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‘Right To Repair’ Tip Two: Ministers have confirmed that from the summer, consumers will have a right to repair electrical goods they buy. They are keeping a promise to implement EU rules aimed at cutting energy and bills – and reducing the need for new materials. #RightToRepair

The shortest scheduled passenger flight in the world is just 2.7 km. The flight from Westray to Papa Westray in the Orkney Islands in Scotland has a scheduled time of one and a half minutes, although the record is 47 seconds. Tickets start at £7.25 one way. #OrkneyIslands

Try Lidl's potato, pea and mint crush. This fresh, spring side dish made with seasonal Jersey Royals, pairs perfectly with roasted meats and fish. For an extra kick, add a little grated lemon zest and chilli flakes to garnish this colourful vegan recipe.http://ow.ly/mEun50EhNrY

The official birthday of Queen Elizabeth II is marked each year by a military parade and march-past, known as the trooping of the colour. The ceremony performed is based on how regiments would march to enable soldiers to recognise their regiments' colours. #TroopingOfTheColour

‘Right to Repair’ Tip One: As you may have read, the Right to Repair law is set to come into force this summer. Brand new appliances such as fridges, washing machines, dryers and even TVs should last much longer and be noticeably cheaper to run under new rules. #RightToRepair

The world's one and only knighted penguin lives in Edinburgh Zoo. His name is Sir Nils Olav. The king penguin’s role includes inspecting the Norwegian Guard on visits to the Scottish capital and since his knighthood in 2008, he’s risen in the ranks to Brigadier. #knighthood

The UK has tapped into geothermal energy as far back as the Roman times. Since then, it has been successfully used on a commercial basis. Since 1986, Southampton’s geothermal power station has proved heating for a superstore, swimming centre, 300 flats, hotels plus the port.

Today in 1940, the World War II Dunkirk evacuation ended. British forces completed the evacuation of 300,000 troops from Dunkirk in France. To rally the country, Winston Churchill delivered his famous 'We shall fight on the beaches” speech to the House of Commons. #Dunkirk

A ceiling fan has different directions for various weathers and knowing which one to use will save more energy than you may think. In the summer, a ceiling fan should turn in an anticlockwise direction to suck the hot air up in the room and push the cooling cold air down. #Fans

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Think about what kind of curtains or blinds you have and consider investing in some insulated, thermal-backed coverings for your windows. Keeping them closed during the hottest part of the day will help block out the sun and keep your room cooler. #Insulated

In the 16th century, Queen Elizabeth I decreed that mutton could only be served with bitter herbs, to stop people from eating the sheep in order to help the wool trade. Her subjects found mint sauce improved the taste, and it’s been a favourite with roast lamb ever since.

Try Asda's Miguel Barclay's roasted tomato bruschetta. It stars a pan-griddled toasted ciabatta base, piled high with sweet roasted cherry vine tomatoes and onions. With a sprinkling of oregano and rocket, and a drizzle of balsamic glaze, it’s a winner.

Boilers can seize up if not used regularly, making them more likely to stop working at the end of summer due to inactivity. Insurers recommend flicking your heating on for 15 minutes a week in hotter months as it could save you the hefty cost of a new boiler. #Boiler

Today in 1991, Helen Sharman, aged just 27, became the first British astronaut to travel into space as part of Project Juno, a private British space programme. Helen was a chemist by profession and was hand-picked for the mission from more than 13,000 applicants. #HelenSharman

The Welsh language is spoken by three quarters of a million people crossing over into England and as far as the USA, Canada and Argentina. In Wales, legally enshrined bilingual road signs and the Welsh TV channel, S4C, keep the tongue-twisting language alive and well. #Welsh

When planning a new kitchen, work out where the sun hits your room. Experts suggest to try and place your fridge/freezer in a cooler area of your kitchen because when it’s placed in direct sunlight, it has to work harder and use more energy to cool down. #FridgeFreezer

Today in 1820, the famous nurse Florence Nightingale was born. As you might guess, Florence was named after her birthplace in Italy. After her death the city of Florence erected a statue in her honour at the Basilica of Santa Croce in 1913. #FlorenceNightingale

Culex Pipiens Molestus is a type of mosquito that has evolved specific habits suited to life on the London underground. It can live in dark places for long periods of time, doesn’t have to hibernate, is a real biter and doesn’t need water to lay its eggs. #LondonUnderground

Try Waitrose's toad in the hole recipe, which is served with Swiss chard and mustard cream sauce. Sausages and onions cooked in a shallow pan, then covered with a golden batter. Thinly sliced Swiss chard and a cream and mustard sauce finish it off nicely.

Today is Victory in Europe Day. This marks the acceptance by the allies in WWII of Germany’s unconditional surrender on Tuesday, 8 May 1945, bringing the fighting in Europe to an end. The royal family took part in the celebrations and there was dancing in the streets. #VEday

Keep cool and save money by eating al fresco in the summer. In an insulated home, using your oven during warm periods will increase the temperature of your room and you will then use more energy to try to reduce the heat. It’s not like we need an excuse for a BBQ anyway! #BBQ

Menai Bridge between the island of Anglesey and mainland Wales was designed by Thomas Telford and opened on 30 January 1826. It was the world’s first suspension bridge constructed to take heavy traffic. At the time of building, it was also longest bridge in world. #Anglesey

1,400 homes can be powered by a single wind turbine, making it an appealing option for a nation on a windy island like the UK. The British government has invested £160 million into offshore wind projects, meaning we are one of the world leaders in wind technology. #WindTurbine

Today is May Day - the time of year when warmer weather begins and flowers and trees start to blossom. It’s said to be a time of love and romance and is when people celebrate the coming of summer with customs that are expressions of joy and hope after a long winter. #MayDay

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