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Birmingham’s first floatation spa offering Floatation Therapy

By relieving the stresses of gravity, floating takes the weight off strained bones, joints and muscles, and increases the efficiency of blood circulation.

This includes a multitude of physical and mental benefits which can be enjoyed by anyone and everyone.

The benefits of regular floating are not only great in number but also backed up by scientific research.

Not to mention the continued medical research proving the benefits of floatation for a wide range of medical challenges.

Below are listed just a few of the many benefits:

General Well-Being

  • Alleviates mental and physical stress
  • Helps with anxiety, depression and motivation
  • Helps with the challenges of habits phobias and addictions
  • Synchronises the left and right hemispheres of the brain
  • Changes brainwaves from alpha to lower frequency delta and theta waves associated with creativity, healing and visualisation (Science of Floating)

Relaxation

  • Promotes calm and total relaxation
  • Helps with fatigue and jet lag
  • Improves sleep and helps with insomnia

Stress Relief

  • Alleviates mental and physical stress
  • Energizes, rejuvenates and revitalises mind and body
  • Rest and recuperation

Rehabilitation and Recovery

  • Aids and speeds up injury recovery and healing
  • Relieves pains such as muscle strains, arthritis, migranes as well as general aches and pains
  • Helps athletes decrease the production of cortisol and lactic acid.
  • Encourages the production of endorphins in the body

Meditation and Mental Harmony

  • Expands awareness and heightens senses
  • Enhances mental clarity
  • Heightens visualisation, creativity and problem solving
  • Deepens your mental state of meditation

Medical and Health care

  • Fibromyalgia relief
  • Helps with Pregnancy pain due to the weightless environment
  • Speeds up Injury recovery
  • Soothes general muscle pain and arthritis
Lord Mayor of Birmingham & James B Wong

Chinese New Year 2017 Chinatown Birmingham UK

The Chinese New Year celebration is one of the largest events in Birmingham, attracting up to 30,000 people. Birmingham’s festivities take place in the Chinese Quarter.

Please accept our apologies for any quality issues in this video clip. Filming was done under heavy rain and winds. It rained heavy all day. But that’s typical British weather; it did not stop us having a great time!

James B Wong – Chairman of the
Chinese Festival Committee Birmingham are the wonderful people that put this event together.

The Lord Mayor (Cllr Carl Rice) was the chief guest
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Headline Sponsors:

Genting Casinos
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Birmingham Airport
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Jewellery Quarter Light Switch On 2016

At a stone’s throw away from Birmingham City Centre, make the Jewellery Quarter the place to kick-start your festive season.

http://jewelleryquarter.net/kick-start-the-festivities-at-the-jq-light-switch-on/

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The Lord Mayor (Cllr Carl Rice) & Lady Mayoress
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The Glamophones
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TopEcommerceTrends2016

Infographic: Ecommerce Trends to Watch in 2016

Fuel your Ecommerce strategy by staying up to date with the major industry trends!

We have compiled a list of some major game changing trends you can take advantage of this year:

Use Big Data and Predictive Analysis to gather even more information about your buyer personas and use the perks of advanced personalization technologies to gain competitive advantage.

You have probably heard Mobile is getting even bigger with the customers this year, so you might want to consider investing more in your Mobile Marketing Campaigns in 2016 as the industry’s mobile payment methods will diversify, mobile revenues will peak and mobile traffic will soon push past the 50% mark.

If you are a retailer, we recommend you to start blending Digital Tech, from iPads to Beacons, in your brick and mortar store to win your customers’ hearts, minds and wallets.

Investments in Customer Experience is predicted to be the No.1 priority for the major Ecommerce players, so we recommend you  to consider hiring more UX specialists and invest in training your Customer Support team to offer the best customer care on your specific market.

Looking at the technological aspects of the Ecommerce business, 2016 will bring an increased adoption of one-stop shop technology partnersonline shopping platforms that support all touch points: digital, traditional retail, enterprise technology.

