Five team building ideas for Christmas

Christmas is a time to lighten the mood in the workplace, reward staff for the hard work they
have put in over the year and strengthen that team spirit.

Team building ideas
There are lots of ideas out there for your festive event and here are five possibilities which could
be combined with a traditional Christmas workplace event either on-site or out of the workplace.

  1. One of the traditional events is the idea of the Secret Santa. Staff put names into a hat and individuals pull out a colleague’s name, they then bring a gift for them to the event. Usually a limit will be set on cost, but alternatively, you might introduce different ideas such as homemade gifts, or gifts that are themed, perhaps linked to the company’s own activities.
  2. You might like to consider an organised trip off-site, adding excitement to the day. There are many team building companies which will organise the whole day for you. Many of these provide experiences which your staff are unlikely to have come across before or are unlikely to replicate on their own. Try a tank driving experience
    provided at sites such as tank driving experience to test different skills and build that camaraderie which can be transferred to the workplace.

3. Enhance the feeling of a family in the organisation by organising a ‘bring your children towork’ event. This can be a fun day enjoyed not only by staff but their children too and can be educational for the latter.


Remember it is a fun day too and concentrate on ensuring the visitors have a great build-up to the big day. Care must be taken that Health and Safety issues are addressed and institutions familiar with visits from young people can offer advice on issues to address

4. Another event which will take workers off-site is a Christmas Treasure Hunt. You could theme it along the song Twelve Days of Christmas and send out teams to find the hidden items which relate to the gifts mentioned in the song.

5. Finally, a charity event could be the perfect way to celebrate. It may be an organisation the
company supports, or one suggested by a worker. Perhaps hold a ballot to finalise a choice and get raising those sponsored funds for the event.

Finally, enjoy your event!

The terror of using Superglue.

Since its invention by total accident in nineteen forty-two Superglue has and its use has been the cause of many accidents itself down through the years. The original idea for the glue was to seal up wounds but the combination of cyanoacrylates was just to sticky to use so the inventor Harry Coover
thought they could make plastic removable gunsights instead. Coover soon realised that the best use for this stuff was actually to return to its sticky original use instead. He found that with the right storage container the glue can be used to pretty much stick anything like the metal bonding adhesive, but you should always look for the best metal bonding adhesive
for your project. However, there is a problem with superglue in that it is indeed very sticky and it is more than capable of bonding your skin to the thing you are looking to stick back to together. So, rather than have a jolly trip to the accident and emergency department these simple rules might just save you the time and trouble

  1. Keep your skin away from the stuff. Superglue does a superb job but it is pretty indiscriminate in what it sticks to. The most common accidently sticking is hold and item together without realising that some has got on your fingers as well. So, as you come to extract your fingers you suddenly find that they are sealed together and/or you are still attached to the thing you wanted to fix. The best thing to do is to wear gloves that fit nice and tight but you do run the risk to the gloves sticking to what you’re gluing (better than your fingers though). The best way forward is to make sure you don’t get anything on you.
  2. On that point it is wise to remember that you really do not need to use that much of the stuff in the first place. The clue to its use is in its name. Just a little dab is required not loads and loads. If you put too much on then it will start to leak out of the sides especially if you have to squeeze it together. You will end up with you or your fingers bonded to each other.
  3. There is a very good saying “read the instructions even if you don’t follow them”

If you do get stuck to something or your hands etcetera then the best thing to use to remove the sticky stuff is acetone. What’s acetone? I hear you ask well you and I would know it as nail polish remover. The glue is a form of
plastic and acetone melts it. One other thing to remember you could just pull the fingers apart. You might take the top layer off a bit but that bits dead already and it will grow back. Go get a plaster.

What the forwards do in rugby

Let’s face facts Rugby is not a stylish game of flair and skill for about half of the team. No amount of Rugby Training drill Videos like the ones at
can disguise that fact that unless you’re a back, kicker, scrum half or fly half then you are just going to be a large man or women lumbering around sacrificing your body by piling into tackles or trying to stop those annoying backs from scoring a majestic diving try. Am I being unfair? Probably, let us look at what the forwards in Rugby actually do and how they play a vital part in the game.

