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A Simple Act of Patriotism?

6 years ago by James_Admin

A Simple Act of Patriotism?

The World Cup ended just a few months ago, but it already feels like years. Gone are the Saint George's flags displayed everywhere you go - on cars, houses, flag poles, and in pubs. The flag has not entirely disappeared however. But those displaying it now seem to have a specific reason for it, rather than the euphoria stemming from the biggest sporting event in the world.
 
According to a recent poll, which asked people whether people who hang flags (such as the Saint Georges or Union Jack) from their houses were just expressing their patriotism or making a broader, intentional statement.
 
A clear majority of 68% answered that displaying a flag is a simple act of patriotism rather than an attempt to make a wider political, cultural or social statement. That's important to note in times of even mild political unrest, as was the case throughout the country when Scotland decided whether to remain a part of the United Kingdom.
 
Though the Scots eventually decided to stay, the time leading up to the vote was contentious enough for publications as influential as the Guardian which argued that it might could bring about the end of the Union Jack flag. Naturally, anyone displaying the flag could easily be seen as making a political statement against Scotland splitting away from the United Kingdom. 
 
But as our poll shows, the majority of respondents don't think that deeply into the choice to fly a flag from your house. And maybe that's for the better; after all, it's a nice and simple way to express your patriotism, and there are plenty of other opportunities to make political statements. What do you think? Share your thoughts on what flying a flag means to you below!

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Networking more important than grades

6 years ago by James_Admin

Networking more important than grades

 
You're a university student getting ready for the "real" world. You have spent years dedicated to getting the best possible grades. But yet, about to graduate, you haven't even sniffed a job yet. Meanwhile, peers that you know to be mediocre students have already been offered lucrative careers.
 
Does that sound familiar? Because it's what many university graduates go through these days. If you ever hear someone tell you about the importance of networking, don't dismiss it. Studies suggest that networking is the single best way to find a job, and our surveys agree. In fact, a recent poll by Viewsbank username Bri asked our community to vote between high grades and networking/friendships as the single most important factor for getting a job, no less than 78 percent voted networking.
 
Why is that? One, relationships matter. Put yourself in the shoes of your recruiter. If you're looking for the perfect candidate, would you rather pick a complete stranger or one that you know (or that has been recommended to you by someone you trust)? Almost all of us would answer that question the same way. The saying "better the devil you know than the devil you don't" has become popular for a reason.
 
So as a university student, or anyone looking for a job, how do you adjust to that trend? By making a systematic effort to network. Networking can be as complicated as attending industry-specific conferences and meetings, and as simple as sending a quick follow-up thank you email after talking to an expert. Social media networks such as LinkedIn have simplified networking; now, you can connect with thought leaders in your field around the globe without ever leaving your own home.
 
Do you agree that networking and friendships is more important than academic grades in the job market? 

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Band Aid 30: Failure to Launch

6 years ago by James_Admin

Band Aid 30: Failure to Launch

Most of us would unquestionably agree that the ebola epidemic in Africa is a serious crisis. But how far would you go to support the fight against it? New research on our site explored this question. 

Earlier this week, various pop music stars released a joint single called "Do They Know It's Christmas," having banded together under the name  Band Aid 30. Previewed during Sunday evening's X-Factor, the song is a reprise of the 30 year old Band Aid single of the same name, which was written and produced by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure in 1984 to raise awareness - and money - to fight poverty in Ethiopia.

Thirty years after the original version, Band Aid 30 consists of current best-selling artists ranging from One Direction, Sam Smith, Ed Sheeran, Emeli Sandé, Ellie Goulding and Rita Ora to Bastille and Guy Garvey of Mercury prize-winning band Elbow, Chris Martin (Coldplay) and Bono (U2). Geldof and Ure are once again the driving forces behind the project, while the song itself has been updated with lyrics reflecting the current Ebola crisis. 

All proceeds of the single, which will cost 99p per download and £4.00 on CD, will benefit the fight against Ebola in West Africa. Yet, according to our research, only 13 percent of all respondents have already bought or would buy the single. That's not necessarily an indictment of the British public; after all, British volunteers helping fight the outbreak are lauded as heroes.

