The joys of upright swimming

Dr Nigel Mellor Let’s face it: swimming on holiday is a pain. If you do breast stroke your neck aches keeping your face out of the water, unless you’re one of those anti-social, uber-healthy types who can do it properly. The James Bond crawl thing is knackering and you can never get the breathing right – you always end up a gasping, blubbering heap with water up your nose. And as for the backstroke, well, relaxing it may be, but...

Taking The Biscuit: The Business Sense

By Nathan Lee, TLE Correspondent If you want to strike success in a business meeting- offer a plate of shortbread, new research has revealed. A study of 2,000 business workers found one in four say they’re more inclined to close a deal in a meeting because of the biscuits provided, with shortbread, chocolate bourbons and flapjacks all likely to win a favourable reaction. In fact, having the right selection of snacks was deemed more crucial to meeting success than making...

Healthy Holiday Essentials

I've just come back from two weeks in Brazil (I know, I know, it's a tough life) and gave little to no thought about what to take with me to keep me healthy. This resulted in weight gain and terrible, terrible mosquito bites. With my multiple faux pas in mind, I bring you three easy tips for staying happy and healthy on holiday. You're welcome. Vitamin B1 to ward off mosquitoes Did you even know about this?! It could be revolutionary. Apparently...

Advice Women Shouldn’t Take in the Workplace

By Sarah Pinch, Managing Director of Pinch Point Communications I have encountered some fantastic advice during my years in business. From working in the BBC to the NHS and all of my ventures in between, especially now running my own agency, I’ve been lucky to accumulate fantastic mentors and advisors. Most of the advice you receive as you move through your career is invaluable. As many of us will find, however, there will also be times when you’ll be given...

Adventures with the idiot Dog…

By John Locke ( Warning!- Do not read this if you are of a squeamish personality) We leave the train on Sunday at Manchester Piccadilly after the lad has barked at every train stop on the journey, ( he also tried to eat a huge lurcher in the next compartment, and scared a Polish cyclist somewhere outside Runcorn ) unless I offered him a Polo mint or let him stand on my legs like a panting mountain goat with the...

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