journey hassle-free.

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1. Plan Ahead
As anyone who has moved can tell you, the process of relocating your home and family to a new location can be thrilling, frustrating, exciting, and angst-filled all at the same time. The best way to avoid chaos during a move is to have everything planned out in advance and contingencies in place if problems arise. Start packing as soon as possible and know what items will be going with you. Then, you can make arrangements for donations and decide how to dispose of other unwanted and/or unneeded items. Maybe family or friends can benefit from your hand-me-downs. It is also a good idea to contact moving and storage companies inSarasota well in advance to ensure services and/or availability on the desired moving date(s).
2. Compile a List
When moving, you want to make sure that everything is documented. As such, prior to packing your first box, you need to develop a record keeping and tracking system. You should also save it to your computer for future reference and/or if problems arise. You can organize via labels, numbers, stickers, or some other coding system to track the contents of your home. If you are on a shoestring budget and/or your family has been devastated by the recent hurricanes in Florida, then even a simple notebook could do the job. No matter what system you use, every box, suitcase, and/or storage container should be marked according to the record keeping system.
3. Find Plenty of Packing Materials
When preparing for a move, you must have plenty of packing materials. This means stocking up on boxes, tape, labels, stickers, and other essential items. The best places to find boxes include liquor stores, grocery chains, recycling centers, etc. They usually have an abundance of clean boxes of varying sizes that are free for the taking. If you are fond of online shopping, save your clean shipping containers or ask family and/or friends to save theirs for you. In a pinch, you can also purchase clean boxes that are suitable for packing. Instead of spending money on bubble wrap, consider using blankets, newspapers, sheets, etc. to cushion fragile items and keep them safe.
4. Keep Important Papers Within Reach
All personal information and important papers,such as personal ID, credit cards, social security information, recent bank records, etc., should be kept within reach. You should have a special container or place for these items and know where they are at all times.
5. Keep Cherished Items Out of Reach
As with number 4 above, any family heirlooms and cherished items should be given extra care and attention. They should be kept out of harm’s way and moved by their owners if possible. If this is not an option, the movers should be notified in advance of their significance and extra precautions should be taken to ensure their safe transport.
6. Compartmentalize Your Belongings
In preparation for a move, you should take the opportunity to sort through your belongings and decide their fate. The simplest and most effective way is to compartmentalize your belongings into four sections–Keep, Sell, Donate, and Trash. As you are going through your home and packing up, this strategy should be employed in each room.
7. Downsize Your Life
A relocation presents the opportunity for new beginnings. Consider the benefits of downsizing as you go and the potential profit that can be made from selling off unwanted and/or unneeded items.
As we addressed in this article, there are many ways to help make your upcoming move easier and more efficient. These tips can assist anyone with their relocation–whether it is in Sarasota, across town, coast-to-coast, or another country. Consider these strategies for a hassle-free move when packing up your possessions and embarking on a new life.

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