Opening night – football being played in its spiritual home of Brazil. On the pitch, a cracking game lined up between two top sides. Outside, protesters occupied the streets protesting the country’s extreme lack of spending on its country’s welfare. Already the dichotomy of the 2014 World Cup was developing…
In the UK and the US, an estimated 3.4 billion greeting cards are sent at this time of the year. Producing these cards requires the felling of over 400,000 trees and what do we do when the holidays are over? Put them in the bin! (Hopefully the recycling one at least).
We live in a throwaway culture here in Europe and the US under the illusion that waste is OK as long as we recycle. And if we’re honest, this suits us just fine because it requires very little extra effort. Instead of putting our rubbish in the black bin, we put it in the green, brown, pink or [insert colour according to your local council here] bins and think no more about it – we can feel virtuous, we’ve done our part, now our empty cans will magically be turned into a shiny new aeroplane – go us!
Think back (haha) to when work, for the majority of the population was physical work, requiring strength and stamina. When men and women stood up straight after a long day at work, and looked forward to a good night’s sleep, because sleep is always easier when you are physically tired. “Put your back into it” had a much more literal meaning in those days.
In early 2012 we were discussing the latest news on the rising obesity epidemic and all the chronic diseases associated with it, what it was costing the economy and the magnitude of individual suffering. It was obvious that the multi-billion pound diet industry was not answering the problem – people we spoke to were frustrated and many of them downright despairing, heavier than when they started trying to lose weight but a lot lighter in the pocket.
Recently my girlfriend and I took a long weekend away from the city to stay on an organic dairy farm in beautiful rural Devon. It was an interactive farm and as part of our stay we looked after our own chickens. It was whilst holding one of them that I had a rather morbid thought – could I wring your neck?! Being a meat-eater I had always thought that it’s important to consider whether you could kill an animal yourself and then eat it. I looked down at the chicken looking up at me and suddenly I wasn’t so sure anymore.
It seems that resolutions are made to be broken, and that failing to use that gym membership or to follow the latest diet attempt are light-hearted topics for the office lunch hour. So how can someone be female, train in martial arts... and be vegan? Claire explains why demanding commitments can lead to success and fulfillment.
I have to admit I sometimes prefer working out alone. It’s a chance to get away from the hustle and bustle of London life, and find some time for myself. But when it comes to exercise, recruiting a training partner could be one of the most important things you do in order to help you achieve your goals.
I took this picture after enjoying a day’s cricket at Lord's (the English home of cricket) earlier in the Summer. Once a bastion of the upper class, Lord's is now a place where all can enjoy cricket in this historic stadium - famous for its 19th century pavilion. It's not as posh (or as privileged) as it once was, but it still has that elegant, traditional feel making it a unique atmosphere for a cricket game. There's no football-style chants at Lord's (as at other cricket grounds) but a genuine appreciation for the game and polite applause!
Within the grounds of the stadium there’s a charming picnic area – on a sunny day it’s one of the highlights of going to Lords. Tom, myself and our partners had enjoyed a picnic after the game and were clearing away our rubbish when we noticed all the rubbish left by other picnickers. Everywhere we looked the remnants of food and packaging had been abandoned even though there were bins for rubbish and recycling within feet of where the food had been eaten. It was such a shame to see.
I thought about the Litterati project and snapped a photo.
As the Spice Girls once said (who still remembers them!) it’s important to spice up your life! Here are three common spices that will all boost your health and add plenty of flavour to your food. Win-win – our favourite!