ACTION on Hearing Loss Northern Ireland are urging young people attending upcoming music events at Custom House Square and Belfast Vital to protect their hearing – or risk damaging it permanently. The charity will be at the concerts in August giving away free earplugs to music fans and raising awareness of the fact that over-exposure to loud music can cause permanent hearing loss and tinnitus. Wearing earplugs reduces music volume by 15-20 decibels which makes for safer listening. To illustrate this, they are highlighting the case study of Jacob (23), who now is now suffering with tinnitus following a clubbing holiday in Ibiza last year. As he explains, the music in one club proved to be so loud that it was "physically painful". "One night we went to a large nightclub where I was dancing for several hours and enjoying the music," recalls Jacob. "There was a point during the set of one of my favourite DJs where the music was so loud it was physically painful for me to be in the … [Read more...] about Action on Hearing Loss tackling tinnitus at Belfast gigs
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It was the kind of photograph that commands immediate attention, even when you’re just scrolling through Instagram at lunch: a nearly new entry-luxury sedan, parked in what was obviously the paddock of a NASCAR roval, with its front end more or less disintegrated from a serious impact to the wall. “I hope that isn’t who I think it is,” was my first thought, but a check of the name above the photo confirmed my fears. A young man, with a lovely wife and a brand-new baby, who had just bought the car and who had decided to celebrate by taking it out for his very first trackday. I didn’t know him personally but we’ve followed each other on Instagram for a while and it’s been nice to see him making a home and a life for himself and his family. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below My second thought was: I wish I’d been there. After a decade and a half of coaching and several hundred students, I’ve had just a single damage incident, and … [Read more...] about So You’ve Just Crashed Your Daily Driver at a Trackday. Now What?
PUBLISHED: 08:00 05 June 2017 | UPDATED: 15:59 06 June 2017 India Block The wide terraces are perfect for entertaining on a summer's evening David Butler Gary Linton is the millennial property developer making his mark looking for luxury outside of London property’s ‘golden postcodes’. So what gets him out of bed in the morning? Sliding walls of glass blur the line between the exterior and the interior We’re spoiled for lovely views up here. From Hampstead Heath to Primrose Hill sweeping vistas of the city of London spread out below abound, and estate agents are always quick to point out when a property has a particularly good one. As a property writer, I’ve seen my fair share of cracking views, but the view from the penthouses astride the Maple Building might have taken the crown. When a suite of luxury flats launched in Kentish Town last year London property pundits pricked up their ears. The area is well and truly in the throes of … [Read more...] about On top of the world: meet the developer bringing penthouse living to Kentish Town
Without anyone noticing, Formula Drift cars became quite possibly the most powerful racers of their kind in any competition anywhere in the world. How do I know this? Because I drove Tony Angelo's 705 wheel horsepower Scion FR-S… and crashed it. I crashed an FD car. Photo Credit: Raphael Orlove Well, that's not what's surprising. I had never driven any drift car of any kind before Tony Angelo put me in the seat of his competition car, a 705-horsepower, nitrous-shot Scion FR-S. It was a wet December afternoon at New Jersey's Englishtown Raceway Park. Everyone who knew anything about drifting (Tony included, as he later told me) took one look at me, the car, and the conditions and knew that I was going to go off track. That I went off wasn't a shock to anyone. What was a shock was that I drove the car at all. Nobody drives Formula Drift cars outside of the handful of guys who compete in the series. Until Saturday afternoon, the only person to put their foot down in Tony Angelo's … [Read more...] about How Formula Drift Secretly Built The World’s Most Powerful Road Racecars
When Jack Gallivan was a boy in Salt Lake City, Utah, in the middle of the last century, he and his brothers played a game. Their father was the publisher of The Salt Lake Tribune, the local newspaper of record, and in order to prove the Trib’s classified section worked, they would buy used cars out of the paper.“We’d look through the Sunday listings, whittle it down, make calls, go visit, and take the finalists to the mechanic to check them out,” Gallivan says. “Of course, the sellers didn’t realize that we were kids making the [initial] calls.”In the early ’60s, one of the vehicles they came across was a 1955 Mercedes 300 SL Gullwing. Gallivan’s father wasn’t a car connoisseur, but he responded to vehicles he found beautiful—classic dual-cowl Lincolns such as those driven by the Trib’s owner, an automotive editor’s MG TC, and the Volkswagen Karmann Ghia and Jaguar XK140 he purchased. The Gullwing was one of … [Read more...] about Extended Family: The Incredible Story of the Kircher Special and Its Long-Lost 300 SL Relative