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The Evolution of School Lunches

B&M Stores have created this great infographic featuring the evolution of school lunches.

The visual takes you back to 1906 when breakfast and lunches were introduced into schools (porridge to start the day and bread and butter for lunch). It shows us the full ‘evolution’. From spam, fish and chips to Jamie Oliver’s creamy coconut fish and mexican beach wraps.

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Posted on in Family.

Ready for the latest wedding trend?

While brides and grooms are counting costs for catering, drinks, reception venues and dresses and suits, there’s a new trend on the horizon that could take up a sizeable chunk of the budget – the gifting lounge.

Treating your guests to a choice of gifts is the latest wedding ‘in’ thing to do, according to Etsy, who revealed the biggest wedding trends of 2017.

Gifting lounges are rooms that guests at a wedding reception can enter. Inside is a selection of gifts that the guests are free to choose from.

Gone are the days of a bag of sugared almonds plonked in the middle of the wedding table.

Wedding favours have been the thing to do for the last decade or so. These are an import from the States and see each guest treated to a small gift at their table setting. These would vary from some sweets to mix tapes and mini hangover kits.

However, these favours have been overshadowed by the gifting table – where brides and grooms, ranging from portrait sketches to personalised presents.

‘Upon arrival at the couple’s hotel, a welcome party, or even at the reception itself, guests can grab a personalised tote or other container and help themselves to a curated spread of memorable goodies,’ according to Etsy’s reveal of the biggest wedding trends of 2017.

Items like local produce from the area and customised chocolate or sweet gifts are recommended – or even trinkets that complement the newly weds’ journey

Some couples are also going as far as hiring in calligraphers, portrait artists and caricaturists to impress guests on the big day.

On the topic of ever expanding budgets, it seems that couples are minimising their guest lists in order to offer a ‘more elevated and bespoke experience’ for the select guests that make the cut.

Other trends include choosing dresses outside of the customary white or ivory colour scheme. Brighter hues – baby pinks, champagne or pale sage are the most lusted after non-whites that brides have been parading around wedding dress shops across the UK.

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Posted on in Weddings.

The Latest Moneybright Deals!

Here are some of the deals that the Moneybright Deals team found today from Boots the Chemist in Manchester. There’s a summer sale going on for the previous season’s good, so it provided the perfect opportunity to look for some incredible bargains. Here are some of our favourites:

Up to 50% off selected fragrances

DKNY Be Temped EDT – Was £60 now £33.33
Jimmy Choo Flash EDT – Was £36 now £18

1/3 off Gillette Fusion range

Was £12 Now £7.99

Buy one get one free on the L’Oreal Paris Men Expert

Buy any two, and the cheapest is free

Half price on Philips shavers

Philips Series 7000 wet and dry shave S7370/12 Was £270 Now £135

Half price Babyliss straighteners

Babyliss 3Q straighteners Was £90 Now £45

Half price on sunglasses

Including Ted Baker, French Connection, Barbour and Converse lines

Gro Company Grobag baby sleep bag

Was £35 Now £26.25

Half price Mini Club clothing

Buy one get one free one photo frames

Save 1/3 on St Tropez self-tanning

More than half price on Real Techniques make up brushes

Was £22.99 Now £10.99

*Prices and stock are subject to availability and were in-store on the 3rd August 2017.*

University costing some students £1,000 per hour

The decision to go to university is not taken lightly by many. The time, money and the debt racked up over one degree are discouraging a lot of young people.

However, those who choose to take up a course might be getting a little short-changed, according to research from Bristol University and the New College of the Humanities and published by journal Fiscal Studies.

The data, collated from 67 universities around the UK, showed that some students are receiving so little tuition that they are paying the equivalent of £1,000 an hour.

Economics students are worst hit – with an average of 26 hours of one-to-one teaching received over a three-year course.

While on the other end of the scale, Physics students receive almost three times the amount of teaching – for the same fees.

Speaking to the BBC, author Dr Mike Peacey, commented, “It’s a bit bizarre. It certainly seems like humanities students are subsidising Stem [science, technology, engineering and maths] students.

“Really, students are paying a kind of university tax rather than tuition fees.

Many English universities now charge UK and EU students the maximum, £9,250 per year for the vast majority of undergraduate courses.

The data was calculated by the total equivalent adjusted contact hours (Teach) to convert teaching time and class size into the equivalent number of hours of one-to-one contact.

The results saw that over three years on average:

  • Physics students received 74.6 hours
  • History students received 32.6 hours
  • Economics students received 26.1 hours

Times spent on teaching differed massively across the broad spectrum of universities in the UK. For example, students studying economics at the top ten per cent of universities received as much as five times more teaching than institutions ranked in the bottom ten per cent.

“How much students must pay in tuition fees makes no difference to how much teaching they receive,” the report says.

“Clearly, some students are receiving much better value for money than others.

“For a market to function properly, participants must be able to compare what is offered by different providers.”



Posted on in Students.