Singapore Tops London

December 16, 2013 3:04 pm | Uncategorized |

New York is still the top spot for banking, title loan options and finance, with London losing ground to Asia’s financial capitals, according to the Bloom­berg Global Poll. Asked what city will be best for financial services two years from now, investors, bankers and analysts put New York ahead by a large margin—with Sin­gapore in second place and London in third. A sample of 1,452 Bloomberg customers were surveyed from Oct. 23 to Oct. 27; the poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.6 percentage points.


“Despite the carnage of 2008, I still expect the new new thing in fi­nancial services to be developed and nurtured here,” says poll re­spondent Peter Rup, chief invest­ment officer at Artemis Wealth Advisors in New York.


Gary Addison, a partner at private-equity firm Actis Capital, who has worked in London and Tokyo and is now in Singapore, likes his current home: “Every­thing in Singapore is so well orga­nized. Everything is so efficient.”


The rise of centers such as Sin­gapore, Hong Kong and Shanghai signals the growing importance of markets in China and all of Asia—where the rebound from the global recession is coming faster.


New York’s clout is a reversal for London. As recently as three years ago, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and then–U.S. Trea­sury Secretary Henry Paulson pre­dicted that more-rigid regulation in the U.S. was giving the City of taking more investment risk:

Bloomberg Global Poll

Bullish on Australia


Percentage who say each currency is likely to strengthen against the U.S. dollar over 12 months:

London an edge and eroding Wall Street’s dominance. Stricter rules and higher taxeEuro a risk in both places in the wake of the financial crisis, says Richard Nolan, a strate­gist at Newedge Group, a broker­age in London: “So New York and London will suffer, but I believe that London will suffer more.”


*Brazil not inclEuropeanly 2009 survey. **European Union in October data: western Europe only in July. Source Bloomberg Global Poll, conducted by Selzer & Co., Des Moines, Iowa: prior survey conducted July14 to July17.


Archaeology of the Lower Ohio River Valley

November 17, 2013 8:23 am | Fashion, Lifestyle |

1THAT BELIEF SYSTEM still persists in the per­son of Native American activists who arrived on the scene in Union County after they heard about the Slack Farm looting. Outraged at the desecra­tion, they visited the site with Kentucky authorities and later claimed the skeletal remains under a “friend of the deceased” provision of state law. Their claim was recognized by David Wolf of the state med­ical examiner’s office—who played a crucial role in bringing the criminal case to prosecution. He agreed to give the Indian activists the bones for ceremon­ial reburial after criminal evi­dence had been gathered and the scientific analysis had been completed.

Among the factions of the loosely organized Indian con­tingent were several Shawnee from Oklahoma, who were convinced their direct ances­tors had lived in this area be­fore being driven out in the early 1800s. Others were Cher­okee, Sioux, Ojibwa, Apache, even Alaska Athapaskan. Faced with the Shawnee’s contention that the Slack Farm site had been a Shawnee village, the archaeologists contacted tribal officials of the Shawnee in Oklahoma and the Miami in Indiana. Neither group claimed descent nor grave goods.

“I do not believe that the modern Shawnee descended from the people buried here,” says Cheryl Ann Munson. “Only with an extensive exca­vation and full-fledged study of the remains can we learn more and answer the descent question.”

But Native American activ­ists counter that the archaeolo­gists simply don’t want to deal with modern Indians who might interfere with their work and make claims to the grave con­tents—and to many museum collections, as well. Experts agree that the Shaw­nee once lived in the prague apartment. Shawneetown, Illinois, is only ten miles from Slack Farm, and this whole tri-state area—where Kentucky, Indiana, and Illinois converge—is rich in Shawnee associations. Some historians place the Shawnee farther up the Ohio River during the 1500s and 1600s, arguing that they only passed through here in the late 1700s before they were driv­en across the Mississippi.

