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October 2010

Organise Your Wine Cellar On Your iPhone

Organise Your Wine Cellar On Your iPhone

Forgetting what you have in your wine cellar could be a thing of the past thanks to the Cellar and Open Cellar applications available for your iPod and the Open Cellar software for your home computer. Cellar is an iPhone, iPod or iPad application, which is designed to help you organise your wine collection wherever and whenever you like. The application acts as a swipeable showcase of your wine rack. You can categorise your wine bottles, edit what is in your cellar and browse through your collection. Any bottles you have removed to drink or sell can be discarded to the ‘Garage’. This feature recognises that the particular bottles are no longer a part of your collection, but saves them in the Garage for future reference. Don’t have an iPhone? Not a problem! Open Cellar is an equally useful programme, […]

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Did You Know You There Is A World Record For The Largest Collection Of Traffic Cones?

Did You Know You There Is A World Record For The Largest Collection Of Traffic Cones?

Did you know a man from the UK earned the world record for his collection of 132 Traffic Cones? David Morgan achieved this unusual record in 2000, but according the Guinness World Records, the record is still valid today. The record breaker, from Oxfordshire, has continued to grow his collection of traffic cones and now owns 550 different kinds. The 68-year-old has two thirds of all the types of cones ever made. His collection includes traffic cones from as far as Malaysia and Finland. His prize possession is a 1956 Lynvale rubber cone from Scotland – the oldest item in the collection. He even owns a rare black funeral cone used by undertakers. David is the Sales Director for the world’s largest producer of traffic cones, which produces over 3.5 million cones a year. Dubbed by many as ‘cone head’, […]

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  • 25th October 2010
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Win A PS3 Console And A Playstation Move Starter Pack With Big Yellow Self Storage

Win A PS3 Console And A Playstation Move Starter Pack With Big Yellow Self Storage

We’re giving you the chance to win a Playstation 3 Slim console with a Playstation Move starter pack. The PS3 Slim is noticeably smaller than the original console and offers all of the cutting-edge features that let you to enjoy the latest games and Blu-Ray movies in high-definition. The addition of the Playstation Move controller will take your motion-based gaming experience to the next level! To get your hands on this fantastic prize all you have to do is head over to the Competition Tab on Big Yellow’s Facebook page and answer this question: Who makes the Playstation 3? a. Sunny b. Sony c. Pony

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  • 22nd October 2010
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Win an iPod Nano with Big Yellow Space Savers Round 2!

Win an iPod Nano with Big Yellow Space Savers Round 2!

We’ve launched the second round of our Facebook game ‘Big Yellow Space Savers’ after very successful first round. Kelly Bourton our first winner successfully won Round 1 and a brand new Apple iPad amassing 590 items with the help of her friends! In Round 2 of Space Savers, players will have the chance to win the latest iPod Nano when they store items in their virtual self storage room. To be in with a chance of winning the prize, players have to store as many items as possible and you’ll even gain points by inviting your friends to play the game when they store items. The aim of the game is to catch falling items from a van before they hit the ground. Once they’ve all been caught successfully you’ll be able to store and customise an item to go […]

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  • 22nd October 2010
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Get Inspired To Clear Out Your Home During National Declutter Week!

Get Inspired To Clear Out Your Home During National Declutter Week!

National Declutter Week kicks off this Saturday 23 October until Sunday 31 October and is a great chance for the entire nation to get rid of some rubbish. With the kids off school for half term and Christmas just around the corner, there has never been a better time to make a start on decluttering. Set aside a day to clear out your home and realise the benefit of a clutter free home. Big Yellow Self Storage has taken inspiration from National Declutter Week and compiled five top tips for de-cluttering your home from our self storage blog archive: 1. Tackle the task section by section, otherwise it can seem too overwhelming. Ensure you finish each part before you move on to the next 2. Throw out all the bottles, toothbrushes and soaps etc which are old or empty and […]

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Did You Know The Most Money Made In A UK Auction Is £153 Million?

