20 reasons why you'll want to have a handyman on speed dial

20 reasons why you’ll want to have a handyman on speed dial

What does a handyman do?  We receive lots of enquiries for our handyman services in and around Cambridge and often ...
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flooring, handyman, How to Guides, plumber /
A day in the woods

Better a wet day in the woods than a dry day in the office…

A Day in the Woods As an entrepreneur who works from home, I prioritise getting out for fresh air every ...
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Cambridge Food Tours

Foodie fun

Cambridge Food Tour I have written much over the last three years about Cambridge's growing food scene: from butchers to ...
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Mill Road Bridge Closure

Mill Road Bridge Closure

Mill Road Bridge Closure Mill Road is an iconic part of Cambridge. Steeped in history, diversity, community spirit and plenty ...
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Local News, Mill Road /
project manage

Project manage or not

Should you project manage your own home building project? Whether you project manage your own home building project will depend ...
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Future proofing your home

The Inclusive Home

10 things you may not know about inclusive homes I take a lot of  interest in the design of an ...
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Is congestion charging inevitable in Cambridge?

Is congestion charging inevitable in Cambridge?

How to control the volume of traffic in Cambridge On Wednesday 29th May I was interviewed by a BBC journalist ...
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what motivates your child

How understanding what motivates your child can help deal with exam stress

What motivates your child? It’s that time of the year when there is so much pressure on children to pass ...
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Guest Blogs, Motivation, Tutors /
Bank Holiday jobs

Bank Holiday jobs

Don't let DIY spoil your Bank Holiday May sees Cambridge at it's best, with the start of so many exciting and ...
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Discover mobile services in Cambridge

Discover mobile services in Cambridge

Mobile services .... a lifesaver Making an appointments is sometimes difficult, so the convenience of reliable mobile services can be ...
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Find the right person for the job

Find the right person for the job

Get smart. Get results.  Like many people I’ve had some bad experiences; I’ve taken a heating engineer to the small ...
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My sister - liver transplant recipient

My sister – liver transplant recipient

Nine Lives Saved: Be a Hero Diane Denton is my sister, and a liver transplant recipient.  I couldn't be more ...
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minor jobs

Things you really ought to know

Minor jobs you should be able to do Scuseme is all about helping connect you with experts who can fix ...
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How to make fresh flowers last longer

How to make fresh flowers last longer

A lovely bouquet I recently met Bridget Davidson, founder of Wild Rosamund, at the Cambridge Home and Garden Show. Hugely ...
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florist, Guest Blogs, How to Guides /
How to get rid of moths in your home

How to get rid of moths in your home

Maddening Moths I hate them. They get everywhere.  The little buggers take over the whole house as they (or rather ...
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How to Guides, moths /
Still smiling

Still smiling

scuseme in numbers Coming up to three years is exciting and marks a significant milestone for scuseme.  We are building ...
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Local News, scuseme updates /
The power of face to face

The power of face to face

Why should you trust me? Last week I received a call from a lady who made a recent enquiry to ...
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High winds and destruction

High winds and destruction

4 key things to check at home after high winds Storm Gareth has left a trail of destruction in the ...
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Hilary Cox Condron - community glue

Hilary Cox Condron – community glue

What exactly does a community artist do? Hilary Cox Condron is a community artist and engagement worker.  Intrigued at what ...
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How to keep your bike safe and secure in Cambridge

How to keep your bike safe and secure in Cambridge

Clever bike safety & storage solutions  If you live in Cambridge, chances are you’ve got a bike.  And if you ...
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15 beautiful dog walks in and around Cambridge

15 beautiful dog walks in and around Cambridge

Dog walks in Cambridge you'll love As regular readers of my blogs may know, I have two dogs: Sugar, a 13-year-old ...
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dog walks, Scuseme Recommends /
low carbon living

Cambridge Carbon Footprint

Low-carbon living in Cambridge There seem to be few good news stories about the environment nowadays.  The media highlight daily ...
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Cambridge cookery school

Cambridge Cookery: classes, café and community

Community cafe, bistro & so much more Tucked behind Hills Road Sports Centre is Cambridge Cookery (once the Cambridge Cookery ...
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How to prevent falls in the elderly living at home

