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What's in your drawers

What do people keep in their office drawers? Conduct a quick survey in your office and then go out on the streets….. Past studies have shown that women keep deodorant and a spare pair of tights in their drawers while

Crimper course

Your local college of further education is likely to run hairdressing courses to get young crimpers up to speed. But where do you think they get their models from? Yes, you guessed it – the general public. You’ll get a

Desk-fast not breakfast

Are “desk-fasts” taking over from breakfasts? No longer are we settling down to the traditional full English breakfast, but the typical breakfast choice to eat at your desk when you arrive at work is a Danish and coffee. (Unless you’re

Farmers' markets

A farmers’ market is one in which farmers, growers or producers from a defined local area are present in person to sell their own produce, direct to the public. All products sold should have been grown, reared, caught, brewed, pickled,

Paying the dentist

How much do you pay at the dentist? With more and more people going “private” away from the NHS, pricing schemes can differ vastly from practice to practice. Try out a survey in your area and see what your local

Calling councils to account

As summer, the inevitable dry season for news stories, approaches journalists could do worse than head down to their local town hall. Every year councils are required by law to display their accounts for four weeks for inspection. While it

Work experience

Work experience for youngsters can be hit and miss. Which firms in your area ensure that all students on placement get the same level of experience and information? Do they merely shadow someone for a week – and get the

Dads and work

Is it possible to be a good father and still maintain a high-flying career? Women have to face a juggling act between work and their children. But it can be just as hard on dads who may miss out on

Texting from your hols

Text messaging is apparently replacing the traditional holiday postcard. When we go away we’re more likely to text the folks back home than drop them a line on the back of a sea view. Mobile phone shops are getting more

Self-defence for kids

Ukemi, Tai-otoshi and Kesa-gatame are fast-becoming nursery school buzzwords. They are not the latest Pokemon characters (that’s been and gone!), but martial arts moves. Toddlers are being taught the ancient art of judo at centres all over the country. Parents


Contact your local university to see if any students from your patch are doing interesting or unusual jobs (or in glamorous locations) while they are working as interns.

How small businesses recruit

What pitfalls do small businesses face when recruiting? What stories do local businesses in your area have to tell? Because a lot of companies still hire through word-of-mouth recommendation or “gut instinct” they could be lining up a lot of

Pampered pooches

Do you miss your beloved pet when you’re away on holiday? A handful of boarding kennels have set up internet webcams so that owners can check their precious pup is OK while they are away. With just one click they

Safe summer sex

Confidential advice services are gearing up ready to concentrate on safe summer sex for people going on holiday. Their motto is that people should come home with happy memories, not worry or illness. And they say people should pack condoms

Help yourself

Self-help groups exist where people with similar problems or issues get together to discuss their difficulties and bounce ideas off one another. A number of websites have links to groups for all kinds of people. One of the largest of

Students filling the gap

Students fresh out of sixth form college or university may be considering a gap year to gain some ‘life experience’. One student, Will Parkhouse, chose to combine his with some work experience on a newspaper in India. Read about his