Top 10 “Student Budget” Holidays.

Are you getting too old to go on holiday with your parents but secretly praying that they ask you to away with them? Do you desperately need to wind down after the final stress of university exams and dissertations?

You need to get away…

Whether you are looking for a relaxing, chill out on the beach or a complete blowout to let off some steam and to dance off those university blues; Kloodle has researched the best places to go this summer on a budget that you can afford.

For those looking for a bit of culture and something to see why not try:

Riga, Latvia –

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As Latvia’s capital, this beautiful city has recently been named the European capital of culture. With majestic art nouveau architecture, fascinating museums and elements of the Soviet era still fascinating the youth of the West, Riga really does have a lot to offer and at a very reasonable price.

Warsaw, Poland

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Rich in history and jam packed with beautiful architecture, Warsaw is a real place to behold. Take a stroll down the Royal Route, visit the the Łazienki Królewskie Park-Palace Complex, relax in Old and New Town Squares and watch the city transform to become stages for musical and theatrical performances and open-air galleries.

Budapest, Hungary –

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Most people would not think twice about taking a break in Hungary but believe us when we say, it oozes sophistication. Discover historic castles, take a cruise down the Danube river, relax in one of its famous spa’s and baths or even take a stroll on Andrássy Avenue to Heroes’ Square and you’ll understand why Budapest is often called the Paris of the East.

For those looking to find their own paradise:

Dubrovnik, Croatia –

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One of the most up and coming places in the whole of Europe Dubrovnik is simply beautiful. It’s waters have been described as the clearest in the world, watch the sun set over the Old town or simply sip cocktails at the Old Port, notorious for its beautiful sailing boats and let your troubles fade away like the waves on the beach.

Formentera, the Balearic Islands (Spain) –

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You may have to fly into Ibiza’s airport to get to Formentera, but a holiday could not be further away from a wild week in Ibiza. Take the ferry over to your very own paradise Island and lap up the beauty and genuine tranquility of Formentera. Snorkel in the beautiful waters, cycle around the island and if you feel the urge to, take the short trip over to the main island for a night out in the world famous clubs.

Fethiye, Turkey –

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Enjoy a traditional Turkish bath, take a water taxi to Calis Beach to watch the sunset, visit the old town to grab yourself a bargain on the markets or leisurely stroll around the secret Roman ruins. However, if you can stretch to it, paraglide from Babadag Mountain to see what could be the most beautiful coast line in all of Europe. Also, if you transfer money from GBP to Turkish Lira, you will be surprised at how cheap things are.

For those looking for a festival in the sun:

Pukkelpop Festival 14-16 August –

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Pukkelpop started life as a small, local music event before becoming an outdoor alternative festival. Based in Belgium, 30 years on the festival is now a complete music experience. With over 200 current musical sensations, living legends and visionary alternative artists all performing on one of the 8 stages, there is bound to be an act you like. After pitching tents and getting settled, boiler parties and electric warm up session. Live acts such as Calvin Harris, Deadmaus, Ed Sheeran and Outkast, this hidden gem of a festival is not to be missed.

Highfield Festival,  15-17 August, – 

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A very chilled  out atmosphere, a beautiful location, the waterfront of the Störmthaler lake with a sensational line up that includes Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Blink 182 and Queens of the Stone Age, the Highfield Festival is the biggest Independent-Rock-Festival of East of Germany.The perfect place to hold a concert, with the beach, the lake and of  course the spectacular artists not to mention the Foo Fighters, Thirthy Seconds To Mars and The Kooks. The festival attracts more than 20,000 visitors every year.

Those looking for adventure:

If you are looking for an adventure and to literally get lost in your trip then we 100% advise that you read the article below, do however beware of the photos, it can have a rather depressing effect.

http://www.buzzfeed.com/ariannarebolini/astounding-backpacking-trips

We did warn you. If the adventure is what you are looking for but that may be a little out of your budget, why not look to see what is on your doorstep? Britain hosts some of thee most beautiful countryside in the world and if an outdoor adventure is what you seek why not try:

Dublin to Ennis, Western Ireland –

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Dublin, great fun, great people, great city but that isn’t why we are suggesting this trip, why not head out to the lush green Irish countryside. Pass the River Liffey on the way to Cork, ‘The Rebel County’. Then onto Blarney Castle and give the stone a cheeky little kiss to get the legendary ‘gift of the gab’.  Before finally settling for the night in Ennis, famous for its wonderful music and dancing. Fresh after several pints of Guinness, the first stop of the day is at the awesome Cliffs of Moher, where on a clear day, you can see Galway Bay. Finally, continue your trek to Galway, Ireland’s cultural capital and festival city to be entertained by the many buskers and live music.

