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A Pop-Up Cafe Caters To Hikers Along The Pacific Crest Trail - NPR (blog)

A Pop-Up Cafe Caters To Hikers Along The Pacific Crest Trail - NPR (blog) | London food | Scoop.it
The 2,650-mile trail is grueling. But for a few weekends each season, hikers on the stretch near California's Sonora Pass encounter a hiker's dream: fresh fruit, cakes and other goodies for the weary.
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Pop-ups seemed like a bit of a London thing till we saw this. #californiadreaming #popup

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16 Tips for Getting 90% of Your Work Done Before Lunch

Don't have enough time in a day? Follow these tips to get majority of your work done in the morning.

Via The Learning Factor
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All the more time for a leisurely lunch with us.

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Chase Thomas's curator insight, November 23, 2014 7:06 PM

Getting work done in the morning is difficult, but it's a lot easier if you plan the night before. If you take into account these tips, being more productive in the morning should follow.

Tom Bundick, Ph.D.'s curator insight, November 25, 2014 9:26 AM

Neither neuropsychology nor autism, but wouldn't it be nice?...

Marc Alan McClure's curator insight, November 28, 2014 11:35 PM

While us creative types rarely strive to be done by lunch, these are some great tips on starting a productive day.

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Chip bandits, lone wolves and prolific orderers... how to survive London's food sharing tribes

Chip bandits, lone wolves and prolific orderers... how to survive London's food sharing tribes | London food | Scoop.it
As confessions go, it is one that takes real backbone. Out to dinner at Palomar with a new friend, he made a serious face. “I’ll tell you before we order so that it doesn’t ruin our meals — I don’t like sharing.”
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Prolific orderers welcome here - it's all in a good cause...

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Benefit reforms could increase homelessness, warns housing group - BBC News

BBC NewsBenefit reforms could increase homelessness, warns housing groupBBC NewsThe UK government's Welfare Reform Act also introduces a so-called "bedroom tax" in the social rented sector, and replaces disability living allowance with a Personal...

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Report from the #BBC in Wales on #homelessness.

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How Healthy is Your Smoothie?

How Healthy is Your Smoothie? | London food | Scoop.it

Photo credit: bigstock...Smoothies are so “in” these days, everyone is making them or selling them.


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Ours are *very* healthy. A great way to start the day #breakfast #cafe #Spitalfields

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The Easiest And Most Delicious Work Lunch Ideas You'll Find On Pinterest - Huffington Post

The Easiest And Most Delicious Work Lunch Ideas You'll Find On Pinterest - Huffington Post | London food | Scoop.it
Next time you're bored with lunch, Pinterest is here to save you....
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We *love* these healthy lunches. Today we've got a spicy chickpea and roast veg salad with a delicious lemon dressing.

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What Your Work Lunch Really Says About You - Huffington Post

What Your Work Lunch Really Says About You - Huffington Post | London food | Scoop.it
You might not realize it, but your co-workers can tell a lot about you based on the lunch you eat. They see that air of superiority when you're eating your homemade organic kale chips. Or maybe you don't eat lunch until 5:00?
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Eat lunch with us and it will say that you love fresh healthy food and you support our brilliant Café from Crisis trainees.

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Crisis Skylight Cafe, London - Reviews & Phone Number - TripAdvisor

Crisis Skylight Cafe, London: See 13 unbiased reviews of Crisis Skylight Cafe, rated 4.5 of 5 on TripAdvisor and ranked #1,984 of 17,441 restaurants in London.
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"Excellent in all aspects". A huge thanks to all of you who have reviewed us on Trip advisor. Look forward to seeing you again :-)

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Spitalfields - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Spitalfields

The area straddles Commercial Street and is home to several markets, including the historic Old Spitalfields Market, Brick Lane Market and Cheshire Street. Petticoat Lane Market lies on the area's south-western boundaries. The name Spitalfields appears in the form Spittellond in 1399; as The spitel Fyeld on the 16th-century Civitas Londinium map associated with Ralph Agas; and as Spyttlefeildes in 1561.

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If you're visiting #Spitalfields then come and have coffee at ours and read up on its colourful history...

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9,000 ex-service personnel homeless after leaving the military

9,000 ex-service personnel homeless after leaving the military | London food | Scoop.it

They account for one in 10 rough sleepers across the UK

 

Up to 9,000 British heroes who served Queen and country are homeless after leaving the military, a Sunday Mirror investigation reveals today.

Shockingly, ex-service personnel account for one in 10 rough sleepers across the UK.

And charities have warned that the problem of homelessness among former soldiers, sailors and airmen is a “ticking time bomb” which will only get worse if urgent action isn’t taken.

