The Joys of Safe Sun

When I was a teenager, I would sit out in the sun in the hope of curing my acne. It wasn’t until years later I was taught the hard lesson that in Eastern culture, fair skin was associated with beauty while dark skin was associated with ... well, working out in the fields probably. Perhaps the latest news can justify to me that my sun lounging days were to my benefit. NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) is about to announce that, contrary to previous advice by cancer and health organisations, sun exposure is indeed, good for you. Well, moderate amounts anyway. So why the U-turn? It all boils down to 3 words: vitamin D deficiency. Apart from the physiological benefit

Do I Need An SPF?

We're in May and we’ve reached that time of year when we start to think about sun protection. For those of us who need to top up our vitamin D, sun exposure is a healthy must. Skin experts recommend 10 minutes, not at the beginning or end of the day but when the sun is high in the sky. This sounds contrary to previous recommendations when we were told to stay out of the midday sun, but for health purposes, this is the best time of day. If you don’t wish to expose your face, then go for arms or legs. Not only will this make you feel good, but your body will be able to do what the body does best in sunlight: manufacture vitamin D. If you’re not able to get sun exposure, then by all mean

Electric Cars Are Cool

[Update Feb 2020 - electric charging points across the country. See the end.] I am not a petrolhead. But I am fascinated by the electric car. My first foray into the world of electrical vehicles was a Honda Insight a few years back, hybrid 2-seater, fantastically well-built, very clever car, used to do 119miles to the gallon! It looked like a car Lady Penelope would drive. Alas, being a 2-seater, when I had twins, I needed a car I could strap both them and me into, so the Insight sadly had to go. Now I have a BMW i3. Do excuse my terrible dummy's appraisal of this vehicle, but I'll tell it from a 'I don't know anything about cars' point of view. I think at the last count (which was 2 w

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