7 Day Skye and Western Isle, Island Hopper – 

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There is so much of Scotland that just hasn’t been seen. Why not take the time to see it and all of the islands while you’re at it. Begin your trip in Edinburgh and spend day one making your way to Inverness, making sure to stop by  Dunkeld, the heart of Macbeth country and its mighty cathedral. Then after a dram of whiskey, you’re off on your travels again to find the mystical beast that is the Loch Ness Monster…don’t spend too long looking though, there is much backpacking to do yet. Next stop is the north west highlands of Lewis to journey through the wilderness and some of the most remote and most isolated mountain terrain in Europe. After you have had your fill, jump on the ferry over to Harris, in the Western Isles, where you must visit the stunning Callanish Standing Stones, Neolithic in age and dating back more than 4,000 years. Their meaning remain a mystery, perhaps an ancient calendar but these are considered to be some of the most impressive and inspiring of any of the ancient stones in Britain. Lastly, if you can drag yourself away from the glorious countryside, mountains and perfect blue waters of Harris, you must continue on your travels “over the sea to Skyeeee”  explore the magical isle with its awesome scenery and Cuillin Mountains while hearing about its many legends and faerie stories. Once, back on the mainland (short ferry trip), why not climb Britain’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis before going home to enjoy a well earned rest via a computer to upload all of your adventure onto your Kloodle profile.

For those not on placements or internships, enjoy a wonderful break and be sure to be safe on your travels but make the most of your opportunity to travel. For those who are lucky enough to have a great working opportunity, listen, learn and try to figure out if it something you would like to do full time. Ask questions and make the most of your chance.




World Cup 2014 – Who’s your money on?

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So it’s finally here. The long anticipated, World Cup, all the way from beautiful, sunny Brazil. But who is your money on?

Brazil, the 5th biggest country in the world in terms of land mass is undoubtedly one of the hottest and most humid places on the planet. It has the biggest rainforest in the world and its tropical climates are undoubtedly going to be a game changer.

For those that aren’t currently clued up on which nations are in which group, the following link is a guide to see you through the next month.

http://www.worldcupplayoffsbracket.com/2014/index.php

Now to the Kloodle run down.


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Group A:
Brazil (Rank #3) – Having played in every single world cup competition and winning it on 5 separate occasions, obviously stands them out as potential winners. The fact that the competition is held in their own back garden, must be further advantage and the infamous Neymar, returning to his adoring fans must have him excited to impress. Kloodle prediction – finalists.
Croatia (Rank #18) – Entering into their fifth World cup finals competition, Croatia did not qualify from their UEFA cup group as winners, but…do not write them off. They were placed in a very competitive group where a very strong Belgium squad came through as champions. I wouldn’t be overly surprised in Modric and his men shocked a few people in their competition opening fixture with Brazil. Kloodle prediction – Knocked out in the last 16.
Mexico (Rank #20) – Fourteenth time out for the Mexicans, may not be a happy one. With only six wins in their last 20 World Cup fixtures stretching back to 1994, Chicharito and his band of little peas definitely have their work cut out in a very tricky group. Kloodle prediction – will not progress through the group stages.
Cameroon (Rank #56) – Cameroon’s eighth world cup final competition has indeed not had the most ideal preparation. Having breezed through the qualifying stages, winning group I with ease, they went onto convincingly beat Tunisia 4-1 to earn their spot in Brazil. However Eto’o and his men have been heavily documented in the press recently as they refused to board the flight based on issues with bonus schemes and only arrived in Brazil 4 days before the start of the competition. Fail to prepare and prepare to fail. Kloodle prediction – out in the group stage.

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Group B:
Spain (Rank #1) – As raining world champions and with their own class above breed of football, Spain are the bookies favourites to go on and win it again. With growing issues that Spain were becoming the best team in the world at keeping the ball and creating chances, the slip in form of Chelsea’s Fernando Torres and injury ridden David Villa, in one game against England Spain did not field a centre forward. However a certain Diego Costa, rich in form off the back of his 27 goals in La Liga alone seem to have resolved that issue. Kloodle prediction – Winners.
Netherlands (Rank # 15) – Always oozing in class and sensational technique the Dutch can never be ruled out. In what looks like the toughest group, can Van Gaal have one last swan song before his long awaited arrival at “The Theatre of Dreams”? The key man Robin Van Persie never really got going during the English Premier League season, whether that be due to Kloodle office favourite David Moyes or genuine injury, the strong fact remains, class is permanent and not only does RVP have class, this squad is jam packed with talent. Kloodle prediction – Knocked out in the last 16.
Chile (Rank #14) – The Chileans are venturing into their 9th World Cup appearance this time and got there in some style finishing third in a very tough South American qualifying group. Although the magnificent Alexis Sanchez did not look at his best this winter in Barcelona, his passion for Chile was obvious in friendly games against England not so long ago. With a knowledge of Brazil and the conditions, Chile could really be a surprise team in this very tough group. Kloodle prediction – Will be unlucky but not qualify through the group stages.
Australia (Rank #62) – HAAAA!! Having failed to win a game in the last two world cups, this recent run of bad form may well, unfortunately continue. “Bring back Harry Kewell!!” Kloodle prediction – (with a smile) Won’t win a game.

