Youngsters enjoy climbing, canoeing and kayaking during youth club trip

It was an exhilarating week of thrill-seeking adventures for a group of young people from Hanworth

Members of the St George’s youth club returned from a holiday in Cornwall where 25 youngsters had the time of their lives participating in both water and land based activities at Adventure International.

Hanworth youth club members enjoy activities during Cornwall trip


Among the amazing things to do by day after a hearty breakfast and wholesome lunch were climbing, canoeing, surfing, mountain biking, abseiling, dragon boat racing and kayaking.

For those who still had the energy in them after their evening meal there was still plenty of fun to choose from including chilling out in the games room, relaxing in the TV room, dancing in the disco hall or testing football skills on the pitch.

Hanworth youth club members enjoy water sports during Cornwall trip


The fun didn’t stop there as there were also competition nights for karaoke and fancy dress and for those up till late a midnight feast.

Reverend Paul Williamson of St George’s church
, who runs the youth club, said: “We arrived after five hours at Adventure International, found our rooms, settled in and had our first meal.

“Each day at 6:45 am 25 young people and the adults leaders got ready for an early morning run or swim in the sea pool.

“With excellent equipment and very pleasant instructors with many qualifications, a good time was had by all, and water activities meant a lot of the time participants were very wet!”

Hanworth youth club members enjoy water sports during Cornwall trip


There was one last activity on the return journey home where the group called in to a go-karting centre for a two hour session, bringing the holiday to an end last Friday (August 22).

An opening evening is being held where a photographic display of the trip will be on show, at St George’s Church, Hanworth Park, on October 8, at 7pm.

The youth club opens in the building opposite the church on Monday September 15 at 6:30 pm.


Yateley and Church Crookham – in top ten desirable postcode areas

Yatelely and Church Crookham postcodes are among the most desirable in England, according to a new survey.

Royal Mail has commissioned a study of the most desirable postcodes to live in England, Scotland and Wales to mark the 40th anniversary of the allocation of postcodes to every address in Britain.

Yateley and Church Crookham were ranked second and sixth respectively among England’s top 10 desirable postcode areas.

Councillor Gerry Crisp, mayor of Yateley, said it was great to be recognised as “silver medalists” and described the town as a “jewel in the crown”.

He said: “Yateley Common Country Park provides a great natural habitat for leisure walks, the town sports the best of village greens, hosting the ever popular Gig on the Green, excellent restaurants, shops, pubs and churches and even its own airport, plus the famous Blackbushe Sunday Market.

“We have high-achieving schools and businesses and great voluntary organisations supporting many worthy causes, including Pride of Yateley Awards.

“Low crime rates and unemployment, all contribute to make Yateley such a great place to live.”

The study by the Centre for Economic and Business Research calculated the most desirable postcodes based on a range of factors including employment opportunities, health, education, crime rates and housing affordability.

Cllr Andy Whitaker, member of Yateley Town Council and former mayor of the town, said: “Yateley is a green and pleasant place to live.

“I think it is healthy to have nature around you and we all have access to the countryside within five minutes.

“We have Yateley Common on our doorstep, plus the Blackwater river and conservation area.”

Good facilities

Situated less than one hour from Reading, Winchester, Southampton, Guildford and London, employment outside the town was accessible, Cllr Whitaker added.

Cllr Adrian Collett, who represents Yateley at Hampshire County Council, said he was not surprised with the survey results.

“It was obvious when I first moved to Yateley in the 1970s that this was a great place to live,” Cllr Collett said. “At the heart of the town is Yateley Green, which is meticulously cared for by the town council. It is large and open, not like a park but more substantial than that.

“Around the green are some of the older parts of this historic village which give character to Yateley to this day.

“It is why the proposal to build on the Urnfield site would be so damaging, as this would rip the heart out of this beautiful centre of Yateley.”

Also in Hart, Church Crookham is located seven miles from Yateley.

