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It’s official – gap years make you smarter!

Recent research has shown that people who take a year out before university, on average score a first year university grade 2.3% higher than those who come straight from school. That may not sound like much, but if it’s the difference between a 2.1 and a 1st (or a pass and a fail), I’m sure […]

Domino Record Topples

It was a true team effort as 85 people from 13 countries came together to topple the world record for not 1 but 10 previous world records. There have been attempts in the past, one ending with a sparrow being shot, later to be recognised as protected (Netherlands 2005). The bird managed to knock over […]

Ever wanted to see a whale shark poo?

If the answer is yes then you’re in luck – the BBC has just released the first footage ever filmed of such a monumental event. Whalesharks are the biggest fish in the sea – growing up to 12m in length and (thankfully) only eating plankton, krill and other tiny sea dwellers. If you want to […]

Andy’s guide to water purification

When travelling overseas clean safe drinking water is always a problem. One solution is to buy bottled water, but on average it will cost you $1 a litre and this can add up. There is also the environmental cost in buying plastic bottles that are rarely recycled in less developed countries that lack the infrastructure. […]

How to climb Everest without leaving the UK

Who says pub landlords do nothing but drink beer, eat crisps and moan about things?! Well done to ex-Quest volunteer turned pub landlord Ben Ambridge for raising funds to help the local Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance service and the children’s cancer charity CLIC Sargent. How are they going to do this? By climbing their […]

Mystery GIANT Lego Man…

Mystery surrounds the appearance of a giant Lego man on the beach here in Brighton.   The 6ft-tall (1.8m) red, green and yellow figure has the slogan “No Real Than You Are” painted on the front and some words written in Dutch. A Brighton resident said he had spotted the figure in the water while […]

Is gas Mozambique’s answer to high fuel prices?

BP announced record fuel profits of £6.4 billion over the last 1/4, but fuel prices are still at a record high in the UK. In Mozambique and the rest of Southern Africa fuel as nearly doubled over the last 1.5years from 6 South African Rand/litre to over R10/litre. The result has been increases in food, […]

Dying to see an elephant on your Gap Year?

The first officially sanctioned sale of ivory in southern Africa for almost a decade opens on Tuesday.  Namibia, Botswana, South Africa and Zimbabwe will auction more than 100 tonnes of ivory from stockpiles to buyers from China and Japan. Data shows that poaching figures dropped after the last official sale, but fears remain that this […]

Gap Year Salsa Lesson

This weekend saw 33 young people descend on Dulwich Scout centre in South West London for 2 days of preparation for their travels to all parts of South America. The highlight of the weekend was the salsa lesson, instructed by our very own Jon Jon Cassidy, the master…….