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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. 

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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 (

Wagamama Goes Naked

wagamama has launched the much-anticipated naked katsu curry - a lighter version of their most popular and iconic dish.

It is the first time that wagamama has created a lower calorie alternative to the hugely popular katsu curry containing almost half the calories.

The chicken katsu curry - chicken coated in crispy panko breadcrumbs, covered in an aromatic curry sauce, served with sticky rice and a side salad - contains 1,134 calories per serving.

The naked katsu curry - grilled curried chicken on a bed of brown rice, with edamame beans, shredded carrots, dressed mixed leaves and Japanese pickles served with a side of katsu curry sauce - contains 607 calories.

Last year wagamama sold a staggering 815 tonnes of katsu curry sauce and 3.5m of its most famous and successful dish, the chicken katsu curry - thats 10,000 every day!

The naked katsu has been designed as a lighter alternative to the classic dish to complement the summer menu. It’s part of the kokoro bowls range alongside nuoc cham tuna and avant gard’n, complete with vegan ‘egg’.  Each dish in the range comes in at under 650 calories.

The katsu curry has been on the wagamama menu with the same recipe since the brand launched in 1992 - the year in which the first ever text message was sent.

The naked katsu curry has been a massive success with guests at wagamama’s test kitchen on Dean Street, London, ‘Noodle Lab’, and has now been rolled out nationally to all restaurants in the UK.  Noodle Lab is where wagamama focuses on innovation, trialling new dishes with guests and gaining live feedback.

chicken katsu curry

Ross Farquhar, wagamama Chief Marketing Officer said: “The chicken katsu curry is our most iconic dish, enjoyed by a huge number of guests all year round.  As we get into summer many of us are looking for lighter options, but that shouldn’t always mean skipping our favourites.  We developed the naked katsu curry to satisfy both – the lighter version of a classic.”

The nutritionist behind the dish, Caroline Cromar, commented:  “Not only does the new naked katsu contain over 40% less calories, it’s also packed with healthy ingredients – brown rice for a slow release of energy, edamame which is a great source of fibre and grilled chicken for lean protein, overall leaving you feeling fuller for longer.”

Stephen Curry and Under Armour Debut Golf Collection in Shenzhen, China

Stephen Curry is known for seemingly unlimited range, dropping buckets from 35 feet out as easy as a layup. But off the court, his range is even longer - Stephen drops dimes almost 300 yards when he’s on the golf course. Stephen’s skill and passion for golf are well-known, and now he’s bringing his trademark intensity from the hardwood to the greens with a Golf collection.

Debuting during Stephen’s stop in China as part of the larger 2019 Under Armour Basketball Asia Tour, the Range Unlimited Golf line is all about bringing Stephen’s trademark style and personality onto the golf course, in combination with UA Golf’s best-in-class innovations.

The Range Unlimited Collection features a full suite of products. The Range Unlimited Iso-Chill polos feature UA’s breakthrough Iso-Chill technology, which actively cools your body and keeps you dry despite heat and humidity. The Range Unlimited Storm Wind Jacket enables you to play through rain and wind, ensuring you're ready for the elements. And the Curry 6 spikeless golf shoe pairs the acclaimed Curry 6 basketball shoe with a spikeless version of the UA Rotational Resistance outsole for lockdown, lightweight traction.

The capsule collection includes 14 total pieces - tops, bottoms, outerwear, hats and the Curry 6 SL golf shoe, all incorporating the latest material and design breakthroughs from UA Golf. Polos start at $80 USD, Outerwear $95-100 USD, Pants $80 USD, Hats $30 USD, and the Curry 6 Golf SL retails for $160 USD; all available starting in Fall 2019, in limited quantities at Under Armour Brand Houses and on across North America, Asia and Europe, as well as at select pro shops across the United States.

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.

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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.

Australia’s Best Kept Health & Beauty Secret

Australia’s not known for keeping its best bits hidden away from the rest of the world, well unless you count Tim Tams and Vegemite, but they certainly knew about the wonders of tea tree oil ages before any else did!

