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Ah, Greens sandwich shop, how airy and pleasant you are:

paper bag - detail

Mr BBC has reported it, of course, but if you go and see rainbow-coloured nerve cells floating in black space and turquoise cancer cells in iridescent culture on the Wellcome Trust website, you get to vote on your favourite images of extremely close-up views of mould, marrows and the blind spot of your eye.

Some guy I don't know visited the San Francisco Wax Museum. Why do I care? Who knows! Warning: contains Keanu Reeves, Chuck Norris and a guy on a big hook.

That "my life as a fat chick" thing raised some comments both online and in real life about who counts as fat. Am I? Are you? The BMI slices society into underweight, normal weight, overweight, and obese. This might have given you a mental picture. Which probably doesn't look much like this one, from an article comparing fitness levels in different BMI categories. And yes, that alarmingly fit-looking "obese" woman won hands down in all categories.

If you sign up to that website, btw, you get weekly fitness tips from Geoff Cape emailed to your inbox! The novelty would probably pall quite quickly, though. Unlike my emails from the lovely mr scruff for whom I turn on my html graphics especially. Look! New drinks to try in this mug!

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13th Jul, 2006 16:15 (UTC)
Waxy Elvira? It can't be *all* bad. ;-) I think this museum is up by Fisherman's Wharf, and is therefore why I've never been in it.
13th Jul, 2006 16:17 (UTC)
The skinny minnie looks exhausted before she even begins! I think I look like second from left, only about a foot taller, which I like to think makes me a bit more in proportion... and from the photos I've seen of you, I must say, you look... normal...It really didn't occur to me to think about whether you were fat or thin. Apologies for answering your rhetorical questions, there.
14th Jul, 2006 09:30 (UTC)
taller definitely helps
At 5'5", I've spent most of my adult life "overweight" -- in the last year I've lost a bit of weight (less than a stone) and I'm now in the upper limit of "normal".
Re: taller definitely helps - mockduck - 14th Jul, 2006 09:38 (UTC) - Expand
bah - cleanskies - 14th Jul, 2006 10:42 (UTC) - Expand
P.S. - cleanskies - 14th Jul, 2006 10:53 (UTC) - Expand
13th Jul, 2006 16:22 (UTC)
Regarding yourself and fat vs. thin - I think you're fit for your size, weight, and genetic inheritance. What weight you have, you carry on a solid bone structure, as revealed by your quite-thin face and strong bones there.

You don't have the typical American build of bones and tissue overwhelmed by fat, with multiple chins, spare tires, etc. You probably walk and cycle many times more steps per day than the average American, me included.
14th Jul, 2006 09:38 (UTC)
I worked and exercised hard when I was a teenager -- I think that sort of fitness stays with you. In a brick shithousey sort of way. I've been advised to lose weight by doctors/nurses. "About 10 lbs". Pressed on that, one revealed that this is the standard advice they give to (pretty much) everyone.
Re: *shrug* - jane_the_23rd - 14th Jul, 2006 09:59 (UTC) - Expand
oh yeah - cleanskies - 14th Jul, 2006 10:45 (UTC) - Expand
Re: oh yeah - jane_the_23rd - 14th Jul, 2006 10:54 (UTC) - Expand
Re: oh yeah - applez - 14th Jul, 2006 15:30 (UTC) - Expand
13th Jul, 2006 16:58 (UTC)
It's interesting, but not surprising, that the larger woman would be more fit. If you ever watch the finish line of a marathon, you'll see that while the elite runners are generally quite wiry, the rest of the people, even many on the speedier end, are of all shapes and sizes, including the not-particularly-thin. In the running world, they are called 'Clydesdales', because, like a Clydesdale horse, they have both strength and endurance, and some of them have incredible speed. When I was at my fastest and most fit, I was probably about 10 stone. I was actually relatively fast, too.

There's an equation in exercise science for how much speed you gain for every pound you lose, but the thing is, it's not a whole lot, and it's not enough. Most of the talk among runners is that running and exercising make you gain fitness, not necessarily lose weight, and that the former is more important than the latter, unless you actually have a medical problem stemming from your weight or that is aggravated by having extra weight.

The BMI is a load of rubbish. Fitness is, I think, about how much strength you have to carry the weight you're wearing. Extra weight probably only puts a dangerous strain on your heart if the rest of your muscles are weak. I'm sure it's a lot more complicated than that, but if you look at all of the lifestyle factors, that 'obese' woman (who does NOT look like she weighs any more than about 13 stone) will probably live longer than any of them.

14th Jul, 2006 09:29 (UTC)
I didn't know that! That's brilliant. I don't know about the BMI -- it appears to be set to a "feminine build" that a substantial proportion of women simply don't have.
Re: clydesdales! - (Anonymous) - 14th Jul, 2006 09:54 (UTC) - Expand
Re: clydesdales! - jane_the_23rd - 14th Jul, 2006 09:54 (UTC) - Expand
Re: clydesdales! - sparkymark - 14th Jul, 2006 18:32 (UTC) - Expand
13th Jul, 2006 17:01 (UTC)
"Some guy" is Coop. Y'know, devil girls, hotrods, all that stuff.

I'd be somewhat shocked if you of all people didn't know of him!
14th Jul, 2006 09:24 (UTC)
ah, so it is
constantly agreeable how a.n. celeb's blog looks pretty much like a.n. anyone's blog. But it's not like he's someone I regularly read or anything, so I wouldn't know off the top of my head. I had no excuse to be over there at all, really, just the waxwork thing caught my eye.
13th Jul, 2006 17:21 (UTC)
Does this count as a weekly strip...?
I like the pencil placement
14th Jul, 2006 09:17 (UTC)
Re: Does this count as a weekly strip...?
Oh yeah, go on then. It's not like it's the shortest I've done, after all ...
13th Jul, 2006 18:02 (UTC)
That alarmingly fit obese woman could soon be my fitness instructor.
14th Jul, 2006 09:16 (UTC)
no way!
I'm thinking of using her/that website to develop some esteem/healthy living work with young women -- there doesn't seem to be much aimed at teenaged girls on it ATM but we could use it as a good starting point I think.
13th Jul, 2006 20:56 (UTC)
Also of interest is that the alarmingly fit obese woman was the only one who hadn't used a hair straightener. Hair straighteners are the work of the devil and sap your strength.
13th Jul, 2006 22:43 (UTC)
Pants to that!
My hair straighteners give me the bangs of an angel.
14th Jul, 2006 12:53 (UTC)
After this post and the exchange on Tuesday I have updated the Trevor and Simon wikipeida entry with some Pickling Jeff and Lincoln Eggs info.
14th Jul, 2006 14:26 (UTC)
Not relevant
and you've probably already seen it but,...
20th Jul, 2006 14:11 (UTC)
Jeremy Dennis's paper bag strip
Sorry, No ! This is rubbish - this awful poorly-drawn-irrelevant-not-funny-not-tragic-holier-than-thou-because-it's-small-press stuff makes me feel ill!

Really, give up!
20th Jul, 2006 15:09 (UTC)
sorry, no?
My dear, there will be stuff on the internet that is not to your taste. Get used to it.

The strips I post for the weekly strip are produced (like all small press of this ilk) purely for my own enjoyment. If you don't like 'em, don't read 'em.

Come to think of it, what are you doing in my living room?

Oh, Crivvens. I made Bugpowder. Again.
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