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Chris Ward is "The boss who works from coffee shops" (BBC), author of The bestselling book (No. 1 in the UK and Germany and top 20 in the USA and Canada), cyclist of the whole Le Tour & Ventoux x6 in 24hrs, marathon runner, espresso drinker & family man.

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Ventoux x6 + 24hrs + 8886m climbing = The Bicinglette Challenge

Helen, full of admiration & motivation (!?), while her old man (‘the’ oldest man) attempts to cycle Mount Ventoux 6 times in one day to achieve the Bicinglette Challenge - equivalent of cycling up and down the whole 8886m+ of Mount Everest.

'The Out Of Office Diet & Training plan'

A fun short film the kids and I made, while editing the film of the Ventoux ride, ‘How to achieve your sporting challenge’ - The ‘Out Of Office’ diet and training plan, that got me up the mountain 6 times. Filmed by Bob and starring Rose & Audrey. I hope a pot of hummus and a £99 Halfords bike can prepare you as well for your challenges as they do for mine. chris@workwhereyoulike.com workwhereyoulike.com @chrisatcoffice

The Bicinglette challenge: 8886m 6x up Mount Ventoux starts 5.30am on Friday 12th September.

If at all interested please follow here or on Facebook or Twitter

Monday after!

Well I managed it. Much of that was because my wife Helen followed me up in a car from the bottom for the last ascent, starting at 11pm! And the only reason I started the sixth was because of all the support - much from total strangers - but fellow cyclists! - that I was getting through social media. Thanks very much.

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I’m making a little film from it ‘How to achieve your adventure challenges’ Coming soon!

Here’s the strava stats (vslow!)

What 5/6ths of cycling M. Ventoux x6, 29,004’ of climbing looks like on Strava Slow! (before Garmin died)

Wed 10th 3.45pm - first change to plans - can’t find accommodation in Bedoin - everything full! so we’re booked for Malacuene and unusually for this challenge start with that climb! Not ideal as its more protected from the winds so would be better done later but we have little choice - apart from cycling to Bedoin before the start - i don’t fancy adding any Km’s at all to the day though…

Why?

Looks like I’m going to try a mad challenge very soon - or at least that’s what my entry to attempt http://www.clubcinglesventoux.org ’Bicinglettes’ challenge says…

Bit scared… If I finish, I’ll apparently be the oldest of only 12 Brits who’ve ever completed this stupidity (& about 100th globally)

Cycling 6 times up (and down) Mount Ventoux. 272km, 8,886m climbing - within 24 hours - equiv. of cycling up & down Everest.

Before I book flight & say bye to the kids I’d welcome any cyclists advice and psychologists thoughts….?

My mate Dave (who I rode Le Tour with last year has mentioned doing the Cingles (3 times up and down) around this time all year - but on looking at it - it’s a tough challenge - but should be well achievable. So what else is there? Well they offer the Bicinglette. Now this might not be achievable - and if it was I’d be the oldest (of only 12) Brits to do it. It’s there - and it needs to be done.

Dave & I both competed in this years Flanders sportive - and unknown to both of us, both rode it with pneumonia and both ended up in hospital a few days after. This ride will show getting a simple thing like pneumonia shouldn’t stop you recovering fully to give your legs another pushing they haven’t asked for.

If you’re thinking of cycling up Ventoux 6 times in 24 hrs? This is worth a read http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mont_Ventoux

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No turning back…

Everything in place; wife convinced to come, mother-in-law convinced to babysit, kids happy dad’s disappearing for a few days & Audrey happy her b’day party doesn’t have to be postponed. Now just the easy bit, cycling 8,886m up and down Mount Ventoux 6 times in 24 hrs. Start is 5.15am Friday.

At the summit last year with Sylvain, when we rode the whole Tour de France route with Tour de Force.

