Oi Fatty …. yes you

from huffington post

This is the average American male in his 30s.

usa bodyHe doesn’t look too bad, right? Well, here’s how he stacks up against his international peers from Japan, the Netherlands, and France.

country measurements

America’s expanding waistline may not be new news, but throwing the average American male’s body into a line-up spotlights America’s obesity epidemic, which is exactly what Pittsburgh-based artist Nickolay Lamm did when he created these visualizations (which obviously deal only with body size and not ethnicity or skin color).

“I wanted to put a mirror in front of us,” Lamm told The Huffington Post in an email. “Americans like to pride ourselves on being the best country in the world. However, it’s clear that other countries have lifestyles and healthcare better than our own.”

Here’s a look from the front.

country measurements

And a side angle — Oof, not the most flattering comparison for the American. He’s second on the left.

country measurements

Lamm constructed the 3D models based on body measurements collected from thousands of men by universities and government agencies — including the CDC, the Netherlands’ RIVM, and France’s ENNS. The average American male has a body mass index (BMI) of 29 — significantly higher than Japanese men (who have a BMI of 23), men in the Netherlands (who have a 25.2 BMI), and French men (who have a 25.55 BMI.)

Lamm said he used BMI charts and photos for visual reference, and ran the models by Dr. Matthew Reed, an expert on body shape measurement, for accuracy.

“I chose the Netherlands because they are the tallest country and are clearly doing something right there,” Lamm said. He chose Japan because it is well-known for its longevity, and France because, he said, “a lot of Americans like to compare themselves to that country.”

So what are the Dutch and Japanese doing right?

Experts suggest it has to do with a complex combination of genetic, environmental and social factors. A good healthcare system, better nutrition, and more active lifestyles have been cited as reasons for the towering Dutchmen and long-lived Japanese.


A snappy daysailer between 20-25foot

It’s possible that the Hunter is too sedate for you and the Shaw is bit too hot for you VIDEO HERE and you would prefer a boat that is in between those two. Then the Saffier 23 designed by Dean Hennevanger might just be the perfect boat. I like this boat a lot. It has a nice classic line to it but it is a thoroughly modern design, and telling from the well-prepared promotional package it appears to be exquisitely built by Saffier Maritiem b.v. in the Netherlands.

I do not have a set of lines for this design so I will have to rely upon the photos and drawings to get an indication of the hull shape. At first glance I thought the sheer was too flat. But in the photos it looks just right. The ends are short and the entry is fine. The D/L is 128 and the L/B is 3.18. Draft is only 3 feet, 3 inches with a low-aspect-ratio fin weighing 1,122 pounds with a bulb at the keel tip. In contrast to many new boats the stern is not broad. The transom is attractive and I think I am seeing some deadrise aft. This is a very attractive hull. The promo material says the boat is “unsinkable.” Beam is only 7 feet, 4 inches, so trailering will be easy.

There is room under the foredeck to sleep two. But that’s about it for “accommodations.” An interesting feature of the Saffier is that it comes with a Bellman 8-horsepower electric engine and a folding prop. With one 24-volt, 40-amp-hour lithium battery the engine can run for approximately an hour and a half at three-quarter throttle. There is an option for a second battery.

The cockpit can seat six adults but four would be better. The seat backs are high so you will be comfortable. The self-tacking jib track allows a 10-degree sheeting angle. I’d like to see more but this is one of my pet peeves. Halyards and lines from the mast base run aft under a cover and emerge port and starboard at banks of clutches and winches. It’s a very clean set up. The jib sheet runs up the mast then comes back down to split under the deck in a “German” system so that it can be adjusted from either side of the cockpit. There is an anchor well in the bow. The deck and cockpit sole and seats are either teak or something that looks a lot like teak. Either way, it imparts a nice traditional look.

The rig has aluminum spars, outboard chainplates, single swept spreaders and a standing backstay. There is a short sprit and I assume it is retractable. The mainsheet sheets to a pad eye on the cockpit sole. The SA/D is 25.38, and that’s plenty for some exciting sailing.

If you are looking for a daysailer with discreet auxiliary power, traditional good looks and good performance, the Saffier deserves a long look.

LOA 23’4”; LWL 20’4”; Beam 7’4”; Draft 3’3”; Displacement 2,425; Ballast 1,124 lbs.; Sail area 286 sq. ft.; SA/D 25.38; D/L 128; L/B 3.18; Auxiliary Bellman 2.4kw electric (8-hp).

The sh*t chopper may make a comeback

Raleigh, the name synonymous with British bicycles for 125 years despite a gradual half-century slide in market share and the fact it last assembled a bike in Britain almost a decade ago, is in talks over a possible sale to a Dutch competitor.

In a brief statementAccell, the biggest bike firm in Europe but relatively little-known in the UK, said it had begun discussions “which, if successfully concluded, could lead to the acquisition of Raleigh”. Raleigh confirmed the talks but had nothing to add.

