Don’t Set Foot At The Beach Or Pool This Summer If You’re Using These Skincare Products

You’re all set for a fun day in the sun with your wide-brimmed hat to shield you from the UV rays, and you have given your waterproof SPF 30 or higher plenty of time to absorb into your skin. To play it safe, you have brought more suntan lotion to reapply after swimming or sweating.

You are a dermatologist’s dream- or so you think!

Photo by Maciej Serafinowicz

Have you given any thought to what you applied to your skin the night before or that morning before your set out for your day? The answer is you probably have not if you have concocted a skincare regimen that works for your skin type.

The problem: What is effective for Winter, Spring and Fall, can cause significant photo-sensitivity (read burning) and other skin complications come Summer. We turned to Dr. Manish Shah, a Board- Certified Denver, Colorado plastic surgeon to reveal what types of products/ingredients sun worshippers should avoid and what can serve as safe substitutes.

Dr. Shah explains that “Certain ingredients in products make people photosensitive. Photosensitivity (or sun sensitivity) is inflammation of the skin induced by the combination of sunlight and certain medications or substances. This causes skin redness and may look similar to a sunburn. Both the photosensitizing medication or chemical and light source have to be present in order for a photosensitive reaction to occur. Consumers should understand that it is not brands of skincare that can make one photosensitive but rather the ingredients in those brands.”

According to Dr. Manish Shah

If you are planning to be in the sun, do not use the following types of products

Topical Acids Alpha and beta hydroxy acids such as glycolic, lactic, and salicylic acids can cause the skin to be more susceptible to sun damage from being regularly exfoliated. These ingredients are commonly used in anti-aging, skin-brightening, and acne-fighting products.

 Alternative:  While AHAs and BHAs only cause minimal photosensitivity, you wouldn’t want to risk feeling that stinging sensation on your face. There are alternatives. Azelaic acid, found in wheat, rye and barley—comes in handy during the day as it is useful in the treatment of acne, rosacea, melasma and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation and is not associated with the sun-induced reaction.

Benzoyl peroxide – This is most typically found in acne products and can cause the skin to be very sensitive. 

Alternative: Zinc. Zinc enhances the immune system and has anti-inflammatory properties. Another major role of zinc is to regulate cell production and turnover and reduce the amount of natural oil that your skin produces. It prevents pores from clogging and subsequent acne formation. Zinc oxide is present in many physical sunscreens and is less likely to cause sun-sensitivity. “So, wear a good sunscreen with zinc oxide,” says Dr. Shah.

Hydroquinone- Typically used in skin-lightening products. Although hydroquinone is stable in sunlight, it’s not advisable to use it during the day as the sun’s skin-darkening effects are stronger than hydroquinone’s bleaching effect. Additionally, hydroquinone actually reduces your body's ability to create enough pigment to protect your from UV rays.

Alternative: Vitamin C is an excellent alternative to hydroquinone, as it is an antioxidant and combats dark spots while also having anti-inflammatory and anti-aging properties.

Retinol and retinol derivatives encourage cell turnover, which exposes delicate, new skin. These newer layers of skin can be more sensitive to the sun. With enough sunscreen protection, newer formulations of retinol can be safely used during the day, but experts still advise limiting its use to nighttime especially for those who have sensitive skin.

Alternative: Bakuchiol is the new, clinically proven “natural retinol,” a powerful plant-based retinol alternative that decreases skin sensitivity to the sun. It is derived from the leaves and seeds of the babchi plant and helps to heal, calm and soothe the skin, via its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. 

Essential oils including bergamot, bitter orange, grapefruit, lemon, lime, and mandarin leaf can also cause sun sensitivity.

Alternative: It is best to choose FCF or “furocoumarin free” essential oils when in the sun, as these are not known to be “photosensitive” or cause reactions to sunlight. Furocoumarins are phototoxins which are produced by plants as a mechanism to ward off small animals or bugs. Common ones include Oxypeucedanin and Bergapten. Examples of FCF essential oils are Bergamot FCF (Citrus bergamia), Blood Orange, Tangerine, and Red Mandarin.   

Topical and oral prescriptions including antibiotics, antifungals, antihistamines, and anti-inflammatories can also cause sensitivity, so it's vital to thoroughly read labels, instructions, and warnings as well.

About Dr. Manish Shah

Manish Shah, M.D., F.A.C.S. was born in Canada and raised in the Washington, D.C. area. He graduated with honors from the University of Pennsylvania, receiving a degree in biomedical engineering. He then completed his medical training at the University of Virginia, earning his Medical Doctorate. During this time, he also completed a one-year fellowship in microsurgery research at the New York University School of Medicine / Institute of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery. As a prelude to his plastic surgery training, Dr. Shah completed a rigorous five-year training program in General and Trauma Surgery at Emory University and the Medical College of Georgia. His formal training in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery was completed at the Univ. of Tennessee College of Medicine – Chattanooga Unit. After completing his plastic surgery training, he moved to New York City when he was selected for the prestigious Aesthetic Surgery Fellowship at Manhattan Eye, Ear, and Throat Hospital. He underwent extensive, advanced training in aesthetic surgery of the face, breasts, and body at the hands of some of the most renowned cosmetic surgeons in the world. This fellowship is widely considered to be the best of its kind in the world. Dr. Shah is one of only a select few plastic surgeons in the country who have undergone formal post-graduate training in aesthetic surgery.

Dr. Shah’s specialties include revision facial aesthetic surgery, rhinoplasty (“nose reshaping”), and aesthetic surgery of the breast (breast augmentation, breast lift, breast reduction). He is, however, well-trained in all areas of aesthetic surgery.

Dr. Shah’s aim is to obtain a natural appearing transformation that complements the real you!

Dr. Shah is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center.  He maintains a private practice in Aesthetic Plastic Surgery in the Cherry Creek neighborhood of Denver.

Dr. Shah is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, the Rhinoplasty Society, and the European Academy of Facial Plastic Surgery.

Dr. Shah is board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.

The Difference Between K1 and K2

Vitamin K is well known for its role in blood clotting. But what is not as well known is that Vitamin K is not a single vitamin - it is a family of vitamins comprised of K1 (phylloquinone) and K2 (menaquinone). 

Vitamins K1 and K2 share similarities, such as working in the liver for blood clotting, and chemically, they share a quinone ring called menadione. But that is where their similarities end.

Vitamin K2 has several molecules, called menaquinones, which makes it available beyond the liver for other systems, such as the bones and the vasculature. By activating proteins already present in the body, Vitamin K2 helps the body properly utilize calcium, binding it to bone while inhibiting it from depositing in arteries and soft tissues, protecting the heart. 

Put simply: Vitamin K2 can do what K1 cannot. 

“While it is true that ‘improving K status’ will impact bone and cardiovascular health, that is not entirely true. It is more accurate to say ‘improving K2 status’, because it is Vitamin K2, not Vitamin K1, that contributes to improved bone and cardiovascular health, as studies continue to show,” says Chris Speed, dietician and nutritional scientist. 

Vitamin K2’s separate and distinct mechanism has only been discovered within the past 20 years. However, now that is has been recognized how important K2 is for bone and heart health means it should be actively supplemented into one’s diet. 

Higher Nature Vitamin K2 is essential for maintaining healthy bones and good circulation. It offers a daily dosage of Vitamin K2 as MenaQ7® from NattoPharma, which is clinically proven to support both bone and cardiovascular health. 

Higher Nature Vitamin K2 is available for £22.25 from 

Here’s Why Your Gym Is Busier This Month Than In January

Brits are more likely to hit the gym this month than any other time of year - including January - according to new research.

A survey of 1,000 UK adults by Total Fitness reveals June is the most popular month for working out, with 70% of the UK population saying they are more likely to exercise regularly in this month. 

Credit: Geert Pieters

This is more than any other month in the year – including January, despite 49% of the UK population saying they start the year with fitness and exercise related new year's resolutions.*

For more than 1 in 2 (51%), they are more likely to exercise in the warmer months to lose weight before a summer holiday.

While 1 in 5 (20%) say they would be more likely to exercise in preparation for a friend or relative’s wedding, so that they look their best for the photos.

As well as these motivating factors, June is also likely to present fewer barriers to exercise, with cold weather (40%) and having less daylight in the evening (21%) being two of the top aspects that put respondents off exercising.

Paul McNicholas, Operations Director at Total Fitness says: “We always see a spike in membership usage in January when many kick off the new year with good intentions, but summer is the time that members renew their focus in readiness for their summer holidays.”

“It’s encouraging to see that Brits are using the start of the summer season as an opportunity to up their fitness plans in order to look and feel their best, and we hope that many use this motivation to continue with longer term exercise plans throughout the rest of the year.”

 *According to the Decathlon Activity Index, January 2019.

About Total Fitness

Total Fitness is the leading mid-market health club in the north and provides more ways to get fit, stay in shape, and more support to keep members focused. With 17 health clubs across the North of England and Wales, Total Fitness provides a full-service fitness offering; guided by knowledgeable and supportive fitness teams, the brand works hard to meet the individual needs of its members.

