November 22nd is a special day for TQUK, for we are marking the beginning of our next business venture. TQUK has been dedicated to offering quality qualifications to the masses. Then we created the TQUK "Hive", so that we could dip our toes into assessment and offer EPA to the vocational education industry. Now, we like to take this moment to celebrate our newest business venture: The Free and Independent Republic of Training Qualifications UK, colloquially called TQUKadia by all employees*cough*citizens.

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The holiday season is coming up, the weekend has just ended, and if you’re like a vast majority of Britons, you had a tipple or two over your days off. And with Christmas coming up the mulled wine and rum will be flowing with no end in sight. It’s an interesting time of year, where festivities of all kinds, public and private are always accompanied by a drink.

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Bears are generally known as pretty wild and scary beasts. They roam the woods of Europe and North America and the ice caps of the Arctic Ocean, hibernating, catching wild salmon, munching down on nuts and berries and invading unsuspecting small Canadian towns. 

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Google Maps fails to plot the driving route from the new TQUK office in Sale, Manchester to the Shibuya area of Tokyo – simply pointing out ‘Sorry, we could not calculate driving directions’.

The prospect of driving from Manchester to Tokyo to most would be absurd, but with the ‘One Belt, One Road’ initiative quickly becoming an ambitious reality in Asia, who knows – I might be jumping in my car to a meeting round the corner from the Shibuya Crossing. It would take a while mind, plenty of snacks.

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Today is World Heart Day, a global initiative to increase awareness of the prevalence and risks of cardiovascular disease and other heart conditions that end up taking the lives of thousands of people every day of the year.

Heart disease is one of the most pervasive diseases affecting people all around the world today. Around the world, 17.3 million people die of cardiovascular disease every year. That’s more than 4 times as many deaths than result from malaria, HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis combined. While infectious diseases such as these seem more dramatic and dangerous, leaps forward in medicine have lessened their overall worldwide impact. However, heart disease remains the largest killer by far.

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