National Government and Local Council ‘Two cheeks of the same Backside?’

There is a forthcoming local election, this involves nominating a candidate to be you local councillor for the area you live in. If you have any concerns or complaints you normally hand them over to your local councillor to deal with.
One particular candidate, whom I met, is Dawud Islam; he is with the Respect party. I spoke to him briefly a couple of days ago and he told me the difference between National Government and Local Council. Basically, councillors are different to MPs and only deal with problems locally that are within their area e.g. bins, litter, building permission.

Problems in my community that affect me personally:

The “Wastefield” Bradford has not been finished yet, or even built; therefore there is no proper shopping centre in Bradford.  Where am I supposed to get my “Vans” from? Bradford kids have suffered fashionably!
I cannot swim due to the closure of local pools; yet Bradford Council are drowning in a £5.7 million surplus.
 
In the education league tables, tragically Bradford remains near the bottom.
I sometimes feel as if I’m being deprived of opportunities that other kids have.
We have given Labour too many chances which they have consistently failed in fulfilling. But are the Respect party going to make a change? Somehow I am inclined to doubt it.
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George Galloway by-election

By George, what is happening in Bradford!
 
I have recently been thinking about the problems in Bradford, particulary Bradford West.
Facts:
  • The Westfield Bradford was supposed to start work round about the year 2006, but we still see a pile of rubble almost 6 years on.
  • The British Soldiers are still in Afghanistan
  • Bradford has a very large population of young people and youths, who are politically very disengaged.
So it must have come as quite a surprise when famous politician George Galloway anounced he was running for the role of Bradford West’s new MP (Marsha Singh had resigned due to health issues).
I have attended two of Galloway’s Rallies now, and the way he persuades and gets people to listen with his tone of voice and the words he uses, is exeptional. But people were not very critical and were just accepting what George Galloway had to offer.
The Respect party were against the Labour, Conservative, and the Liberal Democrats. George Galloway won by over 10,000 votes, followed by Imran Hussain who came second and got 8,201 votes, which leads me to an incident that happened yesterday when I was on my way to the George Galloway party in town.
We went by taxi (due to most petrol stations being closed) and my dad asked the taxi driver if he voted for Imran Hussain or George Galloway. The taxi driver replied that he voted for George Galloway, because a couple of days ago Imran Hussain knocked on his door, introduced himself, and then added “Are you going to look after us BRO?”. 
“Are you going to look after us BRO?” rather than discussing how Labour could help him and his family is not the way to win an election.
The only time we might catch George Galloway using any sort of slang word is when he is drunk-but then again George has never touched a drink in his life.

"Why we Get Fat and What to do About it" By Gary Taubes (book review)

I have just finished reading “Why we Get Fat and What to do about it” by award-winning scientist, Gary Taubes.
Nowadays, many people are disillusioned with advice recommended by GPs to “eat less, move more” in order to lose weight and stay lean. But does it always work? Taubes, however, has a completely different approach to how people become obese, and its cause. He is not alone in his views, albeit at odds with those of the orthodox medical community. And his arguments suggest undereating and exercising may not be the answer to losing weight, to the dismay of medical doctors.

Taubes critiques the “eat less, move more” philosophy, and argues very fairly, with lots of evidence to back up his assumptions using tests from scientists and diet gurus across the world. He also discusses if being obese is a genetic disorder, why undereating only works for a few months, and the truth behind the success of dieting the way Weightwatchers® and other advertising brands promote it.

Taubes’ main argument is about the role hormone insulin plays in making people obese. He explains the cause of it and benefits of different food groups very clearly. Following Robert Atkins’ footsteps, Taubes offers us a more informative and cultivated approach to Atkins’ radical assumptions back in 1972.
Personally, I think what Taubes says in a hundred pages, could have been summed up in fifty. His argument is quite simple, but Taubes has a tendency to go on a bit. However, this was a very appealing and beneficial read that I would recommend to almost everyone. Its use of language and the way it is set out would probably make it one of the best non-fiction books I have read yet.

