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How to Ensure Your Wedding Photos Last

Photographs from your wedding day will bring back memories of some of the happiest moments of your life, and it is natural that you will want to show them to your friends and family, as well as take the opportunity to look through them yourself and re-live your big day as often as possible.

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Scrolling through digital images on your computer or phone is convenient, but it’s still difficult to beat the experience of flipping through a photo album or digging out a precious box of photographs from under your bed.

As with everything, printed photographs are susceptible to wear, but here are a few tips that will ensure your precious photographs will last, leaving you free to continue looking at them whenever without worrying about causing damage.

The Printing Process

Professional photographs from a high-quality Hampshire wedding photographer, such as those from, should be printed on the finest paper using premium archival inks. If investing in an album from your photographer is something you are interested in, enquiring about their printing technique and asking to see some examples will give you an idea of what you can expect.

Safely Storing Your Photographs

Sunlight, heat, humidity and pollution can all have detrimental effects on printed photographs. Arranging your images into albums with protective sleeves is one of the best storage methods, and flipping through a well-organised album also makes looking back on those wonderful memories even more enjoyable.

If you need some tips for organising and storing your digital files, this Guardian article provides some detailed pointers, including investing in two hard drives so that you always have a back-up if one fails.

Displaying Your Images

Copies of your favourite photographs can brighten and add personality to your home. High-quality frames with glass panels will protect the image from humidity and exposure to air, and keeping them out of direct sunlight will help to mitigate the risk of colour fading. Always make sure to keep a printed back-up and a digital copy of your favourite images so that should any accidental damage occur or you experience the loss of an image during a move or whilst renovating your home, you will be able to make another copy and treasure those precious wedding day memories forever.

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5 places you can go to drive a tank

Short of signing on to spend a few years in the army, you might think that your chances of ever getting to drive a tank are pretty slim. But you’d be wrong, and there are, in fact, quite a few places offering civilians the chance to get to grips with some serious military hardware.

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Since its introduction in the First World War, the tank has transformed the face of warfare. Even today in the missile age, tanks form a major component of most of the world’s armies. As an expression of military might, a massive chunk of mobile armour with a big gun is hard to beat, so there’s little wonder that many people want to know what it’s like to drive these vehicles.

What to expect

You’ll get to experience driving the vehicle in an off-road environment, usually with some thick mud and deep water to add to the fun. Driving a tank is one thing, but many centres offer more, including the ability to crush a car or to play tank paintball. Of course, you’ll receive some basic instruction to ensure that the whole thing is done in safety.

Tank driving is great as a group event, for parties or corporate treats. Most centres offer gift vouchers too, so you can treat the military nut in your family to an experience they won’t forget.

Where to go

There are several centres in the UK offering tank experiences. In the Midlands tank driving can be tried at places like There are also centres in Wales and Scotland. Some places in the UK offer ‘mini tanks’, which allow younger members of the family to join in the fun to.

If you want to travel further afield and perhaps make tank driving part of a longer holiday, there are centres overseas too. The Irish Military War Museum near Dublin lets you drive an armoured personnel carrier – which is almost a tank.

For the more adventurous, the place to head is the US. Ox Ranch in Texas not only lets you drive a tank, but also gives you the opportunity to fire its gun. The ranch is also home to a collection of animals including giraffes, zebras and kangaroos, so there’s plenty to keep the less tank-focused members of the family happy too.