Dealing with Difficult People is Difficult …

Or should it perhaps be “dealing with people is difficult”? As Neil Donald said in his Conversations With God, relationships are the biggest challenge that life presents us with. It takes time and effort to keep a healthy relationship and sometimes even the best efforts are not enough. Dealing with … 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

Machine Vs Hand Canvas Debate

Following my article, Fused Vs Floating, here’s something about the machine/hand canvas debate. With bespoke Savile Row, all suits are canvassed by hand- a chap sitting there, needle and thread in hand, sewing away. However with the ready-to-wear market, there are different manufacturers out there who fit a floating canvas … Continue reading

Nicaragua – “Contra” to Expectations

“I love my country, but I love Nicaragua more.” This phrase was frequently heard whilst travelling throughout Central America. Prior to setting off, our knowledge of Nicaragua was pretty limited: we’d read travel guides but relied on a travel agent to ensure our itinerary included the most interesting destinations. More … Continue reading

ACL Reconstructive Surgery – Knee Destructive?

Damage of the anterior cruciate ligament in the knee is one of the most common serious injuries in young athletes and, reflecting individual activity, is habitually treated surgically.  ACL reconstruction, the gold standard, requires the harvesting of a hamstring or patella tendon graft, which is used as scaffold for new … Continue reading

Training Advice for Mesomorphs

This is the best body type to be in and is characterized by the presence of broad shoulders, a small waist, thick skin and a hard body. Also a strong posture, the readiness to gain muscle and lose body fat, the mesomorph is naturally very strong. Mesomorphs have bodies are … Continue reading

Savoury Lentil Cake (Ondhwo/Handvo)

This savoury lentil cake called Ondhwa/Handvo by the Gujarati’s is a perfect dish to serve for weekend brunches, snacks and picnics.  I often serve it at BBQ’s too. Ingredients for 4 servings:  2 cups of ground chick pea dall (I soaked 2 cups of  chana dall and blended it in … Continue reading

Exploring The Ancient Wonders Of Athens

The ancient city of Athens was first inhabited around 7,000 years ago and has been a major city of the eastern Mediterranean ever since.  Named after the goddess Athena, Athens is still synonymous with civilization, culture and beauty. Splendour Most modern democracies can trace their roots to the ancient Greeks … Continue reading

There is No Such Things as Completely Safe Food

The goal of government regulation in the area of food and agriculture, at least according to rhetoric, is to ensure that food is safe.  Complete safety is the stated top priority.  But is such a goal possible? Yes, but only by severely compromising nutrition. All of nature is mixture of things that are … Continue reading