Monday, 23 June 2014

Good things to do in London - Include Exercise FUN

Walking or Jogging -Just Do It!
It’s important to get out and about and do things, see attractions and visit new places. But if you are not physically fit, how will you ever be able to do this?  At some time during the year, most of us follow some form of exercise routine. This is especially true after a season of celebrations, such as Christmas. However, have you ever really thought about why it is so important to exercise, irrespective of how slim you are?  A routine of exercise will contribute to your overall well-being as well as a trimmer body, give you more energy in order to go out and do all those wonderful things to do in London have listed on this site!  Here is a list of some of the benefits of exercise:

1. When you exercise you burn calories! If you burn more calories than you consume you will start to lose weight. So, as part of losing weight it is important to factor into your routine some form of exercise, otherwise you’ll find that it is more difficult to lose weight and keep it off.  

2: If you already suffer from a minor disease such as high cholesterol or high blood pressure, exercise can actually bring these diseases under control. It can also lower the risk of acquiring certain other diseases.  Give exercise a try to day. Find activity that you enjoy doing and do one today.

3:  It has been shown that many diseases such as stroke and diabetes may be linked to a lack of exercise and a poor diet.  Some diseases increase the risk of other ailments, for example diabetes increases the risk of heart attack and strokes. Reduce your health risk by exercising. Find activities that you enjoy and start to do them on a regular basis. Take a walk around this site and find lots of free things to do that will keep you fit and active.

4. Exercise gives you a sense of well-being and will help you to be a more positive person. If you feel happy you will enjoy going out with your family, visiting attractions and doing things in London or wherever you are in the world. You will find that once you start doing things that you will not look back and start to wonder why you did not start sooner. You will also find that exercise starts to become part of your life as many things to do in many countries require you to walk or sometimes even run!

5:  How’s your mind? You need to release those endorphins.  An increase in exercise means an increase in endorphins, which means an increase in your mood. Endorphins make you feel happy as they have a chemical within them that fights stress and depression. Release those serotonin; serotonin make you feel well and they also help out to feel more relaxed which means a better sleep – more sleep means more exercise as you will not be so tired.  Are you ready? It’s time to get up and do something you like doing – exercise.

Finally, I hope this has inspired you to start exercising today. Don’t hesitate - act today. Even if it’s only 10 minutes today, you'll soon build up to half an hour.  There are many things to do in London that will keep you fit and active. You could try the exercise programme or something different, like visiting the sites of your local area and taking pictures. It does not matter what you do, just do it!

Sunday, 22 June 2014

Eat Interactively at Inamo - London Soho FUN


Inamo  is Pan-Asian restaurant and bar where you will encounter a dining experience like no other. Inamo uses E-table, an interactive ordering system which gives you complete control over your dining experience. The interactive tables double up as computer tables , with illustrated food and drinks menu projected from above onto the surface of the table. You have complete control of everything:

1: You can play games
2: Order your food and drink
3: Select your own virtual table cloth
4: You can also watch the chefs behind the scenes
5: Check out activities in the local area
6: You can even order a taxi home

                                                   Address: 134 Wardour St, Soho, London, W1F 8ZP

Saturday, 21 June 2014

Events In London -Include Barbecuing Safely! FUN

Let’s cook right!

I cannot think of a lovelier way to eat out than to have a barbecue.  I can smell it now!  Gathering family and friends together is a wonderful time to catch up, drink, eat and be merry. This is an enjoyable thing to do in London or anywhere in the world.

We all have our issues with regards to cooking, but unfortunately not preparing meat  correctly is a mistake that can mean much more than just bad tasting food.  Food poisoning can be a serious issue and you don’t want your lovely day to be remembered for all the wrong reasons.  Here are a few tips to help you have an incident free barbecue:

How to have tasty meat

1: Meat must be thoroughly defrosted before you cook it. Do not grill or cook frozen meat or meat that still has ice in it. You must thaw out the meat by letting it defrost in the fridge overnight. Alternatively, some microwaves have a defrost setting.

2: Cooked meat should be placed on a another plate/ dish. Do not  put it on the same bowl /plate  you took it from. This is very important as if you do this, harmful bacteria will be transferred to your freshly cooked meat.