Enclosed on almost every side by protected common lands, residents enjoy walking and mountain biking, yet the village is easily accessible to Fleet town centre.

Cllr John Bennison, who represents Church Crookham at Hampshire County Council, said: “Church Crookham has good facilities, schools and places to walk such as Basingstoke Canal.

“We have Fleet Carnival just around the corner, farmer’s markets, Christmas festivities and various cultural events taking places during the year.

“We have 80 new allotments pitches coming soon to the village.

“As a keen cyclist, I am trying to get cycle routes between Crookham Park and Calthorpe School.”

The survey findings were announced on Monday (August 25). Data was collected by reviewing a number of sources including the 2011 Census, the Department For Communities and Local Government’s Indices of Multiple Deprivation and the Office For National Statistics.


Chloë Moretz: ‘Brooklyn Beckham’s family are really sweet’

Chlo Moretz STILL cagey about *those* Brooklyn Beckham rumours...
(Picture: Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Chloë Grace Moretz may be only 17 but her love life is already causing quite the stir. The boy in question is Brooklyn Beckham, 15, who she is rumoured to be dating and who recently attended the Hollywood premiere of her new movie If I Stay.

The pair may not have posed together on the red carpet but it’s done nothing to quell the gossip. When I ask her about him she attempts (I think) to say ‘ugh’ out loud but she’s all teenage-girl awkwardness rather than snooty, overly cosseted Hollywood actor.

And no, she didn’t meet him during her three-year(ish) sojourn in London where she shot Kick-Ass, Dark Shadows, and Hugo, almost back-to-back.

‘We met at SoulCycle in LA. We SoulCycle together. The Beckhams are a really sweet family.’

MORE: Are Brooklyn Beckham and Chloe Moretz dating? Say it’s so

Chloe Grace Moretz in a scene from If I Stay. (AP Photo/Warner Bros. Pictures, Doane Gregory) AP Photo/Warner Bros. Pictures, Doane Gregory
(Picture: AP Photo/Warner Bros)

That done, she promptly changes the subject back to her film. If I Stay is the latest hugely successful young adult novel to make the leap to the big screen (Gayle Forman’s book was published in 2009) and is the story of a teenage girl, Mia, whose parents and brother die in a car crash.

Already ensconced in a not entirely functional romance with handsome young rocker-on-the-rise Adam (deftly played by Brit Jamie Blackley), Mia must choose between life and death – much of the film sees her in a coma and a sort of purgatory.

She also must choose between her relationship with Adam and her own future as a star cello player.

‘I loved that Mia has such strong ambition,’ says the girl who discovered acting aged five and quickly progressed from Winnie The Pooh to age-inappropriate horror films she hasn’t seen and then Kick-Ass when she was 13 (as the foul-mouthed ‘Hit Girl’ she owned the movie, and had every executive in Hollywood noting her name).

She also loves that ‘Mia doesn’t give in to Adam’s every wish – which I find interesting. Most of the female roles in this business, especially young girls in relationships, they give up everything for the guy. Look at The Notebook!’

MORE: Chloe Moretz on Brooklyn Beckham: ‘He’s a risk taker’

Los Angeles premiere of 'If I Stay' at TCL Chinese Theatre - ArrivalsnnFeaturing: Chlo Grace Moretz, Chloe MoretznWhere: Hollywood, California, United StatesnWhen: 20 Aug 2014nCredit: FayesVision/
Brooklyn Beckham turned up to support Moretz at the premiere of If I Stay (Picture: FayesVision/

Moretz read with six potential ‘Adams’, on a ‘really creepy’ day she isn’t thrilled to recount. ‘The scene was just a peck, a first kiss, but some of the guys were really aggressive with their sweaty hands touching my face.

I remember RJ [Cutler, director] saying: “Do you want to do another take?” And I was like: “We’re not doing another take, RJ! He’s leaving. Jeez!” At the end of the day I felt so violated.’