 

Group C:
Colombia (Rank #8) – In only their fifth world cup finals, the Colombians can smell blood. Looking to cause an upset or two, can Antonio Valencia and the lads use the conditions and their “less difficult” group to go on and make a little bid themselves. Kloodle prediction – Knocked out in the last 16.
Greece (Rank #12) – Looking to surpass their only two previous attempts in World Cup history, the Greeks failed to win their UEFA group, missing out to Bosnia Herzegova and if they wish to progress through the group stages need to reinvent the form they had when winning Euro 2004. That epic tournament win was based on a very very sturdy defence. DE-FENCE…DE-FENCE… Kloodle prediction – Out in the group stages.
Ivory Coast (Rank #23) – With this being only the third time to the finals Ivory Coast are somewhat of a dark horse and certainly a force that will not just role over. Though the IC have never progressed through the groups, the luck of the draw was strictly not in their favour on either occasion, third time lucky lads. The big questions are, can Drogba play three games in a week? Has Kolo Toure recovered from the malaria virus he picked up? Will Yaya Toure (a belated happy birthday from Kloodle) be fit to start the tournament having failed to train with the squad yet. Kloodle prediction – miss out on to qualify through the group stages on goal difference.
Japan (Rank #46) – The Japanese must be quietly confident in the group that they have been drawn in. Having reached the last 16 twice in their last two World Cup’s they continued their good form in the qualification stages. They were the first team to qualify and were worthy winners topping the Asian group by 4 points. (To the tune “Radio Gaga” by Queen) “All we need is Shinji Kagawa. Kloodle prediction – Knocked out in the last 16.

 

Group D:

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Uruguay (Rank #7) – The first ever World Cup winners must also be quietly confident, and so they should be. With arguably the most intelligent football brain in the world, Luis Suarez leading your attack, with Edisson Cavani as a strike partner, Uruguay must fancy there chances. Imagine Ian Holloway managing this team with his, we will score more than you score mentality. However, they did not put that potential into actual results during qualification having just scraped through by beating Jordan in the play-offs. They are the seeded team in the group, though, will this pressure affect things? Kloodle prediction – Quarter finalists.

Costa Rica (Rank #28) – Long are the days of Paolo Wanchope, Costa Rica are a rejuvenated team. After qualifying second in the group for an automatic spot, they must use their knowledge of the conditions and fitness to progress further in the group. Ex Fulham Bryan Ruiz may need to show some real magic to get them through the group stages. Kloodle prediction – Out in the group Stages.

England (Rank #10) – As a company run by Englishmen, do we continue this section of the blog with our heart or our heads? Lets try both… England will win the win the World Cup, beating Australia 6-0 in the final, with a Joe Hart hat-trick. Unfortunately, we must be serious, with England lacking goals and any sense of genuine class, have they found the kind of football that is most successful. If England try to match Brazil for flare and go all out attack then they are often made to look predictable. However, if they try to defend with the heart of our nation’s passion in mind, Kloodle fears England will not score a single goal in any game. Leading up to the World Cup, a real lack of creativity and often pride has been missing. Rock and a hard place? Or just not as good as the English press leads the public to believe. How about we expect nothing and hope we are pleasantly surprised. Kloodle prediction – out in the group stages having drawn all 3 games.

Italy (Rank #9) – Having only ever missed one World Cup finals competition, Italy are veterans in major competition. Known for their pride and defence minded football, Italy have some genuine attacking quality too. Though Italy may not tear teams apart, their wily veteran Andrea Pirlo and the arrogant but raw class in Balotelli should see them do well this summer. Kloodle prediction – Quarter finalists.

Group E:

Switzerland (Rank #6) – After topping group E of the UEFA qualifying section, the Swiss are looking to better their last World Cup effort and progress through the group stages. In their 10th appearance, FC Bayern Munich’s Xherdan Shaqiri realistically has an awful lot of responsibility laying with him. Kloodle prediction – Knocked out in the last 16.

France (Rank #17) – Although Spain qualified as group winners in the qualification phase, France easily barged Ukraine out of the way on confirming their place in Brazil. With an ever improving side with so much individual brilliance both in Paul Pogba and Frank Ribery, will they miss the wizardry of Samir Nasri who was so influential in Manchester City’s title win. Karim Benzema appears to have found top form again and this side wants to make amends to missing the last competition in South Africa. Kloodle prediction – Quarter finalists.

Ecuador (Rank #26) – Backed well according to the bookmakers, Ecuador could well be set to cause a few upsets. In only their third attempt, will the Ecuadorians have enough individual quality to match their knowledge of South America? Antonio Valencia’s men showed real pace in a recent friendly against England and showed that they can score goals. Defensively, there were definite holes though. Kloodle preiction – out in the group stages.

Honduras (Rank #33) – Must be said that in their third try, Honduras must be considered one of the outsiders. Though group E, is not the strongest group in the competition, ex-Wigan duo Wilson Palacios and Maynor Figueroa star in a team that will have to work together to progress any further. Kloodle prediction – out in the group stages.

