Despite the cold & rain and an unusually busy January for us, work wise, we’re pleased to report that we’ve still been able to find plenty of time and brave the weather to continue our beloved pokémon hunting. It also happens to have been a particularly fruitful few weeks too…
As usual, we’ve been attending raids for the legendary pokémon Groudon and Kyogre and have managed to capture 98% and 96% IVs respectively. We also collected enough Wailmer candy (400!) to evolve our first Wailord, which has been proudly placed on top of gyms all across Swindon. We have two new perfect (100% IV) pokémon to add to team perfection; a Dratini caught outside New College (which has now been fully evolved into a maxed out Dragonite) and a Corphish which was hatched from an egg we picked up in December.
We’ve also acquired 4 new gold gym badges, completed our 100th raid, captured a shiny Mawile and Magikarp, defeated the new raid boss Aggron, evolved our Feebas into Milotic, found a Chansey in bed with us, and a Weedle in a toilet! We’ve even found time to squeeze in the odd game of Pokémon Monopoly… phew!
But perhaps most importantly of all, we finally had the opportunity to battle and capture the legendary Mewtwo in an exclusive raid with 18 other trainers, in the pouring rain, at the Link Centre in West Swindon.
First thing’s first – a very Happy New Year to all our lovely clients and a massive thank you to you all for your continued support and business throughout 2017. This was an exceptionally busy and exciting year for Lumous, but we were lucky enough to enjoy some downtime over the Christmas break…
We spent Christmas at the fantastic Center Parcs in Longleat forest and witnessed their magical winter wonderland first hand – we are pleased to say it didn’t disappoint!
We got to meet Santa in his grotto, make our own Christmas crafts, watch the panto, attend ‘Elf Academy’ and even feed the reindeer! Here’s just a few of our favourite photos from our stay – we were even lucky enough to wake up to real snow on our final day!! 🙂
With the end of 2017 in sight, we would like to take this opportunity to wish all our lovely clients and suppliers a wonderful Christmas and New Year for what we’re sure will be a much needed break!
So where did the past twelve months go? For us, 2017 has been an extremely busy year and for that, we only have our clients to thank – we simply wouldn’t be here without you and very much look forward to working with you for many years to come.
The office is now closed for the festive break, but we will be back before you know it, ready to spring into action on Wednesday 3rd January 2018.
Warm wishes from us all,
Julian, Steve, Annie, Nikki and Kathy
In the countdown to Christmas, our Lumous office has had a little visitor. A cheeky elf has been up to mischief, disrupting the peaceful working environment and leading the Pokémon astray! Our members of staff have been somewhat distracted by the cheeky elf’s pranks, whilst making sure they are on their best behaviour, to ensure a good report to Santa.
Julian our MD, opened up the office last Friday to start a busy day of work. He was somewhat delayed in starting…
On Wednesday 15th November, MPs in the House of Commons voted against preserving the recognition of animals as sentient beings (i.e. lifeforms that are able to perceive or feel things) in British law after we leave the EU.
This comes, despite an earlier promise from Michael Gove, (the Environment Secretary) to protect the legal recognition of sentience in animals that currently resides under EU law.
If, like us, you are appalled by this u-turn and you’re a UK resident, please take action by clicking on the link below and sending a message to your local MP to demand that Michael Gove follows through on his earlier promise:
Send a message to your local MP now!
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