HOLIDAY 'HATES AND GREATS'
A NEW Bank Holiday activity survey, conducted by pain relief
cream Voltarol Emulgel P, reveals that people from the North West
don't want the traditional pre-occupation with house-related chores
and DIY to hold them back as they look forward to a flurry of
activity over the forthcoming two Bank Holiday weekends.
The 'Bank Holiday Hates and Greats' survey found that,
despite more than a third of locals preferring to just chill out at
home, a majority of 64% favour an action-packed break with ample
socialising, trips out and mini breaks. However, those in the North
West certainly know how to unwind in the comfort of their own homes
as they are more prepared than any other region to stay indoors over
the holiday (35% compared to a national average of 28%).
- Some 14% favour trips to the seaside, countryside or theme park,
followed by 10% opting for a weekend of socialising either at the
pub or eating out and 8% voting for a mini break in the UK or
- Another 33% said they most enjoy such activities as throwing
parties, visiting people, shopping, embarking on home improvements
or participating in healthy outdoor activities. Interestingly, along
with Scotland, those in the North West are the least likely (2%) to
say they enjoy visiting friends and relatives.
- Looking at what they positively dislike about Bank Holidays,
catching up on household chores got the top vote (18%) for getting
in the way of all the fun. This was followed by 14% who said they
most dislike shopping trips for DIY materials or large household
items and 13% who find shopping for essentials a Bank Holiday bore -
the highest in the country.
ROBBERY ON CROSS BARN
MERSEYSIDE Police are appealing for witnesses after a robbery at the
Ince Bennet Monastery, Cross Barn Lane, Ince Blundell.
At around 9.30pm on Wednesday 12 April, 2 men approached the victim
inside the monastery, one carrying what is believed to be a knife.
demanded cash and left with a small amount.
The offenders are described as white and were both wearing dark
clothing with their faces obscured with handkerchiefs. One was
around 5ft 6in, and the second about 6ft tall. The victim was left
shaken but unhurt.
Anyone with any information is urged to contact Crimestoppers on
0800 555 111.
La Boheme and
LIVERPOOL is being teated again
to Ellen Kent who returns to the Empire with two magnificent operas
in May, La Boheme and Rigoletto...
La Boheme to Wednesday 3 May 2006 @ 7.30pm
Rigoletto to Thursday 4 May 2006 @ 7.30pm
To book tickets call the Box Office on:- 0870 606 3536 or visit
WORKERS URGED TO STAY AWAY THE FIRST FRIDAY IN MAY
FRIDAY May 5 has been designated NATIONAL WORK FROM HOME DAY
by Work Wise UK, the national three-year campaign promoting the
wider adoption of smarter working practices, such as flexible
working, mobile working, remote working and working from home.
Organisations and employees across the UK are being encouraged to
try out home working on National Work From Home Day as part of Work
Wise Week (3 May to 9 May 2006) which will highlight the benefits of smarter
working practices generally.
Working from home, even for part of the working week, would greatly
enhance people’s work-life balance. The reduction in travel alone
could save several hours per day, freeing up time to spend at home
with the family or on leisure activities. British workers spend by
far the longest time travelling in Europe, as much as 47 working
days per year (Samsung research 2004), with commuters in the South
East facing an average of 8 hours per week, a whole extra working
The savings will not only be in time but also in cash: apart from
the transport costs there is the cappuccino and Danish on the way to
the office, lunch in the pub and, for some, congestion charges and
parking. Subsequent reductions in traffic volumes and
passenger numbers on public transport will result in less congestion
and overcrowding, making travel a more bearable chore for people who
have no choice but to travel. Less travel also means less pollution
and CO2 emissions.
Phil Flaxton, chief executive of the IT Forum Foundation, a
not-for-profit organisation which is behind the campaign, said:-
“For many, home working is a far more productive and pleasant
environment than the workplace. National Work from Home Day is
not intended as a holiday, or an extension of the weekend. Its aim
is to let staff, and employers, see just how it could work – how
productive we all can be.”
The concept of smarter working has been around for many years, but
it is the recent advances in technology which will have had a huge
part to play in enabling its wider adoption. The continuing
widespread growth of faster broadband across the UK, and the great
steps made in mobile technology, are opening the door for a large
cross-section of the UK population to benefit from smarter working.
BT is the first strategic partner to join Work Wise UK and this is
fitting as the company represents the UK’s largest exponent of
flexible working practices. BT currently employs 64,000 flexible
workers and 11,500 contracted full time home workers.
Caroline Waters, director, people and policy, BT, said:- ”The
benefits of flexible working are enormous and the impact on
productivity and employee satisfaction due to an improved work/ life
balance has been underlined by trusted organisations such as the
DTI, CBI and TUC. As the leading practitioner of flexible
working in the UK, we are delighted to be supporting this initiative
and look forward to taking part in Work Wise week. However, without
training and guidance the UK’s workforce will not be able to fully
embrace a smarter way or working or experience all the potential
benefits. It is vital that an organisation like Work Wise UK is on
hand to provide helpful advice and support for both employers and
employees as they strive to change deep seated cultural associations
with work and working practices for the benefit of the country as a
Further information about Work Wise UK, and how organisations can
participate in Work Wise Week, can be found on the website (www.workwiseuk.org).