Total Fitness began in 1993 with a strong belief that everyone is better fitter, and that belief is stronger than ever today. Total Fitness knows that true fitness needs variety to keep workouts fresh and engaging, and so their large health clubs offer a range of facilities to stay fit, such as extensive gym floors, three swimming pools, over 70 classes a week, indoor running tracks, ladies only gyms and family facilities. Variety provides its members with a route to all-encompassing fitness that lasts longer than a one-off spin class. With over 600 staff and support from its fitness partners, Total Fitness delivers its purpose daily to over 95,000 members.

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Thirty abstract figurative oil paintings explore what successful people are willing to put themselves through in order to succeed

BRIT artist Lincoln Townley today announces he has sold out his ‘Behind The Mask’ collection which is showing at  the world famous La Biennale exhibition in Venice.

The London born artist’s biggest show to date was unveiled last month at the prestigious Palazzo Bembo on The Grand Canal.

The collection of thirty abstract figurative oil paintings explored what successful people are willing to put themselves through in order to succeed.

The powerful paintings, some reaching sizes of over 8 feet square, will be on display to the world’s art lovers and buyers in Venice from May 14 - November 24 but they have now ALL sold to international buyers in less than a month.

The astonishing ‘Sell Out’ show at the prestigious location has broken all records for Lincoln with sales far exceeding the £5m expected figure. Lincoln now he has his sights on his autumn show a London’s highly respected Saatchi Gallery.

The La Bienale exhibition took eight months in planning and even before the show opened over 80 per cent of the Behind The Mask had already been allocated to international art collectors. The rest quickly followed.

Lincoln Townley said: “When I take part in an art show I see it as a show not a sales opportunity, it helps with the promotion of my brand but not sales directly as I believe great artists sell work between shows. I had sold 80% of my show at Palazzo Bembo in Venice before we even put the works in a crate to travel to the exhibition. I connect directly with my clients, I don’t lean on my galleries and hope for the best, I make things happen daily. Art collectors are interested in where an artist has come from and what they are doing now but more importantly they want to know what is next for the artist; therefore I’m more interested in moving onto my next show of works.

Selling out my show at La Biennale means I can now focus on my next move which is showing works in Chelsea’s Saatchi Gallery this September.

“My next collection Greed which explores how greed is not just good its great! Directing ones greed in a creative and commercial manner can only deliver exciting results and I want to celebrate this with my new works which even though I’m only just finishing at my London studio we are already marketing and taking orders directly through using WhatsApp and Instagram to connect with buyers directly. My need for physical galleries is disappearing completely, I promote myself as an artist just as interested in the art of selling equal to the art of creating my collection of works. I’m interested in success and the adage made famous in the film Wall Street - Greed is good!” 

Lincoln Townley said of the Mask collection: “I’m interested in people who take risks and go at life guns blazing. These characters hardly ever show you what’s going on behind the mask yet continue to drain every ounce out of life in their own very unique and robust way. 

“They charge forward providing the power to keep their human machine moving towards their own definition of glory. Painting drives thoughts in my mind that wrap around the suggestion that the human race is obsessed with success, fame and fortune. This pattern is extremely exciting but only a few have the mental and physical platform to pull it off, if someone is not well enough equipped they then take incredible risks to achieve this goal. 

“In some of my paintings the figure is achieving, striving and winning but in many the lack of direction and increase in ego will lead to dire circumstances which inevitably lead to pain and suffering; something I see as extremely beautiful when portrayed as a painting. These people constantly walk a tightrope, in most cases they are bravely or foolishly walking into the unknown. Personally I hate a risk free life, I see my personal pursuit weighed down with pushing out so hard I’m bound to fail at some things but achieve hugely in others, because by taking risks even when I fail, I learn. 


“I often gravitate toward charismatic extroverts, when you look at my work you can see the figures toiling and scheming. My work is difficult for most to live with but I have an incredible satisfaction of knowing those who thrive in this mad world of personal gain that they immediately see themselves in my work.”

Multi-millionaire Townley’s dramatic rise to fame in the global art market has seen him grow from six years ago to today where his work sells for in excess of £1million. 

Lincoln has been commissioned to paint many of the world’s biggest icons including Charlie Sheen, Al Pacino, Sir Michael Caine and his original oil paintings of demons drawn from the unconscious mind, have been exhibited at major international galleries including the National Gallery and the Royal Academy of Arts in London, Los Angeles and the Brisbane Powerhouse.

The portraits of stars Lincoln has painted also include the annual BAFTA honourees, Dame Judi Dench, John Cleese, Kate Moss, Charlie Sheen, Russell Brand, Leonardo Di Caprio, Marlon Brando, Princess Diana, Mohammed Ali, David Bowie, Pele, Ronaldinho and many others.

Lincoln painted Sir Michael Caine and his wife Shakira, after presenting him the painting the legendary actor said: "There's no doubt in my opinion that Lincoln is the next Andy Warhol." 

Two years ago Lincoln sold a diamond encrusted portrait of the late Princess Diana for a personal record-breaking £1million, beating his previous record of £510,000 set by his painting of Mohammed Ali. The Princess Diana painting, a huge two metre square oil and acrylic spray on linen, had over £100,000 worth of diamonds embedded into the canvas to give a spectacular finish.

Townley sold one of his major ‘Hell’ works using the cryptocurrency Bitcoin for over half a million pounds will use the Venice exhibition to unveil his Behind The Mask collection, valued at over £5million.

The global launch at La Biennale of 25 number works of art depict man’s desires and the need to succeed. The collection shows graphically the layers of our lives controlled by the use of oil paint and charcoal on paper. 

The self taught artist has struggled against an established art market and is now collected across the world including America, Australia, the Middle East and Europe.

The Venice Biennale has been established for over 120 years and is one of the most prestigious cultural institutions in the world. Established in 1895, the Biennale has an attendance of over 500,000 visitors at the Art Exhibition every year. The history of the La Biennale di Venezia dates back from 1895, when the first International Art Exhibition was organised. In the 1930s new festivals were born: Music, Cinema, and Theatre (the Venice Film Festival in 1932 was the first film festival in history). In 1980 the first International Architecture Exhibition took place and in 1999 Dance made its debut at La Biennale.

La Biennale has hosted collections over the years including many British artists such as Henry Moore, Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, Richard Hamilton, Gilbert & George, Anish Kapoor, Damien Hirst, Tracey Erin, Sarah Lucas and Steve McQueen.

The internationally successful artist has also been chosen for the fourth year to paint the BAFTA honourees. The British Academy of Film and Television Arts honourees included Kenneth Branagh, Matt Damon, Ava DuVernay, Claire Foy, film legend Dick Van Dyke, Jodie Foster, Ricky Gervais, Samuel L. Jackson, Felicity Jones, Ang Lee, and Ewan McGregor. The previous year he painted Orlando Bloom, James Corden, Harrison Ford, Sam Mendes, Amy Schumer and Meryl Streep. 

James Nicholls, Managing Director and Curator of the Maddox Gallery, Mayfair, London, where Lincoln exhibits said: "In each generation it is a rare occurrence when an artist has the potential to become iconic, and it is our considered opinion that Lincoln Townley is such an extraordinary artist. The British artist was relatively unknown four years ago, now he has become famous for creating the most vivid insight into producing electrifying portraits of Hollywood stars such as; Al Pacino, Dame Judi Dench, Gary Oldman, Sir John Hurt, Robert Downey Jr. Judi Dench, Russell Brand and Charlie Sheen. 

"Sir Michael Caine recently described him as the new Andy Warhol, and others see a Francis Bacon-like quality in his work. The value of his work has risen 200% in the last two years alone."

About Lincoln Townley

Lincoln Townley is a world-renowned British artist known for his ability to capture the creative and sometimes turbulent energies that drives the world’s most iconic stars to perform at the peak of their powers. 

He has been commissioned to paint many of the world’s biggest icons including Charlie Sheen, Al Pacino, Sir Michael Caine and his original oil paintings of demons drawn from the unconscious mind, have been exhibited at major international galleries including the National Gallery and the Royal Academy of Arts in London. 

In October 2015, he was first commissioned by BAFTA LA to paint the six Honourees at the Britannia Awards. His work can be seen at the Maddox Gallery in Mayfair London ( He is represented by Megan Phillips in Los Angeles. A recovering alcoholic, Townley has donated works to many charities and divides his time between London and Los Angeles. He is also the author of The Hunger published by Simon & Schuster. For further details see:

Townley’s work can be seen at the Maddox Gallery in Mayfair London ( and Art Angels in Los Angeles (

Southbank Centre announces it's new series exploring mental health in literature

Southbank Centre today announces its most jam-packed literature season to date with more than 35 events taking place from September - December 2019 across its three auditoriums (Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall and Purcell Room) as well as in its National Poetry Library, Hayward Gallery and foyer spaces.

The season sees an expanded programme of non-fiction talks and discussions with leading writers and thinkers on topics from atheism to parenting to talking to strangers. As part of the non-fiction programme, Southbank Centre is delighted to launch a new series of events Reading the Mind exploring mental health and wellbeing through literature. The series begins in September with award-winning writers and qualified nurses Nathan Filer and Christie Watson, in conversation together for the first time, and continues into 2020 with events in the Spring and Summer seasons.   

