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Coffee shops are for everyone because everyone is equal… or something like that.

It is always great to step into a shop (whatever the activity) and have this feeling of being welcome!

A few months back we posted an article about breastfeeding in coffee shops/public spaces.

There seems to be another thing which can trigger anger and/or anxiety for some customers: having a dog in a coffee shop.

Of course, there are some people who are fine about it and others who would rather not see an animal (even very friendly) in such social place!?

It is becoming common to see the sign “No dogs – except guide dogs“.

No dogs - except guide dogs sign

No dogs – except guide dogs sign

A shop owner can decide whether or not a dogs are welcome in his/her establishment. It is sure that no one likes barking noises or a pet jumping all over the place when trying to read or socialise.

So, just imagine a family walking into a shop and being told that it is not a place for parents with a toddler (disturbing other customers with their screams and cries). This would be a shocking statement!

A dog is (in general) a good companion, isn’t it? Why having a kind of discrimination attitude then? Same rule applies!

Families with children… or dogs can and should have a place in a store/shop. It is obvious though that if things go out of control the person managing the public space will have the last word.

A lot of families are also looking to go on holiday with their children and pets. Fortunately, some resorts do specialise in having accommodations welcoming dogs too. So everyone is happy and there is no worry for the family pet left behind either with neighbours or at the local kennel.

We are living in a world where people want it all their way and the “sharing” attribute seems only to be applicable when it comes to virtually doing it on social media, but not in real life?!

A prime and concrete example is when one person is sitting at a large table – in a pub, restaurant/bistro or espresso bar. It is as if that particular table is his/hers. When another individual arrives and asks to sit there too, there is a slight hesitation. However, that first person might share everything about his/her life online. This means to the world and consequently with strangers. All this without actually thinking about it twice. So why is it so hard to accept another person nearby and more importantly in a social venue!? There is a full article about this topic on The Guardian HERE.

“There are no strangers, just friends we’ve not yet met” – Source

This is where people’s attitude need to change and accept that others would also like to be able to sit, relax and sip a nice brew whether there are parents with a child or even a dog owner around! It is all about education, politeness and being less selfish. The World is a place for everyone… Enjoy it!

Cafe terrace - sharing table

Cafe terrace – sharing table

People are rushing to go to work, to go back home and to manage their shopping duties too.

Even getting their morning coffee is a kind of assault course. But, the faster you want to go the more difficult it can be. Sometimes, by taking a good breathe and behaving calmly results can be more efficient.

Test by yourself, if you wish. But have you noticed that people in a constant rush are achieving less or they eventually reach their target but the stress level is high – and not due to caffeine – simply because they can’t wait and everything has to go faster.

However, taking your time is possible! How, you may ask?!

Start your day on time is probably the main rule to respect. For some reasons, people like to get this buzz by leaving their home at the last minute to catch public transports and from that point the daily routine can completely become hell on earth.

The bus/train or Underground can be delayed/cancelled. And these little obstacles will create a chain reaction for the rest of the day. Results: stressed, depressed, angry and…tired. People never seem to learn that 1 minute difference (or even less) can make a big difference. Just look at professional sportsmen/women…everything is accurately timed to get through that finishing line: from their lifestyle to the training schedule. Of course, there is an effort but the organisation in the main factor.

In a race, there is pressure before the start but, the confidence is there simply because the preparation has been correctly followed. Apply such example when it is your turn to hit the road to work during your daily commute.

It is not about driving/cycling to the office/factory like a pro, but with respect for others too.

Something has emerged in the News:

…Sales of bikes exceed those of cars in most countries… Source

Bike and car Sales in 2011

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This clearly shows that by being slower you can be faster, simply because the attitude and vision are different. It is sure, a car allows the driver to reach high speed on motorways but not in cities. Consequently, it is common sense to ride a bicycle as it allows the rider to use special lanes and eventual shortcuts to get from A to B quicker.

Recession has also been a factor to increase the sales of cycles.

Bike and car recession sales

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France is well known for being a cycling country. The United Kingdom is joining the trend and cyclists/riders are probably more passionate about it – especially since the Tour de France saw Wiggins then Froome on the podium.

But Spain is seeing a huge increase of 2 wheels on the road too.

…780,000 people opting for two wheels over four… Source

A bicycle costs less than a car – it is healthy and…becoming so cool and stylish. Remember a few years back…fashion show and cycles on the catwalk?!


Despite all the electronic and comfort in a car…people are going back to traditional means of transport…a good choice as there is  less carbon emissions ( A win-win for the wallet and the environment as well.

Are people actually going back to more down to earth activities? Is there a kind of saturation regarding “want” gadgets, sometimes useless and expensive!?

Let’s see what Christmas 2013 will bring us…maybe something slightly more educational and durable. The time of the year where people over spend to please, even if it hurts.

Manufacturers are already preparing for the annual late night shopping – stockrooms have to be full up – where customers are always after a bargain…which usually happens on 26th December… but buyers can’t resist or wait because the celebration is a must. A good marketing strategy after all for businesses.

People seem to have lost/forgotten how to appreciate simple things. Time is valuable for everyone of course, but a nice cup of coffee/tea is always a moment well spent to watch the world go by.

Orla Kiely Bone China Mugs

We just like the simple design and this catchphrase.