Group F:

Argentina (Rank #5) – Argentina… the enigma!! What a team, on paper, a truly magnificent team. Aguero, Di Maria, Lavezzi, Zabaleta, (the ever improving) Demechellis, Mascherano, Higuain and arguably the best player in the world Lionel Messi. Could it be their year. No denying that on paper it is a wonderful team and conditions are indeed in their favour… “Worth a pound” as they say. Kloodle prediction – Semi Finalists

Bosnia Herzogavina (Rank #21) – After qualifying for their first ever World Cup, Bosnia Herzegovina mean business. After topping the group through the qualifications stage, players such as Edin Dzeko who was recently voted as one of the best strikers in the world, Miralem Pjanic and Asmir Begovic between the sticks, they have an excellent opportunity to have a real crack at this World Cup and upset a few nations. Kloodle prediction – Knocked out in the last 16.

Iran (Rank #43) – Having got to the World Cup on 3 previous occasions, the current Iran side is looking to go where no Iranian has gone before…the last 16. With no stand out players to mention and in a particularly tough group, I fear quality may well get the better of them on this occasion. Kloodle prediction – Will struggle to notch a point, out in the group stages.

Nigeria (Rank #44) – Featuring in their 5th World Cup, Nigeria have arguably the strongest squad they have ever had. After topping the group during qualification and convincingly beating Ethiopia in the knockout phase, this Nigeria side has definite class as shown throughout European club football, most recognisably Jon Obi Mikel, Victor Moses and West Brom fan favourite Peter Odemwingie. This has the making of a good fight between between Nigeria and Bosnia to see who will progress. Kloodle prediction – Out in the group stages.

Group G:

Germany (Rank #2) – In tricky, energy draining conditions, efficiency is everything. And Germany are the most efficient of the efficient. The three time winners are leaders in innovation, and wonderful in their footballing craft. It has been well documented that German football is light years ahead of the rest of the world. Indeed Manchester City’s youth academy has been changed to copy the structure of many German football academies. More specifically, the sheer ability within the German squad is frightening. Most excitingly from a German perspective is the fact that the majority of the squad are based at FC Bayern Munich Borussia Dortmund. The conditions may be the only thing to undo this very strong force. Kloodle prediction – semi finalists

Portugal (Rank #4) – Though ranked fourth in the world rankings, Portugal really need a great result in this World Cup to continue with that high ranking. They will rely heavily on the FIFA number one ranked player Christiano Ronaldo to lead from the front and drag Portugal through a tricky group and onto a good run in the later stages. There is masses of experience with Pepe in defence and Fabio Coentrao, who are both coming off the back of excellent domestic seasons, but realistically “Ronnie” must be at his very best. Kloodle prediction – Knocked out in the last 16

Ghana (Rank #37) – Ghana were deserved winners in the qualifications stage and went on to beat Egypt 7-3 in the final knockout stage of the qualification process. Unfortunately for Ghana they have been placed in what is being named as the group of death due to the quality of teams around them with any two of the four teams with a chance to qualify. These boys will not be easily beaten and have some wonderful European pedigree players. One step too far perhaps? Kloodle prediction – out in the group stages.

USA (Rank #13) – After convincingly qualifying through the group stages, the USA are very much in the mix up of this group. With names such as Tim Howard, Geoff Cameron and Marcus Beasley all named in the squad, there is a big chance of an upset. However the exposure to champions league football throughout the German and Portuguese squads may well leave the Americans just short. Kloodle prediction – out in the group stages.

Group H:

Belgium (Rank #11) – Entering into the nation’s 12 World Cup appearance, this absolutely must be the best chance of winning the prestigious trophy. Suddenly a golden era has emerged with an all star squad with the world’s best defender Vincent Kompany and the artistic yet powerful of genius of Eden Hazard. Belgium are thee dark horse of the 2014 World Cup. If you don’t believe us, check out the Belgium squad here:

http://www.soccerbase.com/teams/team.sd?team_id=275

“Unbelievable Jeff” and everybody loves an outsider. Kloodle prediction – Quarter finalists with the hope for more.

Algeria (Rank #22) – Fourth attempt for Algeria to make history and get through the group stages, and a good chance it is. With Russia failing to impress in the qualifying stage and Algeria dominating the qualification stages, Tottenham’s  Nabil Bentaleb and his men must come up with some positive results against Russia and South Korea to stand a chance. Kloodle prediction – out in the group stage.

Russia (Rank #19) – Although Russia were no mean feat in the qualification stages, the on-boarding of ex-England manager Fabio Capello has brought a new drive into a talented Russian squad. Capello’s discipline and structure will help this group of players at least advance through the group stages and hopefully onto a good run in the knock out stages. Kloodle prediction –  Out in the last 16.

South Korea (Rank #57) – Unfortunately I cannot see South Korea repeating the heroics of  2002 where they finished a very respectable 4th on their home turf. However, this side is renowned for getting the ball down and playing some good football and an upset could well be expected. Swansea’s Ki Sung-Yong could well be the difference with his creativity, if he is given the time to play. Kloodle prediction – Out in the group stage.

