Saturday, 24 June 2017

Riverdale 'Chapter Two: Touch of Evil' Photo Recap

Hey guys,

Sorry it's been a while, I've had exams. And deadlines. And various other things consuming my time between now and the last photo recap. But wait no more! I am back, in true tardy fashion, with Chapter 2. If you haven't seen the first episode, maybe go and do that or go and read my previous recap here.

'Touch of Evil' begins with a very sweaty and very topless Archie tossing and turning. After rightfully getting the cold shoulder off of Betty (remember the very recent rejection?), he decides to go for a very sweaty and very topless midnight run. To whose house other than our favourite Miss Predators?! Hip hip hurray. Shall we just call Miss Grundy the culprit and all go home? Lets save ourselves the time and effort investigating elsewhere.


Archie is adamant that they heard gunshots, much to Grundys dismay. So she tries a different tact. Somehow, it seems that Miss Predator is losing her tight leash on Archie, because he doesn't seem so happy to play by her rules this time.


Yeah, that's right Archie. You fight your way out of Grundy's web. Meanwhile, in Betty's house, her mom gives her a pep talk about how she shouldn't talk to or trust anyone. A touch patronising. Not a fan of Betty's mom. Betty agrees to not talk to Archie, only to, two seconds later, talk to Archie. Rebel much?


Betty and Archie walk to school together and Betty pretends that she's okay being in the friendzone. But if there's one thing I've learnt about love, it's that, nobody is okay with being in the friendzone if they want to be out of the friendzone. I hear your words Betty, but I see through you. Don't worry gurl, we've all been there. Jug/Gossip Girl has a brief conversation with Archie about Jason (the guy who died just to remind you). Then Betty and Kevin pick up some apology flowers from Veronica for kissing Archie.


Veronica grovells hard and wins back Betty, much to Kevins dismay. I adore Kevin. And I'm kind of digging Betty with everyone. Well, by everyone I mean, BettyxArchie and BettyxVeronica. With a dash of Kevin everytime. Watch this space.

And back to the big mystery on hand. The death of Jason Blossom.


Archie is consumed with guilt and Jughead is totally onto him. Jughead doesn't seem to miss anything around here. I'm just surprised he doesn't already know who killed Jason... Or does he?

Meanwhile half of suspect number 2 hands over a wad of cash to the forensics guy doing thee autopsy on Jasons body. Totally unsuspicious behaviour right. Hmm I still stand by my red herring point I made before so imma be mad if they did actually kill Jason.

And back to teen non-murder drama, I called it - Betty is so not ready to be in the friendzone. Love guru here, whenever you need Betty.


No worries Betty. I got you. She storms off, admitting that maybe she's not okay. Which is okay. Archie is trying to help, but he's really not being much help. Sorry Archie, but you need to just back off a bit. Again, we've all been there. Sometimes you just need to give people a bit of space.

Then the principal calls out Archie on his weird lurking behaviour. Archie freaks and we all know what Archie does when he freaks by now. He runs off to Grundy. I should have known her absence on screen was too good to last.


Hey, I'm just as annoyed about Archie running to you as you are. She is such a slimy piece of seaweed. Is there no depth to which she wouldn't stoop? She plays on Archies feelings for her to stop him from telling everyone about them being together and hearing the gunshots that fateful morning at the river. She even strokes Archies fingers. Excuse me while I vomit next to her.

Thank the lord that Jughead is gossip girl because now he knows. Phew. The dramatic irony was getting quite exhausting.


And this face, people, is the face that bonds me and Jughead forever. I feel your disgust, and I am here for you. I'm sure you've all heard the saying, the enemy of my enemy is my friend. Well, Jughead, nice to meet you friend.

Betty and Veronica have an argument about Archie and what its like to be forever alone. Betty is still in denial about everything. Cba to screenshot. Betty gets her bitch on and goes for pedicures with Cheryl (the ginger twin to remind you) instead of Veronica. Not gonna lie, I think Veronica kind of deserved it for the whole kissing Archie shenanigans. But now equal footing has been restored, I'll be less accepting of Bitch Betty should she make another appearance.

Archie and Veronica have some alone time for the first time since they kissed. And true to form, the topic of conversation is Betty. If they end up getting together, I wonder if they'll say Betty's name during foreplay, or is that too crude? I'm not shipping them.


Over at Betty's house, Cheryl and Betty are playing a short lived game of best friends.


Archie returns home to find Jughead on his steps. Seriously, does Jughead have clones? I swear he is all seeing and all knowing. He is everywhere. No-one is safe from the eyes of Jughead.


Archie tells all. PHEW. And Jughead voices some harsh truths and opinions similar to my own. I am rapidly gaining respect for the mysterious Jug.

'COUGAR' (Jughead re: Grundy)
YES JUGHEAD YES.

'I'm guessing she cares more about herself' omg yass queen. I love you already. We have seriously bonded this ep. I guess I have Grundy to thank for that. Ha, likely. But seriously, Jughead, amazing. Can we upgrade to best friends?

Betty and Veronica make peace, which makes me really happy.

In the common room or whatever, the jocks are spouting shit about jughead and teasing him about being a serial killer. As you do.


Popular jock whose name I can't remember gets all riled up because he can't handle Jugheads sass and Archie stands up for Jughead, resulting in a small fight between the the jock and Archie. Archie may be beginning to redeem himself.


And furthermore, Archie decides to do the right thing and tell Weatherbee about the gunshot. Grundy isn't happy, which means I am doubly happy. Go Archie. Then Jughead and Archie have a cute moment. Uhm, sorry but I may be shipping them just a little bit now. But I don't know if I'm just shipping jughead with anyone because he looks so damn cute.

LOOK AT HIM.

Then Betty and Veronica go for milkshakes which was the best thing. I was feeling a distinct lack of milkshakes this ep. They toast to not letting boys get between them - I smell a slight whiff of foreshadowing? Or am I just being cynical?

But the happiness never lasts too long, because the very next day, Cheryl gets arrested for something in the autopsy results and it turns out Jason died a week after he disappeared.

I feel ya Archie, I feel ya.

Some notes:

  • wtf is going on?
  • everyone is so darn beautiful
  • I think Cheryl really grew on me this ep, I love how she owns her crazy and how she also broke down at the pep rally, also that frog dissection scene, yass queen!
  • what went on with Polly and Jason? I feel like this arc should come to light soon and its gonna be big
  • I was not expecting to fall in love with Jughead, but I think I actually did
  • Miss Grundy is, as always, the worst
  • I am so pleased about the milkshakes at the end, seriously, I think I'm actually gonna tally the milkshakes from now on #hereforthemilkshakes I want a milkshake
  • I definitely have a girl crush on Betty
  • Archie is a bit of a dweeb, buuuut I have high hopes for his character development
  • I'm unsure about Veronica
  • I want more Kevin scenes
  • Whats the deal with Bettys parents paying the forensic guy?
  • Can someone upset me so that they can buy me flowers and cupcakes and mani/pedi vouchers?
  • I am, once again, hooked




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Monday, 12 June 2017

Going Shampoo Free - 'No Poo' #1

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So I've decided that it's time to embark on a journey that I've wanted to take for quite some time, which I've now made sound way more epic than the reality, to go shampoo free. And before you read on, I want to clarify what shampoo free/no poo actually means.

What does Shampoo Free mean?
The No Poo movement essentially means that you don't use shampoo to wash your hair. That's all. Whether you decide to use alternatives such as baking powder and apple cider vinegar, or you just go for water, the no poo lifestyle is all about washing your hair without conventional chemical shampoos. Some decide to go for organic natural shampoos instead, as the change to no shampoo can be a bit harsh and it doesn't always work for everyone. To clarify, No Poo means you still wash and brush your hair, you just don't use conventional shampoo to do it. So, away with the misconceptions of smelly, dirty hair. The transition period will likely be a bit on the greasy side, but other than that, I'm pretty sure it's a sound option for hair care.

So, why do it?
For me, I am intrigued by living as much of a zero impact lifestyle as I can. And although there is so much more I can do, every little step counts right? I'm also very curious to see the effect no poo has on my scalps oil production. I get so irritated when my hair gets greasy so fast, and I know from experience that my hair becomes so much less oily when I don't shampoo it as often. I've managed to get my washing routine to every three days before and I'd love to be able to get it up to 5, without the use of shampoo either.

There's also the fact that it feels so much more natural to use natural products on our body and hair. Why spend so much on chemical shampoo if there are cheaper, natural alternatives? I love a good challenge and I love trying new things, so I am excited to try this, albeit a little apprehensive.

I'll be updating periodically, I'm not sure if that'll be weekly or what, but I've write down everything I'm doing and not doing to my hair over this time period. Wish me luck! And, please, if you've done it, or if you want to join me on this journey, please comment and let me know your experiences!

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Exceptionally oily scalp.
Week 1: I'm definitely seeing and feeling the oil build up. I know that this is natural and I'm persevering through the awkward, not so great 'transitional phase'. So far I haven't used anything but water, which I spent a few minutes massaging into my scalp with my fingers. It didn't seem to do much for the oil. So I'm considering using baking soda and apple cider vinegar soon, as I'm off to France tomorrow and I don't want to have extremely noticeable yucky hair while I'm away. I've seen it recommended that I invest in a bristle brush to comb the oil into the lower parts of my hair.

Not great.


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Thursday, 1 June 2017

Eat Less Meat: Strategies for Reducing Meat Consumption to cut Global GHG Emissions


Approximately 18% of global anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions are produced from livestock1,  the guiltiest emitters being ruminant animals such as cattle and sheep2. It is approximated that 1kg of beef produces 14-32kgCO2e compared to 3.7-6.9CO2e for 1kg of chicken and 0.3-1.5CO2e for 1kg of lentils3,4,5. These discrepancies in emissions highlight reduction in global meat consumption as an area with a large scope for mitigation. However, the mitigation potential is highly reliant on the associated emissions of substituted products. Modelling the adoption of a flexitarian lifestyle (75% of meat intake substituted for wheat and pulses) suggests a potential reduction in emissions by ~43% in the livestock sector by 2050, from 12GtonCO2eq/yr to 6.8 GtonCO2eq/yr6.