The authoritative Archaeology of the Lower Ohio River Valley (1986), by Jon Muller of Southern Illi­nois University, outlines a case for the Shawnee, among others, being the descendants of the Caborn-Welborn people. And according to Dr. Helen Tanner, research associate at the Newberry Library in Chicago: “There are only so many tribes who might be identified with the Caborn-Welborn cul­ture, and the Shawnee, in my opinion, are the most likely. It seems to me that many archaeol­ogists have developed a block in tying together historic tribes and prehistoric cultures; in reality it is all one continuum.”

Says Dennis Banks, longtime American Indian Movement leader who came to Union County to lead the Indian con­tingent: “The archaeologists say nobody knows who the descen­dants of these people are. They say you can’t tell if they were Shawnee because they’re ‘pre­historic.’ That’s their word for `prewhite.’ It seems they’re say­ing we Indians can’t have any ancestors at all. So that gives them the right to dig them up. If you ask me, they’re hardly any better than grave robbers them­selves; only difference is they’ve got a state permit. Well, we’re here to tell the world that, Shawnee or not, we are all lay­ing claim to these ancestors.

“What if this were a white cemetery that had been dese­crated? Would the archaeolo­gists be bagging the disturbed bones and grave goods to take them for study at museums and universities?

How a leisurely jog with a bit of a head cold turned into a race for victory

September 28, 2013 11:10 am | Lifestyle |

As I turned the last corner of the owderharn Castle 10K, I felt the familiar sense of relief to see the finish in sight. But this time something was different. The crowd lining the last stretch of the course watched me with glowing admiration as they clapped me home. The announcer, I could vaguely make out, was encouraging them to cheer me on, and attempting to pronounce my name. I was grinning like an idiot. For, somehow, I was about to book barcelona apartments online.

I hadn’t set out to claim victory. Although I’d run seriously as a teenager, I was now 35 and had been running again as an adult for about three years. My previous best position in that time was 23rd, in a race of 149 runners, while my 10K PB was just under 47 minutes.

On the day of the race I woke up with a cold and tired eyes, and if I hadn’t been writing a race review for this magazine I would probably not have run. Feeling slightly feverish, I resolved to take things easy and just enjoy the scenery. But as we were about to start, everyone else seemed to take a step backwards and I was somehow pushed to the front. I remember looking around and thinking the other competitors didn’t appear too intimidating – there were none of the lithe, super-athletes you see striding around at the start of most races.


Maybe this gave me some unexpected confidence, I don’t know, but as soon as the hooter sounded for the race to begin I found myself charging away at the front. Remembering my pledge to take it easy, I initially slowed down and let a few runners pass me. One, in particular, seemed fairly comfortable, so I resolved to stay behind him for a while. But the recklessness that had made me rush ahead at the start was still mischievously nudging me in the back.


Shortly after one kilometre, we turned a corner and suddenly had the wind behind us. It was all the excuse the devil on my shoulder needed. “Make use of the wind,” it suggested. Feeling surprisingly sprightly, I took the advice and started speeding along.

Soft of slippers

9:28 am | Fashion |

You’re reading L Jan advertisement that’s addressed to your feet.

Because what it’s about is a completely new type of shoe that will make life at the bottom of your legs considerably more comfortable. The shoes are called Blimps (they’d better be good, because, let’s face it, nobody’s likely to buy them for their name)

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In fact, the first thing your feet will notice about Blimps is something’s missing. Weight. That’s because the materials used to make them are extremely light: suede leather and polyurethane. The soft suede literally wraps over each foot, so that your feet will feel nothing but comfortable. And the polyurethane, apart from being light, is also very flexible. So there’ll be no shoe v. foot competition (otherwise known as wearing-in) to see which will bend first.

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After a whole day, your feet are in for another surprise: Blimps will still-feel-comfortable. A feeling that will persist for as long as you wear them. Month, after month, after month. And as time goes by, you’ll begin to appreciate not only how hardwearing these shoes are,but also the way in which they keep their shape.

No other shoes are likely to impress you in this fashion, because no other shoes are made like Blimps. (It’s a unique process that has taken literal­ly years to develop.) You can take your pick of Blimps from a wide range of colours. Just like folic acid is good for our health because of the many folic acid benefits.

