The great sugar debate

Mar 16, 2014   //   by Nicholas Milton   //   Blog  //  No Comments

I’m currently taking a course at Stratford College on writing for newspapers and magazines. Each pupil was asked to write a feature on a specialist subject. This is the Great sugar debate by Abi MacFarlane.

Sugar is now public enemy number one. A number of years ago fat hit the headlines as the source of all evil and soon after eggs were in the firing line. Only 2 a week the guidelines screamed out unless you want high cholesterol and ultimately a heart attack of course whilst on 40mg of statins, the wonder drug. Dame Sally Davies (the chief medical officer) now wants a tax on sugar and whilst too much of the white stuff has been linked to diabetes, heart disease and increased tooth decay taxation is a lazy way of attempting to solve what is a much more complex problem. Proposed Taxation will be at 20% taking a Mars bar from 60p to 72p and a can of coke from 65p to 78p. And Davies has said that higher taxes is an effective way to control the consumption of these products. If only this was true. READ MORE

Hitting the high notes

Mar 16, 2014   //   by Nicholas Milton   //   Blog  //  No Comments

I’m currently taking a course at Stratford College on writing for newspapers and magazines. Each pupil was asked to write a feature on a specialist subject. This is Hitting the High Notes : If you really want to learn how to sing, look no further than the humble church choir by Elaine Barker.

Gareth Malone has been on a mission to get the nation singing.  He wants his latest series Sing while you work, to inspire a whole generation.  It’s a laudable ambition and numerous studies suggest that singing with others is very good for us on all sorts of physical and psychological levels.  Malone’s successful, watchable TV programmes have resulted in burgeoning community choirs of every description: they are ideal for inexperienced singers and those nervous of the choral societies’ membership fees, auditions and slightly high brow reputations.  Gareth has shown us that singing is for everyone and we can all have a go. But there’s one kind of choir that’s always been around, traditionally welcomed new members whatever their background, and that’s the church choir.  It’s where the likes of successful pop role models such as Katy Perry, Justin Timberlake and Beyonce, started their singing careers. Wannabe rock stars – take note! READ MORE

Spot the adder

Mar 12, 2014   //   by Nicholas Milton   //   Blog  //  No Comments

It’s spring and Britain’s only poisonous snake the Adder is emerging from hibernation. But they are often hard to spot. The first picture shows an Adder I found in the open basking on some logs. See if you can spot the Adder in the other pictures. Sadly the Adder is seriously declining. If you are lucky enough to see one leave it alone and report the sighting to the Make the Adder Count survey, part of the National Amphibian and Reptile Recording Scheme.

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Nicholas Milton

I am a marketing and communication expert with over 20 years experience. Over this time I have campaigned on issues I feel passionately about - conservation, climate change, racial equality, land reform, rural poverty and most recently international development. I am also a successful freelance journalist and have been published in the Guardian, Times, Daily Telegraph and the Independent.

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