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How To Plan An All-American Road Trip

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The great American road trip. Vast, craggy landscapes orange-soaked in desert sunbeams, two lane blacktop stretching to the horizon. The coffee, black as the hearts of men, pie spilling cherries like gut-shot cowboys. The dusty roads and gas station assignations between… This grand continent fought for and gained its independence from us back in 1776. As the US celebrates again this July the 4th, maybe it’s time for us Brits to reflect on what we lost when the original colonists separated from the Mother country. There’s a reason there are no movies about commuting from Reading to Norwich. America is a land of limitless contrasts, from lush forest and mountains in the midwest, to snowy-peaks along the Canadian border, to the red desert between Los Angeles and Las Vegas. And the only way to truly experience it, is to drive through it. This is a land conquered by the car. No wilderness has been left unscarred by road, no desert unmarked by tracks. And Seven Elevens. And Piggly Wigglies. If you want to see the USA, you should do it as God intended; in a 2.0 litre saloon. Hallelujah, brethren. But where do you start? Getting your wheels First things first, you’re going to…

How To Go Travelling (Not On Holiday)

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Travelling is a very different thing to just going on holiday. When you travel, you see the world and soak up its culture. You spend time getting to know places and people; their customs and rituals. When you go on holiday you spend a week eating egg and chips in a hot country. Going on holiday, you come back with ten days worth of identical memories and a phone full of sunsets. When you travel, you change your life. You become a different person. That’s why it’s worth dropping out for a year to do it properly. But to do it properly, you’ll need to plan – which is where we come in! Choose Where to Go We’re going to suggest you experience one fairly large part of the Earth in depth, because travel isn’t fast food. The world is your oyster and, like oysters you should savour the experience. That doesn’t mean you should restrict your year off to a tour of Bognor Regis and its surroundings, but choosing a distinct geographical area has advantages. You’ll have time to absorb the culture better You’ll be able pick up regional travel deals and discounts You may be able to learn…

How To Return To Real Life After Glastonbury

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WOW! That was some Glastonbury Festival wasn’t it? The weather was so… inconsistent. There was the AMAZING return of that guy who sang that song in the 1970’s. using the apple phone cases for iphone 6 Remember that guy with the great big flag who stood right in front of you during your favourite musical outfit? But now you’re back in your bedsit/childhood bedroom/car with nothing but your memories and that rash. Isn’t it terrible? You need to readjust to your boring, non-tent based life – but don’t throw yourself into your old routine too quickly or you could end up with a condition known as ‘Post Glasto Bends’ where you freak out, grow some dreads and become the bass player in Ozric Tentacles. And nobody wants that. Instead follow these few simple tips to help you slip back into your old existence without too many harmful repercussions. DON’T WASH Smell is considered one of the most powerful senses. And you are sure to smell your most powerful on the Monday morning after a major festival. By showering or having someone hose you down in the driveway, all those olfactory memories will soon be washed away, along with that unfortunate…

The Least Fit Sportsmen In History

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In recent times we’ve been spoiled by a plethora of incredible sporting events. The Olympics, World Cup and Commonwealth Games have all showcased athletes at the height of their powers and peak physical fitness. But let’s not forget that for every Mo Farah and Hulk, there’s a schlub like you and me excelling in their chosen field with a minimal amount of effort. hard case iphone 6 plus This is a celebration of those champion sporting figures who were world-beaters and still knew their way around a pie and a pint. ‘BIG’ BILL WERBENIUK A snooker behemoth who was as well known for his feats of drinking as he was for his cueing skills. His average intake was a pint per frame, which usually equalled around a dozen or so per game. It’s reported that he once drank 76 cans of lager during a game against John Spencer in the 1970’s. And he is probably the only champion sportsman who has a section of his Wikipedia entry titled ‘Trouser Splitting Incident’. phone cases iphone 7 It just goes to show you the power of multi-tasking – if you are good at two things (like snooker and drinking) why not combine…

National Stereotypes: What Subject Is Your Country Obsessed With?

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Ah, abroad. iphone 6 case laura ashley That magical place where crisps have comically lavatorial names, where umlauts run free and where all Eurovision winners come from. iphone 8 plus case glittery When it comes to foreign lands, we know where they are, what weird money they use and who the latest El Presidente is. iphone 7 silicon case pink But what makes them tick? What is going on in those hilariously hatted heads of theirs? What are their obsessions? Their drives? Their mating habits? We visited every country on the planet, undertook months of painstaking interviews and spent hours and hours in many nation’s libraries and centres of excellence. wolves iphone 7 case But then we accidentally deleted the results while trying to download that video of the cat being sick on the other cat. got7 phone case iphone 6 Instead we went on Google, typed in a few keywords and quickly knocked this Infographic together. retro iphone 7 phone cases Enjoy! And if you want it to, you can! Just use the code beneath it to stick it wherever you like.

“Experiences” vs “Stuff”: Which Makes Us Happier?

