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Posted by: In: Fitness, Health 25 Oct 2008 0 comments

If you’re interested in health & fitness, then Art De Vany’s Evolutionary Fitness website is well worth reading. I’ve signed up to his members blog and it’s worth every penny. Lots of really interesting posts that turns conventional thinking on it head.

Evoltionary Fitness is about learning about how our ancestors ate & lived and how we should learn from there lifestyles to improve our health. Your average Westerner is overweight and unhealthy. If you want to get healthy then learning from Art De Vany is a step towards a healthier future. Below is a short extract from one of his blog posts about the hunting of an animal by the Kung San Hunt tribesmen – accompanied by a video of the hunt:

At a critical point of the hunt, a specialist takes over to make the last run, taking the animal to the point of dehydration and exhaustion. This is a technique once used by North American Indians to run down horses, though that run would take more than a day. The human hunting niche in the desert and in the African Savanna is the hot period of the day, a time when predators are resting to stay out of the heat, and the hunted animals are more readily driven to exhaustion from dehydration.

Posted by: In: Fitness, Health 25 Oct 2008 0 comments

Since starting CrossFit I’ve been looking into changing / improving my diet – mainly by reducing &/or eliminating carbs such as pasta, bread, rice, potatoes, etc. CrossFit recommends the Zone Diet – which I plan on trying sometime. Until then I’m trying the Paleo Diet, which is quite similar to the Zone Diet, except there’s no weighing & measuring of food.

Wikipedia defines it the Paleo Diet as: The modern dietary regimen known as the Paleolithic diet (abbreviated paleo diet or paleodiet), also popularly called the caveman diet, Stone Age diet and hunter-gatherer diet, is intended to emulate the ancient diet of wild plants and animals that various human (Homo) species habitually consumed during the Paleolithic—a period of about 2.5 million years duration that ended around 10,000 years ago with the development of agriculture. In common usage, such terms as the “Paleolithic diet” also refer to the actual ancestral human diet. Based upon commonly available modern foods, the “contemporary” Paleolithic diet consists mainly of: lean meat, fish, vegetables, fruit, roots, and nuts; and excludes: grains, legumes, dairy products, salt, refined sugar, and processed oils.

I’ve been on a Paleo Diet for about 3 weeks now and I feel better for it – more energy and have lost some weight, even though I’ve been doing hardy any exercise. Fortunately, I don’t really need to lose any weight, I’m mainly doing it to improve my health – plus I think it’s an interesting experiment to try out, but the Paleo Diet is proving a bit expensive :( My biggest suprise so far is that I have not felt that hungry while I’ve been on it – very few cravings for carbs or sweets, etc.

There are a lot of interesting fitness/diet websites, blogs, etc which I’ve been following and some good books too. One of which I’m planning to read is Diet Delusion by Gary Taubes. Check out his lecture video below (approx 1hr 12 mins – but worth watching). Gary Taubes wrote the article What if it’s All Been A Big Fat Lie? which challenged traditional medical/nutritional opinions – the debate has been growing ever since and his book will only add further evidence to his cause.

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Posted by: In: Entertainment, Random 01 Sep 2007 0 comments

The Festival finally finished earlier this week. I mangaed to see a few more shows – some good, some not so good.

For the second time I saw the ‘Circus Of Horrors‘, which had some entertaining performers – rollerskating acrobats and the infamous Gary Stretch.

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However, another circus show I went to was the ‘Cirque Surreal‘, which had some great performers – including an amazing juggler. He juggled with loads of footballs. At one point he was spinning a football on his right hand, juggling 3 footballs with his left hand, kicking another ball up repeatedly with his foot, all while headering another football. That’s something you don’t see everyday.

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I also got tickets for some comedians including Frank Skinner – he was good, but not as good as I was expecting. Still, there’s not many comedians that can make jokes from paedophiles and pensioner porn films. One comedian that was really funny was the Australian Jim Jefferies

 

For the third year running I went to see Gamarjobat. Their new show this year was ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll Penguin’. The shows these Japanese guys have put on over the last two years have been fantastic, but I was a bit disappointed with them this year.

