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SALE BY MORTGAGEE
OFFERS ARE INVITED FOR THE
One parcel of freehold land comprising 4,212 sq.
ft. and known as Lot No. 27 Prana Homes Devel-
opment, off Coora Road, Siparia.
The property is being sold "as is" without any re-
sponsibility of the vendor to provide statutory ap-
provals or warranty on its suitability for use for
Telephone Nos. 662-8017/ 4286; Fax No. 662-
SEND SEALED BIDS TO:
Sale No. 07/2017
The mortgagee does not bind itself to accept the
highest or any offer. The property will be sold sub-
ject to all rates, taxes and other outgoings that may
be due at the time of the sale.
My adventures with chairs go
back three decades to my doctor's
warning---after suffering excruciat-
ing back pain---that I had two com-
pressed vertebrae in my lower spine.
I could either be more careful about
the furniture I graced with my buttocks
or I could look forward to more, liter-
ally eye-opening, experiences lying on
a bare, cold tiled floor while my nerves
stopped spasming and my spinal col-
umn slowly relaxed.
During my time in corporate life, I've
had more than a few challenges making
my need for a support chair clear. Most
times, such requests were dismissed as
a scheme to get an "executive" chair for
my lowly self.
I once bought a basic support chair for
myself at one new job after something
suitable couldn't be found in inventory
and invited the company to take own-
ership of it.
In a T&T with a functioning OSH
Act, I hope that things have changed
on that front for my gainfully employed
To date, my best old chair was a huge
executive monstrosity I bought from the
Dollar Rescue pawnshop three decades
ago that I had reupholstered with spinal
support padding customised for the arc
of my back.
I've still got that chair and while nei-
ther the shop or the upholsterer exist
anymore, it still feels like home when
Unfortunately it isn't adjustable at all,
being an old school moulded semi-cup
design and I've needed more adjustable
support than that for the home office
I now spend a large percentage of my
When people ask me about the best
accessory for a computer, my first rec-
ommendation is an excellent monitor.
It's what you'll be actually looking
at for hours on end and buying a cheap
monitor is like buying a Lamborghini
and putting in plastic sheeting for a
windshield. The machine will be blis-
Sit on it and spin around
The Steelcase Gesture is part of a new generation of seating systems that acknowledge the different ways
that we compute. PHOTO: STEELCASE
teringly fast, but the day to day experience will be
Asked the same question about an office, I ask first
about the desk (many are too low, too unstable or too
shallow) then advise a good support chair.
To achieve seated bliss, your chair should place
your back and upper legs in a block form "L" shape
and while seated, your knees and lower legs from the
knee down should reach the floor comfortably without
needing to bend.
My chair for the last four years has been a Herman
Miller Aeron, an excellent chair, but one that's ap-
parently unsupported in T&T today.
I couldn't find anyone who could address slippage
in the clutch and adjustment mechanisms of the chair
and having it abruptly give way when I leaned back
was a torturous experience.
So I turned to the other chair manufacturer to stand
up to my online scrutiny, Steelcase, represented lo-
cally by Total Office (http://ow.ly/JLZs308UACm).
I auditioned the Gesture, Leap and Leap+ in the
company's offices at the Fernandez Business Centre
then field tested the Gesture and Leap+ at my office
for two weeks each.
The Gesture (http://ow.ly/Afjj308UuLH) is a sur-
prisingly flexible system that's capable of supporting
a diverse range of seating styles, most of them very
personal and corporately unorthodox.
People who spend time working on a tablet or
smartphone and prefer to recline dramatically or
twist for comfort will find the Gesture a blessing.
The Leap+ is the big and tall version of the Leap
chair, with a larger seat and taller height riser. Both
chairs are based on a standard Steelcase chair design,
with common controls for back support, chair arm
height and arm pad positioning.
They also share a seat pad that's too thin for my
taste, though to be fair I didn't care for the padding
in either my old Dollar Rescue resurrection or the
mesh of the Aeron and commissioned my own custom
seat pads for both.
How impressed am I with the Leap+? Well after two
weeks I was sure this was my new chair, so a custom
version of the chair has been configured and is on its
way to leave a smoking crater in my bank account.
A good office chair should be a lifetime investment
for a person working extensively with computers at
a desk and your budget for one should reflect that,
particularly if you happen to be a contract employ-
ee gainfully unemployed with only yourself for tech
support and OSH guidance.
The Gesture is a surprisingly
flexible system that's capable
of supporting a diverse
range of seating styles, most
of them very personal and
People who spend time
working on a tablet or
smartphone and prefer to
recline dramatically or twist
for comfort will find the
Gesture a blessing.
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