ThatIsBeyond… Fashion Sixth Sense

Growing up I always had a sixth sense about how to dress myself – no matter what size I was or what the latest trend was, I inherently understood what was stylish and which looks I could or could not pull off. That’s not to say that the nativity of youth wasn’t ever a question – I have certainly had my fashion misses over the years – but below it all, I have always been a pretty suave dresser. (Even if I do say so myself!)

I attribute much of my knack for dressing, to the type of creativity that can only come from a background where you couldn’t afford to spend a lot of money on clothes. I come from a fairly large family and we weren’t particularly well off, so developing a personal style with what I had was just what I had to do.

Even before I was dressing myself I had a knack of wearing whichever outfit my mum had put me in, with confidence – even though some were extremely questionable looking back on them now! The very first moment I had a choice in what I wore, I picked items that were outside of the box. I would try to replicate common trends or be influenced by popstars & the music videos that I would see on smash hits or MTV. My sister was an East 17 fan and so I got some of my fashion from them, and my older brother loved anything afro-carribbean style so I had elements of a street style that just weren’t present in my then very rural and Caucasian surroundings.

Colour was an element that came very naturally to me. Whilst my school friends had the latest must have adidas rucksack in the standard black or navy blue design, I saved up for a bright blue one with lime blue piping. Don’t get me wrong, I never blended in well (which was problematic) but I was able to follow the crowd whilst also staying true to my own personal style. Orange, lime Green, bright tartans you name it I was wearing it.

When I was 12, I was lucky enough to get a scholarship for an acting summer school, a Shakespeare masterclass with a whole bunch of other young creatives. Someone had dropped out and so I had been offered a place at the last minute for free! I joined a talented cast of young creatives from extremely privileged backgrounds – none of whom l had met before and so l could be a completely new person – and boy did l take up the opportunity! I learned that how I dressed did not define who I was and that I could use my clothes to express myself _ but also retain a keen sense of who I was. Whilst was in no way a skater, there was no reason why I couldn’t be influenced by those trends. I took the “baggy jeans” movement to the next level finding the widest legged variety possible and pairing them with bright coloured woven boxers.. retro Shirts and a short back and sides to boot. When I was cast as Ferdinand in the tempest the directors said I needed to channel my “Mr lover man”persona – which was a far cry from my actual personality.

Quite often my mood would be reflected in what I wore. When I got stressed I would become pre-occupied with a crisp lines & a perfect centre parting. I have vivid memories of crying in front of a mirror and pulling chunks of hair out because I had a hard time at school and it was “photo day”. I must have re-tied my prefect tie and re-angled my head-boy badge 40 times! I would shine my shoes until I could see my reflection in them because to me the details were the most important aspect.

In my early jobs I either had a uniform or was made to “dress smartly”. For the first time ever I had my own money and could spend it on whatever I liked! My first purchase was a pair of Levi twisted jeans. They lasted almost 15 years and became a sort of fashion scrap book with patches & fixes made along the way! I loved those jeans and I saved 7 weeks wages to pay for them. But the more time that I spent in clothes not of my choosing, I felt the need to express my individuality even if it was only for my own good – and from there began a passion for underwear. To this day I firmly believe that wearing great undies can be a confidence boosting exercise. Over the years my tastes have changed but I have always worn what underwear has made me feel at my best.

As I got older I continued to explore fashion – adapting to my changing body shape and owning my choices even when others thought I was clearly mad! There was a period in my life when practicality ruled the roost – rehearsal wear was king and comfort was key to me. Layers became vital in every day wear and the ability to change how pieces were worn made perfect sense. This time in my life was inspired by a group of dancers that I worked with who would transform what they were wearing rehearsals during as they got hot or cold – I learned to turn old T-shirts into vests and that how I looked didn’t matter if the clothes were serving a purpose.

A vest I made myself!