So there you have it…Spain to beat Brazil in the final of the World Cup 2014. Good luck to everyone who has entered a sweep-stake and lead well for those who are playing in a fantasy football league. Let’s hope it’s a great spectacle.trophy

Finally, their must be a quick mention for the winner of the best national anthem and that goes to… drum role please… Brazil. Wonderful.

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Poll: Café Culture to hit British Universities, will it work?

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A 12 month pilot scheme set up by the NUS (National Union of Students) will see seven universities from around Britain launch “The NUS Alcohol Impact Scheme”. The idea being that student unions are being asked to offer at least one “quality, non-alcoholic, mainstream social event” every six months and particularly during freshers’ weeks. The scheme will run for 12 months at Loughborough, Nottingham, Swansea, Brighton. Manchester Metropolitan, Liverpool John Moores and Royal Holloway universities and is intended to cut binge drinking and anti-social behaviour on the university campus.

Crime prevention minister Norman Baker is now spending £90,000 on limiting the sale, promotion and advertising of alcohol, ensuring subsidised bars also sell low-priced non-alcoholic drinks, limiting or preventing alcohol-related initiation ceremonies, and action to tackle pub crawls and social media drinking games. The idea is to get students to swap binge drinking for a café culture where by they can enjoy a coffee orientated hangout as opposed to a boozy blowout.

 

“Binge drinking at universities is nothing new but that doesn’t mean it is a good idea,” said crime prevention minister Norman Baker. Who went on to add:

“Some students find themselves encouraged to participate in alcohol-fuelled activities which can damage health and in some cases spill over into disorder and anti-social behaviour.

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The NUS Alcohol Impact project, backed by the Home Office, will help participating universities to encourage responsible drinking leading to safer and more productive places to study and live.”

“Accreditation should become a badge of honour for universities, and another factor which helps promote their world class teaching and research to prospective domestic and international students.”

 

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Alcohol has always been part of student life. Thomas Vander Ven, who’s written a book aptly named, “Getting Wasted:” wrote, “Students are more likely to say and do things when they drink. Thing’s that they normally wouldn’t do — show affection to their peers, get angry at them, get more emboldened to sing and dance and take risks and act crazy and there’s a ton of laughing that goes on … Alcohol was a vehicle for hooking up and meeting people and having romantic and sexual interactions.” But why we ask?? It only brings regret and the pain splitting headache, followed by the desperate need to be sick and worst of all THE FEAR. 

Either way, we would like to hear your opinion. Will the scheme work in your opinion? Can you see a way of improving the scheme ie cheap coffee after 9pm? Is it something that you want to be involved with?

Please let us know.

 




Revision not sinking in?

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Concentration + Comprehension + Memory = Learning.

In my lifetime, I can honestly say I have never met anyone who enjoys revising. The thought of learning something new has an element of achievement and excitement about it but revision is a whole different kettle of fish. It is often just one of those things that has to be done. In the long run, it is very good, to gain a full understanding of a subject but that doesn’t always come to the forefront of the mind when settling down to a spot of “swotting”.

Here at Kloodle, we genuinely feel your pain. That awful feeling where there are just a bunch of words on a page and nothing is going in. Followed by the standard, “I’m not even concentrating” thought and finally, everyone’s favourite…procrastination. However we have come to offer a helping hand.

First and foremost, we are suggesting that before you begin, grab a notepad and note down anything that may be on your mind, girlfriend/boyfriend issues, money concerns, food thoughts etc etc because we aren’t going to think about them now, they’re just distracting. We are going to deal with that later, for now, we have learning to do. (If for some terrible reason, you cannot leave the issue, deal with it quickly as we need full concentration to allow for learning to take place). Then we want you to remove yourself from any external distractions. That means no TV, no Facebook and Twitter, no magazines or video games, you get the gist. The only thing we will accept, is Mozart being on quietly in the background as this has been proven to stimulate brain activation.

Next we are going to suggest that rather than just try and learn certain parts of a topic that you try to understand it. So any relevant questions you may face are covered.

There is no specific time that is best to study, it is a very personal thing. Some liketo wake at the crack of dawn while the brain is refreshed while others like to cram the night before and sleep on the information. There is no right or wrong answer, just as long as there is no distraction and you are concentrating, this will not affect learning. What is important however, is the length of time you study for without breaking. The brain has a tendency to remember the start and end of a revision session. By increasing the number of breaks you take and keeping revision periods to short chunks, will help the brain to retain the information. The other factor relating to memory is by biochemical changes at the cellular level. It has been shown that studying for extended periods of time can actually deplete the chemicals in your brain cells that are needed to process information effectively. This is known as Neuro-Transmitter Depletion and it gives further support to the importance of frequent breaks. Most people find success with 30 – 50 minutes of concentrated study followed by 10 – 15 minute breaks of physical or creative activity.

One important topic of revision we have not yet discussed is the necessity to make notes. Notes help to reinforce information and help to organise information for further reading. Notes can be made into your own lingo and as creative as possible to help you make personal links to information. Use highlighters to highlight key words and dates to add further emphasis. We would suggest reviewing notes after a revision session and further revision cards can be made to make notes more organised and manageable.

Below is a short list of popular proven revision techniques to help break down your task into manageable chunks.

