Category Archives: Health

“To The Boozer!”

Lock Down 3.0 is really starting to bite. I miss my friends and I miss my family – but the back drop to meeting these groups of people (extended family and others) is the Boozer. I really, really miss the Boozer.


Well it is not for the selection of beers – I have the nation’s breweries poised at the click of a mouse, ready to send me a selection of cans. Granted, there is a narrower selection of beer in the Boozer than there is nationally, but closed systems mean cross pollination and you will try more different beers in a pub – you will be forced to try new beers as the pumps change.

See, some people meditate. Some people do yoga. Instead of these things, I visit the Boozer for four or five pints and I have some ‘me’ time. Yes, I probably get under the staffs feet and I can be a bit growly but they are pretty much used to me now.

Calling in to a Boozer in the afternoon, after a hard mornings work, was a luxury – and I miss it.

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Rap Therapy

Across five episodes – produced by Mother’s Best Child and TOAD – the series covers topics including trauma, grief, body image and sleep, all accompanied by personal stories from a different artist.

In episode one rapper Konan discusses the after effects of losing his stepdad, and in episode three Krept talks about how he processed the grief of his cousin dying in a car crash. In episode four, Ms Banks talks about how she learned to be comfortable in her own body, having grown up being the tallest in class.

As well as plenty for young people to relate to, the episodes offer some practical steps on how to feel better. Ray BLK is on hand to guide watchers through mindful breathing in times of stress or anxiety, while D Double E shares how to get a good night’s kip – with a sleep meditation guided by his incredibly soothing voice.

Each episode is available to watch on All 4, and is accompanied by charming animation that creates an engaging, but not distracting, backdrop to the artists’ voices.

The series comes hot on the heels of ITV’s ongoing Britain Get Talking campaign, and at a time when many of us are experiencing mental health challenges as a direct result of lockdown and the ongoing pandemic – making these kinds of opportunities for people to speak candidly about their own struggles particularly welcome.

You can find out more here.



How I Got My Beach Body

I have eaten a few too many pies to make it to the beach this year. And, if I did, Greenpeace would confuse me for a beached whale. Pies, crisps, booze and cake – creaky hips and a stiff back; I am hitting forty soon and running out of time to play football for England.

So, I have decided to get fit.

The best course of action to get fit is to sit down and have a watch of some exercise videos. Thankfully, Bez from The Happy Mondays will be starting to make videos on YouTube – you can keep your Joe Wicks.

I am currently built more like Sean Ryder than my skinny past – and the thought of Extra PE scares me; but it is better than the other options – an early death or debilitating stroke.

Here is the fun part –