Louis Theroux © Paul Mark Mitchell; Nadiya Hussain © Dan Kennedy; Sara Pascoe © Sara Pascoe; Lenny Henry © Jack Lawson

Alongside Anthony Anaxagorou, Raymond Antrobus, Nihal Arthanayake, Liz Berry, Adam Buxton, Leo Boix, Anne Carson, Russell T Davies, Richard Dawkins, Inua Ellams, Salma El-Wardany, Nathan Filer, Hannah Gadsby, Salena Godden, Will Harris, Lenny Henry, Lisa Jewell, Etgar Keret, Mariam Khan, Zaffar Kunial, Theresa Lola, Sabrina Mahfouz, Hollie McNish, Nico Muhly, Paul Muldoon, Randall Munroe, Daljit Nagra, Courttia Newland, Joo Yeon Park, Bobby Parker, Sara Pascoe, Philippa Perry, Antoni Porowski, Yara Rodrigues Fowler, Luzia Sauma, Joelle Taylor, Christie Watson and more

Alongside this, the bumper season features leading authors discussing new works of fiction, TV personalities and comedians reflecting on their careers with the launch of new books, live readings, panel discussions and new creative writing and poetry courses. In addition, Southbank Centre continues its commitment to present the best in spoken word and poetry with events and exhibitions curated by its National Poetry Library, the largest collection of modern poetry in the world, and the continuation of Out-Spoken’s year-long residency.

Autumn 2019 Season highlights include:

  • Talks and in conversation events with leading writers and thinkers including psychotherapist Philippa Perry, science writer Richard Dawkins, cartoonist Randall Munroe, writer Will Self and journalist Malcolm Gladwell

  • Appearances from TV personalities including documentary filmmaker Louis Theroux, Queer Eye’s Antoni Porowski and The Great British Bake Off’s Nadiya Hussain who launch new books

  • Comedians Richard Ayoade, in conversation with Adam Buxton, Sara Pascoe and Lenny Henry discussing new books whilst Hannah Gadsby brings her live show Douglas to Royal Festival Hall

  • London exclusive appearances from award-winning fiction writers Malorie Blackman, Etgar Keret and Celeste Ng

  • The continuation of Out-Spoken’s year-long residency at Southbank Centre with monthly masterclasses and live poetry and music nights featuring Anthony Anaxagorou, Hollie McNish, Liz Berry, Zaffar Kunial, Salena Godden and more

  • London Review of Books celebrating its 40th anniversary with an exclusive, collaborative literary-music event featuring Anne Carson, Nico Muhly, Paul Muldoon and guests

  • The return of National Poetry Library Lates and new free exhibitions in Southbank Centre’s National Poetry Library

  • Schools National Poetry Day Live featuring workshops and live poetry readings from Theresa Lola, Raymond Antrobus, SLAMbassadors and more

  • The return of the Booker Prize Shortlist Readings

  • The return of Polari, London’s leading LGBTQ+ literary salon featuring screenwriter and TV producer Russell T Davies and writer Lisa Jewell

  • Readings, performance and discussion from contributors to new anthologies Smashing It: Working Class Artists on Life, Art and Making It Happen, Un Nuevo Sol: British Latinx Writers and It’s Not About the Burqa: Muslim Women on Faith, Feminism, Sexuality and Race

  • New six week autumn courses in poetry and creative writing

  • Southbank Centre’s thirteenth London Literature Festival featuring 11 days of talks, readings, poetry and performance, opening with Poetry International (programme to be announced)

Ted Hodgkinson, Head of Literature and Spoken Word at Southbank Centre said: "It's a thrill to present an Autumn Season brimming with big personalities, the world's most exciting literary talents and the very best of the poetry and spoken word scene in London and beyond. From striking up conversations with strangers to unlocking the mysteries of the human mind, our expanded array of talks with leading thinkers and cultural commentators promises to provoke and challenge. Appearances from beloved storytellers alongside frank reflections on life from celebrated comedians will delight and disarm in equal measure, in a season that will make us think, make us laugh and bring us together.”

Tickets go on sale to Southbank Centre Members on Tuesday 25 June and to the General Public on Wednesday 26 June with the exception of Will Self on a Life in Writing, London Literature Festival and Poetry International which will go on sale at a later date. Hannah Gadsby: Douglas and Malorie Blackman: Crossfire are already on sale. For more information please visit the Southbank Centre website HERE.

Further Programme Detail


Southbank Centre expands its non-fiction programme this season with writers, thinkers and experts exploring key issues and topics in today’s society in London exclusive events. Science writer Richard Dawkins puts forward his argument for atheism as he discusses his new book Outgrowing God (QEH, 22 Sep)American cartoonist and creator of webcomic xkcd Randall Munroe presents his latest book, How To, offering audiences an entertaining insight into the science and technology behind the everyday (RFH, 7 Oct); journalist Malcolm Gladwell explores how and why we so often misread other people, discussing his new book Talking to Strangers (RFH, 25 Nov); acclaimed writer Will Self opens up about his drug addiction in the 1980s as he launches his new memoir Will (QEH, 9 Nov); psychotherapist and author Philippa Perry explores parenting in conversation with broadcaster Nihal Arthanayake as she discusses her bestselling The Book You Wish Your Parents Had Read (QEH, 19 Sep)and launching a new strand Reading the MindSouthbank Centre presents a special event chaired by journalist Christina Patterson with Costa Prize winning authors and qualified nurses Nathan Filer and Christie Watson in conversation together for the first time as they explore mental health through literature (PUR, 9 Sep).

TV personalities discuss their work and present new books. Documentary filmmaker Louis Theroux reflects on a weird, wonderful journey through two decades of groundbreaking television as he presents his new memoir (RFH, 25 Sep); and in London exclusive events, Queer Eye’s Antoni Porowski invites audiences to ask him questions on healthy living and eating as he celebrates the publication of his first cookbook, Antoni in the Kitchen (QEH, 25 Sep) and fellow chef and bestselling author Nadiya Hussain reflects on her life and roles as mother, Muslim, working woman and celebrity as she presents her brand new memoir Finding My Voice, in conversation with broadcaster and cultural commentator Emma Freud (RFH, 1 Dec).

The season also features appearances from some of today’s most entertaining comedians in London exclusive events. Acclaimed writer and director, and star of The IT Crowd, Richard Ayoade reflects on his award-winning films and comedy as he discusses his new book Ayoade on Top in conversation with fellow comedian, actor and director Adam Buxton (RFH, 5 Sep); cherished comedian and national treasure Lenny Henry takes the stage to share his long-awaited autobiography, Who Am I, Again?, reflecting on his early years and sudden rise to fame (RFH, 30 Sep); award-winning comedian Sara Pascoe explores what really matters to humans as she discusses her new book, Sex Power Money (QEH, 8 Sep)and following the success of Nanette, Tasmanian comedian Hannah Gadsby presents her new stand-up show Douglas for three performances in Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall (RFH, 25 Oct & two performances on 27 Oct).


Award-winning writers present new works of fiction in exclusive London events. Beloved Young Adult writer Malorie Blackman presents her long-awaited new novel in her Noughts and Crosses series, Crossfire (QEH, 8 Sep); renowned short-story writer Etgar Keret presents his new collection, Fly Already, in conversation with Associate Professor in English Literature at the University of Southampton, Devorah Baum (PUR, 3 Sep); and bestselling author of Everything I Never Told You and Little Fires Everywhere Celeste Ng makes her first London appearance following the publication of her acclaimed novels to discuss her work, in conversation with Southbank Centre Chief Executive Elaine Bedell (QEH, 6 Oct).


Out-Spoken, one of London’s premier poetry and live music nights, continues its year-long residency at Southbank Centre. Hosted by poet and founder of SLAMbassadors national youth slamJoelle Taylor and featuring the beats of DJ Sam 'Junior' Bromfield, the first of three live events sees poet and founder of Out-Spoken Anthony Anaxagorou take the stage alongside writer and visual artist Bobby Parker and legendary spoken-word artist Salena Godden and features music from Nigerian Afro Fusion musician Villy and singer-songwriter Azekel (PUR, 26 Sep). The second edition kicks off Poetry International with a stellar line up of poets to be announced (PUR, 17 Oct) and the third features Forward Prize winning poet Liz Berry, acclaimed Faber poet Zaffar Kunial and Ted Hughes Award winner Hollie McNish (PUR, 28 Nov). Three corresponding masterclasses open to anyone with an interest in poetry, are hosted by leading poets including internationally touring poet, playwright and performer Inua Ellams (SUN, 21 Sep; FOY, 12 Oct; FOY, 23 Nov).