How to prevent falls in the elderly living at home

Create a safe home for the elderly At scuseme we receive lots of calls and enquiries from people who want ...
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Doppleganger Burger - New vegan restaurant opens in Cambridge

Doppleganger Burger – New vegan restaurant opens in Cambridge

Veganuary on the rise Meat free Veganuary is growing in popularity.  The health benefits are a tonic for post-Christmas guilt, ...
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Haggis in Cambridge

Haggis in Cambridge

Where to get your haggis in Cambridge Independent butchers serving up haggis  Celebrate Burns Night on the 25th January Whether ...
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Haggis, Scuseme Recommends /
right to repair

Right to repair

Can we fix it? No we can’t.  Or at least not any more.  In this day and age Bob would ...
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prepare for christmas with scuseme

How to prepare for Christmas with scuseme

Are you physically, morally and emotionally prepared for Christmas? Here we go again.  Christmas.  Whether you are looking towards it ...
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Christmas preparation, How to Guides /
Relationships matter

Relationships matter

Why I meet my tradespeople in person Deciding what to write my blog about depends on many things.   Most of ...
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Christmas carols in Cambridge

Christmas carols in Cambridge

Sing your heart out this Christmas Cambridge does not disappoint when it comes to carol concerts and services in and ...
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The cave of culinary delights

The cave of culinary delights

A perfect place for food lovers On the corner of Mill Road and Tenison Road sits Culinaris.  This intimate little ...
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Foodies, Scuseme Interview /
make an impact

How to make a big impact

Small home projects that make a big impact Home improvement doesn’t have to cost a lot of money. There are ...
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kitchen storage

How to plan for the storage of kitchen essentials

Plan to make your kitchen space work If you’ve spent any time looking into kitchen design you’ll know about triangulation ...
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meeting a builder

What you should know before meeting a builder

6 things you should organise before meeting a builder  Good builders in Cambridge are in demand and they can be ...
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reduce risk house fire

How to reduce the risk of a house fire

Save your home from a house fire Every year in Britain there are thousands of house fires, and most of ...
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How to look after garden birds in the winter in Cambridge

How to look after garden birds in the winter in Cambridge

Help our feathered friends in Cambridge Winter is just around the corner and our little feathered friends need help over ...
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Garden birds, How to Guides /
declutter your bathroom

How to declutter your bathroom

10 ways to create a better functioning bathroom Bathrooms are much more than just functional spaces in our homes. They ...
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How to prepare your home outdoors for winter

How to prepare your home outdoors for winter

What are the top jobs for winter? Keeping the house warm is one of them, but don't neglect your garden ...
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Try something new in Cambridge

Try something new in Cambridge

A little older, a little wiser Coming up to the two and a half years of scuseme I have been ...
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Discover Cambridge, Scuseme Recommends /
find an electrician in Cambridge scuseme

Find an electrician you can trust in Cambridge

8 key considerations to find an electrician that's right for you When it comes to sorting out electrical problems most ...
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Find a plumber you can trust in Cambridge

Find a plumber you can trust in Cambridge

7 key considerations to find a plumber that's right for you With so much information out there it may seem ...
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Find a builder you can trust in Cambridge

Find a builder you can trust in Cambridge

7 key considerations to find a builder that's right for you  With rapidly spiralling house prices in Cambridge, a growing ...
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Builder, How to Guides, Personal vetting /
Independent bakeries in Cambridge

Independent bakeries in Cambridge

A baker's dozen - 13 of the best When I first came to Cambridge over 20 years ago, there was ...
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Discover Cambridge, Scuseme Recommends /
student survival kit

Scuseme Student Survival Kit

13 essentials for your student survival kit Heading off to university is both exciting and emotional for student and parents ...
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How to Guides, Student survival, Tutors /
blackberrying Cambridge

Seven great places to go blackberrying in Cambridge

Blackberrying in Cambridge  I just love the beginning of Autumn.  The weather is still warm, the light is gorgeous, the ...
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How to get your home ready for winter now

How to get your home ready for winter now

10 things to get your Cambridge home ready for winter? With the days shortening, now is a good time to ...
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keep home safe holiday

14 tips to keep your home safe when you’re on holiday – scuseme Cambridge

Home safe and sound When you are away on holiday you want to know that you have done everything to ...
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How to find trusted builders in Cambridge - 18 questions you must ask

