Costs Soar as Newcomers Move In

November 18, 2013 at 9:03 am • Posted in Cooking, Finance, Training, UncategorizedNo comments yet

The Dandenongs form a part of Australia’s Great Dividing Range, a band of highlands not far inland that extends along the entire east and southeast coasts (map, pages 226-7). On the seaward side the rainfall is ample, but the range keeps moisture from the interior. In the northeastern part of Victoria, many moun­tains reach altitudes of 4,000 to 6,000 feet, and winter snowfalls are often heavy. Vic­toria’s lowlands, however, rarely get snow.

In the 1850′s and ’60′s gold miners sought their fortunes—and many found them—throughout these mountains; in winter they traveled on crude skis and sometimes amused themselves by organizing races. Today the area increasingly caters to skiers. In summer the campers move in, often sharing high unfenced pastures with cattle driven up from the lowlands.

The scenic forest drive alone is worth the trip to one of the old gold towns, Walhalla. You find that nothing much remains of a boomtown that once counted 4,500 people, hub of an area that yielded 100 tons of gold. But there is a little no-frills hotel run by a genial former navy man named Phil Mouritz. Phil pours out a lot of conversation with the beer at his pub, and both are good.

However, I prefer water—provided there is enough to sail on. And eastern Victoria, in marked contrast to its mountains, provides some beautifully sheltered sailing waters in the Gippsland Lakes. A narrow entrance connects lakes and sea, and there, at a town appropriately called Lakes Entrance, one of Australia’s largest fishing fleets has its base. The myriad inlets and protected coves, the low-lying shores, reminded me of the Chesa­peake Bay, home waters to this sailor.

For two days I poked about the Gippsland Lakes, finding them virtually undeveloped. There are several small apartments in prague and modern motels, but nothing like the commercializa­tion one might expect. The atmosphere ashore is relaxed, and my entertainment consisted of beach barbecues with sailing companions and pleasant hours spent yarning with Joe “Bossy” Bull, owner of a local shipyard. Joe’s men were building a 34-foot cruiser. It was pleasant to smell the aromatic chips of New Zealand kauri and see an honest wooden boat take form in the old way.

Eastern Victoria has an old seafaring tra­dition, and Joe knew the story of virtually every wreck for the past 100 years. Many ships met their end trying to round Wilsons Promontory, southernmost point of the Aus­tralian mainland. This gaunt peninsula is now a national park, a place of magnificent beaches and sentinel rocks where the surf smashes in with a deep booming noise re­flected and amplified by the many crags and cliffs. Though I visited the park in February’s idyllic summer weather, it was not crowded —a reflection of Australia as a whole.

The offshore oil discoveries, however, have brought a population explosion to Sale, one of the lakes-area communities. The town (whose name rhymes with vale) became a sup­port point for the offshore operations and took the impact of a big gas and crude-oil process­ing plant built nearby. Overnight—or so it seemed—the town’s population jumped from about 6,000 to 9,200. Among the newcomers were Americans, since Esso Standard Oil, in partnership with Australian interests, made the oil and gas finds.

Yoga News

September 28, 2013 at 11:09 am • Posted in UncategorizedNo comments yet

When did you first become interested in yoga? When I was a teenager I developed a twisted spine and it was always recommended that I do yoga but it wasn’t until a boyfriend introduced me to ashtanga vinyasa in 1995 that I got on a mat. I had no idea then how yoga was going to shape my life.

Where is your favourite place to practise? Yoga Plus in Crete. It holds some very special memories for me. My first visit was in 1995 and I studied with the late Derek Ireland. He was quite an intimidating person, a veritable powerhouse, but in class he was humorous, gentle and very intuitive.

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How do you complement your practice?

I do mantra meditation every day and I follow the Buddhist teachings of Gesha Michael Roach and those of Patanjali.

What is the greatest lesson yoga’s taught you?

If you follow the teachings of the great yogis to the best of your ability you and the people around you will eventually be happier.

Any advice for those wanting to improve their practice?