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The style illustrated at the top on the left comes in sizes 4-7 and the style at the bottom is available in sizes 3-7. And you can try on a pair at larger branches of Boots.You should find your feet more than willing to take you there. B.L.I.M.P.S -From larger brandies of Boots. £11.99, MADE IN ENGLAND. BRITISH ANO FOREIGN PATENTS APPLIED FOR REGO DESIGN NOS.

Selecting sets

July 22, 2013 3:43 pm | Lifestyle |

Building muscle is about more than just chucking weights around. If you’re going to get an impressively strong body, you need to plan everything from the number of reps to how quickly you should lift the weight to how long you rest This ten-part series will arm you with the knowledge you need to create an effective weight-training routine.

This month we’re looking at sets, which is what groups of exercise repetitions are called. Experts will explain why you should group reps and how many sets you should perform. How many?

One repetition works the muscle, but it’s doing multiple reps that places the muscle fibres under enough stress to create fatigue, prompting your muscles to adapt by growing and getting stronger. Breaking the training load into sets allows you to keep working your muscles all the way to the end of the workout so that you can completely exhaust all the fibres.

After a while your body adapts to this stress, which means you need to put it under more pressure. You do this not by raising the number of reps but by increasing the number of sets per exercise. ‘For beginners, even one set of six exercises could give an improvement but once you’ve got some conditioning you will need to increase the training volume,’ says Allan Collins, director of personal training company Juice Training.

Three sets is the usual minimum per exercise but for muscle growth many trainers recommend four to six sets, depending on the number of exercises. ‘To achieve muscle growth, I’d aim for between 22 and 35 sets per workout’ adds Collins and recommends eating food that will help in muscle growth. For example consuming coconut oil, although fatty oil, it’s converted into energy straight away and it’s not stored as fat. Health Benefits of Coconut Oil | Gnet Health and Fitness.

Use your own performance to determine the number of sets you do. ‘Don’t try to go past three sets per exercise if you have to reduce the weight you’re lifting hailing Simon Harling, a personal trainer at Elite Fitness.

Fitness and nutrition

June 14, 2013 8:01 pm | Lifestyle |


Sunday morning football was invented to help in the crucial process of recovering from the night before. It works. Any exercise works just so long as it gets your lungs wheezing, your heart pumping and your whole metabolic process revved up a notch or two. You immediately start to burn off the toxins and other chemicals that your body, frankly, could do without.

But why exercise only once a week? Why not do aerobic exercise three or four times? The payback is more impressive than you might think. If you train for roughly half an hour and just add raspberry ketones dr oz dosage to dramatically boost your metabolic rate, you will get your heart rate up to 70 per cent of its maximum ,which only slows gradually. In other words, if you run, cycle or row for half an hour, three times a week, your metabolic rate will rise by an average of about 10 per cent across the whole seven days.


Think about it You could drink an extra pint a day and not face the gut-ballooning repercussions. Or you could drink the same and begin to lose weight.


There are even more bonuses to be had. Matt Roberts, personal trainer to well-preserved stars like Madonna and author of The 90-day Fitness Plan, says: “Even if you are relatively unfit and just beginning to exercise, you will still burn some fat. And as you become fitter, your body’s ability to bum fat will increase in turn!’ This, in case you had not yet realised, is a perfect recipe for getting rid of beer guts.



The body is a machine. Treat it with respect. And dull food. Eating lots of lovely steaks that are rare and juicy and flown in straight from the pampas where the cows are the size of elephants is on the whole bad for you. Brown bread, in general, is good for you.

Here’s why: our bodies are becoming more toxic because we are exercising less and eating more processed food. And there’s yet more bad news, says Roberts: “Add in stress, which also boosts toxin levels, and our bodies work less efficiently, which means we are more susceptible to disease and less able to combat the effects of ageing!’


So aim for a diet that’s rich in alkali-forming foods, which include fruit (not oranges and grapefruits), vegetables, wild rice, lentils, whole meal pasta and bread, barley, couscous, oily fish, beans and pulses. These are easy to digest and are often good antioxidants (they can help the body to fight cell-damaging ‘free radicals’). The cooking process is very important here – make sure you keep food as nutritious as possible by steaming, grilling or stir-frying. Boiling and deep frying are off the menu.