At is peak Raleigh, named after the Nottingham street where founder Frank Bowden bought a small bike shop in 1887, made 1m bikes a year and employed so many staff that the company had its own ballroom and bowling green.

While it continued huge production levels into the 1970s and 80s with famous bikes like the Chopper, Grifter and Burner, poor management and inefficiency brought losses and Raleigh was bought in 1987 by a former sportswear executive, Alan Finden-Crofts, backed with US money. Tough times continued, and after the parent company went bankrupt in 2001 Finden-Crofts led a management buyout.

The company he now hopes to sell employs fewer than 200 staff in the UK and stopped manufacturing frames or bike components in 1999, four years later outsourcing even the assembly of the bikes to companies overseas, principally in Asia. The loss of another British manufacturing icon to overseas buyers is thus largely symbolic.

The UK remains something of a cycling backwater, despite an upsurge in bike use in recent years. Figures suggest that fewer than 2% of non-walking journeys in the UK are made by cycle, as against more than a third of those in the Netherlands.

Accell, which had a 2011 turnover of £525m last year, sells the bulk of its bikes in the Netherlands and Germany under brands including Batavus, Koga, Hercules and Lapierre.

News of the likely sale comes as little surprise, said Carlton Reid, who runs the BikeBiz cycle industry website. Finden-Crofts, 70, and his fellow owners had been “openly and not so openly touting Raleigh for some years”. Reid added: “They’ve got it back on their feet and it’s a reasonably good time in the bike industry.”

The modern cycle industry is very different from the era when steel frames were hand-welded in Raleigh’s workshops before being fitted with components developed and made within the same company, like the famous Sturmey Archer gears, a company absorbed by Raleigh in 1902 and later sold off.

While a few smaller companies still make their own bikes, such as the folding machines produced by west London’s Brompton, the great majority of frames are manufactured by contractors in places such as Taiwan and Malaysia and equipped with Identikit parts from one of a handful of giant firms such as Japan’s Shimano. The main role for companies like Raleigh is design, marketing and adding a brand.

The Nottingham company has improved its performance in recent years, thanks in part to some highly-praised top-end bikes, joined in 2010 by a resurrected Team Raleigh squad of riders.

“There was definitely time when you would have thought, ‘Who on earth would mourn Raleigh? There’s a multiplicity of brands all doing it better than they are’. But things have picked up in the last few years,” said Reid. “That said, Raleigh are never going to be the 60%-70% market domination like it used to be, ever. Those days are well gone.”

dutch Do it Right

His blog is great HERE

My name is Mark Wagenbuur, I am Dutch, living in the Netherlands and I have 40 odd years of experience in cycling in the Netherlands. From an early age I have closely followed the planning and development of infrastructure in this country. In the past I have also lived and cycled in Berlin for a while. Now I am cycling almost every day in the Dutch cities of ‘s-Hertogenbosch and Utrecht where I live and work. I enjoy showing the world Dutch cycling and Dutch cycling infrastructure with videos and texts. My YouTube channel is called “Cycling in the Netherlands“.

I was co-author of David Hembrow’s blog ‘A view from the cycle path’ in 2011. The blog posts I wrote for that blog are all inaccessible now, but I will re-post the more interesting posts here.

Youri Zoon Kitesurf Champ

A very sweet video with old style VO man as an extra touch ….

This is the story of new world champion in kitesurfing; Youri Zoon.
EyEFORcE productions has followed Brunotti rider Youri Zoon over the last couple of years, filming him on locations across the globe.
This video documents his career.

-PKRA footage courtesy of Extreme Elements
-OLD footage courtesey of Kaaps.nl

from his website

Year of Birth : 14/12/1989

Size: 175

Weight: 72

Years of Xperience : 7

Lives in : Dirksland, NL

Favorite spot: Brouwersdam

Has been riding : Netherlands, France, Brazil, , Italy, Belgium, Spain, Cabarete, Portugal,japan, mexico, venezuela, canada, USA, , vietnam, Germany, austria ,thailand,egypte,mexico, south africa,  probely more that i forget heheh

Why kiteboarding: I was a windsurfer before but I wanted to do more than that and then I discovered kitesurfing. Afther the first lesson i was hooked!

Dislikes: Sand in my bed. If i get sand in my bed i am gonne freak out…

Listens to: hardstyele and just chilling music. I like a lot of music but it has to have a good rithem.

Occupation: Pro kiteboarder

My Kiteboarding gear:

What brands of kites are u flying?

Slingshot kites

Why are you flying Slingshot kites kites?

The first time i felt the kite i was like woow this definetly my kite. And i am still very happy with it.

Whats you’r favorite kitesize?

This year i am riding with the RPM, i helped develope this kite and testing it.Til i was statisfied with it.

What brand of boards are u riding?

Brunotti boards(youri zoon pro)

Why are u riding Brunotti boards(youri zoon pro) boards?

The boards are just everything i want, if i want to have something in it, i will get it from Jinne Sietsma the shaper of brunotti boards.

What’s your favorite boardsize/style?

My favorite board is 133*40