It’s a neat reminder that, despite her own stellar accomplishments, Moretz remains just a girl. I ask her how she retains any semblance of a normal life.

‘The “normal” is super-relative,’ she says. ‘I think I’ve found the most normality I can in my business. I’ve kept it pretty quiet. I try to stay out of the spotlight. I don’t run around or go to clubs and events. I’ve kept it small and my brothers [she has four older ones] have kept it very realistic for me.

Jamie Blackley, left, and Chloe Grace Moretz in a scene from If I Stay. (AP Photo/Warner Bros. Pictures, Doane Gregory) AP Photo/Warner Bros. Pictures, Doane Gregory
With co-star Jamie Blackley in a scene from If I Stay (Picture: AP Photo/Warner Bros.)

‘At home I’m just the youngest member of the family and they pick on me and knock me into shape.’

Her brothers may have to work harder than normal over the coming months to keep their sister’s feet on the ground, because If I Stay is the first of three major films she’ll have released in Britain between now and mid-October (The Equalizer with Denzel Washington, and Say When with Keira Knightley follow close behind).

Thankfully, though, at the moment Moretz remains an unspoilt delight. She may be dressed in sky-high heels and a white Alexander McQueen dress today but she insists you won’t find her kicking around the house in designer gear.

‘I’m not allowed to buy that stuff. The only stuff I have, like some Chanel purses, are presents. The most expensive thing I’ve bought are my SoulCycle shoes. I said: “Mum, I’m sorry but I have to buy these!”’

If I Stay is out on Friday.


Making a living out of biking adventures

Ewan McGregor and Charlie Boorman in Long Way DownEwan McGregor and Charlie Boorman in Long Way Down

Few people are lucky enough to make a living out of their passion and fewer still from an intense interest in biking.

Both David Beckham and Ewan McGregor have been very fortunate to star in TV documentaries that featured their beloved machines, but both are better known for their ‘day’ jobs.

Charley Boorman is arguably best known for partnering up with McGregor for the pair’s Long Way programmes.  

In 2004, the pair teamed up to film Long Way Round, which saw the pair riding east from London to New York, taking in Eurasia and North America on the way.

The series proved so successful that the pair decided in 2007 to repeat it in Long Way Down in 2007. However, this time their journey took them through 18 countries beginning in John o’Groats in Scotland and ending in South Africa’s Cape Town.

BMW benefited from Long Way series of biking programmes

BMW received a big marketing boost when it offered the pair the chance to ride the BMW R1200GS Adventure on their trip, an offer which they duly accepted. It was an obvious choice really, as the bike is the successor to the R1150GS Adventure that they rode in Long Way Round.

Boorman remains passionate about biking

Despite biking for a living, Charlie Boorman clearly remains passionate about motorbikes, and in a recent interview with the Telegraph he stated that it would be the one thing he would need for a perfect vacation.

“If I were to have a selfish holiday, I would load my van with my sports bike and dirt bike and spend a day at Donington Park and a couple of days in the heart of Wales,” he said.

He clearly spends a lot of his time indulging his passion and is lucky enough to get paid for it as well.

When asked how often he travels, the 48-year-old explained that over the past few years he has spent between six to nine-and-a-half months of each year on the road.

“I’ve been travelling for different television shows, including one where I travelled through various parts of Asia on a motorbike to see what you can do on a tank of gas in a city,” he said.

As well as his televised work, the former child star also gets paid to take people on motorbike tours through Australia, Africa and the US.

Branching out from biking

There is no doubt that appearing in the Long Way series with A-lister McGregor helped to raise Boorman’s profile and he has since appeared in a number of adventure programmes.  

In 2008, Boorman featured in the series By Any Means, which followed him from his hometown of County Wicklow, Ireland and would see him end up in Sydney. He had to make the trip ‘by any means’, which meant making use of local transport and air travel only when there was no other option.

This was followed in 2009 with Right to the Edge: Sydney to Tokyo By Any Means.

