Happy Birthday Sacha Baron Cohen

This week’s Born This Day feature celebrates the birthday of Sacha Baron Cohen, the English stand-up comedian, writer and actor. A graduate of Cambridge University, Sacha Baron Cohen is most widely known for writing and playing four unorthodox fictional characters: Ali G, Borat, Brüno, and Admiral General Aladeen. He has … Continue reading

Kenyan Green Beans and Potato Curry

Years ago when on a business trip to Kenya – I was taken by the British High Commission in Nairobi, to see a vegetable packing plant where the Kenyan ladies were packing these freshly picked green beans, baby corn and mange tout for UK stores like Sainsbury’s, Asda and Tesco. … Continue reading

Mt Abu: In Search of the Eccentric, Esoteric and Enlighted

Bearing the unique distinction of being the Rajasthan desert’s only hill station, Mt. Abu emerges from the sweltering desert as a cool oasis. With its picturesque lake, famed sunsets, and abundance of temples, it is a favoured tourist spots for people across India. For many, it is where they will … Continue reading

Drunken Holiday Flings… Not A Good Look!

Having recently returned from a week in Portugal I noticed how full of Brits and Irish people it was.  I can’t say that this was what I was expecting, I never really choose to go abroad to be surrounded by people from my home town.  Nevertheless I was with my … Continue reading

How Realistic is Your Training?

Considering that martial arts are, in essence, methodologies for fighting I always consider paramount to perform a reality check of each application. This is to assess if and when a technique or combination can be useful in a self defence or real fight situation. Please notice that some styles, like … Continue reading

How To Stop Someone Chewing With Their Mouth Open

Dear Agony Uncle, How do I tell my housemate nicely that she really needs to close her mouth while she chews? Seriously, she is a 20-year-old! Chewed Up Dear Chewed Up, Chewing with one’s mouth closed is one of the simplest bodily functions that divides the cultured from the zoo … Continue reading

Pannacotta with Almond Crumble and Clementine

Keifer Derrin of food blog DonkeyFodder.com creates a favourite dessert of pannacotta with the delicious addition of almond crumble and clementines. I took a cookery course to make three different desserts and this is the recipe for pannacotta with almond crumble and Clementine. I am not a big fan of … Continue reading

10 Reasons Why Martial Art Are an Effective Alternative to Gym, Aerobic and Lifting Weights

Although martial arts are not team activities there are many elements of cohesion that motivate martial arts practice more that any other sport. Let analyse why this is true: Practicing a martial art is a long time investment in your health and well being: the time to proficiency is often … Continue reading

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