0

Derby County F.C

The start of August can mean only one thing. It’s time for the footy to start a new season! We have enjoyed a pretty good sporting summer thus far as well! Between Wimbledon, the Ashes, the Copa America and the Tour de France as personal highlights, the break has gone quickly.

So today I thought I’d write up my season preview for our local stars at Derby County! With the new season come new faces. First of all, the new head coach, Paul Clement. He comes in from being Real Madrid’s long serving assistant manager. We hope he can bring some success to this season and get us that promotion we deserve!

One of his first decisions has been to promote Chris Baird to captain. Along with that we have seen seven new signings join us over the summer so far. It will be interesting to see how quickly the new look side will gel together in competitive fixtures.

The first fixture of the season is away at Bolton. We will be looking to take advantage of Bolton losing some key players over the summer to start off the season in the best possible way – 3 points!

The first home game of the season sees us take on Charlton and the stadium should be full and lively! With the papers giving us the strongest squad on paper, we should hopefully be in for a great season.

Target: Promotion.

0

The Best Theme Parks in England

Many theme parks around our beautiful country have been criticised over the past few months, but I still believe that these are easily the best places to visit if you are looking for an action packed day out.

So I have put together a list of what we think are the top parks in the country:

Blackpool Pleasure Beach, Lancashire.

Since it was founded in 1896, the Thompson family didn’t expect this amusement park to become anywhere as colossal as it is nowadays. Now a world-renowned park, it was voted the best theme park in the United Kingdom of 2014, so is there really any argument why we have chose it? Pleasure Beach is home to what was the tallest and fastest rollercoaster in the world, when the “Big One” was opened back in 1994, no other ride in the world could compare to it, and nowadays not many other rides in England gives you the thrill you get when you ride the “Big One”.

Alton Towers, Staffordshire.

We all know Alton Towers has been at the centre of a storm recently with what has recently happened on its newly built rollercoaster “The Smiler” and we totally understand this, but what we also understand is that Alton Towers is one of the most beautiful theme parks in the world and no wonder with the famous towers which stand over the park and the eccentric gardens which surround the rides.

Not only does the amusement park boast some of the worlds most thrilling rollercoasters such as Nemesis, Oblivion and Rita but it also plays host to a wonderful waterpark which has everything you can ask for in a day out in a waterpark – it really is a special place!

Why don’t you plan a fun filled getaway in a beautiful 4* hotel in Derby with tickets to the fantastic Alton Towers included, for more information CLICK HERE! 

Thorpe Park, Surrey. Thorpe Park is home to some of the countries most thrilling rides, the Park now targets the young adult audience after a substantial investment in crazy rides like SAW: The Side and SWARM – but don’t worry this isn’t just for teenagers, it also hosts the world-renowned Nemesis Inferno along with other fantastic rides such as Stealth, Flying Fish and Colossus.

If you need somewhere to stay, you can treat yourself to an exciting action-packed getaway at a beautiful 4* hotel in Croydon, CLICK HERE!

0

TIPS FOR FIRST TIMERS AT A SPA

spa-tips

If you are a first timer at a Spa and you are feeling nervous, don’t worry, you are not alone. There are many people out there who have never been to a spa before. Spa etiquettes tend to be a source of anxiety for first timers but it is very simple and easy once you get to know the basics.

TURN OFF YOUR PHONE

You go to a spa to indulge yourself so the first golden rule is to switch off your phone as you can never relax answering calls and responding to text messages. Moreover, you will be disturbing others around you too.

ARRIVE EARLY

Give yourself plenty of time to get there as you do not want to stress before a massage. It is better to arrive ahead of the appointment time and relax than to arrive late and miss part of the treatment. Arriving early gives you the chance to leisurely change into your robe and enjoy a dip in the pool, a hot tub or the steam room.

TAKE A HOT SHOWER

It is nice to take a shower and freshen up before the treatment begins. It is important if you had a dip in the pool to wash off the chlorine.

SAY WHAT’S ON YOUR MIND

Proceed to the waiting room a few minutes before the scheduled time. When you make a message appointment, the receptionists generally enquire whether you prefer a male or a female therapist. Both are professionally trained to respect boundaries and use proper draping techniques so either should be fine. The therapist comes to get you when it’s time for the treatment and escorts you to the treatment room. Before the message, the therapist will instruct you to get up on the table face up or down and during the message you should feel free to say what’s on your mind. For example, more pressure, less pressure, extra blanket or adjusting the warmth of the message table.

