Walk into any art shop anywhere in the world and you will be confronted with a vast array of products. This article aims to help save you money by offering advice on selecting only those items which you really need to get you started on your journey to becoming a watercolour artist.
Flex your brain power with this challenging set of lively questions perfect for pub, school or party quizzes. Topics are wide ranging, and sure to test even the sharpest of memories!
Test your brain with this diverse set of challenging questions which are suitable for all social occasions or pub competitions.
An illustrated behind-the-scenes look at Adele Cosgrove-Bray's work as an artist.
A humorous poem about Dashing Dan, the spectral highwayman, who didn't really do much harm but now he'll haunt you with his charm...!
A tipsy young gnome meets the lady of his dreams in this humorous poem about romance and misplaced ambition.
There are many meaningful and engaging activities which people living with dementia can enjoy. Support a person's quality of life through fun and purposeful activity with these practical suggestions.
Keep hands warm and restless fingers engaged with a Twiddlemuff! Designed for people with advanced dementia, Twiddlemuffs are easy to make even if you're not great at knitting or crochet.
Looking for a fun craft project for Hallowe'en? Try these simple paper witches! Easy to do, economical and innoffensive - great for kids (of all ages!)
Help save endangered species by making a beautiful frog pond! This easy-to-follow guide will show you how.
Looking for a simple craft activity for the kids? Love cats? Then these easy-to-sew patchwork cats are for you!
Try this easy, fun quiz about food! Test your knowledge and imagination. Great for ice-breaker quiz questions!
Discover this easy system of numerology which was allegedly invented by Pythagoras! Can your future be foretold simply by studying your own name? Try it and decide for yourself!
Are you looking for a fun, lively and diverse quiz? Look no further! Suitable for all age groups and social settings, this 100 question free quiz is just for you.
Are you looking for love? Great for Valentines Day parties or purely for fun, this light-hearted quiz will surely make you smile.
Are you looking for a fun free quiz? Look no further! The next 100 quiz questions will offer diverse and challenging general knowledge questions, with the answers in italics right next to them!
How much do you know about New Age themes? Try this quick, fun quiz and test your knowledge of alternative spirituality.
If you are looking for a fun and free general knowledge quiz, then look no further! Below are lively and diverse questions suitable for pubs, social groups or school groups.
This fun free quiz is suitable for all age groups, and can be used for pub quizzes, parties, social clubs or schools. The quiz starts with ten ice-breaker questions, and the answers to all throughout the quiz will be found in italics following each question.
How much do you know about Britain? Test your knowledge with this fun, free quiz which is great for parties, pub quizzes, schools or home-schoolers, or social groups of all kinds.
I'd much sooner be creating a new story than faffing around hunting for dates and ISBN numbers, and so on. Hence the creation of this page, as a way of easily keeping track of information.
Are you planning a Welsh-themed party, or celebrating St David's Day? This fun free quiz can easily be used as part of the entertainment! It is suitable for all ages, and can also be used to test people's knowledge of the beautiful country of Wales.
Learn how to make easy-to-sew seasonal decorations which are fun, colourful and low-cost.
Parallel Dimensions is an annual festival of new Fantasy, Horror and Science-Fiction which takes place in Wirral, England. Audiences are treated to diverse original fiction from published authors.
This fun, free quiz about the Wild West is a great addition to costume parties, whether for school, youth groups, summer-time picnics, or for theme days at the nursing home. It is also a useful starting point for further research, as its questions cover American Indian and settler history, as well...
Welcome to the Ashbrook Family Tree, a family which dates back to Norman times at least.
Writer's block is a condition created solely by a person's own mind. If applied, the simple steps outlined in this article will help overcome it and even help to ensure that it doesn't happen again.
Sitting still at a computer screen for hours on end is not good for fitness. For office workers, for this physical inactivity is inevitable - you can't workout and type at the same time...
So you want to put together a booklet. This may be for your own use or for a social club of which you're a member, or you may wish to present information at a specific audience, or to promote a particular issue for professional purposes.
Not too far from the banks of the River Dee, stands the ancient parish church of St Bridget's, which can date its existence back to Viking settlers. The Hogback Stone, displayed inside the church, offers evidence of the Viking influence. The north wall of the Lady Chapel allegedly date from the...
Why join a writers club? Discover the many benefits of taking part in a creating writing group.
This fun, free quiz is great for St Patrick's Day or any Irish-themed activity. The questions cover general knowledge, history, folklore, geography and the arts. It is suitable for many social situations, from family parties, classroom settings, club or pub quizzes.
If you are seeking a fun and free quiz, look no further! Here are one hundred trivia questions with the answers in italics beside them. The format is perfect for parties, social gatherings, pub quizzes, or school groups.
So you think you know everything about Valentine's Day, do you? Test your knowledge of this popular festival with this fun free thirty-question quiz.
This free quiz can be used at any Burns Night event or Scottish party to add to the fun, and also to educate those who perhaps may not know so much about one of Scotland's most well loved and famous personages.
