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Posted on: March 19, 2010

Here are two of my favourite photos from this week – a surfing alpaca in Peru & a bear cooling off in Rio.

They made me smile, so I’m spreading the love – enjoy! 🙂

It’s my brother’s birthday in a couple of weeks and he is absolutely the hardest person to buy for. Although he has a lot of interests (football – Chelsea in particular, skiing, RC planes, drinking….) he owns absolutely everything he could ever want, so I’m really struggling with what to buy him. For example, a few weeks ago, he purchased a new ParkZone Habu EDF plane, even though his girlfriend was planning to buy him a new plane.

The good thing is he’ll probably crash it pretty soon (he’s not a very good pilot, despite what he thinks!), so I’ll be able to buy him some parts as a present so he can repair his beloved plane. Boys and their toys – honestly!

If you’re sitting at your office desk reading this, beware! A new survey has revealed that the average desk surface has over 400 times more germs than a toilet seat – nice!

If you think about it, it’s probably true. We clean our toilets, much more often than we do our desks (well I know I do). I’m happy to leave my desk if it looks clean, but I clean my toilet regularly whether it looks clean or not.

The research from Microban revealed that telephones have 25,127 germs per square inch, the average computer mouse has 1,676 germs per square inch while a toilet seat has a mere 49 germs per square inch.

So, let this be a warning to all you office workers out there – remember to clean your office desks and phones regularly – you never know what’s lurking there! Or failing that, if you can’t be bothered to clean, I’m sure there’s always a nice clean white porcelain desk available in your building somewhere…

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I read with horror today the news that Squirrel Pie has become a new pub favourite. Yes, along with classic dishes like bangers and mash and scampi, landlords are serving up this ‘designer dish’ to hungry punters, and they’re apparently loving it! Describing the taste has been described as ‘like a strong rabbit but more meaty’. Hmm…

Now, I know that ‘evil’ American grey squirrels have killed off all but a few of our native Red Squirrels, and we should all hate them, but is it really necessary to kill them and serve them for Sunday lunch? Ok, so I know technically they’re just rats with fluffy tails, but you have to admit, they are pretty cute.

Luckily, at the moment it seems that this new craze is confined to eateries in the north of England, but I’m sure it won’t belong before us southerners catch on to the trend. But O hope it doesn’t happen anytime soon..  I can just imagine popping out in my Ford Fiesta on a Sunday for a nice pub lunch only to be faced with the daily special of Squirrel Pie and Mash – err no thank you!

Spring time is finally here! After a winter of discontent, the daffodils are starting to poke their heads out and the shops are full of Easter Eggs and fluffy bunnies.

Spring is traditionally a time for new beginnings, and of course, the dreaded spring clean. Now while many of us are used to giving our home a good spritz around this time of year, how many of us employ this tactic in our workplaces? After all, many people actually spend more time at their places of work than at home.

So if you’re drowning in paperwork, perhaps a good office spring clean is just what you need. It could actually be quite therapeutic – getting rid of all that clutter and having things a little more organised is good for the soul. Of course, if your bosses really want a good clear out, an office fit out is the perfect way for a brand new beginning.

Ok, so my New Year exercise regime hasn’t exactly got off to the best start… in fact I haven’t really done anything so far, and it’s almost March (where did those 2 months go??)

So anyway, I decided the reason I’m not doing any exercise is because I haven’t got any time, what with work and extra curricular activities… so I believe the answer is: desk exercises. Yes, that’s right, I plan to tone up as I type. That way, I don’t have to pay stupid excessive gym fees, and I actually get paid to exercise – woo!

So here’s ten top exercises, (thanks to the lovely people at MSN for these suggestions):

  1. Computer crunches – a great way to tone up abs. Sit up straight with your feet flat on the floor & perform a simple pelvic tilt by pressing the lower back into the chair as you contract the abdominal muscles and hold for a few seconds. Relax, then repeat 10 – 20 times.
  2. Bum squeezes – tightens buttocks (just what I need!) Sit up straight with your feet flat on the floor. Once again perform a simple pelvic tilt by pressing the lower back into the chair and concentrate on contracting the buttocks, hold for a few seconds, relax and repeat 10 – 20 times.
  3. Sitting leg extensions – work the front of your leg. Sit up straight with your feet flat on the floor, lift and extend the lower right leg with the toes pointed up until the leg is straight and squeeze the upper leg. Hold for one second, lower the leg and repeat with the left leg. Repeat 10 – 20 times for each leg.
  4. Sitting calf extension -tone calf muscles. Sit up straight with your feet around 12 inches or 30 cm apart. Place the weight of your legs on the front or balls of your feet. Slowly lift your heels, toes still touching the floor, squeeze the calf, hold for one second and relax. Repeat 10 – 20 times.
  5. Standing leg curl. Exercise the upper rear of your leg while reading an email. Stand facing your chair. Lift the right foot off the floor toward the buttocks and hold for one second. Lower the leg and repeat to complete a full set. Do the same for the left leg. Repeat 10 – 20 times for each leg.
  6. Biceps curl. Keep two 500ml bottles of water on your desk to use instead of dumbbells. Sit up straight with your feet flat on the floor. Hold the bottles in your palms facing your body. Bend your arm at the elbow while turning your wrists outward until your palms are facing the ceiling. Lift the bottle towards the shoulder without moving your upper arm. Stop when the bottle meets your shoulder and hold for one second. Lower and repeat 10-20 times with each arm.
  7. Triceps extensions. Sit up straight with your feet flat on the floor. With your right hand hold a bottle of water over your head until your arm is almost straight. Slowly bend your elbow, lowering the weight until your arm forms a 90-degree angle behind your head. Then extend your elbow until it is slightly bent at the top position. Do not allow the bottle to touch your head or neck area. Lower and repeat.
  8. Forward arm circles – work your shoulders. Sit up straight with your feet flat on the floor and arms extended out at your side. Slowly circle your arms forward, controlling the movements and focusing on the shoulder muscles.
  9. Reverse arm circles. Sit up straight with your feet flat on the floor and arms extended out at your side. Slowly circle your arms backwards. Control the movements and remember to focus on the shoulder muscles.
  10. Stretch. Stretching is very important and is a great way to de-stress. Begin with your head, then stretching the shoulders, arms, fingers and then finally your legs.

So if you’re short of time to exercise, make full use of your office furniture, and while you’re writing emails or finishing reports, fight the flab at the same time!

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The latest way for employers to improve staff morale is apparently by creating office gardens. The majority of office workers work within a city centre, and as a result, usually have no contact with nature on a daily basis as they travel between home and office. So the latest craze in office space planning, is to actually venture outside and create a  garden. And if you don’t have any space outside, then there’s always the roof! That way, staff have an attractive, relaxing space in which to spend their lunch breaks and even hold meetings. Sounds good to me!

Some people are taking it even further by setting up office gardening clubs, and even growing fruit and veg to have for lunch. Nice – saving money as well as the planet!

I’m pretty lucky where I work, we’re in the middle of Kent surrounded by farms and golf courses so there’s plenty of greenery outside. And very occasionally, if we’re really lucky, some local bunny rabbits come and say hello. That’s enough to improve my morale 🙂