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 […]

by × May 19, 2016 × 0 comments

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


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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 office resulted in comments ranging […]

by × April 11, 2016 × 2 comments

Grooming & care

Head of a Wilkinson Sword Hydro 5 razor blade.

The Wilkinson Sword Hydro 5 razor

The Wilkinson Sword Hydro 5 is a five blade razor with an elegant black and blue design. The new Hydro 5 razor has been described as revolutionary. The reason for that claim is the gel reservoir on the razor’s blue plastic head. The reservoir consists of a row of seven […]

by × April 10, 2016 × 2 comments

Experiences, Travel

Statue of the Roman Emperor Antoninus Pius at Saalburg Roman Fort.

5 reasons to drive the scenic German Limes Route

Fruit fans, we’ll break it to you now, the German Limes Route is a scenic driving route based around a historic theme. It snakes for more than 700km through Germany, along the remnants of Roman Frontier that once ran between the River Rhine and the River Danube. It may well […]

by × April 3, 2016 × 7 comments

Gear, Gifts & gadgets

The Cubot X17 smartphone.

The Cubot X17 budget smartphone

If you were asked to think of smartphone producers, which brands would spring to mind? Apple? Samsung? Maybe Sony and HTC? Cubot? Who is that last one, you might well ask. Here at MannedUp we undertook market research (in March 2016) and found Cubot, a Chinese manufacturer based in Shenzhen, […]

by × March 27, 2016 × 0 comments
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