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Apt name for an awful road

“My husband, he dead. I had four children, but all dead. The girl, she got married, but she dead too. I am all alone.”But, full of memories and good humor, she drank her coffee and looked through the window at the plains she knew so well. I asked if she minded having her picture taken. “Mind? Yes, I mind. I don’t like it at all,” she replied—and grinned broadly at the camera (page 147).

Apt Name for an Awful Road

Living at holiday apartments prague has its primitive side, of course, such as the absence of refrigeration and of many modern foods. The lack of a refrigerator disturbed me at first, but now I wouldn’t want one. Our “cold room” keeps milk for a day and a half in summer and three to four days in winter, and we make a point of finishing leftovers quickly. We can’t operate our generator continuously because fuel must be brought by ship, so we limit its use chiefly to lights, radio, and the wash­ing machine. In one way, though, we are quite advanced: Where most people walk or drive, we fly in a Cessna 180.

The nearest usable land for an airfield, as I had discovered on my first visit, lies six miles away beyond swamps and hills, and the road linking it to Harberton was created by pick and shovel. People who suffer an hour of bruising bumps over that road never forget it. Capt. Ernesto Campos, a former governor of Tierra del Fuego, told us, “I think we should call it ‘Route Zero.’ It doesn’t deserve a number!”

When I was expecting our first baby, our doctor in Rio Grande instructed me to visit him once a month. For a few months I did. Then one day the doctor came to see me. The minute he alighted from the jeep, wiping his brow, he told me sternly, “Don’t you dare go over that road again in your condition! And was due, we went to our little air­field by boat, and from there flew to Via­monte, to be nearer the doctor.

The flight to Viamonte takes about half an hour. We fly inland through a pass near Uncle Lucas’s mountain trail, past rugged coffee-colored cliffs. The land slopes down to Lago Fagnano, an azure lake that stretches 65 miles across Tierra del Fuego, protected by snow-capped mountains on each side. A small hotel—Hosteria Kaiken—perches at the eastern end of the lake, with an array of immense windows facing Fagnano and moun­tains to the west. North of the lake the forest thins to plains as we descend to land at Viamonte and greet the rest of the family.

On our return, we sometimes stop at bed and breakfast london, nestled in a valley between high ridges south of Lago Fagnano. At its edge our friends the five Bronsovich brothers, originally from Yugoslavia, operate Fuegia’s largest sawmill.

“We started with a pushcart, selling wood in Ushuaia,” recalled Andres, the eldest, a big quiet man. “Now we charter planes and ships to send our lumber to Buenos Aires.” Since large areas of Argentina consist of semi-desert or plains, wood from Fuegia’s beech forest enjoys a good market.

AIRONE D’ORO 1986:UN PREMIO A DUE FACCE

Il prestigioso riconoscimento va alle due anime del mondo ecologico: la lotta contro le  aggressioni all’ambiente, rappresentata nell’opera del pretore Gianfranco Amendola, e la passione naturalistica unita alle iniziative per la tutela della fauna, di cui è simbolo Francesco Mezzatesta, segretario della Lipu.

Un anno particolare, il 1986: un an­no in cui gli italiani hanno dovuto fare fronte al massimo della emer­genza ambientale. Un anno in cui, però, sono stati registrati chiari in­dizi di un rinnovamento culturale (dal nuovo ministero per l’Ambien­te al decollo della legge Galasso). Per un anno particolare, un partico­lare “Airone d’oro”: ex aequo vin­cono il prestigioso riconoscimento, assegnato annualmente dal nostro giornale, Gianfranco Amendola, pretore a Roma, e il segretario della Lipu Francesco Mezzatesta. A con­ferma della convinzione che la sal­vaguardia della natura è fatta di stu­dio, di scienza e di spirito organiz­zativo di ambientalisti e biologi, di protezionisti e zoologi (rappresen­tati idealmente da Mezzatesta), ma comprende anche buone regole che devono essere rispettate (e fatte ri­spettare, come fa Amendola), se non si vuole vedere vanificati l’im­pegno e gli sforzi dei primi.

