Top London hot spots to watch the FIFA World Cup 2018

Football. Love it or hate it. The World Cup is here. Howling and cheering crowds of people dressed in different national colors, the beer flows in streams and even football haters risk a glance or two at the screen. From June 14th to July 15th the Fifa World Cup 2018 takes place in Russia. Here’s our top pick of best pubs, bars and rooftop gardens in London to enjoy football with your colleagues, friends or family.

Pitch, Stratford

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At the Pitch you can tuck into some fantastic street food and wash it down with a wide selection of craft drinks while watching the World Cup. The best thing about the Pitch: Entry to most games will be absolutely FREE and, even the most popular games will be ticketed at just £5 a head, including a drink on arrival.  But don’t forget that the England games will sell out quick so get your bookings in now.

Boxpark, Shoreditch

Boxpark, the world’s first pop-up mall is famous for creating its mini foodie villages out of refitted shipping containers but did you know that they are also going to broadcast the World Cup? Get your tickets here.

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The Merchant Square Big Screen, West London

The Merchant Square Screen in West London will screen a number of the FIFA World Cup matches on their Pavilion Big Screen over June and July. Support your team and chill out on comfy seating whilst enjoying from the amazing retailers or street food vendors!

More information here.

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The Bud Boat, River Thames

We all know the problem. Your girlfriend wants to go on a romantic boat ride but you want to watch the World Cup. Why not watch the World Cup on a boat? Budweiser’s “Bud Boat” will set sail down the Thames for 14 games during the tournament, with DJs keeping the party going long after the end of the game. Pre-booked tickets start at £10, find them here.

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How to Nail an Office Move with no Digital Disruptions

We spoke to Telco Solutions last week and were posed the question on how businesses can best deal with office moves without the disruptions.

The reality is that no businesses should ever suffer from this in this new day and age, as we have access to all the latest tools to assist us to always stay connected and productive.

For us, it’s about one single easy solution: book adhoc work spaces and work anywhere, anytime.

You can read our latest Ellyot POV here

Brexit, One Year to Go & Still Clueless

March 29 marks one year to go until the UK leaves the European Union. To mark the occasion, we’re looking in-depth at how Brits – and Europeans – look for Brexit using Google Search.

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Top questions in 2018 so far, included;

  1. What is Brexit?
  2. When is Brexit?
  3. Will Brexit happen?
  4. How many people voted for Brexit?

The above questions are EXTREMELY ALARMING. The number one question goes to show that Brexit should not have been a referendum at all.

Now that it’s too late to reverse the damage, let’s hope people wake up & start asking the real questions.

How will it impact all of us and diversity in our world?

Time will tell.

#NationalPuppyDay

charles-deluvio-550068-unsplashThere is never a time when sharing cute pictures of puppies could be bad, cute images of dogs in costumes or just being dogs is something no person can resist. However, on the 23rd March, you can justify searching, sharing or taking pictures of puppies because its #NationalPuppyDay.

Started as a way to raise awareness and promote the adoption of dogs, it has now blossomed into a fully-fledged puppy appreciation day, with the hashtag trending on twitter. If you’re keen to celebrate this holiday you could choose from 50 ideas that the founder came up with (like raising money for a local shelter or volunteering to take the shelter puppies for a walk), or you could simply share a picture of your puppy with the hashtag.

Read more here.

 

Black Mirror: Can Bots Help Us Deal with Grief?

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If you ever had the chance to watch Black Mirror, you’d know that the premise of this Netflix original series is to showcase the wonders and dangers of Technology.

In the real world, people are experimenting with griefbotsMuhammad Aurangzeb Ahmad, principal data scientist at KenSci, is often the center of attention when the topic of griefbots comes up.

He created a chat-style program that allows him to have conversations with a simulation of his father, who passed away a few years ago.

