Alternatives to Partying on New Year’s Eve : #3 -Mini Breaks

The UK can be dark and dingy over the holiday period. It’s hardly surprising as New Year’s Day is less than two weeks after the Winter Solstice, when we see less than 8 hours of daylight. With twice as much Night as there is Day, New Year’s Eve can be a depressing time for many. So […]

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Alternatives to Partying on New Year’s Eve: #2 – Going out

NYE Alternatives to binge drinking It’s amazing how closely alcohol follows our cultural events in one form or another. Virtually every holiday, celebration, birthday, reunion, work function, sporting event or Friday seem to be closely lubricated by a social dose of ethanol – with New Year’s Eve sitting in a close second to St. Patrick’s […]

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Alternatives to Partying on New Year’s Eve: #1 – Staying In

Partying, drinking, dancing, eating, they might seem like a fun way to spend New Years Eve. For some that’s a form of torture, whilst for others it’s simply another day, but just because it is the end of the Gregorian year, no-one said partying is compulsory. So here – for those of you that have lost your […]

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Ding, ding-ding – Woo-oo-ooo-ooh Oooh-oo-ooo-oo-oo-ooo

…Snow is falling, all around me, children playing, having fun… Yep. It’s Shakin’ Steven’s Christmas super-hit. But listen to the words and you’ll find it’s more than a touch aspirational. For a properly English take on the festive season, it would probably say something more along the lines of: Rain is falling, all around me, Christmas shopping’s, overrun, ’tis […]

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Strictly vs X-Factor

Put your Peter Dickson (X-Factor announcer) voice on… Ladies and Gentleman. It’s Saturday It’s time for Strictly  Versus The X-Factor It’s a general rule, but there are three types of people. The Strictly people, the X-Factor people, and the people who don’t care for either. Yep, Saturday Night reality TV has definitely become a tribal affair. Even the small number that watch […]

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