The Longest Train Ride of My Life

It sounded like a great idea; my sister and I were traveling in Austria and wanted to meet up with my family in Rome to go on to Sicily. Except the train that we were supposed to take got rerouted due to a storm, so by five hours in, we were back where we started. Awesome.

We had to go over to Switzerland and start working our way down to Rome. However, we were now on slower rails, and our train was delayed by 10 hours. By the time we got to Rome, we missed our flight to Sicily.

Fine. We’ll take a train again. We were supposed to get in to Sicily around 8 am, so I woke up a little before then and started getting ready. However, the nun below us said something about being in Calabria. When I asked my sister, who looked horrified, what the problem was, she responded that ‘we were not even in the tip of the boot yet’. Oh dear.

The bathrooms were a disaster, so I couldn’t even brush my teeth the entire ride. And by disaster, I mean that the same nun came back from her bathroom trip with wide eyes, muttering, “excremento…” Not good.

We eventually made it, and somehow found where we were supposed to go. After 42 hours on the train, we were happy to eat some Italian cooking.

Dash Blender Vs Vitamix 5200 vs Nutribullet

Dash Chef Series Digital Blender

The Dash Chef Series blender is a powerful kitchen appliance. Containing a 1400 watt, 2.25 horsepower motor it certainly has the power and capability to take care of all your blending needs. Although it’s slightly less powerful compared to the BL642 and the CBT-2000 which are reviewed above, the blender can still take care of all fruits, vegetables, ice cubes and other extras that you wish to add into this blending machine.

Along with the blender comes a 2-litre BPA-free tritan jug to hold all of your ingredients. To keep it modern Dash has a digital point-and-click interface, which you can choose from several preset functions to create your desired smoothie. Although the entire blender only has a 1-year warranty which is lacklustre compared to its competitors, it does hold a lifetime warranty for the motor(the main expensive part of the blender) which should allow you to rest assured should it ever break that you can have it repaired or replaced.

Vitamix 5200 Blender

The Vitamix 5200 is an expensive blender, but for good reason. It stands 20.5″ tall, with a 7.25 x 8.75-inch base. Weighing just over 10 lbs. You can purchase the Vitamix 5200 in standard, super, deluxe or compact. The packages vary in size, accessories and power.

The container provided with the Vitamix 5200 is BPA-free. Able to hold 64 ounces of blended ingredients, which can serve tons of people. The motor is extremely powerful ability to produce 2 horsepower and 37000 RPM, the motor is one of the most powerful in the industry. With an inbuilt cooling system to make sure the blender doesn’t overheat you can’t go wrong.

You control the blender via manual pre-programmed switches and an adjustable speed dial. The 5200 is fitted with immense power and durability, the build is amazing, you simply cannot go wrong with Vitamix.

Nutribullet blender

NutriBullet Rx N17-1001 Blender Review

With the largest wattage compared to the other blenders the NutriBullet Rx N17-1001 sports a 1700 watt motor, the highest of all the blenders we have reviewed. Although the blender looks smaller and more compact than its competitors, it shouldn’t be mistaken as it packs an insane amount of power capable of blending those difficult fruits and vegetables into a perfect smoothie. We found that the Nutribullet was featured all over the place, many youtubers and bloggers love this blender! We found that the expertise of the guys over at is not comparable though and they probably had the best review.

Built with smart technology, you only need to pack the cup full, attach it to the base and the blending will commence. Out of all the blenders, the design of the Nutribullet is most ingenious. It can also be adjusted to heat the blended juice for soups and sauces you wish to use with meals. The RX comes with 2 containers a 30-oz and a 45-oz both can be used with the Nutribullet, however, one is for single servings and the other for larger family servings.

Myths & facts

What is violence against women?

Violence against women is defined by the United Nations as ‘any act of gender-based violence that is directed against a woman because she is a woman or that affects women disproportionately’.

Violence can take many forms, including

  • domestic violence
  • rape and sexual violence
  • forced marriage and ‘honour’-based violence
  • trafficking and sexual exploitation
  • stalking
  • sexual harassment
  • sexual abuse of girls
  • female genital mutilation

Every year, around three million women in GB experience some kind of violence and many more have suffered violence in the past. The vast majority of the perpetrators of this violence are men. Women need the support of specialised services to help them seek safety, justice and the means to repair the damage that violence causes and move on with their lives.

Myth: Violence against women is rare

Fact: Violence against women is much more common than people think.

Around half of women in England and Wales experience domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking in their lifetime and many experience some form of sexual harassment Due to shame, fear and underreporting, for many forms of violence against women there are no accurate figures, but the Forced Marriage Unit deals with about 300 cases each year – most victims are women – and it is estimated that around 66,000 women in the UK have undergone female genital mutilation.

In total around 3 million women experience an incident of violence each year. Many more have been a victim in the past. The perpetrators are, in the vast majority of cases, male, and known to their female victims. They are often family members, current and ex partners, friends and colleagues.

Myth: Violence against women is just the same as violence against men

Fact: Many men experience violence too, mostly from other men.

However, the prevalence, impact, and consequence of violence against men is very different than violence against women. It tends to be one off incidents, rather than a recurrent pattern of behaviour which is both a cause and a consequence of inequality, as violence against women is. The violence that women experience is most commonly committed by known men – partners, family members, friends, work colleagues. In addition, sexual harassment in public is widespread and contributes to women’s fear of crime and whether they feel safe in public spaces at night. Women are twice as likely as men to be worried about violent crime.

While it is still an issue that the EHRC takes seriously and recognises that male victims need support services too, the impact is different requires a different response from public bodies.

Myth: the Gender Equality Duty outlaws single sex services

Fact: Under the Gender Equality Duty, local authorities and other relevant public bodies will need to examine to what extent their services meet the needs of women and men, and pay due regard to those needs.

Because men and women have very different experiences of domestic violence and sexual assault, public bodies may need to pay particular attention to the needs of women and men who have suffered gender-based violence, and ensure that their policies reflect those different needs. This could mean that the importance of programmes to support victims of rape and domestic violence is be better recognised. This may mean that the seriousness of these crimes is better reflected in funding and priority setting. For example, funding could be increased for Sexual Assault Referral Centres or shelters for victims of domestic violence.

Single-sex services are lawful where there is a clear need to preserve decency or privacy, such as a women’s refuge. However, this is a complex area of law with a number of exemptions. More detail is available in chapter 6 of the Code of Practice on the GED. The introduction of the GED does not change the legal exemptions in the sex discrimination act.

The duty does not mean that single sex services should be cut, or have funding withdrawn, or that any new services should not be funded. Neither does it mean that services should necessarily be provided on the same scale for both men and women. For example, because women make up the majority of victims of domestic violence and rape it will not be appropriate for a local council to fund or provide refuge services on an equal basis for men and for women.