Jimi Hendrix - The Legend

Jimi Hendrix is widely considered as the most influential guitarist of all times, although his career as an artist lasted for only four years. In just this restricted lapse of time in the late 60s, he completely changed the way the electric guitar could be played forever, and up to now guitarists from around the world still consider him to be the king of the guitar.

This great artist may not have performed his last shows in Vegas when he was still alive, but today there are numerous tribute acts in Vegas that cover all of his fantastic work. Some years back, at the Fremont Street Experience in Vegas, the number 1 tribute band, known as the Mirror ImiJ, performed some of the great hits of this world class guitarist. They all had the power, energy, and raw talent that one can only expect Jimi to have.

Jimi Hendrix is still rocking today on the exciting Jimi Hendrix Slots at Magical Vegas. This is a perfect retro themed slot consisting of 5 reels and 20 paylines, and it reflects the ideal look of the 1960s. Created by top game provider NetEnt, Jimi Hendrix Online Slot is part of the NetEnt Rocks slot trilogy, which include other slot hits such as Guns N’ Roses and Motorhead. This game was definitely one of the most awaited slot this year from NetEnt and players at Magical Vegas are surely having a great time spinning the reels of this game while rocking to the beats of the guitar legend.

The background of Jimi Hendrix Online Slot at Magical Vegas will surely remind rock lovers of the 1969 Woodstock festival, which was one of the last musical festival where Jimi performed when he was number one for the very first time in America with his album called Electric Ladyland. Now it’s throwback time at Magical Vegas where you can rediscover Jimi Hendrix. Symbols appearing on this game are the Fender and Supro Ozark; Jimi’s guitars, a Vinyl, a Heart, a Flower, an Eye, and the Peace Logo.

Jimi Hendrix acts as the Wild symbol on this game and he replaces all other symbols on the reels, with the exception of the scatter. You can also earn pays of up to 400 with 2 or more wild symbols. A fantastic Purple Haze feature is initiated when the Purple Haze symbol makes its apparition on reel 1. During this feature the Purple Haze symbol will act as Wild on the first reel. Red Guitar Re-Spins is awarded when four or more Red Guitar symbols are found on the reels. Getting a Red Guitar during the Re-Spin will award you an additional re-spin. Get features such as the Little Wing Free Spins, Crosstown Traffic Free Spins, Purple Haze Free Spins or Coin Wins of up to 30x your initial stake value – Re Spins when 3 scatters line up in any position on the reels. With so many features, this retro/rock themed slot will certainly keep you entertained at magicalvegas.com.

Anyone For Office Yoga?

Anyone For Office Yoga?

It was literally just this afternoon that I walked into the office kitchen, stretched up to try and release a crick in my back and told my colleague that I needed to sit down less at work. I think her exact words were, "Good luck with that!" as we both have desk jobs.

So I had a nosy round YouTube in my lunch break to find some exercises that I could possibly do with five minutes to spare.  Now, I know this is a serious(ish) video with all good intentions but I don't think we have the correct furniture at work to try this out! If I attempted position 8 on one of our chairs, I would probably fall off or one of my colleagues wouldl send me whizzing across the office as the chairs are on wheels!  

In all seriousness, I'd love to try yoga. I'm sure it would help with my flexibility, my posture and definitely my running. I always remember my mum having a book which demonstrated yoga poses - it was very 70s but I'm sure nothing has changed much - so I'm going to try some of the basic poses in the infographic below and then see if there's anything else on YouTube I can try out too. Either that, or I'll just wait for Liska to point me in the direction of the beginners poses!

Let me know if you do yoga at all - or if there are any other exercises you do at work to help relieve those general day-to-day aches and pains.

Anyone For Office Yoga? Furniture At Work - infographic


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7 Top Tips For Working From Home

7 Top Tips For Working From Home

When I work from home 'Procrastination Station' is my destination.  I find every possible excuse to put everything off until later. This might be 'researching' if any of my household objects are worth a small fortune by watching a lunch time antiques programme, deciding that the whole house 'needs' to be vacuumed or just putting everything off until later because 'I work better in the evening'.