A rugby team has fifteen players. Eight of these are forwards and they make up the scrum. This is the bit where they all link together and try and push the opposition off the ball that is put in by the scrum half. The scrum half is not a forward they just try and get the ball out of the scrum and out to the backs so that they can do something flashy and cool with the “ball” while the forwards try and extricate themselves from the scrum without injuring their necks. The other set piece that the forwards get involved in is the line out. As the “ball” is egg shaped
it tends to wobble of the pitch a lot so line outs are quite common. In this case the scrum half (the flashy one again) throws the ball in like some kind of American Football Quarterback and the forwards leap up in the air to try and knock it to the backs so that they can scamper off and look cool. See where I’m going with this? All that the forwards do is get the “ball” to the backs so that they can look cool. When near the try line if a forward manages by some miracle to get the “ball” they surge forwards joyfully in the knowledge that they might just get some glory for once and before they are set upon by the panicked backs and other forwards. They flop over the line and the referee try’s to see if they’ve got the “ball” on the ground or if its “held up”. Generally ever laughs at the big person attempting to run and they get all “ohh well done” and patronising about it and say things like “he did well for a big bloke”.

Rucks and Mauls are the most fun though. The forward gets the “ball” again and then spins round whilst all his other forward friends push them forwards and the other team go the other way. It’s great fun if your idea of that is to be squashed and stepped on. My advice, try and be a flanker, it’s about the only flair role you can do if the teacher, captain says you’re going to be a forward.

The impact our sense of smell has on what we do.

Our sense of smell sits nestled against the other four senses that we use hundreds if not thousands of times a day.
Most of these processes are completely subconscious but they have an impact on the way that we behaviour and the way we go about our daily lives. Our sense of smell is probably the one sense that has most of an impact on our decisions, memories and emotions overall and is one of the reasons that Scent Marketing
is such a popular and effective way of subtly changing the environment to make it more pleasing and also to put customers into the frame of mind to buy items rather than simply browse around the store.

There are some key ways that our sense of smell has an impact on our day to day life and these include:

. Emotions

Our sense of smell is linked to the limbic area of our brain which is concerned with our emotions. This means that a
smell can trigger particular emotions in us whether that is a sense of happiness, sadness or even change the way that
our personality is reflected. The emotions that we feel when we visit a store or perhaps think about a particular product or brand will have a direct impact on the way that we behave in that store and whether we are eager to buy
a particular item. The reason why our emotions are triggered so much by our sense of smell is that it is also very
closely linked to our memories.

. Memories

There have been some great studies that have been undertaken looking into the way our sense of smell affects our memories and it is thought that after coming across a smell after a year people can recall the smell with around an
accuracy rate of 65 percent, with a visual item people can recall it with about 50 percent accuracy in just half the
timescale. Coming across a smell that triggers a memory can then impact on our emotions. This could be anything from the smell of a roast dinner reminding you of your mothers cooking and sitting around the table together on a Sunday lunchtime to the smell of perfume that perhaps reminds you of a past girlfriend and how you felt about them.

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. Productivity

It has been proven that there are certain smells such as the scent of orange that can increase productivity
in an office. A study took place in Japan that saw lemon oil being used in diffusers thought an office where data entry individuals worked. It was reported that after the introduction of the scent the data entry employee's productivity levels increased by as much as 54 percent.

The Legend of Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe has always been a global icon of glamour and sex appeal. She is still well-known and revered to this day, most closely associated with diamonds and beauty from ‘Diamonds are a girl’s best friend’.For Diamond Engagement Rings,Compare the Diamond
. She was an intriguing figure with a complicated life story, ending in tragedy after a meteoric rise to fame. Here we look at some lesser known facts about the woman behind the Hollywood glitz:

She was born Norma Jean Mortenson and grew up not knowing her father. She was sent to an orphanage at the young age of 9 years old due to her mother and grandmother suffering from mental health problems. Both her mother and grandmother were admitted to hospital.

Her mother spent much time inside institutions suffering with mental health issues and Marilyn would be haunted for her whole life with anxiety about suffering the same fate. She even had an occasional stutter at different stressful times in her life. She married at the tender age of sixteen to Jim Dougherty and they remained together for 4 years.

The name Marilyn Monroe
came into being thanks to the head of talent spotting at Fox Studios, Ben Lyon. He felt she looked like a Marilyn, after Marilyn Miller who starred in New York musicals. Monroe was chosen by Norma herself, as it was her grandmother’s last name. Marilyn Monroe was possibly one of the first celebrities to have plastic surgery. She had a minor nose job completed in 1950which lifted it a little. She also had some cartilage inserted into her jaw to give her a more defined chin line.

