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St. Valentine, the mysterious saint of many things

2019-03-11T11:02:35+00:00

St. Valentine, the mysterious saint of many things Valentine’s Day or Saint Valentine’s Day as it’s known in some countries, is a day associated with various expressions of love – these days it mostly comes in the form of cards, chocolates, flowers and other gifts stereotypically associated with love. Although Valentine’s Day is generally universally acknowledged and ‘celebrated’ in February annually, the day’s origin is still somewhat mysterious. Who was the original St. Valentine, and why do we have a day dedicated to them? So, to start with – there was more than one Saint Valentine, and the Saint that [...]

St. Valentine, the mysterious saint of many things 2019-03-11T11:02:35+00:00

The buzz about energy drinks

2019-03-11T11:01:54+00:00

The buzz about energy drinks As a student, energy drinks are par for the course when it comes to pulling all-nighters, exam-cramming, last minute assignments and staying awake in lectures. Energy drinks are consumed in order to give us that extra Guarana-boost or caffeinated-push; they have also become synonymous with giving us ‘wings’. Energy drinks have long superseded their original purposes and are now consumed in a multitude of fashions, including as a rather lively mixer for alcoholic drinks – the combination of the two is one that is not regularly endorsed by doctors or any medical professionals for that [...]

The buzz about energy drinks 2019-03-11T11:01:54+00:00

Global Governments & Popular Political Systems

2019-01-16T09:23:38+00:00

Global Governments & Popular Political Systems With the build-up to the upcoming elections in South Africa, it’s important to reflect on the meaning of democracy and what a democratically-elected government is, so that we can understand the significance of our role as voters and why we take part in a political system that requires citizen participation. It is also interesting to note that South Africa’s government system is a constitutional democracy with a parliamentary republic (Republic of South Africa) that is comprised of three levels of government: national, provincial and local. In South Africa, the Constitution is deemed as the [...]

Global Governments & Popular Political Systems 2019-01-16T09:23:38+00:00

On the hook, or off the hook?

2019-01-16T09:18:40+00:00

On the hook, or off the hook? Hookah, Shisha, Sheesha, Goza, Argileh, Narghile or Hubbly Bubbly, as it’s more commonly known in South Africa is a popular method of smoking flavoured tobacco by using a water pipe. Smoking Hubbly Bubbly or Hookah as it predominantly know around the rest of the world, has become a supremely social form of smoking, particularly amongst the youth. The Hookah or water pipe is comprised of a head, a body, a water bowl and a hose/pipe or two. The sticky ‘wet’ flavoured tobacco is placed in a clay head at the top of the [...]

On the hook, or off the hook? 2019-01-16T09:18:40+00:00

The History of Horoscopes

2019-01-16T09:19:57+00:00

The History of Horoscopes With the start of the New Year, and New Year resolutions in full swing – many people seek additional guidance and an indication of what the New Year has in store from an astrological source. Followers of Western astrology and the Zodiac signs look to the relevant star-signs associated with their birthdate for predictions, and perhaps, answers for the year ahead. There are thousands of horoscope/astrology or zodiac-themed websites that aim to provide ‘insights’ into various areas of a person’s life including health, love-life, money and career prospects, to those who believe in them in them [...]

The History of Horoscopes 2019-01-16T09:19:57+00:00

Sniffing out malaria one parasite at a time

2018-12-01T09:43:38+00:00

Sniffing out malaria one parasite at a timeDogs aka ‘man’s best friend’ are known and loved for many of their furry characteristics. They are employed in multiple service-based industries for their ability to be trained to perform specific tasks upon command, for protection and particularly for their keen sense of smell. Dogs are also used widely as aids for the blind as well as those who are physically and mentally handicapped. Due to their ‘sniffing’ capabilities, dogs are commonly used in the police force, military and in airports – industries that capitalise particularly on their sense of smell. Dogs are used [...]

Sniffing out malaria one parasite at a time 2018-12-01T09:43:38+00:00

The Problem with Palm Oil

2018-12-01T09:43:24+00:00

The Problem with Palm Oil Palm oil is derived from the palm tree, which is only grown in tropical areas. The oil, which is usually of a high-quality produced from these trees is predominantly utilised for cooking in developing countries. However, that being said – palm oil can be found in many other unexpected everyday products. These include food products, cosmetics, detergents and more. Palm oil’s popularity lies in its continuously high yielding crops – much more so than other frequently used vegetable oils, and at a lower cost – making it even more popular. Palm tree plantations are especially [...]

The Problem with Palm Oil 2018-12-01T09:43:24+00:00

Black Friday and its black mark on the environment

2018-12-01T09:21:18+00:00

Black Friday and its black mark on the environment Black Friday is an annual sale-filled shopping bonanza that occurs the Friday after Thanksgiving in the United States. It is a day filled with extreme price cuts and even more extreme shopper behaviour. The sale kicks off just after midnight and runs for the duration of the day. You will be hard pressed to find a store, whether bricks-and-mortar, or online that doesn’t participate in Black Friday. However, although Black Friday’s origins lie in the U.S., the holiday has also infiltrated the United Kingdom as well as South Africa. Holiday shoppers [...]

Black Friday and its black mark on the environment 2018-12-01T09:21:18+00:00

Caffeine Fiend of Caffeine Friend

2018-12-01T08:58:41+00:00

Caffeine Fiend of Caffeine Friend A cup of coffee forms a crucial part of many peoples’ morning as well as daily routines. However the morning ‘cuppa Joe’ is not a firm favourite for everyone, and that may have a lot more to do with just personal preference and taste. For some, a cup of coffee provides the welcome and essential boost needed to get through the day. For others however, even the smallest amount of caffeine found in coffee can cause a serious case of the jitters or a night destined to be sleep-less. Why does caffeine affect some, and [...]

Caffeine Fiend of Caffeine Friend 2018-12-01T08:58:41+00:00

The Seven SPIs of Plastic

2018-12-01T08:58:11+00:00

The Seven SPIs of Plastic A good place to start when it comes to knowing your plastics, is understanding that there are seven different kinds of plastic. Being able to differentiate between the seven plastic compounds is also key in being able to utilise them responsibly so that you know which kinds can be recycled and how. This is imperative given that plastic is used daily in most items including water bottles, take-away coffee cups, stationery, food containers and more. The plastic family comprises of the following: Polyethylene Terephthalate (PETE or PET), High-Density Polyethylene (HDPE), Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC), Low-Density Polyethylene [...]

The Seven SPIs of Plastic 2018-12-01T08:58:11+00:00

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