Don’t Panic – Christmas is coming!

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Eagle eyed Pasty Muncher – an early subscriber and occasional commenter on The Shelf (we’ve still yet to answer the question he asked at the beginning of January) suggested that the Smart Pants which measured the wearers blood pressure we revealed would be an ideal Valentine gift for a lover to give the man in their lives and suggested they be re-branded ‘Smart Heart Pants’.

Valentines Day is a long way off, so too is Christmas but it has been noted on some shopping information sites that the 7th Wonder of the Shopping World – Trago Mills already has full Christmas displays on show beating their record of last year when a shelves were brimming with Christmas goodies well before the schools returned after the summer holidays.

Every year chaps are forced into panic buying Christmas presents at the last minute and every year our other (and often considerably better) half’s smugly remind us how they had completed the present buying task way back in October. So it is time to make early preparations.

A couple of items caught my eye on a price comparison site which I think may be ideal gifts – who could not feel the pride whilst wearing a Spurs shirt signed by Gazza or at very least appreciate slipping into bed under a stylish Spurs emblazoned luxury duvet cover?

They say Christmas gets earlier every year but I, like The Wizard, wish it could be Christmas every day.

Cheddar Gorge

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PhotobucketCheddar Gorge, one of the most spectacular places to visit in South West England – home of pasties. Situated above the rural village of Cheddar, Cheddar Gorge is Britain’s largest gorge, whilst the Cheddar Yeo in Gough’s Cave is Britain’s biggest underground river, and the Gorge Cliffs are Britain’s highest inland limestone cliffs.

I had the pleasure of visiting Cheddar Gorge not too long ago for a day out. Although I don’t live too far away, I’d never actually been before. The views from the cliff top footpath is breathtaking, I don’t think that even a Freelander could descend the slopes safely. The Cheddar Cheese visitor centre is another feature well worth a visit, they still make the famous cheese there and you can watch the process from start to finish.

I would definitely recommend it as a day out, or even just driving through the gorge is amazing. If you’re of a mind to do some Freelander off-roading, I doubt you’d get very far, but you might have fun trying!

Smart Pants – Heart Pants

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HI-TECH underpants that will help save men from heart attack and stroke.

Under Crackers with a built in blood pressure monitorSo-called “smartpants” are being developed to monitor the blood pressure of wearers via sensors in the waistband that detect the speed of blood flow through arteries.

Currently only male pants are able to utilise the technology which isn’t suitable for women’s pants, because it could not be fitted into the thinner waist bands.

These smarty pants are part of a 4 year project to incorporate health monitoring systems into clothing, bedding and even household appliances.

High blood pressure is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease which is amongst the biggest killers, claiming many lives annually.

Despite the dangers and continued campaigns to encourage people to “know their numbers”, many are not aware they are living with the time bomb of high blood pressure.

A recent screening project found 51 % of 4000 adults tested had high blood pressure and were in danger.

Half of those tested did not know their blood pressure.

“We often call it the silent killer because there’s no symptoms of high blood pressure, and the only way to know that you have it is to have it measured with an accurate blood pressure monitor,” a spokesman said.

The underpants, being developed in Europe by technology giant Philips, use electrodes made of conductive rubber in the waistband of the pants to pick up electric signals from the central aorta, a major artery running down the middle of the body.

The signals indicate the time it takes for blood to travel through the artery.

Blood moves easily through a healthy body but labours through diseased vessels and arteries that have become hardened and clogged.

The data is then sent to a clip-on monitor worn on a trouser belt so it can be downloaded to computer for later analysis and relayed via broadband to online health record storage such as Microsoft’s Healt Vault or Google Health.

British Hypertension Society which clinically validates and test blood pressure monitors for accuracy has not commented so far on the accuracy of these undergarment devices but it is hoped that they are seen as a step forward in bringing the issue to the publics attention

For further information about measuring blood pressure the Blood Pressure Monitoring organisation has free factsheets “How to Measure Blood Pressure” and an up to date list of clinically Validated Blood Pressure Monitors.

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