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Nightclubs, family parties, Weddings or just a night out somewhere usually means that you will be face to face with the disco dance floor at some point. There will always be one song that calls to you, or it’s your Nan nagging you to get up and make some shapes on the floor, even if those shapes turn out or be rather badly executed shifting parallelograms. A visit to Cheltenham Nightclubs is always fun and these tunes are considered to be some of the most outstanding over the years, in no particular order. You don’t even need to be under any influence to get up and shake your money maker or anything else for that matter.

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  1. Tease Me by Chaka Demus and Pliers. Bringing the Caribbean to a Romford Engagement party was this chunky favourite. Pliers (away from his plumbing job presumably) is laying down a bass for Chaka to pop in the cheekily written lyrics. Usually the song that gets Paul from Parts suggestively gyrating around a surprisingly receptive Diane from reception.
  2. Twistin’ the night away by Sam Cooke. A wildly rotating dance song that will have a hundred hips pop and protest as people who were 21 in 1962 suddenly forget they are now 78. The song that sees Aunt Joan give it a few minutes then needs a Gin to recover.

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  1. Once in a Lifetime by Talking Heads.  Proof, if proof is needed, that the lyrics and sentiment of song  mean nothing on the dancefloor and just the fact you can walk around waving your arms to this is justification enough.
  2. Dancing Queen by Abba. By any measure any Abba song seems to get people on the floor. The classy Swedes seem to have become the poster band for the seventies even if you aren’t young and sweet and only seventeen anymore.
  3. Hey Ya by Outkast. Probably the only time that anyone over the age of 65 will ever try and dance to hip hop. The sight of 25 people of mixed ages shaking an imaginary photo will stay with you even if you’re not involved.
  4. Love train by The O’Jays. When this comes on it seems to be the go ahead for a pseudo-conga line when someone shouts “Love train! Woo woo!” and starts moving their hands like a locomotive. Everyone is then expected to couple up onto the “Love train” and snake around the room.
  5. I Will survive by Gloria Gaynor. It will take all the strength you have not to fall apart and start moving to this one.

What to see in Windsor?

Windsor is a beautiful area of England, very close to London, and there are some incredible attractions to see. Next time you book into one of the Windsor Meeting Rooms why not add the following to your sight-seeing list for when your meeting has finished!

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Windsor Castle

The beautiful castle dates back to the 11th Century and was originally founded by William the Conqueror. It is thought to be the largest and the oldest currently inhabited castle in the entire world. It is essentially a weekend getaway location for the Queen and the rest of the royal family and in 2018 it was the venue for the wedding of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle. A tour of the castle is a must if you are in the area.

Windsor Great Park

Covering an impressive 4,800 acres this beautiful park has some incredible connections with those of royalty and nobility. A three-mile-long walk known as ‘The Long Walk’ takes you through a beautiful tree lined path from the statue of George III right up to the gates if Windsor Castle. You could make a wonderful day trip and see both the park and castle. You will see some incredible Red deer whilst you walk through the parkland and they are incredibly friendly so don’t be surprised if they all pose for a photograph!

Legoland

If you are looking for a family day out or perhaps you want to immerse yourself in the world of Lego that you remember as a child, then Legoland in Windsor is a definite must-see attraction. Taken from the style of the original Legoland park in Denmark it houses not only some incredible displays but also rides and attractions galore. There really is something for everyone at the site.

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Eton

Whilst you are on your travels around Windsor why not pop along and take a look at the magnificent buildings of Eton College. You will find this just across the Thames from the main Windsor area. Many royals and upper-class boys have attended Eton and have gone on to work in high profile roles in government and most notably as the Prime Minister of the country.

There are many other sites to enjoy in Windsor and a trip to the area will see you enjoying some of the great landscapes and historical sites that we have here in the UK.

Physical health benefits of walking

When it comes to improving your fitness levels for both your physical and mental health, walking can be a great place to start. If you are looking for inspiration from others then look no further than https://www.adventureman.org/ who is on an incredible walking and running journey and is also one of the many incredible motivational speakers that you could have come along to your business or group to talk about his adventures.

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Walking has many incredible health benefits including the following:

  • Reducing your weight and body fat
  • Boosting your muscles mass and strength
  • Increasing your endurance level and stamina
  • Improving your cardiovascular fitness
  • Strengthen your bones

As a result of all of these improvements, walking can also help to reduce your risk of diseases such as type 2 diabetes, some cancers, osteoporosis and heart disease to name just a few.

In order to start noticing the benefits of walking you only need to start with around twenty to thirty minutes a day and this does not need to be at a fast pace. Just a leisure walk of an evening or perhaps during your lunch time at work will see you fitness levels and overall physical health start to increase.