3: Do not prod and poke the meat whilst it is cooking; this causes the meat to become very dry and unnecessary grease to fall onto your barbecue, producing food that does not taste very nice.

4: When you have cooked the meat and it is in the barbecue be sure to leave the cover on. Do not continually open it, as this causes it to lose moisture and the meat will quickly become dry and rubbery.

5: Although you may want the meat to cook quickly, do not turn the temperature up, if you have a temperature control. This will only lead to overcooked or even burnt food.

6: Lining your barbecue with aluminium foil may seem like a good idea, but it does alter the taste of the meat. The meat will taste like it is grilled rather than barbecued.


7: Always keep an eye on the barbecue – do not take your eyes off the barbecue! Do not go and do other things – it must be supervised at all times!

8: Barbecues must not be placed against a wall, even once you have finished cooking. The grill must have completely cooled down before putting back against a wall and definitely do not cook with it against a wall. The heat from the grill can transfer to a wall and this can cause the wall to heat up and explode!

9: To avoid any unnecessary accidents, whilst the grill is cooling, put the grill cover back on.

10: I know we all hate the clean-up, but it is imperative that you clean the grill before you store it away. This is very important as this could be a possible fire hazard the next time you use it. Also, you don’t want to keep replacing your grill and so for the longevity of your grill it’s best to take care of it.

11: Wait for the grill to cool right down before attempting to clean it. Some grills appear to be cool but are not. Once it is completely cool then make sure you give it a good clean, ready for your  next barbecue event!

Lastly, have fun. It’s great to go out and do things, but sometimes simple outdoor cooking can be just as good a day out as leaving your home. If barbecuing does not take your fancy, look around the site for other great days out, things to do and attractions to see in London and around the world. Have a great day, whatever you decide to do.

Monday, 16 June 2014

12 Free Unbelievable Ways to Eat Healthy When Out and About! FUN

It is difficult to control your meal choices when you are out and about .   After all, you want to have a good time without thinking too much.  The good news is, you don’t have to restrict your diet; it’s important to consume a variety of foods and enjoy what you like within moderation. Here are a few suggestions to help you make some healthy choices and enjoy your day out:

          Substitute fizzy sugary drinks for water or reduced calorie soft drinks. Can’t stand plain drinking water?  Dilute the soft drink with three parts of water to one part soft drink, add ice and it will taste fine alongside your food.

          Love those side orders? Order your sides and salads separately so you can proportion how much you have and add a small amount of sauce rather than the total amount you are given.

         If you like pasta, take care not to order dishes which are heavily laden with cheese and cream sauces. Try to select a tomato based sauce instead. This is less fattening but still bursting with taste. Tomato sauce is a good form of vegetables and can make up one of your five a day! 

         Love a dessert?  Well order and share with a friend. What could be more sociable? You’ll also reduce the quantity to half. Try and stick to desserts that include fresh fruit    or vegetables and less cream.

         Love fish, lamb and vegetables? Ask for this to be grilled with a reduction of oil, this will be much better than if they are saturated with oil and butter.

         Fill up on soup before your main meal. However, stay away from cream soups which pack a mighty calorie punch, much more than soups without cream or cheese. 

        Baked potatoes are great but the cream sauces and extra butter add saturated fat and calories to your meal. Why not opt for tomato based sauces instead?

        Don’t continue to nibble, when you have had enough – stop eating! You can always take the rest home. What more could you ask for? A ready cooked meal for the evening or next day!

        I find that starters are great if you don’t want eat too much. Order two small starters, along with you beverage and you have a great meal that’s low in calories.

        Try to steer clear of chips as a side. Order vegetables such  as broccoli, spinach or boiled or baked potatoes.

      Same goes with the bread sticks or rolls. Try and restrict the butter you put on them as this significantly increases the amount of calories you consume.

         Wholegrain food is very filling. Try and select brown rice, pasta and bread. Thus, select dishes or a restaurant that offers a selection of fresh and wholesome food.


Friday, 13 June 2014

Learn Easy Magic Tricks - Places to Visit in London FUN

 Magic Courses - For children and adults see Davenport link below for places to  visit in London  for Magic!

