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Rust Console Edition Tips and Tricks

The island of Rust Console Edition – available today on Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S — is a harsh place. Literally everything here wants to kill you; the local wildlife, other players and even the island itself will try their best to eliminate you and take your things, so what can you do to get a head-start? Hopefully, these tips will help you get a foothold in this unforgiving survival sandbox.

Rust Console Edition - Sleeping Bag

Make a sleeping bag – This should be one of the first things you do – collect 30 cloth from the green h emp plants you see growing around the island and craft a sleeping bag. Place it in a location near where you want to build, and you can respawn back there – this makes it easier to not lose track of a good spot when you die. And you will die… a lot!

Rust Console Edition - Explore

Explore the island before building – It might be tempting to start building straight away, but it’s always worth exploring the island before you decide to put down roots; to get a good look around and find out where other monuments and bases are located. You don’t want to build near a huge clan as a solo player!

Rust Console Edition - Base Location

Base location is important – Even if you’re part of a huge Zerg clan, building a massive base in the middle of an open field is bound to attract the wrong kind of attention. Look around and choose a decent location for your base. B uilding at the top of a hill will give you a high ground advantage or building a small stone base on a cliff side blends in well, or even having one wall of your base built against a rocky outcrop, so it’s impossible to raid from that direction is a good way to protect your possessions early on.

Rust Console Edition - Tools

Lock your Tool Cupboard – Once you’ve built some form of base and placed your Tool Cupboard down so that no one can build near you and your base won’t decay, craft a basic lock and place it on your Tool Cupboard. Now, even if someone gets inside your base, they’ll have to waste extra resources breaking into the Tool Cupboard. This also applies to small and large storage crates; lock them up to frustrate your raiders!

Rust Console Edition - Airlock

Build an airlock – Even if you can only afford to build a small wooden 1×1 base, it is extremely important to stick an extra triangle foundation, walls, roof, and door on it. This means that even if someone kills you and your front door is open, the airlock and second door prevent them from getting into your base. Placed in such a way, you can also use the doors in the open position to block raiders or base campers from getting in, while still allowing you to shoot out. Just don’t forget to close the outside door!

Rust Console Edition - Honeycomb

“Honeycomb” your base! – Once you’re established and start to expand your base, it’s a good idea to put bracing walls around the central area. This is known as ‘honeycombing’; where you place walls to create a solid perimeter around the main part of your base. These spaces are often left inaccessible, but this makes it a lot harder for anyone trying to raid you, who will have to waste more time and resources to blow through the protective walls.

Rust Console Edition - Red Barrels

Get easy Low-Grade Fuel! – Low Grade Fuel is a highly sought-after resource early in the game as it’s needed to build a furnace. It’s mostly obtained by crafting it from Animal Fat, but animals can be hard to come by and most will either attack on sight or run away, making it somewhat of a challenge to get hold of.

Make life easier for yourself by looking out for the Red Barrels that can appear at Trash Piles around the map or most commonly at the Dome monument. These barrels will give you a small amount of Low Grade Fuel as well as Crude Oil, which can be refined in a Small Oil Refinery, one of which is also located at the Dome.

For a super-safe time farming Low Grade Fuel, you can look out for the floating platforms out at sea, which also spawn Red Barrels. These platforms aren’t often explored, making them a less dangerous option to loot.

Rust Console Edition - Research Table

If you find a useful item, keep it and research it! – It might be tempting to use that brand new MP5 you’ve just looted, but wouldn’t it be better if you could craft more of them for you and your friends? You can research how to craft many items in the game, so if you find something you think might come in useful, but you only have a small amount of, you can make a Research Table and pay an amount of Scrap to learn how to craft the item. Good examples of this are higher-tiered healing items or ammunition, which are quite hard to come by in early game.

This is by no means an exhaustive list or the only way to play – explore, build, fight, or survive! Hopefully, these tips and tricks will elevate your early game and at least prolong your survival in the harsh world of Rust Console Edition a little bit longer!

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Double Eleven Ltd.

Welcome to Rust. The only aim in Rust is to survive – Overcome struggles such as hunger, thirst and cold. Build a fire. Build a shelter. Kill animals. Protect yourself from other players.

Author: Jack Watson, Content Creator, Double 11
This post originally appeared on Xbox Wire

Martin Lewis shares his three crucial 'protection' tips for booking a 2021 holiday

The second level of protection comes in the form of “flexible bookings” something many big-name airlines such as British Airways and easyJet are offering.

“The ability to cancel or change your booking is so important right now,” said the money saving expert.