English Project-Informative Peice

How people get fat-Informative piece
I have recently taken an interest in the reason why people get fat. It always seemed to amaze me why some thin people eat to their heart’s desire but do not put on weight, but some overweight people ate hardly anything yet remained overweight.
Why?
“Less food and more exercise” is apparently the way to lose weight today, as it was discovered back in 1990 by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) when they thought the answer to becoming grossly obese was “sedentary behaviour and overeating.” Is this the real reason?
People are more determined to lose weight nowadays then before. In the 1980s a size 10/12 was a healthy size for many women, however, that has drastically changed over the years and a size 0/6 is considered a lot more attractive and desirable.  So people try diets, which we see advertised on TV almost all the time, such as Jenny Craig and Weightwatchers. But along with the statistics and positive reviews about these diet plans, they only work in the short term and many people end up putting their weight back on after a short period of time.
But another way that many people think helps to “lose weight” is by under eating, or eating very small portions of food. However, tests show that this type of diet only works for a few months or so, and makes you malnourished, which mean it’s not the healthiest of ways to lose weight.  Scientist Gary Taubes also mentions this in his book “Why we Get Fat and what to do about it”
However, you might be thinking exercise is the key to losing weight fast and effectively? Exercise, lose weight, prevent disease-is it all true? Well, research shows that vigorous exercise for ninety minutes a day-an hour and a half each day-will help you not to put on weight, but is not guaranteed to help you lose weight, and will probably leave you panting with exertion all day.
Paul Williams, an author of statistics at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in Berkeley (California) and Peter Wood, a Stanford university researcher who has been studying the effect of exercise on health since the 1970s. Teamed up and collected information on the health, weight gain, and weight loss, on approximately thirteen thousand habitual runners. The tests and statistics showed that every year the runners tended to get fatter and put on more weight, even those who ran more than forty miles a week-eight miles a day, five days a week! William and Wood came to a conclusion, that if male runners ran two more miles than their average distance each week, females three, then perhaps they could stay lean. This is because you are burning more calories each time you run the extra two miles a week. So why is it when people exercise they tend to put on more weight? It may be because people become hungrier when they are active, so need something quick and efficient to eat…carbohydrates, e.g. bread, pasta e.t.c
Dr Atkins (a controversial American Physician) made his first appearance in the New York Times. In 1972 Atkins suggested that eating fat would not make you fat, and ‘it was all a big fat lie!’ According to Atkins, saturated fat on the meat and dairy products are not the heart of the problem. But, eating to your heart’s desire with foods such as meat and steak, and stuffing your face with eggs and butter, might be a possible solution. Atkins argued for a view which was against the current orthodoxy.  
But in order to learn how we must lose weight, shouldn’t we know how the body regulates fat? Hormones and Enzymes control our growth and development, so which hormone is responsible for regulating our fat tissue? It is a hormone called Insulin. However, simple, refined and easily digestible carbohydrates are responsible for raising the insulin level, to an extent that is not healthy, and can lead to type 2 diabetes. It is at this point at which a person is very likely to become obese.
People may believe exercise burns off fat and other processed foods in your body. But it will only burn off the sugar or food you have had beforehand. For instance, if you have been devouring carbs all day, you’ll burn the carbs off instead of the fat. Consequently, if you constantly do this, your body’s ability to metabolise fat will atrophy.
Dr. Atkins and Gary Taubes (a writer who has written a number of books on the reason why people get fat) have a very fair point. Following Atkins, Gary Taubes offers us a more explanatory, seasoned approach and argues vehemently to get his voice across about the low carb, high protein diet (that will probably be more very beneficial to us). But, this matter is still yet to be acknowledged by the modern medical community.

My Weekend

The Chinese New Year dragon!
Well…I couldn’t call this weekend usual. It all started on a trip to Manchester to see the Chinese New Year Festival and what’s to come isn’t very normal at all.
I’ve been suffering from excruciating back pains for a few months, they start from the centre of my back and work out towards the bottom and sides. Yesterday (whilst in Manchester) my dad had work so we were seeing him off in his hotel room, it was when I tried to stand up the pain started again. But it wasn’t the regular sort of pain I normally get in my back, this pain was unbearable and I couldn’t move for one and a half hours! 
Eventually, my mum called the emergency services and next thing I knew a group of paramedics turned up and did a couple of tests (tested my blood pressure and temperature e.t.c) After, they gave me this gas and air, it was a mix of 50% oxygen and 50% nitrous oxide (also known as laughing gas) and was supposed to numb the pain in my back and make me feel slightly strange and sensational. The feeling was indescribable, it was if I was dreaming and the whole ambulance experience wasn’t real. However, it didn’t numb the pain completely and I can still feel it now as I am writing this.
When I got to the hospital the doctors carried out a couple of other tests, and weren’t quite sure what had caused it. (I am also lack of vitamin d so it might have had something to do with that) But I am going to see a Paediatrician about it very shortly, and they will look further into it.

I have to say, this has been one of the best experiences of my life. And these things don’t usually happen to me, so it was quite different. But the hospital and staff aren’t at all what they seem like in Casualty or Doctors. What was your Sunday like?

Are Non-Organic Apples Bad for you?

It always seemed to occur to me why organic products were better for you than non-organic products.

But, since I actually started eating organic apples, the answer became more and more clear. They may not look better but they certainly taste better, and when I researched about it I don’t think I could eat a regular apple again.
Apples are one of the many fruits that attract insects more than other fruits. The insects like to dig deep into the juicy flesh of an apple and destroy it, making it unedible for people. Therefore, non-organic apples are sprayed with pesticides and chemicals, which are a sort of insect repellent for the apples. But these toxic chemicals destroy the real goodness of the apple, even after being washed and peeled, an apple can still contain pesticides. 4 out 10 of these pesticides can cause hormone interference, cancer, and nervous-system damage. 
Also, these chemicals make an apple look shiny and more appealing to eat. This makes customers want to buy non-organic apples rather than organic ones.

I hope you understand the real cause of what the pesticides can do. And not just to apples, but any vegetable or fruit.

‘Sister, Missing’ Review

‘Sister, Missing’ is the sequel to ‘Girl, Missing’ by Sophie McKenzie.


So where do I start!? The dramatic storyline and the fact that you could quite easily compare the book to reality makes it almost impossible to put down. 

However, I wasn’t as pleased with this sequel as I was with the previous book. I found that it sort of jumped right into the storyline without letting the reader figure out what might happen next, so it was quite predicting at some points. Also, the ending was very rushed and, personally, I think that the ending is one of the most important parts of a story and a rushed ending ruins a book – as does a rushed beginning.

I really thought that this book would be perfect to end the story of Lauren, and her non-stop, unordinary life. So I was quite disappointed when reading this book, as it didn’t appeal to me as much as I would have hoped. Furthermore, the use of language in this book was not as strong as it was in ‘Girl, Missing,’ and to find out right at the beginning of this story that Sam, (Lauren’s father) had passed away and her younger sister, Madison had gone missing without warning, was very disturbing.

In conclusion, I think Sophie McKenzie could have developed her sudden events in the story, this would have made the book more appealing to readers and would have had a clear ending to Lauren’s life. Overall, I still think the story went off track at some times but I hope you enjoy it and if you have a different opinion or view to this book, let me know in the comment box below!