Cycling for Blood Cancer Research #Bikeathon

Every year in September Leukaemia & Lymphoma research have a sponsored charity bike race called Bikeathon covering over 28 miles.

This event is to raise essential funds for the other race of our lives which is to beat blood cancers

Shockingly even though 30,000 people are diagnosed every year with a blood cancer – Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research is the only UK charity that is solely dedicated to research into blood cancers, including leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma.   They do many many other events up and down the country with various different types of sports and challenges, if you want to get involved please do look at the website, they can use all the help they can get.

From the website

Whether it’s an Olympic Triathlon or a charity bike ride around a local town, climbing Kilimanjaro or a walk in the park – whatever interests you, we’d love you to do it as part of our team to raise money for our life-saving research. Organise your own sports event, join our team. Be unstoppable.

I blogged about blood cancer before when a friend of mine was cycling 1000km to raise awareness about bone marrow transplants who also raised money for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research

This time cycling for blood cancer research is..

A friend of mine, that I actually met on Twitter around five years ago, Richard Bennett – known as King Richard to his online friends, is cycling this year to raise money for cancer research.  He lost his mum to cancer 10 years ago, and this year is dedicating the race to his mum.

Richard first completed the Southend Bikeathon for Leukaemia and Lymphoma research eleven years ago with his mum cheering him on and helping him complete the event with her love and support. And in recent years he has completed the Southend Bikeathon with his mum in his heart to help fund research that helps many other families who are affected by this disease.

Richard often does things for charity and he recently rose to fame after getting an appearance in the newpaper for being a part of the largest gathering of people eating ice cream in the Guinness Book of Records. Rossi Ice Cream got together thousands of people at Garons Park in Southend, Essex, for the attempt which was made during the Relay for Life event aimed at raising funds for Cancer Research UK.

He seems to always be in the news or on TV for one reason or another but that’s another story.

At the moment Richard is training hard for this event and would love some support, in any way that we can give it.  Richard has a Justgiving page which you can contribute to, you could also share this post or share Richards Justgiving page on your social networks, that just takes one or two clicks – and any help as I say will give Richard the encouragement and support that he needs to help others.

Every little helps guys so if you can spare a few pennies, cents or whatever that would be fab!

Go Richard, we are proud of ya!!


The Power of Optimism

The power of optimismWhat is the power of optimism ?  Is your glass half full or half empty?  Are you optimistic about your business, your outlook or your opportunities?  Would you like to find out?  I’m going to show you how you can get a score reflecting the potential for optimism in your workplace with access to insights from experts including Shawn Achor (a top TEDx speaker and author) and Anne Rhoades (co-founder of JetBlue).

The Power of Optimism

Xerox have been looking into the Return on Optimism and have created a questionnaire with just 10 questions to see how you score on your optimism chart, and how this affects your business.

You can actually calculate your return on optimism

The power of optimism

With 10 Questions such as

What percentage of your work would you define as meaningful?


How would you describe your workspace?

What is your Return on Optimism

You are then scored out of 100 to see how you score

The Power of Optimism

Looks like my score is pretty high, I am very optimistic about my work, I love what I do and where I do it, I’m always learning, and yet I’ve learned so much, I know there are still more great things to come.

After  you have received your score you will then see how your answers compare with others in your field, which is very interesting.

For me its all about positive thinking – I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but if you get into a downward spiral when things are going wrong and you start thinking dark thoughts – such as, this is no good, I’m not going to make this business work, or I’m not going to get this client, or today is going to be a bad day invariably thats what happens.

The power of optimism is in positive thinking,  look for the best in any situation,  expect good things to happen and actually believe that.  Even with a few set backs with positive thinking you can bounce back and think, okay we can learn from that and think about the possibilities and lessons we can gain from it.  We all know that quote from Dr. Seuss and he really has a point..

 “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” 
― Dr. Seuss

The power of optimism is contagious –  if you are optimistic and positive, others around you will feel the same, they will

Optimism and Health

Optimism is not only good for business, its even been proven that positive thinking can actually be good for your health – studies have found that optimists are less likely to develop heart disease and of course is good for your blood pressure.

So, take the test or they are calling it a survey because I guess they are collecting the answers and see how you fair on the optimism scale.  You don’t even have to put in your email address, it takes 2 mins and its fun actually.  – Link here

Do you have the power of optimism and if not, it might be time to start thinking how you can turn your thoughts around, and think positively, for the good of your business, those around you and  your health.

