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Does Christmas Start Too Soon These Days?

By theSharpeUser December 5, 2016 (No)
Christmas is a time of unabashed joy, comfort and togetherness, enjoyed with friends and family at home as the year draws to a close. Or at least, that is what the tagline is supposed to be. It can be difficult to channel your Christmas spirit when there are still pumpkins in shop windows and it’s not even particularly cold outdoors. Why does it sometimes feel like Christmas gets earlier every year, and does dragging it out make it more of a chore than a holiday? Christmas Creep This is a merchandising phenomenon that occurs in the so-called ‘golden quarter’, or the three months before the end of the year, October, […]

7 Of The Best Netflix Documentaries To Watch In December

By theSharpeUser November 29, 2016 (No)
1. 13th (2016) The Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution mandates that slavery must be abolished – with the addendum that it will be allowed as the punishment for a crime. This starkly honest documentary from Selma director Ava DuVernay argues that the mass incarceration of black Americans and the utilisation of state rehabilitation centres as a moneymaking scheme has permitted slavery to continue, in what many would otherwise call ‘The Land of the Free’. There are clips of speeches and interviews from former presidents, the 2016 Presidential candidates at various points in time, and many more. The US has the largest prison population in the world, and a […]

Are Unrealistic Beauty Standards Being Set For Women?

By theSharpeUser November 28, 2016 (No)
It is no great secret that there has long been a history of women tying their self-worth to the attractiveness of their bodies. This female behavioural tic could be attributed to anything from holding overwhelming value in the opinions of the opposite sex, to following the culture one is born into, or even something trendier like the influence of media or societal expectations. Regardless, it’s something universal – women are judged harshly on their physical appearance, and initial impressions based on this can be scathing. Media Manipulation Both men and women are guilty of this; when women create competition and hold another woman’s standards against their own it is often […]

The Top 10 Instagram Fitness Freaks You Have To Follow

By Annabel Hynes November 25, 2016 (No)
With so many people using Instagram for fitness there are a few standout accounts which are well worth checking out and following to make sure you get your daily does of fitness & food imagery and video content. These folks are the cream of the crop when it comes to following real fitness freaks. Lindsey Vonn (@lindseyvonn) Lindsey Vonn is a downhill skier that has been awarded gold and bronze Olympic medals, two World Championship gold medals and three silver medals, and four World Cup titles. She is the most successful American ski racer in history, and runs a seriously motivational Instagram account. She posts frequent videos and photos of […]

5 Alternatives to Coffee for When You Hit the Wall

By theSharpeUser November 24, 2016 (No)
Whether you’re not a massive coffee drinker to begin with or you are a self-professed coffee fiend looking for an alternative caffeine fix, there might be something on this list for you. These five options help boost energy levels naturally and effectively so if you find yourself hitting the dreaded wall, look into introducing one of the following into your diet. Green Tea In the winter months it is nice to have a warm cup of something so why not swap out your coffee fix for some green tea. It can provide a caffeine hit with additional health benefits that are not associated with coffee. Green tea contains antioxidants which […]

Irish Boozing – The Worst Generation Yet?

By theSharpeUser November 22, 2016 (No)
Ireland has a very strange relationship with the drink. Have you ever seen the portrayal of the Irish in any foreign production that hasn’t involved pure alcoholism? Two of our most famous exports are Jameson whiskey and Guinness stout which doesn’t help the stereotyping. The Simpsons is a prime example of how the Irish are viewed around the world when it comes to alcohol. But have we gone too far? Is the latest generation the most reckless yet? In short, the answer is no however there are some interesting reasons why. Many would argue this and of course they are well within their right to. However, there are a number of […]

How To Reduce Work Related Stress

By theSharpeUser November 20, 2016 (No)
The workplace can be a source of major frustration and discomfort for many people. Depending on the job, the types of stressors can vary – although it’s a good bet that the levels are roughly the same for everyone. Whether it’s a testy boss, long hours or minimum wage that’s getting to you, we’ve assembled a list of advisory points that may bring you some peace as you bring home the bacon. Take A Break This may seem like an obvious one, but nobody can deny its efficiency. Breaks and lunches are scheduled for most employees, but ensure you take advantage of the time – no matter if you’ve been […]

