How to age in style

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Stay stylish…

Age starts to become a hot topic when you venture past 40 years old, so it might be time to put the miniskirts away, especially if you’re a bloke.

But that doesn’t mean you have to bring out the Zimmer frame and thermal vests and dress how you think society wants you to dress.

It’s not what you wear, but how you wear it that matters and so if you don’t feel comfortable or smart in your own clothes, then it’s likely they don’t suit you either. Here are some fashion tips for the mature wardrobe.

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Elf and safety: Stay safe this Christmas

Christmas Health and Safety
What dangers lurk over the festive season?

With Christmas almost upon us, it’s worth taking stock of elf and safety, as the festive season is also known as the accident season.

T’is snow joke either, as RoSPA reports (Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents) reveal that more than 80,000 people require hospital treatment each year for accidents during the Christmas period.  And you’re at your most vulnerable when you let your guard down to enjoy fun activities like opening presents and putting up decorations!

Just take stock of the following and it’s highly likely you’ll be in good elf come the New Year. Though we can’t be responsible for what you get up to on New Year’s Eve.

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What every man wants for Christmas in 2014

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Delight this Christmas…

With the festive period suddenly well and truly upon us, Christmas shopping pressure is certainly looming.

In 2014, the gift options for men go beyond new socks or a book – the revolutionary new products on the market are simply too good to miss off of a list to Santa!

With this in mind, we’ve compiled our top 5 Christmas treats for men this season.

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Should I buy a log splitter?

Log Splitter 7 ton
Logmaster 7 ton kinetic log splitter
Nothing quite compares to the homely, comforting glow of a real fireplace. As well as a source of heat, it provides a talking point and an attractive feature for any home.

However, chopping logs can be a backbreaking and sometimes dangerous chore. That’s where log splitters come in handy.

How do log splitters work?

Log splitters are a useful piece of equipment that take the strain out of chopping logs. Consisiting of either a hydraulic or electric-powered rod and piston assembly, the log splitter is normally rated by the tons of pressure it generates. Logs are driven, by a piston, onto a stationary blade with enough force to split them in two.

Log splitters are portable and easily moved from garage or shed to your log pile. There are several types on the market depending on the size and/or amount of logs that require splitting. Most home devices range in pressure from 4 ton log splitters to 7 ton log splitters, which is more than adequate for most types of wood. Also popular are dual log splitters, which can split wood in both directions to save you even more time.

Safety first

Good log splitters require two handed operation. This reduces the chance of operator accidents, as both hands are occupied in using the machine rather than potentially getting caught between log and blade. The behaviour of the log being split cannot be entirely predicted, so it’s good practice to stand at the opposite end to the splitting blade. If any people are collecting the split wood, make sure that they stand clear of the log splitter whilst it is in use.

Maintenance

Maintaining your log splitter as per the manufacturer’s instructions is important in prolonging the life of your purchase. Cleaning and oiling after use is usually recommended. Accessories are also available for logsplitters; a log splitter table is a good investment as it raises the splitter to waist height to eliminate any further bending.

If you’re still not sure if a log splitter is right for you, watch the video below to see one in action!

Want a mobile phone that’s easy to use?

CJ simple mobile phone
The Big Button Mobile Phone from Clifford James
Mobile phones have been with us since the early 1980s. Once seen as an expensive (and rather weighty) luxury, they have increasingly become an essential part of every day life.

The lure of being able to stay in touch whilst on the move has proven so compelling that over 6 billion people now own some kind of mobile phone.

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Technology demands bigger trousers!

Close up of an iPhone six in a jean pocket.
Bigger phones, bigger pockets…

Is your pocket feeling the strain? New generation smartphones cost a pretty penny, but we’re not talking about the cost of upgrading your phone.

Apple’s new iPhone 6 Plus is over 6” long by 3” wide, Samsung’s Galaxy S5 measures approximately 5.5” x 3”, LG’s G3 has a 5.5” display. Time was when smaller was better, but the sheer size of the latest offerings from the communications giants makes for a lot of computer to cram into your pocket of a standard pair of mens trousers.

But as technology changes, we adapt…

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These shoes were made for walking: The best walking apps

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Get ready to ramble

Forget exercise, the new watchword is ‘movement’, and the best ‘movement’ of all? Walking.

Experts now say there’s evidence to suggest that even if you work out, that hour of training four or five times a week still isn’t enough to undo the damage caused by an otherwise sedentary lifestyle. But if you walk a lot, you’re doing yourself good with every step. That’s because putting one foot in front of the other helps the body’s systems work at their most efficient, keeping you fit and healthy for longer.

And now your phone can help get you moving. Motivating, guiding and providing information on the move, walking apps make the whole business of exploring on foot just that little bit easier. Here to help you make the most of a decent pair of mens shoes, our guide to the best walking apps.

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