Orla Ni Sheaghdha

Nibble Fish: The latest foot fetish

In December 2010 I went to The Appyfeet Centre in Edinburgh to check out the latest dermatological treatment for tired feet. Click on the above video to find out more… I should point out that Dr. Garra don’t actually supply to Appyfeet. It’s a bit unclear in my report- apologies for that.

Edinburgh: The UK’s new cycling capital?

Edinburgh: UK\’s new cycling capital? February saw the launch of the innertube maps by Edinburgh cycling charity The Bike Station. It also marked the first pedal-powered radio broadcast in Edinburgh.  Listen to the above track to find out more!

Homophobia in schools: the last taboo

“I’ve been stabbed because of my sexuality.” This pupil is one of thousands of victims of homophobic bullying in schools across the UK. Almost two thirds of young people, in the gay community, experience bullying in secondary schools. The charitable organisation Stonewall, which lends support to the gay community, found that homophobic bullying, after taunting […]

Latin Dance tells a story

The represenation of dance in the media has generated renewed interest in the art form. The popularity of shows such as Strictly Come Dancing and Dancing with the Stars reflects the growing trend for ballroom dancing among the general population. The film Strictly Ballroom also inspired people to learn how to gracefully waltz across the […]

The psychology of dance: personality through body movements

The moonlight plays along their intense features. The movement of their feet along the floor sounds in the ears of their captive audience. Locked in a close embrace the pair skirt the edge of the dance floor capturing the attention of all around them with their elaborate movements. A skilled couple will create an air […]

Women get their mojo back

By Orla Ni Sheaghdha Key research in the link between sex hormones and brain functions is currently underway at Durham University. Scientists have discovered that there is a positive correlation between elevated levels of  hormones and performing mental tasks. These findings have come out of tests conducted on women currently involved in hormone therapy (HT). The […]

Literature is promoted in the UK as a means of exploring heritage

Literature is promoted in the UK as a means of exploring heritage The word “literature” has many different connotations. For some, it depicts shoolboys in Victorian workhouses or Regency women trying to land a rich husband. For others, it is an avenue for exploring human nature and the culture of a given author. The UK, […]

Medical innovations realise Avatar dream

By Orla Ni Sheaghdha James Cameron’s film Avatar may fall into the science fiction category but the idea of virtual bodies existing for people may not be as unrealistic as some might think. Technological advances in the medical world have brought forward the idea of “medical avatars” being used in the treatment of patients in the […]

Expansion of go-karting centre raises hope for businesses in recession

By Orla Ni Sheaghdha The most recent Spending Review handed down by the government means bad news for smaller businesses in Scotland. With cuts to public sector spending, many companies risk becoming insolvent. Scottish Enterprise offers advice for entreupeneurs trying to survive the recession, to combat this risk. Some smaller companies seem to be bucking […]

Boeing 787 Dreamliner test smoked

By Orla Ni Sheaghdha The latest setback in the development of Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner occurred yesterday when an aircraft was grounded over Texas during a test flight. The carrier made an emergency landing in Laredo when smoke was detected in the rear cabin, furthest from the cockpit.  The fourty-two crew members were safely evacuated with […]