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Thousand Pillar Hall – An Acoustic Marvel in Madurai Meenakshi Temple

India is very famous for its temples. Thousands and thousands of temples built and maintained from time immemorial. The sculptures and the building techniques will speak itself the glory of the great tradition.

Madurai is situated at 462 kilometers south of Chennai (Madras as it was known in earlier times). The famous Meenakshi Amman Temple is located in the centre of the city. Inside the temple, there are famous halls like Marriage Hall, Thousand Pillar Hall etc.

The Thousand Pillar Hall is very famous for its beautiful construction.

The hall, even though called as thousand pillar hall, it has only 985 pillars. The pillars are erected in such a way as to fall in line from any angle we view..

In the year 1983, an expert team from audiology department went in to the hall and carried out an extensive study. They have used latest scientific gadgets and found that there is absolutely no echo in any part of the temple even with all the crowd around the sound level seldom exceed 80 dB (decibel)

Naturally the noise level in a quiet surrounding will be 40 dB, in a crowded street about 80-85 dB and at the airport when a jet aircraft takes off, it will be about 100 dB.

According to the team headed by Dr Kameswaran, an ENT specialist, there appears to be a built-in mechanism in the precincts of Madurai temple for containing the echo. The total noise does not exceed a specific level which would make it unpleasant to the visitors.

The temple is an acoustic marvel, observed the experts. Near the road there is one Ashta Shakti Hall. There the noise level is only 40 dB.

The team members said that with this ambient noise it is possible for a person to contemplate and meditate the Divinity.

Roughly about 5000 to 6000 people visit the temple daily. And the sound level recorded during the peak hours is of the order of 70 dB to 80 dB.

It implies that the artisans were aware of the basic principles of acoustics. The huge icons on the unpolished pillars, the distribution of vents, the allocation of open space all around, are all mechanisms to contain the noise level. The arrangements are so made that is not crude but there is an artistic planning combining utility with beauty. This arrangement strangely contrasts with arrangement made in certain modern buildings where instruments for breaking noise and absorbing sound are hung from the roof in a very clumsy and unartistic manner.

This hall is a classic example of perfect sound engineering technique. The average height of each pillar is about 12 feet. The pillars depicts four kinds of motifs, one consisting of moulded squares, the other with rampant dragon, the third with a figure of a deity and the fourth that of a donor or his family. The unpolished pillars of exactly of same size and shape are placed at mathematically accurate positions. These aspects have made the hall echo resistant.

In addition, the pillars are so peculiarly arranges that anyone sitting at a specific spot could view a central figure without any obstruction in any position. At any position inside the hall, in consequence to the arrangement of the pillars, there open up around us 16 colonnades of varying width and such length of each side that the perspective afforded by them is simply marvelous.

The expert team rightly described the thousand pillar hall as an acoustic marvel.

Thousands of such intricate wonders are hidden in these Indian temples.

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The Ancient Practice of Sun Gazing

Sun energy is the source that powers the brain. It enters the body through the elements of air, water, fire, and earth. Sunlight enters and leaves the human body most easily and directly through the human eye, provided it isn’t filtered out by colored lenses. The eyes are the grand portals through which sunlight enters the body.

Sun gazing is an ancient practice that can induce healing of body and mind.

The eyes are very complex organs, consisting of 5 billion parts intricately designed and functioning in unity. The primary function of the eye is light-dark perception. Even the most basic, simplest ‘eyes’, such as those belonging to unicellular organisms have no other function but to detect whether the surroundings are light or dark in order to maintain the circadian rhythms.

Acting as a photo lens, the human eye is able to break down the entire spectrum of sunlight into the different color rays – a sort of ocular prism. In a camera, the various rays of light react with the chemicals of the film and encode the pictures you take accordingly. Likewise, upon entering the pineal gland in the brain, the different light rays are chemically encoded in the brain and passed on to the organs and systems in the body.

The vital organs of the body are dependent on specific colors of the light spectrum. For kidney cells to function properly, for example, they require red light. Heart cells need yellow light, and liver cells require green light. Light deficiencies in any of the organs and systems of the body can lead to disease. Regular sun gazing can help restore balance and efficiency to all cells in the body.

The pineal gland is one of the most researched glands of the body. Scientists have established that bright light stimulates the production of serotonin and melatonin in the pineal, but there are other neurochemicals produced by the pineal that have more profound and complex effects apart from regulation of moods, sleep, reproductive function and body temperature.

Scientists at the University of Pennsylvania, including Dr. George C. Brenarr, a leading authority on the pineal gland, observed the sun yogi HRM (Hira Ratan Manek) for 130 days in 2002. They found that his pineal exhibited growth and reactivation. The average size of the pineal is 6×6 mm, but in HRM’s case it was 8×11 mm.

Scientists refer to the pineal gland as the ‘atrophied third eye’. Indeed, it, along with the pituitary, is the third eye chakra or energy center, better referred to as dormant rather than atrophied. According to Max Heindel’s Rosicrucian writings, in the distant past, man was in touch with the inner worlds through an activated pineal and pituitary gland. Considered the most powerful and highest source of ethereal energy available to humans, the third eye has always been important in initiating psychic powers (clairvoyance and seeing auras etc).