Southbank Centre’s National Poetry Library presents a number of events and exhibitions across the season. National Poetry Library LatesSouthbank Centre’s series of poetry salons in the Hayward Gallery Cafe returns, showcasing performances and readings from today’s leading poets and emerging talent (HGC, 20 Nov). The National Poetry library also presents regular free exhibitions: Guernica Remakings displays new audio-visual responses to Picasso’s anti-war masterpiece and includes commissions from poets So Mayer and Richard Price embedded within the work (NPL, until 22 Sept); and the library marks the 30th anniversary of Samuel Beckett’s death with Library of the Unword, a new exhibition from South Korean artist Joo Yeon Park who has created new works in response to Beckett’s poems (NPL, 5 Dec - 29 Mar 2020). Further events at the library include A Homage to Raaz, an evening of readings and tribute to poet and founder of Survivors’ Poetry, Razz (NPL, 4 Sep); A Bargain with the Light which sees poet Jacqueline Saphra reflect on photos of and by photographer and war journalist Lee Miller (NPL, 2 Oct); and Beyond Imitation, a discussion examining poetry’s relationship with art featuring special guest speakers and poets Tammy Yoseloff, Claire Collison, Abegail Morley and Kathryn Maris who read from their work (NPL, 4 Dec).

To celebrate National Poetry Day on 3 October, Southbank Centre and The Poetry Society jointly present a range of poetry workshops and free performances, open to school pupils aged 7-11. Featured poets include Raymond Antrobus, Jade Cuttle, Dzifa Benson, Daljit Nagra, Young People’s Laureate for London Theresa Lola and winners of the Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award (CBR, 3 Oct).


The Booker Prize Readings are a major highlight of the literary calendar, and once again return to Southbank Centre, showcasing the authors shortlisted for the 2019 prize reading from their work, on the evening before the winner is announced (RFH, 13 Oct).

London’s leading LGBTQ+ literary salon, Polari, returns for three events this Autumn Season hosted by Polari founder and writer Paul Burston. The first takes place during London Literature Festival with line-up to be announced. The second marks its twelfth birthday and features BAFTA-winning screenwriter and TV producer Russell T Davies in conversation about his work including Queer as Folk and Years and Years (L5FR, 25 Nov) whilst the third is headlined by writer Lisa Jewell who reads from and discusses her new book The Family Upstairs (L5FR, 9 Dec).

As part of its 40th anniversary celebrations, the London Review of Books brings the acclaimed New York literary-music series Against the Grain to the UK for the first time in an exclusive event. The evening of readings, conversation, contemporary music and one-night-only collaboration features Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Paul Muldoon, Canadian poet and translator Anne Carson, American composer Nico Muhly and guests (QEH, 30 Oct).

The season additionally features discussions with contributors to new anthologies. Editor and activist Mariam Khan is in conversation with Salma El-Wardany, fellow contributor to a new collection It’s Not About the Burqa: Muslim Women on Faith, Feminism, Sexuality and Race exploring contemporary Muslim female experiences, alongside additional panellists to be announced (PUR, 7 Nov); artists and contributors to a new collection Smashing It: Working Class Artists on Life, Art and Making It Happen including poet and editor of the collection Sabrina Mahfouz and Southbank Centre Creative Director Madani Younis, who chairs the session, showcase and perform their work, offering tips and personal insights on how to make it into the arts (PUR, 23 Sep); and Brazilian British novelists Yara Rodrigues Fowler and Luzia Sauma as well as award-winning Argentine British poet Leo Boix, contributors to the first ever anthology of British Latinx writers, Un Nuevo Sol: British Latinx Writers, read from their work in an evening hosted by writer and publisher Nii Ayikwei Parkes, the founder of flipped eye publishing (L5FR, 19 Nov).


Continuing its education offer, alongside the monthly Out-Spoken poetry masterclasses, Southbank Centre presents a six-week poetry writing course How to Be a Person, led by poet Will Harris (25 Sep - 4 Dec) and acclaimed writer Courttia Newland leads a six-week creative writing course City Lights exploring the theme of urban metropolis (30 Oct - 11 Dec).


Southbank Centre's London Literature Festival returns for its thirteenth year this October (17th - 27th), bringing together today's leading writers, thinkers and cultural observers for 11 days of talks, readings, poetry and performance. This year's edition once again opens with Poetry International (17th - 20th), Southbank Centre's longest running festival, founded by former Poet Laureate Ted Hughes in 1967, with four days of poetry and performance from today's leading poets and spoken word artists from across the world. Previous London Literature Festival participants include Salman Rushdie, Akala, Margaret Atwood, Philip Pullman, Claudia Rankine, Carol Ann Duffy, Louis Theroux, Roger Daltrey, Chibundu Onuzo, Lauren Child, Juno Dawson, Nikesh Shukla, Joy Harjo, Terrance Hayes, Tom Hanks, Hillary Rodham Clinton and Sally Field. The programme for London Literature Festival and Poetry International 2019 will be announced in July.

The FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019 scores a new record for a women’s football competition

The FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019 has hit the halfway stage of the tournament and also a new record for total UK TV reach for a women’s football competition.

Surpassing the current record of 12.4m, which was set back in 2015 during the World Cup in Canada, the TV reach now stands at 17.2m ahead of the knockout phases making it the UK’s most viewed women’s football tournament on record.

This is one of the many highlights from an exciting competition that has also seen a record-breaking 6.1m tune in for England v Scotland, Australia’s three-goal comeback against Brazil, Marta becoming the all-time leading goal scorer at women’s or men’s World Cup and the emotional scenes that followed Thailand’s first-ever World Cup goal.

Highlights from the tournament so far:

  • Top five TV audience games: England v Scotland (6.1m), England v Argentina (5.4m), England v Japan (4.7m), France v South Korea (2.2m) and USA v Chile (2m)

  • England v Scotland (6.1m) is the most-watched women’s football game on UK TV with a further 494k online programme requests

  • Total audience reach during the group stage for live matches is 17.2m – compared to 12.4m for the whole tournament in 2015

  • Online audiences across BBC iPlayer and BBC Sport have seen a total of 6.2m live and on-demand programme requests for the group stage matches

  • Top five most requested matches across BBC iPlayer and BBC Sport were: England v Japan (623k), England v Argentina (523k) England v Scotland (494k), Scotland v Argentina (353k) and France v South Korea (201k).

  • Since the start of the tournament, BBC Sport online has received a total of 9.4m unique visitors so far to the Women’s World Cup section of the site

The BBC continues to provide live coverage of every game across TV, radio and online during the Round of 16 stage of the tournament:

Sunday 23 June

  • England v Cameroon (4.30pm, BBC One, BBC iPlayer and online)

  • France v Brazil (8pm, BBC Four, BBC iPlayer and online)

Monday 24 June

  • Spain v USA (5pm, BBC Two, BBC iPlayer and online)

  • Sweden v Canada (8pm, BBC iPlayer, Red Button and online)

Tuesday, June 25

  • Italy v China (5pm, BBC Two, BBC iPlayer and online)

  • Netherlands v Japan (8pm, BBC Four, BBC iPlayer and online)

Barbara Slater, Director of BBC Sport, says: “The interest in the Women’s World Cup so far has been incredible and viewers haven’t been short of daily entertainment as our teams have been working hard to deliver the best tournament to date to the millions that have followed the group stages. To set two new records - 17.2m current total reach and 6.1m for England v Scotland - in the opening weeks is extremely pleasing.”

USA Football’s 2019 Protection Tour kicks off its national schedule

Offering the fun and fitness of football to young athletes, USA Football’s 2019 Protection Tour kicks off its national schedule on June 23. The series of USA Football events, conducted in partnership with Riddell, delivers expert-driven football and player safety information to youth players, parents and coaches, including tackling fundamentals, concussion education and equipment fitting.

The 2019 Protection Tour encompasses six free, single-day summer events for approximately 2,000 youth players. Events will take place at NFL stadiums and practice facilities across the country, providing instruction on several components of USA Football’s nationally endorsed Heads Up Football program. The Protection Tour applies non-contact, age-appropriate drills in alignment with the Football Development Model for lifelong health and wellness through America’s favorite sport.

Youth football players, parents and coaches can learn more and register for free 2019 Protection Tour events at[Note: To register, participants need a USA Football account, which can be created at no cost at this link.]

“With support from Riddell, USA Football’s Protection Tour provides families with fun and dynamic football experiences while delivering better and smarter standards for young players,” USA Football CEO SCOTT HALLENBECK said. “Our Tour sites also feature exceptional football destinations, thanks to the community-minded generosity of NFL teams.”

“Riddell’s widespread work at the grassroots level includes the USA Football Protection Tour, which is an important initiative for us each summer,” Riddell President and CEO DAN ARMENT said. “Protection Tour creates a solid foundation for young athletes to experience the game in an exciting format, and central to the event, is collaborating to share information on proper equipment fitting and advancements in head protection.”

Riddell, the official protective equipment partner of USA Football, is a long-time supporter of USA Football’s programs and initiatives. Riddell assists the independent non-profit as it awards more than $1.5 million in grants to youth and high school programs annually.

USA Football, the sport’s national governing body and a member of the U.S. Olympic Committee, trains more high school and youth football coaches combined than any organization in the United States.

2019 USA Football Protection Tour Schedule of Events (all times local):

Date Time Host City Location

June 23 12 to 3 p.m. Philadelphia Eagles Philadelphia, Pa. NovaCare Complex

June 28 5 to 8 p.m. San Francisco 49ers Santa Clara, Calif. Levi’s Stadium

July 27 . 12 to 3 p.m. Los Angles Chargers Costa Mesa, Calif. Hoag Performance Center

Aug. 10 6 to 9 p.m. New York Giants East Rutherford, N.J. MetLife Stadium

TBD TBD Indianapolis Colts Indianapolis, Ind. Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center

TBD TBD Minnesota Vikings TBD TBD

019 USA Football Protection Tour event components:

Shoulder tackling

Clinicians teach youth players and coaches proper tackling technique. Shoulder Tackling is designed to reduce helmet contact for fundamentally sound and safer play.