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Revision Techniques:

The Pegging System

The Phonetic Peg System or Hook System is based on the Phonetic Alphabet and is designed to accommodate large lists of items. The word “Phonetic” refers to the sounds that specific word makes. Ten basic consonant sounds are related to the ten numerical digits 0 – 9. ie 1 – bun, 2 – shoe, 3 – knee etc etc. From there, a person can use “Linking” to reinforce the peg words to make a sentence to remember the number.
*for further information, click on the link below :
http://www.thememoryinstitute.com/the-peg-system.html

The Rhyming System

Rhyme, rhythm, repetition and melody make use of our brain’s impressive ability to encode audio information. How many songs do we recognise by hearing a few simple notes and some repetitive lyrics. We may not remember all the words but our brain automatically recognises when we have heard a song before. For example, how many people remember how many days are in a month by the rhyme “3o days have September April June and November…” If we can make a short rhyme to remember something, our brains have a fantastic ability to remember them.

The Acronym & Acrostic Systems

Acronyms can be used to remember words in sequence or a group of words representing things or concepts, ie the way we remember the full name the British health service NHS or the ever popular TGIF (thank god it’s Friday). Acrostics are phrases where the first letter of each word represents another word. They offer more flexibility and can be used when an acronym can’t be formed. For example, the way that many people remember the order of the planets in distance away from the sun, is “My Very Easy Method Just Speeds Up Naming Planets.”

Finally, other pieces of kit that can aid revision are:

Planners/Diaries – To help you schedule the various things you plan to do or wish to do in one convenient location. Exams, reminders, etc. They can also be used to remind you what you have already learnt and when.

Voice Recorders – Many of these devices are now very compact and easy to use. They allow you to literally ‘hold that thought’ and give a different way of taking in information both by speaking the information aloud AND listening back to it whenever you do not want to read.

Good Luck and remember why you are revising. If ever it feels like too much, stop and think about why you are doing it. Think of the big picture, why you are revising and what great exam results can do for your future. We are always here to offer a helping hand along the way, drop us a tweet or for further information. Sign up today!!




Parkinson’s Law

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Parkinson’s Law:

“Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion”. – Cyril Northcote Parkinson wrote this as part of the first sentence of a humorous essay published in The Economist in 1955. In time, however, the first-referenced meaning of the phrase has sprouted several depictions, the most well known spin off phrase being:

If you wait until the last minute, it only takes a minute to do.

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Basically he is saying that, if a person allows them-self one hour to complete a certain task, that is how long it will take. Therefor in the same breath, if that person gave them-self 45 minutes for the same task, they would complete that exact task in that time.

If you have ever tried this as part of your working day or merely as an experiment then you will understand that this law is absolutely true. How many times have you given yourself 2 hours to complete an essay that you could have very easily written in 1? By giving yourself a strict deadline and sticking to it, you will realise how much more efficiently you will work. After all procrastination makes easy things hard, and hard things harder.

The piece of work you have worked so hard to compete? Put it on Kloodle and showcase your talents to potential employers.

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Kloodle’s summer Bingo

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With summer round the corner and the hottest summer on record pending (supposedly) what are you looking forward to the most??

Kloodle has made the epic new game “British Summer Bingo!” A complexed game of bingo, where by participants mark down classic British sightings in a race for the epic call “HOUSE”. Ready??

Points:

Sighting 1 – Topless skinny chav (bonus point for bulldog tattoo).
Sighting 2 – Man in 3/4 length shorts (bonus points for can of stella).
Sighting 3 – Inappropriate high heels.
Sighting 4 – Person complaining that England is too hot.
Sighting 5 – Person sun bathing in a ridiculous place.
Sighting 6 – Bad tan lines of epic proportion.
Sighting 7 – Sunglasses that cover more than a 3rd of the face.
Sighting 8 – Hearing an ice cream van but not being able to see it.
Sighting 9 – playing BBQ bingo…” is it cooked? We will see if I’m ill tomorrow”.
Sighting 10 – Any man wearing a vest with jeans.
Sighting 11 – Exceptionally poor application of fake tan.
Sighting 12 – Panda eyes.
Sighting 13 – The snowman…That smell of too much sun cream…safety first.
Sighting 14 – Child crying after dropping an ice cream.
Sighting 15 – OAP complete with full suit and jumper.

Good Luck to all involved, please let us know when you have won, there is a prize waiting, but we will need proof of completion!!

Here’s to an epic summer, enjoy!!




The Art of Negotiating

A farmer died leaving his 17 horses to his 3 sons.

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When his sons opened up the Will it read:

My eldest son should get 1/2 (half) of total horses;
My middle son should be given 1/3rd (one-third) of the total horses;
My youngest son should be given 1/9th (one-ninth) of the total horses.

As it’s impossible to divide 17 into half or 17 by 3 or 17 by 9, the three sons started to fight with each other.
So, they decided to go to a farmer friend who they considered quite smart, to see if he could work it out for them.

The farmer friend read the Will patiently, after giving due thought, he brought one of his own horses over and added it to the 17. That increased the total to 18 horses.

