With the anticipated opening of the new live action Lion King we’re all reminiscing about how great the first one was and how hot those lions were (hello teenage Simba). Here’s a list of 7 reasons it’s ok to openly, proudly fancy a cartoon animal without questioning whether attraction to a four legged figure is dangerously close to bestiality. 1. They’re not real animals Let’s start off with the obvious one. They’re anthropomorphised. Fancying a walking, talking animation who maybe wears clothes, or at least rolls its eyes, is not the same as lusting after videos of animals on youtube (if the latter is what you do, then this list is not for you. Please seek help immediately) 2. Have you heard their voices? I’m sorry, but if they didn’t want me to yearn after animals then they shouldn’t have given them such velvety, loin quaking accents- have you heard Idris Elba as that buffalo in Zootopia? Donald Glover (a complete heartthrob) … [Read more...] about Why it’s OK to fancy a cartoon animal
Almost all vitamin, mineral and other nutrient supplements or diets cannot be linked to longer life or protection from heart disease, according to new research published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. In a large analysis of findings from 277 clinical trials using 24 different interventions, scientists from Johns Hopkins say they have found that although most supplements are not associated with any harm (supplements combining calcium and vitamin D may be linked to a slightly increased stroke risk) they have no discernible benefits. The study’s senior author, Erin D. Michos, said: ‘The panacea or magic bullet that people keep searching for in dietary supplements isn’t there. People should focus on getting their nutrients from a heart-healthy diet, because the data increasingly show that the majority of healthy adults don’t need to take supplements.’ In the current study, the researchers used data from 277 randomised clinical trials that evaluated 16 … [Read more...] about Most supplements have no discernible health benefits
Women have sold sexual favours in Amsterdam since its earliest days as a port, but their clients are now outnumbered by gawping sightseers and revellers. The city’s red light district throngs with people on a good night (or day) out. Stag- and hen-parties squeeze along the canalsides; tour groups block the alleys. The women say that’s bad for business, and have to suffer people jeering at them, taking photos without consent, and spitting at the windows; residents complain of the crowds and the noise, and many Amsterdammers resent one of the oldest and most attractive parts of town being so infused with seediness. And then there are the darker issues of people-trafficking and forced prostitution.... To continue reading this article Start your free trial of Premium Access all Premium articles Subscriber-only events Cancel any time Free for 30 days then only £2 per week Try Premium Access one Premium article per week Register for free … [Read more...] about Is Amsterdam’s red light district no longer of our times?
The inaugural National Park City Festival takes place across London from July 20-28. It’s an eclectic celebration of London’s great outdoors, with events ranging from musical installations in Epping Forest to walking tours of Kensington Gardens. Almost half of London is green space, and its eight Royal Parks cover almost 2,000 hectares of land and attract millions of sunseekers, nature lovers and flâneurs. But there are many more overlooked options – sanctuaries from the bustle of city life but unencumbered by crowds. Here are 10 of our favourites. Nunhead Cemetery When London gets too much, which is often, I recede into the gothic gloom of Nunhead Cemetery and lose myself amidst its bird-filled woodlands and crumbling headstones. The Victorian necropolis is a 52-acre sanctuary for my sanity. A haven from the endless hustle of freelancing. To continue reading this article Start your free trial of Premium Access all Premium … [Read more...] about Secret London: 10 of our favourite overlooked green spaces
The earth has turned and we are now on a new trajectory; the days are getting shorter, but for a while, nature is largely in relaxed mode during this season of plenty and slack around the solar “high tide”. Most of our birds have finished raising their first brood. Only the other day I saw a very scruffy diminutive bird chirping from our windowsill; so the chaffinches in the honeysuckle must have fledged. Flocks of all sorts of newly-flown adolescents can be seen fluttering down rather clumsily from trees to seedy flowers beneath. They are inevitably garrulous as they have not yet given up their noisy nursery clamour for food. There are a few exceptions. The barn owl is still busy with her brood. If you catch sight of her – or him – you are in for a treat. They hunt utterly silently and tend to glide at around head height above long grass verges and hedgerows, looking, or rather listening, for shrews, mice and other small mammals. Combined with their eery … [Read more...] about Nature notes: what to look out for this summer