How colour­ing can stop you see­ing red

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Nuts & Bolts -

Re­mem­ber those child­hood days when you spent hours cre­at­ing a mas­ter­piece in your colour­ing-in book? Well, the ac­tiv­ity has made a mas­sive come­back in re­cent times – es­pe­cially with adults.

Colour­ing books for adults have surged in pop­u­lar­ity, prompt­ing UK pub­lish­ers to ramp up pro­duc­tion to meet global de­mand.

Adult colour­ing books cre­ated by Scot­tish il­lus­tra­tor Jo­hanna Bas­ford, for ex­am­ple, have been a world­wide hit.

Ear­lier this year, 250,000 copies of her new book were re-printed by North Lon­don-based Lau­rence King Pub­lish­ing to meet global de­mand.

The first print run of her En­chanted For­est colour­ing book sold 225,980 copies within weeks, and Ms Bas­ford’s first colour­ing book, Se­cret Gar­den, has sold 1.5 mil­lion copies since Au­gust 2013. Both books have topped Ama­zon’s best­sellers list and been trans­lated into 24 lan­guages.

Sains­bury’s an­nounced last week it has sold more than one mil­lion colour­ing-in books – worth £1.2 mil­lion – since April.

The su­per­mar­ket gi­ant now sells 34 vari­a­tions of adult colour­ing books.

The mam­moth in­ter­est in such colour­ing books is reck­oned to be be­cause the ac­tiv­ity is seen by adults as the per­fect way to un­wind, re­lax and re­lieve stress.

And now the Ord­nance Sur­vey (OS) has joined the adult colour­ing-in craze by re­leas­ing sec­tions of Bri­tain to colour in.

Gemma Nel­son, OS so­cial media man­ager, who is re­spon­si­ble for the re­lease of new OS’s colour­ing maps, says: “Some time out spent colour­ing in can be hugely ben­e­fi­cial. There does seem to be some science be­hind the trend, with nu­mer­ous psy­chol­o­gists ad­mit­ting that when it comes to re­lax­ation, colour­ing has sur­pris­ingly sci­en­tific re­sults.”

So the map-mak­ing or­gan­i­sa­tion has cre­ated a se­ries of OS maps that have had all of the street names and colour from the map stripped away to cre­ate a blank can­vas ready to be coloured in.

And they’re invit­ing peo­ple to have a free go. You can down­load and print a copy of an OS logo rep­re­sent­ing Lon­don at www.ord­nancesur­ blog/2015/08/maps-join-adult­colour­ing-in

Many peo­ple find mapread­ing in a car, for ex­am­ple, fairly stress­ful, but per­haps colour­ing one in will have the op­po­site ef­fect. Give it a whirl and see.

The word “hangry” is among new en­tries in the Ox­ford English Dic­tionary.

The an­nounce­ment comes as new re­search (oh how Nuts and Bolts loves a good bit of re­search!) re­veals how peo­ple can be­come bad-tem­pered or ir­ri­ta­ble as a re­sult of hunger – in other words hangry.

The re­search says that peo­ple who make de­ci­sions on an empty stom­ach are nearly twice as likely to make the wrong one com­pared with peo­ple who have eaten.

In clin­i­cal tri­als, 62% of adults got more de­ci­sions wrong when they were hun­gry than when they were not.

But af­ter eat­ing a well­bal­anced meal, nearly half (48 per cent) were able to make the right de­ci­sion, ac­cord­ing to re­searchers for malt-loaf maker Soreen.

Aca­demics ad­vise cou­ples on the verge of a row to pause and eat a sug­ary snack in­stead!

Last week’s pa­per in­cluded sev­eral re­ports of the im­pact of flood­ing on Ash­ford, fol­low­ing four days of heavy rain.

But one flood­ing in­ci­dent that af­fected our very own Ken­tish Ex­press editor Robert Bar­man went un­re­ported ... un­til now.

Mr Bar­man and news editor Alastair Irvine were walk­ing down Can­ter­bury Road to their cars on Tues­day evening of last week.

Our editor was on the kerb­side of the pave­ment when a big white 4x4 went past. Its wheels touched the flooded gut­ter send­ing a tor­rent of wa­ter up and over the road­side half of Mr Bar­man.

Mr Irvine es­caped un­scathed as Mr Bar­man ‘took the bullet’. And as it had been a long day and Mr Bar­man was head­ing off home to eat, get­ting drenched def­i­nitely made him feel hangry ... with a cap­i­tal ‘h’.

We all know the feel­ing. It’s been a stress­ful day, you’re tired and just as you get into bed and your head hits the pil­low you re­mem­ber you haven’t brushed your teeth.

But you’re too ex­hausted and bone idle to get out of bed and go back to the bath­room to do them so you drift off to sleep.

If that’s ever hap­pened to you then you’re def­i­nitely not alone be­cause in a sur­vey of 10,000 adults for the Love Your Mouth cam­paign (oh how Nuts and Bolts loves a good sur­vey!), 45% of those ques­tioned said they have gone to bed with­out brush­ing their teeth, which could in­crease their chances of cav­i­ties, gum dis­ease and even tooth loss.

And if that wasn’t bad enough al­most 1 in 5 peo­ple sur­veyed (18%) said they just brushed with wa­ter with­out us­ing tooth­paste, and 14%brushed their teeth by us­ing a fin­ger.

The Ord­nance Sur­vey is giv­ing peo­ple a chance to join the colour­ing-in craze with this map of Lon­don. Re­searchers claim colour­ing – and a full stom­ach - can help pro­mote men­tal well-be­ing

Pic­ture:Grant Falvey

18% of peo­ple who took part in a re­cent sur­vey ad­mit­ted to us­ing their fin­gers to clean their teeth

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