 

The Edinburgh Film Festival was also on while I was in Edinburgh. One movie I went see was Planet B-Boy – a documentary that “re-discovers one of the most incredible dance phenomena the world has ever seen…. known as B-boying to an audience who only remebers it as breakdancing from two decades ago“. It was an excellent film, and when it ended the film director Benson Lee was there for a Q&A session. An added bonus was that one of the crews that featured in the documentaery – the world famous Korean B-boy group Last For One were also there. They won Battle Of The Year 2005 -

Last For One Battle Of The Year 2005:

Battle Of The Year is an annual event to find out which is the best B-boy group in the world. Currently the top B-boys come from Korea and Japan. One group that was also in Planet B-boy was the Japanese crew Ichigeki:

A few hours after the documentary finished I went to the ‘CastleRock Breakdance Championships 2007‘. Again the Koreans Last For One came along and ‘battled’ with some UK B-boys. Some of the UK crews were impressive, but ultimately the Koreans won it.

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While walking down the Royal Mile I was pleased to see that the folk band Ghurt Yoghurt were again back in Edinburgh. I first saw this Ukrainian folk band busking last year. I not really a ‘folk music’ fan but they played some good tunes. I even bought some of their CD’s. Unfortunately the weather in Edinburgh this August was terrible, with it raining most of the time. However, this did not stop Ghurt Yoghurt busking.

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Posted by: In: Entertainment, Random 13 Aug 2007 0 comments

I went to Edinburgh at the weekend. The Edinburgh Festival and the Edinburgh Book Festival is on, so I went through to see a few shows.

As part of the Book Festivals ‘Focus On China’ theme, I went to meet authors who have written books on China and/or their experiences of living there:

Harry G Gelber spoke about his new book The Dragon and the Foreign Devils. A “history for the general reader to tell the story of China from the outside as well as from the inside.” Sounded very interesting, especially his comments on China’s increasing problems with its population and water shortage and its possible repercussions.

Mark Leonard, who is supposedly “one of the most brilliant young analysts of the age” talked about his new book What Does China Think?. The book is about the debates raging within China – from democracy to the idea of a ‘peaceful rise’. Again it sounded very interesting, and I plan to read it once its published.

Oliver August spoke about Inside the Red Mansion – an account of his time on the trail of China’s most wanted man, Lai Changxing. An illiterate peasant from the coastal city of Xiamen, Lai created his own shipping empire from nothing before vanishing abruptly when the Communist Party accused him of corruption and fraud. Once the richest man in the country, Lai was now public enemy number one because his immense wealth became a threat to Beijing’s power. The book investigates the tycoon’s meteoric rise, his catastrophic demise and the mystery that surrounds his disappearance. Click here to watch a 15 minute video on the book.

The last author I saw was Guy Delisle – a funny Canadian/French guy who created the graphic novel Shenzhen: A Travelogue From China. It is a graphic novel of his visit to Shenzhen, the cold, urban city in Southern China. Click here to view a PDF preview of the book.

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Other shows I went to included the free comedy show ‘Mob Logic’ by Mark Allen. The show was quite funny – all about what makes humans behave differently in crowds. Having a mild interest in psychology, it was interesting to hear his jokes/thoughts on psychology & anthropology. He mentioned a few theories and authors that I’ve heard about before – Desmond Morris and Robin Dunbar’s number theory – “which is 150, represents a theoretical maximum number of individuals with whom a set of people can maintain a social relationship, the kind of relationship that goes with knowing who each person is and how each person relates socially to every other person. Group sizes larger than this generally require more restricted rules, laws, and enforced policies and regulations to maintain a stable cohesion.” Not what you would normally expect to be hearing at a comedy show, but it was entertaining.

Last year I saw the Korean show ‘Jump’, and this year the same crew were back in Edinburgh with a new show – ‘Breakout’. The group bring together a fusion of martial arts, slapstick comedy and break dancing.

‘Breakout’ consisted almost solely of hip hop, break dancing and voiceover, the show is a cops and robbers type of comedy, following a group of prisoners on the run. I didn’t find the comedy element that good, but the break dancing and acrobatics was very impressive. Top break dancers / b-boys are not something I expected Korea to produce, but it seems that they now have some of the best in the world.

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The best show I saw was Lawrence Leung Learns To Breakdance. A hilarious account by the Australian comedian, describing his attempts to become “cool”.

Posted by: In: Entertainment, Random 04 Jul 2007 0 comments

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John Smeaton – Glasgow Airport Terrorist Attack Hero. Buy him a pint….

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Tokyo Pink Man



Posted by: In: Entertainment, Random 30 Jan 2007 0 comments

Does anyone want to go skiing in Japan?….anyone?