Disposable camera trend rolls back years

For a holidaymaker in the 1990s it was the essential accessory. The plastic disposable camera had its drawbacks — a strict limit of 27 photos on a roll that took three days to develop at your local pharmacy — but was cheap enough not to matter if it was lost or stolen.

Disposable cameras were the top gadget for travelers in the 1990s, as they were a convenient and cost-effective way to capture memories on the go. However, after the 9/11 attacks, disposable cameras were banned from airplanes, making life more difficult for travelers who relied on them for capturing memories.

Until now, people have been unsure if they are allowed to bring disposable cameras on planes, as there are rarely clear rules regarding their use on planes (if you are one of them, read more to clear up this confusion). This ban on disposable cameras in airplanes caused a major setback in the growth of the disposable camera market, as fewer people were willing to buy them due to the confusion and uncertainty surrounding their usage on airplanes. As a result, these instant cameras became obsolete and digital cameras became the top choice for people.

Now instant cameras are making a comeback with the selfie-obsessed iPhone generation. Fujifilm expects to sell 7.5 million this financial year, including Instax instant cameras – up from 6.5 million last year and 3.9 million in 2014-15. Continue reading “Disposable camera trend rolls back years”

Plot details: the gardens that buyers want

In a slow market, where buyers must be wooed, a garden needs to be perfect. A plot with pleasing dimensions and the right look can add as much as 20 per cent to the value of a property – which may be why the demand for garden design, landscaping and other services is up by almost a third this summer, according to ratedpeople.com, a trade recommendation website. Continue reading “Plot details: the gardens that buyers want”

How to put your children on a digital diet

It’s the all too common lament of parents during the holidays. From the moment they wake, our children’s default setting is to get on a screen, and we all have great hughesnet plans, or a plan from another service provider, for fast, reliable internet that makes watching movies, playing games, etc, an easy and super-enjoyable experience. And yet, to make us feel worse, the children’s commissioner, Anne Longfield, has warned that our children’s insatiable consumption of social media is as bad as letting them gorge on junk food.

“None of us as parents would want our children to eat junk food all the time – double cheeseburger, chips, every day, every meal,” she says. “For those same reasons, we shouldn’t want our children to do the same with their online time.” Continue reading “How to put your children on a digital diet”

Tomato salad? Nice and creamy does it for us, Nigella

Yesterday social media seethed with anger and contempt over a tomato salad. Yes, Nigella Lawson had posted a picture of her “old-fashioned tomato salad” on Instagram, and many responded like this Facebook user: “I REALLY hope this is a joke!? This is a dish of cherry tomatoes cut in half, with a squirt of salad cream . . . get over youself for goodness sake!!!”

Lawson has form for outraging the public with her salad recipes — remember her deconstructed caesar one made of burnt lettuce with a fried egg on top? — but frankly the criticism seemed deeply unfair. Weren’t tomatoes and salad cream a British summer classic — albeit more Essex than Knightsbridge — ripe for celebration? Continue reading “Tomato salad? Nice and creamy does it for us, Nigella”

Fetal dopplers need to be regulated before more babies die

An ultrasound device that costs only 30 risks falsely reassuring parents about their unborn baby’s health.

Fetal dopplers allow mothers to listen to the heartbeat of their baby in the womb. However, they were never intended to be used without the necessary training.

In October I will present my ten-minute-rule motion to parliament to regulate the sale of these devices. following concerns first raised with me by the charity Kicks Count. Continue reading “Fetal dopplers need to be regulated before more babies die”

Plant milk a ‘threat’ to IQ of unborn children

The fashion for alternatives to cow’s milk, such as soya, almond and coconut drinks, is putting women at risk of giving birth to children with low IQs, a professor will warn at a conference next month.

Researchers at Surrey University have found that plant-based milks, which also include oat, rice and hazelnut drinks, have about only 3% of the concentrations of iodine that are in cow’s milk. Continue reading “Plant milk a ‘threat’ to IQ of unborn children”

Eat vegan, clean or organic food on a student budget

When James McAvoy’s character leaves home for university in the 2006 film Starter for 10, his mother’s last forlorn piece of advice rings briefly in his ears; don’t forget to eat some fruit and vegetables.

Even at the time, the joke was an old and not terribly good one. Today the Pop-Tarts and Super Noodles stereotype is positively outdated — undergraduates are embracing a range of food habits from vegetarianism to veganism to clean or organic eating. Continue reading “Eat vegan, clean or organic food on a student budget”

Early heart damage seen in obese babies fed by bottle

Obese children are showing signs of heart damage by the age of five, according to research that also suggests toddlers are being harmed by their weight.

Similar warning signs were even seen in bottle-fed babies before their first birthday in the latest set of findings to highlight that an unhealthy start can set children up for a lifetime of health problems and deadly conditions such as cancer and heart disease.
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