First used by the indigenous Bandjaluna and Arakwal tribes, tea tree, also known as Melaleuca alternfolia, was utilised as a traditional medicine to treat an array of ailments. In 1779, Captain James Cook and botanist Sir Joseph Banks discovered the medicinal plant while exploring and encouraged their men to drink teas derived from it to prevent scurvy.

However, the curative properties of tea tree oil weren’t widely recognised until Australian chemist Arthur Penfold published a report of pure tea tree oil’s antimicrobial activities in a series of papers in the 1920s and 1930s. Shortly after Penfold first reported the medicinal properties of the oil, the tea tree industry was born, with Australian soldiers depending on it during World War II, and Thursday Plantation becoming the world’s first tea tree plantation in 1976!

But why exactly is tea tree oil such a powerhouse for both health and beauty? For starters, it’s naturally antibacterial and antiseptic, meaning that it’s an effective healing ingredient for cuts, grazes, stings, bites, burns and blemishes. Tea tree oil contains terpinen-4-ol, a proven germicide, and it’s low in para-cymen content to minimise skin irritation, making it safe and comfortable to use for both children and adults. It even contains intense but gentle moisturising properties for both your skin and hair!

Tea tree oil is a natural ‘medicine cabinet in a bottle’, and can be used for a multitude of different tasks, from soothing sore throats, tooth-aches and mouth ulcers, to helping heal nappy rash, fungal infections, itchy scalps and much more. Now, Thursday Plantation has released a brand new product, the Tea Tree Manuka Honey Balm, which is your multi-tasking must have in a tube!

This natural, efficacious balm has a fantastic range of uses and benefits. Along with the natural antiseptic properties of 100% pure Tea Tree Oil, Manuka Honey, another incredible health and beauty ingredient that comes from Down Under, provides a moist, low pH environment to promote wound healing. This product is a must have for travel, for days out with the family and daily cuts and scrapes, so be sure to keep a tube in your bag.

Thursday Plantation Tea Tree Manuka Honey Balm RRP £9.99 for 30g tube

Available from Boots

Reebok Debuts Maternity Collection

Reebok launches its all-new Maternity Collection, providing supportive, flattering fits for both moms-to-be and new moms alike. Designed to support and grow with her as she moves through each stage of pregnancy, the versatile collection offers options for an active lifestyle, whether it’s working out or running errands.

The debut collection consists of leggings and tank tops created with premium high-stretch fabric. Available in XS – XL sizing, the line features two key silhouettes:

  • Lux Maternity Tight: made with an extended waistband and soft nylon spandex material to bring a smooth and supportive feel around her growing belly

  • Seamless Maternity Tank: made with a seamless construction to be super soft, comfortable and supportive

Both styles, priced at $65 and $40 respectively, are currently available in introductory black and heritage navy with more choices coming soon.

“We are thrilled to continue to extend our offerings for women and come to market with a maternity collection, specifically engineered and designed to grow with her during one of the biggest, most rewarding journeys in life,” said Barbara Ebersberger, Vice President of Performance Apparel at Reebok. “Our goal is to create comfortable, supportive apparel for the active woman in every stage of her life, and we want this versatile collection to keep moms-to-be feeling empowered and confident during any activity, whether they’re at the gym or at work.”

Reebok’s all new Maternity Collection comes at the heels of the brand offering more options for women than ever before. Earlier this spring, Reebok debuted its extended size range for her, offering some of its best looks of the season in sizes 1X - 3X (equivalent to sizes 16-24). These additional offerings were crafted by in-house Reebok fit experts to re-engineer patterns to flatter her body, fit the intricacies of her curves, and to support her during any type of workout. Current offerings of this assortment can be viewed here and will continue to be expanded upon in seasons to come.

Reebok’s debut Maternity Collection is available starting today in the US only at , but will be available globally starting in early Autumn 2019.

