My Week In Happy: Being mindful, flowers, pizza and chips

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This week has been packed with lovely people and things. Here’s the highlights.

Tuesday: Mindfulness meditation

Took part in a pre-work mindfulness meditation session run by Dr Pete Morgan where we focused on communication.

I started my mindfulness journey in London a few years ago and was keen to get involved when I heard Pete was running the sessions in Manchester. If you’d like to have a go visit Pete’s website, Free Mindfulness.

It might seem like mindfulness is just something that’s hip right now, but it really is a powerful practise.

Wednesday: Google greenery

Swung by the Google Local Manchester City Experts party at newly opened The Allotment Bar on Dale Street in Manchester’s fashionable Northern Quarter.

I took a friend a we were delighted to find that Google had booked local florist David Wayman who had brought along bunches of blooms for us to arrange and take home – in jam jars of course!

Google City Expert event, Allotment Bar, Manchester

There were a few other quirks on the night including people dressed as privet hedges mingling with the crowd, and as the night wore on their foliage sparkled with LED lights.

Friday: Pizza and chiptunes

After a post-work drink at The DOCKyard, I joined Elizabeth and her friend Jane at Pizza Express where we quickly put the world to rights.

Part two of the evening was a visit to a ‘chiptune’ music event at at Zombie Shack with my good friend David Craddock. The event, MegaByte, formed part of the warm up to SuperByte Festival – an event taking place in Manchester from 11-13 September around chiptune and retro gaming.

An act from the Netherlands, RoccoW, wowed us with tunes created with a number of Nintendo Gameboy consoles. You can hear his work on SoundCloud, or watch a slightly distorted version of him performing here.

Saturday: Ladies That UX Summer Picnic

The networking group for women with an interest in digital design marked its first birthday with a picnic at the secret(ish) rooftop garden, Plot. The venue, in the heart of the city, featured free wi-fi and was created by local digital agency Magnetic North as the first ‘on-demand’ garden in the UK.

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The weather was kind to us and much networking was done in the sunshine with glass of something cool and of course a slice of birthday cake.

Sunday: Dr Helen Czerski

This month’s event from Manchester Girl Geeks was held at TechHub Manchester and starred physicist and television presenter Dr Helen Czerski.

In a talk entitled ‘Carnival of the Animal Senses’, Helen enthusiastically shared with us her ‘dream team’ of animals – these were creatures that had superior senses, such as huge-eyed giant squid.

I tweeted that the animals that she was describing reminded me of the odd beings that dwelt beneath The Trapdoor in the cartoon of the same name. Helen replied to say that she loved that show too!

 

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