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Reading Up

Obviously I’m reading far too much about all this. if you are equally stupidly interested, these are the best reads - blog from 2 guys who’ve done the bicinglette http://bit.ly/1qDbHL8. This challenge is also same amount of climbing in a day as ‘Everesting’ but doesnt qualify officially as we’re not cycling the exact same road up every time - but its same length challenge - this is official uk site with some funny stories http://www.everestinguk.com and the official site that started it all off http://www.everesting.cc

The 4 main concerns

Chose Ventoux as they already have the award for going up 3 or 6 and ‘according to the rules’ i won’t be everesting as i’ll be using all 3 roads up and not just the one. I did it during cycling last years Le Tour De France but that was at the end of 225km - and that was enough.

First 4 ‘should be’ fine. if i can be on the 5th before it gets dark then motivation should be OK - if there’s any worries its A - the knees pack up B - I have a heart attack! - but the gradients are not bad enough for those two -so C - being tired and crashing on way down! and D - being bored! 

what i looked like after i finished just one ascent last year!

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Small things, please thin cyclists…

I don’t want a high powered job, I don’t want membership of a private gym, I don’t want a wardrobe full of clothes, I don’t want expensive holidays and I don’t want a fast car.

All I want is for this small piece of card to have 6 stamps on it, come midnight Friday! Small things, please thin cyclists…

Our start time for mine and David Roscoe’s challenge to ride 8,886m up and down Mount Ventoux 6 times, is 4.30am (UK time) Friday. if Friday’s a very dull day at work we’ll be updating here and on Facebook & Twitter (as above)

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The 2014 London Coffopoly board

Here it is, at last! the follow up to the 2m viewed & trending 2014 London ‘Coffee Stops’ Tube Map:

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The 2014 London ‘Coffopoly’ Board  - the perfect game to play alongside the finest coffee London has been serving since 1652. The first London Monopoly was created in 1935  -  no doubt caffeine fuelled with a trip round London by Victor Watson and his secretary, Marjory Phillips.

The Coffopoly board has replaced the original London locations with the nearest best coffee shop.

The 2014 London ‘Coffopoly is a hobby project produced to celebrate the first ever London Coffee Stop awards. Please vote for London’s finest at www.coffeestopslondon.com.

It is available online in all 4 different ‘rotations’

Please contact helen@bluedotworld.com for all enquiries. Thanks

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How to stop office life make you sick:

Five questions I just answered for a magazine about how to stop office life & information overload making you sick:

1. Why is it important not to ignore the underload syndrome? What are significant problems that can crop up if it’s left to carry on?

Distraction - you will always be distracted when having personal relationships - friends, family, lovers, children - and those relationships will suffer!


2. In your opinion, what are the key identifiers that would alert someone that they are suffering from it and need to take action?

People checking that you are actually listening to them when they are talking to you - because you are distracted!


3. How prevalent is it in your opinion?

Huge - huge!

4. It seems a monumental issue if you do have it - how do you start to tackle it?

Delete the 90% of email newsletters you don’t need anymore that clog up your inbox. That will feel like a huge waste of energy saved!

5. What are the most important steps to take in order to conquer the problem?

Make how you spend your time more important than how you spend your money!

Go and get a great coffee, or go for a ride and take the time to reflect on how you want to spend your time.

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The only way to win the Russell Brand argument?

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An open to letter to everyone who’s written an open letter this week…

Hello,

The world is fucked – we all know that. The parents of the four children that die every single minute of malnutrition, while we throw away 2/3rds of our bagged up Tesco’s salad, certainly know that more than me.

I don’t have the one answer. Russell Brand certainly doesn’t have the answer. Do you have the answer?.

Could we therefore all agree that we all need to stop killing more time and wasting our energies simply telling each other that we are wrong?

It’s an argument you can’t win 

Depressingly, I’ve seen all this at close hand for years. Non-stop disagreement resulting in zero action.

I was a Director at Comic Relief, I had more friends and acquaintances tell me what we were doing was wrong, than when I was just making as much money as possible running an agency selling more stuff to people that didn’t need it.

I’ve seen many charities waste employee time, energy and money because they can’t agree how to do what they all joined up to do. They just waste meeting after meeting telling each other they are wrong.

Is literally the reason the world is fucked because we can’t get others to agree with us about what to do about it?

So we do nothing?!

