Why Private Schools Are Often Better Than State Schools

Posted by: | Posted on: August 31, 2016


The U.K.’s public school system is not always the ideal choice when you want the best for your children’s education. British education experts are admitting for the longest time already that private schools can have several advantages as compared to public education institutions.

On average smaller class sizes and higher motivated teachers are just some among the benefits of private education. With fewer students per teacher, private schools benefit in particular those students who would otherwise have difficulties keeping up. As a result,  better grades can be achieved.

Private and independent schools in the United Kingdom usually don’t have the funding problems that many state schools have. This means that private schools can normally offer a greater variety on activities that can help the children learn. Among such activities would be trips to other countries in order to learn languages, or better and more modern equipment for sports or music. This can be a major selection criterion for many families.

When it comes to the U.K.’s state schools, the new GCSE scores have just been published. These can be an indication for a poorer education standards in our public school system versus privately operated schools. This year’s GCSE scores show that the number of students grade well, that is from A* to C has dropped significantly by 2.1%. This is the biggest drop in average GCSE grades in 25 years, ever since the GCSE exam had been introduced in the United Kingdom.

Fortunately, the United Kingdom has many first-class privately owned schools. Not all of the U.K.’s private schools are expensive elite schools. At Bedfordshire schools you can learn how a private education can benefit your children while being reasonable priced.

Kitchen Fires and How To Prevent Them

Posted by: | Posted on: January 14, 2016

Certain areas in homes or businesses are naturally at an increased risk for fires. Think about tool shops or storage areas where you keep flammable goods or any other locations where flammable materials might be used.

ansul-systemKitchens are statistically among those places where the most fires originate. This is not surprising considering the often dangerous combination of hot, flammable oils and hot kitchen appliances.

To make matters worse, kitchen fires are often challenging to fight. Extinguishing agent such as water are entirely insufficient for kitchens, in fact it would cause an explosion if one were to use water trying to extinguish burning oil.

In addition to that requirement, extinguishing a fire in a kitchen will  normally also entail that any hot appliances such as grills or ovens need to be cooled down.

It is for those above reasons that special kitchen fire suppression systems are available to overcome the challenges when it comes to fighting fires in the kitchen. Today, those fire suppression systems are an important  element for safety in commercial kitchens.

Probably the most widely used kitchen fire suppression system is the Ansul fire suppression system for commercial kitchens. It is in use in thousands of today’s restaurants, hospitals and hotels and has proven itself over and over.

How does the Ansul kitchen fire suppression system work?

A number of nozzles that are directed at kitchen appliances can quickly and directly extinguish any type of fire. At the same time, the Ansul cools down the appliance to prevent re-flashing.

What makes this fire suppression system unique is the extinguishing agent used which is not only non-toxic but also self dissolving. In other words, as compared to other fire suppression systems, the Ansul requires minimal cleanup work.

Less damages from fires in kitchens that can quickly be extinguished along with minimal cleanup work means the least possible financial loss for any type of business that relies on an operating kitchen. It means less downtime for critical areas such as hospitals or airports.

If you want to learn about the Ansul kitchen fire suppression system, at Argos Fire Ltd. in Exeter you can read all about it.




My Favourite Gym in Hackney

Posted by: | Posted on: April 13, 2015

fitness gym in Hackney

If you live in London and are looking for a good gym this is not always easy. Obviously, your favourite fitness hangout should be close to your home or at least it should be easily accessible by public transportation. There is really no point to choose a gym that’s located at the other end of the city, where going there would mean a rather lengthy travel.

But aside from the location of your gym there are other things you should look at too. For many of us, it’s of course the cost for a gym membership. But fortunately, most gyms today cost about the same to be competitive. But you can often find major differences if you look at their offers, even if the price is the same as another fitness gym.

