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  • Learning with your Latté: PopUp College
    Learning with your Latté: PopUp College

    Many bookshop chains in the United States have a coffee bar where shoppers can read in comfort with a pastry and a skinny latté or caramel macchiato.

  • Rent-a-Spook: private detective school
    Rent-a-Spook: private detective school

    What do private detectives actually do? Well, they don’t spend all their time solving murders. The police tend to deal with that.

  • Grape expectations: Christmas in Spain
    Grape expectations: Christmas in Spain

    Christmas does not come with a global user manual. There aren’t really any written protocols for what must happen in every country on Christmas Day.

  • Learn Bushcraft with Ray Mears
    Learn Bushcraft with Ray Mears

    You are lost and alone in the wilderness. For the first day or two, it isn’t too bad apart from the mosquitos. You’re going to be rescued, right?

  • Open graves, open minds: Vampire Studies
    Open graves, open minds: Vampire Studies

    The popularity of True Blood, Twilight and The Vampire Diaries has spawned a variety of educational offers for those with a thirst for the subject.

  • How to get paid to travel the world
    How to get paid to travel the world
    There’s a course on Udemy that might be worth looking into if you’re tired of the 9 to 5 routine and want to see more of the world. It describes how to get paid to travel. They don’t give away the exact details of their method because that would be stupid – they are selling an ‘information product’ in the style of get rich quick schemes, and the only way to get at their secret sauce is to pay for it.
  • Reboot your brain for 2017
    Reboot your brain for 2017

    Of all the courses there are out there, there’s one in particular that promises to lay the groundwork for achieving what we all desire: happiness.

  • Growing people: MindFood
    Growing people: MindFood

    Gardeners everywhere know the benefits of getting outside, getting their hands into the earth and, when the right time comes, enjoying the fruits of their labours.

  • Preventing burnout: wellbeing in the workplace
    Preventing burnout: wellbeing in the workplace
    60% of our waking hours are spent at work. But just being there is no guarantee of productivity. On the best days, we feel energized, motivated and productive, and we get plenty done. Yet how many of those good days we have depends a lot on our state of physical and mental wellbeing.
  • Seventy is the new forty: strategies for successful ageing
    Seventy is the new forty: strategies for successful ageing
    How do you plan to age? Will you let the river of time carry you along helpless, or have you armed yourself with a paddle to steer with so you can explore the banks? How much value do you place on longevity? Is it worth growing very old just for its own sake?
  • What makes people happy?
    What makes people happy?
    In 2014 The University of Berkeley launched a MOOC called The Science of Happiness. It is still going strong in 2016 because people are, well, happy with it.
  • Meditation for Entrepreneurs
    Meditation for Entrepreneurs
    The thing about meditation is we know it’s good for us, but we convince ourselves we don’t have time for it. Ironically, meditation can help to quieten down the very same stressful thinking that prevents us from doing it

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  • Survey: British people want to express themselves
    Survey: British people want to express themselves
    Anyone who has been to the UK, or failing that, watched the movie Notting Hill will know that British people have difficulty expressing their feelings. Here is some evidence that despite their famous shyness, they’d actually quite like to let it all hang out. If that’s all right with you, of course. Sorry. Excuse me.
  • The Nobel Prize for Food: winner announced July 11
    The Nobel Prize for Food: winner announced July 11
    The Basque country between France and Spain has a proud culinary tradition that has led to the creation in 2011 of the Basque Culinary Center, a university dedicated entirely to food.
  • Bringing home the bacon: smallholding for beginners
    Bringing home the bacon: smallholding for beginners
    Have you ever wanted to keep livestock and be self-sufficient? Then you are thinking about starting up a smallholding - a mini-farm. In Australia they call them ‘Hobby farms’, in New Zealand they’re ‘Lifestyle blocks’.
  • Kaboom! Create killer comics
    Kaboom! Create killer comics

    If you are into comic books, it can seem that their creators are so far beyond the rest of us in skill and imagination that only they have the divine right to produce comic books.

  • Bite-sized business courses from My Online Learning
    Bite sized business courses from My Online Learning
    When you need to improve a specific business skill and don’t have time for long courses, evening classes or time off work, short off-the-peg online courses can be the answer to learning exactly what you need, when you need it.
  • Classroom to chatroom: technologies in teaching
    Classroom to chatroom: technologies in teaching
    Won’t it be great when we can plug ourselves into the Matrix and learn Kung Fu in 30 seconds? While we’re waiting for the boffins work that out, though, we still need to teach each other how to do things by explaining.
  • How to get paid to travel the world
    How to get paid to travel the world
    There’s a course on Udemy that might be worth looking into if you’re tired of the 9 to 5 routine and want to see more of the world. It describes how to get paid to travel. They don’t give away the exact details of their method because that would be stupid – they are selling an ‘information product’ in the style of get rich quick schemes, and the only way to get at their secret sauce is to pay for it.
  • Work hard, play hard: Gamification
    Work hard, play hard: Gamification

    TV game shows love progress bars, don’t they?

  • 4 Creative Breakthroughs
    4 Creative Breakthroughs
    Those involved in the creative process know how hard it can sometimes be to open the floodgates of their creativity when required. If they wait for inspiration, they might find themselves waiting a long time. The old adage about creativity (or was it success?) being 10% inspiration and 90% perspiration definitely applies here.

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  • Thinking in yellow: the philosophy of The Simpsons
    Thinking in yellow: the philosophy of The Simpsons

    Matt Groening, creator of The Simpsons, studied philosophy at college.

  • Man with 26 million students.
    The man with 26 million students
    Zach Sims is a college dropout, a statistic of failure in education. Instead of getting an education, though, he founded a teaching company that now has 26 million students. Well played, Zach.
  • Are ‘superfoods’ real?
    Are ‘superfoods’ real?
    Eat blueberries and you will live for ever. Quinoa gives you superpowers. Being within 100 feet of an egg yolk will kill you instantly.
  • What do dogs think about?
    What do dogs think about?
    The Open College in the UK is offering a course in Dog Psychology. Upon completion you will have earned the right to have after your name the designatory letters Dip.Dog.Psy and will be awarded with a Diploma Certificate bearing the title.