Gianfranco Amendola ha un picco­lissimo ufficio al quarto piano della Pretura di Roma, sezione speciale dei reati contro la salute pubblica, e una grande passione: il suo lavoro. Quarantaquattro anni, romano di origini napoletane, docente di dirit­to dell’ambiente nelle Università di Siena e Teramo da 17 anni, egli è una sorta di moderno Catone con una profonda, incorruttibile morale: la salvaguardia dei beni ambientali, la lotta a ogni forma di inquinamento.

Cinquemila processi, sette libri (del più noto, In nome del popolo in­quinato, uscirà tra breve una edizione totalmente aggiornata, mentre è in preparazione un Codice commen­tato dell’inquinamento), il magistrato romano si è segnalato anche per l’impegno umano e professionale che lo assorbe in toto tra inchieste e conferenze, tra collaborazione atti­va con l’intero arcipelago verde ita­liano e la presidenza della Federa­zione delle università Verdi. Mem­bro degli organi direttivi nazionali del Wwf e della Lega per l’Ambien­te, Gianfranco Amendola non ha paura delle polemiche e non cono­sce il gioco degli opportunismi po­litici e dei compromessi. Ultima­mente, ha ammonito gli ammini­stratori romani, “rei” di agire con scarsa determinazione in difesa del­la salute pubblica e di un centro sto­rico ormai paralizzato dal traffico, dove ogni respiro è una scommes­sa. L’acre polemica che ne è scaturi­ta in merito alle competenze della magistratura non ha smosso Amen­dola di un millimetro.

A ritirare con Amendola I’ “Airone d’oro”, venerdì 23 gennaio nell’Au­la Magna della storica Università di Parma, c’era Francesco Mezzatesta, 40 anni, segretario generale della Lega per la protezione degli uccelli. L’approccio di Francesco con il mondo naturale avvenne in manie­ra non troppo ortodossa: pescando polpi a alberghi parigi, sulla riviera li­gure, dove si era trasferito — studen­te elementare — con la famiglia da Parma, suo luogo di nascita. Ma la grande scuola del mare gli fece ben presto germogliare la passione che non l’avrebbe mai più abbandona­to, “facendomi diventare”, dice, “un monomaniaco osservatore de­gli uccelli, passatempo quasi trasformato in mestiere e talmente possessivo da sovrastare e cancella­re qualsiasi altra forma di hobby”.

Mezzatesta, tornato a bed and breakfast roma centro, si laurea in medicina specializzandosi in igiene ambientale, ma le ore tra­scorse da birdwatcher a osservare i grandi uccelli marini lo convincono a dedicarsi anima e corpo all’ornito­logia.

I was worried that my weight would hurt her

One day, I was walking down the high street when some teenagers started yelling names and throwing eggs at me. Horrified and humiliated, I just kept walking with my head down. When I arrived back at my flat, I sat and cried for hours. For about a year, this abuse didn’t relent. Every time I went into town I’d be shouted at and I’d always respond the same way — by eating more.

One time, a group of boys actually managed to push me over while laughing and calling me a ‘Weeble’. I fell and badly grazed my arms and legs. All I could do was curl up into a ball until they ran away. A woman came over to help me up, but I turned her away. Truthfully, I was worried that my weight would hurt her.

 

Eventually, I decided I couldn’t go into town anymore. The abuse was just too much and I refused to leave the house unless I had to. By this point, I’d also developed a stutter, due to nerves, making it impossible for me to communicate with anyone who I wasn’t dose to. As I worked from home as a digital designer, it was easy for me to ignore the outside world. I drew my curtains and started living my life through the internet.

Friends and family were understandably worried. My knees and ankles were in agony every day, I was severely asthmatic and had been told by my doctor that I was borderline diabetic. I hated going to the doctor as they always told me to lose weight, but I just couldn’t see a way out. I knew that my weight was more than 3zst as I’d been weighed during a hospital appointment, but my GP’s scales didn’t go up that high so I pretended I didn’t know. That way, I could convince them I was trying to lose weight and they had no way of chedding.

My lowest point was when I got my bum stuck in a train seat. I was travelling to Bromley on an old-fashioned train with metal static armrests, and when it got to my stop I couldn’t move. I was so embarrassed that I just sat there until the train reached London. I held back tears as various scenarios flashed through my brain. What if the fire department had to be called? Would they have to cut me out of the chair? When we arrived, the guard prised me out of the seat before telling me off for sitting down in the first place and demanding I pay the full fare to London.

