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A very Merry Christmas and a Happy Year from JDL Deliveries

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This is going to be the briefest of the brief type of blogs to wish all our customers and suppliers past, present or future a very merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous New Year.

Actually…nah!  It wouldn’t be a JDL Deliveries blog without a list would it?  So here we go; 10 obscure facts about Christmas to digest with your mince pies…

  1. Christmas is a contraction of “Christ’s Mass,” which is derived from the Middle English Cristemasse, which in turn comes from the Old English Cristesmæsse, a phrase first recorded all the way back in 1038.
  2. Boxing Day gets its name from all the money collected in church alms-boxes for the poor.
  3. Robins on cards started as a joke 150 years ago when postmen wore red tunics and were named after them.
  4. Believe it or not, but it’s illegal to eat mince pies on Christmas Day in England. In the 17th century, Oliver Cromwell banned Christmas pudding, mince pies and anything to do with gluttony. The law has never been rescinded.
  5. Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer was invented for a US firm’s Christmas promotion in 1938.
  6. During the 20th century there were only seven official white Christmases in the United Kingdom.
  7. Ebenezer Scrooge’s famous line “Bah Humbug” almost never existed. Charles Dickens’ initial choice was “Bah Christmas.”
  8. Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen is the only record to get the UK Christmas Singles Chart Number One twice, once in 1975 and again in 1991. “Do They Know It’s Christmas” was number 1 three times (1984, 1989 and 2004), but technically it was by different groups, so doesn’t count, before you point that out!
  9. Christmas pudding was originally a soup made with raisins and wine.
  10. The average Brit consumes around 7,000 calories on Christmas day, and you’ll reach your recommended daily allowance at about 2pm.

So whatever you’re up to during the festivities, have an extraordinarily fantastic time.

Until next time…

A Kent courier’s Christmas spending tips

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We love Christmas at JDL Deliveries, absolutely love it!  Spending time with the family, scoffing mince pies and generally enjoying the festive spirit.  However one thing we as a small business know about is finance and avoiding the spending hangover that could follow an over-indulgent festive period once the bills hit in January.  So in the best tradition of lists, we start at number one and go all the way to number six, outlining spending tips for you over the next few weeks to make the start of 2017 that bit easier for you.

  1. Set your spending budget AND STICK TO IT, make sure your holiday budget is part of your household budget as well, because (shock horror) your bills still need to be paid, even in December.
  2. Use credit cards and savings wisely.  Make sure you know how you’re going to finance your budget and if you do utilise your credit cards, make sure that you clear them down as quickly as possible due to the expensive interest charges.
  3. Make sure that you shop around and look for the best deals.  Rather like having a weekly shopping list helps ensure that your “normal” shopping bills don’t secretly tot up, the same is true of your Christmas spend.  Once you know what you’re looking for, spend some time looking for the best deals for each item.
  4. Keep your receipts – just in case anything needs to be exchanged or refunded.
  5. Children literally don’t care about the price of your present, in fact they’re more likely to be more interested in the box or the wrapping paper.  If you think you’re going to impress nieces or nephews with branded goods, then think again…
  6. Save early, granted this is probably a bit late to be telling you this now, but hey!  Remember it for 2017!  The average family spends £796.00 on Christmas, so if you squirrel away £66.34 a month then that sounds far more manageable!

So there we have it, a few tips and ideas to make your Christmas a bit merrier and your new year that much happier.  Add some more of your own if you like sharing.

Until next time…

Driving tips – a Kent courier’s guide


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We like to blog about a number of things, but as a dedicated Kent courier, we like to throw a tip or two (or 7 in this case) out there about driving.  Some of it maybe quite random, but hey!  That’s how we like to roll…

