Sunday, September 4, 2016

Healthy Ageing

Healthy Ageing - Healthy Senior Image

In comments to a newspaper article about my book, Murder Your Mortgage in 7 Years, someone wrote,

"Lad looks well for 45 - maybe he could write a book on that as well, give us all some hope!"

Great compliment! I write about this and loads other things in my new book, "Things You Shouldn't say out loud"

Book - Things You Shouldn't Say Out Loud

Here's my quick 7 point take on healthy ageing.

1. I think like a child! 

I have a playful attitude and love pranks. Somehow I just don't feel like an adult! I also love acting on any crazy ideas that pop into my head and carrying them through, without the "it'll never work" or inhibitions of adulthood. My Melvyn Bragg video is an example. I also try not to care what others think. If an idea excites me, I grab on and do it!

2. I exercise regularly. 

Older guys often put on weight. The free exercise classes with Our Parks is a godsend. On a time and money budget there's Fitnessblender on YouTube and Sworkit on my phone. I walk everywhere and love cycling. I have a £150 foldable rower in my shed.

3. I look after my skin. 

I don't spend a great deal of time in the sun, though I've changed my idea on this: vitamin D is important. So protect your skin from harmful rays. I use a face moisturiser with sun protection.

4. I watch what I put into my body

It's clear that smoking and drinking age people and the damage must be proportional. I drink water. I try to listen to my body as I get older. It's telling me I don't need to eat so much these days and discipline when peckish is good. I'm also finding I like fish and salads.

5. I'm trying to sleep more.

Sleep is where your mind and body do repairs. If I sound like a goody goody so far, this is where I've messed up. It's showing in my eye bags!

6. Education

Education - whether it's reading a self-help book, doing a course, learning an instrument or dance - I think is part of the reinvention of self. It will also help your brain change & grow.

7. Relationships

A longitudinal study found that relationships were the common denominator in long-term happiness and health.

See more Basic Instinct type thoughts like these on a range of stuff like beauty, capitalism, women and pop music in my new book "Things You Shouldn't say out loud

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Who needs God? This man explains the origin of the universe!

In just 1 hour, Professor Jim Al-Khalili, in BBC's 'The Beginning of the Universe', explains how it all began: fantastic! I've been waiting for a definitive answer for ages. Here goes!

2.00 minutes in: 

"Where does it all come from?...The answers to such a simple question could only be attempted by the 20th century, science built a coherent and persuasive creation story of its own".


49.00 minutes in:

"...there are still very big questions to be resolved about the beginning of the universe like where did all the matter itself come from?" 


"...and the question of a universe from nothing at that point was unanswered: "how do you get something from nothing?"


"the answers to these questions lie further back...within the very first second of its CERN...the largest particle accelerator in the world...the large Hadron Collider"


59.00 minutes in, after his visit to CERN:

"while we don't yet know how matter sprung into existence...we're making the first tentative steps towards that's not millionth a second after the big bang itself. How the particles that make up matter itself condensed out of a fog of energy...this is the realm of abstract theory and speculation."


Saturday, February 13, 2016

Terrorism doesn't bother me much

Donald Trump says, “shoot first, talk later”.  

US presidential candidates make big statements about terrorism. Americans are alarmed about terrorism. We’re terrified about terrorism. 

I’m not. 

In fact, I’m not worried about lots of headline grabbing terrors. Why? Because terrorism or murderers aren't going to kill you or me. Have a look at these UK government stats:

Terrorism doesn't even make the bottom of the list, but it grabs all the headlines. Worrying about terrorism makes as much sense as you and me worrying about how to spend lottery money. Don't worry about ISIS, worry about your heart. 

What about your kids? Maybe child abduction, stabbing or some other headline grabbing cause is your major concern? Well have a look at this:

Homicide is in there, but stats suggest we should be more concerned about drivers (near 20,000 injuries to young people) than the child catcher. Doesn't make the headlines though, does it?

Low probabilities make the headlines and cause fear, but high probabilities don't so much.


Sunday, January 31, 2016

Be Drug Aware

Making Alcohol

There’s a drug on the market that can have seriously harmful effects including:

sleep disturbance
addiction/ dependence
memory problems
organ damage
increased cancer risk
loss of control & vulnerability
risk of accident & injury

It’s potentially so harmful that the Chief Medical Officer has recently given a strict warning.
Details below.

It’s alcohol.

I got thinking. With those effects, would we have introduced it today?

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

God's Image?

Looking at recent news stories I wondered whether they said anything about the value of human life. The above is a subjective ordering, but there could be an empirical and quantitative basis. 

Consider the following:

- On 18 October 2011 captured IDF tank gunner Gilad Shalit, captured by the Palestinian militant organization Hamas in 2006, was released in exchange for 1027 Palestinian prisoners held in Israel.

- The majority of victims on flight MH17 were Europeans. We can speculate that the response would've been faster and stronger if the majority of victims were American.

- Black Americans are 4 times more likely to be murdered than the national average. This situation is perennial and so therefore presumably tolerable. Some have speculated that, "if this situation existed in communities outside of the African American community, it would be declared a national emergency".

- It takes a major train, industrial or natural disaster on a major scale (e.g. 2004 Tsunami initial figures 4000 dead) to register on our evening news.

- Africa tops the list for infant mortality and death on a massive scale is a taken for granted given. Infant mortality is 26 times higher than in Europe. This year there have been 1145 African Ebola deaths. The recent headline "First European Ebola death" was telling and significant.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

My New Trainers!

Image result for under armour trainers curry

Have you experienced the ‘new trainers’ effect? Yeah, you know – when you buy that new pair of trainers, all gleaming and bright:  there’s no way you’re gonna mess them up. Mind out mate, don’t step on my trainers! Gotta avoid that puddle. And it’s not only trainers; it applies to anything new: cars, phone, furniture. Gotta keep that remote control in its plastic!

Then gradually, after a surprisingly short period of time wearing your trainers, you somehow don’t give a crap about them! Eventually you’re wearing some scruffy, dirty, smelly pair of trainers – until, of course, you get some new ones…

Monday, November 4, 2013

Good news

Good News

I don’t have a telly, but I visited my mum yesterday and watched News at 10 on hers. Top stories – school girl murderer convicted; one of the conjoined twins die; Queen’s speech marred by Damian Green affair; home repossessions on the up; Ford, Chrysler and GM under threat of bankruptcy; mother dies being dragged under her own car. Isn’t there any good news in the world? Surely someone must have done something good yesterday: someone made money, someone contributed to society in a positive way, invented something really cool or saved someone’s life.

Terrorism, murder, scandal, loss. It’s no surprise that people are afraid. The news is where people get a lot of their information from and it’s no surprise that they think that our government is in a state of collapse, a terrorist or some stranger or the NHS is going to kill you and you could well lose your job and your house tomorrow.

I really believe that recessions would be far more shallow if the news media didn’t talk them up. For them the greater the tragedy, the better. You can hear the disappointment when a tragedy (e.g. plane crash) doesn’t turn out so tragic after all (no fatalities). As a consolation, however, they can still speculate on how bad it might’ve been (‘could have led to death on an unprecedented scale’). Scum. If you turn off the TV, shut the newspaper and actually look around you, the reality is that life is mostly quite uneventful.

Yesterday I left my mortgaged house for my job, didn’t get killed or stabbed and didn’t get blown up. The trains ran fine. During the day I didn’t see any obvious signs of the government fiddling my balls and I worked, got paid and went back to my mortgaged house (curiously, it hadn’t been repossessed), where I didn’t murder my family. In fact, they weren’t dead – my wife was doing some work and my kids were asleep.