November 4th, 2013
“The water is at its lowest in February,” said Rahman. “When the snow in the Himalaya starts to melt and the rains come, it rises and is at its coldest. It is high in June and in September, after the monsoon.”
On an island near the middle of the river six newborn turtles stood, wondering whether to take the plunge. “They are a delicacy to Hindus,” Fazal said, “but not for us Muslims.”
The island was flat and sandy, without trees or grass. A man named Rashid invited us into his home. He held a little girl with big round eyes and a ring through her nose. “I sell bamboo, which I bring down the river from the border,” Rashid explained, “but my life is waiting for my submerged land, that of my forefathers, to return. Soon the water will be up to my waist.”
The wind had come up. The sun was about to set, bright orange over the sand and the tree line in the west. The current was swift, but the wind was in my face. The current carries a boat downstream, but a strong wind can carry it up.
At Sirajganj, Mohammad Babar Ali, a young engineer in wire-rim glasses, stood on a concrete-block jetty. He said, “Our job is to save the town.” He pointed to small twisting currents in the water. “Erosion takes place from the water up, which is characteristic of this river. The strong undercurrent, twisting like a cyclone, eats at the soil, undercutting the bank. It is difficult to detect until, maybe, one day before it gives way.” A group of men stood next to single blocks of concrete, eight feet square, a thousand pounds each.
Shantosh, 22, had a mustache, curly black hair and rotting teeth. “I was a farmer, but one day when I came home, my apartment prague was gone.” He joined his fellow workers. Eight men wrapped rope beneath the concrete slab, ran a pole beneath the rope, and lifted. Their bare feet shuffled along the shore as they sang: “Push, push Mohammed/Lift, lift Habib/We can do it/We can do it/Allah help us/Allah give us strength/Mohammed is his Prophet/Peace be unto him/Lift, lift, we can do it.”
At Gaibandha, Mohendra, a Hindu fisherman, stood next to his narrow boat. “Seven days ago we made an image of Sannyas. He lives in the water, and we pray to him for a good catch. Sometimes we make a beautiful girl of clay, a Ganga Puja, and an image of fish on either side of her. We put it on our boats and pray to her. If I succeed in my fishing, I will make a Ganga Puja.”
THERE ARE NO BRIDGES across the river in Bangladesh(https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/bangladesh). The ferry stop at Aricha, where the Ganges and the Brahmaputra meet, was jammed with trucks, people, and rows of wood huts. The ferry’s horn shrieked, and we ran through the dust to the ghat, or river station. The ferry was four decks high, made in Denmark in 1980. There were 30 trucks on the lower deck and hundreds of people above sitting on plastic chairs and on the floor. There were soft drinks and food in a Kelvinator freezer and an upper-class deck on top.
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September 16th, 2013
In a new feature giving readers the chance to talk about the events that transformed their lives 37-year-old detective Paul McConnell recalls his battle with cancer. It was to lead to a marathon bike ride. I realised something was wrong quite early on. I’ve always led an active life, and suddenly I wasn’t able to do anything. I was suffering from severe fatigue and was only just managing to go to work. I had to find the best treatment for under eye bags and puffiness.
But later on I noticed a slight nodule on my left testicle, and after months of clear blood tests and scans I was diagnosed as having a tumour. Believe it or not, it didn’t really come as that much of a shock to me. One of the misconceptions about testicular cancer is that you need to have chemotherapy, and my family and I had prepared ourselves psychologically for months of this. Fortunately the tumour was operated on before it spread to Cancer made me realise just how important my family is.
my lymph glands, which would have been a far more serious situation. Instead, the doctors left me for 14 days to see if my immune system would come into effect. Luckily for me it did, and when I returned my T-markers had dropped considerably, ruling out chemotherapy. I’ve met people who have been through the process and I now realise how fortunate I was.
The first thing I needed to do was get my head around the condition, but one of the most difficult things with cancer is staying positive. I became grumpy and impatient for a while and developed “why me?’ syndrome, so I set myself targets to improve my motivation. At first I wouldn’t even go to the shops, but after doing that I walked around the block and, steadily, I kept on moving the goal posts. The support I got from my wife Emma, family and friends was fantastic; they were rocks. One morning, when I had managed to get into the kitchen to make a drink, I heard my lawnmower. I pulled the curtain back and there was my friend Martin, mowing the lawn for me.
