Here in the UK, regardless of age, we all have a common guilty pleasure in that of home improvement shows. These television programmes combine the best of comedy, drama, and reality.
As we head into 2021, “out with the old, in with the new” has never been more relevant. Many of us are looking for new and fresh ideas, and as we’re all at home a lot more, our surroundings and how we have designed our spaces is more important than ever.
Even during times of restrictions, the magic of buying and wrapping Christmas presents hasn’t subsided. Thanks to the beauty of online shopping and the timely re-opening of the high-street – where retailers can extend their opening hours to 24 hours a day – Santa Clauses across the country won’t be short of work on Christmas Eve.
Statistics in 2012 reported that 42 per cent of all marriages in England and Wales end in divorce. Surprisingly though, divorce rates are apparently falling, from 10.1 per cent in 2012 to 8.5 per cent in 2015.
More and more the media is providing us with feel good stories related to recycling. Whether it be worldwide fashion brand Adidas selling more than a million pairs of shoes made from recycled ocean plastic in a calendar year or the medals for the Olympics being fashioned from gold of old mobile phones, there is no denying that we’re making progress.
Traditional bricks-and-mortar shops accounted for £60.9 billion worth of sales in 2019, compared to £22.3 billion from online stores. But in 2020 that picture looks different, as figures show the pandemic—and Christmas—will see digital shopping overtake the high street.
It’s easy to think that architecture as we know it today was created by the ancient Greeks or Romans. But you only have to look at pre-historic structures, such as Stonehenge or the Nuragic monuments in Sardinia, to see how far back it goes.
Due to the pandemic, 2020 has been less about working hard to play hard, and more about staying indoors and concentrating on assignments. With colder weather already setting in – and winter lasting from 21 December 2020 to 20 March 2021 – students face the reality of trying to stay warm for prolonged periods of time indoors.