Monthly Archives: June 2019

Brazilians who Have Failed to Live up to Expectations

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Brazil is the most famous football nation on earth. The birthplace of samba football, Brazil is famed for churning out young footballers who burst onto the world stage. As the most successful country in the history of the World Cup, Brazil has not been shy of world-class talent over the years. But not every player tipped to be the next Ronaldo or Ronaldinho has reached that hype. Here a few names who failed to live up to expectations.

Anderson was the second Brazilian player to sign for Manchester United after Kleberson when he moved from Porto to Old Trafford for £20million in 2007. Anderson garnered so much excited because of his performances in the U-17 World Cup. The Gremio starlet drew comparisons to another club legend, Ronaldinho. This led him to secure a move to Porto and then Manchester United where he won the Golden boy award in his first season. Unfortunately, Anderson struggled for consistency and fitness during his time in England, before being granted a free transfer back to Brazil. He is now regarded as one of the Premier League’s most disappointing signings of all time.

“Robinho can surpass my own achievements and we have to thank God that another Pele has landed on Santos”, said Pele in the early 2000s. However, Robinho’s career didn’t come close to mirroring Pele’s. Fast, immensely skilful and ridiculous flair, Robinho was rightfully the next big thing. It was Real Madrid in 2005, who signed the then 21-year old for £27million gifting him Figo’s old no.10 shirt. However, his career never took off and shocked the Premier League when he signed for Manchester City in 2008 for £32.5m in a deal brokered by Chris Nathaniel, a football agent for NVA agency. This move effectively marked his downfall. He was shipped out from City after two seasons and will go down as one of the biggest flops in the Premier League.

Alexandre Pato was the name that was coming out of everybody’s mouths in the football world in 2007. He was the next big thing. In 2006 he helped his Internacional side win the Club World Cup aged just 16. The following year, he secured a high profile move to AC Milan for around £20m. His career at the San Siro started well. He won the Golden Boy award and Serie A Young Player of the Year in 2009. By 2011 he had won a Serie A title as Milan’s top goal-scorer that season. However, plagued with constant injuries in the following two seasons, Milan gave up on the young forward and moved him back to Brazil. Now his career consists of bouncing around from club to club.

Staying Cool This Summer

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In Northern European countries, summer can be difficult to cope with. The climate is regularly so cool that countries comfortably equipped for rain, and long, cold winters can find it difficult to cope in the heat of a high summer. This holds true on every level from governmental infrastructure down to personal culture. If you’ve been on holiday to Greece, Italy or Turkey, you’ll notice that houses are constructed to keep cool: with lots of open spaces to encourage a refreshing breeze and cool tiles underfoot. A house in the UK constructed along the same lines would be intolerable to live in for the majority of the year.

Similarly, you may have a wardrobe that’s ready to face every kind of weather, from rain and snow, to the clear, cool days of spring, and even warm June afternoons. If the temperature really spikes – as it did last July, in a record breaking heatwave that lasted most of the month – then your wardrobe may not be up to the task!

Today we’re takin a look at the key clothes you should invest in to keep cool when the weather gets hot.

Materials

‘Breathable’ is the key word to look out for here. Breathable fabrics help to keep you cool and ventilated and stop your body feeling too clammy and sweaty. Look for high cotton and linen, especially if a formal dress code is dictating you wear a substantial outfit than you want to, given the heat.

Even cashmere can be a good choice: high quality is very light and breathable, and a women’s cashmere sweater can be a great addition to your wardrobe as hot summer days become cooler summer evenings.

Key Garments

A two piece is a great choice for your heatwave wardrobe – it keeps your skin covered, minimising the risk of sunburn, but is light and well ventilated, keeping you comfortable even as the mercury climbs!

A sundress is another great choice, light and breathable, and with the potentially to be dressy or playful depending on your needs!

Taking Care

You’ll probably be showing more skin than usual in an attempt to keep cool, despite the scorching temperatures so make sure sunscreen becomes a part of your morning routine! You don’t just need a high SPF (in excess of 30) – you also need to look for the star rating. A four or five star mark indicates it will block UVA radiation as well and provide the broad spectrum protection you need.

The Joys of Social Work

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Not everyone is cut out for social care jobs. They are very admirable roles that, a lot of the time, do not get the credit it deserves as a profession. Often, it can be the case that there is a lot of emphasis placed on the doom and gloom of social work. What isn’t talked about enough are the positive aspects of social work. So let’s take a look at some of the pros of working in this field.

Variety:

Social work encompasses a whole range of different careers, so there’s variety in that sense. There’s also tons of variety within specific roles too. Often the people and situations you work with and in will provide their own unique problems to solve, and their own unique rewards of the job too. There’s very little chance in a market like social work that you’re going to be doing the same thing day in, day out.

Positive impact:

At the end of the day, your role in a lot of jobs in the private sector is to make someone else richer. This is not the case in social work, instead you know the work that what you’re doing is having a very real and positive impact on someone’s life. Often to the most vulnerable members of society. For a lot of people, this level of job satisfaction beats money every time.

Career growth:

There is a lot of training that is needed for a social worker in a specialised role. This combined with some of the more difficult aspects of the role means there are often a limited candidate pool  who can take on senior roles within a specialised area. As a result, if you are a good social care worker, this won’t go unnoticed and career opportunities will arise quicker than you might expect.

Strong long term job outlook:

We live in turbulent times, in the age of mind bending technology and AI, a lot of people are questioning what jobs will be obsolete in ten years time. Social work on the other hand is bucking this trend. With rises in certain age demographics meaning a larger workforce is needed. It is forecast that social care roles will have to expand a further 15% by 2029. Therefore, if you choose this as a career, it is a steady one that you can have for life, if you want it.