Showing posts with label Health and Fitness. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Health and Fitness. Show all posts

Friday, 18 January 2019

Plans For 2019

It's coming to the end of the 3rd week of January already and I'm wondering how many of us are still going strong with our New Year Resolutions, or have they kind of fallen by the way side a little bit?

I didn't make any resolutions this year, I haven't for a few years now, I think that to call something a "resolution" can set you up for a fail from the start. Instead I set some goals, things I want to achieve this year.

Getting my sergeant stripes and becoming a cadet instructor is way up there but, after a meeting with the company commander and the other instructors of A coy ACF I plan to be trained as an expedition instructor helping to teach army cadets wilderness survival and bushcrafting skills, I would honestly love to do this.

First things first though, I need to get past an interview with the company 2IC and finish my instructors training before I start on my Ex-ped training, as far as I am aware I should finish my instructors training by October this year.

Not My Detachment.

In the mean time I plan to work on my fitness, I need to build up my stamina and strength so that I can walk for longer while carrying everything I need for, say a week in the wilderness. I have no plans on joining a gym, instead I want to work on my fitness the old fashioned way by putting on a backpack and getting out there and just doing it. No fancy running trainers, just a pair of ild 1980`s army issue jungle boots, my thinking is.. I almost always wear boots so if something were to happen where I had to run, I am not going to be able to just pop my trainers on and start running, so being used to running in boots seems to be a no brainer.

I also plan to work on my bushcrafting and wilderness survival skills, including tree identification, wild foods, shelter construction and much more. I also want to become a dead shot with my slingshot, not for hunting. I still go by the rules that if I dont need to eat it as a matter of survival I will not kill it, so targets it is.

A couple of years ago my lifestyle and the things I did was impacted by my health, I am determined not to let that happen this year, I want to spend as much time as I can out doors practising my survival skills, saying that, at the moment everything is kind of stalled because of family things which are going on, which are stopping me from doing much of what I want to do. These things do happen..

Finally, I plan to turn part of my garden into a veg patch and start growing basic veggies, potatoes, carrots and the like.

Friday, 29 June 2018


Do have or have I ever fine anything which I have regretted? Yes, loads of things, some of them I regret more than others, one or two I don't even think about, if I did, I know that it would drive me up the wall and I would probably start to obsess about it.

One of those things I choose not to spend much or any time thinking about is my tattoos. If I were to count them individually, I would have over 113 of them, on my arms, legs, back, stomach and my hands.

If I am honest I would say that there quarters of them are, as my wife would say.. "shite", but, as I say, if I was to spend any time thinking about how "shite" my tattoos are, especially the ones on my back I would end up with a serious mental problem.

However something I have said for a while is, if I ever had a chance to get any of my tattoos covered up it would be the ones on my back, I love the idea of having a big pair of wings on my back, big enough to cover all of my back and if these wings could be bat wings, even better.

This week has been a rather hot and dry week so my wife and I took advantage of the weather and got out into the garden to get it tidied up.

Today I got so hot that until I my tee shirt off (something I rarely do) and this time my wife said something that I am sure she has bever said before, when she told me that the tattoos I have on my back are shite.

She went on to ask why i don't go to our local tattoo parlour and ask how much it would be to get a full tattoo on my back to cover up the mess I have there at the moment.

Needless to say I am going to jump at the chance and we, my wife and I are heading to be tattooist tomorrow to ask about pricing.

Problem is, my wife doesn't like the idea if bat wings, we will be looking at some back pieces tonight.

Of course I will let you guys know what happens, if anything.

Friday, 4 May 2018

I Only Sneezed

It's that time of year again, the time where once again I need to let everyone know that I am not patient Zero, as I get looks of abject fear from the people I share public transport with.

Last week I had to go to my son's school for a parent/Teacher meeting so we could see how he is doing at school and whether he is hitting his targets or needs more support from home.

While I was on the bus I sneezed, I sneezed about 4 or 5 times in a row and the looks I got...

You would think that I had sneezed and sprayed everyone in front of me with some deadly toxin or a huge glob of lung had shot out of my mouth and hit the guy in front of me on the back of the head.

I sat there, all red eyed and snotty nosed and looked round at everyone, looking at me as if I had just unleashed Novichok on them, their faces carrying a look of a cross between disguised and slight panic.

So to the people I shared that bus with, here's the deal.

It is spring time and I suffer from Hey fever. This is where tiny bits of pollen and flowery junk tickle the back of my nose and make me sneeze, you think you had it bad last night? You should see me in the morning when I have an hour long sneezing fit.

I do take antihistamines to help with my hay fever but, there are the occasional times when I do sneeze, a lot, when these tines do occur I sneeze into a tissue or my hand. My head does not spin around like some kind of demented fair ground clown as a spray toxic fluid over everyone, so you have nothing to fear.