Equipment fitting

Players, parents and coaches participate in an interactive session, led by a Riddell equipment fitting expert, to learn how to properly fit a player’s helmet. Players may also bring their own helmet and receive a personalized fitting by Riddell.

Learn the fundamentals

Athletes participate in a fun and dynamic seven-part rotation of non-contact football drills to advance fitness and physical literacy.

Concussion recognition and response

Parents take part in an educational seminar on Centers for Disease Control and Prevention concussion recognition and response protocols.

Special guest appearances

Past and present NFL coaches and players participate at Tour stop to meet parents and young players.

About USA Football: USA Football designs and delivers premier educational, developmental and competitive programs to advance, unify and grow the sport. As the sport’s national governing body, member of the U.S. Olympic Committee and organizer of the U.S. National Team program for international competition, USA Football partners with leaders in medicine, child advocacy and athletics to support positive football experiences for youth, high school and other amateur players.

About Riddell: Riddell is a premier designer and developer of football helmets, protective sports equipment, head impact monitoring technologies, apparel and related accessories. A recognized leader in helmet technology and innovation, Riddell is the leading manufacturer of football helmets and shoulder pads, and a top provider of reconditioning services (cleaning, repairing, repainting and recertifying existing equipment). For more information, visit our website at, like the Riddell Facebook page, or follow Riddell on Instagram and Twitter @RiddellSports.

Under Armour becomes the title sponsor of Annual Multi-Day Trail Race TransRockies

TransRockies Run is a trail running stage race also known as “Summer Camp for Big Kids.” Under Armour becomes the title sponsor beginning with the 2019 event this August.

A three or six-day stage race traversing the continental divide between Buena Vista and Beaver Creek, the route covers 120 miles through the spectacular Colorado Rockies with stunning fourteener views all along the route. At the end of each stage, runners gather in camp to recover, socialize and celebrate. Fully supported with tents, luggage service, mobile shower truck, catered meals and massage. TransRockies Run is a running vacation where memories and friendships are made that last a lifetime. With a capacity of only 350 runners, the event sells out every year.

“Under Armour is proud to sponsor of one of the trail running community's most anticipated adventure races of the summer,” said Topher Gaylord, General Manager of Under Armour Run. “We look forward to uniting UA trail athletes and urban run crews with the tight knit community of runners that TransRockies Run draws. There will be no shortage of camaraderie, scenery or mileage on this weeklong adventure in the mountains.”

“We’re thrilled to be working with Under Armour,” said TransRockies Run president, Aaron McConnell. “As a global leader in technical performance athletic apparel, Under Armour is a perfect fit for TransRockies Run. It’s the ultimate proving ground for gear that offers optimal performance and comfort even in the harshest conditions. This partnership will allow TransRockies and Under Armour to provide even greater support to the trail runners who take on the challenge of crossing the Rockies.”

Stop Cyberbullying Day 2019 Encourages Kindness And Inclusion Online

Stop Cyberbullying Day 2019 is bringing together internet users, brands, influencers and governments around the world to encourage and promote a truly inclusive internet for all.

Following the success of the 2018 event which reached over 101 million internet users and was supported by 750 influencers and brands including Zoella, Normani, Stephen Fry, ESL, Twitter, WWE and Claire’s - Stop Cyberbullying Day 2019 is anticipated to exceed last year’s social impact with a host of global events planned throughout the day.

Activities will run for the next 24 hours to raise awareness of cyberbullying and online abuse, while encouraging people to be kind online. Live events, initiatives and campaigns will take place across all five continents of the world and will be promoted on most of the major social media platforms including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.

“We are truly grateful to have had the opportunity to coordinate Stop Cyberbullying Day 2019. It is a fantastic day for internet users, educators, brands, governments and influencers to lead the way and set the right example for the future of the internet,” said Scott Freeman, CEO, The Cybersmile Foundation.

“Stop Cyberbullying Day is a reminder that we’ve made a lot of progress in combating cyberbullying and digital abuse - but there’s more work to be done,” said Laura D. Lewandowski, Chief Policy Officer, The Cybersmile Foundation. “Through the great work and research underway with our partners, we will continue to make strides towards a safer, more inclusive internet experience for all!”

In the build-up to the day, schools around the world have been encouraging children of all ages to create anti-bullying artwork and banners that will be shared on and offline throughout Stop Cyberbullying Day.

Pope Francis will launch from the Vatican, a special 24-hour Stop Cyberbullying Day telecast to bring together thought leaders from around the world to discuss all aspects of online civility.

How to get involved

Internet users, brands, organisations and governments are encouraged to show their commitment to a truly inclusive internet by creating positive content and sharing messages of support and kindness on social media using the #STOPCYBERBULLYINGDAY hashtag.

Stop Cyberbullying Day 2019 lineup

Activities to support and promote the day will take place both on and offline. Some of the planned events include:

24-hour live telecast

A 24-hour live telecast will be launched with Cybersmile’s partner Scholas Occurrentes Foundation, bringing Stop Cyberbullying Day to a network of 500,000 schools around the world, with teachers, parents and children taking part in fun activities throughout the day both on and offline. A live conference as well as public service announcements will be broadcast during the Stop Cyberbullying Day live telecast, with thought leaders in health, science and education discussing all aspects of online civility. The broadcast will stream live on Facebook and YouTube where people can interact and leave comments.

Interactive Billboard campaign across the UK

Across major cities in the UK, digital screens in London, Manchester, Leeds, Liverpool, Glasgow and Birmingham will display social media messages that challenge passersby to think about their own tone online, and to encourage them to consider kinder alternatives. Social media messages will be displayed on interactive digital screens at key sites including London’s Leicester Square and Manchester’s Printworks, which will then transform in real time into alternative messages of kindness - encouraging more thoughtful actions and comments when interacting online.

Celebrity and influencer videos

Celebrities and influencers from around the world including Instagram stars Paige Spiranac and Chessie King will be publishing exclusive Stop Cyberbullying Day videos on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and Twitter with messages of support and empowerment.

Stop Cyberbullying Day exclusive interviews

Throughout Stop Cyberbullying Day, interviews with thought leaders, public figures and influencers will be published exclusively on the Cybersmile website. These expert interviews will explore all aspects of social media, online behaviours and digital civility.

Creative awareness campaign with One Minute Briefs

A Stop Cyberbullying Day digital poster contest will be launched online by the One Minute Briefs creative community that will task designers around the world to create and share on social media impactful posters relating to the dangers and effects of cyberbullying.

Gaming initiatives

Gamers around the world will be broadcasting livestreams to promote kindness and inclusion within their communities.

Popular game MovieStarPlanet will encourage players across 16 countries to participate in special Stop Cyberbullying Day activities introduced in-game. The game has over 400 million registered users and is running a Stop Cyberbullying Day themed contest to promote kindness with the winning player receiving a month of VIP access to the game’s premium features.

Exclusive giveaways

The Cybersmile Foundation will launch a number of exclusive giveaways throughout the day with opportunities for people to win signed and one-off prizes from global brands and celebrities including Normani, Zoella and Rimmel London.

Public and influencer engagement with the #STOPCYBERBULLYINGDAY hashtag

Social media posts including videos, tweets, selfies and memes will be shared throughout the day by brands, organisations, governments, schools, public figures and internet users. Posts will include the #STOPCYBERBULLYINGDAY hashtag.


Every 3rd Friday in June, Stop Cyberbullying Day welcomes a host of international stars, thought leaders, educational institutions, governments and brands who share their inspiring content and messages on social media to help others who have been affected by cyberbullying and online harassment.

The day encourages people from around the world to show their commitment toward a truly inclusive and diverse online environment for all, without fear of personal threats, harassment or abuse. Internet users can participate on the day by sharing messages of support and empowerment using the #STOPCYBERBULLYINGDAY hashtag on social media.


The Cybersmile Foundation is a multi-award-winning nonprofit organisation committed to tackling all forms of digital abuse and bullying online. They work to promote kindness and inclusion by building a safer, more positive digital community and encouraging people to realise their full potential without the fear of ridicule and abuse.

Through education and the promotion of positive digital citizenship, The Cybersmile Foundation reduces incidents of cyberbullying and provides professional help and support services to children and adults around the world.



7 essential survival tips to keep you high and dry

Pitch your tent uphill

Since rain flows downwards, we suggest pitching your tent on a hill – you don’t want to be in the midst of a mass tent submersion.

Identify some landmarks after setting up your camp

You may be one of the very first people to arrive on site but soon enough your crazy coloured tent won't be standing out quite as much as you thought it would. Find out what area you are in so you can ask for directions and try to locate some landmarks - a unique flag or memorable tree will do.

Another portable charger

Since one is never enough. You’ll never be able to keep track of your friends, and you’ll want to document all those ‘moments’, so pack accordingly.

