Life Lessons under London’s Lights

Whether you’re a fan of self-help or not, stop whatever you’re doing and read this book

Many of us live busy lifestyles in busy cities. So busy in fact, that we often forget to take the time to consider the things in life that really matter.

Sure, we love going out to fancy bars and restaurants. We love spending our time shopping (especially at Alpha Rings!), but deep down there does often seem to be something within us that feels like it’s missing.

Enter Chris Gill’s Oracles under City Lights. Now, we don’t tend to spend much time hanging around the self-help aisles of a book shop, so thankfully ‘Oracles’ avoids the cliché of this genre (or any other genre, for that matter).

The 25-year-old British indie author has drawn from the experiences he has gone through over the past three years since moving to London to create a contemporary, stylish and entirely relatable handbook for combating the stresses and strains of modern living.

From breaking into fashion writing and working London Fashion Week, to the experiences of the 2011 riots and other social, political and environmental events that have taken place over the last few years; no theme is left uncovered.

As you turn each page of this beautifully designed book, you really do travel through the eyes of the young author. The first chapter, City Lights, sees Chris starting out in the city with green eyes, an ambitious dream and an endearing sense of naivety that many will be able to relate to when thinking back to the start of their own careers.

It’s his career that then takes full focus in the second chapter, Creative vs. Commercial. The writer reflects on how he took a couple of media sales jobs in the hope that he would easily cross over to the editorial side of the magazines; turns out it wasn’t going to be that easy. Then once he finally makes the professional transition, Chris explains how fulfilling his ambitions did not lead to instant inner fulfilment.

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The third and fourth chapters of Oracles, An Alternate Vision Part One and Two, cover everything from Amy Winehouse’s death to the Occupy movement; before the final chapter, An Inner Light, attempts to draw lessons from all of the experiences Chris has gone through up to that point. This is where the book reaches its height of ‘self-helpness’, by this point you are ready for the author to shed some ‘light’.

On top of this, Oracles under City Lights includes a middle section (printed on contrast duck egg paper) of poetry, titled Verses 2.0. Picking up from where the independent author’s debut collection of poetry left off in 2011, expect a modern day take on the literary art that comes across as fresh as it does gripping.

If poetry’s not for you, then maybe you’ll prefer the final addition to this bold and unique book. Right at the back, Chris has included the first chapter of a ‘post-apocalyptic sci-fi novella’ he is currently working on, titled Surface to Air. Not only does it appear to have enough action to keep any man glued to the book, but the main character ‘Red’ sounds like one hot chick!

Whether you’re a fan of self-help or not, stop whatever you’re doing and read this book. We guarantee that it will change the way you look at your entire life.

Read an extract from the book and order your limited edition now: http://prntd.co.uk/oracles

Alpha Rings has a new website!

If you are reading this post then you have visited the new website of ALPHA Rings!

Featuring a responsive theme to create a better user experience no matter what device you are browsing with. We think the new site is cleaner and easier to navigate and so far the feedback from our customers has been almost 100% positive.

ALPHA Rings continues to bring you all the great products that have made us one of Australia’s most successful online mens wedding ring stores. We will gradually be increasing our selection of Edward Mirell products, with a particular focus on some great accessories such as bracelets and necklaces.

We are still the only place that clients can come to purchase the incredible, patented Edward Mirell Black Titanium products. So if you want a ring, and you want it black, ALPHA rings is the place to be.

 

Ross Leidy – Table Tennis Blade guru

Ross Leidy Table Tennis

As the director of an online fashion store, one of my passions is truly excellent service. The art of customer service seems somewhat lost to us in this day and age, as rude salespeople with an attitude become the norm. Not only that, but purchasing products that are made with love have been replaced by mass produced junk. If you get product knowledge than “Hmm, I’m not really sure”, then you have generally done well.
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Meet Ross Leidy, a great guy. A table tennis artist.
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Ross Leidy Table Tennis
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So you can imagine my raised eyebrows when I came across a true gentleman, Ross Leidy. As an avid player of table tennis, I was keen to upgrade my bat to something a little classier. Table tennis is one of the healthiest pursuits that a man or woman can partake in. It gives the opportunity to improve many of the core aspects of human health

– Balance

– Reflex and reaction time

– Cardiovascular health (very under-rated)

– Muscular Tone

– Flexibility
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– Mental concentration

– Team bonding and spirit

 

I happened across Ross and got him to design me a bat.  A mate of mine recommended him highly. The bat he produced was completely hand made, carved from wood. Ross engaged with me, and over the course of nearly 60 emails between us, I chose the shape, playing characteristics, handle size, handle design, wood composition and weight. To say the result is stunning is an understatement.
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Limba, Mahogany, Kiri, Mahogany, Limba

 
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The bat plays as well as it looks.  I write this post because I feel that it is important to promote human beings that, in their core are great people, are selfless, and have a positive contribution to society. There are many out there and they often go un-noticed. Ross in his own way contributes to the table tennis community in a very positive manner. Cheers Ross.

