Summer Kids Clubs

Aug 11, 2013 by

The summer holidays are around six weeks long, for adults it feels like six months, for kids it normally feels like six minutes. It can be hard to keep you children entertained over the summer holiday especially if you are a working parent.

Getting the full six weeks of is not possible so what are your options for the rest of the time? If you’re lucky you can leave you young children with grandparents or family, however for some parents this isn’t possible. You could also share childcare with friends, taking turns to watch each other’s children, when they can get time off. Another option is the last option is kids clubs.

There are a number of children’s activity club providers around the country, a quick search will bring up those in your local areas. Kids clubs do offer a cost effective option to child care, rather than conventional childcare.

Summer kids clubs and activity clubs provide safe environments for children, employees should have full employers and public liability insurance with enhanced CRB disclosures and basic first aid. There will also be plenty of staff to cover the number of children enrolled at the summer kids club. These aspects should help ease the minds of parents.

Kids clubs are a great way of opening up new experiences to children, enjoying activities they may not normally get a chance to undertake. They cover key areas, including Sports, Performing Arts, Creative and general fun games. Children can undertake shows for parents, sports games and competitions as well as creative arts projects to show.

Kids clubs are great place to meet and make new friends, some to keep for life, as well as being able to spend time with your school friends. It’s also the perfect opportunity to have peace of mind with their child care over the long summer holidays.

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Media Studies What’s it all About?

Aug 5, 2013 by

Media studies has a hard time in the press, it was relegated along with a number of other courses as soft micky mouse degrees, which don’t really improve your job prospects other than giving you entry as a fast food server. However in actual fact Media Studies can give you entry in to a range of job prospects, in fact now is a great time to study, considering how much of an impact the internet is having in the media sector.

Keeping up with the latest technological advances and updated in the latest media market can put you a cut above the rest, this is where the real changes are happening, however completion is high in this sector and your really have to push yourself to stand out. Once considered an easy option, now it is not, not when you want to succeed and avoid the burger flipping avenue.


Media Studies are awarded with BA degrees, however there is a variety of course options available, plus options of taking additional courses to boost your opportunities or to go into more specialised work. You should have an idea of the area you wish to go into, this will help you choose the right course options.

How long?

It takes three years to complete a standard degree, but as we mentioned there are other options available which could alter the timescale.

What do I study?

Different universities cover different aspects of Media Studies, offering a wide range of different courses. Before you apply you should have an idea which avenue you want to follow and apply to universities from that. Options include, mixing in journalism to politics and IT down to design and photography. As mentioned it is not an easy or soft option, with competition high you really have to put the work in. Courses include general study along with essay writing and practical assessments. You can find media studies degree essay examples online, plus plenty of information on what to expect from practical assessments.

What do I need?

Because of the varied options within media studies, high a-level grades in a range of subjects can get you the foot in the door. Anything from a-level media studies, to art, photography, English and history will all be beneficial, depending on the sector you’re looking for.

My job opportunities

Programme researcher, broadcaster, TV, film and internet

Public relations officer

Media planner

Multimedia specialist







Market researcher


Web design



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Jet lag

Jul 24, 2013 by

It’s one of the main worries that tourists and travellers seem to have when going on their holidays nowadays: jet lag and how to avoid it. While there is no straightforward answer, here are some tips on how to help yourself if you’re travelling across time zones.

It seems to be that travelling east to west is more difficult than travelling west to east. And the generally accepted rule is that for each hour’s difference, it will take one day to recover. Symptoms include, but are not limited to general fatigue, tiredness, confusion and headaches.

Many people swear by taking small doses of melatonin, a natural hormone that your body releases, in tablet form, to help their body clock to adjust. Others try completely overriding their body clock and not sleeping at all during travelling in order to reset their timings once they arrive and are very tired.

The most simple way to go about it is to avoid light at specific times and to eat your meals at the right time for your destination. This seems to train your body more quickly. Some people have tried setting the body clock in this way, with addition of going to bed an hour earlier or later each night before the holiday to start the ‘training’ process.

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What to do after a road traffic accident

Jul 17, 2013 by

Road traffic accident claims can become exceedingly complex, especially in those tragic circumstances where a fatality or serious injury occurs. While the legal process can be exceptionally lengthy, experts such can guide claimants through every step.

Adhering to some key points after a car accident may help prepare the ground for a successful claim. Firstly, it’s usually wisest to remain at the scene of the accident, especially if injuries and significant vehicular damage have been sustained and the claimant is confident that he or she bore no responsibility for the incident. If possible, finding a witness who observed the incident can be exceptionally valuable.