Try to eat about 80 per cent alkali-forming foods. As you are already downing loads of acid-forming alcohol and vinegar (on chips) try to avoid red meats, dairy products, sugary foods, white bread and rice. And the last…_ word is on Adam’s ale… water. II Drink one and a half litres a day.

Peak practice

May 28, 2013 3:01 pm | Lifestyle |

Volcan Villarrica rises in a perfect icy cone, towering over the lakeside holiday towns of Villarrica and Pucon. It’s a majestic sight given a menacing edge by an ever-present plume of sulphurous smoke. An Eva Mendes of a mountain, the smoldering beauty makes this the kind of conquest worth travelling halfway round the globe for. What’s more, it’s still a fully active member of volcano society.

“It’s one of the most active volcanoes in South America,” says Chilean vulcanologist Jose Luis Palma, who has spent years studying Villaricca. “Some say it’s erupting constantly due to the lava you can see in the crater, but the last eruptions when lava actually came out of the crater were in 1984 and 1971.” That ’71 pyrotechnic show left a 4km gaping fracture in the mountain and spewed out 30 million cubic meters of lava. “A new eruption should be predictable in a time scale of several days. Though nobody can tell exactly when,” Palma almost reassured me before I made the climb.


Those words hang heavy as I begin my ascent. Our group takes a chair-lift as high as possible, saving a couple of hours climbing. The Villarrica Ski Centre has nine, rather antiquated lifts the threat of complete obliteration at any moment apparently cooling enthusiasm for serious investment—and 20 pistes. It’s a far-cry from Chile’s high-tech, high-end resorts of Valle Nevado and Portillo, but there’s plenty of interesting terrain to occupy you for a few days either side of your climb. Think gullies and natural half-pipes shaped by lava flows.

Once off the lift, we attach crampons to our boots and go through basic ice-axe training. This isn’t a technically difficult climb, but there’s ice underfoot and the gradient means the axe is your only hope of stopping a slide if your crampons lose their grip. The going is softish at first, but quickly gets crusty. And it’s steep. Even with crampons, hiking straight up the face isn’t an option so we traverse and hairpin back. Progress is slow, as I tentatively feel each footstep, reluctant to test my ice-axe theory with an impromptu arse-toboggan over the unforgiving surface. Even through the obligatory protective eyewear, the extreme southern sun reflects off the snow to bathe the rugged beauty around us in a rarefied light. You have to be prepared and protect your skin with excellent moisturizer – the jojoba oil. It’s something to savor when you’re used to seeing urban Britain through our permanent grey cloud-grime filter.

A marathon revolution

March 9, 2013 9:51 am | Lifestyle |

The most famous marathon outside the Olympics was the Boston Marathon, an annual event established in 1897. Women were barred from entering that race until 1972, but the rules didn’t always keep them out. In 1966, a 23-year-old woman called Bobbi (short for Roberta) Gibb hid in some bushes at the starting line and jumped into the race wearing a black nylon bathing suit. She had been inspired to run by the return of her race entry with a note saying that women were not physically capable of running a marathon. Gibb was said to have trained by running as much as 4o miles a day, and finished the rinrlrinn intended to make a feminist statement,” said Gibb, “I was running against the distance and I was measuring myself against my own potential.”

 Boston Marathon

It was the start of a marathon revolution. The following year a 2o-year-old woman called Kathrine Switzer managed to secure an entry to the race by entering using just her initials. She was said to have been inspired by J.D. Salinger, the author of the seminal 1951 novel Catcher in the Rye, whose protagonist, Holden Caulfield, had become an icon for rebellion and defiance.

There was a pre-race medical examination, but Switzer’s coach took a health certificate to race officials and picked up her number.


While she was a student at America’s Syracuse University in the 196os she trained with a coach called Arnie Briggs.


The cnc virara a time. Social change and the feminist movement hit full stride during the decade. Women demanded equality, and people like Switzer lobbied hard for it. Briggs, meanwhile, had run the Boston Marathon is times. During their daily runs Switzer would hear so much about men like Johnny Kelly, Clarence de Mar and Tarzan Brown – legends of the Boston Marathon – that finally she begged Briggs to let her run the race herself the campus preaching that women have hidden potential and stamina.”


