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MUSIC REVIEWS BY PHIL BENNETT
LIVE IN DUBLIN
LEONARD COHEN HAS already released
a studio album this year, so what else should
an 80 year old veteran do but release a two
and a half hour live triple cd/dvd to cap off
an extremely productive 2014.
A true (follows his own vision) master
craftsman (one of the world’s greatest
song writers) Cohen is one of those artists who,
if you love him, you adore him, and if you
don’t, you really don’t quite get him at all.
And if you fall into the former category,
this is a package you will be pleased as punch
There are so many stunning songs here –
So Long Marianne, I’m Your Man, Hallelujah
– the list goes on like a roll call of bedsit classics.
And then there’s that voice, which seems
to scrape lower and lower each year, rasping
like stubble across your cheek. A voice that
speak s with a gracious smile and a subtle
glance, as if in wonder that people still admire
him after all these years.
On this night it wafts along atop insidious
hip swaying grooves that suggest rather
THE THIRD THREE YEARS
IN THE PAST eight years, Frank Turner has
put out five albums, five eps, and a regular
stream of compiled rarities to fill in any cracks.
The aptly titled The Third Three Years is
a bunch of unreleased demos, cover versions
and iTunes sessions produced over the past
three years and flung together in a brown paper
bag of a compilation. Sort of like a Royal show
Turner tours constantly, writes like
breathing and records incessantly. And he’s one
of those rare artists who have a rela xed enough
attitude and seeming freedom to let his fans
have it all.
Raw both in spirit and ability, his songs are
rough and ready little nuggets about ordinary
people living ordinary lives as they struggle to
sur vive their respective lots in life with a smile
and a deep breath.
Being the honest guy he is, and this
being a warts and all bag of songs that never
got officially released, you need to accept the
good and the average with the brilliant and
wonderful if you want to get the most out of it.
There are some serious political statements
(Something Of Freedom), some quirky
overheard conversations (Happy New Year),
a few eyebrow ra isers (Queen’s Somebody To
Love and a manic mandolin driven version
of Wings’ Live A nd Let Die) and some
moments of pure goosebump- inducing
magic in the way the touchstones of
emotion and thought are lit (The Way I
Tend To Be).
And being that honest guy, these “Three
Years” compilations really are the best way to
sample Turner – without the slowly crafted
construction and concept shaping that comes
with making an album per se, they’re more
like random piles of umms, aahs, mumbled
apologies and angry exclamation marks.
Which makes it something ver y warm
and very, well, human.
Uninhibited and free as a bird.
than insist, whether it’s from the deliciously
plucked strings of Everybody Knows or the
honey-thick Hammond organ tones of Bird
On A Wire.
There’s actually too much going on here
to take it all in first time. Like a sumptuous
feast, its delights should be savoured slowly and
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slows down to conser ve the reduced number
of calories you're eating so you don’t star ve.
This is why you have to work with your
genes not against millions of years of your
In addition, a pound of fat does not equal
exactly 3500 calories and could contain
a ny where bet ween 2,843 and 3,752 calories.
Which means you can fit in, or have to take
out, an extra biscuit or two each day without
a ny difference. The difference in fact may
end up being as many as three kilograms a
year added to your weight just by eating the
right number of calories.
Similarly, 100 calories of sugar is not
the same as 100 calories worth of almonds
or spinach. One puts on weight, leads to
diabetes, CVD, arthritis, cancer and more
a nd the other t wo reverse a ll conditions
despite their calorie and fat content. In the
same way, 100 calories of brown wholegrain
rice consumed is not the same as 100 calories
of processed white rice flour. Fa rmers learnt
long ago that if they fed raw potatoes to pigs
they did not put on weight. If you cook the
potatoes they do. But even better, if you give
them an even more processed diet they get
big and fat really quickly.
Many other factors make the theory of
ca lorie counting a ridiculous farce. Certain
foods like fibre, protein a nd nutrients reduce
appetite. Protein slows the time it takes for
food to move from your stomach to your
intestines, helping you feel f ull longer.
Additionally, protein increases metabolism,
a nd builds and maintains muscle ma ss,
which utilises calories. It also curbs your
appetite by stabilising blood glucose levels.
Even timing of food affects calorie
processing. In a study, researchers found
that participants who ate late in the day lost
significantly less weight than those who ate
earlier in the day. Each group wa s given a
similar diet, the same amount of sleep and
similar caloric intakes and expenditures.5
A large a mount of scientific evidence
a lso suggests that toxic chemicals added to
your food can increa se weight gain without
changing the calories. This includes some
of the food additives. Low a nd no calorie
drinks and foods with artificial sweetener
actually increase your weight gain, despite
the fact they have no calories. Mice fed the
same food with some toxic chemicals added
to it gained weight, developed metabolic
syndrome and chronic illness despite
consuming the same calories as the control
mice. This is pa rticularly the case for a group
of chemicals we find in our modern life
ca lled endocrine disruptors.
Other major factors include our
probiotic microorganisms, stress, sleep
debt, and pharmaceuticals,6 none of which
are interested in calories but do influence
Dr Peter Dingle is a researcher,
educator and public health
advocate. He has a PhD in the
field of environmental toxicology
and is not a medical doctor.
1. Nestle, 2002
2. Mann , et al 2007,
3. Eisenberg, et al 2014
4. Mooney, 2012
5. The International Journal of Obesity 2013
6. Dhurandhar et al, 2014
‘100 calories of sugar is not the
same as 100 calories worth of
almonds or spinach.’
‘Low and no calorie drinks
and foods with artificial
sweetener actually increase
your weight gain.’
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