To activate the ‘third eye’ and perceive higher dimensions, the pineal and the pituitary must vibrate in unison, which is achieved through meditation or sun gazing. When a correct relationship is established between the personality operating through the pituitary, and the soul operating through the pineal, a magnetic field is created. The pineal can generate its own magnetic field because it contains magnetite. This field can interact with the earth’s magnetic field. The solar wind at dawn, charging the earth’s magnetic field, stimulates the pineal gland. This is why many spiritual teachings claim that the period between 4 and 6 am is the best time to meditate and why sunrise is the best time to sun gaze. At these times, the pineal stimulates the pituitary to secrete Human Growth Hormone. That is why sun gazers often experience rapid nail and hair growth, restoration of hair color, and general rejuvenation. Cleopatra used to place a magnet on her forehead to stimulate the pituitary to restore her youth and good looks. She did not know she already had a magnet in her head.

The technique of sun gazing demands no more than time and attention, and is very simple. One should gaze at the sun only in the morning or evening hours, about one hour or less after sunrise or before sunset. Look at the rising or setting sun once a day. On the first day, look at the sun in a relaxed manner for a maximum of 10 seconds. On the second day, look at it for 20 seconds, adding about ten seconds every succeeding day. After ten continuous days of sun gazing you will be looking at the sun for about 100 seconds. The eyes can blink or flicker and don’t need to be steady. To receive the main benefits of sun gazing, you need to increase the duration in the above manner until you reach three months. This brings you up to the length of 15 minutes of gazing at a time.

At this stage, the sun energy of the sun’s rays passing through the human eye will be charging the hypothalamus tract – the pathway behind the retina leading to the human brain. As the brain increasingly receives extra power through this pathway, you will find a drastic reduction of mental tension and worries. With access to this additional source of energy, you are likely to develop a more positive mindset and increased self-confidence. If you suffer from anxieties and depression, you will find that these go away. Sadness and depression are known to increase with reduced or lack of exposure to sunlight. With fewer worries and fears, your brain may use the saved and additionally supplied energy for healing and improvement of mental and physical wellbeing.

One of the most frequently reported benefits of regular sun gazing is improvement of eyesight.

Life giving, golden rayed, the eternal watchful eye, called ‘the beginning’ and ‘the ultimate truth’ by wisdom, the Sun is also the earliest acknowledged doctor of mankind. We have turned to him for healing since ages – since our very beginnings.

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New "Eating For Your Eye Color" Weight Loss Diet

Undoubtedly you’ve heard of the popular book, “The Blood Type Diet”. In fact, the ‘type’ of blood you have is identified by the presence or absence of antigens named A and B. What blood type you are is significant only regarding blood transfusions (and in some cases identifying paternity, since you receive your blood type from your parents). If you receive blood from someone who has an antigen you do not, your body will perceive a foreign invader and an immune response will be triggered. This can be a dangerous reaction. So, blood types are identified in case you need to receive blood one day. Period.

There is absolutely no significance as related to your diet, your food tolerances, allergies, or reactions to food! The fact that someone wrote a book called “Eating for Your Blood Type” is akin to writing a book called, “Eating for your Eye Color”. So, I will tell you now how to best eat for your eye color to help you lose weight:

There are groups of people who have blue eyes, others who have brown eyes and some who have green. If both of your parents have blue eyes, so will you–just as if both of your parents have type O blood, you will. Therefore, these characteristics can be seen among others in your family-just go ahead and ask them!

Okay, so first of all, any of you who have blue eyes, listen up! You have light colored eyes and you really like snacks; especially those high in carbohydrates. Am I right? You enjoy having a donut or coffee cake late in the morning. It acts as a real pick-me-up to keep you going until lunch time, and of course, donuts taste so good to you (because your eyes are blue!) You love having some chips or cookies in the afternoon from the vending machine. You just get a craving for something sweet or salty a couple of hours after lunch, and that little munchable treat satisfies you until dinner time. Finally, you often crave something to snack on in the evening while you are watching television. How do I know this? Your eyes are blue! Mine are too. I like to snack.

How can we lose weight? Here’s how: find a lower calorie substitute for the snacks you are presently consuming. There are fantastic 100 calorie snack bags so you can have a hostess mini-cake package late morning, some wheat thins or cheese nips in the afternoon, and a skinny cow ice cream bar in the evening. Yes, even though you have blue eyes and you like to snack, you can still lose weight –just get your snacking under control.

Now for those of you with brown eyes: you like sweets, especially chocolate. And you like peanut butter. Of course you do; I know that because your eyes are brown. I have friends with brown eyes-they like chocolate and peanut butter. So, you like to eat peanut M & M’s, snickers candy bars, chocolate ice cream with nuts in it, and other treats that have a lot of calories. This makes you gain weight. You gain weight when you eat chocolate and peanut butter because your eyes are brown! And because these are very high calorie foods. What can you do about it?

