Many people spend too much time Netflix binging or simply wasting valuable time. Instead, maybe it is time to discover a new hobby in 2017, one that can even be done while watching those favourite shows. Choosing a new hobby can lead to much enjoyment and will even allow you to create some amazing masterpieces in your spare time. There are some great new hobbies for 2017 that will appeal to many and these are some of the greatest ideas on how to pass the time while remaining productive.
Arts and Crafts
For those that are artistic and wish to create, there are some great hobby ideas that can be explored. Embroidery and cross stitch are great for those that like to work with their hands and create gifts or things that can be placed around the home. These are inexpensive options and can be quite relaxing. Making paper flowers is also a great hobby for those that like using their hands. This craft can be dome while watching television and it is another cheap option.
Gaming and Entertainment
Some people are looking for hobbies that offer more excitement and will enjoy taking up online gambling as a hobby. Looking for something more physical? How about ballroom dancing or horseback riding? While these will be a bit more costly, they provide a great way to get out and interact with others while spending quality time with friends and family.
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Photography is one of the greatest hobbies and it can create pictures that can last a lifetime. There are many ways in which one can engage ion photography, from simply snapping phots throughout time to starting to shoot portraits. With a photography hobby, you can capture those special moments and find beauty in just about everything.
One great option to consider if you are planning to take up photography this year is tilt shift photography, where a picture is taken to make it appear as a miniature scene. This process is often done through Photoshop or other photo editing software programs.
With the large online streaming audience set to get even bigger in 2017, Netflix is doing more than enough to position itself as the most preferred online streaming service for Videos on Demand. They have gone as far as funding the production of A-list TV shows that made headlines all over the world in 2016, like the very popular Narcos. This year doesn’t seem like it’s going to be any different, since they already have a number of TV shows lined up for release. The only catch is that you’d need to change your Netflix region to the US. Once you do that, here’s what you could expect:
- Release Date: February 3rd, 2017
- Cast: Timothy Olyphant, Thomas Crawford, Drew Barrymore
- Plot: This year we will see Drew Barrymore come to daytime TV in this drama filled story about a happy couple living in Santa Clarita, California whose lives come tumbling down after the death of Sheila.
- Release Date: May 5th, 2017
- Plot: Also making a comeback this year is the interconnected group of 8, dubbed the “sensates”, whose main objective would be to use their shared knowledge, language and skills to prevent the violent death of Angelica.
- Release Date: January 20th, 2017
- Cast: Landon Liboiron, Jason Momoa, Zoe Boyle
- Plot: The producers from the Discovery channel came together to order a scripted series about the struggle that existed in the late 18th century over the control and exploit of pelts.
- Release Date: March 17th, 2017
- Cast: Jessica Stroup, Jessica Henwick, Finn Jones
- Plot: Another addition to the Marvel series to watch out for in 2017 is Iron Fist, with the main character as Danny Rand. Rand comes back to his family’s home in New York to reclaim his family company, but the evils he encounters along the way force him to choose between continuing with his family’s legacy, and his duties as Iron Fist.
Release Date: January 24th, 2017
Plot: This new physically demanding, and energy draining competition will put all the other obstacle course challenge shows you’ve watched to shame. The show will adopt an international theme with competitors being scouted from the US, Germany, Japan, South Korea, Mexico and Brazil. These athletes will compete for national pride as they’re put through the toughest of courses, known in each episode as “The Beast”, with each contestant yearning to be crowned the Ultimate Beastmaster after they battle it out on the final episode.
Expect all that and a lot more this year from Netflix. We’ll update the list once the release dates get announced, but here’s what you could also expect to come out soon:
-F is for Family
-Fuller House (Season 3)
Keep in mind that these release dates are all based on viewers on the American Netflix region. Whether these shows will also be released at the same time in UK, Canada, Australia, or other countries is yet to be seen
Today I took part in the Shrewsbury Dragon Boat Race to help raise money for Shrewsbury Hospice. Our team made up of 17 people from our office (The Pump House), the majority representing Marches Energy Agency, I represented Information Solutions (and obviously world famous ImAFish).
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The boat we had to race.
Here are a selection of my best photos from Dubai.
We stayed in Atlantis located on the Palm Jumeirah.
The hotel features a massive indoor aquarium.
Rays swimming around the aquarium.
The aquarium contains thousands of fish.
Some of the more exotic sea animals.
Om nom nom nom.
A dolphin at the hotel - rescued from hurricane Katrina.
The Zigerat - part of the water park at Atlantis.
Parts of the water rides at the hotel - note how some of the rides take you up the Zigerat and others back down again.
The hotel lobby.
Atlantis in the day.
The Burj Al Arab from the beach at Atlantis.
A view from the beach at night with the monorail.
The view of the palm from our hotel room. The tall buildings in the distance are the Dubai Marina.
The Dubai Marina from our hotel.