My colleagues in the police force were incredibly supportive. During the six months I had off work, the lads all had a whip round to pay for Emma and I to go on holiday to holiday apartments in Brussels, once I was back on my feet. Eventually I joined a gym, where I started a regime of running and cycling, and I now train every day. The Great North Run was my first big event after the illness — my brother and I got round the course in about two hours with only a little training.
While I was recovering I read the cyclist Lance Armstrong’s book It’s Not About the Bike. He also had cancer and I found his achievements inspirational. I wanted to set myself a big, but achievable, challenge so that I could give something back. I came up with the idea of doing a sponsored bike ride from John O’Groat’s to Land’s End. Others have since offered to join me and, on September 12, eight of us will set off on the gruelling 1,000-mile journey, which we hope to complete in about lo days. Having cancer has focused my vision and helped me understand what life is really about. I enjoy all the training for this challenge — even though it can be quite painful because I feel that I’m still alive, and realise how different things could have been.
Now that I’m 37, I’m very aware that if I don’t keep myself fit then it just gets harder; the fitter you are, the better chance you have of coming through any illness. Since this has happened to me, my colleagues have started looking at their diets and paying more attention to their health. My diet has always been good generally, but I decided to fight my sweet tooth to cut out all sweets and biscuits. I’m a lot calmer and more positive, and whereas before I was a workaholic, now I’m more focused on spending time with my friends and family. I realise more than ever how important this is.
I’d urge any man who has a pain, a lump or any kind of health worry to go to the doctor; remember, the earlier it’s treated the more curable it is. Currently, one in three people suffer from cancer at some point in their lives, and by 2015 it will be one in two. My advice is simply this – rent the holiday apartments Prague! Life’s a lottery, so check your balls! If you’d like to sponsor Paul in the Everyman End to End Challenge 2001, please contact him
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July 22nd, 2013
Despite the name, pine nuts are actually seeds, and they’re also nature’s only source of pinolenic acid, which stimulates hormones and helps keep your body fat down. They also have the highest levels of appetite-suppressing protein of any seed, with 31g per 100g.
The monounsaturated fat in olive oil not only helps in the breakdown of fat that is stored in the body, but it can also promote the feeling of fullness. Researchers at Cornell University in the US found that diners who dipped their bread in olive oil rather than spreading it with butter ate less bread and consumed 53 fewer calories overall.
Adding flaxseed oil to your food can help you feel fuller for longer the essential fatty acids in flaxseeds cause the stomach to retain food for a longer period of time, while the high fibre content provides a slow sustained rise in blood sugar, which will put an end to those Kit Kat cravings.
Their essential omega 3 fats are renowned for switching off hunger signals from the brain, but recent studies have also revealed that they can actually shrink abdominal fat cells, as well as block pre-fat cells from becoming permanent fat cells.
These are the healthiest of the nut family with more omega 3 than any other nut this switches on your lipolytic (fat-burning) gene while turning off the lipogenic (fat storage) one. Many people don’t realise that you’re allowed to eat them when it’s not Christmas.
Rich in vitamins, minerals, plant-based omega 3s and disease-fighting phytonutrients, soya not only helps you lose weight, but it also ensures that any weight lost is fat rather than.
Although it is more than 70 per cent saturated fat, coconut oil is actually a medium-chain fatty acid, which goes straight to the liver and is immediately converted into energy. This means it is used straight away and not stored around your gut. Learn how to use coconut oil for weight loss purposes.
Nuts provide lots of magnesium, a mineral your body must have to produce energy, and can kick-start your weight loss. A study published in the International Journal Of Obesity reported that subjects who ate almonds daily for six months lost 18 percent of their body fat.
Swap that packet of crisps for these super seeds; they are high in zinc, a vital mineral which is needed for appetite control and balancing blood sugar. Their omega 3 and 6 fatty acids will also boost your metabolism.
