Covid 19, Uncategorized

Open For Whatever?

What is the responsibility of the government?

If we are to go forward based on the reliability of the facts then we are scuppered because the messages we are receiving are muddled, ingenuous and misinformed to say the least!

Do we have responsibility for ourselves Continue reading “Open For Whatever?”

Content, Uncategorized

Evergreen

How Evergreen is your Content?

Many topics are universal and static but still remain crucial to your business. An example would be, how your company started, where you are based and what is your passion as this, generally will not change. Italian Aroma Coffee is a Glasgow based, coffee roaster, they have a passion for Italian coffee and are committed to providing the highest quality possible!

That will not change!

Continue reading “Evergreen”

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Dimora

Dimora!

When I said to The Mary we’re off to Dimora she hit out with;

“Wit dae ye mean? I thought we were going out tonight?

And…why are you talking wi’ an Italian accent?

‘Di Morra!’”

Dimora has a simple philosophy and aim to share their passion for food while offering a modern, authentic dining experience.  Housed in a beautifully palatial property at 222 Ayr Road it’s easily accessible from town.  We were welcomed by the gorgeous Carmen before being introduced to the very handsome Peppe. He’s a charming man who oozes kindness and has an obvious passion for promoting unadulterated Italian food.

Peppe’s grandmother was from Capri and his Grandfather from Sorrento.  Together they introduced him to the art of putting together complimentary flavours using the best available ingredients from the region of Campania on the Amalfi coast. I love this part of Italy and have spent many days exploring nearby villages and towns such as Sorrento, Positano, Sant’ Angello and Sant’ Agata.

Peppe suggested we have the Taster Menu and, to tell you the truth, it’s the most excited I’ve been since I was introduced to coffee in 1972!peppe-staiano-2First thing’s first and The Mary was foaming at the mouth for a Focaccia because she’d not had any for about 6 weeks. It’s been a lot longer for me and I’m not talking dough balls here but that’s another story and not for this forum. The focaccia was perfect. Half rock salt and Rosemary and the other garnished with fresh, vine tomatoes and basil. The Mary was truly nel paradiso della pizza bianca!

Outside of Capri, I hardly ever order a Caprese salad because often you’re hit with a blob of white rubber with tasteless, beef tomato. However, at Dimora, the mozzarella was juicy, succulent and full of milky magnificence; surrounded by six different colours of flavoursome tomatoes at varying levels of maturity. The dressing of olive oil was delicately scented with oregano, served on a base of tantalising, green leaves.

We were then served an original dish created by Peppe’s Nonna made with baked aubergine, mozzarella, tomato sauce, fried basil and, wait for it, a sprinkle of dark, bitter chocolate. It was magnificent. The Mary, actually, fainted and, when she came to, was making embarrassing sex noises.

Food like this is one of the reasons I don’t need a man in my life. It makes me happy, fills me with joy, I can pay to have it when and where I want and possibly, like some of the men I know, I don’t have to be faithful to one dish. At Dimora however I was a wee bit in love and might pledge my troth to be faithful forever more.

That’s how good the scran was.

We had a pasta dish with a sauce so delicious even my English degree doesn’t bequeath me with the ability to describe the taste.

Then the lamb nearly got me arrested because the only way I could describe it was – like biting into a new, born baby’s chubby cheek! When I said this to Carmen she looked both flattered and horrified at the same time. I think she might have been scared to come back to the table for a while and sent over the equally beautiful Courtney.

I was so overwhelmed by flavours, quality and variety I had to ask them to stop or I’d never have been able to drive home. Even the bread, baked on the day, was unbelievably tasty; made with lard, pecorino cheese, pancetta and salami.

Try to imagine it?

We finished off with a nibble, well a slice each, of ricotta, orange and chilli cheesecake and my absolute favourite, Italian Aroma Coffee!