“Package holidays from travel agents and travel firms have strong protection.

“This tends to occur when you’re booking two or more things at the same time.

“Then if Covid restrictions stop the trip you are due a refund within 14 days.

“However, this is not just if you have to quarantine – it would have to stop your holiday.”

Things may be a little trickier for self-catered holidays, which is why customers are advised to always read the small print of their hotel or flight booking before purchasing.

“If you’re doing hotel or self-catering ensure a cheap option to change,” he explained.

“If you’re booking an overseas hotel and it’s open but we can’t go to that country you’re going to struggle to get a refund for it.

This post originally appeared on Daily Express :: Travel Feed

How to stop mould on your walls – FIVE tips to prevent mould growth


Dehumidifiers act as supercharged ventilators which capture moisture from the air.

Depending on the place, they could pull out pints of water from the air every day and prevent mould from gaining a foothold.

Some rooms will need this more than others, especially those below the surface where ventilation is near non-existent.

This post originally appeared on Daily Express :: Life and Style Feed
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What does baking soda do? 5 tips for cleaning with baking soda, from sinks to dishwashers

So how can you use baking soda? Read on for five tips for cleaning with baking soda, from sinks to dishwashers.

1. Fix blocked sinks

Blocked sinks are an inconvenience, and can often start to smell if not tackled quickly.

If you can’t shift the blockage and don’t want to shell out for a pricy chemical fix – try baking soda.

You will need

  • Baking soda – one cup
  • White vinegar – one cup
  • Boiling water in a kettle

Pour one cup of baking soda into the offending drain, letting it seep into the drain slowly.

Then pour over one cup of white vinegar – you should hear a fizzing sound as the baking soda reacts with it.

Leave to sit for five minutes – or longer if you need.

Pour a full kettle of boiling water down the sink and voila, no more blockage.

This post originally appeared on Daily Express :: Life and Style Feed
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Dental phobia: How to overcome a fear of the dentist – 6 tips

The general rule says we should all visit the dentist every six months but the NHS site explains the time between check-ups can vary from three months to two years, depending on how healthy your teeth and gums are and your risk of future problems. If you’re too scared to go to the dentist and it has been too long since your last visit, you need to force yourself to go. Express.co.uk chatted to Dr Kailesh Solanki, advisory dentist at Dental Phobia and Dr Martina Hodgson, dentist & Invisalign doctor at The Dental Studio to find out their top six tips to overcoming a fear of the dentist.

Experienced dentist

First things first, make sure you’re going to the right dentist for you.

Dr Solanki said: “If you can, ensure that your dentist is experienced in treating nervous patients.

“Dentophobia is very common and there’s no need to be embarrassed. Your dentist should take the time to talk over your fears and suggest how treatment could be adapted to accommodate your phobia.

“This might include mild sedation or using the wand technique instead of the traditional syringe, to deliver anaesthetic slowly; minimising the risk of feeling uncomfortable.”

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Distract yourself

If you’d rather not think about what’s going on in the moment, it’s perfectly okay to distract yourself.

Dr Solanki said: “If you prefer not to know what’s going on, playing catchy music through headphones can be a great distraction, both from the noise of the equipment and the treatment taking place. Why not make your own dental playlist?

“Some dental clinics provide their own music or even a TV screen on the ceiling which has proven to relax many patients.”

Dr Hodgson added: “Try distracting yourself with an object you’ve brought in specifically, such as a stress ball, a charm bracelet or a fidget spinner.

“By focusing your touch sense on feeling the object in your hand, this may help to distract you from the treatment taking place in your mouth.”

Speak up

If you can’t distract yourself and you’d rather a continuous monologue from the dentist, tell them!

Dr Hodgson said: “Some patients are soothed by being able to maintain a degree of control whilst having treatment.

“For those individuals, a constant commentary by the dentist, explaining what each instrument does, what is happening and why, can be very helpful.”


You can’t exactly have a soothing drink or do some yoga during your appointment, but you can use aromatherapy to stay calm.

Dr Hodgson said: “You can use your sense of smell to help you relax.

“Bring some lavender pillow spray and spray it on your top or on your wrist to help you calm down when you feel tense and bring about a sense of safety and wellbeing.”

This post originally appeared on Daily Express :: Health Feed
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7 Tips for Building Your Dream Settlement in The Colonists


  • Check out these handy tips to get started building your first settlement for the cute robots in The Colonists.
  • Find out about resources you need to gather, how to create energy, and the importance of roads to the CarryBots.
  • The Colonists is available now for Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S.