Top Gadgets For This Christmas – Part 1

By Annabel Hynes November 18, 2016 (No)
Juice Power Station 11200MAH – £29.95 Buy it here: Juice Power Station Christmas is a time for gifts, and in the modern age we live in, that means a great deal of shiny new iPads and smartphones being drained throughout Christmas Day. What a treat then, to have the Juice Power Station – a charging station that can power up to two devices at once. With its 2.4 amp charging port and 1 amp port, your tech will be ready to go in no time. This gadget is ideal for the person on-the-go, or for those pesky kids whose tablet just died while you were on the way to visit […]

5 Wholesome Breakfasts That Will Kickstart Your Morning

By Annabel Hynes November 17, 2016 (No)
Having a balanced breakfast can really help your health and energy levels as the day goes on. We’ve pulled together 5 possible options that you could try for yourself. Test them out and let us know which is your favourite one! Oatmeal porridge with milk, banana slices and a pinch of brown sugar, rye toast with low-fat butter and a glass of freshly-squeezed orange juice The oats contain beta-glucan, a fibre that lowers cholesterol when eaten regularly. They also contain omega-3 fatty acids and folate, great for brain activity. The milk is a source of calcium and Vitamin D, which strengthens bones and teeth. The banana is rich in potassium, […]

If You Didn’t Snap It, Did it even Happen?

By theSharpeUser November 16, 2016 (No)
Thanks to the omnipresence of social media, some people cannot distance themselves from their phone and refrain from documenting every minute detail of their lives. We have immersed ourselves in this “snap or it didn’t happen” culture. This trend has been further exacerbated by apps such as Instagram and Snapchat which revolve around photo sharing. Some people thrive on ascertaining how other people live their lives, unaware and uncaring whether or not they are delving a little too deep. Living In The Moment Sometimes people forget to simply live in the moment instead of living it through a lens or phone screen. There’s nothing quite as deflating as seeing concert […]

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Does Christmas Start Too Soon These Days?

By theSharpeUser December 5, 2016 (No)
Christmas is a time of unabashed joy, comfort and togetherness, enjoyed with friends and family at home as the year draws to a close. Or at least, that is what the tagline is supposed to be. It can be difficult to channel your Christmas spirit when there are still pumpkins in shop windows and it’s not even particularly cold outdoors. Why does it sometimes feel like Christmas gets earlier every year, and does dragging it out make it more of a chore than a holiday? Christmas Creep This is a merchandising phenomenon that occurs in the so-called ‘golden quarter’, or the three months before the end of the year, October, […]

7 Of The Best Netflix Documentaries To Watch In December

By theSharpeUser November 29, 2016 (No)
1. 13th (2016) The Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution mandates that slavery must be abolished – with the addendum that it will be allowed as the punishment for a crime. This starkly honest documentary from Selma director Ava DuVernay argues that the mass incarceration of black Americans and the utilisation of state rehabilitation centres as a moneymaking scheme has permitted slavery to continue, in what many would otherwise call ‘The Land of the Free’. There are clips of speeches and interviews from former presidents, the 2016 Presidential candidates at various points in time, and many more. The US has the largest prison population in the world, and a […]

Are Unrealistic Beauty Standards Being Set For Women?

By theSharpeUser November 28, 2016 (No)
It is no great secret that there has long been a history of women tying their self-worth to the attractiveness of their bodies. This female behavioural tic could be attributed to anything from holding overwhelming value in the opinions of the opposite sex, to following the culture one is born into, or even something trendier like the influence of media or societal expectations. Regardless, it’s something universal – women are judged harshly on their physical appearance, and initial impressions based on this can be scathing. Media Manipulation Both men and women are guilty of this; when women create competition and hold another woman’s standards against their own it is often […]

