Stress can be a common problem for many people in today’s society. According to the HSE (Health and Safety Executive) “Work-related stress, depression or anxiety accounts for 40% of work-related ill health and 49% of working days lost in 2016/17”.
Considering the pressures that many of us contend with at work and indeed in all other aspects of modern day life, it’s not surprising. Symptoms may include increased feelings of low mood and depression, loneliness, feeling upset or irritable, as well as lack of motivation and confidence. People suffering from stress may also find it hard to concentrate or remember things, getting more confused than normal. There can also be changes in behaviour, such as eating habits, sleeping patterns and increased drinking/smoking/drug-taking in an attempt to manage your stress.
Hypnotherapy can be a valuable way to reduce stress and its symptoms. It uses the power of positive suggestions to communicate with our subconscious, to allow positive changes to our thoughts, feelings and behaviours. It can only bring about changes in line with our own values and beliefs, so it cannot make you behave in a way you would not want.
For what looks like it could be our final Pokémon trip of 2017, on Saturday 14th October we jetted off to Stockholm in Sweden for another Pokémon GO Safari Zone event to see if we could better our Pokémon encounters in Paris…
Stockholm didn’t disappoint either; the event started earlier than scheduled and went on late into the evening, giving us over 13 hours of walking to catch rare Pokémon such as Kangaskhan, Chansey, Larvitar, Mareep and Unown.
After finding just 3 Shiny Pokémon in Paris, we were shocked to find a total of 13 (!) Shiny Pokémon in Stockholm, including plenty of Magikarp, that allowed us to evolve our first Shiny Gyarados! The icing on the cake though was catching a perfect IV Machop, along with plenty of Machop candy and stardust allowing us to evolve, power up and max out a perfect Machamp!
We’ve picked out just some of our best pictures from the weekend below. To find out more about other Pokémon GO events, check out http://pokemongo.nianticlabs.com/events/
The past month or so has been a real mix of super busy at work and super busy in the evenings, yomping through the Wiltshire countryside in search of badger traps and nasty people trying to do badgers harm. We’re glad to say that we’ve found lots of active badger setts, and we’ve done our best to make sure they stay that way.
As well as climbing through hawthorn thickets, scrambling up and down near vertical escarpments and generally getting stung loads and super filthy in order to help save our furry black and white friends, Steve (the now very dirty designer) also got to take some pics as he went from wood to field and back again.
There’s no doubt at all, Wiltshire is a very lovely place! If we can get rid of this cruel and ridiculous badger cull, it’ll be even better! : )
Not content with our spoils from the Pokémon GO Heritage festival in Chester earlier this Summer, last weekend we travelled all the way to Paris to attend the Pokémon GO Safari Zone event with over 4,000 fellow Pokémon enthusiasts.
It was a great opportunity to see the sights of Paris while looking for rare Pokémon such as Kangaskhan, Chansey, Larvitar, Mareep and new forms of Unown. Our pedometer showed a total of more than 70,000 steps across the weekend!
As well as collecting plenty of valuable candy for the aforementioned rare species, we were also lucky enough to find our first ever Shiny Pokémon; two Shiny Pikachu and, with less than 15 minutes to go before the event was over, we stumbled across our first ever Shiny Magikarp!
Take a look at our best pictures from the weekend below, and to find out more about Pokémon GO events, visit http://pokemongo.nianticlabs.com/events/
This year, a further 33,500 badgers are to be killed in the UK despite assessments from an Independent Expert Panel (IEP) that the culls are “ineffective and inhumane”. The British Government has spent a total of £50 million pounds of public money on the culls to date, and they are set to continue throughout Wiltshire, Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Somerset, Devon & Cornwall.
The following infographic has been taken from the Badger Trust website:
Are you appalled by this? If so, you can call Claire Perry MP on 01380 729358, or Wiltshire Council on 0300 456 0100, and tell them that you disagree.
You can also show your support for the campaign on social media, using the hashtag #canthecull and find out more about the cull at www.badger.org.uk
There’s been lots of worrying stuff in the news this week about more and more of us doing less and less exercise. Well, one of the things you can easily do to get up and away from the glare of that computer screen is to step outside and go for a walk.
Apart from making you feel better and get fitter, a brisk 30 minute daily walk can help you to avoid heart disease, diabetes and depression.