There are some simple facts:
1) If you are of a bigger frame you have less choice
2) When you are bigger you have to know your body to dress it well
3) With a lot of bigger people Just the act of buying clothes ls enough to seriously damage your confidence.

By the time I reached my biggest I was well aware of these issues and decided that it was even more important that I let my sixth sense kick in and choose to make the most of all that I had! Co- ordination was one tactic that I used to great effect. Pattern, texture and colour palette would seamlessly work together. I tried to stop worrying about the letter on the size label and instead tried multiple sizes to see what looked best on me. As things fitted better, I adjusted my underwear-choices so that I not only looked good and was more comfortable, but that I was more confident too!

There’s no doubt that my new body has given me a lot more options, especially with regards to where I can get my clothing from.
There is also something very satisfying about creating a more tailored look than I could personally achieve when I was bigger. As l teeter towards 40 I sometimes worry that I come across as though I am trying to dress like a 20 year old! I think that l am only sensitive to this because there is a judgement of people growing older. But I also think that by wearing clothes that I feel confident in, I can’t go too far wrong!

And besides what does it really matter anyway.? Confidence, confidence, confidence.

That’s what is needed. My sixth sense is still flowing and whatever I choose to wear, I will wear because I feel good in it. And as I said you can’t go too wrong by starting with some underwear that leaves you feeling your most confident self,


ThatIsBeyond… The Bluebeards Revenge – the pirate’s solution to male grooming! #gifted

I love working with brands that bring products to market which have had a lot a thought and development in them. It’s doesn’t feel like work at all!

When I was approached by The BlueBeard’s Revenge – I was fully aware of the quality of their product range and the journey that their products have been on. I was delighted to get some of their extensive range to try out for myself and review for all of my readers!

So in this post I want to introduce you to The Bluebeards Revenge and some of the #gifted items I will be reviewing in the coming weeks!

So what is The Bluebeards Revenge? I hear you say… well keep on reading for the full lowdown on this piratey branded grooming line.

The Brand.

The Bluebeards Revenge is an all encompassing male grooming brand with a fantastic range of shave, hair and body products based on my home soil in the South West of England #supportlocal. You could be forgiven for thinking that their lighthearted approach is a reflection on their product range, but to the contrary, they are serious about the male grooming experience and their footprint on the environment too.

In true piratey fashion the company was conceived during a rum-fuelled evening, when the now Bluebeard-in-Chief was challenged to find a range of men’s shaving products that could stand up to the toughest stubbles known to man… and that in my opinion is as good a reason as any to start a business!

Their environmental credentials start with responsible use of plastic and also being vegan friendly – but as I mentioned before as a company they are developing all the time and constantly consider their impact on this earth… a clean planet is everyone’s responsibility.

“to provide all-conquering shave, beard, hair and body products to men all over the world is completely pointless if there’s no planet for those guys to live on!” And ain’t that the truth?!

The Range.

The classic shampoo bar, classic ice soap, face scrub, matt paste, cooling moisturiser, antiperspirant, antiperspirant eco refill, sea salt spray, liquid wood styling comb.

I cannot wait to try these bad boys out, so why not subscribe to my blog to get all the latest The Bluebeards Revenge reviews as they are released.

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Comment below with which products you want to see reviewed first!


ThatIsBeyond… Back to Black – A colour story

Welcome to part 6 of the series ThatIsBeyond… A colour Story. And this weeks story is Back to Black!

These colour stories explore grooming products, accessories and underwear! They are grouped nicely together in shades of the same tones. This week’s instalment is: Back to Black and features a few skincare items as well as an excellent home fragrances candle! As always this post is a celebration of classic manstyle – so join in with me and let me know in the comments what your top Back to Black products are! Want part 1? Red for Filth or part 2? Out of the Blue part 3? They Call Me Mellow Yellow or part 4? No Little White Lie part 5 is a blast btw Green With Envy

Beauty Pie Bahia de Miel – Candle

The fragrance of the candle is deep and long lasting and really fills the room. With top notes of green basil and licquorice milk there is also balsam within it which adds a freshness as well. This is a strong fragrance and it’s not going to be to everyone’s liking, but for me personally it’s a winner

Emporio Armani boxer briefs

A classic in masculine style, ARMANI is an amazing brand that makes you feel like a million dollars! These boxer briefs are a staple, and I wish I also had them as briefs!

