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All main cities in the UK have a Christmas market. From experience, Manchester and Leeds are great and offer lots of bratwurst and cheesy garlic breads. For the real deal though, hop over to Germany. Berlin is known to offer about 50 Christmas markets per year, while Nuremberg is famous for its 180 stalls. On the Saturday before the second Sunday in Advent, visit Dresden, where a massive Christmas fruit cake is paraded through the city and then cut up and distributed to the bystanders  Make the most of ice this winter. Go to an ice bar in Prague or…

Christmas Party Looks It’s Christmas, which means that party season is officially here. This year, it’s all about bold colours, definition, and glitter, so try these hot trends as you prepare to party the night away. Nails It’s all about dark, bold colours this year, so bring out your inner vamp with Max Factors new range of gothic colours from their Glossfinity range. Glam it up in Royal Blue, Aqua Marine, Amethyst or my personal favourite Burgundy Crush. Eyes Get this great look with Maybelline Eyestudio Colour Tattoo 24hr Cream Gel Eyeshadow in gold. Dab it on with your finger,…

Dry Shampoo While washing your hair every day can feel great, it can also be damaging, especially during the winter months. Washing your hair strips it and your scalp of its natural oils. When your hair is being bu eted by the winter elements, it needs these natural oils to prevent it from becoming too dry and brittle. I swear by Batiste ‘Instant hair refresh’ Dry Shampoo. It gives my hair a fresh feel and look, even when I miss a wash. All that’s required is a quick spray, which adds volume and returns my hair to its natural bounce.…

Christmas is about many things. The food, the music, the partying, the presents… but let’s all be honest: Christmas just wouldn’t be the same without the decorations. Getting all trimmed up is one of my favourite things about Christmas, because it allows me to really unleash my creative side. That comes in handy when thinking about trimming up on a budget as most students have to. Here are some quick and easy decoration ideas! The Book Tree My most favourite part of Christmas decorations has always been the tree. You can pick up a cheap false tree for under £10,…

Noises, laughter, music. People were having fun, wearing traditional Indian clothes that strangely fit with the decoration of Powis Hall. A friend grabbed my arm: “Marine there have been shootings in Paris.” What? When? I was surprised but miles away from what was actually going on. I thought it couldn’t happen again so soon. We had our share of trouble with the Charlie Hebdo attacks in January. We did not quite realise the true situation, and stayed at the party a little longer, talking less, lost in thoughts. Still, we went home quite cheerfully and talked about the coming days,…

I hate sweetened coffee. It makes me feel ill. All I can taste is sweet and bitter at the same time, so the main empty coffee-shaped hole in my life has been the pre-made sachets. They just taste bad to me. And as the days get shorter and a lot colder, I’ve been desperately searching for an instant coffee sachet that will get me through the Autumn months. Last Christmas, my mom was bought a Tassimo coffee maker by my Grandfather who shamelessly suggested she could leave it at his house for it to be “looked after”. The family tried…

1. Book your flights either really far in advance or last minute. … or trains, or (mega)buses. You all know the drill that if you wait to book your train home ‘til the week before the price can be astronomical, but if you plan ahead and get it done months in advance you can lower the price for yourself a lot.  Obviously, sometimes you don’t know where you want to go nine months in advance so in this case look around on the Internet and ask at the travel agents to see what deals they have going. Be prepared to…

Don’t let being at Uni stop you embracing the travel bug. Here are ten must-see, easy to get to places for you to visit before you leave. Snowdon. You are privileged to have one of the magnificent three peaks right on your doorstep, so don’t waste the opportunity. There are routes to suit all walkers –the Pyg Track is the shortest but the Miner’s is generally regarded as one of the easiest. Whichever route you choose, you’ll always be subjected to the magnificent views and crisp mountain air that makes Snowdon such a popular destination. To get there, take the 85…

I am loving this lovely sunshine we have had for the last two weeks, and if there’s anything I like more than relaxing outside in the sun, it’s relaxing outside in the sun with a drink in my hand. Because of this gorgeous weather and the fact that this is, in case you haven’t noticed, Sexy Seren this editions cocktail section has been inspired on the dirtiest, sexiest named drinks. Despite their namesakes all of these drinks are delicious, refreshing and perfect for sharing with friends while we have this amazing weather. Sex on the beach Come on everybody, to…

What if I told you that you could shed the pounds by eating an ice-lolly? Well I say pass me that Calippo! The newest and cheapest diet to hit us is the ‘Ice Diet’. Forget about going out and trying to search the produce isle for that exotic vegetable that will shape up your body, when all you need to do is head to your freezer. No, we are not suffering from brain freeze- according to scientists more energy is used to digest colder foods than warm ones. It is reckoned that eating a liter of shaved, blocked or crushed…

Throughout March, ‘The Ugly Food Shop’ was open in Bangor’s Deiniol Shopping Centre. The shop sold irregular or ugly looking fruit and veg that do not meet conventional standards set by supermarkets. Due to its popularity, the shop will re-open in September 2015. The shop offered customers the chance to both save the fruit and veg which would otherwise be wasted at landfill sites, eat healthier, and buy fruit and veg at a much cheaper price than at supermarket retailers. Goods available to purchase included ‘Soup in a Sack’ and fresh smoothies, as well as loose fruit and veg. While…

Today’s ‘one to watch’ fixture focuses on Varsity 2015’s main event: Men’s Football. By the time the match kicks-off at 5pm, we may well know the overall result of Varsity 2015 – but this won’t take anything away from the main spectacle at Bangor City FC’s stadium. The home team go into this game two leagues above Aber, having been promoted twice in the club’s recent history. This season, Bangor finished midtable, while Aber narrowly missed out on promotion, finishing in 2nd place. Aber’s recent form is better than Bangor’s, with four wins in their last five matches, although it…

So what happens when two Bangor students, who love trying out the more weird and wonderful recipes and secretly wish they lived a few decades ago, run out of ingredients? They decide to go old school and rediscover the word which probably brings back food and queuing nightmares for many, rationing. The point of rationing was not to have a lot, but to have a little bit of everything. So being students who want to save money, but refuse to develop scurvy, we’ve realised that the answer to balancing healthy eating with a healthy bank balance was staring us in…