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Suarez bites again. And it isn’t funny. No, seriously, it’s not. Stop laughing!

Serial biter Luis Suarez of Uruguay took a hunk out of Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini’s shoulder in today’s 1-0 win over the Azzurri.

With FIFA certain to review the incident, it appears that Suarez may have bitten off more than he can chew.

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Assumptions – easy way to get into trouble

‘When you assume, you make an ass out of U’.

I couldn’t agree more. I work in the property industry and the amount of times that so called professionals ”assume’ things is disgraceful. Agents are responsible for an asset worth hundreds of thousands of pounds and they have the audacity to ‘assume’ things!

To give an example, I worked with someone previously who had no qualifications in the industry so a lot of their knowledge was gained from others in the industry. However, his previous employers were those sharks you hear about so he picked up a number of bad habits, which all stem from assumptions. As an agent, we are the middle men between tenant and landlord so we communicate messages between the two. It is imperative that we communicate well so everything is clear and preferably in writing. Now, my colleague had developed the ability to please customers which was great until the deal was complete or close to completion. He used to make promises with one party and then try to get the other party to agree to it. The problem happens when the other party doesn’t agree to it. He basically shoots himself in the foot and ends up digging a bigger hole for himself by trying to sort out a mess he created by himself.

Thankfully, he’s improving himself and we are encouraging him to study the industry relevant qualification. But it makes me wonder why we assume things at all? In a sales environment, it is obviously to secure a deal of some type but what about in our personal lives?

When we are ill, we assume we will get better soon. We assume that we will be alive for the rest of the day, the rest of the week, month and year. How can we be so sure of something that we have no guarantee of? I think it’s an interesting ability we have. I belive it’s tied closely with positivity, hope and faith – all are aspects of human behaviour that makes us determined to reach a goal. The goal doesn’t have to be major. It can be a small one, such as ‘I’ll wake up at 6am tomorrow’.

Our ability to believe the immediate future is certain makes us human. The most we can do to improve the future (assuming that we live to see it) is to be the best we can be in the present.

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Why, you ask? I’ve created this blog just to share my views on everyday life in London. These range from stories from my personal life, my professional life, funny stories, rants and general topics of discussion which I think Londoners will agree with.

I’ve recently started blogging and I’ve genuinely developed a love for writing. I want to entertain my followers with my views. If you enjoy a blog and agree with it, that’s great! We’re on the same side 🙂 if you don’t agree with it, I’d love to hear your thoughts.

The world is a beautiful place but can also cause hardships. I want to share my experience of the world through my eyes. After all, we are all different, which technically makes us the same!


How to make your girl appreciate you more

A man takes care of his business. By business, I mean any of his dealings, be it professional or personal.

I’ve found a way to make my girl appreciate me more. Not the she doesn’t appreciate me anyway, but I’ve noticed she is more loving towards me when one simple thing happens.

You ready for it? You sure? It’s simple. Encourage her to see her girlfriends! I encourage her a lot to make time for her friends and I’ve recently noticed by observing her that she seems more content with me after seeing the girls and I will give you the reasons why.

Before I give the reasons, I want today that I do my best to treat her how I would like to be treated. That doesn’t mean buying things for her. I offer her advice, guidance and help.

Today I worked late and told my girl I’m running late and she should see her friends if she’s bored, which she did. We texted a couple of times to check when we would both be finished, and agreed to be at home by 11pm. When we arrived home, we exchanged pleasantries and embraced each other as we usually do. We then sat down and had a catch up, talking about her day. I told her about work and what I’ve got planned in the pipeline and she told me about her time with the girls. She told me that her friends where complaining about their boyfriends. And she sat there and looked at me with a smile on her lips, and ran her hands through my (thinning) hair.

‘Thank you for being you’, she whispered.

It was a lovely feeling to hear that and I know it’s because she knows I genuinely take an interest in her life and try to help her with the small things. She also knows that although sometimes I can get a little impatience, I’m generally a very reasonable person.

Fellas, take my advice. Be the best you can be. If you care for her, show it and encourage her to see her friends. If you don’t care for her that much to show it, why are you with her? Don’t make someone miserable for no reason. Be with her because she makes you happy and do your best to make her happy. When her friends moan about their boyfriends, she’ll think of you and how good you are to her.

As always, this is based on my personal experience with my girlfriend.  Results may vary 🙂

Rant from a Londoner

imageI avoid using public transport but for one of the jobs I have, there’s no other choice but to jump on the underground to get to work. This job requires me to start at 6pm and I have to travel from Canary Wharf to White City – busy stations due its amenities. Canary Wharf is the city’s financial hub and is bustling with business people and bankers in suits and ties, dresses and skirts, shoes which click with every step and a buzz that is different to every other area in the Capital. White City, on the other hand, is home to one of the largest shopping malls in the country and people there are generally younger, dressed more casual and louder than their more reserved Canary Wharf counterparts.

I left my office at 5pm giving myself an hour to get to my next job. I dread it because I know exactly what to expect. Rush hour – not for the light hearted. As I enter the underground station at Canary Wharf, I brace myself for an almighty struggle on my journey. In all fairness, waiting for a train at this station is not so bad. People are civilised and queue up which makes it easier to get on the train without ending up in someone’s armpit. The problem is the changeover I have to make. My journey requires me to take the Jubilee Line to Bond Street and then change for the Central Line.

For those of you who are not familiar with Bond Street, it is on Oxford Street and is one stop after Oxford Street station. It is one the busiest areas in London with thousands of shoppers. The jubilee line passes through around 10 stops before reaching Bond Street and with each stop, the number of commuters increase and the train seems to get smaller and smaller. With the rare summertime weather we are facing, the extraordinary heat on the underground is not something I can get accustomed to. Coupled with the fact that there is a lack of proper ventilation, the journey becomes very uncomfortable, especially for someone like me who needs personal space.

