New Year parties are the Marmite of celebrations. You either loathe or love them. This year, though, comes with the added complication of the vaccination question.
I mean, is it acceptable to ban unvaccinated people from your bash? Are you allowed to greet people with a hug or should you fist bump?
Turn the clock back two years and if someone had told you that you’d be quizzing your mates on their medical history before having a knees-up you’d have thought they were bonkers.
But the golden rule for any party is to talk about anything other than blooming COVID and simply have the best time ever.
THE FAT TRACKER
Our Government thinks it’s found a genius way to get us moving
January’s dodgy because we’re all feeling podgy but not entirely sure we’re ready for what we’re being force-fed next.
Sloucher vouchers. Yep, that’s right, in an effort to get us fit rather than fat, the UK Government - run by a self-confessed chubster - is offering us free cinema tickets or shopping discounts if we increase our daily step count.
Starting from the beginning of January, the good people of Wolverhampton - chosen because it is one of the country’s unfittest places - will be used as guinea pigs in the latest attempt to combat the UK’s growing obesity problem.
All 250,000 of them will be offered fitness trackers that measure their movement. The wrist-worn devices will be linked to an app that delivers personalised health recommendations. The app includes targets to hit by upping fruit and vegetable intake and cutting down on booze.
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