  1. Headlights…you know when they go all milky?  The tip of the day…use a 500 grit sandpaper to shift the grit, apply TOOTHPASTE (preferentially one with biocarbonate of soda) with a lesser grade and you’ll have sparkly clean lights.  Possibly apply a bit of polish for an extra touch.
  2. Got a new car or a hire car, need to fill it up.  What side is the fuel tank on?  Handily you’ll see an arrow on your vehicle’s dashboard near the fuel gauge to indicate which side you need to pull up to the pumps with.
  3. Need tissues or wipes in a hurry?  Stuff some in an old coffee cup that’ll sit nicely in your cup holder, hey presto!  Your own dispenser through the little hole in the lid.
  4. If your remote fob is not working very well or you want to increase its range just for fun, stick it against your cheek or chin.  The fluids in your head turn it into an increased conductor.  Go on try it…
  5. If your tyre ever blows out, DON’T suddenly brake.  This will result in you losing control and you could even flip the car.  Instead, remove your foot from the accelerator and steer the vehicle in the direction of the blown tyre.
  6. Wing / side view mirrors; keep your vehicle OUT of their view, otherwise you’ll have a blind spot.  If you can see your car in your mirror, they’re not adjusted far enough out.
  7. Check your tyre pressure on a regular basis; if your pressure is too low you’ll be using too much fuel and creating uneven wear on your tread.  Not sure about what the levels are?  There is often a guide stuck inside the driver’s door or simply look on a search engine.

Of course there are a whole host of other tips we could throw at you, but we thing (for now) that these will suffice.

Until next time…

JDL Deliveries – happy, healthy, hydrated & ready for you!

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A Maidstone courier‘s job can certainly be hard work, and we here at JDL Deliveries are certainly used to rolling up our sleeves and getting the job done on your behalf.  However not only is there the need to keep our vans in tip top shape, the need arises for us to do the same with our drivers too!

On of the best methods for staying healthy in your working environment is to increase your hydration.  Basically your body depends on water to survive. Every cell, tissue, and organ in your body needs water to work correctly.  Water makes up more than half of your body weight. You lose water each day when you go to the bathroom, sweat, and even when you breathe. You lose water even faster when the weather is really hot, when you are physically active, or if you have a fever. Vomiting and diarrhea can also lead to rapid water loss. If you don’t replace the water you lose, you can become dehydrated.

You might well have heard different recommendations for daily water intake. Most people have been told they should drink 6 to 8 8-oz glasses of water each day, but this can be a bit boring on intake.  Therefore vary it up a bit; soup, fruits (eg water melons or tomatoes) as well as drinks like fruit and vegetable juices, milk, and herbal teas can contribute to the amount of water you get each day.

Also as an aside, when you’re feeling hungry, try to drink water instead of eating snacks. Thirst is often confused with hunger.  Whilst it is true that genuine hunger will not be satisfied by drinking water, faux hunger is easily sated.  If you’re on a diet, remember that drinking water may also contribute to a healthy weight-loss plan as research suggests that drinking water can help you feel full.

So although health blogging isn’t this Kent courier‘s specialty,  we hope that we’ve made enough of a decent stab at extolling our limited knowledge of hydration & you found it useful enough!

Until next time…

A Maidstone Courier’s Guide To Christmas In Kent

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Yes I know that it’s November, quite early November for that matter, but we here at JDL Deliveries Ltd love Christmas and we’d like to share the joy with our readers.  In and around the county of Kent there will be lots of stuff happening, so here are our picks for the best of the festive action.

  1. Nothing says Christmas more than reindeers, so between 12th-30th November at the Reindeer Centre in Pluckley you can treat the children to their Santa’s Grotto, assuming of course, that they’ve been good boys and girls.  The details that you’re looking for are available here.
  2. From the 18th November until 2nd January you are able to enjoy stylish ice skating alongside festive food and drink in the splendour of Caverley Grounds’ amphitheatre in Tunbridge Wells.  For prices, opening times (including dedicated parent – toddler sessions) have a quick click here.
  3. The childhood home of Anne Boleyn, Hever Castle, hosts its Christmas Fair on 24th November to raise proceeds for Hever Primary School and the local St Peter’s Church.  To get more details for this event have a look here.
  4. Britain’s oldest brewer, Shepherd Neame, hail from Faversham and they are offering a Yuletide Brewery Tour & Tutored Tasting sessions.  Christmas nibbles and ales aplenty to be had, so click here to find out more.
  5. How about a Christmas cruise from Rochester to the North Pole with Santa on the boat?  Whilst the big guy is handing out presents to the children, adults can enjoy some mulled wine and a mince pie.  Departures throughout weekends in December with more details to be found by clicking here.

That little lot is of course just for starters, there is many more events up and down the county and country.  Make sure you add details of your own event in the comments section, after all – sharing is caring!