Instead, our results may show a public agreement with Lily Allen or Adelle. The singer refused to participate in the Band Aid 30 project because she saw it as smug, preferring instead to donate money directly to the cause. Geldof has endured similar criticism in the past, calls that he elevates himself above those in need with his top-down approach of helping. Judging by our poll, it seems the public agrees 

Let us know what you think! 

Britons Speak Out about Impending Second Hand Smoke Legislation

According to our latest poll submitted by Manseydoll (won £10!), there are mixed feelings about the latest legislature to be passed.  

Beginning in October 2015, it will be illegal to smoke in a car carrying a child.  This law will be enforced with a £60 or 5 point fine against any offender.  However, these fines are heightened dramatically when a passenger is found to be smoking in a car carrying children.  If it is apparent that the driver did not take "reasonable steps" to stop the action, the driver may then be fined up to £10,000.

This new law is in response to the increase in awareness of passive or second hand smoke.  Childhood is an especially critical time in lung development and exposure to second hand smoke during childhood has been linked to respiratory problems, including asthma.  As children in a car obviously cannot leave the area of risk, the law seeks to make it so that they are never placed in such a situation.

When asked for their opinion on this new law, a distinct majority of 67 percent voted in favor, stating that they need to ensure that children are protected from second hand smoke.  Meanwhile the results were far from a consensus with the other third, an even 33 percent, arguing that the police force and law system have better things to worry about.

Whatever the case, the majority can rest peacefully tonight knowing that the future generations will be safe.  Hopefully, the minority respects the law and the safety of minors, regardless of their own personal opinions.

Let us know what you think!

Our Latest Poll Proves that Britons are Confident in their Beauty

According to our most recent poll submitted by charlotteock (won £10!), most Britons feel that their partners love will continue to love them regardless of their appearance.  

The results of our most recent poll almost seem to be straight out of a fairytale, with 94 percent of voters believing that their lovers will love them even when they do not look their best.  When asked, "Do you feel you can look your worst in front of the person you love?" only 6 percent of voters responded negatively. 

In a world where Photoshop and eating disorders are running rampant, sparking a variety of social campaigns, these results are nothing short of shocking.  Perhaps the initiatives taken by both, public vigilantes and private beauty companies, have been successful in their promotion of "normal" depictions of beauty.  It would seem that if these campaigns were successful in instilling their messages, all that the public needed was a gentle reminder that no one is perfect, and that no one expects them to look like the men and women on the cover pages.  Otherwise, the majority of Britons might have never lost touch with their confidence at all.

Whatever the case, the majority of Britons, both male and female, testify that they are comfortable enough in their own skin that they believe their partners will continue love them, even on days when they look their worst.  Hopefully, these opinions will remain positive as companies move toward lessening the pressure to be perfect placed upon society.  

In the meantime... 6 percent, try not to be so hard on yourselves.  Do not insult the intelligence of your loved ones, they know a beautiful thing when they see one!
-Rob

70% of you would go back again and do it differently if you could!

If you are unhappy with your career, you are not alone. . .  

In fact, this week's poll (submitted by Dollyd - won £10!) results prove that the majority of Britons are dissatisfied in the workplace.  When asked if they would chose a different career path if they could go back in time, a whopping 70% said yes, they would.  Considering that only 30% of workers actually enjoy their careers, this hints at an undiscussed epidemic: many Britons are working for pay or status rather than happiness.

 

If you find yourself in a situation where you feel that your work life is monotonous or leading nowhere that would truly satisfy you, it may be time for you to take initiative and switch careers - after all, we only get one shot in life!  While this may seem more difficult to accomplish later in life, keep in mind that you have more professional experience than university graduates, and may actually be the best choice for an entry-level position.  With this in mind, here are a few tips to help switch career paths later in life.

