Category: Random things of Interest

child drawing a sad face in blue - Blue Monday
Motivational & Quotes

Christmas is long gone and over.  The New Year is rapidly disappearing in the rearview mirror and we’re not even halfway through winter. On top of that, the cost of the festive season is being felt on waistlines and wallets while new years resolutions are already falling like dominos.  Yes, it’s that time of year

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COP 27 – What it is and why it matters
Environmental and Animals Blog

COP 27 – What it is and why it matters COP 27 [1] stands for “Conference of Parties” with this occasion being the 27th time the event has occurred.  The non-descriptive abbreviation aside, COP 27 is a climate summit organized by the United Nations to be attended by representatives from up to 200 countries around

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common animals associated with Halloween - black paper cutouts of cats, bats and spider webs against pink paper
Pet Care

Spooky Season has arrived again.  You may have noticed a few Halloween-themed decorations and costume pieces between the Christmas goods in your local store (now that Christmas legally begins in August). But have you stopped to wonder why cats, bats and spiders are common animals associated with Halloween? Once again windows will be filling up

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A font at the centre of the Enlightenment gallery
Education

Being a Londoner, I have the pleasure of living near some of England’s most exciting cultural institutions. Still, despite all this choice, I find myself often returning to the British Museum. Whenever I visit, I always start my trip at the Enlightenment gallery to get into the right mindset to enjoy the extensive social and

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Random things of Interest

With Easter here, we thought we'd take a look at some Easter foods from around the world. There are many rich traditions to explore and some traditions which seem to cross borders. Here are our favourites! Hot cross Bun : UK Hot cross buns are a delicious bread that is normally served toasted and buttered.

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A Career in Horticulture (General Horticulture)

Humans have an uncanny and incredible capacity to attribute meaning to pretty much anything and teach that meaning to others. This ability to create a language from everyday items and symbols allowed the Victorians from the upper strata of society, who were taught expressing certain things by word improper, to make grand, intense declarations of

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Lifestyle Education

What is a Hobby? Hobbies can help us relax and unwind after a long day at work or to enjoy at weekends after a hard-working week. They are essential for our mental and physical well-being because they enable us to change the pace of life and allow us to “switch off” from the pressures we

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Health

Have you heard of Veganuary? It’s a movement that encourages people to try out veganism for the whole month of January, much like Stoptober, which encourages smokers to give up smoking for October, it’s aim is to raise awareness for a particular issue for that month and many pledge themselves to fulfil the requirements via

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Random things of Interest

Christmas dinner is a meal that many British families enjoy over the festivities. While it's hard to imagine a time when the traditional Turkey, Sprouts and Roasties did not grace our plates, the Christmas Dinner as we know developed over time and with many different factors affecting it.   Mince Pies Fruity, sweet and spicy

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Random things of Interest

There are a few days left of Christmas shopping and we thought we'd put together a list of great stocking fillers for different types of students! Maybe you'd like to drop a few hints to your family or friends. A Stocking for a Horticulture Student Grow It Bonsai Tree Kit Bonsai is an art form

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Motivational & Quotes

We all know that the  New Year brings a great opportunity for self improvement and fresh beginnings. Sometimes, New Year Resolutions are over-ambitious, repeated year after year – and often doomed to failure before they begin. So how can you make sure that you change your life – improving your mental, emotional and physical self

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Lifestyle Education

The festive season can be a stressful time of the year for even the calmest of people. Are you feeling the pressure from the family’s demands, the crowded shops and plans for festivities? What can you do to keep feelings of stress and anxiety at bay over Christmas and the New Year? Here are some

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Lifestyle Education

It’s inconceivable for most of us today to imagine life without our handy domestic iceboxes. But like so much in our modern world, they’ve been in existence for scarce over a century.  The first domestic refrigerator was invented in 1913, but it wouldn’t be until after World War II that mass production would scale up

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Lifestyle Education

Knitting and Stitching for Self Care In former times, knitting and sewing could be associated with being frugal and making items of clothing cheaply. While this is undoubtedly true, over recent years, knitting and stitching have become cool – with celebrities picking up their needles and singing the praises of their new pastime.   So

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Random things of Interest

Greetings Survivor!   Congratulations for getting through the end of the world and living long enough to tell about it.  While we salute your courage and fortitude, we must sadly point out that you are already doomed. Now that there are flesh-eating zombies roaming what's left of civilisation, the overwhelming likelihood is that you have

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Random things of Interest

If you’ve been around the online sphere for a while, you’ll know podcasts had a heyday back in 2010 and then dropped off the face of the earth. Recently, podcasts have been making a come-back and that’s partly because of your phone. It’s easier to download and listen to a podcast and costs less data

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A Time for Counsellors

The Covid pandemic was unique for counsellors in our shared lived history.  There has been no other event that has been so bluntly experienced by almost every human alive. The shared trauma of our experiences is something that will leave its mark for years if not decades to come. But for the children and young

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Veganuary

Did you forget to make a resolution for 2023? Perhaps you simply felt this time you’d just not bother; only now nearly at the end of January when everyone else is failing in their earnest efforts to do better you feel you really should have one had one? Well, you could still have a few

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Uh Oh, It’s Blue Monday Again!

Christmas is long gone and over.  The New Year is rapidly disappearing in the rearview mirror and we’re not even halfway through winter. On top of that, the cost of the festive season is being felt on waistlines and wallets while new years resolutions are already falling like dominos.  Yes, it’s that time of year

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5 courses to boost your New Year’s resolutions

The beginning of a new year is a fresh chance to take lives in fresh directions.  Sometimes it’s something we’ve been thinking of for some time, but on other occasions, a spur-of-the-moment decision can lead to a profound change and opportunities we could never have imagined.  Here are a few suggestions for directions to consider

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