‘The show needed to come back’: how Drake rescued the druglords of Top Boy

It was Britains answer to The Wire. But the gang drama was dead until the rapper stepped in and pitched it to Netflix. Its stars and writer talk grime, gentrification and Boris Johnsons Britain I told them I was on my way out to meet some singer called Drake, says writer Drake was a fan of Top Boy, Bennetts Channel 4 drama about the lives of drug dealers and residents on a fictional Hackney estate called Summerhouse. He had been recommended it while on tour and loved it so much, he began posting stills from the show on Instagram with clumsy attempts at London slang (real bod man). When he found out it had been cancelled, he decided to bring …

‘Everything is better without alcohol, and I really do mean everything’: readers on drinking

After Gay Alcorn wrote about giving up alcohol for a month readers responded with their own tales of struggle, indulgence and enjoyment This week Gay Alcorn wrote about giving up alcohol for a month and how Old Man of the Sea for most of my adult life. I dont need alcohol to unwind Best wishes, Gay. I stopped drinking two and a half years ago and with the benefit of distance, I can now say these things are true:1. Alcohol made me feel good only in that it satisfied the craving for alcohol. Now the craving is gone (give it three months) I dont need alcohol to unwind. In fact, Im much less wound.2. Everything is better without alcohol, and …

Why smelling good could come with a cost to health

Fruity, floral, musky from candles and cleaning products to lotions, soaps, lipstick and cologne, we live in a scented world. What is lurking in the air? About 50 to 300 distinct chemicals. BCPP study of personal care and cleaning brands. The chemicals identified were linked to chronic health issues, including cancer. When we took a harder look at beauty and personal care products we found that many chemicals of concern were hiding under the word fragrance, said Nudelman. While virtually all Americans are exposed to fragrance chemicals on a daily basis, women have a greater body burden, largely from beauty and cosmetics products absorbed through the skin. The average American woman uses 12-16 products a day, many containing fragrance. Besides …

How to make a friend of your anger

There is no quick fix to anger issues, but working through them can be a journey that sheds light on who we are and how we perceive the world Its easy to feel hijacked by our anger. After all, anger was one of the primary evolutionary feelings: it was designed for survival. It knows only on and off. But this means that once the trigger is pressed, often by a trivial event, we end up in noise and miss out on the detail and complexity of our humanity. Our capacity for empathy is reduced and we want only to survive, hide, hurt, blame or punish. Many people come to me expecting a quick fix or a solution to their anger. …