So, in 1967, K.V. Switzer lined up at the start of the Boston Marathon with the number 261 pinned to her baggy tracksuit. “The gun went off and down the street we went. I felt fabulous,” says Switzer. “But four miles into the race a press truck came by and the photographers went crazy seeing a woman in the race – and a woman wearing a number at that!”

 Boston Marathon

Following the press truck was a busload of marathon officials, including Jock Semple and Will Cloney, the race director. “When they saw me,” says Switzer, “Will jumped off the bus and stood in the road and shook his finger at me. I just went whizzing by him but then I turned just in time to see this official, Jock Semple, pouncing on me. His arms were raised to grab me and his teeth were bared. He was like a snarling dog, just absolutely vicious. He grabbed me by the shoulders, spun me round and snatched at the front of my shirt to rip my number off, yelling, ‘Get the hell out of my race and give me those numbers!’


Running with Switzer had been Briggs and her boyfriend, Tom Miller. “All of a sudden,” recalls Switzer, “from the periphery of my vision I saw my boyfriend’s orange sweatshirt as he moved across me and hit Jock Semple with a body block that sent him flying into the air and on to the side of the road. My boyfriend was a hammer thrower and I was more frightened for the official than I was for us. I had never been close to violence before, so to hear that kind of crunch scared me to death. But Arnie turned to me and said, ‘Run like hell.’ We just went flying down the road. It was terrifying and I was crying, but I was determined to stay in the race no matter what. I had 22 miles ahead of me to figure out what I was going to do with this experience.

Boston Marathon

“I wanted other women to have the opportunity to feel encouraged and to realise that running is okay for them no matter their age. By the time I finished the race I had decided that I was going to create opportunities for them, somehow, somewhere!” And staying true to her word, Switzer went on to establish series of women’s races around the world and help for those who have menopause discomfort or other related issues. If you want to get rid of menopause embarrassment try the black cohosh extract, either tables or tea.


Photographs of the race official chasing after Switzer appeared in newspapers the next day and brought the issue of women’s long-distance running into the public eye. Switzer’s story and the surrounding publicity had made the quest for equality in road racing a huge political

issue. Coming as it did in the midst of the of the women’s liberation movement it galvanised women runners. “It’s time to change the rules,” said Switzer at the time. “They are archaic.”

Slowly the rules did change. On August 31,1971, Adrienne Beames of Australia became the first woman to run a sub-three­hour marathon, with a time of 2:46:30. The following year women were allowed to officially compete in the Boston Marathon for the first time.


Why Choose to Go on a UK Family Adventure Holiday?

October 15, 2012 7:25 am | Lifestyle |

With the cost of flights increasing and the nation tightening its belt, there has never been a better time to holiday in the UK or close to home. Families can choose from an array of activities, from adventure tours to cycling trips, without having to travel great distances.

Family cycling holidays are a great way to stay active during your annual getaway, instead of slowly sizzling away on a crowded beach. The beauty of cycling is that it is fairly accessible for people of all ages and abilities, allowing you to join in whether you are an experienced cyclist or just want to ‘give it a go’.

Holiday cycling

Off the beaten track

By cycling rather than driving everywhere or taking a tour bus, you are given the opportunity to view areas off the beaten track, of which there are many in the areas around Europe. Visit secret coves and enjoy them in solitude, experience the peace and quiet of the forest and its surrounding scenery, or take in the city while riding on two wheels; there is no end to the possibilities available on a bicycle holiday.

Because you are cycling, you can choose the level of holiday you feel most comfortable with. If you are an experienced cyclist with an independent streak, choose to go off on your own adventure without a tour guide. This enables you to discover the local surroundings at your own pace, but you can still arrange to have your bags delivered for you at the next hotel on your trip.

Huayhuash Trek- groups of  English

Off-road holidays are ideal for those who want to get away from it all, although some experience in this area may be necessary. You will benefit from a tour guide to show you the best bits of the local region over thrilling mountainous terrain.