Its one of the most positive things a man can do. Pick up a table tennis bat, a golf club, a cricket bat, a footy or whatever. But get out there and do something so your kids can run around with you.
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And if your going to pick up a table tennis bat, give Ross Leidy a yell.

Gold Jewelry Salesmen & Their Pointy Noses

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I’d like to share an experience I had today. I caught up with a customer to give him his brushed tungsten wedding ring, and we sat down and had a bit of a chat, lovely guy! He mentioned what great value he found the Alpha Rings products to be and said he had been looking in shop fronts for quite some time. He went on to mention that there was a store selling men’s wedding rings in Adelaide which had some great men’s rings, but mainly with gold, white gold and other precious metals.
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So I decided to go and have a look. Its always a good thing to see what the competition is doing I thought. So I went in there pretending to know nothing about rings. The friendly salesman greeted me and told me how good the products were in the store. I asked “do you have any Tungsten, Cobalt or Titanium rings”

“Oh no” he says “they’re dangerous metals” we dont sell them!
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“Dangerous?” I asked.

“Oh yes, they’re industrial metals, if you get your finger caught, you’ll likely get your finger cut right off! No, we dont go anywhere near them, too dangerous. Don’t have one as a wedding ring, maybe a fashion ring if you have to”

Hmmm, very dismissive.

I couldnt believe my ears. The bloke is flat out incorrect. Those three metals are not at all dangerous. They are all hypoallergenic (Tungsten is when a Nickel binding agent is used) and they are no more difficult to get off in an emergency than a gold ring.
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– Tungsten should be struck, with something such as a hammer, or squeezed until it shatters.

– Titanium and Cobalt should be cut twice, at opposite ends of the ring to remove it.

There is no more “danger” in wearing a contemporary ring than there is wearing a Gold, Silver or Platinum ring. Not only that, but I was astounded at the price of Precious metal rings. The cheapest one was $800 and I saw one just under $4000.
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No, the reason that this salesperson was so against Tungsten and Titanium rings is because he is well aware that these rings offer such strong competition to the ailing gold jewelry market. That and the fact that the profit is not anywhere near as great. The fact is if you have a shop in the middle of a capital city, as opposed to an online only store – when it comes to overheads there is no comparison at all. That expense needs to be recovered somehow, and that is with over inflated gold jewelry.

Green Tea – Why every man should drink it.

Green Tea

There isn’t much point spending money on great clothes and great fashion accessories if you look & feel like crap. There are some products on the market that are promoted as superfoods which will stave off every disease known to man and slow down aging – which end up being nothing more than a fad that got someone rich.  Green Tea is not one such product. Green Tea has been the most popular tea in China throughout the ages, and below it will be explained why.
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Simply put, Green Tea is probably THE most healthy thing a person can drink. One of the most extensively studied products, Green Tea is absolutely choc full of health promoting goodness. It is the unique way that the leaves are prepared that makes Green Tea, well Green Tea. It undergoes the least amount of processing which keeps the goodness in the leaf to a large extent.
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One of the things about Green Tea that makes it so desirable to drink is its massive antioxidant content.  The main antioxidant compound that is believed to provide the most benefit is called epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG). EGCG is considered right up alongside vitamin C for its free radical scavenging abilities.

Specifically relating to men, there are an abundance of reasons why 3 cups per day should be the norm. With countless studies showing the health giving effects, here is a summary of some of the key points of interest (all based on scientific studies)

– Green Tea has been shown in lab experiments to improve the LDL to HDL cholesterol ratio
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– A study published in 2004 showed a reduced risk of high blood pressure in moderate drinkers of green tea

– May increase protection against various cancers, including prostate, colorectal and lung cancer.

– Improves insulin sensitivity in type 2 diabetics

– Assists with fat loss.

 
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Whilst the above might sound far too good to be true, the fact is that Green Tea is one of the most heavily studied compounds we consume. There is a counter argument that much of the research is lab based and there have not been enough significant real world studies to verify these claims. However with the sheer number of research papers devoted to the benefits of Green Tea, and given the scope of its actions, there is still a compelling argument for the consumption of moderate green tea to replace unhealthy options like soft drinks and coffee.

 

 

 
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ref: http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=146 23 Feb 2013
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* The above article is for information purposes only and should not be relied upon as medical advice. This website accepts no responsibility for acting on the advice above without consultation with a medical practitioner.