4 Rounds

BY ANDREW MOODY Yesterday I had my fourth bout of ECT (Electro Convulsive Therapy) – so-called because they pass an electrical current through your brain while you are unconscious. Where I once tried to put a positive spin on it, I am now firmly against the procedure, owing to irritability, confusion and memory loss that does not look like fading away – not to mention … Continue reading 4 Rounds

Catalan Runny Nose Zapper

Into a pan, pour 3/4 litre of red wine, brought almost to boiling (wait till it is moving and steaming.) Remove from heat, throw in 2 good handfuls of thyme, 6 table spoons of honey, 6 table spoons of lemon juice, a rounded tea-spoon of ground nutmeg, a chunk of ginger root, chopped. Stir briskly, return to heat until ‘moving’ again, then remove from heat, … Continue reading Catalan Runny Nose Zapper

Depression Sufferers Should Man Up?

BY JON ALEXANDER You’ll be surprised to learn that Piers Morgan put his foot in it again.  This time regarding Mental Health. The tweet below is what caused the latest online outrage: Morgan’s tweet provoked someone to comment that considering how high male suicide rates are, this was a rather c**tish thing to say. I’m with that tweeter. However, my first thoughts weren’t really about … Continue reading Depression Sufferers Should Man Up?

Suffer Little Children

BY MANDY BALDWIN Great Ormond Street Hospital are not exactly covering themselves with glory over the case of Charlie Gard, the little boy whose parents have been ordered to let him die, despite treatment being available.  In fact, so great is the apparent damage to GOSH’s image, I wouldn’t even be surprised if custodians of the J. M. Barrie estate are considering their options. The … Continue reading Suffer Little Children

Really? You’re Allergic?

BY ANDY COLLIDGE What a world we live in, overstating almost everything, with entire social groups applying pressure upon themselves because they read something, heard something, or some media ass**** said something. Pressures that are not actually real, but, for an awful lot of people nowadays, an actuality that they seem to have to adhere to; their mindset overruled by the concept that it is … Continue reading Really? You’re Allergic?

Stop FGM Now

BY VALENTYNA HOLLOWAY She’s young, a child, vulnerable and innocent. She is held down. Fear overtakes her. She cries, perhaps screams, she doesn’t understand, it is beyond her comprehension. Her external genitalia are then cut. Mutilated. The ones she trusts the most, who gave her life, who should protect her life at all costs -they are the ones consenting to this. This is Female Genital … Continue reading Stop FGM Now