Think of yoga societies and you probably think of women. Think of video games, and it's more likely to be male-dominated. But does it have to be like this?
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Wednesday 10 June 2009
Tom Vallance's obituary of Anne Brown (17 April) covers the contours of her career in fine detail, writes Martin Anderson, but misses some of the spark of mischievous fun that became evident on personal acquaintance. I got to know her in her late eighties and was delighted to find she was an enthusiastic e-mailer. But in her 90th year the e-mails suddenly dried up and so, fearing the worst, I wrote to ask if she was all right. I had a note a few days later, apologising for her silence and explaining that she had been in hospital for cancer of the colon, which required the removal of 18 feet of intestine – "But don't worry: I don't need that end of it".
Wednesday 06 May 2009
Tuesday 05 May 2009
Alice Eve is flitting from table to table at the Electric, a private members' club in Notting Hill Gate. A social butterfly in flight, the British actress is waving at everybody in sight with a dreamlike, old-fashioned and polite air about her. She greets the waiter as if he is the kindest person on the planet, rocking her head slightly from side to side as she talks to him.
Sunday 22 February 2009
“I’ll be coming straight from the airport, so I hope you don’t mind if I have my luggage with me,” says Jacqueline Koay. I’ve arranged to meet the ebullient yoga entrepreneur and author of Live Patanjali!, who is flying back from New York on the red eye. I assume luggage means a giant wheely bag, but standing outside a Malaysian restaurant in Soho is a petite figure nonchalantly toting a rucksack. She’s dressed in painfully cool Lululemon yoga gear (“This? I was given it”) and has even been to class since touching down at 8am.
Monday 02 February 2009
Sunday 21 December 2008
Monday 24 November 2008
Malaysia's top Islamic body fresh from banning tomboys has issued an edict that prohibits Muslims from practicing yoga, saying that elements of Hinduism in the ancient Indian exercise could corrupt them.
Sunday 31 August 2008
Under the microscope: Power Plate yoga (from £20 per session)
Sunday 17 August 2008
Sunday 03 August 2008
Thursday 31 July 2008
The annual guide to teacher training by Alan Smithers and Pamela Robinson is giving rise to all kinds of generalisations about different school subjects and the personalities they attract. Teachers in the arts, humanities and English are most likely to take up a teaching post on qualifying, the report says. Is this because students of these subjects are sensitive, people-orientated souls who are good at relating to youngsters, while maths and science teachers are dry by comparison? Faced with a class of incorrigible children, the latter soon realise teaching is not for them. A high percentage of PE teachers continue to take up teaching posts, however. How can that be explained? Is it that they have more difficulty finding jobs elsewhere? Ouch!
Friday 25 July 2008
Sunday 20 July 2008
One of the stars of a highly controversial film is to look into lifting a long-standing ban on it in the town where she is now mayor.
Tuesday 01 July 2008
Tuesday 29 April 2008
I have been diagnosed with having chrondomalacia patellae in both knees. I had keyhole surgery on my left knee to try to release some of the pressure, but this was unsuccessful and I ended up with more pain and stiffness. I am going to a physiotherapy clinic about my right leg. Would Pilates exercises help? What about acupuncture as a form of pain relief?
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