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Are Fashion Trends Really as Important as they Seem?

In an age ruled by all the latest trends and technology, it’s natural to think that everyone would jump at the chance to join in on the latest fashion craze when it comes out. However, a recent poll submitted by Callamatie proved that not to be the case.

When asked whether or not fashion trends were important, a shocking 80% of the survey participants gave a hearty thumbs down to caring about the latest fashion trends going around.

In truth, we imagine many of the participants find it easier to make their own fashions that look good on them. People prefer to be comfortable rather than flashy on a daily basis and while the latest fashions can be nice to look at, let’s be realistic — no one wants to hop around in a mini skirt and stilettos all day, especially if there’s a nice pair of jeans and a sweater lying just within arm’s reach. Creating your own style makes it comfortable for you and gives you a sense of individuality as you walk down the street and, as the result show, many people prefer to do that.

Still, this isn’t to say that fashion trends aren’t important. The remaining 20% of poll voters raise a good point in saying that it is still a good idea to be at least mildly informed about what’s “in”. While creating your own fashion has its own appeal, it’s nice to know what’s in and acceptable for the time so as not to go about looking completely ridiculous. After all, no one would be caught dead wearing a pair of bell bottoms and platform shoes in this day and age, no matter how retro you go.

Why not tell us what YOU think?

Latest Viewsbank Poll Shows 50% of People Would Buy Secondhand Items as Christmas Presents!

When you open your Christmas presents, chances are that you don't wonder whether they're new or not - but our latest poll submitted by maxcmncur97 (wins £10) shows that maybe you should!

It turns out that a full 50 percent of those who responded to our latest poll answered that they would consider buying used items to give away. This is quite surprising considering the negative view many say they have of secondhand items.
It turns out that second hand stores are very popular in the UK. Standard charity shops sell a variety of items including clothing, toys, DVDs, music CDs and tapes, and more. Thousands of these shops pepper the UK and the Republic of Ireland.
With all of the charity shops about, it's no wonder that many people think it's fine to buy their Christmas gifts there. After all, if people didn't like to shop in these outlets, there wouldn't be so many! Even so, it's doubtful that many people tell the recipients of their gifts that they bought the presents second hand. After all, everyone likes to think they got a new gift. But what's the harm if the item is good enough to seem like it just came out of the box? For 50 percent of people, the answer is "none." It is likely that this number will only grow in the future as the expanding economy allows more people to donate things to charity shops while the items are still in like-new condition.
Many of the second hand shops in the UK are run by charities or run to benefit them. Some of the biggest players in this market are the YMCA, Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation, and Save the Children. Local hospices also operate charity shops as part of their fund-raising programs.
Thanks to these charity connections, using second hand stores as sources of Christmas gifts doesn't just save the buyer some money - it also provides needed funds to various organizations. This makes buying used items as Christmas presents something you can actually feel good about (though you still might not want to tell the recipient where you got that unique item)!

Let us know what YOU think!

More people are now for recycling than ever before. . .

On a day-to-day basis, recycling your rubbish can be a hassle. Nobody likes having to sort through trash, even before throwing it away.

But, according to our latest poll, that doesn't mean you should refrain from it! In fact, no less than 90 per cent of respondents to our poll submitted by Charlotteock (won £10 on Monday) on whether recycling your rubbish is worth the effort responded with an emphatic yes.
These results are not necessarily surprising, but noteworthy nonetheless. In the past few years, our public has been systematically educated about the benefits of recycling. It significantly helps reduce waste and thus protects the environment, something f which many people are in favor. The small effort to separate and sort your rubbish is well worth the big benefits.
Yet, despite these significant theoretical benefits, and the overwhelming support of recycling according to our poll, the reality hasn't quite caught up. In 2012, only 43.9 percent of the U.K. public recycled its waste. While that's an improvement over previous years which is expected to continue in the future, the gulf between people knowing the worth of recycling and actually doing something about it remains large.
In other words, our poll suggests two things. First, the worth of recycling has been well established, as authorities and nonprofits have done a great job educating the public on the various benefits. Second, work remains to be done. Now that the public knows about recycling's worth, it's time to convince them to actually start the process.
As usual, let us know what you think!

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Guy Fawkes Trivia Quiz

6 years ago by James_Admin

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One in five will not wear a poppy!

6 years ago by James_Admin

One in five will not wear a poppy!

Viewsbank research shows one in 20 have suffered hostility because of wearing a poppy

But one in four plan to give more because of WW1 centenary

Nearly one in five adults will not wear poppies this year to mark Remembrance Day, a new survey from Viewsbank shows.

Our nationwide research shows 17% of adults will not support the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal which this year is marking the centenary of the outbreak of World War One – and around one in 20 (5%) of people say they have experienced hostility while wearing poppies.

Those who do not wear poppies are unlikely to face hostility however – just 47% of adults believe everyone should wear a poppy.

The commemoration of the outbreak of the First World War may have raised the profile of this year’s Poppy Appeal with the Tower of London art installation Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red attracting millions of visitors – but not everyone will observe the two minutes silence on November 11th.

Around three-quarters of adults plan to mark the silence at 11am next Tuesday – 46% say their work or college observe the silence while 30% plan to mark it privately. However 15% say their work or college does not support it and another 9% admit they will probably forget about the silence.

The commemoration of World War One is likely to mean more money will be raised by the Poppy Appeal this year – one in four people say they are giving more because of the centenary. On average people supporting the appeal donate £2.36 for their poppy with a generous 10% giving £5 or more.