Jordan Brand Welcomes Jayson Tatum and Rui Hachimura to its Basketball Roster

Joining a family of 50-plus athletes across multiples sports, incoming third-year player Jayson Tatum and rookie Rui Hachimura become the next players to represent the Jumpman on the hardwood.

.Jayson Tatum

Credit: NIKE

Tatum, a native of St. Louis whose love for Jordan Brand began as a kid, was selected third overall in the 2017 NBA Draft. Joining a team full of established veterans, Tatum made his presence known during his first post-season run as he broke multiple rookie records for playoff scoring. Now preparing for his third season, Tatum is set to take the next step in his career as an official Jordan Brand athlete. “It’s a tremendous feeling to be a part of the Jordan Brand family," says Tatum. "I can’t really express how happy and excited I am for this journey. It’s truly an honor."

Rui Hachimura

Credit: NIKE

Hachimura was the first Japanese national to play in the Division 1 NCAA Tournament and recently became the first from his country to be selected in the first round of the NBA Draft. A current member of the Japanese National Team, Hachimura plans to continue to use his platform to inspire his country to pursue greatness on and off the court. He is the first Japanese-born athlete to join the Jordan Brand. “It’s a very special feeling to be a part of the Jordan Brand family," says Hachimura. "Jordan Brand is one of top companies in the world, and it is amazing to be part of it."

According to Jordan Brand President Craig Williams, "In just two seasons, Jayson has established himself as one of the league’s most promising young players, with a work ethic and mindset that reflects what Jordan Brand stands for. Rui is already making history on the court, and in the process, he’s become a hero to an entire country. What’s most impressive to me about these two young men isn’t their remarkable talent, but the strong character and maturity they carry themselves with on and off the court."

Balancing a roster full of established veterans and superstars, the addition of Tatum and Hachimura comes off the heels of other young talent joining the brand, including WNBA players Asia Durr and Kia Nurse and NFL rookie quarterback Dwayne Haskins.

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.



Bannatyne Hastings To Host Classic Vehicle Show this coming Sunday

The Bannatyne Hastings Hotel will be playing host to the first South of England classic vehicle show.

On Sunday 23rd June, 10 2019 – 4pm, the hotel will welcome more than 250 classic vehicle exhibits, including East Sussex Jaguar Enthusiast Club, Jaguar Drivers Club, and Just Historic Cars, to name but a few.

The Mayor of Hastings, Cllr Nigel Sinden and the Deputy Mayor Cllr James Bacon will be opening the show at 11am.

The gardens will be dotted with local crafts and some great children's entertainment, including Hastings miniature railway and bouncy castles, face painting, as well as live music from East Sussex DJs, Pete Prescott and Paul Crimin.

There will also be a prosecco and Pimms tent and a variety of food stalls on offer. Work from local artist, Brenda Hartill, will also be showcased in the hotel’s new gallery.

Daniella Rollison, sales and events manager at Bannatyne Hastings Hotel, said: “We are so proud to be hosting the first ever South of England classic vehicle show. It’s sure to be a wonderful day.

“We’re expecting a great turn out and I’m looking forward to seeing the event in full swing, let’s pray for some good weather!”

With 72 sites across the UK the Bannatyne Health Clubs brand is owned by Duncan Bannatyne OBE, who is also known for his appearances as a business angel on the BBC programme Dragons’ Den. The company has more than 210,000 members and employs more than 3,000 people.

The Bannatyne Health Clubs chain is now in its 20th year, it began in 1997 with the first club on Teesside. The idea was born following a skiing accident after which Chairman Duncan Bannatyne OBE needed regular exercise to recover. He could not find facilities locally and decided to use some of the proceeds from the sale of his previous business, Quality Care Homes plc, to establish the fitness chain.

Bannatyne Health Clubs can now be found in towns and cities throughout the UK, with a particularly strong presence near residential areas of large towns. Bannatyne’s places a strong emphasis on wellbeing and exercise forming a central part of living a healthy lifestyle of its members.

A large number of Bannatyne Health Clubs also feature a Bannatyne Spa, which offer spacious therapy rooms providing luxurious treatments for men and women including body massage, facials, manicures and hairdressing. There are currently 47 Bannatyne Spa sites across the UK.

