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Thismonth’shighlightsintheUK’sbest-sellingmen’smagazine

36ALPHA MALE

48YOURWINNING GAMEPLAN Lean protein and more nutrients than you can point a shotgun at – isn’t it time you started upping your game?

79CORE

79CHEMISTRY LESSON Balance the equation of sexual suitability and you’ll share explosive moments, periodically, of course

46 THELONGHAUL Use this four-part training plan to increase your running distances and conquer a marathon

52THEJOY OFDECKS Equip yourself with the finest home DJing kit to ensure your party is the event of the year

64 BREAKING BAD NEWS Follow our expert guide to being an harbinger of doom in the most painless way possible

83 WHATARE YOUEATING? This month, top nutritionist Emma Wells shows you how to subvert the detrimental effects of those mince pies

86NETWORKYOUR WAYTOTHETOP Whether you’re rubbing shoulders at the office party or a client meeting, use these networking tips to further your career

100 COREINDEX We know your time is at a premium, so delve into this stocking of Core goodies for instant life fixes

124 RIPSICKNESS What if we were able to predict, and therefore prevent, the illnesses to which we are genetically prone? MH’s Ian Taylor reads his genetic fortune…

138THEAGEOF THEAVATAR MH pools the minds of the technocrati and takes a peak into the future to see how the digital stampede will effect us

112FEATURES

112INTRODUCING THEiGENT… Modern life makes multiple demands on your time. That’s why you need this guide to 21st century multi-tasking

105 TOBOLDLYGO Meet Chris Pine, the new Captain Kirk, and discover how you can utilise the life philosophy that turned his career around

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165RE:FUEL 165BONEUP ONMINERALS Reinforce your chassis at the dinner table with foods to prevent broken bones and the onset of osteoporosis

181STYLE 181LETUSAPRÈS Look like a pro on the slopes this winter with our fashionforward snow gear. Even if you don’t make it much further than the local park

166EATUPTO MANUP Add these foods to your diet to proof yourself against impotence and boost your testosterone levels immediately

195DJSET ’Tis the season to be jolly. So make sure you dress the part for your festive revelry with our guide to getting suited and booted in style

EXTRAiWANT 13MOSTWANTED Flip this magazine over and dip into your complete guide to the best season’s best gifts for fun and favours

27TAPINTO HERNEEDS

We unlock the secrets of the female mind in order to make Christmas shopping a labour of loving

ON THE COVER

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NEWPILLSFOR LONGERLIFE Gulp down a few extra years THETRUEBL OOD WORKOUT Get a fang-tastic physique BLITZYOUR HANGOVER, BUILDMUSCLE Bulk up, don’t throw up LOSEYOURGUT! Beat the obstacles preventing your gut from shrinking MANFLU DEFEATED Yes, it exists, and yes, we’ve found a way to kill it 23SPACE-AGE SUPERFOODS Eat your food in the right combinations for more benefits SEXTRICKSTO TURNGOOD GIRLSBAD Simple purchases that’ll send her wild 1-MONTH 6-PACKPROMISE Build solid abs with the TRX workout

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YOUR GUIDED TOUR…

USE YOUR BRAIN This month MH goes back to the future to appreciate both the fast-paced world of the apporientated iGent (p112) and the internet-consumed Avatar (p138), as well as the benefits of a slower life as per Will Self’s (p171) recommendation of a more leisurely attitude to your reading. IN THE BEDROOM With the nights drawing in MH brings you our top tips for keeping the temperature high in the bedroom (p55) this winter, and how to manufacture that elusive spark with a little chemistry (p79). Plus, as 2010 draws to a close, we present our final volume of the Sex Encyclopaedia (p130). YOU KNOW THE SCORE If you’re looking to put a little bite into your workouts, look at True Blood star Ryan Kwanten’s intensive training regime (p36) and bulk up with Muscle Multiple Choice (p151). In an attempt to soften the blow of defence cuts, Michael Hodges suggests taking our national security into our own hands (p177). Attention! TUCK IN Christmas is coming and it’s not only the geese that will be getting fat. MH helps you dodge the damage of the Mince Pie (p83), maintain your good health with Superfood Science (p120)and refuel with our super healthy Thai Lean Curry (p168). So whether you’re bulking up or slimming down don’t let the party season stand in your way. AN APPLE A DAY... All that festive excess is guaranteed to give your health a battering so MH helps you keep Man Flu (p95) at bay and stay Calorie Neutral this Christmas (p156) as well as taking a look at the secrets your DNA might hold in RIP Sickness (p124).

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FREEHANDS

NEVER HAVE TO SEARCH YOUR SOFA FOR THE CONTROLLER AGAIN THANKS TO MICROSOFT'S NEW WAVE TECHNOLOGY

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hateveryouropinionofTomCruise,therearefewwho witnessedthecasualinesseofhissans-controllerscreen manipulationinMinorityReportwithoutenvy.Eightyears onandtheclosestyoucouldpossiblygethaslanded.Microsoft hascausedastirwithahomeentertainmentsystemdirectedbya merewaveofyourhand.TechmagT3explains:“Microsoft’smarvel consistsofaprojector, motioncamera, depthcameraandfour microphonesforvoicerecognition.â€?It’sthepiècederĂŠsistancefor switchingyourentertainmententerprisetoaboveandbeyond.

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DON’T SOLDIER ON

MAINTAINING A STIFF UPPER LIP WHEN THE LURGY DESCENDS IS A FALSE ECONOMY

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rchetypal of the UK man, we often drag ourselves into work when we’re ill, choosing to ride it out, rather than recover in bed. This is a mistake, say scientists. Though you may get things done in the short term, your output will be substandard at best, and that doggedness will come back to haunt you in the form of disapproval from your boss. People who decide to work when ill end up becoming overall less effective, and eventually take more sick days than those who don’t. As for explaining to your boss that you’re taking a sick day so you take less sick days, you’re on your own there. 

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top glooming and dooming over the impending gift from your father (actually, studies show it’s your mother’s genes most likely to blame for your thinning thatch). Male pattern baldness can be combated with a little tactical eating, found Malyasian scientists. Ensure you don’t eschew that olive with your martini, because its levels of follicle-stimulating vitamin E will ensure Dr Evil is always a cause for laughter, never a nickname. Munch on the snack twice a week to get your E levels up to scratch, and keep that wax in the garage.

A thinning top is your cue to reach for the olive

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The key to eternal youth is a piece of multivitamin cake

FOREVERYOUNG

A SIMPLE MULTIVITAMIN CAN ALTER YOUR DNA FOR THE BETTER

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efyingtheinevitableneedn’tconcludewithaFaustianagreement. Infact,anirritatingqueueinBootsistheonlyeventualityyou needworryabout.Thisstudyobservedtheeffectsofprolonged multivitaminuseontelomerelength.Telomeres,markersforactual biologicalaging,areextended5.1%whenyoukeepuponyourdailymultivits, whichmeansyourbodywillageataslowerrate,keepingyouphysically youngandprolongingoveralllifeexpectancy.InvestinsomeVitabiotics Wellman(£8.35,vitabiotics.com).Ordinarywaterisadequatetosinkthis fountainofyouth,whichbeatssharingwinewithacertainhellishtrio.  menshealth.co.uk

_THE TEAM University of Utah

_SUBJECTS 586 _TEST Questionnaire used to assess multivitamin use and nutrient intake of the volunteers. Telomere length of white blood cell DNA was also measured

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_THE TEAM DePauw University, Indiana

_SUBJECTS 306 _TEST Smile intensity

measured for each subject, based on two muscle groups activated when smiling. Cross-analysed with relationship status

IT’S IN HER SMILE

PREDICT A POTENTIAL PARTNER'S SUITABILITY BY THE WAY SHE SMILES AT YOU (TEETH WOULD BE A GOOD START)

Y Go pearly white for a partner who’s all gold

oumayputlittlestockincrystalballs,butsciencecanoffer aglanceintothefuture–degreeinquantumphysicsnot essential.Whenyounextlayeyesonapotentialpartner, predictthelikelihoodofrelationshipsuccessbyanalysingher expressions.Thesepsychologistsfoundasigni icantcorrelation betweenawoman’stendencytosmileandhersuitabilityasasound partner.Afterstudyingchildhoodphotosofthefairersex,only11% ofthebeamershadmarriagesthatendedindivorce,provingthat awomanwithatendencyto lashherteethwillbeatrustworthy MH partner,evenif‘grinning’wouldbewellfollowedby‘idiot.’ ■

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ALL YOU NEED TO LEAD IN LIFE

In the

Blood

Ryan Kwanten isn’t just the star of True Blood –he’s a world class triathlete, a former boxer, and a pretty mean Scrabble player, too. Here’s how his ultracompetitive mindset can help expand your career and contract your waistline Words Dan Jones Photography Nino Muñ oz

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is strategy is fairly aggressive. For a board game, at least. “I always like Sun Tzu: know your enemy,” says Ryan Kwanten, as we sit across a half-loaded Scrabble board. “There’s a certain amount of…” he tails off, staring at the plastic tiles I’ve just laid down: AXED; 36 points. “I mean, you’re obviously a good player…” “So what? You’re going to play dirty?” I ask him. “That’s what I’m thinking…” he says. It’s easy to be surprised by Kwanten. He’s best known for playing the highly muscular, regrettably priapic bonehead, Jason Stackhouse, in HBO’s vampire drama True Blood. So thoroughly does Kwanten convince in the role, that before meeting him, I’d found I had Kwanten and Stackhouse almost entirely conflated in my mind. Mercifully, that’s not the case. In fact, Kwanten is almost the polar opposite to a character he describes as ‘not normal… cerebrally challenged.’ He has a business

degree, a burgeoning acting career and an athletic pedigree that could easily have seen him win world honours on the triathlon and biathlon circuits. But most important of all, and most valuable for those of us wanting to improve our own lives, from the boardroom to the sports field, Kwanten has a priceless attitude. At the heart of it is a simple fact: he’s ultra-competitive. And he’s almost limitlessly ambitious.

THE ART OF WAR

“Ambition is a very good quality to have,” says Kwanten. In fact, it’s his opening gambit as we shake hands and agree to a friendly word game. “Ambition and the competitive spirit go hand in hand.” Over the course of an hour, I see exactly how Kwanten puts that into practice, no matter how mundane the situation. As we sit, chat, and flex our lexicons, he frequently tails off from describing his approach to success to stare at the board. He’s losing himself in analytical thought, working out

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“ If I don’t get my hour of exercise in every day, I’m not the person I want to be”  the best way both to score points for himself, and put me in as awkward a position as possible while he’s at it. He says it’s a simple way of looking at competition. “The game looks harder than it really is. It’s about thinking outside the confines of typical game strategy.” Which is useful advice from a man who has strategised in most games and sports you’d care to mention.

MADE ON THE PLAYING FIELD

Kwanten’s whole outlook on life is informed by the lessons of sport. He could swim before he could walk. He fought 18 amateur boxing matches. He qualified for the world biathlon championships two years running. Second place is never enough. “I was a terrible loser, growing up,” he says. “I took it far too seriously. There were waterworks if I lost. I would go home and break it down in angry detail: How did I lose? What could I do next time?” He knows now that anger is usually counterproductive. His mature approach – which applies not just in the faraway land of Hollywood auditions, but to any career you could mention – is more constructive. “I still take losing out very seriously,” he says. “But it inspires me that much more to move on. Quite often in my business it’s not the most talented people that succeed.” Why? I ask. “Because they don’t necessarily have the tenacity to deal with rejection,” he replies.

PASSING THE BATON

But sport isn’t just an analogy for life and success – it is still a huge part of everything Kwanten does – which is why he is known so well for the ultra-

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athletic physique True Blood viewers have seen, well, a lot of… “There’s a certain addiction to sweat, for sure,” he says. “I’m not the same person without it. If I don’t get my hour of exercise in every day then I’m not the person that I want to be.” Which is why he runs, bikes, boxes, does yoga and otherwise hammers himself into the ground any which way he can on a daily basis. It’s a lesson he wants to pass on. “If I ever get the wonderful opportunity of raising kids, say for instance I had a son, I would definitely have him swimming before he was five years old,” Kwanten says. “I would have him in a team sport. The life lessons it teaches you… you don’t know it at the time, yet it can’t help but affect you.” Which I discover, when we tot up our Scrabble scores after an hour’s on-and-off play. 143-122 to Kwanten. I’m furious. He’s still undefeated, and annoyingly humble in victory. Just to rub it in. 

VAMP FUEL Kwanten’s famously ripped physique gets a regular airing on True Blood, which returns to FX for its third season in January. This eating plan, combined with a busy workout schedule, keeps him lean and energetic.

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BREAKFAST

“This is the healthiest meal of the day for me,” says Kwanten. Make a cold, protein-packed cereal dish with wholegrain almond cereal flakes, a handful of chia seeds (gojiking.co.uk), a scoop of protein powder, berries and a little milk (almond or semi-skimmed).

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PRE-WORKOUT

“The best thing before working out is an organic trail mix,” says Kwanten. “I like ones that have cranberries and pumpkin seeds. Anything with a minimal ingredient list is usually the best.” MH likes goodnessdirect. co.uk for a range of trail mix to suit your taste.

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POST-WORKOUT

“I like grapefruit because it’s a really good source of vitamin C,” says Kwanten. He’ll also have a muscle-building protein shake – how much protein you need depends on how hard you’ve been hammering your muscles, but try a 20-40g serving.

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FAVOURS

You’ll get further if you treat your job as a collaborative project, not a chance to hoard success. That’s why Kwanten is expanding his brief from actor to film producer. “My main goal is to share the opportunities I had,” he says. “It just takes one person that believes in you to take you from nowhere to somewhere. If I could do that for someone, that would be extraordinary.”

Lie flat on your back and raise your legs straight up so they form an L with your torso. Crunch your abs to lift your shoulders off the floor while extending your arms to your toes. Keep your legs straight and raise them 6in off the floor. Hold two seconds, then return. That’s one rep.

Put your dukes up and throw combinations of one, two and three punches, making sure you stay light on your toes. Keep moving your head between bursts of activity. This is best done when in front of a mirror. MH Or in a frozen meat factory. ■

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To immerse yourself fully in your career, you need a space to escape it. Widen your social circle beyond office pals. “The majority of my friends now are outside my business and have next to no idea what I do all day,” says Kwanten. “My life is rich for having friends who bring something else to the table.”

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Use a standard, shoulder-width pressup position, and try to blast out as many press-ups as you can in the time available. Try and beat your personal best every time you work out. If that’s just way too easy for you, have a pretty lady sit on your back – guaranteed to push you.

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Plenty of people told Kwanten he wouldn’t make it in his career. He uses that adversity as fuel. “I’ll get more inspiration from people telling me I can’t do something than people telling me ‘oh, yeah, man’,” he says. “That’s the old sporting mindset. Just keep kicking. Keep moving.”

1. Running

Use the pavement or a treadmill, or simply move on the spot. Run at a steady, brisk, jogging pace to raise your body temperature, priming your heart and your muscles for the work that will follow. You should be warm, but not panting or queasy.

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storemags & fantamag - magazines for all + Drink mulled wine to ight diabetes + Ski off your Christmas decadence + Up stroke protection with turkey + Fight colds with lowers + Cut your cancer risk with sprouts

Winter Bulletin

MULLED WINE HELPS FIGHT DIABETES

You probably need little extra reason to enjoy this festive staple, but when you do, kick back safe in the knowledge that you’ll be drinking away some of your risk of type 2 diabetes. Simply tilt your paper hat, simmer these ingredients piping hot, without bringing to the boil, and drink sparingly. Add sweeteners to taste for a sweet alternative to sugar.

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How much of your cancerfighting RDA of vitamin K is found in one Christmas dinner’s serving of Brussels sprouts Any side effects can always be blamed on the dog…

RED WINE A Harvard study found a regular glass of the red stuff contains enough insulin-regulating resveratrol to drop your chances of getting diabetes.

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ORANGE

The crime A vera ge ca lories consumed on Christma s Da y

Zesting ½ an orange adds vitamin C, which has been found to normalise high free-radical levels in insulin-related illnesses.

The punishment Minutes sk iing to burn it off

Stroke? You’ll pull through

CINNAMON A study in the journal Diabetes Care discovered this sweet spice contains insulin-like properties, aiding in glucose regulation.

FACTS OF LIFE

NUTMEG This spice decreases glucose levels and improves the lipid profile in your blood, meaning your heart health is on top form.

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Throwing this in the mix will further improve insulin function, as well as increasing good cholestorol, found a study in The FASEB Journal.

CHRISTMAS DINNER LOWERS YOUR CHANCE OF STROKE

BRANDY People with thicker blood are up to 68% more likely to contract diabetes, a US study found. Sensible drinking will keep you flowing smoothly.

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You’re also guaranteed a corking time

Whether it’s the in-laws or your bank balance boiling your blood this Christmas, fear not, your roast dinner will release the pressure. A study in the Journal of Experimental Biology found that turkey’s tryptophan will cut your chances of a stress-induced stroke.

50% The amount you reduce your risk of contracting a cold if you take echinacea tablets. Snuff out the sniffles (£5.45, boots.com). University of Connecticut

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HEALTH 12.10

A strong heart needs good plumbing

ARMOURED PLATELETS

Blood flow –your nutrient and oxygen delivery highway –is crucial to boosting your daily health and elevating your moods. Speed up yours today for total body enhancement

BEAT STRESS

Slowflow When stressed, your body produces the acidic hormone cortisol. A surge of this is useful for short-term crisis management, but continued release means blood becomes gluey, causing further stress, says blood analyst Geeta Tailor. Speed up Get the chocs out. Cocoa flavonoids help your body process nitric oxide – critical for healthy blood flow. Make it 75% cocoa.

STRENGTHEN BoNES

Slow flow Food digestion creates minerals or waste. If your body needs more acid to break down waste, this hangs around in the middle of your ‘motorway’, attacking the central reservation (bones). One of the biggest culprits is excessive milk. Speed up Reduce your dairy intake – not all calcium has to come from a cow. Chickpeas, parsley and spinach all pack a punch.

BULK UP

Slow flow Don’t default to protein shakes for your entire tank of muscle fuel – too many will restrict your flow. “Multiple protein shakes generate acid ‘ash’,” says Tailor. “Too much ‘ash’ slows blood flow.” Speed up When soaked in water overnight, two handfuls of macadamia nuts are an excellent source of ‘clean’ protein. It increases their alkalinity, leading to better absorption.

RELAX, FAST

LucyJoPalladino,authorofFindYourOwnFocusZone,helpsyousleepbetter Square eyed from exhaustion? Forget counting sheep – the revolutionary Four Corner Breathing Exercise is your free pass to the land of nod. “By combining the use of outer and inner focal points, this can calm you quickly at any time,” says Palladino. Here’s how:

DEEPEN SLEEP

Slow flow For healthy deep sleep, too many carbs are a bad thing. “During 12-3am your body cleanses, rejuvenates and repairs,” says Tailor. “If your bloodstream is loaded with carbs, your sleep suffers.” Speed up Reach for a loaf packed with alkaline pumpkin flax and sunflower seeds to balance carbs. Try Vogel’s range (ocado. com). Do not pass go, do not collect insomnia.

ImPRovE SEX

Slow flow Excessive alcohol consumption makes blood clot, creating blockages in the capillaries of your sex organs – resulting in sperm which is tired, slow and less than it once was. Much like you after a heavy Friday night. Speed up Combine your beer with a carbbased salad for dinner. Grains like quinoa are great sources of sperm-building B vitamins.

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Find an object with four corners: a picture frame or even this page (anything but the TV). Focus on the upper-left-hand corner and inhale to a count of four.

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CRUSH FATIGUE

Slow flow Your blood platelet flow is like the M25: a never-ending motorway. And sugar is the number one cause of congestion. “When red blood cells clump together, oxygen delivery is reduced, resulting in fatigue,” says nutritionist David Parker. Speed it up The European FSA* found fruit and vegetable juice helps blood cells float freer. Go for Sirco juice (sircoheart.com).


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FITNESS 12.10

THE ULTIMATE ENERGY MIX

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simple, says coach Nick Anderson, who designed our plan. Complete the four sessions weekly, resting a day between each. “Think in minutes and train at a pace based on your perceived exertion. So if 9/10 is your race pace, 6/10 is a recovery jog.”

to running coach Paula Coates, is “the right blend of endurance and speed.” For this you’ll need to up your anaerobic threshold pace. Complete the four different sessions every week with a day’s rest in between.

Almonds are packed with magnesium and potassium to stop cramps.

WEEKLY TRAINING 6 WEEKS

Speed

Speed

5x3mins at 9/10 with 90secs at 6/10 between each

Threshold 4x5mins at 8/10 with 2mins at 6/10 Long run

25mins at 6-7/10, add 5mins a week

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Row: 5x1000m at 9/10 with 90secs at 6/10 between each

MARATHON 3 10K HALF The Half is a worthy yet achievable

WEEKLY TRAINING 8 WEEKS 10x3mins at 9/10 with 90secs at 6/10 between each

Threshold 3x6mins at 8/10 with 2mins at 6/10 between each. Build up to 6x6mins Long run X-train

30min at 6/10, adding 5mins each week. Drop back to 30mins on week four Cross-trainer: 6x5mins; reps 1, 3, 5 at 8/10 and reps 2,4,6 at 9/10

MARATHON4 HALF MARATHON

challenge, without the diary-bothering grind of a marathon. While speed and threshold training remain crucial to your preparation, you’ll need to get your long on, too.

Congratulations! You’re ready to tap into your speed, strength and endurance, and pop up to full size.

WEEKLY TRAINING 12 WEEKS

Speed

Speed

10mins at 8/10 with 3mins recovery, 4x3mins at 9/10 with 90secs at 6/10 between each, 10mins at 8/10

Threshold 2x10mins at 8/10 with 2mins at 6/10 between each. Build up to 3x10mins Long run

45mins at 6/10, adding 10mins a week, dropping back to 45mins every 4th week

X-train

Bike: 15mins at 7/10, 5x3mins at 9/10, 15mins at 7/10

WEEKLY TRAINING 16 WEEKS 15mins at 8/10, 5x3mins at 9/10 with 90secs at 6/10 in between, 15mins at 8/10

Threshold 2x10mins at 8/10 with 2mins at 6/10 between each. Build up to 3x10mins Long Run 60mins at 6/10, add 10mins a week, drop back to 60mins every fourth week X-train

Swimming: 20mins freestyle at 7/10, 5x4 mins aquajogging at 8/10 with 90secs recovery, 20mins freestyle at 7/10

3 tbsp raw almond slivers 3 tbsp peanuts

Peanuts add protein and 35% of your tryptophan RDA, to boost performance.

Handful raisins

Antioxidants in raisins help neutralise free radicals caused by exercise.

Handful dried cranberries

The antibacterial properties of cranberries aid your kidney function.

Cinnamon to taste

Cinnamon balances blood sugar levels to help you perform better for longer.

OLD WIVES’ TALE # 8 Stretching before weights prevents injury

FALSE A claim that turns out to be, well, a bit of a stretch. Stretching before lifting “does not produce useful reductions in injury risk,” found Professor Robert Herbert of Sydney University. Instead, warm up with 10 minutes of light cardio, which gets the blood flowing through muscles.

TWO-SECOND TIP STANDING ON ONE FOOT WHILE BRUSHING YOUR TEETH WLL GIVE YOUR CORE A SHORT,CHALLENGING WORKOUT –AND WILL HELP YOU MAINTAIN FORM 46 MEN’S H EALTH DECEMBER 2010

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2 5K 10K The secret of a good 10K, according

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YOUR WINNING GAME PLAN High in essential fats and protein, and bang in season, too, isn’t it time you took a culinary walk on the wild side?

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PARTRIDGE

Health benefi t Partridge is packed with iron, which helps your body’s supply of oxygen and energy production. Tastes “Tender with a delicate aftertaste” says Andre Garrett, head chef of Galvin at Windows on London’s Park Lane. Cooking Roast under-pink and serve with the cooking juices and mushrooms. Hunt out “Grey Leg, a British partridge, which is rarer than the French variety but a far superior meat,” says Garrett. Cost £3.75/whole bird

Health benefi t “The meat contains dense protein with high levels of vitamin B3 – a key nutrient in brain health,” says nutritional therapist Alison Duker. Tastes As it looks: “Dark and rich, with a robust, strong flavour,” says Garrett. Cooking Flash-fry the saddle rare and casserole the legs (where you’ll find the majority of the meat) in red wine. Hunt out Ready jointed hare (or risk your kitchen looking like a scene from Saw VI ). Cost £6.95/whole hare

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PIGEON

WORDS ANNA LONGMORE. ILLUSTRATION ARMY OF TROLLS

Health benefi t “Pigeon is high in the key immune-boosting nutrients iron, zinc and selenium,” says Duker. “Zinc is particularly important for male prostrate health.” Tastes Sweet and nutty, younger birds are more tender... as is so often the case. Cooking Roast quickly, to avoid any drying out. Serve with lentils and root vegetables dressed in sherry vinegar. Huntout “It’s best to buy wild wood pigeon. Look for a nice plump bird,” says Garrett. Cost £2.75/whole bird

PHEASANT

Health benefi t “Pheasant contains high levels of magnesium, essential for stress management,” says Duker. Tastes “Pheasant needs to be hung for a week or two to develop true flavour,” says Garrett. Cooking “Roast and serve with braised cabbage, Brussel tops and roasted chestnuts,” says Lidsey. Hunt out The single-bullet shot. “Game birds should only be shot once. Lead is not particularly appetising,” says Garrett. MH Cost £4.95/whole bird ■

QUAIL

Health benefi t “Quail is a great source of copper, vitamin C, iron and various B vitamins, which are all important for generating energy,” says Duker. Tastes Delicate and sweet. “Wild quail is particularly full of flavour, but you have to look slightly harder for it, as the vast majority is farmed,” says Garrett. Cooking Cover with bacon and grill. Hunt out Quail that hasn’t been intensively farmed. Ask your butcher. Cost £2.25/whole bird

VENISON

Health benefi t “Venison is extremely high in vitamin B12 , which keeps your metabolism in good shape,” says Duker. Tastes Like a sweeter version of beef. Cooking “Keep it pink,” says James Lidsey, head chef at London’s Paradise By Way of Kensal Green. “Pepper the meat and serve with roasted beetroot and apple sauce.” Hunt out “Roe deer is mild in flavour and mostly farmed,” says Garrett. “Seeka or red deer are more flavoured.” Cost £6.50/200g loin illet


Health Bulletin

+ Kill tumours with humour + DIY blood pressure tests work best + Beat infections with cranberries + Lace up your trainers to live longer

Dec ’10

The latest news from around the world

The number of glasses of cranberry juice you need to drink per day to prevent bacterial infections in the kidneys and bladder National Kidney Foundation

LAUGH IN THE FACE OF CANCER

Showing a big grin to the big C will cut your risk of developing the disease, found a study in the New England Journal of Medicine. Whether you prefer to take your prescription as a serving of Peep Show or a dose of Family Guy, parking yourself in front of your favourite comedy twice a week will increase production of T cells and Natural Killer cells, both of which ight tumour development.

HEART SMART

Ministry of the Bleedin’ Obvious

This month’s least surprising research

Positive thinking or visualising positive outcomes to events has been found to improve your mood

Higher education reduces the risk of heart attacks

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GET YOUR HEAD RIGHT

Alan Sircom, editor of Hi-Fi+ magazine, picks the six best DJ headphones on the market*

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TURN THE HEAT ON…

12.10 SEX

Use the power of strategic touch to send your date’s sexual mercury through the roof

1 CHEEK

When The moment she arrives. How Go French and kiss her gently on each cheek says Dr Simon Moore, co-author of Complete Psychology. Why A recent University of California study found two light, quick kisses was the most positive potential greeting for a member of the opposite sex on a date.

2 UPPER ARM

When On the way to the restaurant. How “Initiate non-predatory, non-sexual contact as quickly as possible,” says Judi James, author of The Body Language Bible. “Think of it as a ‘checking’ touch.” Why A study by Missouri Western University in the US found even a slight hand brush on the upper arm was enough to cement a positive opinion of the giver..

3 SHOULDER

When Arriving at the restaurant. How “Help her out of her coat while you continue talking,” says Moore. Touch at least one shoulder cleanly. Why In a study at DePauw University in the US, volunteers were able to communicate ‘love’ to a blindfolded stranger’s shoulder with 78% accuracy.

4 BACK

When Showing her to her seat. How “Her back is a hugely sexual area,” says James. “Start with non-sexual, flat-hand touching – you aren’t playing a piano – before graduating to light finger play as the evening progresses: later, try running your fingers in small semicircles on her back.” Why “This is a non-personal area, so a great place to stroke if you’re not yet certain that anything more obvious would be welcome,” says James.

5 FOREARM

When She’s finished her main course. How Her temperature is building: it’s time for a definitive move, says James. “The inside of her lower arm – near her wrist – is your target.” Why A Kinsey Institute study showed the wrist was one of a woman’s most responsive areas.

The right touch, in the right place, can be combustible

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6 PALM

When Any time you really make her laugh. How You’re already one nil up. “As you sell your punch line, touch her palm, almost accidentally as you gesticulate,” says Moore. “If she touches you back, keep this up – increasing duration each time you make a key point or reach a punchline.” Why “Her hands, mouth and tongue have the most sensory representation in her brain – and are the most responsive to touch,” explains US sex therapist Nan Wise. As you won’t be touching her mouth or tongue yet, her hands are your best bet.

7 WAIST

When As you’re leaving the restaurant. How Don’t whip her into your body, Flamenco dancerstyle, but execute a gentle, non-pressing arm around her waist, says James. “Just keep away from her stomach – women are uncomfortable being touched there.” WhyCloseproximitytoyourbodyheatwillraisehers.Plus, a Queen’s University study in Canada, found women take sexual clues from ‘safe’ touch, such as around her waist.

8 HAND

When Hailing a cab for your next stop. How Open the car door for her and take her hand. Why “This is a friendly, affectionate gesture and strengthens your bond,” says James. A study by the University of Illinois found that even (seemingly) incidental contact like this between tutors and students could significantly strengthen their bond.

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10FINGERS

No, Ralgex is not a feasible seduction shortcut

When As you’re relaxing in the taxi. How “Run your fingers around her palm, before gently meshing your fingers with hers,” says James. Why “This mimics how your bodies interconnect during intercourse,” says James. It’s a protective and intimate MH move that should get you invited in for coffee. ■

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WORDS ANDY JONES. ILLUSTRATIONS JUSTIN METZ

When In a late-night bar, alone. How It’s do or die time. “Reach over and gently stroke the back of her knee or top of her calf,” says Wise. “Areas like these and her underarms are both underrated and extremely erogenous.” Just don’t go for her underarms on date one. Why “Skin surfaces that don’t get a lot of attention are more sensitive to touch because they haven’t been exposed to as many stimuli,” says Wise. Time for another cab soon…


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KNOWLEDGE 12.10

Straddling the fine line between clever… and stupid

8. JEFFREY LEE PIERCE

1. THE ROAST PARSNIP

Ever wondered who inspired the White Stripes? This Californian died in 1996 after recording a string of punk/ blues songs that Jack White has said, “should be taught in schools”. A tribute album We Are Only Riders, featuring Nick Cave, Debbie Harry and others deciphering some of his unrecorded songs, has been 2010’s surprise critics’ choice.

2. DELIA DERBYSHIRE

The uncredited co-composer of the Doctor Who theme, who went on to influence everyone from The Beatles to the Pet Shop Boys and Orbital. Almost 50 years later her blueprint for music to hide behind sofas to remains unbeaten.

3. LISBON

The stealth Barcelona. If you’re looking for an Iberian weekend away this has the sea, the nightlife, the great food… and lower price tags.

4. JONATHAN RICHMAN

Who invented punk rock: Lou Reed, Iggy Pop, Johnny Rotten? Those who know credit it to a gangly Bostonian, now best known as the narrator of There’s Something About Mary. Enhance your hipster credentials by picking up a copy of the 1976 album The Modern Lovers, once studied by The Clash and the Pistols, and pretend you’ve had it for years.

5. DEREK SMALLS

The real hero of This Is Spinal Tap – the funniest lines of the funniest film ever belong to the diminutive bassist. Including the definitive comment on the thankless task of mediation: “We’re very lucky in the band in that we have two visionaries, David and Nigel. It’s like fire and ice, basically. I feel my role in the band is to be somewhere in the middle of that… kind of like lukewarm water.” 6. PETE DUNNING

As a marine in Afghanistan, he lost both his legs to an IED. His response? To devote himself to making Great Britain’s 2014 Paralympic team as a skier. He represents both the triumph of the human spirit – and the spirit of proper perspective any time you think you’ve had a shitty day at the office.

7. ROSÉ WINE

As refreshing as white with a nod to the deeper flavour of a light red. Let the rest of the world use it as a slightly homophobic metaphor for indecision; it will keep it underpriced. If the modern heteropolitan man can be lemon-cashmere confident, he can do pink drinks.

9. GLENN HODDLE

The last England manager to actually pick a team, rather than a list of millionaires who give good press conference. If he hadn’t expounded his bizarre views on reincarnation – and we wish he hadn’t – Hoddle would have improved on that already-impressive 60% win rate. Then there’s Diamond Lights – making an electropop record with Chris Waddle is as surreal as anything Captain Beefheart ever did.

10 . GRAHAM ONIONS

The England bowler knows how to throw a ball, but it’s his honest yeoman name and test-saving heroics as a tail-end batsman that give him the air of a latter-day Mr Kipps. He also apparently attracted the lust of Lily Allen: more terrifying than any Australian bowler.

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Frequently derided as the fauxtater by hoi polloi, in reality a deliciously sweet and chewy foil to any Sunday joint – red, white or porky. Plus, kinder to your waistline than the floury kiss of the uppity spud.


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LIFE IN A BUBBLE

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Two glasses of Champagne a day will reduce your risk of heart disease, says Reading University. So here are six cocktails for every glass in the bottle to help you toast that 1 THE UNWINDER

2 THE FLU FIGHTER

3 THE LADYKILLER

4 HANGOVER sWERVER

5 sLIMMER’s CHOICE

6 BUDGET sAVER

l 15ml limoncello

l 15ml mandarin vodka

l 15ml raspberry vodka

l 5ml Campari

l 5ml orange juice

l 10ml peach liqueur

l 1cm thick slice cucumber

l Half a mandarin

l 4 fresh raspberries

l 2 black cherries

l 4 strawberries

l 5ml vanilla syrup

l A mandarin wedge

l 5ml Punt e Mes

l 1 tsp vanilla sugar

l 5ml gomme (sugar syrup)

l 20ml cold Earl Grey tea

l 4 mint leaves

l 10ml melted dark chocolate

l 2 drops Angostura Bitters

How? Muddle the mandarin, vodka, vanilla sugar and mint. Shake and strain into a flute and top up with Champagne. Use the wedge to garnish.

How? Crush 3 raspberries in a shaker, add the vodka, gomme and chocolate. Shake, pour into a flute. Top with Champagne and garnish with the last raspberry.

l 10ml lemon juice l A twist of lemon peel

How? Crush the cucumber in a shaker, add the limoncello, lemon juice and syrup. Shake and strain into a flute and top with Champagne. Garnish with lemon. Why? Potassiumrich cucumber will reduce your blood pressure. Lemon is a natural stress alleviator. Perfect for chilling out.

Why? The mandarin juice contains one fifth of your vit C RDA (a crucial immune booster in flu season), while mint reduces partypooping headaches.

Why? Chocolate triggers the release of ‘feel-good’ chemicals. Sugar syrup gives an instant energy kick. A potent mix.

l 5ml amaretto

How? Pour the Amaretto, Campari, Punt e Mes and Angostura into a flute. Top with Champagne. Sink the black cherries in to garnish, Why? The bitters and herb-based Campari and Punt e Mes work together to settle your stomach, while the cherry is packed with polyphenols.

l A twist of orange peel

l 5ml gomme (sugar syrup) l 10ml peach purée

How? Pour the tea and fresh orange juice into a flute, then top up with Champagne. Garnish with orange peel. Why? This floaty cocktail shimmies in at under 100 calories – that’s a whopping 50% less than a G&T (which means you can have twice as many drinks…).

How? Mash up 3 strawberries then add the purée, liqueur and gomme. Shake and top with Champagne. Garnish with a strawberry. Why? The sweetness will soften the acidity of even the cheapest Champagne, plus strawberries give you a bonus 50% of your vitamin C RDA.

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“Cheap Champagne isn’t always a false economy – you can find some fantastic offers, especially on growers’ non-branded wines around Christmas time,” says Helen McEvoy of Laithwaites Wine (laithwaites.co.uk). £20.85 frenchbubbles.co.uk

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WORDS ALEX HARRIS. PHOTOGRAPHY STUDIO 33. CHRISTMAS TREE DELIVERMEACHRISTMASTREE.COM 01732 522 471 MAIL@DELIVERMEACHRISTMASTREE.COM. DIGITAL IMAGING PRE MEDIA

Life-changing advice that’s easy to apply

+ Bin your plastic has-been and get yourself a real needle-dropper this year for a happier, healthier festive season

The Best Tip p By y Far, So Far

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Well worth the extra Hoovering on 6 January

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orget the presents under your Christmas tree this year, because the pine itself will give you the gif of life. It seems those tree huggers were on to something (no, really). Exposure to the conifer’s phytoncides helps regulate blood pressure, as well as increasing your immune-boosting white blood cells, all of which reduces your risk of stroke, according to scientists at Chiba University, Japan. A gif that keeps on giving, this piece of festive dé cor also increases your natural cancer-fi ghting immune cells and a University of Texas study discovered that simply looking at a Christmas tree can help to alleviate stress. Just as well, with all the relatives due to visit. DECEMBER 2010 MEN’S H EALTH 63


MIND 12.10

SWEETEN THE PILL

December is the month for delivering for bad news. If you’re bringing bad tidings, adopt these tactics “ ERR, WHAT PARTY? ”

It’s better to give than to receive at this time of year

Your presence is required across town, but there’s a better party round the corner – with better looking women. “Don’t put the your excuses off: early notice eases social damage,” says psychologist Dr Abigael San. Give a reason, but keep it simple. “The woollier the excuse, the more suspicion will creep in.”

“ YOU’RE FIRED!”

This isn’t The Apprentice. Once you’ve pulled the trigger, your victim will expect answers: ‘Why me?’ and ‘What next?’ Be clear on your motives, says Rebecca Clake of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. “Give them a day for it to sink in, then deal with questions afterwards,” says Lees.

“ ABOUT THAT BONUS…”

If times are tight and you hold the purse strings, you need to get Churchillian. “Be positive with employees,” says John Lees, author of How To Get A Job You’ ll Love. “Discuss enhancing job descriptions, mention upcoming pay reviews, anything. Just don’t dwell on negatives.

“ YOU DIDN’T GET THE JOB”

“When turning down job applicants, don’t waste time saying the field was strong,” says Lees. “Instead build on how they impressed, giving them clear feedback on what they did well and where they fell down.” Talk about their future direction, adds Clake. “And promise to update them about similar positions in the future.”

“ HAPPYCHRISTMAS:WEAREOVER”

Hand hovering over your relationship’s ‘eject’ button? Christmas is the time when most people push it, says San: “Frame your reasons so they implicate you both,” she says. “And avoid shouting – even if she does.” Then grab the nearest sprig of mistletoe and leave.