David Black of Viewsbank said: “The Poppy Appeal enjoys widespread support and the commemoration of the outbreak of World War One has made this year’s appeal even more poignant as shown by the crowds at the Tower of London.

“However there is a substantial minority who do not want to support the Poppy Appeal or the two-minute silence as demonstrated by the controversy there is every year.

“It is striking however that tolerance of those who do not wear poppies is relatively high – less than half of adults support making poppy wearing compulsory.”

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Movember competition!

6 years ago by James_Admin

Movember competition!


Calling all people that can grow a moustache! . .

We’re holding a Movember competition for the best moustache!
At the start of Movember, you take action by signing up with a clean-shaven face and for the 30 days of November commit to growing a moustache.

It doesn’t have to be the biggest, or longest, or even most novelty of moustaches.

And the prize is £75 to your Viewsbank account and £75 to your Movember account! AND a special Movember Bristol Pitbulls ice hockey jersey!

All we need is your day 1, day 15 and day 30 pics to be uploaded to this post!

A little bit about the cause:
“The Movember Foundation is the leading global organisation committed to changing the face of men’s health.

 The Movember community has raised £346 million to date and funded over 800 programmes in 21 countries. This work is saving and improving the lives of men affected by prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health problems.

The Movember Foundation challenges men to grow moustaches during Movember (formerly known as November), to spark conversation and raise vital funds for its men’s health programs. To date, 4 million moustaches have been grown worldwide, but we won't stop growing as long as serious men’s health issues exist.” –


And then post your day 1 pic when you’re done! :-)


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How do you feel about a White Christmas?

6 years ago by James_Admin

How do you feel about a White Christmas?

Christmas is a little less than two months away, and whilst most thoughts on Christmas may revolve around presents and food, there is also another thing to consider. Snow! Beautiful, white, powdery snow.

For many there is nothing more comforting than waking up on Christmas morning to a glistening blanket of white. A white Christmas has been the focus of many songs and movies in the past, and is sure to be the focus of many more in the future. Nothing brings more joy than a White Christmas, right?

Sagittarian03 (won £10 on Monday) decided to pose this question to our community. Our members voted on whether they would want a white Christmas this year. The results showed that 67% are hoping for a blanket of white on Christmas morning, whilst 33% are hoping to not have to experience the inconvenience.

Although 33% were against a white Christmas perhaps we should all think about wishing for a white Christmas this year. Snow brings the child out in the best of us. After all, there is nothing more fun than getting outside and having a snowball fight, sledging, or just walking through a forest of trees blanketed with snow. From the North Pole to snow globes, snow is a huge piece of the Christmas magic.

What do you think, do you enjoy waking up to snow on Christmas morning, or would you rather escape to a tropical island and forget about snow all together? 

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What monster are you?

6 years ago by James_Admin

What monster are you?

Congratulations to Janet53579 you are the winner of the Cadbury Chocolate Hamper! Try not to scare the kids too much tonight and when your hamper arrives remember to share some of the chocolates with your daughter.

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Night Owls vs. The Early Birds

6 years ago by James_Admin

Night Owls vs. The Early Birds

Steven Wright once said: "The early bird may get the worm, but it's the second mouse that gets the cheese."

There are so many quotes and adages about the benefits of rising early and getting a proper start to the day, but how practical is that? Our latest poll submitted by bri (won £10 on Monday) shows an overwhelming majority of you are night owls-- 73% of those who responded said you're more likely to go to sleep late and struggle to wake up early, while the remaining 27% say you are raring to go at the crack of dawn.
The truth is: There are benefits and drawbacks to both lifestyles.
Perhaps the statistics did once favor early risers, but new studies are showing that night owls aren't the unmotivated slackers we once thought them to be. One such study published by Elsevier states that night owls tend to be more intelligent and more creative because of their choice in sleep patterns.
Early starts do lead to more proactivity, according to the Journal of Applied Social Psychology, making the larks more prepared to take on obstacles throughout the day by anticipating problems and seeking immediate solutions.
However, research from the University of Madrid says that, of the teens studied, night owls perform better in overall intelligence than the larks, but those early birds receive better grades. The difference could be due to an evolutionary understanding of nighttime, or due to the fact that classes start so early in the day.
Advantages fall on both sides of the fence, so there really is no wrong or right way to sleep. Whether you're a day person or a night person is just one factor in the successes or failures you'll see in life. Are you focused on the worm, or the cheese? Do you have tips and tricks for changing your sleep habits? Tell us all about it!

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Our Polls say Leave TV Alone!

6 years ago by James_Admin

Our Polls say Leave TV Alone!

One poll submitted by Steharlow (wins £10), revolved around one of the UK's most favourite past times. Our members were asked what they thought about a chip that would monitor your TV usage, and allow you to only pay for what you view. This little chip would take the place of the current TV license.

Whilst some might think this is a good idea, probably those that don't watch much TV, an astounding 79% thought that this idea should be thrown out with the bathwater.

I guess when you think about it, this would disadvantage most of us that enjoy our time in front of the TV. The reason for this is that right now the TV license is a set cost, regardless of how many shows you watch annually. Once a chip is installed in your TV you would basically be paying for every minute you watch.

Imagine the inconvenience if you have to get up and grab the phone or you usually have the TV on as background noise. Now you would feel compelled to switch the TV off every time you left the room, just so you didn't have to pay for it.

When you start to consider the disadvantages, you can see why only 21% of people thought this might be a good idea. Considering that most households own a TV or two, this chip may be a good idea for those marketing it, but for most households it would mean the cost of TV would rise greatly.

Personally, I think we should scrap TV licencing altogether though :-)

Let us know what you think!