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Among other options is a five-course game menu for 65 pounds and a four-course early evening menu for 25 pounds. The design of Gymkhana is pleasingly understated, with some quirky touches such as the vintage cigarette tin in which your bill is presented. The ground floor underlines the colonial theme with dark-wood furnishings and floor. The basement is more like a nightclub, a bit Frankie Goes to Bollywood. The wine list is original and eclectic. If you are on a budget, the 2011 Le Prieure, Chateau Ksara, Bekaa Valley (Lebanon) works with the spicier dishes. If you are looking for a treat, a carafe of 2010 Gevrey-Chambertin, Henri de Villamont costs 45 pounds. And if you are making a night of it, there are inventive cocktails, such as the quinine sour. Gymkhana isnt without its faults. Im hoping it will settle in and become clubbier. But it is fun and the food is exceptional. Im giving it the maximum four stars. The Bloomberg Questions Cost?

London Olympic athletes had terrible teeth: Lots of cavities, gum disease

“It’s quite striking,” said lead researcher Ian Needleman (via BBC Sept. 28), whose team published the report. “Our data and other studies suggest that, for a similar age profile, the oral health of athletes is poor.” The findings, which were published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine , revealed that 76 percent of the athletes examined had gum disease (including gingivitis and periodontitis); 55 percent had cavities, and 45 percent had tooth erosion. The results came from examining the teeth and gums of 302 athletes who had visited a dental clinic in the 2012 London Olympic Village. The athletes came from Africa, Europe and the Americas and participated in 25 different sports, including track and field, boxing, hockey and swimming. Needleman, a professor at London-based UCL Eastman Dental Institute, surmised that the high incidences of tooth decay, cavities and periodontitis were due to the sugary sports drinks and energy gels and other high-carbohydrate snacks athletes often consumed during training and competition. The sugar from the snacks coat the teeth and gums and often stay there for hours, since most athletes don’t pbrush their teeth in between events. Research indicates that people who don’t brush their teeth regularly are more susceptible to heart attacks and inflammation. Needleman was especially stunned by the findings because Olympic athletes take superior care of their bodies but seemed to completely neglect their teeth. He underscored that there’s a connection between oral hygiene, athletic performance, and good overall health. Oral health is important for well-being and successful elite sporting performance, he said. It is amazing that many professional athletes people who dedicate a huge amount of time and energy to honing their physical abilities do not have sufficient support for their oral-health needs, even though this negatively impacts on their training and performance. Good oral hygiene is important and is a window to your overall health, according to the Mayo Clinic , which said oral bacteria and periodontitis-induced inflammation is associated with diabetes, endocarditis, cardiovascular disease, Alzheimers, HIV/AIDS, and osteoporosis. Suggested by the author

The number might seem high to outsiders but students here are used to the annual ticketing blitz know as Project LEARN (Liquor Enforcement and Reduction of Noise), when party, noise and litter bylaws are strictly enforced for the first month of classes. Many students, myself included, think the campaign targets us unfairly. Normally, if the music from a house party is too loud, a neighbour will call and request police intervention. During Project LEARN, police patrol student residential areas sniffing out noisy parties that nobody complains about. Westerns University Students Council is looking for alternative. Project LEARN assumes that all students lose control, causing harm to ourselves and others. But contrary to popular opinion, young people have a great capacity to act responsibly. We take care of friends who may have had too much to drink. Most respect our neighbours. If theres a problem, we should be able to ask for the polices help, not their tickets. Its the exceptional incidentslike last years riot near Fanshawe College, that popularize the image of the crazy Western students but that riot had little to do with us. We mostly dont fit the stereotype. And, contrary to the name, few students actually learn anything from Project LEARN. The campaign may have issued a large number of tickets but it has been in place for years and done little to change public opinion or improve community cohesion. What does slapping a drunken student with a $200 ticket accomplish other than agitating an already precarious relationship?

London Police should stop targeting Western students

Alison Newcomb of London’s Metropolitan Police said that the maritime coast guard is investigating. “At the conclusion of that investigation, I anticipate they will make a decision with regards to future tours,” she told ITV. London Duck Tours said it has stopped operating tours on the river until the reason for the fire has been established. “Should technical or safety modifications be required to our fleet, these will be introduced prior to the service recommencing,” Duck Tours said, stressing that it “operates to the highest safety standards.” “London Duck Tours operates a fully modernized fleet of nine vehicles that have been completely rebuilt and refurbished between 2002 and 2012,” it said. “This includes new, purpose built hulls, new engines, computerized systems and steering equipment.” The company said it was fully cooperating with investigators and regulatory authorities. Previous problems Amphibious tour vehicles have run into trouble in the past. In June, a duck boat sank in the British city of Liverpool. Twenty-seven people were taken to the hospital for shock and exposure after that incident. It was the second time the Liverpool tour company, The Yellow Duckmarine, had had a problem with a vehicle — one of them sank in March without any passengers in it. The Yellow Duckmarine, whose passengers have included the Queen and Prince Philip, is not running any tours at the moment, according to its website. Reports said it went into administration and had its road license revoked after the June sinking. London Duck Tours said it had higher safety standards than The Yellow Duckmarine, which it described as “a totally separate company.” In Philadelphia, two people died after a 250-foot sludge barge pushed by a tugboat overran a disabled 33-foot amphibious tour boat on the Delaware River in 2010. The barge plunged the smaller vessel, its 35 passengers and two crew members underwater.

Fire sweeps boat on London Duck Tours; passengers leap into the Thames

(The Jacksonville Jaguars vs. the San Francisco 49ers, on Oct. 27, also at Wembley, sold out just as quickly.) But what does this land of the “fast-bowled googly” (cricket), “ruck” (rugby) and the “rolling off” (netball) not to mention soccer, the nation’s most celebrated sport make of “automatic first downs,” “personal fouls,” and the “line of scrimmage”? “American football is at a pretty exciting stage in the United Kingdom,” says Richard Fuller, a British Conservative Party politician who has set up a cross-party group in parliament to study the prospect of wider adoption of America’s most popular sport here, and how best to support its growth. “There are a lot of forces coming together to take it to the next level,” he says. Fuller, a football devotee from the age of 19 after he traveled around the USA on a greyhound bus, says the recent granting of BUCS status roughly equivalent to the NCAA to football-playing British colleges is not only a development that is key to unearthing home-grown talent, but an indication of how far things have progressed. “Whatever cultural barriers initially existed in Britain were overcome in the late 1980s, when American football was broadcast here on TV for the first time,” he says. “There’s a strong foundation of support now.” Indeed, in the broadest possible terms those who say they like the sport Britain has come a long way. More than 11 million people out of a total population of 63 million in the United Kingdom, or 17%, now say they are NFL fans, according to NFL research. That compares to about two-thirds of people in the USA who self-identify as football fans. In China, by way of contrast, which has a population of 1.4 billion, there are about 3 million fans of the sport, or 0.2% of the population, according to managing director of NFL China Richard Young, who revealed the statistics in an interview with Ad Age in January. On yet another measure, the NFL’s main Facebook page has 8 million “likes”; NFL China’s Facebook page has a mere 199 “likes”; and the league does not maintain a separate Facebook page for the U.K. As an export concept, Fuller says, football is not without headwinds. “Whereas for basketball or soccer it’s relatively easy to put together a team, put two jerseys down for a goal, or find a basketball hoop and just start playing, there’s a lot of structure to football that makes it more difficult to transport to another country,” he says.

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