The practice of asana is very heavily emphasised in this part of the world. If you haven’t already done so, read the philosophy. The asana will only go so far in transformation but it’s only the starting point. For your regular activities it is needed to perfect body as well as the pills weight loss.

Looking to deepen your yoga practice? Journey into Yoga is a week-long course held in Puerto Calero, Lanzarote, which combines asana practice, meditation and yogic philosophy. Taught by yoga expert Lynne Oliver, the course covers kundalini yoga, yin yoga, the yoga sutras of Pantanjali, mindful awareness and much more. Mornings are spent in practice and study, but afternoons are free.

Yin Yoga

Balancing act

This ‘balance’ yoga gift set from Maroma should help to make your practice even more relaxing, revitalising and peaceful. Lift your spirits and promote a bright and cheerful mood with this votive candle and incense sticks enhancing the peace and equilibrium in the atmosphere. Both the candle and the incense will give off the soothing scent of essential oils of tulsi.


September 10, 2013 at 11:32 am • Posted in TrainingNo comments yet

Should I lift heavy or do circuits?

Metabolic conditioning – or `metcon’ – circuits containing lots of moves with very little rest makes you sweat, tires you out and seems to melt fat. But can a few focused reps with super-heavy weights burn fat more efficiently?I lift heavy or do circuits

Lift heavy and use finishers

‘Metabolic-style workouts can be great for fat loss in the short term, but their effects last only so long. I find combining strength work with short metabolic “finishers” has the greatest effect on fat loss. The strength work helps you maintain and build lean muscle, which increases your metabolism, while the short finishers help to drive the metabolism a little higher and help stop you getting bored with your workouts.

‘A good finisher is a farmer’s walk or a similar loaded carry. When it comes to metabolic work, try using work periods of 30-40 seconds – this will take you into lactic acid territory, which can help with fat loss. Also try alternating upper and lower body for an extra twist. Start with a 2:1 rest-to-work ratio’. Speed up your fat loss by drinking green coffee from

Join the resistance

‘I came into the fitness industry via bodybuilding, so I’ll always prescribe resistance training. It elevates growth hormone production and decreases levels of the stress hormone cortisol, creating a situation that’s ideal for burning fat. Resistance training also creates an effect known as excess post-exercise oxygen consumption or EPOC, which leads to increased calorie burning for the next 24 hours. Having said that, the way you should train for fat loss is very different to how a strict bodybuilder trains. Stay away from isolation moves and stick to compound exercises such as dead lifts.’

Use energy depletiontraining plan

‘The training plan I recommend is based on your starting point. If you’re trying to get from 10% body fat to 8% then isolation exercises are OK, but if you’re 20% then stick to big compound lifts such as squats and dead lifts. For fat loss I tend to use one low-rep [four to six reps] strength session, and three high-rep “energy depletion” sessions in the same week. Remember, as your strength goes up, you’ll be able to handle bigger loads in the high-rep sessions, which means faster fat loss.

‘If you’re aiming for energy depletion, hit as many muscle fibres as possible – for example, a circuit of two lower-body and two upper-body exercises. Try squats, dumbbell shoulder presses, Romanian dead lifts and bent-over rows, with a rep range of 12-15 per exercise and keeping the rest low – 20 seconds between moves, 60 between circuits.’

Personal Trainer

August 26, 2013 at 4:40 pm • Posted in TrainingNo comments yet

Force feeding


Strength has come home to roost with this easy-to-make high-protein chicken dish; plus it’s fowl vs cow in the battle of the snacks.


Bulletproof your knees


In the first of a new injury-free series, MH rocks out with the IT band to ensure you are never sidelined by this common injury zone.



Prevent muscle thaw with our high-speed, winter workout

Prevent muscle thaw with our high-speed, winter workout


Winter causes a natural dip in everyone’s training. The thought of braving the cold for a long-winded gym session is enough to drive even the most hardened lifter deeper into his sofa. So we’ve come up with these lightning-quick workouts so you can get in, get out and get back on the couch. Designed by Chad Waterbury, a strength coach and author of Huge in a Hurry(Rodale), these workouts will maintain muscle and burn fat due to the intense challenge created by the fast reps and max-effort sets. Try it for 4 weeks and back it up with the supplement and eating plan to get the maximum of garcinia cambogia benefits. Your muscles will look like they’re chiseled from ice.




