10 Things You Maybe Didn’t Know About Rainbows

Science correspondent David Bradley describes some interesting facts about rainbows that you may not have known: I am currently reading the most excellent “The Sun’s Heartbeat” by astronomy writer Bob Berman. It’s the kind of book I’d love to be able to write, informative, entertaining, engaging and witty. In it, … Continue reading

Homeopathy and Men’s Health

Like other holistic practitioners, the vast majority of my patients are female or children. However, it is estimated that in Europe, 1 in 10 adult men suffer from erectile dysfunction, or that in the UK, 75% of all suicides are male. There is definitely a psychological block for many men … Continue reading

The Matching Myth

This has been the bain of bespoke tailors for generations: the little detail of matching pinstripes [and chalkstripes] through the shoulder seam of a bespoke coat. Over the years, I’ve had to constantly wrestle with customers to educate them that if you’re tailoring a hand-made coat properly, it’s practically impossible … Continue reading

Raspberry Ketone

Raspberry ketone, more specifically, 4-(4-hydroxyphenyl)butan-2-one, is an organic compound, a phenolic or ketonic compound depending on which end you focus on, present in red raspberries, it’s the main chemical that gives them their distinctive aroma. As such, it is used widely in perfumery, cosmetics, and the food industry, giving products … Continue reading

Salt Cod with Chorizo and Chickpeas

The only time I eat dried food is normally when I’m having a “filthy” pot noodle or when I remember to soak some pulses, like black beans, chickpeas etc. But occasionally I use salt fish, which is also dried and something that is not very common in the UK, which … Continue reading

What Experience Gives You

Recently I was running a lesson with the Cambridge University Kickboxing Society and I was pointing out to two beginners young ladies how one was not hitting has hard as she could while performing a simple exercise. Her partner was surprised of my remark and she stopped asking how I could tell … Continue reading

The Music Industry is Fluxed

The music industry is in flux, has been for at least a decade since the heady days of Napster and Kazaa. A lot of things have changed, the old model of consumers draining their bank accounts to simply consume plastic disks is essentially defunct. File sharing really has put paid to … Continue reading

Analyse Your Facebook with Wolframalpha

Wolfram|Alpha positions itself not as a search engine to rival Google but as an “answer engine”. You give it a question and it seeks out and processes data on the internet to give you an answer. The system is based on the computational platform Mathematica, written by British scientist Stephen Wolfram in … Continue reading

The Importance of Proper Technique

If you ask a person with no experience in martial arts to throw a punch or a kick you might get some kind of result that will be, in most cases, very inefficient and inconsistent. Having a foundation based on some kind of martial art ensures the application of a … Continue reading

Ten Tips for Happy Summer Feet

With the weather deciding it’s not quite ready for spring, our poor feet have had to endure months of being covered up in socks, opaque tights and heavy boots, our feet are crying out for a breath of fresh air. But as the warmer months arrive, so our feet could … Continue reading

The Dangers of High-Fructose Corn Syrup

High-Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) is healthy because fructose is found in fruit, right?  Wrong. Coke contained traditional cane-sugar until 1984 when the sugar was replaced entirely with HFCS. Fructose is found in fruit, but fructose is not healthy.  A USDA study observed that rats fed large amounts of sugar developed … Continue reading

Foundation Versus Your Skin

As a make-up artist and skincare specialist something I am constantly asked (apart from, “Can you make me look ten years younger?”) is regarding foundations and their contribution to our poor, decaying skin. Everywhere we turn there’s a magazine cover promoting a new wonder product promising a complexion worthy of … Continue reading

The Radiance Technique® Training at Salus Wellness

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Salus Wellness, Cambridge is the only clinic locally to teach the profound, effective healing technique: The Radiance Technique®.   Originally called reiki but renamed The Radiance Technique® it is the pure, complete, system of authentic reiki with seven degrees and twelve attunement processes.  It also has separate and specific teaching attunements. The essence of us all … Continue reading

Flares Are So Out … Seriously

We’ve all seen them, or least we’ve all seen them in photos and TV documentaries, the eternal, infernal flames of the oil-field flare. Now, an international engineering research team has put some figures to the energy and exergy of the venting and burning of combustible gases considered waste and suggests … Continue reading

Multitasking and Listening to Mood Music

When you’re feeling blue, put on a sad song. Getting in the party spirit? Turn up the dance music. We are all well aware that music can fit our mood and even reinforce certain emotions. Now, researchers at Philips Research in The Netherlands have demonstrated that background music can affect … Continue reading