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One of the great advantages of walking over other fitness activities is that it does not require any specific equipment, skill levels or money to be spent. It is also low impact which means that it is suitable for those just starting out on a fitness regime as well as being an activity that you can enjoy with the whole family and even your canine friends. This also makes it perfect for those who are overweight or elderly as it has a low impact on your cardiovascular system and your joints. It is also an activity that you can complete by yourself if you look forward to some time alone with your own thoughts and nature or you can join a local walking group.

Start by walking little and often, perhaps ten minutes up to three times a day during your breaks at work or think about walking the children to school rather than taking the car or walk to the local shops. You can then start to increase the amount of time you are out walking or the distance that you walk for. Before you know it you will happily be walking for longer periods of time and exploring new environments at the same time.

 

How to Wear Neutral Clothes

Whether you want to go full neutral or simply add some natural tones to your overall look, neutrals are something that everyone needs in their wardrobe. If you’re not sure how to wear these soft natural tones, take a look at our style guide that will ensure you are on trend.

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Know Your Neutrals

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Neutrals are anything but boring, and they are incredibly versatile too. Knowing what different neutrals are available makes them easier to add to your wardrobe, so you keep your eyes peeled for black, grey, navy, brown, khaki, camel, tan, white and cream and every shade in between these. Neutrals are great, as they can be on the light or dark side, and several different shades of the same hue can even be worn together.

Contrast with White

White and another darker neutral colour can contrast beautifully and create an eye-catching ensemble that doesn’t need to be as way out as what you’d see at Fashion Week but still makes a statement. White is a great base to work from, as it adds a crisp and clean dimension to any look.

Maximise and Minimise

If you like wearing maxi dresses that feature a neutral pattern, pair them with a bold plain-coloured neutral jacket or cardigan to add something extra. Long dresses in plain colours can also be jazzed up by a duster coat in a different neutral shade. If you prefer short dresses, try mixing and matching neutral accessories that suit the style you are going for.

Don’t Forget Metallics

If you shop online at AX Paris for maxi dresses and want to add some accessories to your new wardrobe, remember that metallic is also a neutral colour. Pewter, silver, gold, bronze and any other metallic hue can be perfectly incorporated and can also change a dress’s look from casual to semi-casual or even smart very quickly.

Stick to the Rule of Three

With neutrals, a great rule to observe is to stick to three. This means that you choose three neutrals and work with them rather than going overboard. Part of the appeal of neutrals is that they are simple, so they should encourage simple, stylish dressing. The three don’t have to be the same hue, but try to avoid overdoing it and stick to a classic colour palette.

If a “Jobs” worth doing then Steve will do it right.

An innovator and brilliant businessman Steven Jobs represented one of the leading lights of the change from the industrial to the digital age. He was the co-Founder of the giant Apple Inc which has brought us the AppleMac computer plus the ipod and iphone and in a world dominated by technology Apple is one of the leading players. It is down to him that IT Support Cheltenham companies work hard to ensure that your systems are all set up and running smoothly on a daily basis. When you consider the life that Jobs led before meeting his fellow co-Founder Steve Wozniak it seems strange that he ever reached the heights that he did at all.

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Jobs was adopted. He was raised in San Francisco which took him away from a life in Syria that awaited him but his mother moved to San Francisco away from the country and his biological father. His mother chose Paul and Clara Jobs as they were honest and god fearing to be his parents but changed her mind when she found out that neither had attended college. The Jobs swore they would make sure that Steven would and his biological Mother relented.

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The young Steve was built a work bench by his adoptive Dad. He appreciated his father’s skill and admired the fact he could make anything out of anything. It was this inventiveness that inspired Steve to look into electronics and used it as a way to compensate from his inability to make friends. Jobs was not the model student by any means and got into a lot of trouble at school with his rebellious nature.  His parents were patient recognising that it was that Jobs was unchallenged at school and thoroughly bored by it all that he was inspired to misbehave.

It took the vision of his fourth grade teacher offering him money to complete work to get him to settle down and apply himself. He was actually advanced skipping grades to go above his age group but this isolated the youngster his work and mental health began to suffer. Scrimping and saving, family managed to buy a home in a better area allowing the young Jobs the chance of a better school.

This was an area for engineering families and Jobs thrived. He asked Bill Hewlett (a founder of the Hewlett-Packard Empire) for a job and duly got one at the age of just 13. He was thought off an oddball at school but a chance meeting between him and an 18 year old electronics genius called Steve Wozniak would ensure that the world of commercial computing would be forever changed.

