Tamagotchis, Alien Pods, Sea Monkeys and POGS – were you even a child of the nineties if your bedroom wasn’t filled to the brim with these cornerstones of pre-millennium nostalgia? It was a time when not a kid in the playground was without a snap band, a stick-on tattoo or a discreetly hidden stash of Hubba Bubba. But as the decade came towards its end, one craze shone above the rest – who didn’t want to ‘Catch Em All’? Pokémon rose to prominence almost overnight as a game for the Nintendo Game Boy before it sprouted out into a popular TV series, a series of films, books and perhaps most memorably of all – trading cards. Throughout the late nineties and early 2000s Hull , like most places around the world, was gripped by Pokémon fever. While the major retailers like Toys ‘R’ Us profited, it presented a mammoth opportunity for smaller independent stores to get on the bandwagon and supply the children and adults of the city … [Read more...] about The shop that represented a generation and its change over 20 years
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Video PUBLISHED: 09:00 29 December 2018 | UPDATED: 09:12 29 December 2018 Stacia Briggs and Siofra Connor Is this red balloon being pulled by a ghostly entity or does it have a mundane explination? Picture: PC333/Youtube PC333/Youtube Some say the video is definitive proof that ghosts exist: a red balloon appears to be floating through intu Chapelfield shopping centre in Norwich as if being held by an invisible hand, it floats down the escalator and then comes to rest by a chair at a café area. Others believe that air conditioning, a draft or trickery is involved in the video which was taken by two CCTV cameras in the centre in 2008.The footage shows a bright red balloon floating with seeming purpose from the doors which lead from Chapelfield Plain before it moves down the escalator looking as if it is being tugged by a string and hovering at what would be child-height if it was being held by a youngster.Uploaded to YouTube by user PC333 on … [Read more...] about Weird Norfolk: Is this haunting video of intu Chapelfield proof that ghosts exist?
With the opening of the January transfer window just a few days away, we have decided to forego our usual fans’ panel format and instead ask a few of our regular contributors to assess, department by department, what Stoke City need next month to boost their play-off chances. So is it Gary Rowett’s back line that requires major surgery or is the lack of an out-and-out creative midfielder in the team stifling Stoke’s attacking threat? Then again, do they simply need someone in attack who will ruthlessly convert the chances that do come the Potters’ way or does the manager need to strengthen down the flanks? Taking part are Lee Lycett, from Audley; Marc Espley, from Longton; Jamie Leese, from Rough Close; and James Knowles, from Fenton... GOALKEEPER Lee Lycett: As long as Butland isn’t sold we have more than enough in this department to see us through the remainder of the season. However, I can see major surgery being needed in the summer. It is likely … [Read more...] about Are these the January changes needed to fix Gary Rowett’s Stoke City team?
People are becoming increasingly aware of the way that our plastic is affecting the environment and want to do more than just recycle their bottles. With the reduction of plastic bag use in supermarkets and a general disapproval of unnecessary plastic packaging, society is becoming increasingly conscious of the little changes that we can all make to do our bit and save the environment. While initiatives to clean up the 12.7 million tonnes of plastic that is dumped in our oceans every year are ongoing, it is down to us, the consumer, to reduce the amount of unnecessary waste that we produce in our daily lives. Here are five zero waste places in and around Surrey that you can shop at to drastically reduce your carbon footprint for 2019 and get practical information on plastic free and zero waste living. Read More The environment Greenwise Greengrocers, Fetcham Several green grocers around Surrey are offering plastic free alternatives to their supermarket competitors, one of the major … [Read more...] about Five zero waste shops in and around Surrey to discover in 2019
THIS Christmas, the average European will travel 190 miles on five Christmas shopping trips of four hours each, attend three Christmas parties, suffer three hangovers and sit down at the family table four times during which they will gain 4lb in weight eating three Christmas dinners. Don’t ask why. That process starts in November, with Black Friday. Although personally, the sight of grown adults fighting over discount TVs rather tarnishes the tinsel on my Christmas tree and I always give the high street a swerve on the busiest shopping day of the year. Instead just for a day, and despite being the kind of technophobe who has a panic attack posting on Facebook, I joined the 46% of European consumers who will be surfing for gifts online this year and was thoroughly entertained. I’m glad I’m not one of the 42% of all shoppers who have to buy toys. What to choose when a doll that pees, a dragon that poops and a Hogwarts Hall Lego set that costs over €100 are top on … [Read more...] about Five hilarious yet brilliant presents that NEED to be on your Christmas wish list this year