MIND YOUR TEMPERATURE When the heat is on use it to your advantage to get the most out of your day 8

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7am, 36.5º Rise and shine

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5PM “The best time for mental focus – especially tasks requiring hand-eye co-ordination.”

36.2

10PM Get in the dark to produce more melatonin for better quality sleep.

5pm, 37.5º Total focus

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11AM “Your midmorning peak. It’s time to tackle the first ‘big’ problem of the day.”

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HOURS OF ACTIVITY & WORK 7

BODY TEMP ºC

Your body temperature fluctuates naturally throughout the day. Learn to monitor these changes and work with them and you’ll find you can complete any challenging tasks with ease, says Dr Matthew Edlund, author of The Body Clock Advantage. Follow the 60:7 rule – an hour of physical activity and seven hours of sleep daily. Pay particular attention to 5pm; more world records are broken at this hour than any other.


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KNOWLEDGE 12.10 THIS MONTH’S ALPHA FEMALE IS…

SARAH WAYNE CALLIES 1 Cookup ‘poutine’next time you have a hangover. It’s basically chips with beef gravy and cheese curds. And because it’s essentially fat and salt it’s miraculous. Seriously, French-Canadians swear by it.

2 Onceanhour,everyhour,dropfor20 . A good press-up works so many muscles. I know a champion kickboxer who said this routine got him in better shape, faster, than when he was in serious training for fights.

3Takepropolisforsuperstrength. We live next to a beekeeper, so I take a lot of this – it’s a natural resin that really helps your immune system. Take a couple of drops in water to feel instantly upbeat. 4 Get Spartan with your training. I met a few of the stuntmen from 300. Their secret was to do four different exercises like squat jumps, skipping, press-ups and the plank as many times as they could in 30 minutes. 5 Eat whatever you want until lunch.You’ll burn it off quickly, and morning’s the time of day when you’ll need the energy the most. It’s only after lunch you should begin watching what you eat. 6 Don’t hit repeat at the gym.Boredom is death when it comes to exercise. Mix it up with Pilates. It’s great for your core and there’s so much going on physically that your mind doesn’t wander. 7 Sniffyourself calm.Lavender is a proven relaxant. So find a few minutes each day, take some deep breaths and waft a little bit under your nose. I keep a jar of lavender oil in my pocket at all times.

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The latest news from around the world BREAKFAST VS DIABETES

Opt for bran flakes and OJ in the morning. A study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found a high-fibre cereal helps regulate blood-sugar, and reduces calorie intake, which helps lower your chances of developing type 2 diabetes. A lso, increasing your intake of vitamin C reduces your levels of C-reactive proteins, which are a major cause of the disease. A month of increased consumption of the vitamin was shown in the Journal of Alternative & Complementary Medicine to reduce the levels of the protein by a health bolstering 25% , making this a true breakfast of champions. Orange skin bowls are yet to catch on…

storemags & fantamag - magazines for all + Go bananas to protect your joints + Fight diabetes with breakfast + Lower blood pressure with milk + Avoid boiling for healthier veg + Eat garlic to prevent a cold

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The dairy way to diastolic happiness

WHAT IS THE BEST FRUIT YOU CAN EAT TO HELP PREVENT ARTHRITIS PAIN?

BANANA

Foods high in potassium have been found to reduce the symptoms of arthritis by up to 40%. Journal of Alternative & Complementary Therapies

WHICH FOOD COULD HELP YOU AVOID CATCHING A COLD THIS WINTER?

GARLIC

The allicin in fresh garlic can help prevent colds as it limits the damage caused by excess oxidising agents. Cardiff University Common Cold Centre

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WHICH TAKEAWAY SHOULD YOU CHOOSE TO HELP KEEP DEMENTIA AT BAY?

Ministry of the Bleedin’ Obvious

INDIAN

Weight-loss surgery aids weight loss

Curcumin, which is found in the spice turmeric – used in many Indian dishes – helps reduce your risk of dementia by preventing the spread of amyloid protein plaques in the brain.

The Cochrane Library

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This month’s least surprising research

MILK LOWERS BLOOD PRESSURE

Another reason why the white stuff is the right stuff: a glass of milk a day helps to keep hypertension at bay, according to a study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Scientists monitored the link between drinking milk and blood pressure in 2,245 participants over six years and found an association between higher intake of low-fat dairy and lower hypertension risk. They are unsure of the reasons behind these positive effects, but believe you should add milk to your diet if you’re concerned about developing hypertension, which can lead to stroke and heart disease. However, when your blood boils, pouring a glass over your head to cool down is not recommended.

COOK RIGHT FOR OPTIMAL BENEFITS

Researchers at the University of Murcia and the Complutense University of Madrid in Spain analysed six different methods of cooking to ascertain the effect each of them had on the antioxidant activity in vegetables. Follow our easy grid to find the best way to cook your greens to keep your antioxidant levels at an optimum .

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“IPUNCHED AND PEDALLED AWAY FAT FOR A NEW LIFE” London-based IT worker Michael Duong, 22, energised himself and dropped 8st THE SOLUTION Mind

Then Age Weight Waist Vices

“One of my mates agreed to lose weight with me. We tracked our progress every two weeks in a table.” Tip “Ask PTs at your gym if they have any clients with similar goals to you,” says Myatt Murphy, co-author of the Men’s Health Gym Bible. Or partner up at fitbug.com/uk, where you can track progress and swap advice.

20 18st (114kg) 40in (100cm) Pizzas, readymeals

WORKOUT

“ I cycle to work and back – 30 miles a week in total. I’m also playing five-a-side football and do kickboxing once a week.” Tip Keep burning fat without risking setbacks by basing 80% of your cardio around cycling. US studies show that unlike running, cycling on consecutive days does not raise your risk of overtraining or injury.

THE PROBLEM Mind

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“Photographs from a party shocked me into action – I was by far the fattest among my friends. One of them had just lost 2st (13kg) and had become noticeably more attractive to women. I knew I had to change too.”

BODY

“I focus on exclusive upper and lower body days and stick by the set and repetition range of 5x5.” Tip Here’s an ideal workout split: Day 1: Legs/ Chest/Triceps. Day 2: Back/Core/Biceps. Day 3: Legs/Shoulders. Day 4: Back/Biceps. Day 5: Legs/Shoulders/Arms.

Workout

“A mate who teaches kickboxing encouraged me to go to his classes. I was an easy target for the punches at first, which was the perfect inspiration to get on my bike and get fitter.”

NUTRITION

Body

“I never did weights, but I did try some bodyweight exercises like the pull-up hang. Once your chin is over the bar, you hold until you arms fail. Trust me, it’s harder than it sounds – especially when you’re 18st.”

Nutrition

“I had no real appreciation of the nutritional content of foods. Carbs, proteins, they were all the same. Much of what I ate failed to fill me up, so I’d simply eat more.”

Now Age Weight Waist Victories

22 10st (63.5kg) 30in (75cm) Previously unthinkable energy and con idence

“I vary my food each day to keep my body guessing. So I’ll have a low-carb day followed immediately by a high-carb day.” Tip Stock up on soya sausages and meatfree meals. A University of Illinois study found that eating soy protein three times a week increases feelings of fullness.

RESULT

“My life is unrecognisable. I have a genuine sense of energy and purpose. I feel more confident and stronger – physically and mentally. Everybody tells me that I look younger without the weight and I now have big goals within my reach, starting with a triathlon or half marathon later this year.”

Could you be MH’s weight-loss star of the month? Write to Weight Loss, Men’s Hea lth, 33 Broadwick Street, London W1F ODQ, enclosing before and after photos. Winners will receive a personal fitting for top-of-the-range New Balance trainers. This includes both indoor and outdoor styles and a complete set of accompanying New Balance clothing (newbalance.co.uk).

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ASKMH

Q I’m young and single. Do I really need life insurance?

Pah! We laugh in the face A of Death! Or do we? “Life insurance is a bet with an insurer that something terrible will happen to you,” says David Kuo from financial website fool.co.uk. “The cost will depend on factors such as age and health. “Since you are young and single, who do you want to benefit? If you have elderly parents who depend on you, cover may be sensible. But you could invest instead. Consider a 30-year-old who gets 30 years of cover that pays £ 1 million on death. Premiums would be £ 60 a month. But, if you invested that your investment could grow to £ 120,000. The choice is yours: £ 1 million if you die or £ 120,000 if you make it to your 60th…” I’m confused about

Q painkillers. What

should I take and when?

There is no magic bullet so A keep the peace triumvirate of aspirin, paracetamol and ibuprofen to hand. “A spirin is effective for general pain, while ibuprofen is particularly good for inflammation, but both can irritate the stomach,” says Chris Cairns, professor of pharmacy at Kingston University. “Paracetamol is very safe in correct doses and can also be taken with ibuprofen or aspirin.” Beware of codeine. “It can cause drowsiness as well as increasing the effect of alcohol.” Speaking of which…“For a hangover, effervescent paracetamol and ibuprofen with a pint of water is your best plan of attack.”

PREVENT SOMEONE FROMCHOKING By Clive James, training manager at St John A mbulance

1. COUGH IT OUT Encourage the choker to cough. If this doesn’t work give five sharp blows between the shoulder blades with the heel of your hand. Don’t be shy.

2. MAKE A FIST OF IT If that doesn’t work, it’s Heimlich time. From behind put both arms around them. Clench one ist between their breastbone and navel.

I’ve only got 15 minutes free for the gym each day.

Q What exercise will cover all bases?

“There is a compound move that will work all your major muscle groups plus a skinful of stabiliser muscles –the overhead squat,” says A sh Sharma, personal trainer and pro boxing coach at the Third Space, London. “Performing this move properly requires that you learn the basics, otherwise you run the risk of potential strains.” Wise words.

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1“Gravity can have a habit of making you look like an arse, so first, perfect the move by using a broomstick handle rather than a barbell,” says Sharma. “Stand in front of a bench and hold the stick with a wide grip. Snatch it over your head.”

2 “Slowly quat down until the backs of your thighs touch a bench, but don’t let it take your weight. Keep your arms fully extended above your head. Push back up explosively through your heels. Add 3 sets of 10 to your normal workout for 2 weeks.”

3 “The next stage is to take the bench away for a deeper squat for 2 more weeks. Finally swap the stick for a light barbell. Always make sure you stick your backside out – this will help keep a natural arch in your back throughout.”

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3. AIM TO SQUEEZE Grasp your ist with the other hand and pull sharply inwards and upwards, in a ‘J’ shape. Do this up to ive times.

4. STILL NOT OUT? Repeat backslaps and Heimlich up to three times. If the blockage is still there, call 999. Continue with the steps above until help arrives.

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Make the most of this festive season with life-improving tips from December’s A lpha Male section

Glasses of Champagne a day can significantly reduce your heart attack risk according to scientists (until you get your next credit card bill). [p61]

The effectiveness with which volunteers were able to communicate ‘love’ to blindfolded strangers, by touching their shoulders. Gently reach for hers to get your message across. [p55]

Your dinner choice for swif weight loss. US researchers found eating soy protein three times a week makes you more likely to shed pounds. [p71]

Your RDA of processed sugar. Exceeding this will impede your body’s blood flow, restricting its oxygen supply and causing fatigue. [p44]

The improvement in your time over 5K when you perform core exercises such as the plank four times a week. [p46]

illustRation anDREw suMnER

These game birds are good for your manhood. Their meat is high in iron, selenium and zinc – invaluable for your personal Nelson’s Column. [p49]

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Of pine nuts soaked in water overnight are an excellent source of protein. The soaking increases their alkaline levels, helping to speed up your body’s absorption of their benefits. [p44] DECEMBER 2010 men’s h ealth 75


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Our gift to you: gorge on calorie-neutral mince pies this Xmas

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Get ahead at your office party with our guide to networking

Expel the hangover in under 60 mins with the perfect morning after

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The very best of the Core section summarised in tasty, takeaway chunks

Come out fighting with a survivor’s guide to man-flu

Smash through modern weight-loss obstacles today

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CHEMISTRY LESSONS

Don’t wait for fate to hand-deliver a soulmate. Use the science of rapid-fi re rapport and you’ll click with any woman in the room

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erendipity is bunkum. The latest psychological research proves that the mythical ‘spark’ you’ve been waiting for with the woman of your dreams can be almost entirely manufactured. All you need to do is engineer chemistry in the right locations. And we’ve tracked down the experts who can tell you how. “We’ve all experienced special connections, and it’s easy to see them as fleeting moments of magic,” says Ori Brafman, co-author of Click: The Magic of Instant Connections. “But there is plenty of research to suggest you can deliberately create these 

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Get too close too early and you’ll get a slap – and no tickle

 moments – and there are ways of behaving to catalyse them.” We’ve uncovered four essential elements for an instant chemical reaction, as per fected by FBI agents, hostage negotiators, con men and politicians: people whose success relies on building instant rapport. Use them, and every time you get talking to a woman, you’ll have the ingredients to conjure split-second sexual alchemy.

ENVIRONMENT

Find the best setting to create a connection We’re not suggesting you take tips from smug property-show TV presenters, but you can increase your chance of rapid rapport if you think about location, location, location. “Places where you’re likely to feel removed from the rest of the world are most conducive to making a connection,” says Brafman. Psychologists call these ‘framed environments’. It’s the private booth in the pub, the quiet corner at a party, the desk at the back of your evening class. But it’s also the packed commuter train where you’re locked in eye contact with the woman next to you. “A sense of joint suffering helps people to bond,” Brafman says. “Think about when you’re in the airport and your flight’s cancelled; you’re much more likely to strike up a conversation.” The same applies at the work fire drill, while sheltering from the rain or queuing at the post office. Channel your frustrations by sharing them when with a pretty woman. If you’re stuck in a queue, blame the lunchtime crowds or poor store management before saying, “I’d normally give up and go home but at least there’s somebody interesting to talk to.” In the French class, tell her you can’t keep up and ask if she could go over the work with you afterwards. She’ll respond to the exclusive status of your conversation every time. The more you nurture your seclusion from the rest of the world, the less likely she is to return to it. What she’s thinking We’re in the same boat here, and he’s easy to talk to.

SIMILARITY

Show you ‘get’ her and you might do exactly that

Standing out from the crowd isn’t the way to impress. In initial encounters, affinity is seductive. “If someone is similar, you view them as more approachable and intelligent,” says Brafman. “And it’s not so much about the quality of the similarity as the quantity.” Tot up restaurants you both know, TV shows you hate and mutual friends. However trivial, every point shared builds ‘resonance’, that sense of togetherness we know as that elusive ‘spark’. Con men exploit this by picking up on personality traits. “By homing in on quirks and emphasising common ground, tricksters build the trust needed to rip their target off,” says

Dr Kevin Dutton, author of Flipnosis: The Art of Split-Second Persuasion. Point out her tattoo and tell her you want one or clock the book in her bag and say you’d like to read it. Then, imitate how she stands or her gestures, using small details such as which arm she rests her chin on or how high she holds her drink. Adjust these cues for every woman. University of Parma research shows this ‘self monitoring’ fires mirror neurons in her brain and yours. You begin imitating each other and the resonance between you quickly snowballs from there. What she’s thinking We’re completely in tune.

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CORESEX Is she periodic, or are you using the wrong chemistry set?

PROXIMITY

Check your distance to foster intimacy Get too close too early and you’ll get a slap and no tickle. But while tailgating the beauty in accounts will result in a restraining order, regularly passing her desk could pay dividends. “The more familiar a person is, the more appealing they are,” says Brafman. It’s what psychologists describe as ‘mere exposure’ and will reap rewards when you strike up a conversation. But don’t sidle up. “Men tend to get too close and from the side,” says Joe Navarro, former FBI agent and body-language expert. “Approach face-to-face and allow a little extra distance.” Around 4ft (120cm) is the sweet spot between social and intimate. When you speak, try to end the movement near your face. This helps to foster intimacy because it keeps her gaze and attention on you. A study at the University of Aberdeen found eye contact makes people more attractive. Enhance the effectiveness of this by meeting in a dimly lit bar. Your pupils will dilate – which increases attractiveness by up to 180% according to trials at University College London. Combined, the rules of upclose-and-personal cascade into ‘exponential attraction’, where the connection between you becomes inevitable. What she’s thinking He’s genuine and interested in me, so I’ll show an interest, too.

VULNERABILITY

Hint at insecurity to keep her interested Don’t mistake Don Draper for the strong and silent archetype. His success with women is down to the fact that his looks and confidence are edged with visible psychological scars. “People think showing vulnerability means you lose power, but it actually creates trust,” says Brafman. You don’t have to lament your fiery relationship with your father, but using what shrinks call ‘gut-level statements’ will help. It should be something revealing, such as apprehension over a forthcoming event. Soon after, ask her a question that demands a similar level of disclosure. Time this around the halfhour mark and, according to research at Stony Brook University in New York, she’ll open up. It’s a technique often used by police negotiators. “One negotiator managed to talk a suicidal guy down from a building only after opening up about losing his own mother,” says Brafman. Similarly, in 1992, Bill Clinton turned his presidential campaign around by talking about his alcoholic stepfather. Accentuate your vulnerability by breaking eye contact and looking down or taking a noticeable breath before speaking. Each unguarded cue triggers her instinct to reciprocate and she’ll soon be oblivious to everyone else in the room. What she’s thinking I’ve only just met him but MH this guy is already under my skin. ■

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CORE NUTRITION

WHAT ARE YOU EATING?# 4

MINCE PIE

Nutritionist Emma Wells lifs the pastry lid on your favourite festive snack and wraps up everything you need to repair the damage TOAST A LOWER CANCER RISK

Two mince pies with brandy cream give you around 0.15mg of salt, a third of your daily allowance. Increased salt intake means a higher risk of stomach cancer, but the good news is the stuffing on your Christmas dinner plate will help undo the damage. Scientists at the University of North Carolina found eating onions, leeks, garlic and chives halves your risk of cancer in your mid-section. Alternatively, wash the pie back with a glass of mulled wine. Studies show the spices and resveratrol inhibit cancer cell growth.

AVOID A BUTTER BLOWOUT

Eat all the pies and you risk looking more like Mrs Claus than Santa. The brandy butter contains alcohol along with 11.9g of fat per 100g. These increase oestrogen levels, which can lead to ‘man boobs’ over time. To prevent this, increase your intake of quercetin, a compound found in many red-coloured foods including tomatoes, red onions and even the cherries in your Christmas cake. St George’s Hospital Medical School found quercetin inhibits the enzyme that turns testosterone into oestrogen, keeping you happily flat-chested.

SNACK YOUR WAY PAINLESS

Feeling iffy at this time of year isn’t solely down to the increased frequency of winter socialising. The dried fruit in your mince pies contains sulphur dioxide as a preservative, which can lead to nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhoea when you really gorge. To quell those feelings, try snacking on ginger biscuits or have a cup of ginger tea before you go to bed. The fiery root has antiemetic properties, which will help to stop you feeling nauseous… unless you’ve been up late watching a rerun of Ghost.

CURRY FESTIVE FAVOUR

High fructose corn syrup, found in the candied peel mix put into the mince pies, has been linked to non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. Earlier this year, researchers associated it with cirrhosis or scarring in the liver. To reverse these effects, schedule in a couple of curries over the holidays. Research in the journal Gut found that active ingredients in turmeric, used in many Indian and Malaysian dishes, eases the liver damage that leads to cirrhosis. You’ll be sick of turkey by the 27th anyway… 

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CALM YOUR GUT FEELING

Glacé cherries in mince pies contain citric acid, a common preservative found in many processed foods. A sensitivity to citric acid can leave you experiencing unpleasant bloating, stomach cramps and a nasty rash. If your stomach is rumbled, opt for the smoked salmon with avocado starter on Christmas Day. This contains plenty of zinc and vitamin B6, two nutrients required to increase stomach acid and aid the digestive process.

ENJOY A BIT OF THE ROUGHAGE

There are traces of fibre in your mince pie but you’d need to eat 26 of them to hit your daily 18g quota – that would rope in over 6,000 calories. To avoid a shortfall in your daily fibre, and an increased risk of haemorrhoids, have a fibre-full winter breakfast with porridge oats, prunes and cinnamon. Researchers at the University of Birmingham found this gives you a 7.5-fold decrease in the odds of suffering haemorrhoids compared to skipping breakfast.

SKATE THE ISSUE OF KCALS

One mince pie with brandy cream gives you 243kcal, closing in on a tenth of a man’s daily needs. To enjoy them guilt-free, try some snow sports. The calories are easily burned off with 40 minutes of downhill skiing. If you’re not on the piste, 30 minutes ice skating or 1 hour 20 minutes of manic shopping will shift them. More than half the damage comes from the cream, so enjoy two pies for the price of one by foregoing the dollop. Alternatively, swap it for natural yoghurt to save over 50kcal.

BEAT XMAS HEADACHES

On top of the family arguments, the 15.7g of sugar in each mince pie can exacerbate your festive headaches. The white stuff can destabilise blood sugar, and cause migraines, says research in The Lancet. To clear the neural snowstorm, have a bowl of Christmas pud. The fruit contains magnesium, 600mg of which will reduce migraine frequency by 41%, University of Munich research found. It’s also been found to reduce mood swings – so you won’t pulverise the shopping-centre Santa.

THE MEANING OF PIE Crunch the numbers and the damage that builds up with your festive pie

...grams of sugar, increasing your chances of Christmas headaches Your plan Mixed fruit will clear your head of migraines and that burning wish to thump your fellow shopper

...calories in every pie with brandy cream; almost a tenth of your RDA Your plan Burn off the damage with 1 hour 20 minutes of Christmas shopping or a new year ski holiday

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...grams of salt, increasing your risk of developing stomach cancer Your plan Christmas stuffing, and a glass of mulled wine, will reverse the effects of seasonal indulgence

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...grams of animal fat, increasing your chance of getting man boobs Your plan Red foods – cherries, grapes – contain an enzyme that MH will keep your bust in check ■

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Each pie and dollop of cream contains 9.6g saturated fat, almost half your RDA. This raises your cholesterol, increasing your risk of cardiovascular disease and dementia, according to a study at the University of Kuopio in Finland. But, Christmas comes with a solution. Cranberries contain vitamin E, which slows dementia and, according to scientists at Laval University in Canada, one glass of cranberry juice a day increases the level of HDL cholesterol (the good one) by 8.6%.


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NETWORK YOUR WAY TO THE TOP

Raise your earning potential and gold-plate your reputation by learning how to work any boardroom, or party, with the help of our business psychologists (bottom right) START

You are going to a...

Get known by being useful. “Send out schedules

and introduce yourself beforehand,” says Fortes Mayer. Everyone will be looking for you when they arrive.

Take charge of the meetand-greet to be visible and

prominent from the off. The early introduction ensures your name is on the client’s lips now and after the meeting.

Client meeting

Industry event

Office party

Don’t say what you are; say what you do. “Your job may be a tax lawyer – boring – but tell people you save clients thousands of pounds and you’ll spark interest from new customers,” says Downton.

“ Research who you are going to meet,”says George.

“Is there anyone you know through colleagues or university? This will highlight shared experience.”

“ Have your opening line ready to avoid an

embarrassing silence,” says Ilsley. Go for open-ended questions about the last speaker or your industry’s wider economy to engage people instantly.

CLIENT MEETING Boss the meeting – whatever your rank – and show the clients and your seniors why you’re the best bet for new contracts a nd that pay rise

Keep your palms dry

Expand your contacts book by tapping into the networks of your existing contacts. “Try to think about how you can best serve the needs of their business partners,” says Fortes Mayer.

with a hand-specific antiperspirant such as Odaban (£7.45 pharmacy2u.co.uk). No more slippery introductions.

Sit opposite your boss.

Studies show this makes you look as though you’re their equal, rather than just their right-hand man, in the eyes of everyone else around the table.

Employ ‘ planned spontaneity’ with clients,

says Wynn. Keep a note of their big industry events and wish them well. This demonstrates a real sense of individual interest.

Cultivate your relationship by letting them talk. Remember the ‘two ears, one mouth’ formula – and use them in that ratio.

Control conversations with a nod. Research by the Social Issues Research Centre found that single nods maintain the flow of chat, double nods speed up the flow, but triple nods interrupt the flow.

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“ Alwaysbenicetothe receptionists,” says Downton. They’re invaluable for tip-offs, and hold the keys to priceless access.

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CORE WORK “ Play business Cupid and become an important middleman by introducing people in your network to each other,” says Fortes Mayer. They’ll return the favour and you’ll soon be fishing in a bigger pond.

INDUSTRY EVENT Dazzle potential new employers at conferences and awards nights with the smartest networking in the room

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general comments with a rising intonation, ending with ‘isn’t it?’. The question re-engages them in the conversation.

Make the connection

Where possible, always explain that a joint contact recommended you say hello, says Ilsley. “A referred contact is between 8-10 times more likely to get a result than a cold contact.”

Wear your nametag high on your lapel to guarantee recognition, says Downton. “Wear it as if it’s a buttonhole. People will be happier if they can see your name, they’ll use it and remember it.”

Sow your career seeds.

Avoid ‘ What do you do? ’ as an opening line. It’s clichéd and suggests that you are only interested in what the person can do for you, says Ilsley.

“I’m not looking right now, but your company is one I could definitely see myself working at one day.” It’s the perfect pitch at an industry event, says Downton: enticing, but won’t get you into trouble.

puts you in control.

Make your escape swif .

Authenticityis paramount. “Don’t do

“If you want to leave, just tell them you have to get on,” says Downton. Validate the conversation with a compliment, tell them what you’re about to go and do, and ask them for their card.

a Gordon Brown – adopting a rictus grin or making absurd gestures – it comes across as totally bizarre,” says Downton. Don’t call people bigots, either.

OFFICE PARTY Whether it’s the Christmas bash or just a post-work pint, seal alliances and gather info to give you the edge for that next promotion

Never give your own card out fi rst. Holding back

Beemotionallyhonest.

Don’t be scared to show a vulnerable side, says Wynn. Shared vulnerability rather than bravado makes space for others to discuss their thoughts – making for better working relationships.

Appearcaptivated.

Being interested is far more important than being interesting. “Get people talking – you learn more and don’t have to work so hard,” says Downton.

MEET THE NETWORKERS

MH’s crack squad of expert shoulder-rubbers Richard George Networking expert at LinkedIn

Raiseyourprofi le by

helping to organise the event. Anything from choice of venue to suggesting a fancy dress theme will leave your mark on proceedings. If done well, people will come to you, making your networking a breeze.

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simple as planning a whip-round for someone who’s leaving,” says Fortes Mayer. Be the first to organise and people will remember your efforts.

Tom Fortes Mayer Creative director at psychology company FreeMind Jack Downton Director of executive training firm The Influence Business Lisa Wynn Director of coaching firm Corporate Potential Richard Ilsley Partner at sales and marketing consultants Synogis

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COREHEALTH

Delete the headache. Expel the nausea. This is the supreme counter-strike to alcohol’s toxic vengeance, guaranteed to rejuvenate your body in 60 minutes

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ccording to Haitian tradition, all you have to do to rid yourself of a hangover is stick 13 black pins in the cork of last night’s hooch. Back in Genghis Khan’s day, the Mongolian warlord preferred a panacea consisting of sheep’s eyeballs soaked in brine and served in a tomato jus. Here at Men’s Health, we like to take a decidedly more scientific approach and tackle the physical effects on your body one by one. It seems you’re going to need it over the coming weeks. More than 1 million Brits have had to take time off work after overdoing it at Christmas, with Home Office figures revealing it costs a nauseous £6.4bn loss in national productivity. The morning-after stimulus plan you have in front of you will help to cut this deficit, but more important is the dreaded impact on your body, the effects of which can last up to 24 hours. We’re going to reduce that by addressing the head-swimming effects of your low blood sugar, the dilated blood vessels in your brain, the breakdown of toxins in your liver, and the build up of inflammatory chemicals in your body – we know because we’ve tried it. Many times. There’s no need to wave the white flag from under the duvet. Come out fighting and you’ll cast out your hangover in under an hour.

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WAKEUP +2 MINUTES The perfect drink TARGETS Weakened muscles, headache, dustbowl mouth Begin the fight-back with a different breed of cocktail to the flammable kind that rounded off the night before. Mix 500ml of fruit juice with the same amount of water and add ¼tsp of salt. This interrupts the dehydrating effect of alcohol that redirects water away from your kidneys. “Salt ensures the liquid is taken up by your body and doesn’t just

flush straight through,” says Dr Paul Stillman of the Expert Group on Hydration. The flash flood gets soaked up by thirsty muscles, plus your brain – which has shrunk without water and is tugging painfully at the lining of your skull. The sugar in the fruit juice also gives you an energy kick and speeds up the toxic clean-up in your liver, once the alcohol has been metabolised. Now that’s something worth drinking to.

+5 MINUTES The perfect music TARGETS Information processing, motivation to remain conscious, ability to focus your mind Can’t remember why Kenny Loggins is on your iPod this morning? That’s partly because your brain is operating through a dense fog of cytokines; chemicals which “inter fere with normal processing and memory function in the brain,” says Stillman. But don’t put Kenny away just yet… Research from Sunway University College in Malaysia found that certain types of music can stimulate your grey matter and greatly improve your focus. Which, let’s face it, is something you’re sorely lacking in this

morning. Tracks that play at approximately 120bpm – think melodic house or Detroit techno – can improve your memory and were also found to have the greatest motivational effect in recent trials at Brunel University. If you can’t face, or stomach, pulsating electronica this early in the morning, try some Mozart instead, in particular his 1781 ‘galant style’ Sonata For Two Pianos In D Major. Studies into the ‘Mozart effect’ show that it can clear your thinking by improving your spatial-temporal cognition. That’s right, Wolfgang will help you remember which way is up. Complete your perfect morning after

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CORE HEALTH

+14 MINUTES The perfect workout

+22 MINUTES The perfect wake-up call

TARGETS Full-body lethargy, eyes of a dead man Congratulations! Without so much as a retch, you’ve made it to the sanctuary of the bathroom where your metamorphosis continues. While showering, force yourself under bursts of cold water: research from Humboldt University in Berlin found that it increases oxygen flow around the body. Once you’re out, apply an eye gel such as Molton Brown’s Eye-Rescue Ultracool (£25, 15ml) to boost circulation. “Apply firmly from the bridge of the nose towards your ears to help drain the fluid,” says London-based ‘groomer to the stars’ Jason Shankey.

Hangover superset 1

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1 SHOULDER TAPS (10 REPS) More press-ups (A). This time, at the top of the move, reach your right hand over to touch your left shoulder. Return and repeat with your left hand (B). You might want another swig of juice about now. 2 MOUNTAIN CLIMBER PRESS-UP (16 REPS) And more, this time with a twist. After your first press-up (A), bring your right knee up to your right elbow (B). Do another press-up, then follow suit with your left knee to your left elbow.

+35 MINUTES The perfect breakfast

TARGETS Low blood sugar and chemical culprits in the gut Your kebab compass saw you home safely but you’ll need to eat better to get back on track. First, fix yourself a poached egg on a wholemeal muffin, says nutritionist Dr Carrie Ruxton. “Your liver is far too busy metabolising alcohol to produce more glucose to fix your low blood sugar, but the carbohydrate in the muffin brings your levels back, stopping you feeling tired.” In addition, the cysteine in the egg mops up acetaldehyde. This chemical is born when the liver breaks down alcohol – too much results in nausea and vomiting.

+55 MINUTES The perfect commute

TARGETS Lingering sluggishness, heady relapse on the train Resist the urge to steal 15 minutes’ sleep the moment you park your backside on the 08.34, and instead start jabbing your body’s acupressure points. Apply steady pressure 5cm (2in) up your wrist, one handwidth below your knee or the same distance above your ankles. Research from the University of California found that plying these pressure points can reduce residual nausea. Just apply your thumb to any of the points for 6 seconds and then release. MH Okay world, let’s have you. ■

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Follow with natural yoghurt and honey. “The yoghurt restores the equilibrium of natural bacteria to your intestines to prevent you being sick,” Ruxton says. “The honey replenishes sodium, potassium and electrolytes which were lost in your toilet trips.”

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TARGETS Nausea-inducing toxins, looming sense of despair Don’t worry, this will be gentle because the real workout is happening in your organs this morning. Your heart rate is up and your liver is desperately trying to remove the stomach-churning toxins produced when last night’s alcohol was metabolised. A quick superset workout helps you shift the chemical leftovers faster, making the hangover end sooner. “Supersets, where you per form two consecutive exercises in a row with no rest in between, really flick a metabolic switch,” says conditioning coach Paul Fallows. “These are very stable exercises using only your bodyweight.” Which means you get a rush of endorphins without having to move that much. Keep a bucket to hand just in case. Do 1-2 supersets depending on your hangover severity.


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BEAT YOUR WEIGHTLOSS OBSTACLES

Stress, fast-lane eating, tiny budget… There are very modern barriers between you and your perfect weight. We can help you smash them down

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it a wall? We’ve all been there. Our busy lifestyles combined with high self-expectation and the stress that goes with balancing work and play all make for a challenging environment to stay lean in. Research by careerbuilder.com shows that 1 in 10 people are eating more in response to money worries and longer working hours. But with the correct lifestyle tweaks incorporating the latest scientific secrets, keeping the weight off your middle can be done, despite what life might throw at you. Use these tips to clear every obstacle on the course to your ideal weight.

1 RECESSION BITES

The UN Food and Agricultural Organization says the cost of dinner is at a two-year peak. Rising food prices are forcing all of us to cut a few nutritional corners, with quick-win carbs the go-to snack. “But if your diet is high in starchy carbs then you’ll hit a weight-loss wall,” warns Dr John Briffa, author of Waist Disposal. Clear it Economics doesn’t have to trump nutrition. You can construct inexpensive meals without the slow-down on the slim-down, says Helen Riley, nutrition scientist at the British Nutrition Foundation (BNF). Natural foods including organic meat and veg are best. “Try a stir-fry with strips of lean beef, chopped veg and noodles or a platter of cold meats with boiled potatoes and steamed veg,” she says. These are inexpensive, low in fat, and with just enough carbs to satiate those cravings.

EXERCISE 2 THE BINGE

Launching yourself onto the treadmill doesn’t guarantee results because people who gorge on aerobic exercise tend to eat more. Researchers at Louisiana State University in the US believe they eat to restock energy supplies – and inadvertently reload more calories than they burned off during training. Clear it Resistance training is a more assured route to weight loss. As well as building muscle, it raises your basal metabolic rate, which translates to a higher calorie burn. Tackle a 12-minute resistance programme every day. “The first six minutes focus on exercises for the upper body: press-ups, shoulders presses, curls and crunches,” Briffa says. The second six combines jogging on the spot with squats. Not only will your weight shift faster, but an athletic physique comes ready-made.

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CORE WEIGHT LOSS

Survival of the slimmest – how to triumph in the weight-loss race

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QUICK 3 TOO TO BE SLIM

If you’re time-poor at meal times, chances are you’re fat-rich. Studies from the American Survey of Obesity found that men who are ‘too busy’ to eat breakfast are 4.5 times more likely to be obese compared with those who eat a morning meal. Clear it “Eat a meal of protein, complex carbohydrates and essential fats within twoand-a-half hours of rising,” says nutritionist Ian Marber, consultant at The Food Doctor clinic (thefooddoctor.com). Try sardines straight from the tin spread on a wholemeal bagel. Then, slow down your scoffing speed at all meals. Research in the British Medical Journal found that learning to slow down at the dinner table makes you three times less likely to be overweight. Put the brakes on at dinner and you’ll accelerate your weight loss.

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4 FEEDING ANXIETY

There’s a good chance you’re putting too many hours in at work to keep the weight off. Research from business consultants Right Management shows that 79% of us are now dealing with higher workloads compared with two years ago. The extra stress hinders weight loss because you consume more sugars. Clear it A lean beef steak will spike your dopamine levels, reducing stress, but it’s also one of the best sources of protein you can get. Research from Washington University found that increased protein in your diet will suppress hormones that stimulate hunger. Couple this with a glass of cherry juice before bed, which reduces the digestion-disrupting effect of stress. You’ll wake up more relaxed and less likely to tiptoe to that vending machine at 11am.

DENIAL 5 THE FIXATION

The journal Appetite reports that people who suppress thoughts of their favourite foods actually eat more of them, whereas men who talk openly about healthy eating consume fewer and smaller portions. Clear it Terminate the embargo on your favourite foods, even if they’re as lardy as a Friday night fish and chips. “Setting goals like ‘I will never eat that again’ is a bad way to control yourself,” says James Erskine, professor of psychology at the University of Hertfordshire. “It would be much better to say ‘I will reduce my consumption and if I do have it once a month it’s no big deal.’” Research from the University of Pennsylvania found that when subjects were periodically rewarded they lost 16lb (7.2kg) over four months – 12lb (5.4kg) more than those who weren’t rewarded.

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MAN FLU

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You’re almost 30 times more likely to catch colds or flu during winter*. Here’s how to beat the most irritating illness known to man

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his is a public health announcement. Man flu is real. The number of cases of cold and flu rocket at this time of year, and men are at a higher risk than women. The reason is, well, we’re so damned masculine. The male hormone testosterone enables us to build strong bodies and chase women, but the side effect is it makes us more susceptible to infection. “When immune cells are exposed to high levels of testosterone, this suppresses their functioning,” says Dr Sabra Klein, of Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. Blame evolution for making men the sicker sex. University of Cambridge scientists have determined our weaker immune systems are down to a natural tendency for risky behaviour. Modern man drives fast cars, binge drinks and brawls outside bars, increasing his risk of infections and a lower life expectancy. It doesn’t have to be this way. Man flu is out there, but you don’t have to hide in a bunker. Follow our guide to surviving the wintry plague.

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The epideMiC is ouT There THREAT so boosT your iMMuniTy LEVEL Cut your risk of infection by over a third by adding kettlebell training to your anti-viral arsenal. Research in the journal Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise reveals that 60-80 minutes of vigorous exercise per week reduces a man’s risk of respiratory infections by 34%. Short, explosive moves such as kettlebells work because they strengthen your immune system, while prolonged activity like running actually weakens it. “If you per form moderate to high-intensity exercise for 1.5 hours or longer, your immune system doesn’t respond as well to invasion,” says Professor Mike Gleeson from Loughborough University. Warm up with lifts, presses, bends and swings of the bell (10 reps each), then build strength with press-ups on two bells and bent-over row lifts (4 x 15 reps each), says kettlebell trainer BJ Rule (onepersonaltraining.com). Next, move on to conditioning with hand and arm swings (3 x 8 on each arm), followed by 30-second circuits of swings, clean lifts, presses and snatches.

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All those white button mushrooms in the soup feed your defences – 100g a day will keep them impenetrable. Research at Tufts University in the US found that they increase production of antiviral proteins that fight flu.

A sandwich, pizza, cheese on toast … do you really need an excuse? A study at the University of Turku in Finland found that just one slice of probiotic fromage offers protection by carrying immune-boosting bacteria around the body.

A 100g bag per day reduces your risk of viral infections, according to University of Liverpool research. Nuts are packed with selenium, a micro-nutrient that strengthens the immune system – essential to the anti-man-flu stockpile.

Two or three a day keep the doctor away: 200mg of vitamin C daily (two glasses of orange juice) reduces the duration of your flu symptoms by as much as 8%. Take the bitty option, too – US research found the pulp is rich in phytonutrients.