Our lovely NHS have put together a guide on how to happily stick one foot in front of the other, so take a look, do your laces up nice and tight… and go for it! Enjoy! : )
Since 2012, Plantlife have been campaigning for local councils to adopt their guidelines for better management of road verges to help protect and preserve the wild flowers and wildlife that flourish alongside thousands of miles of roads all over the UK.
This summer, they renewed their campaign efforts with further promotion online and through various media outlets. They have since made a significant breakthrough with the highways agencies who control motorways and trunk roads in England and Wales. As Plantlife state in their recent newsletter:
“After 2 years of negotiation and persuasion, they have confirmed their backing for new and improved wildlife-friendly guidelines. So our Plantlife experts will start working with them to establish guidelines to incorporate into their management arrangements next year.
This is tremendous progress and it could not have been achieved without your backing. But there is still lots to do.
We’re contacting the Chief Executives of local councils, who manage most of our road network, to get their support for wildlife-friendly verges.
Some councils are totally behind our campaign; many others are making the right noises, but say there are too many obstacles to doing things differently.
The new national guidelines will help them to get past these obstacles and do their bit for wildlife.”
This year, their petition has received an additional 5,000 signatures, bringing the grand total above 23,500!
To support the campaign, please sign the petition on Plantlife’s website. You can also donate to the campaign via their online shop.
Hot off the heels of our holiday in Tenerife, the blister-inducing exploration and pokémon hunting didn’t stop there. Last weekend, we travelled up north to the beautiful city of Chester for the Big Heritage Pokémon GO festival…
As well as a great opportunity to meet lots of friendly like-minded players and catch hundreds of pokémon, the festival organisers (a charity called Big Heritage) created a map of the city and a quiz trail card to encourage the attendees to learn about the fascinating history of Chester and all its incredible landmarks surrounded by the magnificent city walls.
It was great to see so many families and kids exploring the city and getting suitably excited about the real-world challenges set out for the weekend. Yes, that’s right, despite what some may assume, we didn’t spend the whole weekend glued to pokémon on our phones!
The festival coincided with the one year anniversary celebration of the release of Pokémon GO and on the Sunday, two brand new legendary pokémon (Lugia and Articuno) appeared for the very first time. We’re pleased to report that, after many failed attempts, we eventually managed to capture both of them before making the long journey back to Swindon on Sunday evening.
To find out more about the fantastic work that the Big Heritage charity do in Chester, please visit their website and follow them on Facebook.
Hola! Julian (senior developer at Lumous) here, and as a refreshing change to most of my geeky/techie posts that typically fill our blog, I’ve just returned from a fantastic 2 week holiday in Tenerife and thought it would be fitting to pay tribute to it with a few holiday snaps.
If you follow our Instagram account, you will already know about our trip to the stunning Loro Parque, our medieval banquet, classic car dining, various visitors from the animal kingdom, our extensive Pokemon hunting and our tour of pokestops around the Adeje area of Tenerife.
Now that I’m back and suitably refreshed, I’ve got a bulging inbox to attend to, so I better not spend any more time writing this blog post! Until next time… adios amigos!
After working on Plantlife’s Great British Wildflower Hunt, various projects for Wiltshire Wildlife Trust, and getting ready for an exciting upcoming project for Butterfly Conservation, we’ve been inspired to get out a-staggering-and-wandering in the British Countryside ourselves.
So… with camera in hand and the warmth of the day still smouldering well into the evening, Steve decided to get his extremely frayed walking sandals on and go off stomping around Roundway Hill and Oliver’s Castle Hillfort near Devizes. In the space of an hour or so he’d found an amazing hazel and beech wood, a scarlet tiger moth and a field full of poppies (for anyone reading this with an interest in history or, indeed, just a liking for blokes dressed in curly wigs, floppy hats, frilly shirts and funny shaped helmets, the poppy field looks towards the trees at Oliver’s Castle, and it’s across this field that the Royalist Cavalry rode to defeat the Parliamentarian Army who’d been holding siege to Devizes during the English Civil War. Yep, it’s true!). We’ve also slipped in a pic of some lovely dandelion ‘clocks’ taken a few weeks earlier simply because, like rabbits, we really like dandelions. Well, why not, we thought : )