Seeing the grieving… in a man

“Grief turns out to be a place none of us know until we reach it,” Joan Didion wrote in A Year of Magical Thinking. In a heartfelt BBC documentary earlier this week, Rio Ferdinand showed us his place of deep grief following the death of his wife Rebecca in 2015.  The subject was always going to be moving but … Continue reading Seeing the grieving… in a man

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In an age of loneliness

As detrimental to health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day. Increasing the risk of developing coronary heart disease and stroke. And the likelihood of developing  dementia.  That's how feeling alone, reportedly, effects us. And it's spreading amongst us, more than nine million people – a fifth of the UK population – privately admit they are “always or often lonely”. Rachel Reeves, … Continue reading In an age of loneliness

Self-help in a selfie world

Post Christmas, it's not just us that's feeling a little sluggish, our media organizations are too.  And with columns and airwaves to fill over the holiday period, it's so much easier to plump for the same old resolution type stuff (usually a quick dusting down of last year's output). Turn on your radio or TV or … Continue reading Self-help in a selfie world

In the bleak midwinter…

It's that time of year, when the divide between the happy and the sad feels at it's most marked.  Whilst the intention of Christmas is to give of ourselves - through action (thoughtful gifts) and attitude (joy and understanding) - it can make us turn in on ourselves - exacerbating our worries and woes.  For along with those … Continue reading In the bleak midwinter…

Dance then, wherever you may be

A “pantsuit power” 200-person flashmob appeared in Union Square, New York last Sunday to perform a carefully choreographed, five-minute tribute to Hillary Clinton  (to Justin Timberlake’s Can’t Stop the Feeling). Film-makers and real-life partners Celia Rowlson-Hall and Mia Lidofsky pulled together volunteers from all over North America, organized a 10-camera shoot on a micro-budget and sourced hundreds of suits from thrift stores all over … Continue reading Dance then, wherever you may be

The mad, the bad, the sad – the art of mental health

Boring bits, dull times  - we all have them. Niggles and annoyances - we all have them. Worries - we all have them. Fears, real or imagined - we all have them. Feelings and emotions - we certainly all have them But when we find dealing with our days too much and our mental harmony out of … Continue reading The mad, the bad, the sad – the art of mental health

Let’s help Renee & Courteney out

 “Americans think ageing is something to be pitied, or ignored. The French know that the good things in life get better with age!” Jeanne Moreau. Promoting her new film, Bridget Jones’s Baby,  this week has reheated the "has she, hasn't she (had plastic surgery) debate for Renee Zellweger.  In an attempt to quell the spiteful speculation she … Continue reading Let’s help Renee & Courteney out

Look at sleeplessness

Did you hear Woman's Hour (BBC Radio 4) last week, the one about Kim Cattrall's years long struggle with insomnia - "like a three-tonne gorilla sitting on my chest"? This was not the standard celebrity promoting something interview. In a novel approach  the programme was dedicated to the reading of Kim's private night-time diaries (by Dame Janet … Continue reading Look at sleeplessness