THE Column

Welcome to THE Column on City Connect

THE Column publishes inspirational, educational and engaging articles written by City Connect Editors and selected Features Writers.

THE Column will change your way of thinking, shift your focus, enlighten your day or simply give you a good excuse to take a break and read something interesting!

What are the best Halloween costumes?

This is a good question! Today is Halloween and millions are dying around the world … to know what would be THE best Halloween costume. How should you chose a good costume for the festivities today? This is no easy task and it is surely a matter of taste and … Continue reading

Remembrance Day

City Connect commemorates and honours all the fallen soldiers of all the countries of the Great War and the Second World War and all the civilian victims. May peace stay with us and may the achievements of our generation be the corner stone of our living together for the future. … Continue reading

The 3 Keys of Transformation

It is hard to believe that we are over a month into the New Year already! We hope 2012 is developing for you as planned? If you haven’t already checked out Alex’s brand new online programme Conscious Transformation, we strongly encourage you to do so ASAP as it is nearly … Continue reading

What is the answer to the giraffe riddle on facebook?

Have you heard about the giraffe riddle on facebook? Surely, either you or one of your many friends has come across this rather peculiar trend. The story goes, that you have to solve the following riddle and if you don’t, you have to set your profile picture to a giraffe: … Continue reading

iPad Air Launches to Fan Frenzy Today

Apple has released the new iPad air and fans across the globe rush into the apple stores to be the first to obtain this remarkable new piece of technology. The iPad Air is supposed to be lighter and faster than its predecessor and it will be even easier to carry … Continue reading

Gardening on a Budget

Gardening has become a low priority in the current tough economic climate. Recent research shows that a staggering 47% of us spent nothing at all on our outdoor areas in 2010. Some people have saved money by going from green to grey – covering their gardens in concrete or decking … Continue reading

Buyers Guide: Bodum

Over the last 60 years, Bodum has continued to be at the forefront of  innovative tabletop products and have now perfected a double wall thermo-glass design to keep coffee hot right until you pour the last cup. Their BEAN French Press is a new cafetière that combines classic design and modern materials to allow you to make … Continue reading

X Factor 2013: The Public Have Got This Wrong

Week 4 of the X Factor 2013 live shows and there was total shock as two talented acts ended up in the Sing Off. Kingsland Road and Tamera Foster got the least public votes and had to face each other in a fight to stay in the competition. But why … Continue reading

Buyers Guide: Top 5 Home Accessories

There is so much choice out there when it comes to accessorizing the home that deciding what items to go for can be a bit of an interior design headache. Debenhams has an excellent range of home accessories and I’ve chosen my top 5 must-have items that highlight the best … Continue reading

Chocolate: From Beverage to Confectionery

In its early days chocolate was an extremely rich beverage. It contained a fatty substance known as cacao butter which tended to rise to the top, where it would float in unappetising greasy pools. Manufacturers overcame this to some extent by adding starchy substances to absorb the fat – a … Continue reading

The Bitch and The Brainiac: Celebrity Big Brother 2014

We’ve discovered a new cartoon series on YouTube called The Bitch and The Brainiac. This witty ascerbic analysis of hot topics and celebrity news launched the pilot episode with the two characters discussing Celebrity Big Brother 2014. The Bitch is an sharp tongued Guy About Town who says it as he … Continue reading

Buyers Guide: Colourworks

It’s time to celebrate the first birthday of the Colourworks collection – a comprehensive range of cookware that combines functional materials with stylish design and bright colours perfect for this time of year. Designed by the award-winning kitchenware company – Kitchen Craft – and launched at the beginning of 2010, … Continue reading

Chocolate as Medicine

Chocolate was used therapeutically as long ago as the fourth century, when the Maya first started cultivating the cacao tree. Mayan sorcerers, who were the predecessors of priests and doctors, prescribed cacao both as a stimulant and as a soothing balm. Warriors took it as an energy boosting drink, and cocoa … Continue reading

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April Fools’ Day & Spaghetti Trees

April Fools’ Day is celebrated in many countries around the world on April 1 every year. Sometimes referred to as All Fools’ Day, April 1 is not a national holiday, but is widely recognized and celebrated as a day when many people play all kinds of jokes and foolishness. The … Continue reading

Chocolate: Drink of the Gods

The history of chocolate, that rich and sensuous (and to some, addictive) substance, begins in the ancient and mysterious realm of the Maya civilisation who lived in Central America around 4th century AD. The cacao tree from which chocolate is derived was first cultivated by these early Mesoamerican people and … Continue reading

Buyers Guide: Amazon Kindle

Summer is here and to me that means one thing… holidays! When I think of a holiday, I think of books. Whether you’re going to Europe, America, the Caribbean or more tropical climes this summer, I’m sure most of you will be stuffing a few paperbacks in your suitcase to … Continue reading

Get Yourself Fit for the Summer!

You know it! Spring is near and as soon as you get used to the warm weather again summer will be in front of your door! Now is the time to get fit and go running outside and go to the gym. If you haven’t got a membership yet, now … Continue reading

Lead, follow or get out of the way?

Some of our readers asked us last week about life strategies and philosophies and thus we are starting a series on coping strategies and relate them to famous people. Thomas Paine, an Englishman who was one of the founding members of the United States of America, made a bold statement … Continue reading

Will It Be a Boy or a Girl?

One of the true wonders of nature and life is birth, and many a times couples have been contemplating the question that has been occupying human beings possibly since the beginning of humankind: will it be a boy or a girl? There are tests available these days, such as ultrasound, … Continue reading

Galileo – A New GPS?

Most of us now rely on a navigation system, be it in the car, on the mobile phone or on our home computer. The position system that we use these days is the Global Position System (GPS) which is a critical system for military and civilian uses. However, it is … Continue reading

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