As a child I loved to learn magic. I had no idea that it was something people selected as a career. Magic tricks are popular with both adults and
children and can be a fun activity for the entire family to try. I cannot think of a society that does not practice magic tricks. Magic is all around us and has been practised for centuries. There are many easy magic tricks to learn.

There are various objects and materials which are used to perform magic, such as flowers, boxes and cards. I think I am always fascinated by any handkerchief trick or box trick. Most beginners like to learn handkerchief tricks as they are  easiest tricks to learn and you don’t need to purchase any expensive products. 

The Handkerchief Trick
My favourite is ‘Handkerchief  - Change of colour': This is a simple trick but needs to be prepared well.

The audience is shown a handkerchief which is thrown into the air, in all different directions - just for fun - that's easy! The magician places the handkerchief into a closed fist and pulls it through. The handkerchief appears to change colour as it passes through the magician's hand!  The trick is that the magician actually has two hankies in their hand, but they conceal the other one.

As the magician pushes the hankie through his hand he/she reverses the position of the topmost hankie so that the one in the bottom with a different colour is showed up and the hankie apparently changes colour. That's not so easy, maybe I'll practise that part!

Watch how it's done by the professionals: A free easy magic trick for you.

Colour Changing Handkerchief Magic Trick with Christopher James

This trick requires you to be quick  as the alert audience will be endeavouring to catch you out. It entails the magician working quickly and using any distraction techniques  so that audience do not concentrate too much on his hand. You need to keep the hankies moving as one and maintain a constant flow.

Tips on Performing Handkerchief Tricks
1: Be quick
2: Distract the audience - with jokes!

3: Practice lots before you show the trick to an audience
4: Practise will make this magic trick look coo and easy!


Want to buy some magic items or try a course?
The Davenport Magic 
        Founded in 1898 by Lewis Davenport this family business specialises in magic! 
Based in the Charing Cross Underground Arcade in Central London, they cater for all levels of magic from children, novice adults to adult professionals. 
        They sell magic items and  run courses during the year. 

Have fun with easy magic!

Thursday, 12 June 2014


If, like me,  you want to go out and do things, you need to make sure you are not worrying about incomplete jobs at home or work. Time is a precious commodity which needs to be utilised so you get the best out of life and make us all live a healthy life. Here are a few tips to help you manage your time:

 1: Some jobs only require a small percentage of your time. Write a list of small tasks that take up to 10 to 15 minutes and do them.
Get 3 small baskets and do a little
at time
Larger tasks always seem to take precedent and if we don’t do the large jobs we feel like as if we have failed. This results in feeling hopelessness and negative about the job. Complete small jobs first and this will spur you on to do the larger more complex jobs. Alternatively, break jobs down into small manageable jobs. If you manage to complete a set of small jobs, you will feel more in control, than if you completed nothing.
2:  It does not matter how much time you have - you can accomplish a great deal in 20 minutes. 

20 minutes a day would give you almost 123 hours a year. Now this is time that could be spent doing something productive and worthwhile. It is not to be sniffed at! Time is a valuable asset and each minute you waste , is time flushed away.
3:  Give yourself some time to play with. Set yourself deadlines and targets.

What can you do in half an hour? How much can you achieve in 20 minutes? Try to concentrate on the tasks at hand and put off anything or body that is vying for your attention. Concentrate 100% percent on the task at hand and do not stop until your allocated time is up. How much did you get done?

 4. Work on a certain project over a certain period of time.

Often times we decide that we must finish a given task by attempting to do it once. As above, concentrate on breaking the tasks down into small chunks and give yourself an allocated time to do a set chunk. By doing it piece meal you will find it more manageable and less labour intensive. You will also find that solutions to issues and new ideas develop gradually. Once this is done you can go out and do something you enjoy and stop worrying about unfinished jobs.

 5.  How often are you going to do the same thing?

How often are you going to give an update of your work to your boss. Give them the information every 12 days instead of every week. Go shopping every two weeks instead of every week. Check your email 3 times a day instead of 9 times a day! Use the rest of the time to do something productive and useful! How many times are you going to gossip about the same thing? Gossip once and then save your energy for your work!
6: Rise and Shine!

Early morning is always peaceful and quiet. Once in a blue moon, try and get up early and do some work. You will enjoy the quiet and get a lot more done without the constant interruptions of work colleagues or children. Allocate yourself a set day each month or week to get up early and do a given number of hours work. You will love how much you can get done!