A view over the palm at sunset.
The Dubai Marina at night.
Boats in the Dubai Marina.
The Burj Khalifa - the worlds tallest building (so tall I couldn't get it all in one shot).
The fountains outside the Burj Khalifa.
The lake around the Burj Khalifa.
Worlds biggest indoor ski centre at the mall of the emirates.
The Burj Al Arab.
Whilst there have been gradual changes to the availability single-use plastics, up until now, it’s all felt like a drop in the ocean. Yet, in October 2018, the European Parliament congregated to impose a complete ban on a wide-variety of single-use plastics. The ultimate aim is to prevent the excessive pollution of the ocean. We’ve all seen the footage of animals with stomachs full of plastic or encased in plastic, and it’s easy to wonder how the ocean ended up in such a terrible state of affairs. It is by the public’s persistence that dramatic change needs to happen now after David Attenborough’s BBC Blue Planet series aired. David Attenborough’s work has never just been about showcasing the beauty of the natural world. There has always been a strong focus on how our lifestyles are hindering and driving other species to extinction. With such minimal changes to our daily lives, we can all work together to make the environment more hospitable for both land-dwelling and sea-dwelling creatures. You can watch a clip of David Attenborough’s Blue Planet here.
As a consumerist society, we’ve grown to love and come to think that we need single-use plastics, however, this isn’t the case when there are so many alternatives now on the market. They may be a little more expensive for the time being, yet the ultimate price is being paid by our wildlife. We’ve already seen a drastic reduction of the amount of fish in the ocean. Yet, it was predicted that if drastic measures aren’t taken there will be more plastic in the ocean that there are fish by 2050. And that’s without mentioning the potential hazards of the toxicity of the plastic.
Which Single-Use Plastics Are Now Banned Under European Parliament?
Whilst only some of the single-use plastics which are currently used commonly in Europe was included in the blanket ban there are plenty more items that the proposal calls for a reduction. This included items such as plastic cups and food containers such as you would receive from the supermarket or a fast food restaurant.
However, the list of banned single-use plastic items now includes:
●Plastic cutlery and plates
What are the Alternatives?
A lot of single-use items which were previously made from plastic can easily be placed by different materials. Pubs, bars, and restaurants have all been quick to replace their straws with paper straws. Whilst paper straws may not be as pleasant to drink from as plastic straws, their biodegradable properties ensure that we aren’t contributing to the oceanic plastic problem for the convenience of using a straw for a few minutes at a time. If you’re not a fan of the paper straws, you can also invest in your own reusable metal straws, which can easily be recycled if need be.
How Far Can Legislation Take Us?
With a little research, you’ll soon see that for every single-use plastic, there is a more environmentally friendly alternative. If you’d like more information on how you can make a real difference to your consumption and discarding of plastic, why not check out these 26 top tips on how to reduce the amount of plastic in your home? As you’ll soon see, the alternatives may be slightly more expensive than what you’d expect from single-use plastic items, yet, is there any better investment than the environment? Whilst governments around the world are all doing their bit in ensuring that there are less plastics available to purchase, we must also take a proactive role in the limitation of plastic in our environment. Whilst toothbrushes, lighters, and other common household items are not yet featured on the banned list, it’s easy to find alternatives to the common plastic variations we see every day.
If you take a look around wherever you are right now, unless you’re sitting in a remote woodland far away from civilisation, you’re going to see plastic around you. Start to think of ways in which this could be reduced. That’s not to say ridding your home of the plastic which is already in use is of any benefit to the planet. Yet, when it comes to disposing of the plastic already in your possession it is imperative that you recycle even the smallest parts of plastic whenever possible. As it is these small pieces of plastic which may ultimately cause the greatest devastation to wildlife.
Of course, the key to solving the crisis which we have seen with plastic in recent years will never be to fully eradicate plastic from the planet. It would be infeasible and impossible. Instead, we must focus on regulatory measures and recognised bodies whose primary job is to oversee (or should that be oversea?) how plastic is recycled and come up with new ways to prevent the plastic from ending up in our oceans. With effective regulation measures in place, we can still enjoy our modern-day commodities. Regulation has always served as a way to ensure responsibility. If you take for example gambling. Just like plastic, gambling doesn’t have the best reputation. Yet, under measures, such as those imposed on online slot machine websites such as Egypt Slots those who enjoy gambling can do so knowing that they are protected by the regulations put in place to ensure that they access a safe and fair website. Egypt Slots have gone above and beyond to ensure that all of the information required for a player to make an informed decision about their gaming is fully visible. Players will get a clear and accurate view of the price of the stakes alongside information such as the Return to Player rate.
Social change is an inevitable part of a progressive society. It’s easy to feel scorned by the fact that items of such convenience have been taken away by the new European laws. Yet, when you look at the bigger picture, to move forward and limit the environmental impact of our modern ways of living, it’s more than worth embracing the change.