He has also appeared in World’s Most Dangerous Roads and Charley Boorman’s Extreme Frontiers.

In 2013, he filmed Charlie Boorman’s USA adventure and recently announced that he would begin filming Charley Boorman’s Mexican Adventure in October.

What next?

Undoubtedly we will see the intrepid explorer on his bike again on the small screen and he did at one time hint that he may even attempt to make a third Long Way series, entitled Long Way Up.

The idea would be to begin the journey at the tip of South America and end up in Alaska, although no date has been set yet.

In an interview with Shave Magazine, Boorman hinted that the main issue with filming the programme is timing.

“Ewan’s an incredibly busy A-list actor and that is his job first and foremost … the Long Way trips take a good nine months out of your time through the preparation and the trip itself, that is a long commitment for Ewan,” he said.

However, it may still happen as Boorman said that the pair would “love” to do a third series. 


Police mistake triathlete for an illegal immigrant while swimming in the Channel

Police mistake triathlete for illegal immigrant during Channel swim
Police were alerted when locals spotted John van Wisse jumping off a boat in Dover (Picture: SWNS)

An Australian triathlete faced his toughest challenge yet this week – the nosey neighbours of Britain.

John van Wisse was mistaken for an illegal immigrant on Wednesday morning while trying to swim across the Channel.

Police in Dover showed up after locals reported seeing people jumping off a boat onto Shakespeare Beach, only to find that it was in fact the 41-year-old, and self proclaimed ‘mad Aussie’, having photos taken on him before he started the 21-mile swim.

Triathlete John Van Wisse. See MASONS story MNCHANNEL; A Channel swimmer was left stunned when police descended on the port of Dover - because they thought he was an ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT. John Van Wisse, 41, yesterday (Weds) began the second leg of a gruelling 280-mile triathlon from London to Paris. The Australian athlete had started the world record attempt on Tuesday (26/8) with an 86 mile run to Dover, Kent. He was due to begin a 21 mile swim to the French port of Calais yesterday (Weds) morning
Triathlete John Van Wisse  in the Channel (Picture: SWNS)

Police reportedly immediately realised the error and did not delay Mr van Wisse’s attempt by more than a few minutes.

One eyewitness told Dover Express: ‘It was hilarious and the police saw the funny side.’

A spokesperson for Kent Police said: ‘It looks like a couple of people called thinking it was illegal immigrants coming ashore because some people were seen jumping off a boat.

‘The Border Force were down there and the Coastguard but it was a Channel swimmer.’

Triathlete John Van Wisse. See MASONS story MNCHANNEL; A Channel swimmer was left stunned when police descended on the port of Dover - because they thought he was an ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT. John Van Wisse, 41, yesterday (Weds) began the second leg of a gruelling 280-mile triathlon from London to Paris. The Australian athlete had started the world record attempt on Tuesday (26/8) with an 86 mile run to Dover, Kent. He was due to begin a 21 mile swim to the French port of Calais yesterday (Weds) morning
John is hoping the beat the previous record for the Arch to Arc challenge set in 2012 (Picture: SWNS)

Mr van Wisse’s swim was part of the huge ‘Arch to Arc’ triathlon challenge which has seen him run, swim and cycle from Marble Arch London to the Arc de Triomphe in Paris.

He is attempting to break the record of Mark Bayliss of Great Britain who completed the London to Paris challenge in 73 hours and 39 minutes in 2012.

At the time of writing Mr van Wisse is biking through Northern France towards the capital, still in contention to beat the record.


Chocolate-making skills help Hillingdon FIESTA youngsters raise funds

Mixing it: these children were set on learning musical skills

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YOUNG people who took part in this year’s Hillingdon FIESTA programme helped raise £123.40 for the children’s charity, Make a Wish Foundation, by selling chocolates and sweets they had made as part of an enterprise course called Chocolate Factory.

More than 1,600 young joined in this year’s FIESTA and took part in 63 activities, ranging from cookery classes to circus skills.

