Over the course of 95 minutes, I laugh, I get angry, punch things, jump, lift, sweat, meditate, stretch and cry. I’m at a new studio in Manchester called Hero Training, which claims to be ‘Britain’s first truly integrated health club’. We kick off with a 35-minute circuit class involving slam balls, kettlebells, jump training, battle ropes and boxing drills. We wear heartrate monitors and see our training zone and recovery times on a screen. I am at the end of an acrimonious divorce, and going to boxing classes has helped me release my pentup anger and aggression. … [Read more...] about It’s no longer enough to turn up to Legs, Bums and Tums – In 2020 you can see a therapist while you’re working out: New breed of gym that trains your muscles and your mind!
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3 Non Blondes never made it to a third series, not least because the trio's faces were becoming too familiar to dupe the public. Since then, Empson has drifted away from comedy, and prefers to be thought of as an actor. "And, anyway, what's this thing about putting people in a box?" she says. "I don't want to be in a box." But she is, she admits, "very ambitious and I want to move on and do other things." This autumn, she appears with David Tennant in a BBC comedy about driving schools, called Learners. And in October, she will be at the Theatre Royal in east London for a hip-hop revival of Jean Genet's The Blacks (Empson, with characteristic insouciance, can't remember the writer's name). … [Read more...] about ‘I don’t feel fear’
The abolition of tax credits, which the prime minister said would not happen during last year’s general election campaign, did not have to come before this House. Since the Lords threw out the Liberal budget in 1909, there has been a convention that they do not interfere on financial matters. But George Osborne, seeking to avoid growing opposition from his own side in the Commons, has placed the change inside secondary legislation – a statutory instrument, or SI. This means it can be rejected or delayed, but not amended. And, since the original tax credits legislation was not deemed a “money bill”, the SI to amend it isn’t subject to financial privilege. It is a major error by the chancellor. The Conservatives are not the largest party (they lost their dominance when the hereditary peers left in 1999). Patricia Hollis, for Labour, has tabled a motion that would force the Commons to delay. The Tories, though, call it a “fatal motion”, a move to … [Read more...] about Who needs the House of Lords? Meet the peers rattling the Commons
'To be feeling the way you feel - tired, lethargic, heavy-chested, light-headed and just vague, and to be missing your mouth when you go to eat things - that was a pretty raw moment,' Page said of his condition to The Sydney Morning Herald in 2009. … [Read more...] about How a young off-duty nurse and lifelong Wiggles fan who was in the audience helped save Greg Page’s life after watching him collapse on stage