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On Your Bike, The Self Storage Gurus Are Off To Brighton!

On Your Bike, The Self Storage Gurus Are Off To Brighton!

50 staff nationwide from Armadillo Self Storage and Big Yellow Self Storage stores will be setting off to rampage down to the sunny Brighton seafront. No, we’re not off on a beach holiday. Jimmy Gibson (our CEO) and the aptly named ‘The Big Yellow Armadillos’ cycling team will be donning helmets and tackling the London to Brighton bike ride on Sunday 24th June raising funds for Cancer Research UK and the British Heart Foundation. What’s happening on the day? It’s a 08:30am start from the Balham store on Sunday 24th June and then a short cycle over to the starting line at Clapham Common where the team will set off on the 54 mile cycle ride south to the finish line on Madeira Drive in a sea of yellow jerseys! We’ll be arriving at around 14:30 / 15:30 at the […]

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Did You Know Stones Can Be Used For Solar Energy Storage?

Did You Know Stones Can Be Used For Solar Energy Storage?

Did you know that there are many different types of energy – from the type that comes from plugs in the wall to power your electrical items, to the kind being stored in a battery? Solar energy comes from the sun and is not only absorbed by plants and crops to help them grow, but collected here on earth for heating, lighting and other human needs. A means of collecting the solar energy and a way to generate it are needed to make sure we can access the sun’s energy. This means that the energy can be converted into another form of energy such as electricity and heat. Storing the energy makes it last longer, as the sun does not shine for 24 hours a day – and in some cases not at all! Solar energy is very well suited […]

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Seek, And You Shall Find

Seek, And You Shall Find

At this time of year, we’re all busy sorting through boxes of clothes and books, papers and knick-knacks, trying to work out where on earth they came from. Though much of it ends up at the charity shop or in the paper shredder, you’ll sometimes find a few gems among the mess. In a way, it’s the same for the world wide web – there’s a lot of rubbish, but a lot of fun too. It’s precisely this sentiment that’s inspired the launch of the blogs below, all of which celebrate that one man’s garbage is another man’s gold! FFFFOUND is a web service that not only allows the users to post and share their favorite images found on the web, but also dynamically recommends each user’s tastes and interests for an inspirational image-based bookmarking experience. Passive Aggressive Notes – […]

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Tips & Tricks: Give Your Phone A Spruce!

Tips & Tricks: Give Your Phone A Spruce!

We all know what it’s like. You’ve had your phone for a while, it’s looking a bit tired – but more importantly, it’s acting it. There are a number of things you can do to fix this, and breathe new life into your handset before banishing it to the back of a drawer for good. Sluggish performance on most phones is almost always caused by a lack of memory, itself caused by having too many apps on your phone. To delete some apps, go to the main menu and find your applications folder. Doing this will show you a list of all the apps installed on your phone. Tap on an entry and your phone will show you how much memory the app takes up, as well as giving you the option to delete it. You can set single speed […]

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Did You Know Hamsters literally love self storage?

Did You Know Hamsters literally love self storage?

Did you know that most hamsters inhabit semi-desert areas where they live in burrows consisting of multiple tunnels and chambers – the most important of which store food and bedding for the animals to sleep in. Hamsters are nocturnal, so they sleep during the hot days and move around in the evening when it’s cooler. As such, conserving energy is vital. Most species of hamsters have expandable cheek pouches in which they can carry food and bedding back to their burrow to store. In fact, the word ‘hamster’ comes from the German word ‘hamstern’ which means ‘to hoard’. A hoard of nuts buried by a rodent 17 million years ago is the oldest food larder so far discovered in the fossil record. A team from the University of Bonn in Germany found a burrow containing 1,800 fossilised nuts when digging […]

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  • 1st April 2010
  • News

Introducing Check in online – another first for Big Yellow Self Storage!

Introducing Check in online – another first for Big Yellow Self Storage!

Our customers have busy lifestyles – that’s why we’re constantly evolving our service to make your experience as efficient as possible. We’re extremely proud to launch a completely new and unique service to help our new customers save time: Check in online. With Check in online, we streamline the process of getting ready to move your items into our storage rooms, by offering you the ability to complete everything online. What’s it all about? • Our Check in online system helps you enter all your details before you move in, thereby saving you time when you arrive at Big Yellow • Don’t worry if you don’t have all the information to hand – you can save and come back to the page as many times as you want before you move in. • Our system helps you plan your self […]

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Student Feature: Students rejoice, here’s the best student sites online!

Student Feature: Students rejoice, here’s the best student sites online!

Going to Uni is an exciting experience. However, the process of actually moving can be stressful to say the least! There are plenty of helpful resources available from your school, the government and even your new campus. But sometimes, what you really want is the opinion of your peers, straight from the horses mouth. When can you move your things into your room? Is there a place to park outside and drop things off? What about cupboard space? These three sites will connect you with current and post graduates to answer all of your questions. Student Room – where GCSE, A Level and university students share academic and social knowledge: from study help, to choosing a university, careers, and student life. National Union of Students – NUS is the national voice of students helping them to campaign, get cheap student […]

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  • 23rd March 2010
  • News

Cash for Kids charity quiz night in Dundee sponsored by Armadillo Self Storage

Cash for Kids charity quiz night in Dundee sponsored by Armadillo Self Storage

Cash for Kids is a Dundee-based charity we’ve supported for some time, providing self storage space at our local Armadillo site for hundreds of toys over the Christmas period last year. So when the chance came up to sponsor their annual fundraising quiz night, we signed up straight away. The event takes place tonight, at the at the Fairmuir Social Club and places are limited, so if you fancy yourself as a bit of a mastermind, contact the team on 01382 200 800 to get involved.

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Tips and Tricks: Declutter with self storage

Tips and Tricks: Declutter with self storage

Self storage isn’t simply about putting things away for safe keeping. Deciding to hire a room can also act as the motivation you need to de-clutter your living space. Most of us hoard things and stash them away – whether it’s old clothes, letters, newspapers or plastic carrier bags. But you know it’s time to organise or de-clutter your home when you’re spending far too much time looking for things! In the long run, removing the things that really aren’t useful on a day-to-day basis will save you time and stress, creating a more relaxing home. Items that may seem essential – but take up a lot of room and haven’t been touched in years – are more often not. Get rid of clothes you haven’t worn for years, de-clutter shelves, cupboards and under the beds, take the contents of […]

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Roll on the sunshine – the big spring clean is just around the corner!

Roll on the sunshine – the big spring clean is just around the corner!

The sun is finally here (almost), coats are getting lighter and the flowers are poking their heads out from under autumnal leaves and wintery ice. With this change in the air and Spring around the corner, a fresh start and a new look is on everyone’s minds – whether that’s a new haircut, new job or more often than not, some redecorating. With this comes the long-awaited seasonal ritual – the packing away of the winter coats, boots, and sports equipment that are spilling out of closets and piling up in various corners of the home. Spring is a great time to get rid of all of the stuff that has been accumulating around the house. For some this may be just cleaning out the closet to accommodate for a warmer wardrobe, for others it is a time to really […]

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