  • Get a Job before You Quit a Job: While your happiness should be more important than the numbers on your paycheck, you should hold off on quitting your job until you have been offered a position in another company.  The absence of a source of income dramatically affects overall quality of life, meaning this situation should be avoided unless you honestly feel that your current job is affecting your mental wellbeing.
  • Consider Hobbies as Possible Career Choices:  In order to be hired for a position, a candidate must possess two qualities: talent and experience.  Hobbies can perfectly fill a resume, especially when you demonstrate that you have taken the initiative to complete large projects on your own.  Consider combining explanations of skills and examples of projects, alongside the dates during which you held positions with other companies, in order to achieve a balance of talent and dedication. 
  • Research the Career before You Commit:  After finding yourself unhappy with the first career that you imagined you would love, the last thing you want to do is commit to another career that doesn't make you happy.  In order to be sure that nothing comes as a surprise, research your selected career in as much depth as possible.  Consider interviewing people who hold positions which you would be working toward, and researching pay scales and benefits to see if any other life changes would be necessary. 

If you follow these steps, you should find your next career more satisfying than the first, and Britons will be one step closer to ending the job dissatisfaction epidemic.
-Rob

Research Indicates Continued Dislike for Cigarette Ads

A week ago, a significant event occurred in the United Kingdom. On November 11th, Manchester-based E-Cigarette brand VIP showed a woman smoking in advertising its vapor-based product, marking the first time in 50 years that somebody was shown smoking in a British TV advert in fifty years. 

As is the case in most Western countries, U.K. authorities have long banned the advertisement of tobacco-based products. Long gone are the days of slogans like "You're never alone with a Strand" or "Happiness is a cigar called Hamlet," which had been banned from British TV since 1965. 

Of course, that all changed last week. VIP promoted its e-cigarette in a clever way: by showing vapor instead of smoke, it bypassed this strict ban. And it wasn't the last time audiences could see it. Over the next five weeks, 10 and 20 second varieties of the ad will run on some of England's biggest TV channels in various post-watershed periods.

So what did the public think about this unexpected and possibly revolutionary development? According to poll results from DollyD's submission (won £10 last week!), not much. No less than 63 percent of all respondents to a survey on our website do not think e-cigarettes should be advertised on TV, even if the vapor is not technically smoke.

And as it turns out, authorities agree. Beginning in 2016, the European Union will re-classify electronic cigarettes as "tobacco-related" products, making them subject to the same bans as regular cigarettes. That will likely mean no more adverts on TV even of vapor, heeding the call of our survey results.

Let us know what you think!

Competition - Bristol Pitbulls vs. Chelmsford!

So this Sunday the 16th, The Bristol Pitbulls play Chelmsford in a cup game!
Who do you think will win? 

If you comment "Chelmsford" and they win (booo!), we'll give away £75 to ONE lucky winner picked at random.
If you comment "Bristol Pitbulls to win" and they do, we'll give away Banksy Bears to 10 lucky winners at random, Viewsbank USB drives to 10 lucky winners at random, £5 to 5 lucky winners at random AND a Bristol Pitbulls Ice Hockey jersey to ONE lucky winner at random! 
No prizes for a draw as no one wins...
You HAVE to be a member of Viewsbank to receive your prize. So sign up if you haven't! www.viewsbank.com
Good luck! 
Closes 18:00 on the 16th. Winner announced on Monday!
-Rob 

Polls show that Gifts are still in Vogue this Christmas

As people become more focused on having the latest and greatest things, and will head out and buy them for themselves, it can get harder to purchase the perfect Christmas gifts for friends and family. 
So DollyD (won £10) decided to ask the question in one of our latest polls. Which would you prefer for Christmas, Cash or Gifts?
The results were close with gifts winning out over cash by only 10%.  For some of us, it is always a good thing to have cash, it gives us a choice. We can either buy what we want, and save ourselves from having to pretend we love the prickly, itchy sweater we just got, or we can save our money or pay off some of those dreaded bills.
Some of us on the other hand, love receiving gifts. We may just like the feeling of unwrapping presents, we may love surprises, or we may love the thought that someone puts effort into picking a gift that we will love. At times receiving an envelope of cash can feel a little disappointing, as one does not have to put any thought into cash.
Possibly, if there was a survey completed that really broke it down, we might see that we prefer presents from those with significant meaning in our lives, but cash would be good enough from everyone else. What are your thoughts on this topic, would you rather receive cash or gifts this Christmas? We would love to hear what you think.