Exploring alternative lifestyles at Rickmansworth Festival

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After the hectic rush of the working week, ditching the daily commute for life on board a narrow boat has a certain romantic appeal.   Every May, more than 100 boats travel the length of the Grand Union Canal for the annual Rickmansworth Festival in Hertforshire.   Tempting land-lovers with mortgage-free independence, many seeking an alternative lifestyle, choose to take the plunge.  But what’s it really like to swap bricks and mortar for a life on the canals?

Rickmansworth Festival

Office Breaks Rickmansworth Festival

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Exploring Shoreditch street art on my way to work

Deviating from my usual route to work this week, I decided to venture out of the Square Mile to the hipster enclave of Shoreditch.  Better known for its beards and skinny jeans, it’s also home to an explosive graffiti art scene where skulls, starfish and eagles scream out from derelict buildings.

close up of woman's face on Sclater Street, Shoreditch in London

Graffiti art on Sclater Street in Shoreditch, London

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A lunch break peek inside Bevis Marks Synagogue

Tucked away below the City’s high-rise monoliths is the Bevis Marks Synagogue.  Dating back three hundred years, it is Britain’s first ever Jewish house of worship.  Retaining all of its original features, it’s a hidden gem that passes most office workers by as they scurry to and from the Gherkin.  Intrigued, I popped along during my lunch break to take a look.

Wrought iron gates at the front entrance of the Bevis Marks Synagogue

Front entrance at the Bevis Marks Synagogue in the City of London

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Work Wise Week 2017: 5 easy ways to boost your productivity at work

With the dreaded end of year appraisals under way, now’s the time to reflect on your year’s achievements.  Did you get everything done that you wanted to?  Or were there certain tasks that remained neglected all year?  To mark Work Wise Week 2017 , we’ve come up with 5 easy ways to boost your productivity at work. If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you always got, so now’s the time to grab the bull by the horns and turbo-charge your work efficiency in 2017.

close up of two sets of post-it notes at work

Dean Hochman Post-it notes

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The rise of the office dog: interview with The Londog

Do you have an office dog?  Would you love to bring your own dog to work?  Perhaps, you feel that dogs have no place in the office. This week, we interview Cristina from The Londog and creator of the highly entertaining Office Dog series.  Find out about the surprising benefits of working with dogs as well as a few of the drawbacks.

Iggy office dog at ING Media posing on the office sofa

The Londog Iggy office dog at ING Media

 

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Running the Supernova London 5K at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

Following last week’s post on Obesity in the workplace, I felt it was time to dust off the running shoes and pound London’s pavements again.  Going for glory, I opted for the Supernova London 5K race at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.  After all, if it was good enough for Jessica Ennis-Hill.……

The ArcelorMittal orbit illuminated at night at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

The ArcelorMittal Orbit lit up at night at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

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Obesity in the workplace: is your employer responsible?

We’re all told that sitting is the new smoking but how much is really being done to tackle obesity in the workplace? Startling statistics from insurance company, UNUM, reveal that 64% of UK adults are now classed as overweight or obese. Yet while the majority of office workers remain seated for up to ten hours a day, less than a third of employers provide any opportunity to exercise.  Should your boss be in charge of your waistline? Find out what office workers really think in this startling infographic.

Obesity in the workplace infograhic providing stats on workplace wellbeing

UNUM insurance Obesity in the workplace in statistics

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Set adrift in float spa bliss at floatworks

Reduced blood pressure, better sleep and stress relief on a par with medication drugs: it seems there’s no end to the benefits of float therapy.  In an increasingly over-stimulated working world, could an hour of sensory deprivation be the answer to workplace stress?  Intrigued, I popped down to  floatworks in Vauxhall to drift off for an hour in a parallel float spa universe of blissful relaxation.

interior view of the floatworks float spa in Vauxhall, London

floatworks floatworks float spa reception area

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Exploring Okuda’s street art after work

Scurrying back and forth to work under sludgy February skies, I decided it was time to inject some colour into my life.  And what better way to do so than to experience Okuda’s street art exhibition, Lost Olympus, at the Stolen Space Gallery.  Mixing with surreal, mythological characters proved just the company I needed to lift the spirits on an otherwise mundane, Thursday evening after work.

Refugee Goddess by Okuda, Stolen Space Gallery

Refugee Goddess by Okuda

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Light box therapy in your lunch break

Scuttling to and from work in perpetual darkness has left many office workers, like myself, weary and depleted.  Was it only a month since the Christmas holidays?  Rallying to the rescue is the food and juice bar, Crussh, who have very kindly opened up the capital’s first pop-up vitamin D and light box therapy bar.  Seeking the light, I scuttled round during my lunch break to get a well-earned dose of artificial rays.

Vitamin D pop-up bar sign in Crussh in New Street Square

Vitamin D pop-up bar in Crussh in the City of London.

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Surprising sights on my way to work: the Bell Tower of St Alban

In 2017, we’re starting a new series of photo posts on the surprising sights that we pass every day on our way to work. From amazing architecture to hidden garden squares, there’s a wider world to discover if you take a closer look around you.

street view of the Tower of St Alban, City of London

The Tower of St Alban, City of London

 

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