FIESTA is a programme for children and young people, aged 6-18, run by Hillingdon Council through the summer holidays.

New activities this year included pottery, golf, trampolining, chocolate-making and biking.

Frankie Evans, 11, of Hillingdon said: “It’s been really good fun. There are lots of things to do.”


Balkan bliss in Bulgaria

With Bulgaria in the EU but not yet signed up to the euro, the favourable exchange rate has acted like a magnet for the young and lairy, to the point where it’s in danger of becoming a Balkan version of Torremolinos.

But don’t let the notoriety of one resort put you off. Bulgaria is a relatively unspoilt country brimming with natural beauty, and the tour operators are now on a mission to attract a different class of customer. If our week there was any measure, it may soon be better known as an affordable family-friendly destination, with its own unique charm.

Our family of four flew to Bourgas, in southern Bulgaria, on a package with Balkan Holidays. From there, we were bussed down to the five-star Duni Royal Resort, an impressive-looking complex with a resemblance to the Atlantis hotel group, that has been developed around a bay on the Black Sea. Blessed with a long strip of sandy beach, the resort includes two imposing hotels, several restaurants and bars, and a concrete-looking “amphitheatre”, site of the “all-inclusive” evening entertainment.

We opted for a cluster of small apartments particularly suitable for families, set apart from the noisier hotels and surrounded by forest. These modern apartments are designed to blend in with the surrounding woodland.

Everything was kept spick and span by the army of Bulgarian women who bustle around the resort, brandishing cleaning agents and black bin bags. From the lawns and walkways to the bright bougainvillea flowerbeds, all is meticulously maintained. It is quiet too — all we heard at night was the chirruping of crickets.

We awoke on our first morning to cloudless blue skies and hot sun, and the weather remained glorious throughout our stay, with late twenties sunshine and a sea warm enough to bask in.

Holiday in the sun: the beachfront at the Duni Royal Resort

It was a week spent in the company of Russian, German and east European families. While London friends have started exploring Croatia and Montenegro, this corner of the Balkans is relatively undiscovered; we were virtually the only Brits here. This is a mixed blessing. On the plus side, we totally switched off — we did not so much as glimpse an English newspaper while we were there. Wi-fi is available but at an extra cost and we were happy to forgo it — our priorities being swimming, relaxing, and catching up on our reading.

On the down side, while there are children everywhere, there were no playmates for ours (though they amused themselves happily enough with lots of games involving the resort’s golf buggies, which the staff were remarkably relaxed about).

Duni has a whole range of activities on offer, from tennis to beach volleyball, mini-golf to archery and mountain biking, though some of these cost extra.

There are group aqua aerobics sessions down on the beach, along with the fish pedicures and massage booths.

We found the private beach a bit full-on, particularly the pumping Euro pop that seemed to be as all-inclusive as the towels and sun loungers. But the sea was great, with a restricted swimming zone and a gradually sloping seabed, so even small children could safely splash about. And there is something eternally life-affirming about rolling around in the sea and then running back onto sand so hot that it scorches your feet.

We passed a week lazing by the various pools, and being amused by the sight of our seven- and 11-year-old sons getting their first taste of the all-inclusive holiday. Scarcely able to believe their luck, they set off on endless forays for toxic-looking non-alcoholic cocktails or glow-in-the-dark ice creams, or plates of the pink sugary cakes that appear like clockwork every afternoon. Never had they enjoyed such unfettered food freedom, available  with a mere flick of their blue resort wristbands.

But unfortunately we did not. This is not a holiday for foodies. The prevailing ethos seemed to be “quantity over quality” — almost as if the spectre of Communist food shortages still hung in the air. But it was not all bad — fresh fruit and salad were available, though you had to nip in quick to get your share.

Once we learnt how to pick our way around the more hazardous offerings we managed to eat fairly well, but — given this was billed as a five-star hotel — the food was definitely an issue.