First of all, realize that liking chocolate or peanut butter is not really a physiological craving. You do not need chocolate. You just like it because it tastes good. So you need to know that if you can wait until the craving passes and not wolf down a king-sized Snickers bar or double Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup, you will be okay. For every 300 calories you can pass up (check the labels on those candy bars), you’ll lose three more pounds by the end of the month. This could be nine pounds a month if you’re indulging three times a day!

If you still want the taste (of course you do!) then learn to control the portions. Again, many of the 100 calorie snack bags are foods you would enjoy; chocolate covered pretzels, nutter-butter cookie crisps, and chocolate chip cookies. There are lower calorie brands of ice cream and you need to measure out a ½ cup portion when you eat it, instead of scooping ice cream into the bowl until it’s full (yes, I know that’s what you do, because your eyes are brown).

And, finally, we get to the smaller percentage of the population-those with pretty, green eyes. Unfortunately, you are predisposed to a taste for foods that have fat in them! This is unfortunate because fats have twice the calories of carbohydrates. You like donuts, potato chips, cakes, and pie. Cookies, brownies, and ice cream are also sources of fat, as well as sour cream, butter, and salad dressing. You have green eyes, so I know you are not someone who likes a dry baked potato or an undressed salad. You usually order French fries or a milkshake when you go out for fast food.

What can you do to get that weight off? Start limiting your portions of these foods. Write down everything you eat for a week. See how many times each day, on average, you indulge in one of these high fat foods. Now make the decision to reduce this to only one time a day, at most. If you have a donut, you do not also get a milkshake later that day; if you get fried fish you do not also have French fries; if you have pie after lunch you do not also get ice cream after dinner. You have green eyes: you need to find other ways to treat yourself during the day besides eating these high-fat foods!

To everyone with colored eyes, best of luck with your weight loss efforts! I’m confident you will be able to lose weight after you choose lower calorie snacks, reduce your portion sizes, decrease the calories consumed from treats, and find other ways to de-stress besides eating high-calorie foods.

I must add here, that this is a spoof, just in case someone believes these tips are scientifically related to the color of your eyes. The good news is these tips actually will work for you no matter what your eye color!

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In Search of Yesterday – Memories of the Black Watch in Cyprus 1958 to 1960

The 1st Battalion Black Watch left Edinburgh by train one evening, perhaps in October of 1958. We wore drill order which consisted of kilt and TOS etc. We always travelled in kilts in those days. It’s such a long time ago that I forget which port we embarked from. I imagine it was Portsmouth. Certainly in the south of England. We spent about twelve days on a very old slow moving troopship to get to Cyprus. There were short stops at Gibraltar and Malta where I went ashore. Dress was trews and blue bonnets. Most of the day was spent in bars drinking. No tourist type sightseeing. A few days later the whole battalion was paraded for inspection to see that we had picked up no social diseases. The journey through the Med was not unpleasant. Not much to do. A lot of lying around being lazy. Rather overcrowded living quarters. The trick was to get up and wash and shave before everyone else.

When we arrived off Limassol we disembarked onto lighters which took us ashore. Dressed in drill order, kilt and TOS, we were greeted by a pipe band of the Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders. We then got on buses of all things and were taken to our camp at Polis which was in the North West corner of the island.

Life in camp. That winter we lived in eight man tents. Somewhere in the camp was a primitive shower which I might have visited once or twice. We washed and shaved out of mess tins. I remember I bought a small burner to heat my water. When I’d finished, the same water went around the tent. I then ate out of the same tin. I also bought a portable radio. I think everyone else was National Service and therefore broke. I know my pay when I started was about three pounds a week. When I finished it was just over five pounds. We were paid in cash every Friday, although when we were on operations or out of camp it was held over, but cigarettes and razor blades were handed out free. Sometimes we got a rum ration when we were in the hills. The other National Servicemen got about thirty bob a week with a ten shilling marriage allowance for those with wives and there were many. They married at eighteen or nineteen in those days.I was in the signals platoon. In the next lines were the regimental band and the pipes and drums. We still had two bands in those days. As we worked around the clock we often had to catch up on sleep during the day to the sweet lullabies of the bandsmen practicing on their instruments.

The regiment having a long association with India, when we arrived in Cyprus we were joined by the regimental caterers from the colonial days, Gulam Nhabi. This very enterprising gentleman set up shop. His employees would do the rounds of the tents in the morning at reveille with buns and tea. I detested tea but it meant we didn’t have to go off to breakfast. Later operating in the hills one would sometimes find oneself dying of thirst, forbidden to use one’s water bottle, and out of nowhere would appear a cha walla with a tea urn on his back; Gunga Din be praised.

I can remember switching on the light at night and seeing the floor thick with cockroaches which must have been living beneath the wooden floor boards. In that winter the camp was thick with mud. I suffered from terrible constipation. The field latrines took some getting used to. One officer dropped his revolver down one and had to fish it out himself.