That night I had erotic dreams of Amalfi which consisted of me, walking along the rugged coastline, wearing a dress made of sun-dried tomatoes and an aubergine and chocolate straw hat. As I strolled along the beach Gaetano, Stefano and Mauro (The three Musketeers from Dimora) were throwing pasta shells at me from all angles, guiding me through a path of anti-pasta, which let me back to the door of Dimora!

As we were leaving The Mary asked if they were ‘up for they Italian Awards‘ I said I didn’t know and asked what she would nominate them for to which she sighed?

“Awe the Awards, every, single, one of them!”

Ci Vediamo Presto because I know I only sampled a fraction what Dimora, my new home from home, has on offer!

Con Amore!

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To learn more about the Amalfi Coast Click here!

Online Dating, Uncategorized

Online Dating

Have you tried fingering your keyboard for a date?

In order to consider the minefield of online dating, let’s break it down!

Online, by sheer definition, is an entity controlled by, or connected to, a computer. Leonard Kleinrock was one of the pioneers who wrote about ARPANET in 1961 which preceded the internet as we now know it.

Dating has many meanings; one being a ‘trial period in which people explore whether to take the relationship further, towards a more permanent contract’.

Marriage! Continue reading “Online Dating”

#bekind, Poison, Social Media

#bekind

Have you ever thought your mind has been, or is, poisoned?

We all experience times when life and things don’t make sense to us and start to eat us away inside. We overthink and make mountains out of molehills. Recently I was talking to a friend about something I’d heard on the news which had made me very angry. Her response to me was simply;

“Why are you angry? it has absolutely nothing t do with you!” Continue reading “#bekind”

Ayurveda, Meditation, Mindfulness, Uncategorized, Vegan

OM Sweet OM

In my quest for a calm, settled and untroubled mind it’s Saturday night and I’m off to have a Vegan dinner with a second helping of meditation!

I know?

Last year I stopped eating fish because of an allergy and after recovering from the initial trauma of losing one of the most important things in my diet I had to explore other options. Hummus, quinoa, halloumi and soya make me balk and feel like a fraud even suggesting a Vegan diet!

Continue reading “OM Sweet OM”

Politics, Uncategorized

Corruption

Do we live in a corrupt society?

The definition of Corruptions is; a form of dishonesty or criminal activity by a person or organisation who is entrusted with a position of authority. This can be for personal gain, social or economic advancement. Has corruption become such a ‘way of life’ we are becoming desensitized to it and have come to accept the almost criminal behavior of those in power? Continue reading “Corruption”

article, health, News, weight loss

Weight Loss

Surely, if there were a safe, simple, side effect–free way to Lose Weight for good, we would know about it by now, right?

I’m not so sure.

It takes an average of 17 years before evidence from scientific research is incorporated into day-to-day clinical practice. With more than half a million scientific papers on the subject of obesity and weight loss exist in academic libraries, with a hundred new ones published every day.

Who can read all that? Who would know if a gem of evidence-based scientific research had been ignored because it couldn’t be monetised or didn’t fit with the latest dietary dogma?

So we do it instead. At my health research website NutritionFacts.org, we read all the original studies, combing through tens of thousands of papers a year to find out what the science really shows.

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1. DON’T SKIP BREAKFAST

Most randomised controlled studies found no weight-loss benefit to skipping breakfast. But how is that possible if it means skipping calories? It’s probably because . . .

2. IT’S NOT JUST WHAT WE EAT, BUT WHEN

calories consumed in the morning don’t appear to count as much as evening calories.

The difference is explained by chronobiology — how our body’s natural cycle is affected by the rhythms of the sun, moon, and seasons. It doesn’t matter when we sleep, nearly every cell continues to cycle in a 24-hour circadian rhythm. It’s part of that rhythm to burn more meal calories in the morning than at any other time. For weight loss, eat your main meal of the day at lunch, or even breakfast, rather than dinner. Best of all, try . . .

3. NEGATIVE-CALORIE PORRIDGE

Researchers at Columbia University split individuals into three breakfast groups: those eating porridge made from quick oats, the same number of calories of Frosted Flakes, or just plain water. They then measured how many calories people took in at lunch.

