How Cultured Are You?

According to Google the above definition of being cultured basically backs up the findings of some rather amusing research commissioned on behalf of MSC Cruise. Basically, we Brits apparently fib a little in order to appear more cultured, for example saying we’ve read books, seen plays and similar. Talk about keeping up with the Jones’. Do we really do that? A survey of 1500 people indicated that yes, some of us do.

To me reading books, making time to watch films, visit places and enjoy new experiences is all about enjoyment and broadening my horizons as opposed to having something clever sounding to put on Facebook. Perhaps social media has had a hand in this one-upmanship, the need to appear more cultured when really, being cultured is not something that can be measured, nor should it be.

 For me, indeed for us as a family the thirst for new experiences and knowledge is something that is part of us, the way we are forms part of our family dynamic. To me travelling, for example with Caribbean Cruises who offer a unique way to experience difference cultures in an easy away, being able to visit a number of place on short trips off the ship before moving on is a great way to experience something new. This enables you to plan ahead and visit what is really important to you (and to research the real best places to visit rather than just the tourist spots).

For me joining the local library is a great way to learn more, through fiction and non-fiction. We are big readers and enjoy discussing what we’ve learned. Last week I went with my Mum and sister to a talk on the local area hosted by the local museum. It was fascinating and I was buzzing when we left, eager to come home and share what I’d learned. THAT is what “being cultured” is, experiencing the experiences because you want to, because they excite you and because you want to share them with your nearest and dearest. I can’t see any benefit to pretending to have seen something, done something or been somewhere to look good.

Perhaps it’s just me? What do you think?

Storebox Storage for Santa

When it comes to house styling, I wouldn’t say I was a minimalist by any stretch but I’m not a clutter fan. Considering this my heart really does go out to Mrs Claus. The poor woman must be climbing the walls at this time of year, with gifts of all shapes and sizes on every surface, behind every door, in piles on the floor and I’ll wager all round The Claus’ personal residence too.

The world is growing, the population numbers are rising and you know what that means, don’t you? More children to deliver presents to for Christmas day.

I have it on good authority that Mrs Claus has Storebox on speed-dial and with Santa storage statistics such as these below, I’m not surprised. She could have insisted on an extension on the Lapland warehouses however who has time for contractors running all over the place when it comes to the busiest season of the year?


After you’ve finished considering the sheer amount of storage space needed to store Santa’s goodies I have a question for you. Where do YOU store Christmas presents? We have a high cupboard we stash things in. Being 5ft 2″ (if I stretch) I need a chair to get anywhere near it, although my giant 6ft 5″ husband is just fine. Ther are no worries about the boys reaching our Christmas storage spot anytime soon. What about you?


*Written in collaboration with Storebox who provided this fun infographic.