But that's not really how it should be, is it?  The common conception of people working from home is that we rise mid-morning, watch Jeremy Kyle whilst munching on a slice of toast, Tweet and Facebook a bit whilst still in our 'comfy clothes' and pull together a few reports at some point in the afternoon. Well, that's what someone thought I did as a social media manager a few years back...

Anyway - I know some great people who achieve fabulous things when they work from home so asked for their Top Tips and here they are.


Set Up A Home Office

This was a really popular tip and almost everyone mentioned it. Whether it's the corner of your living room, a whole different room (here's a nosy round my own home office) or the garden shed, make sure you have a completely separate area for your work tools. It has to be somewhere that you can physically leave your work so that there is that work/home allocation.

Thanks to Tanya, Karen

Get Dressed

It probably feels more comfortable to slob around in your onesie, especially if the only person you're going to see is the postman when you sign for a treat for yourself from Amazon work-related parcel. You don't have to be suited and booted but physically making yourself get up, brush your teeth and your hair and dressing for the occasion will give you a great sense of purpose.

Thanks to Kerry, AlexManda, Andy, Annika

Work The Hours That Suit You

Have proper working hours.  They don't need to be 9-5, after all, you're possibly working from home to avoid those rigid hours - but do have a set time to work.  Make sure you have screen-breaks and scheduled brew/lunch breaks.  Even make yourself a meal and put it in a bag on your desk or on a plate in the fridge to ensure you take time out to eat.  Finish at your allotted time and don't feel tempted to 'just work an extra hour' because you don't have to drive through the rush hour traffic. Schedule your chores (or even hire a cleaner) and make sure that everyone else knows that your work time is your work time and that you can't just get up and do a favour for someone because you happen to be around.

Thanks to Sabina, Toni, Sian, Kate, Paula, Hilary, Violet

Switch Off, Switch On

Turn off all distractions and that includes Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, BBC News and your Words With Friends alerts (I know... sorry) and ensure you complete your tasks.  Also make sure you stay connected to your peers and participate in networking events. This might be something as simple as a twitter hashtag conversation or tweet-up (a meet up with Twitter friends in a local cafe) or as focused as an official networking event.

Thanks to Steve, Louise

Have The Correct Tools For The Job

When we work in an official work environment, we are provided with the right tools to make our job easier. If your line of work means that you spend a lot of time hunched over a computer, buy yourself a comfortable and adjustable chair along with a large screen and separate keyboard as this will minimise back/neck pain and cramps in your hands.

Thanks to Simone

Be Adaptable

Flexibility is key when working from home and you are afforded that luxury however, what works in the Summer may not work in the Winter. If you need to be away from work for another appointmento or you're working around the school run ensure that you make up the time in the correct way instead of burning the midnight oil.

Thanks to Liz, Kate

Do All The Adulting Things

Your admin needs doing and unless you have a P.A. then there's only one person that can do it. Keep on top of the bill-paying and hire an accountant to do the nitty gritty as they know exactly what you can claim as expenses including petrol, stationery (yes, really...) and utilities. In fact, find out who your electric and mains gas supplier is as they may have discounted business rates for you.

Thanks to Lizzie

To be totally honest, working from home isn't easy - it requires immense discipline and lots of coffee but reading through some of my friend's suggestions it does seem that working in the buff 'comfy clothes' is the norm, that people will always think you can be disturbed as what you are doing is 'not critical' and that sending lots of emails gives you a sense of importance. And finally, don't forget to switch off and power down and don't let work completely take over your home life. Lots of the contributors own their own business so if their name is hyperlinked, have a click and show them some small-business love if it's something that you can support


Additional Reading (from two contributors)

Toni wrote The Realities Of Working From Home for the Huffington Post

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I Need Help With This Brandscape Cryptic Puzzle!!

Brandscape — the fiendishly difficult cryptic puzzle by Funding Circle

Do not blame me if this cryptic puzzle becomes the bane of your life but I'm slightly addicted and may be requesting some help with the clues - so it's just a bit of a head's up... 

In the image above from Funding Circle are 60 globally recognised brands in picture clue format.  Some are incredibly simple and some are so frustratingly hard that you'll need to ask for help from friends.  You'll have to think about film, literature, music, nature and - probably most importantly - a play on words.


