Boswells Blog - September 2015

30th September 2015

How To Outrun Athlete's Foot

How To Outrun Athlete's Foot

Rosie in our pharmacy has put together some helpful tips on how to shift athlete's foot, and keep your feet happy and healthy.

The Fungi’s You Don’t Want To Be Seen With At The Pool

When you take off those sweaty shoes and trainers it’s not only the smell that will linger, but also invisible spores from Fungal Infections. Athlete's Foot or (Tinea Pedis) is highly contagious. The name comes from damp floors in changing rooms and around swimming pools, where it is easily picked up by bare feet, as the sufferer will shed skin cells and spores wherever he/she goes barefoot.

 

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Bless your cotton socks and leather/canvas shoes, as they actually let your feet breathe. Fungi love damp moist conditions and thrive amidst unnatural materials. To prevent infection wash your feet daily with soap, making sure to dry thoroughly between your toes. Athlete's Foot usually starts as red, itchy skin between the 4th and 5th toes. If left untreated it can become inflamed and weepy. The spores may spread to the rest of the foot and into footwear. If it gets into the nails it will need more expensive treatment. In the case of fungal nail infections such as Onychomycosis the nails turn white/yellow as they thicken. They become brittle and may separate from the nail bed.

Treating Athlete's Foot

Once Athlete's Foot is found there are several products that can be used to treat this unsightly condition. Here in Boswells Pharmacy we have:

Treatment should continue on the surrounding skin for another two weeks after the symptoms have gone. Check with our friendly pharmacist as some creams should not be used for longer than 5-7 days.

Breaking the Athlete's Foot Cycle

It's important to remember that fungi can be invisible to the eye; you may not see the spores but they could still be there. Don’t forget to spray in shoes, socks and hosiery to eradicate the spores. When battling athletes foot always maintain the daily hygiene routine, using a separate towel for your feet. Don't share towels and make sure that you do change socks and hosiery daily.

Spores can remain in the skin, ready to reappear as soon as those moist and sweaty conditions return. If you are unable to break that cycle you may have to buy more footwear. Still, who doesn’t like buying more shoes?

Lastly, but importantly, don’t let it go on for too long without treatment, as ignoring minor infections can lead to more serious medical conditions such as abscesses. 

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8th September 2015

Lego® Minifigures are Turning Monstrous

Lego® Minifigures are Turning Monstrous

With the exciting release of Lego®'s latest Minifigures Series 14 Monsters, James in our toy department has put together this handy guide to all of the monstrous lego new arrivals. 

With the summer holidays now behind us and Halloween on the horizon, Lego® has released its next wave in the minifigures series—series 14—named ‘Monsters’. Sold individually, in blind bags, there are 16 to collect with each of the figures being more detailed than those in previous series due to not only a selection of brand new pieces exclusive to this set, (such as the Fly monster head piece) but also the new dual colour moulding present on most of the figures, which can create the effect of shirts, shorts and shoes

Werewolf

Werewolf Minifigure

The first minifigure of the series is the Werewolf. As mentioned earlier this figure features dual colour moulding on the legs to create the ripped trousers effect, and has side printing—a fairly new method of detailing, not found on many of the older minifigures. The head mould is a brand new piece which displays a snarling wolf head. A tail piece and bone accessory finishes off the figure.

Zombie Pirate

Zombie Pirate Minifigure

This figure is very striking due to the peg leg, hook, beard and cutlass, all attributes of a classic pirate. The twist for this figure is that he's a zombie, as shown by the grey head and the amusing variation of the skull and cross bones on his hat.



Crazy Scientist Minifigure


Crazy scientist

This figure takes full advantage of the new dual moulding technique to create a striking black and white suit, but not as striking as the new elongated head piece with goggles. The accessory he holds is a purple conical flask with a fly that may be in reference to the fly monster later in the series…

Fly Monster

Fly Monster MinifigureThe fly monster is fairly simple but effective and its defining feature is the huge head made exclusively for this figure. The inclusion of the red claw and translucent wings really set the figure off, resulting in possibly the most striking minifigure in the series.



