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Did You Know That Magpies Use Self Storage To Attract Mates?

Did You Know That Magpies Use Self Storage To Attract Mates?

Did you know that the magpie – like all crows – does not have a musical voice and instead uses shiny objects stored in its nest to attract a mate? As with so many aspects of evolution – its reputation for stealing things is actually a feature of selection within its species. Magpies collect and display objects with reflective surfaces in an attempt to find a partner, as the bird with the most objects of highest quality gets the strongest mate. The birds will reputedly steal jewellery, silver and metals, earning them the name ‘The Thieving Magpie’. Rossini wrote an opera of this name (La Gazza Ladra). It concerns a French servant-girl who is accused of theft. She is tried, found guilty and executed. Later, the true culprit is revealed: a magpie. In remorse, the town organises an annual ‘Mass […]

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  • 18th May 2010
  • News

We Support Read International!

Big Yellow Self Storage has been happy to give a helping hand to Read International, a fantastic charity and the UK’s one-stop-shop for book donations. They have crafted a hugely inspiring network of students who volunteer at 45 universities across Britain accepting any disused books from anyone and everyone and then ship these to Tanzania and Uganda. These much needed donations give kids in these countries the chance to benefit from books that their schools could never usually afford. Over 564,000 books have been shipped to date, a great success for them! Because they’re so successful in their donation drives that they acquire a large amount of books before they’re all ready for shipping without having the facilities to store them all. This is where we have been able to help with the cause as we’ve donated space where Read […]

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Did You Know That The Most Innovative Self Storage Strategy Can Be Found In Airports!

Did You Know That The Most Innovative Self Storage Strategy Can Be Found In Airports!

Did you know that the most creative – and often efficient – use of innovative self storage strategy can actually be found in airports all around the world? From bras filled with snakes to primates stored in trouser pockets, some people try sneaking plainly ridiculous things through customs using methods that are quite frankly bizarre. Custom officials at Melbourne Airport in 2005 became suspicious when they heard ‘flipping noises’ coming from underneath a woman’s skirt. Suspecting something fishy was occurring, they lifted it up to discover that she was wearing an apron of plastic water-filled bags containing 51 live tropical fish. Another smuggler tried to enter New Mexico with 16 packages of cheese stashed in his truck tires. However, he was busted by a border control X-ray machine and his truck confiscated as he’d failed to declare the extra goods. […]

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Did You Know: Microsoft Loves Self Storage?

Did You Know: Microsoft Loves Self Storage?

Did you know that Microsoft has confirmed that it will be introducing USB storage to its Xbox 360 gaming system? The technology giant has released a mandatory update to its flagship gaming console and with it added support for USB storage devices of 1-16GB capacity. This means that people will be able to plug in flash drives to expand the memory of their Xbox 360 console. Not only this, but it means that game saves, Xbox LIVE gamer profiles, or Arcade game downloads will now be portable. SanDisk have been quick to jump on the new feature, and will be selling a pre-configured Xbox 360 8GB USB flash drive that comes with a 1-month LIVE Gold membership in the US and the UK from this month. You can also use our self storage facilities to store your console collections, storage […]

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Big Yellow Self Storage Box-Man University Tour

The Big Yellow Self Storage Box-Man has just returned home from his 2010 UK university tour for a well earned rest. Box-Man and his team took to campuses across the country telling students all about the benefits of storing with Big Yellow this summer and its great 25% off storage offer which is available from bigyellow.co.uk/students They’ve been travelling up and down the country visiting universities in Sheffield, Durham and Nottingham Trent to name a few. To celebrate the offer as a special treat, team Big Yellow is giving away a brand new Apple iPad. If that wasn’t enough, a Big Yellow Internship is up for grabs – a fantastic opportunity for any web savvy students! Fancy getting involved? Test out your skills crafting a pun, which can be hotly topical but must include the words “Big” and “Yellow” by […]

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Tips & Tricks: Get The Most Out Of Website Self Storage

Tips & Tricks: Get The Most Out Of Website Self Storage

If you want to place big files such as video clips or images on your website, but don’t want to waste your bandwidth and storage, there’s a very easy solution. When you host any media on your own site or blog, it uses up a percentage of storage – and when readers view that media, it takes up your bandwidth too. If the media file is small then you probably won’t have much to worry about, but when you want to use files that are large in size, it can have a significant impact. If you have limited storage and limited bandwidth, this causes a problem. The answer is simple; use a trusted third party. If you want to use a video file, upload it to YouTube or Vimeo – then you can link to the clip or even embed […]

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Big Yellow Edinburgh Sponsors Heriot Watt Motorsports Society

Big Yellow Edinburgh Sponsors Heriot Watt Motorsports Society

The Heriot Watt University Motorsports society is the sole Scottish team in the British Universities Karting championships and has been competing throughout the country. They have only been racing since October 2009 and are unable to gain affiliation to the University Sports Union. The team has raced to success on the track in their first year as sponsorship from the Edinburgh branch of Big Yellow Self Storage has enabled them to attend race meets and raise their profile among the 4,500 students at Heriot Watt University. The team has had success off the track as well. They picked up Best New Society and Best New President at the University Oscars in part for a finding sponsorship deal with Big Yellow. The racers came in to do an official photo shoot at Big Yellow Edinburgh with ‘The Big Yellow Stig’ making […]

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Spring cleaning: Not Just A Makeover For Your House

Spring cleaning: Not Just A Makeover For Your House

The annual spring cleaning ritual is a great way to kick-start your health in many ways. From a health perspective, a deep spring clean is the chance to get mold, dust and other harmful irritants out of your house. A great resource is the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Web site for Healthy Homes. Though it might sound crazy, cleaning can also be a great workout. Take the time to go through every room and tackle every mess. Lifting boxes, vacuuming, scrubbing the bathroom, it’s all calories burned and strength earned. Financially, don’t forget that loose change! It’s money you can add to your savings, put toward paying off debt or use for immediate purchases. And while you’re at it, turn clutter into cash by holding a garage sale to empty the items from your ‘sell’ pile – or […]

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Learn From The Best Countries For Self Storage Solutions

Learn From The Best Countries For Self Storage Solutions

In one of the most crowded countries in the world, space is a big issue. To put this into context, Japan is roughly the size of California, slightly larger than Great Britain, and only a little smaller than France. However, it has over double the population of the UK. As such, innovation in storing everything from clothes to food is standard. Storage lockers are placed around the city, as are bike racks – and data storage is a large part of the country’s economy. What can we learn from this though? Building small can be a sign of higher ambitions, and creating a small home can be an amazingly positive and creative act, one which can enhance life in surprising ways. ‘The Very Small Home’ by Azby Brown presents stunning design advances in Japan. Particular emphasis is given to what […]

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Tips & Tricks: Looking After Yourself While You Look After Your Home

Model Kelly Brook recently revealed that she ended up with hands that looked like an old lady after she finished her spring-cleaning. “I’ve just done some spring-cleaning and my hands feel all grainy, like old lady hands,” the Daily Star quoted her as saying. It’s that time of year again, and it’s a chore that has to be tackled. But before you do so – you may want to protect your hands from becoming rough and nails from chipping. Rubber gloves that have long cuffs you can fold up to catch any dripping water. If you desire to be fashionable while you clean, there are also cute designer rubber gloves that can fit any style. Another good way to safeguard your hands from dehydration is by using a detergent that is specially formulated not to strip moisture from your skin. […]

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