Filed: Health

Sunday Round-up

Back in black: After writing about doughnut ice cream cones last week, the latest food fad is the perfect accompaniment – black ice cream coloured with coconut ash. Or if you really want to pile on the pounds, try an Eccles cake burger.

Healthy bad habits: As someone who bit his fingernails as I child, I now know that I was doing myself a favour since this bad habit, along with thumb-sucking, sparks your immune system and prevents allergies. Read more ›››

I Read it in the Daily Mail

My heart skipped a beat when I spotted this front page headline from yesterday’s Daily Mail. At last I thought, the Mail has owned up that most of the stuff in its Good Health supplement is a load of scaremongering rubbish.

Then my hopes were dashed by the secondary which explains that it’s actually health supplements that are a con, but then they can give you cancer you know… Read more ›››

It’s an open and shut case Mr Lansley

Noel Coward

At the moment this post goes public, we should be rumbling down the tarmac at MIA on our way to Philadelphia, but I couldn’t let a day slip by without saying anything, so I’m writing on a topic dear to my heart from the day before yesterday.

I suppose you were expecting a rant against Andrew Lansley’s latest assault on smokers by stripping branding from cigarette packets. But you’d be wrong. I think it is a brilliant idea that could return this country to its glory days. Read more ›››

Curtains for Smokers


Further to my little rantlet the other day about the bonkers legislation banning large stores from displaying cigarettes and tobacco so that we smokers might forget they exist, not everyone has entered into the spirit of it.

Most stores have fitted special cupboards with sliding doors to secrete the filthy weed, but others have gone a more DIY solution. Read more ›››

Smokeless Fool


The topic I resisted writing about yesterday was the ban on the display of tobacco products that came into force yesterday. I’m a smoker you see, so I risk condemnation or accusations of bias. But then I thought, what’s new?

The rationale behind this latest crack down on the evil weed is that it will curb the numbers of young people who take up smoking, but I’ve seen no evidence to back-up this claim. Read more ›››

Health and Efficiency

I hadn’t expected to be able to write much about my impressions of health service in South Africa, but then neither had I expected Mrs P to injure herself quite badly while we there.

It was one of those stupid accidents. We’d been at a local eatery one early evening halfway through the holiday and Mrs P missed her footing on a step and fell heavily against the back rest of another diner’s wooden chair. Read more ›››

The Way We Were

Sometimes I think we moan too easily. The state of the country, the state of society and all the other things we feel we shouldn’t have to put up with, and yet we forget how much things have changed for the better and in a relatively short space of time.

On this day 55 years ago, the BBC transmitted a programme about Salford, more specifically the state of public health and the changes that the NHS was starting to make. Read more ›››


So the warnings on the packets weren’t kidding. Smoking Kills. A personal tragedy I know, but you can’t help thinking that here is a prime candidate for the Darwin Awards.