Have you ever been selected for Jury service – if not I imagine you know someone who has? Perhaps you have always wanted to be part of the process or simply have no interest and would hate it.
Who can be called
If you are on the Electorial Register and between 18 and 75 you have a chance of being called. The new age of 75 was recently introduced for England and Wales There are exceptions of who can and cannot be a Juror and this will be detailed on your letter. Please note my experience is based on England court systems.
I have been called twice and while I cannot mention any details I will expand generally on what to expect.
The process begins with a letter (known as the Jury Summons) delivered to your home (by normal post). It will give you a date and time to report for Jury service – generally is it around 4-6 weeks away from the date of the letter. This should give you time to arrange childcare cover, time off work etc.
A Quick Guide to Using Email
People often ask ‘how did we cope before e-mail’ but using email in your business can have its drawbacks if not used correctly.
Email is a very effective communication tool but often we are inundated with spam. We must make sure we use it correctly.
Below are some tips on basic email etiquette.
Ageism or age discrimination is the fact, when you are treated unfavourably because of your age. Finding work over the age of 50 is proving to be a very difficult challenge. So what are you to do and if you’ve spent your life honing your skills and qualifications, difficulties in finding work and unemployment can be a rude shock. You may find yourself in any of the following situation.
TAKING MINUTES AT MEETINGS
We are often faced with taking minutes at meetings and often you worry you might not be able to record the relevant information/follow ups.
Below is a brief guide on the main points to consider.
10 tips to help reduce everyday stress
Have a good laugh
They say laugher is the best medicine. By having a good laugh you are not think about your current stressful problems.
By laughing your body releases endorphins, which are the body’s natural feel-good chemicals. Endorphins will help you with an overall sense of well-being and can even temporarily relieve pain. So this can mean that your view on all the day-to-day stressful events will vastly improve even when the laughing has gone.
So dig out that comedy DVD and have a good laugh.
What is carbon monoxide poisoning
Carbon monoxide is a gas that has no colour, taste or smell yet it can kill you. The gas is produced by burning material containing carbon.
Always get a reputable company or gas registered fitter to install your boiler or other gas appliances. If you get a cowboy this can result in carbon monoxide leaks and poisoning.
Sadly it is the very common cause of fatal poisoning in the UK. It has been estimated that it can cause accidental deaths of over 50 people a year and around 200 non-fatal poisonings each year. Do not become a victim
Empty Nest Syndrome
Empty nest syndrome is a feeling of grief and loneliness parents may feel when their children leave home for the first time. Some common situations are – when children leave to live on their own or to attend a college or university.
Most parents are likely to be affected by empty nest syndrome, though some factors can create a predisposition to it. Adults who are facing various stressful events in life such as menopause, moving away or retirement, the death of spouse are more likely to experience this syndrome. Some common conditions associated with empty nest syndrome are – sadness, loneliness, sense of loss of purpose, feelings of rejection, depression, stress and anxiety over the child’s welfare.
I am being treated for high blood pressure (thankfully it is under control) yet for a while I did nothing about it even though there is a history of blood pressure in the family.
Please do not think it is something I will not get. Did you know that 1 in 3 people in the UK have high blood pressure?
I recently did a blog post on saving money at the supermarket and now following this up with how supermarkets make you spend more than you realise without even thinking about it.
Here are just a few clever marketing ploys the supermarkets use to make you part with your hard-earned cash.
Thinking of taking in a Lodger?
Are you thinking of taking in a lodger? As you get older you may be thinking of how I can supplement my earnings/plan for retirement. One way is by taking in a lodger. This is currently very popular especially with the cost of living, higher bills etc. By renting out your spare room it is a good way of making extra income in effect for very little work.