That morning latte, the after dinner cheese board, ice-cream — for many of us the prospect of giving up dairy is too daunting a prospect to countenance. But dairy has become the latest dietary bogeyman, having been linked to myriad diseases and health complaints, from bloating and eczema to asthma and weight gain. Is giving it up another food fad or could going dairy-free really give you a svelte figure, fantastic skin and help prevent disease? Dairy has become the latest dietary bogeyman, having been linked to myriad diseases and health complaints, from bloating and eczema to asthma and weight gain Celebrities such as actress Megan Fox have credited their super-slim figures to going dairy-free, while Victoria Beckham is said to have got rid of her bad skin this way. For those following the latest trendy vegan and Paleo diets — where you emulate the eating habits of prehistoric people, relying on a lot of meat and green veg — dairy is also banned. Even … [Read more...] about As even David Cameron jumps on the latest food fad…Should YOU ditch dairy?
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For someone who has made his fortune out of disturbingly angry music, Liam Howlett does not look terribly angst-ridden. Over the years, the records the Prodigy have released have been accused of everything from inciting arson to condoning domestic violence. They have caused enough controversy to garner comparisons with the Sex Pistols: the mere sight of Prodigy vocalist Keith Flint in the video for their 1996 number-one Firestarter - head shaved down the middle, remaining hair fashioned into two red spikes, make-up smeared face a pantomime of ridiculous snarls and gurns - was enough to provoke a storm of outraged calls to Top of the Pops. The band's members have engaged in public slanging matches with the Beastie Boys and Moby, artists perturbed by the title of the Prodigy's 1997 hit, Smack My Bitch Up. And yet, as he lounges on a roof terrace in Camden, Howlett seems a veritable picture of softly spoken contentment. The closest he comes to doing anything outrageous is drowning a wasp … [Read more...] about Prodigal son
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Birth of a Dream Weaver; The Face; The Return; Fathers, Sons and the Land in Between I particularly loved three beautiful books of non-fiction this year: Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o’s Birth of a Dream Weaver (Harvill Secker), exquisite in its honesty and truth and resilience, and a necessary chronicle from one of the greatest writers of our time. Tash Aw’s The Face (Restless), so wise and so well done, made me wish it were much longer than it is. And Hisham Matar’s The Return: Fathers, Sons and the Land in Between (Viking), which moved me to tears and taught me about love and home. Aravind Adiga Democrats and Dissenters; Against Everything; Days Without End Ramachandra Guha is widely considered India’s finest intellectual, and his new book of essays, Democrats and Dissenters (Allen Lane), reminds us why. The subjects are as diverse as the career of Eric Hobsbawm and the plight of India’s tribal people; the prose is exquisite. … [Read more...] about Best books of 2016 – part one