ENTRIES OPEN FOR THE BEST DRESSED LOCATION
The 2019 Tour de Yorkshire Best Dressed Competition - which honours communities and individuals that go the extra mile to celebrate the race - is now open for entries.
The competition - organised in partnership with the Yorkshire Post - has four categories: Best Dressed Village, Best Dressed Town, Best Dressed Host Location and Spirit of Le Tour.
The Best Dressed awards will be given to locations with the most spectacular, eye-catching decorations. The Spirit of Le Tour award will recognise an individual, community or business which has gone above and beyond to fully embrace the essence of the Tour de Yorkshire in a unique way.
Previous races have been celebrated with everything from spotty houses, dyed sheep, miles of handmade bunting, fantastic floral displays and incredible yarn bombing. We’ve even seen Tour de Yorkshire themed food like blue and yellow fish and chips, chocolate trophies, specially designed cakes and pies and even themed beers.
This year’s Tour de Yorkshire passes through 151 villages, towns and cities with images of our county set to be beamed to 190 countries across the world, showcasing Yorkshire at its very best to millions of people.
A new and improved online entry process has been launched this year, making it even easier to get involved. Full details of how to enter can be found here.
After the race - which runs from 2-5 May - a shortlist of the best entries will be drawn up by a panel of judges and the winner of each category will be presented with an exclusive commemorative plaque to display in their community.
Peter Dodd, Commercial Director, Welcome to Yorkshire, said: "Every year we’re blown away by the creativity of people who pull out all the stops to decorate their home towns and villages to celebrate the Tour de Yorkshire - which is so much more than a bike race, it’s about bringing people together.
"We couldn’t be prouder of the way our communities get together to make sure their towns and villages look their very best as we showcase our glorious county to the world.
"We’re encouraging people to get their village, town or city fully decorated by Easter, to make sure they benefit during this peak tourism period just ahead of the race. I can’t wait to see all the wacky and wonderful ideas people will come up with this year."
The Best Dressed Competition was launched in 2018 with Kippax (Best Dressed Village), Hornsea (Best Dressed Town) and Ilkley (Best Dressed Host Location) all emerging victorious. Samantha Whitley from Garforth was awarded the Spirit of Le Tour prize for her tireless work in the community.
One of the trends that’s been picking up over the last few years in the Scotch whisky world, especially single malts, is a diversification of casks used for the maturation of whisky spirit.
While used American bourbon casks remain the mainstay of the industry, with sherry casks (or ‘sherry seasoned’ casks) also often being used, other casks are also now squeezing their way into the whisky market. Casks that held port, rum, Cognac, and fortified wine are all now being used, amongst others.
This also includes an includes a wide variety of 'regular' unfortified wines. With so much wine being produced around the world, it makes sense to secure a steady supply of casks from vineyards that can be used to help create new and unusual whiskies. Using wine casks, both red and white, in whisky is still far from common. A lack of a regular large supply of casks also means that so far, most wine releases are limited editions of some kind.
So the whiskies listed here comprise most of the wine-matured whiskies that you can still find fairly easily or have been released in larger quantities, either online or in shops. There’s not too many! The prices I’ve listed here come from a variety of sources, but you might be able to find a better deal. Keep an eye out for other harder-to-find bottles that might make their way over to your neighborhood as well.
Here they are in alphabetical order.