For example, there are several decent gyms in Hackney that differ significantly in my opinion. Two of those I was looking at don’t really offer anything else than a plain membership. That’s great when you are familiar with exercise equipment and know exactly what you want and need. But what if you’re not exactly a fitness pro and need some help with finding the best routines for whatever you want to achieve. Would you know what machine to use if you want to lose some belly fat? What if you want to straighten your abs or your hips?

If you are one of those people (and I think most of us might be!) then you need a gym where you can get this advise. In other words, it’s important that competent fitness instructors and trainers are around. You wouldn’t want to end up in a gym not knowing what to do, right?

That’s why I always say to take a very close look at a fitness gym before you sign up with them. Checking out their sites doesn’t take a lot of time. Or you could simply call them and ask them about this. Just make sure you know what you get for your money’s worth! If you happen to live in Hackney like I do, check out London Fields Fitness. That’s the one I go to and I can recommend it.


Getting the Cheapest Flights

Posted by: | Posted on: March 20, 2014

You will know that I like to travel a lot. One of my passions is to always find the best prices and deals on airfares no matter where I want to go.

travel-picsHowever there is a trick to it and not all people know about it. Here I want to let you in on my secret, courtesy of my friend who is working for a major airline in the United Kingdom.

The sooner you look for and book your flight, the better your chances you will get a good deal on your tickets. This applies whether you fly with a small airline order with any major ones, it does not matter.

In other words, when you know that you will go on vacation at a certain time you should reserve and book your flight as early as you even can, such as several months in advance.

Don’t forget that there are also countless websites where you can search for the cheapest flights no matter where you plan to go. Don’t just use one of those websites to get your price but try at least three or four of them.

If you do that plenty in advance for your planned travel you will have the best chance to get the lowest possible price on your airfare.

Do You Know The Singing Waiters?

Posted by: | Posted on: March 14, 2014

I have never heard of them before, but this was really an unforgettable experience. Okay a getting ahead here, let me explain what happened.

I was attending a wedding ceremony last month. There were about 100 guests and we had lot of fun the usual stuff going on. But little did we know that they had something really special planned which admittedly talk everyone at the party by surprise.

Singing Waiters In Action

Singing Waiters In Action

I’m talking about what is also known as the singing waiters. What happened was that we were trust done with one of the numbers toasts of the evening when all of a sudden some of the cooks and waiters stormed out of the kitchen and started screaming and yelling at each other. You can imagine the face of everyone at the wedding. And let me tell you they were really getting at each other!

But before this really strange event turned into something really embarrassing for all the guests music came on and those “waiters” and “cooks” all of a sudden started to sing and to dance. Everyone’s jaw dropped to the floor! If you have never seen the singing waiters in action it’s really hard to describe. It was an awesome experience because it felt like you were right in the middle of a play. The singing waiters first started out with some more popular tunes that are known from Broadway including “Cats”. Later on they did some improvisation of current pop songs with some pretty good hip-hop and as a final conclusion of the performance they did a Gang-Nam style dance where everyone jumped up the tables and gave them applause and a standing ovation that lasted about 10 minutes.

I can without doubt say that was one of the coolest weddings I have ever attended. You can bet that if someone asks me for the best entertainment for the next party or wedding I will tell them to go with the singing waiters, yes they were that good!

What is your favourite past time?

Posted by: | Posted on: March 5, 2014

I am working part-time as an accountant for a big corporate. But when I am not working I enjoy a lot of things in my free time like salsa dancing, traveling, volleyball and tennis.

My favourite travel locations so far: Mexico (Cancun, Cuernavaca), the United Kingdom and Spain. I have to admit it can sometimes be quite challenging to travel if you have to look at your budget, but if you know where to look and where to find the bargains then it can definitely be done. Then it can be rather easy today to find cheap flights online or to get a good deal on hotels.


In Cuernavaca

When I am not traveling I spend a lot of time in my local dance school where I just started with salsa lessons. There’s just something about Latin music, it’s so much more fun and in my opinion it’s the best way to exercise there is.

Ok, I can give you some tips if you got interested now: