27 Jan 2017

Chinese New Year 2017...

This Weekend, millions of people around the world will be celebrating Chinese New Year.

The 2017 Chinese New Year will begin this Saturday on the 28th of January. 

The reason why it falls later than what we know as 'New Year' is because it follows the Lunar Calendar - the beginning of a new moon. Because of this, the Chinese New Year is on different dates every year.

In Chinese tradition each year is named after one of twelve animals

This year, 2017 is the year of the Rooster

According to Chinese belief, the year of the Rooster will bring good health and energy to 2017. Those who are born in this Chinese year are said to be; beautiful, kind hearted, hardworking, courageous, independent, humorous and honest. 

Chinese New Year is celebrated across the globe with feasting, family parties and the famous Lantern Festivals and parades. These usually last for around 2 weeks.

In celebration of Chinese New Year, The Chinese State Circus are holding a competition to win this hamper of goodies for the winner to perfect their Chinese cuisine! Complete with Chinese Tea brought over from China from the artistes themselves.

Head over to their Facebook to find out how you can win!

20 Jan 2017

National Cheese Lovers Day 2017...

January 20th 2017 is other wise known as National Cheese Lovers Day.

It is not actually known how cheese was first discovered, (it was probably by mistake and someone just left some milk to go mouldy) but the first record of an attempt of making cheese was all the way back in 5500 BCE in Poland. 

From there the cheese fandom grew globally and today there are over 1400 types of cheese... Amazing. 

In celebration of this remarkable day, we've gathered together the best cheese ideas you can try today!

1. Four Cheese Pasta

Need we say more? Four cheeses and carbs. Get the recipe here.

2.  Goats Cheese Tart

Created by Mr Jamie Oliver himself, this tart will be the prize of the picnic!
Try it here.

3. Maltesers Cheesecake

Got a sweet-tooth? Try this delicious dessert and get your cream cheese on!
Get the recipe here.

4. Cheese Scones

Having guests over? Cheese it up with these afternoon tea favourites. 
The best part - they only take 30 mins, try it here.

5. Cheese Fondue

This dreamy recipe comes from Nigella
If you love cheese - this is for you, essentially, a bowl of melted cheese.

So if you love cheese as much as we do, you will love these recipes!

Happy Eating.

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19 Jan 2017

The People's Choice Awards 2017...

Last night celebrated the 42nd People's Choice Awards, an American awards show held annually to recognise the people and work of popular culture, which is voted on by the general public.

Well known faces from TV, film, music and all things digital headed out onto the red carpet in hope of winning one of the industries prestigious awards.

Here are the winners from last night:

Favourite YouTube Star: Lilly Singh

Favourite Hip-Hop Star: G-Eazy

Favourite Social Media Star: Cameron Dallas

Favourite TV Crime Drama Actress: Jennifer Lopez

Favourite Comedic Movie Actor: Kevin Hart

Favourite Dwayne Johnson: Dwayne "Literally Just A Rock" Johnson

Favourite Song: "Can't Stop the Feeling" by Justin Timberlake

Favourite Male Artist: Justin Timberlake

Favourite Premium Series Actor: Dwayne Johnson

Favourite Dramatic Movie Actress: Blake Lively

Favourite Album of the Year: Blake Shelton

Favourite Male Country Artist: Blake Shelton

Favourite Dramatic Movie Actor: Tom Hanks

Favourite Comedic Collaboration: Ellen Degeneres

Favourite Animated Movie Voice: Ellen Degeneres

Favourite Daytime TV Host: Ellen Degeneres

Favourite Cable TV Comedy: Baby Daddy

Favourite Comedic Movie Actress: Melissa McCarthy

Favourite Premium Series Actress: Sarah Jessica Parker

Favourite Dramatic TV Actress: Priyanka Chopra

Favourite Humanitarian: Tyler Perry

Favourite Competition TV Show: Mark Burnett

Favourite Action Movie Actor: Robert Downey, Jr.