If you think I’m wrong, if you think Russell Brand is wrong, Comic Relief wrong, your friends wrong, Robert Webb wrong, Harry Deansway wrong, even Jeremy Paxman wrong, there seems no point wasting any more time telling them.

Its an argument you really wont win. Do you think you can get them to change their minds?

Can’t we instead, agree to disagree and spend our time getting on with doing what we think is right instead?

Is it more important for us to try and convince others they are wrong than to stop people dying, people in poverty, people raking in excess profits…?

Why not just go and do what you think is right? Why do you care if I think you are wrong? 

Vote, run a marathon for charity, sell all your possessions, start a political party, have a cup of tea with your neighbours, sponsor a friend. Whatever it is, you can make a difference by doing whatever you think is right, it doesn’t matter if anyone else thinks your wrong.

Online, hidden behind the shared pictures of celebrities, cats, celebrities cats, selfies and ‘targeted messages’ are all the tools you will ever need to do whatever you think is right.

I might think you’re wrong, you might think what I do is wrong but by actually doing whatever you think is right – Just starting with one thing - whatever it is – now, even! - you are right. And if continue to write words instead of take action – then I am wrong.

It’s the only way everyone can win the argument.

We are hosting an event on 5th November, London 9-11am for anyone who would like to come and put their ideas into action

http://www.eventbrite.com/event/9008828649/efbevent

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Blog Post: I Like Mondays

Chris is the “boss that works from coffee shops” (BBC). It results in him being more productive and creative and able to be a part-time CEO. Every single Monday he does something he’s always wanted to do

Cycling back in time…

This summer I cycled the whole Le Tour de France route for charity – 2,100 km in 21 days of cycling, being told where to be and when, where to eat and when - I loved it! But the thing that started to fill my mind – over the numerous hours of peddling and peddling was that I just wanted to get home and try cycling from London to Birmingham along the Grand Union Canal, with my very non-cycling wife and to be able to do it as slow as I wanted and to stop and eat, whenever I wanted – I couldn’t wait! image

Turns out, Helen could wait… but after she ran out of excuses, we finally chose a Monday and set off. Once we reached the start of the Grand Union down by the beautiful Syon House, Helen would have already cycled further than she has done ever before!

I dropped the kids at school and met Helen at a nearby Gail’s Bakery where she was powering up with a strong coffee.

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We reached the start and there was a signpost that pointed to Birmingham – only 139 miles away. Two weeks earlier on Le Tour I would have knocked that off by 4 o’clock that afternoon – I think this was going to take a bit longer.

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The first miles along the Grand Union are like an unseen film-set of deserted boat yards, until it stretches out, taking the long way round the back of West London, towards the M25.

Our first stop was a lock cottage that had been turned into a brilliant traditional tearoom – 2 teas, 2 slices of thick white bread with tuna filling and we were off again.

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The tow path is essentially flat but full of stones and little bumps that keep your bum bouncing up and down. The only time you really have to work hard though is alongside each lock as the canal rises out of London – and so does the towpath, keeping up..

Lunch stop was Rickmansworth and brilliant coffee and loads of cake at a Harris & Hoole coffee shop. Like most other cyclists, I have a sweet tooth - our main motivation to cycle is so we can eat more cake without feeling guilty – It’s one of the reasons Le Tour was so good!

We were well into the afternoon now and the canal went through the grounds of the 5-star celeb filled Grove Hotel. Helen wasn’t going to cycle through that without a stop! We left the canal and pushed up the steepest hill to the bar, on the cheapest bikes and smelling of countryside and hard work, to share the garden with their normal clientele, in their Porsches and £5,000 suits and dresses. Helen struggled, feeling out of place – I loved it! Two martinis, beers and endless bowls of (protein rich!) nuts and we headed back onto the canal for another few hours.image

Now, getting a little dark and slightly the worse for wear we powered on. Helen went into her ‘survival mode’ – going silent – cycling as fast as she could.

