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Are we all getting bored of Facebook?


This morning, reports circulated that 100,000 Brits had closed their Facebook accounts. Boredom and fears for security were citied, which isn't entirely surprisingly considering the new features they've been sneaking in (like automatic face recognition for photo tagging) without much consultation with users.

Personally, my passion for Facebook is mainly on a professional level these days. On a personal level, a little part of my soul dies everytime I see a misspelt, passive aggressive status. Having distant family members I rarely speak to send me requests for a bale of hale for Farmville is just bizarre. And I blame Facebook entirely for the popularity of the acronyms 'LOL', 'LMAO' and 'PMSL.' 

There are some good things about Facebook still though. It's a handy birthday reminder. It's the reason we have the rather excellent STFU Couples, a collection of the very worst smug couple statuses. And it's great for keeping up to date with everything in a matter of minutes.

Are you still a Facebook addict? Or have you become bored of the social network?

Posted by Emma Cossey on June 14, 2011 11:08 AM in In The News...
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Would you send your five-year-old for a spray tan?

An Essex beauty salon has caused outrage by offering facials and makeovers for children as young as five, and is open to the idea of offering fake tan treatments too. This follows the news that a mother has bought her seven-year-old daughter a voucher for a boob job. Classy.

The salon, Trendy Monkeys Kids Fun Salon & Princess Parlour, is aimed exclusively at the under-13s. Owner Michelle Devine claims the salon helps girls 'exude confidence, glamour and the desire to look her best at all times, regardless of age'

Really Michelle? Do under 13s really need to 'exude glamour'? While playing dressing up in your mum's heels is fairly normal, being done up like a beauty pageant entrant is less so. Surely encouraging children to focus on looks and glamour from a young age is more likely to encourage insecurities later in life? 

What do you think? A step too far or a bit of fun? 

Posted by Emma Cossey on June 9, 2011 9:23 AM in In The News...
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Playtex choose Ruth Langsford to be their brand ambassador

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In a world of modelling where only the young, slim and large of lady lumps get the underwear jobs, it's heartening to see Playtex using a slightly older public figure to represent their brand.

Ruth Langsford, wife and co-presenter of Eamonn Holmes, has been chosen as the latest brand ambassador for Playtex's latest collection aimed at glamourous fiftysomethings.

Ruth went on to say:

"I love being in my fifties, and while my body shape is changing, I still enjoy things like wearing sexy dresses, clothes shopping, going to the gym and feeling good about myself and my body."

"For me, Playtex have hit just the right balance between style, comfort, fit and a creating a fabulous shape.

Well said! Do you think Ruth was the right choice?

Posted by Emma Cossey on April 13, 2011 3:27 PM in Celebrities| In The News...
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The secret to a long life? Shopping!

Every week, we're told about the latest products and treatments that promise to give you a long and healthy life. But this is easily my favourite.


A day at the shops has a multitude of benefits, particularly if you're a man. All that socialising, walking and concentrating gives your body and mind a workout, meaning you're able to live for longer too.

In fact, older men saw a reduction of 28% in their chance of buying when they shopped on a regularly occasion. The more often the better.

The research, published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, looked at 1,8500 men and women in Taiwan. These initial studies were then compared with the death statistics in 1999 and 2008.

What are you waiting for then? Grab your purse and shop!

Source: Daily Mail

Posted by Emma Cossey on April 7, 2011 8:50 AM in In The News...| Shopping
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Some good tea news! Afternoon tea sales rise

Afternoon Tea used to be the kind of activity only the very posh or those being treated for a special occasion. But a new trend towards this fine dining experience, complete with beautiful cakes and cucumber sandwiches, has seen a dramatic rise in the number of people embracing this age-old trend.

Perhaps it's all the Groupon deals that constantly do the rounds for bargain Afternoon Teas. Or a number of high end restaurants offering Afternoon Teas with fashionable biscuits and cakes (check out The Berkeley's Designer Afternoon Tea)

William Gorman, chairman of the UK Tea Council, said: 'What's been happening in the last five to six years is that tea has become incredibly popular again. Hotels in London have really started to take afternoon tea seriously. Demand for afternoon tea is colossal and it's a big earner.'

If you're looking for the best Afternoon Tea experience in London, Claridge's tops the list. It's worth checking deals on Groupon and Wahanda for deals in your local area too.

Are you a fan of Afternoon Tea?

