Health & Education

Is Dry January Worth It?

Posted on January 9, 2024

Ah, Dry January is in its second week, and I've become a detective, snooping around folks who either embrace this dry spell or consider it as relevant as a one-legged man in an arse-kicking contest. Chatting with the abstainers and the 'I'll-have-just-one-more' crew has been quite the rollercoaster. You see, the definition of an alcohol aficionado varies wildly. For instance, an accountant I work with once confessed his nightly glass of ...

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Stepping Out of Christmas!

Posted on January 7, 2024

When December arrives, the winter gloom descends upon us. Then the Christmas lights swoop in like knights in twinkling armor, apparently granting us the permission to eat and get pissed. Pubs and restaurants turn into bustling havens, and suddenly, everyone’s as jolly as Santa Claus himself. The build up to Christmas is still a wonderful time of the year. However, after the much-anticipated work break ends, the winter gloom hangs around ...

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What Makes a Good Bloke?

Posted on December 9, 2023

When I heard about the death of Benjamin Zephaniah yesterday I felt quite sad. Where is the justice in a decent bloke like him dying whilst the other Benjamin (Netanyahu) lives on? The first thing that came to my mind was that Zephaniah always seemed like a really good bloke. What is a good bloke? It’s a term we hear quite a lot (“He’s a good bloke, is John”) but how is it defined? I think all us blokes would like to be remembered as ...

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The Varying Relationships with Booze

Posted on May 13, 2023

Until Thursday, when I went ‘out, out’, I hadn’t had a drink on a work night this year. I counteracted Thursday by having last night off. Aided by a blood pressure and cholesterol warning, I don’t have any intention of going back to regular weekday drinking. However, I still have a tipple at the weekend. Part of me wonders whether I should jack that in as well, but I’m not so sure? For the moment, I feel like I can be a ‘good ...

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Deregulation – Let’s Kill the Environment

Posted on April 7, 2023

To start this blog, I’d like to get one thing straight. I think looking after the environment is a big deal. We only have one planet hand down to future generations, so in my opinion, it's our responsibility to take care of it. So, when people start talking about deregulating environmental laws, it’s in my nature to get fucking annoyed about it. Here are some of the reasons why deregulating environmental laws might not be the best ...

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