Truth of the matter is, if there was a zombie apocalypse, chances are I would be one of the first to become a zombie banquet when I alert a zombie horde by sneezing whike hiding behind a wheelie bin.

Wednesday, 25 April 2018

I`m Going Dairy Free

Last year I found out that I have Ulcerative colitis, in a nutshell, the auto immune system in my gut, the system which attacks foods or substances which it deems to be a poison or a threat has decided to attack random pieces of food which are not a threat, like that bit of lettuce or that chunk of cucumber. Because of this I have to be very aware if what I eat and drink, which leads me onto why I am doing what I am doing now.

For the past few months I have noticed that I am feeling very bloated and gassy after I eat certain foods, mainly dairy products. When I have researched the possible reasons for my bloated fartiness the possible causes could be one of the following.

  • My small intestines are having problems breaking down the A1 protein found in most dairy product's (Thanks small intestines)

  • As part of my UC I have developed an intolerance to the sugars found in dairy products (lactose) where they can not break the lactose down into its separate sugars.

  • Or.. My Ulcerative colitis has been upgraded to Crohn's disease. Needless to say that I am hoping that it is not the last one. I can do without dairy, even if it does mean that my usual cheese sandwiches and pizza with have to stop, hell come the apocalypse my chances of snagging a deep pan pizza with mushrooms or a cheese sandwich are going to be almost zero.

The Zombie Survival Guide mentions that the first and best weapon to master is your self. Know your strengths and your weaknesses, then work on fixing your weaknesses and for the next few weeks this is what I am doing.

On Monday I stopped eating all dairy products by way of seeing of my fat bloated belly goes away. If it does then I will know that I have issues with one or more of the above. After a couple of weeks I will maybe drink a glass of milk and if my bloated belly comes back then I know that I have issues with either lactose or the A1 protein found in it and I go dairy free for good. Well it's either that or I get bloated and alert that horde of Zombies just round the corner by farting.

Question: If you had to give up dairy what would be the one thing you would miss the most, or if you are already dairy free what was the one thing you found hardest to do without?

Monday, 16 April 2018

It`s Time To Nut Up, Or Shut Up.

20 points if you can guess which movie the title of this post came from. I will tell you later which one in a little while.

Easter has come and gone, leaving a trail of destruction in its wake and my kids loved it, all those chocolate eggs, sweets and candies. Not forgetting The Easter Ice-Cream Desert Idea that I shared with everyone. This Easter was every kids dream come true!

It turned out to be a bit of a bad dream for some of us as we walked through a house littered with chocolate goodies that had been left unattended. For some of us the temptation became a little too much as we buckled under chocolate coated pressure, or maybe that was just me.

I admit it, the Easter holidays have not been the easiest of holidays for me to get through, many a time I caught myself popping something sweet and covered in chocolate into my mouth. I have to say that I am not impressed with what I have eaten over the last couple of weeks. Let me put that another way, I am not impressed, not with what I have eaten rather, the amount I have eaten. My diet has been loaded full to the brim with junk food, calories and sugar.

Trust me, if I keep going the way I am, I guarantee that when the Zombie apocalypse comes I will be one of the first people to become a human happy meal for any hungry zombie that happens by, hell they wont even need to put that much effort into chasing me down. Yep, I am not at all impressed with my eating habits and what they have become.

Part of the problem is that I have a rather bad relationship with food. I have noticed that I turn to it in times of stress, and boredom. It has always been there for me and nearly always made me feel better. Of course I know this is a destructive relationship and it needs to end, easier said than done it seems.

Last month I posted an article where I talked about Getting Fit At 50, I said, and I quote..
My main pitfall is my eating habits. I am a creature of habit and find it ever so easy to form new ones, especially where food is concerned. Chocolate, biscuits, cookies, cake and most types of junk and fast food will have to go. I know that the only thing stopping me is me, I just need to keep reminding myself of the benefits. I will look and feel a lot better, both physically and mentally.

As Tallahassee from ZombieLand said, "Its time to Nut up or Shut up", I do not want to be that Human Happy Meal. It is time to put away those ever so tasty custard cream biscuits and start eating healthy like my life depends on it.

At the time of writing this it is Friday 13th April 2018, my three son`s go back to school and college on Monday so I have no excuses for eating junk and sitting round the house watching reruns of Dr.Who with my youngest son.

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

What is ADHD Exactly?

There are some people out there who still think that people who have ADHD are bouncing off the walls or can't sit still for more than a minute and as for having kids with ADHD? Geez what a nightmare, after all, they are so naughty...
Approximately 9.4% of children 2-17 years of age (6.1 million) have been diagnosed with ADHD, according to parent report to in 2016. Source

One of my children has ADHD, he was diagnosed when he was around 7 years old after one of his teachers recommended that we took him to a specialist for an assessment because he didn't seem to get social queues and seemed to "obsess" on things which the other children either did not see or were so small and unimportant that the others didn't even notice. I myself rank very high on the ADHD spectrum, and I can confirm that kids with ADHD are just naughty, hyperactive kids who are always on the go, could not be further from the truth.