We were aiming for the canal side, Three Horseshoes Pub at Winkwell – which thankfully at 8.30pm, appeared like an oasis of warmth, friendliness and craft beer, out of the pitch-black towpath. We devoured a great hearty meal, more beers and slept like two logs.image

We had cycled only about 45 of the 139 miles so the next morning set a more realistic target of finishing at Aylesbury, at the end of an upcoming arm of the canal. We started the day slowly with an incredibly long breakfast / brunch / lunch in Winkwell and continued it, as we took about another 4 hours to cycle the 25 miles to the end…

Five minutes later we were on the train back into London and back on the canal towards home in time to have tea with the kids.

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The canal is like a shadow under motorway bridges, behind town Centres and under miles and miles of glorious trees. It feels like stepping back to a time before roads and cars. We cycled passed so many moored boars where the owner would simply be ‘pottering away’ on the roof. A more innocent, simple time…

Was a great start to the week. I like Mondays

What’s next Monday?

Work ‘Out Of Office’, Go Part-time and Do-it-yourself:

Grand Union canal

http://canalrivertrust.org.uk/canals-and-rivers/grand-union-canal

The Grove Hotel

http://www.thegrove.co.uk

The Three Horseshoes

http://www.the3horseshoeswinkwell.co.uk

Chris is the author of ‘Out Of The Office: work where you like and achieve more’. http://workwhereyoulike.com

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The 3 most important books for inspiring the ‘Out Of Office’ lifestyle.

Flow: The Psychology of Happiness: The Classic Work on How to Achieve Happiness by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi. Mainly, by stopping work and doing something else great when you stop being productive.. http://amzn.to/16LiOUo - rather than just sharing pics of cats

The Continuum Continuum by jean Liedloff http://bit.ly/dbkmJl

'It's Not How Good You Are, It's How Good You Want to Be' By Paul Arden. http://bit.ly/1h4bp7M

All three are featured in my book http://workwhereyoulike.com, along with a few more ‘must reads’ 

Coffee Stops & #outofofficeday

Coffee Stops London Facebook launch

Join & like us now  - just launched!

https://www.facebook.com/coffeestopslondon

Following on from the huge success of my ‘Coffee Stops’ London Tube Map we have launched a Facebook page for the very best of London’s great coffee shop culture: baristas, customers, coffee, cake, music, cycles & Wi:Fi.

Exclusive offers, tips & inspiration. Plus the latest on availability of prints of the “iconic” map…

Like now!

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#OutOfOfficeDay

workwhereyoulike.com Feb 5th

On February 5th, London’s top coffee shops come together to help our millions of commuters and business owners beat the tube strike and be more productive, creative and happier than they would be trying to reach their office.

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Our top coffee shops offer a shorter commute, warmer welcome, better coffee, cake and Wi-Fi than most of London’s office blocks. Today they are providing a warm welcome to all those that want to work out of their local coffee shop instead.

#OutOfOfficeDay is a chance to avoid the two hour slog around the tube and instead go to your nearest great coffee shop and work amongst a vibrant atmosphere, fuelled by some of the world’s finest coffee.

Research has proven that workers will be 50% more productive when saving the time of a commute and working away from the interruptions of the office and they also will produce better ideas, as they work amongst the inspiration of fellow members of the public (often their own customers!).

The first 10 customers will receive a free copy of the No.1 bestseller ‘Out Of Office: work where you like & achieve more’ by Chris Ward by simply showing the tweeted & facebooked voucher when they buy their first coffee - and ask for the Wi-Fi password!

London’s top coffee shops taking part in 5th February’s #OutOfOfficeDay include: (more being added all the time).

Artisan / nearest tube Stamford Brook

Artisan / East Putney

Harris & Hoole / Imperial Wharf

Timberyard / Old Street

Timberyard / Covent Garden

White Mulberries / Tower Hill

BFI Riverfront / Waterloo

Dry Goods Store / Maida Vale

Talkhouse Coffee / Ladbroke Grove

Four Corners Café / Waterloo

Ozone Coffee Roasters / Old Street

first 20 customers will also receive a free coffee!