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When friends and ColleaGues are beinG sTruCk doWn , eliMinaTe The hazard by knoWinG hoW To behave in These riskiesT of influenza hoTspoTs Ground zero The gym Ground zero The office Ground zero The pub The increased testosterone Boss after your report before The Coach and Horses is that comes when you pound the Christmas? Kids emailing their where man flu is most likely to treadmill can dampen the immune strike. “Flu is spread through wish lists? Stress factors like system. “A man with higher these cause your body to release droplets generated by coughing, testosterone concentrations may cortisol, crippling your first line of sneezing and, if you’re close not be able to fight off a common defence against viral invaders. enough, even talking,” says cold as rapidly,” says Klein. Containment strategy Keep calm Professor Nick Phin, head of Containment strategy Keep and carry on. Neil Shah, director of the Pandemic Flu Office at the testosterone levels down by the Stress Management Society, Health Protection Agency. doing short bursts of cardio has a technique you can use at Containment strategy You can instead of resistance work. And your desk to relax and fight off any navigate the man-flu minefield aim to go late at night or midbugs emanating from Graham by not standing in a sociable afternoon: avoiding busy periods in accounts. Imagine there’s a circle at the bar. Make sure you not only lowers your chances of balloon in your belly and breathe requisition a table in advance, coming into contact with potential in deeply to inflate it. Hold in for then position yourself at least man-flu carriers, it also means 5 seconds, then slowly exhale for three feet away from any that you won’t try to compete 10. Repeat for 5-10 breaths. “More neighbouring, potentially against other guys, which also oxygen means you’ll think more infected drinkers. It’s a pandemic, increases testosterone. clearly as well,” says Shah. remember: so trust no one. THREAT LEVEL

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Ground zero The sofa Late night Halo sessions are a sure-fire way to get fragged by man flu. A study in the journal Archives of Internal Medicine found that less than seven hours sleep makes you three times more likely to develop a cold. Containment strategy Switch off the console at least 45 minutes before bed. Then try a progressive muscle-relaxation technique from Roosevelt University Stress Institute in Chicago. Tense your shoulders for 10 seconds, then go limp for 20. Repeat throughout your body. Then close your eyes and take deep, slow breaths. You’ll sleep safe in the knowledge you’ve dodged man flu for another day. 

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woman might find herself reacting in extremely compliant, maternal ways.” Next, employ a tactic used by charity organisations: make small requests. ‘Every penny helps’ is a successful economic strategy, so politely asking her to please pass the Kleenex could lead to ever more generous donations. “That triggers a cascading response where she will look for ways to be helpful,” says Booth-Butterfield. The cooing starts now.

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couch-ridden? fight THREAT back to fitness noW LEVEL Man flu should last about a week and peak a few days after that first tingle of trouble in your nose or throat. Here’s how to clear the infection once it has peaked.

Don’ t be a martyr to the cause – stay in your own space

day 1 Bravely soldiering on isn’t productive. Take a day off work and make an immunity-boosting cottage pie: the beef contains zinc while carrots are rich in betacarotene to help white blood cell function. Take a shower before bed to clear congestion. day 2 If symptoms are above the neck, you’re on the way to wellness. “Provided you’re only suffering a headache, runny nose and sore throat, it’s okay to exercise,” says Gleeson. Try a bodyweight circuit: squats, press-ups, plank, bridge – just keep your bpm below 120. day 3 Ramp up recovery with 45-60 minutes of moderate indoor exercise (pulse under 150 bpm). Do the same 8 exercises for 3 circuits, but with a 30:30 work-rest ratio and 5-minute cardio intervals between circuits: try squat thrusts, skipping or shuttle runs in the MH garden. You’ll rise triumphant in the morning. ■ timeline of the damned

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When the outlook is grim, recruit your partner as a home-front medic THREAT to cues that trigger her nurturing instincts. Man down! Unfortunately you’ve LEVEL got man flu. Women won’t want to If her mental state of ‘willingness and ability to think’ (WATT) is high, she’ll be aware you are hear that man flu is real (or that science says trying to trick her, so lower the WATT-age so), so you’ll have to use psy-ops to transform by asking her to double-check your maths her into a primary caregiver. on the monthly bills or read a magazine on Getting her to take care of you will minimise a thoughtful subject. your misery: doctors at the University of “Do something to wear her out cognitively,” Wisconsin School of Medicine found that says Steve Booth-Butterfield, an expert in the empathy actually cuts the duration of colds by psychology of persuasion. “Even an independent a day. Taxing her brain makes her susceptible


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The best presents from this month’s Core. Rip them open, then travel back for more gift-wrapped life-enhancers

12345 Slap a speed restriction on dinner. British Medical Journal research found that slowly counting to five before a meal makes you three times less likely to be overweight. [p92]

Save some for your Boxing Day hangover cures. The fruit packed in the pud is loaded with magnesium, shown to reduce the frequency of migraines by 41%. [p83]

The time you should spend doing kettlebell training to cut your risk of man flu. Research shows 80 minutes resistance training flattens your risk of respiratory infections by 34%. [p95]

Where you should sit relative to your boss in a meeting. It makes you his equal rather than assistant in the eyes of those around the table. [p86]

How much time you need to spend downhill skiing to burn off the calories in one mince pie smothered in brandy cream. Better book that flight to Chamonix. [p83]

This cocktail, mixed with a ¼tbsp of salt, is the perfect hangover chaser. Sugar in the fruit juice gives you energy, while the salt helps direct water to drought-hit regions of your body. [p89]

The man flu response kit in a bowl. These contain enough vitamin C to reduce flu symptoms by 8%. [p95]

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t’s certainly a predictable way to introduce a man most famous for playing Captain Kirk in Star Trek, but Chris Pine’s career has had something of the warp speed about it. Not so very long ago – three years, give or take – the 30-year-old actor from Los Angeles was hacking around in the sort of god awful films not even your worst exgirlfriend would watch: the bomb-coms that made Lindsay Lohan who she is today. Then, last year, his fortunes changed. He made it big and he made it fast. And now, as of November, he stars in Unstoppable – an honest-to-goodness Hollywood blockbuster, with a nine-figure budget, Denzel Washington and all the appropriate hullabaloo to match. It’s some transformation. And okay: so what? Yes, he’s a movie star. No, he doesn’t have a proper job. (Although he had one once: waiting tables, of course.) But what matters with Pine isn’t the glitz or the showbiz arc. It’s the fact that, in his struggle to break through a ceiling in his career, he has learned important lessons that will resonate with you, whatever you do for a living. It’s a universal story. You start work in your twenties: bright, cheery and optimistic of retiring before your first grey hair appears. Then, before you know it, you’ve hit a wall. The years are ticking along, but your achievements have ground to a halt, and either through habit, lack of confidence, or sheer bad luck, you can’t see a way through. Pine’s problem, until recently, was that he was taking everything too seriously. He wanted to be a big success but the harder he tried, the more difficult everything seemed to get. Realising that was part of the trouble. Fixing it required a huge amount of effort and, at the same time, an unnatural feat of relaxation. But he mastered that paradox. And Pine’s achievements tell us that, by learning where to draw the line between knuckling down and shrugging off the small stuff, we can all push ourselves beyond the comfortable – or uncomfortable – status quo. Pine learned this the long way. His experience will provide you with an invaluable shortcut.

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Ditch the ‘shoulds’ and wait for the ‘wills’

In what language do you speak to yourself? If the answer is Klingon, you have a problem. Worse still, says Pine, is the language of ‘should’. “‘Should’ implies responsibility,” he says. “Just lead your life and try to make the best decisions. There are going to be good times and bad times, but lighten up. After many years of not having done that, I’ve found it’s an important lesson.” In this instance, this is a man you should listen to.

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Let opposites attract for a balanced life

Pine has found the best way to balance his melancholy moods is to be in a relationship with a woman who has a sense of humour. “I do like dating cynics – they tend to be incredibly funny.” For the good of your sanity and your success, he says, you need to find levelling qualities for your personality. “Dating someone on the opposite end of the happy spectrum teaches you an incredible amount of patience.”

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Win the inner argument by stepping back

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Taking the ‘safer’ option is often the bravest choice

Career success relies on constantly running your own personal management appraisals, but that doesn’t mean threatening yourself with a p45. For the inspiration to give himself his dues, Pine looks to a fellow actor with amazing reserves of perspective. “I reference George Clooney,” he says. “The man is always able to take a step back and look at what he does for a living with a wink andasmile.”Lookatyourprogressatworkandathomewith enough objectivity to see the bigger picture and the wider context will often cast your life in a more positive light.

Pine’s big break came playing a young Captain James Tiberius Kirk in the popular reboot of the Star Trek franchise. But he nearly didn’t take the part. When it came along, he was torn between this very mainstream film and a more artistically challenging, low-budget role. “I had a week to ponder it,” he says. “I talked to my sister, and she made a good point: instead of looking atStar Trek as sacrificing your artistic principles, is there a way to look at it as a bigger challenge? She was right. The bigger challenge was the thing that I thought all along was the easy route.” 

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Don’t fear your enemy – know it

Pinehasworkedoutthatitdoesn’t matterwhereyourfearscomefrom–it’s tacklingthemthatcounts.“Fearrunsourlives,â€?hesays.“It doesn’tmatterwhoyouare.Youhavetounderstandyour relationshipwithfear.Whetheryou’rescaredofgetting intoarelationship;ortakingthenewjob;oraconfrontation – you have to size fear up.â€? That way, says Pine, you can rationalise it and ďŹ nd a solution. Of course, if you fear clowns, spiders, or a sudden, environmental holocaust, there is no rationalising it, but MH feels your pain.



Don’t dwell on mistakes – make up for them

Pine was more of a nerd than a hell-raiser when he was a teenager. “If I had let myself o the hook in college, I could have enjoyed myself a lot more,â€? he says. “Knowing that I can’t have those years back, I have learned to get the most out of living in the now.â€? Don’t miss the opportunity to do something better today by wasting time regretting yesterday.



Try to go easy on yourself

In an increasingly competitive world, Pine has realised that you need to look after No 1, not pummel the crap out of him. “After many years of self-agellation, I’ve realised that beating myself up doesn’t get me anywhere,â€? he says. That’s not to say that the past can’t teach you anything – but Pine says you have to be philosophical about it. “I think it’s a very healthy thing to learn from what’s happened in the past,â€? he says. “But only if you look at what happened and think, ‘how could I have dealt with that dierently?â€? Then let it go. That’s if it’s even worth thinking about. Which sometimes it’s not.â€?

“I’ve realised beating myself up doesn’t get me anywhere�

Take the wide view to block out the little things

Staying positive lies at the root of everything from basic survival to supreme achievement. Pine says that the skill of staying grounded comes from ďŹ nding the perspective in any situation. “My mum gave me this book by Victor Frankl: Man’s Search For Meaning,â€? he says. “Here’s a guy who’s in a concentration camp. Whatever they had him eat, he forced himself to recreate another meal: instead of porridge and dirty water, it’s champagne and steak. That’s clearly an extreme example. But the point is that sometimes the only thing you have control over is perspective. â€? Think, then, of Pine and MH Frankl, next time your mobile loses signal. â–

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eliveinblurry times.Intheolddaysaman’sdemarcations between youth and adulthood, family life and work life, were clearly defined. He put aside childish things for a trade and worked to a preordained set of hours. Then he went home to a housewife and an acceptable palette of grown-up culture, orperhapstomeetasmallcircleofestablishedfriends. Of course, man has evolved along the way. In the last 20 years the drippy New Man, who wanted to apologise for his masculinity, gave way to the boorish New Lad, in thrall to his id. Then the preening metrosexual was superseded by the more balanced heteropolitan, reclaiming style and grooming as traditional masculine virtues. But the most powerful pressures on our life now are economic, not cultural. Our employers’ demands for longhoursstruggletocoexist with our greater desire for fulďŹ lment away from work – a recent Men’s Health survey revealed that 57% of us are spending more time at the oďŹƒce than we did 12 months ago, and that twice as many of us are more concerned with achieving an ideal work/life balance than we are about getting paid more. For the best part of a decade we’ve been told how we’re struggling with this new world, but we’ve been beginning to quietly relish it. We’ve upgraded our old single-function masculine identity to become multifunctional gents. We no longer have a purpose in life, we have a full screenofappsrunningsimultaneouslytohelpusreachourpotential.We need to be workers, friends, lovers, husbands and fathers – and we need tobethemallatonce.Thegoodnewsis,itseemstobeworking. Take family life. Being a dad these days is active, not honoriďŹ c. But it’s arolewe’vetakentowithgusto.Dadstodayspendeighttimesmorehours interactingwiththeirchildrenthantheydidin1975,astatmadeevenmore remarkablewhenoneconsiderstheriseinworkinghoursoverthisperiod. Theimperativeformulti-functionalityismathematicalifnothingelse. Thegreatadvantagewehaveoverthemanifesto-driven‘Superwomen’ on a mission to combine career and families is that no one has told us we should do it. The iGent is organic. There are adjustments to be made, but therewardsareimmense.Ourcareersnolongeroerthesecurityoftenure inonejob,butthetrade-oisvarietyandfasterpromotion.Awomanwill nolongersettleforapot-belliedprotector,buttheextraeortwemaketo keepherinterestedwillmakeforamorestimulatinglifetogether. But like our dads before us, we need it all to look effortless. As writer Michael Chabon puts it, “The trick of being a man is to give the appearance of keeping your head when, deep inside, the truest part of youiscryingout‘Oh,shit!’â€?Overthenextsixpageswe’lltellyouhowthe world is changing, how the iGent ďŹ ts into it, the extra skills – the ‘iGent apps’ – he needs to add along the way and the tips he needs to mutli-task ineveryareaofhislife.Thefutureisbusier,butitjustgotbrighter. î‚Š

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Cultural Editing AssociateeditorofWordmagazine AndrewHarrisonexplainshow entertainmentconqueredthe world,andhowyoucanharnessit

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got into pop music out of cowardice. It was 1978, I’d just started at Big School, I couldn’t fight and I couldn’t play football – so I had to choose a Thing. The world of John Peel, record shops and brilliantly terrifying gigs gave me an identity and a future. Luckily for me, pop and all that went with it – music papers, arty movies, cult books, the first flickerings of the technology that would change everything – were about to colonise the mainstream. Now, three decades later, we live in an entertainment culture. What you like and how you use it determines who you are. The friend who can talk with love and knowledge about music and movies – and can win pub quizzes – is now as valued as the smalltown Cruyff in your Sunday league team. Gigs are not just for weirdos any more, dads and sons bond over Doctor Who on a Saturday instead of unaffordable Premiership games, and a man’s not a man unless he can fix a broadband router. Not following at least one drama like Breaking Bad or The Wire feels as morally suspect as not reading books. It’s not that we can’t be serious anymore. But with 24hour web and TV news, who needs to bury their head in an evening paper? That inky iron curtain between age and youth has come down forever. The typical iGent forsakes the high-backed patriarch’s chair to be down on the carpet with the rest of the family, checking out a new PS3 game, or cracking into a boxset. Is this just a new world of on-demand technoinfantilism? Have we given up things which matter – real friendships and experiences – for grown-up toys and a wallowing in the ephemera that our fathers grew out of? I don’t think so. The best technology – the iPod, Twitter, Facebook, Spotify, the iPlayer, Sky+ – are tools to help us edit culture, find what we love and to share it. There’s no longer an excuse to watch rubbish or listen to the brainkilling vuvuzela of commercial radio, just as there’s no excuse to eat crappy food. Instead we face the new burden of Too Much Stuff. That BitTorrent download of Treme won’t watch itself, and is it time to dump some of those unheard podcasts? Have you done the Beatles remasters or are you holding out for the inevitable 5.1 surround mixes? These are the problems of paradise, and what beautiful problems these are.

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Time is money

You won’t find it on iTunes but this is the ‘app’ you need for a swift cultural spring clean: if you didn’t like a song on the radio in 1992 the digital remaster won’t sound any better now.

Another cultural ‘app’ that should exist in the mind of every iGent: if a show’s been on your Sky+ for more than a month, you’ll never get round to it. Dump it and move on.

Keep this one in mind, too: a free DVD is one they couldn’t sell. And wading through the Mail on Sunday it was glued to is a withdrawal from the cashpoint of time you’ll never get back.

iGent icon Sir Paul Smith The multi-dimensional aesthete continues his quest to seamlessly infuse every aspect of our lives with style.

iGent icon Damon Albarn The Blur singer evolved from indie pop product into one of the most original artists of our time via Mali, Mandarin operas and a multi-million selling cartoon primate collective.

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iGent icon Jenson Button

iGent icon Pep Guardiola

Just when it seemed like robots would banish play boys to the back of the grid for good, Jenson combined the spirit of James Hunt with a cool capacity for wining.

After a Cruyff-esqe turn from great player to great manager, Pep offers less sharpened barbs but even sharper touchline style than Jose. And while his opposite number in Madrid pursues winning ugly, the Catalan’s fearless commitment to the aesthetics of the game delivers the greatest multi-functionality of all: Success and beauty.

Moderation

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A day’s rest from exercise is as vital as a day’s recovery following a night on the tiles. A British Medical Bulletin report found overtraining drains you of glutamine, leading to lower immunity.

Drink two litres every day to stay properly hydrated. A study in the Journal of Endocrinolog y and Metabolism also found it helps you burn more calories.

You might be too old to work out in the moshpit, but a blast of the Young Gods can increase endurance by up to 15% according to a study by Brunel University.

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nce, there were those men who did sport, and those men who could not stick it at any price. Long-distance cyclists and marathon runners were monastic eccentrics, on a par with men who practise solo Morris dancing in their back gardens at weekends. Then there was that sallow mass of men whose school sporting memories were haunted by medicine balls, tracksuited sadists and the thwack of football on thigh on a frosty morning, who would no more pursue voluntary sports after age 21 than they would voluntary algebra. No more. Today we have the iGent. To him, even quite extreme sporting activity is available and amenable as a lifestyle choice, one of a number of applications, but isn’t likejoiningtheForeignLegion,swearingofftheapplication of the good life. Entrance is open to all ages, too. I ran my first half-marathon aged 47, then spent the rest of the day in the pub to celebrate. At the age of 47 my grandfather was an old man, whose pleasures ran to a stinky pipe, volatile homebrew, and coughing up phlegm. Nowadays, we’re burning longer candles, entertaining greaterexpectations,andenjoyinghigherlifeexpectancy.It isn’tjustme.ThefellowwithwhomIranthehalf-marathon is two years my senior and beat me by six minutes, despite his own hectic social schedule and a cigarette habit to boot. I have two other friends, both of whom spend their days lifting heavy weights and their evenings lifting pints. They’re in mid-life, but hardly in crisis. The rise in take-up of marathon running and triathlon continues among an ageing demographic who see themselvesassteepedintheeternalyouthoftherock‘n’roll era, and all its attendant lifestyle habits. However, they havefound,inexercise,amoreauthenticwayofprolonging theirvigourthanmerelybuyingasportscar.Andourbodies are proving surprisingly capable of taking the strain. The iGent has realised that fitness and fun aren’t opposites but part of the same continuum. Both offer a buzz. The strenuous life makes the good life even better, andcertainlyhelpspreventitfromgettingworse,especially round the waistband.

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Work/Life Rhythm Forgetwork/lifebalance.TheWork Foundation’sStephenOverell explains whywork/liferhythmistheappofchoice forthecash-rich,time-rich iGent

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Just say no and don’t relent – the iGent needs to know when to stop. Constant work does not a rounded person make.

Never drift. Always move forward – the iGent’s trajectory through working life needs new things, new departures, freshness.

Be different and get noticed. There are immense incentives to do what everyone else does. Stand out. Belong to the unclubbable.

iGent icon Brian Cox

The iGent drives

From playing keyboards with D:ream to turning the idiosyncracies of space into prime-time TV with Wonders of The Solar System, this Mancunian physicist specialises in the improbable. He has also been involved with the Large Hadron Collider project and its search for the ‘God particle’.

iGent icon Barack Obama The loving husband and committed father also manages to squeeze in the tasks of building a fairer society for 300 million people, and saving the world.

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ork-life balance was the 20th century’s panicstricken response to the 24-hour nagging made possible by new technology. The message of all those devices amounted to: “You can always do a bit more.” Time, which we tended to box up into categories of “work” or “family” or “fun”, was suddenly compressed into a large flexible blob being pulled in multitudinous directions. So in ourterrorweoptedforametaphorofbalance. It didn’t work, and now the iGent knows better. The attempt to draw neat boundaries between parts of our lives is doomed for both technological and social reasons. Work is a vital part of life and, in turn, there is no greater force for shapinghowwelivethanhowwework. Technology shouldn’t be a means by which work increasingly encroaches upon our lives. It should increase freedom and flexibility. Yet there are also powerful social forces creating pressure on our working lives. Many now seekasenseof“fit”betweenwhotheyareandwhattheydo. Theplaceofworkinourlivesisnotachallengeofseparation, butofintegration.Forgetthemonolithicconceptofbalance, whatweneedisthemoredynamicandever-changingworklife rhythm. The blend of space and sound, of work and metime,thatsuitsusatthatparticulartime. The key response to this challenge is to give us more control. What that means in individual professions will be different, but the principle must be that increasing people’s choice over when, where and how they work is the only way topreventthembeingcontrolledbyit. Allformsofflexibleworkinghavebeenrising,butthere’s a long way to go. Most people do not have the option to vary their hours around a child’s GP appointment, while stigma oftenlurksinworkingpatternsperceivedtobe“other”. Research shows that greater autonomy is linked not just with higher well-being, but also with greater productivity. Manyemployersgraspedthewin-wininherentinflexibility. Andthelawcaughtuplaterwitha“righttorequest”it. It will never be a panacea to the contemporary culture of total work. Yet rhythm demands control. The 21st century good life is not that everyone should work from home, go freelance, or take a sabbatical in their thirties, but that there shouldbeagalaxyofpossibilitiesastohowtodoit.

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Emotional Economy Theriseofsocialnetworkinghasleftour oldfriendshipsdilutedandvulnerable. Butpsychotherapistandstylewriter DavidWaterssaystheiGenthasfound thesolutioninemotionaleconomics

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o you hold doors open for people? At my college in the ’80s such chivalry was the equivalent of slamming the door in someone’s face. This was at theradical,leftishcampuswhereIstudiedEnglish.Worse,if I had dared call anyone ‘darling’, ‘love’ or – heaven help me – ‘babe’,I’dhavebeenlynched.Thesewereangrytimes. Back then there were just five people I called friends. I lived with these guys. We would happily lend each other money and we’d often get drunk. I’d regularly travel to the other side of the country to visit them where we’d have rambling conversations about the meaning of life as the dawnbroke.Iwouldevenletthemplaymyrecords. Today, I’ve got 405 ‘friends’ on Facebook. Though I’d barely recognise half of them if they were walking through the door behind me or not. These ‘friends’ have access to my personal life, my typed ‘conversations’ with other friends, plus all my likes and dislikes. These almost strangers could, just for kicks, print off a poster-sized photo of me with the jet black Mohican I sported at 19 that my mother has never seen. In the past 20 years the trip wires of social etiquette have criss-crossedoursocialinteractionslikeanexplosivespider’s web.We’retreadingonshiftinggroundandit’sgettingmuch harder to avoid the detonations. A good friendship bit the dustwhenIemailedChristinetosayshewasbeingtoopushy overourholidayplans.Thesituationneededaconversation with both of us in the same room. Without it our emails rapidly descended into digital flame-throwing. I learnt the toughwaythatserioustalkcan’tbefoistedintoanemail. Like other savvy iGents, this experience has made me into an “emotional economist”. Now, if I have something important to say, I make the time to see people. It’s a kind of gift to my relationships. Instead of getting caught up in the bewildering etiquette of Facebook, texting and Skype, I am reconnectingtothebasicandmostsignificantlevelofhuman contact.Thatis,eyelevel. In his book The Gift, Lewis Hyde, a professor of politics and creative writing, explains the bonds created by a gift economy. Once a gift is given another gift is returned, he writes. Or, the gift is passed on. It’s a society-wide game of passtheparcel,exceptthateveryone’sawinnerasthegiving binds us closer to each other. So now when I’m first through the door I always try to hold it open for whoever is coming next, friend or stranger. I might even smile too. I’m giving agifttobepassedon.Ijustnevercallthem‘babe’. menshealth.co.uk

iGent icon Stephen Fry

Key to iGent DNA is evolution, which retains the best of the past, and Clooney re-casts Rat Pack glamour with a modern twist. His careful cultivation of the right friendships have made him both a formidable Hollywood player and an effective political operator.

The first name on the team-sheet of anyone’s fantasy pub-quiz team, Fry’s polymathy is so extreme it’s almost easier to list what he isn’t interested in. As creator of the fiendish panel game QI he has brought wit and intelligence into the mainstream. He may have 1.7 million Twitter followers, but he’s successfully kept his personal life private.

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Be present. Meet up with your friends and family when you have important stuff to say – it brings you closer to the people you hold most important.

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ou spot an iGent in any restaurant. He’s the one sitting side-by-side with his other half, feeding her olives and blushingatthingsshewhispersintohisear,with both hands disappearing under the tablecloth. Acrosstheroomhowever,sitsanothercoupleof the same age – a man staring disconsolately at a stony-faced statue ramming grissini into her downturned mouth while she jabs out another texttoherRelatecounsellor. So how does the iGent combine the stresses of work and parenthood with an Alpha marriage? Call it precision chivalry. He understandsthatalittlekindnesswillgoalong way. Birthdays are tracked in the calendar and in an online shopping site, as are anniversaries and the date the cat died 12 years ago. He has a standing order at Moonpig to send ‘just because’ cards, and the weekend he sent her to Glastonbury while he looked after the kids ended with an unforgettable ‘V-festival’ for him on her return. The iGent uses guile when it comes to household chores. Not for him the grandstanding DIY, which just makes women rolltheireyes.Instead,theiGentwaitslikealazy tiger, pouncing when he sees his partner about to do something heavy or dirty. Those are the

flashpoints: when women have to get mucky, they immediately feel resentful, firing up the part of the brain that deals with working out why they got bloody married in the first place. You wouldn’t make her carry her own suitcase; don’t let her struggle with a binbag full of fish bonesandtea-bags. Daily compliments come as standard but withasniper’seconomy.TheiGentonlytargets the things she secretly likes best about herself. (Herecognisesthesebythewayhereyessparkle when she mentions them.) So he might ignore hercareertriumphs,buttellhershehastheneck of a ballerina when she puts her hair up into a ponytail. When she goes out alone, he asks her tostaysafeandgetsherataxiaccounttoprotect her.Homedelivery:warmandverygrateful. If you think this all sounds like hassle, take another look at the iGent, and then look at his glowing, contented partner. You’ll never catch the iGent looking at yours, though… well, at leastnotwhenhismissuscouldcatchhim.

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hef David Kelman of Wyck Hill House Hotel & Spa suggests an asparagus, tomato, chilli and coriander risotto, as it can be done in one pan. “Melt half a block of butter, then add 4tsp of oil, 2 sliced shallots and a cup of risottorice.Cookforafewminutes, then stir in 1tsp of garlic paste and a stock cube. Add water a little at a time, stirring constantly. After 10 minsthrowin6spearsofasparagus andhalfachilli,sliced.Continueto stirringandcooktillthericeissoft. Add 8 cherry tomatoes, coriander and sliced Parmesan. Eat straight out of the pan with crusty bread andaniceSancerre.”

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ho wouldn’t fancy you as you swagger around the boardroomlikeasilverbackgorilla with PowerPoint skills? Brett Harding,founderofdatingwebsite lovestruck.com, says that flirting in meetings can be done – but you have to tread a fine line. “Let her know when she’s had a great idea butdon’tagreewitheverythingshe says,” he suggests. “She’ll respect youmore,asitshowsyou’rebright, confident and no push over. Don’t be confrontational though.” And, of course, be discreet. “Gauge if herinterestinyouissomethingshe wishestokeepfromthecolleagues andbesensitivetoit,”hesays.

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a rde n e d T we ete r Ji l l Starley-Grainger, who leads seminarsonTwitterforjournalists and PRs, reckons the key is in appealing to your companion’s vanity. “The best way round it is to lie, and tell whoever you’re chatting with that they’ve just said something so witty and fascinatingthatyousimplyhaveto Tweetitthatinstant–emphasising thatyou’renotpassingitoffasyour own pithy gem.” Try to distract themsotheydon’tcheckthereand thenthough.

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lessandro Palazzi, bar manager at Dukes Hotel in London and father of two, says the only real challenge here is slicing the lemon. “First roll it between your palm and the kitchen counter to soften it, then slice it in half using a very sharp fruit knife,” he says. “Flip one half over and cut in half again to create a wedge that you squeeze into your glass.” The danger here is, of course, that lemon juice will shoot into the baby’seye.DavidSalmi,mixologist at Malmaison London suggests making the G&T with a slice of cucumbertoeliminatethisrisk.

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SUPER FOOD

SCIENCE In a world where genetic modification wants to pack your lunch with countless supposed advantages, what do we really know about the meddling that goes on behind those hermetically sealed laboratory doors? Better to take the chemistry of healthy nutrition into your own hands. Find out which homeengineered food combinations can deliver double the benefits to enhance every meal. The kitchen is your lab. You are the scientist.

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NEW FOOD DNA

The DNA of your next meal is there for the tweaking

09:00

Eggs + ginger = hunger-bustingbreakfast (+leanmuscle) Take the classic breakfast protein of athletes as the control. Now, rather than administering pepper or Tabasco, add ginger and stand back. You have just created an instant-acting breakfast that will speed protein and energy to your muscles after the eight hours of food-deprivation referred to as ‘sleep’. Ultrasound tests of healthy men, published in the European Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, found that ginger stimulates muscle contractions in the stomach which helps your body digest the nutritious eggs faster. The food is moved through your intestines more efďŹ ciently, halving the time it takes for nutrients to become available to your muscles and allowing you to break your fast biologically faster.

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Cheese + sweet potato =

1,000%extracancer-prooing (+alldayenergy) The sweet potato packs high concentrations of cancer-ďŹ ghting beta-carotene and lutein, but splice with a matchbox-sized amount of cheese and you create a supercharged cancer-killing strain of mid-morning snack. Ohio State University researchers found that taking beta-carotene and lutein with a dose of fatty acids (aka cheddar) mean you absorb 1,000% more of the cancerprooďŹ ng carotenoids. That sweet spud also has a lower GI than the starchy, white variety, which means it provides you with a slower release of energy. So whether you’re working out at lunch or working through it, cancer will be the one that gets really worked over. î‚Š

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14:00

Tuna + lemon = muscle-buildingprotein (+4%immunesystemboost) The healthy genome of tuna is well documented – lean protein for muscle repair, omega-3 to enhance joint flexibility and less excess fat than a Paris catwalk. But the addition of lemon juice does more than just enhance your steak’s flavour, it also gift-wraps another of its nutritional offerings – iron. The ascorbic acid in the citrus fruit converts iron into a more absorbable form, providing a 4.1% higher uptake that increases your dose of the key mineral, according to University of Surrey research. The extra iron charges your blood with more oxygen to feed your muscles and mind, and more red blood cells to bolster your immune system. Pump iron after the gym and you won’t get sick from all that heavy physics.

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NEW FOOD DNA A simple twist can multiply the benefits of your meal

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Salad + green tea = +4%night-timefat-burning (+vitamins+nutrients) Experimenting with hot and cold will turn the heat up on your metabolism to keep you lean and give you more vitamins per bite. A low-carbohydrate salad limits the storage of redundant energy as fat while you sleep, and the University of Geneva found that the natural compounds in green teas resulted in a 4% higher calorie burn over 24 hours. The longevity of the Chinese and Japanese has been linked to their tradition of having hot drinks with cold foods, with the warmth aiding digestion and helping your body to absorb more nutrients from each and every gram of your dinner. So you can go to bed healthy and satisfied and wake up to the leaner, fitter, and more power ful product of your own MH super food science – you. ■

16:30

Bread + peanut butter =

Completeprotein+ (musclegrowth+50%) Scientists state that building muscle by eating more protein per sitting is flawed. You cannot enhance the bioavailability – the extent to which your body can access nutrients – of your favourite muscle-building block by adding another block on top. Instead concentrate on eating complementary proteins. The University of Cincinnati found twinning peanut butter with wholemeal bread combines a variety amino acids to create a ‘full spectrum’ protein more readily consumed by your muscles, and a 50% increase in protein synthesis. All without the extra calories of a full meal of meat.

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By identifying the health problems lurking in your future, DNA screening could empower you to ‘cure’ yourself before you even get sick. But is the science really ready to deliver? And are you ready for the gift of foresight? Follow MH Commissioning Editor Ian Taylor as he discovers the genes that might one day kill him – and the technology that’s designed to save us all Photography Yuji Sakai

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wise man once made a simple argument for taking an interest in the future. It is, he said, where you’ll be spending the rest of your life. Until a mouse-click ago, I agreed. It was on an approximation of this philosophy that I decided to have my DNA examined for genes that might hijack my own tomorrow. Now the results are back, I’m not so sure. Among the warning flags I was screened for, there’s reassurance of a belowaverage risk of heart disease and diabetes, and no alarm bells ringing on lung cancer. But there’s bad news, too. My double-helixed Pandora’s box is telling me I have an increased risk of Alzheimer’s. Not a vision of the future I wanted. Somewhere in the three billion base pairs that make up my genetic code – the Book of Ian, as I now call it – is a genetic variant or ‘snip’ called ApoE4. I have one copy of it. Based on current research, this means my genetic risk of

Alzheimer’s is higher than three-quarters of the population. It doesn’t mean I’ll definitely get it, but onscreen graphics indicate that, over the age of 65, there’s a one-in-five chance I’ll lose my mind. Not attractive odds. It’s more than a shock. Frankly, it’s a direct blow to the head. Do I really want to know this? Would you?

SEEING THE FUTURE

Whether you’re curious about your genes or not, the technology to decode them is on the brink of a revolution in healthcare. And at its heart is the promise of a life without illness – Minority Report medicine where your body’s design flaws are identified and dealt with before they cause damage. It’s the power to change your future. It sounds like science fiction, but it’s happening now. For under £300, companies in the burgeoning, unregulated industry known as

personal genomics will screen your DNA for clues that you’ll one day have a brain aneur ysm, or a heart attack. But has the future arrived early? Despite its potential, genetic screening is a relatively young science, and the ability to make predictions based on our genes is limited. If, or when, it delivers, however, the impact could trigger a societal shift in how we manage our health. It could even be the cure for our ailing healthcare system. “There’s no way the health system can sur vive in its current form,” says Daniel MacArthur, genomics researcher at the Sanger Institute, and blogger for Genetic Future (scienceblogs.com/geneticfuture). “As the population ages, people will suffer from more chronic diseases and the cost will collapse the whole system – unless we can change it. We are going to see some sort of transformation, and genetics will be a part of it.” 

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YOU, DECODED

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Test your genome and stop your health going down the tube

DESTINY CALLING

Seven weeks after launching my spit across the Atlantic, my results are ready. Californian lab technicians have extracted cheek cells from my saliva. They’ve isolated my DNA, replicated it, and placed it on a chip that looks for the snips (single-nucleotide polymorphisms) associated with different diseases. The process is called

Understand how your genes are central to your future health, and act today to prevent illness tomorrow* COLOUR KEY

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What you can do • Eat tomatoes and watermelon • Increase your folate intake • Have sex. Often. • Consider prostate screenings before 50

What you can do • Cook with olive oil • Have two alcoholic drinks per day • Cut cholesterol and blood pressure • Take 30 minutes’ aerobic exercise per day

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What you can do • Walk at least 10,000 steps per day • Reduce your salt and sat-fat intake • Increase fruit and veg intake

What you can do • Cut your red meat intake and increase your fibre • Eat more apples • Make sure you get regular screenings from your forties onwards

What you can do • Get regular optometrist screenings • Reduce eye pressure by drinking liquids slowly • Cut your caffeine intake • Loosen your tie and reduce stress

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What you can do • Learn a language or musical instrument • Get more B vitamins • Eat a Mediterranean diet • Widen your social network

What you can do • Vigorous exercise twice a week • Increase your intake of vitamins A, B, C and E • Drink tea • Stop smoking

64% genes 46% environment What you can do • Cut weight by 5-10% • Eat nuts, lean meat and fish twice a week • Drink tea or coffee • Avoid refined carbs and sugar

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*RISK PERCENTAGES DATA SOURCED FROM NAVIGENICS

 My own glimpse into the future began in my bathroom. I filled a plastic vial with saliva, and sent it to California-based genetic testing company Navigenics (navigenics.com). The cost is high, at $2,000 (£1,265), but this includes access to ageneticcounsellortointerpretyourresults.Before I started, the experts warned me not to see the test as a medical tool. The technology, I was told, is accurate on the indicators it tests for, yet too incomplete for anyone to get real insight into their future health. “If you go in to explore your data and educate yourself, then it’s probably worth it,” says Dr Caroline Wright, of the Cambridge-based genomic think tank the PHG Foundation. “If it’s with the preconception that it will have a major impact on your health, I suspect it isn’t.” Wright, who has had her own genes screened (“I didn’t learn anything I didn’t already know from my family histor y”), is concerned that people expect a 20/20 vision of the future. When it comes to conditions like heart disease, type-II diabetes and prostate cancer, your risk is a mashup of genetics, environment and lifestyle. These tests work, they just don’t tell you everything. All the conditions you’re screened for have some environmental aspect, which means you have the power to intervene if your risk is high. If it was a test for Huntington’s disease, which is 100% hereditary, who would really want to know? The single variant responsible is a genuine timebomb and there’s nothing you can do to defuse it. If you’re carrying a marker that puts you at a high risk of heart disease, however, you can lower your cholesterol or do more exercise to counteract your genetics. “It encourages people to think about their health, which is something, increasingly, we have to do,” says MacArthur.

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genotyping. Rather than reading the Book of Ian cover to cover, it skips to the juicy bits. I log onto the ‘account’ Navigenics have set up for me. There, arranged like iPhone apps, are my risks of 27 diseases. I’m pleased to see none in the 50%-100% column. But there are nine highlighted orange, which means my risk is higher than average, or greater than 25%. These include heart attack, obesity, colon and prostate cancer, glaucoma, Coeliac disease. And Alzheimer’s. The volume of information is overwhelming. My risk of a heart attack is below average, but still 38%, hence the orange box. My risk of colon cancer is only 8% but that’s higher than 91% of the population, hence the orange box. In addition there are bar char ts comparing my results to averages from studies on men who match my ethnicity. Pie charts split the genetic risks against the environmental. Then there are more pages titled What You Can Do: detailed inter vention plans to offset my risks. Navigenics certainly don’t just swap saliva, pocket your £1,265 and run. To tackle my risk of Alzheimer’s alone, the site advises me to exercise my brain by learning a language or a musical instrument and get more omega-3s. It tells me to get out more, drink wine, increase my aerobic fitness, keep my waistline below 40 inches, eat curr y and Mediterranean vegetables, load up on vitamin B and manage my stress levels. A quote onscreen from the company’s CEO reminds me that, “The importance of this information, and the power of it, is that you can help take extraordinarily power ful and positive steps in your life to live longer, healthier, and happier.” Despite the initial alarm bells, I get a geeky thrill poring over my data. I feel like Jason Bourne, leafing through a dossier of information I never knew about myself. Unfor tunately, the feeling doesn’t last. A week later, two things happen. First, I receive a second set of results, from a company called 23andme. They’re significantly cheaper at $429 (£271), and the tests are equally valid. However, they don’t offer the post-test counselling I felt I needed. Playing the field a little I spat into an extra vial, and packaged it off to see whether the two sets of results would tally. They don’t. Some match: my risk for type-II diabetes and lung cancer are spot on. But there are also two glaring discrepancies. For hear t disease, Navigenics calculated my risk at 38%, while 23andme claim it’s 20.9%. For obesity, it’s 21% risk and 55.8%. Oh, and in case you’re wondering, 23andme don’t screen for Alzheimer’s. The differences arise because each company tests for different genetic markers. They’re 

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The more human genomes data scientists have access to, the more they can learn about what the differences between us mean for our health.

