Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Travel Tips That Will Keep You Safe When You Visit Developing Countries

Travel Tips, How to stay safe in developing conutries
I have been lucky enough to have had the privilege to travel to many different countries in the world, including some of the not so-safe places, like South Sudan and Nigeria. I’ve sat in an open air restaurant listening to gunfire echoing around the city in Uganda, I’ve watched cars float by down the road in a flash flood in Mozambique, I’ve been in a land rover surrounded by an angry mob in Nepal, I even nearly lit a cigarette during Ramadan in Kuwait, but only very rarely in all my travels did I ever feel that I was really in any danger.

Whenever you step outside of your front door, there is some element of risk, but when you travel abroad, you do have to have your wits about you. We all know about things like not keeping your wallet in your back pocket (yawn) and keeping your passport safe, so here are my own ten tips on how to stay safe when you are travelling in another country.

Friday, 13 May 2016

1980s TV Shows – MacGyver

"Another day, a whole ‘nother set of fresh possibilities ... I'm a sucker for mornings."

I’ve been watching re-runs of MacGyver on the TV recently and, while it is still entertaining, some of the stereotypical depictions of the foreign bad guys are pretty cringe-worthy by today’s politically correct standards. That aside, and the impossible plans that he comes he comes up with to get himself out of tricky situations, it’s still a lot better, and certainly more family friendly, than a lot of what we get on TV today.

Monday, 2 May 2016

Want a Guest Post on Artois52 Life?

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Guest post slots now available on Artois52 Life

If you are a blogger or website owner, and you’d like to gain more exposure for your website, then guest blogging is a cost effective way to do it. I am offering a limited number of spaces for promoted guest posts on Artois52 Life. 

A Guest post gets you more than just a few backlinks. It gets you traffic, authority, and credibility too. If you’d be interested in having an interesting and engaging article posted here, with links back to your own blog or website, read on, and I’ll explain what’s on offer:

Saturday, 30 April 2016

10 Cool Facts about Happy Days

Happy Days, 1970s TV Show, 1980s TV Show

“These days are ours
Happy and free. (Oh Happy Days)”

The 1970s TV show Happy Days ran from 1974 right the way through to 1984 and it depicted a 1950s that we would all have wanted to live in. The show was originally focused on the Cunningham family, The Fonz was originally just a secondary character, but, as the character of Arthur Fonzarelli, played by Henry Winkler, became more and more popular, his story lines got bigger and, eventually, it was the Fonz who was the main character in Happy Days, the one who got top billing, and the one who best remembered.

How to get Upgraded to First Class When You Fly

How to get an upgrade to first class, travel tips, club class, business class
Yes, it really can happen. You can get that wonderful moment when a member of the airline’s staff comes up to you and gives the good news that you’ve been upgraded for free. OK, so you are more likely to get bumped up one grade, say from economy, to business class, but upgrades from economy to first class do happen, I know, because it has happened to me. The difference between surviving a long haul flight and enjoying one is being in club class or first class, but that costs a fortune so, for most of us, and upgrade is the best we can hope for. There are no real tricks you pull get an upgrade when you fly, but there are a few things you can do to increase your chances of being the one selected for an upgrade should they become available. Here are ten travel tips on how to increase your chances of getting an upgrade when you fly.

Sunday, 24 April 2016

10 Celebrities You Didn’t Know Suffered With Bipolar Disorder

mental health, bipolar, depression, celebrities
When Robin Williams tragically took his own life in 2014, the world was shocked to find out that the movie star who always seemed to be joking and laughing could have felt so low that he’d do such a thing, but he had been suffering with anxiety, deep depression, and bipolar disorder for decades. Bipolar disorder is characterised by dramatic mood swings between depression, where the person feels low and lethargic, to the manic phase, where the person feels euphoric, high, and overactive, and it can affect absolutely anybody. In the manic phase, people can also be extremely creative, which might account for why so many well-known entertainers and artists have been bipolar. Here are ten of those well-known celebrities that you may not have realised suffered with bipolar disorder.

10 Ways to Beat Bad Breath

Men's health, bad breath, hailitosis
Bad breath isn’t solely a men’s health problem, but guys do seem to be more oblivious to the problem when they have it. I once worked with a guy whose bad breath could knock you out from fifty yards. The problem was, the Halitosis Kid, as we called him, was the boss, so no one ever had the balls to tell him why all the staff dreaded having a one-to-one meeting with him in his office.  Bad breath like that can be really embarrassing, but you can’t always smell your own bad breath.  If you are sitting there wondering if your lack of close friends might be down to halitosis, lick the back of your hand, leave it to dry for ten minutes, and then give it a sniff. If the back of your hand smells like a rotten egg, read on, and I’ll give you ten ways to cure bad breath.

Saturday, 23 April 2016

How to Travel Light – Ten Tips

Travel tips, travel light
I was lucky enough to do a lot of travelling when I was working as a consultant and I got to visit many different countries, and, of course, I’ve been on my fair share of overseas holidays too. With all that travelling around the world, I’ve picked up a few travel tips on how travel with the minimum of baggage. I must admit, I could never quite understand the attraction of lugging around one, or more, huge suitcases, at least one carry-on bag, and laptop as well. So, if you are going on a business trip or a short vacation, here are my ten travel tips for travelling light.

How to Re-motivate Yourself after a Setback

Motivation, setback, productuvity

“You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn how to surf.” 
- Jon Kabat-Zinn

I recently wrote an article for a customer about how to motivate yourself to start over after you have had a big setback and the above quote from Jon Kabat-Zinn that I came across really struck a chord with me. It’s a beautiful way to visualise, not simply surviving rough seas, but actually using them to propel you to greater things.  It pretty much sums up everything I wanted to say in this post about how to regain your motivation after a setback, but in just a few words. Read on, and you’ll see what I mean.

Thursday, 21 April 2016

10 Things You Need to Know about Going on a Cruise

Travel tips, Cruise Holiday Tips, Cruise Vacation Tips
If you are going on a cruise for the first time, you may be unsure of what to expect. Will it be stuffy black tie dinners and making polite conversation with elderly people you hardly know, or will it be a riotous few weeks of overeating, drinking too much, and dancing the night away?  Well, the first travel tip about cruises that I have for you is; do you research about the ship before you book cruise, because not all cruise ships are alike. When I went on a cruise with my now ex-wife and our very young daughter, it was the best holiday of my life, but not everything was as I had expected. Read on, and I’ll explain ten travel tips about what to expect on a cruise.

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