Muhammad’s experiences bring into stark relief the pain that loss can bring, and he has publicly taken up the cause of trying to spark conversations about the benefits and dilemmas involved with creating simulations of the deceased. Read Muhammad’s reflections in “How the Dearly Departed Could Come Back to Life — Digitally” and “After Death: Big Data and the Promise of Resurrection by Proxy.”

(Muhammad Aurangzeb Ahmad (Sonu) chatting with a simulation of his father, Abu Jani.)

It’s hard not to be moved by the exchange between Abu Jani (which means “dear father” in Urdu) and Sonu (one of Muhammad’s nicknames). The dadbot does what dads do best: remind their kids to take care of themselves.

The question posed here is really, how far is too far? And does a griefbot truly help us cope with loss or does it hold us back from moving on?

We’ll love to hear your thoughts.

Rick and Morty fans rejoice, with new release of Szechuan sauce

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So it turns out that the long-heralded McDonalds Szechuan sauce, the sauce which caused a million Rick and Morty fans to go into Meltdown is finally re-released. The sauce craze got saw  bidding wars, riots, and petitions to help bring back the sauce.

On Monday, McDonald locations across the USA began serving them again, however this time the fast-food chain didn’t take any risks, distributing 20 million sauce packs across the USA in order to make sure there wouldn’t be the scenes of riots with Rick and Morty fans fighting each other to get their hands on it.

It’s fair to say that the hype surrounding the sauce was astronomical and to live up to it would be tough, especially considering police had been called previously to stop the fighting along with ludicrously high prices paid at auctions for the sauce- it was reported that the DJ, deadmau5 spent around $15,000 on a jug of Szechuan sauce.  

Along came Mondays launch date and finally the verdict on the taste test was out: It’s good, but not great- think a classic Chinese restaurant-style sweet and sour sauce with some soy and sesame and you get the idea.

So, sadly for the Rick and Morty fans who spent time going crazy over the sauce, it turns out that hyped up sauce is really, “meh”.

For more on the Szechuan sauce check out this article from BI

 

Google releases new app to aid remote working

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Google recently released their new messaging platform called “Google Hangouts Chat” which allows better collaboration between organization members.
Hangout chats support team chat rooms, threaded conversations and sophisticated searches that allow companies to manage their projects from one place.

Chat can be used to speed up the small tasks that can bog down a team working from different locations, such as searching for files or even things like booking conference rooms (amongst other very routine tasks). This is integrated into the G-suites productivity apps like Docs, Sheets, Drive, and Hangouts, all of which are great apps that can help remote working teams or individuals (such as those who use Ellyot) to collaborate effectively and achieve their goals!

These apps, including the new Hangout Chat, are great ways to keep productivity high when working remotely as they can allow for effective communication and help a team work in sync so that everyone is on the same page and can work together effectively.

You can check out more about the new Google Hangout Chats feature here.

 

 

6 more remote working tools to boost your productivity

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A couple months ago we talked about some quick fixes to improve your productivity when working remotely.

We listened to your feedback and we’re delighted that you all found it super useful. So we’re back with 6 more recommendations of top tools to use…

I done this is a great productivity tool that helps you track progress over the day. It allows remote teams to work together in sync and know who’s accomplished what and where the team stands in getting towards their objectives. The tool gives you daily status updates, it lets you see what’s been done and what tasks your team can’t do (and why). If you are managing a team who are dispersed to various locations, this is one way to synthesise each member’s progress and keep everyone accountable and on track.

Hackpad is a collaboration tool by the creators of Dropbox- it allows you and your team to collaborate on text documents in real time, meaning you can create documents on the fly with your team, without the hassle of having to meet up and conduct multiple emails and phone calls to create one document. Think of Hackpad as your way to work together to create things seamlessly.  

Developed by Apple itself, Take a break please helps tackle the stresses of everyday life by helping us with our well-being. Sitting and working at your computer or laptop isn’t great for your eyes or back, or health in general and it’s recommended that you take short breaks every hour or so to give yourself some time to relax your eyes and give your lower back a rest. Not only is this app good for your physical health, it’s great for your mind- taking a break gives you the chance to step back from your work and take the time to look at things from a new angle. Some of the benefits include giving you increased mental ability and increased information retention.