There’s no specific DNA law,butdiscriminationon health grounds is illegal – a basis for a strong case.

The Association of British Insurers has a moratorium on using geneticdatauntil2014.

Only DNA of people found guilty of a ‘recordable’ offence is kept.

Disclosure is voluntary but critics say scientists who appeal for data sharing stand to profit.

“Legislationregarding unlawfuldismissalwould allowyoutofightany case,”saysDrHelen WallaceofGeneWatchUK.

“Insurancecompanies usefamilyhistory,” saysDrCarolineWright. “Geneticsaren’t reliableenoughyet.

Hospitals have secretly stored banks of babies’ DNA, taken without their parents’ permission.

Yourdataisstored onlineandcouldbe hackedaseasilyas informationkeptby amobilephoneprovider.

Whyarethey interested?

The UK’s National DNA Database stores genetic information on 5% of the population. It’s claimed this helps to solve up to 20,000 crimes a year.

What’s stopping them?

 per fectly entitled to do this and are entirely open about it. But the results it yields reinforce something that would be easy to miss if you didn’t have a loose handle on genetics: these tests are not comprehensive. This is confirmed during happening No 2, my genetic counselling session with Navigenics. My personal counsellor, Sara, takes me through the results, giving me detailed, honest analysis. On colon cancer, for which I apparently have a higher risk than 91% of the population, she says, “It is important to realise that this doesn’t mean you are in the top 9% of people that will get colon cancer.” Huh? I thought that’s exactly what it meant. Sara explains that the markers Navigenics look for make up some portion of the risk factors involved, but that 65% of the factors involved in colon cancer risk are environmental, not genetic. That means only 35% of your risk is determined by your DNA. “And even within the 35% of risk that’s genetic, the markers that Navigenics look at don’t make up the whole.”

sites on my genome in an attempt to find common variants associated with disease, Quake’s genome was pored over for 18 months. While scientists skimmed the Book of Ian, they read the Book of Stephen cover to cover and then typed up the New York notes. It proved useful. “We found mutations related to heart disease, so I went to a cardiologist,” says Quake. “They did ultrasounds to check the walls of my heart and that everything was working.” The genome sequencing armed him with the information to be vigilant and take preventative steps. Quake and others believe everyone will benefit THE GENE GENIE from this foresight. The cost of complete genome That remains the great hope for genomics. For sequencing is falling at such a rate that it will be conditions like Alzheimer’s, the ability to predict cheaper than my limited tests within two years. “I whether a person will be struck down may still be have no doubt that at some point – I hope within decades off. But even sceptics believe there will the next 10 years – this will be absolutely routine,” be real applications. “With age-related macular says MacArthur. “Having that information in your degeneration, the test is pretty predictive,” Wright medical record would be so valuable.” admits. “You can account for about half of cases Instead of waiting to diagnose conditions through genetics alone.” Similarly, the genetic when the symptoms appear, Minority Repor t prostate cancer test may be more insightful than medicine will let us act to prevent conditions we BLURRED VISION others. Navigenics tests for 18 markers that have a higher genetic risk of developing. “It has I’m relieved that my future marble-loss is by no may increase your genetic risk. As time passes, been estimated that each human carries half means guaranteed, but I’m disappointed by the scientists will unlock more genes associated with a dozen to a dozen skeletons in their genomic limitations of the DNA crystal ball. The truth is, each condition and, as such, genetic testing will closet,” says Quake. “Thanks to this technology, there’s a limit to what the scientists currently become increasingly accurate. we’ll soon have situations where patients walk know. Neither personal genomics companies One man is already providing a link to that into their doctor’s office with their genome in nor anyone else currently know how much of your future by exploiting next-generation genomic hand and say, ‘treat me’.” genetic risk they actually test for. Researchers technology. Stephen Quake, a bioengineer at Nobody’s saying you have to analyse your are not able to identify ever y genetic marker Stanford University, has had his entire genome genes to practise preventative medicine; you associated with a condition. It’s not that they don’t sequenced. While my tests looked at specific can exercise and eat well without ever digging give it to you straight. It’s just they’re around your DNA. What your genetic unable to give it to you complete. “If data does give you is the impetus to you pull up type-II diabetes that’s take control of tomorrow – and the 23andme.com personalgenomes.org cost seems a small price to pay for about 25% heritable,” says Wright. scienceblogs.com/ Thecheapestofthe An appeal by geneticists So that means, even if the genetic geneticfuture that. Before the end of this decade, personalgenomics for the public to share test was 100% accurate, all it could The best blog on the ever yone will be interacting with companiesoffersa their genomes with the their genome – and knowing how assess is a quarter of your overall personal genomics headfulofinformation research community. risk. The snips the companies do industry by researcher to extract useful information with tohelpyoudecide Includes an overview Daniel MacArthur. test for account for as little as 3% Follow his Twitter feed: purpose and a level head is crucial. whetheryouwantto of the science, plus gorummagingaround an interesting online of that overall risk.” So screening @dgmacarthur to keep As far as your health goes, the future yourdoublehelix. documentary. MH today doesn’t give you 100% of the up to date. starts here. ■ picture of your future health, just part of it. It won’t tell you for sure what the future holds, but you will be better informed on what it might. For Wright, this is one of the big limitations of the personal genomics industr y. For me, it means I can relax a little about my ApoE4 marker. Around 3% of the population have it, “and the majority of people who get Alzheimer’s will not have the variants that are tested for. There are too many other risk factors,” says Wright. “Your genes might increase your risk by 12 times – and that’s a big increase – but it’s not predictive.”

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In 2008, George W Bush signed the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act. It protects US citizens from genetic prejudice. Insurance companies can’t use information to charge higher premiums and employers can’t use it to employ or dismiss staff. The UK has no such law, so should you be worried?

Learning whether you’re at higher or lower risk of disease could lead insurance companies to increase or decrease your premiums.

Shouldyou worry?

Inaprivacy-obsessedage, accessingyourgenetic databegsthequestion: Whoelsecan?

Personality traits and physicalaptitudecould be gleaned from your genes, but companies could also see if you’re geneticallysusceptible tooccupationalhazards.


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Technologywill soonhelpusprevent diseasesbeforethey occur.Here’show GENOME SEQUENCING Free NHS genome sequencing, with children tested before the age of five. You or your GP can access your file from a centralised online database and your risks are updated according to new discoveries about the human genome. Everyone is educated about their genetic risks, with ‘lifestyle prescriptions’ to counteract their genes. BIOMONITORS Tiny implants inside your body will constantly measure biomarkers identified by your sequenced genome. If you’re at a higher genetic risk of heart disease, for example, the chip will track blood pressure, heart rate and other silent symptoms, alerting you or your doctor to any changes. Researchers at MIT have already tested implants to monitor tumour growth. BESPOKE MEDICATION When you need drugs, your dose will be prescribed according to your genetic data. Genes affect how your body metabolises drugs, so doctors will review your body’s likely response and tailor your dose for optimum effect. Even today’s genetic tests can help your doctor when prescribing drugs like Warfarin. If tumours appear, their genomes will also be sequenced so doctors can plan more effective treatment.

Your entire medical history – and future in a jar

SMART APPLIANCES Your fridge will link wirelessly with your biomonitors to optimise your diet, then automatically place your weekly order from an online supermarket.

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In the 28 years since Tron, the sci-fi classic has grown to look prophetic. As Tron Legacy hits the screens, most of us now live significant parts of our lives ‘in’ computers. Has our analogue existence become semi-digital? Men’s Health looks at the implications for 21st century living


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In March 2005, there was

a funeral service with a difference. It was held for a 28-year-old Beijing man who died after playing an online game for days, only leaving his keyboard for calls of nature. What was special about his funeral was that it too took place within the game’s online realm. It’s a tragedy that’s been repeated, with reports of at least two other online gamers dropping dead from exhaustion. And there will be more: data gathered by Bruce Woodcock, a San Francisco-based analyst specialising in ‘massively multiplayer online games’ (MMOGs), found the number of people playing has exceeded 17 million, compared to just over one million in 2000.

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Getting the most from your cyber life requires optimum gadgetry. Follow the experts’ inside track Mobile phone SAMSUNG GALAXY S

For the ultimate communication-entertainment package, forget the fruit and look to the stars. “It’s the Galaxy’s multimedia capabilities that really impress,” says Mobile Choice reviews editor, Danny Brogan. “Videos look exceptional on the large screen.” Handheld entertainment APPLE iPAD

Per fect for entertainment on the move. “For gaming on the go it has to be Apple’s iPad,” says Daniel Down, BBC Focus magazine games reviewer. “As well as being a revolutionary way to consume the internet, e-books and digital magazines, its ultra-minimalist styling means it actually makes you look good playing a game.”

CAN FACEBOOK REALLY ROT YOUR BRAIN? Chances are you don’t spend your evenings as a digital warlord, but one online industry has grown to be even bigger than gaming: social networking. There are 26 million Facebook users in the UK, while the site recently passed the 500 million user milestone globally. Founder Mark Zuckerberg predicts the site is “almost guaranteed” to reach one billion users. Research published by Ofcom in August found social networking accounts for nearly 25% of the time we spend online – compared to just 9% in 2007. The study found that in the UK, 61% of 15 to 34-year-olds use social networking sites. More surprisingly, the figure stays at 50% for 35 to 54-year-olds.

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From the people who started it all. “Not only is it achingly, flawlessly beautiful, but it also kicks the butt of the iPod in sonic terms,” says T3’s editor-at large, Michael Brook. “Ultra-crisp OLED display for video playback, and built-in noisecancelling guarantee it’s sonically best-in-class.” Mobile computing MACBOOK PRO

It’s easy to forget Apple still makes computers, and rather good ones at that. “The 15in MacBook Pro in its Core i7 version is incredibly quick, has great battery life, is built to last and runs the best and safest PC operating system, Mac OS X,” says Andrew Harrison, reviews editor, PC Advisor.

FACE FACTS No one has died from a networking marathon. But there are claims that excessive use of social networking sites rots your brain. In a speech to the House of Lords, neuroscientist Professor Susan Greenfield warned that social networking threatened to ‘infantilise’ the human mind – impairing mental faculties such as concentration and social skills. Professor Larry Rosen, a psychologist at the California State University, thinks she has a point. “We’re multitasking with media all day long,” he says. “These interruptions – ding, there’s

FAST FORWARD-THINKING The future is very nearly upon us. With technology set to go exponential, follow this timeline to see how it will change the way we live forever.

2012

Phone app THE SONOS CONTROLLER APP

Download this nifty widget to turn your iPhone into a remote control for a house-wide music system. “This is the app I use most,” says Christopher Breen, senior editor of MacWorld. “You use it to control Sonos (sonos.com) – a system for streaming music wirelessly in your house. Life-changing tech.” And it’s free.

US futurist Robert Rice predicts the take-off of glasses or retinal displays that augment and enhance your view of the world.

2016

We’ll see mood make-up, that changes colour in response to emotional state, according to BT’s futurologist Robin Mannings.

With great processing power comes great responsibility

2017

Advanced robot helpers arrive in the home, according to former BT technologists Ian Pearson and Ian Neild.

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MP3 PLAYERS Technology-filled ears is now our default setting. But does instant-access music come at a cost?

CYBORG NATION? 2010 data collated by the Entertainment Retailers Association found there are now nearly 20 million MP3 players in the UK. UPGRADE Having your entire CD collection in your pocket is a revolution inconceivable a decade ago. It can also boost fitness. “Music lowers your perception of effort,” says Brunel University sports psychologist Dr Costas Karageorghis. MELTDOWN Harvard Medical School audiologist Dr Brian Fligor has treated men in their twenties with hearing comparable to a 50 year old. “Keep volume to 80% max, 90 mins or less per day,” says Fligor.

LAPTOPS The ‘always-on’ lifestyle might seem convenient, but it harbours an addictive potentiality

CYBORG NATION? With ONS figures putting PC ownership at 70%, Britain is home to 30 million laptops. UPGRADE On-the-fly access to email, internet, movies and work. A study by the Research Institute of the Finnish Economy in Helsinki found adding portability to a worker’s computer can boost productivity by 32%. MELTDOWN “The more we can ‘take the office home’, the more we’re tempted to, which can significantly affect personal and social relationships,” says Dr Michael Sinclair, consultant at the City Psychology Group, London. So power down.

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2020

Computer-chip maker Intel believes that they will have perfected mind-control computer interfaces, negating the need for keyboards.

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CYBORG NATION? 266,000 sat nav units were shipped in the UK during the first quarter of 2010, according to industry analysts, Canalys.

THANKS TO THE INTERNET, WE CAN MAKE ‘FRIENDS’ ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD 2020

Smart biosensors are able to monitor the body 24/7 and warn of medical issues before they happen, says the TechCast think tank.

2022

Quantum computers, capable of performing tasks that would take today’s machines millions of years, will be the norm, says TechCast.

UPGRADE Research organisation TNO found drivers navigating in unfamiliar areas are 12% less likely to have accidents using sat navs. The gadgets were also found to reduce stress in 78% of drivers. MELTDOWN Every trip you switch on the TomTom, your brain’s hippocampus misses a workout. Research by UCL’s Dr Hugo Spiers showed the area to be substantially enlarged in the brains of London cabbies.

2025

3D holographic TV, no glasses required, the Maryland-based World Future Society forecasts. Hopefully, our interest in piranhas will have waned.

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an email; vibrate, here comes a text message – may be creating a society of people with attention problems.” Rosen contends that ‘talking’ on sites like Facebook, with none of the cues you get from meeting face-to-face, could be robbing us of the ability to truly understand communication. “We get body language, facial expressions and a lot more from live meetings,” he says. “We use all of those, plus the spoken word, to generate our sense of context and to work out how the other person is feeling.” SOCIAL WORKERS This view is by no means universally held. University of Stirling psychologist Dr Tracy Alloway believes blanket condemnations are misguided. She argues that claiming all social networking is bad for you is like claiming all food is bad for you. The fact is you just need to watch what you eat. Alloway bases this on two studies in which she compared the long-term effects of using Facebook and Twitter. “I found that those who used Facebook showed benefits in functions of their brain, such as IQ and working

social networking to have mostly positive consequences. Mostly. “Addiction does happen, but it’s rare,” says Lampe. “Most of the negative consequences relate to social awkwardness. If your boss, your mum and your mistress are all your Facebook friends, hijinks will ensue.” Use those filters. POWER PLAY Technology has, without doubt, liberated us. Thanks to the internet, we can make friends practically anywhere in the world, air our opinions to the masses, work and play as and when we choose, educate ourselves… the list is long. “Technology makes us free,” says British computer scientist and artificial intelligence expert Steve Grand. “But freedom brings responsibilities – for ourselves and our health.” Grand admits the only way he could force himself to take screen breaks was by writing a program to automatically shut his PC down at regular intervals. Jonathan Mitchener, a scientist employed by BT to predict the future, thinks enjoying a healthy relationship with technology puts us on a learning curve – that we must be aware of and adapt to. “The obesity issue is a good example,” he says. “The sedentary lifestyle of sitting in front of our screens and driving to work was prevalent for many years before we realised the need to exercise more explicitly.” Mitchener lists willpower and decisiveness as essentials for a healthy relationship with technology. “The savvy person makes a choice when to respond to that call or answer that email. The non-savvy lets the tech cause him to overwork and become stressed,” he says. “Those who are better at these choices will prosper.” He argues that mastering those decision-making skills will be vitally important over the coming years. “Online experience will become more immersive, due to new devices and new services,” says Mitchener. “In the future, making multiple, quick decisions at your inter face with technology will be the key to exploiting it.” The lesson: a constant edit of your life in the virtual sphere is the way to ensure it enhances rather than detracts from your life in the real world. And the app for that MH is already resting between your ears. ■

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memory,” says Alloway. Working memory is like computer RAM, used by the brain to store the intermediate steps in your thought processes. The more you have, the quicker you think. When Alloway repeated the experiment with Twitter users she found the opposite: “The initial findings suggest people who use Twitter are likely to have a worse memory.” Another study – conducted by social scientists employed by Facebook, but also involving an independent third party from Carnegie Mellon University – found passive Facebook users (those who read posts, but rarely post themselves) exhibit greater symptoms of loneliness. In active users the opposite was observed. It seems you should be proactive to get more from the experience. Professor Cliff Lampe, who investigates the impact of communication technology at Michigan State University, has also found

2030

US inventor, author and futurist Ray Kurzweil predicts totally realistic, full-immersion virtual reality for the human race.

2039

Experts polled by New Scientist suggest that invisibility cloaks, jet packs and X-ray glasses will all be available by this time.

2040

The late Arthur C Clarke predicted universal replicators that use nanotechnology to rustle up any object to order – no matter how complex.

GIVE YOUR VIRTUAL LIFE A CONSTANT EDIT 2040

Kurzweil again: we’ll be able to upload our minds into quantum computers by the middle of the century, in true Tron style.

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HANDHELD ENTERTAINMENT You don’t have to be glued to your sofa to be hacking apart zombies. Gaming has gone truly mobile CYBORG NATION? Nostalgic for the days of plugging an electronic breeze block into the back of the telly? Thought not. Handhelds now mean you can play FIFA Soccer anywhere. And we do. UPGRADE When the Army posted a job ad for accomplished computer gamers to fly Apache helicopters, it was based on evidence that gamers develop superior reflexes, eye-hand coordination

and the ability to rapidly assimilate volumes of information. MELTDOWN University of Cambridge neuroscientist Dr Adrian Owen has bad news. His team tested 11,000 people on software similar to commercial brain-training games. “We found no evidence for cognitive improvements over and above those just using the internet,” says Owen. You’ll have to wait for that IQ upgrade app.

PHONE APPS

They’re like the internet, only distilled to give you exactly what you need, when you need it CYBORGNATION? Five billion downloads and counting – we’re approaching one for every human on the planet. UPGRADE They’ll tell you the time in binary, pump out light-sabre sound effects and even do something useful, like visually mapping your runs while tracking pace, distance, time and calories-burned.

MELTDOWN ADDICTION New understanding of brain function is placing behavioural addictions like this on a par with drug dependence. “It’s the same highways of dopamine reward that are hijacked by cocaine, speed and other hard drugs,” says Californian addiction specialist Dr Peter Whybrow. Cold turkey? There’s an app for that, too…

SMARTPHONES

Check emails, ping emails, regret writing emails – all in a day’s work in Crackberry world…

2049

Kurzweil goes on to predict that we’ll all be eating nanotech food, engineered at the molecular level to be nutritionally perfect.

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2050

‘Synthetic telepathy’ facilitated by nanotech brain implants says Robert Freitas of California’s Institute for Molecular Manufacturing.

2055

Kurzweil predicts that $1,000 will now buy computer power equivalent to every human brain on the planet put together.

CYBORG NATION? Ofcom research found that smartphone ownership grew 81% from 7.8 million in 2009, to 12.8 million in 2010.

what you know, it’s how you use it. ”And by using smartphones, Alloway says you’re freeing up brain power to function better.

UPGRADE A smartphone could make you forget all the phone numbers you used to store in your head. No bad thing, according to University of Stirling psychologist Dr Tracy Alloway: “When it comes to intelligence, it’s not

MELTDOWN Smartphone addiction is a growing problem. A survey by US market research firm StudyLogic found 35% of BlackBerry users claimed that they would choose their smartphone over their spouse.

2100

Kurzweil believes we will have hit ‘the singularity’, when the rate of tech advancement becomes infinite. Get your head round that.

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BECAUSE FIT IS THE NEW RICH

Give your turkey the run around with our gut-busting workout

156 Burn off your Christmas dinner in record time Eat your fill and keep your six-pack in shape this holiday season with our intensive six-step calorie-culling circuit.

159 Work out by hanging around

161 Chill out for better supps

Build your ideal physique using nothing but your bodyweight, with the help of the TRX portable suspension-training system.

Still storing your vitamins in that same old stuffy Get the edge over rival gym goers with Pilates. cupboard above the kettle? Swap it for the fridge Spending some time doing stretches and holds will increase your lifting power. to maximise the benefits of your supplements.

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ork, money, kids, your team’s per formance – sometimes the things that make life worth living can also tear it down. Fortunately, you hold the antidote: sweat. A survey by the Mental Health Foundation found one in five GPs prescribe exercise to treat stress, and you don’t have to exhaust yourself to reap the benefits. Low-intensity exercise lifts mood better than medium- to high-intensity, found research at the University of Wisconsin in the US. “Cardio training is the best stress buster because it releases the most endorphins – body chemicals responsible for positive feelings,” says Mark Raynsford, a strength trainer and hormone specialist. The circuit from Raynsford, below, is designed to elicit the biggest possible endorphin kick in less than 40 minutes. It’ll cannibalise your worries while improving your fitness – so you can return to work refreshed and be able to find a solution to the stressor thanks to a clear head. EXERCISE

TIME

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Stationary bike

10 mins

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WARMUPS

Real men do: Pilates

Increase your power in the gym simply by lying down and stretching Practising Pilates can enable you to lift more weight. Research by America’s Gustavus Adolphus College found two Pilates sessions a week enabled participants to do more pressups than those who skipped the stretches.

“Pilates improves your core strength, a key factor in press-up per formance,” says study author Dr June Kloubec. To improve your per formance the best do-anywhere Pilates move is the bridge, outlined below.

Stretch right to be a god on the field

Repeat these mini intervals for 15 minutes Treadmill

90 secs

6 out of 10, you can hold a conversation in full sentences

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30 secs

8 out of 10, so talking is limited to one word at a time

Cover at least 1500 metres on your row Rower

10 mins

Set the resistance level at 5

EXERCISE Stationary bike

TIME 4 mins

INTENSITY 60 revs per min at resistance level 4

Lie on your back as shown. Push your feet into the floor to lift your pelvis towards the ceiling. Think thin: research in Preventive Medicine found Pilates lowers body mass index by an average of 2%

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PILLS TO MAKE YOU CYCLE FASTER Greater endurance that’s easy to swallow Cyclists who took 100mg of coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) in a new Turkish study increased their anaerobic capacity (power) by 16%. Researchers believe it helps you use oxygen efficiently, and prevents muscle breakdown. Take it before your cycle home and be on the sofa in time for EastEnders (£16 for 60, healthspan.co.uk).

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A wheelie good way to keep going for longer

Hold this for 4 seconds then return to the start. Do this for 1 minute. “This will isolate core muscles which suck in your gut, push back your shoulders and puff your chest out,” says Pilates master Rhona Marshall.

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WIN IN SPORT BY…

Icing up Keep cool and you won’t crack under pressure

In a new Australian study at Charles Sturt University, men wrapped cold towels around their necks and slapped ice packs on their legs before training. At moderate intensity, they covered 14% more ground than those who’d didn’t ice up. “The cold prevents muscles from overheating,” says study author Dr Rob Duffield, so you can focus energy on winning.

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MUSCLE JAN/FEB 10

Muscle multiple choice

WHAT TO DO Chances are you already know which body part you want to big up. It glares at you in the mirror, begging to be brought up to speed. But before you start, spare a thought for the rest of your muscles. It took time and effort to get them here, which is why we’ve also included a full-body

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workout. “In every workout do 3 sets of 8 reps on all the exercises in the order shown,” says Allan. “Repeat this 3-4 times a week to keep the rest of your body in good nick.” Once you’ve decided the muscle you want to grow, do the mini-workout for that muscle at the start of each full-body session, following the guidelines.

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raining all your muscles can be like The Apprentice, each contender battling to be the next big thing. It’s no mean feat, splitting your time equally between muscles. A bout of flu here, an all-weekend music festival there can easily derail your balancing act. And if you haven’t shown a muscle group quite enough sugar, it may be lagging behind the pack. In this final part of your 12-month plan, we’ve a series of mini-workouts that’ll iron out any kinks in what should now be a very fine physique. We got Colin Allan, owner of Zero2xs Training (zero2xs.com), to break your body down into its component parts – arms, legs, shoulders, chest, back and abs – and give you the blueprints for extra size and at least 5% more strength to each muscle. “The plans incorporate exercises that you’ve not used before to stimulate the muscle fibres the previous 12 months of training have overlooked,” says Allan. It will also save you nuggets at the physio because blokes with good muscle symmetry were 4.1% less likely to get injured, found a study in the Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness. So by the time the festive party season is in full swing, you’ll look good from every angle.

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It all adds up to the bigger, better body that you want

Turn the page for the workouts

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This plan will add inches of muscle to a body part of your choosing. By the end you’ll have renovated your former weaknesses into serious assets


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The leg-up for legs

FRONT LOADED

1 WALL SQUAT

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The muscles Quads, hamstrings, glutes, calves, abs A This move carves out the upper leg mass that’ll challenge the thread count of your cycling shorts. Stand about 30cm in front of a wall. Grab a large dumb-bell and hold it in front of your chest. Lean your upper back against the wall. “The wall limits assistance of your back in the lift – isolating your quads,” says Nick Grantham (nickgrantham.com) ,strength coach and advisor to the British Olympic Association. B Lower yourself into a quarter squat – hold for 3 seconds then lower into half squat – hold for 3 seconds then reverse the process. “The stop and start motion kills momentum, forcing your quads to work harder,” says Grantham. You’ll now have legs huge enough to stay strong in a crouched position, be it in a Buddhist temple or on an Austrian ski slope.

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LEG EXTENSIONS

The muscles Quads A This move pinpoints the tension into your thighs so you can build tear-drop shaped wedges of muscle. Sit in the leg extension machine, back against the support and tops of your ankles under the pads. “This locks the rest of your body into a fixed position that’ll let you target all the tension onto your thighs,” says Allan. B Straighten your legs to raise the weights up and hold that position for 2 seconds then lower to the start. Do 8 reps, reduce the weight by 15% and raise the weight and hold it in position for 12 seconds to create a muscle burn that’ll feel like you’ve mainlined a heat rub. This move works a whopping 86% of the muscles in your upper thighs, found a study in the book Serious Strength Training (Human Kinetics). So if you want more power behind your kicks, here’s where you’ll earn it.

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Back of stack WIDE-GRIP LAT PULLDOWNS

The muscles Lats, biceps, forearms B Bend your elbows to pull the bar A Lats are your widest muscles, down to your chest. Hold it there for so targeting them adds serious 2 seconds then slowly release the numbers to the scale. On the lat bar to the start position. Make sure pull-down machine grab the bar that you never let your backside lift with double shoulder-width grip off the seat to get the most from – this hand position works the this move. You’ll now have a back most muscle fibres, according to wide enough to firmly block off your research in the Journal of Strength section of the bar. and Conditioning Research.

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ONE-ARM DUMB-BELL ROWS

The muscles Lats, biceps, forearms, abs A Position yourself with one knee on B Draw your elbow up past your torso by pinching your shoulder a bench while you balance yourself blade in towards your spine. Avoid with your free arm – palm down. twisting your body at any point as Place your other leg on the floor this could lead to injury. This move so your body forms a tripod. Keep has been found to work 91% of the your back flat and grasp a dumbmuscles in your lats so be careful bell with your free hand. “A sturdy when you pull your front door – the body position will let you pull large handle may come off. weights,” says Grantham.

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The muscles Chest, triceps, shoulders B Bend your elbows slightly – this A To get your chest to take off you prevents your shoulders from need to flap some weights in front helping out. Lower the weights of yourself. Lie on a bench set out to your sides and raise them to a 30 degree incline, and hold along the same path. A study a dumb-bell in each hand, arms in the Journal of Strength and above your chest. “The incline Conditioning Research found this works your upper and inner pecs move is just as effective at working more so your entire chest will your chest as the bench press. appear bigger,” says Grantham.

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CABLE CROSSOVERS

The muscles Chest, triceps, shoulders of motion so you can work more A This will carve out deep slabs of muscle fibres,” says Grantham. pectoral muscle. Stand between B Bring your hands together in the weight towers of the cable front of your chest and cross each crossover machine and attach a D hand over one another. Hold for handle, on either side, at shoulder 3 seconds. “This is what isolates height. Grab a handle in each your pecs without eliciting help hand and step forward slightly from your shoulders,” says so there’s tension on the cables. Grantham. Release to the start. “This also creates a deeper range

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INCLINE DUMB-BELL FLY

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The muscles Triceps A To isolate your triceps you need to get sneaky and few are as underhand as this exercise. Attach a straight bar to the high pulley of a cable crossover machine so it rests just below your chest. Hold the bar with a shoulder-width underhand grip. “This kind of grip stops you from recruiting your shoulders, which helps to isolate your triceps,” says Grantham. B Tuck your elbows in to your sides and push the bar towards the floor until your arms are straight. Tense your triceps then slowly release the bar back to the start – you may have to use up to 10% less weight than the overhand version but your triceps will do 10% more work. That means arms backed by a horseshoe-shape mass of muscle will effortlessly be powering your get-ups off the couch.

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2 PUSHDOWNS

NOV 10

1 CURLS

The muscles Biceps and forearms A For attention-worthy guns, concentrate on what you’re doing. “Watching the muscle you’re working lets you tweak your form to shift more tension onto your biceps,” says Allan. Sit on the edge of a bench leaning slightly forward – the less strain on your lower back the better your form will be. Keep your abs tight with your chest up. Put your right elbow on your right knee letting the weight hang. B Use your knee as the pivot point to curl the weight to your shoulder. “This stops you using the rest of your body to lift the weight, making your bicep the only muscle active,” says Allan. Pause and concentrate on tensing your bicep, then slowly lower it back to the starting position. Snug sleeves that can easily open any pickle jar are now yours for the taking.

AUG 10

The sleeve fillers

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The muscles Abs A Lie on the ground with your knees bent and hold a single dumb-bell in your hands. Stretch your arms behind your head, keeping a slight bend in your elbows. B Raise your torso off the floor, keeping your arms above your head. Go up as far as you can then lower yourself to the floor. “By increasing

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the distance between the point of force (abs) and the end of the object you’re trying to lift (the weight), you decrease your mechanical advantage and turn an easy move into a very difficult one,” says Allan. That means it makes the exercise bloody hard, which also means it builds a bloody solid stack of abs.

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The abs solution REVERSE CURL

The muscles Abs A For abs that look amazing when you stand up, you need to lie down. Bend your knees, place your feet flat on the floor, your arms at your sides. Hold a light dumb-bell between your feet. “This adds a little instability to the movement forcing your abs to work harder to stabilise you,” explains Allan.

B Pull your knees to your chest, raising your hips off the floor. Slowly return to start. This is the best move for working your hard-to-target lower abdominals, found research in The Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. You’ve built your best body ever, just in MH time to enjoy party season. ■

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The muscles Trapezius, shoulders A Unaccompanied by traps, which start at your ears, even the most solid shoulders will look limp. To buff up your frontage, stand holding a heavy dumb-bell in each hand. As a bonus this will give you the grip strength to open pecans even if you’ve lost your nutcracker. Raise your right shoulder towards your ear. Hold that position for 2 seconds then lower and repeat on the other side. B Keep alternating until you’ve per formed 10 reps on each side. Out of all the trap exercises, this move works the most muscle fibres in your upper traps, found research in the Journal of Orthopaedic and Sport Physical Therapy. You’ll ward off stiff necks and have shoulders that look like they could scrum down against Phil Vickery.

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The muscles Deltoids, triceps, upper trapezius A These were created by the ‘Governator’ – hence the name – who sported some of the widest shoulders known to man. To get your slice of that action, stand holding a pair of dumb-bells in front of you at chest height with an underhand grip. “You’ll use a bigger range of motion than in any other shoulder press,” says Grantham. B As you push the weights overhead, rotate your arms so that your palms face forward at the top of the move. Pause, then take 4 seconds to lower the weights back down, rotating your wrists as you go, so that your palms face you again. The slow lowering can work up to 40% more muscle fibres in your shoulders, found research in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise. Don’t blame us if your broader frame forces you to Savile Row for a new suit jacket.

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Shoulders of fortune

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Personal Trainer 12.10

Calorie-neutral Get your abs through the festive season unscathed with this calorie-burning workout that’ll help you lose up to 3kg of fat and earn yourself all the roast potato credits you could ever need ’Tis the season to be jolly – but decadence can come at a cost: the loss of your flat stomach. “The average Christmas meal is over 956 calories,” says sports nutritionist Gavin Allinson. But the following circuit, designed by Powerbag inventor Mark Bellamy, will burn off all those calories – and more. You’ll lose fat long after the workout finishes since your body burns calories to repair torn muscle fibre.

1PoLe Push to wrestLe

MusCLes Quads, glutes, core, triceps, lower back

Load one side of a barbell and stick the other side into a corner in your gym. Facing the weighted end, grab the bar as shown (A). Lower yourself into a squat. Explode up with your legs and simultaneously straighten your arms, while still keeping your feet planted. “This teaches your body to transfer the power built up in your legs to your upper body,” says Bellamy. Useful

for throwing punches should your family Christmas get a bit testy. Arc your elbows slightly then rotate the weight as far as you can to the left, while keeping your head and spine facing forwards (B). Repeat on the other side and return the weight to the start position. That’s 1 rep. Do 4 sets of 10 reps. Calorie burn per set 43

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Calorie burn for entire exercise 172

Press to Press-uP 6 Push MusCLes full-body

Calorie burn per set 46 Calorie burn for entire exercise 184

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5Lunging front rAises

MusCLes quads, glutes, hamstrings, shoulders

Find a strip of space because you’re about to lunge and burn more calories per minute than running. Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and hold a dumb-bell in each hand. Lunge forward with your left leg (A) then lunge forward with your right. Square both legs up then raise the dumb-bells upwards

b

until they’re above your shoulders (B). Take 3 seconds to lower them. “You’ll feel your abs being engaged as the weight descends,” says Bellamy. That’s 1 rep. Now shuffle back to the start position and keep moving. Do 4 sets of 8 reps.

Calorie burn per set 42 Calorie burn for entire exercise 168

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“The more muscles you work the more calories you burn,” says Bellamy, “And you’re about to use your biggest muscle groups.” Stick a barbell on the floor in front of you. Stand up and yank the bar towards your shoulders. When it’s below your chin, dip underneath it and rotate your elbows around the bar. Squat down (A) then straighten your knees and press the bar over your head. Lower the bar along the same path and rest it on the ground. Without letting your hands leave the bar, kick your legs back and per form a press-up (B). Holding that position, jump your feet towards your chest then quickly jump them back to the press-up position. That’s 1 rep. Do 4 sets of 12 reps as fast as you can, as though you were sprinting on the spot, and you’ll become a faster more power ful runner, cyclist and lifter.


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musCles Biceps, quads, glutes, lower back Breathe deeply. You’re about to burn more calories per minute than you can consume via elbow raises at the local hostelry. Stand holding dumb-bells by your sides. Squat down (A) then straighten your knees to rise up. When your knees are straight, bend your elbows to curl the weights to your shoulders. Then drop your arms to place the weights on the floor. Jump up as high as you can, landing with bent knees (B). That’s 1 rep. Pick up the weights and go again. Do 4 sets of 8 reps.

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and over the bench, throwing your arms above your head. Drop into a press-up position, with your hands together and do a press-up (B). Stand up and backpedal around the bench to the start position. That’s 1 rep. Do 5 sets of 8 reps.

No muscles are more desirable than concrete abs. This move will deliver them in the time it takes to get up off the floor. Lie back and lift your arms up, ensuring they don’t touch the floor at any point during the move. Now curl your torso up and then put your feet flat on the ground and stand up (A). “Standing up without your hands flexes your abs 15% harder than a normal situp,” says Bellamy. That’s 1 rep. Do 6 sets of 8 reps. You’ll get the core strength to lift heavy festive items like sacks of potatoes, cases of beer and tins of Quality Street.

Calorie burn per set 47 Calorie burn for entire exercise 235

Calories burn per set 16 Calorie burn for entire exercise 96

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4Burpee to BenCh jump to press-up musCles Quads, glutes, core, triceps, shoulders

Be a minimalist by obliterating calories using nothing but your bodyweight. Stick a flat bench in front of you and begin in a squat position with your hands on the floor in front of you (A). Kick your feet behind you so that you are in a press-up position. Return your feet to the squat position then leap up

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LEGS, CORE, GLUTES

SINGLE-LEG SQUATS Set the TRX handles at shoulder height then face them. Hold one in each hand, and lean back slightly (A). Raise your right leg up and bend your left until your thigh is parallel to the ground (B). Straighten and repeat. This hits your glutes, and according to a study in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, burns fat faster than any other resistance move.

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HAMSTRING CURLS Set the TRX so the handles are at knee height. Lie on your back as shown with your heels in each of the straps (A). Bend your knees to curl the straps as far towards your glutes as you can – raise your back up as you do this (B). Hold that position for 2 seconds then slowly release them to the start. That’s your legs done – see it wasn’t so tough now, was it?

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CHEST PRESS Set the handles at rib height. Hold one in each hand and lean forward (A). Bend your elbows to lower yourself into what looks like a diagonal standing press-up (B). Return to the start. Do 15 reps. Keep your entire body aligned – legs, hips and back and head – and your abs will work just as hard as your chest.

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BACK ROW A solid back defines the shape of your shirts, so here’s how to make a big impression at work. Set the handles at shoulder height. Hold one in each hand and lean back (A). Pull your chest towards the handles (B). Hold it. Squeeze your shoulder blades together and lower to the start. That pumping heart you’re feeling means the promotion your physique deserves is on its way.

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TRX SUSPENDED CRUNCH All moves with the TRX work your abs, but this one doubles mid-section tension. Set the handles to knee height. Get into a press-up position, resting a foot in each handle (A). Bend your knees to bring them as near your chest as you can (B). Pause, then straighten your legs to return them to the start. Do 15 reps. The balance and abs of a gymnast are now yours.

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TRICEPS, ABS

STANDING TRICEPS EXTENSIONS To get the arm power boxers and climbers dream of, set the handles at head height then stand facing away from them (A). Hold one in each hand and lean forward, keeping your elbows tucked in. (B) Bend your elbows to lower yourself, then straighten your arms to return to the start position. Do 15 reps. Significantly larger arms will now be yours.

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BICEPS, ABS

BICEPS CURLS To become a gunslinger you need to swing. Set the handles to chest height. Hold one in each hand and lean back (A). Keeping your elbows tucked in, curl your way up (B). Hold that position then lower to the start. The unstable nature of this curl will make you use up to 5% more bicep muscle fibres than normal curls. Do 15 reps.