One of the main problems as I see it, is that there is a lot of stigma and misunderstanding about what ADHD is. It is a common misconception when people think that if you have ADHD you are hyperactive and talk as though they have had way too much sugar and caffeine, when in reality, this is not the case.

So What is ADHD?
Attention Deficit And Hyperactivity Disorder

Let me explain it in the way a specialist explained it to my son and I when he was first diagnosed.

Society as we know it requires that people concentrate on one thing at a time, "The task in hand", which for the average person is difficult enough, see, we all have this thing which I like to call "The Butterfly Mentality" where, as well as concentrating on the task in hand, people usually have at least two or three other things that they are thinking about.

Did I turn the TV off this morning? I wonder what I should have for tea... as well as the task in hand.

Now, take a person with ADHD, as well as the task in hand and the above thoughts, they can also have up to 20 or more different things going on inside their heads, all at the same time. Each of these things having the same priority and all need doing as a matter of urgency.

Put a person with ADHD in a classroom or in a work environment with 20 other people and tell them to work solely on the task in hand. While everyone else will work on the task quite happily (taking into consideration the butterfly mentality). The person with ADHD will find this painfully difficult.

Now, if we put the same group of people in the middle of a jungle without a map and tell them to find their way out.

While everyone is thinking about what they should do next and which way they should go, the person with ADHD has already noticed the tiger hiding behind the bush to the left, figured out two routes of escape, found some food and noticed that Billy is wearing odd socks. This is ADHD.

ADHD Broken Down

Attention Deficit: People with ADHD find it very difficult to focus their attention on one particular subject (The task in hand).

Hyperactivity: The hyperactivity part is because people with ADHD are hyper aware of their surroundings and what is going on around them, which is probably why they have so much difficulty on concentrating on one given thing.

Disorder: I don't like the word "disorder", this is societies way of saying that there is something wrong and there is nothing wrong, we just don't fit in with what society deems to be the norm.

Technical part

ADHD refers to the part of the brain which deals with social interaction, as well as the ability to focus on a set number of tasks in a certain sequence has not developed at the rate that society deems to be the norm.

Sensory Overload

There are times when someone with ADHD may suffer from sensory overload. This is when there are too many things going on at the same time and, because you are hyper aware of everything which is happening around you, you become overloaded. My eldest son DT1 hates going shopping because of the amount of people, chatter, movement, the noise that the lights make as well as everything else. To an onlooker it would seem as though he is in a bad mood and to a greater or lesser extent he is. For my son, things are either black or white, there is no in between, a person is either in a good mood or a bad mood, a friend or not a friend.

Some people with ADHD will need to have a task broken down for them. I can not tell my son to go tidy his bedroom, that is too much of an open request, I will usually get the reply "My room is tidy", because to him, it is, he knows where everything is therefore it is tidy. Instead I need to break down the task.

  1. Pick the rubbish off the floor and put it in the bin.

  2. Empty your bin.

  3. Bring your dirty cloths down stairs and put them by the washing machine.

  4. Make your bed.

  5. Bring plates and cups down stairs and put them in the kitchen.

  6. Dust all the surfaces.

  7. Vacuum the floor.

  8. Open your curtains.

I also need to be aware that I will have to poke my head round his bedroom door from time to time to get him back on task because I guarantee that he will become distracted and has ended up sat in front of his computer playing World if Warcraft.

The next time you are out shopping and you see someone struggling with their stroppy child who is shouting and behaving in an "inappropriate" way, spare a thought, there might be a reason for the "bad" behaviour. Not all disabilities are visible.

Thank you for taking the time to read this

Sunday, 1 April 2018

Ghost in your coffee

Have you ever drank so much coffee that you are sure that you saw a ghost, or even something else, that wasn't there?

Some time ago, Radio 1 news reported that research done by Durham University stated that you may have a chance of hallucinations if you drink seven or more cups of coffee a day.

Of course when I heard this I got in touch with a friend about conducting our own test to see if this theory held water.

We both agreed that throughout the day we would drink more than seven cups of coffee to see what the effects were, I think my friend, Tony must have drank the equivalent of eight cups of coffee and I drank about the same.

By 3:30 we met to see how we were feeling, and the result was no difference in our psychological feelings, neither of us could report any changes in our vision and no hallucinations.

When I got home, once I had done a few jobs around the house I tried to find the news report on this theory before starting to make this post, what I did find was this little gem from the website.

Coffee 'wakes the dead'
Is there a ghost in your morning roast?

“Too much coffee can make you hallucinate and sense dead people,” says the Daily Express. This bizarre claim is based on research into 219 students who answered questionnaires on caffeine intake, hallucinations and feelings of persecution. Various other news sources have reported the study, including the Daily Mail, which says that “drinking cup after cup of coffee dramatically increases the risk of hallucinating”.