Now you have freed up time to get out and about and do things in London you like! Have fun.

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

How to have Fun without Arguing – Days Out with the Family FUN

Fly high with your family!
I love family days out. Where do you go on family days out? I like to go ice-skating, different attractions  and the theatre.  Some people like going to see relatives, hiking or camping. Whichever activity you select, make it as stress free as possible.

Family days out are a wonderful chance to spend quality family time together.  It’s a great time to talk to children and teenagers and exchange ideas, thoughts and plans. Communication is always good when all the family are relaxed and enjoying being away from stressful work, school or college. Even for stay-at-home mums and dads it can be a wonderful break away from the norm. 

It's important to keep the communication lines open, and a family holiday is a good time to do that. Often when a young person has a good relationship with their parents it ensures that they are well grounded and keeps them out of trouble.  Eating together and family holidays together means more quality time. It has been shown that those who eat together, stay together.

Although family holidays are a great time to have fun and get to know your children and family better, the issue of poor communication may still lurk in the background. It is important, especially with teenagers, to listen and be flexible.  Find out what the children and teenagers would like to do and eat and plan accordingly.  Plan together so everyone is part of what things to do. While even teenagers need boundaries, it is important for parents to try to avoid needless confrontation.  Explain why you make the decisions you do and show them positive attention.

Kids and teenagers will appreciate being included in travel plans.  Their choice of destination may not be what you want to do, but there is no harm in being adventurous and flexible – you all will have a chance to select what you want to at some stage. Teenagers may opt to go to a theme park or ice-skating, there is no reason why the entire family cannot give it a try! This sort of negotiation and consideration will go a long way to restoring your bond with your children, it might even earn you some kudos!

Try and help teenagers that are being uncooperative or behaving in a manner that is causing a problem, by  dealing with them sensitively. Do not make as scene and talk to them away from others.  Young adults are very aware of being embarrassed, so it is important to be sensitive towards them and avoid unnecessary confrontation. It is a good idea to explain to  them how their behaviour embarrasses you, and they  might endeavour to be more cooperative.

Kids will be happier on family vacations if they have snacks, drinks, and entertainment – not many children enjoy lengthy journeys. Take along as many items that will provide entertainment such as, board games, cards and videos to play - if you have a portable CD player. Some children enjoy mapping out the journey and following the route can keep them occupied and stem boredom. This not only keeps them occupied but also is a wonderful learning experience – as they are learning navigation skills.

By following these suggestions, you can make happy memories on your family days out. Have fun!

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

How to have more money – to go out and do things in London! FUN

Don't let your savings float away!
We all love to go out and have a good time.  There are many free activities and attractions in London, however many do require you to spend some money. Money is obviously important for us to manage our lives, but there are only a few people who really know how to manage their finances. For many of us it is difficult to manage our finances even though we would love the extra cash to enjoy going out and doing things. 

For the majority of the time saving money does seem, for many, like a good idea. However, temptation lurks just around the corner and many of us succumb to temptations and thus spend the money we should have otherwise saved. I have listed some helpful tips on how to save money and avoid the temptation:

1. It is vital that you know what your temptation is.  Are you tempted to buy fast food constantly, handbags, shoes or even video games? If you are tempted to buy handbags, video games or shoes for example, you have to first recognise this. Stay away from stores that sell these items and think carefully if you need to replace one of these items. Try and cook from fresh as the food will go a long way,whilst junk food last for the moment - you don't normally have much leftovers when you purchase fast food.

2.  Always prepare a grocery list in advance. Write down everything you need and stick to it. Take cash and only what you need to purchase the groceries. Think about what you will be cooking throughout the week or month and concentrate on purchasing the ingredients for that.

3. Only go to the shopping centre when you need to. Do not go window shopping as that will only encourage you to visit on another day and purchase items you really don’t need.  When you are trying to save money, window shopping it not the best activity to participate in; purchasing more stuff means you have less money to go out and do things.

4.  Leave your credit cards and store cards at home. Do not bring them with you, as they  give you the means to finance more stuff that you probably don’t need. By keeping the card at home, you will not only save money but lower the credit and store card debt.