Wacky Witch

Wacky With Minifigure

This figure truly captures the definitive witch with a broom, black cat and brand new hat. The sewn patches printed all around the torso and arms and the black and white striped leggings hidden under the fabric skirt ice touches.

 

Plant Monster

Plant Monster MinifigureMy favourite figure of the series, the plant monster, is reminiscent of the plant from the film and musical: Little Shop of Horrors. The unique plant-head mould is placed over the comical head of a scared minifigure which the plant has devoured. The figure is completed by the two vine pieces that the figure holds, and the torso and legs, which are covered with spikey vines.



Spectre

Spectre Minifigure

Utilizing the new leg mould recently found in the new Ninjago sets to great effect, this friendly ghost is similar to Casper. The grey hood, tattered cloak and chain all work nicely but the standout element of the figure has to be the head that glows in the dark!


Zombie Cheerleader

Zombie CheerleaderAlthough zombies aren’t known for spreading cheer, Lego has gone ahead and made the zombie cheerleader, which comes with two green and white pom-poms and an outfit to match. The hair is also new and exclusive to this figure with a small hole on the top to add accessories found in the Lego friends collection, such as bows or tiaras.


Tiger Woman

Tiger Woman Minifigure

This figure is highly detailed with printing on almost all surfaces. The ears poking from the new hairpiece are a nice touch and the figure is finished with a black whip. The figure resembles the DC comic’s villainess Cheetah, an enemy to Wonder Woman, and would make a great addition to your DC sets.This figure is highly detailed with printing on almost all surfaces. The figure comes with a unique tail which is not obvious from promotional images.

Gargoyle

Gargoyle Minifigure

The only short legged minifigure of the series, the gargoyle is made with two new pieces. The first is the helmet which gives the figure large ears and horns. The second is the pair of wings attached at the neck. This figure brings to mind the many gargoyles found on the edges of buildings in Oxford and would make a great gift for those teaching in or visiting Oxford.

 

Skeleton Guy

Skeleton Guy Minifigures
Although this figure resembles a skeleton you can see it is a normal yellow minifigure in costume, out trick or treating with a pumpkin basket in hand as indicated by the string running round the head and the yellow visible through the eye holes. The figure has printing on all surfaces, as the pattern is also printed on the back.


Monster Rocker 

Monster Rocker MinifigureA fun variation of Frankenstein’s monster, this figure is equipped with a guitar and a shirt with the slogan ‘Shock and Roll’ on the back. The arms feature the new dual printing to create the impression of a t-shirt and the head is enlarged by a special piece which is placed on top of a normal figure's head.



Zombie Businessman

With a tattered suit and broken glasses the zombie business man looks more interested in eating than working, and his diet is hinted at by a uniquely printed newspaper: the zombie Zombie Business Mantimes. The suitcase opens and the hair piece is exclusive to this figure, making it a fun and valuable acquisition.

Banshee

Banshee Minifigure

The banshee is an amazing figure as thanks to the translucent hair piece and leg piece she is truly ghostly. The expression on her face is perfect and the tattered dress on the torso is fitting, creating a highly unique character.



Square Foot

Square Foot Minifigure

Square foot, known as big foot to us, has a huge headpiece that goes all the way down to his torso. The grooves give the impression of heaped hair which makes him taller than normal figures, and the printed toes add to the scale of the figure. The camera is a nice nod to people trying to photograph big foot.
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Spider Lady 

Spider Lady MinifigureThe final minifigure of the series is the spider lady, who is the only figure to be wearing a dress covered in spiders, as represented by the sloping tile. She also comes equipped with a spider to continue the theme, and two capes, which have web printing. Lastly, her hair features a spider’s web printed on the side, completing the spider theme.

 

Where to Find These Mini-Monsters

The Lego minifigures monsters have also been released at the same time as the Scooby Doo sets which feature their own ghosts and ghouls. This gives you the opportunity to add more fiendish foes for Scooby and the gang to investigate.

So try your luck in store or online with one of the blind bags, or if you ask a member of staff we may be able to feel for the minifigures you want.

