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How’s that for a Tree of the Day. Snapped at 100mph somewhere between Doncaster and Grantham. Beautiful sunlight ...

Ghost train ... it’s all a bit sad ...

Don’t look so worried Steph @packedlunchc4 five mins away. ...

and here is Skye, bottom left, engaged in her role as Tree of the Day Sherpa. She is wearing a look I know well. It says ‘Hurry up. Stop taking pictures of that one. This one is better.’ ...

Take a read of this. Warning letter to a small businessman who has earned a few hundred quid since Covid, has sold lots of personal possessions to get by, and is being chased by HMRC debt collectors for £400 unpaid tax. Meanwhile as the government of clowns and charlatans continue to crash the economy while failing to suppress the virus, the corrupt awarding of multi million contracts to their pals continues apace, and genius forecaster Cummings gets his unpaid council tax on his lockdown rule breaking gaffe written off. He must have seen it coming. I am beginning to wonder if Johnson and his Vote Leave coup cabal actually want the country to go up in riots so he can pretend to be a strongman leader like his pal Donald. Hopefully before long one Trump will be gone and though it will take a while Johnson will not be that far behind. ...

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Living Better

How I Learned To Survive Depression


Alastair Campbell

"Superbly readable, supremely useful. Unflinching, clear-eyed, honest, raw and revealing, it may be the most important achievement of Alastair Campbell’s vivid and varied life. This book could save lives." – STEPHEN FRY

LIVING BETTER is Alastair Campbell’s honest, moving and life affirming account of his lifelong struggle with depression. It is an autobiographical, psychological and psychiatric study, which explores his own childhood, family and other relationships, and examines the impact of his professional and political life on himself and those around him. But it also lays bare his relentless quest to understand depression not just through his own life but through different treatments. Every bit as direct and driven, clever and candid as he is, this is a book filled with pain, but also hope - he examines how his successes have been in part because of rather than despite his mental health problems - and love. His partner of forty years, Fiona Millar, writes a moving afterword on how she too has learned to live with his depression.

Depression is the predominant mental health problem worldwide - it is estimated that 1 in 6 people in the past week experienced a common mental health problem and major depression is thought to be the second leading cause of disability worldwide. LIVING BETTER is a call to arms and an extraordinary memoir in one compelling and inspiring narrative. This is a book that really could save lives.

"One can only hope that LIVING BETTER provokes a far wider and more honest understanding of the condition" – JON SNOW

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