Bunnahabhain Eirigh Na Greine
It used to be easily available in airports (it was originally released for the travel retail market) but it’s a tricky find these days. Partly aged in French red wine casks, this no age statement (NAS) whisky is a fruity delight. The price may seem high for a young whisky but keep in mind that this is usually found in full liter bottles, as opposed to the usual 70 cl. It’s won a few awards too. ($96)
Caol Ila Distiller’s Edition
This is a great whisky, usually bottled at 11 or 12 years old, it varies over the years. Finished in Moscatel wine casks, Caol Ila’s usual gentle but firm smoke, oily saltiness, and malty goodness is complimented by the citrusy sweetness. A very rare example of muscatel wine being used in whisky. (Price varies)
Cotswolds Single Malt
An English whisky has snuck into this Scotch list. The first whisky ever distilled in the Cotswolds in England, the Cotswolds Single Malt uses locally grown barley malted on site (a true rarity in the whisky world). Matured in both first fill bourbon and reconditioned red wine casks that have been shaved, toasted, and recharred. It’s one of the most exciting releases to come out of England so far, and manages to balance a host of lovely gentle flavors, including vanilla and bread dough, around a truly citrusy core. ($62)
Glenfiddich 19 Year Old Age of Discovery Red Wine Cask
Part of Glenfiddich’s Age of Discovery travel retail series, this particular release (the third one in the bunch) honors the 1831 voyage of the HMS Beagle’s trip to South America. As a result, the red wine casks used as part of the secondary maturation of the whisky come from South America as well. Unfortunately, I’ve never actually had the chance to try this one though it gets good reviews and is noted as ‘rich, warm, and spicy’ on The Whisky Exchange. ($196)
Glen Moray 10 year old Chardonnay Matured
I’ve been happily banging the drum about this incredible budget-friendly whisky for a while. It seems it might be discontinued soon, so get a bottle or few while they are still relatively easy to find. Aged entirely in ex-chardonnay casks (the only whisky to my knowledge that has done so, definitely the only one that has been in a distillery’s core range), it’s nippy and delightfully fruity. ($40)
The last of the Islay distillery’s limited edition releases of 2018, most of the 10,000 bottles for this barbecued fruit beauty sold quite quickly though there’s still a few places where you can find it. Initially matured in the usual bourbon casks, the whisky spends its final 5 months in Sauternes wine casks and is bottled at a stronger-than-usual 50% ABV. A great mix of smoke, salt, and tangy fruit, it’s certainly a unique tipple. ($100)
Raasay While We Wait 2018 Edition
I reviewed this one not too long ago. Though it bears the imprint of the new Raasay distillery from the remote isle of Raasay, this whisky actually is made in Loch Lomond (a great distillery) while Raasay ages its stock. Two Loch Lomond expressions, peated and unpeated, are made and then mixed together, aged in bourbon for a time before finished in Tuscan red wine casks, sourced from three vineyars that produce Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. This is the 4thedition of While We Wait, and I highly approve of its taste combining oranges, wine gums, and bacon. However, the best version of it, in my opinion, is the 1st edition. ($70)
Don’t you dare close your eyes: The trailer for Disney’s live-action remake of Aladdin is here. And to nearly everyone’s surprise, it’s actually more beautiful than all of the treasures in Agrabah. Loaded with all the nostalgic hits millennials care about (including the pop ballad “A Whole New World”), the trailer presents a surprisingly gritty, fun fantasy adventure that looks far less gaudy than Disney’s previous live-action efforts.
On Tuesday, Disney released the trailer for Aladdin, in theaters on May 24, which is a more meaty, story-centric follow-up to the teaser that premiered in December, and also the one that weirded out the internet in February.
In this new trailer, Aladdin (Mena Massoud) parkours through Agrabah like a “street rat” until he meets the beautiful Princess Jasmine (Naomi Scott) Power Rangers). From there, he also meets the Genie (Will Smith), who grants him his wish to become the charming “Prince Ali” while evading the powerful and sinister Jafar (Marwan Kenzari).
Peppered with all the familiar karaoke faves, Aladdin looks to be a beat-for-beat recreation of the 1992 animated original, which won two Academy Awards for Best Original Score and Best Original Song. (Fun fact: There wasn’t a Best Animated Feature Oscar until 2001. The first movie to win it? Shrek.)
We all love to hate on winter. Trudging through the snow while simultaneously ruining our nicest shoes, either freezing in several layers at our desk or burning up because the heat’s blasting, leaving the office in the late afternoon to a sad, pitch-black evening.
I get it, it’s not the best time of year. But it could be!
Bear with me here. I can come up with plenty of reasons why this should be your new favorite season, but when you’re also trapped in the office, I get that it feels like every day is destined to be a bad day. So here are eight little ways you can enjoy the comforts of winter at work—and hopefully start to love it a little more.
1. Bring a Blanket to Work
3. Take Hot Chocolate Breaks
5. Plan an Outing
7. Add Some Ambiance
8. Make Mulled Wine Happy Hour a Thing
The Super Bowl isn't just about football.
On February 3rd, 2019 Atlanta played host the the Super Bowl, which according to some reports, cost the city a whopping $46 million.