On night duty we would take a blanket along and probably nod off most of the time. The officers or sergeants on duty never seemed to bother us. Radio transmission was poor to nonexistent. Having just arrived in camp I found myself on duty the following morning, my first day in Cyprus. A message came in from brigade to send in our sitrep. I’d never heard the term before. There was a certain confusion over radio procedures. Our main intercompany radio was the Mark 19 set if I recollect. It had seen better days with the eighth army in North Africa. If all else failed a hefty boot in its side often set it to rights. The rifle battalions switched from the .303 to the Belgian FN on arriving. The HQ Company still kept their old and trusty Lee Enfield’s. A lovely rifle that I always remember with nostalgia.

Patrols would have a bren-gunner in the open turret of the three quarter ton truck. He would wear a flak jacket. Nobody else ever wore one. None were issued in any case. We had helmets but they were never worn. That winter dress was very relaxed and there was virtually no bull. No parades either. No parade ground. If there was an alert at night one would go out with the emergency patrol. One company was always on standby. Others were posted to outlying stations. That New Years Eve or Hogmany most people got rather drunk. The stand by company was kept sober. The drivers and signalers were not billeted with them however and it is doubtful if the drivers could have navigated the gates. One of our signalers was brought in the next morning on a stretcher from an outlying post, rigor mortis not quite having set in. The regimental band played airs suitable for the occasion.

There was to be an operation in the Troodos Mountains; Mare’s Nest it was called. The first assault was to be sent in by helicopter. One day we were suddenly ordered to put on full kit with rifles and to report to the air strip for training. A light spotter plane would fly over this from time to time and drop our mail out. A helicopter arrived. We got in, were taken for a spin, a rope was thrown out, we were ordered to climb down. Only one broken leg. We were then fully trained.

On the actual day of the operation the helicopters were sent in. They were to be followed the next morning by lorry born infantry. It was too windy to land the troops, except for one luckless fellow who had been the first to descend, without his rifle. He spent a night on the mountain before being relieved the next morning. Promoted to lance-corporal.

We went up by road. I was in the signals van. It got stuck somewhere. That night a corporal and I had to spend the night guarding it. Very lonely. I was only nineteen at the time. I spent a few days at our base camp. Very small. I’d got hold of some coffee so was able to brew my own. Detesting tea this was a godsend. It was very difficult for me to function in a nation of tea drinkers. The food seemed to consist of mutton scotch style. There were C rations or was it K. I can never remember which were British and which were American. Russian salad, corned beef, bars of chocolate. All very good. I can remember deciding to get a bath. There was a mountain stream a hundred yards from the camp so I went off to it and swam around in this freezing water for a while. I must have been tough in those days. I never wore socks either. The sergeant had told me one day a year before to either darn my socks or not wear any. Being cussedly stubborn I’d stopped wearing them. Our highland hose didn’t have any feet on them either so it seemed logical. Arriving back in camp I realized I’d left my rifle by the stream. One of those moments of panic. Luckily I was able to get hold of it before there was a problem. One fellow in our platoon had dropped a single round of .303 on the ground on descending from a truck after an operation and not noticed it. He was put on a charge and lost thirty days pay. Another fellow in a rifle company had lost a bayonet scabbard, not the bayonet, and there was a court of inquiry. When a bren gun had been lost by some nameless regiment two battalions were turned out to search for it.

The Suffolk Regiment had a small base camp next to ours. This was in a small vale high up in the Troodos Mountains. A corporal put his hand into his tent to pick up his Sterling sub-machine gun. The trigger caught in a guy rope and he shot himself through the chest. Our medical officer tried to save him but he died. A company had been supplied with donkeys for supply purposes. At other times aircraft would fly over dropping us supplies.

I went to join Don Company. From there I went to an outpost which consisted of a corporal, two privates and me as radio operator. We were all alone on our own observation post far from everyone. The ideal place to soldier in. We had a small Australian radio which fitted onto the belt. It used Morse, so I spent a lot of my time there communicating in Morse with our HQ. One night there was a terrible storm. The wind howled through the mountains, the thunder crashed like cannon, the lightning flashed. We only had two small two man tents. I can remember being on guard duty after midnight. Under a tree, bayonet fixed, a round in the chamber, safety catch off, I’d have shot anything that appeared. Who had ever heard of precautions to take during a storm?

Sometime later two privates in a rifle company had irritated the colonel. The incident had taken place in our main battalion base but he had them brought up to him somewhere in the mud of the Troodos. They had to appear i n full review order, kilt, white spats and sporran and all. They both got fourteen days.

In the spring we moved up to relieve the Royal Welsh Fusiliers at Xeros. I was in the advance party. It was always agreeable to be detached from the regiment. There were some Royal Signals on this base who wore civilian clothes. When the battalion arrived, our RSM, Patterson by name and a giant of a man, nearly went through the roof. I’d always felt that when he roared even the gods in their heavens trembled. There were to be no civilian clothes in his camp. We were still in tents, but there was a parade ground so we wore khaki drill and started to look smart again. I have photos of us in review order, kilts and blue bonnets, white spats and sporrans etc.

