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Moving from Birmingham to London // WeWork Stage

Getting ready for the pushback

In case you have never heard of pushback, it is the process of pushing an airplane backwards before the engines start running. This is performed by another vehicle on the ground. Once the pushback is completed, the tower confirms that the engines can be started for the aircraft to begin taxiing for the runway and preparing for take-off.

My life is currently at the same position, and I’m getting ready for the pushback to move to London.

Why London? To cut a long story short, for business and for WeWork. Yes, the billion-dollar co-working space one half Disneyland and the other half NASA.

You might be wondering why I am moving from Birmingham to London simply for an office space. Actually, I already moved to London a couple of years ago by travelling there three times a week from Birmingham to use WeWork. In case you are wondering how I can afford it, the answer is that I buy advance super off-peak tickets from Chiltern or Virgin Trains, allowing me to travel for just £11 return.

This method helped me gain traction for my freelance business of behavioural economics consultancy, focusing on marketing and social media applications. However, why WeWork?

The main reason is that it is like a second home for me. I have been using WeWork Spitalfields since April 2016, and they offer more than an office. It is a place where you can stay 24/7 and never worry about tea, coffee or cookies. Yes, these are really distinctive characteristics of WeWork for me. They are not unique selling points, we don’t really think about unique selling points.

Anyway, since starting to use WeWork, 90% of my clients began coming from the WeWork network, especially from the WeWork social network (both on the web and the app). WeWork’s social network is similar to LinkedIn and brings real business.

In addition, the office structure and community approach helped me meet with many people and has helped me gain more clients.

I can’t ignore my Lunch & Learn events. What is Lunch & Learn? WeWork lets you use their meeting rooms for lunchtime events, with them providing food and you providing knowledge. The event is promoted on their weekly email, website and app and event schedule. I have hosted 21 events at various WeWork offices, entitled ‘What is Behavioural Economics? With Social Media Cases’. These events helped me improve my knowledge and increase awareness of behavioural economics in the WeWork London offices. The events were hosted for free, with over 220 people in attendance. The final event I held was at WeWork Paddington with 21 people in attendance.

Community is an important factor as well. In this world you can’t meet a billion-dollar turnover company at the communal kitchen and start chatting and doing business. This is only possible at WeWork. Glass walls not only frame the offices differently, but they also make people live in them very differently.

Why? We perceive the environment based on how it is framed to us. Glass walls remove insulation from other people, making us more readily engage with other people in our office space. This contrasts with Regus, where the whole environment is designed to isolate you.

WeWork’s interior design nudges the brain (welcome to behavioural economics) and creates a new shortcut; if we can see each other at the office, why don’t we socialise? This model works very well at every WeWork office. Even though you may not wish to socialise with others, your brain nevertheless pushes to you to do it. This can result in getting your biggest client whilst waiting for your coffee.

You might be thinking that you have a private members club membership. This means that you wish to be exclusive and not easily approached. Yes, WeWork is similar to a private members club, but one that is open to everyone. Whether you like to dress up perfectly or come to the office with a chubby pug and wearing wear clothes from a second-hand shop, it’s the same. You don’t have to think in a certain way to be a member of this club.

They let you do whatever it is that you really love to do. And believe me, the WeWork team is very helpful. I’m someone who stays in the office into the night while waiting for late trains, and I’ve never had any issues. Imagine waiting for a train at a London Starbucks; it would be a very expensive affair!

I have also been tweeting this journey on my Twitter! Follow the #myWeWorkLife hashtag. It is a kind of travel journey between Birmingham and London.

I think that if I had never used the WeWork office I wouldn’t now be moving to London. The WeWork app literally made me move to London to get more of WeWork. I am even moving to a co-living space called The Collective, which follows the same concept but for living.

I am 100% sure that I will spend more time at WeWork offices than the co-living spaces. There are many WeWork offices that I haven’t been to yet and hosted a Lunch & Learn at.

This is why I mention it is a pushback for a brand-new story.

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Unicorn Ford Mustang of eBay for the London Pride

The Ford Mustang is officially a unicorn and eBay proved it for London Pride 2017! To mark the occasion, the online marketplace transformed a 1968 Ford Mustang into a “unicorn”. The mystical motor will make its debut at the London Pride Parade on Saturday before being sold with all proceeds going to LGBT charity – the Albert Kennedy Trust. The charity supports young 16-25 year olds from the LGBT community who are homeless or living in a hostile environment.