5.  Open a savings bank account that is for a specific period of time. You are less likely to take out the money if you know you will lose a significant amount of interest or if the money is difficult to get at. This will be less tempting for you and will help with building up your savings.

6. Finally, why not consult with a financial adviser? Often times they offer free advice and help - like The Free Money Advice Service. They can give you help and advice on how to save money and get on top of your bills.

Going out and doing things is fun, but it is not much fun when you think that all your savings are being depleted. By ensuring that you save you will feel much happier going out and enjoying yourself. Have fun doing fun things in London with more money!

Monday, 9 June 2014

Things to do in London to keep active – SLEEP! FUN

Sleep and be fit

There are so many great things to see and do in London, however many of us are just nesting! We recline in this nesting state for the majority of our non-sleeping time. Our bodies are built to be active and move. Our intelligently designed bodies are meant to run, walk and jump over plains and mountains. We were not designed to slumber from bed, to breakfast, onto public transport, to office chair, to a restaurant and then back to our couch and then to bed! This continuous cycle makes us overeat and gain weight which all combines to a sedentary lifestyle.

Unfortunately, most of us have a life that keeps us jailed to a chair or other sedentary obligations. Exercise is something that is added to our daily schedule instead of just happening as a matter of nature.

Health problems, according to diet experts, in adults and children do not only occur due to overeating, but due to the lack of activity in our daily lives. This is why it is so important for us to move around and be active. So that you stay fit and healthy and ready to enjoy all the things to do with your family and friends, it is vital that you maintain an active life.

In in order to lose and maintain weight it is important to change your lifestyle and not just schedule the sporadic exercise occasionally. You need to be persistent and consistent. If you exercise and do not change your diet then you will find that you maintain your weight and sometimes even gain weight, as exercise can make you hungry.

Exercise needs to be part of your daily life and not just an extra now and again. You should not think of it as exercise but the necessary actions that are needed to stay healthy and part of an overall healthy lifestyle. You need to sustain it so it should fit into what you do in your life and how you live. The four things listed below will give you a start on your way to keeping  active and fit, help you to enjoy life to the full and participate in all the various wonderfulthings to in London:

1. Quality sleep is vital to remain fit and healthy
If you are tired or fatigued you are less likely to want to get up and move around in the day. Take control  of your sleep and this will give you energy in the day to do all the wonderful activities that lack of sleep make you miss out on. If you are sitting around because you are tired you will tend to eat more as a way of passing the time, thus quality sleep is important.

2. Walk the walk
Walking is a wonderful thing to do. London has some wonderful attraction to visit. Walking is one of the healthiest and stress free activities that really does promote a healthy body and mind. Start with just 10 minutes over a five day period and then build it up to 30 minutes a day. Walk bristly and happily! Walk with a friend and have a chat, but keep up the pace. Why don’t you try walking in your garden!

3. Walk the treadmill
The weather can limit the amount of walking you can do. If you have space, invest in a treadmill. Watch TV and walk ! One of the things I like about indoor gym equipment is that I can watch a bit of TV but still get the health benefits of a workout.

4.  Don’t put off what you can do today
Don’t put off exercise because of some of other issues. Make the activity something that will fit in with your lifestyle. That way you are more inclined to stick with it. Don’t come up with excuses as to why you cannot do it. Instead, make sure you put everything in place to ensure that you will be able to fulfil your healthy option and exercise pan.

Remember your health and fitness is a wonderful gift to your family; the fitter you are the more active you will be as a family member and the more things you can do.

Sunday, 8 June 2014

Great things to do in London - Have you had your Tai Chi today? FUN

                                                         The relaxing  martial art activity of Tai Chi
Perfect Chi

Tai Chi Ch'uan means - Supreme Ultimate Boxing, Great Extremes Boxing and Supreme Ultimate Fist!

Martial arts is a great recreational activity that will keep you fit and flexible. If you want to practise at home, for free, just watch a Youtube video  - see the link below. Alternately, you could try and find a local class in London  - see below for a link. As always there are always so many things to do in London, let's find out about Tai Chi.

Tai Chi has been practised in China for centuries as a martial art, to build body strength and a way to improve circulation and energy throughout the body. This activity of Tai Chi focuses on precise movement in order that each movement is correctly formed and felt; this explains the slow and subtle movements that are seem in the practise of Tai Chi.

