Dr. Iain Corness

Wednesday, 22 July 2015 15:58

Hungarian GP this weekend

As a racing venue, Hungary has a long history, with its first GP run in 1906, and regular events in Budapest since 1926. Built with state backing, and laid out in a natural amphitheater, the Hungaroring opened in 1986 and attracted an estimated 200,000 spectators.

Wednesday, 22 July 2015 15:55

Chinese auto market in trouble?

The Chinese auto market has hit a downturn, and the decrease in sales is affecting the growth of the industry in China. Where once new dealerships were springing up everywhere, now the dealers are losing money.

Wednesday, 22 July 2015 15:49

Want to buy a slice of Ferrari?

Ferrari SpA, the legendary supercar maker is being spun off by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV, which is close to filing for an initial public offering (IPO), Fiat Chrysler Chief Executive Officer Sergio Marchionne said.

“We are days away from filing the prospectus,” he told reporters after a panel discussion at the Toronto Global Forum.

Wednesday, 22 July 2015 15:47

KERS – Is it really free power?

The term “KERS” is bandied around a lot these days, but most people do not really understand what it is. KERS stands for Kinetic Energy Recovery Systems, and although it does deliver power, it certainly is not “free”. In fact, quite the opposite. If energy from KERS were really “free” then perpetual motion would be possible. And let me assure you, it isn’t.

Wednesday, 22 July 2015 15:45

Found! One old race car!

The other afternoon I made an incredible discovery through Facebook. Many years ago (1980 to be precise) a friend John English and I built two Mk 1 Ford Escort racing cars. They were trendsetters with space frame construction, Formula 2 double wishbone front suspension and big wings across the back. The entire front was fiberglass, bonnet, wings, grille as a one-piece lift-off. For their day, they were revolutionary.

Wednesday, 22 July 2015 15:44

Bike vs car on a European highway

Incredible footage from an Audi R8 Vs Kawasaki Ninja ZX10R Vs Suzuki GSXR1000, but it is so breathtaking, forget about the madness and turn the volume up. http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=Y2HKBQMQmbw#t=116>

Wednesday, 22 July 2015 15:39

Autotrivia Quiz

Last week I asked what car was this? It was built in the UK between 1945 and 1955. The series had models that were designated as A, B, C, D, E and F. They also had ash-framed bodies. That’s enough clues! And indeed too many clues, as quite a few got it correct. It was the RM Series Riley’s.

So to this week. What car is this? It was capable of running on petrol, as well as battery, of carrying four passengers, and employing four-wheel drive. The system is still being used today. Clue: Think pre WW1.

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Wednesday, 22 July 2015 14:46

BCCT gets given the drum

The British Chamber of Commerce Thailand (BCCT) was the host for the combined chambers of commerce networking held in the Hard Rock Hotel’s “Drum Room”.

Hands up all those who remember the mezzanine floor above the Hard Rock Cafe.  Hot as hell.  Great view over Pattaya Bay, but you needed an asbestos suit to stay there more than 10 minutes.

Wednesday, 22 July 2015 14:08

This time it’s for the menfolk

Women are wonderful creatures, with their own special problems and clinics just for the ladies, and heaven help any man who dares enter! In fact, if you are a man, have you felt ‘left out’ recently? With the current push for women’s health clinics and practitioners, it is easy for men to feel displaced. After all, you’ve no uterus to become cancerous, and although you do have vestigial breasts and it is possible to get breast cancer, I don’t suggest you go looking for breast lumps every month after your non-existent periods.

However, there are some specific male areas, and these centralize around Willy the Wonder Wand and the genito-urinary systems. In the medical business, Urologists are sometimes called the hewers of stone and drawers of water, because much of their work deals with kidney stones and assisting men to be able to pass water adequately. We men do suffer at times, it’s not only the ladies who have ‘specific’ problems!

Your urinary system is a remarkable collection of organs, beginning with the kidney, the “super filter”. The kidney filters the blood and allows the important stuff like blood cells and nutrients to continue waltzing around your circulation, but taking out the nasties, and at the same time helping balance the acidity/alkalinity of the body. Clever organs, the kidneys!

To keep your kidneys in top shape does not require special kidney exercises. In fact, there is nothing you can do ‘physically’ to make the kidneys perform, but fortunately there are some things you can do to keep them in top condition.

The first is to drink plenty of water every day. And by ‘water’, I mean the plain and simple H2O style water, not the stuff that has been mixed with hops, distilled with grain or left to age in oak casks. Making the kidneys exercise, to filter and regulate the circulating blood volume, is simply carried out by drinking several liters of water every day. Yes, it is that easy. On your desk at work keep a glass of cold water beside you and empty it every 30 minutes.

The advantages you get from this are enormous. First off, you have immediately lowered the chances of forming kidney stones, a potentially dangerous (and always painful) condition. Being a card carrying coward, I have always preferred the drinking water option to the lying in bed groaning with pain alternative. In fact, around 15 percent of people will experience stones in their lifetime (especially in the hot climates) and men outnumber women between two to three times. We also know that if you do not change your lifestyle, you are very likely to develop another stone within two years after the first episode. We men do suffer at times, it’s not only the ladies!

The kidneys drain to the bladder by two tubes called Ureters. These do not do much, other than connect the kidney to the collecting vessel (bladder). However, if a piece of stone gets stuck, you will soon know about it. Renal colic sorts out the men from the boys! Ultimate pain!

From the bladder, the urine gets introduced to the outside world by another tube called the Urethra. This is short in ladies and is the reason that women get Cystitis (bladder infections). It is longer in the men folk, allowing us to stand up to pee and become obsessed with how long or short it really is. After the age of 40 you should give up the ‘Who can pee the highest’ competitions.

However, we chaps have another problem in that region, as far as getting the urine from the bladder to the far wall of the urinal. This is called the Prostate, and it encircles the Urethra and when enlarged, closes down the internal diameter of the pee tube. This makes it difficult to pass water and you dribble on your shoes. The prostate can also become cancerous, an even less pleasant state of affairs. We men do suffer at times, it’s not only the ladies who have ‘specific’ problems!

Yes, you can have a check-up for this area too. Just ask to see the hewers of stone and drawers of water (AKA Urologist)!

Wednesday, 22 July 2015 13:43

Pattaya Mail turns over two little ducks

As you read this, the Pattaya Mail is celebrating its 22nd birthday, and a very significant birthday indeed. For me, writing for the Pattaya Mail is very reminiscent of Catch-22, the 1961 novel (and its 1970 film version) by Joseph Heller, which consequently gave rise to the expression “Catch-22”. The editor says I can stop writing next week, but when next week comes, there is another ‘next week’ looming and the editor waiting again! It never ends.

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