The nearby village was Turkish, was it called Lefka? Occasionally we were allowed out there. Trews and blue bonnets. The local money was piastres. The beer was bad, the wine worse, but both very cheap. We had not had a real break for six months so it was decided to let us visit Nicosia, a company at a time. I was not with the first company. The commander of the Military Police in Nicosia said afterwards that he had never seen so much damage done by a single company in all his years of service. Well, the Black Watch had a reputation to maintain.

I was detached to a post in some Greek town. This was in the period leading up to independence. The Greeks paraded past our post with flags flying calling for independence. I can’t remember much about that period as the politics of the situation did not really concern me. When my mother died five years ago and we were clearing out her things I found my two old copies of Bitter Lemons, by Lawrence Durrell, and Grivas and the story of EOKA by W. Byford Jones, and although I probably read these after the events concerned I could not really have been without interest. At Polis we had had an interpreter. He was a student of Greek at Glasgow University and largely sympathized with them. The Black Watch were very Gung Ho and couldn’t really give a damn for Greek Cypriot sensitivities. If I remember the Gordons had had five men burnt to death in one operation. The Argylls had rather terminally messed up some captured Cypriot suspects after two British women had been gunned down. We were quite friendly with the Turks whom we considered stout fellows although one of them accidentally discharged his shot gun into the stomach of one of our fellows one day. Another private lost his eye on parade whilst unfixing bayonets with the new FNs. As usual accidents were far more common than battlefield casualties.

Perhaps our habit of moving into a church to search it and the bren gunner placing his machine gun on the pulpit to cover the worshippers was overly aggressive. When out we would help ourselves to whatever fruit we found. One night we had an accident and slept where it had happened. In the morning we found ourselves in a water melon field so that took care of breakfast. I can remember taking my rifle and going through orchards helping myself to oranges. An order went out to the motor platoon to try to stop driving over so many animals. I think there was a competition amongst the drivers to see who had the highest kill rate in a month. It must seem strange today that during my three years in the army I cannot recollect ever seeing a tank. The battalion was equipped with two armoured vehicles, a Ferret and a Dingo.

And as for Archbishop Makarios and Grivas or was it Dighenis. They were for generals and politicians to worry about, not the rank and file.

As the situation became more peaceful the battalion created its own beach where one could stay overnight, get moderately drunk and spend the day swimming and sun bathing. No swim suits or anything. No women either. In my three years apart from seeing no tanks I can’t recollect ever seeing a female soldier. Were they called WRACs or something? In camp we began the day at five o’clock and finished at lunch time. One was able to take leave. I spent a month in Turkey and the Aegean. The Turks were very friendly, the Greeks lukewarm. In Cyprus there was no fraternization with the local population at all. I was there eighteen months and in all that time never spoke to one female. When I was on leave I did fall madly in love with e beautiful Armenian in Istanbul but she was chaperoned and I could never be alone with her. In Khios in the Aegean I found a Greek girl from Egypt. Chaperoned also. Never alone either.

Towards the end of 1959 the battalion moved down to the new British enclave of Dhekelia in the South East of the island. This had a brand new barracks in it with all the regimental bull that went with it. The old colonel and RSM had moved on to other postings, the troubles were over and it was more or less a return to routine garrison life. There was a riding school nearby which meant I could take up one of my passions again. I remember one incident. A group of us were out riding and we’d started a rather wild gallop. My horse pulled ahead which was fine by me. Then I saw a very wide ditch ahead and decided it was too big to jump so tried to pull the horse up; except that I no longer had it under control and couldn’t so I thought what the heck we’ll have to jump it. At the last moment the horse saw it and dug his hoofs in and came to a sudden halt. I went flying over his head, cleared the ditch, did a parachute roll on the other side and came up on my feet with no broken neck. I then tried to remount but the horse was very nervous and my knees none too steady. The Second in Command of the battalion, an old 2nd Battalion India army man rode up and said the damn fool (me) can’t mount.

Authority and I never really got on. I was far too independent. So a private I remained. One of my best friends was a corporal. Ian Holden by name. He’d been sent down from Saint Andrews University because he’d been too brilliant to bother to study. He became a corporal which I should have done also, but that would have meant conforming which I was too independent to do. We often went out together which was frowned on. However he was always in trouble because we used Christian names with each other. It was absolutely detrimental to the maintenance of good conduct and military order that such things should happen. There is a most delightful passage about that in Robert Graves’ “Goodbye to all that”. His book of course refers to The Royal Welsh Fusiliers in the First World War.

Lord Mountbatten came by and a Guard of Honour in full dress turned out for him. As I am typing this I notice my computer queries the spelling of honour. I once wrote to the Times about their spelling of that word. They had used the American form of Honor Guard. They said it was all the same nowadays. I disagree. I was part of the old army. I was a three year volunteer. More than half the people in the battalion were National Service men. We still had church parades. We were woken up on the fifteenth of each month by the Pipes and Drums playing The Crimean Long Reveille. Drum Major Dear was one of the finest men I knew along with RSM Patterson and our company CSM whom I only remember by the name of Gobby but who had won an MM in Normandy. There was also my platoon commander, Captain McMicking, who went on to command the battalion. He was always very decent to me and I was doubtless a trial for him.