How to find trusted builders in Cambridge – 18 questions you must ask

Trusted builders in Cambridge - how we check them out People often ask how we vet the builders we recommend ...
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domestic appliance scuseme cambridge

How to extend the life of your domestic appliances

Looking after your domestic appliances in Cambridge Large household appliances such as fridges, washing machines, cookers and dryers, can be ...
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interior design, cambridge,

How to create the illusion of space in a small room

How to create the illusion of space in a small room Space is a luxury that creates an environment of ...
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steam train scuseme what interview

The country show’s in town

From town to country Cambridge is synonymous with so many wonderful events; some with rich histories such as Strawberry Fair ...
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block paving patio driveway cambridge

How to look after your block paving, patio or driveway

One of the nicest things about the summer is to get out into your garden and enjoy the pleasures it ...
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Independent Cambridge scuseme interview

Independent Cambridge

The Indie has come a long way Times are hard for retailers everywhere, even in relatively affluent Cambridge. In the ...
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How to hire guide: bathroom designers and fitters

How to hire guide: bathroom designers and fitters

scuseme how to hire guide: bathroom designers and fitters The bathroom of your dreams becomes reality when you hire the ...
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plastic pollution scuseme

Reduce plastic waste at home in Cambridge

Plastic pollution: A catastrophic problem Plastic is an amazing invention, and we are all reliant on it in one shape ...
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zero waste cambridge

16 super easy ways to reduce plastic waste

16 super easy changes you can make in your daily life to reduce your contribution to wide-scale plastic pollution. 1 ...
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red poll in Grantchester Meadows

It’s a cow’s life – Red Poll roam free in Cambridge

Continuing the scuseme what interviews with interesting people around Cambridge. The Red Poll cattle come onto the Commons in Cambridge ...
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stress free home improvement scuseme Cambridge

10 ways to manage a stress-free home improvement project

Enjoy a stress-free home improvement project Embarking on any home improvement project can be very stressful, involving family and household ...
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scuseme cambridge

Why a local resident set up scuseme Cambridge

Why I set up scuseme Cambridge? As a local resident one of the questions I am asked most frequently is ...
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Local News, scuseme updates /
How to get the most out of revision time?

How to get the most out of revision time?

Learn to learn better In just three months’ time, summer exams in Cambridge, including life-defining GCSE and A-levels, will be ...
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Ten things to help reduce fuel bills and keep warm at home.

Ten things to help reduce fuel bills and keep warm at home.

Beat the beast from the east Cambridge saw temperatures plummet to –6C on 1st March - the first day of ...
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hedgehog cambridge garden

How to help hedgehogs thrive in your Cambridge garden

Protect hedgehogs in Cambridge The recent State of Britain’s Hedgehogs 2018 report, published by the British Hedgehog Preservation Society and ...
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burglar scuseme cambridge top tips

How to protect your home from burglars – 20 tips from scuseme Cambridge

Things you can do to protect your home from burglars The 2015/16 crime statistics revealed by Cambridgeshire Constabulary reported over ...
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Handyman, Home security, How to Guides /
scuseme cambridge daphis chloe

What’s special about Cambridge Youth Opera?

Opera for free I first came across Cambridge Youth Opera (CYO) in 2015, when my daughter’s singing teacher suggested she ...
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Arts and Culture, Scuseme Interview /
romance in Cambridge photographer

Valentine’s Day in Cambridge – 15 romantic places to eat out

Valentine's Day in Cambridge Cambridge is a romantic city and St Valentine's Day provides the perfect opportunity to try some ...
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haggis cambridge scuseme

7 of the best butchers to get haggis in Cambridge for Burns Night

Get haggis, neeps and tatties.  Are you ready to celebrate Burns Night on the 25th January? Don't worry if not ...
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Foodies, Haggis, Scuseme Recommends /
Thirsty for more?

Thirsty for more?

Thirsty feels like it has been around for years such is the impact it has made in Cambridge.  It only ...
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9 ways to reduce fuel bills this winter

9 ways to reduce fuel bills this winter

Keep your home warm and save money this winter The forecast for the run-up to Christmas is predictably cold.  While ...
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Does your chimney need sweeping Cambridge scuseme

How do you know if your chimney needs sweeping?