The study itself was investigating a theory that caffeine might heighten the body’s response to a hormone released during times of stress. Researchers found that caffeine intake was linked to both stress and being prone to hallucinating. When results were adjusted to discount stress levels, caffeine intake alone predicted tendencies towards hallucination. Source

I can confirm that after eight cups of strong black coffee I have not sensed anything otherworldly and have not seen any ghosts.

Of course with this new information coming to light from we will need to look further into this and of course our findings on this matter will be reported as soon as possible.

I origin wrote this post about 9 years ago and can confirm that I still have not seen any ghosts or had any hallucinations which have been brought on by drinking too much coffee. These days I try to limit my caffeine intake to around one or two cups a day.

So come on, your turn. Have you ever drank so much coffee that you were convinced that you saw or even heard something that wasn't there?

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Cleaning My Stretched Ear Lobes

About 15 years ago I decided to stretch my ear lobes for no other reason than I could. I have always had small to non existent lobes and, I dont know, it seemed like a good idea at the time.

It took about 12 month for me to stretch my lobes to the size I wanted, 00 gauge or 10 mm. I didnt want to go any bigger than that.

Of course, me being me, I did little if any research into stretching my ear lobes and I certainly didnt look into how to clean them. I thought you would clean them the same way as you do the rest of your body.

I could not have been ore wrong..

If you dont clean your tunnels and lobes at least every other day, they start to itch and smell. I have 10mm surgical steal tunnels in my ears which I need to take out and clean every two to three days. The outside of the tunnel can get a build up of what I can only assume is sweat and skin which needs to be cleaned regularly to stop infection and the smell.

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How I Clean My Tunnels And Ear Lobes. 

Every few days I take my tunnels out and clean them down with baby wipes for sensitive skin (I am a Dad so having wet wipes around the house is as natural as sun in the desert).

I make double sure that I have managed to clean all the dirt from them so that they look brand new again

Once I have cleaned my tunnels I leave them to soak in some disinfectant for a while, while I start cleaning my lobes. Again I use baby wipes to do this, cleaning the outside of my lobe and the inside. I pay more attention to the inside.

Once my ear lobes are all nice and clean again I rinse my tunnels under warm water and pop them back in, its that easy.

I have heard some people say that you should use baby oil or moisturiser on your ears as well, but to date I havnt. People say that you should use baby oil or moisturiser on your tattoos as well but I have never done that either (unless I wanted my tattoos to look sharp and bright).

Would I advise someone to stretch their lobes? hell yeah, go for it as long as you know for sure that they will not get ripped and that your Mom, Dad, Boss and/or teachers are cool about it. All I would say is dont rush it, take it slowly or risk having a blowout where your lobe rips which, will probably require a trip to the hospital.

  • One more thing, if you do stretch your lobes, or already have and you`re thinking about letting them heal or getting rid of them all together (depending on how big you have stretched them), you will have 2 options.

  • Get the loose, stretched skin cut away and the wound stitched up. This will require surgery.

If your hole is small, say 10mm or less just stop wearing your tunnels or plugs, but, your lobe will never fully heal to the point where no one will know and you stand a very good chance of your lobe looking a lot like a cats butt.

Regards iJim :)


Friday, 23 March 2018

Fighting Temptation

At the time of writing this post it is 6.50 am on a Friday morning, why is this important? My wife has had to go into work early today which meant a 5am wake up call, we`re usually up for around 6 in the morning on a week day, but that extra hour is turning out to be a killer.

I have had two cups of coffee already, made breakfast for my wife, prepared everyone's pack lunches and I am fighting to stay awake, I didnt have a good nights sleep last night and I am starting to feel it. In the next 10 minutes I will be waking everyone else up and will fall head long into the school run routine.

The problem is, I dont eat breakfast, just the thought of putting food into my mouth first thing in the morning makes me want to throw up. This means that as the day goes on I will start to get hungry and given that I am tired now, unless I get a second wind or some kind of miracle energy boost, I will only become more tired which means that I wont want to make lunch or tea later on today or I will be so tired that I will make silly, meal spoiling mistakes.

This is where the temptation will start, I could grab a burger for lunch or even just open a packet of biscuits (cookies) and call that a meal (I have done this in the past, dont judge me), then later tonight I could go to the fish and chip shop or order in a take away. That would be so easy and require minimum effort from me. I cant expect my wife to start cooking when she gets in as she is in exactly the same boat as me, except she will have spent nearly all day in a classroom full of under 10`s.

Don`t get me wrong, I know I am going to have off days and times when I will eat that burger, I dont plan to stick to a rigid routine of healthy eating and exercise, if I do that then I am dooming myself to failing in a very big and unfluffy way. I want to give myself a fighting chance and succumbing to temptation this early is not something I want to do, saying that, I dont plan to have a day where all I eat is junk, while justify my 3rd packet of biscuits by telling myself that it is just an off day and I can get back to a healthy lifestyle tomorrow.