In 1960 I went back to the depot in Perth Scotland to be demobbed. Again a slow trip by sea. Perhaps the same ship. I kept a bottle of whisky in my bunk to help pass the time. When it was finished I put a note in it and threw it overboard. Some months later a girl wrote to me in the Bahamas which was then my home but I never answered. Life had moved on. Now looking back after half a century one gets nostalgic for the past, but the past is no longer there. Old friends have died off. The Black Watch which was raised in 1739 and could trace its roots back to 1725 has disappeared. The highland regiments, all the Scottish regiments for that matter have been amalgamated out of existence. So have the old Irish, Welsh and English regiments for that matter. They only exist in history books and the memories of old soldiers.

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7 Best Beatles Workout Songs

I’m old fashioned in my tastes and my favorite band of all times is the Fab Four from Liverpool, the Beatles. I have all the Beatles songs, even the rare ones, on my iPod and I always take it with me to the gym when I workout. Naturally, not everyone is a Beatlemaniac such as I am so I don’t expect you to have every single one of their songs, but if you want to know which are the best Beatles workout songs, I can suggest a few:

1. I Feel Fine – A short but super-catchy tune sung by John Lennon with the rest of the gang on backup vocals. This number can get you into a better mood in a matter of seconds.

2. Twist and Shout – This is actually a cover that the Beatles did on their first album of an American song, but their version withstood the test of time. The words “Shake it now baby” should be enough to prove that this is an awesome workout song.

3. Oh Darling – I just love this song all the way through. I think it’s the crazy guitar and Paul McCartney’s insane vocals on this song from Abbey Road that make it an all time favorite of mine. The chorus line should help you lift bigger weights no matter which exercise you’re currently doing.

4. I Saw Her Standing There – An awesome song from the Beatle’s first album. This number is a great cardio workout song and also works for strength training. Quick, upbeat, and powerful, what more do you need.

5. Eleanor Rigby – I know, this isn’t a Rock song, but something about the tempo of the strings on this song make it into such a powerful number that it always gets me into a deeper level of concentration and helps me workout better.

6. Day Tripper – This song was never featured on one of the Beatles main albums but it still earned a #1 spot on the charts. And why wouldn’t it, it’s one of the all time catchiest songs I’ve ever heard in my life.

7. Hard Days Night – John Lennon sounds like a working class hero in this song and you get the feeling that you’d better put some more into your routine yourself. I like this song especially as both John and Paul sing in it and it’s really fast and furious like a workout song should be.

One thing you should know is that most of the Beatles songs are rather short so you may need some more to cover your entire workout. These seven are surely a good start.

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Are You Ready to Turbo Charge Your Atkins Diet?

Lose up to 16 pounds a week by combing the highly effective Atkins diet and the super healthy Mediterranean diet. This plan is so incredibly powerful that you can lose five, ten and even up to 16 pounds in a single week!

On average, dieters using the Mediterranean-Atkins diet plan lost more than 30 pounds in 12 weeks. My first seven weeks following this plan I lost 27 pounds and my room mate lost 22. There was also a dramatic improvement in my blood sugar, cholesterol and blood pressure. My doctor was extremely pleased with my readings.

The plan is like a Mediterranean mini-feast. Think fish with lemon and herbs, fresh green drizzled with olive oil, and even a lovely glass of red wine! Seriously here, I am not joking.

The major difference between the old approach and the new one is that every other day your main protein will be fish. However the other days you can still have unrestricted and unlimited protein rather it is from eggs, chicken, beef and etc.

You will also refrain from pre-packaged low-carb foods and instead you will focus on getting 30 grams of carbs a day from nutrient-packed vegetables. Olive oil will be your main source of fat. And you can also have the option of savoring up to two small glasses of wine a day.

Simply put the Atkins and Mediterranean diets better together than they do on their own. By following the subsequent turbo secrets you too can have very similar results.

The best protein for weight loss is fish. Of course any diet that cuts down significantly on carbs and boosts protein will flip switches in the body that slash hunger while increasing metabolism and speed up the fat burning. But of all the protein choices, fish has the most fat-fighting power. Studies show that nutrients in fish not only make our anti-hunger hormones work better, they also help spark fat so flab burns faster.

The best fat for weight loss is olive oil. Olive oil is not only good for your heart, studies show it also dampens the appetite, curbs cravings and helps speed up the metabolism. Simply put if you replace unhealthy fats with olive oil you are going to see the biggest difference in your scale.

By getting your carbohydrates from vegetables instead of pre-packaged low-carb foods you can get special fat-blasting antioxidants. For starters, by eliminating fake sweeteners that actually stimulates the appetite you will be loading up on fat fighting super nutrients especially if you decide to drink red wine while participating in the Mediterranean-Atkins diet plan. Red wine contains a super antioxidant called resveratrol which is one of the most studied nutrients in the world today. In addition to a ton of other incredibly healthy benefits it also helps lower blood sugar and appears to help with low calorie diets as well. In other words, drinking red wine can actually cause weight loss.

