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9 Benefits Of Flexible Working Hours

We are living in the era of flexible working hours and co-working. A recent study by HSBC reported that 89% of employees believed flexible working was key for boosting productivity, whilst 54% of those surveyed by research firm Clutch said they’re more productive outside of a traditional office environment.

Here’s nine reasons why a flexible hours membership is both present and future. (And, yes, we know we’re biased but hear us out.)


Reduced costs and commitments

Whether you’re the owner of a small agency or solopreneur, flexible hours co-working memberships keep the costs down and your financial commitments limited. You can go month-to-month and not be wed to long-term office costs that can be such a drain in those early days. Sleepful nights are made of this.

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You can exercise more

The benefits of exercise are well-reported and the NHS itself calls it the the “miracle cure we've all been waiting for”. Having a flexible hours arrangement – either as a freelancer making your own timetable or with an employer – enables you to make your working hours fit in around the exercise, rather than vice versa. No more 6am slogs to the gym, no more 9pm runs in the rain. Do the exercise you want, your way, and see how it changes every aspect of your life.

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Perfect for the night workers

Obviously this wouldn’t work for all industries but for some people – looking at you writers and graphic designers – inspiration only comes with a setting sun. A flexible hours membership gets you out of your bedroom and into the real world.

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Life admin, be gone!

Whether its food shopping or the doctor’s, life admin is a responsibility we all have to face. Flexible working hours means you don’t have to spend your Saturday afternoon’s traipsing round Sainos or asking your boss for a Tuesday morning off to finally get that rash checked.

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You keep work at work

One commonly cited problem with a remote working culture is that the lines between the office and home are not just becoming blurred, but actively erased. As a result our overstimulated brains never get the downtime they so desperately need. Make a flexible hours membership work for you. Leave your computer at the office and stop trawling spreadsheets during The Great British Bake Off.

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Decrease child healthcare costs

The average cost of sending a child under two to nursery is £122.46 a week part time and £232.84 a week full time. Scale these costs up for multiple children and they can be debilitating. Flexible working hours enable you to work around your children’s needs, from nursery all the way to university. (Or at least high school.)

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Keep your own hours

Everyone works to a different beat. Some of us are morning dwellers, many (many) aren’t. Working to someone else’s hours is a major cause of stress. Imagine, for instance, arriving for work at 10.30 on a Monday rather than 8.30. Sayonara, Sunday Fear.

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Decreasing stress

Decreasing our exposure to stress is one of the greatest challenges facing our modern working culture. A recent survey by the Mental Health Foundation saw 28% of millennials state that working through stress was expected in their job whist 34% said this stress made them less productive. By taking ownership of your working hours – vis-a-vis your life – you’ll be able to march to your own beat and feel better with every step.

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You are now the boss

In the UK, 4.8million people are self-employed or freelance, representing 15% of the population. This is a lot of people who are now the queens and kings of their work castle. A flexible hours working membership will truly give your ownership of your empire. Arise!

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A Beginner’s Guide To Safe Sea-Swimming

Sea-swimming is one of the great benefits of coastal living but the ocean can be deadly. The National Water Safety Forum states that 255 people died last year from accidental drowning in the UK, whilst any Brightoner will be familiar with the Argus headlines that arrive sporadically throughout the year about a person – often tragically young – who has died swimming off Brighton beach

Andy White is an open water swimming coach, lifeguard, and one of the founders of Sea Lanes who – we hope – will open a 25m open air pool and national open water swimming centre on Madeira Terrace in 2019. He’s a veteran who’ll regularly swim from the Palace Pier to Hove Lagoon, so well placed to give his ultimate tips for staying safe in the waves.

 

Respect the Water and Respect Your Ability

This is the most important thing! People will dive in and swim far out without knowing enough about currents, riptides, coldness of the water or their ability in open water swimming. If you’re not sure about your ability, always err on the side of caution.

 

The Lifeguards Are There To Help. Speak To Them!

Lifeguards are dotted along the beach and on-hand to answer any questions. It’s always worth getting guidance about how the sea is behaving before you go in. Also, tell them if you’re going to do a longer swim around the buoys. Their job is to keep you safe so don’t be shy of helping them do that.

 

If You Get In Trouble, Roll Onto Your Back

If you get into trouble roll  onto your back and put your hand in the air. If you’re close to shore don’t wave as the lifeguard may think you're just waving to someone on the shore. If you’re further out, wave: you need to raise attention.

 

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The buoys are further out than you think

The swimming area buoys might look very close from the shore but they’re further away than you think! The closest are around 100m. If you’re not a confident swimmer it can be easy to get out there, panic at the distance and get into trouble. If you’re not sure swim out with someone else, or on a paddleboard.