Bumble and Bumble Sumo Tech – Hair wax

This little sample size has travelled all over the place with me. This quality traditional wax holds strong but allows some movement of style too. You only need a tiny bit at the roots to take control of your locks.

Isle Of Harris Rose and Honeysuckle – All purpose balm

I bought this balm on a work trip, to sample gin on the Isle of Harris. As a lip balm it is really nourishing and botanical, but as a general balm for cuts and grazes it is also impressive. I use it on dry skin on my elbows and it really works! I cannot recommend it enough (it was a gift for my wife but I steal it all the time!!!)

Beauty Pie QI energy brightening eye fix cream – Ginseng Root and Ginger

No word of a lie – this is THE best eye cream I have ever used. It’s a high quality product that has a super zing from the ginger in the formulation. It really works. As a tired parent – you can trust me on this!

Lush Grease lightening

Lush is a brand that we all know from the British High Street – cruelty free and that distinct smell as you pass the shop window! Grease lightening is a spot product for direct tackling of the pesky blighters. The gel product drys up the excess oil and tackles spots gently but fast!

Bath and Bodyworks Pocketbac – Bourbon

Whiskey lovers rejoice! This is your antibacterial solution to clean hands. I think it’s great, not technically a black product, but I am am Happy I could include it in the colour stories.

Black Friday… or any day really!

In male grooming, black tends the be the Colour du Jour! It’s almost like manufacturers can’t take a risk that men won’t like a colour!

Black is classic and suits every person of any shape or size, and this little collection in a black colour story shows us that there really is something for everyone.


Note: none of these products were gifted. All opinions are my own and no money or product was received for a feature in this post.

ThatIsBeyond… Green with Envy – a colour story.

The green-eyed monster.

Part 5 of my series of posts has arrived on Easter Sunday!!!

These posts explore grooming products, accessories and underwear in simple to follow colour stories ! This week’s instalment is: Green with Envy. And features a few of my all time favourites! As always this post is a celebration of classic manstyle just as it might be in OZ! Want part 1? Red for Filth or part 2? Out of the Blue part 3? They Call Me Mellow Yellow or even part 4? No Little White Lie

Bath and Bodyworks Pocketbac – Cucumber Melon

Fresh and fruity, this pocketbac is the perfect blend of smelling great and being really useful. Perfect for spring summer and handy in these Corona times.

Schwartzkopf 3D Men Sion Anti-Dandruff Tonic let me start by saying – that this product pretty much cured my dry flaky scalp! I was so self-conscious and I found that after a week of uses it worked for me and there was a noticeable difference in the condition of my scalp.

Molton Brown Bodywash – Silverbirch

Literally my all-time favourite fragrance from Molton Brown! The Bath Salts are life-changing and this body wash just smells divine – in case you hadn’t noticed I like the fragrance a lot! Woody and fragrant it’s a bathtime hit!

Murdock London British Cologne – Renshaw

The black tea fragrance and fougere are two of my holy grail fragrances, but the Renshaw cologne offers a deeper and fuller fragrance that lasts all day. This is a heavier and masculine scentsation which gives that old school barber shop feel!

Bath and Bodyworks Stress Relief Hand Cream – Eucalyptus & Spearmint

A great formulation that is moisturising and works deep into the skin. The minty scent is fresh and long lasting too! Perfect for these changeable months where your hands are taking a beating!

Box Menswear Briefs – Green

You can’t Hugo wrong with box menswear – supportive, great range of colours and a good fit as well. These briefs are a staple and are great for everyday wear.

