On Your Feet Britain

On Your Feet BritainThe 27th April is ‘On Your Feet Britain’ day, the challenge is simple – spend less time sitting and more time on your feet!

Medical research suggests that sitting for more than 4 hours per day contributes to health issues, for example a reduced metabolic rate – essentially burning less calories, disrupted blood sugar levels, heightened blood pressure, increased insulin levels, switched off leg muscles and the shutting down of enzymes responsible for burning harmful blood fats.

It is thought that a culmination of the above health issues can lead to major diseases like cancer, heart disease diabetes, dementia as well as other health problems like obesity, back ache, muscle degeneration and depression.

The problem is that British people sit on average for 8.9 hours per day, but many of us sit for even longer. If you tot up the time you spend sitting during a commute, whilst eating, whilst at work and relaxing – whether that be in front of a computer or TV – you might find the figure is scarily higher! (more…)

Runes – part 2

RunesIf you missed the introduction to Rune, and the first few interpretations of the alphabet – Fehu, Uruz, Thurisaz and Ansuz then click here first.

Rune Interpretations

Raido – You need to move on with your life, perhaps you are feeling stuck, this may mean on an emotional or spiritual level, but you may also go on a physical journey.

Kaunaz – To see the right way ahead, you must first shed light on your current life story. Better understanding will come from looking honestly.

Gebo – Love. Generosity. Gifts. Working for a higher purpose.

Wunjo – A happy relationship and the joy that brings. But also, contentment in general – you are happy with your lot! (more…)

Runes – Part 1

RunesRunes are shrouded in mystery, partly due to their complex meanings. They are said to have originated in Scandinavia, as an ancient form of alphabet. It was some time later before they were used for the purpose of divination, at that point they were known as the Elder Futhark. Originally Runes were carved into small pieces of wood, but nowadays they can be found carved into many different materials. Traditionally they are kept in a fabric pouch. As well as casting to divine the future, folk select their favourite Rune/meaning and keep them close to act as talismans. They can also be used to enhance meditation, or as a singular divination tool when you want a specific question answering.

Norse legend just underlines further the allure and power behind Runes, the story goes that Odin who was the god of magic and the underworld, impaled himself with a spear and was hung by his feet from branches of Yggdrasil (Tree of the World), over the course of 9 days and nights, he searched for enlightenment and was eventually rewarded with runes lying on the ground below. (more…)

Chinese New Year 2018: The Year of the Dog

Chinese New Year: Year of the DogChinese New Year commences today on Friday 16th February 2018, bringing in the year of the Dog and saying goodbye to the year of the Rooster.

The Years

Those born in 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006 and 2018 were born in Dog years. The next Dog year after 2018 will be 2030. The Dog is the eleventh position within the Chinese zodiac, following the Rooster and falling before the Pig.


China also works with element theory, so each zodiac sign is also associated with one of the five elements: Gold (metal), Wood, Water, Fire and Earth. The characteristics of a person are therefore impacted by both their animal sign and element. (more…)

Valentine’s on a Budget

Valentine's DayValentine’s Day is here again, and there is nothing better than the feeling of love. However, Valentine’s Day does bring with it the issue of money and gift buying. Just how much should you spend? If money is tight, does that mean you love them any less?

In 2017, the UK spent a whopping £713 million on Valentine’s Day. It was found that there was a peak in spending on the weekend prior to the 14th February. As a result, ‘Red Saturday’ was coined. A massive £69 million was spent on flowers and a further £42 million on chocolates. Research found that £77m went towards buying a loved one jewellery, while one in every £8 spent went on a romantic getaway.

But if you are not flush with cash, then there are many ways to say ‘I Love You’ without the need for a string quartet or breaking the bank… (more…)

Is it time to talk about money?

Burying your head in the sandMoney is an uncomfortable subject at the best of times, but there are some simple steps to makes sure that you are making grown-up moves with your money in 2018, rather than fighting fire!


Experts recommend that we have 3-6 months money in savings equivalent to our salary. This is rainy-day money to cover emergency things like something going wrong with your boiler or car, or at the worst end of the scale ill-health or being made redundant.

If you have money in savings, then now is the time to look around at better rates. Interest rates on savings have stayed stubbornly low, but with The Bank of England having just raised interest rates, some financial institutions have raised their saving product rates – make sure you get the best rates you have for whatever money you have. (more…)

Is it worth setting New Year Resolutions?

New Year ResolutionsStatistics show, and possibly your own experiences bear out that we often struggle to stick to New Year Resolutions. Failing in our attempts can be psychologically damaging and have us starting the year feeling despondent and like we lack self-control and will-power.

But on the other hand, reflecting on the past year and reviewing what has gone well and what made us happy as well as where there is room for improvement is a positive thing. It is one way of making sure we do not get bogged down in the humdrum of every day life and that we make time for what truly brings us joy and that we address the things that are really making us unhappy.

So, if you want to make changes in 2018, it would seem that you have to tackle New Year Resolutions in such a way that they are actually achievable. (more…)

Boost Your Immune System in Unexpected Ways

Immune SystemAt this time of year coughs and colds are prevalent, the stress of Christmas and sometimes burning the candle at both ends during the holiday season can leave your immune system a little under par.

Rather than turning to the medicine cabinet, why not try boosting your immune system in a more holistic way? You might be surprised at what works:


It is easy to stay at home in-doors when the weather is wet and cold, but actually getting out, meeting with friends and family and having meaningful interactions reduces chronic stress, which in turn reduces negative impacts on your immune system. (more…)

Festive Offer + Avoid the Dreaded Christmas Weight Gain!

Weighing ScalesI am writing this article in October, but already the shops are filling up with holiday goodies – Mince Pies, Christmas Cake, Christmas Pudding, Cheese Biscuits, Peanuts and of course the beloved Quality Street and Roses to name a few…

Research suggests that most people will put on just over two pounds in weight over the holiday period, but for many the weight increase is much higher, especially with bank holidays allowing for extended time away from work. The most worrying thing though is that often those few extra pounds stay on, and so gradually year on year we get a little bit bigger! (more…)

Seasonal Book Releases

At My Table by Nigella LawsonIf you are one of those people that does not like planning early for Christmas then look away NOW!

If, on the other hand you like gathering up some presents early, then it might be worth taking a look at the latest books that have been released or are due out soon.

There is literally a book to suit each loved one in your life!

Starting with our cover star Nigella’s latest book is called At My Table: A Celebration of Home Cooking, as the title suggests the book is supposed to be recipes that we can all cook at home using comforting ingredients that we are all familiar with. The book is not about having specialised equipment or making things over complicated, just good food that doesn’t require a lot of technical ability and can be shared with friends and family.

In November a 6-part series will run on BBC Two by way of accompanying the book.

Publisher: Chatto & Windus (more…)

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