Before I go, I will leave you with this great quote…

An optimist is someone who goes after Moby Dick in a rowboat and takes the tartar sauce with him.” –Zig Ziglar


Disclaimer, I have been paid to write this post and to be a brand advocate for a short while, as always I only bring you the greatest things.  

Keep connected on the move with CIPHR Mobile #HR

Keep connected on the move with CIPHR MobileYou, your HR team and employees can keep connected on the move with CIPHR Mobile, the free app is available on the iPhone, the iPad and the iPod Touch, as a HR self service application.  A brilliant app for small businesses, or businesses that often require staff to often be out of the office or on the move.  We all love to save time and keep up to date as simply as possible.

Who are CIPHR

Ciphr stands for computers in personnel HR and they supply HR software, payroll, SaaS, managed services plus much more.  They have actually been supplying these sorts of services for 32 years, but last year they launched a mobile application which allows employees, managers and HR to perform tasks while out of the office simply and easily on their mobile device.

How to keep connected on the move with CIPHR Mobile

How to keep connected on the move with CIPHR Mobile Features:

  • Access to employee records
  • Employee searches
  • Call or email employee right from the app
  • See immediately the “who’s off” chart
  • Ability to approve/reject absence requests instantly


  • Easy to setup
  • Simple to use
  • Available via your browser or mobile device 24/7
  • Instant staff contact information

See more of the Ciphr mobile app on this video or visit their website – Ciphr

Ciphr Mobile available on itunes 

  • Free
  • Category: Business
  • Updated: 06 June 2012
  • Version: 1.1
  • Size: 5.0 MB
  • Language: English
  • Developer: Computers in Personnel Limited
  • © 2011 Computers In Personnel Ltd

Compatibility: Requires iOS 4.2 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

Disclosure – I have been paid to bring you this information, and as always I only bring you information that I know you will enjoy and find useful. 

When Facebook was down #facebookdown

When Facebook was down #facebookdown

when facebook was downWhen Facebook goes down – its funny to see everyone rushing to other networks to ask – if in fact facebook is down for everyone or just you. When Facebook was down yesterday, thats what everyone did and even the hashtag #facebookdown was trending.

This was the second time in two months that Facebook has been down.  It seemed to be worldwide but Facebook said it wasn’t  – it started about 4 pm UK time on Friday the 1st of August and it was only really working properly again 2 hours later, although some could get back on earlier, and some were reporting that they could get on Facebook but it was very slow.   Apparently, it wasn’t a hack or anything dangerous just a technical issue but Facebook hasn’t confirmed.

When Facebook was down #facebookdown

When you tried to open Facebook you were confronted with an error message which said

The requested URL could not be retrieved

The following error was encountered while trying to retrieve the URL

Other users saw the message…

Sorry, something went wrong. We’re working on getting this fixed as soon as we can.

People were tweeting @facebook asking what was going on with regard to the crash but there was no response.

A spokesperson for Facebook is reported saying

We’re aware that some people are currently having trouble accessing Facebook. We’re working to get things back to normal as quickly as possible.”

If you are unsure if a website is down or if it is actually a problem with your system, you can check here Is it Down

Facebook said in an emailed statement that…

Earlier this morning, some people had trouble accessing Facebook for a short time. We quickly investigated and have fully restored service for everyone. We’re sorry for the inconvenience,”


It’s very worrying that 2 Days later – some users are STILL unable to access their Facebook accounts, and say that Facebook isn’t acknowledging there is a problem…  the message they are getting reads.

Facebook Will Be Back Soon

Facebook is down for required maintenance right now, but you should be able to get back on within a few minutes. In the meantime, read more about why you’re seeing this message. Thanks for your patience as we improve the site

When Facebook was down #facebookdown

As yet there is no resolve for this, people on Twitter are saying they are getting no replies from Facebook as yet. However, it makes you wonder if the problem wasn’t more serious than Facebook made out.

So, what did we do When Facebook was down #facebookdown

Users headed over to Twitter to complain, laugh or joke.

It was the funniest part of largest social network Facebook crashing and it was #facebookdown tweets

I saw one tweet from the Police saying please don’t call us, Facebook isn’t a police matter.

I recorded some of them here.