It is really noticeable in Japan, for instance, that old people work in the market and are part of the hustle and bustle, just as in Greece, where elderly people are eating in the taverns. In the UK, elderly people are segregated and lonely. You can eat all the wholegrains you want, but a good old age is one in which other people feature. Sudoku is no substitute for company. … [Read more...] about Why does anyone want to live to 100?
The EU vowed to defend the role of the ECJ in protecting the rights of EU nationals. “This is not a political point we are making, it is a legal one,” said the EU’s chief negotiator, Michel Barnier. “Only the court can interpret EU law; it is not a choice, it is an obligation. We want our citizens to be protected by EU law.” … [Read more...] about Britons living in Europe could lose right to live in another EU country
After several long calls, I managed to get Thames Water to take a meter reading and it agreed it was unusually high and said it would investigate. An engineer suggested there might be a shared supply – the house was in the middle of a Victorian terrace. This proved to be the case, which was reported back to Thames Water in November 2019. … [Read more...] about Counting the cost of sharing neighbour’s Thames Water meter
Wye Valley, Herefordshire For full forest immersion, try Mrs Higgs Lodge, an isolated house with its own private woodlands within a 3,000-acre estate nine miles west of Hereford. Built in 1835, it had been engulfed by the forest (only the chimneys could be spotted, poking through the trees) until its recent restoration. The rustic charm remains: it’s off-grid, with no wifi or phone signal, woodburners keep it cosy, water comes from the original spring well, and bathroom facilities are in a wooden out-house. Soak up the sounds of the forest from the hot tub; look out for deer, owls and badgers; and hike on the extensive network of woodland trails around the estate and into the Wye Valley.• Sleeps four in two bedrooms, three-night stays from £615, qualityunearthed.co.uk … [Read more...] about Autumn leave: 20 great places to stay in the UK’s forests
The use of oxygen for performance-enhancement is mostly misunderstood. The effects of inhaling it are extremely short-lived. Athletes are often seen huffing cans of oxygen at the touchline, but science indicates that this is a mostly meaningless activity. Pressure makes all the difference. Under pressure, oxygen is dissolved in larger quantities in the blood plasma itself, not just the red blood cells. That means a much higher amount of the gas is transported into tissues that need it for healing, in theory mobilising stem cell release to repair the body quickly. It is definitely promising; the catch is, you would probably need a few treatments to see the benefit. At £160 an hour, post-workout muscle soreness probably isn’t reason enough. … [Read more...] about Hyperbaric chamber therapy: I’m under a lot of pressure – and I love it!