Back to Bedlam at Bethlem Museum of the Mind

A startling one in four Brits will experience a mental health problem in their lifetime.  With workplace stress viewed as a major cause of mental health issues, a range of well being initiatives from healthy eating to exercise programmes are now the order of the day in most offices.  But how have treatments changed in recent times?  I went along to the Bethlem Museum of the Mind to find out.

video screens at Bethlem Museum of the Mind

Bethlem Museum of the Mind exhibition room

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October Plenty Autumn Harvest Festival in photos

October Plenty is an autumn harvest festival which is held each October in Southwark. A colourful procession of medieval pageantry weaves its way through the ancient cobbled streets of the Thames walkway to Borough market.   Led by the formidable Green Man, the procession is a joyful celebration of the passing seasons and the abundance of the harvest.

close up of the Green Man at the October Plenty Autumn Harvest Festival

The October Plenty Autumn Harvest Festival

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A post-work tonic at the City of London Distillery

It’s official, gin is the new vodka with £1 billion of sales recorded for the first time this year.  And where better to sink a post-work G&T or two than the City of London Distillery.  Rising up from its ashes, you can now work your way through more than 380 gins in their clandestine, basement bar.  Flexing my tasting muscles, it was a tough assignment but someone had to do it.

close up of the bar area at the City of London Gin Distillery

City of London Gin Distillery

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All the fun of the scare at Screamland Margate

As the witching hour of Halloween beckons, our thoughts turn to scary stories of haunted houses and morbid mazes. And where better to indulge your fangs this October than Dreamland Margate’s multi-award winning Screamland.  Offering spine-tingling sensations and horrors galore, it’s a night of fiendish fun for all the work team.    Those of a nervous disposition may wish to look away now.

Bell boy reaching out to grab someone at Screamland

Dreamland-Margate Belly boy at Screamland

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Guildhall street food market in your lunch break

With street food markets popping up all over London, we’re practically tripping over Yum Buns and Korean dumplings every time we leave the office. Intrigued by colleagues who happily spend half their lunch break queuing for an £8.00 burrito, I joined in the action at the Guildhall street food market.

Street food market in the Guildhall Yard

Guildhall Street Food Market

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Terry and George’s Whole Grain tips for healthy lunch breaks

Pop-up restaurant stars, Terry and George, were on hand this week to teach a class of bewildered bloggers about the benefits of whole grains.  From wholemeal pizza to cakes infused with rapeseed oil, their simple, tasty recipes gave me food for thought for my lunch break leftovers.   Fitting easily into the lunch box, I thought I’d share their whole grain tips for healthy lunch breaks.

Terry and George at a whole grain recipe demonstration

healthy whole grain lunch break tips with Terry and George

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Making oodles of noodles at Sozai Cooking School

“In Japan, only a lunatic would go to the bother of making noodles” declares our teacher as we pound flour and water.  Not being the world’s most patient cook, I wondered if I’d live to regret tonight. But having spent many a lunch break slurping the hearty fare in Kanada-Ya, I couldn’t turn down the opportunity to try out Sozai, the UK’s first Japanese Cooking School.  Raring for Ramen, I dashed over to Aldgate to uncover the culinary secrets of the Far East.

teachers preparing food at the Sozai cooking school

Ramen class, Sozai cooking school

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Weekend escape to Germany’s best-kept secret

Nestled between the Rhine and the Black Forest, Freiburg is officially Germany’s sunniest city. Offering cuckoo clocks, cobbled streets, roof top restaurants and pulsing techno bars, it’s a quirky blend of Hans Christian Anderson meets Kraftwerk.   Throw in some succulent, fresh Trout and Black Forest Gateau and it’s also a mecca for foodie indulgence.  Swapping my corporate suit for dashing dirndl, I set off in search of adventure.

The view from Freiburg Cathedral onto the main square

Views from Freiburg Cathedral

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Sizzling out of the office at London’s burning

With 2016 marking the 350th anniversary of the Great Fire of London, the City was ablaze this weekend in flickering light installations, scorching Catherine wheels and great balls of fire.  Created by Artichoke, the masterminds behind Lumiere London, the London’s burning commemorations sparked wonder across the capital.  As a City worker, I headed into the heat after work to experience my working environment in an entirely new light.

St Paul's Cathedral lit up with the Great Fire of London commemorations

Great Fire of London commemorations

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All aglow after work at the Colour Run

With Parkrun and Race for Life injecting fresh interest into the gruelling business of running, there’s never been a better time to pound the streets.  Already addicted to Parkrun’s Saturday morning community vibe, I had the urge to try something new.  Described as the happiest 5K on the planet, the Colour Run had me intrigued.  But was it all a cloud of colourful hot air? And more importantly, how would I get the colour out my hair for work the next day?

The Colour Run, Wembley Stadium

The Colour Run, Wembley Stadium

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