The January blues
This month’s column is brought to you through streaming eyes and blocked nose along with a sore throat. Yes, I’ve got a cold. It’s no worse than any other I’ve had and I don’t think I’ve moaned too much about it at work. However, the reaction from my female colleagues suggests that not to be the case. I’ve now been told by all but one of my colleagues that I’ve got ‘man flu’. In fact, if another person suggests as much I think I may have to let out a scream, albeit a rather croaky one.
It’s quite hard to tell how you are feeling when you get up most mornings at 4am. Today for example, it was a chilly two degrees Celsius outside and I had to scrape the windscreen and clear the car before setting off. Even without a cold it’s pretty miserable. Experience tells me that it’s not normally until about 11am that I can tell how I’m really feeling.
Arriving at work this morning was interesting. My BBC Surrey co-host Lesley Mccabe is nursing a bad back and hobbling around. This self-inflicted injury is due to an over ambitious work out four days ago! Opposite her is our producer Jess, who has a cough a blue whale would be proud of. Welcome to January in Surrey.
Happy New Year Yes it’s a new year. A time to reflect on a lovely festive season and to work out which of the food left over can go to the foodbank. You may also wish to start a new to do list of all the things you didn’t get around to over the past 12 months. Along with many other people I’m looking forward to starting the new year by actually using my gym membership. If I could lose the same amount of pounds in weight as I’ll spend in cash this month, I would be very happy. However, I say that as I’ve just sneezed into my umpteenth tissue!
A few weeks back we interviewed an ‘expert’ who gave us predicitons for the coming 12 months. Amazingly they managed the whole discussion without mentioning Brexit! However they did think that a new development will be an ‘MOT for your gut’, as we will apparently start using testing kits and apps to show the bacteria living inside our digestive system, and how a new trend of managing our gut ‘microbiome’ to help treat health problems. Top of the predictions for the next year is the development of ‘Deep Fakes’, where technology could be used to change video and make politicians or celebrities actually look like they said something they didn’t.
I’m not one for predictions, however I do predict I will be walking the dog every day come rain or shine. I’ve got the puppy eyes look at the moment which means... Newlands Corner here I come, along with Rosie.