Strategies for Change
Making significant dietary changes on a large, even global, scale is a highly complex and challenging task which requires a multifaceted approach. Reducing the consumption of meat not only has environmental impacts but social and cultural implications too. Meat is regarded as having a special status in society, it is associated with masculinity and it has a place among many traditional meals7. Eating Better highlight several key drivers of change that need attention if a successful reduction in meat consumption is to be achieved7. Five of these drivers will henceforth be discussed.

Price
Of food items, meat products tend to be the most expensive7. A 2013 YouGov survey found that 35% of UK consumers regard price as the main factor that would drive a willingness to reduce meat consumption and 20% responded that price had already led to a decrease in meat consumption7. One strategy would be to place a carbon tax on food items, making meat and dairy products, with particular emphasis on red meat, more expensive and thus less attractive to the average consumer8. However, this strategy alone would unlikely be sufficient, and may face harsh resistance without the aid of other strategies that target consumer attitudes and knowledge 8,9.

Awareness of Environmental Impact
Research concerning public awareness of the environmental impact of livestock repeatedly reports a severe lack of association by consumers between meat and climate change 8,9,10. Individuals tend to place other food related factors higher in terms of ecological impact11. An Australian study reported 22% of respondents believing eating less meat would have significant environmental impacts compared to 90% believing a reduction of packaging would be beneficial10. This highlights the need for education and information campaigns to promote changes in perceptions of agriculture in relation to climate change. It would be beneficial to include as part of the National Curriculum as young people are more likely to exhibit willingness to change food consumption habits8.


However, it is evident that knowledge alone does not cleanly translate into behavioural changes, as shown through the limited success of health campaigns in the UK and USA12. Even when there is awareness, there is resistance. One large issue is a perception that personal meat consumption will play a minimal role on a global scale11. Research suggests that women are more willing than men to adopt environmentally friendly food habits, including reducing meat consumption8. Therefore, it appears auspicious to target women in environmental awareness campaigns, as they are often influential household gatekeepers8.

Health
The consumption of red meat is linked with health problems such as heart disease and diabetes7. Although an emphasis on the environment is essential in information campaigns, the connection between health and meat consumption is a useful link to make for individuals lacking environmental concern8. People are generally more inclined to make lifestyle changes when they can personally connect and identify with the perceived negative consequences13.

Convenience
Western culture is one of convenience. The consumption of ready meals and takeaways continues to increase7. Vegetarian and vegan diets are considered inconvenient due to perceived preparation time and difficulty7,14.

One strategy for reducing meat consumption is to increase the range of meatless ready meals available12. By combining meat replacements with pre-existing, culturally accepted meals, people are more likely to try them14. An example of this could be adding plant protein sources to pizza.

Alternatives
One large difficulty in reducing meat consumption concerns the status of meat both as a rich protein source and as a traditional part of the meal7,14. In western culture, there is a trend towards a tripartite structure of the meal: meat, staple and vegetable14.

A barrier to changes in diet is the lack of knowledge regarding suitable protein substitutes and alternative recipes/ meal plans14. Having a wide variety of both processed and non-processed plant proteins available and widely known promotes a change of diet in males, where the cognitive link between protein and masculinity is strong14,15. It is essential for meat substitutes to have good taste, texture and to be environmentally sound15. Promotion of meatless and meat substitute recipes and guides is important for change in diets. Habits, experience and skillsets restrict change as many people do not know how to prepare non-processed meat substitutes such as lentils and beans and are uncertain how to combine them with familiar meals14.


Limitations
The above drivers of change have been chosen to provide a well-rounded strategy for reducing meat consumption. However, other drivers with scope for promoting dietary  changes are animal welfare concerns, interests in provenance and traceability and food scares7.

Current research surrounding meat consumption and environmental awareness have focussed primarily on European countries, with strong  emphasis on Western  culture. The cultural and social importance of meat varies significantly globally and thus, the strategies for success in reducing meat consumption discussed above must be catered towards individual countries. With countries such as China burgeoning in meat consumption, action must be taken quickly and adapted towards the socio cultural frame of these countries.

The cultural and social significance of meat cannot be underestimated, and changing consumption patterns and behaviours should take a slower transitional approach of promoting a flexitarian lifestyle rather than a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle, due to pre-existing connotations of these labels and the restrictions these labels can apply.

By Candi Bradford
(Submitted as part of my undergraduate degree)



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[2] Weber, C. and Matthews, H. (2008). Food-Miles and the Relative Climate Impacts of Food Choices in the United States. Environmental Science & Technology, 42(10), pp.3508-3513.
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[12] Carlisle, S. and Hanlon, P. (2014). Connecting food, well-being and environmental sustainability: towards an integrative public health nutrition. Critical Public Health, 24(4), pp.405-417.
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