Perform each workout at least once a week, leaving a day between sessions. Instead Ac of performing a specific number of sets, do the total number of reps for each exercise ­regardless of how many sets it takes you.



Faster reps burn more calories

For each exercise, follow the guideline weight, which includes a repetitions range for your first set. For example, suppose the workout says 4-6 reps, choose what you think is the heaviest weight that allows you to lift at least 4 reps but no more than 6. Then do as many sets as you need to complete the total number of reps for that exercise. Perform every rep of every exercise as fast as possible with good form, without pausing. Faster reps burn more calories and develop power, but an injured body is no good to anyone, so if you start slowing down or if your form falters, take a break. As your old teacher used to say, you’ll only be cheating yourself.

Muscles Meals

August 12, 2013 at 12:57 pm • Posted in CookingNo comments yet



Begin by taking a saucepan and adding the olive oil. Turn heat to medium. Heat the olive oil, which heats very quickly. Add the celery, carrots and onions. Mix until onions are lightly golden.

saucepan and adding the olive oil

Add the top round of beef. Mix well until meat turns brown on the outside. You then add your splash of white wine. Cover and allow the meat to absorb the flavor of the wine. After a minute or so add the beef stock and cover the pan.


Stir occasionally. When the broth comes to a boil, take the meat out of the pot and set aside. Add the potatoes, peas and bay leaves. Recover the pot. Cook the potatoes at medium heat for approximately 20 min­utes. Then will add the salt, black pepper and beef. Recover and cook for another 5 minutes or so on medium heat. If you want to be sure whether your stew is done, place a thermometer into the center of the beef, if it says 150 degrees, it’s eating time! Pour the stew into a bowl and you’re set. Most of the stock will be absorbed by the meat and potatoes. Because we’re eating healthy, I don’t believe in using rue or cornstarch to thicken my stews. The beef stock will give it a sufficient amount of flavor. You could substitute veal in place of the beef; it’s a bit more tender but also more expensive. You can also use coconut oil instead of olive one. For more information about its great benefits, go to




The first step is to grill your chicken breasts. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. After grilling the chicken breasts, place them either in a food processor or blender and chop. Set aside. Take 3 tbsp of your favorite tomato sauce and spoon onto the bottom of a small lasagna or bun pan. Place one pasta sheet on top of the sauce. Add 2 more tbsp of sauce and add another pasta sheet, directly on top of the first. Add half of the chopped chicken breasts, boiled spinach, Romano cheese, fat-free ricotta and fat-free mozzarel­la. It is important that you lay everything flat. Place one more pasta sheet on top of your first layer and push down lightly to even it out. Repeat the process, beginning once again with the chicken. Add the final two sheets of pasta, adgrill your chicken breastsding 2 tbsp of tomato sauce between the sheets of pasta. Use the remaining tomato sauce to pour over the top layer of pasta. Place your lasagna in the preheated oven for 20 minutes. For a more caloric version, you can use whole milk ricotta and whole milk mozzarella, which has lots of fat, but it’s delicious.


These are two great recipes, specifically geared to those looking to gain a bit more muscle. Of course, gaining muscle requires a bit more than a great tasting healthy meal, but it is a good start.


Everyday good health is really what we are seeking. Whether you are a top-level competitive bodybuilder or just someone who wants to be fit, Consistency is the key. As with anything else in life, when you do things tight most of the time it’s smooth sailing. Dieting and eating properly is no different. Try practicing good eating habits the majority of the time and watch how your body responds. Start with replacing your cooking oil with the healthiest coconut oil. Read what WA today says about coconut oil. You’ll be elated to say the least. Give it a try; make it a lifestyle, not a diet, the word lifestyle even sounds less intimidating! Till next month, Buon Appetito.