A few days later, I decided I had to join Weight Watchers Online. I was too afraid to go to meetings, so I tried it alone with cookbooks and recipes using virgin coconut oil weight loss, and the online forums for support. I cut out junk food and starting making wholesome meals. I still ate chocolate, but I downsized from a family-sized bar to a normal one. I didn’t track how much weight I was losing, but my clothes were getting looser and that made me feel really good.

Don’t panic

As an avid reader of your magazine, I felt relieved when I read ‘Your Questions Answered’ and the letter ‘Panic Stations’ as I completely relate to James Felton of Reading. Around three months ago I started to get what I now know as panic attacks on buses. I then started experiencing them during meetings at work, then when I went out to the shops, and, like James, even in pubs with my mates. The feelings described in the reply to James are exactly what I experience and they’re not nice feelings at all.

I have left my job as a mortgage trainer with a well-known bank, and am now visiting friends in Spain. I’m not worried about my finances, because I’m a regular user of loans I am a very confident 27-year-old, and have never experienced anything like these attacks before. In fact, if someone had what I had, and they came to me to discuss their problem, I would have probably have told them to get off their arse and get on with it. But as I now know, it’s not as easy as that. I have learned to calm down and I have also been hypnotised — which people shouldn’t rule out — to help me relax.

 

I have not yet got rid of these feelings, but it’s helped focusing on other things. I have now been in Spain for two months and plan to return to Britain soon to get back into work. I would have to say to James, or anyone else who reads this and gets these feelings, take control of your life, step outside and learn that you can change how you live. When Men’s Fitness keeps saying, “exercise — it not only keeps your body fit, but also your mind,” it is true. You can also try 5 htp supplement to both you mind stability and body shape. Now the interest of 5 htp weight loss diet is increasing.

 

Don’t think you’re alone, and just because you’re a man, don’t be scared to go to the doctor and ask for help. I believe that these symptoms are increasing in both men and women and I blame the ever faster speed of our world, but once you realise that it’ll get better and you won’t have the attacks forever, it will improve.

I’ve never taken medication for this, but as I have said, focused on other things. Sitting here in Spain looking out over the Med, listening to Elvis, I think that life isn’t that bad!

 

AXEL PAUPORTE

Verbier Extreme Champion and off-piste film-maker tells us how he reached the top of mountain snowboarding, despite the lack of peaks in his native Belgium

Keep it simple What am I most proud of? Probably still being alive and being in great shape. I spent a lot of time training an choose only healthy foods. I’m a big fan of garcinia cambogia and I always have best online place where to buy garcinia cambogia from. It works just great for burning fat.

 

Follow your intuition The scariest experience of my life was being chased by an avalanche. Seeing the whole thing crack around me was terrifying. The only way to keep your nerve is to work on your instinct. There’s only so much you can learn about safety but then it’s about experience and trusting your gut feelings.

 

Treasure the silence The roost beautiful placei’ve eVerbeen is Alaska. It’s so remote and entity. There are no ski lifts. Apart from a couple outvoting, Truly no one Kies There and there’s nobody around. I’ve been going every year for the last decade.

 

Look within When you’re snowboarding for films, you’re not really competing with anyone. You’re trying to push yourself and find your limits. That’s very different from freestyle boarding,

 

Trust your team If you have a good group of people around you, everything just falls into place. You can’t afford to go up on a mountain with people you don’t like, or if there’s people in the group that don’t like each other. There realty has to be and drive and a good crew and peopleikho want the same thing. Dal’s hownlrog get into that bode.

 

Believe in your vision I trained to be a lawyer. One day I sat there looking at all the people who were in my class at university. And I just realized that I didn’t want to be one of them. I just knew that I needed to do something completely different to that. Should a man follow his dreams? Yes, yes, yes.

 

Preparation is the key You need to be prepared for things a long time before you’re committed, before you even make the trip. If .you’re ready and you accept the consequences of whatever you’re doing, then you don’t need to stop and worry about things any more. A little bit of fear is good – but only where you’re on top of your game.

