The latest technology from OS Maps is stunning. It’s called Aerial 3D and it renders high-density satellite imagery onto OS surveyed land maps, to provide fabulous 3D imagery of walking routes.

The angle and rotation can be varied; it even has an auto-rotate option to allow you to sit back and watch the world go around. Brilliant fun, but actually a superb resource potentially, for use in understanding a route and how it interacts with the landscape.

This image is of my recent Long Man of Wilmington walk. To really appreciate what this technology is doing: click on the image and, after it opens in a new page, click on it again, to view it full-size.

If you look carefully, you should be able to find the Long Man of Wilmington, nestling in the hills…

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Route, via OS “3D Aerial” satellite imagery; viewed full-size, Long Man is clearly visible

Can you locate the Long Man?

Where’s the Long Man?

Diet Doctor

Diet Doctor is a relatively new resource, appearing in the current format in the last year, after starting out in Sweden, in 2011. It’s entered the sphere of dietary nutrition at what I believe is a critical moment for the world. Seriously:

Something is badly wrong. While the prosperity of the world has never been higher, people are suffering.

More and more people – the majority in the Western world – are obese or overweight, and a large proportion are on prescription drugs every day for the rest of their lives.

Every year new people add to the sad statistics. As we get ever richer as a society our health appears to decline. Why is this?

With that backdrop, it’s clear: there’s a crucial need for accessible, accurate, reliable nutritional dietary information to be delivered through the medium of the internet—the “printing press” of the twenty-first century.

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Real Meal Revolution

25024383Professor Tim Noakes is a South African Professor of Exercise and Sports Science at the University of Cape Town. As qualified as it’s possible to be from a scientific point of view, he has also participated in over 70 marathons and authored Lore of Running, Challenging Beliefs and Waterlogged. Since moving into the sphere of dietary nutrition, Professor Noakes

…has dedicated his life to opening people’s eyes to the myth of low-fat eating and the nutritional and environmental crisis it has now left us in.

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Effortless Healing — Joseph Mercola

Most of what I learned from the highly-qualified, informed, committed and seemingly indefatigable, Chicago born-and-bred Dr Mercola came via his website, Mercola.com—with 25 million monthly visitors, “The World’s #1 Natural Health Website” —and its email newsletter.

After digesting Dr Mercola’s daily emails for the best part of a year or more, I came to recognise and understand the basic underlying health and wellness principles that he espouses. They supported, enhanced and considerably expanded upon what I had already learnt from The Primal Blueprint and Nutritious Traditions.

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Dr Mercola’s dietary, nutrition and lifestyle principles can be accessed online, as a nutrition plan, but probably more succinctly and accessibly, via the book, Effortless Healing, which presents them as:

9 Simple Ways to Sidestep Illness, Shed Excess Weight and Help Your Body Fix Itself.

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Nourishing Traditions — Sally Fallon

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We refer to this as our “Yellow Food Bible.” Sally Fallon is President of the Weston A Price Foundation. Weston Price was a dentist who travelled the world and observed traditional, indigenous groups and their diets:

“Whilst the diets of these peoples differed in many particulars…(they all) ate fats, meats, fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts, seeds and whole grains in the whole, unrefined state…(and) some raw foods… Almost every member…enjoyed superb health…free of chronic disease, dental decay and mental illness; they were strong, sturdy and attractive; and they produced healthy children with ease, generation after generation.”

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Primal Blueprint — Mark Sisson

14783599 This is where I began my LCHF journey. I gave it a try because it came highly recommended by readers. I thought at the time:

Ok, but why go so “over the top” with the front cover claims? Tone it down a bit!

Then I tried it. Wow. Practically everything Mark Sisson claims began to happen. More energy. Less irritation and indigestion. Weight began to reduce, without any calorie-counting. People began asking me what I’d done to produce the changes they could see in me. I was so thrilled with the results that I bought several copies as gifts, for family members and friends. Continue reading “Primal Blueprint — Mark Sisson”

Real Food Resources

Reading my introduction to real food and farming and how beneficial I’d found it to be, a friend wrote:

I find this genuinely inspiring…if I wanted to start moving towards this kind of eating, can you point me to any good resources for a simple start, please?

In response, over the course of the next five days, I’ll provide an introduction to four books and one website, each of which I have researched and referenced personally, to some degree or other, in my own nutritional and lifestyle transformation. All of these resources are aimed squarely at the popular market, whilst presenting advise based on the latest scientific understanding of nutrition and physiology. They are: Continue reading “Real Food Resources”

On this day…

img_0319On this day, 30 years ago

The day a plane landed in Red Square, Moscow. 

An 18 year-old, inexperienced pilot, Mathias Rust, later deemed “psychologically unstable and unworldly in a dangerous member,” evaded the entire Soviet Air Defence system to land on the Bolshoy Moskvoretsky Bridge, adjacent to Moscow’s Red Square.

His action has been credited with directly leading to the biggest turnover in the Soviet military since Stalin’s purges 50 years earlier, playing a peculiar part in the detente that led to the ending of the Cold War.

Extraordinary story.