Not only did those who ate the porridge feel fuller, some went on to consume less at lunch — about 400 fewer calories, in fact, which is more than the porridge itself. So, in effect, the porridge provided ‘negative’ calories.

In contrast, the Frosted Flakes were so unsatiating that the cereal group ate as much at lunch as the breakfast-skipping, water-only group.

4. ACTIVATE YOUR ‘BAT’ SIGNAL

Many people know about the white fat in our belly that stores fat. But did you know you also have brown fat — brown adipose tissue (BAT) — that burns fat?

BAT is located high in our chests, in the neck and shoulder regions, and the more active it is, the thinner you tend to be.

Coffee is a weight-buster, too. Drink two cups, and over the next few hours your resting metabolic rate goes up about 10 per cent. On average, every cup of coffee may cause you to end up burning 17 extra calories. Since a cup of black coffee only has about two calories, that leaves a net deficit of 15 calories per cup.

One of the best ways to activate it is to feel a bit chilly.

You burn 164 more calories a day living at 16.5c instead of 22c. Provided you don’t eat more to compensate, this could translate into a pound of fat a year per degree.

Even turning down the thermostat from 24c to 19c has been proven to boost BAT activation and burn about 100 more calories every day: an annual equivalent to 20 days of fasting.

5. TEA AND COFFEE FOR CALORIE BURN

Simply drink a cup of tea, and within an hour you may burn up to 10 per cent more calories.

In one study, having tea three times a day raised the number of calories burned in that 24-hour period from about 2,280 to 2,360. In effect, each cup of tea swept away about 25 calories.

Researchers think it’s likely that tea activates the BAT signal, too. But it’s tea without milk, I’m afraid. Researchers found that milk ‘completely prevents the biological activity of tea’.

Coffee is a weight-buster, too. Drink two cups, and over the next few hours your resting metabolic rate goes up about 10 per cent. On average, every cup of coffee may cause you to end up burning 17 extra calories. Since a cup of black coffee only has about two calories, that leaves a net deficit of 15 calories per cup.

6. EAT A TOMATO BEFORE EVERY MEAL

WANT a weight-reducing vegetable with anti-inflammatory properties thrown in? The humble tomato ticks both boxes.

If you give people about a quarter of a cup of tomato paste a day, you get an improvement in artery function within 15 days — an effect attributed to both anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects.

Tomatoes are so anti-inflammatory that tomato extracts have been investigated as a potential replacement for aspirin as a blood thinner.

Meanwhile, women asked to eat a large ripe tomato before lunch every day for a month dropped two pounds, with improvements in blood sugar, cholesterol and triglycerides (a type of fat lipid found in your blood). A tomato is 95 per cent water, so you’re effectively filling up a fist-sized portion of your stomach with only about 15 calories right before a meal.

7. GO NUTS

Nuts are high in calories, but are also one of the few foods that may add years to your life.

Not only might they slow the ageing process itself, but an ounce a day (roughly a handful) may also reduce the risk of dying from heart disease, stroke, cancer, respiratory disease, diabetes and infections — more than half of our top ten killers.

Even better, eaten in moderation, those calories don’t seem to matter.

Nuts appear to be so satiating that if you give people a mid-morning snack of almonds, not only do they subsequently eat less at lunch, they eat less at dinner, too, offsetting the extra almond calories. This explains how you can make 30,000 calories ‘vanish’ into thin air.

People in a months-long trial who added servings of almonds, pistachios, hazelnuts or walnuts to their daily diets — totalling 30,000 calories in total — didn’t gain a single pound on average.

8. SPICE IT UP WITH BLACK CUMIN

Black cumin — also known as nigella sativa but no relation to ordinary cumin, oddly — is a common spice in Indian and Middle Eastern cuisines, highly prized for its purported medicinal benefits. Only in the past 50 years or so has it been put to the scientific test, though, culminating in more than 1,000 published medical papers.