The Colonists is a relaxing city-building game that combines charming robots and automated production. Get ready to harvest resources and set up manufacturing lines by constructing road, boat, and train transport systems. Most important of all? Increase the complexity and make sure there are no dips in productivity.

But it’s not all hard labor as you can also set sail and discover new lands. Be careful, though, as you may encounter rival bots and fight for survival. Battles not your thing? No worries, The Colonists has peaceful and military campaign modes, challenging trophies, and a sandbox mode. The bots have really cute hats, too.

The Colonists

Deforest, and Then Reforest

The spaceship that drops you off gives you a few logs and energy to get you started. However, you’ll need a lot more wood as the starting buildings all require it to be constructed. That means you’ll need lots of trees!

Build a Lumberjack Hut so LumberBot can start gathering logs from the nearby trees. But you can’t just take. Make sure you build a Forestry so TreeBot can plant new trees and regrow the forest. Look after nature and nature will look after you.

The Colonists

Roads Are the Path to Happiness

When building your settlement, you’ll need to place roads and paths for your CarryBots. They use these to transport resources all over the colony. Be mindful of your placement, thought, as they can get blocked up with goods. CarryBots really don’t like that.

The key to placing roads is to make full use of the space you have. Think ahead and be wary of where you construct buildings to figure out the best routes. If it doesn’t go well, you can always bulldoze them and rebuild.

The Colonists

Energize Your Bots

The bots and buildings in The Colonists are powered by energy. Energy comes in three levels and each one is used to power different parts of your settlement. You’ll begin with level 1 energy but first you’ll need to construct level 1 residences so your bots can generate that energy.

Eventually you can research your way up to level 3 residences. This is where you’ll get the level 3 energy needed to power more complex bots and buildings. Just make sure you have enough power and you’ll keep progressing.

The Colonists

Stay Hydrated and Well Fed

The bots in The Colonists might be made of metal but they still need food and water! You think they make energy out of nothing? Build a Sheep Farm, a Vegetable Farm, or even a Fishing Hut so they can grow and gather food.

This basic food will help you make level 1 energy. If you want more advanced energy, you’ll need more advanced food, such as bread from BakerBot and tea from TeaBot. You’ll also need to build a well to keep the bots hydrated so they can keep producing energy.

The Colonists

Mine, Mine, Mine

Stone is a must-have if you want to level up your settlement beyond basic wooden structures. Every map in The Colonists has a source of stone. If you can’t find it, you’ll need to look further afield. It’s worth locating the stone early on.

Once you’ve found it, you’ll be able to build a Surface Mine next to it and start mining. You’ll be able to use that stone to create better buildings and further the colony’s research beyond what you could before.

The Colonists

Been There, Saw That

Once you’ve got stone out of the way you might want to turn your attention towards making a Sawmill. They are used to make planks out of that wood you don’t need any longer.

Wow, planks, we’re really advancing now. Alright, planks don’t seem that revelatory at first but they go towards making the settlement flourish as they contribute greatly to construction and research.

The Colonists

As Far as the Robotic Eye Can see

Once everything’s running smoothly, you’ll want to expand, expand, expand! Bored of fishing in lakes? Build a road to the sea and net more fish. And there are always more forests to chop down if you can’t regrow them fast enough.

If your colony is getting too busy, then going further afield also gives you more space to build. Expand by building watchtowers. Maybe you’ll encounter other robot settlements who have landed nearby. Attack!

The Colonists

With these tips in mind you’re ready to kickstart your own colony of cute little robots doing cute little jobs. Speaking of which, you can make them even more adorable by changing the color of your bots and buildings. Don’t forget you can also customize the game to match the pace you’re after. Switch to peaceful missions only, or if you’re feeling aggressive then embark on military missions? Play it your way and build the ultimate bot settlement.

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The Colonists

Auroch Digital

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The Colonists is a relaxing city building game inspired by classics like Anno and The Settlers. Help these cute robots build their dream settlement. Each bot has a job to fulfil, from harvesting crops and fishing at the lake, to transporting resources and discovering distant lands. You’ll advance through three different Ages as you build infrastructure for your colony by constructing road, boat and train transport systems. Help them work together to achieve automated harmony.

Author: Allie Liguori, Community Manager, Auroch Digital
This post originally appeared on Xbox Wire

How to get rid of a hangover – the four tips you'll need this bank holiday

This post originally appeared on Daily Express :: Health Feed

May 3 will provide people with their first extended weekend since Easter. For many, this is the first time they will have to test the latest pared-back lockdown. Open pubs will attract legions of spring drinkers to their outside seating who may end up needing the extra day to nurse a hangover.

