HOW FIT ARE YOU?: Spring is in the air – how about enjoying the outdoors!

COMING OF AGE – CELEBRATE BEING HEALTHY. EXERCISE, EXERCISE, EXERCISE. IT’S EASIER THAN YOU THINK.

FRANK MORRIS and the Retirement Pack Group*

ALL IN A ROW: THIS IS THE PERFECT EXERCISE TO KEEP THE BODY FLOWING. Below: DO A SPOT OF SLOW RUNNING OVER SHORT DISTANCES. Below: FOR THAT CONSTANT CRICK IN THE BACK YOU CAN EXERCISE OR SEE A DOCTOR.

Work to maintain your posture and stability, and to safeguard you against falls. Those are your exercise aims for the over 60s!

Why?

There is a growing body of evidence that physical activity can play an important part in your life. It can help prevent stroke, osteoporosis and arthritis. Decline in levels of physical activity with age is not inevitable.

In many South-East Asian countries daily group routines such as Tai Chi (already in Australia), which focus on principles fostering natural postural alignments, and to reinforce proper body mechanics, are the cultural norm.

If Tai Chi is not for you, a simple selection of balance exercises, with emphasis a standing on one leg at a time for 10, 15 and 30 seconds, can be highly beneficial. Focus on flexibility and exercises that “open” the chest, by retracting the shoulders and stretch the hips and the muscle at the front of the thigh, will give aid to the pain.

WHAT AN AGE …

This is a good age to start using momentum to get up out of low chairs and sofas. Get into the habit of always using your leg muscles, so you maintain their strength. If you suffer from arthritis, rest during severe flare-ups, but avoid prolonged inactivity. This leads to weak muscles, stiff joints, reduced range of motion and decreased energy and vitality.

This is a good age to stop exercising in water that is too warm; the heat can aggravate some of arthritis and muscle inflammation. If possible, seek out cooler swimming pools.

Don’t think it’s all over. Physical activity can help improve your emotional and mental wellbring, as well as being effective in treating depression and enhancing mood.

It really is never too late to start exercising.

<< Best Years newsletter; and the Retirement Pack Group, London.

COMING: As we get older, it becomes more and more important to take regular exercise. COMING: Exercises and diagrams to give you stretch your limbs, stand upright, stretch out your arms, and much more, especially if you are incapacitated. COMING: Safe bushwalking – it’s fun for any age, including persons over 60.

NEXT: MAEVE BINCHY: HER TIMES ON THE IRISH TIMES AND HER LIFE AS AN IRISH WRITER.


LES MISERABLES: Final. Inside of a furnace; to watch young soldiers go through red haze

IT WAS THE VEDA WHO CALLED IT “THE FOREST OF SWORDS.”

VICTOR HUGO      Adapted by FRANK MORRIS

DEFENDING THE BARRICADE: A SUPREME ASSUALT WAS LAUNCHED BY THE MILITARY AND THIS TIME SUCCEEDED. Below: THE DEATH AT THE FALL OF THE BARRICADES; THE INSURGENTS HAD LITTLE CHANCE. 

The form an idea of that conflict one must imagine a terrible pyre of courage set on fire and oneself watching the blaze. It was not a battle but the inside of a furnace; mouths breathed out fumes; faces were extraordinary.

It was awe-inspiring to watch those salamanders of battle move to and fro in the red haze.

We shall NOT seek to depict the successive stages of the slaughter. Only an epic is entitled to fill twelve thousand lines with an account of battle. It might have been that Hell of Brahmanism, the most awful of the seventeen abysses, which the Veda calls “the forest of swords”.

They fought body to body, hand to hand, with pistol-shots, sabre-thrusts, bare fists, from above and below, from all quarters, the roof of the house, the windows of the tavern, the vent-holes of the cellars … they were one against sixty.

The façade of Corinth, half pounded to rubble, was made hideous. The window, peppered with grapeshot, had lost both glass and frameworks, and was nothing but a shapeless hole hastily blocked with paving stones.

Bossuet, Feuilly, Courfeyrac, Joly – all were killed. Combeferre, pieced by three bayonet thrusts, had only time to look up to the sky before he died.

Marius, still fighting, was covered with wounds, particularly on the head; that his face was smothered with blood as though he had a red scarf tied round it. Enjoiras, alone, was unscathed. When he was weaponless, he reached to right or left, and a blade of sorts was placed by a fellow rebel in his hand.

