'I nearly choked on pheasant listening to Queen’s speech'

Did you watch the Queen's speech?
Did you watch the Queen's speech?

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas, and will go on to have a prosperous New Year.

This Christmas I did something I can’t recall ever doing, I had no option but to sit through the Queen’s speech.

We were at a friend’s house, and he loves all that royal stuff.

I thought it best to keep quiet, it’s his house so let’s get it over and done with.

I must admit I never heard much of what the Queen said at the start.

I was too busy gawping at her front room. She certainly didn’t get her furnishings from Dunelm.

This is our hereditary monarch, who claims millions a year in benefits from the taxpayer, not counting the millions spent on royal protection.

She sat there in front of a golden piano having the brass neck to tell the country we all have to pull together.

I nearly choked on my pheasant.

Ged Taylor

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Dechox for heart charity

This is a call-out to all chocoholics, cocoa bean lovers and confectionary enthusiasts!

A suggestion, a plea, an idea that will exercise willpower and strength whilst helping those in the North West who are living with heart and circulatory diseases…

Dechox!

I’m asking the people of the North West to forget the ordinary New Year detoxes, which attempt to banish all pleasure during the darkest months of the year, and instead just cut one beloved item from your pantry throughout the month of February – chocolate.

Each year, heart and circulatory diseases kills one in four people in the UK, 17,700 of which are from the North West area. Money raised by those brave enough to take on the challenge will go towards the British Heart Foundation’s (BHF) life-saving research into heart and circulatory diseases.

Last year, we saw over 18,000 chocolate lovers raise an astounding £1m towards vital research, but with your help, we think we can raise even more in 2019.

We’re all familiar with the struggle of saying no to the left-over Celebrations sitting on the coffee table.

But by standing up to heart and circulatory disease and saying NO to chocolate this February, we’ll be one step closer to beating heartbreak forever!

Sound like a battle you want to be a part of?

Sign up here: www.bhf.org.uk/dechox

Adrian Adams

DECHOX Warrior

at the BHF

Last chance

to sign up

Meningitis Research Foundation (MRF) would like to invite your readers to take up a charity place for The Big Half, taking place in London on Sunday, March 10, 2019.

Public entries sold out quickly for The Big Half - a half marathon from London Marathon Events Ltd which shares much of its 13.1 mile route with the world famous London Marathon - but you can still enter with an MRF charity place and join the fight against meningitis and septicaemia.

Anyone looking for a New Year challenge is welcome to apply for a charity place with MRF, regardless of whether they’ve been affected by the disease personally or not.

The Big Half is set to be a celebration at the heart of London with DJs, bands, food and plenty of colour along the route.

To find out more, visit www.meningitis.org/big-half-1 or contact Jenny on jennyr@meningitis.org. The deadline for signing up is Friday, February 8.

Meningitis and septicaemia are deadly diseases that strike without warning. One in ten people affected will die and a third of survivors will be left with after-effects, some as serious as brain damage or hearing loss. Babies, toddlers and teenagers are the most at risk but anyone can be affected.

The money that runners raise will help support MRF’s lifesaving research into the prevention, detection and early treatment of meningitis and septicaemia and will allow the charity to continue raising awareness and supporting those affected.

Jenny Robinson

Meningitis Research Foundation