Fun and educational, this Halloween quiz offers fifty questions (with answers) about one of Britain's most popular traditional festivals.
Traditional methods of preserving fruits have been used for centuries. But flavours needn't cling to familiar themes, as this delicious kiwi fruit and apple jam recipe demonstrates.
Preserving fruits is easy. It is a traditional kitchen skill which can create a store of long-life foods which taste delicious, look good and...
Why settle for some vile excuse of a burger which tastes like a fried carpet tile, when for minimal effort you can enjoy homemade burgers? This simple recipe will please your palette without scaring your wallet!
It is believed that there may be forty or more underground cities carved into the ground beneath Cappadocia. The multi-storey cities are said to have been used since the Bronze Age...
Interstitial Cystitis (or IC) is a recurring condition which causes pain in the pelvic and bladder region, often accompanied by the need for frequent urination, or the feeling that this is needed. IC can effect anyone of any age, though it is most commonly found in women.
Ness Botanic Gardens is a owned by Liverpool University, and is found close to Neston in Wirral, England. The gardens evolved from one man's love of plants and his...
Immortality has been a human ambition for as long as humans have walked this Earth. Immortalists and transhumanists think that the developing sciences of nanotechnology, nanomedicine and artificial intelligence could enable us to achieve our ancient hope within the next half century.
There comes a time in every life when being single loses allure. Read this tongue-in-cheek guide to surviving the dating game.
Heidi Ruby Miller is the Educational Marketing Coordinator at Frank Lloyd Wright's House on Kentuck Knob and adjunct creative writing faculty at Seton Hill University. She is also a published writer. Learn more about her writing in this interview.
What form might money take in the future? Or will changing values in a future where far fewer people have the need to work mean money becomes a thing of the past?
Caldy Hill (260ft high) sits on the west coast of Britain, on the Wirral peninsula, between the villages of West Kirby and Caldy. The following photographs were all taken on 17th March, 2010.
A descriptive account of a circular walking route from West Kirby to Hoylake and back. Or maybe you'd simply enjoy looking at some photos of Wirral, England!
A magnificent bouquet of deep red roses represents a declaration of love to most people. But did you know that many other flowers also carry traditional messages of their own?
Criticism is a part of every writer's life. Even well-established, commercially successful authors have to deal with rejection letters and criticisms of their work. This Hubpage gives tips on how to deal with unpleasant criticism, and also offer guidelines on how to offer constructive criticism...
I'm what is sometimes termed a shadow witch, which means I work with the hidden, natural laws of nature.
How do you approach the seemingly enormous task of writing a novel? This HubPage offers practical suggestions about how to get that first draft finished.
My name is Gustavo Bondoni, and I'm an author from Argentina who writes exclusively in English (although I sometimes translate my own work to appear...
Easy to sew and economical to make, traditional Suffolk Puffs can be stitched together to create colourful and surprisingly beautiful tablecloths.
Pretty Ugly Pottery created a range of novelty tableware which featured funny faces on the outside. This is the story of the world famous Ugly Mugs and how they were made, written by someone who worked for the company.
Make your own easy-to-sew patchwork eagle wallhanging! Use the FREE SEWING PATTERN!
When a person is new to writing, they often wonder how to start. This Hubpage aims to offer some practical pointers to get those ideas flowing onto paper.
Kefir is a fermented milk drink thought to have originated among shepherds in the Caucasus Mountains. Kefir is an easy-to-make food, usually taken as a drink such as a smoothie, which is said to be an excellent source of probiotic enzymes - or "friendly bacteria."
Do you want to write but feel short on ideas? Are you a member of a writers circle looking for monthly writing projects? This story generator will provide a huge quantity and variety of story ideas simply and quickly
Did you have serious problems trying to learn basic maths in school, or do you know of a child who is experiencing this? Have you heard of dyscalculia?
Until I kept chickens, I had no idea how much fun they are. They are easy to care for, and will pay for themselves by the eggs for provide. On this page you will find plenty of information on how to care for chickens, plus some cute photos of my little flock foraging around my garden. And do...
Kombucha is a delicious health drink made by combining black and green teas with a symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast (SCOBY.)
Green Witchcraft - some call it hedge witchcraft or herb witchcraft. It's a witchcraft which works with herbs and plant lore, and with elementals...
When learning how to read tarot cards, the attempt to memorise long lists of possible meanings can be very confusing. However, there is an easy and practical way to surmount this.
Inspired by fairies! Discover the art of Cathy Holford, AKA Pixie Wildflower.
Purposes of Character Charts: (a)helps create whole characters; (b)find data easily; (c)prevents errors. Why writers use character charts. Plus FREE chart!
Snoring - or is it sleep apnoea? This serious medical condition causes the brain to be starved of oxygen.
An informal interview with a practitioner of Britain's ancient native religion of Druidry.
Sooner or later, you will die. But is this the end? Many cultures have strong beliefs in reincarnation.
