Uncharted, Unfashionable, but Unavoidably Wonderful

The exploration of our solar system is one of humanity′s greatest scientific achievements. The last half century has seen huge steps forward in our understanding of the planets, the sun, and the countless other objects in the solar system. Some would say that planetary science is a mature discipline – involving geoscientists, … Continue reading

Martial Arts and the Subconscious

Have you ever heard expressions like: Practicing martial arts without thinking? Going with the instinct? Thinking is too slow in a fighting situation? The main purpose of learning complicated moves and combinations during most martial arts practice brings two main advantages: improving the muscles, tendons, ligaments and joints involved in … Continue reading

Margaret Thatcher: There’s No Such Thing as Society

Whether one loved or hated her, Margaret Thatcher has undoubtedly left her stamp upon British politics and her death last week has confirmed her place in history as one of the most memorable and controversial political icons. Born in Grantham, Lincolnshire on October 13th 1925, Margaret Hilda Roberts, as she … Continue reading

Nanital – Summer’s Winter Wonderland

Even with today’s high-tech fabrics, isotonic sports drinks, and ready supply of ice, India is hot. This year regularly saw record-breaking temperatures close schools and bring towns to a sweaty standstill. Is it any surprise then that India’s cool hill stations have long since been a favourite weekend getaway? Lake … Continue reading

Sporting in the Olympic Theatre

Olympic fever appears to have taken over the country, with Britain hosting, and performing astoundingly well, particularly in the cycling events, perhaps even putting cycling on the map as a national sport. In such economically dark times, a bit of flag-waving patriotism may be just the tonic the country needs; … Continue reading

Workhouse or Workfare? Attitudes Haven’t Changed – Part 2

Julia Wood, author and scholar, continues her discussion of “the undeserving poor”, workhouses and today’s attitudes to the unemployed. Throughout the nineteenth century, workhouses became places of refuge for those who were vulnerable, either because they were ill – mentally or physically – or because they were disabled. These people … Continue reading