A small, but carefully chosen, selection of medicines

  1. Painkillers.

  2. Rehydration sachets – they’re the ultimate hangover cure.

  3. A pack of plasters – you never know when you might need one.

Bin bags

You’ll need an entire roll. You’ll be needing them for your rubbish when you pack at the end of the festival, and not only that they are really handy for using as a makeshift doormat for muddy boots and added waterproof should you need it.

Pack appropriate snacks

Since food is obviously a necessity, it’s always best to pack some essential dry snacks such as crisps or cereal bars. Nairn’s can be a great tasting snack on-the-go snack especially for those that are gluten free or vegan.

 RRP: 75p, Waitrose

 Bring a disposable camera. 

You don’t want to risk losing or breaking an expensive camera so opt for a disposable one to keep track of the lasting memories

The Running Boom may be Reversing

The most comprehensive study of the Copenhagen Marathon, over the last six years, released today from Runnerclick reveals new insights about differences in runners in different age groups and gender.

Analyzing more than 40,000+ running records over the last six years, for the Copenhagen Marathon, the data reveals surprising findings including the decrease in the younger generation, while the older generation increases in participation.

Credit: Stage 7 Photography

The age group 60-69 has increased the most in age participation (64.8%) over the last six years, which also reveals that the age group 0-19 has had the highest decrease in participation.

Another surprising finding was that the women runners have increased their participation by over 27% while the men have only increased by 7%. The total increase between genders is 11.6%.

Credit: Mārtiņš Zemlickis

Credit: Mārtiņš Zemlickis

A breakdown of the stand out data can be found here, on RunnerClick.

About RunnerClick:

RunnerClick is a website dedicated to running and overall fitness, providing help-content and reviews on all things needed for running and other fitness activities.

BBC providing Wimbledon coverage of all 18 courts in HD live for the first time ever

Wimbledon 2019 begins on 1 July, with the BBC bringing unmissable coverage across TV, radio and digital platforms once again.

Coverage of the prestigious tournament will come from a top class talent line-up and extensive multi-platform offerings to provide audiences with analysis from the best in the sport, alongside behind-the-scenes access from the court.

BBC / Jonathan Ford

BBC Sport’s digital service at Wimbledon will be larger than ever this year. The BBC’s ultra-high definition trials are being expanded this year, so that viewers with compatible TVs will be able to watch every centre court match in UHD and high dynamic range on BBC iPlayer and by pressing the red button. And for the first time ever, every match from all 18 courts will be available live and on-demand on BBC iPlayer and on the BBC Sport website and app. All broadcast programmes will be available for 30 days.

Sue Barker (pictured) leads duties across BBC One and BBC Two throughout The Championships.

Sue will be joined by a host of former Wimbledon champions including John McEnroe, Martina Navratilova, Boris Becker, Billie Jean King and Pat Cash, who head up a top-class line-up that also includes Tracy Austin, Kim Clijsters and Tim Henman.

Today At Wimbledon sees Clare Balding in the presenter seat for the highlights show, which comes live from the open air studio by Henman Hill daily on BBC Two. Clare will guide viewers through the best of the day’s action and discuss the major talking points, as the tournament unfolds, with a host of special guests.

BBC / Jonathan Ford

BBC / Jonathan Ford

Commentary comes from Vijay Amritraj, Chris Bradnam, James Burridge, Andrew Castle, Matt Chilton, Andrew Cotter, Annabel Croft, Nick Lester, Todd Woodbridge, Jo Durie, Peter Fleming, Paul Hand, John Inverdale, John Lloyd, Dan Lobb, Ronald McIntosh, David Mercer, Nick Mullins, Peter Odgers, Mark Petchey, Louise Pleming, Simon Reed, Chanda Rubin, Gigi Salmon, Sam Smith, Liz Smylie and Mel South. Lee McKenzie, Rishi Persad, Reshmin Chowdhury, Patrick Gearey and Simon Mundiebring the reports and features.

Gigi Salmon and Tony Livesey host the extensive coverage on Radio 5 Live, with expert analysis from former Wimbledon champions Marion Bartoli and Pat Cash. They will be joined by Kim Clijsters, Laura Robson, Leon Smith, Chanda Rubin, Annabel Croft, Miles Maclagan, Mark Woodforde and Jeff Tarango. John McEnroe returns to present his 5 Live show each Thursday of the tournament, speaking to big names from tennis and beyond, with listeners also getting the chance to have their say. 5 Live’s commentary team is led by tennis correspondent Russell Fuller, along with Gigi Salmon, David Law, Naomi Cavaday, Jonathan Overend, Iain Carter, and Alastair Eykyn.

The BBC Sport website, mobile app and TV app, will offer all the latest news, analysis, draws, order of play, live scores and results plus highlights, full match replays and video clips throughout The Championships.

Sports News will also be reporting daily from Wimbledon. The comprehensive coverage will start from 6am on BBC Breakfast, with presenters Sally Nugent and Mike Bushell presenting the sports bulletins from the All England Club, with weather presenter Carol Kirkwood keeping the nation posted on the all-important weather during the Championships.

Correspondents David Ornstein, Natalie Pirks and Andy Swiss will be reporting for Network TV and Radio, including for the One, Six and Ten O’Clock News, as well as Radio 4’s PM and 6pm programmes. Sports News presenter John Watson will be fronting the coverage for the BBC News Channel’s sports output including the daily half hour 6.30pm Sportsday programme. Holly Hamilton will be anchoring the coverage for BBC World TV Sport.

The World Service Radio Sport team will report from the All England Club, with presenter Lee James anchoring the daily coverage alongside Chris Dennis each day on Sport Today and at weekends Sportsworld will feature live commentary and player interviews.

Barbara Slater, Director of BBC Sport, says: "Wimbledon is the centrepiece event of the sporting calendar and it will be brilliant to welcome back our unrivalled team of experts this year alongside some new faces. The BBC’s offering this year will bring our audiences exceptional coverage and bring them closer to the court action than ever before."

John McEnroe: Still Rocking At 60 sees Sue Barker present a one-off special for BBC One to celebrate the 60th birthday of the man who took the world of tennis by storm. Sue travels to New York to meet his childhood friends and family, as well greatest rival and close friend Bjorn Borg, to find out more about the man who at 60, is still competing and is the oldest man on tour.

Festival First Aid

Festival season is upon us once again. If you’re planning to dig out your wellies and dust off your tent for some fun in a field, make sure you pack the ultimate first aid multi-tasker!

Insect Bites and Stings

Going back to nature and partying in the great outdoors can be fun but pesky insects can rock up to ruin the party. Take the sting and itch out of insect bites by applying directly to the skin or for more sensitive skin, add a few drops to carrier oil and apply.

Sore Throat

If the singing has taken its toll and you can feel tingle of a sore throat coming on, mix 2-3 drops into a glass of warm water, and gargle with it to help fight infection and soothe inflammation, whilst helping to ease pain.

Sore Muscles

After your friends see how useful your trusty bottle of tea tree is you might struggle keeping hold of it, but keep it safe for when you return as it will be great to relax your body when you’re all danced out. The anti-inflammatory properties can help soothe sore muscles. Add 10 drops, along with a large handful of Epsom salts, to a warm bath and soak for 30 minutes

Keeping the tent clean

Fill a spray bottle with 15-20 drops of tea tree oil and the rest of the bottle with water. Use this to keep your tent spic and span and smelling fresh.


If you’ve been lucky with the weather but haven’t kept your sun protection topped up, add a few drops of tea tree oil to coconut oil or aloe vera gel to soothe and calm sunburn.

Spots and Blemishes

You’ve planned your festival fashion perfectly but a dread spot arrives to ruin your flawless make-up? Fear not, tea tree oil is a natural antibacterial that can improve the appearance of skin blemishes. Just dab on to the affected area with a clean cotton bud.

Cuts and Grazes

Over enthusiastic dancing resulted in a tumble? Don’t worry! A natural, antibacterial essential oil, it is safe to use on open cuts. It even has a slightly anaesthetic effect!

Thursday Plantation is the World’s number 1 Tea Tree oil brand and Australia’s original tea tree oil. The plantation was the first to emerge in the world nearly 40 years ago, pioneering quality standards to create this most effective 100% tea tree oil that is traceable from tree to bottle.

Distilled from especially selected Melaleuca altnernifolia leaves, a plant native to the coastal regions of Northern South Wales and south eastern Queensland, Australia, this 100% pure and naturally sourced antibacterial liquid is your multi-tasking must have in a bottle!

Thursday Plantation’s Tea Tree Oil 100% Pure RRP (£9.99 for 25ml bottle) is nature’s powerful antibacterial medicine kit in a bottle. This tiny bottle will combine the work of many of the other products that will take up valuable space in your bag. Tea Tree Oil is a powerful, natural antibacterial, which inhibits a broad spectrum of bacteria to cleanse and protect skin abrasions and blemishes, calm insect bites, and even soothe sunburn if the sun does happen to shine.

10 weird and wonderful yoga events across the UK this summer

Eventbrite reveals demand for all kinds of yoga has risen dramatically on their platform, with yogis seeking everything from rave, hip hop and reggae yoga to shavasanas with goats and even a pint of beer - as the big smoke beats New York, LA and San Francisco to be crowned Number 1 for yoga events in world.