Although it is good just to relax in the sun, there is a limit to how much time you can spend reading, and then swimming, and then reading again. Wanting to see a little of the “real” Bulgaria, we took a taxi to nearby Sozopol, an ancient harbour town with a strong naval history. Imagining a picturesque little fishing town, we were surprised at how busy it was — after the seclusion of Duni it felt as if half of Bulgaria had descended onto the town’s meandering cobbled streets lined with pretty wooden houses, packed with touristy restaurants — many offering delicious fare — and street stalls. In summer they hold free concerts.

We were shocked by the London-style cab prices, and subsequently discovered that we were being charged well over the odds, even for tourist rates.

One driver confided that you were only allowed to work certain hotel routes if you paid extortionate fees to the dodgy-looking characters controlling the patch.

But overall our family holiday was a success. You can’t go wrong with a week full of sun, sea and fresh forest air.

Bulgaria definitely has its own unique charm. It is a country that has not realised its full tourist potential yet — but that is not such a bad thing.


Seven-nights at the Holiday Village, Duni, from £562pp (£429 per child, with one free child place, subject to availability) all-inclusive including return flights from Gatwick to Bourgas departing September 14,


UK cyclist sees the States on bike tour from San Francisco to NYC

David Presly, 61, of London, England, takes a break Tuesday along state Route 162, just east of Sharon Center, on his bicycle trek from San Francisco to New York City. (DAVID KNOX / GAZETTE)

David Presly, 61, of London, England, takes a break Tuesday along state Route 162, just east of Sharon Center, on his bicycle trek from San Francisco to New York City. (DAVID KNOX / GAZETTE)

David Presly has an unusual job. He plays oboe for the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, in London.

But his hobby is just as interesting. He likes to ride his bicycle around the world.

This year, the 61-year-old passed through Medina County while riding his Brompton folding bicycle from San Francisco to New York City.

“I wanted a bit of a change, but in a country where they speak the same language, almost,” he said.

In 2008, he rode from London to Iran and he said he’s also traveled from Mexico to Guatemala.

“I’ve done a few long cycle rides over the past few years,” he said while on a break on state Route 162 in Sharon Township.

Asked why, he said, “Because I like it I think. It’s all been good so far.”

Presly started his latest journey July 21 and has been riding about 100 miles per day.

“I make up the route as I go along, really.”

Presly said he mostly stays in motel rooms overnight, but occasionally uses a tent and sleeping bag that he keeps in a duffle bag attached to the back of his bike.

He said he’s experienced “spectacular thunderstorms” throughout the trip that “send me cowering under bridges.”

So far this trip, he’s had five flat tires, but that’s nothing he’s not used to.

Presly’s wife, Maura, helps him pack light for his biking adventures and doesn’t mind when he goes away because she’s used to it by now.

“I’ll take her to France when I get home,” he said.

Presly said he hopes to make it to New York City within six days.

Contact reporter Katie Anderson at (330) 721-4012 or


Walking, biking and taking public transit tied to lower weight

NEW YORK – People who walk, bike or take public transportation to work tend to be thinner than those who ride in their own cars, according to a new study from the UK.

The new findings—including that taking public transportation was just as beneficial as the other “active commuting” modes—point to significant health benefits across society if more people left their cars at home, researchers say.

“It seems to suggest switching your commute mode—here you can build in just a bit of incidental physical activity—you may be able to cut down on your chance of being overweight and achieve a healthier body composition as well,” said Ellen Flint, who led the study.

Flint and her colleagues from London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and University College London write at that physical activity has decreased along with the proportion of people taking active modes of transportation to work.

There is also evidence to suggest greater increases in obesity rates in areas with larger declines in active travel, they add.

Active travel or commuting typically refers to walking or biking to work, but Flint and her colleagues suggest the term should be expanded to include taking public transportation, such as buses and trains.

In their study, Flint said, they found people who reported walking to work weren’t walking far—about a mile or less.

“The walking that goes into commuting to public transport is a similar amount,” she told Reuters Health.

