In Britain, the law says that I can have 0.8 mg/ml of alcohol in my blood and it is still legal to drive a vehicle. Other countries have similar rules. Most (including France, Germany, Spain, Greece, Denmark) opt for 0.5mg/ml. Others have a lower rate – in Poland and Sweden it is 0.2mg/ml So, it’s … Continue reading Drink-Driving Confusion
People have very different mechanisms for selecting their specific numbers and, it must be said, that given the random nature of the draw, there is no proven right or wrong way. However, there is, arguably, one set of numbers which may significantly reduce your odds of winning should you choose to play them. The theory … Continue reading Winning the Lottery – There’s No Coincidence
The power of the brand over us is immense. We will gladly pay more for it, go out of our way for it, model ourselves on it. Given this loyalty and commitment we must derive some benefit from being associated with company brands. Why do we have this abiding love of the brand? What does … Continue reading Branded Like a Fool?
Nobody who knows me would ever say I have any great understanding of fashion. My dress sense is probably best described as bland, middle-of-the-road and safe. I avoid buying visible brands. I buy a lot of navy and black. I don’t knowingly follow trends. I refuse to pay over-the-top prices. Fashion basically puzzles me. There … Continue reading Body-Saving Fashion – the Cover-all Shirt
We can observe ants busying themselves in their continual struggle for survival. They live in a world that knows nothing of our human existence. They know nothing of the world beyond their defined territory. If they did know of us, they would consider us as an almighty force that is able to significantly impact on … Continue reading God’s Real Residence – Where are the Powers that be?
If you know the rules of society and you deliberately break those rules, then you release society from all its obligations to you. You can have no complaints when you reap the backlash from your misdemeanours. If somebody commits a crime against me or my family which causes harm or disadvantage to us then I … Continue reading Vigilantes Required
If you are or are thinking of becoming a vegetarian it may not be as clear-cut a decision as you might think. There may well be more to it than you realise. There are vegetarian grey areas that you will have to think about. It’s a case of where do you draw the line? How … Continue reading Vegetarian Dilemmas
It began in my mid-thirties when I started to wheeze and cough. I became breathless at the slightest exertion and repeatedly woke during the night struggling to breathe, with a tightness in my chest and coughing up a thick, slimy green phlegm. I was suffering from adult-onset asthma. It felt as if I had been … Continue reading Asthma: Who Stole My Breath?
A staggering 5.4 million people suffer from asthma in the UK. Asthma is an illness that seems to belong to modern, Western society and its prevalence has been on the increase since the 1970’s. Although mortality rates from asthma have been on the decline this is only due to the fact that asthma is now … Continue reading Asthma’s Down the Pan
I’m worried about my brain. I don’t think it’s working as well as it used to. I can’t remember things; I’m getting my words mixed up, I can’t find the right words to express myself. What is happening to me? Is it dementia? Alzheimer’s? Do I have a brain disease? Do I need to see … Continue reading Brainpower – Use it or Lose it