Yesterday Simon Weston OBE, who suffered serious burns in the Falklands War, accused the Government of “betraying” veterans after learning of the disturbing numbers without a home.

“A huge amount of rhetoric comes from politicians, but they never actually do anything,” he said. “Ultimately, it’s a betrayal.”

The Sunday Mirror this week heard harrowing stories from veterans who fought on the front line but now sleep in doorways, graveyards and parks, begging from the passers-by whose freedom they defended.

Many are having to cope with the devastating affects of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which has led to a cycle of family break-up, addictions to drugs or alcohol and homelessness.

Peter Rawlings, a veteran of war in the former Yugoslavia, told how he was “flicked on the pavement” when he left the Army, with no help to adjust to life on civvy street.

Charities have warned that homelessness is fast becoming the next military scandal following PTSD – and that savage defence cuts would lead to yet more rough sleepers.

The Army has reduced the number of soldiers by 11,500 in the past three years. A total of 20,000 are due to be axed by 2017. The RAF and Royal Navy are each shedding 5,000 airmen and sailors.

Homes 4 Heroes founder Jim Jukes said there were an estimated 9,000 homeless ex-servicemen in Britain, including rough sleepers and those in hostels and B&Bs. He said: “With the redundancies coming up and more with PTSD this is only ­going to get worse. This is a ticking time bomb.”

His charity helps ex-service personnel in London, Brighton, Birmingham and Northampton, giving them sleeping bags, blankets and food.

Hostels for ex-forces personnel are opening across the country. One centre was set up last year by homeless charity Coventry Cyrenians. Spokesman Stuart Sullivan said that PTSD, combined with a lack of routine when troops leave the military, forced many into a downward spiral.

“What we were finding, particularly with rough sleepers, was that a high proportion were ex-services personnel,” he said. “It’s that lack of regime – they come out and it all goes. There’s no work and it results in all sorts of issues.”

Former Irish Guardsman Arron Jones, 24, is one of those being helped by the charity. He was discharged from the Army after suffering a nervous breakdown following four family bereavements in three months. Arron, from Coventry, said: “The Army helped me at first, but as soon as I left the hospital I was on my own.

“The hardest thing is finding accommodation. Because I’ve got such a nothing background, no one wants to know. I get turned away everywhere because they think homeless means trouble. The Government don’t offer anything for us.”

A report by homeless charity Crisis found that 500 people sleeping rough in London this year had been in the armed forces, compared with 330 the previous year. In 2010-11 there were just 77. The charity estimates that as many as one in 10 homeless people in parts of the UK are former service personnel.

Incredibly, the numbers have soared since the Government outlined its duty to serving and former personnel when the Armed Forces Covenant was enshrined in law in 2011. It says they “should have priority status in applying for government-sponsored affordable housing schemes, and service leavers should retain this status for a period of discharge”.

 

The covenant adds: “Support should be available for all service personnel in order to assist their transition from service to civilian life.

“Provision should include training, education, appropriate health care referral and job-finding preparation and assistance. It should also include information, advice and guidance on such matters as housing and financial management.”

Colonel Richard Kemp, former commander of British forces in Afghanistan, said ministers should care for ex-personnel “unstintingly”.

He said: “The vast majority of servicemen make a good transition back into civilian life. Some do not and sometimes this is due to the life they led in the service of their country. Those who are physically or mentally damaged by their experiences fighting for us deserve our support in return. The Government must look after them unstintingly, because whatever the cost to the taxpayer, it will be less than the debt we owe them.”

Labour MP Madeleine Moon, who sits on the Defence Select Committee, said: “The Military Covenant promises priority accommodation for ex-service personnel. The problem is most local authorities and housing associations are desperately short of accommodation. The two are colliding, and this is something we have to resolve.”

Shadow Defence Minister Kevan Jones called for veterans to be tracked once they leave the forces. He said: “Without a system, people will fall through the cracks.”

Mr Jones said redundancies could put greater pressure on housing, adding: “When there are people who have spent their careers in the services, suddenly being told they’ve got to leave, clearly that’s going to be a problem.”

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JOIN THE DISCUSSION: How sustainable is your food supply chain? - Global Landscapes Forum

JOIN THE DISCUSSION: How sustainable is your food supply chain? - Global Landscapes Forum | London food | Scoop.it
Consumers around the world are expressing high expectations for the quality of products they consume. More than at any other point in history, we prefer goods produced in an ethical and environmentally-friendly fashion.

Via jean lievens
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Interesting to think about where food really comes from.

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8 Ways to Stay Healthy This Winter

8 Ways to Stay Healthy This Winter | London food | Scoop.it
Fluids, rest, chicken soup—what does it really take to build your defenses against the common cold? One medical expert weighs in.
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Number 9? A healthy breakfast and a fresh juice with us...

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