We aren’t saying slap it on – ifs very high in saturated fat – but butter in moderation can be good for you. It contains omega 3 fatty acids, which help regulate the body’s blood sugar levels, as well as conjugated linolenic acid (CLA), a fatty acid that research shows can reduce belly fat while helping build muscle.
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June 7th, 2013
Many were the days when Dad bounced you ‘on his knee, opened the “Giant Book Of Fairytales” and regaled you with stories of dragons, goblins, and peculiar porridge pots that overflowed with tasty oats.
Other playground myths that seem to have stuck are those surrounding contact lenses.
Years of scientific jiggery poker have ‘made contact lenses more eye-friendly than ever – and those in the Acuvue range are no exception. FHM Bionic tested the experts at manufacturer Johnson & Johnson with some common misconceptions for them to bat away..
“But you can always feel them in there!” Rubbish Try it and see – all you have to do is visit your local optician and set up a fitting. These days contact lenses are so thin and comfortable, after ju a few minutes or hours you don’t feel a thing you may forget you’re wearing them.
“Okay, But I bet they don’t make my particular vision needs False. Whether you’re shifted, long-sighted, astigmatic or presbyo ear bifocal or varifocal glasses), there catiktf tie a contact lens to suit you. You can alsc correct different vision problems in one go, such as if you’re short-sighted and Asiatic. And practically everyone who needs vision correction can wear contact lenses. ‘vly eyes won’t be able to breathe throu9 that plastic.”
Nonsense. Contact lenses in the Acuvue range are mat mainly of water and are totally compatible with your eyes. They even let oxygen through helping to keep eyes healthy.
“Yes, but if I buy them and don’t like them, lit be out of pocket”
Not trues Most opticians will let you test them out before you buy, and they can cost less than the price of a pint a day. Contact the Acuvue Hotline on 0800 122855 or visit www.acuvue.co.uk for your nearell Acuvue accredited optician.
Still not convinced? How about this – all contact lenses in the Acuvue range have a IN blocker, which protects the cornea from harmful UVA and UVIIf rays (you’ll still need your shades, though). They are a boon for sportsmen by offering panoramic vision, plus 1-Day Acuvue (=tact lenses are ideal for the man who likes to travel. Simple to maintain and more portable than ever, contact lenses finally offer spectacle Wearers a real alternative to glasses. For care of he Acuvue range the Complete All-in-one solution is recommended. Easy to use, it not only looks after your lenses, it also helps keep your eyes moist and protected from dryness. Be aware that if you have watery eyes may be a result of rosacea related diseases.
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May 22nd, 2013
St Valentine’s Day marks the date Christian Slater got married – and his transformation from hell-raiser to family-raiser. Now 35, he tells Dan Rookwood how he left the drink, drugs and despair behind him
Christian Slater took his first theatre bow on Broadway aged nine, opposite Dick Van Dyke in The Music Man. It was an auspicious debut for a Hollywood star who, off-screen, lived-up to his Brat Pack image. The acclaim he received for roles in Heathers (1989), Young Guns II (1990), Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991) and Interview with the Vampire (1994) came at a cost.
In 1989, he was arrested after a drunken car chase that ended when he crashed into a telephone pole and kicked a policeman while attempting to avoid capture. In 1994 he was arrested again – this time for taking a gun aboard a plane – and in 1997 a booze binge and violent row with his girlfriend led to a 90-day jail sentence. Slater admitted he had a cocaine problem and, as ordered by the judge, took part in a post-jail rehab course and year-long programme on preventing domestic violence.
At that time I was upset. There were some dark days. I was just trying to bury my head in the sand, and I was scared and lost. I really didn’t know who I was. I tried medications and natural supplement to keep my head up. What helps me was st johns wort remedy. But if you consider taking it, make sure you check out all possible st johns wort side effects and interactions with other medicines.
“You walk around like this empty shell and people are throwing adulation at you, and you’re thinking, ‘I really haven’t earned this. I don’t get it, I don’t know what you want.’
