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It’s the thought that counts

It’s the thought that counts

I recently heard about a new scheme where instead of buying a Christmas tree, many of them lying sadly on the pavement come the new year, alternatively you rent out a potted one to see you over the festive period. You need to promise to water it, and keep it away from radiators, but otherwise they’re yours […]

22nd December 2020
Will 2021 be the year of the workation?

Will 2021 be the year of the workation?

For many of us, 2020 has been the year of lockdown holiday daydreams. In research commissioned by Booking.com, a huge 95% of their respondents reported having spent time looking for vacation inspiration during the weeks of restriction.  Unsurprisingly, the poll into our changing travel habits also revealed a continued shift towards staying local. So-called “doorstep […]

21st December 2020
SpaceX – a new era of exploration?

SpaceX – a new era of exploration?

It feels like we’re entering a new era of space exploration. It certainly seems to be featuring much more heavily in the media: Boris Johnson’s new “space command”, agreements around moon exploration and the recent docking of the SpaceX Dragon capsule with the International Space Station. The four NASA astronauts who joined the ISS were the first […]

04th December 2020
Influencer vs Virtual Influencer

Influencer vs Virtual Influencer

Have you come across any virtual influencers recently? We’re not talking the trendy young people selling the lifestyle dream on social media, but actual virtual influencers. Lil Miquela has over 2.5 million Instagram followers and has collaborated with brands such as Prada and Samsung. She’s also 100% computer generated.  Experts are predicting that as CGI technologies become cheaper and brands […]

03rd December 2020
Bring language learning into your everyday life

Bring language learning into your everyday life

Back in the day I decided to study Modern Foreign Languages as a university student. Although I am yet to live my dream of taking my morning coffee on some sunny balcony in Provence, bringing a bit of French language or culture into my daily life still brings me a lot of pleasure. As a […]

02nd December 2020
Pet therapy

Pet therapy

This morning I met the most adorable little puppy. Long spaniel ears, big chocolate eyes, silky grey fur and a little white tipped tail. My friend had been going through a rough time and her husband had brought the puppy home as a surprise hoping to cheer her up. This sounds much more romantic when […]

01st December 2020
This is why you can’t stop shopping

This is why you can’t stop shopping

It was after deleting my Instagram app that I began to think about some of the “subconscious” impacts of my social media scrolling. The break from Instagram seemed to correspond with a drop in my desire to shop.  I was not a massive spender but probably lost hours trying to track down a certain style […]

01st December 2020
The words of the year

The words of the year

2019 was “Climate Emergency”. 2018 was “Toxic”. 2017 was “Youthquake”. This year, given the “phenomenal breadth of language change and development in 2020”, Oxford Dictionaries were unable to sum the past 12 months with one single word. Instead, they’ve opted for several “Words of an Unprecedented Year”.  “Unprecedented” itself is a word that has seen […]

30th November 2020
Niksen on embracing idleness

Niksen on embracing idleness

The Danish concept of hygge, an untranslatable feeling of ‘cosy contentedness” has crept its way into our parlance in recent years. Many of us may even have received a book about it for Christmas 2016. This year you may find something new in your stocking. The past 12 months have seen the rise of Niksen. A […]

30th November 2020
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