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October 2, 2015

Never mind your booze and your fags, it’s time to turn against that constant distraction, that inducement to sloth and passivity, that beguiling siren in the corner of the room, the television!

As part of what is now the traditional month for giving stuff up I would like to suggest that we all do our best to rise up and resist what may be the greatest threat to achieving a healthy lifestyle.

Even as I contemplate spending a month without my electronic babysitter it becomes clear that the screen has become so ubiquitous that it simply cannot be avoided altogether. So for the month of October I propose to undertake the following, which, for me, will be enough of a sacrifice to, I hope, make a point:

No telly before 7:30 pm.

No telly after 7:30 pm unless in the home or homes of friends or loved ones, who cannot be expected to relinquish their grip on the remote. Or if a guest or guests in my home make a convincing request (bear in mind that I may well be the only alternative source of entertainment).

There will be substitutes, of course – the radio, youtube, the many compelling clips friends on Facebook and suchlike will need to share. But I shall try to cast off my couch potato status in favour of healthier, more active persuits. Who knows, I may even recover the strength and energy to read a book.

It won’t be easy; whatever will I have to talk about, if only to myself? But by the end of this month I hope to emerge cleansed and, if not stimulated, then focussed, not just on that life reducing little box but on all the world outside of it.


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  1. I give you 4 days 😉


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