Curators Coffee / Monument

New Row Coffee / Leicester Square

Free State Coffee / Hoborn

Kaffeine  / Oxford Circus

Troubadour / Earls Court

Look Mum No Hands  / Old Street

Attendant / Great Portland Street

#OutOfOfficeDay info & list of coffee shops and further ‘welcoming’ offers at www.workwhereyoulike.com

For more interviews & information contact #OutOfOfficeDay founder Chris Ward on 07932 746 591 or Jan McKinley on 07834 223434

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Background to working in coffee shops

From ‘Out Of Office: work where you like & achieve more’ by Chris Ward. Available in great coffee shops & Amazon http://amzn.to/10AIQN4

For more than 300 years, expert baristas have served the finest espresso to people like you – the music makers, storytellers, poets, legends, entrepreneurs, activists, champions and digital pioneers, those with vision and dreamers of dreams.

The enlivening properties of caffeine and the community of the coffee shop have been behind many of history’s revolutions and movements in politics, music, art, storytelling and business. Inspired customers, innovating and sharing ideas, are the people who have changed the world.

In 2002, a third wave of the coffee movement transformed the market, led by the likes of coffee roasters Stumptown and Intelligentsia in the US, St. Ali in Australia and Allpress Espresso and Atomic Coffee Roasters in New Zealand. The highest quality coffee beans are now treated as artisan products, like the very best wine or chocolate. Single origin coffee is topped with latte art. Your coffee comes served with the utmost passion and authenticity.

By around 2005, the size and cost of office machines had been reduced to more powerful mobile versions that could fit in our pockets. More importantly, widely available Wi-Fi and the growing number of coffee shops, enabled us to untie ourselves from the desk and work wherever we wanted.

In the digital age, the ‘Out of Office’ movement is growing faster than ever, fuelled by entrepreneurs, artists and flexitime workers, on their mobiles, tablets and laptops in what some refer to as their ‘coffices’. We are also seeing the fast expansion of co-working hubs providing start-ups with office support, amid a similar atmosphere to a coffee shop.

The $100million sales of Moshi Monsters began over a macchiato in London. Craig Newmark started his craigslist website in a coffee shop on the US West Coast. The 50 million check-ins of Foursquare were inspired and built in two New York coffee shops. Barack Obama’s first inauguration speech was written in a Starbucks and Harry Potter, the most successful fictional character of all time, was born in a small Edinburgh café.

#OutOfOfficeDay              

February 5thwww.workwhereyoulike.com

On February 5th, London’s top coffee shops will come together to help our millions of commuters and business owners beat the tube strike and be more productive, creative and happier than they would be trying to reach their office.

#OutOfOfficeDay is a chance to avoid the two hour slog around the tube and instead go to your nearest great coffee shop and work amongst a vibrant atmosphere, fuelled by some of the world’s finest coffee.

London’s top coffee shops offer a shorter commute, warmer welcome, better coffee, cake and Wi-Fi than most of London’s office blocks. Today they are providing a warm welcome to all those that want to work out of their local coffee shop instead.

Research has proven that workers will be 50% more productive when saving the time of a commute and working away from the interruptions of the office and they also will produce better ideas, as they work amongst the inspiration of fellow members of the public (often their own customers!).

The first 10 customers will receive a free copy of the No.1 bestseller ‘Out Of Office: work where you like & achieve more’ by Chris Ward by simply showing the tweeted & facebooked voucher when they buy their first coffee - and ask for the Wi-Fi password!

Chris Ward, author of ‘Out Of Office’ and founder of the campaign said For more than 300 years, expert baristas have served the finest espresso to music makers, storytellers, legends, entrepreneurs, activists, champions and digital pioneers, those with vision and dreamers of dreams.  Today, the $100million sales of Moshi Monsters began over a macchiato in London. Craig Newmark started his craigslist website in a coffee shop on the US West Coast. The 50 million check-ins of Foursquare were inspired and built in two New York coffee shops. Barack Obama’s first inauguration speech was written in a Starbucks and Harry Potter, the most successful fictional character of all time, was born in a small Edinburgh café. #OutOfOfficeDay gives everyone the chance experience the same inspiring atmosphere.”

Edwin Harrison, owner of the Artisan coffee shops said: “Everyday we are providing a great space, amazing coffee & fast Wi-Fi to hundreds of laptop wielding workers looking for a positive environment to get creative! If you need to work today and your tube isn’t working, turn round and go to your nearest coffee shop - you might have your best working day ever - you will certainly have the best coffee!”

