Monthly Archives: March 2016

Why are Americans so afraid of vacation?

Over the past five years Briana Volk and her husband Andrew opened a popular cocktail bar in Portland, Maine, had a baby, and Briana launched her own marketing business. Despite all they achieved, there was one task the couple never found time to complete take a vacation.

We re good at getting into the trap of working all the time. So stepping away from that felt a little selfish. We both felt we always needed to be working, Volk said.

The Volks, who own Portland Hunt + Alpine Club2, finally took a vacation and went to Palm Springs in February, but Briana confessed that she was still working at least an hour a day while in California.

I m the kind of person who sleeps with an iPhone under my ear, she said. If their vacation skipping tale sounds familiar, it s because the Volks represent an unfortunate and unending trend. Americans not only get less vacation than many of their European counterparts, but, even worse, they re not taking all the days they earn.

In short, we are a nation of vacation-deprived, work-obsessed, business casual-attired zombies.

A lot of employees say their company s culture actually frowns on taking time off, said Dr. David Ballard, director of the American Psychological Association s Center for Organizational Excellence. The US was founded on a strong work ethic. We often put our own balance and well-being aside and cave into that feeling of wanting to be productive and needing to perform.

Top 12 funniest Strava segment names

We collect together some of the most ridiculously named segments on Strava

Top 12 Funniest Strava Segment Names

Ride logging and sharing service Strava1 has quickly found many, many fans since being introduced in 2009. As well as uploading your cycling data from your GPS computer, part of Strava s fun is seeing how you compare on segments of hills, roads or routes. These segments are created by users, and you are free to call them whatever you like. For most people, this would mean High Street or Green Hill Road but for others its a licence to get creative with their segment naming. Some of the names given to segments are hilarious, so we ve collected together 12 of the most oddly-named segments.

Some are a bit rude, so we apologise in advance if you re easily offended.

>>> The nine types of ride we all upload to Strava2


Uncle Pervy s Secret Tickle Fight

It s a name that conjures up all sorts of images not all of them nice. You d have no idea that the segment is actually along Missionary Road in Escondido, California, USA, and is around a mile in length. Current KOM holder: Don Powell.

2. Balls to Cocks

Before the complaints start flooding in, the name of this segment accurately refers to where it starts and finishes: from Sandy Balls to the Fighting Cocks public house in Godshill, Fordingbridge, Hampshire, UK. Current KOM holder: Alex Farminer.

3. Katie Price s Angry Lobster

Why is reality TV star and former glamour model Katie Price s pincered crustacean unhappy? That s something that possibly only the creator of this Macclesfield segment may truly know the answer to. Current KOM holder: Andy Tennant (yes, that one).

4. Fat Man s Doom

This very sizeist segment consists of a steady uphill over a mile in Cumbria, which someone carrying an extra bit of timber may indeed find a bit of a struggle. Current KOM holder: Paul Stephenson.

5. Hokey Cokey Pig and the Pokey

A League of Gentleman fan must have created this one, using a misquote from the comedy programme s foul-tempered restart officer Pauline. Surprisingly, it s nowhere near Royston Vasey, but actually in Glyncorrwg, Wales. Current KOM holder: Jamie Mckinstry.

6. Ride the Wigton Willy!

Male genitalia seem to be a recurring theme among Strava artists3 for some strange reason, so it shouldn t really come as a surprise to see a segment shaped like one. You d have to know where you are going to put down a good time on this Leeds segment, mind. Current KOM holder: Gavin Taylor.

>>> Strava art taken to the next level: Stephen Lund s GPS doodles (video)4

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7. I ve counted the nipples there s a few missing

We can only imagine this Barton-upon-Humber segment name is referring to spoke nipples on a bicycle wheel, rather than human anatomy. No one can possible have a few missing, let alone a few in the first place. Current KOM holder: Bradley Donkin

8. Agnew took a dump here and used leaves to wipe his ass

No further comment needed. Current KOM holder: Ross Wildman (Chris Agnew is second, so he should have wiped a bit quicker)


Craig Bellew wears skin suits on nights out

This is one of many very oddly-named segments featuring Craig Bellew. We also have Craig Bellew has a hidden motor, Craig Bellew is at home eating doughnuts, Craig Bellew swerves toward cats, and more most in the Bideford/Barnstaple area of Devon. Current KOM holder: Philippo Corleone.