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You would not believe how much money I am being paid to write these words. iphone 8 star case As a professional freelance writer, I am obviously in the upper echelons of commerce and employment. I enjoy a life of luxury, raking in all the sweet, sweet copy-writing cash then splurging my profits on loose cars, fast women and the art of Ronnie Wood. But am I happy? Yes. Deliriously. But I am unusual. winnie the pooh iphone 8 case It seems that money doesn’t necessarily make us happy. Once the underclasses (people like you) happen to encounter any kind of fiduciary rewards, they panic, begin to cry hysterically and instantly hand over all their money to the nearest identity thief or late night, bingo based quiz show. But why should this be so? We’ve collected all the data, conducted a number of searches on Google AND Bing and asked the man at the bank. snoopy phone case iphone 8 Using this information we’ve put together this illustrated document pinpointing what makes us happier when we throw cash at them: Things or doing things. marble phone case iphone 7 plus Which one will win? Only reading on, using your eyes,…

How To Spot A Fake Rolex

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If you’re anything like me, you buy all of your stuff from a bloke called Tony with a wolf tattooed on his neck who operates out of the back of a pub car park. Perishables, white goods, even valuable items of celebrity memorabilia; give him 24 hours and Tony can get his hands on it. metallic iphone 7 case When he’s not inside. apple brand iphone 6 case Obviously, what Tony does is completely above board and legitimate. rechargable phone case iphone 6 But unfortunately, not everyone is like Tony. shieldon iphone 7 case There are other types out there who trade in shoddy counterfeit items which fall apart or burst into flames as soon as you plug them in. Many of these fake objects are produced with exceptional quality, almost identical to the real thing. One of the luxury products most often counterfeited (after fake ‘Noel Edmonds Style Deal Or No Deal Comedy Beards’) are Rolex watches. Whether your a Championship football player or a national weatherman, you will need a Rolex to indicate your worth. pink sand iphone 7 plus case But if you’re approached with a large, gaudy wristwatch, how can you tell whether its the real…

The Ultimate Road Trip: 12 Lessons From Hollywood Movies

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Once upon a time, oafs and yokels turned to the village wise man for knowledge. speck iphone 7 case blue With a face full of white beard, a pointy hat and a wide-sleeved garment, this oracle would dispense vital information such as ‘fire is hot’, ‘bears can eat you’ and ‘please don’t do that, it’s disgusting’. But wise men are no more. ted baker case iphone x If some bloke in a beard and funny head gear suddenly started spouting facts at us unexpectedly, we’d run away and call social services. They have been replaced. By Hollywood. phone case charger iphone 7 plus Yes, movies, films and the talkies now provide all of our knowledge, wisdom and instinct. For instance, I joined the Police Academy seven times, immediately after seeing each film in the franchise. I spent eleven years searching for Curly’s Gold. iphone 6 shockproof case 360 And I still believe that I am in some kind of Matrix and have the raincoat to prove it. One activity that Hollywood movies can definitely inform us about is the Road Trip. iphone x apple case Whether its Thelma and Louise or My Left Foot, film characters are always leaping into…

What Dog Names Say About Their Owners

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It’s National Take Your Dog To Work Day! No matter when you’re reading this, it’s National Take Your Dog To Work Day, as it’s a completely made up thing. Probably devised by the ‘Make Your Office Smell Like a Dog Council of Great Britain’ (MYOSLDCGB). But it is a fine example of our cultish, almost dangerous affection we have for our dogs. We buy them clothes, we send them off on exotic holidays, we hire expensive psychiatrists to deal with their neurosis. And we pick up their poo in tiny bags. But does the name that we give them reflect something about our own personality and nature? Yes, yes it does. As you will discover… ROVER/BUTCH/LASSIE Traditional. You yearn for a dog from the old days who would pull clumsy toddlers from mine shafts and alert you when a fire had erupted down near the old creek and Timmy was in danger. You are utterly delusional, living in a world that no longer exists, where children went up chimneys and muffin men roamed the street, distributing their sweet breads to unsuspecting Londoners. FLUFFY/SKIPPY/MIMSY Cute. You fetishise your animal and wish it to be a toy that is played with and…

How To Smoke A Fine, Fine Cigar

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Smoking cigars has a very old school, upper-crust, Gentleman’s club vibe about it. It’s redolent of the leather Chesterfield in the drawing room after dinner, a fine Cognac warming in a glass next to the fire as a couple of chaps puff on a pair of Havanas. But, things change and you no longer have to wait for an invite to the Groucho or for one of your friends to have a baby before indulging in a cigar. All you have to do is go to the right shop, buy one and smoke it. It’s a free world, after all. An occasional cigar is a pleasure you can’t beat, on a par with a sneaky nip of single malt at the weekend or splashing out on a special bottle of red. And like wine and whisky, there’s a little bit of specialist knowledge you’ll need to enjoy your cigar at it’s best. We take you through buying a great cigar, then offer a few tips on getting the best out of your smoke.  Go to a specialist cigar shop or club They’re becoming a rare sight on high streets full of electronic cigarette shops, but the best place to go for…