The Alternative Bucket List

Swimming with dolphins, or driving a super-car around a track makes for thrilling memories. The pictures are great, and the buzz from having experienced such an activity is undeniably fantastic. However, when money dries up and we head back to our 9-5 mundane office jobs, we are sometimes left wondering what is there to drive us between the previous and the next bucket-list style of activity. We become a duller form of ourselves, leaving our brains in a sluggish slumber. Whilst bucket-list activities are fantastic and a must-try; they often require substantial sums of money (for what they are), and lack any deeper meaning.

 

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So you want to be an Olympic Athlete?

 There are few thrills in this world that rival the experience of standing on an Olympic podium, in front of a worldwide audience, your family and friends, to receive your hard-earned medal. However, this heavy cocktail of pride, elation and partial disbelief (that your dedication and training paid off), doesn’t come easy. It’s not just the years amassed by athletes in their sport of choice that makes them the best in their field; it’s a whole lifestyle choice.

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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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Are cocktails gendered?

Adorned with fresh flowers and sugar rims; the modernisation of the cocktail has seen mixologists increasingly feminise their drinks in order to corner and secure the female market. This revelation hardly appears to be a shocking one, considering that the sexualisation of beverages has long affected business on a global scale.

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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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