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THE MH PICK Alpha Man, £10 for 120 capsules (myprotein.co.uk) These contain a host of sportsspecific minerals and vitamins that will boost your immune system and keep your insides in good nick, especially on those days where you get home late and a ready meal is on the menu.

Keep your cool for super-strength supplements

Take a chill pill

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Maximising multivitamin benefits is as simple as storing them right

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here you stash your supplements can make a huge difference to whether you’re getting your money’s worth. Despite your kitchen seeming the obvious place to keep your little health helpers, the high humidity can make multivitamins less effective, say scientists at Purdue University. When they subjected vitamin C – responsible for easing post-workout stiffness – to 86% humidity (the level in a kitchen where a pot of water is boiling) the vitamin

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degraded to being almost worthless in less than a week. Other vitamins react similarly, say the study authors. What’s more, a paper in the Nutritional Supplements in Sports and Exercise found that regular supplementation with multivitamins can also help replenish energy reserves and boost muscle repair. If you’re not taking a multivitamin, start doing so and store them in the fridge. It’s the best way to ensure they deliver what’s on the label.

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BONE UP ON MINERALS Injury-proof your skeleton and negate osteoporosis with ive nutrient-dense foods

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uzzling pork chops helps build muscle – but it could make for weedier bones. In a recent University of California study, hardcore carnivores lost three times more bone minerals than high-protein dieters who hardly touched animal products. “Meat, dairy and eggs are all acidic – metabolising them lowers your pH,” says certified sports nutritionist Gavin Allinson. “To rebalance, your bones leach buffering minerals such as calcium and magnesium.” That puts you at an increased risk

of fractures and possibly even osteoporosis in later life. That said, there’s no need to renounce meat completely. Just top up on bone-boosting minerals with every vegan-baiting meal. Our eating recommendations below cover five popular foods for an active lifestyle, and what you should add to them to ensure your bones are getting the zinc and magnesium they need to stay break-proof. It’s as simple as that. No expensive supplements, just wholesome, nutrient-rich foods for every meal of the day.

To omelettes, add… kale “High impact sports put stress on the skeleton, so active men need to up their bone-building calcium intake to 1,000mg a day,” says sports dietician Becky Stevenson (pro-active.com). Adding 100g of kale to a two-egg omelette will get you up to 500mg in just one meal. To a burger, add… mushrooms

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Allinson found that 75% of the England rugby team had sub-optimal levels of vitamin D. “It’s worrying because vit D helps us make the calcium-absorbing hormone calcitriol,” he says. Wild mushrooms are one of the few food sources rich in the stuff. To steak, add... spinach Popeye’s favourite garnish is loaded with vitamin K. According to a University of Michigan study, you need it to activate the bonestrengthening protein osteocalcin. Two handfuls of spinach provide your RDA. While your steak sizzles, steam gently until slightly wilted. To milk, add… cashews Go nuts and blend your own protein shake. Biochemical Pharmacology reports that more zinc means more bone collagen, the basic building block of the whole bone matrix. Get your 5.5 mg RDA by whirring up 25g cashews with 15g almonds, 200ml milk and a frozen banana. To chicken breast, add… oat bran “Magnesium controls hormones which can break down the bone matrix,” says nutritional therapist Miller Rogers. Stop bones eroding with magnesium-rich whole grains. Dip a chicken breast in beaten egg, then in 100g of oats mixed with 10g of oat bran and bake.

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eatuptomanup Add these foods to your weekly menu in order to support your testosterone production – the rocket fuel for your masculinity

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he source of all manly powers, “testosterone is about vitality and virility,” says Dr Malcolm Carruthers of Harley Street’s Centre for Men’s Health. “Men as young as 30 years old are now showing signs of low testosterone: reduced libido, brain fog and fewer erections on waking,” he says. Since testosterone is produced in the testes, exercise, relaxation, and letting it all hang loose can help improve the situation… Another route to morning glory is getting stuck into these testosterone-boosting foods.

Grapes for more active sperm

Eat a bunch of red grapes daily to give your own low-hanging fruit a boost: the skins contain resveratrol, which makes for hardier sperm. Chinese researchers found the equivalent of 500mg – roughly the amount in 5-10g of grape skins – was enough to raise testosterone levels and improve epididymal motility (your sperm’s ability to swim).

tuna for a HiGHer sex Drive

Tuna’s ‘fragrance’ may not be ideal for a first date, but its vitamin D content is. The vitamin bolsters testosterone by up to 90%, found a study at Graz Medical University, Austria, slashing levels of libido-killing chemical Sex Hormone-Binding Globulin (SHBG). A can of tuna contains 100% of your RDA.

avocaDos to clear your pipes LDL cholesterol doesn’t just clog arteries – it leads to erectile dysfunction and a lack of flow in the downstairs department, too. Penn State University researchers found men with high intakes of monounsaturated fat – try avocado, nuts and vegetable oils – had lower LDL cholesterol and more testosterone. Try half a mashed avocado spread on a bagel, topped with shreds of smoked salmon. pomeGranate to fiGHt impotence

Some say it was the Biblical forbidden fruit, and old Adam could have done a lot worse. The International Journal of Impotence Research reports that 47% of impotent men found their condition improved after a daily glass of antioxidant-rich pomegranate juice. You don’t need a serpent to tell you that’s a good thing.

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Venison for muscle GrowtH

Veggies look away: “A meat-free diet can lower testosterone by 14%,” says Carruthers. “Lack of protein boosts testosterone-de-activating hormones.” On the other hand, a University of Utah study found a diet overly rich in the sat fats in beef and lamb can also make testosterone dip. The middle ground is venison. Stag-gering.

Garlic for muscle maintenance Banish vampires and weak muscles alike: garlic contains allicin, a compound that lowers levels of ‘stress hormone’ cortisol. “Cortisol competes with testosterone for the same sites within muscle cells,” says nutrition consultant Alan Gordon (alangordon-health.co.uk). Ditch the cortisol, then the testosterone can get to work. Garlic’s more potent uncooked. Honey for Better Blood flow

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For extra buzz in the bedroom, dip into honey. It contains the mineral boron, linked to high testosterone. Honey is also rich in nitric oxide, says Gordon: “This is key in opening up blood vessels that create erections. Four teaspoons of honey can boost nitric oxide levels by 50%.”

milk for a lean pHysique

Proof we are supposed to have hard bodies, University of Pittsburgh researchers found that fat blokes have more oestrogen. Cut the blubber by boosting your testosterone levels with milk: its amino acids boost production of anabolic hormones, which in turn build muscle and trim fat. The Department of Health recommends three 200ml glasses a day.

eGGs for a Hormone Boost

Eggs really do have a sunny side. “The yolk’s cholesterol is the precursor for testosterone,” says clinical nutritionist Kim Pearson (kimpearson.co.uk). Don’t worry about your heart: A University of Connecticut study found that study subjects could eat three eggs a day without affecting cholesterol levels.

caBBaGe to flusH out female Hormones

Let our menu point the way to a manlier you

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King of the veg patch, cabbage is full of a chemical called indole-3-carbinol, which rids your blood of girly hormones. Healthy men took 500mg daily for a week at Rockefeller University; their oestrogen levels halved, making testosterone more effective. It’s time to MH become more of a man at meal times. ■

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CHEW ORDER

Need protein but don’t like shakes? Eat these food pairings instead Nutritionist Alan Aragon introduces some desk-friendly food combinations you can snack on that contain the optimum amount of lean protein for muscle building.

50g beef jerky + a handful of grapes

Beef jerky has 25g of protein per 50g and grapes give you a carbohydrate boost that can help prevent muscle breakdown. (Classic Beef Jerky, £1.99 for 50g, my protein.co.uk)

225g cottage cheese + handful of dried fruit

Dried fruit packs four times the carb punch of the fresh variety. Mix it with the cottage cheese for nearly 30g of protein power. (Essential Waitrose Low Fat Natural Cottage Cheese, 79p for 300g, ocado.com)

A pint of chocolate milk

You’ll take on more than 20g of protein in a pint of the white stuff but a US study found that the chocolate variety has the right combination of carbs and protein for optimum recovery. (£1.18 for 1L, sainsburys.co.uk)

150g Greek yoghurt

A small pot packs 23g of protein and 9g of carbs without a hint of fat. Add honey as a sweetener. (Total 0% Greek Yoghurt with Honey, 95p for 150g from ocado.com).

After an evening workout, this spicy ish dish will give you the perfect balance of protein and fats to keep the pounds off

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ver been tempted to dive into your local Thai on your way home from a workout? Your resolve may win through but the problem remains once your nostrils have caught those aromatic flavours. So we’ve come up with a spicy, low-calorie option that’ll not only gratify your Asian craving but help you nurture a leaner physique in the process.

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WHAT YOU’LL NEED (SERVES 2) ■ 2 x 200g fillets red snapper, salmon, sea bass or tuna ■ 1tbsp red curry paste ■ 250ml low-fat coconut milk ■ A handful shiitake mushrooms, sliced ■ A handful of bok choy ■ A good pinch of brown sugar ■ Juice of one lime ■ 1tsp ground nut oil ■ Salt and pepper to taste

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Each plate supplies you with 45g of protein and 23g of carbs at the expense of a mere 390 calories. Interestingly, the secret weight-loss ingredient is not the fish – it’s the coconut. A study at McGill University, Canada found when people ate a diet rich in the unique fats of the tropical fruits they burned 0.3 extra calories a minute. So when you wake up the morning after eating this dish, you’ll have burned an extra 144 calories while you sleep.

SHOPPING FOR A BETTER BODY

Here are all the ingredients you need to make everything in our Re:Fuel section and where you can buy them cheapest (with thanks to mysupermarket.co.uk) Tesco Tender Leaf Curly Kale (200g)

£1.69

Tesco Spinach (260g)

£1.40

Sainsbury’s Cashews (100g)

98p

Sainsbury’sPorridgeOats withBran(1Kg)

98p

Tesco Chicken Breast Fillets (508g)

£1.65

John West Tuna Chunks (185g) (ocado.com)

£1.24

Tesco Giant Pomegranate ASDA Venison Steaks (2 per pack, 250g) ASDA Garlic Loose Sainsbury’s Semi Skimmed Milk (2.27l)

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1 Combine the curry paste, coconut milk and brown sugar in a small pan. Cook over a low heat until the mixture thickens slightly – it should take about 10 minutes – and add half of the lime juice. Stir occasionally to prevent it sticking. Your kitchen will now start smelling like Koh Phangan.

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2 Chop the bok choy into bite-sized pieces and steam until they’re tender but retain some bite, then drain. (If you can’t get hold of bok choy then Chinese lettuce or even largeleaf spinach will do.) Depending on the size of your kitchen, quickly run through the two kickboxing moves you know.

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3 Heat the oil on a medium heat in a large frying pan. Then season the fish fillets and place them, skin down, in the pan. Cook them for 4-5 minutes, until the skin is crisp and golden. Flip and cook for another 2-3 minutes, until the fish flakes with a gentle prod. Feeling hungry? Not long to go now.

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4 Remove the fillets and add the shiitakes, bok choy and remaining lime juice. Cook for 3 minutes. Divide the vegetables between two plates and place a fillet on top of each. Drizzle with curry sauce and dig into this stealthy calorie burner for a full but streamlined stomach.

£5 £1 £1.25

GoldenlayOmega3Free RangeEggs(6)

£1.62

ASDA Organic Cabbage

£1.27

Beef Jerky (myprotein.com)

£1.99

WaitroseCottageCheese(300g) 79p ASDA 3 Raisin Mix (200g)

£1.47

Chocolate Milk Sainsbury’s

£1.18

Total Greek Yogurt with Honey (ocado.com)

95p

Waitrose Seabass Fillet (approx 110g)

£2.53

Sainsbury’sThaiRedCurry Paste(200g)

£1.05

BlueDragonCoconut(400ml) Milk(Sainsbury’s)

£1.69

TescoShiitake Mushrooms(125g)

£1.69

Tesco Pak Choi (200g)

£1

Tesco Light Brown Soft Sugar (500g)

99p

Tesco Large Limes Loose Tesco Groundnut Oil (1l) Total:

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24p

ASDA Clear Honey (227g)

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Waitrose Green Seedless Grapes (650g)

Tesco Perfectly Ripe Haas Avocado (2)

HOW TO MAKE THE FISH CURRY

97p

Tesco Closed Cup Mushrooms (500g)

31p £2.87

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OPINION THAT MATTERS, THOUGHT THAT COUNTS

● SLOW LIFE ●THE EVERYDAY ECONOMIST ●SHOESTRING MICHELIN ●THE SELFISH PHILANTHROPIST ●THE OPTIMIST

SLOW LIFE

Shelve your laptop and book yourself some leisure time

By Will Self, author, psychogeographer

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Halt the speed-reading and reap the rewards of a good book well read

  the mental savour of slow reading you might think you need plenty of time. But, it is by learning to read slowly that you develop the mental depth and psychic agility to swim in this temporal current. Much of what we read is designed to impel us forward. Advertising copy and newspaper articles do so obviously, but even the most turgid of things – marketing reports, or minutes of purposeless meetings – encourage us to speed-read by filleting out the facts. Far from eschewing speed-reading in our leisure time, we seek it out. Show me a best-seller and I’ll show you a page-turner; a text which, by definition, encourages the reader to be drawn along the chain of narrative with all the inertia of a funicular being winched up a hillside. Why do we do this? The answer is, surely, that while we force ourselves to speed-read in our working lives, when we’re relaxing we like a text that’s strong enough to pull us along. I often hear people say: “Well, I could see it was good, but it was so slow – I gave up after a few pages.” These pathological menshealth.co.uk

speed-readers can’t relax into the act of reading, just as pathological drivers can’t relax into the act of walking. But reading, once learned, is never forgotten. An occasional unfamiliar word or uncommon locution may pull us up short, but rather than abandoning what we’re reading in the face of these speed bumps, we should relish them. The effort required to take them at

“The virtues of slow, ruminative reading are akin to those of meditation” a pace that doesn’t damage our intellectual chassis, is the pace required to comprehend. Because that’s our real anxiety when faced with the unfamiliar: we’re worried we won’t understand it. But, most people are capable of understanding most nonspecialist texts – all that’s required is a willingness to wait for the context to reveal what’s going on. I have a friend who is incapable of grasping narrative in films.

When a man walks into shot she says, “Who is that man?” or, “Where is he going?” She cannot wait for the narrative to supply the answers. A lot of people respond the same way when confronted by writing that isn’t overwhelmingly facile. The virtues of slow, ruminative reading are akin to those of meditation: a sense of clarity and a feeling of being transported. It isn’t an accident that our civilisation came to fruition because of the development of the printing press; books not only furnish rooms, they furnish minds. All too often we opt for a chain-hotel form of mental decoration that peels off within days; the truth is, the speedier your reading, the speedier your ability to forget. I can recall texts I read 30 years ago because I read them slowly, but there are entire shelves that are nought but dust blowing across the plain of amnesia. Slow down! Savour! Begin by reading this column again. After all, if to read slowly is to savour, then to reread is to extract the very quintessence of flavour. Bon appétit! Walking To Hollywood is out now. DECEMBER 2010 MEN’S H EALTH 171


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By Dan Jones, cold-hearted do-gooder

THE EVERYDAYECONOMIST

By Tim Harford, leader writer for The Financial Times

An economist’s guide to…

Handbags at dawn

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Save the planet, save your wallet and keep her happy The Philanthropist has a demanding wife. Despite her husband’s predilection for profitably making Planet Earth a better place, Mrs Philanthropist is of the opinion it could be made yet better through the acquisition (by me, for her) of expensive goods. At the top of her list is yet another Just don’t let her take it out in the rain handbag. Like oil reserves and clean water, there are not enough. Mulberry, it appears, is most urgently in demand. It’s an ethical dilemma. The Philanthropist finds it hard to believe that shelling out upwards of £800 for a dead cow represents good value for a) the environment or b) his aching credit card. Luckily he has found the perfect solution. A paper bag. No, not like the kind you get from an American liquor store, but a rather fetching corrugated cardboard creation by British designer Giles Miller. It’s about 90% recycled paper, with enough designer aesthetic and eco-cachet for Mrs Philanthropist to lord it over her mates for months to come. Better still it’s about a quarter of the price of her usual arm candy. Rough calculations suggest it’s a saving of one cow’s life, the carbon emissions of shipping from Italy, and about £700 to the Philanthropist, in a single go. Good done Happy trees, happy wife, happy cow Net cost £195* gilesmiller.com Reciprocal benefit £700 richer, reduced earache

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Christmas Bad presents cost us £2bn. We could spend the money on something more useful. Here’s how to be a smarter Santa  ,   -  for your girlfriend on Christmas morning? You really shouldn’t have. No, I mean it: you really shouldn’t have. Nothing says ‘selfish sex fiend’ like a cheap, uncomfortable pair of porn-star smalls. This year, try to do better. But do so in the knowledge that you’re aboard a boat that’s populated by many. According to the US economist Joel Waldfogel, half the Santaloving world seems to be in the business of giving terrible gifts to the other half. Waldfogel, the author of Scroogenomics, who has been studying what he calls “the deadweight loss of Christmas” for almost two decades, began by interviewing students about the gifts they had received and how much they’d be willing to pay for those gifts themselves. The logic is thus: if your sister buys you a £100 cardigan that you never wear, the deadweight loss is the full £100. If you like it, and wear it, but would never have paid more than £75 for it yourself, the loss is £25. In fact, this amount is fairly close to the waste Waldfogel discovered in the typical Christmas or Hanukkah gift. And in the UK this Christmas, the total deadweight loss for the country is likely to be around

Time to cut the festive deicit

inept ones. But that’s no surprise: your grandmother gives you bad gifts because she doesn’t know you very well and that’s because she doesn’t see you very often, and whose fault is that? If you are duty bound to buy gifts for strangers – Dad’s new wife, for instance – ask for a hint. Finally (and here’s the advice you would never expect from an economist) it might be a good idea to think about what the gift actually means. Waldfogel’s work explicitly leaves out ‘sentimental value’ – that is, the idea that it’s the thought that counts. We like getting a present even if the present itself is ludicrous. If you want the sentimental value to outweigh the stupidity of your choice of gift, the odds are in your favour if the gift is small but hints at good times and a valued relationship. If it’s the thought that counts, then think.

“ If you are duty bound to buy gif s for strangers, always ask for a hint” £2bn. Even in this strange new world of bank bailouts and swingeing cuts, that’s real money. The time and effort manufacturing unwanted presents could have gone into something useful, and the credit card debt many of us run up over Christmas could have been avoided. So what to do? The first rule is to avoid giving gifts to people you don’t know very well. Waldfogel discovered that parents and lovers gave decent enough gifts, but grandparents and aunts gave spectacularly

Tim Harford is the author of Dear Undercover Economist, which he claims would make a splendid Christmas gift for anyone. DECEMBER 2010 MEN’S H EALTH 173


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By Stuart Gillies, chef patron of Boxwood Café and the Savoy Grill

Rabbit at rest

PHOTOGRAPHY JOHANNA PARKIN. FOOD STYLIST MAUD EDEN. FAIRMONT &MAIN DINNER PLATE AND ROBERT WELCH KNIFE AND FORK BOTH FROM ONTHETABLE.CO.UK. ILLUSTRATION ANTONY HARE

Enjoy a lavoursome continental favourite fresh from the ield, or your local butcher. Just don’t watch Watership Down before you head into the kitchen

      in Sussex one of the first things I saw being prepared was a wild rabbit that came to the kitchen warm and unadulterated. It had been shot by a local farmer and was fresh off the field. The chef under whom I worked gutted it, skinned it and left it to hang. There is no finer way to eat rabbit. In Spain and Italy there is an abundance of wild rabbit. As a result, you’ll encounter none of the squeamishness that besets the modern English palette. On the contrary, as a cheap and flavoursome source of protein, it’s eaten in great quantity on the continent, especially in stews and pasta dishes. This recipe is adapted from a dish I used when I lived in Rome. It was created by a lady named Anna with whom I lodged. I regularly accompanied Anna to the local mercado and would walk around the formidable array of meat, fish and vegetables in awe. Almost every stall was staffed by a woman – one selling chicken, one rabbit and so on. The colours were so vivid and the atmosphere so vibrant, it was like being immersed in a film. For years British menus usually only featured the farmed variety, but now wild rabbit is in good supply. Not only does it taste far superior, it’s as cheap as chips. Your local butcher should be able to supply you for around £3-4 per bunny. At the Savoy Grill, I adapt this salad by adding fresh shaved black truffles to finish the dish, with a dressing made from the trimmings of truffle, finely chopped and mixed with the vinaigrette. But even without, this dish stands its ground on any table.

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Bone the rabbit saddle leaving two loins. Cut each loin in half across the filet to leave you with four short pieces and wrap them in the Cumbrian ham.

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Trim the green beans and cook in boiling salt water until they are al dente, then remove instantly and put straight into a bowl of ice water. When cool, drain and cut the beans into three pieces.

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“Wild rabbit has a superior taste and it’s as cheap as chips” Ingredients (Serves 4) ● 2 wild rabbit saddles

● 2 unwaxed lemons

● 250ml olive oil

● 4 slices of cured

● 16 young globe

● 100g lamb’s lettuce

● 200g green beans

● Sea salt and black

Cumbrian ham

Squeeze some lemon juice into a bowl of water. To prepare the artichokes, discard the outer leaves with a knife and go through the layers until you reach the light green leaves. Trim the stem and base, then cut the heads into halves or quarters, depending on their size. Remove the furry ‘choke’ in the middle. Rub the cut sides with a halved lemon, then place in the bowl of water. Bring a saucepan of water to the boil. Add the juice of one lemon and a pinch of salt, next add the artichokes, and simmer for 10 minutes. Then pan fry in olive oil until golden and drain on kitchen paper. Season with salt and pepper.

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● Handful of chives

and tarragon, finely chopped and mixed

● 2 shallots ● 50ml sherry vinegar

Pick and wash the lamb’s lettuce (aka mache) salad and make sure you dry it well. Don’t add any dressing just yet. Finely dice the shallots, then place them into a small saucepan. Cover them with the sherry vinegar and reduce by three quarters on a high heat. Then remove from the heat, cool and add the olive oil.

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  ’    and under 40 there’s good news in store this month: Britain can no longer afford to defend itself. At least not, as the current Strategic Defence Review is finding out, in the ways to which we have become accustomed. The government requires the Ministry of Defence to make just shy of £4bn in cuts and meet the cost of replacing the Trident nuclear missile system – a cool £15bn according to the government; a slightly warmer £34bn according to Greenpeace. Where do you find that kind of money? It’s a moot point. Cancelling the two new aircraft carriers we’re about to build would save about £5bn, and we could always share the French ones (honestly, it really was discussed in September). But you also need to do away with some really big stuff, like standing the entire armed forces and MoD down and immediately saving 175,690 salaries. Now, you could see this as a slap in the face for the country that brought the world the battles of Waterloo and the Somme. Alternatively, it might be viewed as an opportunity for new thinking. For instance, there are 25 ‘defence service’ companies based in the UK (‘mercenary’ has been out of favour as a job description since the 1970s). Between them these companies generate £1bn worth of business a year, so why not offer them tax breaks in exchange for defending the UK? Unfortunately, ‘defence service’ business models are often based on being paid to go somewhere warm in a helicopter and machine-gunning anyone standing around below. Admittedly, they may not be the people for the job of defending Britain. But you could be. You live here, for starters. You presumably like the place and, as long as you really are fighting fit, you’re well equipped for the job. But do you have the time? This is where the new thinking comes in: you don’t join an army, you simply agree to defend your own house or apartment in exchange for a payment from the government. The advantages are more than financial. As the new individual defence forces parade and drill in their front gardens, national morale will inevitably rocket. So will levels of self-respect, as, although everyone is a private in their own army, they are also a general.

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A novel way to take the government to the cleaners

Previously troublesome issues of sexual orientation, race or creed would no longer be a subject of debate because each man would simply be required to serve with himself. Even if he had trouble doing this, it would be difficult to desert. All we need is a form. Something like: “I promise to defend the territorial integrity of 7 Balham Heights, London SW12, against any military threats or acts of terror by other parties or states. In exchange for which it is agreed that the government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland will reimburse me. To which end I enclose an invoice for . . .” At this point you can afford to be bold. Even if everyone asks for a lot, it’s going to be a lot less than the price of Trident. Either of them. DECEMBER 2010 MEN’S H EALTH 177


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THE CLOTHES THAT MAKE THE MAN

STYLING ASSISTANT DANIEL HIGGINS. GROOMING ROZELLE PARRY AT JOY GOODMAN USING DERMALOGICA. MODEL JEAN PATUREL AT ELITE LONDON

• Hat £45 Albam; goggles £140; jacket £155 Oakley; hoodie £60 Volcom; trousers £120 Nike 6.0; boots £230 Salomon; board £880; Paul Smith for Burton; scarf £98 Stone Island; gloves £75 CP Company

LET US APRÈ S Whether you’re cutting tracks on the piste or slaloming about town, this winter gear is ice cool and technically untouchable Words Matt Barr Styling Eric Down Photography Studio 33 menshealth.co.uk

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Volcom Raster Hoodie

A good hoodie sounds like an oxymoron until you meet this one. Just layer up and you’ve got the perfect spring riding outfit. Back in Blighty, this vibrant Volcom number is suitable for the Super G of gym/ shops/pub. £60, volcom.com 

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(from left) • Hat £85 D&G; goggles £140, trousers £130 Oakley; gilet £30 Uniqlo; boots £280 Burton • Hat £35 Universal Works; goggles £140 Oakley; coat £120 trousers £160 Nike 6.0; scarf £60 Lou Dalton; bag £130 Jansport; gloves £75 CP Company • Hat £75 Stone Island; jacket £160 Burton; jacket £100 Henri Lloyd Jeans Co; trousers £200 Oakley

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Westbeach Coal Harbour Jacket

Canadian brand Westbeach have been combining snowboarding style with highend technicality for 30 years now and keep getting better. The Coal Harbour’s snug insulation means you’ll stay warm whether flying down La Vallée Blanche, or repelling the rain on the way to a post-work pint. “The slim fit and lengthy cut mean it is not too bulky for high-street wear,” says Ed Blomfield of snowboard magazine Whitelines. £180, westbeach.com

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JanSport Mazama Rucksack

“Today’s technical, multi-tasking mountain rucksacks should be as good at carting your gear to the gym as they are carrying your skis or snowboard on a lengthy backcountry hike,” says Snowboarding the World co-author Chris Moran. Step forward the JanSport Mazama, which has straps for poles, snowboard, skis and split board, as well as a lifetime warranty. £130, jansport.com

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“A day up the mountain involves a lot of queueing for lifts, meaning a good set of cans can add an extra dimension to your day,” says Moran. Cans, in this instance, means headphones. This collaboration between O’Neill and Phillips combines perfect sound quality with great looks and better crack-resistance than a Betty Ford Clinic warden. £100, oneill.com

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When it comes to après-ski footwear, give the moonboots a swerve and hot foot it to the shops for a pair of Columbia’s Bugathermo boots. These boots can be charged through your computer’s USB port to keep your feet warm for up to eight hours. £300, columbia.com

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Maui Jim Aloha Friday sunglasses

Put on a pair of Maui Jims and where once was a whiteout, you’ll suddenly see everything in vivid technicolour. Their patented polarised lenses eliminate glare and transmit more red, blue and green light to your eyes’ colour receptors. So whether you’re on the piste or on the piss, you’ll be looking just fine. £212, mauijim.com

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Nigel Cabourn woolly hat

When it’s time to meet the winter head on, a stylish yet functional woolly hat is essential. “Roundheads should wear a floppy style hat,” advises Mark Harries, head buyer at Snow and Rock. For everyone else there’s this elegant off-white beanie by outerwear specialist Nigel Cabourn. Warm enough for the slopes, stylish enough to top off any smart casual outfit. £40 cabourn.com

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Baracuta wool Harrington jacket

After wearing any number of layers and bulky outerwear all day, you want to head out in a stylish jacket that makes you feel unencumbered. We love this Baracuta Harrington, a svelte classic made relevant for our changeable winters thanks to the toasty, lightweight wool. It’s a preppy look that won’t go unnoticed at home either. And if the mercury suddenly goes south, simply throw on a padded gilet for an athletic aesthetic. Say that after a barrel of Glühwein. MH £150 baracuta-g9.com ■

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DEC10 | THE BRIEF

Backpackstoconquer the wilderness +a high-tech coat that cheats winter +bespoke footwear

CLOTHES THAT BREATHE

Leader of the sacks

Beautiful sunlight, pavements busy with fallen leaves; Britain at its most resplendent. Whether you’re weekending in the Lake District or out on a Sunday stroll, you’ll need a bag to piggyback your stuff around. Cue Millican and its ‘Matthew’ rucksack. Think of Matthew as your Sherpa, bearing loads with unfathomable ease. With external map pockets, a foldaway rain cover and water bottle pockets, it’s reassuringly military in form and function. Wherever you are, Matthew’s got your back. Available in slate green or antique bronze ÂŁ115 homeofmillican.com

Technical innovation and fashion rarely see eye to eye. One is concerned with looking good while the other’s fancy is aroused by weather and thermoregulation (body temperature to you and I). But thanks to Geox, you can reconcile them. Its latest range sees hightech, patented technology hidden in ďŹ ne-gauge cashmere sweaters and woollen plaid coats. The point is you no longer have to endure the torment of perspiring or shedding layers as you it in and out of doors, since Geox provides you with a stylish microclimate of your own. Parka, ÂŁ239, geox.com.

THREE MORE BAGS FOR WELLDRESSED RAMBLERS

Bally good shoes

No two feet are the same, so why do we spend so much on one-shape-suits-all shoes? Bally has a solution with a new bespoke service on its classic Scribe collection. So if you’re after brogues or Oxfords in the ďŹ nest hides, handstitched, manually dyed, Goodyearwelted and with a exible sole (why wouldn’t you be?), drop into a Bally store and get measured up. Your feet will thank you. From ÂŁ750, bally.com.

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PORTER CLIMBING RUCKSACK Perfect for scaling boulders in the lakes, but can also bowl down Bond Street, Porter’s rucksack is both stylish and functional. ÂŁ210 present-london.com ALLY CAPPELLINO ‘ALISDAIR’ RUCKSACK What could be more outdoor than tweed? Capellino’s spine-hugger is hewn from Harris and ďŹ nished with the ďŹ nest leather straps. Add denim and hiking boots. ÂŁ476 allycapellino.co.uk FILSON RUCKSACK Old-school and weatherproof, Filson’s bridle leather and paraďŹ ntreated cotton bag is the perfect carry-all for an active weekend. ÂŁ260 oipolloi.com

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White Christmas? Beat the inevitable blizzard in style

Wheelsmith

Sir Paul is no stranger to two wheels, having once pedalled pro rider aspirations himself. His latest venture, with roadwear specialists Rapha, will raise your cred amongst the urban bikers. Look out for the leather riding gloves and the polkadot scarf for those chilly, break-neck descents. And you’ll need serious wheels to pull it off. Condor can help you out there (condorcycles.com). Available online and at selected Paul Smith stores from 1 October rapha.cc; paulsmith.co.uk

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Trench coat £895 Burberry (020 7806 1303, burberry.com)

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IT WILL NEVER GO OUT OF FA SHION The phrase ‘style icon’ is overused, but in this case it is fully justified. This trench has been a classic for decades, and due to the phenomenal renaissance of the Burberry label over the past 15 years it will undoubtedly remain one for years to come. As investment purchases go, this is strictly blue-chip.

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IT FITS A SUIT This overcoat is made to fit over a suit thanks to its raglan-sleeve structure that starts at the collar rather than the shoulder, making it much roomier than regular tailored shoulders. IT WILL LA ST A LIFETIME Given that this is a coat you will want to keep for years, it’s a good job it’s constructed to withstand the test of time. It is made from gabardine, a fabric invented way ahead of its time in 1880 by Thomas Burberry. Gabardine uses Egyptian Pima cotton that has a longer yarn making it tougher and harder wearing than other fabrics. You might get three or four winters at best out of most good quality coats, but a Burberry should last you a lifetime. This makes the justifequation – divide the price by the number of times you will wear it – very favourable.

IT SUITS YOUR JEA NS While it’s certainly smart enough to wear with a suit, you can also dress it down with dark jeans and tan brogues for a more casual, weekend look. As a result, it transcends the generation gap, meaning it works as well for the student in his twenties as it does the fiftysomething chief executive. YOU’ LL STAY DRY Many supposed raincoats are in reality rain sponges, but the individual threads of Burberry’s fabric are coated in water-repellent chemicals before being woven. It makes this coat more water-resistant than any other of its kind. More trench than drench. TO SUPPORT BRITISH INDUSTRY In times of austerity, it’s good to know you’re doing your bit to support the British economy. All of Burberry’s trenches are made in its own factory in Castleford, West Yorkshire, where it first started in 1901. The quality and craftsmanship is paramount.

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FIX YOUR JAWS IN 3D

Wonky teeth holding you back? Here’s how to get a Hollywood smile using the latest science

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ISN’T IT TOO LATE TO GET MY TEETH STRAIGHTENED?

Uneven teeth are not going to improve without treatment, but now you can avoid a metal mouth with lingual (invisible) braces. “As we age, teeth continue to move so any problems will only get worse,” says specialist or thodontist, Dr Asif Chatoo. But the good news is it’s not too late to take action. “You can straighten teeth at any age but sooner is better as things will be less complicated,” says Chatoo. The benefits of lingual braces aren’t just aesthetic. Better aligned teeth are easy to clean meaning healthy pegs and gums.

HOW IT WORKS

How an orthodontist gets inside your head

A computer-aided X-ray is taken of your upper and lower jaw

WHY DO IT?

A British Orthodontic Society study found 45% of UK adults are unhappy with their teeth, while 25% said they would have an orthodontic procedure to boost self-esteem. “Previously, patients weren’t aware of the possibilities. Braces were abhorrent, adults want to be taken seriously – not look like a metallic teenager look in their thirties,” says Chatoo. And now, they don’t have to have it.

3D OR NOT 3D; THAT IS THE QUESTION

3D imaging allows the orthodontist to see every plane of the teeth

THE SCIENCE

A mould of your teeth is scanned into a computer-aided design programme to build a 3D model. “Using 3D allows you to analyse the teeth in all planes and see where any interference lies, such as a biting action which

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might dislodge a bracket,” says Chatoo. The brackets (known as jigs), are custom built for each tooth and placed invisibly on the inner side of your teeth. And with the mechanics hidden you can sidestep the Bond villain stage.

Each tooth is viewed individually, making for precise brackets

Dr Chatoo says you can shave up to 20% off your treatment time, (potentially 4-6 months) if you stick to your treatment schedule. Lingual braces, as described above, take longer than other options. However, the process doesn’t involve cutting down your teeth which you would need to do to fit veneers, which are quicker. “I don’t think you should cut down healthy teeth when you can make them look better with minimal change to the teeth themselves,” says Chatoo. Veneers also have a far shorter shelf life and will need replacing every 7-8 years.

THIS WON’ T HURT A BIT

We’re lying. This will hurt your wallet bad. The technology and the fact that each lingual brace bracket is custom built for each tooth means that this is a very expensive option. Getting your upper and lower teeth realigned will set you back between £6,000 and £9,000, depending on the complexity of your particular case. Removal of teeth or extra corrective surgery will bump the price up. But, compared to veneers it’s practically a steal. “The price of veneers varies depending on how many teeth are prepared but can be anything from £8,000 upward,” says Dr Chatoo. That’s potentially £8,000 every 7-8 years for the rest of your life. You do the maths. And included in the 3D treatment package is a permanent retainer which will help to protect your investment. That’ll put a smile on your face.

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Smart-casual is always the trickiest dress code to crack. When a suit is too formal but jeans too relaxed, these slick slacks fi ll the gap

INTHENAVY

For maximum wear and easy versatility, keep your trouser palette sober – especially in winter. Trousers should be a comparatively blank canvas on which to base the rest of your outfit. The warm brown of these shoes is echoed in the belt which brings out the blue hue of the navy trousers. Shirt £75 Ede & Ravenscroft Jacket £60 Uniqlo Trousers £30 Uniqlo Belt £170 Canali Shoes £385 Salvatore Ferragamo

CITYSLICKER

While just-too-short trousers with turn-ups to expose the socks or ankles works for a casual look, this is less appropriate for refined attire. The ideal length of smart trousers with formal shoes should see the ‘break’ (the point where the front crease of the trouser leg is broken) just above the shoe. Length does matter. Duffle Coat £240 Calvin Klein Jeans Turtle Neck £310 Canali Trousers £38 Next Shoes £82 Ask the Missus

NUCOUNTRYSQUIRE

Soften what could be a stiff and ageing tweed jacket with more relaxed trousers and hybrid trainers to mix textures and patterns within the same palette. The lilac shirt and tie prevent the whole ensemble becoming too muddy. Blazer £155 HE by mango Tie £90 Canali Shirt £85 Lacoste Belt £55 Ede and Ravenscroft Trousers £119 Day Birger et Mikkelsen Trainers £70 Lacoste

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These versatile trousers will suit most occasions, meaning you’re guaranteed a lot of wear. Here they are dressed up with polished black shoes and a Prince of Wales check blazer. But the denim shirt also helps to update the outfit so you don’t end up looking old before your time. Denim Shirt £85 Energie Blazer £1,240 Canali Belt £12 Uniqlo Trousers £40 Gap Shoes £340 Canali

BACKTOPREPPYSCHOOL

Woollen trousers mean there’s no need for longjohns here. Wool is durable, breathable and – given a good airing – doesn’t need to be washed too often. The cardigan breaks up the grey in this preppy look and complements the loafer’s colourful sole. Blazer £250 ck Calvin Klein Cardigan £142 John Smedley Shirt £50 HE by mango Tie £65 Calvin Klein Collection Trousers £175 Daks Loafers £80 Ffor

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LITTLEBOYBLUE

Here the navy trousers replace what might be indigo jeans. The sheen plus tight crease down the front means these can take you from day to night and elevate the tone of the overall look. Just as turn-ups have made a reappearance in jeans and chinos, so they are returning to formalwear. Shirt £130 John Smedley Jumper £235 Lacoste Blazer £850 Pringle of Scotland Trousers £200 Canali Boots £559 Salvatore Ferragamo

THERIGHTTROUSERS

Avoid getting caught with your pants down courtesy of these buying tips from Kevin Rush, menswear buyer at House of Fraser LENGTH When wearing smart shoes as opposed to trainers, try to avoid letting the fabric of your trousers bunch too much at the ankle.

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WAIST While jeans can be comfortably worn on the hip, smarter trousers should really be worn on the waist, an inch or two higher.

WIDTH Go for a slim fit rather than skinny which can look and feel uncomfortable, as smarter trousers have less ‘give’ than denim.

PATTERN It’s safer to avoid clashing patterns, so wearing plain trousers gives you more licence to experiment with the top half of your outfit.

COLOUR Sober tones – black, navy, grey, khaki – are more versatile than brighter colours, so are better value in terms of cost-per-wear.

CREASE If your trousers have a crease when you buy them, try to maintain it, but never press one in where it didn’t exist originally.

