#34 It’s really not that cold, honest!

#34 It’s really not that cold, honest!

During lockdown, a lot of people got into wild swimming as a form of outdoor exercise. I wasn’t one of them. Amanda O’Brien was, however, so she and her husband Con set me a challenge to give it a go. Now, I’m not a strong swimmer, but I figured I could splash about...
#32 Ho ho! Ha ha ha!

#32 Ho ho! Ha ha ha!

They say that laughter is the best medicine, and no one can deny that the positive effects of a good belly laugh can last for hours. Laughing Yoga first appeared in 1995 when a doctor introduced the combination of playful laughter and deep breathing techniques. Since...
#31 Complete a challenge (or 3) live on national TV

#31 Complete a challenge (or 3) live on national TV

Phone caller: “Hi Shelle. I’m a producer for Steph’s Packed Lunch on Channel 4. Thanks for writing into us about the fundraising work you’re doing. Are you available to be in Leeds on Monday to appear live on the show.” Me: “Yep.” Well, that was a no brainer! So, for...
#29 Painting by numbers

#29 Painting by numbers

Well, not quite, but it might as well have been! My mate Anthony Pryde messaged me one day to excitedly announce he’d found a challenge for me – in Artists & Illustrators magazine. Oh heck! The brief was to paint a lifelike portrait with just three colours plus...
#28 Get over it!

#28 Get over it!

The O2 Dome was built to commemorate the arrival of the third millennium and, throughout the year 2000, it housed the Millennium Experience. It’s since been converted into a huge entertainment complex with the second largest capacity arena in the UK at its heart. The...