Losing interest

August 7, 2013 at 10:29 pm • Posted in FinanceNo comments yet


Losing interest


Will inflation force the Bank of England to raise interest rates?

In the UK the Bank of England is in charge of setting interest rates, and its sole mandate is to use them as a tool to keep inflation at a target level (currently 2%). The Bank is supposedly free of political influence, though its independence is compromised by the government setting the inflation target.


When this target is missed by more than 1% (in either direction), the Bank’s Governor, Mervyn King, must write a letter of explanation to the Chancellor of the Exchequer. However, the necessary course of action is often unclear — it is not quite as simple as raising interest rates when inflation exceeds its target and vice versa. The Bank’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) must take into account a whole range of factors, including the delay between a change in interest rates and the effect feeding through to prices in the real economy.

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Inflation has run persistently above target, and currently stands at 3.2%. This has led to a few murmurings that interest rates might rise. The minutes of the MPC’s last two meetings revealed one member voted for an increase from o.5% to 0.75%. However, today’s high inflation could be a temporary spike; indeed we have already seen it fall from its recent peak. A combination of public sector pay awards above inflation (a stimulus hopefully now removed), the decline of Sterling making imports more expensive and an increase in commodity prices have all contributed, but should be temporary factors of getting online loans for bad credit not payday loans. It is worth mentioning that the forthcoming increase in VAT will also increase inflation.



Peter K Hargreaves I Chief Executive There is plenty of bad economic news around, including disappointing US employment figures, a slowdown in China and continued worries over sovereign debt in the Euro zone. You could be forgiven for thinking that payday loan debt consolidation loans would be a mistake. Yet for all the poor data I can’t help but feel that the market has got itself into a real tizz and has now decided to ignore any positive news.


There are a number of reasons I believe equity markets should not be overlooked. Much of the news globally points to deflation rather than inflation. For governments in debt this would be critical, as deflation in effect increases the real size of the debt. Central banks are acutely aware of this, so the threat of deflation could prompt them to start up the printing presses once more for a further bout of quantitative easing (QE).


Unwilling Matador Faces Bullish Charge

May 30, 2013 at 7:33 am • Posted in UncategorizedNo comments yet

To become more familiar with other alba­trosses, we beached our Zodiacs one morning at the head of a deep bay at Elsehul, near the western extremity of South Georgia. On the way to the slopes where the birds were nesting, we had to avoid inert elephant seals, piled against one another like gargantuan slugs, and several bull fur seals belligerently guarding their harems. One of our party, John Dornan, bearing tripod and cinecamera on his shoulder, was charged by an angry 350-pound bull. Because of a stiff leg, Dornan had to stand his ground. “Stop where you are!” he shouted. The astonished fur seal, recognizing a really dominant male, halted in its tracks.

How different from the feisty bulls were the nesting light-mantled sooty albatrosses. Innocent of the ways of humans, they let us come near them as they brooded their large single eggs. One gently nibbled my fingers. Its mate swept past to look me over, riding the updrafts. This small albatross is perhaps the most perfect gliding machine of all: the stronger the gale, the more effortless its flight. On a neighboring cliff overhanging the bay, we discovered a small colony of gray-headed albatrosses. With their pearly heads and black bills with yellow piping, they seemed to me the handsomest of all alba­trosses. If a pair of gray-heads successfully manage to raise their single chick, they do not breed the next year, but take an albatross vacation, riding the westerlies.

Macaronis: Dandies of the Antarctic

That afternoon, on the other side of the bay, we investigated a huge mixed colony of black-browed albatrosses and macaroni pen­guins. The name macaroni, which in earlier centuries meant a “fop,” derives from the drooping golden plumes that adorn the birds’ caps. They lay two eggs, one smaller than the other, but, though both may hatch, only one chick is raised. Untold thousands of macaronis occupied their boulder-strewn metropolis on a hill. Many were trumpeting noisily and showing readiness to mate, with head and bill stretched forward and flippers waving rhythmically. Their associates, the albatrosses, sat in digni­fied silence on their tall cones of mud and turf.