Did You Know The Most Money Made In A UK Auction Is £153 Million?

Did you know that in June this year an impressionist’s art sale fetched £152.6 million, beating the record for the most money ever made in a UK auction? The highlight of the sale at the London auction house, Christies was a 1903 painting by Pablo Picasso. The piece, named ‘Portrait of Angel Fernandez De Soto’, (also known as ‘The Absinthe Drinker’), sold for £34.7 million. Andrew Lloyd-Webber’s Art Foundation, a charity set up by the British composer to promote art, culture and heritage in Britain, bought the artwork for £19 million in 1995. They attempted to sell the painting at Christies in New York in 2006 but the auction was called off due to controversy over the ownership. Julius Schoeps, who is Jewish, claimed his family had owned the painting, but had been forced to sell it by the Nazis. […]

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How To Start Your Own Wine Collection

How To Start Your Own Wine Collection

You don’t necessarily have to be a wine expert to begin your own wine collection, there is plenty of help and advice available to get you started. We have compiled some of the best tips and tricks to get you on your way to developing a cellar, which will have your friends green with envy. There will always be something about wine you didn’t know, no matter how advanced your knowledge is. Education is paramount in becoming a successful wine collector. Read as many wine books, columns and websites as you can. Where possible, visit your nearest vineyard (or take the opportunity to go next time you are holidaying somewhere renowned for wine production). Look out for wine tasting events as these sessions will help you decide which wines to add to your collection. To really develop your knowledge on […]

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Tips & Tricks: How To Stop Your Shoes From Becoming Cluttered

Tips & Tricks: How To Stop Your Shoes From Becoming Cluttered

Shoe clutter is a very common household problem and the more people there are in your house, the bigger the problem can become. A lack of storage space can cause mounds of shoes to appear in bedrooms, near an entrance or a hallway. Here are some top tips to organise shoes effectively and stop them from becoming cluttered. Storage boxes are useful as they can create easy storage solutions for shoes. They’re very useful for shoes that you don’t wear often or are off-season. Plastic see-through boxes that stack are recommended or you can use the original box and attach a photo on the outside for easy viewing. Shoe racks and shelves made from wood are useful for shoes that you wear frequently and can be stored in closets that have space beneath the clothes rod. Many racks and shelves […]

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Big Yellow Self Storage & The Gadget Show Team Up For Record Breaking Giant Game Of Tetris

Big Yellow Self Storage & The Gadget Show Team Up For Record Breaking Giant Game Of Tetris

The Gadget Show has created a gigantic Tetris game to beat a world record in a show which aired on Monday night. The Channel Five show set a new Guinness World Record for the largest game of Tetris ever played. The programme produced a spectacular instillation using boxes donated by Big Yellow Self Storage, with bright lights inside every box. The 1984 game, which involves moving and rotating shaped blocks to fit into lines, was recreated using 200 of Big Yellow’s extra large storage boxes making a grid of 105.7 metre squared. Presenters Ortis Deley, Suzi Perry, Pollyanna Woodward and Jon Bentley controlled the game on the ground by stamping on directional pressure pads, whilst Jason Bradbury oversaw the game from a cherry picker, shouting directions to his fellow team members. To beat the previous record, the technology show’s presenters […]

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Tips & Tricks: How To Store Your Collectibles

Tips & Tricks: How To Store Your Collectibles

Collections can be exciting and fun and, in moderation, displays of collected items can provide a nice decor for your home. However, collections can easily get out of hand and could end up making your house look like a charity shop. If this is the case, it might be time to consider putting some of your stuff away. Storing your collectibles is an important part of organising your collection and keeping it safe. We have compiled some tips and tricks for the best way to store your memorabilia. Depending on what you collect, you may be able to incorporate collectibles with your decor by displaying items on walls or shelves. To avoid exhibiting the entire collection at once, put some items into storage and then rotate them every few months to ensure your walls don’t look too cluttered. For items […]

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