Clive James reveals to us that “any male hetero watcher [would] mull over plotting for a lift” from Saga Norén (the character in The Bridge) since she has what he terms “an instance of close mentally unbalanced who knows what” (Weekend, 6 August). On the following page Carrie Mathison, the character in Homeland, is depicted as bipolar and excellent. So there we have it: one condition (extremely introverted range issue) makes a character ugly, the other (bipolar confusion) does not. W300 W800 W1300 W1800 W2300 W2800 W3300 W3800 W4300 W4800
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As somebody determined to have Asperger disorder I am just excessively mindful that extreme introvertedness is as yet treated with joke and hatred. This is the last satisfactory type of partiality. I am disillusioned, in any case, that Clive James, a creator I have respected for the vast majority of my life, should show this type of preference so coolly.

Colin Armstrong

Why truck drivers are tired of ‘chips with everything’

Best sustenance on the A11, this” says a truck driver who has maneuvered into Carlsburger, a roadside burger van outside Thetford, only west of Norwich, with a logo reminiscent of an outstanding Danish ale. He delays for impact. “Simply because the other two aren’t open today.” W305 W805 W1305 W1805 W2305 W2805 W3305 W3805 W4305 W4805
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“Some tea?” grins Carl Johnson, the proprietor. “Arsenic with that?”

There’s excellent talk and shabby teas – 50p for regulars – at Carlsburger however as indicated by inquire about by RAC Truck Rescue, more than four of every 10 HGV drivers now want more beneficial, low-fat or without sugar nourishment – servings of mixed greens and falafels – when out and about. The absence of adhering to a good diet choices is one of the greatest dissatisfactions confronting lorry drivers, who are more wellbeing cognizant than deals reps and friends auto drivers.

“There’s an absence of fair dinners. You’ve quite recently got the chance to take a gander at HGV drivers, half of them are overweight,” says Darren, a truck driver who has pulled over for a bacon-and-twofold egg roll. “You get nourished up of it. Chips with everything. That is not what you need each day, seven days seven days. You need a change – home-cooked sustenance. A shepherd’s pie, something with vegetables for a change rather than chips. Be that as it may, these folks wouldn’t remain here completing a dish supper.” W310 W810 W1310 W1810 W2310 W2810 W3310 W3810 W4310 W4810
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Carlsburger’s Carl Johnson with a client.

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Carlsburger’s Carl Johnson with a client. Photo: Patrick Barkham

Darren isn’t overweight: how can he keep thin? “I miss my lunch and experience to tea,” he says.

“I trust you’ve seen the eggs have gone ahead with no fat,” says Johnson as he cooks Darren’s lunch. “We never sear, we never put any additional fat on, we softly margarine the rolls. My sibling is a fitness coach, so I’m quick to keep as solid as could reasonably be expected.”

After Darren, nonetheless, the following client is served an exceptional cheddar, onion, tomato and lettuce roll – a more advantageous thing not as of now recorded on Carlsburger’s hot menu. W315 W815 W1315 W1815 W2315 W2815 W3315 W3815 W4315 W4815
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“I showed at least a bit of kindness panic a month back, I have three blocked supply routes and I’m sitting tight for a task, so I’ve needed to change my eating regimen,” says Colin Thorogood. “The specialists are endeavoring to retouch me so the minimum I can do is meet them midway.”

In the same way as other HGV drivers, Darren’s meat isn’t with great esteem roadside bistros, for example, Carlsburger, however with overrated motorway benefit zones. W320 W820 W1320 W1820 W2320 W2820 W3320 W3820 W4320 W4820
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“There’s likely insufficient decision right now,” says Chris Rampley of the Road Haulage Association. “Most of the enormous three – Moto, RoadChef and Welcome Break – have a tendency to have establishment bargains so you have your McDonald’s, Burger King, fast-food outlets. A few drivers like that yet the decision isn’t as awesome as it could be.”

Haulier Eddie Stobart gives its drivers sponsored bistros in a large number of its 50 stations the nation over. “You can have your bacon-and-egg sandwiches yet there’s a scope of more beneficial choices – plates of mixed greens and omelets,” says Eddie Stobart representative James Andrew. “My most loved is the tomato and mushroom omelet.” W326 W826 W1326 W1826 W2326 W2826 W3326 W3826 W4326 W4826
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The RAC examine takes after a report by the movement guard dog Transport Focus which found that the essential needs of truck drivers are not being met, as far as sound sustenance and an absence of HGV stopping and toilets. The gathering is requiring the administration and Highways England to enhance roadside offices, especially on A streets.

“By and large, there isn’t any decision,” says Darren. “In the event that you go down to the administration station, you wind up spending a fortune. We need snappy nourishment and these [roadside vans] are perfect for us.” W332 W832 W1332 W1832 W2332 W2832 W3332 W3832 W4332 W4832
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Study demonstrating decrease in canine richness may have human ramifications

England’s pooches are winding up less fruitful. Analysts who have efficiently inspected canine sperm over a traverse of 26 years say that general sperm quality has been in decrease.

