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Finding a place to live in London

Posted by on Apr 12, 2014 in Featured, Opinion, Tips & Advice, Travel

I’ve been looking at moving house and very recently found a place. But unfortunately the deal fell through as the landlord decided that they he would favour a member of his family in place of me. This is a small setback, but just means I’ll have to live where I’m currently staying for a while longer. I thought I’d post up a few of the sites that I’ve been using to look for places. First up is SpareRoom.co.uk. Advertised as the UK’s #1 Flatshare Website and touted as the #7 website in the Business and Finance – Property industry via Experian – HitWise, it’s likely you’ve heard of SpareRoom. If not, then it’s definitely a website that you should use. My favourite feature on SpareRoom is their Map Search function that allows you to interactively find spare rooms in houses and flats via...

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Work Is Tiring Me Out

Posted by on Apr 2, 2014 in Health

 I seem to be constantly thinking about work and it’s getting quite hectic at work as we’ve won new business. I’m likely not allowed to talk any further than this about work, but I’m certainly feeling the heat. I was reading this BBC article before about stress and it has a useful stress testing tool on there. One of the first questions I answered was, “How often do you find yourself being irritable with friends and family?!” and I realised that quite often I’m irritated by what my sister does or when speaking to my parents. It’s certainly something I need to work on. I’m thinking of taking next week off and perhaps booking a short holiday somewhere just by myself to somewhere nice. Anyways, here’s how I scored on that stress tester: Right now, I just have this really...

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Yes!! I can present!

Posted by on Apr 1, 2014 in Blog

Public speaking has never been my strong suit, and it has always tormented me a little as I’ve always wanted to be good at it. A week ago my manager asked if I could present in front of 30 people that had recently joined the company and had gone on the graduate scheme. Essentially I was tasked along with two other lovely colleagues to create a presentation that would help those new to the business understand what search engine optimisation is all about and exactly what we do. Along with the two lovely aforementioned colleagues we created a beautiful presentation that talked all about search engine optimisation in a simplistic way that those we were speaking to could understand within the hour and a half that we had with them. It went well. At first I initiated it all...

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Took a day off work today

Posted by on Mar 25, 2014 in Blog, Opinion

I’ve been infected somehow as I had to miss a day of work today. I’ve been a complete mess since Sunday. Friday evening was fine. Saturday… well, was also fine. Aside from the fact I fell down the stairs with a plate in my hand. I had to go out and buy a new plate. I’m not putting that down to old age, but the fact that my head was spinning from Friday evening where I had drunk too much. I still managed to go to the gym on Saturday and Sunday. But Sunday evening was just terrible. I couldn’t sleep, I was heating up, even though it wasn’t that hot, and I just didn’t feel right. I likely caught some germ/bug whilst at the gym. I bought myself a packet of Lockets, which helped me sneeze quite a bit,...

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Lauren Simmiss – An Inspiring Digital Marketer

Posted by on Mar 22, 2014 in Life, SEO

At first I was going to take the piss out of my manager (now a director) about a post she wrote called “Jonathan Jones — An Inspiring New SEO Candidate“. But instead I would like to help her on her quest to have a picture of myself ranking top in Google images. Here’s the image that I mentioned of the handsome man (amazing hair as well) we are trying to rank for the term “Jonathan Jones” in Google images: The pic below is currently what the search engine results page looks like when you type in “Jonathan Jones”, with a Guardian journalist being at the top of the results. However, would it be possible to effectively rank and replace one of those images if I start posting that image everywhere imaginable (starting with this blog)? It’s a nice tiny...

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Lloyds Bank just closed my Cash ISA and took all the money

Posted by on Mar 5, 2014 in Blog, Featured, Life

I’m a little shocked actually. I logged onto internet banking to find that my Cash ISA with Lloyds Bank had become as if it were non-existent. It simply wasn’t there. The £2k that I had in that account was also missing. You can imagine my surprise when I opened up internet banking to find £2k missing. To give some background to this: I recently opened up the Cash ISA as I’m becoming quite serious about saving money and managing my money accordingly. The closing of my Cash ISA has set me back a bit and has got me in panic mode. I still do want a Cash ISA and I’ll see if I can re-open the same Cash ISA that has now been closed. So, why did they close my Cash ISA? They will not tell me. All they’ve...

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Dentists are insanely expensive in the UK

Posted by on Feb 20, 2014 in Health

£53… My dentist appointment today cost me £53! That’s crazy. It was for 3 x-rays that cost me £24 (£8 per x-ray) and a general upfront cost of £30. It’s no wonder why us Brits have a bad reputation when it comes to our teeth. I also tried seeing if whether my company provided dental insurance and unfortunately they do not, which sucks as that would have helped. Fortunately, that also covers an additional consultation which I have on Monday night @ 7pm. I’m also hoping the money I paid today covers at least one good dental clean. I shuddered at the thought of asking in case there was an additional fee that I would have to eventually pay. This is quite a shock to the system as this would have been free had I stated that I was...

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What travelling into London was like today

Posted by on Feb 5, 2014 in Featured, Life

The tube strike affected me dearly, and it will in the coming days as well. I’m actually dreading my journey back home – as I write this. It usually takes me half an hour to get into work from Stratford to Tottenham Court Road (Oxford Street), but today it took me two hours. I live near West Ham underground station, which was closed at 7:30 am when I arrived there. I was told that I could take the DLR to Stratford International station. I did so and had to walk a mile to Star Lane DLR station near Canning Town. When I arrived, the person on the tannoy had announced that they had reopened West Ham Underground station. Essentially I walked a mile to hear that where I had walked from had reopened. I felt like a real mug....

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Opened up a Cash ISA and Credit Card Account

Posted by on Feb 4, 2014 in Life

Yep, it’s true. I’ve gone ahead and done it. I have opened myself to debt and a life of monetary despair. I’ll now be poor forever paying back whatever credit I’ve borrowed from the bank using my delicious credit card. On the other hand, I’ve also opened up a Cash ISA and have chucked half of my savings into it. There’s also a special feature on the Lloyds Bank internet banking website that allows you to rename your Cash ISA account. I’ve appropriately renamed it to: But ouch. A 0.75% gross interest rate — that’s pretty weak-sauce. I suppose it is 0.05% better than the 0.75% gross interest rate on my eSavings account, and plus you’re aren’t being charged tax on that interest. It works out in the end I suppose. However, if you compare the gross interest rate with...

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Weight timeline from 16th of December to now

Posted by on Jan 5, 2014 in Health

This post was meant to be all about my fitness and health; however, I’ve had to shift this towards a more distracting matter. It’s to do with living in a house share. I have mentioned this issue in specifics in an article entitled “5 Reasons Why I Hate House Sharing” and this is mainly to do with the internet being so fucking slow. It’s driving me crazy and I’m seriously going to rip the heart of the person in the next room downloading shit. (Not really) Now that I’ve got that out of my system, I’ll be sharing my fitness progress so far. This will be a sort of collaborative post with the post that I wrote before called “New fitness routine at the gym + I now weigh 72kg“. In that post I uploaded an image that showed...

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