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Whether you’re after a rustic-looking wood burner, an efficient electric heater or a firepit that doubles-up as a barbecue, we find the contraptions to keep your outdoor space cosy
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If play at Wimbledon is inspiring you to take to the court, try one of these bits of kit. There’s gear for everyone, from first-time players to Murrays in-the-making
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Since very few of us get to escape DIY altogether, a cordless drill has become a staple in many households. For those that embrace DIY, it’s hard to think how you’d live without one.
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Enjoying the great outdoors need not mean roughing it. Here's our pick of seats for campers who value comfort
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