I have Plantar Fasciitis which has already made improving my health and fitness levels that bit more difficult as going for a run to burn off that lovely salted caramel muffin is not an option, instead, I plan to cycle at least two to three times a week. I want to get a pannier rack and bag set for my bike like the one pictured above, for those times when I need to go into the town to pick up a few bits. I dont want to be making all these plans and spend money on things that I end up not using because I am too busy saying that I will start my healthy eating tomorrow or on Monday.

Update: Its just coming up to 1 in the afternoon now, I have had three large mugs of coffee and I`m feeling bloated and fat. The good news is, so far I have not succumb to temptation in the form of chocolate, biscuits or any junky non healthy foods and I am pretty proud of that fact, although earlier today I did realise that one quick way to boost my energy levels was to have an energy drink, the good news is I resisted.

I have also come across a podcast about Health, nutrition and fitness called Scientific, Nutrition Update by Bennett Tomlin which I am gong to have a look at or at least bookmark until my concentration levels are back to normal, which, is a good time to end this post as tiredness is starting to take over. I`m going to have tidy up while listening to the above podcast and then try and lay down for half an hour.
Regards iJim

Thursday, 22 March 2018

I Don`t Want To Commit That Crime.

There is so much corruption in the world at the moment, injustice is happening just about everywhere, and I know, that I have been focusing a lot on the bad in our world of late, but I don't want to paint the world grey It is certainly not the direction I want my blog to take. Looking for the next case of injustice or abuse of power is not a healthy way to spend my days, especially when you consider my mental health and how, always searching for the next piece of injustice or corporate ineptness is starting to bring me down.

The world is an amazing and beautiful place, passing up any opportunity to see and share this is a crime in its self and I don't want to be accused of such a crime.

It was officially Spring a few days ago and as if by magic the weather started to feel a lot more springy? If that is a word. Plants are starting to poke their heads out of the ground, some flowers are starting to bud and flower, even the trees and bushes are starting to show signs of life after what has been a cold winter. At least this is what it is like in my little part of the world. Everything is starting to feel nice and I want to be a part of that instead of trolling through news articles looking for corruption and wrongdoing.

Don't get me wrong, I still intend to bring to light injustices where I see it, but I don't want that to be, the be all and end all and what I am all about because it's not, I have other things that I am doing, I have already started getting back into shape, my bike has been dusted off and my legs are aching after yesterday's bike ride, yes it was a bit cold but I thoroughly enjoyed myself, it felt good to be out in the fresh air.

I have my middle-aged spring wardrobe to create, I'm tired of wearing the same old stuff, boots jeans and a tee-shirt and my old green Parker when it gets a bit cold.

In short, I don't want to be a place where people come to, and leave feeling like the world is going to come to an end. I want people to come here and feel inspired or at least a bit happier, so with that in mind I believe that it is time for a change of attitude.

So, here is the plan:

  • There will be a new blog post at least once a week, on a Friday, if I feel the need to post more than once a week all the better.

  • I will continue to make posts about news articles, where I believe that the full story has not been told but, that is not going to be the main focus of my blog.

  • During the time I spent on YouTube I bought a few cameras to make my videos that little bit better, now that this is not a priority, I want to use them to start taking photographs which I want to post here.

There you have it, it is now spring and an ideal time to grow.

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

41 States Of Shame

Gay Conversion Therapy

Flicking through Twitter this morning I found a tweet by Daniel Newman which really shook me up, not because I have been through this, but because this is still a thing, this is still an acceptable practice. Daniels tweet linked to an article in the NYTimes which gave an account of someone who had been through Gay Conversion Therapy by way of curing his Bisexuality. Link to Article.

[caption id="attachment_1855" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Gay Conversion Therapy, Gay, Gay Cure, NYTimes Article[/caption]

The article talks about how someone who had recently came out as Bisexual had over two years of "counselling" where he was told that his faith community rejected and did not recognise his sexuality, how he was the abomination that was talked about in Sunday school and that he would end up getting H.I.V and AIDS.
that I was the only gay person in the world; that it was inevitable I would get H.I.V. and AIDS.

The counselling sessions did not stop there, he was also bound to a table and had ice, heat and electricity applied to his body while being forced to watch gay people holding hands, kissing and having intercourse.

The above is only one persons story. With 41 states still allowing this barbaric and medieval practice to exist there are literally thousands of people every year are being tortured by way of curing their gay.

What really burns my arse is that, it is 2018, we are able to talk to people on the other side of the planet using a small box in our pockets, we have self driving, intelligent cars and drones. We put a man on the moon and a vehicle on Mars and yet there are still people out there who think that being gay is a lifestyle choice, a disease which can be cured.

