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Archive for February 24, 2014

Wowcher’s Guide To: Massages

From Swedish to Shiatsu, the minefield of having a massage can be a confusing and overwhelming place. Love the idea of treating yourself but unsure which type to choose? Luckily, Wowcher is here to rescue every damsel in distress! Read more

Overcome Your Fear Of Needles…

If you’re having yarn problems, I feel bad for you son. We got 99 problems but a stitch ain’t one… read me!

Right, let’s get down to the knitty gritty. We’ve all been exposed to some pretty tragic knitwear this winter. Whether it was dad’s reindeer number or the absolutely hilarious THIS IS NOT A CHRISTMAS JUMPER jumper, it’s got even the most trypanophobic of us reaching for our knitting needles. We know we can do better, so why settle for a moustached Christmas tree woven onto your chest?

There’s something charming about the balaclava your granny knitted you when you were six, and however unwearable it is you’ll never throw it away because it means more than its practical value. It’s personal and completely unique. And depending on your granny’s skill level, it probably doesn’t have some incredibly ironic typography stitched along the side.
Knitting has definitely had a revival in the past few years. What once was the national pastime of bed-bound Coronation Street lovers is now a popular activity amongst empty-framed hipsters and urban commuters. It can be an antidote to the stresses of the modern world and a great way to avoid buying expensive impersonal gifts. It’s even entered the world of graffiti, with the yarn bombing trend resulting in many wool-covered trees and bicycles.

Become part of the close-knit community of stitchers and pick yourself up a 44-piece knitting kit with all the tools you need to make your own scarf or tree-cosy! Why not get your mum or nan to show you their moves?

Wowcher’s Guide To: Tablet Jargon!

Life routinely presents questions that we mere mortals can’t even begin to comprehend the answer to – what is on the other side of a black hole? What is the meaning of life? And what’s up with Bruce Jenner’s face? Well we’re always up for a challenge here, and in the quest to cast some light upon another grey area, we present you with the handy Wowcher guide to tablet PC jargon:

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Wowcher’s Guide To: Mattresses

Did you know that more than 200,000 hours of our lives are spent in bed? For those of us who aren’t maths bods (don’t worry, us neither), that’s about a third of all the time we have on this earth. Time well spent, right? And that doesn’t even count other, um, activities you might be getting up to in the sack…

With that in mind, we figured it’s a pretty good idea to make sure that big, springy, rectangular thing you snooze on (unless you happen to have a bit of a penchant for camping or sofa-surfing) is perfect for you. After all, there’s nothing worse than a bad night’s sleep.

Now, you might be a little confused as to which kind of mattress is perfect for your needs. If you’re as cool as we are, you’ve probably heard all sorts about memory foam, pocket sprung and latex on your travels, but it’s often difficult to really know which kinds of mattress does what.

But don’t worry because, as ever, Wowcher is here to help. That’s right, we’ve come up with a nifty beginners’ guide to mattresses that should help you through some of those tricky purchases!

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Wowcher Searches For The ‘Craic’ In Dublin!

While even the Irish struggle to define Gaelic expression craic (pronounced ‘crack’), it seems best described in English as ‘having fun’ or ‘having a laugh’, often accompanied by live music and with a pint to hand. A friend and I set off for a weekend in Dublin in search of the elusive craic and found the Emerald Isle’s vibrant capital city did not disappoint. Stepping off the bus from the airport, we were greeted by the sound of bagpipes and the sight of men in kilts. Had we boarded the wrong plane or simply stumbled across a Scottish commune? Neither. We soon discovered our trip to the land of the shamrock (or if you’re lucky, four-leaf clovers) had coincided with the Six Nations Championship, with Ireland and Scotland battling it out on the pitch. Our timing meant that Dublin was heaving with rugby revellers that evening, and the city’s cultural centre and nightlife hotspot Temple Bar was even more buzzing than usual.

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