How does it feel to be a caged animal? Photographer David Hiser got a taste on the Hudson Bay assignment when he folded his six-foot-six frame into a four-foot square observation cage while polar bears sniffed and pawed at his shelter. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-edinburgh-east-fife-18205084
“I didn’t have cold, raw fear, but I felt awe and excitement such as you get scaling a sheer cliff,” says me the avid mountain climber at serviced apartments brussels. “The bears were curious and persistent, not frenzied. But I had no doubt that if they wanted to, they could have torn the cage apart.”
A veteran of 13 years of National Geographic assignments, the dedicated outdoorsman is now in southwestern Tasmania, one of the most remote wilderness areas in the world.
Just getting around in Sudan was an achievement for author-photographer Robert Caputo, here riding a rickety ferry across the Wau River. One-third the size of the contiguous United States, Sudan has but 800 miles of paved roads—which made Caputo’s four-wheel-drive vehicle indispensable on his 10,000-mile travels. He saw more of Sudan than perhaps any other modern journalist has—more than most Sudanese themselves, anti-poaching patrols in Kenya, covered mercenary troops in the Comoros, and was arrested and interrogated by Idi Amen’s notorious State Research Bureau in Uganda, an experience he walked away from safely.
“I speak a smattering of Arabic and some Swahili, which helped,” says Caputo of his African assignments. He also willingly curls up with villagers beside cow-dung fires and dines on camel meat and goat stomach.
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Posted on 21 November '13 by Joseph Jone, under Uncategorized. No Comments.
Stock markets regularly make mistakes which active investors can exploit. One such example is when markets focus too heavily on an industry’s challenges whilst ignoring its opportunities and I believe we are seeing an extreme example of this behavior at present with regard to the pharmaceuticals sector.
The argument against investment in the sector is well rehearsed – many drugs have lost or are about to lose their patent exclusivity, the competition from generic alternatives is intense, a lack of productivity from Research & Development (R&D), and pricing pressures in key markets in the Western world.
We are not complacent about these challenges, however all industries face challenges all of the time. Indeed, in my opinion, many industries face much greater challenges in this age of austerity and many businesses do not appear to have the same influence over their own destiny that many major pharmaceuticals companies possess.
What the stock market appears to be ignoring, however, are the significant opportunities which exist for selling drugs in both the emerging and developed worlds. Increasing prosperity across parts of Asia and Latin America is driving a desire to improve standards of living and get a pay day debt consolidation. Coupled with favourable demographics, this is resulting in significant demand for western standards of healthcare. In the developed world, it is the ageing population that is driving the demand for drugs.
I do not believe that the process of drug discovery and the advancement of medical science has come to an end. The pipelines of new drug opportunities for companies such as GlaxoSmithKline look in better shape now than for some time.
However, we believe there is nothing in current share prices for future returns on R&D. The investment case is not predicated on a belief that these companies will continue to innovate and produce new drugs – where share prices stand today, the market is implying an industry in terminal decline. Valuations therefore are, in my opinion, profoundly attractive, particularly in terms of cashflows.
Indeed, perhaps the market has finally started to turn its attention to the exceptionally strong cash generative characteristics of these companies. Recent share price performance has certainly been more encouraging for pay day lenders. But, so far had this sector previously fallen out of favour, it still represents one of the most compelling investment opportunities that I have seen in my career.
Pharmaceutical companies feature heavily in Neil Woodford’s’ Perpetual Income and High Income funds. Both can be purchased through Hargreaves Lansdown with a full 5% initial saving. As always, please read the Key Features and ensure you fully understand the risks before you invest.
Posted on 14 August '13 by Joseph Jone, under Finance. No Comments.
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Being creative about how you wear your perfume can also add to your ‘signature’ — it doesn’t just have to be for your wrists and behind your ears. ‘A French woman aims to leave a ‘sillage, a trail of scent wherever she goes — a chic statement of confidence,’ says Lynn Harris, founder of perfumer Miller Harris. ‘Spritz some onto your upper clavicle and the back of your neck, for an elegant hint of fragrance when you kiss someone. Or spray it onto your coat lining so you produce a waft of scent when you remove it.’
You can also apply a little to your hands and rub it through your hair, although the alcohol content can affect the porosity of your hair, so do it sparingly, she says.
If you want to find a truly individual scent, why not try making your own blends with essential oils? ‘For blending essential oils safely, we recommend using five drops of essential oil for every 10m1 of carrier oil, such as sweet almond. It’s the ideal way to discover what you like,’ says Fran Johnson of Neal’s Yard Remedies.