How do you get rid of a hangover?

Questions of how to eliminate a hangover have persisted for centuries, and the term first appeared in English vocabulary during the 19th and early 20th centuries.

People have drawn up a host of wild treatments over the years, but some have more proven benefits than others.

Express.co.uk has found four which doctors and health officials claim to alleviate alcohol withdrawal.

READ MORE: Alcohol intolerance symptoms: How to tell if you’re intolerant

Drink soothing tea

Caffeinated drinks, including coffee and some teas, are also diuretic and cause further dehydration.

But a hot drink will help upset stomachs, making fruit teas an ideal replacement.

Ginger tea will have many benefits for the stomach, as will anything else with the root at its base.

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Gardening tips: FIVE laws of gardening gardeners must keep in mind

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Overhanging branches

In the same vein, overhanging branches also belong to neighbours.

Offending trees can be trimmed back, but only to the outer boundary of the property line.

Gardeners will have to steer clear of leaning over the fence, as this may constitute trespass, and they can’t touch anything protected by a Tree Preservation Order.

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Family of man hit and killed while changing tire on freeway begs

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — The family of a man who was hit and killed while changing a flat tire on the side of the freeway is making a public plea for information about the driver who did not stop.

On Saturday, April 10, Cesar Jimenez-Mancera was stopped on the side of the East Freeway near Federal Road to help a co-worker change a flat tire.

They were on their way to work. Jimenez-Mancera was hit and killed and the driver kept going.

Houston police have no suspects.

“I really want justice,” said Guadalupe Romero, Jimenez-Mancera’s stepdaughter. “I want anybody who knows anything to please come forward. He might not be my blood, but he raised me. He’s my dad.”

The grief is bad enough, but the financial burden is also starting to mount, the 21-year-old said.

Jimenez was the sole provider for her, her younger sister and her mother.

“We’re struggling,” she said. “We need help. I’m working, but my mom, my little sister … she doesn’t work. It’s been really hard these days and we have a lot more coming.”

Friends have set up a GoFundMe to help the family, who is now left without their provider and without the answers they need.

“How? How did this happen?” asked Romero. “I want to know and I want to know who did it. They need to pay for what they did. They left a broken family in pieces.”

Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS (8477). Up to a $ 5,000 reward is being offered for information leading to a charge or arrest in the case.

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Author: Jessica Willey

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EFL Cup odds and betting tips

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This post originally appeared on Mirror – Football

You’re well out of it, Jose. PS please send money.

They said it couldn’t be done, but Tottenham and Manchester City have defied the gloomsters – and managed to make the EFL Cup even less prestigious than it was.

Welcome to the Snides Shield (4.30pm) and fittingly, despite a Europa qualifying-round ticket ‘up for grabs’, it hardly matters who wins. But they can’t both lose, so there must be a bet in it.

City strolled the last head-to-head, but a Euro trip looms and they’ll be minus big players. They are 1/6 to lift the jug, a suitably greedy price.

Harry Kane is now a ‘definitely maybe’, though he hasn’t scored against City for five years. Last one a penalty, obvs.

Jose Mourinho talked of the “modern penalty” after February’s 3-0 defeat. Good spot. Get on ‘penalty in match’ at 12/5 (Hills, 90mins).

Five of the last 20 EFL finals went to shootouts – 6/1 (Skybet) it is settled on penalties again is big on that data.

It’s not over until the fat lady actually sings, but West Brom’s defeat on Thursday night must have had Sam Allardyce humming a few scales.

He might hope to see flip-flops on hosts Aston Villa (7pm), but I doubt Euros-hungry Ollie Watkins will wear them. Try 13/8 (Fred) Watkins ‘anytime scorer’.

Wolves have done enough to survive, but a point against Burnley (12pm, BBC One) would complete the maths, and a share suits both. Have a DRAW at 12/5.

The last time Manchester United went to Elland Road, 10 years back, a bloodthirsty mob of Leeds fans laid siege to their hotel.

Sir Alex Ferguson called his stay “frightening” and “like the film Zulu”.

That’s a withering TripAdvisor review. I believe there was also a “huge pube” in the bath and the mini-bar was “a ****ing disgrace”.

Stuart Dallas has earned a higher ‘anytime scorer’ rating than 8/1 (Paddy) says. Worth a pop.

Try an ‘anytime scorer’ nibble on Luis Suarez at 13/10 (Paddy) when Atletico go to Bilbao (8pm, La Liga).

Last week: Winner at 6/4