Green Tips to Save the Earth

Imagine asking the dustman to cart off 480 double-decker buses jam packed with stinking, rotten rubbish.  Sadly, that is the problem our environment faces every day.  Twenty four thousand tonnes of waste is dumped daily and that includes a staggering 15 million plastic bags, enough to fill 25 buses.  Some of the waste like sewage, finds its way into the harbour, polluting the waters and killing marine life.  But the damage doesn't end there.  Rotting waste releases harmful gases into the air which threaten everyone's health.  

Malaria myths

It is important that UK travellers separate myths from facts when protecting themselves from a deadly disease such as malaria:
Fact: Everyone’s bodies react differently to mosquito bites but this is no indication of whether you have been bitten by a malaria-carrying mosquito. It only takes one bite to contract malaria
Fact: Antimalarials tend to be between 90 – 100% effective, and in combination with good bite prevention, can help stop you contracting malaria. Remember, malaria can be deadly

Top Five Tips Gap Year

Get vaccinated

Travelling to exotic climates and coming into contact with unfamiliar illnesses can result in delay, curtailment or unplanned medical expenses. Indeed, illness and medical costs can be responsible for over half of claims on long term insurance policies. Ensuring you have the correct vaccinations and take appropriate medication such as anti-malaria pills is vital to minimising this risk.

Take care of your belongings

Hollywood actor Arnold Schwarzenegger is injured on every film set

Arnold Schwarzenegger has never filmed a movie without being injured.

The 67-year-old hard-man - who often carries out his own stunts - has revealed that he has been left bloodied and bruised during filming and has never escaped a set without needing medical attention.
He said: "I've never walked away from any movie where there wasn't an injury. If it's an elbow injury or shoulder injury or a knee injury or an ankle injury or something, or you cut your head open, because you know it's through some crazy thing, you just bang your head into the camera when you do the stunts.

Nicki Minaj has confessed she wants to work with One Direction

Nicki Minaj wants to work with One Direction.
The 32-year-old rapper has extended an offer to the boy band, and thinks Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Liam Payne and Louis Tomlinson are "cute".
Nicki said: "I do want to work with One Direction. I mean, of course, who wouldn't? They're cute!"
The 'Starships' hitmaker has also revealed she wants to follow in the footsteps of her friends Jay-Z, Kanye West and Beyonce and headline Glastonbury, and she's also getting her British impression ready for the occasion.

Facebook: An End to Endings?

I do not enjoy Facebook — I find it cloying and impossible — but I am there every day. Last year I watched a friend struggle through breast cancer treatment in front of hundreds of friends. She broadcast her news with caution, training her crowd in how to react: no drama, please; good vibes; videos with puppies or kittens welcomed. I watched two men grieve for lost children — one man I've only met online, whose daughter choked to death; one an old friend, whose infant son and daughter, and his wife and mother-in-law, died in an auto accident.
I watched in real time as these people reconstructed themselves in the wake of events — altering their avatars, committing to new causes, liking and linking, boiling over in anger at dumb comments, eventually posting jokes again, or uploading new photos. Learning to take the measure of the world with new eyes. No other medium has shown me this in the same way. Even the most personal literary memoir has more distance, more compression, than these status updates.In the world of social media, it can feel bizarre that potent evidence of grieving from one friend is followed so quickly by pictures of oven-fresh cookies from another. But Facebook is generated by algorithms without feelings. It's not a narrative: The breast cancer went into remission, but the stories of the radiation treatment continue; the lost children remain as photos, woven into the threads of hundreds of lives. The details of everyday life begin to fill in around those threads. The tide brings in status updates; the tide takes them out.