Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Winter is on its Way

Winter is officially on its way! Forecasters have predicted that temperatures will plummet to -11 and the country will be covered in snow this week.

Snow can only mean one thing….days off from school and work making snow angels and snowmen. You can just imagine all the school children hoping for snow this week! But for many of us snow brings chaos – trains and tubes disrupted and roads unsafe to drive on, meaning that simple day-to-day activities such as driving to work are difficult to complete.

The team at Cirkle are extremely lucky; our flexible working ethos allows us to work from the comfort of our own home, which can be more productive. So when the disruptive weather does arrive, there will be no stopping for us at Cirkle.

Many of us in the office are torn with wanting snow and not wanting snow. I know for sure that I will not be putting my winter clothes away just yet. It is time to put on the woolly hat, scarf and gloves and enjoy the snow.

Thursday, 26 January 2012

Has the Internet become our virtual memory?

The Daily Mail covered a story today on how research carried out in the USA showed that when faced with a gap in their knowledge people resorted straight to the Internet to refresh their memory. This, as opposed to trying to recall the information themselves or letting it sink in. ‘The age of Google’. The research compared how well participants remembered something with how well they knew where to find it on the Internet. Finding it on the Internet was always going to win.

With access to the Internet ready at our fingertips, searching for knowledge is done this way instinctively.

However I believe the mass of information on the web isn’t making us lazy or replacing our memory, but predominantly allowing us to extend our knowledge further. Referring back to a bookmarked webpage is no different than marking a page in a book or taking notes. People are more likely to know more now than they ever have.

Monday, 23 January 2012

Phone Stacking – have you tried it yet?

We love this – it’s the hot new craze that stops your friends fiddling on their phones through dinner called ‘Phone Stacking’.

The rules are simple.
1. Put all your phones in a pile on top of each other in the middle of the table facedown (or ‘stack’ them) at the start of the meal.
2. The first one to flip their phone over, thereby breaking the stack, to check on messages or calls, loses and picks up the bill for everybody
3. If you get to the end of your meal with no one caving in though you’re all winners and you’re free to split the bill as you see fit

@SophieJFR our Account Exec on the Life & Leisure Team has given it a go, much to the chagrin of her boyfriend, but she’s a definite convert.

Find out more about the craze and several variations on PSFK. Feel free to let us know how it goes when you try it in the comments below.

Friday, 13 January 2012


When someone says addiction, what springs to mind? Drink, drugs, cigarettes? How many people would list internet addiction in the same category? For the first time, internet addiction has been linked with changes in the brain similar to those seen in people addicted to alcohol, cocaine and cannabis.

A ground-breaking study has revealed that adolescents who spend many hours on the internet have abnormalities in their brains to the detriment of their social and personal lives.

An estimated 5 to 10% of internet users are thought to be addicted, meaning they are unable to control their use. So according to these figures, 2 people at Cirkle might well be addicted to the internet. Okay, this is quite unlikely as the majority are games players who become so absorbed in gaming that they go without food or drink for long periods. It is no surprise that their education, work and relationships suffer.

Today however, a survey has suggested that relationships in general are suffering. One in four couples speak to their partner for 10 minutes a day or less. I therefore wonder how far internet addiction is to blame. How much free time do you think you spend talking to your partner and how much do you spend online? I for one am going to spend more time on the former, a New Year’s Resolution if you will.

Friday, 6 January 2012

Out with the old and in with the NEW!

As 2011 now becomes a distant memory we approach the part of the year we are programmed to reflect. Would have, should have and could have play a big part in the reflection process and then we fill ourselves with hope and dreams that 2012 will be the year that changes the rest of our lives. The year we all try to make a difference and that only good will happen. That THIS IS IT!

If you are anything like 95% of the country you probably have a New Year’s resolution. There is something attractive about the New Year and the commitment to personal goals that we fail to feel at any other point in the year. For many it is the opportunity to change and for many it is the opportunity to be given a clean slate. A new beginning. Who can resist that?

Each year my predictable resolution has something to do with joining a gym, or giving up junk food, or changing something about myself. Since I have made that same resolution each year and realized that I will never be perfect, it is obvious that I don’t actually maintain the resolution throughout the year. Although so many start with good intentions, the majority will abandon their resolutions within a month, many even sooner, a Channel 4 study revealed.

The top ten new years resolutions in the UK 2012
1. Lose weight
2. Get fit
3. Eat more healthily
4. Save money/spend less
5. Get a new job
6. Spend more time with people who matter
7. Try new experiences
8. Get out of a rut
9. Visit a country you’ve never been to
10. Read more

While Britain has a growing reputation for being one of the world's unhealthiest nations, the resolutions seem wise. But it’s the determination and spirit for succeeding that should be the real resolution’s here, for us all to be in the middle of the year still going strong with the beliefs and hopes we started with in the New Year. If we treated everyday with the aspirations we have in January just imagine how far you will go this year!

Wish you all the luck with your resolutions, and remember if you believe you will succeed! Happy New Year!