Until next time…

The leaves are turning – A Kent Courier’s driving tips

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So the heady days of summer are at an end and the cooler temperatures of autumn begins to grip this most noble isle once again.  Therefore it is prudent that you need to make allowances in the way you drive and the maintenance of your vehicle now the nights are drawing in.  We here at JDL Deliveries Ltd know a few things about keeping our vehicles on the road in tip top condition, and as we are to our customers the best courier company in Kent, (and of course most modest…), we’d like to share so tips with you.

  1. To start off with, the days are now shorter.  Well not true exactly, they’re still 24 hours, but the daylight hours are shorter.  This means when you set off to or from work, you’ll be increasingly doing it in the dark.  Therefore, please remember to turn on your lights.  All too often when we’re out and about we see other vehicles driving in the dark without any lights on whatsoever.  This is a very dangerous practice, so please be aware of this when you start up your car.  This leads onto…
  2. Make sure all of your bulbs are working.  In fact it is a good idea to give your vehicle a weekly check to ensure it has working bulbs, oil, water (including antifreeze levels) and screenwash is topped up, your windscreen wipers adequately clean the screens without streaking and that the light your car emits is bright enough.  If you’ve got yellowing or milky headlights, it’s time to get them cleared, especially if you’ve got an MOT coming up, as this fails a surprisingly high number of vehicles.
  3. Those four rubber things on each corner are the only point of contact your vehicle has with the ground.  It is your responsibility to make sure that they’re legal, which on UK roads is a minimum of 1.6mm in a continuous band around three quarters of the tyre.  If they’re not, then you’re driving illegally and what is more you’re risking your life and that of other people.
  4. Your car’s battery might well have to work harder in the coming months.  The cheaper end of the market car batteries nowadays seem to have a useful life of about 24 months, so if yours is approaching this milestone or even older, think about a replacement as they are the number one reason why breakdown assistance is called.
  5. Speaking of breakdown assistance…have you got any?
  6. Frosty mornings…brrrr eh?  Icy windscreens need clearing so make sure that you allow enough time to clear them PROPERLY.  Don’t just scrape away a small peep hole, ensure that you have full all around visibility.  If and when snow arrives too, make sure you clear the snow from your roof too, this is because the snow from your roof can easily slip forward and cover your windscreen if you have cause to break sharply.
  7. With brings up onto…drive defensively.  Take into account roads can be slippery this time of year, so leave more space, anticipate more as stopping distances will be greater.

I’m sure that there are more tips that you good people can think of, but as a Maidstone Courier company, these are the things that stand out for us.  Whatever you’re driving or wherever you’re going…do it safely.

Until next time.

Loose end? What to do in Kent with JDL Deliveries the Maidstone Couriers

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As Maidstone couriers we at JDL Deliveries have noticed the roads are starting to get busier as the holiday period ends and parents + children return to work and school.  However because our customer’s consider us the best courier company from Kent, we like to share snippets of information, just to show why we’re so liked.  Therefore with this in mind, we’d like to throw out a few details of what is happening in Kent and the local area that might (just maybe…) be of interest to you.

  1. If uplifting musical prose is your thing, then coming to Maidstone‘s All Saint Church on 8th October is the Kent Chamber Choir, in what promises to be a deeply moving evening.  For more details look here.
  2. Proving that you CAN get satisfaction (rather like using a great next day delivery service in Kent, rather like JDL…shameless plug…), the Counterfeit Stones hit Maidstone’s Hazlitt Theatre on 20th October.  Rock on here for more details.
  3. Keeping on the musical theme, down in Tunbridge Wells the soulful Three Degrees hit the Assembly Hall on 10th October.  Again if you’re interested – you know the drill…clickedy click.
  4. Marlene & Boycie (yes really) are hosting an “Only Fools” gala evening of chaos and fun at Dover’s Best Western Marina Hotel & Spa.  So to get a pony in your pocket and a suitcase from the van, look here.
  5. Finally – wanting to explore horticultural options for your garden?  Excellent, you’ll be wanting to visit the annual Autumn Extravaganza with a broad range of exhibitors at Great Comp Garden in Sevenoaks.  Details are here.

So as you can see…we at JDL Deliveries, aside from being really quite good Kent couriers, we also like to help people enjoy themselves.

Until next time.

White van man – the knights of the road | JDL Deliveries | Kent Courier

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White van man – the name alone puts chills down the spine of other road users from cyclists through to HGV drivers and everything in between.  The image of your rear view mirror being filled with the top part of a van’s radiator grill and bonnet is one familiar to all road users and is the enduring legacy of people’s perceptions of these vehicles and their drivers.

