Saturday, 27 December 2014

How many people know the benefits of tomatoes, red wine, berries and spinach

These are foods with proven health benefits.

  • Lutein, the pigment in the skin of tomatoes, protects the fruit from the sun. It does the same for your skin.
  • Red wine in moderation is good for the heart. The pigment reseveratrol may be the reason but red wine is also packed with a range of polyphenols including anthocyanins.
  • Anthocyanin, the pigment that makes berries red and blue is good for the memory and lots of other things including the heart and arteries.
  • The yellow pigment in spinach called xanthophyll is more or less the same chemical as the macula in the eye. It seems your body can take the pigment from a spinach leaf and stick it in your eye. This prevents/delays and even repairs to some extent macula degeneration. It's possible that xanthophyll protects the leaf from the sun and it might do the same for your eyes.

Sunday, 30 November 2014

Time (Einstein) relative to life

I've never been much of a believer in EMC2 because it can mean anything anybody wants it to mean.

But Einstein said time is relative and this makes some practical sense.

He said that if you have two objects and one is stationary and the other is moving; time will be experienced faster for the object that is still and slower for the object that is moving.

It seems to make intuitive sense and it is experienced as a reality in life.

If we 'get stuck in a rut' time will fly past.

If we do things, experience things, learn things and keep our 'dreams' alive, time will slow down.

I don't know if you have ever experienced time slowing down in a sudden emergency?

I have and time appears to almost stop.

The last time it happened to me was in the New Forest when I had a high speed fall from my bike.

Time almost came to a standstill and I was able to relax and crumple into the fall whilst at the same time pushing the bike away from me so that it fell on to the soft grass verge...

Even thinking about it now, the second or so of the fall seems to be without time. Almost as if time was suspended.

Saturday, 29 November 2014

Puffin Browser for Android

Recommend Puffin Browser for Android Puffin Browser

It overcomes the problems you will find when you upgrade to Kitkat because Flash won't work.

And this begs a question... Why aren't Google solving their own problems?

And/or why haven't Google developed their own flash player?

Friday, 21 November 2014

Bournemouth sub ten cycling club

I've set up the Sub Ten Cycling club.

I cycle for miles at an average speed less than 10 mph. In fact it is more like 8 mph.

All the cycling groups around Bournemouth seem to ride at a faster speed and prefer just pottering along.

The club is for weekend and afternoon rides where the average speed is less than 10 mph.

You'd be surprised how far you can go. Into the New Forest or across the ferry into the Purbecks are both easy. If you are interested get in touch

Thursday, 13 November 2014

first MTP joint resection arthroplasty. out of action for a while

About ten years ago I started getting severe pain in the joints of my left foot when driving home from a jive dance event. Over the years it worsened and spread to both feet so that walking was painful.

I went to see a surgeon who suggested Keller Athroplasty and had the surgery on Monday morning.

Will keep a diary of the recovery - which seems to be going well up to now. I have to stay off my feet for a bit but I can already feel the pain in the joint has lessened.

Am getting to know just how bad daytime television is - despite the number of channels.

I want to say thanks to the NHS for great service and level of treatment.

When recovered next spring I am going to have a go at 'guerrilla gardening'.

Thursday, 6 November 2014

Fortitech Premixes

Fortitech will pass your email address to other companies without your permission and you will then get spam from a whole range of food related companies you have never heard of.

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

A new bike and a cautionary tale

I've recently bought a new bike and would like to recommend Halfords.

I bought my last bike about three years ago via the internet and that was a mistake.
The bike was too big for me and this was no excuse to send it back so I was stuck with it.
But now I have a bike that is the right size I am enjoying rides a lot more.
Recently 'night riding' on the tracks of the Purbecks.

The new bike at Kimmeridge Bay on a cloudy Summer's day

Stop for lunch in the New Forest

Thursday, 28 August 2014

reducing or stopping a 'post viral cough'

Sometimes a cold can turn into a hacking cough that can last for weeks after the cold has gone.

Ordinary, basic antihistamine pills can reduce or even stop this cough.

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

What should a great Italian meal look like?

A great Italian meal should be the colour of the Italian flag

Friday, 2 May 2014

aldi high quality low price

I'm not a person given to endorsing supermarkets but I am frequently pleased and occasionally delighted at the high quality of Aldi's products conversely the price 'is right'.

Today I have enjoyed superb ground coffee.
Just now I'm enjoying some superb - and I mean superb, wine.

There are many other items where the quality has been exceptional and the price 'is right,.

I recommend Aldi....

Thursday, 17 April 2014

how much should you boil water to make tea

I read somewhere that green tea is full of anti-oxidants and that it should be steeped for a few minutes in water at about 80 degrees. In addition to a lower temperature as much oxygen should be removed from the water as possible because the more oxygen there is in the water the more anti-oxidants will be used up.

This idea makes sense to me but what about black tea?

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

have moved from the country to the city

I'm not getting any younger and although in good health I have seen how elderly and sick people struggle when living in rural areas. So I decided to move into the city.

This probably marks the end of this blog, or at least a change.

Oddly enough, because I have moved to an affluent area of the city, I now have a garden that looks more rural that the open fields and woodland that used to surround me.

Wild life also seems to be moving into the city.

I see foxes almost every day along with woodpeckers, jays and a whole variety of woodland birds that are becoming rare in the countryside.

I'm guessing this is because there are fewer predators like owls, and hawks in the city. I'd have to include badgers in any list of destructive predators, even if this upsets some people. There's nothing nice about Brock the badger other than a cute face.

Song thrushes are almost extinct in Britain, probably because of the increased number of cats and predators in general. But they are thriving in and around my new gardens. The only difference is that these are quiet thrushes, perhaps this helps them to survive.

I'm probably showing my bias. Unlike most TV wildlife pundits my allegiance is with the mice, shrews and voles of this world and not with the owls, hawks and weasels.

Another irony of living in the city is that I now have much easier access to healthier food. I don't have to drive into town.

I can also go for walks in the evening after dinner at all times of the year. (country lanes are dangerous places to walk after dark).