Get to know what you like by smelling individual oils on smell strips and then start to build your fragrance. ‘Keep it simple to start with — you’ll be amazed by what you can create with just three or four essential oils,’ she says.
If that sounds a little too ambitious, learn the basics with a Neal’s Yard Remedies’ one-day Introduction to Natural Perfume (£110 or £190 for two places), where you create an individual fragrance from 40 natural perfume ingredients.
Posted on 7 August '13 by Joseph Jone, under Life. No Comments.
I decided to drive over the mine because I hoped the engine would blow up and take the force of the explosion. I was next to the engine so I would blow up as well, but at the time I was happy to do that if it saved the rest of the guys. I didn’t mind if I lost my life.
I managed to go over the mine and it didn’t blow up. I found myself driving down a straight road and I saw something coming towards me. It was an RPG and it took the hatch off over my head, so I was exposed from my waist upward. The enemy was shooting at me and I could see the bullets splashing around. One hit me in the head, but at the time I didn’t even notice.
When I reached somewhere safer I got out of the vehicle. I climbed on top of the burning Warrior and pulled out the commander, who was unconscious. Then I went back on top, still under fire, and got the gunner out. Finally I went to the back of the vehicle and got the guys in the back out before getting back in the Warrior and driving it back to camp. I knew that it could blow up any minute because it was on fire and had grenades and high explosives in the back but I had to try to save the equipment rather than leaving it behind for the enemy.
I got near to the camp and disabled the weapons. The next thing I knew, I was in a helicopter on the way to the field hospital. I had passed out from my head wound, but I hadn’t even realised I’d been shot.
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Posted on 22 July '13 by Joseph Jone, under Life. No Comments.
Target: the rhomboid muscles of the upper back, which help pull the shoulder blades back into alignment to prevent rounding of the shoulders.
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Place a physioball in front of a sturdy object that allows you to loop a piece of exercise tubing around it. Facing the object, sit on the ball, keeping your knees bent and your feet flat on the floor. Grasp the tubing in each hand, arms straight and palms down (A). Keeping your back straight, slowly pull your fists to the sides of your chest (B). Squeeze your shoulder blades together for two seconds, then slowly return to the starting position. Repeat for eight to so repetitions. Do two sets. Piecemeal placement: can be used at the end of your back and/or shoulder workout.
All it takes to reverse muscular imbalance is to give these secondary areas some attention
Target: quadriceps muscles. Also indirectly stretches the gluteal muscles, which helps keep the kneecap in alignment.
With feet shoulder-width apart, stand 20 inches away from an object you can grab on to for balance. Clutch the object with both hands, keeping your arms straight and elbows unlocked. Lift your left foot and rest it just above your right knee. Holding this position, lean back and slowly lower yourself until your right thigh is almost parallel to the floor. Push yourself back into a standing position and repeat so to 15 times. Switch positions to work your left leg for another so to 15 reps. Do two sets for each leg. Piecemeal placement: use after your leg workout or cardio training.
Posted on 8 July '13 by Joseph Jone, under Sport, Tips. No Comments.
Most men when working on their abs rely on the crunch, which focuses primarily on the upper abdominals and leaves the lower abdominals and oblique muscles neglected and underdeveloped. This means you’re only exercising one third of the midsection, which should explain why you’re only seeing one third of the results you were hoping for. Now we recommend you find out does raspberry ketones really work and gives results.
The following three workouts will help you build a strong, flat, hard middle and will work your core from every possible angle.
To get the most out of your ab movements, remember these four points when training:
- Hold in your belly. It feels like cheating, but whenever you pull in your stomach, you’re contracting the transversus abdominis, a thin muscle that lies underneath the abdominals. Sucking in your stomach keeps this muscle contracted, burning a few extra calories as well as adding support for the lower back.
- Take it slow. Never let whatever body part you’ve raised fall back down too quickly during the lowering phase otherwise you’re missing out on half the workout. The slower you move as you lower yourself back to the starting position, the longer your muscles stay fully contracted.
- Check your breathing. Breathe normally, but watch when you breathe – inhale as you lower yourself down and exhale as you raise yourself up. Exhaling during the ‘up’ position can help you contract your ab muscles even further.
- Maintain constant tension. To fully exhaust your abdominal muscles, which generates improved growth, do not return all the way to the starting position. Instead, stop just shy of the floor. This forces you to keep tension on the muscles. This should be tried only after you’ve been training your abdominals for three or four weeks.