 

Get To Know The Tides

Tides just don’t go in and out to shore, but also left to right and right to left.  You could find yourself 200m to the left of where you thought you were. Download these apps to get up-to-date information on the tides: My Tide Times and Magic Seaweed.

 

Get Wise To Your Warmth

The endorphin rush you get from a sea-swim in cold water is incredible but get to know your warmth limit. The sea can go from 20°C in September, then slowly starting decreasing. December it will be around 12°C degrees and once you get to March it’’s 6°C"or 7°C". If your fingers or toes start getting cold, that’s the start of mild hypothermia and you need to get out immediately.

 

Go Swim Against The Rip Current

Brighton beach is famous for its rip current and it can be hugely dangerous. When you’re stuck in a rip current you’ll feel like you’re just treading water and not moving towards the shore. People get into trouble when they keep fighting against a rip current, panic and tire themselves out,


To get out the rip current, swim horizontally against it: parallel to the shore, towards the marina or lagoon. This will take you out of the current that’s pulling you towards the sea and back towards the shore.

 

Novices - Swim When It's Low Tide

The best time to swim for novice swimmers is lower tide. (When the tide is pushing in.) With a low tide it will be shallower for longer and you can walk out maybe 50m til you are chest deep.

 

Don't Drink and Dip

This is so important, especially in Brighton where intoxicated people die every year in the sea Drinking alcohol will impair your decision-making and could lead to you getting into trouble. Don’t do it.

9 Things To Remember About Pride

“Darling, I want my gay rights now!” - Martha P Johnson


Pride is just around the corner and, when it comes to celebrating diversity, this city is certainly damn good at it. (This year PLATF9RM is even part of the parade, so make sure you give us a wave!)

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However, with all the dancing it’s easy to forget Pride’s convoluted past. So, whilst we’re colour coordinating our glitter (red of course), we’d like to reflect on what Pride is really about.


It All Started At Stonewall Inn


That night, hundreds took to the street to riot and carried on for the next six nights. In amongst the ugly chaos was excitement that the beginning of a long – still ongoing – journey of liberation had begun. A year later, in June 28, 1970, the first Pride procession took place, as a remembrance of the events that happened the previous year.

To show support to the cause, you can get involved with Stonewall Charity


No. 1 Pride Babe, Martha P Johnson

Obviously, it’s the group resistance that was so vital to events that evening. But we must mention Martha P Johnson. Outside (and inside) of the riots, she was a hero and has been credited as one of the main instigators of the backlash. Whether there’s truth to that or not, Martha’s moves after – by joining the Gay Liberation movement – make her an unerasable part of Pride’s history. She also went on to found queer advocacy group, S.T.A.R. (Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries), with Sylvia Ray Rivera.

When you’re sporting your flower crowns on August 7th, dedicate them to dame Martha P!


Cooking Up A Stormé DeLarverie

The evening the riot began, Stormé broke out of her handcuffs, and she, plus others, let loose hell on the police. She was seized and handcuffed again, walked through the crowds, but once more broke free and ran. And the cycle would repeat. In other words, she contributed to the most politically influential Benny Hill moment of all time.


A Tall Glass Of Harvey Milk

"If a bullet should enter my brain, let that bullet destroy every closet door."


After the loss of one form of representation, an urgent call came for another. San Francisco artist, Gilbert Baker, answered that call by designing the Pride flag. Though it’s lost a few stripes since them, it’s the same flag you’ll see all around Pride cities today.

Harveys time in office was adapted for cinema, and it’s definitely worth a watch for anyone wanting to get up to speed (and in need of a good cry). Sean Penn won an Oscar for his performance and it’s great. And for the littluns, there’s a picture book!


Brighton Get Proud

Pride celebrations kicked off in Brighton in June 1973, organised by the Sussex Liberation Front, though the event would be completely unrecognisable compared to today. There were certainly no sponsored floats or today’s mass influx of glittered-up ravers. The small crowd marched through town, then styled it out with a dance at the Albion! After this, Pride in Brighton took a hiatus..

Pride bounced back in 1991 as retaliation against government legislation to ban the ‘promotion’ of homosexuality. It was the start of something truly special...


Feeling Our Roots

To be able to wear your best multi-coloured spandex and actually get cheered for it is great, right? We’re 100% onboard. But Pride is, first and foremost, a protest for the acknowledgement, celebration and questioning of LGBTQ rights. So, whilst painting a rainbow on your friends’ faces and drinking a Corona or ten, have a nose at the different causes going on around town, such as Allsorts , whose work support LGBTQ youth.


Don’t Forget About The Mighty Transpride!