Ecological chemicals are involved. What’s more, the examination may toss light on the richness changes in male people.

Richard Lea, of Nottingham University’s school of veterinary solution and science, and partners gathered examples of semen from a precisely checked populace of labradors, outskirt collies, German shepherds and brilliant retrievers utilized as stud to breed pooches expected to help the incapacitated. They tried 1,925 examples of discharge from a sum of 232 distinct canines at the rate of in the vicinity of 42 and 97 mutts consistently. W337 W837 W1337 W1837 W2337 W2837 W3337 W3837 W4337 W4837
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Also, they found a drop in sperm motility – the capacity to swim in a straight line – of 2.4% every year from 1988 to 1998. Indeed, even once a few pooches were rejected from the investigation on the grounds that their ripeness was somehow being referred to, from 2002 to 2014 the researchers still estimated a decrease of 1.2% every year.

They likewise affirmed the nearness of natural chemicals known as PCBs and phthalates in the canine semen, and in balls of mutts emasculated by veterinary specialists over the span of routine fixing treatment. These chemicals are pervasive, and have been connected to both fruitfulness issues and birth deserts. W342 W842 W1342 W1842 W2342 W2842 W3342 W3842 W4342 W4842
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At the core of the examination isn’t the puppy, however the topic of male human ripeness. Rehashed tests over 70 years have demonstrated a descending pattern in male richness, yet there has dependably been contention about the consistency and precision of the discoveries.

“Why the pooch?” said Dr Lea. “Aside from the way that it is an incredible populace of creatures to work with, puppies live in our homes, they infrequently eat a similar sustenance, they are presented to the same ecological contaminants that we are, so the fundamental speculation is that the canine is extremely a kind of sentinel for human introduction.” W347 W847 W1347 W1847 W2347 W2847 W3347 W3847 W4347 W4847
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One examination of human sperm checks inspected 60 isolate thinks about finished a 50-year traverse. In any case, unique research groups utilized diverse systems, and regardless the advances in lab hardware over numerous decades implied that it would dependably be hard to contrast like and like.

There has been considerably less uncertainty about estimated increments throughout the decades in rates of testicular disease, and a condition known to influence an extent of kid babies during childbirth: cryptorchidism, in which the gonads don’t dive typically to the scrotum. W352 W852 W1352 W1852 W2352 W2852 W3352 W3852 W4352 W4852
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The Nottingham canine examination assemble settled various issues of consistency. Every one of the mutts were solid and all around looked after. The semen inspecting was directed by Professor Gary England, Nottingham’s establishment dignitary of veterinary science, who propelled the undertaking, and every one of the examples were taken care of by only three professionals in the 26-year consider. The analysts likewise took a gander at the pooch’s sustenance, and the chemicals in the nourishment.

The decrease in canine sperm quality does not, for the occasion, betoken the finish of the puppy as an animal groups. “It’s far-fetched” Dr Lea said. “It’s exceptionally hard to state when this turns into an issue.”

The analysts saw increments in cryptorchidism in the investigation puppies’ pups throughout the years. They likewise observed an unmistakable association between ecological chemicals and declining fruitfulness. How this may function, be that as it may, isn’t so clear. W357 W857 W1357 W1857 W2357 W2857 W3357 W3857 W4357 W4857
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“Things being what they are, we are presented to a mixed drink. Who knows what number of chemicals are out there and what they are doing? It gets considerably more convoluted when you begin to take a gander at the impacts of blends of chemicals,” Dr Lea said.

“What we have possessed the capacity to do here is simply to haul out ones that we know are available, and we have tried those regarding their belongings and it suggests there is an effect. The following stage – and it is a major next stage – is endeavoring to coax out what else is there and how those chemicals are communicating.”

Measles cautioning to youngsters at celebrations after arrangement of flare-ups

Youngsters intending to go to celebrations or different mass occasions are being cautioned to ensure they have been completely inoculated after various measles episodes.

General Health England says anybody going to a music celebration ought to guarantee they have had two shots of the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) immunization. Some more youthful individuals might be in danger since they were not immunized as little youngsters, after the terrify produced by the proposal of the now ruined researcher Andrew Wakefield that there was a connection between the immunization and a mental imbalance.

There has just been an expansion in measles cases this year, with 234 affirmed amongst January and June, says PHE, which must be informed of each case. That is an in excess of fourfold increment over the 54 cases in a similar a half year a year ago.

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Celebrations have added to that. There have been 36 presumed measles cases in youngsters who went to occasions in June and July. Glastonbury – the greatest music celebration of the year – had the most cases, at 16. There were seven cases announced from the NASS celebration close Bristol; six at the Triplicity celebration in north Devon; three at Tewkesbury medieval celebration; two at Nozstock:

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