Following on from my last blog that asked the (rhetorical) question “Following sport: what’s the point?” I was keen to understand more about how watching sport on TV could generate a physiological response. To understand extremes, I needed a sporting event where I had a vested emotional interest and time to measure some basic indicators [...]
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I’ve just got off a long-haul flight with Qatar Airlines.  Like many airlines, they have a corporate charity.  Theirs is focused on educating children in third world countries. A noble cause.  Ignobly ignored by most on my flight. They have an inflight video showing what the charity does and asking people to donate.  They even followed [...]
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When was the last time you threw away food? Today? Yesterday? We are all complicit in this crisis. One third of all food produced is wasted (Nestle).  About a third of all the food in the UK is wasted, according to scientists (BBC 2019).  Sustainability has been a hot topic for years, but the figures [...]
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It’s very rare that I feel compelled to write something about a TV show, but here I am, telling you about The Circle. Some of us here at Relish are obsessed, and I mean obsessed. We have the WhatsApp group from last year, we follow the programme and the players on their social channels, we [...]
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“[INSERT NAME OF YOUR TEAM] are cheats. They get away with murder!” “[INSERT NAME OF YOUR TEAM] have no chance. They’ve not won since [INSERT RANDOM POINT IN TIME]” (Singing) “AAAAAAAAAAAAARE YOU [INSERT NAME OF WOEFUL TEAM OR PLAYER] IN DISGUUUUUUUUUUUUISE?” With the Rugby World Cup, Premier League and Champions League now in full swing, [...]
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What’s the value of sport? I have always declared my love for sport. I’m sure that if you scroll far enough through my Facebook, have been in my company socially or caught me gazing over the back pages of a newspaper, you’ll have sensed my unbridled passion for competitive activities. Yet like clockwork, each May, [...]
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Benjamin Franklin: When the well is dry, we’ll know the worth of water Many of us are beginning to realise that water is a finite resource, and one that we need to use sensibly if we are to avoid future shortages.  I don’t just mean temporary shortages like in the long hot summer of 1976 [...]
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NatWest bank recently launched ‘A woman’s worth’ campaign designed to tackle “the enduring impact of a culture that has made women feel ignored and patronised”. In case you haven’t seen it, it included a bunch of flowers and a letter of apology to “all women” from “Mr Banker”. This, alongside the ‘pledge from NatWest’, was [...]
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I recently decided to reengage with mindfulness, a practice which lowers my anxiety, boosts my mood and helps to give me a sense of clarity. Mindfulness allows us to live in the present rather than ruminating about the past or worrying about the future. It encourages us to focus on, and accept what we are [...]
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Recently, I’ve been struck by the impact of fast and affordable fashion.  My concern has been heightened, having recently visited the V&A’s Fashioned from Nature exhibition, seeing Earth Day receive so much coverage and watching David Attenborough’s ‘Climate Change – The Facts’ show. With spring just around the corner, many of us are looking at [...]
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