Hilary Wardle
Hilary is a freelance journalist specialising in entertainment and technology. Over the years, she's worked as a bungee trampoline instructor (don't ask), a volunteering manager and a sandwich maker for the cast of Coronation Street, though not at the same time. She currently writes for MSN UK, Buzzfeed and a wide variety of other sites and publications.

Entries by Hilary Wardle

More Needs to Be Done to Help UK Businesses Beat the Language Learning Crisis

(0) Comments | Posted 11 September 2014 | (15:13)

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In July this year, an All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) report on modern languages announced that without a 'step change' in the nation's ability in foreign languages, the economy will suffer and the UK's...

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Nine Ways To Make Your Business Events More Engaging

(1) Comments | Posted 25 August 2014 | (14:37)

All the best businesses run conferences, meetings and large events, either to engage with customers or to develop their staff and encourage inter-departmental communication. However, these days conference attendees have much higher expectations, largely due to the rise of inspirational events such as TED Talks, as well as...

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Early Intervention and Rehabilitation Is the Key to Preventing Alcohol Misuse, Not Minimum Pricing

(0) Comments | Posted 21 August 2014 | (11:35)


Alcoholism is a pernicious, progressive mental and physical illness which claims thousands of lives every year in the UK. Managing this epidemic has become a political priority, with various solutions proposed that largely rely on limiting the availability of alcohol, upping the price...

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Can We Please Stop Being So Overdramatic About E-Cigarettes?

(0) Comments | Posted 15 August 2014 | (15:06)


A huge number of column inches have been devoted to the topic of e cigarettes since they rose to prominence in the last few years. We've had everything from panicky blog posts that insist vaping is the most dangerous thing in the world,...

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What Does Jodie Kidd's Success on Celebrity Masterchef Tell Us About Modelling?

(0) Comments | Posted 8 August 2014 | (15:02)


When former supermodel Jodie Kidd got to the final of Celebrity Masterchef last month, a lot of viewers were shocked. Models have to stay slim, so they aren't exactly known for their culinary skills (unless it involves whipping up a green salad with...

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Are Healthy Holidays the UK's New Fitness Trend?

(0) Comments | Posted 29 July 2014 | (16:49)


We've all been there: you diet for months before a trip so that you don't scare any locals at the beach, then spend your longed for holiday drinking cream-based cocktails, eating kebabs and lying down. Before you know it you've put on all...

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'You Don't Need to Eat Animals to Stay Fit': Five Vegans Who Have Taken the Athletic World By Storm

(6) Comments | Posted 28 July 2014 | (11:34)

As a vegetarian, I can certainly imagine a life without bacon sandwiches. But a life without egg mayonnaise or a nice slice of brie? That's quite a bit harder. Nevertheless, the British Vegan Society estimates that there are 150,000 vegans in the UK, while the US boasts some...

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Will A Mobile Commerce Company Be The Tech World's Next 'Super Unicorn'?

(0) Comments | Posted 28 July 2014 | (11:07)


We all know that hugely successful, billion dollar tech start-ups are as rare as hen's teeth. That's why they're referred to as super unicorns. A 'unicorn' company is defined as a tech company started in the last ten years and most...

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The Countries Terrorizing The Cyber World: Where Do Most DDoS Attacks Come From?

(0) Comments | Posted 21 July 2014 | (22:02)

On 10 July this year, eight major Norwegian companies and banks were severely disrupted in a massive denial of service attack linked to the 'hacktivist' group Anonymous. However, they certainly weren't acting alone. Millions of people helped them. You might have helped them too, depending on the state...

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How to Deal With Pet Hair

(0) Comments | Posted 8 July 2014 | (13:34)


Don't you just hate it when you come home from work and find a circle of dark dog or cat hair on your white duvet cover or sofa? Does it drive you crazy? Do you spend all of your spare cash...

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"Appy Shoppers": How a New Breed of Shopping Apps Could Save You Money

(0) Comments | Posted 3 July 2014 | (11:30)

Remember the bad old days when looking for an online bargain meant trawling through every site you could think of in an attempt to find the cheapest version of a product? Or hunting for money off codes in the hope that you'd find one that would bring the price of...

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Urban Style: The Top Men's Suit Trends to Watch Out for This Summer

(0) Comments | Posted 26 June 2014 | (15:24)

It's hard to believe that we're already six months into 2014. Spring is well behind us and warm weather trends are blossoming, so it's the perfect time to pick up a summer suit. So, which trends are blisteringly hot, and which are just warm?

Here are six budget and high...

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It's Time to Stop Playing Politics With Mental Health

(1) Comments | Posted 19 June 2014 | (00:00)

In July 2012, a group of MPs caught the media's attention when they began talking about their personal battles with mental ill health during a debate on the topic in the House of Commons. The first to speak was Charles Walker, the Conservative MP for Broxbourne, Hertfordshire, who...

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10 Incredibly Creative Uses for VoIP

(0) Comments | Posted 3 June 2014 | (15:31)


Cheap or free Voice Over Internet Protocol calls- commonly known as VoIP - have become hugely popular in recent years popularity thanks to the success of mass market services such as Skype. The benefits of VoIP calls are well documented: free web video...

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Is a Parallel Student Housing Bubble Fuelling the London Property Boom?

(0) Comments | Posted 29 May 2014 | (13:58)


In recent months, the media has been filled with stories expressing concern about the exponential rise in property prices in the capital. The majority of property experts are now convinced that London is experiencing a price bubble that may soon burst and

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How New 'Crowdspeaking' Site Thunderclap Is Revolutionising Online Awareness Raising

(0) Comments | Posted 24 March 2014 | (16:54)


Crowdfunding is a fairly well known term these days. Using sites like Kickstarter to ask for donations towards a creative project is a fairly standard way to get some start up cash. But what happens when you've finished the project? How...

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Dragon Planes and Doritos: Is Co-Branding as Crazy as It Sounds?

(0) Comments | Posted 21 March 2014 | (19:47)


Co-branding might sound like the kind of phrase that's thrown around by humourless, suited marketing types in jargon-filled meetings (usually accompanied by at least three references to 'blue sky thinking') but in reality co-branding is all around us and has been for some...

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Review: Heading Out (BBC2)

(1) Comments | Posted 1 March 2013 | (12:51)

The main problem with Sue Perkins is that she's Sue Perkins.

Don't get me wrong, I don't mean that in a bad way. It's just that she first hit our screens in the early 1990′s and has been all over our collective tellyboxes ever since.

In fact since she...

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Five Careers Liz Lemon Could Try Next

(1) Comments | Posted 4 February 2013 | (13:04)

(Warning: contains spoilers) Long running comedy series 30 Rock came to an emotional end last week in a finale that saw cheerfully insane sketch show TGS finally succumb to cancellation.

Thankfully, harassed head writer Liz Lemon wasn't left unemployed: she went on to take a job producing Grizz's new...

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The Great Comic Relief Bake Off: More Soothing Than a Bath in Buttercream Icing

(0) Comments | Posted 29 January 2013 | (17:20)

There's nothing more relaxing than baking... but only if it goes to plan. I once managed to make a pizza base that was so yeasty, lively and glutinous that it tried to eat the wooden spoon I mixed it with. It subsequently moved out to forge a career as a...

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