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Post by Tripps » 24 Sep 2016, 10:18

I think we need a new topic. Let's try this. Could be used for all kinds of things.

I've been following Robin Page's weekly blog for a few weeks now. He is a local farmer, self confessed 'peasant', and general thorn in the side of the establishment. Just my sort of bloke. :smile:

https://skylarkwarrior.wordpress.com/20 ... ropaganda/
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Post by Stanley » 25 Sep 2016, 03:51

Good idea David, I hope it catches on!
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Post by Tripps » 30 Sep 2016, 21:51

We're struggling here. :smile:

Try Freeview Ch 306 for old films. Just watched a 'short' by John Schlesinger - I think it's called 'Terminus'. Part documentary, part staged with actors. A day in the life of Waterloo Station in 1961. You can taste the smoke. Fascinating to see the differences in things and people.

It's also on youtube Terminus
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Post by Stanley » 01 Oct 2016, 03:02

Check 'Breaking beaver dams' on Youtube.... Better than the old potter's wheel for passing time!
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Post by Tizer » 12 Oct 2016, 14:52

I've just posted a link on another thread to an excellent TV programme,`Scotland's Vital Spark: The Clyde Puffer'. It's available here on iPlayer: LINK

Another programme I'll recommend is `Chaucer's Astrolabe - The Medieval GPS': LINK
"Philip Ball tells the story of Chaucer's Astrolabe and why the famed poet came to write the world's first scientific instruction manual. In the Middle Ages, no self respecting astronomer would be without an Astrolabe, a pocket sized device for working out the movements of the planets and stars. So how did a poet come to write the first user booklet? This story shows Chaucer in a new light: as a pre-eminent astronomer, and offers a new key to unlocking his most famous literary works."

Another good one is `Chameleon' in the Natural Histories series: LINK
"Brett Westwood spots a chameleon and investigates how this master of disguise has led us to ask big questions about how we adapt to the environments we find ourselves in. John Keats coined the term 'the camelion poet' to describe a curiosity to explore situations and settings outside of usual experience that may be at odds with expected morals and personality. He argued that being chameleon was to take on poetic guises separate from the 'self'. Shakespeare was said to embody his characters to the extent that it was hard to know his own personality. Throughout his life, David Bowie was described as a 'musical chameleon' but was frustrated at the description, while the poet Jack Mapanje embraced the chameleon's ability to camouflage and used it as a way of voicing his political views under a cloak of ambiguity in his collection 'Of Chameleons and Gods'. Brett talks to reptile expert Rob Pilley, colouration scientist Devi Stuart-Fox, poet Jack Mapanje, English lecturer Stacey McDowell, sociologist Eoin Devereux and folklore expert Marty Crump. Readings by Finlay Robertson and Michael Flanders. Producer: Tom Bonnett."

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Post by Stanley » 13 Oct 2016, 03:17

I've watched the puffer documentary three times now. I love those little boats.

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I was intrigued by the fact she was wrecked off Eigg, made a few enquiries and Mary and I went looking for her in 1988. She's here in a cave on the NE coast of Eigg. Accessible only at low tide....

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Is that sad or what?
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Post by Wendyf » 05 Nov 2016, 22:35

I have recently become a fan of "The Fat Emporer", Ivor Cummins, an engineer from Ireland who is fighting to get the low carb/healthy fat message across. Here is his review of Dr Jason Fung's new book on the benefits of fasting.
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It's worth having a look at some of the other links on the same page.....

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:goodidea:
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Post by Tripps » 06 Nov 2016, 12:08

Having a vested interest in this subject - I looked at the link. Getting to any meaningful information was outside my web attention span. :smile: Fasting isn't an option for me I'm afraid.
Your menus seem good and sensible to me. I did a deal with my GP, in September last year, to lose 5 lbs by Christmas - haven't achieved it yet and it's nearly Christmas again. On the plus side - I'm not any heavier. :smile:
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Post by Stanley » 07 Nov 2016, 05:20

Smaller plates David?
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Post by Wendyf » 07 Nov 2016, 19:22

Tripps, have a look at this article about reversing diabetes and weight loss. Link
I believe the 30 day low carb programme on this website is the one Big Kev followed when he lost weight and reduced his hba1c. They have recently reported that 140,000 people have followed the programme, saving the NHS approx 4 million pounds on diabetic drugs. All you have to remember is that type 2 diabetes is carbohydrate intolerance....your body can no longer cope with glucose, it is stored as fat or causes high blood sugar which has disastrous effects on your body.
I'm not diabetic but having eaten this way for 10 months I now weigh 8st 8lbs, never feel hungry or lacking in energy and really enjoy my food! Colin has turned his health around completely....what isn't to like! :grin:

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Post by Big Kev » 07 Nov 2016, 22:37

Wendyf wrote:Tripps, have a look at this article about reversing diabetes and weight loss. Link
I believe the 30 day low carb programme on this website is the one Big Kev followed when he lost weight and reduced his hba1c. They have recently reported that 140,000 people have followed the programme, saving the NHS approx 4 million pounds on diabetic drugs. All you have to remember is that type 2 diabetes is carbohydrate intolerance....your body can no longer cope with glucose, it is stored as fat or causes high blood sugar which has disastrous effects on your body.
I'm not diabetic but having eaten this way for 10 months I now weigh 8st 8lbs, never feel hungry or lacking in energy and really enjoy my food! Colin has turned his health around completely....what isn't to like! :grin:
That looks like the one I followed, I lost 3 stone over about 4 months and have kept it off since March. I eat fairly low carb all the time now with the emphasis on low sugar, any carbs I do eat I have earlier in the day, porridge for breakfast or a full English at the weekend. I eat sweet potato instead of ordinary spuds as well.
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Post by Stanley » 08 Nov 2016, 03:43

It works for me as well David. I am no longer regarded as Type 2 but pre-diabetic.
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Post by Tripps » 08 Nov 2016, 13:02

Thanks all for the replies. Small plates - been standard practice for years.
I downloaded the recipe book. Actually for the 'mains' it is quite similar to my present regime, and several of the recipes are in my current repertoire. It's a bit American for me though, and I never see why we have to imitate the bad diet - such as quiche with pastry, and cakes for puds. I don't eat cakes period. ( I also don't understand why vegetarians imitate meat, with pseudo burgers , sausages , mince etc. )

I don't use margarine or butter at all, and I dated the last bag of sugar I bought on Dec 5th 2015. Just a sprinkle on the porridge, and it lasted 11 months.

I had a guest last Monday, and we went for a pub meal. Fish chips and peas, and a small pud. Half of lager, and later half a bottle of wine. A rare occurrence - I put on 3 lbs by Wednesday. I weigh myself every morning. Ten days later - back on the path, I've lost 2 of them.

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It's a bugger isn't it David! 'Everything I do is either illegal, immoral or fattening.....' Discuss.....
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Post by Tripps » 09 Nov 2016, 12:16

Yes indeed - I may yet have to resort to the Stuart's steak pudding, meat pie, Bergen butty, and mutton stew diet. Seems to work for some people. I think it's helpful to own a dog as well though, and that's most unlikely. :smile:
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Post by Wendyf » 09 Nov 2016, 12:58

Are you eating plenty of fat Tripps or are you still being advised to stick to low fat?

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Post by Tizer » 09 Nov 2016, 15:45

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Post by Big Kev » 09 Nov 2016, 18:20

I reckon this is probably the best place for this. One of my sons is going to write a book prompted by encouragement from a lot of people. It started with pictures and comments he'd posted on social media involving his son, these are very witty snippets of short (imaginary) conversation between the two of them.
He has set up a blog on Facebook to gauge reaction from a wider audience #DadDad there's not much in the blog at the minute as he only started it today but it will be worth a look. You can see the earlier #DadDad conversations on his personal Facebook page (if privacy permissions allow) here

For those of you who don't use Facebook here's an example of a #DadDad post
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Wendyf wrote:Are you eating plenty of fat Tripps or are you still being advised to stick to low fat?
Actually I'm not being advised by anyone. I just do what seems sensible (and tolerable). :smile:
That does tend towards low fat though. No chip pan here, and any frying is done in a cast iron frying pan with all excess poured off. No pastry or cake, but occasional bread - a ciabatta roll, or a Bergen / Vogel type loaf. A lot of veg - Maz would approve I'm sure. :smile:
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I love the Facebook post.... there's a talent in there....
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Post by Tizer » 10 Nov 2016, 09:48

Very funny, Kev. I wish him lots of success, people enjoy humour involving kids.
Talking of that, one of my relatives yesterday told me how his teenage daughter can hear him open a beer can from the other end of the house. She keeps a check on him and if she hears two cans she tells him `You'll get drunk'. It's funny because he drinks very little alcohol and you'll never see him inebriated, never mind drunk!

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Stanley wrote:I love the Facebook post.... there's a talent in there....
Thank you, I will pass on your encouragement.
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Post by Tripps » 08 Jan 2017, 13:59

I just came across his site. Radio Garden

Speaking as someone who made a living out of listening to the wireless, not too many years ago - it's quite amazing (literally). Some improvement is needed - for instance, a better map to know exactly where you are , and some method of saving interesting finds, but I'm sure that will develop.

I've linked it to Burnley just as an example. The whole world is available.
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