Zoom is a communications tool. Similar to Google Hangouts but with a higher threshold limit for attendees, which means you can get more people in your meetings and get everyone up to speed quicker.

CodePen is a design and development tool where you can write up your HTML, CSS, and JavaScript code to share with remote team members and get them to review your code to give feedback in real time; it can be used to build your code with the team and test it too, again, all in real time. It is also a brilliant place to find some inspiration, at its heart it is a social development environment, helping the developers in your team collaborate as part of a larger community all working together to actively help each other test bugs, develop code and get on the right track to help you build your next great project.

Doodle, is a way to get your team together without having to call them individually, simply put Doodle is a poll that allows you to select a date or location to send to participants and get them to vote on their preferences. Think of doodle as your friend when it comes to collectively trying to organize anything with your team; this is a wonderful tool for those days working away from the office when you want a simple way to quickly get everyone’s answer to a question.

We’ve used these 6 tools to help us collaborate with our team, all of whom live and breathe the Ellyot ethos of working where you want when you want and how you want.

With our team dispersed between working in an art gallery, another working in a café and the third working from a co-working desk yesterday, these 6 tools (especially Doodle and I done this) gave us the opportunity to get in sync with each other, even though we were working in opposite ends of London.

Be sure to download Ellyot and along with these tools, you can crush your to-do list and be the most productive and efficient worker you can be.

 

French Nutella riot

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Nutella – a gorgeous mix of hazelnuts, chocolate and milk; probably one of the most loved chocolate items on the planet and a favourite whether it’s mixed into milkshakes,  spread on pancakes or eaten by the spoonful.

It’s safe to say that people love the stuff and apparently in France, they are willing to riot and maim each other for it.

A flash sale of Nutella saw “Black Friday” style fighting and brawling within the aisles of Intermarche’ supermarkets across France, when they reduced the price from £3.90 to £1.20. In fact, one employee of the store was reported to have received a black eye in the mosh pit of customers.

It seems the French really do love the stuff as other reports claimed that, “A woman had her hair pulled, an elderly lady took a box on her head, [sic] another had a bloody hand.” It seems that things got so bad, that police had to be involved with “Nutella rationing” occurring in some stores, limiting customers to 3 jars a person.

In some stores, 700 jars of the stuff were sold in 45 minutes, with the sale going back on over the weekend, although it may help France to take page out of England’s book and form some ques, the perfect way to stop the Nutella madness.

As Nutella’s official twitter, tweeted: “Keep Calm, World Nutella day is coming,” February 5th!

To check out the videos of the fighting madness: http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/nutella-70-discount-prompts-riots-across-france_uk_5a6aeeb2e4b06e25326655d7?1gr&utm_hp_ref=uk-homepage

The Pretty Reckless at the O2. From scepticism to sell outs

The pretty reckless (TPR) started in 2009, led by former Gossip Girl actress Taylor Momsen. “Raspy vocals that sound like she smokes a pack a day,” are ways to describe her unique voice, along with a rebellious, rock and roll on-stage presence.

Her bandmates, who are often overlooked are just as talented as the leading lady of the group and as a unit are quite possibly, one of the most exciting live bands you can see!

Part of the UK tour, the band performed at the O2 Forum in Kentish town, which meant that it would be one hell of a gig.

The night’s setlist was a mix of their newer and earlier material with tracks like ‘My Medicine’ and ‘living in the storm’ all being well received.

15 songs were sung all in all and with the final song (‘Take me down’), the crowd demanded an encore, chanting and clapping till TPR satiated the crowd, with a rendition of ‘Fucked up world’. With an impressive drum solo by Jamie Perkins, the TPR knew how to put on a show- with an adrenaline rush that screamed of rock.

For more on the night check out: http://mosh.hitthefloor.com/reviews/the-pretty-reckless-captivated-a-sold-out-o2-forum-live-review/