So if you are a huge fan of low-carb diets like I am but you also like to enjoy a glass of wine here and there then this diet is for you. Of course that is in addition to the incredible weight loss you can experience as well.

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The Amazing Wonder of Pseudoalteromonas Ferment Extract Organic Skincare

Are you looking for the right organic skincare for that beautiful, white, and glowing skin? Then, you need to consider the powerful Pseudoalteromonas Ferment Extract as part of your beauty regimen. In this post, let us explore more about this wonderful anti-ageing agent and how it will help you attain more beautiful skin.

What is Pseudoalteromonas Ferment Extract (PFE)?

The name may sound too long and even foreign to us, but no one can deny the power behind this skin-beautifying agent. PFE, also known as Antarcticine, is a product of a bacterial fermentation of Pseudoalteromonas. It is a rare fermented substance that can only be found on the Island of King George, Antarctica. PFE contains amino acids such as glycine, lycine, and histidine. According to studies, PFE has chemical form similar to natural protein peptide.

What are the benefits of Pseudoalteromonas Ferment Extract?

There are many benefits that you can acquire from PFE. This extract can be the answer to most of your problems that cannot normally be solved by the usual anti-ageing cream and other cosmetic products. Read the following benefits of PFE or Antarcticine.

  • Rich in amino acid – it is an established scientific fact that amino acid is the building block of protein. Without amino acid, life will not even be possible here on earth. Amino acid, as part of anti-ageing product, can help the body to produce essential substances to stop and even reverse signs of aging.
  • Increased collagen and elastin production – collagen and elastin are very important when it comes to maintaining the elasticity of the skin. As we age, collagen and elastin decreases, which results for wrinkles to develop. PFE is clinically proven to increase the collagen and elastin level. In fact, PFE can double the effectiveness of collagen and elastin production.
  • Moisturizes skin – the skin needs constant moisture to stay fresh and young. When the skin is deprived of moisture, it can easily get irritated, itchy, scratched, and wrinkled.
  • Skin regeneration – when there is a breakage on the integrity of the skin, PFE can hasten healing and recuperation. Because PFE is considered as glycoprotein, it can easily assist the body to heal itself and to supply necessary nutrients to hasten the healing process.
  • Natural and safe – PFE is organic in nature. It naturally occurs in the environment and does not need to be produced in laboratories. For this reason, PFE is safe and readily compatible with our body. Since our body is organic, we should use organic products as well.

These are just some of the magnificent and remarkable benefits of Pseudoalteromonas Ferment Extract. With scientific proofs of its effectiveness and safeness, there is no doubt that PFE should be a wise choice. It can be an answer to your problem and to help you look younger and healthier.

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Sexual Reflexology

Sexual Reflexology moves reflexology beyond the realm of foot massage and into the realm of sexuality. It is based on the principle of using our sexual reflex points in lovemaking to heal the rest of our body. Our sexual organs are the most powerful reflex points on the body. The whole body provides the sexual organs with energy so when the sexual organs are stimulated they in turn stimulate and energize the entire body. In this way, sexual intercourse is a form of ecstatic acupressure. This means that sexual intercourse can have deep healing properties when applied intentionally and precisely.

In the pelvis are a vast number of nerve endings and channels for the veins and arteries as well as tissues that communicate with every square inch of the body. All the major acupuncture meridians that carry energy between the body and the vital organs pass through this area. Therefore, if it is blocked or weakened, as is the case with people who are sexually impoverished, then energy will leak and the organs and brain will suffer. When the pelvic and sexual organs are stimulated and strengthened through, what is known as “sex-ercises” it can charge the brain with energy, increase circulation, stimulate nerve flow, strengthen the urogenital diaphragm and tonify the energy of the sexual organs making you healthier and even more sexy.

On the other hand sexual energy can be depleted or wasted needlessly through careless and unconscious sex, improper care of the sexual organs and body, as well as practices such as men’s constant ejaculation and the imbalance in the female menstruation cycle. This means that it is important that men learn how to regulate and control ejaculation and women work on balancing the female cycle.

For those men who masturbate frequently and ejaculate wasting their sperm, (the pleasure is momentary) they loose their source of vital energy not allowing the water of life to spread to the rest of the body. Each ejaculation involves the loss of half an ounce of semen. According to the American Cancer Society, prostate cancer is the #1 cancer diagnoses for men. At least 80% of all men can expect to experience some degree of prostate trouble during their lives. Studies show that one of the causes of prostate problems is sexual excess. When a man becomes sexually excited, either by thinking about sex or by physical contact, all the pelvic reproductive organs, including the prostate, become congested with blood. When the prostate is continually subjected to this engorgement, it becomes inflamed and enlarged. This impedes the flow of urine and over time creates an unhealthy environment for disease.