In addition Duncan Bannatyne OBE owns and operates a number of successful businesses as part of the Bannatyne Group including:

Bannatyne Hotels Ltd, which operates Bannatyne Hotel incorporating Maxine’s Restaurant in Darlington, County Durham, The Bannatyne Spa Hotel in Hastings, Bannatyne’s Charlton House hotel in Shepton Mallet, Somerset and Bannatyne Hotel in Durham City.

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.

Diabetes Friendly Picnic Inspiration

Picnics are a staple of the great British summer time, come rain or shine we’ll be out there with our blankets and sarnies. If you have type 2 diabetes however, this once fun event could seem like something to avoid.

Don’t let type 2 diabetes make you miss out on all the fun in the sun this year!

Picnic inspiration for type 2 diabetics-

1) Swap your usual sarnies for salads

Replace carbohydrates like those in staple picnic food sandwiches with healthy monounsaturated fats. Why not tailor a delicious summer salad to follow these guidelines? Try avocado, oily fish and nuts with your salad leaves for a diabetes friendly alternative. This simple approach can significantly improve glucose control. Triglyceride levels, blood pressure and cholesterol balance in people with type 2 diabetes. Plus, making a big salad like this means everyone can enjoy it together.

2) Feel fruity

Dr Brewer recommends packing fruit. “Although fruit contains natural sugars, most have a low to moderate glycaemic index and do not raise blood glucose levels excessively (though don’t over-indulge in dried fruits). A study involving 38,000 women found those eating at least one apple a day were 28% less likely to develop type 2 diabetes than those eating no apples, while a recent analysis of 5 trials, involving almost a quarter of a million people, found that regular consumption of apples and pears is associated with an 18% reduced risk of type 2 diabetes” Pieces of fruit are ideal for picnics as they’re so easy to transport, or why not combine your favourites for a delicious fruit salad.

3) Enjoy a chocolate-y treat

Just opt for dark chocolate – “dark chocolate and cocoa powder contain antioxidants that improve insulin resistance to help lower glucose levels, protect against heart disease and have beneficial effects on the circulation to reduce diabetes- related side effects! Just ensure your chocolate contains at least 70% cocoa solids to minimise sugar content.” Try dipping your fruit into melted dark chocolate and popping in the fridge to set the night before your picnic or simply pack a tasty bar to snap and share.

And never fear CuraLin is also here - (RRP £59.00 ,, the type 2 diabetes supplement, can help keep your blood sugar levels stable and even help regulate your consumption of typical sugary picnic foods!. This year make sure you don’t miss out on the fun and pack CuraLin in your picnic basket.

CuraLin is made from 10 natural ingredients that work with the body to help balance the blood sugar profile. Dr Sarah Brewer, working in association with CuraLin explains, ‘The 10 traditional Ayurvedic medicinal herbs in CuraLin, including Bitter Melon, Fenugreek, Amla fruit and Turmeric are herbs prescribed by Ayurvedic doctors help support glucose balancing.

As well as this, CuraLin’s natural ingredients can reduce cravings for sugar as it can help to regulate the intake of more sugary foods. It can also help to reduce the want for processed carbohydrates and restrict the absorption of sugar and other carbohydrates. CuraLin also boosts insulin sensitivity and production and supports daily energy levels – to give you that extra support needed when indulging slightly more than usual!

Don’t just take our word for it – CuraLin has lots of customer testimonials! Janet Husdell is a 65-year-old CuraLin user from Southport; she says CuraLin helps her to control her diabetes. “The other night I went out with my husband and had a meringue nest for dessert and two glasses of Prosecco! The supplement isn’t an excuse to over-eat sugar, cakes and carbs every day. I do watch what I eat and make sure I exercise, but the supplement seems to allow me to enjoy the odd treat without worrying too much”.  A picnic is the perfect opportunity to indulge in the odd sweet treat and CuraLin can take the worry out of a joyous occasion like this.