Monday

1. From haiku on ‘the enduring magic of the voice actor’:

http://www.bbc.com/capital/story/20180611-the-durable-magic-of-the-voice-actor

2. Uh huh:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-44497080

Love the turn of phrase:

The RMT said: “The rotten franchise he was steering remains in place.”

3. Purists would turn in their bed:

https://pjmedia.com/lifestyle/17-supermarket-brand-scotch-named-best-in-the-world/

As the tweet noted, this is the second year in a row that the bargain scotches have won a prize. Once could be considered a fluke, but twice in a row pretty much cements both as legit.

4. Chucles points out that Mr. Chope is the MP for Christchurch.

https://www.samizdata.net/2018/06/what-a-bloke/

5. Lastly for now, go Mediterranean, young man or woman?

https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2018/06/13/619619302/errors-trigger-retraction-of-study-on-mediterranean-diets-heart-benefits

http://blogs.plos.org/absolutely-maybe/2018/06/14/what-does-the-predimed-trial-retraction-re-boot-mean-for-the-mediterranean-diet/

The Mediterranean-food-and-red-wine hypothesis is really appealing – at least to some social groups. But that could be a problem. If we’re not particularly careful with health claims that are attractive to us, there’s a good chance we’re going to be disappointed.

[H/T Chuckles and haiku]

6 comments for “Monday

  1. Distant Relative
    June 18, 2018 at 14:55

    3. Well there you have it. A lot of snobbery in the drinks business. Waitrose used to do their own label 18 year old single malt matured in old sherry casks. Was wonderful stuff. Then they stopped doing it for no apparent reason. Maybe they were waiting for me to leave the country before reinstating it….?

    • June 18, 2018 at 18:09

      Ran out of sherry casks?

  2. dearieme
    June 18, 2018 at 15:59

    Another fad diet may have shaky foundations. Did you ever?

    Ever since the launch of the Great Cholesterol Con by the bent medical scientist Ancel Keys almost all nutritional advice adopted as government propaganda has been bollocks. You’d be better off paying heed to Jeeves and eating plenty of fish.

    • June 18, 2018 at 16:12

      Got the fish in the oven now.

      • Distant Relative
        June 18, 2018 at 16:38

        Make sure it’s sardines. 🙂

        “Is there a five-a-day that would be worthwhile?”

        After all this, is there a perfect five-a-day? I set about doing what should have been done before any of this started. I went back to the USDA nutrition database and tried to get the Recommended Dietary Allowances (RDAs) from just five foods. This can be achieved with 100 grams of liver, 200 grams of sardines, 200 grams of whole milk, 100 grams of sunflower seeds and 200 grams of broccoli (1,300 calories). There will be infinite combinations of real foods that can provide the RDAs, but I started from the ones known to be highly nutritious.

        For interest, I repeated the experiment for a vegetarian diet and the biggest challenge became vitamin D. The RDAs could be met with five foods: 500 grams of whole milk, 450 grams of eggs (10 medium eggs), 300 grams of spinach, 250 grams of raw mushrooms grown in sunshine and 50 grams of sunflower seeds (1,360 calories). Dietary advisors applaud people for choosing a vegetarian diet, but then tell them to avoid eggs and to consume low-fat milk. It then becomes practically impossible for a vegetarian to meet even minimal nutritional requirements. I had returned to eating meat and fish before the research for this part of the book, but, this exercise gave me great concern about what lasting damage I may have done to my health during years of not eating meat and fish…”

        You can have mine. Might be handy when you take to your boat. 🙂 http://www.zoeharcombe.com/2012/03/five-a-day-the-truth/

        Fish Monday? Just had a late lunch of monk fish ‘ n’ scallops cooked in butter finished with juice of whole lemon garnished with dill. And a salad followed by cheese. Strawbs and cream later… 🙂

        • June 18, 2018 at 18:07

          You’ll need to patent that.

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