You can save your progress on the official Funding Circle website by logging in with your Facebook account but if you're stuck on any of the clues then tweet @FundingCircleUK and see if they'll send you an extra clue (you can also share it with me then too...).  Once you've answered all 60 correctly, you'll be entered into the Brandscape Hall Of Fame and become a #BrandscapeMaster.

Right... I've found Burger King (clue #49).  Share one of yours with me in the comments or tweet me @nickieohara with your answers.


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Updating My Wall Art With Framed Posters

Updating My Wall Art With Framed Posters - Banksy, London, Maps

I need help. I have four gorgeous new prints from Desenio and I can't decide which wall space in my room deserves them the most.  I mean... just look at them... they are beautiful - and they feel very grown up which most definitely is a change for me!

I've shown them to a few people and they all say that they are the four prints they would have picked for me given the choice so that means I know I've selected well. When I shared the image below on Instagram, it was hugely popular too!  But let me explain the reason for each one:


I'm not sure admitting that I'm a fan of Banky art is the coolest thing because it sort of goes against all his morals and the reasons behind his work but this is the closest I'll ever come to being near one of his pieces of graffiti. I own an end terrace house and always fancied having it decorated in some way - either stealth-Banksy style or maybe like the religious/political images you see on Irish houses?

World Map

I was delving through the Graphical prints on the Desenio website, looking for a quote poster and stumbled upon the maps. I have a bit of a 'thing' for cartography and fell in love with the unusual way in which this map of the world was designed with the shape of each country being in text. It just draws you in closer, doesn't it?


Even before I opened the package my husband said, "I bet there's a picture of London in there somewhere!" He was wrong though. THERE WAS TWO!! These two images are going to look amazing on my office wall, side by side. An iconic London landmark and a line map of the city itself, both in classic black and white. Different, yet complimentary.

Updating My Wall Art With Framed Posters - Banksy, London, Maps

A little about Desenio

All the prints are produced b their design team using selected illustrators and artists from around the world.  All posters are printed on 200gr uncoated premium paper with a smooth service which is FSC-certified and ageing-resistant. This paper also produces a matte print and gives a high-quality feel to the poster.

All their prints come with frames (for an additional charge) and are shipped at the same time. My prints were rolled, protected with Desenio printed paper and sent in a hard tube. My frames were well packaged and undamaged upon receipt and came with plexiglass. I chose black wooden frames to keep in with the theme I had in mind but there are many more choices including passe-partout, copper and oak frames.

Have a look round the website - there's some fabulous hidden gems in there. I even found a lipstick/perfume/nail polish trio in the section for children's posters which I'm going to put on my own Christmas list!


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5 Things I Love About Myself

Five Things I Love About Myself - Nickie O'Hara - www.iamtypecast - 30 day blogging challenge - Day 1Way back in July I was slowly getting hooked on yet another series of Celebrity Big Brother. It was *adopts a Marcus Bentley accent* 'Day 2 in the Big Brother House' and the housemates were still finding their feet and each other. Frankie Grande was told to celebrate his huge ego so he rapped about the ten things he loved about himself [watch here]

It inspired me. It really got me thinking about the way in which I've changed over the years and how I've become more confident and sure of who I am. There are many reasons for me having blossomed late in life and now is not the time nor the place to go into the whys and the wherefores, but my 40th birthday was the turning point.

So I thought I'd describe five things I love about me (let's not go far as ten... my head might get a bit big) and how I use these for business and life in general.



I am part of a community running group which aims to coach people through the 'couch to 5k' programme in a fun and supportive atmosphere. I fell into the role two years ago by way of a happy accident and, in that time, I've been part of a team that has got hundreds of people up off their arses and running for the sheer joy of it all. I have met some awesome people along the way who are now smashing personal goals and running miles and miles just because they can.


I'm always wary of this word because it can have both positive and negative connotations. In this instance I like to believe that I am someone who is determined and who will stand up for her beliefs without being aggressive or disrespectful as that is a fine line that doesn't need crossing!


Five years ago I wouldn't have accepted this as a valid description of myself but, as mentioned further up the page, I worked out who I was, where I was going in life and what I needed to do to get there. I'm not sure I could have done this without any of the life experiences I'd already had or without the people I have around me.