Will your chimney go up in smoke or flames this winter?  I’ve just had my chimney swept and of course ...
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junk mail trustworthy advertising

Junk mail for the bin or trustworthy advertising? A Cambridge experience

Junk mail for the bin or trustworthy advertising? Flyers can be a nuisance; junk mail dispatched to the bin.  But ...
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aga repairs service recommended cambridge

How often should my Aga be serviced?

Aga servicing As with most domestic appliances, Aga cookers require routine servicing and maintenance to ensure they continue to operate ...
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How to avoid plumbing disasters at home in Cambridge this winter

How to avoid plumbing disasters at home in Cambridge this winter

I arranged for one of our scuseme plumbers and heating engineers to come and repair a dripping tap and carry ...
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Finding an AGA repair and installation specialist in Cambridge

Finding an AGA repair and installation specialist in Cambridge

Aga owners, for most of the time, you are rewarded with incredible food, ambient warmth and a kitchen that is ...
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Jazzing it up in Cambridge

Jazzing it up in Cambridge

Cambridge’s Folk Festival has become world renowned since it started in 1965 and I was surprised to learn that it ...
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Blackberrying in Cambridge - 7 top sites for fruity pickings

Blackberrying in Cambridge – 7 top sites for fruity pickings

Out and about in Cambridge you can't help but notice the abundance of beautiful blackberries weighing down the branches. Blackberrying ...
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Unusual and unnecessary items on Mill Road

Unusual and unnecessary items on Mill Road

Mill Road is, without exception, the most diverse and cosmopolitan road in Cambridge with its lion’s share of eclectic independent ...
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From hops to mops – the hardware store with extras

From hops to mops – the hardware store with extras

Have you seen what’s at No 1 Arbury Road and noticed the picturesque store front and the flowers and plants ...
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For the love of food: How LingLing and Franck combined their loves in the city

For the love of food: How LingLing and Franck combined their loves in the city

Every Chinese school child learns Xu Zhi Mo’s 1928 poem, On Leaving Cambridge.   Capturing the beauty and romance of Cambridge, ...
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Having tea with old friends in Cambridge

Having tea with old friends in Cambridge

I recently saw a posting on social media about Contact The Elderly, a charity that organises volunteer-led monthly Sunday afternoon ...
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Meet the Art of Meat

Meet the Art of Meat

The Art of Meat has been recommended to me many times over the years but regrettably I had not ventured ...
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Butchers, Scuseme Interview /
cambridge Town & Country Fair & scuseme

All the fun of the fair

One of my favourite events in Cambridge, is the Cambridge Town & Country  Fair when for two days rural life ...
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scuseme cambridge

What is scuseme? Your new best friend in Cambridge

I've lived in Cambridge for over 20 years and I love it here.  Completely settled with my family, many close ...
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June orchid count scuseme

How scuseme helped a friend & the June orchid count

Recently an old friend of mine who now lives in New York got in touch for some help.  She grew ...
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Polling Day in Cambridge - a chance to get out and about

Polling Day in Cambridge – a chance to get out and about

Today, like so many others in Cambridge, I exercised my democratic right and voted in the election of councillors to ...
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Local elections, Local News /
Value your time & try something new in Cambridge

Value your time & try something new in Cambridge

Free time is a luxury, a precious resource, so it's important to use it wisely.  If you're lucky enough to live ...
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get your home ready for winter

May Bank Holiday – are you ready to tackle your DIY projects? Do you want to?

May sees Cambridge at it's best, with the start of so many exciting and tempting events and activities, such as Eat ...
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scuseme 6 essential electricity safety rules at home

scuseme 6 essential electricity safety rules at home

We asked our recommended electricians in Cambridge to come up with six key considerations to keep you and your possessions ...
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Punter pooch watering hole. Photo by www.jamiescottlong.com

The 20 best dog-friendly pubs in Cambridge

Dine with your doggie.......scuseme's favourite dog-friendly pubs in Cambridge Most people who know me, knows how much I love hanging out with ...
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Aga serviced by independent expert in Cambridge

AGAs repairs and service in Cambridge

AGA owners, for most of the time, you are rewarded with incredible food, ambient warmth and a kitchen that is ...
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AGA Services, Home improvement /
independent cafe Hot Numbers