Research conducted by Eventbrite, has revealed the UK is the Yoga capital of the World, beating New York, LA and San Francisco.

AS YOGIS all over the world gear up to celebrate International Yoga Day (Friday 21st June) new data from events and technology platform Eventbrite reveals London is the capital of yoga. In 2018 alone, yoga teachers across London hosted more than 2,000 events on the platform - more than in both New York (1,100 events) and LA (700 events) combined - as Londoners cite the practise helps them to release tension and feel happy.

And London isn’t the only UK city following a path of zen, data from the site reports a total of more than 6,000 yoga events were held across the country in 2018 - nearly triple the number of events compared to 2016 where just over 2,000 were staged.  

Globally the picture is even greater. Since the beginning of 2014, more than 120,000 yoga events have been listed on Eventbrite by yoga fans around the world prompting over three million tickets to be issued.  With just over 3,000 yoga events listed globally on the platform in 2014 to over 40,000 in 2018, sparking a massive 1400% growth over the five year period. 

What's more, there’s now a yoga event for just about everyone, as seasoned yogis and beginners seek out different themed classes to fulfill their passions and hobbies. Specialist classes now range from animal yoga for pet lovers, to reggae yoga for music fans, there’s even beer, rave and art yoga for the more experimental.


Yin Yoga Mini-Retreat and International Yoga Day Celebration

Sunday 23rd June, Vauxhall, London - tickets available on Eventbrite from £16.58

Celebrate International Yoga Day (and the Summer Solstice) with two hours of relaxing yin yoga by Charlie Yoga. The ultimate in relaxation, this mini retreat will release tension, and centre the body through meditation, yin poses and deeply soothing breathing techniques.

Goat Yoga

Saturday 29th June, 27th July, 17th August, 7th September, Dartington - tickets available on Eventbrite from £16

Find your zen inner kid with this truly therapeutic work out for the mind, body and soul. All abilities welcome, indulge in a full hour of practising animal-themed asanas, whilst surrounded by an adorable flock of curious baby goats joining in with your downward dog! An experience to tick off your bucket list, for sure!

Yoga Nidra

Saturday 29th June, Hackney, London - tickets available on Eventbrite from £16.31

Stress and burnout don’t go well together, but thanks to Zimbayoga’s -  sleep yoga or “Yoga Nidra” - you’ll be able to ensure your body is well rested and relaxed in no time. A great stress buster and deep relaxation in one! Feel yourself drift into a deep one hour sleep as you’re guided through the flow to a limber meditative state where your unconscious really gets to work. A yoga for the mind - perfect for improving your memory, sparking your creative edge and getting in touch with your inner psyche.

Stand-up Paddleboarding Yoga

Saturday 22nd June, Portsmouth, London - tickets available on Eventbrite from £25

What could be better than breathing in the fresh sea air whilst performing yoga against the backdrop of the South Coast Wake Park? Practising on a paddle board, that’s what! This unique class will help you strengthen your core and deepen your focus while balancing on a 10-foot paddle board. Connect to your inner chakras and enjoy nature in this fun variation of yoga. Make sure to bring a towel and a change of clothes! 

Disco Yoga

Thursday 27th June and Thursday 25th July, Islington, London - tickets available on Eventbrite from £13

Get groovy and go back in time with some disco yoga by Yeh Yoga. Lead by disco yoga queen Emily, expect to share in a playful and creative sequence with beginners and seasoned yogis alike, to an incredible soundtrack of your favourite 70s disco sounds. Located inside the Crabtree and Evelyn Islington Townhouse, you could even buy some beautiful fragrances and perfumes to freshen up with afterwards.

Poses & Pints Yoga

Friday 28th June, 26th July, 23rd August, Eastleigh - tickets available on Eventbrite from £13

Enjoy a relaxing yoga class immersed in of all places - a brewery!  That’s because after the omms and downward dogs, event-goers are invited to enjoy a pint of ale or chill and unwind with a glass of wine after the class.     

Silent Disco Yoga and Summer Solstice Fire Ceremony

Friday 21st June, High Wycombe - tickets available on Eventbrite from £30

Let the official start of summer begin! With soothing and silent disco yoga, you’ll be able to hear class instructions with no distractions and fully engage in your practise - along with a perfectly curated playlist to really elevate your session. You can also shed any bad habits and set new goals as part of the class's cool fire ritual to celebrate IYD.

Hip Hop Yoga

Monday 24th June, Bournemouth - tickets available on Eventbrite from £15

Are you the kind of yogi who finds regular classes a little slow-paced? Perhaps you like working out to a more upbeat soundtrack to get your blood pumping - then this is the yoga class for you! Hosted by Jimmy’s Iced Coffee, Hip Hop Yoga is exactly what it says on the tin - a perfect blend of classic hip hop beats and powerful, energetic yoga poses.           

Chair Yoga

Tuesday 18th June, 25th June, Stirling, Scotland - register for free on Eventbrite

Fed up of all that lying around on the floor? Or perhaps you haven’t quite managed balancing on one leg yet? Then fear not - chair yoga is officially a thing! Suitable for all abilities, find your zen through an engaging combination of mindfulness practice and effective range of stretches and adaptations of all your favourite poses. Eliminate stress and improve your posture - all from the comfort of your seat!

Laughter Yoga

Tuesday 25th June, Liverpool - register for free through Eventbrite

Who knew the secret to good wellbeing was having a good laugh? Laughter Leader Sarah Kay did. Laughter yoga sessions combine deep breathing used in yoga and laughter exercises to lower stress levels, increase immunity, well-being and better sleep. No humour needed - just eye contact, movement and a willingness to try is all you need to see the laughter flow freely. If your classic yoga classes aren’t doing it for you, this is definitely one for you!

Are We A Nation Of ‘eco-worriers’

A new study released today shows that 32 per cent of 11 to 16 year olds believe no issue is more important than the environment and air pollution in the UK.

As a result, 64 per cent of children have decided to make fundamental lifestyle changes in a bid to help save the planet. Far from the stereotypical ‘slacktivism’ critique, the survey by National Citizen Service (NCS) reveals that youth today are no longer bothered by traditional rites of passage, with ten per cent saying they won't bother learning to drive, while 20 per cent have already given up meat and 15 per cent are turning vegan.

In addition, 87 per cent of secondary school children have already made changes in the last year in a bid to combat climate change. Nearly half - 43 per cent - have stopped using plastic straws, 11 per cent have stopped using aerosols, eight per cent no longer eat at big chain restaurants like McDonalds and 11 per cent have given up taking baths or long showers in a bid to save water.


  1. Plastic bags (45%) and Plastic straws (43%)

  2. Bottled water (25%)

  3. Meat (20%)

  4. Leaving tech on standby (15%)

  5. Taking baths or long showers (11%)

  6. Aerosols (11%)

  7. Face wipes or single use cotton pads (11%)

  8. Fast Fashion (10%)

  9. Dairy products (9%)

  10. Eating at big chain restaurants like McDonalds (8%)

With young people clearly leading the charge for change, Adam Boita, Director of Brand Marketing at NCS - a three to four week summer programme which helps 16-17 year olds gain confidence, build life skills and become more active citizens in their communities, said: “It’s no surprise that the environment and air pollution top the list of concerns for young people, and it’s heartening to see so many have made fundamental lifestyle changes to help save the planet.

“Our research highlights that young people are already making strides towards saving our planet with their daily choices, and we look forward to seeing tens of thousands of teens making an even bigger impact through their social action project on NCS this summer.”

The research found that many young people admit they are frustrated by their parents' lack of interest and action when it comes to environmental issues. Five per cent say their parents aren't at all interested in the effects of climate change and 54 per cent complain that they're only 'a little bit concerned'. 

As a result, most urge their mums and dads to make changes - but often to no avail. Nearly half of parents and guardians confess their children have asked them to make changes to save the planet which they have not made. Nine per cent say they've simply ignored all their requests and 35 per cent admit they've only implemented some.


To date, over 12 and a half million hours of social action have been donated by NCS participants, with many projects being environmentally-focussed in their local communities. One such group led the charge by creating a giant moss wall on the most polluted road in their home town of Exeter, in a bid to tackle high pollution.

NCS graduate, Finn Lowther, 17, from Exeter, said: “Taking part in NCS gave me the tools to make a difference – I’ve always been concerned about the environment, and the programme connected me with other young people in my area so that we could develop ideas for change together.

“We noticed that one road in our area was particularly busy, so decided to plant a moss wall alongside it to help combat emissions. I never would have thought to do this alone, but NCS allowed our team to develop a bigger idea that would make a tangible difference.” 

More than 500,000 young people have experienced a summer of fun, adventure and social action with NCS. There are still places available for 16 to 17 year olds to take part in this once in a lifetime opportunity. To find out more and book, go to

About NCS 

NCS is a government backed programme established in 2011 to help build a more cohesive, mobile and engaged society. By bringing together young people from different backgrounds for a unique shared experience, NCS helps them to become better individuals, and in turn better citizens. 

NCS is open to 16 and 17-year-olds across England and Northern Ireland. The two to four-week programme, which takes place in school holidays, includes outdoor team-building exercises, a residential for participants to learn ‘life skills’, a community-based social action project and an end of programme celebration event.