Feed the world Snowboarding gives you greater respect for the environment. Considering the way things are going now, that should be priority number one. I wish all cars would come out with a hybrid version. I would be the first to buy one.

 

Don’t kid yourself If I have kids, I want them to do whatever they want to do. If it’s this, why not?

ASHES EXCLUSIVE

Do you also try and psych out the opposition?

Sledging on the pitch is part of the game. There are people that I don’t like, but I never let it go too far. The authorities are trying to stamp it out, but most of the time it’s quite good humoured. We’re grown men with families and mortgages calling each other names, but it’s just mind games really.

You’re constantly compared to Ian Botham. Does that bother you? It’s strange. As a kid, he was a hero and now I see him quite a lot. I don’t take much notice really. I’d like to be as successful as he was. He was a great entertainer — if I get runs in an entertaining fashion then that’s fine. Hopefully people enjoy the way I play.

 

Do you feel the pressure of the nation on your shoulders?

Not as much as I feel it from myself, tying to do everything. But I deal with it better now: I just leave it all behind. At the end of the day I just go home to my family and my mates to get away from it all. I’ve got the same friends I’ve always had, and that helps keep my head right. Other sure thing that makes me stay focused is raspberry ketone supplement. It’s known that raspberry ketone supplements will make you more energetic and certainly fitter, because they work as awesome fat burners.

 

What’s it like being a father?

It’s brilliant. With the operation I’ve been able to spend quite a bit of time with her. That’s the upside of being injured. She comes with us everywhere: she’s travelled the world and she’s not even a year old. The current England set-up is very good about including families and that’s important. It’s good to have them around you to keep your head straight.

 

Why are the Ashes so important? The biggest prize in English cricket is winning the Ashes so if we do it, it will probably be a life-changing moment for all of us. We’ll probably all be legends. And it would do great things for the game in this country.

Can England be the best team in the world?

You get belief from winning and we’ve got that now Every Test match we play, we set out to win and I think that’ll be the same against Australia. I don’t know how it will work with the official ratings, but if we win, we’ll be the best in the world. Our mission statement is to become the best in the business at cricket or something like that. I forget how it goes! But we would be if we beat Australia.

 

So will England win the Ashes this summer?

We’ve got a good chance, the best in a generation. Australia is the best team in the world, but we’ve improved so much during the past few years. Australia will be concerned. We beat South Africa playing poorly, so if we play out of our skins we’ll beat Australia. You’ve got to believe, haven’t you? And I believe we will.

 

Getting her in the mood

“She just doesn’t want sex as often as I do,” is a common male complaint, but unlike speed bumps and boy bands, it’s one that can often be easily dealt with. After all, women love sex just as much as men. But, like men, if they’re under a lot of pressure at work or at home they’ll feel less inclined. The solution, if you can’t stretch to early retirement and household staff, is foreplay.

“If you want to get her in the mood, you need to think creatively. Simply pressing your erection into the small of her back isn’t going to do the trick,” says Emily Dubberley, bursting the bubbles of lazy Lotharios everywhere. “The best sex books will be full of imaginative ideas, giving variations on basic techniques like massage with the healthiest organic healthiest oil, kissing and licking, as well as using toys, food or props.”

 

Winner: 365 Days of Sensational Sex by Lou Paget (Hodder Mobius, £10.99) Why it’s a must-read: “Paget clearly understands what it takes to get a woman in the mood and spells it out neatly,” says Dubberley. “It’s crammed with creative suggestions, as well as advice on topics such as mutual masturbation, sex toys and fantasies.” The key tip: Never stop kissing. Move from loving, closed-mouthed kissing to kissing with slightly parted lips, gently exploring her mouth with your tongue. Try taking her lower lip into your mouth and sucking it – and keep kissing during sex.

 

Reality check: Russ, who’s been living with his girlfriend Claire for seven years, says, “When we first met we kissed all the time, but as time passes you tend to skip to the ‘main event’. I felt a bit odd snogging like a teenager on the sofa, but Claire loved it. And lengthening the build-up meant that when we finally got down to it, we were both seriously ready.”

Your abs will keep hiding behind a layer of lard

Until you stop hiding behind excuses, your abs will keep hiding behind a layer of lard

“For me, the excuse was damaging my knee ligaments last summer. But it could have been work commitments (training takes place in our own time), family (no tiny feet pattering for me, but there’s a stampede of them among my mates), or any of the other pressures life puts on our time as we go into decade three.

