Sink or Swim: Top Tips for Your First Cruise


So you’re planning your first cruise? Plan it properly and you certainly won’t want it to be your last. A cruise is a fantastic way to see the world, and there really is no better way to travel. If this is your first cruise, you may have a number of questions, so here is a guide with some top tips to remember.

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Movie Review: “Zootopia”

Jason Bateman, Ginnifer Goodwin, Idris Elba, Jenny Slate, Bonnie Hunt, J.K. Simmons, Octavia Spencer
Byron Howard & Rich Moore

“Zootopia” might be the cleverest bait-and-switch Disney has ever pulled. All of the teaser ads and promotional materials are pushing the adorable Judy Hopps and her very funny encounter with the sloths running the DMV. What they conveniently leave out is that the movie is an on-point commentary about prejudice and racism, their origins, how they’re used as a weapon for political gain, and how we’re all guilty of them in one form or another. In fact, it’s tempting to resent the film a little, because it explains these subjects to children better than most parents ever could.

The film opens with an expository children’s play that explains how predator and prey in the animal kingdom have found a way to co-exist without, you know, one eating the other (though what the predators eat instead is never mentioned, outside of doughnuts). One of the stars of that play is the idealistic bunny Judy Hopps (Ginnifer Goodwin), who announces on stage that she intends to be the world’s first bunny police officer, and many years later, against all odds and her parents’ wishes, she succeeds. She is transferred to the big city of Zootopia, where Sergeant Bogo (Idris Elba) assigns her to…parking duty. Ouch.

The urge to fight crime is strong, though, and Judy zones in on a seemingly untrustworthy fox named Nick Wilde (Jason Bateman, whose character bears an uncanny resemblance), only to become a victim to one of his many cons. Judy is desperate to prove herself to Bogo, and agrees to take on the missing case of an otter against Bogo’s wishes. Bogo initially fires her for insubordination, but instead gives her 48 hours to find the otter, after which Judy must resign if she fails. Judy leans on Nick – whom she has under her thumb because she has enough evidence to have him locked up – to guide her through the big city, even though Nick tends to cause more problems than he solves.

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It’s Not Vanity to Want Healthy and Young Looking Skin

shaving with an electric razer

Taking care of skin isn’t just something women have to worry about; men should too. Not only will proper skincare help you feel better, but it will also help you look better. Men have thicker skin than women do, making them less sensitive to skincare products. Having a proper skincare routine and practicing proper shaving methods will ensure your skin remains healthy and youthful for as long as possible. Also, using quality skincare products, including the new Dermaclara Claraline product, will help make your skin appear smoother and healthier.

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Run Like the Wind with the Right Shoes

running at sunrise

Although I’ve been an avid hiker for years, until recently I never really understood the appeal of running or jogging. With hiking you get to explore the outdoors, savor the fresh air and really absorb the beauty around you. I always thought running was just a really fast hike and I couldn’t understand how anyone could get the same pleasure and appreciation of their surroundings when they were moving past before they had a chance to register anything.

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Buy Another Day: Product Placements in the James Bond Franchise

There are a few things we can always expect from a Bond film; dramatic plot twists, exotic lands, tense shoot-outs and at least a couple of beautiful love interests. It’s no secret that product placement has come to be interwoven in these themes thanks to brands that are desperate to be associated with the world’s most famous spy. Bond is suave, intelligent and a symbol of masculinity – a perfect character with which to model products that rely on a status of ‘cool’, from cigars or sunglasses to cars and beers. Exactly how well brands benefit from paying millions to promote their products in Bond movies is far from clear-cut, but what is clear is that studios have come to rely on such partnerships to fund the production of Bond movies. Hate it or tolerate it, product placement in the Bond franchise is here to stay.

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