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[Comments] (2) : I got some sore-throat bug from the concert so I didn't do anything today. Sumana and I did finally finish watching The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin, the show that treats sitcom catchphrases like a fine musical instrument, and started on Cosmos.

Philip Pearson says I need one of these. I dunno. It's designed like an ironic hipster T-shirt, but there's nothing ironic about it.

Sumana got me a copy of Sainsbury's Magazine on her trip to the UK, because the first time I was in the UK, in 2002, I picked up a copy and enjoyed its concentrated Britishness. I gotta say I prefer the 2002 edition. The writing's better, the layout and graphic design are more distinctive, the recipes are better, the big ads are more interesting and there are more weird little ads in the back. Also the 2009 version is trying to be a lifestyle magazine instead of a magazine put out by a supermarket chain about the food they sell at the supermarket.

But, there was one section that made it all worthwhile, under "Health":


We British are obsessed with our bowels but monitoring how often you go to loo isn't the most reliable way to check they are working at peak efficiency. Intestinal transit time - how long it takes for food to travel the length of your bowel - is a better measure than how regular you are. Eat a generous helping of sweetcorn and set the clock. If you're eating a good diet and your bowels are working normally, you should spot it 12-36 hours later. Any longer suggests your bowels are on the sluggish side and could probably benefit from more fibre.

At the beginning of that paragraph I was thinking "Surely that's an exaggeration", but no, you'd have to be fairly obsessed to consider this a helpful tip.


Posted by Brian Danger Hicks at Sun Mar 29 2009 22:30

How ironic that such an ironic-looking shirt is not ironic.

Posted by Kevan at Mon Mar 30 2009 05:54

I'm pretty sure those sorts of magazines start with the pun headline and work backwards.

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