The smooth non forceful movements of this activity promotes stamina, strength and a good degree of flexibility. Coordination and balance are thus heightened with the practise of Tai Chi as is the way the body and mind work together. This is a wonderful activity for those of you that suffer stiff joints, flexibility issues or those of you that are feeling stressed.

It is true to say that this activity was developed as a martial art, however there are minimal striking moves, offensive and defence techniques. This martial art works on  ensuring your breathing techniques are correct and you will find that all major muscles in the body are working, thus helping the Chi  - which is what the Chinese refer to as our internal  energy. This energy is thought to stop diseases and help with the healing of the body.

This activity when conducted helps the body to remain relaxed and soft; it  is as if you are being held by you’re a hair – softly - and suspended!  It allows your mind to focus on each movement and the  energy to flow around your body. This focusing of the mind and relaxation of the body, aids with the flow of Chi and ensures your entire body is benefiting from the movements

Although your body is relaxed,  you continually move and reposition. The energy continues to move through your body. Done correctly, you will feel weightless and your body will move with very little effort or energy. You will be at one with your body and the moves will come effortlessly.

When Tai Chi is used against an opponent, it is the opponent’s energy that is used against them. This means that there is very little effort that is needed. The key is to wait until the opponent has exhausted themselves  - their mind and body are not working as one – and then attack!  Thus, very little energy or force is needed when attacking or defending as it is all very well calculated.

This activity is a very ancient style of martial arts, and it is not one that is readily available to find a course in. However, as I always say – Tai Chi YouTube is always available and why not give the activity a try where every you are in the world. Follow the simple moves in this video and try a little each morning. I am right with you. Let’s become at peace with the world. After all, this is a free activity that will only cost you time. 

Find a local  Dojo centre - Dojo is a term used to signify the  training place of martial arts. If you cannot find  a Dojo centre  - use the above Youtube video.   I am sure you will have a good experience and it will add to the numerous activities you have to select from this site.

Here is a link to Tai Chi classes in London  There are also many local parks that put on Tai Chi during the summer months. Contact your local authority and find out about the great things to do in London today.


Friday, 6 June 2014

Things to do in London - make a container garden FUN

If - like many people in London or a city - you do not have access to a garden, why not consider creating a container garden which can offer you a wonderful calming environment and can be displayed around window ledges, balconies, steps leading to a front door or rooftops. You can make these areas more attractive, cosy and welcoming just by filling your window boxes with beautiful small perennials and perfumed enhanced roses. Your pots can be arranged with one single type of plant or groups of smaller pots; I am sure you will be delighted with the result.  This is a very relaxing and enjoyable activity that can be done throughout the year even if you live in a flat. There are so many things to do in London!

The beauty of container gardening is that you can create different colour schemes and vary this  according to which flowers bloom and then finish flowering.  The height of plants makes an immense difference to the scheme. Make sure you vary the height of each plant, as well as the texture and shape of the leaves; this will make for a more appealing design. For example, lofty  tall  leaves  will give wonderful scenery to shorter low growing plants with wide leaves. You should try and select plants that have a long flowering season otherwise you have to quickly replace them. However, you could also select plants with a short flowering season but have other plants ready to replace them when they finish flowering.

Find different types of containers to use. You can use an old bowl or a copper urn or old food containers.  You could also purchase containers - for example you could use terracotta. However,  although terracotta pots can look quite stunning, they absorb a lot of water which thus leaves the plants with less moisture.  Consequently, it is a good idea to paint the interior of these pots with a special sealer.  You could also purchase cheaper plastic pots and paint the exterior for a more sophisticated look – use water based paints for this. You will also need to purchase the saucers that complement the pots to ensure that the water does not leak onto the floor and destroy your flooring. Make sure that the potting compost you purchase is a good quality one, as this will ensure your plants grow well and have the correct nutrients.

Prior to purchasing plants think carefully about where each plant will be positioned as you will need to consider this when selecting plants; sun loving plants will need bright sunny areas whilst some plants will grow too big for an indoor area.