The Ford Mustang is one of the most iconic cars from the 1960s. Whether you like the Mustang or not, you can deny its role in people’s lives and history. For many years, the Mustang was the reason to have a summer holiday in the US, just to experience the Mustang. I am not saying experiencing a car, it is an experience of the Mustang!

You might be thinking what is really special with the Mustang, there were many cars built in 1960s but why people were obsessed with the Mustang?

The soul, Mustang was always a unique rule breaker car. Especially when we think about the 1960s, everything in society was in constant change. People’s lifestyles, how they live, how they eat, how they perceive the world. The Mustang wasn’t a subtle car, it was loud and fast. It was part of the 1960s! It had a personality and that’s why people loved it. They have something common with the ’68 Mustang. It is more than a car. It is your friend. It is someone who can tell you the story of the 1960s!

It never had a perfect drivetrain or the most efficient engine. However, it was a living organism on four wheels.

For a long time, we didn’t have Mustangs in the UK because the steering wheel was positioned on the opposite side. However, this didn’t deter UK Mustang fans! In London especially, many people drove left-hand drive Mustangs for years. That’s why the Mustang is a perfect car to be associated with London Pride. It is a car that hinders lots of memories.

eBay’s mystical vehicle restoration took 30 days and was created from parts and accessories sourced on eBay (this means, you can find any car part on the eBay, keep in mind!).
The transformation was carried out by a skilled team of five; including mechanic and the London Organiser of Gay Classic Car Group Darren Sullivan Vince.
What has changed underneath the Mustang? They didn’t just add a unicorn horn on the bonnet! The project has involved upgrading the rear shocks and springs, installing a new radiator, hoses and water pump, fitting a new bonnet complete with a unicorn horn, customised ‘unicorn’ lettering on the boot, and wings which are made from plastazote with a steel skeleton.

What will happen next? eBay customers (probably you are one of them) will have the chance to donate at the check-out during London Pride. In addition, the sales of the unicorn vehicle will be donated to the Albert Kennedy Trust as well.

eBay has added a link called “Follow The Rainbow” on their home page. Cut and paste the following link to your browser where you can find out more about the car, the plans, the people, or make a donation to this great charity.

Learn more: Pride | eBay

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The New Audi R8 Spyder in London

I saw the new Audi R8 Spyder in London recently. To be honest, I have never been an R8 fan. I never really liked the design. But that doesn’t mean that the first generation R8 was not a good design. I never managed to like the E36 BMW 5-Series but it still looks new.

The main issue with the R8 is that it is a bit Audi and a bit Lamborghini Gallardo. I know Audi has a very rich heritage of performance cars but I never managed to associate the R8 with the brand. I think that this is due to my approach to its design.

Despite my negative attitude to the Audi R8, it performs really well in terms of financial figures. It is really fast and ‘way more affordable than the Porsche 911. Even so, the first generation Audi is still favoured by many people.

Audi wanted to keep the momentum going with the second generation, and they have done a great job. The second generation Audi R8 is an amazing car. Audi combined performance, design and technology perfectly with the second generation. Another important fact about the second generation R8 is the engine. There are only atmospheric engine available on a super or a hyper car. Nowadays, all performance cars are turbo or supercharged. This makes the second generation Audi R8 a very special car.

Will I buy an Audi R8 over a Porsche 911? That would never happen. Porsche fans will always go for a Porsche. This is like asking an Apple fan to try a Samsung phone.

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Audi RS6 Facts and Photos | Mayfair, London

Audi RS6 in Mayfair London. Some of you might consider the RS6 as an ugly yet fast estate car. However, the story of the RS6 is a bit different. When it was launched years ago, it was an estate car. Audi maintained this tradition and kept the RS6 in its estate form. By the way the colour is awful as well.

Over the years, we experienced a number of sedan RS6 models, but I never appreciated them. Even though the estate cars have an ugly and utilitarian design, the Audi RS6 makes up for this ugliness with massive engine power and performance figures that can make a Ferrari owner very jealous (RS6 is not an ugly car, just the estate concept looks ugly).

Some facts!