At the heart of every home is the kitchen

Many people believe that the kitchen is the heart of every home and each household has a kitchen that is unique to them. The style and units may be similar to other people’s, but the use of the space will very much depend on each family and its needs. When you have Kitchen installation Cheltenham company http://pursloepropertymaintenance.co.uk/kitchen-bathroom-installations-cheltenham/ to give the space a much needed make over, it is important to discuss with them exactly what you use the kitchen for and the sort of environment that you are hoping to create.

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There are many interesting facts about both kitchens so I thought I would share a few with you.

  • It is thought that the average person spends around 3 hours a day in the kitchen, where this is making food for the family or perhaps catching up with a close friend over coffee and a slice of cake. This equates to around 12% of entire lifetime. So, making sure you have a kitchen space that is both functional and enjoyable to spend time in is incredibly important.
  • Speaking of enjoyment, it is thought that around 22 percent of homes have a television installed in the kitchen with around 12 percent opting to have an integrated music system installed. Speaker systems can now be easily installed for you to be able to stream your favourite tracks whilst you do the washing up.
  • Kitchen gadgets are also incredibly popular with around 18 percent of UK household opting for instant hot water taps in order to have hot drinks even quicker without the need for a kettle in the house and around 17 percent purchasing an upmarket coffee machine so you can feel like a barista in your own home.

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  • Storage seems to be the most important factor when designing a kitchen with 68 percent of people stating that it is the most important thing on their design list and around 34 percent wanting to have a walk-in larder.
  • Pendant lights are the most common option to find in a kitchen however an impressive 68 percent of people are switching over to spotlights to light up their kitchen area.
  • Tables are in included in many kitchen designs in one form or another, whether this is a small breakfast bar or perhaps a fold away table. The inclusion of such will very much depend on the space that you have available to you.

How to achieve the perfect St Patrick’s Day look

St Patrick’s Day, celebrated annually on the 17th March, honours Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. While it is believed that Patrick was not actually Irish himself, he plays a huge role in Irish culture and heritage. Initially, Patrick was allegedly held as a prisoner and slave by a group of Irish raiders, but this didn’t deter him from spending nearly 30 years in Ireland as a missionary converting the Irish to Christianity. By incorporating some of the Irish culture into his lessons, he was able to make the religion more palatable. This helped him to achieve his popularity both amongst the Irish and members of the Christian religion.

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It’s no surprise that St Patrick’s Day is one of the most widely celebrated holidays. In fact, according to Irish Central, there are some quite surprising places across the globe that celebrate St Patrick’s Day in a big way.

In the UK, huge parades are organised in many cities and towns across the country, along with smaller parties in homes and pubs the length and breadth of the nation. It’s a serious affair, and partygoers go to great lengths to do the event justice. How can you achieve the perfect St Patrick’s Day look?

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It’s got to be green…

The number-one rule for a St Patrick’s Day has to be that it must be green. Did you know that wasn’t always the case? In fact, until the 1600s, it was actually blue. Whatever you’re wearing – hats, scarves, jumpers or t-shirts – some part of it must be green. If you’re not comfortable in head-to-toe green, why not opt for a wig or glasses?

It’s got to be comfortable and long-lasting…

A St Patrick’s Day celebration can be a long affair, with many parties continuing into the wee small hours. Whatever you wear, you need to be sure it’s comfortable.

For those wearing makeup, try to get a long-lasting brand or one that does mini, travel-sized versions that will be lighter to carry round with you all day… and all night! Benefit makeup is a great choice, and you will find a good selection at https://www.carapharmacy.com/en/Benefit/b-743.aspx. Why not try a green eye shadow?

Finally, no serious St Patrick’s Day reveller would be seen without an Irish flag or a shamrock somewhere!a

 

How Can I Make My Central Heating Hotter?

Do some of your radiators get hotter than others? If so, your central heating system may need balancing. It’s not difficult to do, although you may want to talk to a heating engineer if you’re not comfortable doing it yourself. Get it right, and your heating system will work at peak efficiency.

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Why Do I Need to Balance My Heating System?

If you have some radiators that don’t heat as well as others, then you’ll need to balance the system. For some homes in Cheltenham boiler installation may mean that radiators furthest away in the system are taking longest to heat and your heating system is just not as effective as it could be.

To get your entire system to run hotter and more efficiently, you’ll need to get a radiator or differential thermometer from your local plumber’s merchant. These are usually digital and can measure the temperature on the incoming and outgoing pipes. Once you know those readings you’re ready to balance the system.

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How Do I Balance My Radiators?

The first step is to turn off your heating system and let it cool completely. Now open both valves on each radiator before turning the system back on again. You’ll probably need to work with a friend to work out how quickly each radiator heats up and in what order.

