Wanting to get a gift for the book lover in your life but don't know where to start? Think the only thing to get is another book for them? You can, but there are a lot of other things to get them that feed their avid reading other than a novel that you hope they'll like.
Books have been around in many shapes and forms since at least the 3rd millennium BC. The calamus, an instrument in the form of a triangle, was used to make characters in moist clay. After that came Papyrus reed and writing on bone, shells, wood, and silk—until paper was finally invented, and the modern book.
So just like the history of books, here are are a few things that the bibliophile in your life might find interesting to get this holiday season.
Looking for a gift to get for your favorite cat owner this holiday season? Look no further. Whether you are a cat grandparent, uncle, or aunt, no need to wonder what to get for your favorite cat-niece or cat-nephew's owner any longer. Here are some of the best, feline-inspired gift ideas sure to please any cat owner—whether they have a tabby or a Sphynx.
Cats are a special part of our families and it wouldn't be the holidays without including them. So go ahead and check out some of these unique and fun gifts that are sure to please all human counterparts involved, too.
Dogs are a special part of our families and it wouldn't be the holidays without including them. Dog grandparents, uncles, aunts, and others are wondering what to get for their favorite dog-niece or dog-nephew's owner. Here are some of the best, canine-inspired gift ideas sure to please any dog owner, whether they have a Great Dane or a dachshund.
So, go ahead and check out some of these unique, fun gifts that are sure to please your family dogs' humans.
White elephants are gifts, too! And these are sure to garner some good laughs and—dare we say—actually be useful. White elephant gifts are central to white elephant exchanges, also known as Yankee swaps or Dirty Santas. The objective of the game is to entertain rather than gain.
The term "white elephant" itself is a reference to a glitzy but ineffectual gift that's hard to get rid of. It originates from a legend about the King of Siam who was rumored to gift rare albino elephants to courtiers with whom he was not pleased so that they might be financially ruined by the cost of maintaining the flashy pachyderms.
Today, we play a much more lighthearted version--plotting someone's financial ruin seems a bit extreme. Here are our 10 best, not-so-terrible picks for funny white elephant gifts, all under $30.
Could there be a more appropriate day for a rhino to give birth than World Rhino Day?
Maburi, a black rhino living at Berlin Zoo, did exactly that, welcoming a baby girl on Saturday, the day the world celebrated her species.
The zoo announced the news on Monday, releasing a video of the birth and a short clip of the newborn, who weighs around 20kg.
It was the first time a rhino birth had been filmed at the park.
As rhinos are solitary animals, the pair do not live together and are only brought together to mate.
Jasper was moved to Yorkshire Wildlife Park in March.
Black rhinos are critically endangered thanks to hunting, which saw numbers of the animal drop by 98% to fewer than 2,500 between 1960 and 1995.
Thanks to conservation efforts and breeding programmes, that number is now back above 5,000.
Apple’s new Screen Time feature on iOS 12 is shocking users by revealing the exact amount of time they are spending on their phones and the apps they use most.
iPhone and iPad owners who updated to the latest operating system last week have been looking at their first full weekly report, which provides users with eye-opening data on the number of times they pick their phones up and a breakdown of the types of apps they use more frequently.
Users have taken to Twitter, sharing a mixture of embarrassment and enlightenment from their results:
New screen time feature in #ios12 gives a breakdown of iPhone usage over the past week. Not bad, although alarmed that the ‘other’ category is mostly @subway and @CostaCoffee loyalty card apps and less that 1hr health & fitness 🙄 pic.twitter.com/gJ0WaTZn26
— Ross Ironfield (@RossIronfield) September 24, 2018
IPhone’s new Screen Time feature seriously shames me.
— Dani Moinet (@RadiantSolstice) September 24, 2018
I just got my iPhone average screen time report from last week. pic.twitter.com/Knetj0BV2U
— Sunshine & Shade Trees (@AyyyeJai) September 23, 2018
Looked at the “Screen Time” feature on my iPhone.
Depressing and enlightening.
And yes Twitter is number 1.