Maybe you’ve noticed Transpride. It happened last week and it’s got shorter lineage than the broader, all encompassing Pride. But it gives a voice to those that sometimes get overshadowed, or just straight up harrassed and disregarded in the parades. (Sadly, that was more than evident in the London march this year.) When feminism doesn’t include trans-women, it’s not feminism. Sisters, not cis-ters.


Or... Black Pride!

Black Pride officially took off in 2005, from the vision of Phyll Gyimah-Opoku and celebrates African, Asian, Middle Eastern, Latin American and Caribbean-heritage LGBTQ peeps. If you’re wondering why a separate space for subgroups exists, you don’t have to look far for answers: sadly, fragmentations within protest spaces cause a need for further minority representations.

PLATF9RM Parades

The PLATF9RM family will be part of the parade this year, dressed to the nines (ahem), smothered in face paint and covered in glitter. We’re buzzing to be a small part of Pride’s history! Come down and give us your biggest cheer. (We promise to cheer back.)

Sussex Has Loads Of Amazing Festivals. Here's 9 Of Our Favourites

It’s time to dust down the waterproofs and dig out the baby wipes; festival season is upon us. Sussex has an array of weird, wired and wonderful events which we’ve rounded up the best of. See you in the toilet queue…

 

Brainchild
Friday 13 - Sunday 15 July

Brainchild has quietly made a name for itself as a haven of music, arts and ideas in the Sussex countryside. With a DIY spirit and focus on collaboration across artistic forms, it ticks a lot of PLATF9RM boxes. If festivals are more about inspiration than hedonism (with maybe just a soupçon of the latter) Brainchild will be your jam.

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Victorious
Friday 24 - Sunday 26 August

If, for you, celestial joy resides on the snakebite-streaked floor of the indie disco, then Victorious will deliver you to festival nirvana. From heavyweights like Paul Weller and The Libertines to Gomez, The Cribs and ‘him with the hips’ Friendly Fires, it’s domestic indie bliss.

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Byline Festival
Saturday 24 - Monday 27 August

Say the words ‘journalist’ and ‘festival’ and one tends to think of hungover freeloaders, hanging around in the press section and trying to blag beers from the PR team. (Or maybe that’s just us…)

Byline Festival differs in that it’s run by The Frontline Club – the Paddington based club for independent journalists – and has curated a programme of thought-provoking musicians, talks and workshops. Headliners are punk activists Pussy Riot, but that’s really just the tip of the fatberg with sessions on Cambridge Analytica and a lecture from John Cleese. There’s plenty of time for partying too, with DJs spinning until the early hours.

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Bimble Bandana
Friday 27 - Sunday 29 July

A friend once described Bimble to us like this: “It’s a lot of happy families, and people in their 40s trying to behave like they’re 21 then regretting it the next morning.” Sounds like Brighton in a nutshell. We’re in.

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Tribal Earth Summer Gathering
Thursday 16 - Sunday 19 August

Tribal Earth has a rich 20 year history. Expect alternative activities like pranayama and laughter yoga, plus music workshops for international instruments including the kora (African harp) or bodrhan (Irish drum). Chuck in drum circles, sound baths, natural saunas and vegetarian food and you’ve got a family friendly festival experience that’s the very antithesis of Reading and Leeds. Amen to that!

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Rye Jazz Festival
Friday 24 - Monday 27 August

Rye Jazz festival collects some of the greatest international names for a jazz explosion in Sussex’s most Dickensian outpost. Zara McFarlane recently won Jazz FM vocalist of the year whilst Lucky Peterson is a legend of the blues axe and Hammond B3 organ. Brought the sun with you? Get out to Camber for half an afternoon and trail across those boundless white sands.

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Magical Festival
Friday 17 - Monday 20 August

Props to Magical who raised over £30,000 for their 2018 event through an Indiegogo campaign. This 1,000 person super boutique festival styles itself as ‘the playground of possibilities’ and with its theme of ‘You are AMAZING!’ is on a mission to pump up your soul glow.

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Love Supreme
Friday 29 June - Sunday 1 July

From crowd-pleasing headliners like Earth, Wind & Fire to new soul upstarts like Tom Misch to quietly legendary British saxophonists (Denys Baptiste), Love Supreme has one of the most diverse line-ups on the festival calendar. It’s very shall-we-say Brighton, but that’s okay, and you can get there in a horse-drawn carriage for the big Instagram Story win.

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Into The Wild
Friday 24 - Monday 27 August

Into The Wild describes itself as a ‘vibrant creative village of life’ and, with over 100 workshops, is a dream for curious kids and inquisitive big kids. From falconry to hip-hop Shakespeare workshops, to slack-lining or shamanism, it’s a wonderland of knowledge and unorthodox skills. It’s also drink and drug free, so if you want to get into it rather than out it, jump on that Big Lemon bus to East Grinstead.

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