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Extreme Watersports You Can Do In The UK

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Many people think that watersports are something you do on holidays in the Caribbean. But when you think about it, the UK is an island that’s well known for its windy weather – that sounds like a pretty perfect setup for fantastic watersports. Here are six extreme watersports you may not have realised you can do in the UK.

Jetsurfing

You probably already know that surfing in the UK is no problem – Cornwall is famous for its range of fantastic surfing beaches and there are plenty of other options too. But if you want to experience something that starts off like surfing but takes it a little further, how about giving jetsurfing a try? As you might have guessed from the name, this is a jet-powering surfing where you can enjoy the thrill of surfing without the need for waves. It can be a little tricky at first, but once you’ve mastered standing on the board and applying the throttle, this can be a truly unforgettable time out on the water.

White water rafting

You might associate the snarling rapids of white water rafting with adventurous holidays in South America or Africa, but there are fantastic spots for this fun watersport all across the UK. If you’ve never tried it before, the adrenaline rush can be intense. In an inflatable raft, you and a team of friends and family will attempt to navigate the rushing waters and choppy currents. You’ll have an instructor with you, so there’s no need to have any experience before you do it for the first time. But remember that this is a team sport and you’ll need to pull your weight if you’re going to conquer the white water.

Flyboards

2015 came and went, and despite the promises made by Back to the Future Part II, no hoverboards became commercially available. That’s a shame, but if you’re looking for a thrilling activity that combines the concept of hoverboarding with a watersport, how about trying flyboarding? Also known as water walking, this is a unique adrenaline-fuelled activity where you are propelled into the air using jet powered water. These powerful streams keep you floating above the water for as long as you can hold yourself in positon. They can also be used to perform fun tricks or to propel yourself into huge dives. Flyboarding really is something every thrillseeker needs to experience and there are plenty of locations across the UK where you can do it.

Jet skis

The majority of the times when people say ‘jet ski’, they are actually referring to the less excitingly-named personal water craft (Jet Ski is actually brand name). But regardless of what you call them, there’s no doubt that this is one of the most popular watersports around the world. Whether you’re out on a lake or a reservoir or in the open sea, jet-skiing is undoubtedly a very fun way to spend an hour or so. Whether you’re looking for the fun of family jet-skiing or you would like to try something a little different than the usual with the stand-up jet-skiing it’s all possible on waters around the UK.

Powerboats

When you think of powerboats, you might associate them with the rich and famous or perhaps James Bond chasing after the bad guys. But now it’s possible to experience powerboating for yourself. Powerboats are made for racing and this can be a very intense way to travel – perfect for thrillseekers. Whether you’re looking to learn how to pilot a powerboat for yourself or you’re just interested in being a passenger on the ultimate thrill ride there are loads of spots around the UK where you can get your adrenaline fix.

Wakeboarding

Wakeboarding in the UK might not be as glamorous as it might be in the Indian Ocean or just off Miami Beach, but it’s still an incredibly fun experience that you’ll never forget. You’ll be towed by a boat or cable just like with water-skiing, but with wakeboarding, both of your feet are planted on one board. This means that wakeboarding is a little trickier but also a lot more fun.

Dakota Murphey: BA (hons) Marketing graduate, social media consultant and wannabe hardcore adrenaline junkie! Probably in a coffee shop, looking at cool videos, writing articles or planning the next trip. Thanks to Into the Blue for providing parts of the information in this post.

 

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Ways Green Preppers Are Trying to Protect their Privacy

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Environmental activists are not given the admiration that they deserve. A recent poll by Gallup found that a whopping 32% of Americans still doubt the existence of global warming. The government’s attitude is even worse.

Many global warming activists and green preppers have raised the alarm bell on climate change over the past few years. Government officials have taken notice and begun tracking their activity online. Even former National Guard officers have admitted that green preppers and climate activists are being targeted for terrorist watchlists.

Of course, the extent of their surveillance depends on the context of activism. People that make benign claims about climate change are unlikely to end up on a watchlist, although it is possible if they make allusions to their disdain of the government. However, even the most pacifistic and well intentioned environmental activists may unwittingly trigger some algorithm and be on the wrong side of a criminal investigation.

How could something like this happen? Here are some possibilities:

  • They could share a post on social media from a climate extremist group or another individual on the climate watchlist.
  • They could overly politicize their social media content, such as being highly critical of the president.
  • They could use figures of speech that may be misinterpreted as threats.
  • They might praise the goals of a climate change extremist organization that as previously resorted to violence, even if they don’t condone the actual means.