Lizzie Bain, owner of Ozone Coffee Roasters said: “The question I am most asked: what’s the Wi-Fi password? Our regulars use us unashamedly as a free office space. We love that.”

For more interviews & information contact

#OutOfOfficeDay founder Chris Ward on 07932 746 591 or Jan McGinley on 07834 223434

London’s top coffee shops taking part in 5th February’s #OutOfOfficeDay include: (more being added all the time).

Artisan / nearest tube Stamford Brook

Artisan / East Putney

Harris & Hoole / Imperial Wharf

Timberyard / Old Street

Timberyard / Covent Garden

White Mulberries / Tower Hill

BFI Waterfront / Embankment

Dry Goods Store / Maida Vale

Talkhouse Coffee / Ladbroke Grove

Four Corners Café / Waterloo

Ozone Coffee Roasters / Old Street

Curators Coffee / Monument

New Row Coffee / Leicester Square

Free State Coffee / Hoborn

Kaffeine  / Oxford Circus

#OutOfOfficeDay info & list of coffee shops and further ‘welcoming’ offers at www.workwhereyoulike.com

From ‘Out Of Office: work where you like & achieve more’ by Chris Ward. Available in great coffee shops & Amazon http://amzn.to/10AIQN4

For more than 300 years, expert baristas have served the finest espresso to people like you – the music makers, storytellers, poets, legends, entrepreneurs, activists, champions and digital pioneers, those with vision and dreamers of dreams.

The enlivening properties of caffeine and the community of the coffee shop have been behind many of history’s revolutions and movements in politics, music, art, storytelling and business. Inspired customers, innovating and sharing ideas, are the people who have changed the world.

In 2002, a third wave of the coffee movement transformed the market, led by the likes of coffee roasters Stumptown and Intelligentsia in the US, St. Ali in Australia and Allpress Espresso and Atomic Coffee Roasters in New Zealand. The highest quality coffee beans are now treated as artisan products, like the very best wine or chocolate. Single origin coffee is topped with latte art. Your coffee comes served with the utmost passion and authenticity.

By around 2005, the size and cost of office machines had been reduced to more powerful mobile versions that could fit in our pockets. More importantly, widely available Wi-Fi and the growing number of coffee shops, enabled us to untie ourselves from the desk and work wherever we wanted.

In the digital age, the ‘Out of Office’ movement is growing faster than ever, fuelled by entrepreneurs, artists and flexitime workers, on their mobiles, tablets and laptops in what some refer to as their ‘coffices’. We are also seeing the fast expansion of co-working hubs providing start-ups with office support, amid a similar atmosphere to a coffee shop.

The $100million sales of Moshi Monsters began over a macchiato in London. Craig Newmark started his craigslist website in a coffee shop on the US West Coast. The 50 million check-ins of Foursquare were inspired and built in two New York coffee shops. Barack Obama’s first inauguration speech was written in a Starbucks and Harry Potter, the most successful fictional character of all time, was born in a small Edinburgh café.

Coffee shops: how to get involved

The ‘Coffee Stops’ tube map I created has literally trended across Twitter and Facebook over the last few days and shows the love for independent coffee shops that Londoners now feel. I hope it has helped raise the profile of the sector, created debate and enabled you to sell a few more coffees.

The tube strike is tomorrow and there is an opportunity to promote this day and see what traction can be achieved. I have a PR team who will do their best to get it promoted on TV, radio, websites and if you could retweet any tweets regarding it from the campaign then we could create some big noise - and more people trying you out for the first time.

tweets will be something like

@1ookmumnohands supports our great commuters with #outofofficeday www.workwhereyoulike.com 2day & get a free book

I appreciate not all coffee shops have wi:fi and encourage laptop workers so obviously there is no obligation to join whatsoever and we will be clear about peoples good manners to pay for their time in the shop by the ‘caffeine and calories’ they consume!

If you want to be involved please email me ASAP so we can add you the list that we put live here - we want to have first list ready to go by midday today (Tuesday) and will update it constantly.

