In 2017, Chuck Berry, Roger Moore, Hugh Hefner and Charles Manson shuffled off this mortal coil. In 2016, David Bowie, Prince, Leonard Cohen, Carrie Fisher and Zsa Zsa Gabor followed, each crossing the great divide. The year before that, Leonard Nimoy and Wes Craven bit the big one. In 2014, Joan Rivers, Lauren Bacall and Robin Williams drew their last breaths. And sadly, 2018 proved to be no different, claiming some of the most iconic figures the world has come to know and love. We pay our respects. [Read more…]
The pre-Christmas drone disruption at Gatwick airport which began on 19 December, 2018, was the first reported drone incident to affect a major British airport. There’s no doubt that the novelty of the occurrence, the large number of airport travellers, and the fact that the incident took place just as darkness was falling, all contributed to the difficulty of managing the situation. Unfortunately, the event itself and its aftermath have left the public with a sense that damaging vulnerabilities have been exposed. [Read more…]
As the digital world develops ever more consumer items to enable us to do things faster, smarter, more conveniently etc., there’s a storm brewing in the wings. Almost all this equipment is stuffed full of electronics – toothbrushes, suitcases, wallets and even some items of clothing are bursting with sensors and other e-parts designed to make our lives easier. The problem is what to do if they should suddenly fail – usually when you need them the most, and almost always just a few days after the far-from-generous manufacturer’s warranty has expired. [Read more…]
It goes without saying that maintaining a traditional monogamous relationship is hard work, no matter what romantic comedies suggest. Living with another human in their space and being a part of every aspect of their life is certainly nothing to be taken lightly. There is, after all, a reason that the divorce rate is through the roof, and that couples therapists make a small fortune.
So, of course, some have come to the conclusion that adding a third person into the situation would be the correct solution to keeping the complications balanced. A throuple is the slang term given to a group of three people that are involved in a relationship. This is very different to a so-called threesome however, which is very simply three parties engaged in a sexual activity. A throuple is engaged in a steady, long-term relationship, and many are declaring that it is an arrangement that can not only work, but also offer a more stable solution than traditional monogamy, under the right conditions. [Read more…]
Dapper, daring, and dangerous, James Bond is undoubtedly the ultimate secret service agent, and one of the greatest literary and movie characters of all time. His love of danger, action, and women, or of dangerous, active women, is well known, but what do we really know about his taste in music?
What would you hear if you found his iPod and hit Play? We have the answers! Don’t ask us how we know what’s on 007’s playlist. All you need to do is trust us to reveal a new side of the character that has appeared in a string of novels, movies, video games, and more. [Read more…]
Christmas is right around the corner, and that means some serious eating is on the cards. Whether you believe the tales about the birth of Jesus, see it as a modern take on an ancient solstice celebration, or simply appreciate it as a time of family and friends, it usually involves a whole lot of cooking.
This can be one of the most stressful parts of the holiday (to say nothing about in-laws, drunk uncles, and bratty cousins), but it doesn’t have to be. There are plenty of recipes that can help. Here is your guide to pulling off a feast fit for a king. [Read more…]
For many around the world, losing a pet is a deeply sad and sometimes traumatic experience. A dog or cat quickly becomes a firm friend and part of the family, and is often around for a decade or more. So when this friend passes, significant grief is an obvious reality, and it can be an understandably emotional time.
But should a pet owner be allowed time off in the case of a beloved furry friend passing on? Most companies around the world would probably take a request of time off for the passing of a pet as nothing short of a joke. However, an increasing amount of companies are starting to allow for bereavement leave for those who have had to say goodbye to Fido or Fluffy. [Read more…]
New cars are cool. They look flashy, do fancy things with touchscreens, and some will even listen when you tell them about your woes. That’s not to say they will respond appropriately, but you sure can tell them, given the recent advancements in voice-activated technology. So, we all love modern cars, right?
Yes, mostly, we all love how fancy modern cars have become. There is only one small downside. Opening up the hood of a modern car can feel like gazing into the internal workings of a nuclear reactor. Once upon a time just about anyone could flip open their car, check the water, refill the oil, and be back on the road in five minutes. But, since cars have gotten ever more technologically fancy, just finding a place to put water has started to become a challenge. [Read more…]
First Class plane tickets are astronomically expensive. This is down to the perks they provide, and the fact that they make it possible for airlines to offer hugely discounted Economy Class seats. But when the difference between ticket prices is 70%, can paying for First Class be justified? Is it worth the expense?
Simply put, yes and no. Simple monetary or mathematical comparison would say it is not. But there are some serious advantages. If you land a major windfall playing pokies and can afford the extra price tag (which can stretch to $32,000 and beyond) we’d encourage you to do it. And we’ve outlined the reasons why. [Read more…]
The New Zealand government has announced a ban on the selling of houses to foreigners. The move came as a shock to some, assuming that it was a total ban. But the government was quick to clarify, stating that it only applies to foreigners that are not official residents. Foreigners who have residency will still be permitted to purchase and own homes. [Read more…]