Many producers didn’t like working with her as she was known for being late andunreliable. She would often be given her own shooting schedule, so others didn’thave to wait for her to show up. The more fame she achieved, the more erratic her

behaviour became. She often didn’t turn up at all or was very late because of her fragile emotional state. She was, in fact, fired from her last ever film ‘Some like it hot’ because of her behaviour. Marilyn first attempted suicide in December 1950 after the death of a good friend. After marrying Arthur Miller, she sadly experienced a miscarriage which led to a further suicide attempt several months later. It is said that Arthur Miller had to call doctors and save his wife from suicide three times. After another pregnancy failed,her behaviour declined even more.

Do you know how to get the best car finance deal?

There are some excellent car finance deals out there just waiting to be discovered. The problem is that many people don’t know how to find them. Keep an open mind when starting your car search, and be sensible about your budget. Read on for more tips on securing the perfect car finance deal.


Consider your budget and think within it. It is important to make sure the monthly repayments are affordable for the entire contract length and that you won’t be pushing yourself financially to afford the repayments in future. Ask for details on the procedure that occurs if you miss a repayment; you need to find out if there are any penalties.

Extra Charges

Another area where there may be charges is if the opposite occurs and you want to pay backmore than the allotted amount each month. Making an early payment could incite an extra charge, so make sure you ask about this. You should also consider the full amount you will have to pay back so you can budget accordingly.

Interest Rates

Think carefully about the interest rate on the finance deal. If you can pay a bigger deposit, this could reduce the interest rate and therefore decrease the amount you have the pay back in total. It often makes sense to try to pay a large deposit as this can make the car cheaper to buy in the long run.

Insurance Options

Find out about motor trade insurance options available for the car finance, such as those available from
. Discuss PPI and other options as this could turn out to be expensive and you might only get limited cover. This BBC
article explores more motor finance issues,such as PCP and hire purchase options.

Running Costs

Your finance repayments are only one expense related to the car. You must also consider running costs such as petrol, insurance and MOT charges. You will also need to factor in any likely repair costs.

Why Do Pallet Racks Fail?

When stock is stored in warehouses on multi-level pallet racks, it’s important that these storage systems are designed to reduce the risk of falling or collapse so that warehouse workers can be confident they are working in a safe environment and there is a lower risk of valuable stock being ruined.

Understanding what causes them to fail is an important way to help reduce the risk of disastrous events happening, as steps can be taken to reduce the likelihood of problems occurring.


It is possible to cause a whole warehouse of pallet racks to collapse if one is nudged in the wrong place, as a forklift truck driver in footage on the Daily Mail
website found.
When a forklift comes into contact with a rack, there is a high chance of collapse, so building in generous amounts of space between the rows of racks is essential. Aisle width should incorporate pallet overhang into the calculations for spacing given between the racks, because if the pallets sitting on a rack are hit by a forklift, the whole rack system could fail just as easily as if the racks suffered a direct hit.

Lack of Protection
Adding rack protection in the most vulnerable areas of the racks – at the end frames and corners – can be inexpensive. Your chosen supplier of pallet racking Ireland should be able to advise you on whether floor-anchored, bolted steel or button-on protection would work
best for you. If their products are designed with these safety features incorporated, you can have peace of mind.

Check what types of features suppliers such as

Clear the Clutter
Take all unnecessary items away from the floors of aisles, because if forklift drivers have to
negotiate their way around clutter as well as transiting the aisles, then they are more likely to
risk a crash.

Check Regularly
Inspecting your racks regularly means you can understand what damage has happened and
whether a rack needs replacement or repair. This will also help you understand whether any
racks have been badly designed for their purpose and are showing signs of being
overloaded and at risk of collapse. Ensure you are confident that any new racks you invest in
have been designed with your warehouse’s requirements in mind.

Cats are much more than great sleepers.

Whether you are someone who enjoys the company of a cat or not there are many fascinating facts about these creatures, some of which you may not have heard about before. Cats are, along with dogs, one of the most popular
animals to have as a pet and our love for them doesn’t stop there with many people looking into Cat Lap trays from
retailers like It has even been scientifically proven that owning an animal like a cat can have a positive impact on our health and in particular on your blood pressure

Here are some facts to have a look at:
 Cats have amazing hearing and they can pick up a large range of frequencies and this covers sounds that can’t be heard by either humans or dogs.
 Much of cat’s communication is done through scent and scent marking. You will often find a cat rubbing their cheeks and the top of their heads along the furniture in your home as well as on fences and plants in your garden. This is their way of marking their territory to deter other cats from entering the area.
 Cats vocalise in a number of ways including meowing, purring, hissing, growling and many more noises.

