The Pursuit of Happiness

BY ALEX STORY It is often said that the genius of America’s founding fathers was to have crystallised the essence of life on earth by defining three unalienable rights: “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness”. Had they declared that every man, woman and child had the right “to happiness” rather than its pursuit, their declaration would have been dismissed as a Utopian document of … Continue reading The Pursuit of Happiness

What Do the Elderly Want?

BY JAMES MELVILLE “We respect our elders. There is wisdom that comes from experience, and I am not going to stop learning from wise counsel.” ― Marcia Fudge      One of the many collateral damages of the Covid crisis has been the profoundly negative impact of well-being and mental health on our elderly people. The elderly haven’t been asked what they want to do. … Continue reading What Do the Elderly Want?

The Great Reset

BY ALEX STORY Sometimes the world moves in an unexpected direction. When it does, there isn’t much an individual can do about it. Indeed, 2020 will be remembered as the defining year of the 21st century. For many, the year started with resolutions, few of which lasted much beyond their pronouncements. However, soon, everything changed. Having heard the distant drums of another flu from China … Continue reading The Great Reset

Scotland’s Covid Disaster

BY EFFIE DEANS There are four European countries with populations of about five million: Denmark     5,799,640    757 Covid deaths Finland        5,545,596    369 Covid deaths Slovakia      5,462,617    510 Covid deaths Norway       5,436,637    294 Covid deaths Scotland      5,454,000   3280 Covid deaths Scotland is not listed as a European country, because it is not an independent sovereign nation state, but rather a region of the United Kingdom that happens to be called a country for historical reasons. However, … Continue reading Scotland’s Covid Disaster

The Health Benefits of Living in the Countryside

Whether you live in the countryside already or you’re dreaming of a day when you can move there, there’s no denying the number of benefits that come from situating yourself in the wide green spaces of the country. From bigger spaces and stunning scenery to neighbourhood communities and peace and quiet, countryside living has a romance all of its own. But the benefits don’t end … Continue reading The Health Benefits of Living in the Countryside

Mental Health & the Countryside

BY NICK PEARCE There are 26.9 million people who walk for leisure and travel in Britain today but there are still plenty who are not heeding medical advice and getting out and about using their two feet. Amongst them are those suffering from mental illness, who are either too scared to leave their homes or cannot find the motivation, especially during this pandemic, to venture … Continue reading Mental Health & the Countryside

Labour’s Failure on Autism

BY CLLR CAROLYN WEBSTER Many politicians enter the political fray because of a desire to serve their community. Often personal experience will drive one to want to change systems and processes which don’t work. Whether it is having experienced domestic abuse, or serving in Her Majesty’s Armed Forces or even seeing your parent’s business collapse because of external economics, most politicians have their own back … Continue reading Labour’s Failure on Autism

Hand Mask Recipes

Some tried and tested homemade hand masks to soothe and calm those hands during this COVID19 pandemic.  No need to venture out to the shops, just look in your pantry and treat yourself.  Hand masks work just like face masks; they sit on your skin, infusing and trapping in moisture and nutrients. Avocado Avocados contain lots of healthy fats and phytonutrients that are incredible for … Continue reading Hand Mask Recipes

EU Ideologues Target Essential Oils

BY JAN KUSMIREK Taxonomy is the science of naming things. Botany is the science or study of plants.  Combining the two produces the scientific or Latin names that help identify species. In recent years the population, and in particular gardeners, will have seen a number of name changes which has led to a lot of confusion as to what something really is. For example, a … Continue reading EU Ideologues Target Essential Oils

Sneezes & Sinophobia

BY ANASTASIA CHOO I am British-born Chinese. I am the second-generation daughter of Hong Kong immigrants who came over to the UK in the 1960’s and set up a successful business. My sisters and I grew up in leafy Hertfordshire and attended state schools where we were subjected to the occasional joke but didn’t suffer too badly from racism as people took us for who … Continue reading Sneezes & Sinophobia

American Hospital Any Day

BY JAMES BEMBRIDGE “Lessons will be learnt” – Jeremy Hunt, Health Secretary, 2017 “We will obviously have to learn lessons”– Lesley Griffiths, Welsh Health Minister, 2013. “Lessons will be learnt to ensure it never happens again” – Nadine Dorries, Under-Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, 2019. I’d like to preface this glorified rant by testifying that it is not my wish to see … Continue reading American Hospital Any Day

Countryside Helps Mental Health

BY NICK PEARCE One interesting development yesterday on Mental Health Day was how the countryside was being touted as the route out of depression and back to good health. Nature “prescriptions” by GPs could be a cheaper way to improve the UK’s mental health, a pioneering new study found – research conducted by Leeds Beckett University found that swapping regular prescriptions for nature activities could … Continue reading Countryside Helps Mental Health

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