Five Lessons Learnt This Week

This week in Five Lessons Learnt, find out how you can find the perfect house, why tea breaks are becoming a thing of the past and what your dad really wants for Father’s Day…

1. How to find the perfect house

Screen Shot 2015-06-18 at 14.24.54Found your dream property, but not too sure on the location? No problem. Just do what one Wiltshire couple did and dismantle it and move it, brick by brick. Sarah and Howard Owen wanted to move to Gloucestershire, but were struggling to find the right house. So they decided to simply move their existing manor house over 30 miles from its original location in Wiltshire and rebuild it in a different county.

It wasn’t altogether a straightforward process – the dismantle and rebuild took over two years, and they lost over a third of the original bricks in the process. But they managed to salvage enough bricks to complete the build and finish off their dream house: a five-bedroom Georgian manor house, now in a picture perfect location.

All’s well that ends well. Except after all that, the couple have decided to uproot again (and this time, they’re not taking their bricks and mortar with them). So they’ve put their wandering house on the market for £3.75 million.

If you don’t fancy uprooting a property to find your dream home, check out some incredible traders’ house instead: read Traders’ Homes We Wish We Owned

2. Tea breaks are a dying phenomenon

Screen Shot 2015-06-18 at 14.28.44And it’s not just because we’re switching to coffee. In fact, workers are taking fewer tea breaks because they’re scared their employers will think they’re slacking off. In a survey of 2,000 employees (conducted by Tetley tea – make of that what you will), half said they were too busy to take a break, while a further one in four said they didn’t think they were allowed to stop to grab a cuppa.

But the perceived need to graft every minute of the day may actually be doing more harm than good, as tea breaks are proven to make workers more productive and improve team dynamics. So get out from behind your desk and stick the kettle on!

Taking a break from trading now and again is not just helpful for productivity but necessary for your well-being – so grab that cup of tea and check out The Top 10 Ways to Take a Break From Trading

3. Be careful what you say on WhatsApp

Screen Shot 2015-06-16 at 16.31.03If you use WhatsApp and you’re jetting off to Dubai on your summer hols (and you’re guilty of having a bit of a potty mouth), read this first. A new federal law in the UAE means that swearing over the social messaging app could land you with a £45,000 fine and potential deportation.

The new law came after the Federal Supreme Court in Abu Dhabi ordered the retrial of a man convicted of swearing at a colleague over WhatsApp after his initial Dhs3,200 (£523) fine was deemed too lenient. Prosecutors demanded he should be fined up to Dhs250,000 £43,596 or face jail, and a date for the new trial is yet to be set.

Best to steer clear of offensive emojis, too – legal experts warned that using the middle finger emoji could earn you a three-year spell in jail or a hefty fine of up to £87,000 as the gesture is illegal in the UAE. If you’re just chatting with friends, you’re probably safe (well, maybe – how much do you trust your pals?!), as a complaint would have to be filed in order for you to be charged. But swearing is just a sign of a limited vocabulary, anyway. Or so our mums always told us…

Before you go jetting off on your jollies, get your hands on the Coolest Travel Gadgets for Traders. Just be careful how you use them… 

4. Always check your facts

Screen Shot 2015-06-16 at 15.20.44And, y’know, preferably before you waste an hour of your life that you’ll never get back. Unlike the South London policemen who spent sixty minutes in a stand-off with a venomous reptile that was lying ‘very still’… and turned out to be a garden ornament.

A worried resident called the RSPCA at 6.30am after spotting the loose snake, but as it was “out of hours” for the animal inspectors, they passed the concern on to the police and a patrol car made its way to the scene, where policeman watched the snake from a couple of metres away for a full hour. A while later, however, a neighbour informed officers that the “wild snake” was actually a ceramic garden decoration.

Somewhat hilariously, a neighbour later remarked: “I could have told [the police] it was a fake snake – because the paint is peeling off!” That’s what happens if you let yourself get rattled…

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5. What your dad really wants for Father’s Day

Screen Shot 2015-06-16 at 14.42.00If you’re still struggling for a present to give your dad on Sunday (and if you are, check out our LFX Guide to Father’s Day Presents quick sharp) you might be interested to hear the results of a new survey that asked 1,126 men in the UK what they’d like to receive if they could choose a gift for themselves.

And it turns out that socks, slippers and DIY tools are all out of the picture… the most-desired Father’s Day gifts were all sorts of cooking equipment, from BBQ utensils and tagines to cookbooks, aprons and oven mitts. 32 per cent said they’d like to get BBQ utensils, while 18 per cent wanted a cookbook and 12 per cent were after a new cooking dish.

The survey also revealed that most men (82 per cent) reckon they cook a lot more than their fathers did, with the average participant claiming to whip up at least three meals a week, with nine specialities in his repertoire. But they also admitted to doing a lot less DIY than their fathers – so maybe hold onto that toolkit for Mother’s Day next year…

We’ve got all the best gifts for Father’s Day in our LFX Guide to: Father’s Day Presents – whether your dad loves to cook or is more into a round of golf, loves gadgets and gizmos or literally is the dad who has everything, you’ll find the perfect gift (and just in the nick of time!) 

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