Tram Driving at Beamish Museum

What’s the most fun you can have on a Saturday evening? Oh, only driving Trams around an empty Beamish Museum.

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How to be more mindful every day…

How to be more mindful every day


In today’s digital age, the practise of mindfulness has become less and less prominent in people’s lives. More-often-than-not, and especially at work, we ‘zone-out’ or switch onto auto pilot.

My go to relaxation is reading, I read for at least 30 minutes a day, without fail and I know that no matter how hectic my day is, I have a block of time where I focus on nothing but the story.

Failing reading, I put on some loud music and dance around like Andrew W.K until all my cares have gone!

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Simple Steps to Avoid Excessive Frivolous Spending at Christmas

I am guilty for buying crap I don’t need. I know this, I work on this. I am a sucker for a sale but this year I have been very restrained and cut down on those impulse purchases and needless junk from the sales just because it’s a “bargain”. I’ve stuck to only buying things I need!

This year, the company I work for decided to stop the corporate spending on cards to clients that rarely get looked at and instead donated the same value to a local Food Bank. With well over 150 items provided, we swapped spending for helping.

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How to Beat the Stress Over the Festive Season


Christmas comes but once a year and for some of us, that’s more than enough. Granted the festive season means time off work (for some of us) and spending time with friends and family, but that alone can prove inordinately stressful, particularly if your argumentative family are a little on the loud and insufferable side and you are prone to periods of worry.

With the right mindset, however, it can be surprisingly simple to tune out the jingle bells, the drunken karaoke and the inevitable results of a Brussel sprout overindulgence. Follow the tips below and you might just be able to survive this Christmas season without strangling anyone!

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The Twelve Wines of Christmas

Emergency Entertaining Tips & Tricks

As you will know, we are flipping Christmas on it’s head this year and serving Beef for Christmas Dinner. This has brought a whole new world of researching I have had to do to ensure I have picked the ultimate wine pairings for the meal…. of course the festive wines don’t just stop at the main event… think about every glass of fizz or wine you have throughout December. It’s all a complex pairing mission!

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