Lego minifigure bags are available in store and online and cost £2.49 each

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1st September 2015

The Ultimate Guide To Student Offers in Oxford

The Ultimate Guide To Student Offers in Oxford

All around Oxford there are shops, cafes and restaurants that want to help you save money by offering a student discount. With good discounts being offered by a variety of both local and high street stores you’ll find yourself going home with money to spare. Most places accept a valid student card as ID but other deals are through NUS Extra, UNiDAYS or Student Beans , all of which are worth every student signing up to!

Fashion

Aspire style (21 High Street) - This small chain of beautifully styled boutiques has an unusual offer of ‘Teatime Tuesday’ where, you guessed it, you get complimentary tea whilst shopping.

Indigo (62 Cowley Road) - A fair trade boutique with a variety of products from clothes and accessories to candles and furniture, it offers Oxford students a 10% discount as well as offering discounts with the available newsletter and free delivery around Oxford.

Shepherd & WoodwardShepherd and Woodward (109-113 High Street) - As the largest supplier of Academic gowns and robes to Oxford University and selling classic & contemporary menswear you’ll be sure to be making a trip here. They don’t offer a student discount but do offer different package offers throughout the year.

Ede and Ravencroft (119 High Street) - Providing ceremonial robes, menswear, womenswear and graduation gowns this specialist shop offers a 10% discount to students.

Topshop/Topman (22 Queen Street) - Offers students a 10% discount with a valid student card.

Accessorize (28 Queen Street) - Offers students a 10% discount with a valid student card.

French Connection (Clarendon Centre, 39 Queen Street) - Offers students a 15% discount with a valid student card or UNiDAYS code.

Clarendon CentreGAP (Clarendon Centre, 39 Queen Street) - Offers students a 15% discount with a valid student card.

Karen Millen (136 High Street) - Offers students a 10% discount with a valid student card.

New Look (Unit 1, Queen Street) - Offers students a 20% discount with a UNiDAYS code.

Moss Bros (61 Cornmarket Street) - Offers students a 15% discount with a UNiDAYS code.

Miss Selfridge (Debenhams, 1 Magdalen Street) - Offers students a 20% discount with a UNiDAYS code, valid student card or student beans code.

Oasis (37 St Ebbes Street) - Offers students a 10/15% discount with a valid student card or UNiDAYS code.

Office (Clarendon Centre, 39 Queen Street) - Offers students a 10% discount with a valid student card.

Schuh (1 Magdalen Street) - Offers students a 10% discount with a valid student card.

Jack wills (6-7 High Street) - Offers students a 15% discount with a UNiDAYS code.

Cafés & Chocolate

CombibosCombibos (93 Gloucester Green) - This family owned and run coffee shop in the centre of Oxford gives students a 10% discount as well as free Wi-Fi and outdoor seating.

Java & Co (35 New Inn Hall Street) - Fantastic coffee and cakes and by signing up as a VIP you can get a free drink, exclusive offers and discounts as well as free cake on your birthday.

Tick Tok Café (3-5 Cowley Road) - Although this café does not do specific student discounts its cheap prices and English classics attract many students.

Jimbob’s Baguettes (19 Magdalen Street) - This sandwich shop has a huge variety of breads and fillings and gives students a 10% discount.

Costa (30 Queen Street) - Offers a Costa Coffee Club card to collect points and get free food and drink.

Hotel Chocolat (132 High Street) - Perfect for gifts, Hotel Chocolat offers students a 10% discount with Student Beans.

Department Stores

Boswells Department Store ExteriorBoswells (1-4 Broad Street) - We couldn't very well leave ourselves out, could we? Sign up to our Student Club and you'll get 20% off everything online and in store between August and October 18th, and we'll provide other offers throughout the year too! Or just show your student ID in store to get 10% off, again until October 18th.

Boswells Student ClubWe have everything for your new home from pots and pans, bed and bath linens to a desk lamp for late night studying and tea & coffee sets to keep you awake. Look after yourself with our Beauty and Pharmacy departments and be kind to others with our Gifts and Toys.

Health and beauty

Mahogony (5 Market Street, 30 Little Clarendon, 5 Turl Street) - This award winning international hairdressers gives students with a valid student card a 25% discount.

Anne Veck (33 St Clement’s Street) - This award winning hairdressers gives students with a valid student card a 25% discount on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Superdrug (11 Market Street) - Offers a 10% discount with a NUS Extra card.

