Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Win A World Cup Bundle Worth Over £600

There's not long to go now until the World Cup 2014 and to celebrate we're giving away this fantastic World Cup Bundle worth over £600 in a free to enter prize draw.

World Cup Prize Draw Bundle

To enter all you need to do is enter the draw on the 24studio website inputting your name, address and email address and you'll be automatically entered.

Prizes to be won are:

Terms and Conditions of the World Cup Prize Draw can be found here

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Wednesday, 19 March 2014

A Further 20% Off Spring Fashion Brands!

For 10 whole days, enjoy an extra 20% off 100s of fabulous clothing and footwear lines. It's the perfect opportunity to update your wardrobe, just in time for spring! With a mix of famous brands on offer, including adidas, Converse, Firetrap, Voi Jeans and more, you'll have no trouble finding something to suit your style.

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Monday, 10 March 2014

Mother’s Day: Origins and Cultural Differences

In many countries across the world, Mother’s Day is an important event, where people take the opportunity to thank their mothers for their continued love and support, and more importantly, for giving them life. Here in Britain, we usually celebrate by buying our mothers a card, flowers and a gift or by taking them out for a meal. However, other countries celebrate in a very different manner.

But where does Mother’s Day come from?

The origins can be traced back as far as Ancient Greece and Ancient Rome. Both societies had spring festivals devoted to maternal goddesses, which often included feasts and masquerades. By the 17th century, on the 4th Sunday of Lent, Christian celebrated Mothering Sunday; a day devoted to the Virgin Mary. However, over time, this day came to celebrate all mothers, not just the Virgin Mary. By the 19th century, Mothering Sunday had almost died out until it was revived after World War 2 for commercial purposes in America.

How do different countries celebrate?

India: The Hindus in India celebrate the divine mother, the goddess Durga, with a 10 day festival called Durga Puja.

Japan: The Japanese call Mother’s Day ‘haha no hi’. On this day, the children draw pictures of their mothers and enter then in a contest. The best pictures are then showcased throughout Japan and other countries in a wonderful art show.

Finland: On Mother’s Day morning, all the family (apart from the mother) go for a walk and pick flowers to make a bouquet for the mother. This bouquet is then presented to her with breakfast in bed.
Italy: The Italians celebrate in much the same way that we do, however, they usually bake a cake in the shape of a heart for the mother.

Mother's Day Gift Ideas

If you’re struggling for Mother’s Day gift inspiration, then check out our fantastic range of Mother's Day Gift ideas.

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Friday, 21 February 2014

Walltastic Murals Only £39.99

7 highly detailed unique computer generated Walltastic Murals to choose from, ranging from Hello Kitty to Jungle themed murals.

Each theme are of the highest quality and make a stunning, eye catching feature to any room with 12 easy steps. Wallpaper has never looked so good. Great for children’s bedrooms, nurseries and playrooms.

Walltastic Murals

Walltastic Murals arrive in 12 panels and is applied like wallpaper and can be trimmed to fit.

Check out this handy YouTube Video of just how easy it can be!

Walltastic Murals Now Only £39.99 at 24studio.co.uk

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Friday, 7 February 2014

Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas

The day of love is almost upon us. A day feared by both single people and people in relationships…so pretty much everybody. Singles fear a day of sombre loneliness, while couples fear the wrath of their significant other, should they get them an unsuitable gift. If you’re in the latter camp, it’s important to make sure you get something that your partner will truly love. It needs to be something that speaks to their personality, and the more unique the gift is, the better. Get it wrong and your day of romance could turn into a day of misery and despair.

If you’re struggling to find the perfect gift for your partner, then don’t worry, as we’ve put together a fantastic selection of Valentine’s Day gifts below. There’s something for every taste, from sensational scents to gorgeous jewellery.

Something scented…

Hugo BossPauls BoutiqueJean Paul GaultierPaco Rabanne

Something shiny…

Ben Sherman WatchPersonalised LocketMens Limit WatchPendant

Something soft…

Me To You BearMe To You BearMe To You Bear

Something else…

Love CushionRomantic Night AwayLove You Photo Frame

Check out our full Valentine’s Day gift range

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Monday, 3 February 2014

5 British Medal Hopes For The Winter Olympics 2014

Winter sports may not be our thing, and we may have only won one medal at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, but this year, we have more reason than ever before to be optimistic. Our target is 3-7 medals, which may seem a tad unrealistic to some, but with the athletes we have competing for us, it is not impossible!

Listed below are 5 of our best chances of a medals this year’s games and the times you catch them on the TV.

John Jackson – Bobsleigh

John Jackson
Major Achievements: 1 Gold and 2 Bronze medals in the Europa Cup. British Champion in 2008.
When to catch him: Sunday 23rd of February on BBC2 from 13:30.

David Murdoch – Curling

David Murdoch
Major Achievements: Gold in the European Curling Championships in both 2007 and 2008.
When to catch him: BBC2 on Friday the 21st of February.

Shelley Rudman – Skeleton

Shelley Rudman
Major Achievements: Silver medal at the 2006 Winter Olympics. Won the 2008-2009 Skeleton World Cup. Ranked No.1 in the world in 2011-2012.
When to catch her: Friday 14th February on BBC2 at 17:10

Billy Morgan – Snowboarding

Billy Morgan
Major Achievements: Finished last year in second place in the slopestyle world rankings.
When to catch him: The slopestyle world final will be held on Saturday 8th February on BBC2 from 08:45

Elise Christie – Short Track Speed Skating

Major Achievements: Silver medal in the 1500m and the 3000m at the 2010 European Short Track Speed Racing Championships in Dresden. 1000m champion for the 2012-13 World Cup season.
When to catch her: Friday 21st February on BBC2 from 18:00.

