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Comparison of tenant deposit schemes in England and Wales

In England and Wales there are three government-approved tenancy deposit schemes (Scotland and Northern Ireland have different schemes). They are Deposit Protection Service (DPS) MyDeposits  Tenancy Deposit Scheme (TDS) Insured vs. custodial scheme Insured scheme: the landlord/agent can hold the tenancy deposits during the term of the tenancy. They need to pay a fee to the deposit scheme to register the deposit. At the end of tenancy, if the tenant raises a dispute, they must transfer the disputed amount to the deposit scheme until the matter is resolved by a free dispute resolution service provided by the scheme or a court.  Custodial scheme: the scheme holds the deposit for the duration of the tenancy. Custodial Schemes is free of charge for the landlord/agent. At the end of tenancy, both parties agree before the deposit can be released to the tenant/landlord. If there is a dispute, the release of deposit will be based on the decision of the free dispute resolution service provided b

The most common beans and lentils

Common beans and lentils in Europe and America navy beans (Europe), used in baked bean tins   red kidney beans (common in America and Europe)   chickpeas (Middle East, Mediterranean and India)   black beans (South and Central America)   butter beans, aka Lima beans (originate from south America and USA, now common in the UK)   lentils (originate from Middle East, now common in the UK)   cannellini beans, aka white kidney beans (originate from south America)   chili beans, aka pink beans (originate from South America)   pinto beans (common in Mexican and Southwest of the USA)   Common beans in Asia soybeans (common in Asia), called edamame when they are immature   soybeans  黄豆 edamame  毛豆 mung bean 绿豆 (Asia, esp. China

What is the best time in a day for a walk?

In most places the sun is most intense between 10am and 2pm and the warmest time of a day is between 3 and 4pm. If you are in a country which is lack of sunlight, the best time for a walk in winter is 2pm when there is still intense sunlight and outdoor temperature starts to rise to the highest point in the day. In summer, the best time for a walk is probably either between 9 and 10am or after 6pm. The reasons are to avoid high UVB radiation between 10am and 2pm to avoid hot temperature between 3 and 4pm to avoid heavy road traffic between 8-9am and 5-6pm Enjoy the outdoors!


gluttonous  / ˈɡlʌt(ə)nəs /  adj.  excessively greedy glutton n . a  person  who eats and drinks excessively or voraciously. a  person  with a remarkably great desire or capacity for something: a  glutton  for work; a  glutton  for punishment In Chinese culture, glutton is usually represented by Tao tie (饕餮), an ancient Chinese mythological creature that was commonly emblazoned on bronze artifacts during the 1st millennium BC and was a greed and gluttony monster in a few video games.  In English speaking culture, glutton is sometimes represented by the Cheshire cat or Lucifer. Both of them are fat, have a rather large grin and sharp claws. Lucifer is a spoiled, sour and gluttonous cat in Disney's animation. The Cheshire cat in Alice in Wonderland is more neutral. Their images have been commonly used in many games to represent gluttons. For example, in Animal Restaurant , the Cheshire cat is used as a mail box and a trash bin called Gluttonous kitty .