August 7

The Difference Between a Good and a Bad Gym

Recently, there are new gyms popping up all over the United Kingdom. Most of the time, these gym studies are those from big-name chains and this doesn’t always mean that these gyms are necessarily good. So, what makes a good gym?

If you ask me, there are several things that differentiate a good fitness gym from about one. Let me start out with those things which in my opinion shouldn’t matter if you’re looking for a good gym.

  • Price for membership. Poor gyms in good gyms nowadays cost almost the same. You will not find a fitness studio that is way more expensive than another, if anything the difference may be a couple of bucks or so. This means that if a gym is a little cheaper (or pricier, for that matter) then another, this doesn’t mean that the gym would be better or worse. So don’t just look at the price for the gym!


  • Big-name gym chains. A well-recognised name for a gym doesn’t necessarily mean that the gym in a certain location must be good. It can be, but it doesn’t have to. If you are looking around a bit, you may even find a small, relatively unknown gym in your neighbourhood that offers the same things that the “big one” does, and maybe even a little cheaper or for just a few bucks more. The big difference however can be that it is much more likely with a small independent gym that the staff is friendly and helpful. This isn’t always the case with those big-name gyms.

We you should look for:

  • What the gym can offer. A lot of times you may not just want a standard to membership which anyone is offering anyway. A good gym normally offering other cool stuff in addition, like fitness classes, personal trainers and so forth. I like it much more when I can go to my fitness classes together with a bunch of like-minded folks and a trainer, as opposed to just going to the gym and then grabbing some random equipment. There fitness classes may perhaps because a little more than a standard to membership, but trust me, having a qualified trainer and then of course the fun doing your exercises together with others is well worth it!

If you happen to live in East London, you absolutely need to check out my favourite Hackney gym London Fields!



Category: Health, Tips
December 17

Fire Safety During Travel


I don’t know about you, but safety is always on my mind especially when I am traveling.

One of those things that I’m always concerned about, especially when I end up in locations where fire safety isn’t regarded as important as it is in the UK, is fire safety.

One of the things that I am packing into my luggage at all times is a portable smoke detector. So if I’m staying in a hotel or any other place, I can simply put the smoke detector in the room which helps me to sleep a little bit more soundly.

So if you’re curious now about getting your own travel smoke detector, you can get these pretty much in any home improvement store, on the Internet or in any large department store for cheap. You don’t need to look long for a portable smoke detector. You can just get any other ordinary smoke detector which should do the job. Most of these are small enough to the should fit into your luggage without a problem.

And if you’re already at it, make sure that you also get the matching batteries for the smoke detector. You can do it like I do and always get a fresh pack of batteries right before your travels. It also a good idea that you do a check whether the batteries and the smoke detector work before you pack them.

If you want to learn more about fire safety during travel, I recommend that you check out these links:

If you’re interested to learn more about fire detection, including how an optical fire alarm can now even detect fires in the outdoors you can start here:

Category: Tips
October 6

False Widow Spider Here In Durham

false-widow-spiderThis summer we had a staggering number of false widow spider sightings here in Durham.

To be honest, some of those reports in the papers  seem entirely over the top to me. Some people I know are literally freaking out because they think once they come across a false widow spider that would be the end of it.

While it may be true that false widow spiders can be quite an annoyance and in some cases their bite might lead to infections there is really no need to panic.

And certainly not to go crazy and kill all spiders you see in your home or your garden!

Know that spiders are extremely useful since they get rid of other pests and bugs for you and they do that for free and without any harmful chemicals!

On the other hand, if you find a spider in your home you can simply take it and put it outside. Here is a very good article with some “spider disposal tips” that I found. Check it out, it is quite helpful.

If you’re still unsure about the false widow spider and are scared of it, here at the false widow spiders site you can read more about them. Knowledge is always better than panic!

Category: Tips
October 6

Magnetic Bracelets and My Travel Sickness

It was just about one year ago when Juliet introduced me to magnetic jewellery. This is something I never heard of before and I have to admit that I was very skeptical when she told me about it. For once, Juliet told me that after she got a magnetic bracelet it helped her tremendously with her arthritis and she also swears that it helps her to sleep at night. Because I got curious I did some research on the subject and then learned a little about what they call magnetic therapy.

magnetic-bracelets-for-travel-sicknessWithout going too much into detail, to me it looks like that magnetic therapy work similar as acupuncture. There I definitely know that it works since I see my alternative health practitioner for a long time already for my acupuncture sessions – with very good success I want to add.

So as you can imagine, it didn’t take long until I got a pair of magnetic bracelets. Actually, it was one bracelet and one magnetic pendant. I can definitely say that it helps me falling asleep a lot faster but whether this is a placebo effect or not I can’t really tell.

All I know is that the magnetic bracelets helped me A LOT with my travel sickness! And this was the main reason I wanted to give it a shot since I am looking for a natural way to treat it for an eternity already.

Looks to me like the magnetic bracelets finally did it! I mean I still carry my standard medications for travel sickness with me when I am flying or taking a long train ride, but so far I haven’t needed any of them and I *think* it’s in large parts because of my magnetic bracelet that I am always wearing.

If you have the same problems with travel sickness like I do I’d say you definitely should check out magnetic bracelets. They are not expensive at all. Let me know how they work for you!

Category: Health, Tips
October 1

Seeing The Singing Waiters In London

If you’re a party goer-somewhere in the United Kingdom, in particular in and around London, chances are you have heard of the Singing Waiters. The reason for that is that The Singing Waiters are likely the most popular surprise entertainers in the UK today.

Surprise entertainment right now is all the hype, mainly amongst large companies who want to do something different but increasingly more also for private persons who hire those entertainers for events such as weddings and wedding receptions.

If you happen to be in London, make sure that you see the Singing Waiters because it will be an experience you sure don’t want to miss! You can book those professional dancers and singers for all sorts of events. Their musical repertoire covers everything from the latest pop songs to classical pieces.

Tip: The Singing Waiters can also perform flash mob shows. This is a fantastic idea for unique and creative proposals that no-one will ever forget!

You can learn all about The Singing Waiters and how surprise entertainment can make your party or event unforgettable at their website

Category: Tips
October 1

Travel Tips: Bruton, Somerset

Bruton may look like you typical West Country town but there is more to it, especially culturally. For example, this week, world-class art gallery Hauser & Wirth is opening there which puts Bruton and the Somerset area even more into the spotlight when it comes to fine arts and culture.

In addition to culture and arts there are many more places to go and to see. The area’s fantastic  restaurants in particular deserve a closer look.

To get you started, you should really check out The Chapel.

This is an informal bistro-style restaurant and deli that’s also a renowned wine merchant and bakery.

At The Chapel, chances are there is always some cultural event  going on so it’s definitely worth a visit.


Category: Tips
June 12

The Best Travel Locations in Europe

Check out the great list at

greeceIt’s a list of the best travel locations in Europe. Do you know what the most popular one is?

The Lonely Planet says it’s Greece! Because of the poor economy in Greece, prices there have dropped a lot. Travelers can now have an awesome vacation without having to spend a lot of money.

More reasons why Greece makes it all the way on top of the list of favourite travel locations are the great wines there and of course the weather and awesome beaches!

The above site lists more great holiday destinations so you should definitely check it out if you’re still looking for cool places to go in Europe!

Category: Tips