What are the performance figures of the Audi RS6? They are mental! The RS6 is powered by a 4-lt V8 TFSI engine with 560 HP and 700 nm of torque. Unfortunately, the engine is coupled with an old-school 8-speed automatic. There is no dual clutch automatic. The acceleration is 3.9 seconds to 100 km/h and, as usual, the top speed is 250 km/h! Also there is air suspension to keep comfortable in case you need it, and it gives you more grip on the corners with a sport differential.

Why the RS6?

Basically, the RS6 offers you a performance that can take your breathe while, at the same time, not attracting any unnecessary attention from others. The RS6 is an estate car and 99% of the population will never ever think that this boxy car is more powerful than an average Porsche 911! Literally, the RS6 is a stealth car.

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Photos of Audi Kids Cars at Audi City London

Lonely, Audi kids’ car at Audi City Mayfair, London. They look so lonely! This was a temporary scenery until the cars were placed in the showroom, Audi kids’ cars filled the spaces.Audi Kids Cars | Audi City Mayfair London Audi Kids Cars | Audi City Mayfair London Audi Kids Cars | Audi City Mayfair London Audi Kids Cars | Audi City Mayfair London Audi Kids Cars | Audi City Mayfair London Audi Kids Cars | Audi City Mayfair London Audi Kids Cars | Audi City Mayfair London

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Photos of Ferrari F40 | HR Owen London

Ferrari F40, my childhood dream. I was very lucky, I saw it again in London last week. It was sold to a customer at HR Owen Knightsbridge, London store. And it is the only Ferrari F40 with the factory fitted leather seats! Here are the photos to enjoy…

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Rolls-Royce Phantom HR Owen London

Rolls-Royce Phantom from London (HR Owen), as usual taken with 50mm f 1.8 lens. I know this Phantom is from more than ten years ago and you might be wondering why I am writing about it. Despite its age, the Phantom is still the pinnacle of the ultra luxury car. There are no any other cars to substitute for this car.

Neither the Bentley Mulsanne nor Mercedes-Maybach S600 can offer the uniqueness of the Phantom. These competitors may have targeted the Ghost, but not the Phantom.

Interestingly, this time I found a Phantom with a short-wheel base. Until this point, I’d always spotted the long-wheel base model but I found this model was really short! You can spot the lack of space at the rear seats. However, a short-wheel base is not a bad thing; if you wish to drive a Phantom yourself, a short-wheel base will be more suitable for you.

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The New Audi Q7 (Second Generation)

I’ve finally managed to see the new (Second generation) Audi Q7 in Mayfair, London. Actually, it was the pre-production model and didn’t feature all the new gadgets. Despite being in pre-production, the new second generation looks way way better in real life than the Internet photos. The main reason for this? The press photos from Audi have been taken when the Q7’s air suspension is lowered to the bottom, thus making the Q7 look like a raised estate car. In real life, the Q7 looks like a real SUV.

What’s New!

Interestingly, it is 30mm shorter than the first generation but it does look really long. Despite its size, this model features a class-leading pre-crash and warning system. It is also capable of semi-autonomous driving up to 65 km/h. That’s a great feature, I love it! You don’t need to drive whilst the car is moving. The Q7 also features a night vision assistant. And if that isn’t enough, it can understand whether you’re sticking to your lane or not, blindspots as well!

In terms of gadget features, the second generation model features an NVIDIA Tegra 4 processor and you can even order it with two Android tablets at the rear. However, you do have to deal with the Android updates! Did I mention there is a 1,920-watt Bang Olufsen sounds system? I am not into sound systems.

The coolest features are the all-wheel steering and 1000-rpm driving mode. Rear wheels can steer up to 5-degrees depending on the situation. And the new vaporisation system enables the engine to run as low as 1000-rpm without any vibration. This reduces the fuel consumption.

The interior ergonomics are very good and it was really easy to control Audi’s MMI information system. The massive touch pad makes it so easy to access the menus and set the navigation or the radio.

Despite the unexpected external look of the second generation, the features and the quality of the interior space compensate for that non-charming exterior. For me though, it is more of a massive gadget than an SUV!