Thomas Joseph Walton was a very private man. His poetry was woven through with his philosophy - and while his frame of reference was Christian, the metaphysics went far beyond any fundamentalist dogma...
Could cloning ensure survival for endangered species? Or create replacement bodies for humans?
Why wait in a take-away queue for a mediocre meal when you could be sitting down to a steaming-hot plate of spicy stir-fry in under 30 minutes? This meal is easy to make, fast, economical and healthy!
My body will be stored in liquid nitrogen until it can be successfully re-animated using age-reversing nanomedicines and nanotechnologies. Here are some of the questions I've been frequently asked.
Welsh Rarebit is made with leeks, milk, cheese and toast. If you're in a hurry and want something quick, light and tasty, give this recipe a try.
Cryonicists plan to freeze their bodies in liquid nitrogen in the hope that they can be restored to a full and healthy life at some future date.
This easy-to-make Farmhouse Chicken Soup is a perfect dish for cold winter nights, being warming and filling as well as nutritious and economical.
Off to college or university? About to fly the parental nest? Here are practical, low-cost ideas for the things you'll need.
An informative introdcution to keeping chickens in your garden.
Potato soup can be served either as a filling starter or as the main meal. It is easy and economical to make.
Portrait depicting the head and shoulders of the historical Vlad III, Vlad Dracula, Prince of Wallachia....
The beach wraps around the Wirral peninsula like a sandy collar stretching some twenty-five miles in length, and the display of Blue Flags reveals its rank as one of Europe's cleanest beaches.
Tucked away between Grange Road/Meols Drive and Dee Lane in West Kirby is a small but picturesque oasis of trees, shrubs and formal gardens.
Enjoy these photos of Liverpool by Richard Cosgrove-Bray. Many of these places no longer exist, having been demolished to make way for luxury apartments, hotels and shopping malls.
There are roughly two types of portrait photography - formal and informal. Both types will yield better results if the photographer patiently takes a little time to analyse what they can see though the lens. While speed might be essential with a candid snap shot, on all other occasions if, before...
These photos depict a Liverpool which is fast disapearing. Images of Liverpool Docks, Sefton Park, School Lane and more.
The Anunnaki were a race of gods, angels or interstellar travellers - or all of these, depending on your interpretation of their legends. They took an interest in early humans, interbred with them (or altered their DNA) and then handed on knowledge of metallurgy, maths, philosophy, art and...
Enjoy this collection of photographs which depict a popular walker's trail over reed beds, ponds and sand dunes along West Kirby beach in Wirral.
You've arrived home late; you're cold, hungry and tired, and you want something hot and spicy to eat which doesn't require much time or effort. Or perhaps you've opened the fridge and found it bereft of inspiration, and want something which is healthier and more imaginative than chips (French...
I have been asked to write this HubPage by a number of people who have admired the success of Riverside Writers. This Hub shows how to start your own writing group and how to ensure it works well.
The garden was a wild tangle of waist-high grasses, weeds, brambles and mare's tail when my husband and I bought our home on the Wirral peninsula in 2000. The media was merrily enthusing about the Millennium celebrations; we were almost as happy to locate our boundary fence...
Richard Cosgrove-Bray began learning how to tattoo when he was aged only eleven. His studio in the heart of Liverpool's busy city centre has been established since 1993. Richie's studio is on the corner of Newington and Renshaw Street, close to Central Station and Lime Street Station in Liverpool.
Making paper dolls is easy. economical fun. Read on to learn how to make these traditional toys.
The trick to sketching pets is waiting for them to be relatively still. If they move before your sketch is finished, you can be assured that they will...
Discover how sketching can capture the moment, or be used to develop ideas more fully in the studio.
Adshead, Ashbrook, Bray and McGowan Family Tree. This is the story of four branches of my family, leading back in time from my parents to my grandparents and great-grandparents.
Written in 1993, A Day in the Life of Ondole Andlifesabitch was partially inspired by my reading of A Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. It also presents an accurate description not only of my own life at that time, but of life for millions of others who lived under...
It would be easy to stroll by the entrance to Gilroy Nature Park and not notice it was there. This pocket-sized park is home to a surprisingly large variety of wildlife including water voles, common brown bats, weasels and foxes.
Ashton Park in West Kirby, Cheshire, is an outstanding example of an Edwardian urban green space. It has been awarded with Green Flag status from the Civic Trust every year since 2004.
Thomas Joseph Walton was an English philosopher and spiritual teacher who passed away in 2008. Here is an introduction to his writings.
Making home-made jam is an easy and economical way of preserving fruit for long-term storage. Tasty and rich with Vitamin C, home-made jams are free from artificial colouring and synthetic chemicals.
Hilbre Island sits in the mouth of the Dee Estuary, facing the Irish Sea. Cut off from the mainland twice each day, it is one of Wirral's true beauty spots.
Looking for a friendly creative writing group in Wirral? Look no further. Riverside Writers always welcomes new members.