Opening night - football being played in its spiritual home of Brazil. On the pitch, a cracking game lined up between two top sides. Outside, protesters occupied the streets protesting the country's extreme lack of spending on its country's welfare. Already the dichotomy of the 2014 World Cup was developing.
We live in a throwaway culture here in Europe and the US under the illusion that waste is OK as long as we recycle. And if we're honest, this suits us just fine because it requires very little extra effort. Instead of putting our rubbish in the black bin, we put it in the green, brown, pink or [insert colour according to your local council here] bins and think no more about it - we can feel virtuous, we've done our part, now our empty cans will magically be turned into a shiny new aeroplane - go us!
Think back (haha) to when work, for the majority of the population was physical work, requiring strength and stamina. When men and women stood up straight after a long day at work, and looked forward to a good night's sleep, because sleep is always easier when you are physically tired. "Put your back into it" had a much more literal meaning in those days.
Recently my girlfriend and I took a long weekend away from the city to stay on an organic dairy farm in beautiful rural Devon. It was an interactive farm and as part of our stay we looked after our own chickens. It was whilst holding one of them that I had a rather morbid thought - could I wring your neck?! Being a meat-eater I had always thought that it's important to consider whether you could kill an animal yourself and then eat it. I looked down at the chicken looking up at me and suddenly I wasn't so sure anymore.
I have to admit I sometimes prefer working out alone. It's a chance to get away from the hustle and bustle of London life, and find some time for myself. But when it comes to exercise, recruiting a training partner could be one of the most important things you do in order to help you achieve your goals.
As the Spice Girls once said (who still remembers them!) it's important to spice up your life! Here are three common spices that will all boost your health and add plenty of flavour to your food. Win-win - our favourite!
Say goodbye to groggy mornings and hello world!
If you're a morning person you're probably the envy of all your friends. But for the rest of us mornings are an ever-present obstacle standing in the way of us and who we want to be. Because don't we all wish we could jump out of bed before the alarm goes off and greet the day with joy and enthusiasm? But instead we find ourselves hitting the snooze button until the last possible moment and then rushing to get out of the house on time, running to catch the train whilst eating breakfast, finishing make-up and buttoning up shirts?