People are picking up D.I.Y. tattoo kits online for a fraction of the price of a tattoo but the bad news is some of the kits are 'used' goods.
While some promote the 'stick and poke' experience as a whole improved level compared to the 'big business' controlling feel of a modern tattoo studio there are obvious issues.
Those who do so stressing that the tattoo will be with them for life and so it is important to have a more 'natural' experience miss the obvious health and safety issues.
While some experienced tattoo artists use stick and poke and abide by all health and safety regulations some do not.
It remains important to know just where the equipment is from, that it is new and unused and that the person creating your body art knows what they are doing.
The implications of poor hygiene let alone using used needles to create a stick and poke tattoo are not rocket science.
Hepatitis, Aids, H.I.V, blood poisoning and many other infections are possible in inexperienced hands.
The quality of the tattoo that is designed to last you for life is also important. Cheaper may not necessarily be worst but then it may not be better either.
Over time tattoos can look dated, out of shape and frankly rather sad as your body ages, you lose or gain weight and life's wrinkles begin to appear.
If you really must get a 'stick and poke' tattoo get it done professionally and safely.
If you cannot afford to do that you cannot really afford a tattoo.
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Most households in the UK now have at least one car; traffic is heavier due to 24/7 shopping in some supermarkets.
Step out on a Sunday and it will look much like any day of the week as far as the amount of traffic goes.
In some areas no doubt children do play outdoors but locally some rarely even use their gardens for fun.
Eyesight problems among children are worse in some other countries that have intense learning programmes but it is worrying to learn from Professor Kathryn Saunders, of Ulster University, who carried out the recent study, that children were also becoming short-sighted earlier; aged six or seven.
Researchers also said that kids in Australia are less likely to become short-sighted as they live a more 'outdoor' lifestyle.
With advice about covering up outdoors to protect from skin cancer in later life children may be damned if they do and damned if they don't.
But apart from all the eyesight and medical issues it is great fun to play outdoors, interacting with other kids directly than staring at the internet too much.
(The research shows more than one in five British children is short-sighted)
Near sightedness reaches record levels
"Breast-feeding not only has short-term benefits, but also breast-feeding has long-term benefits," says Bernardo Lessa Horta of the Federal University of Pelotas in Brazil, who led the study being published in The Lancet Global Health.
Opinion: What about genes, family poverty or wealth, living conditions, emotional activity and physical traits?
There are so many factors involved in the journey from babyhood to adulthood breast feeding may be one small part of a good journey but it is not the be all and end all.
If Mums are able to breast feed all well and good. Those that are unable should not beat themselves up. Baby will grow into a well-adjusted, intelligent adult with the right education, good genes, a healthy diet and a stable family life.
More information on the study can be found at;
Will that happen if the Tories lose the May election? Is it merely electioneering? Will his plans hit a change of government hard?
Note: In March 2012 the Guardian reported "Funding for dementia research is to reach £66m by 2015, from £26.6m 2010, making UK a world leader in the field."
Opinion: This news could be very good for the UK, dementia sufferers and their families. What we must avoid at all costs though is care being supplied by well-meaning volunteers, and not healthcare professionals. If this program of "dementia friends" is done to fill gaps in the NHS it will not work in the long term.
Dementia could strike me, you or our loved ones at any time. Yes we need action as long as it is not simply a way of cutting costs, axing jobs and ultimately leaving people high and dry.