Below the Belt Instant Clean Balls – Fresh

This product has one purpose and one purpose only, to freshen up your balls! This cooling spray spritzes your boys and leaves them feeling great before your get your box briefs on!

Box Memswear in green!

As a fella with green eyes, green is complimentary and makes my eyes pop!

There are many great colours that we should not be afraid of and why not be a bit more experience tap with colour. Whether it’s grooming or fashion, there is something fun in this edit for everyone!

As always enjoying sharing my products with you! Feel free to show some love on this post and comment below with what you like from my Green Selection!


Note: none of these products were gifted. All opinions are my own and no money or product was received for a feature in this post.

ThatIsBeyond… this is no little white lie! A colour story in white.

Little white lies.

Part 4 of my series of posts exploring grooming products, accessories and underwear in simple to follow colour stories, is finally here! This week’s instalment is: No little white lie. Little is sexier, than crisp white sheets and wearing classic white undies, and this post is a celebration of classic manstyle. Want part 1? Red for Filth or part 2? Out of the Blue or even part 3? They Call Me Mellow Yellow

La Roche Posay Thermal Spring Water

I use this light mist as a toner/ cleanser before bed to prepare the sling for moisturising – it’s gentle on the skin and clears the pores nicely. La Roche Posay are not cheap, but they are quality and this is a non-negotiable essential for my bed time routine!

This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray

Me and sleep are not bffs! After years of unsociable hours, even now I find it hard to get into a good sleep cycle. The This Works deep sleep spray is magical though, the fragrance has a soothing effect and helps slumber come a little more quickly!! I live this stuff.

Henrii Lloyd Tinted Moisturiser SPF 15 – Marine Extracts

Funny this was, that I had no idea this was tinted moisturiser when I got it! I had tried the standard moisturiser before and it was ace! It’s a really subtle tint that really just adds a sweet glow to the complexion and brightens the skin up. A great staple for a busy guy. Available at Holland and Barrett

Gruum Kare Daily Moisturiser – Green Tea, Sage & Rosemary

This moisturiser smells like bliss. It’s a standard formulation that will suit most skin types, but the kicker is the fragrance. It smells soooooo good.

Philip Kingsley Sunshield UV Protection

This is sun protection that protects the scalp and doesn’t mess with the natural flow of your hair style. I have supper thin hair, so this is an extra layer of protection against us rays… much needed in the upcoming summer months! On sale at Fragrance Direct

Edward Underwear Tanga Briefs

Loving the tanga cut on the newest members of my underwear collection. Super comfy fabric that allows everything to sit comfortably and supported! The comfort is out of this world – and the tanga cut is a flattering one on men of all shapes and sizes.

Bath and Bodyworks Portoscent Car Fragrance Refill – Mahogany Teakwood

This is one of those ultimate masculine fragrances that I just adore. It is a super strong scent and the Porto scent sachets are amazing (not least because they are cheap for my friend to send through the post for me!) Woody and airy – this is a top car fragrance.

Molton Brown Bodywash – Coco & Sandalwood

In case you hadn’t guessed it I am a big fan of earthy woody fragrances and the coco and sandalwood fusion is no exception. I love it.

Edward Underwear

Of all the colour edits, I am loving this classic white collection – after all I am a classic sort of guy! As always enjoying sharing my products with you! Feel free to show some love on this post and comment below with what you like from my Classic white selection!


Note: none of these products were gifted. All opinions are my own and no money or product was received for a feature in this post.

Tanga Briefs.

ThatIsBeyond…They call me Mellow Yellow – A yellow colour story

Give the Yellow card to full and lifeless products

The third of my series of posts exploring grooming products, accessories and underwear in simple to follow colour stories! This week’s instalment is They Call Me Mellow Yellow! Let’s bring some more colour into our lives and break through the dull! Want part 1? Red for Filth or part 2 Out of the Blue

Federico Mahora Pure Royal 914 – dupe for Jo Malone

A lasting fragrance which at first scent does read as Jo Malone Seasalt and Sage, but as it mixes with the air this is not a bad dupe at all for a fraction of the price!

