It will come as no surprise that the Club's programme of Tuesday evening talks will have to take place in a rather different format. Even if we were not still in the throes of Covid-19, we don't have a clubhouse, and more important, a bar. We hope that all these problems will be solved in the spring (or maybe the summer?). In the meantime, we hope to be able to run some activities within the guidelines (whatever happens to be current at the time).
Tuesday talks are presented over Zoom. Connect to Zoom
Meeting ID – 977 594 4409
Password – FSC
The meeting host will admit you to the session. Please remember to mute. Your device, be it smartphone, tablet, laptop or desk computer will need to have a speaker and a camera. If you plan to participate in the meeting, it will also need a microphone.
Life expectancy for the mid-Victorian working class in Britain at the age of 5 years was as good or better than today. Obesity and diabetes were rare and the incidence of chronic and degenerative disease was only 10% of what we
see today. Cancer and cardiovascular disease were not the main causes of death. Being much more physically active, their calorie intake was up to twice as high as ours. Their diet had a high intake of vegetables, fruit, whole
grains and oily fish and contained levels of micro-nutrients at about ten times the levels considered normal today. They had little access to tobacco and alcohol.
Although science has made major contributions to health care, our society is suffering from pandemics of obesity, diabetes, vitamin D deficiency and chronic disease, much of which can be attributed to our modern diet high in processed food and a sedentary lifestyle. Drugs mainly only treat symptoms rather than addressing the underlying cause. Lessons from the past need to be considered if we expect to have better health and avoid bankrupting our NHS.
Although they suffered epidemics of cholera and measles, the adult population would have been in better health to cope with the first phase of a coronavirus pandemic than today.
If you missed the talk you can catch up with the second half of it (we had gremlins earlier)
using the passcode:
Map © John Hemming & Edward Ranney
According to local legend, Cuzco means ‘navel of the world’. It is said to have been founded about CE 1100 and became the centre of an empire which stretched from central Chile to the present Ecuador-Columbia border, to western Bolivia and northwest Argentina. A civil war broke out over the succession in about 1527; in 1532 soon after the eventual victor, Atahualpa won the civil war, Francisco Pizarro arrived with 179 conquistadores, many on horseback, signalling the demise of Incan supremacy. Some of the most magnificent examples of Incan architecture can be found in Cuzco, but with an overlay of Spanish buildings, including the baroque cathedral, the oldest part, El Triunfo which dates from 1533. The Qoricancha at Santo Domingo (above) is what remains of the Incan Golden Palace and Temple of the Sun. It was converted to a church by the Dominicans. You can see the typical Incan cyclopean wall which forms part of the perimeter with the church above.