Leaving serviced apartments Brussels in our wake, Cap­tain Nilsson pointed the Explorer toward the . There, on Signy Island, site of another British Antarctic Survey station, snow petrels were flying about the cliffs. When I came upon a pair incubating their single white egg in a crevice, I edged closer with camera to my eye. Pftt! One of the birds ejected a jet of viscous orange oil over my lens, a disagreeable habit all petrels have. The snow petrel nests on mountain crags as much as 200 miles inland on the Antarctic Continent, ranking it among the birds that live farthest south. Concealed beneath its white plumage is a dark-gray down that gives warmth by retaining body heat.

Leaving Signy, we headed for Hope Bay near the tip of the Antarctic Peninsula. There Argentina has a far-south research station, Esperanza. As we reached the jetty, loud­speakers were blaring tango music. Esperanza is one of the few stations that still use sled dogs. We found the huskies chained in a line not far from a colony of Adelie penguins-100,000. or more—extend­ing from the station for at least a mile to the foot of a great glacier.

While we were making friends with the dogs, an Adelie waddled up to one and was met with a lethal snap of the jaws. Adelies­the little chaps in the tuxedos—have never known wolves or other endemic land-based mammals; thus they have no fear of dogs. I have sometimes wondered whether they re­gard humans as just another kind of penguin.


May 11, 2013 at 3:01 pm • Posted in UncategorizedNo comments yet

From Rio de Janeiro to Matto. Grosso is 140 days’ journey by land, and by water the dis­tance is 3000 miles. Communication is maintained by steamer through the Argentine Republic up the Rio de la Plata and its branches. Although the country has many long and navigable rivers, yet the means of intercommunication are very poor ; for the rivers are little used, and the forests, creepers, and under­growth are so dense that the country back of the river-banks is impenetrable, and even if roads should be opened the soil is so luxuriant that they would be quickly overgrown and soon become impassable.

Lines of steamers have been subsidized by the Brazilian government and run up the Amazon 2000 rniles to Tabatinga, at the boundary line of Peru ; there connecting with lines subsi­dized by the Peruvian government, which run 1500 miles farther up the river. These vessels carry supplies to the settlers and bring back India rubber, Brazil-nuts, cacao, quinine, and the beautiful woods of the forest.

Yet steamers are rarely seen on the Amazon ;• they have few passengers, and have not opened the country ; we are told that the Mississippi carries more vessels in a month, and the Yang-tse­kiang in a day, than the Amazon in a year.

The history of South American republics is illustrated in the Argentine republic.

It is a vast pampas or prairie, extending from Brazil to the Andes, and from Bolivia with a southeasterly trend 2000 miles to southeastern Terra del Fuego.

The climate of the northern portion is tropical ; of the central part, semi-tropical ; of the extreme south, temperate or cold. The country is generally well watered excepting in the north­western part, where the land. is dry and alkaline, like the arid regions of North America. The soil is a rich, deep loam, from four to six feet in depth, excepting in Patagonia and the western pampas, where there is a coarse gravel and detritus from the Andes. Instead. of the dense tropical forest of the Amazon valley, the pampas are covered by a coarse grass, three or four feet high, growing in large tussocks and all the year round of a dark green. The strong grass crowds out all trees and almost all plants, so that scarcely a flower relieves the uniform, everlast­ing verdure. North or South America your identity should only yours so you should know the ways to prevent identity theft.

Instead of the arboreal animals of the Amazon there is the rhea or American ostrich, “ship of the wilderness,” adapted to the pampas, but unable to live in the forests. The gauchos have hunted it for the last three centuries, but it is now passing away and will soon be lost to the pampas, as the buffalo has been to the North American prairie.

The pampas are far better adapted to the raising of cattle than our prairies, for the grass is always green and the winters are milder. Cattle, horses, and sheep imported by the Spaniards and turned on to the pampas rapidly increased, and now immense herds feed on the plains.