Price starts from £50,000. Technical details are;

Audi Q7 3.0 TDI (272 HP) 5-seater:
Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 6.1 – 5.7** (38.6 – 41.3 US mpg);
Combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 159 – 149** (255.9 – 239.8 g/mi)
Audi Q7 3.0 TFSI (333 HP) 5-seater:
Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 8.1 – 7.7** (29.0 – 30.5 US mpg);
Combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 189 – 179** (304.2 – 288.1 g/mi)

Camera: Canon 70d with 50mm f 1.8 lens.

The New Audi Q7 (2nd Generation) SUV

The New Audi Q7 (2nd Generation) SUV

The New Audi Q7 (2nd Generation) SUV

The New Audi Q7 (2nd Generation) SUV

The New Audi Q7 (2nd Generation) SUV

The New Audi Q7 (2nd Generation) SUV

The New Audi Q7 (2nd Generation) SUV

The New Audi Q7 (2nd Generation) SUV

The New Audi Q7 (2nd Generation) SUV

The New Audi Q7 (2nd Generation) SUV

The New Audi Q7 (2nd Generation) SUV

The New Audi Q7 (2nd Generation) SUV

The New Audi Q7 (2nd Generation) SUV

The New Audi Q7 (2nd Generation) SUV

The New Audi Q7 (2nd Generation) SUV

The New Audi Q7 (2nd Generation) SUV

The New Audi Q7 (2nd Generation) SUV

The New Audi Q7 (2nd Generation) SUV

The New Audi Q7 (2nd Generation) SUV

The New Audi Q7 (2nd Generation) SUV

The New Audi Q7 (2nd Generation) SUV

The New Audi Q7 (2nd Generation) SUV

The New Audi Q7 (2nd Generation) SUV

The New Audi Q7 (2nd Generation) SUV

The New Audi Q7 (2nd Generation) SUV

The New Audi Q7 (2nd Generation) SUV

The New Audi Q7 (2nd Generation) SUV

The New Audi Q7 (2nd Generation) SUV

The New Audi Q7 (2nd Generation) SUV

The New Audi Q7 (2nd Generation) SUV

The New Audi Q7 (2nd Generation) SUV

The New Audi Q7 (2nd Generation) SUV

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Miller Harris | Love in Mayfair

On Valentine’s Day, I was in Mayfair. Opposite Berkeley Square Gardens, I saw the massive LOVE display in the window of the Miller Harris store. And I shared it on Instagram like thousands of people. Until that time, I wasn’t aware of Miller Harris’ brand and after their LOVE display, I visited their store.

Miller Harris is a boutique perfumer. They don’t only sell perfume but also candles, bath and body products. Unlike other mass market brands, Miller Harris has only three stores and offers a range of very exquisite and unique scents.

Addresses are here!  http://www.millerharris.com/miller/stores/

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Range Rover Holland & Holland Edition | Canon 50 mm f 1.8

Range Rover Holland & Holland long-wheel base edition, I spotted this brand new Range Rover at Stratstone’s Mayfair, London dealer. And decided to approach from a Canon 50mm f 1.8 lens. This lens provide a unique photography option even at low-ligh conditions. And with f 1.8 aperture value, you will get lots of blur background but you need to be careful with this.

Range Rover Holland & Holland edition is the most luxurious Range Rover ever made, it is made by Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations. Despite being long-wheel base, Holland & Holland edition does not look that long. Inside the Range Rover, there are lots of leathers and all optional features are standard to improve luxury experience. The boot has a special storage! The best part of the Holland & Holland is the reclining seats at the rear. These seats can recline up to 17-degree, that’s a lot. Believe me and you can easily fall asleep. Actually, I really love reclining seats at the rear and it is really hard to get one! You can have it with Mercedes-Maybach, optional with Rolls Royce Phantom and standard with Range Rover Holland & Holland edition.

This comparison leads to price tag! Range Rover Holland & Holland edition is £180,000! And very expensive for an SUV, however if you are planning to buy Mercedes-Maybach or Rolls Royce, this price tag can be reasonable. However, you need to think again. If you wish to have all these luxury items without the Holland & Holland edition on a Range Rover long-wheel base, you will save around £40,000. And if you are planning to save money on a luxury car, you would probably will never buy a Range Rover.

Range Rover Holland & Holland long-wheel base edition’s technical details are; it is either powered by a 4.4-lt 334 HP SDV8 diesel engine or 5-lt 503 HP supercharged petrol engine with 8-speed automatic gearbox. And keep in mind, Range Rover’s are not light!