Now, he divided the horses according to their father’s Will.

Half of 18 = 9. So he gave the eldest son 9 horses.
1/3rd of 18 = 6. So he gave the middle son 6 horses.
1/9th of 18 = 2. So he gave the youngest son 2 horses.

Now add up how many horses they have:
Eldest son……..9
Middle son…….6
Youngest son…2
TOTAL IS…….17.
Now this leaves one horse over, so the farmer friend takes his horse back to his farm.
Problem Solved!

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Moral:

The attitude of negotiation and problem solving is to find the 18th horse i.e. the common ground. Once a person is able to find the 18th horse the issue is resolved. It is difficult at times. However, to reach a solution, the first step is to believe that there is a solution. If we think that there is no solution, we won’t be able to reach any!




Thank Kloodle it’s French Friday.

So today, Friday 28th February 2014, marks the first official French Friday in the Kloodle office…

The premise that Phil and I will be partaking in a romantic home cooked (the night before) meal accompanied with a cheeky glass of vin rouge… It’s good for the heart.

Today we dined upon a wonderful chicken curry with rice, mild in spice but rich in flavour. With several varieties of vegetables in there and lots of tender chicken thigh meat.

 

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No feast is complete without a good source of grape juice though, today we sampled a delicious merlot. Hardy’d estd. 1853 provided a varietal range Merlot from 2013 with a smooth and mellow taste. It’s fruity and and very easy to drink.

Traditionally, curry and wine do not tend to compliment each other, but this isn’t actually a bad combination.

A wonderful start to what will be the weekly instalment of French Friday.

FRIDAY MARCH 7th 2014

It is that time of the week again. 14:00 on Friday 7th March, French Friday. The time when all our inhibitions are left behind at the bottom of a glass of red.

This week’s food was indeed provided by the always charming, handsome, sophisticated, modest Steven Cheetham and was a homemade chilli. To avoid the extra weight gain that this office does not need, we decided against rice with todays lunch but let the extra lean beef mince mix its wonderful tastes and aromas with the hearty paprika, rich tomatoes and pungent chilli to provide a charming and bone warming treat.

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This week’s wine hails from north Spain. Berberana to be precise and is a wonderful fruity rioja. This is a wine for one with a sophisticated pallet and offers a delicious smooth aftertaste. Perfect with the beef within the chilli and could be easily enjoyed on its own. The bottle is a 2008 Reserva and is from the D’avalos Etiqueta Negra winery.

Founded in 1877 the Bodega in Cenicero in the Rioja Alta is now a modern winery with ageing facilities housing over 50,000 barrels and producing wine of the highest standard.

Known for its consistent quality and range of wines both traditional and modern, Berberana is at the forefront of modern winemaking technology whilst at the same time mindful of the tradition and history that has made Rioja one of the classic wine regions of the world.

Berberana D’avalos Etiqueta Negra Reserva is one of the top two bestsellers of the entire Berberana range.  A must try if ever I have tasted one.

Until next week. Au révoir.




Kloodle Pancake Day

Pancake

Pancake day, the day when tossers from around the world binge on a batter mix shaped into round thin discs of delight. In my house, the annual “Who can eat the most” competition was a fascinating mark on the calendar and often ended with me feeling very sick… but always victorious!

Shrove Tuesday, its official name marks the start of Lent, a Christian fasting season, whereby people try to use up as much milk and fat as possible to avoid temptation.

Growing up, Pancake Day was a huge deal for me. Getting the exact correct concoction is an ongoing battle, and one that I may never win, but i solemnly swear to continue in my strive for perfection.

The batter mix for the perfect pancake is very simple:

Ingredients:

  • 100g plain flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 300ml semi-skimmed milk
  • 1 tbsp sunflower oil or vegetable, plus extra for frying
  • pinch salt

Method:

  1. Put the flour and a pinch of salt into a large mixing bowl and make a well in the centre. Crack the eggs into the middle, then pour in about 50ml milk and 1 tbsp oil. Start whisking from the centre, gradually drawing the flour into the eggs, milk and oil. Once all the flour is incorporated, beat until you have a smooth, thick paste. Add a little more milk if it is too stiff to beat.
  2. Add a good splash of milk and whisk to loosen the thick batter. While still whisking, pour in a steady stream of the remaining milk. Continue pouring and whisking until you have a batter that is the consistency of slightly thick single cream. Traditionally, people would say to now leave the batter for 30 mins, to allow the starch in the flour to swell, but there’s no need.
  3. Heat the pan over a moderate heat, then wipe it with oiled kitchen paper. Ladle some batter into the pan, tilting the pan to move the mixture around for a thin and even layer. Quickly pour any excess batter into a jug, return the pan to the heat, then leave to cook, undisturbed, for about 30 secs. Pour the excess batter from the jug back into the mixing bowl. If the pan is the right temperature, the pancake should turn golden underneath after about 30 secs and will be ready to flip. Allow the pancake to cook for  a further 30 seconds on the opposite side and voilá.