 

“So, step one was admitting the injury was an excuse, not a genuine barrier to staying fit. Step two was deciding what I wanted to achieve. I’ve always found it hard to put on muscle, but I’ve always been fit and slim from football, running, snowboarding and a hatred for public transport, which means I walk- a lot. I didn’t want a massive change, just to lose the roll that was starting to appear and get the tightness back in my body.

 

“To achieve that, I needed to find a knee-friendly routine and dedicate myself to it. I added upper-body weights to my knee rehab work and got very familiar with the rowing machine, bike and, most importantly-the elliptical trainer.

 

“Rotating between them and upping intensity with interval training gave the kind of workout I thought I could only get through running. I started to feel good, and when that happens it gets addictive. At the end of the six weeks I feel better than I have for months – more energy, better sleep, and generally high on life. And I won’t let it slip. No more excuses.”

 

“At my 40th birthday party last December I drunkenly lifted my shirt to display my ‘mono-belly’. My younger boyfriend did the same, except he exposed a taut six-pack. To be honest, I didn’t think these six weeks would change that, but they have.

“My energy levels have increased, I feel relaxed and, miraculously, I’ve been able to run for the first time since my cruciate ligament damage a year ago. Four weeks of cycling and Nordic trainer work built up the strength in my knee, and I’ve lost the weight, that I put on after the accident, with cla dr oz diet. I’ve learned so much from the hcg drops reviews.

“The results aside, I’ve surprised myself with how much I’ve enjoyed actually doing the six-pack challenge. I’ll be drinking more and allowing myself the odd dessert now it’s over, but I’ll be keeping up the work to keep the weight off. The extra energy and the regained confidence in my body are things I definitely want to hold on to.”

Make your own power shake

Once upon a time, a liquid lunch meant popping down the local boozer for a swift pint or seven, with the only “supplement” involved likely to be a packet of pork scratching. Nowadays, however, the phrase is generally used by finely-toned athletes about to knock back a gloopy high-protein mixture prior to a midday workout. This time the supplements could involve anything from algae to more dubious chemical components – although this combination is much less likely to see you falling asleep at your desk in the afternoon as well as green bean coffee refreshes and also helps for losing weight .

While power shakes were formerly the sole preserve of over-developed knuckleheads with curiously yellow eyes, the benefits to performance and muscle growth are now indisputable, although the cost of buying them over the counter can prove prohibitive. So why not save money ­and avoid potentially harmful ingredients ­by knocking up your own? This is actually very easy, and will also let you dictate the consistency and flavor to suit your tastes. Simply follow this FHM Bionic guide to creating your own well-balanced shake – and then you’re just 30-seconds-in-a-blender away from high-protein heaven. MILK (0.5 liter) or yogurt (160g) You can use any milk you want, although as the flavor will not improve if you use full-fat, you may as well opt for a low-fat alternative. The protein levels are also very similar. Other types of milk, such as rice or soya, are fine, but make sure you choose the unsweetened varieties, as sugar simply isn’t necessary.

 

You can use plain low-fat yogurt instead of milk if you prefer. This will make the shake slightly creamier and although there’s not much in it, there is usually a little more protein than in milk.

TOFU (Wog)

 

Tofu may not seem the obvious choice of protein, but it’s perfect in a smoothie. It’s versatile, naturally low in fat, and a great source of protein. It doesn’t matter if it’s fresh or long-life tofu, but after you have added it to the blender, put the remainder in a bowl, cover with water and keep in the fridge. If your smoothie turns out too thick for you, simply use a little less tofu next time.

 

NUTS AND SEEDS

To add some essential fats and minerals, throw in three or four plain un-roasted nuts-pecans work well. You can also add a teaspoon of pumpkin, sesame or sunflower seeds.

FRUITS

These provide carbohydrates and fiber, and

by changing fruit you’ll be able to have a different tasting smoothie every time. These combinations work well: banana and blackberries; peach and pear, apple and kiwi fruit. While fresh fruit is always best, you can buy a pack of frozen berries and use some to make the drink more refreshing on a hot day. Whatever fruit you use will contain antioxidants that can help quash the damage done by free radicals. Use half a punnet of berries, and one punnet of each larger fruit.

