Get out there this Christmas!

There is so much fun to be had around London this Christmas so make the most of your holidays and get out there!

Always useful to check before catching the train or tube into central London is Time Out’s website which often has specific information about special events taking place each day.

Visiting all of London’s free museums and art galleries can be a clever way of learning about Humanities topics, and you can check out the Christmas lights and markets whilst strolling around our capital city.

Another good reason to get outside is Vitamin D deficiency. People should go outside and soak up some sunshine to help increase their vitamin D levels, a charity urged in 2012. Arthritis Research UK says vitamin D deficiency can cause bone loss, muscle function problems and, in some cases, rickets in children.

The government recommends vitamin D supplements for pregnant women and children aged under five. But, on sunny days, a few minutes outdoors should achieve the same results, the charity says.

In January the chief medical officer for England said she was concerned that young children and some adults were not getting enough vitamin D. Figures show that up to a quarter of the population has low levels of vitamin D in their blood. He said: “In less sunny months, we recommend that people top up the vitamin D in their diet by eating more oily fish such as salmon, tuna, trout, mackerel, pilchards and sardines, and foods ‘fortified’ with vitamin D, such as breakfast cereals and some margarines.”

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Considering the planet in this time of mass consumption

At Christmas time when everybody seems to eat more, drink more, buy more, throw away more rubbish, consume, consume, consume… why not spare a thought for our planet? This is what Miles King asks us to do in his article in the Guardian entitled Five Ways to Stop Mass Extinction.

Miles in turn was inspired by an article in Nature magazine called Life – A Status Report.

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How did Britain’s public services do in 2014?

The key to understanding this question is knowing what public services are! By reading this article in the Guardian you’ll get an idea of what public services are and how the journalist thinks they’ve done this year.

If you are too impatient to find out: A public service is a service which is provided by government to people living within its jurisdiction, either directly (through the public sector) or by financing provision of services. Examples of public services in the UK are the NHS (National Health Service), the fire brigade and police.

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