If you get involved I will deliver 10 ‘samples’ of my book - got credibility and good reviews - see main site - to you later today or first thing tomorrow.. Your staff would literally just give one to each person who shows the tweet or status update on their phone.

also - let me know if you want to add any further offers specific to your shop and we will add them under your name on the list

We will promote it heavily on this site and contact all media.

Cheers - lets see what we can achieve.

email me now if you want to take part or have any thoughts, ideas, questions.. chris@bluedotworld.com

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My top 5 Clerkenwell coffee shops for inspiration & creativity

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Look Mum No Hands

As I finish my work much faster than I would in an office I spend much of newly found free time in Lycra, (luckily!) on a bike – LMNH co-owner and mechanic Sam, looked after my first Merckx road bike 10 years ago - so for me there is no better place to relax and feel inspired.

49 Old Street
London EC1V 9HX

http://www.lookmumnohands.com

Timberyard

Next door to Look Mum. This is for you if you really are looking to have a great coffee and get down to some serious productivity. Created and executed to provide everything for ‘Out Of Office’ working

61-67 Old Street, London EC1V 9HW

http://www.timberyardlondon.com

Street Coffee

Its not often you find a coffee shop that is ‘different’ and not possible to classify – this might actually be the only time. It’s fully equipped with comfy places to sit, places to park your bike and old copies of ‘The Face’ magazine!

160 - 164 Goswell Road, London EC1V 7DU

http://www.streetcoffee.co.uk/pages/goswell.php

Gail’s

From the edge of the coffee shop world, to the mainstream. Gail’s is a very middle class chain but in most branches you can find free Wi-Fi and the best pecan brownies in the world! Much of my book ended up being written here, purely for that reason!

33-35 Exmouth Market
London EC1R 4QV

http://gailsbread.co.uk/bakeries/exmouth-market/

Prufrock

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“8 Lessons For Living A Full Life. From A 20th Century Father to A 21st Century Child” by Roy Ward

Yesterday we remembered my father on the first anniversary of his death. This is the eulogy from the funeral that shows what he taught us growing up in the 20th century about living a full & good life is still so relevant to today.

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My sisters and I grew up with this bedrock of mum and dad behind us and the safety of our street, where everyone was ‘uncle’ or ‘auntie’ and everyone knew your name – where you had tea in whatever house you happened to be in at 5pm, where you came in went it got dark & where you didn’t talk to strangers.

Dad was of a time when men were real men – private people, keeping their emotions to themselves. Dad worked, Dad told us to wash up or wipe up, to set the table, to eat our dinner if we wanted our pudding (which when it was tinned pears or peaches with evaporated milk – you did), Dad threatened to cook Snowy our rabbit for dinner, Dad made toys for us, Dad worked on the car, Dad cycled.

I am having a good life in a different age to my dad - but when I have reflected over this week, and in fact over most of my life, the reason I have experienced some success at work, play and love is due to the critical lessons my dad taught me and that have dictated the way I live my life.

These lessons were far more important than anything I learnt at school or through work. These are not the lessons of how to be cleverer or get more money - these are the lessons of how to live the fullest life.

I want to share my fathers’ key lessons now. They may come from a different time but they provided the bedrock to both Dad and my own happy lives – they are as relevant today as they will be at any time. 8 key lessons from 8 decades of experience.

My mum can verify all of this is true of Dad and my kids can verify that I follow them to the letter…

I’ve entitled - this on dad’s behalf  - he was more modest than me and hated making speeches:

“Lessons For A Full & Good Life

From a 20th Century Father to 21st Century Child”

by Roy Ward

1 EXPECT NOTHING MORE OF YOUR CHILDREN THAN FOR THEM TO DO THEIR BEST

Work hard and do your best at everything you try: homework, work, cycling, helping at home. Life doesn’t owe you anything. This was Dad leading by example. Critically though –- there were no further expectations placed on us, if we did our best – that was simply enough  - nothing more was expected from us. There was no pressure to achieve anything beyond what we could by trying our best.

I am happy because I know I have worked hard and do not have any pressure or expectations to have achieved any more.

2 ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE.

