New fitness studio rescues forgotten Altrincham building

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Before and after: Abi Jeffrey, one of Nicholas Griffin’s Atlas Physique clients

On Saturday 19 March another new business opens its doors in Altrincham – Atlas Physique a personal training and fitness studio run by popular local trainer Nicholas Griffin, at 1 Market Street in the town centre.

Starting his own business is a dream of Nicholas’ ever since he left the Army in 2012 and found a new career in fitness. ‘Being able to empower people to change was what I really loved about it,’ said Nick, who’s trained more than 500 clients in Hale and Altrincham.

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Books I love: Zero Waste Home by Bea Johnson

Better, simpler, faster is a digital principle that I’d love to apply to the way I manage my home life. Bea Johnson’s book, which hit shops last year, certainly ticks the ‘simpler’ box. Her core message is a green one: Western households can’t keep producing waste at the levels we have been if our children are to enjoy the same world and way of life that we have.

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Eight things I learned about Google Glass from someone who’s got one

Bob Schukai
Bob Schukai

I was lucky enough to spend an hour today finding out a bit more about Google Glass than I knew yesterday (which I’ll confess didn’t extend much beyond tittle tattle about the people working on Glass).

Bob Schukai (left) head of mobile technology for Thompson Reuters kindly made the trip from London, presumably having first made the hop over from the US, to show us his Glass which he’s had for a year. Bob is one of the 8,000 people given Google Glass to try out, after having come through a selection process based on best Twitter hashtags.

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Game on: Fraggers gaming cafe in Altrincham, Manchester

Playing Sims 3 at Fraggers, Altrincham
Playing Sims 3 at Fraggers, Altrincham

Altrincham boy Mike Hardman has packed in his software developing job in London and returned to his hometown to bring joy to the gaming-hungry youth and grown-ups of the North West.

Fraggers, at 6 the Downs in Altrincham, Cheshire, opened its doors in late February 2014 and offers two floors of game heaven, with 25 PCs stations and four console stations complete three large-screen TVs and leather sofas. Players have access to nearly 300 games and pay by the hour, either up front or via an account.

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