Some interesting facts about the Winter Olympics:

  • Norway has won the most medals (303)
  • The first Winter Olympic Games were held in Chamonix, France in 1924
  • 4 athletes have died taking part in the Winter Olympics – all in practice
  • In 1988, Britain’s ‘Eddie The Eagle’ was dubbed ‘the world’s worst ski jumper’ after finishing last in every event
  • Also in 1988, the Jamaican bobsleigh team were hailed as heroes for reaching the final, and subsequently inspired the hit Disney movie Cool Runnings
  • Walt Disney was in charge of both the opening and closing ceremonies in 1960
  • Ironically, there was too much snow at the 1998 games in Nagano, and consequently proceedings were disrupted
  • Sochi, this year’s host city, is the warmest city to ever host the games
  • Brazil, Thailand and Kenya are the 3 most unlikely nations to be competing at this year’s games

Want to go to the Olympics, but are finding that Sochi is a little bit to far? Why not join Mario and Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics Olympics….?

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Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Top Ten Kitchen Gadgets - All Under £10

Making a "proper" meal can be chore-some task to say the least, it can be so daunting simply due to the amount of preparation that needs to be put into some meals, and for me, when it comes to creating new and exciting meals in the kitchen, its all about the gadgets! I love anything that will make peeling, chopping, stirring and carving a whole lot easier.

I've listed below my top ten favourite kitchen gadgets, and the great news is that they are all under £10!

Top Ten Kitchen Gadgets - All Under £10
  1. This Super Stirrer is fantastic, it stirs automatically, making stirring soups, stews and thick sauces quicker and easier. The Super Stirrer has 3 prongs with silicone feet to make sure that nothing sticks to the bottom of the pan while also protecting the bottom of the pan from potential scratches. Now Only £3.99
  2. This Lime Green Pasta Magic is a pretty funky contraption, you simply fill the Pasta Magic with pasta and boiling water, secure the thermal wrap to preserve the heat and then leave until ready. Once cooked simply drain the excess water away through the lid! This is going to revolutionise my work day lunches and at only £5.99 it's tempting to buy 2 of them.
  3. Chopping has never been so easy! This Morphy Richards Mini Chopper is super stylish, easy to use and parts are dishwasher safe, and is pretty stylish too, available in a choice of red and cream for only £9.99.
  4. This Multi Chopper is probably the most versatile chopper you will have in your kitchen. It's ideal for a whole host of vegetables and fruit, just place and press, it's that simple! Now Only £6.99
  5. Carve away with this Russell Hobbs Electric carving Knife, it'll make light work of bread, meat, and anything else food related that you'd want to carve. There's a whopping 83% off the original selling price too, it's only £9.99
  6. I find opening cans and tins the conventional way so difficult, it may be because i'm left handed, or it might be that i'm not that strong, but this Pifco Battery Operated Can Opener solves that problem, it's so simple to use, you just place the can opener on top of the can, press the button and round it goes. It's now only £7.99 too.
  7. Chopping up a pineapple can be a nightmare, but with this Pineapple Corer you'll be able to peel, core and slice a pineapple in seconds, and with so much less mess! Only £4.99.
  8. Cook rice the easy way with this 1 Litre Rice Cooker It's now only £9.99 too, saving you an impressive 75%
  9. Get in the party mood with this Elgento Cocktail Maker! it comes with 20 cocktail recipes, so you'll be able to make your favourite cocktail and a few new ones too. Only £9.99
  10. I could not go back to conventional salt and petter pots after using Electric Salt & Pepper Grinders, they are so, so simple to use and make grinding salt and pepper on your meal effortless! Once you try them you won't want to go back! Now Only £5.99

Looking for even more Kitchen Gadgets and Gizmo's? Take a look at our Kitchen Clearance at 24studio.co.uk

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Friday, 24 January 2014

Burns Night: How to Celebrate

Every year on January 25th, millions of people (mainly in Scotland and Northern Ireland) join together to celebrate the life and work of the Scottish poet, Robert Burns. Born in Alloway in 1759, Robert Burns is regarded as not just the national poet of a Scotland, but a national treasure too. He wrote literally hundreds of poems and songs in the Scottish dialect, the most famous of which are Tam O’ Shanter, To A Mouse, and of course, Auld Lang Syne.

Robert Burns: 1759-1796
Robert Burns: 1759-1796

Burns Supper

The Burns supper is a gathering of friends which can be either formal or informal. Celebrations begin by piping in the guests to the sound of bagpipes. This music usually comes from live musicians at larger, more formal ceremonies, but a CD is more than adequate for smaller gatherings with a few friends.
When the food is ready, it is ushered in to a recital of The Selkirk Grace, usually given by the host. It goes as follows:

Some hae meat and canna eat,
And some wad eat that want it,
But we hae meat and we can eat,
And sae the Lord be thankit.

The Address To The Haggis

Before the eating begins, the host then recites Address To A Haggis

When reading the line, ‘His knife see Rustic-labour dight’ the host cuts the haggis open along its length, making sure they spill out some of the insides.

Toast to the haggis

Once the recital has finished, everybody raises their glass and shouts ‘To the Haggis!’

The haggis is traditionally served with neeps and tatties, which is mashed swede and potatoes to non-Scottish people. For dessert, Clootie Dumpling or Tipsy Laird are usually the preferred choices. And to wash everything down, guests generally drink whisky and wine (not in the same glass of course!)

Auld Sang Syne

A Burns Supper traditionally ends with the singing of Burns’ famous song about parting, Auld Lang Syne. Everyone joins hands in a large circle and sings the words together and at the line 'And here's a hand', you cross each of your hands over to rejoin those standing on either side of you.