— Vivek Ponnaiyan (@viveksworld) September 23, 2018
The iPhone’s new screen time feature is a wake-up call. I’ve spent 27 hours of the last six days on my phone. 100 pick-ups a day. An hour today on Twitter alone. Such a waste of time 📱 👀
— Chris Andrews (@chrisandrews89) September 24, 2018
The new iPhone update with the “weekly average screen time” alerts really makes me realize how much of a loser I really am.
— REDRUM (@DanTheManHood) September 24, 2018
LMAOO my mother is so angry with this new screentime feature on the iphone. She doesn’t like having to see how long she stays on the phone. “Why can’t Apple mind their business??”
— FKA⚡️Strangé (@Jecsisa) September 23, 2018
Someone tell me how to get rid of this new Screen Time thing on the iPhone. It’s not making me feel to good when I see that I’ve been on my phone for 1.5 hours, and only 1 minute of that is due to productivity lol
— Josh Riter (@JoshRiter) September 24, 2018
Did y’all know with the latest iOS update, your iPhone will give you a weekly report on how much screen time you had within the last 7 days? I need to spend less time on social media 😬 pic.twitter.com/7Na4e84cEO
— Jaimee I. Maddox (@legenjaimeedary) September 23, 2018
However, others have admitted that the new feature has proved useful:
Actually love this new Screen Time feature on the iPhone; it’s a good self check to see how much time I waste on my phone
— Simma (@sim_saroya) September 25, 2018
Really enjoying this iPhone update. Limiting my screen time has made me read more.
— Rosa Angelica Garcia (@lfpemuse) September 25, 2018
It’s on the new iPhone update! Go to Settings —> Screen Time, and then you can adjust the amount of time. It’s actually helped me be productive 😂
— Jillian Clarke (@jhclarke14) September 24, 2018
Screen Time is part of Apple’s increased focus on digital health, with the intention of helping users improve time management on their phones.
People are able to set self-imposed time limits, while also helping parents set restrictions for the apps children can use and the duration they spend on them.
iOS 12 is available on all iPhone and iPad devices from the iPhone 5S and iPad Air onwards.
The blistering Bodyguard finale attracted over 10 million viewers in the UK on Sunday, with fans waiting with bated breath to find out who was responsible for the death of home secretary Julia Montague.
The whodunnit series weaved some pretty far-fetched twists and turns over the past six weeks, but aside from the Scooby-Doo style confessionals and the fact we still don’t know how David Budd had time to bury the kompromat, there was one major plot hole that fans simply couldn’t get their heads around.
After the identity of the bomb maker was finally put to bed, troubled protagonist Budd was seen walking out of Commander Sampson’s office and straight into an Occupation Health session, finally getting help for the PTSD he’d been struggling with throughout the series.
While fans agreed that it was great that the series shone a spotlight on mental health, others were quick to point out that getting an immediate therapy appointment in the UK is pretty much unheard of – referring to the long wait times for free mental health services.
“Ugh. #Bodyguard finale was so far fetched. As if he’d get a mental health appointment within a week…” tweeted one viewer.
“The most unbelievable plot twist in #Bodyguard was not having to complete 27 page referral which got returned twice for an occupational health appointment,” added another.
Ugh. #Bodyguard finale was so far fetched. As if he'd get a mental health appointment within a week…
— Alfie Green (@ItsAlfieGreen) September 23, 2018
The most unbelievable plot twist in #Bodyguard was not having to complete 27 page referral which got returned twice for an occupational health appointment
— Sarah Lee (@toxic_harpy) September 23, 2018
I think the main takeaway from BBC’s #Bodyguard is a clear and definitive guide to the hoops you have to jump through before being able to get a mental health appointment.
— taha (@KhanStopMe) September 23, 2018
If, like Budd, you’re experiencing issues with your mental health and your GP refers you to a specialist, the NHS says that you should be seen within a six-week window – although there is an 18-week maximum waiting time for access to mental health services.
The NHS say that they are working to reduce waiting times for those experiencing mental health issues.
Here is everything you need to know about Budd’s condition, its real-life symptoms and how it can be treated.
What did David Budd suffer from?Richard Madden in character as David Budd (Sophie Mutevelian/World Production/PA)
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health problem that some people develop after going through a life-threatening event. In the case of David Budd, it was serving in the Afghanistan war, although people can also experience it after a car accident or sexual assault.
