How to prepare for a trek in Nepal while working the 9-5

In exactly eight weeks, I will be leaving my desk to prepare for a trek in Nepal.   I have opted to do the Annapurna Sanctuary where I’ll be heaving my sedentary body up and down mountains for up to seven hours a day for nine long days. To say it will be a shock to the system compared to my cushy 9-5 lifestyle will be an understatement.

Spinning prayer wheels outside the Monkey temple in Nepal

Pablo Nicola Staiba Cicane Close up of Prayer wheels at the Monkey temple in Nepal

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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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A weekend hiking on the Gower Peninsula

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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Inside the Lego Headquarters: London’s quirkiest office space

Selling a record-breaking £75 billion bricks in 2016, Lego is officially the world’s most popular brand. Such is its popularity that Lego mini figures now outnumber humans on the planet. Staggered by its enduring appeal, I went to visit the Lego Headquarters to find out how this plastic fantastic trend translates into their workplace design. As cool office spaces go – this one was a brick too far.

the yellow brick spiral staircase at the London Lego HQ

Looking down on the spiral staircase at the London Lego HQ

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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.

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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.

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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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