If you have any space near your front door, think about having a nice selection group of potted plants.  Clusters of plants on one side are far more attractive than one type of plant on either side.
Think about how you are going to group your plants together.  Odd number grouping work much better than even numbers and a variation in height also adds character and interest to the plants. For example, you could put three or four plants together that are the same but have different sizes and colours – this looks splendid.

Thinking outside the box and with some perseverance,  your container garden will soon start to flourish - bringing a cosy, bright atmosphere to your room. What a wonderful calming activity for adults and children to participate in.

Wednesday, 4 June 2014

How To- Planting Flowers - A Free Activity for All FUN

Gardening is a wonderful free calming, therapeutic activity and even in London, where gardens are small, one can still gain much enjoyment from gardening.  But how do you make the best choices of which plants to buy for your garden?

If you’re like me, you just buy plants because you like the look of them; I have no planned idea of how I am going to plant or take care of the plants.  Standing perplexed peering out into the garden, I randomly decide where the plants will go.  However, much more thought is required to plant out well. I have done the research and now can make a more considered decision of where and how to plant. Let me share it with you:

Prior to purchasing plants it is a good idea to examine the soil – is it well drained or waterlogged and is the area you wish to plant in sheltered or windswept? Once you have identified this, you will have the necessary information to do some prudent planting; warm spots of the garden for plants that like sun; shady areas for plants that need shade; drought resistant plants for areas that can be shaded or sunny; and for those water logged areas purchase swamp plants.

Before you plant out, caution! You will need to establish the ph level of your soil and what type of nutrients may need to be added to it. The test is to find out if the soil is alkaline or acid, as this is vital for plants to grow and survive. The majority of plants prefer soil that is slightly acidic; however there are a few plants that require the soil to be alkaline. It is possible for the you to change the ph level, but this is time consuming and it is much simpler to establish what soil type you have and for that plant type.

Once all that hard work  has been done. Sit down and have a drink – you deserve it! Now let’s start planning.  Think about how you want to plant. You could decide to plant clusters of plants together or alternatively plant out separately. Try and plant in clusters of similar plants as otherwise your garden may seem rather haphazard. When you plant in groups the garden looks uniform and well organised – you can always bring together a cluster of different colours to make a more interesting feature.

Once you have decided on the above, place your selected plants in pots around the garden. This will give you the opportunity to see how they look before planting out. Try to group the plants in odd number varieties. This looks more attractive than even numbers - believe it or not! Thus, groups of three and five are best.  The best desired combination is different textures and colours. Place the lofty tall plants around the centre or back of your garden as they will be viewed from most angles. Plant away from trees as they will eventually compete with your plants and the tree roots will absorb all the moisture and nutrients away from your plant.

Colour is important and the right scheme of colour will enhance even as mall garden in London. Think about what colour the flowers will be when they bloom and how this will combine with the rest of the flowers around them. Remember that flowers bloom at different times of the year, so even though the colours may clash they still can be planted out next to each other as they will be in full bloom during different seasons.  Also think about the foliage colour, even when a plant is not in full bloom some plants have magnificent foliage colour and this will enhance your garden.

Gardening is a wonderful activity for both adults and children. Get children involved in this activity and you will see how quickly they will be able to make good choices and plant out plants that look fabulous. Enjoy! Great things to do in London.

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Tuesday, 3 June 2014

Overweight children could benefit from after school activities FUN

Most research has shown that children are growing fatter because of inactively and not necessary because of the amount of junk food they consume, although the junk food does play a part. Most parents find it difficult to refuse their child treats but treats become excessive when given too readily.

Children tend to spend hours watching TV or playing computer games. However, studies have shown that if a child is given an alternative and TV and games are restricted, children tend to become more active and regain their vitality. When a child is active and happy they tend to spend less time thinking about and eating large amounts of food.

When your child starts to make progress - feels fitter and loses some weight - it is important to praise them with positive comments. Positive comments will enhance confidence and greatly increase self-esteem.

After school recreational activities are a great way for children to become active and lose excess fat. If your child is gaining weight, it is important to quickly get them active as the more weight they put on the more difficult it is for them to lose weight. Schools tend to have a range of fun activities such as football, basketball, gymnastics and Karate. These activities are also available privately; the local sports centre is a good place to find out what is available in your local area. Participation in such activities is a great way for your child to socialise and become fitter and, if part of a controlled healthy diet, will lead to weight loss and an enjoyable active social experience.