THE TIME WAS OVER …

Of four swords, one more than Francois I had had at Marignano, he had only the stump of one left.

When only two of the leaders were left alive, Marius and Enjoiras at either end of the barricade, the centre, which for so long had been sustained the other five men, gave away. The cannon-fire, without making an effective breach in the wall, had sufficiently damaged it.

The top had been shot away, falling on either side, so that the debris formed two inclines, one within the stronghold and the other outside it. The one outside (was) providing a ramp for the attackers.

A supreme assault was launched and this time it succeeded. The mass of soldiery, bristling with bayonets and advancing at the double, was irresistible, and the dense front line of the attacking force appeared amid the smoke on top of barricade.

This time it was over.

<< Cullen Publications Pty Ltd, Edgecliff, Sydney, 2027.

LES MISERABLES: Victor Hugo yet again stirred the world’s passions

PARIS, 1862

BY A STAFF WRITER

A man who had almost become a legend in his lifetime due to the omnipotence of his genius and the strength of his beliefs, Victor Hugo had once again stirred the world’s passions. Les Miserables has run for three editions in less than a month; it has been translated into all the languages of Europe.

We shall review it as soon as the tenth and last volume is published and reveals the final purpose of the poet.

In the meantime, whoever you may be, you may welcome or, on the contrary, reject the reformer of our literature, but you must bow before the genius, the relentless worker, the strangest and most powerful writer of this century.

Victor Hugo is the Michelangelo of French literature.

<< Cullen Publications Pty Ltd; Edgecliff, Sydney, 2027, Australia.


BIT’S & PIECES: A trip from Sydney to Brisbane cost $14 and took 5 hours. I recall that amount when I was going to Brisbane to cover the 18 foot Championships in 1958 … The new Parliament House was constructed on Bushrangers Hill … Retirement village or hostel: Stay in your home? Or move into a new residence? … Medications – Don’t take any medicines that were not prescribed for you. It could make you very sick indeed.  – FM.


QUEEN ELIZABETH AT 95: The wind are changing at the Royals constabulary

Adapted by FRANK MORRIS

THE EARLY YEARS: ELIZABETH, CUDDLED BY HER MOTHER, SEEMS TO BE HAVING A CONVERSATION WITH HER FATHER, THE FUTURE KING.

Princess Elizabeth was born on April 21, 1926. The little princess came into a world still reeling from World War 1. When she was then third in line for the throne, Elizabeth’s parents never expected that, one day, their ‘Lilibet’ would become queen.

Described by her grandmother, Queen Mary, as “a little darling with a lovely complexion”.

Elizabeth was born at 2.40 am at the Mayfair house of her maternal grandmother the Duchess of York, youngest daughter of the Scottish Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne, and the Duke of York, second son King George V.

Elizabeth Alexandra Mary, baptised in the private chapel of Buckingham Palace, was named after her mother, Elizabeth and great-grandmother, Alexandra; it was she who died six months earlier and her grandmother, Queen Mary.

<< The Women’s Weekly 85 years Celebrating the Royals, Souvenir Edition, Bauer Media Limited, Sydney.


FOODFROLICO:  Pomegranate has more antioxidants going for it than red wine

THE SUPER JUICE

Pomegranate juice’s excellent antioxidant properties have about three times more antioxidants than red wine and green tea; they helps to lower both cholesterol and blood pressure. Many people also enjoy its rich taste, making it a welcome beverage. The Pomegranate Salad, another favourite, is explained below.

HOW TO EAT THEM

Many grocery stores and green grocers sell pre-packaged pomegranate seeds; but if you start with the full fruit, cut it in half and spoons the seeds into a bowl to munch or add to salads. SALADS Your next green salad can be a nutritional superfood! Start with base of raw spinach leaves and arugula and add pomegranates and walnuts. Drizzle a little on lemon juice on top and every single part of this salad is a superfood. Another delicious and healthy option: finish your salads with a vinaigrette. CUCUMBERS For a family, Cucumbers are low in calories. Mix with several handfuls of pomegranate seeds. FOODFROLICO will cover other pomegranate delights later on.

NEXT: A true Pork Pie, 1940s style. Have something different for dinner. – FM.

Posted in: Grand Years with Frank Morris at 23 August 18

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