Mum would often say “there’s no such word as ‘can’t” but Dad really showed it to me when we went to see the Careers Officer at school. It wasn’t about University (whatever that was?) it wasn’t about Dad wanting me to be a lawyer, dentist, draughtsman or doctor. It was about Dad coming with me with his full backing while we told the careers officer I wanted to be….a Formula 1 motor racing Driver. I wanted to be James Hunt. And to be fair to him the Careers Officer went off to investigate and a week later reported back that we needed to be millionaires if that was to happen – which it sort of didn’t!

It did teach me though that Dad thought anything was possible for me.

3 WATCH THE PENNIES

It seemed Dad loved the idea of beating the supermarkets at their own game. We didn’t know it was out of necessity. I remember walking back and forth between Sainsbury’s and Presto as Dad compared prices and made sure he got the best deal in town for the weekly shop.

Dad also didn’t want to waste any money on a good car. They were there simply to get you from A-B. So we’d have one of the cheapest ones possible and then with his genius skills he’d keep it running for years, upon years, upon years. A policy he instilled in me as my first mini cooper cost £80 & had holes in the floor, but Dad had the engine out of it and kept it going long after its shelf life.

4 RIDE A BIKE

Meanwhile though, a bike isn’t about getting you from A-B. A bike provides the opportunity to gain the most pleasure there is from life, to enjoy the simplicity that life should be about, to cycle through sunny country lanes, to keep fit, to pass the time with friends, to wear Lycra!, to get away from all the stresses and strains (and kids!) for a few hours.

This was dad’s time – if you don’t cycle – you don’t know this –– but there is nothing better in life – honestly.

I was always expected to cycle everywhere – even all the way back from Portsmouth when I ended up much further away than ever before at about the age of 15. My bike gears broke and got stuck in top gear. I phoned home, expecting some sympathy and an offer of a lift – but nope – I was expected to ride everywhere – even in top gear “We’ll put your dinner in the oven” was the sympathetic offer I received

5 EAT CAKE

All cyclists have one thing in common – not a love of Lycra or shaved legs but a love of cake – a sweet tooth. Normally it is chocolate but dad was slightly different. With him it was fruit cake – in whatever guise you can get fruit into flour & sugar – a slice of cake, scone, Eccles, fruit loaf, currant bread you name it, it was devoured.

Everyone likes Cake, cake makes you happy, you can’t ever eat enough but the magic is if you cycle you can eat as much as you like – dad did and so never had an ounce of fat on him.

6 PUT FAMILY FIRST

Mum and dad always put us first. Dad made brilliant toys, mum made brilliant dinners. They also put their marriage first. Everyone has stresses and strains in their marriage – it is often harder to stay together than separate. This is no judgement on anyone else; this is a tribute to my mum and dad who so ingrained in us that we stick together – however hard it gets…

7 EMBARRESS YOUR KIDS

My kids will verify I follow dad’s lesson to the enth degree. Molly, when I try to talk to her about fashion, music or anything on Channel 4. Bob, when I refuse to upgrade, change, improve or throw over a cliff our Fiat ‘ugly bug’ Multipla car. 

Dad did the same to us. Did he really have to beat every other dad on the holiday camp to win the knobbly knees competition? Did he really have to turn up for a fathers v sons football match with the skinniest longest legs and shortest tightest white shorts and socks?!

Yes he did. Because he was living his own life and if you can embarrass your kids you can live with any sort of embarrassment. The thought of embarrassment is what stops most people attempting something new or doing what they want – dad didn’t have that, and much to Bob’s regret – nor do I!

8 Finally, with on the onset of Alzheimer’s came the last lesson and a side to dad we hadn’t often seen before. He started to show his emotions and feelings  – on many levels. Alzheimer’s is an horrendous illness  - often more for the partner and carers than for the sufferer themselves.  But through it, it was great to see some light - Dad setting the example that IT’S ALRIGHT FOR A FATHER TO SHOW HIS EMOTIONS – a lesson that Helen will verify that I still struggle with but it’s the final one. It that took a lifetime to pass over from father to son – and one that I’m still working on.

Thanks

Chris x

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