Blogs

Reasons to get on your bike!

At the age of 55 I have suddenly found out about the joys of cycling and the health benefits. A year ago I huffed and puffed at cyclists getting in my way on the road – now I just admire their ability to get up a hill, though I still mutter heavily when they cycle two abreast...
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Things to do on a long weekend in Zurich

Having just spent a weekend in Zurich here are my suggestions on what to do. A good idea is to buy a 2 or 3 day Swiss Travel Pass from the travel agency office in the station at the airport. It gives you travel on all trams and intercity trains, and the lake boats and museum...
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Why you should have a mole check.

I had been meaning to go for a mole check for a few months, mainly because more and more friends my age ( men and women) were having to have suspicious looking moles dealt with, so I finally got around to asking my doctor to refer me for a mole check. I had a little raised one...
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Guarding against osteoporosis – don’t leave it too late.

Osteoporosis is the most common metabolic bone disease of western women, caused not so much by a calcium deficiency as such, but by an increased rate of calcium loss. This results in bone loss exceeding bone formation, which causes bone density to decrease. Smoking, lack of...
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Ever thought of volunteering for the Independent Prison Monitoring Board?

You may not realize, but inside every prison there is an Independent Monitoring Board (IMB) – or what you might remember used to be called the Board of Visitors. IMB members are independent and unpaid and are not to be confused with Official Prison Visitors, who as their name...
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Decoding the Decanting Process: When, Why, and How to Decant Wine

Which Kinds of Bottles Need to be Decanted? As important a role as decanting plays in the appreciation of wine, not all bottles require it. In fact, the overwhelming majority of wine produced today is intended for immediate “pop and pour” consumption, and requires no decanting....
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When the kids boomerang back home to the empty nest…

Recent research from the Office for National Statistics shows that 3.3 million 20-34 year olds now live with their parents, and a further 500,000 aged 35-64 also live at home. Is this loss of independence something we should be concerned about? Is it born out of financial need,...
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Want to improve your golf? A golf week in Portugal worked wonders

This is the story of a woman (me!) who started playing golf a couple of years ago, and found it really difficult to improve from my starter handicap of 36. I had worked really hard to get to that, and be admitted as a member of my local club, but then I just never seemed to get...
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Nutritional supplements to boost your health

Are they just a waste of time, or do we really need to take food supplements? Personally I think it’s really important for women to take the right vitamins to supplement their diet as they go through the menopause, and our diet can easily become depleted of vital vitamins due to...
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