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In an increasingly digital world, online gaming has emerged as more than just a pastime. This activity is a powerful tool for uniting people across continents and cultures, providing a space for shared experiences in exciting virtual worlds.  Discover exactly how online gaming brings people together and the knock-on social benefits it provides...
As the winter months gradually give way to the promise of warmer weather (extremely gradual here in the UK), now is the ideal time for parents to start planning for the upcoming summer holidays. Whether you're dreaming of a relaxing beach getaway, an adventurous city break, or a cultural exploration,...
When it comes to buying a new car, reliability is a priority. You want a car that isn’t going to breakdown all the time, as well as matching your budget requirements. This is especially true if you’re going to be transporting around children. Here are the top picks for the best...
Are you considering heading off on holiday with your car? Are you unsure whether driving to your chosen destination would be the best choice? Then you’re in the right place.  Here, we explore several pros and cons of travelling with your car so you can make an informed decision. Pros More freedom One...

Swimmers beware

Researchers have proposed that a buildup of fluid in the heart muscle may be a potentially fatal syndrome that might affect fit and healthy open-water swimmers, causing them to "drown from the inside." Swimming-induced pulmonary oedema, or SIPE, is a type of immersion pulmonary oedema that develops when swimmers' lungs...

Discovering the Purbeck coast

All the rocks in Dorset are sedimentary and were deposited in water, mostly in shallow seas. They were deposited during the Jurassic, Cretaceous and Tertiary between about 200 million years ago and 40 million years ago and vary considerably in hardness and therefore resistance to erosion. This is well displayed on the Isle of Purbeck...
This walk is best attempted when there is a low tide, especially a low spring tide (which occur around midday when there is a full moon and new moon).Slippery rocks also occur in places especially round the foot of Sandsfoot Castle so care should be taken. The coastal section is on the southern side of a geological...

Discovering Kimmeridge (2)

Kimmeridge has much of interest and one of the things to look out for is the oil well that has been producing since 1961. Despite being on the cliff top it is not particularly noticeable and is well camouflaged by drab paint. One of the most obvious things at the site is a nodding donkey pump...

Discovering St Aldhelms Head

Moving west from St Aldhelm’s Head the coast cuts north to form Chapman’s Pool. Here the Kimmeridge Clay is at sea level and erosion exposes interesting fossils, especially ammonites. These extinct creatures are related to Nautilus which can still be found in modern oceans but have survived for around 400 million years with...
Another good location to see Gad Cliff is from WorbarrowTout which is accessible from Tynham, the abandoned village between Kimmeridge and Lulworth. It lies within the Lulworth Army Firing Range and was evacuated during the Second World War for defence training purposes and has remained empty ever since. However, it is possible to visit when the...