The office was busy for a Friday afternoon but I had committed to the action and was determined to see it through. I went into the toilet and checked myself in the mirror; I straightened my tie then donned the large Santa hat. I turned to the side, someone else would make this look good, I thought.
The roll-out of the new PS4 and Xbox One consoles have actually shown that it is not just our own broadband connections that can be a problem, but the farms of servers that operate the PS Plus and Xbox Live networks.
Here are some fantastic alternatives to spending Christmas at home. And yes, we know it's an expensive time of year; but there are some fantastic deals available in the low season.
Christmas is fast approaching, faster than most of us would like! If, like me, you are not quite prepared, live almost in the middle of nowhere and rely on online shopping to sort it all out for you, maybe its time for a change. This year I decided to take a trip to one of the bigger Scottish cities to help get me in the spirit.
No matter what your relationship status, this is the most wonderful time of year and you should enjoy it! We've compiled our top holiday survival tips for singles, so that you may have your (fruit) cake and eat it, too.
Whether you're driving home for Christmas to see family, or heading out to glitzy parties to see old friends over the festive period, no doubt you'll want to look your best. With these top seven Christmas beauty tips you'll be looking gorgeous for those under-the-mistletoe moments.
I constantly receive a stream of emails from those looking for support to either cut down or quit booze entirely because the effect it has on their waistline. Yes, it is true that the booze can be your worst enemy if you are trying to lose weight and if you are like me and love your wine you should be aware.
I'm not here to tell you to be out and proud and publicly sober during Christmas. It's pointless. And it won't work. It's about doing what makes you feel most comfortable. Getting the attention off you and back onto everyone else. So here's a few handy lies to tell your office drinking cronies.
Imagine that tonight you didn't have a home to go to and were forced to sleep rough. It's a pretty terrible proposition. But imagine having to battle the cold winter weather at the same time. Sadly, this is the reality for all too many people in this country.
How will this Christmas be different, when the young Royals have a newborn baby to keep happy as well, and what do the Royals' plans for Christmas have in common with many other young families?
Feeling that sense of competition arising already? So I'll give you a few tips for getting the best of the online shopping discount season...(please try to keep it to yourselves, I don't want to miss out).
We know that we women have a tendency to take on a little too much and Christmas often throws another dozen balls into our over-capacity juggling act! So the question is, how do we not just survive the Christmas season...but actually ensure that we ENJOY it?
When we are bombarded with invitations and people saying; "We really must catch up before Christmas" we can choose to take some simple and grown-up steps to get through the silly season with your dignity and credit card intact.
I'm the first to admit that for those of you who have families to support, families with expectations of lovely presents wrapped in shiny paper for the cat / dog / tortoise to try to eat off overnight, the run up to Christmas is nothing but scary stress and you can't wait for it to be over.
Ask any sports star or pop star what they want and, without hesitation, they will say a 'Gold' or 'No. 1.' They set ambitions and then go about achieving them. I'm not saying we should all want a number one song in the charts, but shouldn't we all be setting goals for ourselves? Join a gym? Learn how to cook properly? Find a hobby?
LAD is the sigh of the long dis-empowered - the muzzled moderate - now empowered through social media. They are Northern Ireland's unofficial Opposition, resistance and counter-factual against sectarians who stalk the streets and political office.