I like to think I have my ear to the ground, especially when it comes to trending topics. That may be knowing which celebrity is using tit tape (or not) this week or whether it is learning about how to approach a business audience using the latest Snapchat filter. As Ferris Bueller said, "Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while you could miss it".  I take that quote fairly literally and try to soak up everything. The world is changing around us all the time and to succeed, you have to understand those changes and know how to implement them.


I'll see a task through to the bitter end and to the best of my ability. I am also a loyal person who, in the right situation, can be totally relied on. Whilst friendships aren't always encouraged in the business world, I don't necessarily pander to the expression "keep your friends close and your enemies closer" because everyone has strengths that can be utilised and if you are only seeking negatives then you'll never find the positives.


I started this self-evaluation with the best will in the world however I stalled a little. It's always hard to be positive about yourself, even if you are the most confident person in the world, isn't it?  In business you should be listening to your (potential) customers so I asked people that know me very well to describe me in one word (crowd-sourcing is always a fab way to get inspired). Their feedback and honesty has helped me to be more positive about me - and I hope it encourages you to be more positive about you too.  By all means, feel free to take this idea and run with it - you can also link to your own '5 Things I Love About Myself' in the comments so I can come and read it!

This is the first post in a 30-day blogging challenge that will help me re-engage and help me find a focus. I have no idea what that focus yet is going to be but we're going on this journey together and we are going to find out.  If you fancy joining in, you can sign up here - it's FREE and it's run by Sarah and Kevin Arrow. I'm already enthused by their positivity and encouragement.

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#DangerousDrives Statistics And Choosing Insurance For A Young Driver

Once upon a time, I worked for an insurance brokers and managed to get a fabulous staff discount on my car insurance – very handy when you are a seventeen year old who has just passed their test. Over the next few years always remember my father encouraging me to stay with my existing insurance provider so that I could earn rewards along the lines of long-term policy discounts, no claims discounts and more.

Fast forward a few more years and our middle child passed his driving test and needed to purchase young driver's insurance. To keep the cost down (we started at a premium of just over £2000 per year... yes really!!) he agreed to a mileage cap and to be part of a telematics programme which is essentially like having a 'black box' attached to the car that monitors your driving style and good driving is rewarded.

Has this brought us full circle, encouraging new drivers to stick with their existing insurance company for more than one year?  And, as long as the renewal price is favourable, the driver and the company can start to build a long-lasting customer/provider relationship.  If one company is prepared to make car insurance purchase easier and cheaper then that's definitely the option we are all going to head for! 

With this in mind, it's a great opportunity for me to share this infographic from Chill Insurance which shares some of the most dangerous drives in Ireland and some interesting driving statistics.

dangerous drives infographic

This is a collaborative post with Chill Insurance. 
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Back In A Filofax | Personal Malden In Ochre

2016 is fast becoming the year where I try and use as many diaries systems as possible... or so it seems - however I didn't think that I'd be returning to a Filofax but it definitely feels like the right move for the time being.

I'm starting to believe that there is literally no notebook or diary out there that can fully accommodate my needs.  The two that come close are the Marks Colours Diary (I used one of these in 2015) and the Hobonichi Techo (I started with this at the beginning of this year) but for various reasons, I've switched in and out of them.

I need a way to have a diary and a bullet journal working in conjunction with each other. Most of the time, a traditional diary layout doesn't provide the space for bullet journalling without it being too large or too bulky and, from the other end of the scale, the bullet journal system doesn't really have the flexibility for true forward planning without a lot of counting of pages, drawing grids and fashioning your own layout which sort of detracts from the simplicity of it all.  This is why the travelers notebook system was working really well for me but I was struggling to find an actual pocket sized diary that I liked to be part of this set-up.

So I've returned to the Filofax.  The one I'm using is the Personal sized Malden which has been on my wishlist for a long time. It has the perfect amount of pockets and card slots and the traditional size 23mm rings, which makes it functional without it being too large.  It's also a really classic colour - ochre - which definitely isn't going to go out of fashion any time soon. Plus, all my personal items seem to be in this shade of brown at the moment... What has really helped me to settle back into this ring binder is that I have been able to take some of my original inserts and use them straight away and I've used the first part of an academic diary from Dodo Pad which will see me through to the end of the year, at least. 

