Don’t let the coffee cup drive you…

A close friend shared this with me, and I was extremely grateful to have read and understood its meaning. I felt that it would be nice to share it on here too. It’s a short story with an uplifting moral – to enjoy the finer things in life and not be carried away by theContinue reading “Don’t let the coffee cup drive you…”

Japan earthquake shakes the digital camera market

The earthquake and resultant tsunami that struck Japan on 11th March, have wreaked havoc on the digital camera market, with one assistant in a UK high street store telling a customer that the arrival of a specific camera model could not be guaranteed until August. From lenses to memory cards, the production of many componentsContinue reading “Japan earthquake shakes the digital camera market”

Submarine: Film review

This comedy-drama from Richard Ayoade, who plays Maurice Moss in The IT Crowd, explores the difficulties faced by a 15-year-old adolescent boy, Oliver Tate, to survive at school, lose his virginity before he turns 16, but also to try and save his parents’ marriage. Submarine captures the awkwardness of Oliver’s first relationship, and the anxietyContinue reading “Submarine: Film review”

Lituanian plans for blonde Maldivian island are insulting

I was unsurprised to hear that a Lithuanian company constructing a luxury resort in the Maldives, has faced legal trouble over its plans to staff the resort with attractive blonde women. The resort, which is meant to open in 2015 on a man-made island shaped like a high-heeled shoe, was hoping to lure wealthy menContinue reading “Lituanian plans for blonde Maldivian island are insulting”

Graduating in a recession can have long term detrimental effects

The graduates and job seekers of today are the most educated in history, yet, about 1 in 5 people aged 15 to 24 in developing countries are unemployed according to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. In Tunisia, these figures are even worse and unsurprisingly a revolution began over there last December and inContinue reading “Graduating in a recession can have long term detrimental effects”

A quick introduction to search engine optimisation (SEO) on newspaper websites

As readers have begun to demand news updates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, newspapers have scrambled to satisfy these cravings, and search engine optimisation (SEO) has become very important for newspaper websites. Even though Facebook and Twitter are providing a lot of referrals to online news websites, search engines still provide anContinue reading “A quick introduction to search engine optimisation (SEO) on newspaper websites”

Facebook and Twitter have turned opinions into Big Macs – ‘thrown together hastily and served by the billions’

“We live in an era in which it is important to have opinions. Not necessarily smart or original ones; almost any opinion will do as long as it’s forcefully expressed. “We post them on Facebook; we tweet them. It wasn’t that long ago that opinions were something carefully considered and weighed so they’d reflect wellContinue reading “Facebook and Twitter have turned opinions into Big Macs – ‘thrown together hastily and served by the billions’”

Weetabix, how do you eat yours?

Despite its rough texture and seemingly boring appearance, each slab is wholesome, packed with fibre and renowned for its nutrient qualities. Weetabix is a popular cereal most commonly eaten for breakfast, served with hot or cold milk, and a sprinkle of sugar or fruit. It comes in a variety of sizes and flavours now –Continue reading “Weetabix, how do you eat yours?”

Wintery weather takes its toll on eczema sufferers

The biting cold is back, and this is bad news for eczema sufferers like myself. Eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis, is characterised by dry, scaly, flaky, red and irritated skin. The wintery air makes the skin dry and very itchy, and it eventually cracks and bleeds. People with eczema get patches of inflammation, oftenContinue reading “Wintery weather takes its toll on eczema sufferers”

Snap up your seat in the audience and see a TV show live

Music legend Barry Manilow, classical superstar Katherine Jenkins, comedian Sean Lock, Strictly’s Anne Widdecombe and singer KT Tunstall will all be making appearances on tonight’s Graham Norton Show. I was lucky enough to sit in the audience and see the show being filmed live with Graham and these high-profile guests, and wanted to let youContinue reading “Snap up your seat in the audience and see a TV show live”