Now the important part… the toppings! There are obviously all of the classics as shown in the link below:

http://www.goodtoknow.co.uk/recipes/pictures/32392/20-pancake-fillings/1

But that’s waaaay too fancy for the guys in the Kloodle office, here are our selections:

Phillip Hayes: 

Maple syrup – Very Canadian choice from the main man, basic but a classic. The fact he rocks up to work every day in a knitted wooly jumper looking like a lumberjack means this choice didn’t overly surprise me. Phill is a creative man and buzzing with ideas so I did expect more, but Maple syrup however is a timeless classic.

John Coles:

Galaxy counters and sugar – This is actually a new one on me?! Though Johns description sounds intriguing, the Galaxy Counter is very much like a Minstrel but without the crispy shell so I assume will melt with the heat of the pancake, the sugar I’m still confused but who am I to question the genius’ selection. I’m just glad he didn’t have a Macdonald’s topping on there.

Andrew Donnelly:

Sugar and Lemon Juice – Original and still the best, zzzzzz!! This non adventurous but tried and tested favourite selection has really surprised me. The refreshing, more-ish topping is however like Andy, once you meet him, you cannot dislike him. A legend in his own right.

Steven Cheetham: 

Nutella and Haagen Daas Belgian chocolate ice cream –  I dare you to have more than 3! After all of my experiments, this is easily my favourite but so sickly. I love the hot and cold contrast and the creamy chocolate mix with a hint of praline, it is literally exquisite. Not sure what this says about me though…worried now!!

 

HAPPY PANCAKE DAY EVERYONE!!

 




Valentine’s Day… The Good, The Bad and The Ugly.

February 14th, love it or loathe it, it comes around every year. The annual enforcement of roses and hearts, poetry and candles to show that special someone how special they are.

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But where did it actually originate?

Well folk law suggests that bishop Valentine from Terni, Italy, performed weddings for couples who were not allowed to get married. They may not have been allowed to get married because the parents did not agree with the connection or the fact that intended couple were slaves or soldiers. Valentine would offer flowers from his garden to mark their connection in matrimony hence why flowers play such an important role in today’s more commercial celebration.

The Valentine’s legend began to fade but it was in fact, English emigrants who took the Valentine’s custom to the United States and after the Second World War, US soldiers brought this festival back to Europe, when it began to grow exponentially.

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Valentine’s Cards became very popular. The cards usually have pictures of hearts or flowers and contain some sort of poem, message, or code. Codes and simple messages give some people the courage to show their true feelings to the person they love.

In my personal opinion, Valentine’s Day has become far too commercial. The mystery and romantic intrigue of what could be a very personal and intimate celebration is being watered down every year. Here is a link to a study that was recently conducted:

http://www.statisticbrain.com/valentines-day-statistics/

I am truly astonished about some of the facts and costs that are associated with Cupid’s favourite day and thought I would  mention some of the trials and tribulations.

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A close friend of mine told me a story about Valentine’s Day which would warm the heart of any cynic. A man and his wife, had been trying to conceive a child for over a year and were close to giving up. It was Valentine’s Day 2013 when Mike decided to really show his love for his darling wife. He gently woke his wife in the morning with a cup of coffee, eggs Benedict and a card reminding her what she really meant to him. His wife later arrived at work to find 12 red roses with a romantic poem signed by ?. After a long day at work she arrived home to a hot bubble bath with candles lit and a large glass of wine with the enticing aroma of dinner from the oven. The night continued in a romantic fashion, relationship reconfirmed and love blossoming. 3 weeks later, his wife announced the news that she was pregnant, carrying their first child and tests showed that it was the night of Valentine’s Day that the couple had conceived their little bundle of joy after a day of love. 

Unfortunately for another friend of mine, Valentine’s Day efforts did not quite have the same ending.

Like myself, this chap is a bit of a sceptic when it comes to Valentine’s Day, but after several threats from his girlfriend he thought he must do something. May I add his intentions were very good and he did try his best, buying her a very thoughtful card and giving her a beautiful bunch of roses. Later that night he thought he would try his hand at a bit of Jamie Oliver type activity, taking to the kitchen to whip up a feast fit for a princess. Bruschetta to start, onto a home a made chicken stir fry, finishing with Eton mess. Besides not being any kind of chef with zero cooking experience, the starter was a flying success, two clean plates. The main again seemed to have gone down a treat with no complaints and like most deserts…inhaled. Pride. Until 45 minutes later when a mutual stomach grumble came and a hot sweaty flush came over the couple. A further 5 minutes passed before the floodgates opened, without going into too much detail, it was not pretty. The couple spent the rest of the night cuddling a toilet seat rather than each other and the surprise underwear he had bought for her had gone to waste. A lovely effort, but finding out that chicken was different to beef and could not be served pink in the middle proved to be a tough lesson to learn.

Do we need a day special day to show that special someone how much we really love them??

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Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to make quite a bold statement. There are people who don’t have a dad on Father’s Day or a mum on Mother’s Day, so please remember that when complaining about not having someone to share Valentine’s Day with. Perspective.