Showing posts from August, 2015

The 6 Livewell Principles

How can we change our dietary habits to promote sustainability and help the environment?

A vegetarian diet is beneficial for both health and the reduction of greenhouse gases - stop eating animals, folks, out of respect for them, for yourself and for the planet! However, only 5% of the UK population is vegetarian, so it's unlikely to change any day soon. Hey ho, 95% of people living on these islands say fuck the animals, fuck the planet and fuck you!

A little less strident, here are six simple rules can make a difference to our health and the planet:
Eat more plants – enjoy vegetables and whole grains! Eat a variety of foods – have a colourful plate!Waste less food – one third of food produced for human consumption is lost or wasted.Moderate your meat consumption, both red and white – enjoy other sources of proteins such as peas, beans and nuts.Buy food that meet a credible certified standard – consider MSC, free-range and fair trade.Eat fewer foods high in fat, salt and sugar - ke…

Neither Slaves nor Tyrants

He alone has his own way who, to compass it, does not need the arm of another to lengthen his own. Consequently freedom, and not authority, is the greatest good. A man who desires only what he can do for himself is really free to do whatever he pleases. (Emile, Rousseau)

Waiting for a diet paradigm as well as an early death #FLNutrition

Started the Nutrition and Wellbeing Mooc from University of Aberdeen today - it's very good indeed and I'm already learning lots - such as this from an interesting paper comparing ancestral and current eating patterns:
The field of nutrition science suffers from the absence of a unifying hypothesis on which to build a dietary strategy for prevention; there is no Kuhnian paradigm, which some researchers believe to be a prerequisite for progress in any scientific discipline. An understanding of human evolutionary experience and its relevance to contemporary nutritional requirements may address this critical deficiency. So, we're all pretty much in the dark, to some extent, something that is surely reflected in the plethora of claims for various wonderdiets. Here's some more from another paper, which reinforces what I've already come to believe about my wheaty food intolerance - me genome just couldn't keep up...
There is growing awareness that the profound change…

Finally... Google Hangouts as standalone!

Hangouts is Google's video conferencing tool and it's always been excellent - however, they fucked it up by bundling it with the execrable (spits) Google+...

No longer, just click on and you can make voice and video messages without being bundled or otherwise corralled - be free!

To live is not merely to breathe

To live is not merely to breathe, it is to act. It is to make use of our organs, our senses, our faculties, of all the powers which bear witness to us of our own existence. He who has lived most is not he who has numbered the most years, but he who has been truly conscious of what life is. A man may have himself buried at the age of a hundred years, who died from the hour of his birth. He would have gained something by going to his grave in his youth, if up to that time he had only lived. (Rousseau, Emile)

And did those feet

Finished Blake's biography - I feel a bit pissed that his gravestone is so overlooked, just as he was in life - however, he has touched us to this day - especially with Jerusalem, our tribe's natural anthem... (oh, and there is a bust of him in poet's corner in Westminster Abbey).  I heard it just this week on KLF's Grim up North and on The Spirit of 45 (which, btw, is amazing, and should be required viewing for all those mean-hearted people who voted for this current bunch of self-serving aristocratic neoliberal arsehole managerbots) and was moved both times. So, here's the justified ancients of 'myu myu' and It's Grim Up North...

Viking Way - Market Rasen to Caistor

Finally, a (slight return) Viking Way ramble - because our proper next steps will take a little planning due to distance from here, we decided just to go for a walk and Nellie sensibly chose the prettiest part of our walks so far, around Tealby (to Caistor). So, I had the great idea that we could do it in reverse from our previous excursion. Bus from town to Market Rasen - found nice walk through Willingham Woods and then Tealby and the walk in reverse. Only unexpected downside was that Caistor is the highest point in Lincolnshire, so coming to it from Tealby meant lots of walking uphill, quite the strain over our 15 mile hike... Anyway, it was quite amazing to consider how efficiently powerful is our memory. Only ever having seen the landmarks and locations of this part of the world once, I was able to recall much of the journey in reverse as we went along, pre-empting what would come next. I did no (conscious) work whatever to make that happen and it was a few months ago. And yet - …