A weekend hiking on the Gower Peninsula

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Tucked away on the south coast of Wales lies a land of golden beaches, winding coastal paths and shady forests. Having just signed up for a trek to Nepal in November, I decided it was time to venture out of the South East and explore new hiking territory in the Gower Peninsula – one of the most remote and un-spoilt corners of the UK.

Close up of hikers on Oxwich Beach, Gower Peninsula

Hiking across Oxwich beach in the Gower Peninsula, South Wales

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

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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?

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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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A fire-cracking afternoon at London’s Chinese New Year

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Kicking off on Valentine’s Day, London’s Chinese New Year celebrations replaced the traditional helium-filled hearts with a sea of scarlet lanterns.   As the biggest celebration outside Asia, 300,000 people flock to Trafalgar Square and Chinatown every year to take in London’s most colourful festival.  Braving the masses, I sacrificed a lazy Sunday  to monkey around with the rest of the revellers.

Dragon dance - an afternoon celebrating Chinese New Year

Office Breaks Dragon dance

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Burns Night ceilidh action after work

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With Christmas passing in the blink of an eye, the Bard’s birthday is a great excuse to cast off the back-to-work blues with an evening of foot-stamping, kilt-swirling excess. Fortified by a haggis panini and an Irn Bru chaser, I headed to Balham for a Burns Night blast in the company of London’s wildest ceilidh band.

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5 smashing short breaks to kick off 2018

The return to work heralds a whole new year of annual leave opportunities and what better time to plan one or two short breaks.  Whether you’re looking for adventure, culture or beach flopping, we have a selection to excite and inspire you through these dark and gloomy January days.

Gower Peninsula coastline in South Wales

Coastline of the Gower Peninsula, South Wales

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My top Office Breaks of 2017

As another year in the capital whizzes by at lightning speed, we take a moment to pause and reflect on some of the top Office Break outings of 2017.  From submerging myself in a floatation tank to exploring the foothills of the Himalayas, it’s been an action-packed year full of adventure.

approach to Annapurna base camp on the Annapurna Sanctuary trek

Annapurna sanctuary trek in Nepal

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Whipping up Nobu’s famous black cod miso at Sozai Cooking School

As the acclaimed dish-du-jour of Japanese restaurant, Nobu, black cod miso is reserved for wealthy City workers.  But for those who can’t afford to splurge £42.50 on a main course, why not learn to make this Asian foodie delight at home for a fraction of the cost? If you’re yearning to upgrade your culinary skills, Sozai Cooking School is now helpfully offering black cod miso cooking lessons after work.

preparing black cod miso at sozai cooking school

learning to cook black cod with miso sauce at Sozai cooking school

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A lunch break expedition to Villa Walala

A fun palace made out of giant inflatable Liquorice Allsorts is the first thing that springs to mind when I stumble across Villa Walala during my lunch break this week.  A bold mirage in a sea of corporate glass and chrome, the villa invites you to fling off your work shoes and jump head first into this bouncy castle on steroids.

Close up of sign for Villa Walala in Broadgate, City of London

Sign post for Villa Walala, Exchequer Square, Broadgate

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Annual leave: 5 reasons to swap the beach holiday for adventure this summer

“Wouldn’t you prefer two weeks lying on the beach?” exclaimed my bemused work colleague on hearing that I had signed up to a two week trek to Nepal.  Sipping cocktails while sinking my toes into warm sand versus slogging up mountains for days on end. It would seem he had a point.  But deep down, I know that a beach holiday can never compare to the exhilaration of an adventure holiday.  If you fancy shaking up your annual leave, here’s my top 5 reasons why you should swap the beach holiday for adventure this year.

empty beach loungers in Varadero Cuba

Rob Empty beach sun loungers, Cuba

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5 ways to rock working from home

Second only to a salary increase, working from home is one of the top perks that office workers look for in a new job.  Sadly only 6% of jobs advertise this benefit.  But if you’re one of the lucky few who can kiss goodbye to the commute, how do you cope with this new found freedom?  Here’s my top 5 tips to getting the most from working from home.

close up of knitted sock monkey slippers

mo1229 knitted sock monkey slippers

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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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