On Saturday we broke the cycle of spending the day aimlessly wandering around the centre of Darmstadt window shopping, eating junk food and ending up in the Ratskeller. Instead we went to visit Castle Frankenstein which is located a few kilometres away from Pfungstadt. I had been informed that the only way to this castle was a long walk uphill through a forest, however it appears there is a windy road all the way up to the castle that i’m sure Nick and his car would definitely appreciate.
Getting the tram to the bottom of the path was pretty straight forward, however that pretty much was the limit of the planning for the walk. So after a broken German conversation with a nearby gentleman we were pointed in a direction and told the walk would take 2 to 3 hours (I nearly went straight home at this point). We pressed on walking following random numbers painted on trees and trying to keep sense of direction that our German tour guide had pointed us in.
After walking aimlessly in the direction we assumed was correct we spotted what appeared to be the top of a castle, which still appeared quite away in the distance. After stumbling through a stables and being attacked by numerous crazy dogs, we started the ascent up the hill again vaguely in the direction of the castle. We managed the walk in one hour and twenty minutes, which beats the time given to us early quite respectably and includes fifteen minutes walking in the wrong direction at the top of one of the hills. I enabled the GPS application I have on my iPhone to give us an idea of what we were dealing with ascending/speed/distance etc.. This spat out a Google maps file that overlays the over the top route we took, which can be viewed here.Read More
Quite settled in over in DE at the moment, chilling in my hotel room at the moment sorting through documents and random files that are littering my laptop. Decided it might be a good idea to clean my gmail out as well, when I spotted a truly awful scam. It’s been done a million times, i’ve had the Lord BindiBandji from Nigeria with his millions in gold bullion ready to ship me a fortune.. all he needs are my credit card details. However i’ve never had a crapy fraudulent email from the UK.Read More
Been a long while since I updated, partially due to going on holiday, however more based on the fact i’ve just been lazy.
In other news before I actually submit and update that has something worth mentioning in it, my dell machine has gone from a Vista with hacked pci-E ports to now running osX 10.5.4 (iATKOS), which runs pretty flawless. I’ve also picked up a PAYG iPhone 3g, which at first turned out to be a bit of a mistake due to not researching it. So the 3G still suffers from a lack of sim unlock, but given that o2 are doing free 3G for the time being i’ll stick with the PAYG sim for a while.Read More
Spending her time sniffing poo, and making fat people cry.
From the outset (flakey accreditation)
- The value of McKeith’s certified membership of the American Association of Nutritional Consultants = Guardian journalist Ben Goldacre managed to buy the same membership online for his dead cat for $60.
- ‘Dr’ Gillian McKeith = a non-accredited correspondence-course PhD from the US
“If you contact the Australasian College of Health Sciences (Portland, US) where McKeith has a “pending diploma in herbal medicine”, they say they can’t tell you anything about their students. When you contact Clayton College of Natural Health to ask where you can read her PhD, they say you can’t. What kind of organisations are these? If I said I had a PhD from Cambridge, US or UK (I have neither), it would only take you a day to find it.”
Examples of her technical reasoning
- ”She talks endlessly about chlorophyll, for example: how it’s “high in oxygen” and will “oxygenate your blood” – but chlorophyll will only make oxygen in the presence of light. It’s dark in your intestines, and even if you stuck a searchlight up your bum to prove a point, you probably wouldn’t absorb much oxygen in there”
- ”She says DNA is an anti-ageing constituent: if you “do not have enough RNA/DNA”, in fact, you “may ultimately age prematurely”. Stress can deplete your DNA, but algae will increase it: and she reckons it’s only present in growing cells. Is my semen growing? Is a virus growing? Is chicken liver pate growing? All of these contain plenty of DNA”
- McKeith argues that examining and smelling faeces can give clues to bodily misfunction. – According to Catherine Collins, chief dietician at St George’s Hospital, London, “it is impossible to diagnose medical conditions from looking at a normal brown stool.”