CONVERSATION

It is up to you whether you want to have a conversation with the therapist or not. In case, the therapist is doing most of the talking and you are not in the mood, you can politely say that you want to take a light nap. The therapists will get the hint.

AFTER TREATMENT

After the treatment is done, the therapists will leave the room so take your time to get up after the treatment finishes but do not linger around for too long. There are other clients waiting. The therapists will knock before coming back into the room to help you if you require any help.

For the original article visit Hallmark Hotels

0

Easy Ways to make meetings exciting and productive

Studies reveal that meetings are seen by most people as a waste of time. According to Epson and the Centre for Economics and Business Research, ‘Wasted time in meetings is costing the economy £26 Billion,’ the research further reveals that, ‘repetition of information, lack of focus amongst attendees and unstructured agendas were seen as the top time-wasters.’

Daniel Solomon, Economist at CEBR suggest that, ‘With the UK experiencing the first double dip recession since the 1970s, it is vital that UK businesses look to address their policies on meetings and consider ways that these meetings could become more effective. This research suggests that if meetings became more efficient, GDP could be increased without anyone having to spend any more of their day at the office.”

Michael Begeman, leading authority on one of the business world’s most universal rituals: the meeting, points out that, “Great meetings don’t just happen — they’re designed. Producing a great meeting is a lot like producing a great product. You don’t just build it. You think about it, plan it, and design it.”

Meetings should be fun, exciting and productive and it’s all about following the right steps to achieve that goal.

Natural light therapy

Change of ambience makes a big difference to the mood of the meeting. It takes the stress and dullness out of participants. Most companies have stuck to the stereo typical meeting rooms with artificial white lights. Choosing a meeting place outside the office with plenty of natural light is the key. Participants in such settings has proven to be less prone to negative emotions, more focused on tasks and discussions,more productive, happy and positive.

Connecting with everyone

Establishing eye contact right from the beginning of the meeting is vital as workers feel more connected to the session and tasks at hand. Eye contact makes meetings more personal and builds rapport which promotes collaboration.

Make opinions matter

Encouraging participation ensures the full attention of the participants. Taking their opinions and feedbacks on board results in a boost of their morale as it gives them a feeling of belonging and excitement. Assigning someone as a meeting moderator is a good idea to ensure everyone participates and no one is left out.

Individual action plan

Instead of allocating tasks and things to do to each and every one, request the participants to share what they think is their responsibility. This ensures that participants are alert and know exactly what they are supposed to do. Having their say at meetings without being dictated makes a refreshing change.

Short and simple

Set a specific and detailed agenda. Meetings which are short and simple has a long lasting impression on participants than meetings which drag on and on. Allocate time limits for each discussion so that everyone sticks to the time they are allowed. So much time is wasted waiting for late arrivals so it is best to start on schedule when everyone is anxious.

0

New Year 2013 Events in Derby UK

New Year Party Venues in DerbyThis year we have our usual smorgasbord of fantastic events planned so that the population of Derby can welcome on the New Year in style.

The New Year’s Eve party venues in Derby are likely to be just a rowdy and popular as they always are and so we thought we would put together a little guide to help you chose the best event for you.

The vents planned for the big night include; disco nights, magical party nights, festive lunch and dinners, all at a pocket-friendly price. There is usually plenty of food provided in the events and people are required to book tickets in advance as there are very many people who go to attend the events. Continue reading

0

The Top 5 Christmas Events In Derby, UK 2013

People who are planning to celebrate this year’s Christmas in Derby, UK, are in for a glorious time ahead as a number of fantastic events are in the pipeline to usher in this Mega Festival. It is a popular location for the Christmas period for those seeking lively events amongst the festive fun, as there are some of the best hotels in Derby located in close proximity to the festive events. This article lists out 5 of the top events and attractions lined up for Christmas celebrations in Derby this year. A brief description of these 5 events has also been given as follows for the information of the readers: – Continue reading

0

Top 5 Attractions To See And Visit When Staying At Derby Hotels

Derby HotelsDerby is a splendid place to stay when you are on the doorstep to the magnificent Peak District, which is the most central city in the UK. There are so many excellent reasons that you should make Derby your next place to visit and stay at one of the many Derby hotels in the county for an amazing getaway. Of course, you may keep coming back again and again since there is so much to do and see in Derby. So below is a roundup of top 5 of attractions in Derby that you must go and see if you ever end up staying at one of the hotels in the county. Continue reading