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During 2010 we’ve managed to rack up over 100 articles on this blog. These have included interviews, products reviews, industry news and much more. To celebrate the end of another great year we’ve choosen our favourite posts (of all time) and the 10 most popular posts of 2010 to share with you once again.

Most Popular Posts of 2010

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In the summer of 2009, Google released City Tours to it’s “labs”. Google Labs is where Google places potential new services and tools for testing and improvement before launch. It’s now a year and a half later and City Tours is still stuck inside Labs, though many features have been implemented within Google Maps.

Google City Tours

Google City Tours – Source GoogleSystem Blog

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Here at CheapTents we fully understand the chaos that surrounds most people at this festive time of year, especially those of us taking part in the annual practice of last minute shopping.

But never fear, for CheapTents are here!
That sounded much catchier in my head…

Well kind of, if you are needing to last minute shop you will need to pop down to our physical store, in Warrington, the Adventure Centre. That is because our last shipping dates for pre-Christmas delivery have now been and gone, meaning orders placed online from Monday 20th will more than likely be delivered post-Christmas.

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IMPORTANT: 2011 Christmas Shopping Dates can be found here

Whilst some of us are enjoy the current weather conditions, ideal for walking in the countryside, however we have heard a few moans and groans about the snowy weather conditions. Even from our delivery partners. Anyway I’m loving the weather and hope you are too but we need to tell you about some possible delays in delivery of orders.

Most of the UK is currently under severe weather warning for “wintery conditions” and as such the Royal Mail and Parcel Force, our delivery partners, have issues warnings that some deliveries may experience delays.

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IMPORTANT: Please NOTE final Shipping Dates for Christmas 2010 have now passed

At CheapTents we want to keep our customers “in the loop”, as part of this we have been continually giving you delivery updates during the recent bad weather. Today we’ve been contacted by one of our two despatch companies explaining that orders despatched after Friday will not reach various scottish regions until AFTER christmas.

This means that if you are ordering with the intention of delivery to an affected area before Christmas you must order BEFORE Friday (17th).

Post code areas affected by this:
Note: this is currently only affected SCOTTISH Postal Codes

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If you’ve been asleep for the past few weeks you may be forgiven for not realising that winter is upon us. With winter generally comes danger for many people, including walkers. Winter is also the time of year when lots of people take up walking as a hobby, thanks to Christmas presents or because they have made a new years resolution to get fit!

Either way, the more walkers, ramblers, hikers and backpackers we have the better. Not only do these groups get fit and stay fit but they also get to enjoy more of our amazing countryside.

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According to the Federation for Sport at Altitude (FSA) , skyrunning is

Running from the sea to the sky, from the plains to the earth’s highest peaks.

Outdoor sports such as running, biking, skiing, duathlons, triathlons which are undertaken at altitudes above 2000 m are collectively known as Skysports. Typical locations for Skysports are The Alps, Tibet, Nepal, Kenya, Colorado, Mexico or

anywhere that the sky and mountains meet.

And there was me thinking that Skysports was about watching football, rugby or cricket on a widescreen LCD TV at home or down the pub.

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A few weeks ago I wrote a post explaining Phase One, the start of our website updates and I also talked of what was to come in Phase Two. Today, with Phase Two nearing completion I’d like to tell you a little about what updates Phase Two has included.

Phase Two updates are somewhat more complex than those in Phase One. This is to say without the changes made earlier Phase Two could not even be attempted, it also means they changes are more technically challenging and take longer to implement.

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