A Surprising Gift Idea for the Geek in Your Life

In less than a month, people all over the world will tear open beautifully wrapped gifts. For some people, Christmas is an exciting time as they wrack their brains in search of the perfect gift. They’re the ones who count down the days in hopeful anticipation. For others, Christmas is a frustrating affair. These people …

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How to choose a great fancy dress costume

Fancy dress parties have been around for centuries and their popularity endures to this day. You can put this down to the lack of imagination on the part of the organizers – there are so many other themes to choose from when holding a party – grill-outs, poker, volleyball, movies, scavenger hunts, paintball… the list …

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What every kitchen needs

The rise of rustic marketing of processed, prepared foods and organic produce, has made certain kitchen appliances look old-fashioned, outdated and even detrimental to high quality cooking. When frozen pizza is advertised on TV, you might see a scene from a traditional Neapolitan village, with fresh, juicy looking tomatoes being chopped, dough being kneaded by …

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Making camping more fun

People go camping for all kinds of reasons. For some people, it’s a great way to connect with their friends without the complications of modern urban life – posting Facebook updates, worrying about their outfit etc. People are a lot more relaxed in the great outdoors. Sitting around a fire, cooking together and gazing at …

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The toys your kids don’t know they want

Buying gifts for kids is a minefield. On the one hand, there’s no shortage of ideas – probably 80 or 90% of all gifts are aimed at kids. On the other hand, there’s too much choice. Even if you have a pretty good idea of what the child is into, you’ll probably get it wrong. …

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Winter fun at home

Winter can be kind of depressing in many ways. To be sure, in many parts of the world it coincides with the festive season (which can also be depressing in its own special way), but in the rest of the world it doesn’t even have that redeeming feature. Days get so short and nights so …

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How to survive shared living

With the decline of the nuclear family and home ownership, the delaying of marriage and the economic and environmental challenges facing the younger generations, we have seen an increase in shared living arrangements. From renting out a spare room to purposely designed eco-villas and hacker houses, the options for maximising the use of space at …

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Being a grandpa is great

Now I know that people sway you shouldn’t wish your life away but in my humble opinion there are points in life which are simply better and we are therefore much more likely to look forward to than others. Going right back to the earliest of starts, when you were a kid things were great. …

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Shake it up in the office

Forward-thinking companies across the globe have realized that one way of keeping employees happy, switched on and motivated, is to shake things up in the workplace. Global giants such as Apple, Alibaba and Google have invested a great deal of time, research and money to create working environments they think will get the most out …

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