It is advisable to call the police, who will take very detailed statements from all those involved. This professional testimony can be immeasurably valuable in the event of legal proceedings, as it enables criminal prosecution to be brought against the responsible party which in turn leads to compensation.

At the time of the accident, never move injured casualties unless it is absolutely necessary to do so for safety purposes. Emergency medical help should, of course, be summoned in the event of significant injury. Vehicles should not be moved.

Even if the police are on their way, it can still be useful, if the claimant is able, to gather as much information as possible about the people involved, the vehicles involved (including registration plate numbers), insurance details, traffic, lighting and weather conditions and any skid marks left on the road. If the accident was no fault of yours, never yield to any pressure to admit any degree of liability.

Finally, inform your insurers and contact a legal expert. Bear in mind that a full medical assessment will be necessary to check for any injuries that were not immediately noticeable at the time of the accident.

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What is coursework?

Jul 13, 2013 by

Coursework forms part of the assessment which contributes towards the grade awarded for students studying courses at GCSE, A Level and on university courses. It represents a departure from the concept of grades being decided purely on examination results.

Coursework is seen as being a much fairer way to assess students. It has been argued that examinations are merely a test of a student’s ability to recall facts, rather than a demonstration of their understanding of the subject. Also, while he or she may have a good knowledge and understanding of the subject, having an ‘off day’ in the examination may mean that they do not achieve the grade that was predicted, or deserved.

While writing coursework is undoubtedly a much fairer way to assess students, it does involve a lot more pressure. No longer can anyone simply coast through the course and then hope to ‘swot’ up on the eve of the exam in the hope of getting that much desired pass mark. Instead, coursework demands that a lot of study and effort is put in throughout the entire duration of the course.

Generally, coursework is performed unsupervised, either at home or in places such as libraries. Also the internet has opened up a much wider scope for study, but also for cheating. The temptation to copy someone else’s work, or plagiarise information from off the internet exists when writing coursework, but it must be avoided at all costs as there will be severe consequences if the offender is found out.

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Buying legal high accessories

Jul 10, 2013 by

Many people use legal highs to relax and unwind after a long, busy day, or to enhance their enjoyment of a great night out. Whether they are using ethnobotanicals, snow blow, herbal mixtures, party pills, happy caps or kratom, there are several accessories which can help to improve their experience. They also make excellent gifts.


Bongs can be used to smoke legal highs such as herbal mixtures, tobacco and molasses. There are several different types, including percolator bongs, breit bongs, zombie bongs, glacier bongs, acrylic bongs, red eye bling bongs, glass bongs, roor bongs, and ceramic bongs. People can buy bongs from Shiva.

Rolling accessories

Smokers might benefit from purchasing a number of rolling accessories, such as lighter leashes to help them keep their lighter to hand; rolling machines such as the Lazy-man Rolling Station to help make the perfect roll up, rolling mats, rolling frames, and Tasty Puffs to add a quirky fruit flavour to every roll up. Rolling accessories make the perfect gift for those who like their legal highs.


Grinders are a must have for everyone who enjoys taking legal highs. From flat grinders the size of a credit card, to larger electric grinders which can grind up any herb put inside them within twenty seconds, Shiva Head Shop sells a wide range of grinders to suit everyone.


An accurate set of scales is essential for precise calculations. People might choose pocket scales if they want to weigh whilst on the move, or alternatively they might prefer digital or Chinese pan scales.


Vaporizers are an effective and healthy alternative to smoking. They offer the user the ultimate herb inhaling experience. People can choose from compact travel vaporizers such as the Vapbong, high-tech vaporizers such as those made by Vapir, and portable, handheld models.


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Apartment, villa or hotel?

Jul 3, 2013 by

When planning your holiday, you may be boggled by the sheer choice of holiday accommodation on offer. The three main types available are apartments, villas and hotels. Which is best for you and your fellow travellers? We’ll break it down for you.


Apartments are a great self-catering option and tend to be contained within a larger accommodation block. They are very popular choices for holidaymakers in most areas of Europe and parts of Asia, but rarer in North America. Some apartments have access to a shared swimming pool and other facilities. The main attraction of apartments is that they are usually located a stone’s throw from local amenities; however, if you are not a fan of living in close quarters with other holidaymakers, it might not be the choice for you.