Preppers and environmental activists must do everything in their power to protect their privacy. Failing to do so could cost them their reputation, future career opportunities or even their freedom. Here are some ways that they are contacting themselves.

Living Off the Grid and Only Venturing to Civilization for Online Use

The more digital footprints you leave behind, the greater attention you draw. People that hold controversial views on environmentalism or doomsday prepping must minimize their digital paper trail.

Living off the grid is probably the best way to protect your privacy. You can make occasional trips to town to use the Wi-Fi and stock up on supplies.

Know the Surveillance Policies of Public Wi-Fi Providers

Using Wi-Fi away from your home can be a good way to protect your privacy.However, choosing the right public Wi-Fi providers is going to be very important.

Keep in mind that some corporate coffee shops such a Starbucks can store tapes for up to 60 days. Mom and pop businesses don’t have the technology nor the interest to store them that long. They generally store tips for only 24 hours and delete them afterwards. This gives you a good window of opportunity to post your thoughts on climate change without being detected.

Always use a VPN with a No Logging Policy

Using a VPN is one of the best ways to protect your online privacy. However, some of these providers do a much better job than others. What is a VPN and what should you look for when choosing one? Here are some things to look for when making a selection:

  • Make sure they are based in a country that has strict laws on protecting user privacy. VPNs that are based out of Switzerland, Panama for the British Virgin Islands are always good bets.
  • Look for VPN that has a strict no logging policy. Some VPNs will actually track the websites that you visit, which almost entirely defeats the purpose. Most obviously much better than this, but many also track Your connections and logging data. You want to use a VPN that doesn’t keep any logs at all.
  • Try to choose a VPN that has an Internet kill switch. This means that all content will stop serving if your VPN connection drops, which prevents your personal data from leaking out of the VPN tunnel.

You will be much safer if you use a high-quality VPN consistently, especially if you have controversial views on climate related issues or doomsday prepping.

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How Going Green Can Save Your Business Thousands

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Running a company isn’t easy. From reporting wages in an efficient way to meeting deadlines and targets, there’s always something to think about – with green business ideas giving entrepreneurs something extra to ponder. While environmental issues may not be at the forefront of your mind right now, it could save your business thousands, so let’s delve deeper into this issue.

Small waste adds up over time

A computer left on overnight might not seem like the end of the world, right? Sure, it’s a rather minor issue compared to losing a client or being refused a loan – but small waste adds up over time. Conserving energy is an effective money saver, so to hold onto that hard-earned cash, try to:

  • Turn all electrical gadgets off at the socket rather than leaving them on standby as the latter can crank up your energy bill without you even realizing.
  • Switch all lights off when you exit a room and try switching to halogen incandescent light bulbs, compact fluorescent lamps or light emitting diodes as these can use up to 80 per cent less energy than traditional incandescent and are therefore more efficient.
  • Replace outdated appliances with their greener counterparts. Energy Star appliances have labels which help you to understand their energy requirements over time.
  • Draught-proof your premises as sealing up leaks could slash your energy bills by 30 per cent.

Going electronic has significant benefits

If you don’t want to be buried under a mountain of paperwork, why not opt for digital documents instead of printing everything out? Not only will this save a lot of money on paper and ink but it will also conserve energy and help protect the planet. You may even be entitled to one of the many tax breaks and grants issued to organizations committed to achieving their environmental goals. This is particularly good news for start-ups with limited funds as the Environment Protection Agency (EPA) is keen to support companies opening up their company in a green manner.

Of course, if you’re used to handing out brochures and leaflets at every company meeting or printing out newsletters whenever you get the chance, going electronic may be a challenge – but here are some things you can try:

  • Using PowerPoint presentations not printouts
  • Communicating via instant messenger apps or email
  • Using financial software to manage your books
  • Downloading accounting software to keep track of figures
  • Arranging digital feedback and review forms
  • Making the most of Google Docs

Going green can help you to make money too

Going green and environmental stability is big news at the moment with many companies doing their bit for the environment. While implementing eco-friendly strategies will certainly save you money, reducing your carbon footprint could also make you a few bucks too. How? Well, consumers care about what brands are doing more than ever before, with many deliberately siding with those who are implementing green policies. Essentially, doing your bit for the environment is a PR dream as it allows you to talk about what everyone wants to hear.

Going green can certainly save your money but it should also improve your reputation too and give you a platform to promote your business.

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