10. Breathing out of every hole to the farm

Very descriptive title for a punishing segment in Powys, Wales, that averages 11 per cent climb for just over a kilometre. Current KOM holder: THE VINORACER (his capitals).

11. Jesus, Ryan s on his bike!

Someone possibly even the man himself must have been proud that Ryan made it up this four per cent hill in Caterham, Surrey. He had the last laugh, though, because it looks like he may have been quickest Current KOM holder: Ryan McGibbon.


Any Slower You re Bike ll Be on Bricks

We ve kept the grammar in there as it was written to maintain this Worksop segment s authenticity.

Just to add to the fun, the current KOM holder is none other than Hugh Jassburn.

We re sure that you ve probably got a local segment with a strange name too, so let us know in the comment box below.


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Britain’s FTSE ends poor quarter with another drop

* FTSE 100 down 0.5 pct

* Mining shares recover early falls

* TUI jumps as bookings rise

* AO World soars on results beat (ADVISORY- Reuters plans to replace intra-day European and UK stock market reports with a Live Markets blog on Eikon – see cpurl://apps.cp./cms/?pageId=livemarkets for site in development. See the bottom of the report for more details)

By Kit Rees and Alistair Smout

LONDON, March 31 UK shares retreated on Thursday, ending a weak first quarter of 2016 on a downbeat note, although a recovery in mining shares helped it outperform euro zone indexes.

Britain’s FTSE 100 was down 28.27 points, or 0.5 percent, at 6,174.90 by the close. That left the index down 1.1 percent in 2016 as the first quarter drew to a close.

The index began the year with steep falls, down over 10 percent by mid-February, as concerns over a weak oil price and fragile growth in China gripped markets.

However, an impressive rebound in commodities since then has helped to buoy the FTSE 100, which has managed a gain of 1.3 percent in March.

Miners managed to extend their strong run after a weak start, with copper steadying after touching a four-week low, buoyed by strong manufacturing data and a weaker dollar.

That helped the FTSE 100 outperform a 1.2 percent fall for euro zone blue chips, with the euro’s strength against sterling also providing a relative benefit for internationally exposed UK-listed stocks.

“The weaker US dollar has served up a degree of support for the heavyweight commodity stocks with some … managing to reverse earlier losses as we head into the close, but it’s still a minority of stocks printing positive figures on the day,” said Tony Cross, market analyst at Trustnet Direct.

However energy stocks trimmed 9 points off the index even after oil prices recovered following a weak start.

Life insurance company Old Mutual and Wolseley fell 1.8 and 1.4 percent after going ex-dividend. In all, ex-divs took around 2.2 points off the FTSE 100 index.

However, a rise in summer bookings for tour operator TUI Group sent its shares up 5 percent after the company said it was on track to meet its annual target.

“Tour operator TUI has however been something of a stand-out with the market cheering the fact that sales are holding up for the summer despite the deteriorating security situation in many Discount Holidays © holiday hotspots,” Trustnet Direct’s Cross said.

Shares in cruise company Carnival also gained 1.6 percent after upgrades following its own well-received results in the previous session.

The UK travel and leisure sector advanced 0.5 percent, touching a two-and-a-half week high earlier in the session.

Among mid-caps, online retailer AO World jumped 3.6 percent after it said that gaining market share helped to boost UK revenue and EBITDA ahead of its target. ADVISORY- Reuters plans to replace intra-day European and UK stock market reports with a Live Markets blog on Eikon (see cpurl://apps.cp./cms/?pageId=livemarkets for site in development). In a real-time, multimedia format from 0600 London time through the 1630 closing bell, it will include the best of our market reporting, Stocks Buzz service, Eikon graphics, Reuters pictures, eye-catching research and market zeitgeist.

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