EVER felt that September is the real start of the New Year – and not January? The time when, after the long summer break, kids are back at school and adults at work.So much so that, when I still lived and worked in the UK, I used to think of the day after the August Bank Holiday weekend as “back to school for adults”.September always felt like a new beginning because of the change in routine (at least if you were in school or had kids in school). A time of fresh starts, self-evaluation and, for travel operators, the inevitable post-holiday complaints. Like some of the following that do nothing to dispel the stereotype that we Brits are a nation of whingers! Some past complaints from British tourists (all genuine – honest!) are particularly telling. One angry tourist who took a summer cruise around Alaska complained the weather wasn’t as warm as expected – “I wish I stayed at home!” For another, “topless sunbathing should be … [Read more...] about September’s the perfect time for all your ‘New Year’ resolutions!
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With less than 100 days to go until microchipping becomes compulsory for all dogs in England, Scotland and Wales (6 April), the British Veterinary Association (BVA) are urging dog owners to make it a New Year’s Resolution to get their canine companions chipped. Microchipping a dog is an easy and harmless procedure and provides your pet with a form of identification that lasts a lifetime.Each chip has its own code that is revealed when scanned by a vet, which correlate to owner’s details on a database.A microchip provides vets with all of the information required to reunite stray or lost dogs with owners, with figures from BVA’s Voice of the Veterinary Profession survey revealing that the most common reason vets could not reunite missing dogs with their owners was due to a lack of identifier (reported by 71% of vets); followed by 23% of vets citing incorrect information on the microchip database as the second most common reason.Sean Wensley, President of the British … [Read more...] about Think chips for your New Year’s Resolution
Have you ditched your New Year's resolutions to lose weight and get more active? If you have, then the Public Health Agency (PHA) is on hand with tips and advice. They say the key to success is to be realistic and make small manageable changes that work for you.Caroline Bloomfield, Health and Social Wellbeing Improvement Senior Manager at the PHA, said: “Setting targets is important, however it is also important to be realistic. A sure-fire way to fail is to make your goal unattainable.“Making small, positive, healthy choices throughout the day, each day, can over time make a difference to our waistlines.“It’s difficult after indulging over Christmas, but a good starting point is to cut out the snacks.“Research has shown that eating as little as 100 Calories more than the body needs each day could add up to 10lbs of weight gain in a year.“We probably don’t even realise the extras that we eat and how easy it is to eat too much. 100 Calories can … [Read more...] about Have you stuck to your New Year’s resolutions?
PUBLISHED: 15:10 11 January 2017 Cllr Claudia Webbe at bikehangar in Holloway (Picture: Islington Council) Archant I would like to clarify the situation around bicycle storage and on-street parking facilities in Islington, in response to your recent story (“Council to go for bike hangar funds after nurse ‘spoke’ out”, December 29), writes Cllr Claudia Webbe, Islington’s environment and transport leader. At last month’s full council meeting I was pleased to reassure community nurse Ciara Murphy that Islington has more than 2,000 cycle stands across the borough for the public to use, and is willing to install more on pavements – as long as it leaves enough space for pedestrians to get by. The same goes for the council’s own housing estates, and we can certainly look at installing more stands near health centres and GP surgeries for the public to use too. This should help health visitors and others working here to get round on two … [Read more...] about Gazette letters: Bicycle storage, rude dog owners, the homeless and a New Year’s poem
Former TOWIE star will not be taking it easy after the festive period By Megan Nisbet Friday, January 01, 2016 AMY Childs has revealed her "hardcore" health and fitness plans for January. The former TOWIE star told OK! Online exclusively that her New Year's resolutions are all about toning up and eating better. Amy Childs will be hitting it hardcore in January[OK! Online] Speaking to OK! Online, she said: "I'm going to hit it hardcore. "I'm very much into my fitness anyway, but for me tone up and go to the gym more. "I've got a personal trainer, I go [to the gym] about 2 to 3 times at the moment, in January I'll be looking to go 4 to 5 times, and the diet as well." The reality TV star also revealed why this Christmas will be different to last year. Amy Childs - Through The Years Tuesday, … [Read more...] about Exclusive: Watch as Amy Childs reveals ‘hardcore’ New Year’s resolutions