These days we're always in fight or flight mode. It never shuts down because the threat is invisible things; we can't fight mortgages, losing our jobs, paying rent. You can't run away from the national deficit. The brain still thinks it's in the Stone Age, it doesn't realise it's in the 21st Century. It still just knows to scan the surroundings for what's dangerous (is it a snake?) and what's safe (is it a stick?). I'm not saying we have more stress than the third world. Stress is different, they're living in terror and terror is not because of something going on in your imagination, it's a real emergency.
The Sun enthusiastically reported Zoella 'cast off her squeaky clean image to pose in her knickers.' and was 'ditching her wholesome image' whilst the Mail Online questioned whether she was 'trying to widen her fanbase?'
It might seem like an unholy pairing but we go back years, the Sally Army and me. They have always managed to build a bridge to me across my life - from saints to a sinner! They saved kids near my street when I was a boy with their food kitchens, helped me as a care worker and have supported people I know. That's why I have chosen to do a TV show with them. Everyone remembers the Sally Army, as I used to call them, I'm just not sure everyone quite knows the extent of the work they do. It's their 150th anniversary year so I wanted to take a closer look and get involved.
Some of you might know me as 'Charlie from Kiss', others as 'Charlie the DJ' - you're going to see a lot more of my blogs on here and before that I wanted to properly introduce myself to you all...
I have the privilege and responsibility to play Spider-Man on screen, something I figure all young boys dream about but without realising that they can do something heroic and life changing without swinging across the Manhattan skyline... For whatever reason, men have not engaged with stem cell donation in the same numbers as women. This needs to change and that's why Anthony Nolan is running a campaign to understand the reasons for this shortfall and plug this lifesaving hole.
The great thing about horse racing is I don't feel that level of expectation I used to with cycling. I have worked long and hard with my team of experts to prepare for today, but there are so many things that can happen in a race that you have to go in to it with an open mind and that for me takes the pressure off.
Just two days to go... Maybe you've heard about the 10 marathons I'm walking in 10 days to raise funds for Prostate Cancer UK? Why am I doing it? Everybody must know somebody who suffers from prostate cancer. One man dies every hour from this disease, that's six in the course of my Soccer Saturday show every week.
I went in wanting her to win me over. She didn't win me over. She had me hook, line and f**king sinker. From the very first note. (This is coming from someone who couldn't even stomach sitting through a whole Adele single, let alone an album, just shut your whining was always the first thing that came to mind!)
HIV shouldn't have the stigma that it has. Visiting Body and Soul has made me proud that I'm involved with Sport Relief. I'm incredibly grateful that I can help. People can live with it and be incredible. It's definitely opened my eyes that much wider and opened my mind that much further.
When Comic Relief asked me to visit Zambia last year, my initial feelings were a complete mix. I was excited to experience a culture and environment that I had never seen first-hand before, and I jumped at the opportunity to witness in person the life-changing work of Comic Relief.
Ask yourself this one question - If Kanye West burns the toast at home what does he do? I've tried my best to depict this through the medium of cartoonery...
If you asked me what I loved most about my job, I would say the variety; no day is ever the same. Since London Fashion Week, work has taken me to play tennis at Wimbledon, discover the Kardashian's beauty secrets from one of their makeup artists, and even watch a chocolate themed orchestra, so I thought I'd tell you all about it.
Madonna will miss her son but she can remain his mother if she understands that what is going on is not personal and not permanent, but part of his journey to adulthood. A state of being which lasts far longer than childhood and in which her role as his mother will form a place in his heart and mind forever.
There's no doubt about it. In our 50s our bodies start PLAYING UP. Creaking knees, stiff hips, bad backs, prolapsed vaginas, it's all going on. So I wasn't entirely surprised when I was recently diagnosed with high blood pressure.
Five years, for any child, feels like a lifetime. For the millions of Syrian children whose lives have been turned upside down by the conflict, these last five years must have felt even longer than that. The conflict in Syria has now raged for half a decade, and in this time the millions of children affected have had to deal with more suffering and heartbreak than most of us will ever experience. The conflict has placed millions of children in terrible danger, and sadly a real end to the turmoil still seems a distant prospect. More than eight million Syrian children are now in urgent need of humanitarian aid in what is the greatest humanitarian crisis since World War II.
We don't know yet whether Top Gear the reboot will be able to continue the magic formula that made its previous incarnation such a success, however, we have to hand it to them... they've scooped up the baton for creating controversy, and run with it before the show has even hit the airwaves.