While there is evidence to support a link between walking and biking to work and reduced weight, there is little research that also looks at people who take public transportation.

For the new study, Flint and her colleagues used data collected from a national sample of people living in the UK who answered survey questions and were visited by a nurse. The researchers had data from 7,424 people on how much body fat they had and from 7,534 on their body mass index (BMI), a measure of weight relative to height.

In the survey, 76 percent of men and 72 percent of women reported taking a private mode of transportation—usually a car—to work. Ten percent of men and 11 percent of women reported using mostly public transportation and 14 percent of men and 17 percent of women walked or biked to work.

After adjusting for traits or behaviors that may influence weight or body fat, such as socioeconomic status and other exercise, the researchers found that people who walked, biked or took public transportation to work had lower average BMIs and body fat percentages than people who used private transportation.

“When you compare public transport to private transport the results are pretty similar to when you compare active transport to private transport,” Flint said.

She and her colleagues write that the differences in body mass and fat would be noticeable. For example, men who actively commuted to work or took public transportation had a BMI score between 0.9 and 1.1 points lower than the men who drove themselves. That can be the equivalent of weighing about seven pounds less for a middle aged man of average height.

The men’s body fat was also between 1.4 and 1.5 percentage points lower among active and public transport commuters, compared to men who drove.

Similar results were seen for women, whose BMI scores were between 0.7 and 0.9 points lower among active and public commuters compared to women who drove. For a 5-foot 4-inch woman the difference would translate to about 6 lbs.

Amy Auchincloss of Drexel University in Philadelphia said the study’s results are strong because its data are from people living in many different areas, although the findings can’t prove that walking, biking or taking public transportation causes people to lose weight.

“But at minimum it appears from these preliminary data that not driving/not using automobiles will at least aide populations in healthier weight maintenance – if not directly lead to healthier weight,” Auchincloss, who was not involved with the new study, said in an email.

Other studies have also suggested that a more active commute to work has a variety of benefits, according to Anthony Laverty, who co-wrote an editorial accompanying the new study.

“This study focuses on weight,” he said. “There are other studies that show people who don’t drive to work are less likely to have high blood pressure and diabetes.”

“If we had this big shift of people taking public transport, walking or cycling you would have these benefits add up,” said Laverty, of Imperial College London.

With obesity prevention already a focus of policymakers, Flint said working on getting more people to walk, bike or take public transportation may be worthwhile.

“In Britain—in common with a lot of industrial nations—the vast majority of commuters use cars. Therefore there is a huge potential for an intervention of access to public transportation for health benefit,” she said. — Reuters


WIN! Signed MotoGP supporters kit to mark Silverstone race day

The red letter day of the biking calendar is fast approaching at Silverstone on August 30 and 31.

Official MotoGP tyre supplier, Bridgestone, has teamed up with News Shopper to give away eight exclusive supporters’ kits.

Following the 2013 championship where Marc Marquez claimed the world title as a 20 year-old rookie, the young Spaniard is at it again, winning the first 10 races of this campaign to equal a 17 year record.

Not only will the Silverstone weekend showcase the premier class of racing like Marquez and legend Valentino Rossi, but competitors will also take to the track for the Moto2 and Moto3 class events too.

A British name to watch out for this year is 23-year-old Bradley Smith, who is facing his second MotoGP season.

Watch the Monster Energy Tech 3 star look ahead to Silverstone here: 

Smith is sponsored by Bridgestone and to celebrate their sixth consecutive year as Official Tyre Supplier to MotoGP, Bridgestone is giving fans the chance to win some exhilarating prizes.

The company is offering a MotoGP supporter kit containing a podium cap signed by Bradley Smith and other MotoGP goodies worth £60.

For more information about Bridgestone’s full range of bike tyres and Bikers Club dealers, visit

To be in with a chance of winning, all you have to do is answer this question:

Where did Bradley Smith finish at the end of last year’s MotoGP?

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B) 20th

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