We have gathered all the Top Ecommerce Trends to watch in 2016 in one Infographic that we hope will help you employ the best strategies and tactics to achieve your business goals this year.

Courtesy of: EuroITGroup
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Ecommerce site owners warned to prepare ahead of Cyber Monday as UK popularity increases

Online store owners should be prepared for another record Cyber Monday as the ecommerce shopping event continues to become increasingly popular in the UK, according to online printer and office supplier TonerGiant.co.uk .

Spikes in traffic on the 1st December will give brands the chance to sell to a new audience hungry for an offer. From ensuring servers can cope with this excess demand to creating strategic promotions, site owners should prepare now in order to capitalise on this opportunity.

Things to consider:

  • Preparing servers for increased volumes in traffic
  • Easy to navigate landing pages
  • Effective email marketing campaigns
  • Data-led offers and promotions
  • Leverage social media channels to maximise exposure
  • Paid search ads

In 2013, consumers set a record of 115 million visits to retail websites on Cyber Monday, beating the record number of visits in a single day which was set on Boxing Day 2012. (1)

UK shoppers also spent 15.3 million hours shopping online, spending on average 8 minutes per site visit. (1)

Last year saw total UK sales on Cyber Monday reach £600 million, almost double the figure from three years ago, as more British shoppers and retailers continue to adopt the day that’s been a fixture on the American shopping calendar since 2006. (2)

Gary Flynn, Managing Director of TonerGiant.co.uk, has also stressed the importance of not assuming that Cyber Monday applies only to certain product sectors and niches.

“These figures highlight just how big a day Cyber Monday has become in the online business calendar in this country. But it’s not just your traditional high street brands that benefit from this surge in shopping.

“For example at TonerGiant.co.uk we primarily sell office and printer supplies to businesses; not your typical festive season purchase. Yet even we noticed increased demand on Cyber Monday. Indeed last year we saw a 15.9% increase in traffic and a 33.2% increase in transactions on Cyber Monday compared to the Monday the previous week.

“It goes to show that no matter how big a business you are, what you sell and what your customer base is you can capitalise on the heightened popularity of Cyber Monday.”

TonerGiant.co.uk has created an infographic that details some of the key statistics from Cyber Monday 2013, as well as detailing a list of steps that site owners can take to ensure they’re suitably prepared for this year’s event. For more information visit http://www.tonergiant.co.uk/blog/2014/11/cybermonday/.

Cyber Monday Info Graphic

Cyber Monday Info Graphic

Notes for editors:

About TonerGiant.co.uk
Launched in 2006, TonerGiant.co.uk is one of the UK’s largest online suppliers of printers, printer consumables and office stationery. It’s a trading brand of NetGiant Ltd, founded by Gary & Joanne Flynn in 2003. The company is based in Atherton, Greater Manchester. An asset library for the TonerGiant brand can be found at http://www.tonergiant.co.uk/blog/assets/.

 

Sources

  1. ‘Cyber Monday’ biggest shopping day ever seen in UK: http://www.experian.co.uk/marketing-services/about/news/cyber-monday-biggest-shopping-day-ever-seen-in-uk.html
  2. Cyber Monday gave Amazon its biggest day ever as it handled 47 orders per SECOND – despite computer meltdown that left millions of Natwest customers frozen out: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2516953/Cyber-Monday-biggest-online-spending-spree-EVER.html
Build a Solar USB Charger, Portable & Powerful

Build a Solar USB Charger, Portable & Powerful

This is a high-speed portable USB charger was specifically designed to charge my phone and tablet at the same time.

This charger can be charged at the mains or by solar panels that I have modified.

Cannot live without technology these days!

List of Materials

1 x Small disused makeup box (free from the Mrs, priceless!)

