Category: “Charity

A celeb fest in my weekend of culture

Posted on 13 February 2010 | 10:02am

With Burnley out of the Cup, a spare Saturday has emerged which has allowed my book publicist to crowbar in a bit more culture, and book-plugging. As I am more Radio 5 than Radio 4, especially on Saturdays, I have never listened to Loose Ends, so any tips welcome. We record soon. I am less […]

When poor mental health creates great art …

Posted on 12 December 2009 | 3:12pm

Since writing All In The Mind, making Cracking Up, and becoming Mind Champion of the Year, I’ve been approached by all manner of mental health organisations and today want to give a plug to one of them. Breakthrough do some fantastic work promoting the creative work of people with mental health problems. They produce magazines […]

Something for the weekend – a long lazy blog lifted from interviews

Posted on 20 November 2009 | 12:11pm

This must be one of the longest, and certainly the laziest, blog I have ever done. Just a bit busy you see. I was doing a speech to sports governing bodies in The Midlands yesterday, so took the opportunity to visit my Mum, stayed over, raced back this morning for a meeting then a dental appointment […]

The scandal of friendship and the shame of Who Wants to be a Millionaire?

Posted on 7 November 2009 | 10:11am

Is there no end to the cruelty of the Daily Telegraph in its coverage of MPs’ expenses? My God, they have only gone and published a detailed account of my exit from a celebrity (sic) edition of Who Wants to be a Millionaire? Just when Fiona and I were finally getting over it.  Why in […]

Canaries win AC spin award with dark nights productivity survey

Posted on 27 October 2009 | 9:10am

And this week’s Spin of the Week award goes to … drum roll, drum roll … the Canary Island tourism board, Promotur. If you don’t know why, you probably weren’t concentrating yesterday because you are among the 52 per cent of us – allegedly – whose productivity dropped as we struggled to cope with the […]

Good news on leukaemia, good news on student activism

Posted on 13 October 2009 | 8:10am

Late night, early morrning … both containing reasons to be cheerful. Late night because I was speaking to Oxford University Labour Club, where there was a mood and an energy to the gathering that confirmed my view that support and activism for Labour can grow the more people focus on the idea there may be […]

A day in the life of a (crap) City trader

Posted on 11 September 2009 | 5:09pm

Was it Atticus Finch who said don’t judge a man until you have tried to walk in his shoes? Or was he just quoting someone from the Bible, or from Shakespeare, who said pretty much everything there was to be said, long before The Beatles said all had been said before? Whoever it was, it came […]

Pressure on Ed Miliband can help get a climate change deal

Posted on 28 August 2009 | 1:08pm

Bono and Bob Geldof, whom God preserve, are much more than your average celebrity campaigner. They don’t just care about their chosen issues, they know about them too, real genuine knowledge, and they know how to use the influence that their status and knowledge brings. They have campaigned pretty tirelessly, and in many different ways, […]

A lifetime’s ambition fulfilled

Posted on 8 August 2009 | 4:08pm

Forgive the utter self-indulgence of this being my first blog in quite a while, and possibly the last for another little while as I rediscover proper holidays. There are all sorts of things I could have written about – Vladimir Putin’s latest strip-show, Silvio Berlusconi’s observation that he loves women – I think we kind […]

Divisive legend: Lance Armstrong

Posted on 7 July 2009 | 10:07am

There are few more divisive sportsmen than Lance Armstrong. To some (many of them French, who would rather one of their own had dominated the Tour de France) he is a cheat who could not have achieved what he has without doping. To others he is a hero, not just because of his remarkable sporting […]