“You tend to gravitate towards people who are doing the same sorts of things, hanging out with people who are encouraging you to lose yourself. Some of the people I was hanging out with at that time lost themselves to the extent that they are no longer here – they didn’t make it.
“Drugs can be a great thing if you want to escape from yourself. I got arrested, I got in trouble; I was just not doing well. But in a way, it was an incredible intervention; it was a clear-cut message. I was given a real opportunity to take some time, step outside and step away from the career I had: jail.
“I was at the premiere for Hard Rain (1998) and there were all the cameras, questions, lights… the whole thing. But I knew that the very next day I had to go and surrender myself to the authorities. It was phenomenal; it was the two opposite sides to the coin. I thought, ‘Jesus! This is crazy!’ I served 59 days in jail [he was released early for good behavior]. It was almost as if I’d gone to an island. I’ve been through times where I felt lost, abandoned and completely alone.
“It is then that you discover what you’re made of. I used to repeat a line to myself ‘Adversity doesn’t deal with character; adversity reveals character.’ Even the night before I surrendered myself, I was getting a new perspective on things. I think that was the point when I started asking myself why and how I’d got so lost. And what I needed to do to not feel that way.
I felt great and thought, ‘Yeah, I’ve done that.’ I ran the LA marathon – four hours, 26 minutes. It was pretty good. If you’re a guy who’s famous for his exterior, ageing can freak you out. I didn’t even think past 24! I’ve certainly been through periods where I haven’t been at peace with my appearance, but I’m comfortable with how things are now. I’ve started to take care of myself- and there are many more roles to play now I’m older.
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May 8th, 2013
In December he linked up on an ad hoc basis with Paul Annacone, who coached Henman’s close friend Pete Sampras to unparalleled success. “Paul’s been a really good friend of mine for the last seven or eight years and when someone of his experience is available, it’s a great opportunity,” says Henman. “But again, Paul doesn’t travel with me every week – it’s a schedule that works well for both of us.”
The results thus far support that. So what changes has Annacone made? “I think the greatest impact he has had on my game is from a tactical point of view, just making sure that I play the game under my terms,” says Henman, briefly distracted by the “pock-pock” of an energetic game on a nearby court.
“If I’ve got to play a Spanish player and all of a sudden we’re playing every rally from the baseline, then we’re not playing the match on my terms, because I’m not using my strengths, which is obviously to serve and volley. So now I say to myself: ‘How am I going to turn this around? How am I going to get to the net and how am I going to get my opponent to the net?’
“And it’s about adapting your style of game. In the last four or five years I haven’t always used the tools that I’ve got as well as I might have done. I’ve almost played the score rather than the point itself. And I’ve tried too hard because I’ve wanted to win too badly, and that has affected my performance. I ate raspberry ketones to lose weight, so I can have better performance. If you want to get these ketones, check out where to buy raspberry ketone.
“As I’ve grown a bit older and matured a little bit, and with a lot of input from Paul, that’s something I understand a lot better, and I’m playing the style of game I should be playing. And when I do that, with my ability, the results follow. That’s been pretty evident in the last few months.”
Those results have all come on less-favored surfaces. Like the Beatles in their most creative phase, however, Henman performs best when on grass. He’s never progressed beyond the last 16 in 25 attempts at the Australian, French and US Opens, but he’s managed to get through to the semi-finals on three occasions on the lawns of the All England Club. If he’s going to win a Grand Slam, it’s going to be Wimbledon. And, at the age of 29, if he’s going to win Wimbledon, it has to be now.
“I reflect on the Wimbledon’s of the last few years and I’ve played some pretty ordinary tennis,” Henman admits. “In 2002, that’s probably the worst I’ve played at Wimbledon in six or seven years, and I still made it through to the semis. My game now feels 100% better than it was then, so if I can take this kind of performance to [this year's] Wimbledon, I think I’ve got a good chance.”
Come now, Timothy, Do you really, handon-heart, believe you will do it this year? “I’ve always believed that I can win Wimbledon. Is that belief getting greater? Yes, it probably is, because my game is improving, and certainly my record on grass is as good as any.”