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STYLE COUNSEL Your most pressing wardrobe worries are

swifly allayed by menswear troubleshooter, Peter Howarth

I have been invited to my boss’s for dinner. What should I wear? JT, Ipswich

This is a notoriously tricky one, because, if there’s one thing I’ve learnt in my professional career, it is not to fall foul of the man you work for. So, overdressing is fraught with danger – you certainly don’t want to show him up in his own home. But underdressing… well, he may take a particularly dim view of that. But fear not: the other thing I have learnt is that the vanity of the man in charge knows no bounds; so you should look at the way he dresses and try to approximate what he might adopt for the evening. At work is he a suit, shirt and tie stickler? Or is he a jeans and T-shirt new media dude? There’s your answer. If you’re still in any doubt, go for the ‘dark-suit-withwhite-shirt-open-at-the-collar’ option. It’s smart enough to make you look like you mean business, but the lack of tie means you won’t feel a fool if he’s in an old sweater.

Is there a correct way you should fold a pocket square? A ndré , Manchester

Never try to outdress the don

The internet was made for questions like this, and if you type ‘pocket square’ into a search engine you’ll find a load of advice on this, the best being tinyurl.com/2pexxw. Origami, meet Savile Row…

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Fold the left corner in Fold the bottom corner Slip your immaculate to the middle, followed towards the centre of square into your breast pocket. Strut. the square. by the right corner.

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It depends whether it makes you look as though your mum has dressed you. As a general rule, I’d say beware of too much coordination. If you do sync colour, try to mix up textures or patterns.

Is it acceptable to wear boots with a suit, if so, what kind?A S, Torquay

Absolutely. The phrase is ‘suited and booted’, after all. Of course there are boots and there are boots, so no muddy footwear used for hiking, no builder’s steel toe-caps, and no weekend Timberlands. Instead opt for something smart that polishes up nicely if in leather (Chelsea boots), or is clean and well kept if in suede. For a good selection have a look at asos.com.

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So, if you match your hat and your scarf – is that a good or bad look? Tim, A berdeen

Warning: head off games of ‘snap’ or get it in the neck

Peter Howarth has edited Arena and Esquire, served as style editor for GQ, and worked alongside British fashion luminary Sir Paul Smith. Got a question for him? Email it to stylecounsel@menshealth.co.uk

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DJ SET Whether your dinner jacket is bespoke or borrowed, it’s the details that separate the invited guests from the hired help at a black tie bash Photography Stephan Lenthall Styling Eric Down

BOWFORSHOW

Resist the lure of the ready tied dicky. There are YouTube videos that demonstrate how to tie one and the real deal looks great untied later in the evening. For black tie, keep the tie black. This is not the time or the place to be quirky. And stick to the rules of proportion: “Ensure the width of the wings doesn’t extend beyond the breadth of your collar,” says tailor Vicki Clark (ad-hominem.co.uk). Bow tie £30 Ede & Ravenscroft

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The silk scar f is often overlooked when doing black tie, but don’t underestimate its significance. It adds individual flourish and will set you apart from the identikit penguins. It’s also a useful windbreaker, and – if the situation arises – you could gallantly offer to put it around a damsel’s shoulders when she’s shivering in the queue for a taxi home. Silk scar f £70 Hackett

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Not all black dinner suits are made equal, but you don’t need to have the bank balance of a hedge fund manager to look the business. Whereas most of your colleagues will play safe with a one or two-button jacket, opt instead for a single-breasted version like this one from Jaeger. Not only does the cut narrow your waistline, but since it should always be worn fastened, you’ll appear significantly less dishevelled than your colleagues later in the evening. Two-piece tuxedo £450 Jaeger 

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The shinier the shoe, the better

PATENTPENDING

The shinier the shoe, the better. “Worn with a ribboned tuxedo trouser to complement the shine, a patent shoe adds finesse to an evening look,” says my-wardrobe.com menswear buyer Lee Douros. Patent shoes used to gather dust for most of the year, but you can incorporate them into your regular wardrobe. “Contrast the shine with dark jeans and they’ll also work as a smar t daytime option.” If you apply the cost-per-wear ratio, this means you can justify spending a bit more. So when you’re doing the 10 to 2 shuffle, at least you’re doing it in style. Patent shoes £295 D&G 

LIGHTOFPOCKET

It’s not a good look to take a manbag to a black tie do but it’s an even worse move to ruin the sleek silhouette of your slim-fitting DJ by weighing your pockets down with cumbersome accessories. Leave the wallet that’s bursting with old receipts and expired store cards at home. Tonight all you need is some crisp twenties, a credit card (preferably your own) – and yes okay, Patrick Bateman, a couple of business cards – in a super skinny leather dress wallet that will slip surreptitiously into your inner breast pocket. Money clip wallet £155 Smythson

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SMARTERPHONE

Is that a ridiculously lumpy smar t phone in your pocket or are you ver y excited about Christmas? The new Samsung Wave is the skinniest phone we’ve seen. Not only is this mobile extremely easy for fit girls to tap their numbers into, but it also doubles as an HD video recorder. You know, just in case that might come in handy. Smar t phones have never looked smar ter. Wave Phone £260 Samsung

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SILVERSERVICING

If the inhibition-loosening booze leads to an after party back at hers, you need to be prepared. But there are few things more presumptuous than pulling out a pack of three from your pocket. A iGent is more discreet, so invest in a condom case. “This isn’t an accessory to do by halves,” says Clark. “Go for sterling silver, then conceal it in a hidden pocket.” Silver designer Fiona Stewart says, “It’s a lovely piece that feels nice to hold”. Which is very kind of her. The same could be said about her condom case. Solid silver condom holder £235 fsdesignersilver.co.uk

LINKED-IN RECOMMENDATION

There are two schools of thought with cufflinks. The new school recommends experimentation; the old advocates a more traditional approach. “Less is more” is the rule of thumb according to specialist Paul Westwater of William & Son. “Cufflinks should provide the polish to your look.” And whatever the price tag, it’s advisable to avoid bling and novelty. Try something understated like this silver pair from Hugo Boss. At least they won’t look like you pulled them out of a cracker. Cufflinks £39 Hugo Boss

SHARPEDGES

KEYSTOTHECITY

You don’t want to jingle all the way when you’re trying to cut a dash, so give any loose change to the cabbie or a busker as a Christmas tip. And as for that bulky key ring boring a hole in your pocket lining, remove all but the essential keys and then pack them safely in a key pouch like this natty leather Louis Vuitton number. Key holder £100 Louis Vuitton

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Whatever the price tag, it’s advisable to avoid bling

Unless you get your shir ts done by a professional (or have a valet below stairs), chances are you have more to do at the weekend than spending hours starching your shir ts. Which means your collars can end up on the flaccid side. Give yourself the edge with these sterling silver collar stiffeners. Inser ted into the underside of your wings, they’ll pop your collar better than Usher could. Silver collar stiffeners MH £45 Ede & Ravenscroft ■

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hat bottle of aftershave isn’t just sink-side decoration. It’s catnip for the wildest women in the jungle. Researchers at the Bronx Zoo in New York found fragrances have a power ful effect on the mammalian brain. They discovered that big scents are potent enough to attract big cats, and it wasn’t just ‘Fresh Kill Pour Homme’ – Calvin Klein Obsession for men was the felines’ fragrance of choice. Using this insight, MH sniffed out the top five scents to attract the catwomen of your world.

COUGAR

DISTINGUISHING FEATURES Strong, independent, sexually bold Notes The cougar hunts a wide variety of prey, usually preferring them young and robust. Research at Rutgers University has shown that perception of age is closely related to the sense of smell. So pick a scent with grapefruit notes – such as Tom Ford’s Grey Vetiver (£50 for 50ml, 0870 034 2566) – and signal to a cougar that you’re ready to be pinned down and devoured.

CHEETAH

If the scent is on, the cat is in the bag

DISTINGUISHING FEATURES Go-getter, quick-witted Notes She’s fast, sharp and livelier than your average cat so you need something feisty to knock her spots off. Get her running in your direction with Byredo Chembur (£115 for 100ml, liberty.com) with lemon and ginger. According to research from Ohio State University, citrus smells improve mood, which is bound to appeal to this feline.

JAGUAR

DISTINGUISHING FEATURES Solitary, plays hard to get Notes She’s cunning, with a surprisingly powerful bite. But this cat is most notable for her unusual love of water. To attract her, give yourself an early-evening drenching in Biotherm Homme Force (£28.50 for 30ml, boots.com), infused with springwater scents and absinthe. Not typical cat food, granted. But it should have her, erm, doggy-paddling your way.

WILDCAT

DISTINGUISHING FEATURES Loud, nocturnal, streetwise Notes Found in high concentrations in most towns and cities, the wildcat stays out late to indiscriminately sink her claws into those who take her fancy. A fragrance containing musk is a must – its high molecular weight means it releases slowly, and will still be giving off signals long after the chip van has packed up. Try Boss Bottled Night (£36 for 100ml, boots.com). Don’t say you weren’t warned.

PUSSYCAT

DISTINGUISHING FEATURES Sweet, homely, demure Notes The sort of sweet little kitty who will curl up in your lap on the sofa and purr until it’s time for bed. She’s attracted to warm, traditionally male fragrances. Marc Jacobs Bang (£39 for 50ml, 0800 652 7661) has woody middle notes, which perfumers use to indicate masculinity. Just remember to fit your tabby with a collar if you want to keep the tomcats at bay.

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The scent you wear can tap into a woman’s inner animal, say scientists. But which species of female do you want to attract?


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PsychologyTest

Stuart Broad

A lef -handed batsman and right-handed seam bowler, Nottingham-born ‘Broady’ is an integral part of England’s cricket team. Part of the 2009 squad that won the A shes, the ICC ranks Stuart in the top 10 bowlers in the world; not bad for a man of 24. Now, he takes a break from this year’s competition to tell you how to hit life’s challenges for six.

1) YOU’VE JUST WON THE ASHES, WE’RE MIXING THE DRINKS, WHAT’LL IT BE? Just give me a Budweiser.

6) WHICH WOULD YOU MOST LIKE TO BROADEN?

2) WHICH MEANT THE MOST? Music knowledge

Young cricketer oftheyear

England’s Winning mostvaluable theashes player

Your England debut

Playing in the Ashes was like a wave of every emotion imaginable, and then to come out on top at the end was so rewarding and relieving.

Travel horizons

Sexual experience

Your shoulders

Definitely music. I hate it when someone puts on an old classic, everyone’s singing along, and I don’t have a clue what it is. I wish I knew more about music history. 7) EAT TO LIVE, OR LIVE TO EAT? Live to eat. I do love my food. There is nothing better than dining out in a nice Japanese restaurant. 8) WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE MORE TIME FOR?

3) WHAT SINGLE THING WOULD IMPROVE YOUR LIFE THE MOST? The retirement age of pro sportsmen going up by 10 years, so I could play cricket for another decade. 4) WHICH DO YOU MOST ENJOY?

Family

Girlfriend

Training

Partying

It would be nice to spend more time with my family, but cricket’s my life and career and it’s what I love doing, so I wouldn’t change it for the world. Bowling

Winning

Batting

Sleeping

Winning is a buzz like no other, but sleeping is a close second. The two go hand in hand. 5) WHAT IS YOUR MOST DEPLORABLE TRAIT? One thing my girlfriend hates is when I’m playing the PlayStation and she’s trying to watch TV. She always wins.

9) HOW DO YOU DEFINE BEING A MAN? Build a loving family, have fantastic kids and enjoy life. I think life is there to be enjoyed with other people. 10 ) WHAT IS YOUR SECRET TO GOOD HEALTH? Eat well and eat enough. I also think as a cricketer, that being in the swimming pool keeps your body in good shape because it doesn’t put too much stress on you. INTERVIEW ALEX HARRIS. ALAMY. GETTY

The MH Diagnosis

Psychologist Sophie Stone shrinks the answers Clear-headed and a strategic thinker, Stuart shows how future aspirations to be a family man don’t have to take your head out of the present. Displaying a slight lack of focus right now on this may be reflective of his youthful perspective

on relationships or that he has an already savvy approach to swerveballing tricky media questions about his private life. Stuart’s tastes in food and drink are clearly defined but his lack of musical

knowledge reveals a youth spent focused on training. He demonstrates a single-mindedness on his cricketing career and suggests there’s still more to achieve. Adopt this kind of focus in your own life to reach your own goals.

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Seductive lingerie tailor-made for your girlfriend, to be enjoyed long after Santa has bolted

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COVER PHOTOGRAPHY ALEX YOUNG. MODEL TRIINU AT ZONE MODELS

…foraspotofselfish philanthropy,andwe’ve discoveredthegiftsthat keepongiving A time for giving, a time for receiving. Through the snowstorm of pine needles, mulled wine and torn wrapping paper this Christmas, at least one thing should be discernible: gifts are important. So much so, in fact, that the clever bunch at the University of Westminster found that when we receive a gift-wrapped little something, the reaction in our brains is the same as when we look at pornographic images (which perhaps explains why we’re up all night on Christmas Eve…) To the selfish philanthropist, that means unbridled opportunity. On p27, we identify four cognitive reward centres in the female brain and a comprehensive list of expertselected presents to ensure you light up your girl’s head like a Christmas tree. Your shopping will be a cinch and she’s guaranteed to return plenty in kind. Reciprocation is the gift that keeps on giving, after all. What to do with all of that festive credit, though? Firstly, feast your eyes on p6 for the best psych tips to get exactly what you want come 25th December, guilt free and without having to ask. And don’t laminate your wish list until you’ve been to p13. There, we’ve stockpiled a grotto of goods, expert-proven to make your life better in 2011. There’s none of the aforementioned pornography (although the lingerie guide on p10 will certainly rouge the bashful cheeks of Santa’s little helpers), but if you want something gratuitous, there is a lightsaber on p14. Merry Christmas.

Meet the experts

Martin Lindstrom The author of Buyology is an expert in how the brain craves more stuff. Lindstrom was a 2009 member of TIME magazine’s “World’s 100 Most Influential People”, on account of his contribution to the science behind marketing. Now he puts his mind to which gifts will light up the reward centres of your girl’s brain.

Janie Bryant The Emmy Award-winning designer is responsible for the enviable cool of Don Draper et al in Mad Men. About to release a book Janie Bryant MOD, and her own first collection, she was the obvious choice to ensure you’re draped with all you need to slip from desk to boardroom to pub with a mere loosening of your tie.

James Holland Holland edits electricpig. com, one of the largest independent gadget websites in the UK. He found his inspiration from a childhood surrounded by his father’s gadgets. If something causes a stir in digiworld, Holland knows about it, and he’s here to help kit you out with the best stuff on the market.

Dr Kevin Dutton University of Cambridge psychologist Dutton is an expert on the science of social influence and persuasion. After the success of, his book, Flipnosis, Dr Dutton’s expertise has not gone unnoticed, which is why we’ve drafted him in to ensure your stockings get filled with exactly what you want – asking not required.


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Use these stats to hone your Xmas shopping habits

Subliminal stocking fillers These Jedi-worthy mind tricks will ensure your Christmas pressies are all killer, no (stocking) filler

61% of men

shop last-minute. So beat the crowds by buying early

purposeincentivisesthemtobuy itforyou,”saysCialdini. UseitforTomTomGO950LIVE £260tomtom.com

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“Thebrainprefersprocessing thingsviathesimplestroute,”says ElaineFox,professorofpsychology attheUniversityofEssex.“Soyou’ll betterpersuadesomeonetodo whatyouwantbybeingdirect.” “Useyoursocialnetworkingprofile topostabouttheitem,”saysFox. “It’sasubtlewaytoinformyour friendsthatyouwantsomething.” UseitforMontblancJohnLennon SpecialEdition£585montblanc.com

17% of men

buy presents that ‘will do’ and 1 in 10 buy ones they know aren’t right

25% of women

expect toiletries. That doesn’t mean they want them

LETTHEMFEEL INCHARGE

“Whenpeoplearemadetofeel incontroloftheirbehaviour, theyaremorelikelytorespondto prompts,”revealsProfessorRobert Cialdini,authorof Influence:The PsychologyofPersuasion. FindtheproductoneBay,putin abidyouknowwillbebeatenand leavetheauctionwindowopenfor yourtargetbuyertofind.“Thisway noonehasanydoubtthatyouwant it,”saysCialdini. Or thatyou’llgetit. UseitforOrbitsoundT3portable speaker£40play.com

USEBUZZWORDS

“Peoplearepersuadedbyadjectives suchas‘faster’or‘incredible’,”says CarmineGallo,acommunications coachforbrandssuchasNokiaand

Toshiba.“Youneedonlylookat presentationsbySteveJobstosee howimportantthesewordsare.” Bombardyourtargetbuyerwithall therightadjectives,butpickyour time. Themorningofthesecond MondayinDecembershoulddoit. Accordingtointernettradebody IMRG,thepeakshoppinghouris between1pmand2pmonthisday. UseitforNikeLunarGlide+£60 sportsdirect.com

PERCEIVED SELFINTEREST

“Convincinganotherpartythat somethingisintheirinterestisone waytoensurecompliance,”reveals KevinDutton,authorofFlipnosis. Suggesttriallingasatnavandadd, ‘Itwouldmeanyou’dneverhaveto readanothermapagain’.“Thedual-

PEERPRESSURE

“Manyadcampaignsrelyonsocial need,”saysCialdini.“Theneedto buyaproducttofitwithyourpeers.” “Peopledecidewhat’sappropriate basedonwhatthosearoundthem aredoing,”saysCialdini. “Leave apositivereviewoftheitemfor someonetofindandthey’llbe moreconvincedofitslegitimacy.” UseitforPanasonicHDCSD600 Camcorder£600panasonic.co.uk

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55% of men

are confident they can afford Xmas

64% of men

don’t save for Xmas

38% of women would prefer cash

ILLUSTRATION STUDIO DUST. SANTA’S LITTLE HELPERS INFO FROM EBAY AND THE INSTITUTE OF FAMILY PLANNING

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“Reciprocationisaverypowerful toolinpersuasion,”saysFox. Printawebpagewiththejacketon itthenusethereversesidethenext timeyouneedtoleaveamessage sayingyou’vegoneouttodothe groceryshopping.“Whensomeone goesoutoftheirwayforus,wefeel compelledtoreturnthefavour, andtheresponseisnotalways proportional,”saysFox. UseitforPaulSmithLeatherBomber Jacket£459paulsmith.co.uk


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While it’s tempting to beat online crowds by shopping in November, hold ďŹ re until early December. “Most retailers have a 30-day no questions asked returns policy, and if you’ve had the present wrapped for a month the recipient won’t be able to return it unless it’s faulty,â€? says Wollington. If you’re determined to go early, popular sites such as iwantoneofthose. com let you extend the returns policy‌ just in case.

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If you are buying stacks of books, CDs or even bulkier electronic items, save yourself time, money and exposure to hordes of zombiďŹ ed shoppers by exploiting Amazon’s Prime service. This gives you free, one-day delivery for every order you make. “Sign up for the free four-week trial in early December, then cancel it when the shopping is done, saving yourself the ÂŁ49 annual membership,â€? says Alex Buttle, co-founder of price comparison site top10.com.

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Been bad? More energetic than risquĂŠ, this girl is direct but not necessarily experimental. “You’ll know her desire to control in the bedroom,â€? says Kenny. But she also wants you to see her soft side. “This girl is no frills, so this set is perfect – soft and lightly patterned mesh,â€? says lingerie expert Diane Walker. The trim is very feminine, while the low-risers show a hint of bum without being overt. Naughty listed Bra ÂŁ39 and culotte ÂŁ29 Emporio Armani (emporioarmani.com)

Been bad? She’s far from icy in the bedroom but this girl can be prone to freezing when it’s time to undress. “She’s very physical between the sheets though, w once her hang-ups have abated,â€? says Kenny. Sophisticated glamour is the prescription here, says Campbell. “The basque will accentuate 50s pin-up curves, with a plunging neckline to show o her cleavage. The delicate fabric will help her feel ultra feminine, too.â€? Naughty listed Nicole basque ÂŁ99 hipster pants ÂŁ39 Myla (myla.com)

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Increase your time in the naughty corner with this menage a trois

The loop of love

This toy will double her chances of orgasm. “One end fits inside her to massage her G-spot, while the other stimulates her clitoris,” say sex bloggers Em and Lo. We-Vibe £73 we-vibe.com

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The adventuress Been bad? She accelerates from nought to naughty in microseconds. “When she says anything goes, she means anything,” says Kenny. “But don’t treat her as a sex object – even sirens have a soft side.” See-through and smaller than small, she’s at her most playful in a set of no-holds-barred lingerie. “This basque is perfect, because it’s seductively see-through,” says Walker, “but the delicate mesh fabric and intricate lace mean she can still wear it under a dress ready for the big reveal.” Naughty listed Penelope basque £295 and thong £75 Agent Provocateur (agentprovocateur.com)

The smiling siren Been bad? Oh yes: she exudes confidence and gains more from pushing boundaries, in and out of the bedroom. Despite the bravado, she loves to know that she’s wanted. “This underwired bra and bikini combo is sexy, luxurious and sheer so you can always see a glimpse of skin,” says Campbell. It’s titillating while still practical enough for her to wear for your flirtatious post-work drinks. Naughty listed Elodie Hopping Bra £65 and Bikini £35 Stella McCartney (stellamccartney.com)

Three’s a blast

This has three separate vibration points and is designed to match the contours of her body and yours. “It also has settings to adjust heat and the speed of vibration,” say Em and Lo. Massager£80 shop.philips.co.uk


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Check yourself

Getting all your pics printed straight away gives you instant brownie points with the girlfriend – and anyone drunk enough to wander into your path. “Polaroids offer a touch of nostalgia at Christmas and memories of the good old days of film for pros,” says Grant Scott, editor of Professional Photographer magazine. Polaroid 300£80, firebox.com

Weather man

Remember when gadgets just did one thing? Us neither. “Digital photo frames can do more than just show snaps of your Uncle Barry on his jollies in Scunthorpe,” says Tom Wiggins of Stuff magazine. “This 7in effort from Elonex can do that but it’ll also tell you what the weather’s going to be like.” Elonex WS710, £60, amazon.co.uk

Window of opportunity With real-time apps and extras aplenty, this handset is more ‘future’ than ‘now’. “Microsoft has torn up the blueprint and started again,” says Wiggins. “WP7 is clean cut and fresh. And it has a spec sheet that’ll have the iPhone quivering, including a super-bright 4in screen.” Samsung Omnia 7, £40 a month, orange.co.uk

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Poster boy

Movie posters are not only desirable bedroom décor, but a highly collectible art form. “One of the great poster designers of the last 30 years, Drew Struzan has worked on some iconic titles,” says Bruce Marchant, c0-owner of Reel Poster Gallery. Can’t decide on your favourite? His new book is a coveted collection of his best work.The Art of Drew Struzan £25, titanbooks.com

Excessive force

This gagdet confirms what we’ve always known, Star Wars is cool. What could possibly beat the infinite joy of hearing the lightsaber’s infamous hum as you swing it towards your latest adversary. Whether that happens to be the tax man or your noisy neighbours. Can you think of better way to spend the weekend? We can’t. Lightsaber£117, forbiddenplanet.com

Highly strung

Little increases cultural capital like a guitar. And studies show skills like musicianship demonstrate fitness for selection as a mate. “The American Special Strat has everything you could want,” says John Callaghan, Editor of Guitar & Bass Magazine. “They tend to hold their value, too, so are a great investment.” Fender American Special Stratocaster Sunburst, £629, dolphinmusic.co.uk

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Real leather, inherently cool and still functional; high top trainers score heavy style points, says Crockett. “These Nike Air Flytops have an old school American feel written all over them, but are still versatile enough to pull off with darker jeans and a smarter ensemble.”

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Snap happy

To move from casual to smart with ease, opt for Fred Perry. “It’s an iconic British brand,” says stylist Aradia Crockett. “It was worn by the original mods. This check shirt is perfect for portraying your awareness of that history.”


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Short of draping your shoulders with a boombox, there is no cooler way of listening to music than through wireless headphones. “Wireless streaming has come on massively in recent years,” says Wiggins. “These Sennheisers use Kleer technology to transmit music up to 100m, to as many as four different sources. Plus they’ll sound as crisp as a packet of salt ‘n’ vinegar.” Sennheiser RS 180£220, store.digital river.com

My pad

Apple’s omnipresence in the tech market has meant more than just a recurrent headache for Bill Gates. “Tablet computers were rubbish until the iPad came along, Apple’s 9.7in slab has truly revolutionised the market,” says Wiggins. “Anyone who knows anything about gadgets wants one. You’ll forget what a keyboard’s even for.” Apple iPad 3G 32GB £599, store.apple.com

Leg strong

Green is cool (one study even found enviro-friendly products are a status symbol*). And this chair is the embodiment of that. Made from recycled Coca Cola bottles, it’s perfect for Christmas, particularly if you’re expecting a few more faces around the table. Emeco 111 Navy Chair £230, conranshop.co.uk


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With built-in 3G, the Kindle lets you grab new reading material from the internet whether you’re on the Trans Siberian or the office express. “Unlike the iPad, the Kindle’s 3G doesn’t cost extra,” says James Holland, editor of electricpig.co.uk. You can also read in outdoor light as it forsakes backlighting for eInk. Amazon Kindle , £149, amazon.co.uk

Sought in the middle

Go nowhere without this versatile mid-layer, which keeps you comfortable in all conditions, says Jo Tinsley, features editor at Countryfile magazine. “While an outer layer of cotton shields you from the wind, merino wool next to your skin wicks away moisture – whether that’s rain or sweat.” Don’t head to altitude without one. Finisterre Coho Sweatshirt, £65, finisterreuk.com

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Some things are worth leaving behind. “This desktop gadget makes every file on your computer available over the internet, so you can access them anywhere in the world,” says Holland. It also lets you back up and share photos on the move. Drop them into your ‘personal cloud’ while you’re away for more happy snapping. Pogoplug, £100, pogoplug.com

“The NEX-5 is the smallest camera in the world with interchangable lenses,” says Andy Ridgeway of The Ultimate Gadget Guide. You can tuck it into a rucksack, but its pro-grade optics and photo options guarantee National Geographic images – even if you’re only shooting the duck pond with your troupe of miniature Shackletons. Sony NEX-5, £550, sony.co.uk

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Sweep the board

To see the world properly, you have to, well, see it. “Oakley’s polarised lenses cancel glare so whether you’re looking at Scafell Pike or the Great Barrier Reef, you’ll pick out detail your peepers can’t on their own,” says Tinsley. These glasses are water and scratch-resistant, so will survive white-water rafting and the gradefive bike ride to work. Oakley Holbrook, £75, oakley.com

Replacing the legendary T6, the T7 cranks it up, Spinal Tap style. Lightweight, stiff and responsive to your commands, this is a board for riding fast. If you’re looking to jib little rails in the park, it’s not for you. But then you should probably stop wearing your pants round your knees. Why bum around in a beetle when you could be driving an F1 car? Burton T7 Snowboard, £660, burton.com

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Canvas support

Figures from the Office of National Statistics show Brits took 5.4 million camping trips last year. This two-man lets you hunker down away from the weather and drunken festival-goers. “A low profile and flexible poles keep you grounded when the wind picks up,” says Tinsley. “And silicon coating prevents water absorption and sunlight damage.” VangoHelium Superlite200,£260,vango.co.uk

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The need to read

It doesn’t matter if you’re not going away. Just planning your next adventure gives a greater boost in happiness than setting off, according to research from Breda University in the Netherlands. Plot your route and keep photos on this magnetic map. It’s wanderlust, wall-mounted.


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Bags of room

A travel companion for any man prone to drop everything and go, this bag is based on 1940s designs for British servicemen’s luggage. “The handstitched leather recalls the Livingston era of adventure,” say Steve and EJ of menswear blog Style Salvage.

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Mountain pressure

After you spend big on technical clothing, the one chill to breach your all-weather apparel is the knowledge that it’ll go straight to the top of the wardrobe when you return from the great outdoors. That won’t be necessary with this wool jacket: clean Scandinavian design combines with 10,000mm waterproofing and lightweight insulation to keep you warm and stylish mountainside or streetside. Helly Hansen Ask Wool Jacket, £420, hellyhansen.com


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Black beret

There are times when you can’t whip out your laptop, but still need to email your boss and organise your evening’s revelry. “You simply cannot beat a BlackBerry for emailing on the move,” says Wiggins. “The Torch combines a full QWERTY keypad with a 3.2in touchscreen.” BlackBerry Torch 9800, £480, play.com

Logistical support

Spinning your way to the office can make you a more efficient worker, according to the Department of Health. “Brompton bikes are perfect for the city, whether you commute by bike or have very little storage,” says Oliver Laverack, of thebikelist.co.uk. “They offer great designs without sacrificing speed.” Brompton S2LX Fold Up, £1,125, evanscycles.com

Play hard ball

What better way to unwind, than with a spot of office golf? A study by research company COMPAS showed business leaders find it a very remunerative tool to use with clients. They found the golf course to be second only to restaurants as an effective place to do business, and you can’t install a kitchen next to your printer. Mini Golfset,£29.95,golfonline.co.uk

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Signal corps

That report needs filing and it’s almost golden. Problem is, you’re on a 70mph train with no wifi connection. “Mobile network Three’s Mi-Fi works as your own personal wireless hotspot” says Wiggins. “There’s a SIM card installed which sends out a 3G signal, allowing you to hook your laptop to the internet when you otherwise couldn’t.” Three MiFi, £70, three.co.uk

Chemical warfare

A coffee in the morning will give you an advantage in workplace concentration, according to scientists, so save your self time, and money, with a fastworking espresso machine. This Nespresso model comes recommended by espresso-club. co.uk, and is sure to get you your hit quicker than you can get your shoes on. Krups Nespresso XN7006, £145, amazon.co.uk

Command hub

When serious and prolonged typing is called for, a BlackBerry just won’t cut it; crunching out that report on a mobile phone screen is nigh on impossible. “For functionality on the move, pick up this Toshiba,” says Wiggins. “The 15.6-inch screen is even big enough for movies and the 500GB hard drive will take ages to fill.” Toshiba Satellite Pro C660, toshiba.com

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In the trench

There are few items that better bridge the gap between functional and stylish like the trench coat. “This Aquascutum piece looks good, is a great colour without being overwhelming and is very well tailored,” says Janie Bryant, costume designer for the award winning Mad Men series. “It’s also versatile enough to protect you from the elements.” So you’ll slip from commuter train to boardroom more effortlessly than Don Draper on dress down Friday.


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Half your life spent deskbound leaves little room to get your sweat on. “Squash is a great cardio workout that you can fit into your lunch hour,” says PT and sports scientist Gemma James. “Pick up the Wilson n120,” says previous UK champion Derek Thorpe (squash-coach.co.uk). “The weight allows quick shot-making. And the large head is forgiving, with a bigger sweet spot.” Wilson n120, £60, johnlewis.com

Bag man

Being stylish doesn’t mean you can’t carry your mobile office to work, but you need a decent bag. “Leather is the material of choice and this Hugo Boss holdall is both stylish and practical – with enough room to carry your work essentials,” says Crockett. HugoBossHoldall, £379,asos.com

Live and let dye If, like Bond you need to go from on-the-job killer to lady thriller in the time it takes the rest of us to put on a tie, you’re going to need a shoe for every mission. “These dip dyes aren’t just a great modern twist on a classic wing tip,” says Bryant, “they’ll work with your suit, post-work jeans, and everything in between.” Just don’t leave them at her place. Paul Smith Dip Dye Burton shoe, £239, paulsmith.com


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The giga-juke jukebox

“As well as all the music on your computer, this networked music centre gives you direct access to 8 million songs on the online streaming site Spotify,” says Ridgway. Whether you’re hosting a dinner or a rave, this will give you the soundtrack. Get a few to create a multi-room system with music synched all over the house. Sonos S5, £349, sonos.com

Japanese steel

You need to master kitchen Ninjutsu to impress, says Robin Gill, head chef at Sauterelle Restaurant. “You need three knives: a paring knife, a fish knife which doubles as a carving knife and a chopper. The Japanese Knife Company’s are the sharpest you can buy.” When guests arrive, they can watch you chop suey. Japanese KnifeCompany,from£39, japaneseknifecompany.com

Believe you can fry

Dinner parties can lead to new jobs, business deals or romance – but according to a survey 57% of Brits find hosting one more stressful than their commute. The cupped end of the Boomerang Wok gets your food to your guests with fewer spillages, the curve making it easy to turn vegetables or flash-fried fillets. Boomerang Wok, £90, conranshop.com

Stones’ gem

Just opening the deluxe edition of the Stones’ Exile on Main Street requires a party: it includes the remastered album on CD and vinyl, 10 unreleased tracks, three documentaries and a book. “Conceived in a haze of drunken debauchery, that mood is infectious,” says music journalist David Stubbs. Exile on Main Street SuperDeluxeBoxset,£100,store. universal-music.co.uk

All things spice

A 2010 poll shows a curry night with friends is the UK’s most popular social meal. Exchange the collective taste for turmeric into bankable social credit by picking a recipe from this new tome by Delhi-based academic Pushpesh Pant. It’s the product of a 20-year census of traditional family recipes. India Cookbook, from £18, amazon.co.uk

A legend in your time

Use it for shopping lists or recipe timings if you really want, but we think this white boardcum-timepiece would be better utilised as a focal point around whatever event it is that you’re hosting – dinner party or house party. Hand the marker pen over to your guests and let them review your efforts – if you dare. Karlssonwhiteboardmessage clock,£39,rockettstgeorge.co.uk

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“You need this powerful Bordeaux to leave a lasting impression on your guests’ palates,” says Erica Laler, sommelier at Michelinstarred restaurant Texture. “Serve with ribeye steak, horseradish and French fries.” Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande Pauillac, £27.50, harrods.com

Appy viewing

A showpiece for film or games nights, thanks to superior LED backlighting. “It’s future-proof, with 3D-ready technology, but what makes it really guestfriendly is Internet@TV,” says Ridgway. “This includes tools that let you view the BBC’s iPlayer or stream movies from LoveFilm.” All you have to do is pick up the popcorn. Samsung UE46C8000, £2,099, samsung.com

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The latest incarnation of Guitar Hero puts the fretboards of the rock greats under your fingers. And it provides great entertainment for your night in. “Guitar Hero offers opportunities for turn taking and competition, where everybody gets involved,” says Professor Christopher Ferguson, of Texas A&M University. “It fosters social bonds.” Guitar Hero Warriors of Rock, £65 (guitar only), £150 (full band), guitarhero.com

Sonic boom

The Aviano range is a mix of audioslave touches you might miss (aluminium diaphragms on the speaker drivers) and delivery you won’t (bass strong enough to blow over your sofa). “They perform so far beyond what’s expected that they’re one of the all-time-great bargains in audio,” says Sound and Vision’s Brent Butterworth. Mordaunt-Short Aviano, Components from £200, mordauntshort.com


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Running hot and cold

Training in cold weather boosts your pace by up to 29%, according to Northern Arizona University research, as your body learns to use oxygen more efficiently. “Gore’s reversible jacket is wind-proof with an integrated scarf to keep you warm,” says Kerry McCarthy, gear editor at Runner’s World. Globe SO Reversible Jacket, £150, gorerunningwear.com

Ticket to ride

An hour of cycling increases fatburning by 36% and improves cardio fitness by 13%, according to research in the Journal of Applied Physiology. “The Gran Fondo is the ideal all-day bike – a comfortable ride with well-mannered handling,” says Jeff Jones, editor of bikeradar.com. “And there’s no jumpiness when you’re really going for it.” Ribble Gran Fondo, £870, ribblecycles.co.uk

Piping nutrition

Box clever

Athletes who lack B vitamins take longer to build muscle tissue, according to a study at Oregon State University. Steaming vegetables feeds the meat on your bones as it retains more watersoluble vitamins than boiling. This tasty 9l unit also infuses your veg with herbs. Breville Digital Herb Infusion Steamer, £30, amazon.co.uk

Memberships at amateur boxing clubs in the UK have grown three-fold since 2005 – maybe we needed something to beat on in the recession. Boxing trainer Ash Sharma recommends Lonsdale’s 3-in-1 sparring partner. “It combines an angle bag with a floor to ceiling ball and maize ball, for a full range of punches.” 3-in-1 bag, £170, lonsdaleboxing.co.uk

Home colours

Get to the chopper

Pride increases motivation and effort, according to research at Northeastern University in the US. What better way to apply it than by adopting Team GB’s colours? This t-shirt, part of Stella McCartney’s first menswear range, will give you a psychological boost, – spurring you on to gold, even if it’s on the treadmill rather than the Olympic Stadium. Stella McCartney Team GB T-shirt, £30, adidas.co.uk

Twenty years ago, people spent around two hours a day preparing food. Now, figures from the Medical Research Council reveal we rarely spend more than 2 0 minutes refuelling. Enter the culinary multi-tool that slices and dices in seconds. It blends soups and smoothies, chops cheese and herbs and whisks up an omelette. Philips Cordless Hand Blender, £70, amazon.co.uk

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With 79% of us shouldering a heavier workload, we’re now having to squeeze exercise into our lunch hour. So you need a bag that’s smart enough for the office, but which can also hold a pair of size 11 trainers. “This Ben Sherman is perfect if you want to head to football after work,” says James Barron, head of menswear at ASOS. Ben Sherman Iconic Holdall£45, bensherman.co.uk

Keeping pace

Like the Nike+ iPod system, without the iPod, this running mate gives you feedback on pace, distance and calorie burn. “For the runner who wants to get on the road instead of hanging around making playlists, it’s ideal,” says McCarthy. “It has a detachable USB port so you can plug your times directly into your computer.” Nike+ Running SportBand, £35, nikerunning.com

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In-built momentum

When it comes to taking the hard work out of forward movement, these running shoes are one down from those wheeled Heelys trainers. As your midfoot makes contact with the ground, four lugs on the sole are forced into hollow chambers inside, soaking up the impact. As you push off, the lugs release again with a 58% energy return compared with typical running shoes’ 42% , propelling you forward into your next step at pace. Newton Running Motion, £135, newtonrunning.co.uk

Research from the University of Wisconsin found that a 20-minute kettlebell routine gives you the same calorie-burn as running a six-minute mile, making it ideal for new-year conditioning. “Powerbells offer an easy route in to this allbody training because the weight is adjustable,” says kettlebell instructor Jamie Lloyd. “You can start with as little as 5lbs to get the movements right, and work up to 40lbs on the same piece of kit.” Weider Powerbell, 40lbs, £150, MH fitness-superstore.co.uk ■


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Ms Scarlet, in the gym... with Armani Acqua di Gioia, £43.50

Mrs Sapphire, in the boardroom... with Balenciaga Paris, £56

Mr Cobalt in the boardroom... with Bleu de Chanel, £42

Miss Fuchsia, in the bar... with Prada Infusion d’Iris, £47.50

“Davidoff ’s latest eau de toilette is fresh and citrusy, with top notes of lemon and bergamot,” says Grant Osborne of men’s interactive fragrance community Basenotes.net. Perceived as ‘clean’ scents, they let you stride from the treadmill to a dinner with renewed vigour.

As alluring on the Pilates floor as it is at post-changingroom drinks, the new Acqua di Gioia is an attention-seeker. “A watery sensation with a fruity note,” says Catherine Mitchell, business development director of International Flavors & Fragrances. Try not to buckle when she wafts by.

