The King

THE KING  We’ve seen so many singers in many shapes and form, But one stood out, amongst the crowd and took the world by storm. This boy was born in Mississippi a country boy to start, But as he started growing it was music in his heart. Read more

Do you remember the rag-and-bone man with his horse and cart?

The rag-and-bone man, with horse and cart, was once a common sight on British streets as he collected second-hand goods from door-to-door. These enigmatic figures ringing a brass hand bell and calling out ‘rag n’ bone!’ or ‘any old iron!’ would send people rushing to their doors with their unwanted items. Here we step back […]

Milestones of the Queen’s long reign

The monarch acceded to the throne on February 6 1952 As the Queen reaches 25,000 days on the throne, here are some of the events and milestones of her reign: 1952: George VI dies and Princess Elizabeth becomes Queen. Flood devastates the Devon village of Lynmouth. Mau Mau rising in Kenya. 1953: Sweet rationing ends […]

Spaghetti Westerns – how many do you remember?

Take a trip down cinematic memory lane to the spaghetti westerns of the 60’s and 70’s. In the late 60’s almost half the films produced in Italy were westerns, with a greater sense of operatic violence than their American counterparts, the run of spaghetti westerns (western all’Italiana) lasted just a few short years before packing […]

10 ways to care for your mental health

The pressures and challenges caused by the ongoing coronavirus lockdown may leave many of us feeling overwhelmed and uncertain. The Action for Happiness movement is proposing that people observe a “daily pause” amid the crisis to help look after their mental health. Supported by historian Sir Anthony Seldon, co-founder of Action for Happiness, the concept […]

Prostate cancer: What you need to know

Prostate cancer has become the most commonly diagnosed cancer in the UK, and diagnoses have overtaken those for breast cancer. It’s thought the increase is largely due to more awareness of the disease, combined with an ageing population – you’re much more likely to get prostate cancer if you’re over 50. There were 57,192 new […]

Self-help ways to prevent osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis typically takes a long time to develop so there is plenty of time to be proactive and learn how to control symptoms, enabling us to lead fuller lives. What is osteoarthritis? Occurring in the fingers, toes, knees, hips, base of thumb and spine osteoarthritis is the loss of cartilage (the protective surface over the […]

The Real Reason Behind Goosebumps

Researchers have discovered that the cells that cause goosebumps are also important for regulating the stem cells that regenerate hair. In the skin, the muscle that contracts to create goosebumps is necessary to bridge the sympathetic nerve’s connection to hair follicle stem cells. The sympathetic nerve reacts to cold by contracting the muscle and causing […]

‘Little Brain’ Not So Little After All

When we say someone has a quick mind, it may be in part thanks to our expanded cerebellum that distinguishes human brains from those of macaque monkeys, for example. High-resolution imaging shows the cerebellum is 80 percent of the area of the cortex, indicating it has grown as human behavior and cognition evolved. Read more […]