The Advertiser Thursday, July 23, 2020 13 CAMRA Column Pubs can be a great way to combat loneliness now they are open again L ONELINESS is considered one of the biggest health concerns we without having to join anything, and it is acceptable to speak to strangers. However, some people find such social interaction doesn’t necessarily come easily to them. When you are a regular pubgoer, as Camra members are, walking into a pub is simple, so it’s easy for us to forget that others may find the prospect daunting, partly because of the worry that you may end up sitting on your own in an unfamiliar environment. Furthermore, it’s still true that some women prefer not to enter a pub on their own. First you have to find a suitable pub. Try to learn about pubs before venturing out: for example, from other people, from the local papers and online: Camra’s What Pub website, whatpub.com, lists 55,799 venues, including 37,651 serving real ale. Perhaps go when there is entertainment, because then it doesn’t matter if you’re watching – say – music alone as people will assume that’s why you’re there. Quizzes, music nights and sometimes comedy are probably the most common types of entertainment. Pub games, such as darts or pool where you can join the queue to play, may be another way of breaking the ice. It is not even necessary to drink alcohol: soft drinks, tea and coffee are usually available nowadays. Simply getting out of the house can be beneficial, and it may take more than one visit before your face gets known. Pubs cannot solve all the problems of loneliness, and they may not suit some people anyway, but Camra is correct that pubs can help reduce isolation for many people. writes Neville Grundy. face, According to the Campaign to End Loneliness (www.campaigntoendloneliness.org), loneliness, living alone and poor social connections are as bad for your health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day. Surprisingly, young people are more likely to feel lonely than any other age group, although loneliness can affect people at any age. As life begins to emerge from Covid19 lockdown, it is clear that many people will have been seriously affected by the enforced isolation to which we have all been subjected. Camra has long promoted the important role that pubs can play in tackling loneliness and social isolation. Pubs can help because you can enter and buy a drink ● Coffee Break CIRCLEGRAM QUICK CROSSWORD SUDOKU KAKURO There is one simple rule in Sudoku. Each row and each column must contain the numbers 1 to 9, and so must each 3 x 3 box. Fill in the white squares with the numbers 1 to 9. Each horizontal block of squares must add up to the number in the shaded square to its left, and each vertical block must add up to the number in the shaded square above it. No number may be used more than once in any one block. Replace the question mark with a letter so that the letters within the circle can be rearranged to form words with a common theme. What are the three words, and the letter represented by the question Easy mark? R B 8 23 9 6 15 L Q U D 12 20 I 11 E L I 6 17 3 21 5 ? 10 12 A N 9 18 13 12 16 9 R T 7 14 8 12 14 M I 30 7 26 15 7 8 12 11 8 ALPHAMUDDLE 5 23 6 Rearrange the letters in the grid on the left to make five words that read both across and down. Five letters have been placed to start you off. 11 10 12 13 15 16 21 14 E X A A T N N N O D L E E L L E O Hard ACROSS DOWN 23 13 V T V O V I E E V 1. 2. 3. 4. Swap (8) Drive forward (6) Needy (4) Individuality (8) Unjust (6) Spoken (4) Rash (8) Short narrative (8) A company (6) Observing (6) Way out (4) Stumble (4) 7. Remarkable (13) N 8. Duenna (8) SOLUTIONS E 9. Competent (4) I L 10. Fisherman (6) 5. 12. Raid (6) 6. 11. 13. 15. 17. 19. 21. 14. Feverish (6) 16. Over there (6) SOLUTIONS 18. Nothing (4) 20. Scope (8) 22. Calm (13)
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