Monday, 2 June 2014

Who Dances? Why dancing is global FUN

Why Dance? Dancing is a wonderful thing to do in London.

There are many reasons why people all over the world love to dance. Dancing is a global cultural phenomenon. The reasons that people dance varies, but the  joy and fun surrounding dance as an activity makes dancing a worldwide activity. Dancing classes help you to socialise, learn a new skill and become more involved in your local community.  I hope to inspire you to dance, and if you dance already to keep doing it as part of your active life. Who dances?

Do religion and dance go hand in hand?

Within the Hindu religion worshipping and dance go hand in hand. Dance is seen as a vital part of worshipping of the Divine; Hindu dance is thus a form of worship. Each deity has a different dance associated with them.

Religion has been used around the world as a celebration to new seasons, to praise deities and as a form of expressing joy and happiness. However, some Christian frown upon dance as it is seem as stirring up emotions and actions that should not be made public. Whilst some Christians believe that is important to dance at important ceremonies such as weddings.

Can we dance with a weapon?

Most of us do not dance with a weapon but … using a weapon as part of dance has been used around the world and throughout history by many nations and cultures to prepare for battle and to celebrate winning a battle. Dance using a weapon is still practised in many cultural ceremonies as a memory and tradition to the past. 

Brazilian Capoeira 
During the 16th Century  slaves created the dance system known as Capoeria . During this period slaves were prohibited from celebrating any of their customs or any form of martial arts. As a response to this Capoeria emerged as  a way of circumventing this restriction. The use of dance movements were incorporated into Capoeira to hide any martial art that were being performed, Thus violent kicks were disguised as dance movements. Thus, Capoeira emerged as a way of self defence and as a means of cultural perseverance. 

What is tribal dance?

Many  Native American dances play a vital role in religious and other ceremonies. These dances are commonly referred to as war dances. These dances date back to when individual tribes had specific dances that they used when preparing to battle, organising the gathering of food and also to defend themselves from invasion and others endeavouring to seize their  land. Dance was also used for worshipping of different gods, for prayers as and as an expression of emotions. It can be seen then that dance, like for so many other cultures, is an important part of Native American life and culture.

Try competitive dance

Dance is all around us and some people like to participate in competitive dance.  Competitive dance requires   dedication and perseverance.   Those who dance competitively must be committed to their craft in order to remain competitive. 
You don’t have to dance competitively, you can join a dancing class and just dance for the sheer joy of it - you just want to tap your feet and move your hips!  Dance and have fun - it's a wonderful thing to do in London .

Sunday, 1 June 2014

Stress Free Recreatioanl Activites Give More Fun

Our lives are filled with responsibility.  This demand means that we all need relaxation time. What better way to relax than doing some form of recreational activity. With an abundance of fast food coupled with a sedentary lifestyle it's important to get as much exercise as possible. Any form of activity that gets the body moving is good for you. There are numerous activities and recreational sports. You can turn any hobby into a recreational sport. Why not try a new sport or activity?.

If you can't find a friend to go with  enrol on a course to learn a new recreation sport skills.  Courses can be found on-line, your local college or adult institute. The library is also a good place to pick up leaflets and local directions which may have these listed.  Team recreation sports activities you might like to participate in include - football, basketball, rugby, hockey netball or cricket.   Another team sport you might enjoy is bowling.  Bowling teams are always on the look out for players, no matter what level you are.

You might also want to participate in  dance, gymnastics or horseback riding.  If your daring, why not try weight training or abseiling. Cycling is also fun. Sometimes it's nice to have a friend come along; cycling and running alone can sometimes be a drag but if you bring a friend along, it becomes more enjoyable and you have someone to share a conversation with. 

Youtube is a great place to start if you want to learn  a new sports activity. You can also find courses on-line that will teach you almost any sport, from rock climbing to ice-skating. These courses are great as you can get a feel for the course and decide if the activity is something you really want to do. Once you have learned the basic theory, it will give you more confidence to go out and actually try the activity. Check out bowling lessons on Youtube!

Which ever sporting activity you decide to do, they are all a great way to relieve stress and have some fun.  Find a friend or just do it on your own!


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