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November 29, 2015 (No Comments) by theSharpeUser
December 19, 2016 (No Comments) by theSharpeUser
is-man-flu-real

While currently looking at the computer through cloudy eyes with a blocked nose, sore throat and pleghm-filled mouth, I sadly have to type the words that man-flu is simply make believe. Some studies have suggested it is testosterone related meaning that all minor ailments such as colds and flus are far more insufferable by men. A reduced immune system due to testosterone allows minor ailments to hit us harder than the fairer sex. However, there is one massive factor that sets us aside from women and drives us to ensure everyone thinks that we are in a world of pain: machoism. There is nothing worse for a 6’4 100kg muscle […]

December 16, 2016 (No Comments) by Aidan Clarke
is-there-a-formula-to-online-dating-in-ireland

Let’s call a spade what it is here, if there was an effective formula for online dating there would probably be no single people; none, a whole cohort of people extinct. Writers of books, articles, songs, poems, television shows about the woes and delights of the heart would be unemployed. A multi-billion-dollar enterprise and its treasure trove of personal information about 100’s of millions of people and those they employ, gone. The whole industry is designed specifically to play off the fears of the loveless and on the aspirations of the lovelorn. Where the end goal is hopeful happiness and a massive day out in a carefully chosen ‘House Hotel’ […]

December 7, 2016 (No Comments) by theSharpeUser
the-next-social-media-trend-you-havent-heard-about-yet

Social media is constantly abuzz with what’s new, what’s hot, and what can distract you for thirty seconds as you scroll down your timeline. In the past month alone there’s been the mannequin challenge, the grey sweatpants challenge, and torrential memes with everything from smug babies to sorrowful dogs in Halloween costumes. There have been legendary trends such as the much maligned Harlem Shake and ‘Damn Daniel’, as well as a legion of virulent activities that sprang from the platform Vine – soon to be shut down. Yes, as it turns out the laughs we received from ‘smack cams’ and the condom challenge were short-lived. Snapchat has become one of […]

December 5, 2016 (No Comments) by theSharpeUser
Does Christmas start too soon these days?

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, […]

November 29, 2016 (No Comments) by theSharpeUser
7-of-the-best-netflix-documentaries-to-watch-in-december

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 […]

November 28, 2016 (No Comments) by theSharpeUser
are-unrealistic-beauty-standards-being-set-for-women

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 […]

November 25, 2016 (No Comments) by Annabel Hynes
the-top-ten-instagram-fitness-freaks-you-need-to-follow

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 […]

November 24, 2016 (No Comments) by theSharpeUser
5 Alternatives to Coffee for When You Hit the Wall

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 […]

November 22, 2016 (No Comments) by theSharpeUser
Irish Boozing - If You Didn’t Drink, Did You Even Go Out?

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 […]

November 20, 2016 (No Comments) by theSharpeUser
workplace stress

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 […]

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