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When a post or picture gets sent to Facebook or Twitter, the sender probably doesn’t think about how it might affect them tomorrow. The hard truth is, that what we send into cyberspace can be difficult to erase. A moment’s fun can cause a lot of sorrow, how many celebrities can vouch for that? There have been some recent news stories about people losing jobs, or not even getting an interview, based solely on what someone from the company has seen on social media pages. It would be easy to think this only applies to the younger community but that isn’t the case, it can affect any one of us who chooses to hit send. Many employers now use social media profiling to screen potential employees. Vetting a candidate's social media profiles can give employers an insight into their personality, character or work ethic. If you have not activated your privacy settings, your profile will be accessible to a potential employer and its content can be found through search engines like Google. This is true for Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. It may be unfair and discriminatory, but it happens, and even fairly innocuous material might be judged harshly by someone who doesn't know the person involved. What can you do? Become familiar with the settings. The good news is that you can, to a certain degree, clean up your social media site. Take an afternoon to go through each social media profile and delete any inappropriate photos or comments. There are some software products which can help, like Simple Wash, though these generally don't apply to photos. Does this mean we should stop using social media? Most experts say that this isn't necessary. In fact, a well-handled social media profile can be very beneficial. It allows people to connect with those in the same industry or trying to break into that industry. By engaging with other professionals you can show you’re both serious and knowledgeable.
Top Tips Only post personal information on one social media profile. Make sure main profile photos and cover photos are conservative. If something is even slightly questionable, do not post it publicly. Be careful what you 'like' or comment on. If the person posting has a public profile your comment will be visible too. Make your public image one you'd be happy to show to anyone, even your great granny. Don't accept friend requests from people you don't know, or if you must, put them on a 'restricted' list. Remember that privacy filters on social networking sites are subject to change and are not fail-safe. Check filters regularly. Keep your profile private! Social Media for business: Used correctly, what a hugely powerful tool! Just as potential employers may check a personal profile, people who are considering using a company may also look at the social media business site. It is a brilliant way to get the business name out there too; with each regular post you can reach a huge volume of people and by doing a post boost, although it carries a cost, it will increase the spread by thousands. Lots of businesses now employ staff just to deal with social media. This alone goes to show just how powerful it is. It’s certainly a way to get a company to jump to attention when you have little or no response from customer services - jumping onto their social media account works wonders and is usually very Effective! The saying ‘a business takes years to build but a day to demolish’ is rather apt with social media.
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If your garden is short on space, rammed with plants, or you simply have an unsightly vertical surface to cover, climbing plants can be used to great effect: from clothing frameworks such as pergolas and arches to hiding sheds and even neighbours! Whether it’s as fast growing as a Triffid, a dainty floral twiner, or an evergreen clinger, I’m certain there’s a climber out there for you, it’s just a case of meeting your perfect match. For those of you lucky enough to have a southfacing doorway, why not spoil yourself with the highly scented fragrance of Star Jasmine (Trachelospermum jasminoides). •Not only is it evergreen, but it boasts the added benefit of a claret-red leaf colour in autumn. For those with a north-facing•entrance, how about a plant combo starting with an early flowering Clematis tolerant of shade, such as ‘Frances Rivis’, followed by the stunning pink flowers of Rosa ‘Zephirine Drouhin’, perfect in shade with the added bonus of being a thornless variety. If it’s a shady spot and a fast growing evergreen you require you really can’t beat Ivy, but I understand many people are not huge fans, so why not put in the extra effort and seek out a great alternative known as Pileostegia viburnoides. •It’s a bit of a mouthful but not only is it evergreen, it will provide white flowers in summer and like Ivy is a self clinger, but nowhere near as vigorous.
As well as the other common examples, such as Wisteria (only plant this in full sun and if you are prepared to tie it in and prune it twice annually), Honeysuckle and Pyracantha (great for deterring intruders due to its woody thorns), there is a whole range of other shrubs which can be grown against a wall or fence, not forgetting trees of course, such as the beautiful trained fruit trees we often see in Victorian walled gardens. Shrubs planted at around 30cm away from the base of the wall or fence can be manually tied in and make excellent wall cover, often with the added benefit of flowers. •Photinia ‘Red Robin’ for example, or Garrya elliptica make unusual evergreen wall coverings, and look great with a second flowering climber twining through. •Don’t forget the huge variety of annuals available which you can grow from seed, such as Sweet Peas, Morning Glory, or maybe try climbing French beans as an edible wall covering?
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The majority of children consider chocolate eggs to be the most important part of Easter. Just over half of children will eat their first chocolate egg before Easter Sunday. The average time for children to start eating their chocolate eggs is 11am. A third of children will eat chocolate eggs as a replacement for breakfast. 1 in five children will be ill because of the amount of chocolate eaten. The UK’s first egg was produced in 1873 by Fry’s of Bristol. John Cadbury made his first Easter eggs in 1875. By 1892 they produced 19 different types, all in dark chocolate. They launched a milk chocolate egg in 1905. The famous crocodile finish came from a company in Germany designed to cover any imperfections in the chocolate. The tallest chocolate Easter egg was made in Italy and stood at 10.39m in height and weighed 7,200kg. It was taller than a giraffe and heavier than an elephant! The world’s most popular egg shaped chocolate is the Cadbury’s Cream Egg. An egg covered in diamonds was sold in 2007 for almost £9m.
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Recently, on a cold February day, we met up with some friends and their children on a beach. We ran amok, played tag, whooped, built a huge communal sandcastle and returned home cold, damp, sandy and happier than we’d been for quite a while. We’d given in to play and we felt much better for it. Our society tends to dismiss play for adults. At worst it’s seen as an unproductive, guilty pleasure. Adults are supposed to be serious and let’s face it, between work and ferrying children around to various activities there’s little time for play. When we do play, it often tends to be competitive (tennis, squash, golf), and this is particularly true for men. But research suggests that playing is just as important for adults as for children. It makes us happy, helps with problemsolving, improves our creativity and strengthens our relationships.
can benefit from play even if you The Power of Play You don’t have much spare time. The By Louise Addison
He’s reviewed over 6,000 “play histories,” case studies that explore the role of play in each person’s childhood and adulthood. He found that lack of play was as important as other factors in predicting criminal behaviour among murderers in Texas prisons. He also found that playing together helped couples connect on an emotional level, and that play could even help strangers to bond and also act as a healing tool.
If you don’t think you know how to play, write your own ‘play history’ down on paper. What did you do as a child that excited you? Did you engage in those activities alone or with others? Did you play with trains? Did you draw? Did you build dens? How might you recreate that today?
Surround yourself with playful people. We wouldn’t have had such fun on the beach that day if our friends had been po-faced and serious. The fact that we were all up for running around and playing was important. The best playful people are children. Spend time with And play means different things to different people. My friend Rita knits and them and experience the magic of play through their eyes. crochets for pleasure, I write, walk my dog and take photographs, my husband Finally, any time you think play is a water-skis, and our neighbour restores waste of time; remind yourself that it old mopeds. offers some serious benefits for both you and those around you. But what is play? How do we define it? Brown calls play a “state of being,” “purposeless, fun and pleasurable.” For the most part, the focus is on the actual experience, not on accomplishing a goal.
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