Independent cafés in Cambridge

Great places to hang out Over recent years, the growing number of independent cafés in Cambridge has given me lots of ...
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Budgeting for an extension in Cambridge – watch your wallet

Budgeting for an extension in Cambridge – watch your wallet

The extension budget is one area where most people fall, often underestimating the time and money that is required to ...
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Follow the fabulous food vans in Cambridge

Follow the fabulous food vans in Cambridge

The eating out options in Cambridge have come a long way in the last ten years, reflecting the cosmopolitan character ...
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You really need to know about these money saving opportunities if you live in Cambridge

You really need to know about these money saving opportunities if you live in Cambridge

I've lived in Cambridge for over 20 years and some of these money saving offers I only discovered relatively late on.  And it was ...
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Discover Cambridge, How to Guides /
Cambridge window cleaners

Top tips for sparkling windows

Advice from local Cambridge window cleaners Windows invite the brightness back into your home and sparkling clean windows will transform ...
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DIY, How to Guides, Window Cleaner /
How scuseme helped Cambridge resident find home builder for cottage renovation

How scuseme helped Cambridge resident find home builder for cottage renovation

Wanted: Local home builder for renovation project In June 2016, we received the following customer enquiry: “I am looking for ...
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The food of love - places to eat in Cambridge this Valentine's Day?

The food of love – places to eat in Cambridge this Valentine’s Day?

Cambridge is a romantic city and celebrating St Valentine's Day is a great opportunity to try some of the wonderful independent ...
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Finding & choosing a plumber in Cambridge

Finding & choosing a plumber in Cambridge

With so much information out there it may seem that you are spoilt for choice, but make the wrong choice ...
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scuseme Snapshot - Nice things to do in Cambridge this week

scuseme Snapshot – Nice things to do in Cambridge this week

Sharing some of the lovely things going on in Cambridge this week  plus what you can so to make sure ...
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Cambridge “one of the safest areas of the UK” but we must remember to look out for each other

Cambridge “one of the safest areas of the UK” but we must remember to look out for each other

It was heartening to have confirmation from Sgt Ian Wood, addressing members of the city council’s East Area Committee on ...
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Handyman, Home security, Local News /
Four steps to turn your home improvement plans into a reality

Four steps to turn your home improvement plans into a reality

Whether it is to make small home improvements, get the garden sorted or start an exciting building project, it is ...
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If scuseme can help out Santa, we can do the same for you!

If scuseme can help out Santa, we can do the same for you!

There’s nothing worse than your best Christmas plans going wrong. A broken cooker, leaking roof, no central heating - it’s ...
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Top 5 tips for keeping your dinner party simple and tasty

Top 5 tips for keeping your dinner party simple and tasty

We all love the idea of inviting friends and family over for dinner but sometimes we bite off more than ...
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Foodies, Guest Blogs, How to Guides /
The City Deal and way forward regarding tradespeople

The City Deal and way forward regarding tradespeople

What do you think of the Greater Cambridge City Deal?  This is one of the most contentious issues facing - ...
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Local News, scuseme insight /
Scuseme at the Cambridge Food, Garden & Produce Festival

Scuseme at the Cambridge Food, Garden & Produce Festival

In Cambridge we have such enterprising and entrepreneurial people on our doorstep.  We have one of the highest concentration of ...
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blackberrying Cambridge

Fabulous fruity pickings – get our favourite 5 blackberrying sites in Cambridge

I just love the beginning of Autumn.  The weather is still warm, the light is gorgeous, the colours are vibrant ...
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The importance of online reviews for your business

The importance of online reviews for your business

The internet has without a doubt changed the way we do business today. Business owners are taking advantage of this ...
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7 essential things that will make your U.C.A.S. personal statement stand out

7 essential things that will make your U.C.A.S. personal statement stand out

Writing a personal statement for your U.C.A.S. application is one of the most important pieces of writing that you will ...
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Education, How to Guides, Tutors /
Five certain ways to really save money if you live in Cambridge

Five certain ways to really save money if you live in Cambridge

Buy an Arts Cinema membership This is one of the best membership packages I have found in Cambridge. It’s useful, ...
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Don’t trust trust - it’s not enough – get smart & get results

Don’t trust trust – it’s not enough – get smart & get results

Like most people I’ve had some bad experience; I’ve taken a heating engineer to the small claims court, suffered hair ...
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