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Places

Matfen Hall in Northumberland, England.

8 great reasons to visit Matfen Hall in Northumberland

Matfen Hall is a four star hotel with a spa and championship standard golf course. It is set within 300 acres of countryside by the quiet village of Matfen in Northumberland. The hotel’s 53 guestrooms are within a historic manor house owned by Sir Hugh and Lady Blackett. You can […]

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Food & Drink

Inside the Schlenkerla brewery tavern in the Altstadt of Bamberg, Germany.

Germany’s beer purity law: the Reinheitsgebot of 1516

Enjoy your ale? If so, you’ve probably noticed that labels on German beer bottles state the contents have been brewed in accordance with the Reinheitsgebot. The German term Reinheitsgebot is usually translated into English as “beer purity law”. Some people think the law means you can drink as much German […]

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Places

The Valle Flor Palace and Pestant Palace Hotel in Lisbon, Portugal.

Pestana Palace Hotel and National Monument, Lisbon

This luxury hotel, located roughly half-way between Lisbon’s waterfront Praca do Comercio and Belem, is the place to stay chosen by numerous A-list celebrities during their visits to the Portuguese capital. Unusually, this property is more than just a hotel – it’s also a national monument. The hotel reception, luxury […]

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Cooking

A beef burger from The Black Farmer.

The Black Farmer burgers and a barbecue

Springtime means the buzz of lawnmowers, the scent of freshly cut grass plus mouth-watering wafts aromas of food cooking on barbecues. This summer, gluten-free burgers from The Black Farmer could be among the delicious dishes grilling over charcoal. Writes Barry Stephen The range of fresh burgers are made with 100 […]

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Grooming & care

Big Vinny applying What Skin Needs Skin Balm

What Skin Needs skin care products

All too often us fellas overlook the care of our skin. What Skin Needs, a unisex brand that’s made in Australia, has launched a trio of naturally-based skincare products. The What Skin Needs range features an active ingredient called Plantolin, made from the extracts of a plant that’s known as […]

by × May 15, 2016 × 2 comments

Experiences

Get active with Born Ready Adventures

Get active with Born Ready Adventures

Take a peek outside—whatever the weather, there’s no excuse not to head outdoors and get active. Why not set aside a day for a microadventure close to home? Need inspiration? Check out the Born Ready Adventures website. Wrangler, the clothing manufacturer, and Alastair Humphreys, the British adventurer, have linked up […]

by × May 12, 2016 × 0 comments

Experiences, Places, Travel

15 reasons to visit Inle Lake, Myanmar

15 reasons to visit Inle Lake, Myanmar

Inle Lake is developing into one of Myanmar’s most popular tourist destinations. Enjoy boat tours? Love landscape photography? Appreciate people watching? Appreciate visiting destinations offering great insights into a country’s heritage? If you do, you’re likely to be rewarded by a visit to Inle Lake. Here are 15 reasons to […]

by × May 7, 2016 × 1 comment

Travel

Always wear a helmet.

Confusing & funny signs from our travels

Signs. We see them constantly on our travels. Sometimes their meaning doesn’t register with us because they’re written in a foreign language. At other times their meaning doesn’t register with us because what’s written makes little or no sense in English. The consequences can be funny, laden with irony or downright […]

by × April 24, 2016 × 1 comment

Grooming & care

The Wilkinson Sword Hydro 5 Sensitive razor

The Wilkinson Sword Hydro 5 Sensitive razor

The Wilkinson Sword Hydro 5 Sensitive lays claims to being first five blade razor designed for sensitive skin. The Hydro 5 Sensitive is part of a new range of razors launched by Wilkinson Sword early in 2016. It features gel reservoirs on the razor heads. Similarly to Hydro 5 – […]

by × April 17, 2016 × 3 comments

Grooming & care

L'Oreal Paris Men Expert Hydra Energetic quenching gel moisturiser

L’Oréal Men Expert Hydra Energetic quenching gel

L’Oréal Men Expert Hydra Energetic quenching gel is a moisturiser developed for men’s faces. Applying a pea-sized dab of the delicately scented blue gel has an invigorating, cooling effect. The product’s packaging says the gel brings an “instant icy feeling”. Tests here in the MannedUp.com office resulted in comments ranging […]

by × April 11, 2016 × 2 comments
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