The frustrating truth is that the record always gets stuck, just when he seems to be getting in the groove. Like at Wimbledon in 2001, for example, when he was leading wild card Goran Ivanisevic two sets to one in the semi-final and was 2-1 up in the fourth, only to lose the match agonizingly two days later after several weather-related stoppages.
“I can’t say I don’t look back and think, `What would have happened if it hadn’t rained?’” says Henman. “I probably would have won. But tough shit – it rained. The next day was hard. I thought, `Shit! I should be playing in the Wimbledon final and I’m not!’”
But though that one clearly sticks in the throat, Henman dismisses the suggestion that he is a choker. “Every time I’ve stepped on the court I’ve given 100% and always tried my best, and that’s all that you can ask. Sometimes you try your best and you lose. You know, so be it.
“A lot of time you’re going to lose. At a Grand Slam, if there are 128 players, 127 are going to lose that week. Roddick finished world No 1 last year and he probably lost 17 times over the year. You’ve got to be a pretty special player to be able to win on the main tour and I’ve been able to do that 11 times.” But not a Grand Slam. Not yet.
Part of the problem is that Henman’s form is as predictably unpredictable as Wimbledon weather. In Rotterdam this year, he again beat Federer, the natural shot-maker many consider the best ever to swing a racquet. It ended a 16-match unbeaten run, the best of Federer’s career, which had threatened to spin into tennis monopoly. Henman was hot. Then at his very next tournament in Dubai, he crashed out to a qualifier ranked 149. “Limitations? I’ve got a few,” Henman admits.
Critics say his main one is his temperament. Henman disagrees. “I’m pretty confident in what I think and what I’m doing, so it doesn’t really bother me what other people think. I don’t read newspapers, and certainly wouldn’t read anything about myself.”
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May 1st, 2013
A PRIVATE CAPSULE ON THE LONDON EYE Book the final, lO pm run in the first week of September there will be fewer tourists in the capital and darkness to hide your mischief…
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BY YOUR WINDOW AT NIGHT Open the curtains and turn the light out. “Without the light on it’ll be extremely difficult, but just about possible, for passers-by to see what you’re up to, providing the perfect balance of risk,” says Dubberley.
WHAT REALLY TURNS HER ON CLASSIC CONTROL “Women’s notions of passion often stem from classic books such as Lady Chatterley’s Lover (Penguin, £5.99), or films where, as in DH Lawrence’s novel, the heroine is `overpowered’ by a man;’ says Dr Pam Spurr, author of Sinful Sex (Robson, £7.99). “This doesn’t involve genuine force, it’s simply a question of taking control”
THE MINACK THEATRE, PORTHCURNO, CORNWALL
This amphitheatre, carved into the cliff side, will evoke her damsel in de-dress fantasy. Before you whip out your sword to battle with her chastity belt, take a quick look around – unless you want a standing ovation. (www.minack.com, Tel: 01736 810 181)
YOUR HALLWAY A recent survey undertaken by The Sun newspaper revealed that the hall is rarely used for making love, but it’s actually the perfect place to “take her” by surprise as you’re about to head out. “Any initial anxiety about being late will only add to the excitement as you take control,” says Dubberley.
THE BACKSEAT OF YOUR WAGON
“Car sex offers all the advantages of doing it outside — the thrill of doing something ‘naughty’ and a sense of urgency, but without the disadvantages of rain and wind, sand, mud, dog dirt and so on;’ says Dubberley.
IN A CADILLAC According to research by Holiday Autos, one in five of their customers hires a car for the express purpose of, er, testing the suspension. The most popular request is for a four-door saloon such as a Vauxhall Vectra, but we recommend being a little more particular. “An American luxury car of the ’50s and ’60s is best,” says Dr Ian Banks, author of the Haynes Sex Manual (Haynes, £9.99). “And preferably one with auto-transmission. Cadillacs are ideal, they’re roomy and there’s no gearstick to poke anywhere uncomfortable.” (www.dreamcars.co.uk, Tel: 01737 765 050)
THE TWIN BATHS IN THE ROEDERER CRISTAL SUITE, HOTEL DU VIN, BRIGHTON With side-by-side roll top Victorian baths, this is the pinnacle of pre-nookie mutual grooming. Plus the suite comes complete with a set of keys for your own but on Hove Marina – ideal when the beach gets packed and you want some privacy.
