Festival checklist

Summer is coming up which means so are a whole host of great British festivals. Wherever you plan on going, there are essential items you need to take with you to ensure you have the best all-round experience you can. Toilet roll: festival toilets are, by and large, the stuff of nightmares. To try and avoid some terror, make sure you take a toilet roll with you. Also doubles up as tissues and a cleaning cloth for those who suffer from hay-fever or are just messy! Camping chair: this is one thing I always have to take with me –…

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LAD culture: what’s behind it?

Now when we hear the words ‘lad’ and ‘banter’ we think of: drinking, immaturity, crudeness, womanising and downright daft antics. By and large there’s nothing wrong with these things in moderation and they all have their place, however, sometimes the desire to seem like a ‘LAD’ can make these things get out of hand. Dares for ‘LAD points’ have seen people end up in hospital; today I noticed this article about teenagers being hospitalised after taking part in the cinnamon challenge. For those unfamiliar with the challenge, it’s where a spoonful of the spice is ingested without any fluids, triggering…

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The ultimate 15 minute morning workout (for men)

Here is a quick workout to help you shake off the cobwebs when you wake up and put you in the best mental and physical shape to start the day! 1.      Push-ups (25 reps) An old favourite! This is a great move for working your chest, triceps and core muscles. Make sure your hands are about shoulder width apart and your back stays straight throughout the movement. If this gets too easy for you, try as many reps as you can in a minute or doing them on your fists rather than flat palms for a greater challenge. 2.      Plank…

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Budgeting: How do I do it?

As a student, money is usually pretty tight. To make sure you’re never shocked by the number you see on your screen or the cashpoint when you check your balance and to make sure you haven’t got scary red bills coming through your letterbox, here are some tips to help manage your finances. Essentials: First of all you need to work out guaranteed monthly outgoings, i.e. the money that you will spend no matter what. Typically this will include rent, utility bills, phone and internet bills and any other direct debits you have, for example a gym membership. Work the…

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Five Student Shopping List Essentials

It’s hard as a student to get by financially and a large part of saving money happens when buying your food for the week at the supermarket. Here are some foods to help stretch the pennies and at the same time keep you filled and satisfied because, let’s face it; we all want a bit more cash.     Eggs: You can scramble them, fry them, poach them, boil them, make omelettes and bake things like cakes. You can also use them to help spice up boring meats for example by egg-washing and adding breadcrumbs. Eggs are quick, easy, versatile…

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