If you’ve never been to a Super Bowl host city during the week leading up to the game, let me explain what you’re missing. It’s like Mardi Gras meets Burning Man and Spring Break -- for both sports fanatics and business executives.
In the week leading up to the Super Bowl, the NFL, its fans and sponsors take over the host city. That includes nearby hotels, nightclubs, and restaurants. It’s big business both on and off the field.
I spent 48 hours during Super Bowl weekend with Justin Giangrande, the Executive Vice President of VaynerSports (a full-service agency co-founded by serial entrepreneur Gary Vaynerchuk and his brother AJ). During that time, I got a glimpse into what a sports marketing agency does.
That includes the story of Green Bay Packers wide receiver Geronimo Allison, who recently signed with VaynerSports, to Tyree Jackson, an NFL prospect and quarterback who was filming an ESPN feature.
There’s also the story of retired professional athletes like Walter Powell, who previously played wide receiver for the New York Jets. After stepping away from the game to pursue a new career path as a tech founder with his app Politiscope, Powell was in town for the Super Bowl to network and elevate awareness of his entrepreneurial endeavors.
According to Giangrande, having the backing of Gary Vaynerchuk and his influence along with the VaynerMedia roster of brand clients offers a competitive advantage compared to traditional sports agencies or agents.
“Helping clients accomplish things they never thought they would or doing things which are special,” Giangrade says, are critical to making VaynerSports grow organically by word of mouth amongst athletes.
During our interview, Giangrade shared a story of getting Carolina Panthers Quarterback Kyle Allen a custom Bird scooter to ride to practice and introducing Arizona Cardinals Defensive Lineman Robert Nkemdiche to famed guitarist Carlos Santana as examples of going above and beyond for their clients.
To view the interview in its entirety, watch above.
The next time you go to the gym, take a look around: you’ll probably see all kinds of exercises, some good and some not-so-good.
The unfortunate truth is that not all exercises are created equal. Some are incredibly effective at building muscle and melting fat; others are ineffective and can even do more harm than good. (Worse, the bad ones are sometimes very popular.)
Read on for our list of the worst exercises — the ones you should avoid at all costs. If you currently have them in your exercise routine, try our alternatives, which are far more effective and take your body to the next level.
1. SITUPS AND CRUNCHES
Situps and crunches are as old-school as it gets: You see them in PE class, boot camps and military training around the world. But get ready for some big news because these tummy exercises aren’t effective or good for you.
Your core -- which consists of your rectus abdominis, external and internal obliques, transverse abdominis, pelvic floor, etc. — is designed to help your body stabilize and brace against twisting and bending (not generate it).
Situps and crunches, however, eliminate the bracing and put your body into bad positions: You pull your neck forward, round your shoulders, flex your spine and put a lot of stress on your lower back. (It also goes without saying that you should avoid the situp machine too for those reasons.)
Instead, choose ab exercises that help you maintain a good posture throughout the exercise. If you want to take your core strength to the next level and get washboard abs, try our super effective 14-day plank challenge: It uses many different variations to blast your midsection from different angles to test your muscles (and your mind).
2. SMITH MACHINE EXERCISES
With the exception of the inverted row, avoid all exercises on the Smith machine. It seems safe because the bar has a lock that activates when you let go, but it puts your body in unnatural positions because the bar only moves in a straight, rigid line, which is not how you move in real life.
Also, because the bar follows a straight path, you don’t get to improve your stability or balance and you won’t get the same muscle gains you’d like. Researchers found that free-weight squatsand free-weight bench presses activated more muscles than doing the same exercise on a Smith machine.
Stick to the free-weight version of your exercise: barbell squat, dumbbell bench press, etc. You’ll get more overall benefits and build more muscle and strength.
3. SEATED TWIST MACHINE
Remember what we said about how the core is supposed to move? Well, the vertebrae of your spine at your lower back can only twist 13 degrees in each direction, which is tinier than one hour on a clock. But the seated twist machines actually crank your body well beyond that range-of-motion.
If you want to improve your rotational strength, try the kneeling Palloff press. Get on both knees and set a cable handle to chest height. Facing perpendicular to the cable, bring the handle to your chest, and push it straight forward. Do it facing both ways. You have to brace your trunk to resist twisting and turning, which fires your core and keeps your spine in a safe position.
