Joshua Simon gets in shape by cutting down on carbs and red meat

Celebrity Chow with ONE FM radio DJ Joshua Simon

LOADING UP ON PROTEIN: DJ Joshua Simon having lunch at Collin's Grille Bento at King George's Avenue.
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ONE FM 91.3 radio jock Joshua Simon has a birthday resolution.

The local DJ-musician, who will turn 25 in June, told M over lunch at Collin's Grille Bento at King George's Avenue: "My goal is to be in the best shape I've ever been.

"I want to be more muscular. I want to fit into clothes I want to wear. I want to feel good in my skin."

With a laugh, he added: "It's a quarter-life crisis."

Simon admitted that he grew up with weight-related "self-esteem issues", adding: "I've been practising yoga once a week and I'm at the gym three times a week. I also jog on alternate days. I'm gonna push myself hard. I've cut down on carbs and red meat too.

"I'm trying to get into shape, so protein is important. I consume a lot of chicken breast."

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French couple went on space missions

The Haignerés are a rare husband-and-wife pair of astronauts who have been to space on separate missions

Dr Claudie Haigneré and her husband Jean-Pierre Haigneré
THE ASTRONAUTS: 
Dr Claudie Haigneré and her husband Jean-Pierre Haigneré (centre) with other astronauts in an old photo.

They may look like your ordinary down-to-earth French couple. But Brigadier General Jean-Pierre Haigneré and Dr Claudie Haigneré have shared out-of-this-world experiences.

The two former European Space Agency astronauts are among the rare husband-and-wife pairs who have been to space, not once but twice each.

They even have an asteroid, 135268 Haigneré, named after them.

General Haigneré, 67, and Dr Haigneré, 58, were in Singapore yesterday to give a talk on space exploration and research as part of Voilah! 2015, a festival that celebrates Singapore's 50 years of diplomatic relations with France.

They first met in 1985 when they were among the seven selected out of 1,000 candidates in a search for astronauts by the French National Space Agency.

But the couple did not get to share any space missions. Dr Haigneré was a back-up crew member for her husband, who went on space missions in 1993 and 1999. She finally made it to space in 1996, spending 15 days in the Russian Mir space station, as France's first woman astronaut.

In 2001, Dr Haigneré also became the first European woman to visit the International Space Station (ISS), where she stayed for eight days conducting scientific experiments.

"I did not feel different as a woman on the crew, because we were so success-oriented and such a diverse team. But when I came back, I realised that the experience set me apart," she said.

INSPIRED

Dr Haigneré said that as a 12-year-old girl, she was inspired by Neil Armstrong, the first person to land on the moon in July 1969.

"I read a lot of science fiction after that, because from this event I witnessed how a dream became reality," she said.

She studied medicine and was working as a doctor when she was selected for the opportunity to train at Star City, Russia's cosmonaut training centre near Moscow.

There she met and fell in love with fellow trainee and test pilot Haigneré, who came from an engineering background in the French Air Force.

The space training was tough, and the crew also had to learn Russian since it was a Russian flight.

"There were lots of technical things to master, but Russian was the most difficult," she said.

There were other challenges for the couple, especially in 1999, when General Haigneré went on the six-month Perseus mission on Mir station and could only occasionally talk to his wife at Star City.

"It was frustrating becomes sometimes I could get through to her, but we could not understand each other because the line was fading. I would not be able to talk to her for weeks at a time," said General Haigneré.

SPACE WALK

There were also amazing highlights. For example, while conducting biological and comet dust experiments in 1999, he had the chance to space walk.

"It was a pleasant sense of freedom, one of those special moments that impacts the rest your life," he said.

He said that adjusting back to normal life on earth was the hardest part of his career as an astronaut.

Although General Haigneré has published three books since 2006 containing photographs that he took in space, he could not bear to look at the photos until two years after his last space mission.

"After seeing such extraordinary things in space and doing significant scientific research, you start to feel like you are not important any more when you return," he said.

Dr Haigneré, on the other hand, said that she did not even have time to think about adjusting back to life on earth.

"I was immediately given a job by the government as minister of research and new technologies and I took up the new opportunity," she said.

These days, the couple are happy to talk to young people about their adventures in space.

"So few have been in space and we have the privilege to be able to explain this perspective. Being in space is more exciting, more beautiful than I could have ever imagined," said Dr Haigneré.

It was a pleasant sense of freedom, one of those special moments that impacts the rest your life.

- Brigadier General Jean-Pierre Haigneré on his space walk

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All Time Low hit new high with chart-topping album Future Hearts

He has hit out at the Grammys and R&B star Chris Brown. When something irks him, US pop punk band All Time Low's frontman Alex Gaskarth says he will speak up

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SYMBOL OF SUCCESS: Cover of US pop punk band All Time Low's new studio album, Future Hearts, (above) which has topped the album charts in both the US and UK. ALL TIME HIGH: Baltimore pop punk quartet All Time Low are on a roll. From far left, lead guitarist Jack Barakat, frontman Alex Gaskarth, bassist Zack Merrick, and drummer Rian Dawson.
SYMBOL OF SUCCESS: Cover of US pop punk band All Time Low's new studio album, Future Hearts, (above) which has topped the album charts in both the US and UK. ALL TIME HIGH: Baltimore pop punk quartet All Time Low are on a roll. From far left, lead guitarist Jack Barakat, frontman Alex Gaskarth, bassist Zack Merrick, and drummer Rian Dawson.

You can always count on Alex Gaskarth to tell the cold, hard truth.

The 27-year-old frontman of US pop punk quartet All Time Low is not one to mince his words - even if it means criticising one of the world's most high-profile stars and music's biggest night.

In February, during the live telecast of the Grammys, US President Barack Obama launched the domestic violence awareness campaign #ItsOnUs via a pre-recorded video message.

After the clip aired, Gaskarth took to Twitter and called out US R&B singer Chris Brown for his attendance at the awards ceremony. He posted: "Wow. Unbelievable. Maybe #ItsOnUs to not invite people like @chrisbrown to the ****ing Grammys. Am I wrong?"

Gaskarth told M: "I'm outspoken about issues that are important to me, I can't help it.

"I believe in equality and fairness and when something irks me, I feel that I have to speak up about it.

"There are a million and one causes I could speak about these days, but the ones most important to me right now involve equality for all people; equality for the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) community, equality for women, and equality for people of all races and beliefs."

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