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  • The ‘sticky sandwich’ nail hack to making polish last (ad•gifted)
    by Ting on 14th April 2021 at 6:30 am

    There is something a little bit throwback about the ‘sticky sandwich’ nail hack. I first discovered it years ago before gel nails became my go to. I’m hard on my hands so finding ways for nail polish to look good beyond two days is a challenge. With the ongoing pandemic restrictions, I’ve rediscovered the ‘sticky sandwich’ nail hack as a way to make regular nail polish last. The basis of this technique is to sandwich your colour nail polish between layers of a ‘sticky’ base coat. I love to use the Orly Bonder Rubberized Base Coat (£14.99). This works with any brand or colour […]

  • Pixi Beauty Rose Bodytreats (ad•gifted)
    by Ting on 26th March 2021 at 7:30 am

    I am a huge fan of the Pixi Beauty Rose range of skincare. It’s hydrating and caring for my dry and dehydrated skin. Excitingly, Pixi Beauty have brought out a range called Rose Bodytreats. This is what my skin needs in the lead up to spring. It’s a time when I might dare to put away those winter woolies and reach for the lighter layers instead. The first Rose Bodytreats product is the Pixi Beauty Rose Body Cleanser (£18). This is a nourishing cream body cleanser . The formula is rich in flower oils so it gently cleanses skin whilst also hydrating and softening. I found this rich cream […]

  • Dermalogica Hydro Masque Exfoliant (ad•gifted)
    by Ting on 18th January 2021 at 7:30 am

    There’s nothing more satisfying than finding a decent face mask to pep my skin during all this time at home. It’s so important to use a good exfoliating product once or twice a week to remove dead skin cells. This helps active skincare products to absorb better into skin, helps makeup apply better and improves the general health of bare skin. I have been using the Dermalogica Hydro Masque Exfoliant (£55) in my Sunday self care routine for the past few months and loving it. The Dermalogica Hydro Masque Exfoliant is a hydrating and exfoliating mask treatment. It suits all skin types but […]

  • Little Blackwood bao at home | pandemic life
    by Ting on 14th December 2020 at 7:30 am

    Trying to arrange a birthday celebration during a pandemic is challenging. Our usual celebrations involve meals and possibly drinks out with friends and family. Maybe even multiple outings depending on the occasion. With the current pandemic, we are adapting so we marked my husband’s birthday with a Little Blackwood bao takeaway. We had some good fortune that Little Blackwood were doing their bao specials at the right time. It’s not their usual offering but with covid19, businesses are doing what they can to adapt to ever changing guidelines. We ordered a Family Bao Box (£79), with 20 […]

  • The ethical Christmas jumper to wear all year round
    by Ting on 7th December 2020 at 7:30 am

    Trying to dress more sustainably for me involves thinking about all the ways I can utilise what I have. I don’t want to keep buying things for one specific occasion without considering longevity and cost per wear. Given that most of my clothes are currently in storage whilst I await my house move, I was considering how I was going to dress for the colder British winter – and Christmas. I found a few great options but this ethical Christmas jumper (£34) from Rock on Ruby is perfect as it works all year round – not just the lead up to 25th December. Firstly, the slogan speaks to my […]

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Strangeness & Charm

  • Towed Town Camping – indoor camping in Bristol
    by Hayley on 4th September 2021 at 2:36 pm

    Recently, I decided to stay in Bristol for a night on my way back from Cardiff. It was a bit of a last minute decision, so I wasn’t expecting there to be many hotel options left. I was surprised to find that there were a lot of options available and it wasn’t just hotels. I found a place called Towed Town Camping which caught my eye, it was the same price as a hotel but looked very interesting. Towed Town Camping Located just a ten minute walk or four minute drive away from Bristol Temple Meads train station, Towed Town Camping is the ideal accommodation if you are looking for something a […]

  • Skincare products to help you glow
    by Hayley on 31st August 2021 at 1:29 pm

    At the moment I’m all about the glowy look. Makeup is great, but the best place to start is with your skincare. If you have good skin, then your makeup will look a lot better. I have tried so many different makeup products over the years that have given me a glow but since I’ve started focussing on my skincare, my skin has looked so much better. Like makeup, I’ve tried loads of different skincare products. Here are a few that I have tried recently that have made my skin look amazing. Cleanser When I wear makeup, I like to do a double cleanse. First of all I’ll take my makeup off with […]

  • My favourite products for a natural look
    by Hayley on 30th August 2021 at 2:03 pm

    Recently, I’ve been choosing to go for a more natural look when doing my makeup. As the weather has been quite warm in England, I’ve found that putting less products on my face has been ideal. I have been using a simple colour correcting cream as a a base over my SPF and then any other makeup is very minimal. I love having my natural skin showing through my makeup which is something you don’t get when you wear high coverage foundations. Face When I’m going for a more natural look, I like to use a translucent powder to set my makeup. I find that a translucent powder sets my makeup […]

  • Bath and Body Works is now available in the UK!
    by Hayley on 23rd August 2021 at 11:11 pm

    Finally, it’s happened! The moment we’ve all been waiting for – Bath and Body Works is now available to purchase in the UK. That means you don’t need to spend a fortune on shipping and customs and you won’t have to wait ages for delivery either. It’s time to stock up on all of your favourite candles and body lotions. I’m so excited as this is one of my favourite US brands! Where can I buy Bath and Body Works products in the UK? Bath and Body Works products are now being stocked at Next. At the moment, they are only selling these online, however, they do have some great deals on. […]

