Time to play!
According to a well-known English proverb, “all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy”. It also makes Jill a dull girl.
In other words, without time away from work, a person becomes both bored and boring.
In Business Spotlight, we have many sections that are aimed directly at helping you with the work part of your life. There's our tips for your career, Bob Dignen's articles on business communication skills and our intercultural features, which look at how to deal with other cultures.
There is also our extensive language section, including grammar and vocabulary exercises, tips for business travel, a column about financial matters and a discussion of tricky translations.
But all work and no play makes...well, you know the rest. And that's the reason why we also provide you with some sections in Business Spotlight which aim to help you to relax — while improving your English at the same time.
One of these elements is our regular short story section by James Schofield. These stories, centred around some aspect of business life, always have a sting in the tail.
Another section that allows you to breathe out is “Away from your desk”, in which Margaret Davis presents ideas for your leisure time.
Margaret’s latest tips include a visit to the Design Museum of London, tips for Tex-Mex food in Austin, Texas, and a trip on a luxury train around Ireland.
Margaret also recommends a science fiction novel by E.M. Forster called The Machine Stops. In this novel, people have thousands of friends but no direct contact with them. Does that sound familiar?
If you have other suggestions for leisure time activities that can help to improve your English, we’d be delighted to hear from you.