Do I have to love you more today?

13 February 2015
Do I have to love you more today?
Love it or loathe it, Valentines is here …

You know we get it, another day on the calender for retailers to up the prices and take total advantage of all things love. A day that will generate billions all over the world, a day that makes your bum cheeks clinch together it’s so expensive.

The day if you’re a Restaurateur, you pray for the 14th to be mid-week so you can take a full advantage of both weekends either side and the day you question your position in the culinary scene depending on how many covers you are doing.

Supermarkets were even kind enough to latch on to this day to give us ready meals for two with some fizz, how nice! And don’t get us started on the annoying card adverts on TV where you can even personalise a teabag for you both. It’s one big money-making day that most of us fall victim to.

Personally we think why should it be this day we need to show someone we love them, and not the other 364 days in the year. Well we say all that and then we got to know a little about where it came from.

Do you actually know how the day started ?
From doing a little bit of research this is what we came up with, there are some uncertain facts and plenty of religious views here’s what we made of it …

The popular belief about St Valentine is that he was a priest from Rome in the third century AD.

Emperor Claudius II had banned marriage because he thought married men were bad soldiers. Valentine felt this was unfair, so he broke the rules and arranged marriages in secret.

When Claudius found out, Valentine was thrown in jail and sentenced to death.

There, he fell in love with the jailer’s daughter and when he was taken to be killed on 14 February he sent her a love letter signed “from your Valentine”.

That’s as simple as we could make it and the outcome of the story is beautiful. Each relationship is unique and we wouldn’t have it any other way. Our advice is make what you want of the day, whether it be a walk in Regents park or a sixteen course meal for two as long as there is meaning and feeling in what you do and finish each day by saying “I Love You”.

Of course we can’t sign off without a mention to those who are yet to find ‘the one’ our bag is a proven conversation starter. What have you got to lose ?

Have a fantastic weekend whatever you do!

Love the Chatter Bags Team x

What’s in my bag? – by Katie

29 January 2015
What’s in my bag? – by Katie
There’s a bit of a trend for sharing the contents of one’s handbag with the world, so I thought I’d jump on the bandwagon and show you what I’m carrying around in my Chatter Bag today!

If any of you like what you see then do follow the links below to buy everything online!

Chatter Bags: The London Edition

Samsung Galaxy S4
House keys (not for sale!)
PURE collection Cashmere Scarf
Moleskin 2015 Pocket Diary – RED!
Burt’s Bees Blueberry and Dark Chocolate Revitalising Lip Balm
Lancôme Hypnôse Mascara
KIKO Milano Magnificent Highlighter
Tweezerman Nail File
Tangle Teezer Original – Pink
Two clementines and an apple :)

The daily commute

22 January 2015
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Lack of language skills cost UK businesses £50billion a year

21 January 2015
Lack of language skills cost UK businesses £50billion a year
Before 2004 it was compulsory to take a foreign language at GCSE level, this is no longer the case. Despite many attempts to encourage students to take foreign language GCSEs, the numbers are still dwindling and the few that do choose to study a language are unlikely to take this on to A-Level. Achieving an A-Level in your chosen language is a standard prerequisite for continuing with your linguistic choices at university. It is no surprise therefore, that the number of people studying languages to degree level has also seen a significant decrease in recent years. It’s causing a bit of a problem for businesses. In fact, UK businesses lose an estimated £50 billion every year to competitors for a lack of employees with the necessary language skills(!) To analyse the reasons behind this, the Guardian carried out a recent survey with students aged 14 to 24, it reveals some interesting points of view on language learning. It would appear that students do not feel they learn enough of the language in their lessons, with nearly half (48%) of those surveyed saying that learning a language is too difficult… It’s true, grammar is a pain. It’s really hard and sometimes a small grammatical error can cause huge personal embarrassment, but as we have always said, conversation is the best way to learn a language and to improve your skills and self-confidence. Coincidentally, the students agree! 35% rated a language exchange abroad as something that would encourage them to learn a language and a similar number also found talking to native speakers a great help!

32% encouraged by conversation with native speakers.

Perhaps at this vital stage of a student’s life and learning, they need some more motivation; more opportunities to speak to native speakers and more engaging activities, both at home and abroad to encourage them to learn another language. Unfortunately, this doesn’t seem to be happening enough. It’s no secret that students leaving university with a language degree are much more employable than their monolingual peers, the European Commission have written reports on it! Lack of language skills cost UK businesses 50billion a year2There are so many benefits to speaking another language; it’s hard to understand why people are seemingly less interested in what is an incredibly enriching experience. Businesses feel the same way, they are specifically looking for people who have spent time living abroad and speaking another language, or have been brought up in a bilingual environment. These are the people they want in their increasingly multilingual offices. ready for workWith youth unemployment at the horribly high rate of 16.6% for 16 – 25 year olds at the end of last year and under-employment affecting thousands, these extra skills can really make a difference to the person reading your CV. Despite the number of fantastic translation apps and web services out there, nothing truly compares to a native speaker’s interpretation of a document or a simple face to face conversation. Time to step away from Google Translate and ask a local, don’t you think?

One Month Old Today!

13 January 2015
One Month Old Today!
made to make conversation