1 x Multimeter (£3 eBay)

1 x Push switch (£2.50 Maplin)

1 x Dual USB Car charger (£5 eBay)

2 x 4.5AH SLA Battery (£6 each eBay)

1 x Scrap metal face plate (was lying around in the shed)

Grand total £22.50

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#wmcreative30 30x10K for Sightsavers Complete

The last 10km in WM Creative’s epic 300km charity appeal was run last night at Sandwell Valley. To celebrate 30 years of creativity WM Creative have pledged to save the sight of 30 children by raising £3,000 for the charity Sightsavers.

The last of 30 10km runs had added significance when Blind Dave, the nation’s favourite blind endurance athlete, once again pulled on his running shoes to join WM Creative MD, Paul Whitehouse, friends and supporters on the last 10km around Sandwell Valley Country Park in a fitting climax to our appeal.

#wmcreative30 Run 30

You can donate at justgiving.com/wmcreative30. Please give generously!

Mads

Letter from Mads Gilber Norwegian hero doctor who is in Gaza right now

PLEASE ANY HUMAN WITH A HEART PLEASE READ!

Letter from Norwegian hero doctor who is in Gaza right now
Dr. Mads Gilbert MD PhD

Mads

Dearest friends –
The last night was extreme. The “ground invasion” of Gaza resulted in scores and carloads with maimed, torn apart, bleeding, shivering, dying – all sorts of injured Palestinians, all ages, all civilians, all innocent.

The heroes in the ambulances and in all of Gaza’s hospitals are working 12-24hrs shifts, grey from fatigue and inhuman workloads (without payment all in Shifa for the last 4 months), they care, triage, try to understand the incomprehensible chaos of bodies, sizes, limbs, walking, not walking, breathing, not breathing, bleeding, not bleeding humans. HUMANS!

Now, once more treated like animals by “the most moral army in the world” (sic!).

My respect for the wounded is endless, in their contained determination in the midst of pain, agony and shock; my admiration for the staff and volunteers is endless, my closeness to the Palestinian “sumud” gives me strength, although in glimpses I just want to scream, hold someone tight, cry, smell the skin and hair of the warm child, covered in blood, protect ourselves in an endless embrace – but we cannot afford that, nor can they.

Ashy grey faces – Oh NO! not one more load of tens of maimed and bleeding, we still have lakes of blood on the floor in the ER, piles of dripping, blood-soaked bandages to clear out – oh – the cleaners, everywhere, swiftly shovelling the blood and discarded tissues, hair, clothes,cannulas – the leftovers from death – all taken away…to be prepared again, to be repeated all over.

More then 100 cases came to Shifa last 24 hrs. enough for a large well trained hospital with everything, but here – almost nothing: electricity, water, disposables, drugs, OR-tables, instruments, monitors – all rusted and as if taken from museums of yesterdays hospitals.But they do not complain, these heroes. They get on with it, like warriors, head on, enormous resolute.t

And as I write these words to you, alone, on a bed, my tears flows, the warm but useless tears of pain and grief, of anger and fear. This is not happening!

An then, just now, the orchestra of the Israeli war-machine starts its gruesome symphony again, just now: salvos of artillery from the navy boats just down on the shores, the roaring F16, the sickening drones (Arabic ‘Zennanis’, the hummers), and the cluttering Apaches. So much made and paid in and by US.

Mr. Obama – do you have a heart?

I invite you – spend one night – just one night – with us in Shifa. Disguised as a cleaner, maybe.

I am convinced, 100%, it would change history.

Nobody with a heart AND power could ever walk away from a night in Shifa without being determined to end the slaughter of the Palestinian people.

But the heartless and merciless have done their calculations and planned another “dahyia” onslaught on Gaza.

The rivers of blood will keep running the coming night. I can hear they have tuned their instruments of death.

Please. Do what you can. This, THIS cannot continue.

Mads
Gaza, Occupied Palestine
Mads Gilbert MD PhD
Professor and Clinical Head
Clinic of Emergency Medicine
University Hospital of North Norway