Some of the results are extraordinary. One study found that menopausal women who tried a gram a day (less than a quarter of a teaspoon) of black cumin powder reduced their bad cholesterol by 27 per cent within two months — the sort of results you’d expect with statins.

It’s equally astonishing for weight loss. A recent analysis of controlled trials found a quarter of a teaspoon every day reduces your BMI within a couple of months.

If it’s truly so beneficial to so many facets of health, why don’t we hear more about it? Why wasn’t I taught about it in medical school? Maybe because there’s little profit motive. The daily dose of black cumin used in most of these studies would cost about 2p. Put some in your pepper grinder with the peppercorns.

9. BOOST YOUR FAT CONTROLLER

Every cell in our body is like a little rechargeable battery; charged up with food or sunlight and then drained back down as the cell does its work.

What happens if the cell is running on empty and it’s not re-fuelled with food? It starts taking from the fat stores on your body.

But to do that requires a sensor to flip the switch in our body from storing fat to burning fat, and that’s the job of an enzyme called adenosine monophosphate-activated protein kinase (AMPK), sometimes nicknamed the fat controller. By boosting the activity of AMPK, our bodies burn more fat.

One way to do it is to eat vinegar. During a three-month trial, a group taking one daily tablespoon of vinegar steadily lost about 1lb a month, while a group taking two daily tablespoons were down a total of about 5lb. It might not sound like a lot, but that weight loss was achieved without removing anything from their diet.

The vinegar groups lost about an inch off their waistlines, suggesting they were burning abdominal fat.

Never drink it straight, though! It can cause intractable hiccups and burn your oesophagus. Toss your salad in it instead.

10. BOIL POTATOES

In a landmark study in which dozens of foods were put to the test, the most filling was the boiled potato. No other food even came close. Eating boiled potatoes as a side dish fills you up so much, it cuts as much as 200 calories of intake off a meal.

11. EVERYDAY ACTIVITY BEATS EXERCISE REGIMES

Exercise is good for you, but not for weight loss.

A moderately obese person doing moderate-intensity physical activity, such as biking or brisk walking, would burn off about 350 calories an hour.

Yet we consume most processed drinks and snacks at a rate of about 70 calories a minute, so it takes five minutes of snacking for someone to wipe out a whole hour of exercise. We’d need to jog a quarter of a mile for every single bite of a Snickers bar.

Far better to concentrate your weight-loss energy on getting enough NEAT in — that’s NonExercise Activity Thermogenesis, or the heat given off by our regular activities such as standing, moving and fidgeting.

NEAT typically burns off at least five times more calories a day than an average exercise programme. It’s why some people can eat and eat and not put on weight. They just get up and move more in daily life.

If you don’t fidget, you need to work on it. NEAT means taking the stairs instead of the escalator. It means singing, laughing, cleaning and gardening — any activity that creates muscular contractions. Cooking dinner, for example, burns five to ten times more calories than sitting in the living room watching TV.

12. EMBRACE THE SCALES

Forget all those high-tech wearable trackers, the best device for monitoring calorie intake and losing weight remains the humble bathroom scales.

Findings from more than a dozen studies have consistently shown regular self-weighing to be associated with successful weight loss, and one study found that twice daily — on waking and again right before bed — appeared superior to once a day (about 6lb versus 2lb of weight loss over 12 weeks).

P.S. SORRY, SEX DOESN’T COUNT

It’s a widely-held belief that a bout of sexual activity burns a few hundred calories. So you may think, hey, I could get a side of chips with that!

But if you hook people up (literally and figuratively) and measure their oxygen consumption during the act, having sex only turns out to be the metabolic equivalent of bowling.

For more info and thanks to Daily Mail!

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article, climate change, Content, Uncategorized, Writing

Dear World

Dear World

I know you’ve not been well and I’m sorry for not visiting but, well, you know how it is, we’re all so busy. Wee Greta keeps me informed about how you are, she’s trying so hard to look after you I’m afraid it’s making her quite unwell. Continue reading “Dear World”