Amy Lives On
Yesterday, which would have been the singer’s 28th birthday, also marked the launch of The Amy Winehouse Foundation, a charity set up by the singer’s family.
The charity will aim to help, support and care for vulnerable young people, and will be funded by the proceeds from Amy’s last single.
The single is a cover of the 1930’s jazz classic Body and Soul, which Amy recorded with U.S. legend Tony Bennett in the months before her death.
THE END OF SELL-BY DATES
Plans were unveiled today to ban sell-by dates in an attempt to curb Britain’s food waste.
It is estimated that a shocking 12 billion pounds worth of good food is thrown away every year. Consumers are often confused by the information printed on their food and, as a result, 60 per cent of food we throw away is actually still safe to eat.
The move will help households cut down on waste and save money. In future, our food will only be issued with one date, either a best before or a use-by date. Best before dates, which are used to indicate when food will taste best, will apply to most foods while use-by dates will be used sparingly and only on foods such as meat, fish and ready meals, which can be dangerous to eat after a certain date.
Apparently 55 per cent of shoppers even throw away food which is past its best before date but still perfectly edible. Clearly, it’s time we started using our common sense…
SETTING THEIR SIGHTS HIGH
Nasa has today revealed plans to build a 18 billion dollar monster rocket.
The new Space Launch System, which is due to be completed in 2017, has been dubbed ‘the most powerful rocket in history’.
Major-General Charlie Bolden, a former shuttle astronaut who now heads up Nasa, called it ‘the next chapter in America’s space exploration story’. The hope is that the rocket will bring America a step closer to landing a crew on an asteroid by 2025.
At 320ft tall, the Space Launch System still stands shorter than the Saturn V, which was used in the moon landings. If the new rocket is a success, Nasa intends to build a larger version that will allow the USA to carry out a manned Mars landing.
Flocks of wild birds have been spotted, or, rather, heard, mimicking the behaviour of pet parrots.
Scientists have reported an increase in concerned calls from people who have heard voices calling down to them from trees and lamp-posts. Apparently growing numbers of escaped pet parrots, who have been taught to repeat phrases by their past owners, are teaching the words to their new found flocks.
Much like our children do, baby birds copy the sounds the older birds are making. So if a baby bird lives in a flock with an escaped pet parrot, the ability to talk will be passed down the generations. ‘Hello darling!’ and ‘Who’s a pretty boy, then?’ are the two most commonly taught phrases, so keep an ear out next time you go for a walk…
THE PERKS OF BEING AN EARLY-RISER
A study which quizzed 1,100 men and women about their health and sleeping habits has concluded that getting up early is the best way to shed the pounds and beat the blues.
Research has revealed that early birds are slimmer, happier and healthier than late sleepers. Those who rise before 7am also have the fewest signs of depression and anxiety. They are more productive, completing chores and thriving at work, and are more likely to eat breakfast, which is linked to weight loss.
However, if you are a bit of a nightlark – with a penchant for a late night and a love affair with the ‘snooze’ button – you have a significantly higher chance of feeling stressed or becoming overweight.
CHOCOLATE IS GOOD FOR YOU – PROMISE
A study has revealed that, far from being bad for you, a little daily chocolate can actually boost your athletic performance.
When small doses of dark chocolate were combined with regular exercise, the study found that performance was increased by an impressive 50 per cent. It has been revealed that dark chocolate contains epicatechin, a plant compound which stimulates muscle growth in the same way that vigorous exercise does.
Currently the theory has only been tested on mice but fingers crossed it will apply to humans too. If so, dark chocolate could be used in treatments for muscle wastage… and there would be no need to feel guilty next time you reach for a sweet treat!
Psychologists have warned of the risks facing hundreds of thousands of British children who are currently on mood altering drugs.
650,000 children between the ages of 8 and 13 are taking Ritalin, a drug prescribed to children with ADHD, with many more taking drugs for depression or anxiety.
British psychologists are concerned that, following the publication of U.S. guidelines in 2013, which widens the criteria for mental illnesses, more of our children will be diagnosed. New guidelines make it likely that shy or unhappy children will be recommended for treatment or prescription drugs by their doctors. With an abundance of ‘new’ disorders our children can be diagnosed with, Britain’s children are at risk of being put on drugs that they simply don’t need.
Under these new guidelines, teenagers who lose their temper or argue with their parents will be diagnosed with oppositional defiant disorder whilst young children who cry or cling in social situations will be deemed as having a social anxiety disorder.
Published on The Lady magazine’s website on Thursday 15th September.