For those of you who do think this, let me set the records straight. Being gay, bisexual, homosexual, lesbian, gender fluid, Intersex and all the rest.. are not diseases, this is not something which can be cured, being gay is not a lifestyle choice, how many times do I have to say that a person does not wake up one morning, pour their coffee and decide, I am gay or I am going to put my blue cardigan on today and I think I will be gender fluid, no, I want to be non binary.

These are not choices, being gay is genetically coded into our DNA and can not be cured. A gay man can not become heterosexual after a couple of years of therapy and if this is how you think, or you think that I am wrong then please, set me up with a therapist who can change me from being a white hetro male to a black hetro male. See, it is not possible, what I am asking is beyond the realms of therapy because I am genetically white, it is what I am, just as being gay, bi or what ever else is beyond the realms of therapy as gay people are genetically gay and no amount of conversion therapy will change that. Ever. It is 2018, wake up.

To end I would like to point out that being gay is not a crime in Europe, the UK or America. let me repeat that, being gay is not a crime in Europe, the UK or America. It is not an abomination and is not against gods will and if you want to quote the bible to prove your point I suggest you look a little closer to home, and the the amount of openly gay or closeted gay priests there are in our churches.

Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Russian Involvement II Still No Proof

As the British government continues to shout about Russia's involvement in the poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal on March 4th 2018, a large portion on the British people are now asking where the governments evidence for these accusations are.

Over two weeks have passed and the evidence is coming in and it is damning. The problem is that the evidence is pointing a little closer to home than Teresa May would like.

Russia is still adamant that it had nothing to do with the poisoning where as the small Animal virus research lab who first confirmed that the nerve agent used was Novichok has gone very quiet, very quiet, even when asked if they had access to this agent. Of course I am talking about The Pirbright labs in Surrey. The same laboratory who had absolutely nothing to do with the outbreak of Foot and Mouth in August 2007 and never sold off 300,000 units of antidote for the same virus only months before the outbreak. Nope, I remember the post I wrote about how they had nothing to do with that.

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Pirbright Labs[/caption]

Of course it does not look at all suspicious that not even two weeks after the Skripal was poisoned PirBright just happened to get notification of a £48 million cash injection to "further their research" Source

It is also not at all suspicious how a doctor who helped treat Skripal and his daughter has not been infected by one of the worlds most deadly nerve agents or that two weeks later and we still dont know how Mr. Skripal is getting on. Hey, I want to send some flowers and a bunch of grapes, make him feel better.

When I was searching for evidence or a word on the condition of Mr. Skripal I found an article by The Guardian News Paper who were commenting on how 21 people to date have been treat by medics as well as this statement from the Home secretary
Earlier, the home secretary, Amber Rudd, described the use of a nerve agent in a busy city centre as “attempted murder in the most cruel and public way” as pressure on the government and police for answers continued to grow.

One of the most deadly nerve agents in the world is used in a busy city centre and only 21 people are effected. Oh, by the way Guardian News Paper, Novichok is not a gas, it is an ultra-fine powder.

OK, I know I am going all conspiracy theory on you guys but to date this is what has happened. Pirbright labs refuse to comment on any questions asked, except was Russia involved? Then they get a £48 Million deal. considering the type of weapon used we dont have a lot of victims and no casualties.

No one has considered the fact that since the creation of Novickok, a lot of former soviet states have broken away from Russia or that it is possible that someone, working against the Russians could have brought the recipe for the agent to England or even carried it out of Russia or one of its break away countries in its non binary state. The problem is, no one knows or, if someone does know, they are not saying.

I know it is all speculation, but at this time my speculation is holding more water than Teresa May pointing the finger and saying They did it because they do stuff like this, this is how they work.

Monday, 19 March 2018

Getting Fit at 50?

I know I have said that I am gong to do this a million times and a million times I have started doing it, and stopped. But, after last nights tea of a small doner kabab, no salad and plenty of garlic and chilli sauce I was made to suffer. Feeling bloated and over weight is a day to day thing for me these days, but this morning was the last straw. I felt sick and by sick I mean ill. All I could taste was last nights tea and it took all my time to not throw up while I was making pack lunches for my wife and kids. even now at nearly 1pm in the afternoon I am still not feeling 100%.

This is it, this time I am going to start loosing weight, or at the very least my belly and I am going to start getting fit. Now I am not talking Jim is Ripped, though I do want to get toned, I know that there is a six pack under that flab somewhere I just need to find it. Whats more I know it can be done as there are blogs and videos all over the internet proving that it can be done.

I have every reason to do this and no reason at all not to do it. Now I dont plan on joining a gym, I am Jim, iJim. I plan to use my own body weight instead of going out and buying expensive dumb bells. I know that at the moment I can not run if my life depended on it, so I have dusted off my bike and plan to cycle everywhere. If I go to the shops or into town I will cycle there. No more getting the bus. I am not a heavy drinker so cutting back on alcohol wont be an issue and I dont smoke.