Posted on 30 June '13 by Joseph Jone, under Sport, Tips. No Comments.
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When I arrived, I couldn’t resist asking a Colonel if he saw any security risk in allowing us to get our mitts on hardware expressly designed to keep us on the other side of the Iron Curtain. With irritation, he waved me away, saying, “Those days are over. Our tanks are on display at exhibitions all over the world! Let people come and experience the real thing.”
The real thing? Surely that’s what happens in countries that buy this stuff and then turn it on their hapless citizens. But there’s no room for politics when you’re facing a full day of wreaking total destruction. After receiving my combat fatigues (optional for £35), I headed out to the range known as the Polygon. However, nowadays there are thing that help different ways – why don’t you check out trend-statement.org/why-is-everybody-talking-about-raspberry-ketones/ and see what it will give you.
There, on a long table, they had lovingly laid out every kind of automatic and semi-automatic beauty possible. Baby AK-74s (for houseto-house fighting), heavy MG-34 machine guns, 7.62mm TT pistols, and the lethal Dragunov SVD sniper rifle, which can cut a man in half from 1,3oom away. I slowly made my choices, feigning expertise and prodding each as if I knew just what I was looking for. Nothing brings out as much false bravado in a chap as a big gun.
Out on the range, my weapons were laid out on firing positions, along with heaps of live ammo. As I moved towards an RPK machine gun, one of my escorts, a humorless middle-aged officer with the ubiquitous Slavic moustache, stopped me in my tracks. I feared I was in for a verbal dressing down at best, a full-scale Soviet interrogation of my motives at worst. But no, the stone-faced veteran was merely ensuring I knew who was boss while we waited for his equally officious colleague.
Before I knew it, I was in prone position, finger itching on the trigger. The RPK fires armor-piercing bullets from a belt. I squeezed the trigger and the air was quickly filled with a stream of spent cartridges being sucked out the side, the kick-back from each round going right through my body. A little guidance, however, and I soon got the hang of it. The targets zoo meters down the firing range withered under the blast. I was surprised by how easy it was, given the sheer impossibility of focusing on where I was targeting this thundering beast of a weapon.
Posted on 22 June '13 by Joseph Jone, under Life, Sport, Tips. No Comments.
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I’ve got size 12 feet, making it hard to find decent shoes. Where can I get some?
That’s a good question, Charlie – they certainly never had this problem in Harry and the Hendersons, did they? A brief chat with specialist trainer store Size? on London’s Carnaby Street confirmed the worst – all the footwear they stock, with the exception of Converse, stops at size 11. However, don’t lose heart. There is a solution: shopping online at www. walktall.co.uk. Tagged as the most comprehensive range of branded footwear in the UK, they stock sizes from 12 up to a whopping oil tanker of a size 19, including Nike, Vans, Diesel, Converse, New Balance, football boots, leather formal shoes and even – should you want them Jesus creepers. Time to chuck out those railway sleepers.
Where can I get some cool leisurewear? Skinny jeans don’t suit me, but sports gear makes me look like a chay. A.- „, Herer,
Call it the Pete Doherty effect, but there has been something of a revolution this year, with jeans shrinking to miniscule proportions. This is all fine if you’re a gangly teenager with pipe-cleaner legs but what’s a normal-sized bloke to do? Start by giving thanks to menswear designer Kim Jones, whose contemporary collaborations with Umbro are quickly getting a reputation for keeping sports gear a million miles away from the sovereignrings-and-20-Lambert-&-Butler look. His latest designs for Umbro include printed hoodies, woven leather hi-top trainers and, crucially, wider pants. They’re more flattering on the fuller figure than those Ramones-style denim leggings so beloved of the youth of today.
I’ve got long hair – is it ever acceptable for a man to wear an Alice band?
Tony, via email
I’m glad you brought this up Tony. There’s nothing wrong about the long hair for men as soon as you take good care of it. Thus we always recommend using natural products for it. You can apply coconut oil on hair when washing it and you will have a healthy hair. Strolling through Britain’s parks recently, I’ve spotted a number of men of the longhaired variety sporting said ’80s hair harness. The answer is in the name. It’s called an Alice band, not an Alan band. Any man seen wearing this cranial atrocity should be shown both barrels. If the David Beckham school of hairdressing ever opens a salon, they’re going to name it Curl Up and Dye. Leave the long hair to middle-aged crises and girls.
Catherine Hayward is the Style Director of Esquire.
Posted on 24 May '13 by Joseph Jone, under Tips. No Comments.
