Do Your Exercise OUTSIDE (& Have FUN Doing It!)

By Natural Foods Diet – Natural Health Information

Don't do your workouts in a gym staring at a blank wall, or even worse, a TV screen. Get outside, get some sunshine, get electrically grounded and have some FUN! If you bring your cell phone with you, turn it on airplane mode to limit electro magnetic field exposure. What outdoor activities do you do for fun? …read more

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Tate shows off sculpture and pop in 2015 programme

By Hannah Ellis-Petersen

Galleries boast Alexander Calder retrospective, Barbara Hepworth exhibition, Jackson Pollock and pop art

Sculpture is to take centre stage at the Tate galleries next year, with the first major retrospective in 20 years of Alexander Calder credited with inventing the mobile and a showcase of Barbara Hepworth's carvings and bronzes among the highlights of Tate's 2015 programme.

Other exhibitions include Jackson Pollock, South African painter Marlene Dumas and a look at pop art's international influences.

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Architecture's epic fails: buildings we love to hate

By Jason Farago

The FBI just announced it will move to a new facility, abandoning the hulking J Edgar Hoover Building in Washington. Here are six other such unsuccessful buildings

This week the US government confirmed that the Federal Bureau of Investigation will be moving to a new facility in Maryland or Virginia officially abandoning its hulking J Edgar Hoover Building in Washington, DC. The massive concrete structure on Pennsylvania Avenue now seems set for destruction, as even its few defenders concede that most citizens of DC react to the Hoover Building with unbridled hatred. Yet even unsuccessful buildings are part of our cities history, and part of the pleasure of being a city-dweller is finding buildings that you can love to hate, like these six:

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Sew fantastic! Artist Lucy Sparrow fills corner shop with items made of felt

By Frances Perraudin

Hand-sewn Guardian newspaper among items for sale in Lucy Sparrow's felt corner shop in Bethnal Green in London

In the quiet backstreet's of London's Bethnal Green there is a corner shop with a difference. It stocks all the familiar grocery items you might need: from sanitary towels, to baked beans, to cans of Newcastle Brown Ale and McCain's oven chips. And, of course, it sells copies of the Guardian. The one deviation from the norm is that every single item has been hand stitched from felt.

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A novel about people who say they're working on novels? How novel

By Jonathan Jones

Artist Cory Arcangel's book Working on My Novel is a collection of tweets by people declaring they're beavering away at their literary masterpieces. Is this depressing or inspiring?

Despite dark declarations that the novel is dead, that this quintessentially modern literary form, invented (as we know it) in 18th-century Britain cannot survive the age of social media, artist Cory Arcangel's new book, Working on My Novel has just been published, contradicting those naysayers.

For it seems a lot of people out there are doing just that. Not only are they working on “my novel”, but they tweet that they're “working on my novel”. Arcangel's discovery of a vast online community of aspiring novelists is hugely reassuring to techno-believers who would hate to admit that some of the cultural effects of the internet and social media might be, y'know destructive.

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Study Finds Fast Food is Most Popular Among Middle Class


There's a lot of stigma about eating at fast food restaurants–it's unhealthy, it's fattening, it's bad for the environment–the list goes on and on. In many cases, this bad reputation is more than merited; yet, there are still some important misconceptions about fast food, including who they're really hurting the most.

Are Middle-Class Families More Likely to Choose Fast Food?

Many people believe that fast-food dining, especially the drive-thru variety, is primarily eaten by low-income families. Newly published findings, however, suggest otherwise. [1] In fact, these findings have shown that it's actually middle-class Americans who are the greatest consumers of quick, cheap, and greasy fast food. Using data sets collected between 1994 and 1996 from 5,000 US citizens, researchers at UC Davis were able to compare factors such as household income, gender, race, and education with regards to meal choices.

In many ways, the group's findings were fairly predictable. For example, as household income increased, so too did the frequency of visits to full table service sit-down restaurants. Changes in rate of fast food consumption, on the other hand, were more surprising. In stark contrast to their original expectations, fast food intake actually increased alongside household income by up to 60 thousand dollars per year. Once families had crossed this income mark, average fast food consumption rates began to decline.

It would appear that the financial savings home-cooked meals offer is reason enough for many lower-income families to avoid eating out altogether. For middle-class families, the convenience of a quick, low-hassle meal seems to hold more appeal. By avoiding cooking their own meals at home, many people who choose fast-food options are at a greater risk for experiencing a decline in health, something that could eventually lead to financial stress. This is why eating fresh, mostly raw organic foods is crucially important for supporting health on all fronts!

Tips for Eating Healthy

Regardless of busy schedules or budgetary considerations, there's really no good reason to regularly consume fast food. Here are some tips to work around time constraints while reducing the incidence of driving through a fast food joint:

  • Plan Meals in Advance. Use your downtime during the evenings or weekends to organize a weekly meal plan. Find recipes that use fresh, whole, raw food ingredients as this will lower cost and increase nutrient value.
  • Have Snacks on Hand. Often, a slight hunger pang can initiate the desire to grab something quick and easy (food wise). So, the next time you go to the store, pick up a few hunger-fighting snack foods that need very little preparation. Almonds, walnuts, fresh fruit, raw cheese–basically anything that you and your family enjoy.
  • Exercise. Having a physical fitness regime will not only lower uncontrolled hunger by reducing the main hunger hormone (ghrelin), it will also reinforce a desire to stay healthy. After a fitness routine, you feel healthy and fit and don't want to undo all that hard work. Exercise, therefore, may create a mental …read more

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The artist who's made an entire newsagents out of felt in pictures

By Guardian Staff

Digestive biscuits, Bisto, Red Stripe and KY Jelly … Lucy Sparrow has sewn the whole contents of a newsagents from felt for her art installation The Cornershop. Funded by Kickstarter, the shop contains nearly 2000 classic groceries and you can buy it all

The Cornershop will be open at 19 Wellington Row, Bethnal Green every day in August from 10am7pm

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French socialist hero Jean Jaurès a picture from the past

By Eric Hilaire

On 31 July 1914, Jean Jaurès the French socialist leader, co-founder of the newspaper L'Humanité and long-time member of the Chamber of Deputies was assassinated in Cafe du Croissant in Paris, by a 29-year-old nationalist called Raoul Villian who believed that Jaurès' opposition to the war played into the hands of imperial Germany. Jaurès was a committed pacifist who tried to promote understanding between France and Germany in the months leading up to war

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