March 29, 2016

Eatwell plate? Who says – the Food Industry!

Posted in Uncategorized at 9:06 am by Aleksan

At first sight the Eatwell plate looks innocent enough until you look into it, and realise that real food is not the priority and it includes a large proportion of unhealthy processed foods – not surprising because it has been produced by the food industry which some reason Public Health has hired to do the job for it! There should be less carbs, less if any fruit juice and more eggs, cheese, fisk, lean meat, milk and greens. It is vested interest eg Fake Food merchants and the like that dictate the odds these days. Health can not be trusted to these sugar suppliers. The old adage still applies “Cave Emptor” – Beware the Buyer. Only common sense and education will help here. Do not trust the Government to look after your interests – they back big money and ignorant populist policies.

New Eatwell Guide says a healthy diet should now include more fruit, vegetables and starchy carbohydrates, and fewer sugary foods and drinks.

March 20, 2016

Keeping fit in older age – my exercise programme

Posted in Uncategorized at 7:59 am by Aleksan

Most days before my Tea at 6pm I do a Home Exercise programme – Aerobic, Stretches and Yoga. This takes place in the bedroom watched by Sam who joins in when I do the Yoga posture called “The Dog” It takes me 15 – 20 minutes only, but it is working! My number of exercises are increasing – today I did 20 Press Ups from the knee, 130 rows with my Rowing Exerciser, and 20 leg stretches against the Rowing Exerciser (two thick elastic rubber things with a handle at one end and stirrups at the other) I also walk Sam twice a day and ride a horse when I can. I reckon this beats going to the gym and should be sufficient to keep a 71 and a half year old reasonably trim. Height 5ft 10 and a half inches, weight 10 and a half stone.

March 19, 2016

Robbing the disabled to make the rich even more wealthy?

Posted in Uncategorized at 9:18 am by Aleksan

When I mischievously posted a list of MPs who had voted for Disability cuts to the Andover MS page, I did of course know that our new Patron, Kit Malthouse MP for Andover and North West Hampshire was one of them. What I did not know was that the members would sack him on the spot, and that subsequent press coverage would lead to the Conservative Mayoral Candidate for London losing his job as Patron of a Disability organisation. Nor did I know that today the Government would be in disarray over the resignation of Ian Duncan Smith from the Cabinet on the same issue – disability cuts, but tax cuts for the rich. Well the People will triumph in the end however long it takes, and common sense is now prevailing. But it does make me wonder whether the average collective IQ of the Cabinet is lower than the population at large?

March 5, 2016

William the Conqueror – Y DNA Research in France – Link to the Burnfield and Somerled paternal Norse Viking line?

Posted in Uncategorized at 4:31 pm by Aleksan

This is interesting to the Burnfields – this Y DNA research could well show that William the Conqueror was descended from our ancestor in the Somerled line. Somerled, King of the Isles (1100s) was descended from our Norse Viking paternal line, and so, it is believed, was Duke William! See translation by Ørjan Myklebust from the French below:

The father’s line of Rollo, William the Conqueror and the Norwegian\Irish\Scottish link to it

By Ørjan Myklebust

In the French media:
The remains of two dukes of Normandie, Richard the First and Richard the Second are to be excavated and they will attempt to recover the DNA of the two buried dukes.
These results may be available in about 6 months time or so.
The two dukes are descended from the legendary viking leader Rollo who became king or ‘duc’ of Normandie.

In the Norse sources, known as Gange-Rolv.
Or by his full name, Rolv Ragnvaldson, son of Ragnvald Earl of Møre.
Møre is about two thirds of todays Norwegian Fylke or District Møre og Romsdal which means Møre and the Roms valley.
Ragnvald also ruled Orkney and Shetland.

His son Rolv was exiled from Norway after he raided and pillaged parts of the Oslo area. So the king exiled him.
According to the sources he then traveled to Valland which is in todays France.
According to Snorre Sturlason, Rolv is the same man as Rollo.

Another very interesting thing about this line of Earls from Møre in Norway is that they also seem to be the founders of the ‘Uí Ímair’ dynasty of Ireland, the Kings of Dublin.
The interesting thing here is that the Scottish Somerled line is in theory also descended from the Uí Ímair line ….
And they are of course R1a1a L448 CTS4179.

So that would in theory make the Rollo line also L448.
They should be close to eachother the DNA of these two lines.
The time of MRCA for the Rollo line and the Somerled one would maybe be in the 7-800s AD. But it could be earlier too, further back.

If it happens that their Y DNA turns out to be that variety (L448) then it would confirm a lot of things from the written Norse sources.
That the Kings of Dublin came from Møre in Norway originally.
And that they also ruled the North half of Scotland and the Isles.

And if the DNA mathces the Somerled line then it also means Somerled was of the same father’s line as William the Conqueror.
So this result is going to be very interesting indeed…

To tackle or not to tackle?……that is the question.

Posted in Uncategorized at 9:45 am by Aleksan

We played Rugger at my boarding school from about the age of nine, and we were taught how to tackle without being injured. In those days the studs on boots were leather and nailed, and you did not want that in your face – especially as many were worn down, with jagged nails protruding. (The softies now use rubber studs I believe…) Our watchword was “the bigger they are the harder they fall”. Yes, I was sometimes dazed and saw stars, but I don’t remember any serious injuries. It was fun, hard fun, and the muddier we got the more we laughed. We were not allowed to play if the ground was hard with frost, but sometimes we played on very cold days, encouraging us to run and keep moving. It is my view that non tackle Rugby would be less fun, and that kids must learn how to manage risk and deal with danger.  Is this move towards contactless Rugby yet another sign of the increasing namby pamby feminisation of youth so prevalent in the UK today? It won’t work.

March 2, 2016

Here is the news…here is the news….here is the news aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaggggggggggggggghhhhhhhhhhhhh!

Posted in Uncategorized at 11:57 am by Aleksan

I awoke early this morning, heard the news then dozed off – and then woke to hear the same news again. It had not improved….it always seems to get worse. We have too much information now, we know about all the wars, murders, rapes, and corruption in every country. We are not designed for this, it leads to empathy fatigue and emotional burn out. The Buddhist monks have the right idea – listen to the news no more than once a day, or preferably weekly. But I have become addicted – and get restless if I don’t have my news fix. The IPad does not help by bursting into dramatic music every time there is breaking news, usually announcing that some unknown by me celebrity my age has died. Gate gate paragate parasamgate bodhi svaha! Go beyond, more beyond, absolutely beyond, wake up and laugh!