The Top 10 Instagram Fitness Freaks You Have To Follow

By Annabel Hynes November 25, 2016 (No)
With so many people using Instagram for fitness there are a few standout accounts which are well worth checking out and following to make sure you get your daily does of fitness & food imagery and video content. These folks are the cream of the crop when it comes to following real fitness freaks. Lindsey Vonn (@lindseyvonn) Lindsey Vonn is a downhill skier that has been awarded gold and bronze Olympic medals, two World Championship gold medals and three silver medals, and four World Cup titles. She is the most successful American ski racer in history, and runs a seriously motivational Instagram account. She posts frequent videos and photos of […]

5 Alternatives to Coffee for When You Hit the Wall

By theSharpeUser November 24, 2016 (No)
Whether you’re not a massive coffee drinker to begin with or you are a self-professed coffee fiend looking for an alternative caffeine fix, there might be something on this list for you. These five options help boost energy levels naturally and effectively so if you find yourself hitting the dreaded wall, look into introducing one of the following into your diet. Green Tea In the winter months it is nice to have a warm cup of something so why not swap out your coffee fix for some green tea. It can provide a caffeine hit with additional health benefits that are not associated with coffee. Green tea contains antioxidants which […]

Irish Boozing – The Worst Generation Yet?

By theSharpeUser November 22, 2016 (No)
Ireland has a very strange relationship with the drink. Have you ever seen the portrayal of the Irish in any foreign production that hasn’t involved pure alcoholism? Two of our most famous exports are Jameson whiskey and Guinness stout which doesn’t help the stereotyping. The Simpsons is a prime example of how the Irish are viewed around the world when it comes to alcohol. But have we gone too far? Is the latest generation the most reckless yet? In short, the answer is no however there are some interesting reasons why. Many would argue this and of course they are well within their right to. However, there are a number of […]

How To Reduce Work Related Stress

By theSharpeUser November 20, 2016 (No)
The workplace can be a source of major frustration and discomfort for many people. Depending on the job, the types of stressors can vary – although it’s a good bet that the levels are roughly the same for everyone. Whether it’s a testy boss, long hours or minimum wage that’s getting to you, we’ve assembled a list of advisory points that may bring you some peace as you bring home the bacon. Take A Break This may seem like an obvious one, but nobody can deny its efficiency. Breaks and lunches are scheduled for most employees, but ensure you take advantage of the time – no matter if you’ve been […]

Top Gadgets For This Christmas – Part 1

By Annabel Hynes November 18, 2016 (No)
Juice Power Station 11200MAH – £29.95 Buy it here: Juice Power Station Christmas is a time for gifts, and in the modern age we live in, that means a great deal of shiny new iPads and smartphones being drained throughout Christmas Day. What a treat then, to have the Juice Power Station – a charging station that can power up to two devices at once. With its 2.4 amp charging port and 1 amp port, your tech will be ready to go in no time. This gadget is ideal for the person on-the-go, or for those pesky kids whose tablet just died while you were on the way to visit […]

5 Wholesome Breakfasts That Will Kickstart Your Morning

By Annabel Hynes November 17, 2016 (No)
Having a balanced breakfast can really help your health and energy levels as the day goes on. We’ve pulled together 5 possible options that you could try for yourself. Test them out and let us know which is your favourite one! Oatmeal porridge with milk, banana slices and a pinch of brown sugar, rye toast with low-fat butter and a glass of freshly-squeezed orange juice The oats contain beta-glucan, a fibre that lowers cholesterol when eaten regularly. They also contain omega-3 fatty acids and folate, great for brain activity. The milk is a source of calcium and Vitamin D, which strengthens bones and teeth. The banana is rich in potassium, […]

If You Didn’t Snap It, Did it even Happen?

By theSharpeUser November 16, 2016 (No)
Thanks to the omnipresence of social media, some people cannot distance themselves from their phone and refrain from documenting every minute detail of their lives. We have immersed ourselves in this “snap or it didn’t happen” culture. This trend has been further exacerbated by apps such as Instagram and Snapchat which revolve around photo sharing. Some people thrive on ascertaining how other people live their lives, unaware and uncaring whether or not they are delving a little too deep. Living In The Moment Sometimes people forget to simply live in the moment instead of living it through a lens or phone screen. There’s nothing quite as deflating as seeing concert […]

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