Protests and tuition fees: both are costing more than can be imagined

The debate regarding tuition fees was today officially drowned out. Images of peaceful protests were replaced by images of hooded students defacing the streets and monuments of London, littering, lighting fires, and even trying to confront members of the Royal family. Despite an initially ‘peaceful’ protest, antisocial behaviour and unmerciful protesting soon took over. WhileContinue reading “Protests and tuition fees: both are costing more than can be imagined”

Beware: VAT set to rise to 20 per cent in the New Year

If you live in the UK and you’re thinking of buying a high price item in the near future – a new computer or new car perhaps – you should probably nip out and buy it before the New Year. From January 4 2011, value added tax (VAT) will jump from 17.5 per cent toContinue reading “Beware: VAT set to rise to 20 per cent in the New Year”

The other side of the tube strike; what you don’t realise

As the fourth one-day tube strike gets underway (it began at 18.29 today and is due to finish tomorrow), commuters face more havoc and trouble getting around. The root cause of the constant strikes is a disagreement between London Underground management and the two unions representing their staff. The unions are taking action over plansContinue reading “The other side of the tube strike; what you don’t realise”

James Caan Foundation hosts charity screening of Jinnah

The James Caan Foundation (JCF) hosted a charity screening and panel discussion of the epic film ‘Jinnah’ on Wednesday night to raise money for victims of the Pakistan floods. Approximately 100 people turned out for the film, which traces the footsteps, fortitude and bravery of the founding father of Pakistan, Mohammed Ali Jinnah. The fundraiser,Continue reading “James Caan Foundation hosts charity screening of Jinnah”

Rubber band bracelet craze

In an era where the only thing children and teenagers want are Wii consoles, iPods and iPads, it’s refreshing to see that something as simple as a rubber band can grab their attention and trigger a mad craze. These are not just ordinary rubber bands though. They are silicone bracelets that have been moulded intoContinue reading “Rubber band bracelet craze”

Cyber Monday is on 6th December 2010. Save the date.

December 6th 2010. It’s the first Monday of the festive month, yet, it’s predicted to be the busiest online shopping day before Christmas itself – it’s Cyber Monday. According to a new online survey by YouGov, 45% of British adults will make online purchases on Cyber Monday, and in the week leading up to itContinue reading “Cyber Monday is on 6th December 2010. Save the date.”

Luxury mobile phones by Vertu

Costing more than or as much as an average family car, their mobile phones HAVE to be special, right? Well, Vertu’s phones are hand-crafted, adorned with gold or platinum, and some are diamond-encrusted too, it all depends on which model you opt for. If you ever do purchase one, it’s also likely to be oneContinue reading “Luxury mobile phones by Vertu”

Surprise surprise, grads struggle in job hunt

The graduates of today generally fall into one of four categories: a) Unemployed, b) Interning c) In higher education or d) Employed in a different sector to that they studied. Most of those in the ‘unemployed’ category are frustrated, stressed and depressed. ‘Interns’ feel overworked and cheesed off that they are working their arses offContinue reading “Surprise surprise, grads struggle in job hunt”

Busaba Eatthai Restaurant, Bond Street branch

If you’re after an authentic Thai dining experience, visit a branch of Busaba. As soon as you walk through the door in the Bird Street branch, you’re greeted with a warm, thick aroma of green curry mixed with spices. Solid oak tables and benches line the big restaurant space, and low lights dip in theContinue reading “Busaba Eatthai Restaurant, Bond Street branch”

324 bus route between Stanmore and Brent Cross is now in full swing

Last Saturday (23 October) saw the start of a new bus route, which aims to provide a convenient link between Stanmore and Brent Cross. The 324 service runs between Stanmore Station and Brent Cross Tesco, and serves Stanmore Broadway, Old Church Lane, Abercorn Road, St Andrew’s Drive, Culver Grove and Colindeep Lane. It also servesContinue reading “324 bus route between Stanmore and Brent Cross is now in full swing”