You might see these done in gyms or even physical therapy centers in an effort to “strengthen” your lower back. But the problem is it cranks your lower back into hyperextension while putting tremendous load and compression onto your lumbar spine. (Most people have a lower back that’s already too extended, which creates something called “lordosis.”)
Substitute supermans with another exercise if it’s a part of your current fitness program. Instead of directly targeting your lower back, focus on strengthening your entire trunk — back, abs, obliques, etc. — with core exercises where you maintain great posture throughout.
Try the single-arm farmers carry: Grab a heavy dumbbell in one hand, keep your chest up and shoulder blades squeezed, then walk. Maintain a neutral lower back and don’t arch excessively.
5. BACK EXTENSIONS
The back extension machine tries to strengthen your lower back by repeatedly flexing and extending it, which can cause problems. Worse, a lot of people hold a weight plate behind their head or at their chest, which further increases the stress on your spine.
6. UPRIGHT ROW
This popular exercise targets your shoulders and traps. Unfortunately, it’s one of the worst exercises you can do for your shoulders because it impinges your shoulder joints. The upright row actually forces you to internally rotate your shoulders and pull a heavy weight while in a poor position, which can lead to all kinds of problems.
Instead, to build strong and wide shoulders, replace upright rows with the dumbbell overhead press. It targets your upper body without adding unnecessary (and impinging) stress to your shoulder joint.
7. BEHIND-THE-NECK LAT PULLDOWNS OR BEHIND-THE-NECK PRESSES
Avoid any upper-body exercise where you pull or push from behind your neck because it puts tremendous strain on your shoulders. In a behind-the-neck position, your shoulders are almost at their maximal limit on extension in those positions — throwing weight on top of it just adds more strain to a fragile area.
Always do lat pulldowns, chin-ups, pullups, etc. toward your collar bones; if you’re going to press a weight overhead, start with the barbell at your collar bone or use dumbbells or kettlebells.
Australian restaurateur Bill Granger served his first plate of smashed avocado on toast 26 years ago in a little sunny corner café in Sydney.
It is a dish that has become both a global phenomenon and a millennial cliché in recent years, emblematic of the rising popularity of Australian-style breakfasts and brunches.
An art school dropout from a family of butchers with no formal training in cooking, Bill Granger has built an empire around the meal of breakfast.
By Alex Therrien
"Beer before wine and you'll feel fine, wine before beer and you'll feel queer" - many of us may swear by this time-honoured tip when "mixing" our drinks.
But a new study has refuted the idea that the order we have alcoholic drinks in affects the severity of a hangover.
To test the theory, they gave 90 students drinks in varying orders, switching the order a week later.
The study found that how drunk people felt and whether they vomited provided the best indicators for the next day.
People should pay attention to these "red flags" to lessen the chances of a bad hangover, scientists say.
Testing age-old 'wisdom'
Many of us will have our own ideas about what prevents a hangover or makes it more bearable when it has started.
But surprisingly little is understood about what exactly causes a hangover, and science has found no truly effective remedy.
So to test the wisdom that the order in which we have alcoholic drinks affects how we feel the following day, scientists took 90 students aged between 19 and 40 from Witten/Herdecke University in Germany and split them into three groups:
A week later, participants in the first two groups switched around, while those in the control group changed to the other alcoholic drink.
Participants were asked to judge how drunk they were at the end of each study day and were kept under medical supervision overnight.
Changing the order of drinks made no significant difference to hangover scores, which were measured using a questionnaire, the study found.
It was also not possible to predict hangover intensity based on factors such as age, body weight, drinking habits and how often people usually got hangovers.
However, there was a difference between the sexes, with women tending to have slightly worse hangovers than men.
Jöran Köchling, from Witten/Herdecke University in Germany, who was the first author of the paper, said: "The only reliable way of predicting how miserable you'll feel the next day is by how drunk you feel and whether you are sick. We should all pay attention to these red flags when drinking."
'Early warning system'Though hangovers are not well understood by science, it is thought that causes include dehydration, our immune systems, and disturbances of our metabolism and hormones.
Colourings and flavourings may also make hangovers worse, which might explain why drinks of the same concentration can cause a more severe hangover.
