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IT’S SPARTY TIME IN BUDAPEST


The owners of thermal spas in Budapest, Hungary, have an interesting way of boosting income from winter to spring – they hold pool-based rave parties. Known as Sparties, the events are held on


select Saturdays and are co-ordinated by Cinetrip – a company that specialises in audio-visual parties. The baths are transformed using 3D, 360˚ projections, laser shows, fi re, water and air-based acrobatics and belly dancing performances. There are also live DJs; previous international guests include the Chemical Brothers. The dress code is swimwear or beach clothes


and various rules – such as no alcohol, glass bottles or pool jumping – are in place to ensure the party is safe as well as fun. Hosts for 2011 include the Széchenyi Spa and


Rudas Bath. On the door tickets cost HUF10,000 (£30). Details: www.cinetrip.hu


FIVE PER CENT OF BOSSES HAVE GYM KIT IN OFFICE


Thirty-one per cent of employees think their boss has an extravagant offi ce, according to a survey by interior design fi rm Maris Interiors. Five per cent of those questioned


said that their CEO had gym equipment – ranging from free weights to a treadmill – in their offi ce. One head honcho at a design company even had an ensuite sauna, the survey found, while a bank chief was said to have a rooftop garden complete with a hot tub. The most common excess at the


offi ce, mentioned by 17 per cent of employees, was artwork, including Picasso and Andy Warhol originals.


chocolate that fi ghts wrinkles


Good news for chocolate lovers everywhere – Acticoa, a cocoa-based drink, has been found to have anti- ageing properties, including boosting the overall appearance and health of the skin and maintaining its moisturisation. Acticoa is made by Barry Callebaut,


the world’s largest chocolate manufacturer, which conducted a double-blind study on 30 adults with an average age of 50. Fifteen adults drank


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200ml of Acticoa a day, while 15 others had a placebo. After six weeks, those in the Acticoa group were said to display considerably improved skin hydration – on average 21 per cent better. There was no signifi cant change in the other group. Hans Vriens, chief innovation offi cer


at Barry Callebaut, says: “This study is part of the mounting evidence in support of the benefi cial effects of cocoa fl avanols on human health.”


PUPPY POSES FOR 2011 YOGA CALENDAR


A calendar by photographer Dan Borris has shown that even our four-legged friends are fans of yoga poses: especially the downward facing dog! Borris, who’s from Texas, encouraged the dogs


into position with help from his yoga-teaching wife Alejandra. He then used computer magic – of course – to perfect the pin-ups. He told the Daily Mail: “We just play with them. Then, with the help and the magic of Photoshop, they end up doing yoga. He came across his fi rst yoga dog Otis – a two-


year-old English bull terrier – fi ve years ago and this year has produced four calendars: Yoga Dogs, Yoga Cats, Yoga Kittens and Yoga Puppies (our offi ce favourite). The dogs are from rescue homes and a proportion of proceeds go to various animal foundations. Details: www.yogadogz.com


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