For a professional woman who wants authority sans shoulder pads, Mitchell recommends this green floral scent. “It’s assertive with an underpinning freshness to prevent it being too intrusive,” she says. Undeniably feminine but persistent, it’s an elegant solution for what to wear to work.

“Warm, complex woody fragrances in Chanel’s latest male scent project an air of wealth and sophistication, without being overpowering,” says men’s grooming expert Jason Shankey (jasonshankey.com). It’s bottled gravitas – as powerfully composed as a strong handshake.

An eau de parfum that’s a natural choice for any woman who likes classic femininity. Fruity top notes of Sicilian mandarin mingle with a fresher violet scent to give a breezy injection of old-world Italian glamour. It’ll stir up any pub or bar – and make her feel as comfortable as in the department store.

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Mr Cobalt, in the bar... with Frederic Malle Vetiver Extraordinaire,£90 “With five woody notes and a strong concentration of vetiver, this is an especially masculine fragrance,” says James Craven, perfume archivist at fragrance boutique Les Senteurs. A couple of squirts last all day. This scent achieves the impossible: modern and vintage. liberty.co.uk

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MS SCARLET Frank, conďŹ dent and seductive, this playful predator wants you to know when she’s around. Pick out heady, energetic scents and help her get exactly what she wants.

MRS SAPPHIRE Professional yet feminine, elegant yet purposeful, this lady exudes exotic sophistication. She’ll demand fragrances that walk the line between bold glamour and ladylike poise.

MISS FUCHSIA This girly-girl is pristine and innocent – or at least that’s what she wants you to think. Select uncomplicated oral perfumes to match her infectious femininity.

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MR COBALT The self-assured alpha with reserved, statesman-like cool. Heritage scents with woody, masculine notes help to maintain his quiet authority, whether in business or pleasure.

MR PLATINUM Ambition personiďŹ ed, he’s always hungry, even if his palette switches from adventure to women. Assertive, citrusy fragrances announce his masculine intent.

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Mr Platinum in the bedroom... with Tom Ford Extreme, ÂŁ80 A ferociously masculine scent for the man who has no need for mixed messages. Its sandalwood, patchouli, vanilla and amber are perceived as ‘sensual’ by women, says Karyn Khoury, perfumer at EstĂŠe Lauder. “With a heavy molecular weight, it lasts longer and impresses.â€? spacenk.co.uk

Ms Scarlet, in the bedroom... with Dominique Ropion Carnal Flower, ÂŁ115 “Certain notes in women’s fragrances are particularly seductive – tuberose, amber, jasmine and musk,â€? says Craven. This scent, created by world-class ‘nose’ Dominique Ropion, has the highest concentration of tuberose of any perfume available. So prepare to fall under its spell. liberty.co.uk

Mr Evergreen, in the lounge... with Paul Smith MAN 2, ÂŁ35

Miss Fuchsia, in the lounge... with YSL Parisienne, ÂŁ48

Straight from the fougère family of fragrances, this is a versatile splash of 24/7 style. “Fougères contain citrus, lavender, spices and woods and are very easy to wear,â€? says Osborne. This is a scent which is complex but not headline-grabbing, and adds an urbane signature for family days out and errands.

Perfectly suited for lunch dates or shopping, this oral perfume is a modern interpretation of YSL’s classic Paris fragrance. “Its bouquet of rose, violet and blackberries oers true femininity,â€? says Catherine Mitchell. Rather than being girly, it adds a dusky touch of romance to everything she does.

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A sensual mix of rose, vanilla and musk, Lola radiates glamour, says Michelle D’Vaz of The Perfume Shop. “The design of the bottle itself, with its dramatic ower stopper, makes it a luxury gift worth unwrapping.â€? She’ll walk the line between old-fashioned romance and outright temptation.

Sophisticated without being ostentatious, this limited-edition Issey Miyake is a well-matched aperitif before a Michelin-starred meal. Top notes of mandarin grab attention and by the time you’ve ďŹ nished your main, it settles on a warm, seductive base of cinnamon. Now... dessert?

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Wanting stu – or more speciďŹ cally, wanting stu that other people have – harks back to the Stone Age, when scarcity of food meant we developed a strong natural hoarding instinct. In today’s woman, this manifests in a fondness for items that convey status and is activated by this reward centre in the brain. “Owning something exclusive will light up this region,â€? says neuromarketing expert Martin Lindstrom, author of Buyolog.

Chances are, she can’t remember who gave her half the presents she’s received. But attach an emotion to a gift, and she’ll never forget it – and she’ll think of you every time she looks at it. “When something emotionally engaging happens, somatic markers are created in the brain,� says Lindstrom. “If emotions are attached to the giving of a gift, she’ll remember it forever.� In other words, it’s a constant drip of brownie points.

When our tactile senses are stimulated, our brains release dopamine, the ‘happy hormone’ linked to falling in love and arousal. The same thing happens when we look at pictures of loved ones. “This centre is also responsible for addiction to sex and chocolate, as well as drugs,� says Lindstrom. Tapping into it with gifts that rouse her senses will pay guaranteed dividends: each sensation will cause increased addiction to you.

When a woman says she wants to feel special, this is the part of her brain that’s giving you that headache. To light up this reward centre, you need to search out personalised gifts. “When the focus is on you, it plays into your ego, which is a very strong emotion,� Lindstrom says. “These gifts will activate the frontal lobe region of her brain, which is related to her emotions.� Get this one right , and for you, it’ll be Christmas every day.

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Love potion

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Love Potion No 9 Crew Neck Sweater, £160 adhoclondon.co.uk

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This angora-mix sweater will light up her status centre like a pinball machine. “Wildfox is enviably exclusive,” says Cosmopolitan fashion editor Sairey Stemp. “This range sells out almost as soon as it goes online.” Wildfox

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Small touches of luxury can make a big difference, and these gloves are cashmere-lined. You’ll score points for being edgy, too. “These leather gloves are striking, stylish and actually keep your hands warm,” says stylist Nicky Hambleton-Jones. DianeVonFurstenbergGloves, £122matchesfashion.com

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Having a handbag-friendly camera with pro performance will boost her social cache. “It’s difficult not to take good shots with the 10MP sensor,” says Anna Leach, of girls’ tech site shinyshiny.tv. “It also takes flattering shots in low light.” Canon

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Clog in, step out

Statement items are key for your girl to rack up the head-turns and these Marni clogs are that – patent leather and silver detail in the heel will double-tap her reward centre. “Don’t mistake them for clunky: these are desirable and fashion forward,” says Stemp. Marni Wooden Clogs, £505 brownsfashion.com

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The right ring can help her shine without being too ostentatious. “If she’s stuck in a suit, bold jewellery helps her be individual,” says make-up artist Rachel Wood. “This cocktail ring looks fabulous without getting in the way.”

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Staying in touch

This touchscreen handset is twothirds the size of an iPhone and will slip easily into her purse. “It also makes it easier for her to stay in touch with her friends as it automatically collects all her messages from email, Facebook and Twitter,” says Leach. SonyEricssonX10Mini £250,se-store.co.uk

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The Sensia combines WiFienabled internet radio with mobile phone-style apps. “She can show off photos, stream music from a computer and keep up to date with Twitter and Facebook,” says Kieran Alger, editor of gadget website T3.com. Pure Sensia WiFi

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Giving her a piece of edgy jewellery will make her shine. “Every woman needs a statement piece, and this fits the season’s minimalist look,” says stylist Maria Bonet (mariabonet.com). “Mawi designs are dramatic and sculptural – a favourite among celebrities.” Mawi Dynasty Sunray Necklace, £351 mawi.co.uk

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Show us the woman who doesn’t covet an Alexa bag and – well, just tell us where you found her. “Mulberry is a bona fide power label,” says Stemp. “Named after fashion icon Alexa Chung, this bag made its catwalk debut earlier this year and became an instant classic.” With one of these on her arm, every other woman will salivate with envy. MulberryAlexaHoboinPowderSparkleTweed,£895mulberry.com

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A fter two days off from your morning shave, the new Braun Series 3-380 gives you a pain-free finish to your weekend SUNDAY LUNCH WITH YOUR GIRLFRIEND

SATURDAY NIGHT DRINK WITH YOUR MATES

Your day of rest is when your face is at its most relaxed. But after two days of growth, your beard is at its most exciting for the girl across the table. Rugged but not dishevelled, this is an ideal look to end your weekend.

A week of winning battles at work means five days of waging war on your beard and Saturday is every man’s armistice. The weekend starts with a shave-free morning, but really begins on a night out with friends.

FEELING REFRESHED AND READY FOR ACTION

MONDAY MORNING SHAVE WITH THE NEW BRAUN SERIES 3-380

After 48 hours of freedom at home, you’re perfectly groomed to take over at work. Braun’s three stage cutting system shaves progressively closer with a single stroke, meaning less effort and minimal skin irritation so you stay cool under the collar.

Shave-Free weekend. Pain-Free Monday. The new Braun Series 3-380 features Wet & Dry technology giving you the versatility of shaving in the shower so you’re up to speed and in on time for business.

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ork may be a man’s most important business but the weekend should be a complete pleasure. With a week’s worth of shaving under your belt, a man should be able to enjoy the freedom of the weekend, and not worry about the consequences on Monday morning. The new Braun Series 3-380 lets you do just that. Featuring the Triple Action FreeFloatTM System, which cuts long hairs just as easily as short ones, SmartFoil Technology to capture hairs growing in different directions and the Precision Setting Switch which helps you shave in difficult-to-reach areas such as the neck and chin, the Series 3-380 offers a precise and comfortable shave. Series 3 offers men all the latest shaving technology for less. The Series 3-380 is available for half price – only £69.99 – at selected retailers until 28 December, meaning freedom won’t cost you, or your face, on Monday morning. Visit braun.com/uk for more information

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The sentimental centre Get emotional by rekindling her childhood memories and emboldening her feelings of attachment

Cup classic

Cupcakes offer a sugar-paved route to her good books. Market research firm Mintel found that cupcake sales eclipsed those of other baked treats in the last two years. Send her and a friend on this bake-off with cocktails included and she’ll remember what a gent you are every time she walks past the baker’s. You, meanwhile, gain a partner keen to try the recipes at home. CocktailandCupcakesExperiencefortwo,£65 buyagift.com

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All things nice

Fairytale sending

Breakaway score

Corked seduction

Rekindle the taste sensations of her youth with a selection of retro .80s favourites. Sugar mice and flying saucers will give her a nostalgic glow, while the chocolate will release dopamine in her brain. It’s a reward-centre double-whammy which will make her happy – and you her hero.

Aiming for tears of happiness? Tap into cosy childhood memories with a print from her favourite fairytale. Research from the University of California found that this kind of memory stimuli can bring back floods of decades-old emotions. Have the tissues ready.

Research from New York University shows that people are happiest when they take short breaks away. So cash in by booking a mini break and filling out the luggage tags with your destination. Then, if you want to squeeze in 18 holes while you’re away, there’ll be no resistance.

Wrap this award-winning bubbly with the promise of dinner. “Start off with this wine,” says Michelin-starred chef JeanChristophe Novelli, “then cook Shetland Blueshell mussels, which is a very sensual dish.” You can be confident that she will arrange dessert.

DeluxeRetroSweetsHamper,£34 retrosweetshampers.co.uk

A3LadybirdPrint,£25 ladybirdprints.com

BarbaraWigginsSilverLuggage Tag,£15heals.co.uk

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The high concentration of nerve endings in her lips make a prime target for sensual gratification – and nothing will work better than this titan of the makeup bag. Choose red – studies show it gets her pulse racing.

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Research shows that pleasant smells increase her heart rate and skin response. Interior design maven Kelly Hoppen recommends Jo Malone’s sumptuous range to instantly seduce her olfactory system.

Lighting up

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Candle, £36 harrods.com

Scintillate her taste buds with this fruity liqueur made from sloe berries. The sweet taste gives her an instant dopamine hit and the fruit is high in potassium, which increases her libido. A festive mix, no?

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Seductive scents release dopamine in the brain. These candles are made by a Parisian perfumer company which draws upon the science of scent to create the most arresting aromas. Light one in the bedroom and watch her undress. Dyptique

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The skin on the underside of her forearm is some of the most sensitive on her body. These wrist restraints are pure silk and will tickle her pink. Research in The Archives of Sexual Behaviour found that couples who engage in bondage actually grow closer together. Yes, grrrow.

A quick sugar hit causes a surge of the smile-inducing chemical serotonin in the brain. These handmade biscuits also use 100% cocoa powder, which has a higher concentration of antioxidants than any other chocolate product.

A surefire stocking filler, this cinnamon-scented coffee set is an ideal wake-up call for her senses. Research in the Journal of Food Science found that the smell of coffee stimulates the taste buds long before the mug reaches her lips. Curiosity Box

Stress is one of the most reliable libido-dampeners known to man – so use this gadget to ensure she wakes up unwound. The alarm clock-cum-aroma therapy device wakes her up with the scents of essential oils and natural lighting.

Biscuiteershandbagscollection, £37.50biscuiteers.com

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The colour red is proven to get her pulse racing

Heady in red

In this Mad Men-inspired dress, she will literally feel good about herself. “It will cling in all the right places and feel sensual against her skin,” says Stemp. The jersey material is fluid and forgiving, meaning it will look fantastic on any figure – but especially stunning if she has curves. What better present to unwrap? PiedaTerreRedKnotDrapedJerseyDress, £150,piedaterre.com

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MH PROMOTION YOUR SHAPE: FITNESS EVOLVED uses the revolutionary Kinect camera to put you inside the game, for an interactive workout to suit your specific goals – from weight loss to improved fitness and muscle gain. PRECISION: Multiple easy-to-use options are available within your bespoke fitness programme, unique to your physique

UPGRADE YOUR BODY It sounds –and looks –like something straight out of Minority Report, but this month it could be you rather than Tom Cruise calling the shots and getting the praise. Y our Sha pe:Fitness Evolved uses groundbreaking technology to put you into a cutting edge game –and in complete control of your personal fitness goals

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ersonal upgrades don’t come much better – or more impressive – than Your Shape: Fitness Evolved, a concept set to take both the fitness and gaming worlds by storm in 2010. The game, available exclusively on Xbox 360 from 10 November, is as effective as it is innovative and enjoyable. A great fitness and weightloss tool, it could genuinely revolutionise your life. The idea, put simply, is that – thanks to Microsoft’s revolutionary 3D Kinect camera technology – you literally enter the game yourself digitally: you are the controller. Your body dimensions are scanned and analysed in detail, before unique workouts are computed to match your specific goals, be they losing weight, building a six-pack or simply staying in peak condition. The game puts you right at the centre of a personalised, cutting-edge fitness programme, giving you real-time feedback on your form and progress. It’s like having a personal trainer in your living room, at your beck and call 24-7. Except Your Shape will never lose your data, turn up with a hangover or talk too much about its next tattoo. But it doesn’t stop there. The virtual fitness experience is one you can share as well, with the option to challenge your friends in the Your Shape Centre and take them on directly in Gym Activities. Imagine a whole gym in your home – without the dirty towels or the inevitable queue for the only machine you want. Your Shape is the future of fitness. And possibly the end of your gym membership. Your Shape: Fitness Evolved and the Kinect camera are both launched on 10 November. To find out more, visit yourshapecenter.com

SHAPE OF THINGS TO COME THE GAME Your Shape: Fitness Evolved uses groundbreaking 3D technology to help you workout – and see serious benefit - from the comfort of your own home. PEGI rating: 3. RRP £39.99 THE CAMERA Microsoft’s Kinect for Xbox 360 allows you to become the controller (sold separately).

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The ego centre Wrap up the result with unique gifts that make her feel both special and doubly keen to reciprocate

Wrist and relaxation

The ‘Sweetie’ is the bracelet to get every man out of festive hot water. With 150 different charms to choose from, you can personalise it to her tastes, triggering even more reward markers in her brain. “It’s not about the price of a gift, it’s about its uniqueness,” says Lindstrom. Sweetie Bracelet, £110 (charms from £18) linksoflondon.com

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Very few handbags are genuinely exclusive, but this one can be personalised, making her feel cherished. “It’s a wonderful gift because you can choose the colour and have a personal message embroidered on the inside,” says Hambleton-Jones. Stylish, bespoke romance.

In the quest for an X-rated Xmas, putting together a selection of your happiest photos as a couple will work wonders. Reminding her of good times is guaranteed to flick the reciprocity switch: US research found that looking at positive pictures results in a euphoric reaction.

It’s the 21st century answer to the mix tape. “This is the new, touchscreen version of Apple’s Nano,” says Leach. “It’s palm-sized, the battery can sustain 24 hours of music, and it comes in candy colours.” Fill it with ‘your’ songs before you give it to her to add a personal touch.

AnyaHindmarchBespokeClutch, from£245 anyahindmarch.com

PhotoboxA4PhotoBook,£30 photobox.co.uk

iPodNanowithMulti-Touch8GB, £129apple.com

Spell out your love for her with a Scrabble-letter necklace. It’s a bargain at £12 for up to nine letters (and only another £1 per extra letter). Go for her name or, for a triple word score, spell out a message that means something. “Personal gifts give the receiver a rush of pride,” says Lindstrom. Personalised Scrabble Necklace,

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Clear and present dangers

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Inside sources provide chilling intel: she’s spent more than you…

Unforeseen events have kept you at work, leaving no time to buy for Dad...

The Christmas stocking! You forgot the Christmas stocking! Again!

Festive torture scene: Christmas morning and someone is not impressed…

Draw your credit card and head into the fray. “With presents, women often want to be both surprised and spoiled,” says relationship psychologist Corinne Sweet. And little could be more surprising than her shop-shy man buying the pride of her wardrobe. Hit your nearest Hobbs and grab the Hepburnesque Augustine coat (£189), which is also available at John Lewis and House of Fraser. “It’s a real investment piece that she can wear season after season,” says Elin Davies, founder of Style Doctors image consultants (styledoctors.com). Widespread panic and a crying girlfriend averted with one swift manoeuver.

Satisfy the call-to-action cravings in your dad and drunken brother-in-law with a Sony PlayStation 3 and Move controller (£285) from HMV, Game and Tesco – all open Christmas Eve. “Sony pulled a masterstroke in making the PS3 more than just a games console. You get a media hub with built-in Blu-ray, 3D capability and features like access to the iPlayer,” says T3.com editor Kieran Alger.

The deadline’s fast approaching, but you’ve still got time to stuff that sock. “Make your presents playful,” says Sweet. Raid Sainsbury’s for their Wayne Hemingwaydesigned Tanqueray No Ten gin bottles (£24.36 each). “No Ten has a distinctive taste with strong citrus flavours, perfect for G&Ts,” says Patrick Schmitt, editor of The Drinks Business. Just make sure you grab the tonic, too.

It’s never too late: tell her you’re saving the best ’til last, then get online. “Experience presents show thought and take the pressure off,” says Sweet. “Treat her to a luxury festival where personal hygiene isn’t a sacrifice,” says Amira Hashish, online entertainment editor at the Evening Standard. Book a hotel for next April’s Snowbombing festival in Austria (snowbombing. com; package prices from £382) where you can expect igloo raves in an incredible alpine setting. If the internet combusts, remain calm. Gather your finest box and bow. Remove your clothes. Use your imagination. And hope for the best.

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The extra 10% A Mulberry bag is great, but if it’s covered in tinfoil, the moment’s lost. Enrol in gift wrap 101 to increase the impact of every present you buy PAPER CACHE

MH approved enfolds with expert guidance from gift warp tutor Jane Means “Use cellophane with tissue under it for tricky shapes,� says gift wrap guru Jane Means*. Cellophane,

In addition to a lavish in-store wrapping service, the store’s experts will guide you to the perfect purchase via email before delivering it, impeccably presented, straight to the door. selfridges.com

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This Japanese-inspired red and white snowake print is auspicious. £3.50, marksandspencer.com

“Make it personal,â€? says Means. Is she a fashion fanatic? Then this Manolo Blahnik paper will have her o her feet. ÂŁ4.95, liberty.co.uk

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YOUR GUIDE TO THE WATCHES THAT MAKE THE MAN

TICK LIST

Count down the world’s 100 best timepieces

TIME-SAVERS The vital importance of being earliest

BIG HAND

Watching the market for timely investments


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   ’  when he becomes adept at justifying investment purchases with reasoning that begins “There comes a time in every man’s life‌â€? But it is undeniably true that a real man needs a proper watch. Trouble is, with a hypnotising array on oer, where do you start? The choice can be daunting, as can the technical vernacular – not to mention the price. If you’re about to invest a month’s wages or more on a watch, you really need to know what’s what. Which is where we come in. In this buyer’s guide, you’ll learn all you need to know to make the right choice for your left wrist – no matter your occupation, age or budget. What time is it? Time you got a watch.

MINUTES 8 The very latest news and views from the world of watches. How to ind your perfect timepiece, spot the latest trends and look after your investment FEATURES TheTimesOfOurLives 19 The ultimate guide to how your watch purchases should change, depending on your age and budget p46

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Watchesmen 34 Seven super watches with powers save the day – just in the nick of time IconsOnIcons 38 Timeless classics as worn by ChÊ Elvis and JFK FashionablyLate 56 Keep looking up-to-the-minute with 11 timepieces guaranteed to earn you social cachet TheTimeLords 67 Vital advice from some of the biggest names in horology EXTRA TIME StyleCounsel 16 Our expert Peter Howarth gives you his opinion on all things chronograph related

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Watch&Learn 74 Take a trip inside a watch’s mechanisms to discover what makes it tick Editor-in-ChiefMorganRees•EditorDanRookwood•CreativeDirectorAshGibson DesignersChristinaMorris,GraemeSapsed• DeputyEditorandStylistEricDown CommissioningEditorOlieArnold•CoverPhotographyLolKeegan AssistantsKatherineEastwood,DanielHiggins

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Helpinghands Want to buy a watch but hypnotised by the dizzying array available? Begin by getting face-time with the dierent types on oer

G    Your watch tells the time, yes. But sometimes, you want more. “Time is often just one piece of information you need,â€? says James Stacey of watchreport. com. “Watches today can give you weather, heading and altitude.â€? Ideal navigating home from the pub. Try this The Suunto Core Alu Light is like having a Sherpa on your wrist, only with less luggage-bearing capacity. ÂŁ315, suunto.com.

T    “A square watch looks good on a mature man,â€? says Ariel Adams of ablogtoread.com. It’s a more convincing age-eraser than a hairwash with ‘Just For Men’. Try this Hermes La Montre CarrĂŠ H. Nononsense simplicity on the face, but a hardwearing feel from the blasted titanium body. ÂŁ10,000, 020 7499 8856, hermes.com

B  “A watch is a man’s way of making a statement with his accessories,â€? says Adams. Big chunky watches suit big chunky wrists. The size gives designers license to get creative – so you get full bells and whistles. (Sometimes literally.) Try this The Breil Manta ismetal– heavy, but it’ll tell you your boat speed in nautical miles. When won’t that be useful? ÂŁ195, 01628 770988

T      If it can cope with the pressure of the ocean oor, it’ll swan through minor tribulations in the oďŹƒce. “Dive watches are virtually indestructible,â€? says Stacey. Wear with a plastic snorkel and lead boots. Try this Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean – more release valves than you can wave a sea beastie at – and waterproof to 600m. ÂŁ3,660, omegawatches.com

J    -  More than just a stopwatch, a digital watch can give your iPhone a run for its money. “Features can include anything from a compass to GPS,â€? says Stacey. Try this The Casio Pro Trek updates via the atomic clock, and can tell you everything from your altitude to the height of the tides. ÂŁ350, casio online.co.uk

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G  “Chances are someone perfected the designs you love 50 to 100 years ago,â€? says Adams. But you don’t have to trawl the auctions – many brands reissue classics or release improved updates. Try this: The Tissot Heritage 2009 summons up the spirit of the Brylcreemed 1940s – without the bombs and rationing. ÂŁ380. See tissot.ch


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BEST TO WEAR WITH CUFFLINKS H      If the rest of your look has to be sober, it can be liberating to break free from conservatism with your choice of watch. “For the fashion-forward, futuristic designs mix eccentric casing with unconventional displays,â€? says Stacey. Wear one of these and you’ll always be early. Try this: The Adidas Tokyo is perfect for the watch-wearer who doesn’t take himself too seriously. ÂŁ50, amazon.co.uk

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H     It’s handy to be able to track your training from your own arm. “Runners need something light but sophisticated to keep pace, and monitor hydration,â€? says Stacey. Try this: The Timex Ironman 150-Lap Sleek has a huge face for easy reading and can track a full triathlon – the one where you go in the sea and cry at the end. ÂŁ80, timex.co.uk

S   Many watchmakers are leaving the big watches of the last few years behind to return to a more genteel style. “Bulky watches cause havoc with cus and compete with your cuinks,â€? says Stacey. “Dress watches are slicker.â€? Try this: Ralph Lauren Slim Classique White Gold. The slender bezel stops it looking too thin. ÂŁ11,400, ralphlaurenwatches. com

I       Some watches ďŹ nd a formula that never needs changing. They’re the sort worth saving for so that one day you can say “I own it.â€? Try this: The TAG Heuer Monaco Calibre 12 Chronograph ranks as one of the ďŹ nest. It’s simple, sporty and was Steve McQueen’s watch of choice. “Classic lines and a vintage feel,â€? says Stacey. What more do you need? ÂŁ3,500, tagheuer.com

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Most diving watches are as colourful as a coral reef which isn’t always appropriate on dry land. Storm have combined the sober aesthetic of a colourful dress watch with the full scuba functionality – so you never need look like a ďŹ sh out of water again. Try this: Reliable and robust, you might say the Aquanaut is a real Storm trooper. ÂŁ230, stormwatches.com

B    Some of us buy watches and treasure them. Others of us drop them in the sea, or run over them in the car, or just plain lose them. Trust us, you cannot aord that insurance premium. If you’re clumsy, just buy something more aordable. Try this: Perfect for the careless, the Armani Exchange 2062 is robust, water resistant to 50m and inexpensive. £150, asos.com

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MINUTESFROM BASELWORLD2011

Kyle Stults, founder of watch site Perpetuelle.com, on what’s ticking at the world’s biggest watch expo

WORDS TOBY WISEMAN AND DAN JONES. THIS PAGE: BELL &ROSS VINTAGE BR126 STEEL BLOCK WATCH £2, 150 BELLROSS.COM 020 7331 1433. HACKETT 020 7939 6800

Army arms Watch Bell & Ross – the makers of ‘instruments for professionals’ – build upon the success of its 2010 green ceramic military watch with new models such as a chronograph (pictured).

It’sHeuertime Twostylegiantsunitetoformtheultimatewatchcoalition When Hackett, that most staunch of British luxury labels, decided to set the balance wheel in motion on its first timepiece, it naturally gravitated towards the, um, Swiss. Admittedly, common ground between TAG Heuer, the 150-year-old giant of vanguard watchmaking, and Jeremy Hackett’s trad-inspired menswear brand might not be immediately apparent. But it doesn’t take a cultural historian to appreciate the creative synergy in their resulting collaboration. The match has produced two designs, both as exciting as they are elegant. Inspiration has evidently been found in the brands’ mutual love of cars. Modestly named ‘The Watch’ and ‘The Chronograph’, both are clear relations

of TAG Heuer’s classic Carrera, arguably the best-loved motoring watch in history. Each one comes with neat TAG markers of quality – the sapphire crystal glass, the transparent case back showcasing the automatic movement – while Hackett stamps its imprint with its signature cornflower blue in both the stitching on the strap and the dials. The result is an exclusive (production is limited to just 100 of each model) yet conservatively priced conception (The Watch will set you back a comparatively modest £2,350). As coalitions go, this one makes a good deal of sense. Available in selected Hackett stores from November

Making moves The word is that Omega will debut a new movement – the calibre 9300 – a column-wheel chronograph. The question is, which watch will they put it in? Ye of deep pockets It’s likely Breguet will release a limited edition piece in tribute to the late Nicolas Hayek Sr. who passed away in 2010. He was the head of Swatch Group & CEO of Breguet – a watch industry legend. Dive! Dive! Keep an eye on TechnoMarine’s dive watches in 2011. With a full year under the wrists of new leadership, Technomarine will be looking to make a big a splash with some new dive watches in the sub-£1,000 category. We’re thinking: mechanical movements, new materials and fresh new designs.

EASTERN STANDARD TIME Easy on the pocket, robust on the wrist, it’s time to go Seiko

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A Swiss watch is reassuringly expensive. But if going Swiss will put too big a hole in your hard-earned cheese, head to the land of the rising sundial. Japan runs like clockwork – from its shinkansen to its sushi trains – and it’s all down to precision timing. The emperor of Japanese watches is the Grand Seiko. This is no eastern knockoff: the Grand Seiko is cut as precisely as a piece of sashimi, with accuracy to +/- 10 . Comparatively easy on the pocket, robust on the wrist, and released in Europe for the first time in 50 years. Why, it’s almost like Seiko-therapy. Almost. Quartz Calibre 9f Grand Seiko, £2,000, grand-seiko.com

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World-renowned horologist Ken Kessler’s on what’s hot and what’s not in the world of watches

BUY!

What’sinaface? Beforeyoublowyourhousedepositonawatch,youneedto knowwhatyou’rebuying.Here’stheinsideknowledge…

QUARTZ

The most popular and least expensive type of watch is actually the most accurate. When properly cut and mounted, quartz will oscillate with the help of an electric current at a frequency of 32,768Hz per second. Once the circuit in the watch has counted this number of oscillations, acuracy is guaranteed. Bulova Accutron Spaceviews Value will soar thanks to interest created by new reissue (pictured)

BEST FOR Limited budgets, active lifestyles, or guys who see a watch as nothing more than a device that prevents them from missing trains.

1950s Longines Superb watches, still under-appreciated Pre-1970 Hamiltons Good for collectors, also worn by Mad Men

SELL!

WORDS RYAN THOMPSON. THIS PAGE: SPACEVIEW 50TH ANNIVERSARY LIMITD EDITION, £3, 000, BULOVA BULOVA.COM

Early digital watches This kitsch craze is thankfully dead Recent ‘high’ complications Repeaters etc from the ’90s now need servicing; costs will be horrific Anything bling It’s over. Cash in on the price of gold while it’s high

KEEP!

AUTOMATIC

The self-winding watch is typically the most expensive version due to the expertise required to build it. The mechanism consists of a semicircular ‘rotor’ which pivots when the wearer is in motion. This motion is passed through various gears to wind the mainspring. A fully wound mainspring will typically last two days. BEST FOR Anyone for whom time is a cherished commodity and who sees a watch as an extension of their personality, not simply a measuring device.

MANUAL

With the advent of the automatic mechanism in 1923, the demand for manual watches has since fallen significantly. What human can actually find time in his life to remember to wind up his watch every day? The mechanism is similar to that of an automatic, only the mainspring is wound by hand. BEST FOR Those with a good memory and a love of vintage. Manual watches from Swiss makers are highly collectable, so good as investments.

TOURBILLON

Steel Rolexes The only items to match gold bullion for returns

Meaning ‘whirlwind’ in French, the tourbillon is essentially a minute rotating cage housing the escapement (which converts rotational motion into watch energy) and balance wheel. It’s said to negate the effect gravity has on a watch’s accuracy, but it’s also mechanical peacockry to show off the watchmaker’s virtuosity: you can pay into the hundreds of thousands for them.

Early Breitling Navitimers Ones with perfect dials go for £3,000+

BEST FOR The seriously wealthy, or the pathologically competitive.

Early (pre-TAG) Heuer Monacos Interest is reinvigorated, due to new TAG Heuer in-house movement

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Acquiretheessentialskillsyouneedtobuyandmaintaintheperfectwristwatch

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Step one: is it being offered to you by a) a bloke in a pub or b) a street hawker in Marrakesh. We’re assuming not. “Spotting a fake is getting harder,” says Ariel Adams, founder of watch website ablogtoread.com. The main giveaway is the seconds hand – a Swiss movement will sweep, a market knockoff will jerk. An authentic Swiss watch should also feel heavy. “Weight is a good measure of value,” says Adams. And get your magnifying glass out. “Cheap printing or uneven markers are a giveaway,” says Adams. If it says ‘Bolex’, then that’s what it is.

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HowdoIstop thestrapfrom gettingsmelly? What’s that stench? A ripe cambazola? The scent of hot feet? No, it’s your watch-strap, coated with wrist smegma. If you’ve spent a month’s salary on your timepiece, the least you can do is stop it smelling like a codpiece. Give metal bracelets a clean every four weeks –“a little soap and water is all you need,” says Adams. A rancid leather strap, on the other hand, needs binning. “The average strap comes with the expectation that you’ll replace it every year,” says Adams. “If you sweat a lot, buy a strap with a waterresistant coating.” And consider upping your use of talc.

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HowthehelldoIsetthebezel?

Click, click, click – there’s something satisfying about twizzling the outside of your watch (aka the bezel). But what’s the point? If you’re Scuba diving, and you don’t know, then get out of the water now! “Bezels have a 0-60 scale on them that’s used for measuring intervals of up to an hour. Rotate the bezel so the arrow ‘0’ lines up with the tip of the minute hands. You now have an independent 60-minute scale for timing your laundry or parking meters.” Or anything else for that matter.

HowdoI picktheright watchformywrist?

If you’ve got forearms like a tree surgeon, you don’t want to mess about with a sliver of a dress watch. But, if you’re a scrawny 20-something, a diving watch will anchor you to the ground. Size matters. “Larger men will look best in a big watch, at least 44mm wide (and probably much bigger),” says Adams. “40-42mm is the new standard size for a man’s watch. Even if you have really slim wrists, you shouldn’t consider a watch under 38mm wide.” Arms like King Kong? “Look for a tall watch,” says Adams. “You need a thick case that can rise above the forest on your wrist.”

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STAGES OF MAN

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Aside from rock stars – who can feign youth well into their dotage – your look should complement your age. And while it seems a small matter, your watch says as much about your chronological evolution as the removal of that pony-tail when you hit 30. Sure, an entry-level Swatch is ineffably cool, perfectly functional, and utterly universal, but you should have graduated from that plastic wonder when you graduated from school. Over the following pages, we illustrate what you ought to be wearing as the years go by WordsKenKessler PhotographyLolKeegan StylingEricDown

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STAGES OF MAN STAGE:

TheNew Man

18-21 • £100-£1,000 School’soutforever,just.You’relookingforyourfirst properjoborinhighereducation,thegirlfriendsare becoming‘serious’.Fundsarelimited,butyouwanta watchthatindicatesthefirstglimmeringsofmaturityand taste.Equally,youwant–orevenneed–awatchthatcan servebothyourworktimeandyourdown-time.Ithasto beaffordable,true,butyouwouldn’tmindsomething strikingaswellasfunctional.Luckilyforyou, ‘affordable’and‘striking’aretwosidesofthe samecoin,andthewatchmanufacturers spendasmucheffortonyourfirst watchastheydoonluxury timepieces.

CasioG-Shock AsuniversalasaSwatch andlovedbyeveryonefrom rapperstosnowboarders tolifeguardstogamers, Casio’sall-singing/alldancingG Shockisanicon byanydefinition.Itcan measuresportingevents withprecision,andlooks techyenoughtoserve asthebomb-timingprop inanySeagalorVan Dammemovie.Instant cool forpeanuts. From£85,g-shock.co.uk

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HamiltonKhakiPilot Seiko SRP043K1 Hey,Japanmakes mechanicalwatches,too, andSeiko’sareaboutas rock-solidastheyget.If youneedaruggeddiving watchatthisearlystagein yourcareer,youcan’ttop thisforthemoney:divercertifiedto200m,drivenby anautomaticmovement, stainlesssteelcaseand bracelet,rotatingbezel, dateandkillerlooks. £325,seiko.co.uk

Ifyou’redesperateforan over-sizedtimepiece,you loveretroandyetyou’re drawntothelatestall-black watchcoatings,Hamilton hasthepieceforyou. Thisbeautyisstyledona 1940spilotwatch,boasts amassiveall-blackcase, ultra-legibledial,automatic movementandday/date. Andyetit’sontheright sideof800quid. £740,08452752900

SwatchYouAutomatic Chronograph ‘Swatch’maymean battery-poweredtomost, butithasbeensneakingin excellent,embarrassingly inexpensivemechanical watchesforyears.This beauty–instealthyblack orblingwhite–isthereal deal,apropermechanical chronographwithfullstopwatchfunctionalityand dateforthepriceofaleather strap.Remindsnobsthat it’sSwiss-made,too. £230,swatch.co.uk 

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The Graduate 21-25 • £500-£2,000

Finishinguniversityorhavingqualifiedforarealjob, yourdisposableincomehasincreasedenoughforyouto consideradecentmid-pricedwatch. Whileyoucanstill getawaywithsomethingeccentric,awhiffofseriousness andmaturitywouldn’tgoamiss,especiallywhen establishingarelationshipwithyourbankmanager, firstbossandtheheadwaiterattherestaurantyou’re hopingtoonedayconsideraregularhaunt.One watchnolongerservesallyourneeds. Theoneyouboughtwhenyouwere 19cantakecareofplaytime.

Oris bc3 Advanced Daydate This‘bigcrown’model provideslean-and-mean Bauhausminimalism. Truefunctionalityat apricethatbeliesthe quality.Day/date,rubberor leatherstrap,DLC-coated (Diamond-LikeCarbon) 42mmstainless-steelcase, screw-downcrown,water resistanceto100m:you couldgofrombeachto officetoblack-tiedinner andneverhavetotake itoffyourwrist. £750,oris.ch

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Victorinox Swiss Army AirbossMach6 Althoughalsoavailable withablackdial,the wine-colouredoption onthismassive,robust, automaticchronograph addsawrytouchof individualism.That doesn’tcompromiseits seriousness:highlegibility, provenETAmovement, date,huge45mmcase,full chronographcapability withthreesub-dials…and thatconfidence-inspiring SwissArmyreputation. £1,270,victorinox.com

BallEngineer Master II DiverWorldtime Extendedyourgapyear? Orluckyenoughtoland ajobwithtravelinvolved? Thenyou’llwantawatch showingthetimeintwo zones.This45mmstainless steelbehemothgivesyou regulartime,day/dateand world-timedisplay,and 55‘microgastubes’for nightreadability.It’swater resistant,too,to300m. £1,480, jurawatches.co.uk

LonginesW.W.W Atthisage,thestirringsof thewatchcollectormight hityou,andyou’llprobably craveano-nonsense militarywatch.Insteadof seekingoutavintagepiece indecentnick,youcan simplybuythissuperior replicaofLongines’ own1940s-styleBritish issue–butwithautomatic movementanddate. Understatedelegance. £930,08452726500  menshealth.co.uk/style


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STAGES OF MAN STAGE%:

Man AboutTown 25-30 • £500-£3,000

You’reoldenoughtoconvincinglyconverse onanumberoftopicswithgravitasandholdthe attentionofadinnerparty,nomatterhowimportant theguests.Nowyourwatchbecomesastatement ofyourindividualstyle,anextensionofyourpersonality, andevenanaidtowardestablishingacareer.For nowyou’veenteredtheagewheremenstartto appreciatethesubtletiesofwatches,wherebrand andformmatter.Whichdoesn’tmean youcan’tenjoyabitofbling…

OmegaSeamaster 300m Chronometer

Bell&RossBR-01

Rado Master Automatic

TAGHeuerCarrera1887 TAGHeuerearnsthetitle ofmanufacturerwiththis piece,meaningthatitmakes themovement.Thus, it’salreadyhistorically important,inaddition tobeingadeliriously handsomechronograph. LiketheOmega,it’sableto gofromhigh-octanesport usagetoclinkingagainsta Champagneglass. £2,350,tagheuer.com 24 MH WATCH ES DECEMBER 2010

Anupdateontheiriconic OriginalDiver,thebrandspanking-newRadoMaster Automaticallowsyouto swaggeronthecheap. Despiteitspricetag,it sportsafamousnamewith acertainelementofchic, anditlookslikeitshould cost£3,000.Youcanwearit anywhere.Beyondthat,it’s merelyafabulouswatch. £895,08452723200

Withyournewfound assurance,youcangetaway withawatchsodistinctive thatconnoisseurswill recogniseitfromacross theroom.Bell&Ross’ BR-01seriestookthewatch worldbystorm,inspiring numerouscopies.Go fortherealdeal,asin thislimited-edition carbon-fibreversion. £2,600,jurawatches.co.uk

Oneoftheall-time-great divingwatches,andgood enoughforJamesBond,the 41mmOmegaSeamaster Diver300MwithCo-Axial automaticmovementisa crossovercertbecauseof thatBondendorsement. Heshowedmillionsof moviegoersthatyoucan wearanunparalleledsports watchwithtailoredBrioni. Aperfectsuitable-for-alloccasionswatch. £2,050,02074918113 

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The Careerist

Early30s • £1,500-£3,500 Bynow,yourcareerhasbeenchosen,andis progressingsuccessfully.You’restillyoungenough tohaveambition,butmatureenoughtoappreciate decorum.Yourpartners–bothpersonalandinbusiness –expectmoreofyou,soyouknowhownottodisappoint. Asasuccessfulcareerist,yourcircleoffriendshas widened,andyoupossessinsiderknowledgewhich youusewithdiscretion.Discretion,too,marksthe wayyouexpressyourindividuality:theyears haveprovidedyouwiththeconfidenceto wearwatchesthatclearlycostmore thanmostwouldconsider spending.

