Category: Health – Food | Drink | Exercise

This is a “health” category that includes anything related to health topics in general, food, drink and exercise.

Why does Cheese make you dream funny things?

I ate a lot of cheese at the weekend and just remembered that when I grew up people used to say “cheese makes you dream funny“. So I consulted Dr. Google and found this page which explains why. It is not the cheese, it is that anything you eat late at night and takes time to digest, and from my understanding this is the case with cheese, keeps you more awake resulting in you having more vivid dreams. Therefore, it is not the cheese but heavy to disgest food in general. Really, I could have thought of that myself.

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Friday Night Pizza?

You all know that feeling. Friday night. Just home from work and you think – I can’t be bothered cooking, let’s get a take away. For the past 4 years living in Beckenham, there is one pizza place I always recommend: Rocket Pizza! The guys are amazing. Not only do they live down the road from us and the pizza is piping hot when it arrives, but also it is good value for money. Jen’s favourite one is the BBQ Chicken without peppers whilst I prefer the Four Season if I do not create my own: mushrooms olives artichokes garlic (sometimes double garlic) Ham Tandoori chicken double cheese And yesterday, they added tuna to that. Aaargh, just does not mix right. I got a fresh new one delivered (free of charge of course) but would loved to speak to the cook. Mixing tuna with the above is just not right. As I said to my wife, they should have known me by now and asked whether I was sure to have tuna on there. Never mind – I still rate them one of the best pizza take away/home delivery services in SE London.

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fitness first – customer service second!

Fitness First seems to be one of the biggest fitness clubs in the UK. However, their customer service is appalling. I try to be constructive with my critics: I joined them in their Bloomsbury gym in March and went during lunch time. Since I got busier I could not go anymore and tried to go to the Beckenham club since. There I have to sign in every time I go and if I have any membership related questions they refer me to Bloomsbury. So, on 14th of July (coming up 2 months) I filled in a form to transfer my membership at same conditions and be a member in Beckenham. Since, I had  about 5 calls, voice mails etc, returned the calls and nothing has happened. NOTHING at all. Left notes at the reception desk too. Ergo, I called their customer service team in their head office yesterday and said “no one seems to be interested and if I do not hear from you I quit and go somewhere else”. Guess, nothing has happened. I think I might have to go to the Bloomsbury branch and quit my membership and start a new one in Beckenham. The assumption I make

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work life balance

I think the last time I wrote about work life balance was regarding the entrepreneur and intrepreneur. A thought I had was when I have been working from home, which happens occasionally, whether I have a better or worse work-life-balance. And, the answer is difficult. I remember that studying for my MBA we discussed that if you work from home, you should get your own room/desk and area in the house. This way you could “go home” after work and relax, e.g. getting your life. However, for me as an occasional “working from home” person, it is not that easy. A small house with only one proper desk, it is like you are in your living room all day. Often, when I discuss that with clients, I get the answer of “I would get too distracted at home” – I agree, some people can. For me it is usually the other way around: I get up my usual time and sit on the laptop about one hour earlier than I usually do. Then, from a lunch point of view, I eat whatever is around and never really feel hungry, ergo do not have a proper break until the late afternoon.

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Intrapreneurs and Entrepreneurs – work life balance

Some Friday reading I picked up: MT article on Intrapreneurs, very interesting! And, same publication, one about entrepreneurs and work life balance. Very interesting stuff. Does that  mean I am better off and healthier if I work as an intrapreneur? Have a good weekend Volker

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inflation ?! or why are rolls so expensive?

I remember, back in 1997 when I was still living in Germany and planning a trip to the UK, that the exchange rate from the “Deutsche Mark (DM)” to the “Great British Pound (GBP)” was 3:1. So 1 Mark bought me 30 pence! And, I remember that when the price for a “normal” roll went up to 32 Pfennings, e.g. 10 pence, my parents were devastated. That was very expensive for a roll. Now, for the last few days when I buy rolls it crosses my mind that the rolls here are about the same “number”, e.g. 32-39 pence which makes it about 100 pence, a price increase of round about 300%. Unfortunately, the Euro now is so strong that for argument sake 39 pence are about 49 Euro cent. If we assume that the Euro was 1:2 to the DM we are back to 1 DM for a roll these days. Not sure how the inflation developed in the last 10 years. If we assume about 4% on average over 10 years, we would end up with (if I did it right) about 51 Pfennings for a role, e.g. 25 cents or about 28-19 pence. This still means a

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Saturday Mornings and Wine using Online PR

Is it only me or….. I love Saturday mornings. What did I do today? I woke up at 8ish with a tired head. Nice Bordeaux and Cheese Fondue made me very sleepy last night. I got up, showered and first thing: the post office. Aren’t those the pleasures of life where you have to pick up parcels because you weren’t at home during the week and opening hours are during your work time. Then I got the FT, haven’t read it for a while but wanted to get back into the habit, really enjoying it. Off for a massage, shopping in a far too full supermarket, doing the laundry, tidying the house and – oups – it is almost 3 pm. What does that mean? Lunch, a quick tidy, some friends for a BBQ and before I know it, it’s Sunday. So what do I make of weekends these days? To be honest. Our weekends are planned until late September, therefore, I cannot wait until I am there (in September) to have each and every weekend off! Hurray. When I decide to not invite friends for a weekend or two (sorry guys) and enjoy myself, the house and a weekend

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