Favourite Group: Fifth Harmony

Favourite New TV Drama: This is Us

Favourite Comedic TV Actress: Sofia Vergara

Favourite Network TV Comedy: The Big Bang Theory

Favourite Movie Icon: Johnny Depp

All truly deserved winners. Here are a few of our favourite looks from the stars last night:

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13 Jan 2017

Friday The 13th...

Today is Friday the 13th, otherwise known as one of the unluckiest days of the year. 
People who are scared of this day suffer from 'Friggatriskaidekaphobia' (Long... We know!) - A word almost as scary as the phobia itself.

So what are superstitions?
Superstition is a belief or practice of something that isn't entirely based on facts or reality, which is why so many have been created and still believed today.

These are the 5 most commonly believed superstitions today:

Well, this one actually seems very practical. Not walking under a ladder, especially whilst someone is on it, makes sense. However, the superstition first came from a belief in the Holy Trinity in that walking under a ladder lent against a wall, symbolises 'breaking the triangle' and that is seen as blasphemous therefore encouraging bad luck. 

Ok, so this one comes with a few added instructions - an activation code for the luck, if you will. 
You can't just use any old foot, accordingly to folklore it is only the left hind foot that brings luck and the bearer must rub it to stimulate said luck.
A rabbits foot has also been said to provide protective magic, in addition to bringing good fortune. 

Superstition states that if you break a mirror (size is irrelevant), you're sure to be doomed for the next 7 years. 
This belief was apparently first known during Roman times as they were the first to create and use glass mirrors. They said the 7 years of bad luck comes as the soul of the individual who broke it would be trapped inside (we're not entirely sure where the 7 years comes from), but a creepy thought nonetheless. 

'Knocking on' or 'Touching' wood is a superstition used by many in an attempt to warn off 'tempted fate', for example after boasting about one's future or good fortune that they believe is on it's way. 
Other theories suggest that the 'wood' is related to the Christian Faith and cross, in order to not upset a spiteful universe. 

This one is an odd one and has actually come from ancient myth. Legends abound, from a story of a Roman woman who opened her umbrella moments before her home fell down, to the tale of a British prince who accepted two umbrellas a gift from a king then happened to die mere months later. This could just be coincidence but you still could poke someones eye out so we suggest that you don't open your umbrellas inside!

We personally don't know if we truly believe these superstitions.. However, for those of you who do - Here's how to get rid of your 'bad luck'.

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9 Jan 2017

Golden Globes 2017

The Golden Globes Awards is an annual ceremony created by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association to celebrate film and television. 

The ceremony took place last night in California with some of the biggest names on the big screen. 
Below are the worthy winners of this year's awards.

Best Motion Picture

Best Musical or Comedy

Best Drama

Best Animation

Best Foreign Language 

Best Television Series

Best Limited Series

Best Drama  

Best Musical or Comedy

Best Actress

Claire Foy in The Crown

Emma Stone in La La Land

Isabelle Huppet in Elle

Olivia Coleman in The Night Manager

Sarah Paulson in The People v. O.J Simpson

Tracie Ellis Ross in Black-ish

Viola Davis in Fences

Best Actor 

Aaron Taylor Johnson in Nocturnal Animals

Billy Bob Thornton in Goliath

Casey Affleck in Manchester by the Sea

Ryan Gosling in La La Land

 Donald Glover in Atlanta

 Hugh Laurie in The Night Manager

Tom Hiddleston in The Night Manager

Other awards on the night went to:
 Damien Chazelle for Best Director & Best Screenplay for La La Land
Justin Hurwitz for Best Original Score for La La Land including Best Original Song 'City of Stars'. 

The Cecil B. DeMille Award was presented to Meryl Streep for her outstanding contributions for entertainment. 

We love the entertainment award season and we can't wait to see who else will be celebrated this year!

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