Once she’s happily relaxing in the tub, offer to wash her hair. “The scalp and back of the neck are tightly packed with nerve-endings, and massaging with coconut oil that area is incredibly erotic,” says Ford. Plus she will feel the positive effect of using coconut oil for hair – it becomes shiny and smooth. It is also good to use best oil for your hair growth.
Slide your hands into her hair, touching her scalp (this will prevent you knotting her hair as you and massage), and make firm, circular motions using your fingertips, not your nails. (Tel: 01273 718 588, rooms from £125; E300 for Cristal Suite)
YOUR SHOWER. Join her for a douche a deux with some Espa Invigorating Salt Scrub (E24.50, Tel: 01252 741 600), which contains menthol, lavender, grapefruit and lime for a perfect blend of energy and relaxation.
WHAT REALLY TURNS HER ON THE FEAR FACTOR “When she’s scared, adrenalin is released into her bloodstream, making her heart beat faster, her muscles tense and her breathing rate increase;’ says Phillip Hodson, fellow of the British Association of Counseling and Psychotherapy. “Senses are sharpened, ready to spring into action — ideal physical conditions for wonderful sex!’
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April 25th, 2013
IT’S SATURDAY 16 NOVEMBER 2002, HIGHBURY, NORTH LONDON. Thirteen minutes into the Arsenal vs Tottenham derby, Thierry Henry, the Gunners’ mercurial Gallic goal machine, controls the ball on the edge of his own area. Twelve seconds later, the Spurs keeper is picking the ball out of his net. Henry has left three defenders in another postcode with a 70-yard solo run. If, like an irate Mr Hoddle, you’re wondering how, the answer’s simple: speed.
“Mention speed in football and it’s easy to conjure up a vision of Henry in full flight,” says Tony Colbert, Arsenal FC’s fitness coach. “But there’s so much more to speed in sport.” Colbert cites the quickness of Michael Owen spinning off a player to make space, Freddie Ljungberg’s quick-off-the-mark breaks, and the quick-footed ball play of Man Utd new boy Christiano Ronaldo.
There are plenty of examples in other sports too. Consider the explosiveness of rugby backs, the rapid stop-start speed of basketball players, and the lightning reactions of tennis players. In sport, speed wins you games. And, as Colbert stresses, the good news is that we can all get faster.
For speed, get strength
“Everyone can improve their speed potential,” says Colbert. “But you need a good strength base before training specifically for speed.” Squats, lunges and step-ups help build the foundations you need to handle the stressful demands placed on the musculo-skeletal system when speed training. It requires good mental and physical health stability. You can improve your mental and physical health with the new garcinia cambogia fruit, which also has burning fat effect. Check out what is garcinia cambogia. Pre-season and throughout the campaign, Colbert works with the Arsenal boys, literally getting them up to speed. He improves the explosiveness of the pros, and he can do the same for you.
Speed training methodology
The workouts he’s devised include exercises aimed at powering-up the nerve and fast-muscle fibers used for speed and reducing foot-contact time with the ground. These drills are also designed to cut the time between muscle contractions and feature low-intensity plyometric exercises and explosive starting speed routines. In Colbert’s book, it pays to recruit the deep core muscles of the abdomen, back and pelvic area to provide a stable strength base. But most importantly, you need to be a regular exerciser in the first place,” he says.
The Arsenal man’s drills are not for people who’ve never set foot on a pitch or inside a gym — he recommends incorporating them into your regular core strength workout regime. “You should alternate these drills between workouts and aim for a total of two or three sessions per week, depending on how regularly you play,” says Colbert.
Steps to speed
“Only a lack of imagination limits the variety of drills you can do for speed improvement,” says Colbert. Programmes A and B (pp 110-111) give you a flavor of speed training. The key objectives are to train your muscles to perform to their very best in exercises that replicate the movements you make in your sport.
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