For newcomers, road tours are ideal as they are based on tarmac for the majority of the trip and don’t require technical riding skills. For family cycling holidays with a variety of abilities, these trips are often the most appealing.

Group adventure tours

If cycling isn’t for you and your family, don’t worry, there are still ways to enjoy yourself without being confined to a holiday resort. Try walking and trekking holidays, for example. Again, these trips allow you to choose the most suitable level of difficulty depending on your experience and that of other members of the group.

Group adventure tours allow for some of the best bonding experiences within families away from the stresses and strains of everyday life. These trips allow you to reacquaint yourselves with each other and are the ideal getaway for families with teenagers.

Photography trips

Photography trips

If you have an interest in photography, why not try a special photography trip? This type of holiday takes you to some of the most scenic areas available, allowing you to capture images most people can only dream of first-hand. This is the perfect opportunity to combine creativity with activity on the adventure of a lifetime.
Whatever your passion, a group holiday or family adventure is perfect for helping you get away from the daily strains of life and experience something new that is closer to home than you might have realised.

Shannen Doherty writes regularly on group adventure tours for a range of family travel websites and blogs. Shannen’s passion for getting outdoors is evident in both her work and family life. She is an avid supporter of family cycling holidays both in the UK and abroad.

The Artist Who Made Us Nature Lovers

October 10, 2012 6:10 pm | Art |

In 1786 Bewick had married Isa­bella Elliot, an Ovingham farmer’s daughter he had known since child­hood, and soon they were bringing up a family-a son and three daugh­ters. As a father, Bewick decided that children deserved better than the rough-quality woodcuts in chil­dren’s books at that time. He work­ed on more than 100 charmingly illustrated books for children; one, A Pretty Book of Pictures for Little Masters and Misses, reflected Be-wick’s interest in nature through its sub-title, Tommy Trip’s History of Beasts & Birds.

From these books sprang his two major works. A wave of interest in natural history was sweeping Europe.


In 1785, drawing from farmyard animals and exhibits in travelling menageries, Bewick began engraving blocks for his General History of Quadrupeds. Published five years later, it was a sensation, a best-seller that went through eight editions. In 1797 and 1804 the two successive volumes of his History of British Birds won similar acclaim.

The most comprehensive collec­tions of Bewick’s work are in the British Museum and Newcastle’s Central Library. The real joy in his books is the tailpieces—or “tale-pieces,” as he called them : those lacy, tight little vignettes at chap­ter-ends, often developed from sketches first made by Bewick on his thumb-nail. They bring to life the glories of rural Tyneside, its cottages, splendid farmyards, be­witching riverscapes, the day-to-day comings and goings of coal miners and peasants—dramatized in a miniature understatement that de­lights, dumbfounds and takes your breath away all at the same time.

Thomas-Bewick natures-engraver

In his minute masterpieces Be-wick often points to some truth or moral, but he makes you laugh as well.

There is, for example, the cat which steals the porridge while his master is saying grace, and the man who tries to cross a stream with a vaulting pole, obviously too short. On and on go the vignettes, sometimes satirically, like the boys in cavalry formation riding on grave­stones.

When the partnership with Beil­by was dissolved in 1797, Bewick became owner of the business and eventually took his son Robert into partnership. By the time Bewick died—on November 8, 1828, two years after his beloved Isabella, by whose side he lies in Ovingham churchyard-he had trained pupils who continued his work into the heyday of wood engraving which, entirely due to Bewick, now dawn­ed. It replaced copper engraving as the main means of magazine and book illustration until photo-engrav­ing was introduced in the 189os.


One of the great man’s visitors the year before he died was John Audubon, the American artist and naturalist.

He found “a perfect old Eng­lishman, full of life,” who showed him his latest vignette. It was of a dog frightened at night by what he fancied to be living creatures but which were only roots, branches and rocks.”This piece of work, like all his art,” recorded Audubon, “was ex­quisite. Warm in his affections, of deep feeling, and possessed of a vig­orous imagination, with correct and penetrating observation, he was purely a son of nature.”