What do you think of all those new low-budget fitness gyms that popped up in London recently?
To be honest, I wish those large gym chains like Pure Gym and others wouldn’t buy out many of those other gyms.
I have noticed that the quality and the service of those newer gyms can often be seriously lacking.
To me it seems that all what those budget gyms do is that they want to get as much people in their gyms as possible by luring them with their low prices. But to me it seems there’s always some disadvantage.
They don’t care about friendly service any more and a lot of those fitness studios I noted have very outdated equipment, like they don’t care any longer to get the best machines. I guess it’s you get what you pay for.
What do you think about those large fitness gyms in London?
If you ask me, I have not seen any reason to switch to another gym seeing what’s going on in London right now. I’m still very happy with my favourite gym in Hackney London Fields fitness. I like their trainers which are always friendly and most importantly the know their stuff. I have seen some guys in other studios where it looked to me that those guys are just some students they hired but they didn’t really have any training or whatever qualifications. And for me, knowing that I always can get qualified help when I need it is very important, especially if I am not entirely sure about what routines I should do.
According to a report over at Runners World, women are better at running marathons than their male counterparts.
The article in the magazine mentions a statistical analysis of marathon splits were they found that women are almost 19 percent better at running during marathons compare to men.
While it has been shown that males are the faster runners, they are considered not the smartest, a treat that plays a role when it comes to extended running times.
A Swedish researcher, Jens Jakob Andersen studied 1,815,091 results from more than 130 marathon runs during the past six years. A previously conducted report that studied marathons in Chicago, Illinois can up with similar results.
The most startling revelation of those studies is that men tend to slow down more in the second half of the run compared to female runners.
The study likewise found that the younger runners, aged 19 and under are amongst the worst performers. Those runners aged between 35 and 39 and 40 and 43 are found to be the best pacers.
If you want to make sure that your children get the best education you cannot start early enough with this!
One of the most important decisions here can be about your children’s school – without a question!
A school with a rather poor education standard can well be THE major obstacle in your children’s life later on.
It can even mean that your children’s chances for a good job can be very limited since employers today may look very closely at your children’s school history.
Unfortunately, if we’re talking about good education, public schools in the UK are not exactly the best option. Public schools suffer from a number of problems that can range from overcrowded classrooms, stressed teachers to often limited extracurricular activities.
There is no way around the fact that a private school can be a much better choice if you want the best for your children. Most of our private schools don’t suffer from those above problems. With less children per class come more dedicated teachers and as a result of this also better grades. For those children who love sports, private schools by and large can offer a lot more as compared to the UK’s public schools.
For parents who see that public schools cannot offer their children the education they deserve there are some good news: Private schools today are not just for the wealthy elite anymore. Several private schools in our nation today are now rather affordable which makes this an attractive alternative for a lot more families.
If you’re looking for a suitable private school for your children I recommend you start here with this list. Make sure you contact your local private schools and compare their offers and costs side-by-side. Here in Hertfordshire I can recommend the Kingshottschool as the prep school in Hertfordshire you should look into for your children.
Bratwurst, hot Glühwein and spicy gingerbread: There is almost no major town in the UK where you wouldn’t find the one or the other German Christmas market going on right now.
But do you know how this German tradition made it here to us in the UK? How is it possible that a German tradition is now an attraction in most of our city centers?
The BBC has a rather interesting article than will shed a light on this!
Let me mention some of the startling things from the article: The Frankfurt Market in Birmingham had almost five million visitors last year! Almost nine million people went to the Manchester’s 300-stall market, which has seen huge growth ever since it started up in 1999 as a small market with a mere 15 stalls.
What is also interesting is that our German Christmas markets are a rather recent thing here in the UK. Twenty years ago those markets were almost non-existent. It was just in the last 15 years that they popped up in many towns where they quickly grew very popular!
Me and my buddies have been to the races this weekend, this time we visited the Racecourse in Exeter, the Exeter Jockey Club. This is one of the tracks I really like and we always have a load of fun when we’re there.
We also found out that they will be celebrating Devon Day on November 23rd so we’ll definitely be back soon!
If you check their site, there is some more information of what will be offered on Devon Day at the Exeter Racecourse on Sunday, November 23. The racecourse will be staging the first ever race for Dartmoor’s native ponies!! This is one event I am looking forward since I love ponies!!
The pony race will start at 12pm and afterwards the Clydesdales will take centre stage with professional jockeys’ on board.
Of course there will be lots of foods and drinks and a grand farmers market too along with some local bands. All in all there will be seven races!
To get there they have a free bus free bus from Exeter St David’s at 11.15am and the Bus and Coach Station 11.30am!
The best thing you can do is simply check their site at http://exeter.thejockeyclub.co.uk/, there is a little more information if you want to come too!
Also, before I forget: Check the Horseracingpro site for some cool racing tips, he is a great horse racing tipster always good for a helpful tip! I can highly recommend Bob’s competent advice!