To date:

  • Almost 500,000 young people have taken part

  • Twelve and a half million hours of community action have been completed

  • For every £1 spent, NCS’ 2016 summer programme delivered between £1.15 and £2.42 of benefits back to society

It costs participants just £50 or less to take part in NCS and bursaries are available on a case by case basis. Support is provided for young people with additional needs.

To find out more visit

Visit NCS social media platforms on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

About NCS Trust

National Citizen Service Trust is a not-for-profit organisation incorporated by Royal Charter and established to shape, support, champion and lead a thriving National Citizen Service.

National Citizen Service Trust is registered in England and Wales with Royal Charter Body number RC000894. Our registered office is at The Pembroke Building, Kensington Village, Avonmore Road, London, W14 8DG.

To learn more about NCS Trust visit them on LinkedIn

Adidas Creates A New Innovation For Urban Runners

Adidas has engineered Boost HD for more stability with the same unrivalled energy return and comfort. It’s a new expression of the best.

Sitting lower to the ground, Pulseboost HD is ready for the unexpected. A sudden stop, juke or quick change in direction on a busy city street is not a problem with a completely new package of performance benefits for runners.

  • Boost HD is engineered for more stability with the same best-in-class comfort and energy return— a new expression of the best.

  • Continental ™ Adaptive Traxion is a new Continental ™ Rubber outsole developed by artificial intelligence, giving maximum grip to quickly change direction on any surface, dry or wet.

  • Adapt Knit is a new flexible upper that stretches where you need it.

Stephan Schneider, Sr. Product Manager, adidas Running, said: “Running in a city is unlike running anywhere else. Traffic, lights and crowds make for a unique experience—high challenges that come with high reward. We wanted to create something that was born from urban runners. Their infrastructure. Their inspirations. Their energy.

To create Pulseboost HD , we started by breaking down the elements of running in a city, namely position of the foot. For example, runners are more on their forefoot than midfoot. We then used computational design and, most importantly, insight from key urban runners to create Pulseboost HD . This isn’t a product made by adidas, it is a shoe created by urban running culture.”

To highlight the design and collaboration story, the shoe features the GPS coordinates for New York , Paris and Berlin , where runners from each city helped develop Pulseboost HD .

In partnership with Spotify, adidas put a QR code on the tongue that links directly to a custom playlist based on where you are in the world, ensuring every runner is ready to move. Scan the code with a mobile device to launch Spotify and unlock an exclusive playlist.

The limited-edition monochrome colorway will be available at, via the adidas app on June 20, followed by the worldwide release of the additional colorways on June 27 for $140.

GET READY FOR MORE BOOST: The release of Boost HD is just the beginning. adidas is gearing up to celebrate the legacy of its culturally iconic footwear innovation. Come July, the world will be invited to fall in love all over again with the feeling that with Boost on your feet, you can take on anything.

Sign up for more information at Follow the conversation on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter and using #Boost and @adidasrunning.

Don’t Let Your Fear Of Flying Ground You This Summer

More people will travel the skies this summer than ever before, an aviation trade group said in a recent study. Airlines for America said it expects nearly 260 million travelers will fly U.S. airlines this summer.

And even with those statistics, as many as 25% of all air passengers suffer some nervousness about flying and remain grounded due to fear. The most extreme sufferers have a condition called Aviaphobia, where the mere thought of air travel causes them to shudder.

How can people break this cycle and see the skies as “friendly?” We turned to NYC Neuropsychologist Dr. Sanam Hafeez, who discusses what people can do to prepare themselves to fly as well as during flight to prevent anxiety/panic.

Develop some knowledge of flying- Read a book called, “Ask the Pilot: Everything You Need to Know about Air Travel.” By Patrick Smith. People are afraid when they don’t’ understand what is happening to the plane and why. What do certain noises mean? Why does the wings flap in flight? Can turbulence cause the plane to crash?  What's wind shear - and can it really rip the wings off a plane? How does a plane get off the ground? Why does the plane sometimes bump, jig, and turn at a high angle during climb out? Flying is statistically the safest form of transportation. It is far more mysterious to most than driving a car. By educating yourself through a consumer-friendly book written by a pilot, this will help to ease your fear and take some of your power back.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy- This is a form of therapy, also known as (CBT) If you change your thoughts, you can change your response and behavior. Addressing general anxiety can reduce the intensity during triggering moments, like being on a plane. The therapist may suggest exposure therapy, where your first assignment is to drive to the airport and walk into the terminal. The second assignment might be to take the shortest flight possible from your home with a trusted friend or loved one. The third time might involve a longer flight alone until the fear is de-escalated and flying begins to feel “normal.” This type of “practice” is known as exposure therapy.

Attend a Fear of Flying Clinic- There are online courses such as There are also more tactile in-person groups such as  Fear of Flying Clinic has provided intensive therapy to familiarize anxious travelers with the airborne experience. Founded in 1976 and based at San Francisco International Airport, Fear of Flying Clinic includes 24 hours of instruction spread over two weekends. It involves a licensed behavioral therapist to teach coping mechanisms, as well as lectures from airline pilots, flight attendants, mechanics, and air traffic controllers. Participants also familiarize themselves with the cockpit, control tower, and maintenance facility.


Like any phobia, a fear of flying is rooted in your subconscious. You may have had a traumatic experience, watched a plane crash or saw a movie that disturbed you.  Whatever the cause, your mind is trying to protect you. It thinks that flying is dangerous. Thus, fear is created to warn you away from flying. To conquer your fear, you must address it. Hypnosis finds out what triggers that fear in your subconscious. Over time, a hypnotist helps to reprogram the mind so that you are no longer afraid. Your mind relearns positive truths about flying. As a result, you can escape from your long-held fear. 

Monitor Your Media Intake

This may seem like a no-brainer, but it’s worth mentioning: Avoid airplane disaster movies, news coverage of plane crashes, or other scary media images. Remember that the vast majority of flights arrive safely, but only the problem flights make the news. Don’t let that skew your impressions of flying.

How to Avoid Anxiety and Panic When Are Airborne

Talk to the Senior Flight Attendant Before you Board- Ask to board early by telling the gate attendant that you suffer from fear of flying and wish to talk to the flight attendant in the pre-boarding phase. They are accustomed to dealing with nervous fliers. Explain your fears to him/her. Perhaps it is take off that concerns you the most, or maybe it turbulence or landing. Tell them your seat number and ask if they could come and check on you during the inflight times that are most concerning to you. If you are traveling alone and your seatmate seems friendly, perhaps you could ask them to engage you in conversation during take-off to keep your mind off things during this phase of the flight. Strangers can be surprisingly nice inflight.

Bring an Inflight “Tool Kit” Distraction is key to staying out of fear/panic. In your carry- on, pack crossword puzzles, coloring books, download books or movies that are “light.” Do not watch or read anything that includes topics of murder, terrorists, plane crashes, fires, death, or anything that can trigger fear. Anything you are reading or listening to, or watching should conjure pleasant thoughts.

Brain games are great because they keep your mind occupied, and that is the goal. The last thing you want is to be clutching your seat handles waiting for every little air pocket.  While you are at it, skip the inflight coffee or Diet Coke. The last thing you need is caffeine to make you jittery.

 Progressive Muscle Relaxation- In progressive muscle relaxation, you tense a group of muscles as you breathe in, and you relax them as you breathe out. You work on your muscle groups in a specific order. When your body is physically relaxed, you cannot feel anxious. Practicing progressive muscle relaxation for a few weeks will help you get better at this skill, and in time, you will be able to use this method to relieve stress. You can use an audio recording to help you focus on each muscle group, or you can learn the order of muscle groups and do the exercises from memory. Choose a place where you won't be interrupted and where you can lie down on your back and stretch out comfortably, such as a carpeted floor. Breathe in, and tense the first muscle group (hard but not to the point of pain or cramping) for 4 to 10 seconds.

Benzodiazepines- If your fear is really intense and you have discussed this with your psychiatrist, they might feel it appropriate to prescribe you a low dose of a benzodiazepines such as Klonopin or Ativan which work very quickly to calm intense anxiety or panic. These medications are habit forming, so it is best to use them only in extreme situations of panic when you are faced with a phobic situation. Remember not to mix them with alcohol. Sometimes just knowing they are there as a "rescue" can make the phobic person feel better.

About the Doctor:

Dr. Sanam Hafeez PsyD is an NYC based licensed clinical psychologist, teaching faculty member at the prestigious Columbia University Teacher’s College and the founder and Clinical Director of Comprehensive Consultation Psychological Services, P.C. a neuropsychological, developmental and educational center in Manhattan and Queens. Dr. Hafeez masterfully applies her years of experience connecting psychological implications to address some of today’s common issues such as body image, social media addiction, relationships, workplace stress, parenting and psychopathology (bipolar, schizophrenia, depression, anxiety, etc…). In addition, Dr. Hafeez works with individuals who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), learning disabilities, attention and memory problems, and abuse. Dr. Hafeez often shares her credible expertise to various news outlets in New York City and frequently appears on CNN and Dr.Oz. Connect with her via Instagram @drsanamhafeez or