Local food abroad – Sometimes It’s a Better Idea to Pass the Temptation

The recent outbreak of the cyclospora infection in the luxury resort of Riviera Maya (Mexico), which is extremely popular with British tourists, is just another reminder that trying local food isn’t always a good idea. To make matters worse, people who became ill from this foodborne disease didn’t get it from eating food from street vendors or drinking water from the local wells. They got it from eating in luxury hotels where food is supposed to be safe. But apparently, it wasn’t. Fortunately, the tiny parasite Cyclospora cayetanensis that is responsible for the outbreak usually doesn’t pose any major threat to human health although the infection can be very unpleasant, not to mention that it can ruin your holidays.

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The Power of the People: Guns in America

This image of a peaceful protester in Baton Rouge being arrested by heavily armoured police officers on Saturday has spread like fire on social media. Many have compared it to the iconic image of the man who stood in front of tanks in Tiananmen Square in 1989. In one hand, its saddening to think powerful images like these will be remembered for a dark time in our history, but this is what we are living through. It’s images like these that are necessary. It captures the excessive response to protesters across cities in America, but is also a metaphor for the excessive actions that have seen too many people die at the hands of police in the United States.

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Instagram account reveals calorie contents of our most-loved junk foods!

The term ‘comfort food’, has earned its name for a reason; these foods are there to be enjoyed from time to time, and with limitations. We all know how bad junk food is for us and society hasn’t exactly failed in their quest of naming and shaming products that are extremely bad for you! We know junk food is bad, hence its name and for that reason, a new Instagram account called Calorie Brands is tugging at our heartstrings.

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Russia will not come to Rio – the future of world sport depended on it

Watching that last minute strike sneak into the near post of Wayne Hennessey’s goal yesterday afternoon was a moment of absolute elation. As an England fan and a sports lover, nothing comes close to witnessing a tournament match win, especially against our national neighbours. Fair play to Wales, and Gareth Bale had me worried throughout. But once the dust settled, I read about worrying allegations of corruption involving Seb Coe and his rise to IAAF presidency. For someone who eagerly watches every big sporting event possible, be it the World Cup or the Olympic games, you’d expect shock and heartbreak. But far from it, I wasn’t shocked at all. I was angry.

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7 of the best web hoaxes

The internet is a mysterious place, full of fun, tricksters and trolls. So you’ve got to keep your wits about you. “Don’t believe everything you read” is a good motto to live by when surfing the web, although it’s not just news stories we have to be wary of, it can be a video shared on Twitter, an image, or anything really. There are always bogus stories trying to fool us, to get viral coverage and internet notoriety. The internet has offered up some fantastic viral stories that we just couldn’t help but fall for.

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Businesses; don’t get left behind by our society of change

BHS filed for administration on Monday after a long battle to find a buyer for the struggling high-street institution. 11,000 people face job losses as yet another household name enters the retail graveyard; with fashion house Austin Reed following suit on BHS’s old-fashioned coattails. We’ve seen the likes of Woolworths, Blockbuster, JJB, Comet, HMV and many others close their doors or go into administration in the last decade. Why have these businesses failed to adapt to our society of change?

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Dyed chicks, tattooed fish: Are unusual pets the UK’s new fashion accessory?

Lena Lenina, a Russian writer courted controversy in 2015 after dyeing her cat for an ‘all pink’ party. The kitten, was rumoured to have died from ingesting toxic chemicals present in the dye however, images were later released on Lena’s Instagram account picturing a somewhat less-pink cat alive and well. Her actions were still heavily criticised by animal lovers around the world. Russian artist and cat-lover, Yuri Kuklachev, described the stunt as ‘pointless and unnecessarily cruel.’ U.K readers were equally shocked, when news reached papers such as the Mail, Metro and The Huffington Post, with readers commenting: Continue reading “Dyed chicks, tattooed fish: Are unusual pets the UK’s new fashion accessory?”

Does Beauty Pay?

You’ve no doubt heard the saying ‘beauty is in the eye of the beholder’, but is this really accurate? Maybe, according to some. However one thing’s for certain, being considered ‘beautiful’ could be your ticket to landing your dream job, getting a big fat pay check and landing a well-off partner.

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