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Sad to see Irish racism emerge

Sad to see Irish racism emerge

Unfortunately racism is still alive and well and seems to be becoming more, rather than less, acceptable in recent times.

Just this week in Ireland a woman was caught on camera going on a racist rant on a train in Limerick.

The incident has been reported to Gardaí and the woman’s face is visible, so hopefully they catch her and she gets reprimanded.

She told a man to “f**k off back to India”, even though he was trying to defuse the situation while she continued her abuse.

'F**k off back to India' - Irish woman’s racist outburst caught on camera

I find it so infuriating that this is still happening in our country.

There is an incredible amount that goes on in London and I know a lot of my black friends feel the effects of this. They are also quite certain that it will never change.

I was out with a group of about 10 friends one evening in London and most of them were black.

They told me it would be near impossible for us to get in somewhere because of the colour of their skin.

I was surprised and shocked, but it turned out they were right so we ended up going back to my house for drinks instead.

We then had a conversation about racism and I just felt really upset that this is a part of people’s lives every day in 2017.

Sadly that woman on the Limerick train is just the tip of the iceberg in Ireland.

I live a lot of the time in London and I know being Irish would have made my life difficult in the past when we were barely able to get in to pubs.

It was ‘no blacks, no Irish and no dogs’ – and the rules were followed.

I can only hope that for other minorities this changes, just like it eventually did for the Irish.

However, with the rise of nationalism that seems unlikely.

Since Donald Trump’s America First, we now hear about Australia First, New Zealand First, France First.

And of course there’s Brexit.

These are the countries the Irish traditionally emigrated to, so it’s ironic you have Irish people telling immigrants on a train in Limerick to ‘f**k off’ back where they came from.

We all deserve to be treated equally without this stupid bulls**t over the colour of someone’s skin, their religion of their gender.


Plan needs a pot look

TEN YEARS ago I would have had little inter­est in current affairs, but nowadays it floats my boat. And the topic that caught my attention last week was Ireland’s potential to be the next cannabis growing capital of the world.

I did a TV show last year on addiction and we touched on the use of medical marijuana, which 28 American states have legalised.

I met a two-year-old girl who had a brain tumour and has been using cannabis to help her with her illness since the age of nine months.

From meeting these people – including a mother who came up with the concept of Can­nakids, a company that creates the medicinal herb for young children – I really feel like it can have a positive affect on cancer patients’ lives.

It’s not to be mistaken with getting ‘high’ as the dosages don’t permit that. It’s more of a pain relief, just like any other medicine.

It helps cancer patients with their appetites and helps the body to become stronger, which is just one positive aspect.

I’m not so sure if Ireland will ever grow legal cannabis, but Dr James Linden, of Greenlight Medicines, said Ireland has the perfect climate to grow the herb and he believes we have the potential to become the next cannabis growing capital of the world.

There have even been funds of €500,000 raised from Irish investors to put research into the project.

A lot of people will see this as madness, but I’m all for things that help people who are suffering. After my operation I couldn’t stand the tablets I was on and the oxycontin just knocked me out.

I know an operation is nowhere near as bad as the effects of cancer, but a person with cancer would be on much stronger medication, which would make it incredibly difficult to have any type of normal life.


Bouncer’s punch is a disgrace

I SPOTTED a video online that shows a woman going for a bouncer and trying to swing a punch at him.

She missed and so he swung at her and punched her straight in the mouth, causing her to stumble backwards.

I know that being a bouncer must be an incredibly difficult job, especially when drink is involved, but in no way do I condone violence of any kind.

Although the girl is clearly in the wrong, the bouncer could easily have stopped her without punching her.

I know in most cases with bouncers they do try and stop a situation by restraining the person without hitting them.

Men are a lot stronger than women as well and this woman was shook up by the punch.


Brill Bruno is really in his prime

BUSY, busy, busy! I actually get a little stressed when I look at my diary sometimes, but I love what I do and I realise I’m lucky so I can’t complain!

I spent a lovely couple of days in Scotland over Easter so I arrived home on Monday feeling chilled.

My week was filled, as always, with lots of physio. I did a lot of extra training with my trainer outside of it too, so my body is pretty tired.

There were lots of great meetings, and I’m pretty excited about the next few months. I can’t wait to spill on what I’ll be up to.

I did make some time for fun this week, as I went for a gorgeous dinner with my friends in Quaglino’s in London. I would say going out for dinner is one of my favourite things to do and we had a lovely night.

On Friday I got to go and see Bruno Mars in the 02 and I went along to the new Amazon lounge out there. It had really good views and loads of food and drink – total winner. It’s for people who book their tickets via Amazon Prime and it’s a really great idea because you get to watch the gig in comfort.

I wasn’t even a huge Bruno Mars fan, but I’m officially converted as he is so good live.

On Saturday I stayed in to put the final touches on my book. I did head out for a little while on Saturday evening for a friend’s birthday and felt pretty jealous of every­one drinking, but I actually behaved myself!


Cellulite mission

 

I HAVE started a treatment for cellulite with Phillippe Hamida-Pisal, who owns the PHP Aesthetic clinic in London.

A lot of people find it surprising that I would be having cellulite treatments, but – sorry for the bad news girls – it seems 90 per cent of women suffer from it.

I’ll write up a proper piece on it when I finish my 10 sessions, because if it gets rid of the dreaded orange peel I’m sure a lot of you will want to try it!

I HAVE started a treatment for cellulite with Phillippe Hamida-Pisal, who owns the PHP Aesthetic clinic in London.

A lot of people find it surprising that I would be having cellulite treatments, but – sorry for the bad news girls – it seems 90 per cent of women suffer from it.

I’ll write up a proper piece on it when I finish my 10 sessions, because if it gets rid of the dreaded orange peel I’m sure a lot of you will want to try it!