Chaotic Survival: the role-playing game inspired by COVID

Colchester-based gamer Mitchel Gledhill has created his own survival game inspired by the coronavirus pandemic. Chaotic Survival, which is a text-based role-playing game, presses the importance of following the government’s guidelines. By sending out emails with COVID rules and rewarding gamers for active playing, Mitchell wants to protect those who don’t have time to follow the news. Watch the interview with Mitchell Gledhill here. Continue reading Chaotic Survival: the role-playing game inspired by COVID

Christmas campaign brings the nation together with a doorstep sing-along

If you feel like you’re always stuck in second gear and it hasn’t been your day, your week, your month or even your year, then the Friends theme song is an accurate representation of your 2020. In this case, the Sing Silent Night Campaign in Colchester is the ray of sunshine you need to end the past twelve months on a positive note. The campaign … Continue reading Christmas campaign brings the nation together with a doorstep sing-along

Suffolk charity group organises Christmas hampers for vulnerable people

Volunteers in Bury St Edmunds are trying to ensure no family in need goes without this Christmas. The Green Hearts community group, formed earlier this year, is taking donations of items such as food and toys to go into Christmas hampers. The Christmas campaign is expected to reach more than fifty vulnerable residents and there are currently nine drop-off points for people to help. Despite … Continue reading Suffolk charity group organises Christmas hampers for vulnerable people

VIDEO: Business owners and self-employed amongst the affected by the pandemic

Thousands of pubs and restaurants may never reopen after lockdown as owners are left struggling to meet their ongoing costs. The government has set up a number of financial schemes to support small businesses and self-employed workers. But will this be enough to save the hospitality industry from collapsing?  Continue reading VIDEO: Business owners and self-employed amongst the affected by the pandemic

TesCovid-19 – the virus of careless shopping

It’s a sunny Saturday morning. Another week in lockdown has almost passed. Since the emergency situation was announced, I have lost track of the days. There is only yesterday, today and tomorrow. But I know it is Saturday as I do my shopping then. I quickly wash up, grab my shopping trolley and armed with gloves and a mask, I am heading to the nearest … Continue reading TesCovid-19 – the virus of careless shopping

Feng Shui: happy house, happy spouse

Meet Anna Dun, the Essex feng shui expert who can convince you within seconds that happy house means happy life If you feel like you are stuck in an endless cycle of negative emotions, your family life looks more like a battlefield and the last time you saw luck was in this sentence, then you might need to detox your home. “It is the house … Continue reading Feng Shui: happy house, happy spouse

Why should Cupid never hit a gardener and a swimmer with the same arrow

May you attract someone who speaks your language so you don’t have to spend a lifetime translating your soul. This line stuck in my mind while scrolling down my Instagram feed one night and I cannot stop thinking about it since then. The author is unknown, but I am pretty sure by language they meant the way you perceive the world. And the more I … Continue reading Why should Cupid never hit a gardener and a swimmer with the same arrow

How to survive as an international student in the UK

We have all listened to the 80’s “Staying Alive” hit by the legendary Bee Gees.  And if you are an international student in the UK, who finds it hard to immerse yourself in the new culture, you might want to belt out the following line as loud as you possibly can: “Life goin’ nowhere, somebody help me”.  Good news everyone – your prayers have finally … Continue reading How to survive as an international student in the UK

Meat: A threat to our planet? – 58 minutes that will put you off your steak

If you have ever wondered why climate activists are fiercely advocating cutting down meat consumption, but fail to see the connection between the mouth-watering bacon in the Sunday roast and global warming, then this is the documentary for you. But don’t be put off from watching it if you are not vegan or vegetarian. The film does not delve into the morality of eating animals … Continue reading Meat: A threat to our planet? – 58 minutes that will put you off your steak

Was Barbie Girl wrong? Life in plastic is FAR from fantastic

Get inspired to reduce your waste and take your own containers when shopping with these 5 Essex zero plastic stores We have all heard the 90-s Barbie Girl track, the crazy hit released by the Danish-Norwegian group Aqua which sold more than 1.84 million copies. 23 years later we are still caught up singing the lines, but there is one thing that seems outdated – … Continue reading Was Barbie Girl wrong? Life in plastic is FAR from fantastic