  • July favourites
    by Hayley on 31st July 2021 at 12:30 pm

    I’ve tried a few new products this month that I’ve really been loving. I’ve been switching up my routine due to the heat and I’ve also gone back to some old favourites too. Lips If you’d told me last year that I’d be wearing lip gloss every day this summer, then I would not have believed you. Lip gloss reminds me of my school days when we’d layer it on in the school toilets at break time and get our hair stuck in it when it was windy. I never would have thought that it would come back in to fashion but a lot of early 2000s trends are also coming back. Sticky lip gloss is really […]

Digital Birmingham

  • Additional restriction grants launch a second round
    by suritasolanki on 15th September 2021 at 11:00 am

    Birmingham city council has launched a second opportunity for businesses to apply for additional restrictions grants. The Council has secured further funding from government to continue to support businesses affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. The funding will cover a further round of Additional Restrictions Grants (ARG) within which two new grant schemes are now available.    Councillor Ian Ward, Leader of Birmingham City Council, has said: “We are pleased to have been able to make further progress with providing much needed support to businesses who have had a […]

  • Can YOU help us achieve world-class customer services?
    by suritasolanki on 10th September 2021 at 11:00 am

    A survey looking at Birmingham City Council's Customer Service Strategy launched this week! Birmingham City Council's Customer Service Strategy sets out how we deliver a customer experience that exceeds customers’ expectations. And we know we must make sure that our Customer Service Strategy is part of our everyday working with customers. To do this, we want everyone to tell us what they think of the strategy. Your views and comments can help us make sure we get the customer experience right for EVERYONE. Via the Customer Service Strategy, we are committed to changing the things you […]

  • We're recruiting!!
    by suritasolanki on 7th September 2021 at 12:00 pm

    Birmingham City Council is transforming. As the biggest local authority in Europe, our 12,000 staff look after over 1.1m citizens and more than 40,000 businesses - striving to offer the best services we can to improve peoples' lives. We aspire to be the most rapidly improving city and to make Birmingham: an entrepreneurial city to learn, work and invest in an aspirational city to grow up in a fulfilling city to age well in a great city to live in. The Information, Technology and Digital (IT&D) service will be at the heart of achieving these goals. Our service was formed in […]

  • Digital inclusion - online access for everyone
    by suritasolanki on 1st September 2021 at 9:30 am

    A new digital inclusion team at the city council will ensure Birmingham’s most vulnerable and excluded citizens will have better access to online services. This is one of the recommendations in a report to cabinet setting out a city-wide digital inclusion strategy. Birmingham City Council has brought together 40 different organisations to ensure people have access to equipment, network connectivity and skills for improving their quality of life, developing their careers and saving money. While statistics show the inclusion rate in Birmingham is increasing, this only captures basic internet […]

  • EVENT: 5PRING X WM5G | The Future of Transport
    by suritasolanki on 23rd August 2021 at 11:00 am

    Our partners at 5PRING and WM5G invite you to a two-day information packed event on 8-9 September 2021 on 5G’s possibilities in Transport and Manufacturing, so you can discover the innovation opportunities 5G could have in your organisation with the insight from innovators in the space. You’ll hear from industry experts, sector investors and founders that have successfully applied 5G to their business. Key takeaways will be: What is 5G, and its importance in the transport market How other founders successfully capitalised on 5G enabled opportunities The business […]

John Tyrrell

  • DE-COLONISING EDUCATION: EMPOWERMENT PROJECT. D.E.E.P.
    by John on 17th April 2021 at 6:21 pm

    ISSUES & RESOURCES Sign posting human & multi-media resources to schools & beyond to combat inequalities, racism and injustice arising from our colonial experience.  ISSUES Introduction A group of teachers working through 70s, 80s and 90s, much of the time in Birmingham, are responding to requests for help and support in the present climate when

  • The Sewell Report
    by John on 14th April 2021 at 9:51 am

    2021 and another report on racism. Following on Black Lives Matter and the inequalities laid bare for all to see by Covid 19 and once more a disproportionate proportion of the burden on the Black community, particularly those working at the front line, in hospitals, in the care services. This latest report requested by the

  • Black Lives Matter. Implementing Rampton and Swann
    by John on 4th March 2021 at 7:30 pm

    In 2020 Black Lives Matter became a universal cry after another death of a Black person, George Floyd, caused uproar re-opening the Civil Rights’ Movement action 4 decades earlier. At the same time the pandemic, Covid 19, also laid bare gross inequalities, not least Black people, many of whom were prominent on the front line

  • Marketing Covid 19. Why testing won’t work in the UK
    by John on 17th September 2020 at 11:47 pm

    Testing for the presence of the Covid 19 virus was put into private hands like everything else in the world of neoliberal ideas – more or less dominating the whole of planet Earth. Questions were asked from the very beginning why Serco should be entrusted with tracking and tracing when they have shown themselves to

  • Re-opening schools
    by John on 26th May 2020 at 9:53 am

    The Socialist Labour Party issued the following statement from its Leader, Arthur Scargill on 2nd May, 2020 No Schools, Colleges or Universities should be re-opened until there is a drug to cure anyone infected by the virus or we have a vaccine to prevent it. In the event that a decision is made to re-open

Kristy Marie

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