What to do with your Christmas tree…

Now that Christmas is over, what are you going to do with your tree? Pravin Jeyaraj, University of Westminster How time flies. But as the festive season draws to a close there is one thing left to sort out: what to do with the Christmas tree? Do we recycle it […]

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Merry Christmas, Bude – and Beyond

It’s been a bit of a year. Brexit, Trump and, politically, very little peace and goodwill on earth. For many of us, at a personal and public level, lots of illness and deaths which have left our lives changed. However, there have also been some shining examples of community spirit: […]

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Christmas Crackers

The Victorians gave us the Christmas cracker – but are also to blame for the terrible jokes inside Bob Nicholson, Edge Hill University Why is a Christmas pudding like the Atlantic Ocean? Because it is full of currants. Have you heard that one before? It’s the kind of groan-worthy pun […]

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Why Children May Prefer the Wrapping Paper

Here’s why young children often prefer wrapping paper and boxes to actual presents Julie Brierley, University of Hull We’ve all been there: you spend an unthinkable amount on a child’s toy – lulled by the promise that the interaction with the flashing lights and whooshing noises will excite, stimulate and […]

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GIfts – At Least Say Thanks!

Five things you need to know about giving and receiving gifts this Christmas Viren Swami, Anglia Ruskin University What do you do when you get a gift you really don’t want? Do you frown and give the game away or do you feign enthusiasm? And is there a secret to […]

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My Christmas No. 1 – Artist Karen Thomas

Normally, at this time of year, I pick out some people who have worked a lot for the community and ask them 10 Christmas questions. This year, for a change, I’m offering something a little different which is open to everyone, not just local leaders, but also helpers and those making […]

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Black Friday – Six Ways to Avoid a Festive Financial Hangover

Six ways to avoid a festive financial hangover Jane Brown, Northumbria University, Newcastle The shopping frenzy of Black Friday and Cyber Monday are the starting gun for many to the annual ritual of excessive spending over the Christmas period. The average Black Friday consumer is expected to spend £203 on […]

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Has Bude Forgotten Christmas?

This slightly controversial piece comes from Matt Emo. I must admit that I rather like the understated Christmas feel down here, but tinsel-town maybe might drag in more custom and joy. Replies welcome. Matt says: As the owner of a new business, it’s always risky to openly criticise the organisers of […]

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Holidays Abroad for the Middle Ages

Quite funny that the marketing folk are already gearing up for the holiday traffic. Christmas is so old news. That said, it seems a stunning amount of people in their fifties are deciding to spend this Christmas abroad, with 71% of festive vacation-goers over the age of 51, new data […]

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A Big Thank You From #Bude Foodbank

A heartwarming message from Pastor Steve and the volunteers at Bude New Life Centre and Foodbank. The amount of food given out in Bude for Christmas 2014 demonstrates the very real need out there: The Bude Foodbank would like to say a huge thank you to the community of Bude […]

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10 #Bude Christmas Questions – It’s Me!

That mischievous taxi driver, Trev Plant, turned the tables and challenged me to answer my own questions. Given I try not to ask of others what I won’t do myself, here goes!!  What a Christmas treat for you all. When I asked others, I thought they were easy but, no, […]

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Around the Media This #Christmas

Awake early as ever and no madly excited children to check if Santa has been, so I had a look at the news… Well, there are the usual messages today. Her Majesty is due to highlight the poppy tribute during her speech.  The Archbishop of Canterbury will remind us there […]

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A Merry #Bude Christmas

Merry Christmas to you all! Hope it is a lovely one.      

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Working on Christmas Day

For most people, the festive season is a time to relax and take a well-earned rest from work, but figures from the Office for National Statistics show that 863,000 workers in the UK, 2.9% of the total in employment, worked on Christmas Day 2012, the most recent for which numbers […]

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Merry Christmas from Mirchi

A Merry Christmas from our advertiser, Mirchi. Anyone else (individual, community or business) wishing to send christmas greetings on Bude & Beyond please email or FB message, ideally with an image. 

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