Specsavers opticians (33 Queen Street) - Offers 25% off with a NUS Extra card.

Books & Stationary

Blackwells Norrington RoomBlackwell’s (48-51 Broad Street) - One of the UK's biggest bookstores Blackwells loves students and offers a number of deals including up to 50% off text books, second hand books at a cheaper price and special course bundles. Pictured is the famous Norrington Room in the basement.

Waterstones (William Baker House, Broad Street) - Our next door neighbour offers students a 10% discount with a UNiDAYS code and a comprehensive bookstore too.

Ryman (38 Queen Street) - The famous stationer brand offers students a 10% discount with a UNiDAYS code.

Paperchase (36-37 Queen Street) - Offers students a 10% discount with a UNiDAYS code or valid student card.

Restaurants

You don’t have to stop eating out when you’re a student thanks to these great deals from local and national restaurants.

The Big Society (95 Cowley Road) - A popular student bar offering American style fast food, a ping pong and foosball table as well as events throughout the week and live DJ’s.

KazbarKazbar (25-27 Cowley Road) - promotional offers such as half price tapas and happy hours on cocktails. At well as a great atmosphere. Pictured to the right.

ASK Italian (5 George Street) - With a NUS Extra card you can get 25% off the bill.

Bella Italia (6 George Street) - Offers a student menu with pizzas and pasta and 2 for 1 cocktails for only £5. They offer 20% off with a valid student card as well as having student nights with 50% off the bill.

Café Rouge (11 Little Clarendon Street) - Offers 20% off your food bill.

Dominos (18-19 Park End Street) - Deals include 25% off when you spend over £25 with an NUS Extra card and £5 off when you spend over £20 with valid student card.

Macdonalds (57 Cornmarket Street) - With a valid student card you can get a free hamburger, cheeseburger or McFlurry when you buy a meal.

Yo Sushi (73-75 George Street) - Eating sushi doesn’t have to be expensive with 25% off with a valid student card.

Giraffe (71 George Street) - Offers a 25% discount with an NUS Extra card.

Noodle NationGourmet Burger Kitchen (29-31 George Street) - Offers a 30% discount when you download their free app.

Krispy Kreme (Clarendon Centre, 39 Queen Street) - Offers a 20% discount with an NUS Extra card.

Pizza Express (8 Cornmarket Street and 33 Castle Street) - Offers up to 40% discount with an NUS Extra card.

Zizzi (59 George Street) - Offers a 25% discount with an NUS Extra card.

Las Iguanas (40-41 Park End Street) - Offers a 20% discount with a Student beans code.

Noodle nation (100-101 Gloucester Street) - Offers a 15% discount with a valid student card.

Nando’s (80 Cowley Road and 77-79 George Street) - Offers 20% off until 6pm with a valid student card.

Supermarkets

The Co-Operative - Offers students a 10% discount with a valid student card. Based in several locations around Oxford.

Online

You don’t have to leave the house to have access to these great discounts. A huge number of online stores offer student discounts too.

Adobe - Offer up to 80% off software with a valid student card.

ASOS - Offers students a 10% discount with a valid student card.

Apple store for education - Up to 15% off Mac’s and 3% off Ipad’s with a UNiDAYS code.

Boohoo - Offers students a 10% discount with a valid student card I Want One Of Those - Offers students a 10% discount with a UNiDAYS code Lipsy - Offers students a 10% discount with a valid student card Missguided - Offers students a 10% discount with a valid student card.

Spotify - Offers students 50% off premium with a valid student card.

GHD - Offers students £20 off certain products with a UNiDAYS code.

HP - Offers students up to 35% discount with a UNiDAYS code.

I Love Fancy Dress - Offers students a 15% discount with the code: STUDENT15.

Pretty little Thing - Offers students a 15% discount with a UNiDAYS code.

UniBulkBuy - Offers students a 25% discount with a NUS Extra card.

Oxford Union logoTreasurer’s Treats

Treasurer’s treats is a card exclusive to Oxford University students. Bought from The Oxford Union, this card gives deals and discounts in a range of businesses around the city. The treats available change termly and students receive information about it in their fresher’s guide.

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