Friday 13th

We all know Friday 13th is bad luck but have you ever wondered where this superstition came from? The number 13 is seen as unlucky due to the last supper where it is thought that Judas was the 13th person to have sat down at the table. Then Friday is considered unlucky as it was the day of Jesus's crucifixation. So add the two together and you have a very bad day! We know already today that flight 666 was delayed as passengers didn't want to board a flight with that number on this day. Do you think Friday 13th is unlucky or do you think its an old wife's tale....

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Bubble Wrap

Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day is real! Invented by accident in late 1950s America, bubble wrap is almost more famous for the fun of popping its bubbles rather than its obvious use for packing fragile items.

The last Monday in January is supposedly Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day.

If you have a constant need for a bubble wrap fix then go to Japanese company Bandai. who has an electronic device called Puchi Puchi that fits on your keyring and provides a continuous popping satisfaction!

Wimbledon

Wimbledon

So its End of Wimbledon this week, who’s your money on? Here at SMART we think Venus will clench the title for the sixth time and it will be Federer vs Querry in the men’s final but we are divided over who will end up winning…..who do you think?

Thank You

Thank You

Saying thank you sounds simple enough, but it’s surprising how often we make a cursory job of it, or even forget to do it altogether.

The benefits of acknowledging other people, whether they go above and beyond, do something unexpected or just keep ploughing on, day-in, day-out, are multiple.

In business, a genuine ‘thank you’ can make the recipient feel appreciated, encourage colleagues to step up again the next time or ensure a customer comes back.

So, here are four ways that a ‘thank you’ can work wonders

The Office Heatwave: How To Cope

The Office Heatwave: How To Cope

It’s often that we’re looking to turn the heating up in English offices, as sunny days are a rare accompaniment to our usual week in the office. But with the weather being surprisingly hot lately, we decided to put a few top tips together to help you cope with oppressive office heatwaves and, hopefully, keep you going until the beer garden calls at the end of the day.