Women, on the other hand, commonly believe that they can not avoid premenstrual symptoms and losses of mucus and blood which by the way contains vital substances such as iodine, lecithin, calcium, phosphorus, iron and sex hormones. The truth is ovulation need not be accompanied by painful and prolonged menstruation. Hemorrhage or rupture of blood-vessels is unnatural and not normal contrary to popular belief. Leucorrhea (discharge of white mucous material from the vagina; often an indication of infection) and excessive menstrual bleeding result from an inflammatory condition of the mucus membrane of the uterus. Frequent sex (especially if it began at an early age) can lead to various other genital complaints, which sometimes assume a malignant form, including cervical cancer.

I am frequently interrogated about my over all energy and essence by men, in particular, who are drawn to me because they sense a great deal of energy that they sometimes describe as incredible or magnetic, radiant, compelling and most times sexy. What they feel and sense is my over all sexual energy, my central vitality.

As a Holistic Health Practitioner, over the years I’ve been able to associate the overall health of my clients with their sexuality. When someone’s sexual organs are depleted or blocked, I can sense it in the fading condition of their hair, skin, eyes, lumbar spine, and often their mood and over all energy field.

There is one way of looking at sex that is negative, shameful and narrow. Then there’s another way that when done properly can take you all the way to infinity. In the book Sexual Reflexology, Mantak Chia illustrates the step-by-step process of maintaining Ejaculation and Menstruation Cycle Management while sharing 15 healing positions: 8 for men and 7 for women. These sexual healing positions use the distinct reflexology areas of the penis and vagina to target specific health issues during love making. Each position puts pressure on different parts of the sexual organs, relative to which part of the body needs to be healed. Through this stimulation related organs are rejuvenated and the orgasmic energy is guided up to the specific organs. These techniques have been tested and proved over millennia.

So if you’re one who holds sex as a dirty act or refuses to engage based on your learned fears you may want to rethink this beautiful, pleasurable and power act in which every living creature came through. For it is the pathway that we can return to for renewed life!

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The Female Shaving Heads Trend and Laser Hair Removal

Laser hair removal is an option that women may look into instead of shaving their head because of the high maintenance of a daily shave, and the discomfort of ingrown hairs. Laser hair removal is a real and viable alternative to actual shaving of the head for women.

Reasons for the Female Shaving Head Trend

Some women want to shave and “go bald” because they look and feel good that way. Others may have a hair-loss disorder such as alopecia and want to embrace baldness by shaving their head rather than try to disguise or hide it. Still other women may shave their scalp for charity or as a fashion statement.

Appreciating Your Own Inner Beauty

Whatever the reason for female head shaving or baldness, we would encourage you to embrace the vision of your beauty as a person – to see your own value as a human being, and to realize profoundly that your beauty has nothing to do with your hair or lack of it. Whatever your external attributes are, you can learn to embrace and love yourself unconditionally and not because of how you do or don’t look.

Is Laser Hair Removal a Good Alternative?

If you’re a female who shaves your scalp and you want a permanent solution, then laser hair removal could be just what you want. The hair on our scalps is different than the hair on other parts of our body, which is why it grows longer, but just like body hair, scalp hairs also respond well to laser hair removal.

Problems with Female Shaving Head

Some of the afflictions that females who shave their heads encounter include:

  • The inconvenience of having to repeat the shave every few days or even every day
  • Cuts, scabbing and scars
  • Ingrown hairs causing red spots
  • Soreness associated with the shave
  • The ongoing expense of shavers and other equipment

For all of these reasons, laser hair removal is an option to consider if you are certain that you want a permanently hair-free head. While laser hair removal does hurt when you have the procedure done, it does away with these uncomfortable, time consuming and expensive problems for the long term.

Female Head Shaving – the Way Forward

Only you can know what your exact desires are with regard to your female head shaving goals. Laser hair removal can be a good permanent way to deal with your head shaving problems.

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5 Mind Blowing Tactics That Will Make You Taller Fast – These Tips Will Add Inches to Your Height!

Have you always wanted to know ‘how to grow taller’, but you haven’t ever actually been able to gain height? Do you want to be taller so you can feel more confident, and just overall look better? Well, then it is obvious that you need these next underground tips to increase your height, within just a matter of days. Here is how you can make yourself taller fast…

Do pull ups or hang stretches – Stretching your body in a healthy manner, such as by doing exercises like pull ups will not cause your joints or body to pop or be injured; and will give you longer lasting results.

Sleep without a pillow under your neck – It is hard to do, but just do it anyways. This has been proven to make you grow taller fast; regardless of age. You must sleep at least 8 hours per day, for this to be more effective.

Sleep with a pillow under your knees – Obviously this requires you to lay on your back when you sleep, and when you elevate your knees this way you will naturally help your body to grow taller.

Do yoga – Yoga positions are known for helping your posture, reducing stress so you can produce HGH (human growth hormone) to grow taller, and just over all making you feel better.

Eat lots of broccoli – We are always told to eat our vegetables, but eating broccoli especially will help your body to have the essential nutrients for HGH production and related processes of your body to make it grow.

Do inversion therapy or use an inversion table- Essentially what this is, is you hang from your feet to decompress your spine. Wear and tear of everyday life in your posture combined with constant gravity pulling you downwards can cause you to be short; thus this reverses those effects.

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