It’s normal to feel shaken or have trouble sleeping after this type of event, but most people start to feel better after a few weeks or months. If your symptoms carry on for longer and interfere with your work or home life, they may be down to PTSD.
Yikes. A bad night for PTSD. Called out of work today.
— Eliot (@Eliot_Elena1) September 24, 2018
What are the symptoms?
PTSD symptoms can either start soon after the traumatic event, or they may not appear for months or even years later. Some people find that they may also may come and go over many years.
1. Reliving the event
This can include anything from bad memories or nightmares, to reliving the event through vivid flashbacks.
Living with #ptsd is very difficult.. Ptsd is a debilitating condition that brings about physical symptoms of being, and feeling, very unwell.
— Paul Keegan (@levitymediauk) September 23, 2018
2. Avoiding situations that remind you of the event
PTSD sufferers may try to avoid situations or people that trigger memories of their trauma, or avoid speaking about it to others.
3. Having more negative beliefs and feelings.
You may feel guilt or shame or lose interest in activities that you used to enjoy as a result of the trauma you’ve experienced.
View this post on InstagramSo this gets me through to lunchtime #ptsd #ptsdrecovery #onestepatatime #onedayatatime
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4. Feeling on edge
If you’re suffering with PTSD, you may feel on edge or always on the lookout for danger.
PTSD can also affect your ability to concentrate at work or switch off and sleep at night. It can also have an impact on your mood; you might suddenly get angry or irritable, startle easily, or pick up unhealthy lifestyle habits like abusing drugs and alcohol.
What are the treatments available?
The NHS say that there are three main times of psychological therapies used to treat people with PTSD like David Budd. These are:
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
View this post on InstagramAlot of people ask me what cognitive behavioural therapy is and wonder if it's for them. CBT is a talking therapy that examines how your thoughts influence your behaviours and then has a direct relationship to your emotions or mood. Changing the way we look at things and then doing things differently can show us that situations we previously feared can be overcome. It's powerful because it can change the way you see yourself over time. CBT is a safe, effective treatment for many clinical disorders and due to it's rigorous empirical testing, has a robust evidence base. It's also been approved by NICE. We at Cestria are committed to your recovery and wellbeing. We are a small team of fully qualified, experienced clinicians who have either practised extensively or are still practising within the NHS and privately. We have clinics across Chester, North Wales and Wirral. CBT is suitable for the following conditions #depression #anxiety #ocd #ptsd #socialanxiety #panicattack #phobia Call us today for your free telephone consultation on 07538 785968 Have a great day! #chester #wirral #northwales #cheshire #cheshirelife #selfcare #wellbeing #healthylifestyle #healthymind #goodvibes #hope #recovery
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CBT is a type of talking therapy that can help you to manage and change the way you think.
Trauma-focused CBT often involves confronting your traumatic memories by revisiting the experience in your mind. During this process, the therapist will help you to cope with any unsettling feelings, while identifying negative or unhelpful thoughts about the experience.
You may also be encouraged to complete graded exposure therapy, if your traumatic experience involved a type of activity that you can revisit – such as driving a car if you had an accident.
Eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing (EMDR)
Been receiving EDMR for complex PTSD over last few weeks but unfortunately my juvenile arthritis is now flaring so paused while we explore… Possible link or unfortunate coincidence? Would love to discuss with those who have experience or specialist knowledge #PTSD #LTC #EDMR
— #hellomynameis Helly (@hellygraham) September 14, 2018
Eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing (EMDR) is a relatively new treatment which involves making side-to-side eye movements while recalling the traumatic incident.
The NHS says that It’s not clear exactly how EMDR works but it may help you to change negative thought patterns.
Some might find it helpful to speak about their issues with other people who also have PTSD.
What I have been learning from #grouptherapy is priceless, and I wouldn't trade it in for anything in the world. I am going to miss #therapy.
— K-Shhh (@kaneesha77) September 20, 2018
As well as therapy, antidepressants can be effective in treating PTSD in adults too. Some specific SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) and SNRIs (serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors), which are usually used for depression, are also prescribed for PTSD. These include sertraline, paroxetine, fluoxetine, and venlafaxine.