Body structure
 Cats are very agile and flexible animals and are known for their amazing balance. This is in part due to their long tails and its design with around 28 vertebrae (similar to the ones found in our spines) down the length
of the tail. This is what gives the tail its structure and manoeuvrability.
 Interestingly a cat’s backbone is much more flexible than our own with the ability for one half to rotate in angle of 180 degrees to the other half of the backbone.
 Cats eyes are very adept at being able to reflect light well enough for them to able to see in great detail in the dark, and much more than the prey that they are stalking.
 Grooming sometimes seems to be a favourite past time of many cats and is the main way that they keep their fur clean. This is added to by the fact that their tongues have hundreds on tiny backwards facing spines
called papillae. These are much like the spines on a hairbrush and act in a similar fashion. If you have a cat that is particularly long furred, then it is a good idea to give them some additional grooming each week to help prevent the build-up of hairballs in their stomachs.

Apart from the Grand Prix what else goes on at Silverstone?

As I write there is only 238 days and 18 hours to go before the next British Grand prix at Silverstone.It has been the home of the British Grand Prix for the last four decades and is one of the most exciting on the calendar. It comes alive for the race weekend and you could even be there and a part of it if you just consider joining the Britain F1 Paddock Club by going along and having a look at
Silverstone does not just cater for the Grand Prix. It also hosts lots of other activities through the year. Some of the things it does outside of the race are.

Visit the Silverstone
Experience.This has been a long time in coming but the site has converted one of its old World War two hangars into an interactive museum. Before it became a race track the site was an old world war two airfield which saw active service in the battle of Britain. It won’t be ready until next spring (2019) but it will tell the story of how the site has changed form a monastery to the home of the British GP. It will, of course feature heavily on the racing and racers that have graced the track plus focus on the technology that goes into creating a Formula one car. You also be able to see who the actual race track has changed and why it has had to!

Track days.Ever wanted to actually drive around the Silverstone circuit? You can on special days in a variety of vehicles both four and two wheeled. You get full instruction on what skills and techniques are needed.The track offers a full range of cars including for the top British marque Aston Martin, driving a Vantage and the iconic and
extremely popular Ferrari experience where you get to drive a F430.If that’s not enough, you can have a day of both
Marques plus some high-powered BMW M2’s.For those of you that want to really drive an actual Formula one sports car this is available too. The track has its own Formula for you to try in a single seater and it is the closest you’ll ever get to experiencing want a Formula one drive feels.

Bike Days. The circuit gives you the chance to take on this Moto GP and British superbike venue with a tailored track
day just for the bikers. You can bring you own as long as it fits the specs but the track also has its own you can use.It’s a great feeling to know that you on the same circuit that Rossi, Haslem, Sheene and Hayden have all had to
negotiate.The track also has concerts and conferences to cater for so it’s pretty busy all through the year.

Keeping himself warm in the chilly climate of Lapland

Father Christmas or Santa as he is called by some, spends much of his time in the freezing climate of Lapland, preparing himself for the biggest night of the year. You can bet that he makes sure that all of his heating systems are fully functioning. Having the elves freezing is not an option, especially as they are on a tight time schedule. If you are looking for a Boiler Service Gloucester company to help keep your little elves nice and toasty this year, then take a look at

In a few weeks’ time people across the world will be frantically wrapping up their gifts to get ready to deliver to the lucky recipients. If you are playing the role of Father Christmas this year you might want to know some of the facts behind this magical character.

The earliest record of Father Christmas is Saint Nicholas
who is probably the most popular non-Biblical saint as he has over 2,000 churches that have been dedicated to him across France and Germany and around 400 in the United Kingdom. There have been more artist portrayals of St Nicholas than any other saint (if you exclude Mary). It is Nicholas that the modern-day Father Christmas is based on and who originally lived in the area that we now know as Turkey back in around the 4th Century.

The modern-day Father Christmas or Santa is thought to have been placed in the North Pole as a result of a poem that was written by Thomas Nash in the 1880s. It is thought that the reason he chose the North Pole is because the area was seen as magical and mystical and there were many scientific explorations of the area begin carried out at the time. Since then the homeland of Father Christmas has always been the North Pole.

Here are some quick fact snippets:
Researchers believe that believing in Father Christmas helps children with their imagination and developing the ability to be able to think of different possibilities rather than taking a standard option.
In the past people gave presents to one another on 6th December as this was the Feast of St Nicholas.
It is thought that the reason children who were on the naughty list were given a lump of coal is because it was convenient as Father Christmas was already making his way down the chimney as so could easily grab a piece of coal from the fireplace.