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Keeping industry alive

by Gary Fishlock

 The global economy is completely dependent on cheap oil and therefore unsustainable

It’s all about the ‘L’ word – local.

This seems to be at loggerheads with the ethos of our global economy. But there are many reasons, both practical and ethical, to buy local rather than imported goods. Read more…

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The history of chocolate

by Gary Fishlock

The World Cocoa Foundation estimates that the number of people who currently depend on chocolate for their livelihood is about 50 million

Chocolate. The mere word is capable of invoking a passionate response in many people. Read more…

Five everyday inventions by women

by Ruth Felice

She wasn’t allowed inside the textile mill during testing, due to draconian rules that forbade women on the premises. She was forced to wait outside the building for test results

To celebrate International Women’s Day 2016, here are some everyday items that were invented by women. Many of these things are fixtures in our day-to-day lives. Best of all, they come from a range of industries that are usually male-dominated. Perhaps these women’s ingenuity can inspire other women into “non-traditional” trades. Over to you, ladies… Read more…

Maximise your free time

by Kirrily Weatherstone

Picture this… you’re sitting in class, or stuck in traffic. You can’t stop thinking about how you’d rather be spending your time. Your mind races with thoughts of how you can get fit… grow your income… be a better friend, or a better human for that matter.

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Try a little kindness

by Gary Fishlock

It’s something that our parents and grandparents told us about, but which doesn’t seem to hold much sway in our modern, market society where everything has a price tag

When did it happen? We now live in an age of skepticism, rapid communications and 24-hour news cycles. The dominant sentiment seems to be “what’s in it for me?” How did our society become such a cold, hard place? Surely there’s some kind of antidote to this perpetual negativity and mistrust.

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Cupid’s condoms

by Gary Fishlock

The number one issue many people have with condoms is that the latex deadens sensation – like having sex through a shower curtain

Okay, let’s see if we can have a sensible, adult discussion about condoms while keeping a straight face and without cracking any silly jokes.

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A little doubt can go a long way

by Jim Griffiths

Having that little question mark hovering quietly in the back of your mind can keep you focused on real, obtainable achievements

Self-doubt, to be precise. We’ve all experienced it before – some of us more than others – and usually when undertaking a new venture or commitment, like starting a new job or course of study. You know – that little voice inside your head that says Can I really do this?

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The perfect Christmas Menu

by Daniel Baker

It’s often useful to design a menu that can easily be turned from a cold to a hot meal (or vice versa) without too much thought or drama

Picture it. Christmas Day, 2015. You wake up to a cold and drizzly morning. Certainly not the hot, sultry conditions the TV weatherman has been promising for days. And which you’ve designed your whole Christmas spread around. It’s a social and domestic disaster! What to do?

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