PIGS IN BLANKETS

Everybody loves this traditional Christmas side dish and we’ve got three tasty twists including black pudding, butternut squash and chestnuts – you choose! Ingredients: 8 rashers smoked streaky bacon 16 chipolatas Method: Heat oven to 190C/170C fan/gas 5. Cut the bacon rashers in half. Wrap a piece of bacon around each of the chipolatas. Place on a baking tray and cook for 30-35 mins until golden. Continue reading PIGS IN BLANKETS

THINGS TO DO AT CHRISTMAS

Soak up the festive atmosphere at Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland.  See the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London decked out for Christmas with Hogwarts in the Snow. Discover how Queen Victoria spent Christmas as a child at Kensington Palace. Join the V&A‘s Victorian Christmas parties and make seasonal decorations.   Take a romantic stroll through the colourful Enchanted Woodland at Syon Park. Marvel at the magnificent Christmas tree at Windsor Castle. Go ice skating in London Get your skates on at Somerset House‘s glorious 18th-century courtyard ice rink. Enjoy magnificent views of Henry VIII’s residence at the Hampton Court Palace ice rink. Skate in the shadow of the spectacular Tower of … Continue reading THINGS TO DO AT CHRISTMAS

EDITORS WEEK

It has finally arrived, Christmas week is officially here and I am now starting the wind down ahead of picking the baton back up in January and seeing what we can do with the good ship MANPEDIA. I’ve been learning that keeping your head down and cracking on is without question the most effective way to make progress. No Bells or whistles, screaming for attention or setting up platforms of ill conceived notions (yes historically massively guilty on that front). I find now that it simplifies things, you remove the expectations and premature opinions and judgements from others. Not that … Continue reading EDITORS WEEK

CALF GAINS

Band-resisted Calf Flexion Sit on a mat with your legs extended out in front of you. If, in this position, it’s difficult for you to keep your back straight, elevate your hips by sitting on bench or yoga block. Place an elastic resistance band around the balls of both feet. Keeping the knees straight, point and flex the foot forward and upward, maintaining tautness in the band throughout the movement. Single-leg Standing Heel Raise Stand on a step with one foot, with the heel hanging off the edge. Make sure the ball of the foot is securely on top of … Continue reading CALF GAINS

CHRISTMAS SONGS

50. John Fahey The First Noel Tiring of the fact that no one wanted to buy albums of experimental American primitive guitar music, but they bought White Christmas every year, John Fahey recorded an album of Christmas instrumentals. It was, by a margin, his bestselling record. Atypical of his work, but beautiful. 49. The Sonics Don’t Believe in Christmas The Sonics believed some folks liked the taste of straight strychnine, so of course they didn’t believe in Christmas. What happened when they stayed up late to try to catch a glimpse of Santa? “Well, sure enough, don’t ya know / The fat … Continue reading CHRISTMAS SONGS