Guru Magazine - - Contents - Dr.Stu

What do you say to a de­pressed tur­key? “Cheer up mate, it’s nearly Christ­mas!” I hate win­ter – the gloomy days and long nights put me in a real funk. (I re­ally envy those of you who live in the south­ern hemi­sphere right now.) Thank good­ness, then, for the hol­i­days – the fes­tive break that can melt even the ici­est of moods! And the same can be said for this is­sue of

Guru, where we have sea­sonal silli­ness aplenty to warm the soul, what­ever

the weather… Not all of us cel­e­brate this time of year in the same way. Take the Dutch, for ex­am­ple. They be­lieve that Santa – or St Ni­cholas – trav­els on a horse. Which is a lu­di­crous idea, says our res­i­dent wildlife ex­pert, Au­tumn Sar­tain: on page 25 she gives eight rea­sons why rein­deer are the per­fect choice to power a fly­ing sleigh full of presents. And our favourite fly­ing bearded fel­low crops up again on

page 31, where De­sign Guru, Ian Wild­smith, charts his amaz­ing abil­i­ties and proves once and for all that portly men can be su­per­heroes. Daryl Il­bury, our Scep­tic Guru, won’t be look­ing heav­en­ward for any­thing mirac­u­lous this year. On page 43, he dis­cusses why mir­a­cles are (pump­kin) pie in the sky. What he has to say may get some peo­ple hot un­der the col­lar – but that’s not the only way to stay warm: Matt Lins­dell, Fit­ness Guru, is on hand to sug­gest we all go for a jog. He gives a run-down of the best cold-weather Christ­mas gifts to help out­doorsy types stay ac­tive in sub-zero tem­per­a­tures on page 17. We’ve got gifts for ev­ery­one in this is­sue. Celebrity chef, Felice Toc­chini, brings you some cre­ative sea­sonal recipes on page 21 – he bravely dares to make the most maligned of green veg­eta­bles, the Brus­sels sprout, taste… erm, tasty! An­i­mal Guru, Artem Chep­rasov, gives us tips on how to keep your pets safe this Christ­mas on page 13. Mean­while, on page 32, sleep re­searcher Is­abel Hutchi­son pon­ders whether an all-nighter could be worse than too much beer. When you flip to page 9, you will meet the

very strange peo­ple who are try­ing to get a place on a one-way trip to Mars. No joke. So rest your feet up, get the fire go­ing, and dig­i­tally un­wrap this is­sue.

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