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The Flat 6 Effect (BLW Contributor)

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That 2 bedroom flat with a medium-sized living room, a small kitchen and that place where bad things come out of people’s backsides. Flat 6 is where two of my best pals reside, also my second home as I visit Bristol quite often on the weekends to get out of London’s chaos and also chill out in my beloved Flat 6, not to see my mates.

Anyway, originally I was meant to live there this year but life happens and things change so now you can find me in south-east London jammin’ in my single bedroom. It’s September and I’ve just got back to rainy Bristol after a long summer holiday in Cyprus, the island of love.. also the island of inefficiency, which is part of its beauty.  My friend Moik(his name’s Michael but that’s our code nickname – real fam) decided on transferring to one of the Bristol universities, without…

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A fur baby joins the family (BLW Contributor)

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Four years ago, my husband started talking about getting a dog. I didn’t object – I grew up on a farm and I love animals. I know how important it is for kids to grow up with animals too, but I was a little concerned. With both of us working full time far from home, and our boys still not old enough to take care of a dog on their own, I wanted to make sure Alex knew what we were getting into. Dogs are work, and we were already really busy. He assured me he was up for the challenge.

Choosing a breed

We started our research and found a few breeds that seemed to align with our lifestyle (Iams has a quiz that we did a few times, just to make sure). My pick was a Berger Picard, and Alex favoured the Newfoundland and the Bernese Mountain Dog.

Personally, I would happily open our home…

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Happy Easter Sunday!!! – Meet Joe the Paraplegic Easter Bunny ;)

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Happy Puppy Day!!! – What’s your favorite puppy?

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Get off your ASS!!! – How sitting for long periods is killing you? (Science is Awesome)

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Thought you had problems? They will never be as big as these planets – Star Size Comparison (Science is Awesome)

How deep is the Ocean really? Is it scary or Amazing? (Science is Awesome)

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The Doomsday Clock is 3 Minutes To Midnight – What would you do in 3 minutes or less? (Science is Awesome)

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Happy National Hug Day!!! – Who do you want to hug?

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Today is National Hugging Day! Whether you prefer Bear Hugs, Heart-to-Heart Hugs, Cheek Hugs, or Side Hugs, embrace your loved ones today to show your love and affection.

Scientific studies have demonstrated that hugs are incredibly good for us. A hug can lower your blood pressure, trigger the release of healthy hormones (like oxytocin), and relieve stress. Doctors recommend a minimum of 4-6 hugs per day for our emotional and physiological well-being, but more is always better!

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National Hug Day first began in 1986, and was started by Reverend Kevin Zaborney in Caro, Michigan. Zaborney believed that Americans in particular live in a society where showing feelings in public is embarrassing, and he wanted to change that by putting hugs in the spotlight one day out of the year (it’s true, studies have shown that French couples are three times as affectionate in public than Americans). He chose January 21 because it fell in between Christmas/New Year’s and Valentine’s Day; it’s also in the dead of winter, a time period where most people’s spirits are low, so seemingly a perfect time. Though it’s not a national holiday, National Hug Day is officially recognized by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. The holiday has also since spread to other countries.

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The record for most hugs given in one hour by an individual is 1,749. Nick Vujicic achieved this feat at an expo center in Oregon in 2010.

Planets to align together making the biggest conga line ever!!! (Just Kidding, but seriously Science is Awesome)

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According to AOL, on Wednesday, Jan. 20, the five bright planets will be visible from Earth, and the showing will last about a month.

Four of the five have already been visible in the early morning sky, but Mercury will join the group shortly, completing the five visible planet grouping.

EarthSky reports people living in the mid-to-northern latitudes can see Mercury best about an hour and half before dawn. In the Southern Hemisphere, it’s about two hours before sunrise. February 7 is expected to be the best day for viewing our solar system’s closest planet to the sun.

If you’re struggling to find the planets, try locating the Moon first. All five planets will align along the same path that the moon travels through in the sky.

The rare alignment will be the first time the planets have appeared together in the sky in 10 years, but The Conversation reports you won’t have to wait another decade to see it happen again. The next five-planet showing will happen in August.