The journey annoys me but something bothers me more than this. The underground is stuffy making it hard to get fresh air. I don’t know if its because of this, but people seem to magically forget that there are hundreds of people around them, as if the lack of oxygen affects their ability to think things through. The following are the most annoying for me:

– large queue of people impatiently waiting to get to platform or exit. Queue moves slowly and as you reach the front of the queue, you realise the extra delay is because people are stood in one spot, having a chat. I mean come on! Find a better place to catch up on your life!

– being stuck in a carriage with people and there’s a bad smell from someone’s armpits. This applies to both men and women. In this country, we are obsessed and conscious about our personal hygiene. Why doesn’t this apply for some people?! Just to add a further note, bad underarm smell is bad, but releasing gas on the carriage is not acceptable. At all.

– when I am lucky enough to get a seat on the train and a woman stands right in front of me. I can feel her eyes staring at me, almost willing me to stand up and offer her a seat. I consider myself to be a gentleman but if you are not elderly, pregnant, disabled, or have a child, you can stand. After all, men and women are equal right?

– people that lean on the doors. Why? We all know any pressure on the doors causes the train to jolt. Stand up straight and stop leaning on the door!

– chicken and chips on the train. Don’t do it. It smells bad. In fact, food should be banned from the underground.

– I love reading a good book or an interesting article in the papers. But please be considerate. If the train is packed, please put it away. You are taking up extra space by stretching your arm to read the damn thing!

There you have it. My little rant on the public transport system in London. Am i overreacting to the situation and do I lack patience? Feel free to share your thoughts!

Women change when they have make-up on

No, it’s not a scientific fact. This is purely based on what I’ve observed whilst spending time with my girlfriend. How we feel about ourself affects how we portray ourself to others. For example, someone who is in a position of authority will act in a more authoritative manner. Their sense of authority builds their confidence which then affects the way they behave towards others.

As mentioned above, my views are based on my observations. If I had the means to test my theory, I would. But as this is a blog to share my views, I feel it isn’t necessary to conduct thorough research. Plus, it’s a source of entertainment for readers!

Anyway, from my previous posts, you will gather that I adore my girlfriend. Yes, we have petty arguments but we resolve them quickly and get back to our normal, happy selves. I’m a creature of observation, and I watch the behaviour of my girlfriend closely and there is something about her that never fails to amuse me.

When we are at home, we dress in pyjamas (or underwear) and in all honesty, we look hideous (well, I look hideous and she looks cute). During our time together when we are dressed down, we are very playful with each other but we also show a lot of tenderness towards one another. We make faces, we splash water on each others faces, we wrestle with each other (I always win).I roam around in my boxers and socks, and she lounges in a vest top and pyjama bottoms, with her hair tied up and with no make-up on. Much like in Drake’s song, ‘that’s when she the prettiest’.

When we go out to dinner or to go watch a movie, she loves dressing up and believe me, she looks stunning. She knows I love when she wears dresses, and its as though she purposely wears them and shows off her figure to me. If only she knew the effect it had on me! Her make-up accentuates her beauty and her hair is arranged perfectly to further highlight her feminine features.

This is when I find her the most amusing. As hot as she looks, her behaviour changes! Gone is the girl who loves to play around with me! This hot chick is more static and reserved, like as if any sudden movements will ruin her perfectly created appearance so she takes extra care not to laugh too much, or make funny faces. Even her walk changes to a more confident one, with that extra bounce in her step and the movement in her hips highlighted. Damn, she looks extra fine!

With the make-up on, her lips barely move when she speaks which I love noticing. I don’t think she knows that’s the case. She’s more quiet, almost as if she has to keep completely still in order to preserve her appearance. I smile to myself all the time when she does this.

I haven’t told her yet what I’ve noticed. I think I’ll keep it to myself for a while for my own amusement. I know if I made her aware of the change, she would become conscious so I’ll let her be for now. It makes me question how well I know other females who only appear in public with a full course of make up. Is their behaviour also different without the make-up? Or is it just my girlfriend? I’d love to hear from my readers on this. Men, have you noticed this about your girlfriend? And women, do you notice yourself changing based on how your appearance is?


Bloody cyclists!

Before you start thinking I’m anti-cycling, I want to assure you that I’m not. In fact, I’m all for it and I would encourage everyone to cycle if they can. However, there’s a few issues which I think need to be addressed.

Firstly, ever since cyclists have been made to ride on the road, we’ve heard numerous reports of accidents involving cyclists and unfortunately, some of them have been fatal.

As a driver, I can’t help but notice that cyclists don’t follow the rules of the road, which makes me question why they are allowed on the road. After all, we wouldn’t allow a car driver on the road if they didn’t have proof that they were roadworthy (by taking a theory and practical test).

I have a solution to this. It may sound drastic but if it is something that can reduce the number of people involved in an accident, then it must be worth considering.

An obvious course of action is to make sure that every road has a cycle lane. There’s way too many roads without these lanes.

Cyclists should also take a theory test, similar to the one that vehicle drivers take. I truly believe that it is needed. If they are to use the road, they must follow the rules and must be able to show that they have passed the test. They should be issued with some type of licence.

I mentioned above that it may seem drastic, and I’m sure you think so. But honestly, is it a bad idea? If it became a legal requirement, I’m sure less accidents would occur. From my own experience, I’ve seen cyclists ride through red lights, pass through roundabouts without giving way to the right, and not giving any indication as to which way they will be turning.

These are just my thoughts on how to create a safer London. I would love to hear what your own thoughts would be on this. Share your thoughts!