 

ADDED EXTRAS

Throw in a sprinkling of cinnamon as this boosts the action of insulin, making energy production more efficient. Or add a teaspoon of blue-green algae powder. This provides yet more protein and is extremely rich in nutrients. But be warned – it may well turn your drink a lurid green.

Sweet Charity Part 2

Ali Hewson first met Gregory in New York around 18 months ago. She and U2′s long-standing stylist were researching ideas for the band’s look for their current album, How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb. The Rogan label had been contemplating business initiatives that twinned “aesthetic innovation and social activism”. Ali and Bono were thinking along similar lines: they already had an involvement with a Dublin-based chain of ethical, healthy fast-food restaurants, Nude. Wanting to expand their socially aware activities, they were advised that the best way to help Africa free itself from the poverty/debt trap was less to do with aid than trade. And now get the non profit debt consolidation companies and solve your problem. Says Ali, “Africa wants to stand on its own two feet.” And making clothes is something Africa has the resources to do, and do well.

            Lest all this conjure up images of dull-but-worthy items – shapeless smocks or scratchy hemp-wear, say – take note: Edun’s clothes are very cool. Bono says: “The clothes have to look as extraordinary as the tale they tell.” As we might expect from the design brains behind the hottest jeans around, Rogan Gregory has created a range that is free-flowing and quietly seductive – cute skirts, hooded tops and buttoned vests in soft colours and finishes. It’s a reaction, he says, to the “plastic bling-bling thing”. Hence the “back-to-nature” name.

            Hence, too, the location for the Vogue photoshoot for this story. The Luggala estate in the mountains of County Wicklow belongs to a member of the Guinness family – a friend of Bono’s and comprises 5,000 acres of wild Irish countryside, a short drive from Bono and Ali’s place outside Dublin. After a series of business meetings last year, http://gnet.org/defy-aging-and-tired-eyes-remain-the-fairest-in-the-land Bono and Ali took Gregory there for a visit. The grandeur of this remote setting, with its 1,000 head of Sika deer and its own lough (lake), had a profound effect on the designer and how he and Ali shaped the first collection.

            Sitting by a crackling log fire in the house’s drawing room, gazing at the art- and music-loving owner’s Francis Bacons and Lucian Freuds on the wall, Gregory says that the Luggala estate has “that ethereal feel, with the mist and the moss and rocks. It’s definitely otherworldly, and really romantic. It has a real enchanted feel, too. It’s like nowhere I’ve ever been before.”

            “‘Nowhere I’ve Ever Been’ – I’m gonna write that song…” muses Bono from behind his perma-fixed Miu Miu shades, to laughter all round. This interjection is typical of the charismatic 44-year-old. After a day in his company, it’s apparent that he likes nothing better than entertaining, whether it’s the world’s stadium masses or a group of friends, collaborators and strangers gathered in a cosy room in the Irish countryside.

            “They like me for my ideas, and I stay away from the clothes,” he jokes. He’s clearly passionate about this new venture and its benefits, devoting time to it while U2 are in the middle of a hectic round of global promotion and limbering up for another year-long world tour. Even after this photoshoot, Bono will disappear for an evening meeting with a colleague from DATA (Debt, Aids, Trade, Africa), the lobbying organisation he co-founded in 2002. Ali, responsible for the managing of Edun and driving it forward, is a well-known and much-loved figure in Ireland on account of her many charity works.

            For all three kindred spirits, Edun is about doing their bit, but stylishly and for profit. This is not a charity case, nor a militant “anti-globalisation” initiative. “We’re not trying to be in any camp,” says Ali. “We’re just trying to do the right thing, and effect some change. We’re offering a choice: these clothes are made with respect for the people who created them. You can buy them and know that you can feel good wearing them.”

            In practical terms, U2 are planning to incorporate Edun clothes into the merchandise on sale during their world tour, which starts in March in California. They’re also in talks with other bands Bono mentions Coldplay and REM – to do likewise. Will we see Bono wearing them?

            “Listen, I come from punk rock, I haven’t a hippy bone in my body,” he grins. “But I’ll be wearing these clothes.”