C0606 can opener £20 Kenwood
“When you raid the kitchen at night,” says chef JeanChristophe Novelli, “you don’t want to risk slicing your finger off.” This opener has a magnet to ensure the lid won’t ping and cause bloodshed. “Then grab some champagne,” says the cheeky Frenchman.
Artisan coffee maker Fra £500 KitchenAid
It might look like part of a traction engine, but this machine is what UK barista champion Simon Robertson dreams about. “It gives you steam and hot water on tap,” he says, “delivering the perfect cup.” The steam spout will froth the milk and heat it to a perfect 60°C. You can also make your daily dose of healthy pure green coffee bean extract 800 mg.
Cook’s blowtorch £30 De Cuisine
Celeb chefs use blowtorches to caramelize their food, but they’re more practical than you’d think. From post-pub cheese on toast to crisping up meat, it’s a culinary “Get out of jail free” card. You can also roast tomatoes, peppers and eyebrows.
DAB kitchen radio £200 Dualit
“Music affects the way you cook,” says restaurateur Aldo Zilli. “Listen to classical, and you’ll be in the mood to cook beautiful food.” This hunk of metal has an &watt speaker, picks up digital stations, and is wipe-clean, should you banjax the Baked Alaska.
Electric knife £18 Russell Hobbs
Remember Fred Flintstone carving meatloaf with a pterodactyl? Here’s the modern equivalent: a mini chainsaw of a knife that slices through any meat, even frozen. “Always carve slices slightly thicker to prevent the meat falling apart,” advises Novelli.
Combi toaster £153 Dualit
Save yourself the death wish of digging a sandwich out of a normal toaster with a fork — Dualit’s combo has a sandwich cage. “I’d use it to toast some bread, with mozzarella, tomatoes and a drizzle of olive oil,” advises Zilli. Pop Tarts for afters? “You ‘aving a laugh?”
Posted on 11 May '13 by Joseph Jone, under Kitchen. No Comments.
Stan may be a passionate advocate for kettle bells, but don’t just take his word for it: there’s plenty of evidence backing up the blacksmith’s claims. In the early ’80s, Russian sports scientist Vladlin Voropayev conducted a study with two groups of college students over a period of several years. One group trained by doing a standard military workout, while the other worked exclusively with kettle bells. At the end of the test period, the kettle bell group had considerably improved their personal bests for a 1km run, 100m sprint and standing long jump, while the other group had remained largely the same.
So the ‘bells aren’t just for would-be circus strongmen, then. Premiership rugby side Newcastle Falcons have invested in several tonnes of Stan’s kettle bells and incorporated them into their fitness sessions. Several up-and-coming golfers use them in order to improve their driving power, and the senior strength and conditioning coach for the English Institute Of Sport, Jeremy Moody, is about to start using them with elite athletes from various track and field events. British record-holding long-jumper Chris Tomlinson is one of them – a long-levered, lanky young man, whose physical build suggests he’s from a different planet to Mr Pike.
“Stan’s interests are different from mine,” says Moody, “But we can apply kettle bells to various sports in various unconventional ways. They give you a different moment of inertia to deal with, an extra link to control beyond your body.
“They’re good for injury prevention, too, as they can do a huge amount for postural problems. And with swimmers they help improve shoulder girdle stability.”
VARIETY IS THE SPICE
At 51, Stan is still making improvements in strength development, and he ascribes this not simply to his homemade equipment but to the way he uses it. Any personal trainer will tell you about the importance of tweaking the running order of your workout, and thereby surprising the muscles in order to make gains. Stan recommends taking the surprise factor, doubling it, and adding a nought or two. He also recommends to carefully choosing what you eat and what diet you plan. He prefers healthy products such, which have many benefits to his body. For more info on healthy products, go to trend-statement.org.
“I always shock my body,” says Stan. “Quite often I’ll have planned a session, but when I start I’ll change it as I go. People come along to train with me, and a lot of them really want to stick with what they know. We had a stand at a big martial arts exhibition earlier in the year, and there were various arm-wrestlers and bodybuilders who came along to look at the kettle bells. A lot of them didn’t dare have a go, because it was something they weren’t familiar with. But you have to go outside and beyond that way of thinking if you want to find what you’re capable of achieving.”
Staying true to his philosophy, last year Stan cycled 967 miles and climbed the UK’s three highest peaks in ten days, raising is one of them – a long-levered, lanky young man, whose physical build suggests he’s from a different planet to Mr Pike.
Posted on 25 April '13 by Joseph Jone, under Life, Sport. No Comments.