Villas are another self-catering option and are a great choice for a larger family in need of more beds. They tend to have well-equipped kitchens and are usually detached for more privacy. Villas are also widespread across Europe. They tend to be situated slightly away from the main tourist hotspots, but on the plus side, you’ll have a peaceful stay.




Hotels are usually the most expensive option, but you will be spoilt for choice when deciding on the perfect venue. Because they are ubiquitous across the world, you will have the chance to shop around to find the best deals. Some people relish the thought of having no kitchen to hand – it forces you out into local towns and villages to experience local cuisine.

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Android mobile phone review

Jun 23, 2013 by

Android is an operating system used in many of the leading mobile phone brands. This particular OS was developed by Google and is very versatile.

One of the main advantages of Android mobile phones is that they are so adaptable. A wide range of mobile and smartphones using this OS have been developed. They are very handy for social networking, for saving calendar reminders, for accessing news and a whole host of other services, including an installed camera.

A major development for people who own an Android smartphone is the arrival of Facebook Home. Meanwhile, the Facebook Messenger app is available for users to update and install.

Mobile phones using the Android OS can also be linked to a computer and they are able to back up contacts.

Owners of an Android mobile will find that there is a whole host of apps available, either pre-installed or which can be downloaded. There are both free and paid versions available. Apps, as well as games can be easily downloaded from Google Play Store’s extensive selection. Users also receive messages and are directed to the relevant Play Store page when updates are available.

Many versions of Android have been introduced since the launch of its first commercial version, Android 1.0, back in September 2008. Since then the Android OS has not only been used on mobile and smartphones, but also tablets and even netbooks. One of the more recent versions is Android Jelly Bean 4.2.

This demonstrates that Android is being constantly improved and updated to ensure that mobile phone owners running the platform continue to have the best experience possible with their devices.


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The Rules of Poker

Jun 15, 2013 by

Before deciding whether poker is the game for you, and certainly before staking any money, it is important to get a clear idea of the rules of the game. Poker is played with the usual deck of 52; each player is dealt five cards.

The player who has the highest-ranking hand, meaning that the player who is in possession of the key cards that make up one of the top hands, wins the game.

Potential winning poker hands hands include, (in descending order of importance) a straight flush, full house, flush, straight, a pair or single high card, which is the lowest form of any potentially winning hand.

Players bet depending on how confident they feel about their hand. Generally speaking, the higher the hand the more confidence players show in betting about it. However, it is also possible to bluff. This means that players with a weak hand trick the rest of the table by acting as though it is a strong hand, and raising the stakes accordingly.

After each round of betting each player can exchange up to three cards, giving them the chance to improve their hand before betting begins again.

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Importance of Sun Protection

Jun 4, 2013 by

As summer is now upon us and many people will be heading off to a holiday in the sun it’s important to consider sun protection. Damage caused by the sun can cause cancer, as well as age the skin so it’s important to protect yourself against this. Each year around 75,000 people are diagnosed with sun cancer, with sun burn and over exposure being the main causes.

How much sun protection you need can depend on a number of things such as your skin tone and the strength of the sun. The best option is to go for a high factor SPF with UVA protection.

Factor 50 is usually the highest factor you can buy, if you are fair skinned and burn easily or do not regularly go out in the sun then this is the best factor for you.

Factor 30, is advisable for many people especially when visiting countries close to the equator, and covers a broad range of skin tones.

Factor 20 and 15, both of these factors don’t keep you as well protected, they need to be liberally applied regularly for optimum effect which is the mistake people can make and leaves them getting burnt.

Factor 10 and lower, these offer very little protection, to get the best out of them, they need to be liberally applied regularly. You shouldn’t start off using these factors if you haven’t been out in the sun as you will burn.

You can buy specific protection for children, these will be factor 30+ and provide good coverage for children, again remember to reapply frequently for the best protection.

You should also remember especially during the summer months or in hot countries to wear sun protection, even if it cloudy. It’s also advisable to keep out of the sun between 11am and 3pm in the UK in summer and abroad, depending on the country. Be aware of you sun lotion on holiday, if you plan on being in the sea or pool look for waterproof, if not remember to re-apply when you are out before sitting in the sun.

As well as wearing suitable SPF you should also aim to keep your skin covered, with lose tops and bottoms and wearing headwear. You shouldn’t forget your eyes either, they can be damaged by UVA light so always ensure you wear sunglasses with suitable protection, this will be on your lenses when you buy them , look for a ‘CE Mark’ and British Standard (BS EN 1836:1997) as well as a UV 400 label and 100% UV protection.

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