You can see the full set-up in this video. It's all very new and neat at the moment - and it's definitely not over-stuffed, which feels productive and useful. I'm also using a Cross Tech3+ pen which is a 3-in-1 - a black ballpoint, a red ballpoint and a pencil - and this negates the need to carry different pens to highlight specific points in my diary.

Shall we take bets on how long this will last? It's interesting to see that I always return to the Filofax system at some point but I think I'll have to find a better way to incorporate my bullet journal. I have a couple of ideas - let me know if you'd like to hear about them or see me trying them out! 

(P.S. huge thanks to Philofaxy for featuring this video in their round-up recently)

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My Unused Notebooks

Who doesn't love a brand new, unused notebook? The pristine cover, the unblemished pages, the journey that your handwriting is going to take along the paper with plans or memories.

My Unused Notebooks
But it appears that I have a bit of a problem when it comes to notebooks. I start them with all good intentions; projects, bullet journals, diaries, scribble pads - however I never get round to finishing them unless they are specifically for work or an ongoing project. 

So I  have notebook fear... I don't want to start a new notebook just so that I can get bored of it a few pages in.  Therefore, I'm starting to get a bit of a stash of them and they are threatening to take over my office. 

Recently, when I delved back into the world of Filofax after acquiring a Malden, I was sorting through my paper stash and became rather embarrassed by the amount of unused notebooks that I had collected.  Don't get me wrong... I love receiving them to review, however I want them to be used for the right purpose then there is less 'wastage' and not as many half-finished journals in the desk drawer.

So here is a little video of the 30-something notebooks I found immediately to hand. I'm sure there's more somewhere and occasionally members of my family will take one to use (official requests are submitted and the best fit for use provided - it's a proper service and I'm thinking of charging for my expertise...). If you can think of any use for them all I'd be happy to hear your suggestions! 

Gadgets Galore!

As you've probably seen from various articles on this blog, I love a good bit of tech and really like trying out new gadgets.  Over the past couple of months I've been lucky enough to try a few new additions to the market so I've put them through their paces and I'm reporting in!

Gadgets Galore - EC Technology, Lumsing, power bank, bluetooth headphones, bluetooth speaker

Battery life on phones or tablets doesn't last long, does it? This makes me a huge fan of portable power banks and I've been comparing two of my favourites. The EC Technology 5200mAh Power Bank is made of durable rubber (my eldest son immediately took ownership of this) and, because of it's small size, makes it the most portable of the two power banks.  It also has a built in torch which makes it great for camping! The Lumsing Glory Series P1 Plus 15000mAh Power Bank is slightly larger and heavier but provides the option of recharging up to three devices at once.

The best thing about these portable battery chargers are that they will give your phone or mobile device a bit of a power boost when you're on the move.  They are both USB chargers and smart technology detects the fastest intended charging speed to give you that much needed battery life in the speediest time.  Both power banks provide LED light indicators to show how much 'juice' the power bank has left in the tank.  I can't pick my favourite out of these two!!

If you're after some bluetooth headphones to wear when out running then give the EC Technology Bluetooth 4.1 headset a go.  Their steady bluetooth signal, independent in-line control and HD microphone will make sure that you have no difficulty listening to your music or making a call whilst on the go.  They also include a sports-kit which make sure the buds perfectly fit your ears whilst participating in sport and they are sweatproof.  A unique feature is that they also have 'magnetic attraction' built in so the two earplugs fit together when not in use.

Finally, the EC Technology Bluetooth Speaker was an absolutely brilliant piece of tech for when we were on holiday. It's as small as a travel clock but has a great 5W speaker that gives off great bass.  It's made of stainless steel which makes it feel luxurious and has a non-slip mat underneath to both stop it from moving around and will protect your surfaces.  The 1300mAh lithium battery provides up to 9 hours of music playing (we linked ours up to our tablet where we had all our music stored) but you can also pair it with a phone for up to 30 hours of conversation. 

Please do click through each link to check the current price, as there's always special offers on from Lumsing and EC Technology. These gadgets that I've featured are really affordable for what they do and make great presents for those hard-to-buy friends and family too.  

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