One of the study's findings was that those who vomited were more likely to have a bad hangover.
So does that mean that the so-called "tactical chunder" - where people deliberately purge themselves of alcohol to lessen a hangover or make themselves less drunk - is also a myth?
Dr Kai Hensel, senior author of the study from the University of Cambridge, said ridding yourself of alcohol meant less of it would be absorbed into the body, which might make you feel better the next day.
But Dr Hensel said he would still not recommend it.
"If you arrive at a point where you need to be sick you've probably passed the point of no return," he added.
However, as unpleasant as they are, hangovers do serve a purpose - experts say they are nature's warning system to encourage us to drink less.
The study is published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
Tips to avoid a hangoverOnce you have a hangover, there is no magic cure, although rehydrating, painkillers such as paracetamol and ibuprofen, and sugary foods are some of the things that may ease your discomfort.
But there are steps you can take to reduce the chance of getting one in the first place, beyond the obvious - drinking less.
From 1986 to 2011, Oprah Winfrey hosted The Oprah Winfrey Show. It was the highest rated talk show of all-time and familiar to nearly anyone who owned a television set in North America at that time.
Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, the “Queen of All Media” built a brand that stretched far beyond the television screen. She went on to become a billionaire, a well-regarded philanthropist, and a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. And as she was busy working toward these otherworldly accomplishments, Oprah relied on a simple habit: journaling.
Journaling is simply the act of thinking about your life and writing it down. That’s it. Nothing more is needed. But despite its simplicity, the daily journal has played a key role in the careers of many prolific people.
As you might expect, journaling is a favorite habit of many writers. From Mark Twain to Virginia Woolf, Francis Bacon to Joan Didion, John Cheever to Vladimir Nabokov. A journal was rarely far from any of these artists. Susan Sontag once claimed that her journal was where she “created herself.”
Journaling has been utilized by scores of brilliant thinkers and inventors. Charles Darwin. Marie Curie. Leonardo da Vinci. Thomas Edison. Albert Einstein. Similarly, leaders and politicians throughout history have kept journals in one form or another. People like George Washington, Winston Churchill, and Marcus Aurelius.In the sporting world, athletes like Katie Ledecky, winner of multiple gold medals, and Eliud Kipchoge, the world record holder in the marathon, rely on journals to reflect on their daily workouts and improve their training.
Why have so many of history's greatest thinkers spent time journaling? What are the benefits?
What Journaling Can Do for You
Nearly anyone can benefit from getting their thoughts out of their head and onto paper. There are more benefits to journaling than I have time to cover here, but allow me to point out a few of my favorites.
Journaling provides the opportunity to learn new lessons from old experiences. When looking back on her previous journal entries, Virginia Woolf remarked that she often “found the significance to lie where I never saw it at the time.”
Reading your old journal entries is a bit like reading a great book for a second time. You pick up on new sentences and see the past in a different way. Only this time, you are re-reading the story of your life.
Journaling sharpens your memory. When Cheryl Strayed wrote her hit book, Wild, she relied heavily on her journal. She recalled, “My journal provided the who, what, how, when, and why with a specificity that memory might have blurred, but it also did something more: it offered me a frank and unvarnished portrait of myself at 26 that I couldn't have found anywhere else.”
Time will change your face without you noticing, but it will also change your thoughts without you realizing it. Our beliefs shift slowly as we gain experience and journal entries have the ability to freeze your thoughts in time. Seeing an old picture of yourself can be interesting because it reminds you of what you looked like, but reading an old journal entry can be even more surprising because it reminds you of how you thought.
Journaling motivates you to make the most of each day. There is something about knowing that your day will be recorded that makes you want to make at least one good choice before the sun sets. I will sometimes find myself thinking, “I want to have something good to write down tonight.”
Journaling provides proof of your progress. Writing down one sentence about what went well today gives you something powerful to look at when you're feeling down. When you have a bad day, it can be easy to forget how much progress you have made. But with a journal, it's easier to keep a sense of perspective. One glance at your previous entries and you have proof of how much you have grown over the months and years.
Of course, despite the numerous benefits of journaling, there is one problem.
Many people like the idea of journaling, but few people stick with the act of journaling. It sounds great in theory, but making it a habit is another matter.
This is where we return to Oprah's story.