Next you’ll need to adjust the lockshield valve – the one with the domed plastic cap. Remove each one with a pair of grips before turning the heating off again and letting it cool. When you fire the boiler up again, go to the first radiator and turn off the lockshield valve before opening it slowly until the difference between the temperature on the two pipes is around 11 degrees C.

You’ll need to repeat this procedure around the entire system, visiting each radiator in order. It’s likely that each valve will need opening a little further until the last one is completely open. Your heating system should now be working in complete balance.

What If My Radiators Won’t Balance?

If some radiators refuse to balance, then you may need to remove and clean them. If that’s still not effective, then contact a heating engineer like combi-man.com to power-flush the entire system.

Follow these simple steps and your heating will be hotter and more efficient than ever.

Five considerations when renting office space

Moving into a new office space can both be exciting and unsettling for employees. Whatever your reasons for moving, choosing a new premises to rent takes extensive research and planning. Here are just five of the more important factors to consider:

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Is there sufficient space?

Consider the way you operate – how much space do your staff need to work comfortably? How many meeting rooms and break-out rooms are required? If your company is projected to grow rapidly, is there sufficient space to grow into?

Do the facilities suit your needs?

Is your office and its washrooms accessible? Do you need lockers for uniforms? Are there sufficient kitchen facilities and areas for employees to take breaks?

Visiting online agents like matrix-house.co.uk is a good place to start to get an idea of what facilities you might need for your staff and visitors.

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Is it clean and well maintained?

Check whether existing cleaning services are included in your contract, and whether the space will be deep cleaned before you move in. Renewing and updating fixtures and fittings may be worth negotiating into the contract, so that getting up and running in the new space is as pleasant an experience as possible.

Is it within budget?

Make sure you’ve accounted for any hidden costs, and have budgeted for them accordingly. Advice on calculating the costs of moving such as https://smallbusiness.chron.com/calculate-total-cost-moving-office-40054.html is a good starter. Your new contract may include the payment of certain bills, as well as covering maintenance and cleaning services. Make sure you know what your responsibilities are before you sign.

Does the space fit with your business brand?

You may be so bogged down with the practical reasons for moving to a new premises, that your company’s image hasn’t had a second thought. Is the location suitable? If you’re looking for large towns with offices to let Basingstoke and similar towns for example, are they a reasonable commute for your staff?

Depending on the type of work your employees perform, open plan may be more suitable than closed offices. How big or small do your meeting rooms need to be and is there sufficient technology to support your communication needs?

An attractive looking office with the right ambience will help attract customers, and attract talent that will help your business continue to grow.

 

The benefits of a tarmac driveway

If it’s time to think about improving your driveway, there are many reasons why tarmac makes a great choice. Aesthetically pleasing and satisfyingly durable, what are the further benefits of choosing to surface your drive with tarmac?

Cost-effective

Tarmac is highly cost-effective, even more so than concrete. You’re more likely to enjoy a discount for choosing tarmac and installation is generally cheaper as it takes less time to lay a tarmac drive than installing a concrete one. Tarmac driveways are the perfect choice for the driveways and parking of commercial properties, car parks and for homeowners who wish to resurface their private property.

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Quick-drying

It is also a quick-drying material, meaning driveways and roads are back in use in no time. There is no need to be without a driveway for extended periods of time when you choose tarmac as construction time is minimal. For a Tarmac contractors Yorkshire, visit https://www.wrsroadsurfacing.co.uk/

Weatherproof

Tarmac drives are tough because they are weather-resistant. Whether it’s snow, rain, gale force winds or a heatwave, they are durable and strong. They will also withstand heavy traffic, from cars to people and heavy lorries! The smooth surface of tarmac offers good skid resistance, more effective than concrete roads. The texture also provides greater protection from splashback caused by a build-up of rain, snow or ice.

Sustainability

Tarmac is a good choice if you’re concerned over environmental and recycling issues. It can be reused time and time again. You never need to throw tarmac away, it has endless usage possibilities. A road or driveway made from tarmac can be dug up and used again indefinitely. For those who want to make a sustainable and responsible choice – tarmac is the answer!

Choosing tarmac can also help to preserve natural resources. Other construction materials can run into waterways, however tarmac won’t because it reverts to a solid mass fairly quickly. Choosing tarmac will provide you with peace of mind in this respect.

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Maintenance

Once your driveway is complete, you need not worry about the upkeep and maintenance of your tarmac either. An occasional gentle hose down and a layer of tarmac restorer is all that will normally be required.

Over time, if the tarmac starts to dent or wear out, it’s a simple job to repair the surface. There is no need for a complete reinstallation, but a simple repair job on the patches required.

 

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