Dick Strawbridge attempts to build 74-mile model train – The Biggest Little Railway In The World, C4

The Victorians might have known a thing or two about railway construction, but even they knew when they were beaten.

Britain was the envy of the world when our finest engineers built perhaps the best railway system ever seen, 150 years ago.

They only went so far though. When they reached certain parts of the Scottish Highlands they had to stop, defeated by the terrain.

How wonderful to hear, then, of an epic project to finish what the Victorians started, with the finest engineering brains in modern Britain designing and building a railway from Fort William to Inverness along the Great Glen Way – a distance of 74 miles – that even Brunel would be proud of.

Read the full article here.



Dr Rangan Chatterjee’s 4 Pillar Plan: Eat yourself slim, healthy and happy – The Telegraph

Forget fads or quick fixes – in the second stage of my 4 Pillar Plan , I share the simple tips that will transform your diet for good (with fats and carbs included)

Many of us, especially those over the age of 30, have grown up being told that we should eat a low-fat diet. It’s only recently become clear that such advice was at least partly misguided and it’s led to some unfortunate and unintended consequences.

Read the full article here.


Sophie Faldo remembers the two teachers who helped her to become independent and self-confident – TES

“I begged my mother to let me become a boarder at Barnardiston Hall Prep School. Most of my friends boarded and it seemed like so much fun in the dorms. The headmaster was ex-army and there were quite a few military children there, so it was important that the school was a home from home for them. It was quite strict, though. We had uniform inspections before breakfast and room inspections daily. It was perfect training for the army.”

Read the full article here. tes151217_mbt_hero_0


‘Ask the Doctor’ – An evening with Dr Chatterjee and friends

LOBE Medical and Clinical Education present their first ever public event, ‘Effective ways to work with your GP to get the health outcomes you need’, on Friday 19th January, 7.30pm – 9.30pm at County Hall in London. Tickets will include a signed copy of Dr Chatterjee’s book ‘The Four Pillar Plan’ and access to three prominent opinion leaders in Lifestyle Medicine.

For full event details and tickets, click here.


Taxi for Reid: Rory tests London’s new plug-in black cab – Top Gear Magazine

‘You’re testing a taxi. Seriously?

Not ‘a taxi’. This is arguably ‘THE taxi.’ The world’s second most iconic cab (after the NY yellow cab) has had a long overdue refresh, and it’s a good ‘un. It’s the LEVC TX eCity, a new black cab for London.

This model has been built fresh from the ground up with new looks and a new part electric powertrain that should make this the most comfortable, efficient, and nicest London cab ever designed. You’ll probably never drive one, but there’s a strong chance you’ll sit in the back of one, so just pay attention alright?’

Read the full article here…



Bake Off winner Sophie Faldo’s perfect recipes – The Telegraph

‘”I don’t like Christmas cake. I used to eat the marzipan and the icing and leave the rest,” admits ­Sophie Faldo. The Great British Bake Off 2017 winner is looking further afield for Christmas baking inspiration.

Here, she shares her recipes for Italian pandoro, Bavarian stollen filled with marzipan (an ingredient she can’t resist at this time of year), and an ode to France in the form of a bûche de Noël.’

Read full article here…



‘Speaking at the Brewers Congress in London on Monday, brewer Jaega Wise said she wanted to survey female drinkers to see what was and was not acceptable.

“There are a whole list of things the industry can do,” she said. Wise said she has come up with three practical ways to improve the status of women in the beer industry in 2018, including banning sexist beer labels, stricter advertising standards and a call for more information about female brewers.’

Read the full article here…