Breitling Colt GMT+ Youwantawatchforsport, thatdoesn’thavetodouble upforbusiness…butcould ifithadto.Breitling’sColt isanunderratedpilotcum-divingwatch,waterresistantdownto500mand availablewiththechoice dujourofablackrubber strap.Itaddsathirdhand togiveyouthetimein anotherzone.Perfect. £2,500,02076375167

Raymond Weil Nabucco VA, Pensiero Abusyworkschedule demandsaprecisiontimer thatwillalsoholditsown aroundtheboardroom table.RaymondWeil’s 46mmNabuccoin atitaniumcaseisjustthat, accentedingrey-grained graphitetoperfectlymatch yourcharcoalsuit.And ifitrains,sowhat?This beautyisgoodto200m. £3,395,ernestjones.co.uk

IWC Portofino Automatic Inadditiontoasports watch,youwantsomething sodressyanddiscreetthat itforcesotherstostareatit intently,tofigureoutwhat itis.IWCmaybeknown forpilots’watches,but thePortofinoshowswhat itcandoforsheerelegance. Timeanddate–that’s allyouneed. £2,350,08453371868

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Panerai Luminor BaseLogo DesignedfortheItalian Navy’sunderwater saboteursinthe1930s, Panerai’sLuminor resurfacedtobecomethe cultdivingwatchofthe 1990sandonward.It’sthe reasonwhyweallwear largerwatches.Andthe entry-levelmodelisthe coolest.Ifyouwanttoown anicon,there’sfewbetter. £2,700,02074935916 

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The FamilyGuy

Late30s • £2,500-£5,000 Onthecuspofmiddleage–nolongerasbadasitonce was,nowthat40isthenew30,and75isthenew65– you’veacquiredmaturityandafamily,andmadeit inyourchosenbusiness.Yourwatchselectionnow consistsofasubduedmodelfortheoffice,arobust pieceforleisuretime,andonepossessingrefined eleganceforeveningengagements.Noneofthem disposable,allofthemcherished.Aftercoming thisfar,youknowthatqualityalwaystrumps quantity,alessonreflectedinyourwise choiceofpremiumwristwear.

Althoughit’sRolex’sleast expensivemodel,the OysterPerpetualAir-Kingis thedefinitivemen’swatch. Itscoresoneverylevel:it willbewithyouforever anditsuitsalloccasions. Aniconineverysense, it’stheonlywatchyoucan recommendtofriendswho onlywantonewatchfor everything,especiallywith ablackorsilverdial. £2,670,rolex.com

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ZenithElPrimero CaptainChronograph Forthechronograph cognoscenti,thereisno movementtocompare withtheZenithElPrimero, launched41yearsago andstillsupreme.Recent restructuringatZenithhas resultedinlowerprices,so theCaptainChronograph isn’tmerelyadiscreet, dressy,classicwayof possessingsaidmovement, it’salsoasteal. £4,100, 02075813239

Cartier RoadsterS Steel OnRubber

Whenitcomestoluxurious, elegantwares,fewcan matchHermès.Fortunately, itswatchesreflectthebrand valuesforquality,sothis stunningchronograph shouldperfectlysuitthe moveawayfromClub MedtoamonthatLagodi Como.Theorangestrap showsthatyouhaven’t lostyourcheekiness. £3,895,hermes.com

Atoughcustomer,the RoadsterSwillsurvive thedeepdownto100m –butwithastrongsense ofgravitas–theCartier nameresonatesonmany levels.Romannumerals andatonneaucaseshow classicism,therubberstrap andaDLCcoatingsuggest modernity.Elegantand sporty,allatonce. £2,700,02073183977  CARTIER PHOTOGRAPHY VINCENT WULVERYCK © CARTIER 2010

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Hermès Clipper 44mChronograph OrangeStrap

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STAGE':

The Statesman

40s-50s • £4000-£8500 Established,ifnot‘establishment’,you’renowreaping therewardsofalifetimeofhardwork.You’renotyet readytoretire,butyoucertainlywanttoenjoylifebefore aZimmerframebecomesyourdailymodeoftransport. You’repreciselytheindividualforwhomthegreatwatch housesdevelopedtop-gradesportswatchesforthe weekend/leisurelifestyle;timepiecesyoudon’thave toremovewhenyou’regettinginafewroundsof golf.Andwhileyou’veconsideredwatchesas investments,yourealisedthatsuchpieces stayinbankvaults.You’restill wearingyours.

Jaeger-LeCoultreMaster Ultra-Thin Jaeger-LeCoultreisone ofthegreatestmarques inwatchhistory,making everythingin-house.The movementsaresublime, thewatchesthelastwordin discreetelegance.Youwant theidealwatchforbusiness orformaldress,asubtle, slim,38mmtime-onlypiece devoidevenofasecondshand.Understatement doesn’tcomemuchmore powerfulthanthis. From£5,100, 02074916970

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Chopard Mille Miglia MonacoHistorique Youhavebynowacquired oneofthosecarsyou covetedinyouryouth.The idealwatchforwearing whendrivingthatlate1970sAlfaSpiderhasto beawatchthatsupports thevintagecarfield.And thatmeansaChopard MilleMiglia,likethis beautyfortheirMonaco Historiquesponsorship. £4,510,02074093140

AudemarsPiguet Royal Oak Yes,theydowatchesfor Schwarzenegger,thatlook likeCIA‘blackops’issues. ButtheplainRoyalOak isthemodelthatstarted theluxurysportswatch revolutioninthe1970s, anditremainsthedefinitive statementintheseries. LeavetheOffshores andTerminatorsfor PlayStationaddicts. £8,300,02074938385

Hublot BigBangClassic ZirconiumCeramic Thoughyou’reincreasingly immunetofashion,you couldn’thelpbutnotice thatHublot’sBigBanghas redefinedthesportswatch. Svelteandstealthy,itsname aloneisenoughtobring asmile.Zirconiumcase, blackceramicbezel,carbon dial,blackrubberstrap,selfwindingmovement:thisis gothicforgrown-ups. £4,900,hublot.com 

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MH PROMOTION

Time trials

English DNA engineered by Swiss hands, Graham watches are the final word on highperformance wristwear GRAHAM MERCEDES GP TRACKMASTER £4,500 As the oicial timing partner of the Mercedes GP Petronas F1 team, Graham has commemorated the relationship with the launch of a very special Trackmaster. You don’t have to be travelling at 200mph at the Nürburgring to understand that this is a timepiece of extremes: namely extremely stylish and extremely covetable.

GRAHAM TOURBILLOGRAPH TRACKMASTER BLACK £30,000 The result of four years of in-depth development, the Tourbillograph is designed for life in the fast lane, imagined and constructed in the vein of Graham’s “High Adrenaline” timepieces. Limited Edition of 100 pieces. Walllowers need not apply.

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Patek PhilippeAnnual CalendarinRoseGold Vacheron ConstantinMalte Breguet Classique

A.Lange&SöhneLange1 Whenthisbrandwas revivedin1995aftera miserablehalf-century underthecommunists, itsreturnhadtobewith somethingremarkable. Thecompanyproduced aninstantclassic,anicon, whilegivingusthe‘bigdate’ featurecopiedby,well, everyone.Thisisthedress watchforthemanwhowill nottoleratecompromise onanylevel. £18,300, alange-sohne.com

Breguetisoneofthe mostrespectednamesin thehistoryofhorology. Abraham-LouisBreguet prettymuchinvented everythingthatmattered …over200yearsago.The wristwatchesthatbearhis namefeatureaesthetic detailsjustlikethose seenonpocketwatches madefor18th-century dignitaries.Andthe Classiquerepresents Breguet’sessence. £11,400,02073551735

Partofthetriumvirate– alongwithAudemarsPiguet andPatekPhilippe–thathas dominatedhautehorlogerie forcenturies,the‘world’s oldestwatchbrand’makes timepiecesforthemost fastidious,yetnon-showy ofindividuals.Theelegant Maltewithmoonphase andpowerreserveisthe watchequivalentofasuit fromHuntsman. Whitegold£22,950; PinkGold£20,770, 02077301234

Whenindoubt,always buyaPatekPhilippe.It’s thatsimple:thisbrandis generallyregardedasthe neplusultraofthegreat houses.Itssignaturewatch istheCalatrava,thathas beenwithusfornearly80 years.Thisversionadds moon-phaseandday-date toadesigndatingfrom 1932,yetitlooksasfresh asanymoderntimepiece –surelyinspirationfor growingoldgracefully? £28,150, 08001114116 watches-ofswitzerland.co.uk

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The Patriarch

50s-plus • Money’s noobject You’resemi-retiredandhavenothinglefttoprove, soyoucanindulgeinpursuitsthatwerepreviouslyput onholdformorepressingmatters.Withtastescarefully refinedovertheyears,youappreciatethebestthat lifehas tooffer.Yourreactiontoawell-agedRomanée-Contiis decidedlydifferentfromtheresponseyou’dhavehad asa30-year-old.Andnowyou’reinspiredbywatches that–likeyourself–haveonlyimprovedovertime, andwhichwillnaturallydescendtoyourheirs. Astheadsays,youneveractuallyowna PatekPhilippe.Youmerelylookafter MH itforthenextgeneration. ■

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story By PAUL WILsoN ILLUstrAtIoN sIKU

*

*with apologies to alan Moore and dave gibbons

Once upon a time...

That will be all for today, Sarah. You can go home now.

Using billions of dollars secretly siphoned from her clock-making corporation, Milly Seconds has devised a device so devious...

Yes, Miss Seconds

...it can ALTER THE FABRIC OF TIME!

With the manipulation of duration… the past..

…present…

Who needs a DeLorean or a police box to travel through time? Pah! I can make time travel to me – or stop it altogether!

…and future…

...come together in the palm of my hand!

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TIME SAVERS

...thanks to the... And yet, and yet...

...a septet of men...

...evade Milly’s...

...on their wrists.

...temporal twist...

...watches borne...

Led by their watches, and a remarkably speciic common vision, the only men on Earth with the right time gather for their greatest challenge…

Damn this labyrinth... Where next? We need to go north.

One moment, friends. It’s my turn to score points... COMPASS POINTS!

Gentlemen... the hours are OURS!

As long as just one of us can see his watch and tell the time to the rest of us, her maniacal mechanism has no effect on us. We must remain accurate... Who can monitor our elapsed mission time without losing track of actual time?

T-TOUCH £635 TISSOT (TISSOT.CH 0845 296 2446)

Press the right centre button on the TISSOT T!TOUCH and the crystal (aka the face) becomes touch-sensitive; tap it twice and the hands then line up to point northwards.

It’s this way. Hurry!

That’s right, fools. You’re running out of time and into my TRAP!

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The MAURICE LACROIX MéMOIRE 1 has mechanical timer and actual time functions that you can switch between at the press of a button. The hands change position accordingly, and the watch’s memory ensures they swap back and forth without missing a beat.

Some people call me... MAURICE!

Struggle is futile. I know you can’t counter my machine if you can’t see your watches – it’s why I’ve bound you with your palms outward!

Just a minute, fools! I lured you here to witness my finest hour. It’s a TIME TRAP! You’re too late to do anything about it!

If… I can just… glance… sideways…

With the horological heptet able to tell the time once more, they escape their restraints and face their moment of destiny…

The PARMIGIANI BUGATTI SUPER SPORT has a dial on its side, with a vertical movement powering it, so that you can tell the time when driving – and on other occasions when your hands are full.

Watch out! My timeshock device will make you all late… as in ‘dead’, rather than ‘not on time’. DIE!

What time is it?

It’s time to… CLEAN HER CLOCK!

No! But how?

Your SHOCKING behaviour is PROOF of only one thing: I am SHOCK-PROOF!

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The BREMONT MBII was built in conjunction with an aviation company, which put this most shock-resistant of timepieces through its paces in an ejectionseat test program.

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TIME SAVERS

No, it’s just water.

No, it’s not just water – there’s something in it!

MAURICE LACROIX MEMOIRE 1 PRICE ON REQUEST (MAURICELACROIX.COM); PARMIGIANI BUGATTI SUPER SPORT PRICE ON REQUEST (PARMIGIANI.CH); MBII £2895 (O845 094 0690 BREMONT.COM) BREITLING SUPEROCEAN £2, 000 (BREITLING.COM); THE ROCK £1170 LINDE WERDELIN (LINDEWERDELIN.COM); VINTAGE 1945 JACKPOT TOURBILLON PRICE ON REQUEST GIRARD PERREGAUX.CH (GIRARD-PERREGAUX.CH)

What is that, liquid nitrogen?

That crystal must be the source of her timebending ways… but it must be 1,499m beneath the surface. How, in the name of Chronos, can we get to it?

Wait! That sign! We need someone to make sure the air pressure remains constant.

Good for depths of up to 1,500m, making it the world’s ‘deepest’ diving watch, the BREITLING SUPEROCEAN has an automatic valve that releases the tiny helium particles forced into the watch by pressure – so it will never explode!

Can you smell what THE ROCK is monitoring? THE ROCK, from LINDE WERDELIN, is a skiing and mountain sports instrument that logs temperatures, altitudes, splittimes and more. It clips onto a watch or a ski pole.

I can do that, and so much MORE! Inside the GIRARD& PERREGAUX VINTAGE 1945 JACKPOT TOURBILLON is a working three-window slot machine, which is activated by the arm to the right of the face.

Men, I think we’ve hit the jackpot!

She thought she could change the world… but she didn’t have the TIME!

With the temperature monitored, the dive was successful. Surprisingly, the crystal was actually quite fragile for something so powerful, and was cleaved in two with ease.

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Ha ha! Have we got time for a pint?

And now, instead of controlling time – she’ll be doing it! Behind bars!

THE END

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Wantatimelessclassicforawatch?Takeivewithourpickofthestyle legendsfromthepastthatwillnevergooutoffashion Words Dan Jones Photography Luke Kirwan Styling Eric Down

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DOSSIER

Power dressing

FITZGERALD TWO-PIECE SUIT £649 WHITE BUTTON DOWN SHIRT £79 NAVY AND RED TIE £59 ALL BROOKS BROTHERS (020 323 0030 BROOKSBROTHERS.COM); CUFFLINKS £55 EDE &RAVENSCROFT (020 7405 3906 EDEANDRAVENSCROFT.COM); WAYFARERS £120 RAY BAN (0844 264 0870 DAVIDCLULOW.COM)

•Defined1960scool– themanDonDraper wisheshe was

•FirstPresidentto‘do’ nauticalandwithit,RayBanWayfarers

LEADER TheIcon JOHNFKENNEDY, 35thPresidentofthe UnitedStatesofAmerica

“Ich bin ein Omega…”

Hiswatch OMEGAULTRA THIN JFKisnowmostfamousforthe dramaticmannerofhisdeath.Butduringhis lifetimehewasknownforhisimpeccablestyle. HebroughtRatPacksharpnessfromLasVegas toWashington,inhiswell-cut,single-breasted suits,whiteshirtsandskinnyties. Butuntil1960thatstylewasconspicuously absentfromhiswrist.Kennedyworeachunky littlewatchgiventohimbyhiswife,Jacqueline, untilshortlybeforehisinauguration,when afriendgavehimanOmegaUltraThin.

TheUltraThindidwhatitsaid.Its‘calibre’ (internalworkings)wasamere2mmthick.The oblongfaceandsolidgoldcasemadeitaperfect matchforcrisp-cutsuiting,asdidtheblack crocodilestrapthatKennedywore. ThelastreissueoftheUltraThinwasin2009, tocoincidewithBarackObama’sinauguration. Itisvirtuallyanexacthistoricalreplica,though ithasmodernadvantages,suchas30mof waterproofcapability.Sinceonly261weremade, theyalreadyhavecollectors’kudos.Although obviouslynotasmuchasJFK’spieceitself,which wentatauctionfor$350,000afewyearsago. JFKCommemorativePiece,£5,460.See omegawatches.comforstockists

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• Styleaccessories includedJackieand MarilynMonroe

•Favouredconvertibles, fatally

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FAMOUS FACES

Feel free to mess up blue suede shoes, but leave this alone

DOSSIER

Rock(n)roll star

•Gavetheblackleather jacketrockcredentials. Justgoogle‘Elvis68 Comeback’

PERFORMER TheIcon ELVISPRESLEY, theKingof Rock)n)Roll Hiswatch HAMILTONVENTURA WITHCUSTOM BRACELET Ifyou’reabonaďŹ dechart-topping musothesedays,yourwatchofchoiceislikely tocomedrippingindiamonds. Notquitesoat thedawnofmodernpopularmusic,whenElvis Presleywasinhispomp.Foralltheridiculous blingofthelaterElvisyears,inthelate1950sand early1960s,Presley’sstylewascleanandcool. Itwasepitomisedbyhisfavouritewatch–his HamiltonVentura.Theunusualtriangularface wasanearconstantonhiswrist,customisedwith 40 MH WATCH ES DECEMBER 2010

ametalbraceletinsteadofthemoretraditional leatherstrap.TakeacloselookatBlueHawaii (1961)–heworetheVenturaduringďŹ lming. The watchsaidalotabouttheearlyElvislook–it tookclassicelementsofstyleanddraggedthem daringlyuptodate.Andwithwatchmakingbeing therelativelycautiousbusinessthatitis,thesame appliestotoday’sVenturareissues. TheVentura XXLlimitededitionwasreleasedthisyearto commemoratewhatwouldhavebeenPresley’s 75thbirthday.Hemaynothavemadeittothe21st century,buthisstylewasaheadofhistime. HamiltonVenturaXXLLimitedEdition, ÂŁ900.Seejurawatches.co.uk

•Taughtyourdadto dance(hecould,once)

•Legitimisedcollar experimentsforgood andbad

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MAIN IMAGE STUDIO 33. SUPER 400 VINTAGE SUNBURST $ 10, 000 GIBSON (GIBSON.COM); LEATHER JACKET ÂŁ367 NUDIE (NUDIE AT LIBERTY 020 7734 1234)

•Perfectedthequi/ sideburnscombo. Muchimitated,never outgrown


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FAMOUS FACES

DOSSIER

Jet-setting style

• Hasagreatrespectfor vintagetransport

• OwnsNeckerIsland, partoftheBritishVirgin territories

PIONEER TheIcon RICHARDBRANSON, entrepreneur,adventurer Hiswatch BREITLING CHRONOSPACE

  Unlikemostcaptainsofindustry,Sir RichardBransonseemstopreferputtinghimself indanger’spathtorelaxinginhisbigcomfy boardroomchairandmusingonwhomnexttoďŹ re. Bransonembodiesthespiritofenterprise onanynumberoflevels.Heistheproprietorof formidablebusinessacumen,tobesure.But Bransonismostanimatedbytheprospectof adventure.Hehasmadelong-distancehot-air balloonexpeditions.Hehaswater-skiedacross 42 MH WATCH ES DECEMBER 2010

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theEnglishChannel.Heevenplanstotakeon spacewithhisVirginGalacticproject. Asaresult,hisstyleveerstothefunctional, butwithgreatutilitycomesgreatdesign.The watchthatembodieshisadventurousspiritis theBreitlingChronospace,atimepieceequally athomecalculatingvelocityasitisinthehighpressureenvironmentoftheboardroom.And shouldyoueverďŹ ndyourselfdonningapairof nightvisiongoogles,fearnot–theLCDscreen boastsviewingcompatibility.It’sabig,boldwatch foranadventurouspersonality. BreitlingChronospace,ÂŁ3,580.See breitling.comorcall02076375167

• Hisphilanthropysees himconversingwiththe world’sgreatstatesmen

• Pioneeringthe commercialrace intospace

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R41& %&2J(.A

Unmistakable face. Distinctive hands. Undeniably Swiss. U)& 1&./6.&% Q∋∋∗∃∗∀, T6∗22 S∀∗,6∀72 L,/∃+ 2+∗,∋4,,7 1&01/%4∃&% ∀2 ∀ 6∀3∃)A K5∀∗,∀#,& ∗. ∀ 1∀.(& /∋ 2∗8&2 ∋/1 −&. ∀.% 6/−&. ∋1/− 9 CCHABB

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FAMOUS FACES

DOSSIER

Military cool

MILITARY JACKET ÂŁ30 BEYOND RETRO (BEYONDRETRO.CO.UK) ; BERET ÂŁ19 KANGOL (KANGOLSTORE.COM); CUBAN FLAG MADABOUTFLAGS.COM

• Tookagreatphoto

• Broughtcamouageto civvystreet

REBEL TheIcon CHEGUEVARA, Cubanrevolutionary poster-boy

The revolution will not be synchronised

Hiswatch ROLEXGMT MASTERII  According to a CIA agent who witnessed Che Guevara’s execution, the Cuban revolutionary wore ‘a steel Rolex GMT!Master II with [a] blue-and-red bezel’. How did the CIA agent know this? Because he stole it from Che’s corpse. Lesson one: never trust the CIA. WiththepressoďŹƒceatCommunistHQnot returningcalls,MHmustspeculateastoChe’s reasonsforwearingaRolex.Aself-winding mechanismisprettyusefulifyouhaveanactive

day-job.TheGMT!MasterIIalsohasa24-hour graduatedbezel,designedtohelpthewearer copewiththebefuddlingeectsofcrossingtimezones.Thatwascertainlyappropriatetoaman whotraversedSouthAmericaonamotorcycle– andwhynottothemodernjetsetter? Ifyouwanttoindulgetherebelinsideyou whilealsopassingyourselfoasamanofmeans, thentheGMT!MasterIImightwellbetheperfect balanceofrebelandresponsibleadult.Justadd afatRomeoyJulietatodeliveratwo-ďŹ ngered salutefromwithinthecapitalistestablishment. RolexGMTMasterII,ÂŁ4,460.Seerolex. comforstockists

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• Popularisedthe unironicgoatee

• Madesmokingcigars asplendidlymasculine pastime

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DOSSIER

High-speed style

• Forsookbranded baseballcaps

DAREDEVIL TheIcon JUANMANUELFANGIO, greatest racing driverofall time Hiswatch HEUER CARRERA  : JuanManuelFangio wasthe greatestofthe‘gentlemandrivers’.Heblended understatedstylewithhair-raisingspeed,coming backtimeandagainfromimpossibleracing positions.Fangiotaughttheworldthat,behind thewheel,theexperienceandlevelheadedness ofagecouldout-punchtheexcitabilityofyouth. Giventhathewaspronetodrivingsofasthe wouldbreakhisneckandhalfhisbones,Fangio neededawatchthatcouldkeeppace.Hewore

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A racing certainty for the special Juan

aHeuerCarrerawhenhewontheMilleMiglia in1955.Itwastoughenoughtobeartherigours ofracingafull1,000milesthroughthevicious hairpinsofthegreatItalianopenroad. ThemodernversionofFangio’sHeueristhe TAGHeuerCalibre1887300SLR,whichismade inconjunctionwithMercedesBenz,Fangio’steam inthemid-1950s.It’sretroinitsstyling;theonly hintofF1razzle-dazzleistheracingorangeonthe otherwisesubduedstrap,andtheengravingof Fangio’sMercedesonthebackofthewatch.It’snot anexcusetogosettingoffspeedcameras,mind. HeuerCalibre1887300SLR,£2,995.See tagheuer.comorcall08000379658 ■ MH

• Riskeddeathdaily.No tyrewallsandpit-lane restrictionshere

• Popularisedleather drivingglovesas astyleaccessory

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ADDITIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY THROUGHOUT GETTY, REX, ALAMY. RACING HELMET £300 HACKETT ASTON MARTIN (0207 939 6865); CREAM LEATHER DRIVING GLOVES £125 DUNHILL (DUNHILL.COM)

• ThefirstArgentinian sportsstar.SorryDiego


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All in good time

“The only thing more precious than time is the constructive use of it,” says William Gilchrist, the stylist who has dressed stars of the screen and stage, from Benicio del Toro and Jude Law to the Rolling Stones

O MTG-1500 Radio-controlled technology: keeping time measurement 100% accurate in style

ver the years Gilchrist has developed a sense of how time changes a man: how to make the most of it and how to change as your time ticks by. The first lesson he draws is that it is better to concentrate on a few good things than attempting everything at once. “We could all do with doing less and doing it with conviction,” he says. Gilchrist doesn’t fight time passing; rather, he embraces its ability to improve. “I like quality, I like well-made things, and I don’t think they need to be treated with kid gloves,” he says. “Things are there to be used and worn.” One item that Gilchrist knows time will certainly improve is his G-Shock. “It has the classic design-side, but I know it’s going to survive a hammering,” he says. “And I know that everyday I wear it, and every hammering it takes, it is just going to get better. “That’s like a good shoe, a good suit, and hopefully ourselves as well – as we age and take our knocks, we just get better. That’s good design: it all still works but it’s got a whole life behind it.”


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The styledhigh club T

Renowned photographer A listair Guy has an eye for classic style updated to modern sensibilities, whether he’s adding to his own wardrobe or shooting great pictures. Here’s how he keeps his style fresh

GS-1300B Smart, tough movements powered by light

here’s an important difference between fashion and style, says Alistair Guy. “Fashion is dictated to you and style is the way you wear your clothes.” As pithy definitions go, they don’t come much more useful. Guy names his four icons of style, whom he thinks any man can learn from. “Edward Fox in Chariots of Fire had 1920s style, and was just the quintessential English gent,” he says. “And Steve McQueen in The Great Escape looked great riding motorbikes with his sleeves rolled.” Another star whom Guy looks to for style inspiration is Bryan Ferry. “A dandy and a rock ‘n’ roll superstar,” he says. And then there’s another actor with unbeatable style: “David Hemmings, the Blow Up actor,” Guy says, citing his admiration for “turtle-neck tops, skinny trousers and Chelsea boots.” But good style isn’t just about recreating looks from the golden age of cinema. Guy also has some practical tips he’s picked up in a career revolving around the style world. “I understand quality better these days,” he says. “I enjoy wearing a suit a lot more now than ever. Investing in good pairs of shoes is also essential.” As, of course, is investing in a good watch. Guy’s G-Shock fits with his whole approach to style and the demands of his job. “It’s very stylish, but not in an obvious way,” he says. “It reminds me of a heavyweight, exciting camera – it looks like a professional watch, and is very me. I can go about my everyday activities and not have to worry about breaking it, which is very important.” Style for Guy, then, is as much about function and reliability as it is about loud statement-making. “A cross between smart and casual – relaxed smart.” A redefinition of smart casual? That’s a style we can all live with.


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Rise of the

machines Style guru Philip Start may be from the old school – but he knows that staying ahead of the technological curve will keep you sharp, successful and ready to conquer your world

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echnology is often seen as a young man’s tool. The preserve of iPad toting teenagers, organising their life through Facebook. In truth, it’s anything but. Just ask Philip Start, who owns a chain of boutique clothing shops, and even after a career spanning several decades is now as tech-savvy as the best of them. “Mastering technology makes life much easier,” he says. “I didn’t take to it particularly easily but now I have I’m slightly ahead of the curve. I can email everybody and not engage. I do all my work over breakfast now via iPhone and iPad. It also means I’m constantly up to date.” That’s the sort of attitude that makes Start a pioneer of the always-on generation. The way he describes his working life is a perfect example of how the successful modern businessman should approach his trade. “Even when I am not working, I’m working,” says Start. “A lot of my social life is work-orientated. I sit at a desk for ten minutes and I’m bored: I get an idea and I’m off.” That frantic, peripatetic existence is made much easier by following a life rich in technological assistance. Start says it allows him to unleash his creativity. “My day really is creating things, meeting people, encouraging people, listening to people, so I can learn from people,” he says. “You never stop learning.” Over the course of an exciting career, Start says he has found the world moving faster and faster. “The pace of change is warp speed,” he says. “You have to keep momentum and develop continuously.” He does this with the help of his G-Shock, a watch with precise functions in a robust case, which fits seamlessly into an action-packed life. “Because I am sporty, it’s perfect for me,” he says. “It’s very hardwearing - a great watch.” Which all in all, is a pretty good endorsement from the poster-boy of the technological revolution.

MTG-1500 Advanced interior, calculating


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A better you

In building your style, design is everything. Stephen Ayres, head menswear buyer for Liberty is just the man to help. He explains how to ensure you’re at the cutting edge, not tumbling over it

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man who spends all day around fashion might be forgiven for finding himself a fashion victim. (Exhibit A: Brüno.) Not so Stephen Ayres, buyer for Liberty. He’s responsible for picking the designs that make up the London department store’s men’s collections. Ayres describes his personal taste in design: “Very understated, more about fabric and fit – I’m not a trend follower, I like more classic, essential pieces. I like to pick something from my wardrobe that works with everything else. “When I was younger I was much more casual and would be more likely to be in baggy jeans and a hoodie,” he says. “But as you become more successful in your career I think your appearance should reflect this. Ayres reserves his highest praise for brands and items that combine innovation and great design know-how with affordability. He speaks highly of designers whom he says, “remain ahead of the game yet are totally wearable, with a competitive price.” The design of his watch reflects this philosophy. “The G-Shock is very sleek and sophisticated but has a sporty edge so I don’t have to worry about taking it off when I’m in the gym,” says Ayres. “It fits into my day-to-day life – if I am running, working out, or at work – because it is practical, but looks sophisticated at the same time.” Practical but sophisticated – now there’s a description worth living up to.

MTG-1500B Inherently tough exterior, with a touch of rose gold

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• Navajo £195 D&G Time (020 7495 9250 dandgstore.com) • Chronograph £270 ck Calvin Klein (calvinklein.com)

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(LEFT) COAT £190 &RUCKSACK £89 BOTH COS (020 74780 400); BLAZER £850 CHECK SHIRT £225 BOTH LOEWE (HARRODS.COM); BOWTIE £70 POLO RALPH LAUREN (020 7535 4600); TROUSERS £150 HACKETT (020 7939 6865); BOOTS £185 FIN’S (FINSFORHIM.COM). (RIGHT) COAT £60 UNIQLO (020 7290 8090); BLAZER £295, SHIRT £75 &CARDIGAN £350 ALL J LINDEBERG (JLINDEBERG.COM); TIE £85 &BOOTS £495 BOTH BALLY (020 7491 7062); JEANS £75 LEVI’S (01604 599 735); BELT £80 POLO RALPH LAUREN (020 7535 4600); BRIEFCASE £860 SMYTHSON (0845 873 2435).

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• Mayu £7,400 H Moser & Cie (williamand son.com)

STYLING ASSISTANT DANIEL HIGGINS. PHOTOGRAPHER’S ASSISTANTS SCOTT GRUMMETT, TOM WEATHERILL. GROOMING ROZELLE PARRY AT JOY GOODMAN USING DERMALOGICA. MODELS IVAN GONZALEZ AT MODEL’S 1, DAVID SERPELL AT SELECT MODEL MANAGEMENT. TUXEDO £1,740 BOWTIE £75 PATENT SHOES £450 ALL DIOR HOMME (020 7172 0172); SHIRT £104 D&G (020 7495 9250); WATCH £7, 400 H. MOSER &CIE AT WILLIAM &SON (020 7493 8385)

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INTRODUCING BULOVA PRECISIONIST THE WORLD’S MOST ACCURATE WATCH WITH A CONTINUOUSLY SWEEPING SECOND HAND

Most quartz watches are accurate to 15 seconds a month – Bulova Precisionist is accurate to 10 seconds a year. The key is Precisionist’s unique three-prong quartz crystal, which produces a vibration frequency of 262.144 kilohertz (kHz), eight times greater than the usual two-prong crystal and the highest of any watch available today. And, the innovative design of the Precisionist movement reduces the effects of temperature variation without using a high-maintenance thermo-regulating integrated circuit. The result is a watch that is extraordinarily precise, yet so easy to operate.

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Perfect lines, peak performance and powerful design make these watches stand out from the clouds

PERRELET TURBINE £3,900 Equal parts style and performance, Perrelet’s unique Turbine watch with titanium blades takes its inspiration from aeronautical hardware, delivering a distinct, masculine aesthetic that is sure to set tongues wagging.

BREMONT U2 £2,995 There are rugged watches and then there is the Bremont U2, originally designed for the American pilots of the U2 spy plane. Able to withstand the G-forces of an ejector seat, rigorous testing took the U2 to 100,000ft and –70°C. It demands an airspace all of its own.

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ura Watches is a specialist independent watch boutique consisting of a sleek Mayfair store and a top-ranked e-commerce website that continues to set new standards in the luxury retail sector. Jura’s friendly staff are passionate about the wide range of niche and established international brands stocked. Jura’s innovative usage of technology creates a fun and informed buying experience. For more information call 0800 011 2704 or visit jurawatches.co.uk

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D'! ! (  $  ? Quartzisnotnecessarilyabad thing:itismorereliablethanthebest mechanicalwatchesandcheapertoo. TAGHeuerwasoneofthepioneersof quartzwatchesinthe’70s,producing theveryďŹ rstdigitalsportsswatch. W  !  $ ? Owningamechanicalwatchislike owningatopoftherangeluxurysports car.Evenifyoucannotuse100%of thepotentialofthesemonsters,itis incrediblyrewardingtoknowthatthey arepoweredbyaturbochargedengine– andyourelishthefeelingofpossessing somethingsosophisticated. W'!!'TAGH ! ? Ifyouarelookingforaprestigious watchthatcombinesquality craftsmanshipandcontemporary styling,youhavetobuyaTAG Heuer.WehaveďŹ vecoremodels:the Formula1,theAquaracer,theLink,the CarreraandtheMonaco.Ourrange oerssomethingforeveryone,from specialisttimepiecesforchronograph loverstoeverydaywatchesfor businessmenandnewaudiences. Conceptwatch,not commerciallyavailable DECEMBER 2010 MH WATCH ES 69


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W      S  ? Avisionthatcombinestradition andfuturepossibilitieswillkeep ourbusinessalive.Aslongasthe industrycanmaintainthequalityand theexclusivity,wemightkeepour leadershipintheďŹ eld. H     ? Theinternetishelpingtoeducate peopleaboutwatchesandthemore peopleunderstandourart,thebetter. Asforbuyingawatch,Ibelievewewill alwaysneedtheretailerbecausethe emotionofbuyingawatchinastore andtryingitonthereandthen,will alwaysbeabetterexperience. ÂŁ13,800,marcuswatches.co.uk

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views. Because we are the eyes and ears of our customers, everyone is part of the conversation. Excellent after-salesserviceisalsokey. W $      !  ? Wehavetoevolvetosurvive.And forusthatmeansoeringmore personalisedbrandsandnewways inwhichtoexperiencethem,suchas conceptroomsandstorytelling.We arepassionateaboutwatches,which iswhywefocusonimaginativeand dynamicwatchmakers,suchasMB&F andGreubelForsey–visionarieswho areshapingthefutureoftheindustry withtheiravant-gardecreations. MH £19,900,marcuswatches.co.uk ■menshealth.co.uk/style

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   Scratch-proof crystal covers the more prestigious dials. The rest have plastic, which scratches‌ in which case, use Brasso to rub it out.

Tomakeashrewdpurchase, youneedtoknowwhat makesawatchtick‌ WordsAlexDoak PhotographyJohannaParkin

     Enables a watch to indicate the correct day, month and year without any adjustment, even taking into account leap years. Don’t ask us how‌

         The heart of the movement; the equivalent of a clock’s pendulum. Its oscillations release the mainspring, allowing tick to follow tock.

    The powerhouse of a mechanical watch; a 20-30cm ribbon of steel, either wound automatically or manually.

 A series of minute interlocking cogs to which the hours, minutes and seconds hands are connected.    A weight that spins with the wearer’s arm movements, winding the mainspring automatically – invented in the 1920s by John Harwood, then reďŹ ned by Rolex.

Ultra Slim Perpetual Calendar in white gold, ÂŁ49,900, Patek Philippe 0800 111 4116

 A demanding component, with zero tolerance for gaps. Steel is the cheapest, followed by gold, then platinum. Precious stones are strictly for the ladies.

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  The knob used to set the time and date – and perhaps even wind your watch. The Achilles heel of watches water-wise, but clever rubber gasket rings positioned along its shaft mean most watches can be worn in the shower at least.

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3 Burlington Gardens | Mayfair | London | W1S 3EP Telephone: 0800 011 2704 www.jurawatches.co.uk Pequignet ladies watch featured model 7757449CD with 47 diamonds - RRP ÂŁ1,055 www.pequignet.com


*RRP. Subject to change without notice.

Chronomat 01

ÂŁ 5880*

Breitling has created the chronograph par excellence A perfect fuselage, an exceptional engine: Breitling has launched a highly exclusive instrument set to establish itself as the benchmark among mechanical chronographs. A strong, unique and quintessential design. A fine blend of power and elegance. Built to provide maximum sturdiness and functionality, the Chronomat 01 is designed for devotees of great accomplishments. This top-notch sports model is equipped with Caliber 01, entirely developed and produced by Breitling: a reliable and ultra-precise motor with an original and innovative architecture. By uniting refined aesthetics and raw performance in the Chronomat 01, Breitling has redeďŹ ned the mechanical chronograph.

Breitling proprietary Caliber 01. Chronograph movement with column wheel and vertical clutch. Chronometer-certified (COSC). Selfwinding mechanism guaranteeing over 70 hours of power reserve. Patented zero-reset system. Instant calendar adjustable at any time. 47 jewels.

For your nearest stockist in Great Britain and Ireland telephone 020 7637 5167

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