My main pitfall is my eating habits. I am a creature of habit and find it ever so easy to form new ones, especially where food is concerned. Chocolate, biscuits, cookies, cake and most types of junk and fast food will have to go. I know that the only thing stopping me is me, I just need to keep reminding myself of the benefits. I will look and feel a lot better, both physically and mentally.

All that being said, being 50+ and ripped would be kind of cool...

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Russian Involvement. Where`s Your Proof?

On March the 4th 2018 Sergei and Yulia Skripal were found collapsed in a shopping centre in Salisbury,
Later the prime minister confirmed that they had both been poisoned with a deadly nerve agent called Novichok which means "New comer" in Russian, and refers to a string of chemical weapons which Russia developed in the 1970`s
At the time of writing this, this is the only evidence that the UK and US have which links Russia to this attack as the prime minister said that it was "highly likely" Russia was involved.

Theresa May said the substance must either have been used in a state attack, or have got into the hands of an individual, in which case Russia had "lost control" of the agent.

So, what is Novichok?
Novivhok chemicals are an "Ultra fine" powder and is thought to be one of the most deadly nerve agents ever made, it is desemminated as in powder form rather than as a gas or a liquid or vapour.

They and we refer to Novichok as They as it is a group of chemicals not a single thing,

they can be inhaled, ingested or absorbed through the skin and acts by blockiing this "acetylcholinesterase" an enzyme which is active in the nervous system resulting in involuntary contraction of all muscles, leading to cardiac arrest and asphyxiation.

Is there an antidote?
Yes but but it needs to be administered as soon as possible The problem is it can take time to diagnose that a nerve agent has been used.

Does it contravene international law?

Yes Novichok is "highly illegal", "extremely powerful" and created to avoid detection, says Mr Oppenheimer.

Significantly, several of the novichok chemicals are so-called binary weapons - with two non-toxic precursor chemicals that can be mixed prior to use.

This makes them safer to transport and handle and there fore could have easily been brought into the country if concealed properly.

Thats it, There is no other evidence as to whether Russia was involved in this attack.

Theresa May told the Commons her Government has concluded it is "highly likely" Russia is responsible for the poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia.

The PM said the attack, using a "military-grade" nerve agent, fits a pattern of Russian aggression and said Russia's ambassador to the UK has been summoned to explain what happened.

She said: "We will not tolerate such a brazen attempt to murder innocent civilians on our soil."


I have included links to this information in the description below if your watching this on YouTube as well as on my website if youre listening to this on a podcast

This is me now, my opinion on this mess

We see again that Teresa May has accused Russia of involvement in this attack using only the fact that Russia created this weapon. which in my opinion is all kinds of flawed, it is supersition,

at best it is a scientific, wild arsed guess at who is responsible. At the time of writing this, as far as I am aware there is no video or surveilance footage of the attack being made. bearing in mind that the UK has surveillance cameras on nearly every street corner.

No whitnesses and no, zero, nada forensic evidence To Date to point the finger at Russian involvement.Accusing Russia of attacking Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia because they have history is ridiculous,

Mr Skripal had been pardoned and released in a swap, attempting to kill him would be a brazen move - "against all rules", according to Russia expert Andrei Soldatov.

If we are going to go down this route we might as well say that I was involved in the looting of Lidl in Swansea with a building site digger

As I posted on Twitter earlier this week, accusing Russia of involvement is a dangerous game.

If we are going to make these accusations we need evidence, a timeline, taped phone calls.

We need receipts showing who did it, how and when.

By the time this hits the internet the deadline for Russia to make a statement will have passed.

My advice.

Get evidence, irifutable evidence that is 100% legitimate and can not be disproven before you take your next step. This is not a small backwater country yor playing with. This is Russia, a Super power.

No, I am not saying that Russia did not do this, I am saying where is your proof that Russia did this?

Thursday, 1 September 2016

Taking My Body Back

Today is September 1st 2016.
I have just weighed myself at the start of a getting back into shape program. I was shocked to weigh in at 85.9 kg, that's 13.52 st. My belly hangs over the top of my trousers and I am about as fit as a corpse. 

What keeps going through my head are the studies that show that a male of my age (49) will start to show signs of muscle wastage and because of this will slow down and even start to shrink. I do not want this to happen at all, I want to be able to keep up with my kids and grandkids right up until the day I die.

I have already uploaded a video to YouTube which will air this Friday 2nd September detailing my plans for getting back into shape and loosing the belly which is hanging over my belt.


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Thursday, 10 March 2016


Why I chose to google Depression I will never know, but I found this and had to keep it. I know the monsters, not by name, but they know mine....

Tuesday, 1 March 2016

February Highlight`s

February is all but a memory, lost in the mists of history, but it did have a few highlights.