Source: Daily Mail

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Posted by Emma Cossey on April 6, 2011 2:49 PM in In The News...
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Scientists create human breast milk...from cows.

While the breast is best debate rumbles on, scientists have been busy creating an alternative to breastfeeding, and it seems like they've managed to recreate all the healthy properties of human breast milk - from a cow.

30 cattle have been bred with human genes, which means their milk has the same nutrients and fat content as breast milk.

This has the potential to be really beneficial to those mothers who struggle with breastfeeding, but concerns have risen about the safety of the milk.

Patti Rundall, of Baby Milk Action, said: 'There could be incredible risks with these products that we don't know about. Cows' milk is never going to be like breast milk. It's never going to be a living product like breast milk.

'Breast milk is species specific - there is no element of risk.'

There's also a whole bundle of issues with using GM cattle for milk. The death rate of these GM cattle is fairly high, with just 26 surviving of the original 42.

What do you think about this research?

Source: Daily Mail

Posted by Emma Cossey on April 4, 2011 10:15 AM in In The News...| Parenting
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Wonderbra 'Hello Boys' advert named as most iconic ad

Eva HerzigovaA 90's advertisement by Wonderbra has been voted as the most iconic outdoor advert of all time.

The iconic 1994 ad, featuring model Eva Herzigova checking out her naturally enhanced cleavage, has been awarded the title of the most iconic advert ever in a public vote by Outdoor Media Centre, the trade body for outdoor advertising.

Back in the day, when the ad was first released, it was accused of literally stopping traffic, thanks to the power of Eva's...ermm...message.

Part of Wonderbra's 'Hello Boys' campaign, the advertisements are glaringly contrasted to those which came as runners up in the poll. The Conservative Party's 'Labour isn't working' campaign, and the 'Your Country Needs You' army recruitment poster, which featured Lord Kitchener nearly a century ago, came second and third respectively in the vote.

Do you think the Wonderbra ad deserved to come in first? Can you think of another advert which you'd like to have seen reach top spot?

Posted by Kate Lapthorn on March 31, 2011 6:28 PM in In The News...| Polls
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Fresh coffee and a walk in the park: The key to happiness?

A recent study from the Office of National Statistics has revealed that two of the things that make us most happy are the smell of fresh coffee and a walk in the park.

Freedom, family and friends and a decent NHS service also ranked high.

It's nice to see that money and careers don't necessarily make it to the top of the list when asked "What things in life matter most to you?" However, healthy finances do feature on the list, which makes sense in the current economy.

Others crave safety in their neighbourhood, and a lower crime rate.

So, what things in life matter most to you? And what makes you happy?

Source: Daily Mail

Posted by Emma Cossey on March 29, 2011 11:30 AM in In The News...
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How fresh is that freshly baked smell in the supermarket?

bread.jpgSupermarkets are known for being a bit sneaky with their psychology, piping fresh bread smells into the bakery section to tempt us to spend, spend, spend.

But it seems those 'freshly baked loaves of bread' can be up to a year old. Investigators have discovered that bread is frozen, then defrosted and re-baked to give that tasty smell.

It's not just supermarkets though. Sandwich shops and restaurants have also been found to do the same thing.

Essentially, the problem here isn't that it's frozen, but that it's not clear to consumers if that's what has happened.

Do you think this is fair on customers?

Posted by Emma Cossey on March 28, 2011 4:17 PM in In The News...
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Could the traditional cup of tea be on the way out?

cupoftea.jpgWe all love a cup of tea first thing in the morning, right? Apparently not. The traditional British tea is seeing a decline in the younger generations, with only half of those aged 16-24 enjoying a cup of English Tea. In comparison, nine out of ten over 65s enjoy a cup.

It's not that we're not drinking enough tea. More that we're switching from the classic choices to something more adventurous or healthy, like fruit and herbal teas.

Green tea and White tea is renowned for its healthy properties, and the lack of caffeine in the drinks is appealing to those who are trying to avoid the stimulant.

Mintel senior drinks analyst, Jonny Forsyth, believes the key is in creating a brand that appeals to the younger drinks market.

'Tea is capitalising on the short-term increase in the number of over-65s but failing to convert the younger generations in significant enough numbers to replace those falling out of the market.

I can't quite see it dying out anytime soon though, more that traditional brands will need to offer more varieties to match the hunger for new products.

So, are you a tea drinker?

Source: Daily Mail

Posted by Emma Cossey on March 25, 2011 2:23 PM in In The News...
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