Health & Diet Lifestyle 

Why we need to start educating people in mental health!

By Naureen Hafiz As the days go on and a new year is at our doorsteps it gives us time to think about the things we want to change. Resolutions, dreams, goals. We all think of them, make lists and build ourselves up enough to really try at it. It’s also the perfect time of year to start thinking about how we can help each other and how we can help our community become a healthier place. In the age of medical breakthroughs it is shocking that we are still…

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Destinations Lifestyle 

Paris – City of Love

Paris is the capital and most populous city of France. Situated on the Seine River, in the north of the country, it is at the heart of the Île-de-France region, also known as the région parisienne. The city of Paris has a population of 2,249,975 inhabitants (January 2011), while its metropolitan area is one of the largest population centres in Europe, with 12,292,895 inhabitants at the January 2011 census. About 2.7 million of this total were born outside Metropolitan France and represent a multitude of different countries and territories from…

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Featured Health & Diet Humour More Off The Wall Paul 

Obesity? No, you’re just fat!

OFF THE WALL… PAUL It’s fast approaching that time of year again. The time of year when we all begin to think of something bad to give up or change in the New Year. There are always a few obvious ones, smoking, drinking, losing weight, etc… Losing Weight!! Yes that’s the one, that’s the subject of this festive rant. Where do I start?? Let’s see if you have a heard a few of these before! It’s my glands… It’s in my genes… it’s my slow metabolism… I sit at a…

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Arts & Entertainment Don't Miss Featured More Photography Photography Urban Echo News 

Urban Echo – Monthly photo competition.

Each month, we want you to submit your best photographs to us based on a particular theme. We will print the winning photographs in The Urban Echo the following month and, then we will, set a new theme for the next month. Terms and conditions Here: Send your picture (please read Terms and Conditions carefully) along with a brief description, of your photo, including the camera type and lens that you used, your name, address, telephone number, the date and location of the photograph via our contact page or the…

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Business Lifestyle News 

Overtime to be included in Holiday Pay – Employers no longer walking on sunshine

By David Ward, Blacks Solicitors The long anticipated Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) judgment in the conjoined cases of Bear Scotland Limited v Fulton, Hertel (UK) Limited v Wood & Others andAmec Group v Law & Others has been delivered recently. The Judgment The EAT has now ruled that ‘non-guaranteed’ overtime should be taken into account when calculating a worker’s entitlement to holiday pay because workers are entitled to be paid their ‘normal remuneration’ whilst taking holiday. This means that workers are now entitled to receive average pay (taking into account…

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Fashion Lifestyle 

JENNIFER LAWRENCE – WHAT IS SHE WEARING?

Jennifer Lawrence didn’t fail to impress when she arrived outside studios for Good Morning America. It’s seems like the 24-year-old actress is upping her game in the style stakes recently – From her stunning red carpet fashion to her very classy television appearances. Pictured outside, Jennifer opted for a long striped shirt dress by Ulla Johnson; she paired this with an effortlessly chic winter coat and killer beige strappy heels. To customize her look, Jennifer donned in a pair of Oliver Peoples sunnies. Love this look? Wear it like Jennifer…

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Fashion Lifestyle 

ALEXANDER WANG X H&M

Shoppers lined up a day in advance before the collection dropped on 6th November. Those who were front in line easily got what they were after. Of course, when one of the world’s biggest fashion designers collaborates with one of your favourite high street brands selling at what they call ‘less expensive’ prices, who wouldn’t want to check it out? Going back to when the world first heard the announcement of Wang’s collaboration with H&M, this left many anxious of what to expect. From sneak previews, magazine articles and celebrity…

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Fashion Lifestyle 

YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL

Bradford born Make-up Artist Sarah Taylor has undertaken extensive training in the field of make-up artistry. Building on her existing HND in Beauty Therapy and Media Make-up from Bradford College, Sarah graduated from Vancouver Film School, Canada in 2010 with a Diploma in Make-up Design for Film and Television and since returning to Yorkshire has gained experience working across a range of industries, and built a loyal client base. Along with providing make-up lessons and special occasion make-up for individual clients Sarah has also worked with numerous award winning photographers,…

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Destinations Lifestyle 

HANOI, VIETNAM

The Culture Capital Anyone who has ever visited Hanoi will probably tell you that it may be the most beautiful city in all of Asia. People have settled here along the Red River for a thousand years. Nestled along wooded boulevards among the city’s two dozen lakes you will find architectural souvenirs left by all who conquered this great valley, from the Chinese who first came in the last millennium to the French, booted out in our own century. Getting into Hanoi The trip into the city from Noi Bai…

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Featured Lifestyle 

IT’S THAT TIME OF YEAR AGAIN!

By Qainaat Aftab Yes… It’s almost Christmas! The lights have turned on around different cities and the Christmas markets have unfolded. Now if that doesn’t get you into the festive spirit, then I don’t know what will. We’ve had enough sweets and scares from Halloween as well as the beautiful fireworks from Bonfire night. Now Christmas is fast approaching, the question I pose is, do we start the jovial celebrations too early? At the start of November, John Lewis broadcasted their Christmas advert and by walking around the streets of…

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