Near the beginning of February I joined a new Network  on YouTube PGUK and have to say that so far this is the best Network out there, as I said in my January Updates video one of the main reasons that I joined this network was because the revenue cuts that they take, they donate to charity which in my opinion is awesome. Now PGUK is Partnered with the Freedom! Network which meant that when I joined Prysm Gaming, I automatically joined the Freedom! family as well, again this network is so cool and yes, the exclamation mark is art of Freedoms name, they have helped me no end (Even if my channel is not growing at the moment). On the subject of my YouTube channel, February saw the start of TiR (The iJim Report) with its first video talking about the fight Kesha is having with Sony.

Next would have to be the second part of Season 6 of the Walking Dead coming back on the TV, TWD has to be one of my favorite TV shows at the moment, that and ZNation, there is nothing like a bit of Zombie Apocalypse to help you relax after a stressful day.

Finally, and I think that this could be the main highlight we come to my weight loss, I cannot 100% say how much weight I have lost as in my wisdom I didn't weigh myself at the start, but.. I can say that I have obviously lost enough to take me from a size 34 waist in trousers down to a size 30 waist, which I am super happy about. I was a size 28/30 waist when I met my wife nearly 20 years ago.

Monday, 18 July 2011

The Pregnancy Test Kit Question.. Answered

For some reason some people are coming here after Googling "Faint blue line on pregnancy test kit" or "Am I pregnant if there is only a faint blue line". Dont ask me why, I have no idea but, by way of helping those of you who googled it and ended up here.

If your only getting a faint blue line the chances are the test kit is not very sensitive. Pregnancy test kits work by measuring a  hormone called Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (hCG). Not all test kits measure this in the same way, the more sensitive the kit the smaller the amount of hCG is needed to give an early test result and the less sensitive the kit the more hCG is needed.

When buying a test kit you should look on the box, somewhere it should say something like Sensitivity 20IU/L ( (milliInternational Units per Liter) or 50IU/L.. Basically the lower the number the more sensitive the test kit is. The common rule is the more expensive the Pregnancy test kit is the more sensitive it is.

If you're getting a faint blue line then you either don't have a very sensitive test kit or you're not as far along as you thought, if this is the case you should wait 2-3 days and try again to get a better more accurate result.

But then what do I know? I am a bloke and I'm not trained in Midwifery or Gynaecology, truth is I have no medical training at all. Saying that I can put a lasti-plast on your finger or knee if you graze or cut it.

I went here for the answer. :)

Thursday, 2 June 2011

Detox Day 4 (and stuff)

Its day four of my detox and exactly one week today since I stopped smoking and how do I feel? If I am honest I could kill a cheese sandwich and a coffee, well a cheese sandwich anyway. I'm starting to get used to drinking water now, even have a bottle of it on my desk next to me where there used to stand a mug of coffee. As for the cigarettes, I have my gum so that's not too bad in fact I have not even thought of wanting one.

On day 2 of my detox it felt like I was spending more time going to and from the toilet than anything else (like you needed to know that). I had a head ache for most of that day as well which I'm putting down to lack of caffeine.  The head aches came and went for most of yesterday as well, in fact I have a big of one now if I`m honest, but then I used to drink around five to six cups of the stuff a day. Dont get me wrong I'm not going to stop drinking coffee, once my detox is over I am still going to have a cup in the morning maybe one more through the day but that will be it. As for Decaf, nooo don't even go there.

One of the hardest parts is when I am making something for my kids to eat and not taking a little bit for my self especially when I am making the eldest his bacon sandwiches in th morning, but I am getting there.

The detox is due to end on Sunday of this week which gives me the rest of today, Friday and Saturday. After that I still plan to eat healthily with a take away maybe once a month as a treat but that is all, coffee like I said once maybe two times a day and as for cigarettes, well lets just get through today shall we.

Detox Day 4 (and stuff)

Its day four of my detox and exactly one week today since I stopped smoking and how do I feel? If I am honest I could kill a cheese sandwich and a coffee, well a cheese sandwich anyway. I'm starting to get used to drinking water now, even have a bottle of it on my desk next to me where there used to stand a mug of coffee. As for the cigarettes, I have my gum so that's not too bad in fact I have not even thought of wanting one.

On day 2 of my detox it felt like I was spending more time going to and from the toilet than anything else (like you needed to know that). I had a head ache for most of that day as well which I'm putting down to lack of caffeine.  The head aches came and went for most of yesterday as well, in fact I have a big of one now if I`m honest, but then I used to drink around five to six cups of the stuff a day. Dont get me wrong I'm not going to stop drinking coffee, once my detox is over I am still going to have a cup in the morning maybe one more through the day but that will be it. As for Decaf, nooo don't even go there.

One of the hardest parts is when I am making something for my kids to eat and not taking a little bit for my self especially when I am making the eldest his bacon sandwiches in th morning, but I am getting there.

The detox is due to end on Sunday of this week which gives me the rest of today, Friday and Saturday. After that I still plan to eat healthily with a take away maybe once a month as a treat but that is all, coffee like I said once maybe two times a day and as for cigarettes, well lets just get through today shall we.

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