However we here at JDL Deliveries Limited, (to our customers the finest Kent courier company), amongst our comprehensive fleet we do have white vans and we like to stand up for them, because really they’re really nice people and they work hard to carry your business to your customers.

So with this in mind, we’d like to christen the white van PERSON the unofficial knights of the road and this is because:

  1. Economically the presence of white vans is a great benefit.  Demand for vans grew towards the end of 2015 & into 2016 due to the growth in both the UK economy as a whole and the purchase of goods on-line.  So the more vans you see on the roads, the more tax is going into the coffers and the better off we all are.
  2. White van people (4% of van drivers are women after all) are the most likely group of motorists to stop and assist you if you’ve broken down on the side of the road, whilst everyone if happy to motor past you.
  3. Just over one in four van drivers are self employed and of the vans on the road, only 22% are affiliated to fleet and courier companies.  The rest are a vital tool of the trade for occupations as diverse as roofers, picture framers or theatre directors.
  4. The van driver is also more literate than the rest of the population, as well as the obvious tabloids, they also read industry specific magazines and over half are regular book readers too, a number not matched in the non-van fraternity of the populous.
  5. Over 57% of white van drivers have pets and this does not mean Staffies or Rottweilers, instead the most popular are “gentler” pets such as ponies, Labradors, Golden Retrievers, parrots, rabbits and fish.
  6. Emergency services have a high regard for van drivers as it is invariably they who first notice the sound and approaching presence of emergency vehicles and take quicker action to allow them to pass.

So as you can see, white van drivers aren’t all bad, in fact their presence is a good thing for all of us.  So irrespective of whether they’re a Maidstone courier like JDL Deliveries Ltd, or another hard working person in a variety of other industries, then please make sure you learn to love the new knights of the road.

Until next time.

Life on the road – let’s be kind to each other

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One thing about being a Kent courier company is that we naturally get to spend a fair bit of time on the road.  We consequently get to see all kinds of sights and to a certain extent you could argue that it does reflect human nature as a whole.  Wow!  That is quite deep coming from a humble blog of a humble (but rather good if we do say so ourselves) courier company.

However we stand by that belief; the roads and life on them, can be pretty rotten and hard work.  There is of course road works, hold ups, delays, people cutting you up and all kinds of things to test your patience, and this is often before you’ve even got off of your own driveway…

One thing that did strike us was we recently witnessed an episode on the M3 in the roadworks, where some unfortunate soul was unlucky enough to breakdown.  Whilst he was waiting for the recovery people to come and do their thing he was being subjected to a torrent of abuse both verbal and car horn related.  We’re sure that this poor individual did not wake up this morning and thing “I’m going to go and break down in the M3 roadworks today, which will really annoy everyone who I hold up behind me just for fun.”  Sometimes unfortunate things happen at unfortunate times, and sometimes those times are on the road.

So with this in mind, I’m going to make an appeal…there are enough things in life sent to try us, so lets not turn on each other shall we?  Remember we’re all human, things happen on occasion, so take that deep breath and think that “there by the grace of God”.

This Kent courier company says let’s be excellent to each other and enjoy the world, because frankly none of us are getting out of here alive.

The confessions of a courier

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The life and times of a courier…no this is not going to be one of those tawdry tales of illicit shenanigans as described of various professions in a series of 1970s films.  Instead this is a homage to the courier; the shenanigan-free business that carries your business and the enjoyment one gets from being in the industry as it means no two days are ever the same.

As a proud Maidstone courier we at JDL Deliveries in our day to day working lives get to see all sort of sights and carry all sort of products across this wonderful nation, and it is these we’d like to share.  For example in your recent working life have you had the distinction of carrying nearly half a ton of Lego in the form of Father Christmas & Frosty the Snowman?  No…

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Some unseasonal visitors in the back of a JDL Deliveries Ltd van recently being made most welcome

 

 

As you can understand from this, we literally go wherever is needed and carry whatever you want, (so long as it is legal and in accordance to the vehicle in question’s weight carrying capabilities), and in doing so we love doing it because of the variety, which is of course the spice of life.

So for whatever your courier needs, JDL Deliveries – the Maidstone courier extraordinaire has the means, the will and the delight in carrying your business to the next level.  Remember, keep this blog safe, because you’ll never know when you’ll need it.

Until next time.