The Challenge of Making Journaling a Habit
In November 2012, after wrapping up her 25-year television career, Oprah wrote, “For years I've been advocating the power and pleasure of being grateful. I kept a gratitude journal for a full decade without fail—and urged you all to do the same. Then life got busy. My schedule overwhelmed me. I still opened my journal some nights, but my ritual of writing down five things I was grateful for every day started slipping away.”
She picked up one of her old journals.
“I wondered why I no longer felt the joy of simple moments,” Oprah said. “Since 1996 I had accumulated more wealth, more responsibility, more possessions; everything, it seemed, had grown exponentially—except my happiness. How had I, with all my options and opportunities, become one of those people who never have time to feel delight? I was stretched in so many directions, I wasn't feeling much of anything. Too busy doing.”
She admitted, “But the truth is, I was busy in 1996, too. I just made gratitude a daily priority. I went through the day looking for things to be grateful for, and something always showed up.”
Most people know that journaling is helpful, but they never get around to making it a priority. How can we make journaling frictionless? What is the simplest way that to get the benefits of journaling without it feeling like another obligation?
How to Make Journaling Easy
I've spent a fair bit of time thinking about how to make journaling easy over the past year. In fact, I thought so much about it that I partnered with the premium notebook maker Baron Fig to create the Clear Habit Journal—a combination dot grid notebook, daily journal, and habit tracker that not only makes it easier to journal, but also easier to build any habit.
But before I start hawking my wares, let's get something straight.
Here's the truth: There’s no one “right” way to journal. You can do it wherever you want and in whatever way you want. All you need is a piece of paper or a blank document. However, although there is no right way to journal, there is an easy way to journal…
Write one sentence per day.
The primary advantage of journaling one sentence each day is that it makes journaling fun. It's easy to do. It's easy to feel successful. And if you feel good each time you finish journaling, then you'll keep coming back to it.
A habit does not have to be impressive for it to be useful.
Journaling Prompts That Make Journaling Easy
Let's talk about the process I designed to make journaling a cinch.
Every Habit Journal is designed to make the process of keeping a daily journal as easy as possible. It starts with a section called One Line Per Day.
At the top of each One Line Per Day page is space for a journaling prompt. Here are a few examples of journaling prompts you could use:
To start your journaling habit all you have to do is write your prompt for the month and jot down a few words each day. Once the month is complete, you can look back on 31 beautiful journal entries. The entire experience is designed to make journaling so easy that you can't help but do it each day.
That's it. You can see a picture of the One Line Per Day section on this page.
Where to Go From Here
When a habit feels like an annoyance, you’re unlikely to stick with it.
Journaling doesn’t need to be a big production. Just write one sentence about what happened during the day. Whether you use my habit journal or not is beside the point.
What matters is that you make it easy to show up. As Madeleine L’Engle, author of A Wrinkle in Time, put it: “Just write a little bit every day.”
Proper hydration isn’t a summertime-only conversation; it’s a year-round commitment because consuming enough fluids is vital for maintaining every function of our bodies — from our brain to our muscles and organs, including our skin and heart. In fact, water makes up roughly 60% of our bodyweight. The good news is there are more ways to stay hydrated than drinking the standard recommendation of eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day.
Here, 10 tips to ensure proper hydration becomes nothing short of a way of life:
1. THIRST ISN’T THE ONLY SIGN OF DEHYDRATION
2. HUNGER IS A COMMON SIGN OF DEHYDRATION
3. STAYING HYDRATED IS IMPORTANT ON MANY LEVELS
4. WATER ISN’T THE ONLY THIRST QUENCHER
5. FOOD CONTAINS WATER, TOO
6. GOOD PERFORMANCE REQUIRES HYDRATION
7. SOMETIMES WATER ISN’T ENOUGH
8. STAYING HYDRATED AIDS WEIGHT LOSS
9. TRY TRACKING YOUR HYDRATION
10. BEWARE OF DRINKING TOO MUCH WATER
Determine your ideal hydration needs — The Institute of Medicine recommends a total fluid intake of 91 ounces for women and 125 ounces for men — then see how many days over the next 30-day period you can hit your target. Did you have fewer cravings? Were you more alert? Were your workouts better? Share your observations in the comments below. We want to hear from you!