Molton Brown Replenishing Hand Cream – Orange & Bergamot

Citrus goodness that moisturises deep into the hands! In Covid times we all need a decent hand cream and if it smells good too then all the better.

Box Menswear Boxerbriefs – Yellow

I love a bright colour and when I saw this amazing happy yellow, I knew I had to get them. So comfortable and stay in place really well. The “FeatureFit” design works well even on my massive thighs. I wish that box did their briefs in the same colour!

Bath and Bodyworks Pocketbac – warm Vanilla Sugar

As the fragrance suggests, a sweeter than sweet scent that gives you “cookies in the kitchen” vibes. The formulation of these pocketbacs is fantastic and not too sticky, and all of their scents are amazing!

Atelier Cologne Fragrance – Bergamot Soleil

This is pure citrus in a bottle – super refreshing and lasting throughout the day – definitely a unisex bottle that would enhance you summer holiday feels!

Mark’s and Spencer Signature Scent Burner Oil – Grapefruit and Ginger

A fantastic fragrance oil that literally fills the room with a fresh and fruity scent. I use mine in a dehumidifier to get the atmosphere really going.

Carmex Classic Moisturising Lip Balm – Cherry

This is a tingly cherry balm that really soothes the lips – a staple for the winter months this really is a classic must have product.

Molton Brown Bodywash – Orange & Bergamot

The same orangey fragrance as the hand cream and it is just great to freshen up your shower or bath time. Full size available at

7th Heaven Peel Off Mask – Manuka Honey

The benefits of this mask is amazing – leaving your skin rejuvenated and feeling fresh! I will level with you though, I hate the smell of honey so was holding my nose throughout 😳

Canary Yellow from Box Menswear

With Spring being officially in the air, I couldn’t not feature Yellow this weekend! I am loving these colour edits and enjoying sharing my products with you! Feel free to show some love on this post and comment below with what you like from my Yellow selection!


Note: none of these products were gifted. All opinions are my own and no money or product was received for a feature in this post.

ThatIsBeyond… A Colour Story – Out of the blue.

# I’m Blue da-ba-dee da-ba-dah!

The second of my series of posts exploring grooming products, accessories and underwear in simple to follow colour stories! This week’s instalment is OUT OF THE BLUE! Let’s bring some more colour into our lives and break through the dull! Want part 1? Red for Filth

TBO The TBO brief – Indigo Blue

Amazingly soft and comfortable fabric that genuinely feel like your not wearing anything! Allows a natural hang up front and did I mention how comfortable they are???

Neals Yard Remedies Remedy to roll – Energy

Aromatherapy oils in a handy little rollerball that promote energy. I don’t know about the science behind them, but they certainly perk my day up! The high quality product you would expect from Neals Yard Remedies. (part of a set of 4)

Bath and Body Works gentle foaming hand soap – Sweater Weather

Sweater Weather Was part of the holiday season release from B&BW it has crisp notes of eucalyptus combined with fresh sage and juniper berry. The foaming hand soaps are amazing in formulation. (Not currently available)

La Roche-Posay Toleriane Ultra Nuit – Intense Soothing Carea

An ace night time moisturiser that is hyper rejuvenating without being oily or leaving a film on the surface. Has worked great on my combination skin. La Roche Posay

Altr For Men Face Fix – Concealer in Medium

A concealer that works nicely for under the eyes and blends nicely for a no make-up effect. Trust this Dad when he says sometimes the dark circles need a little uplift!

Molton Brown Bath and Shower Gel – Coastal Cypress & Sea Fennel

Absolutely delicious smelling, sea breezy fragrance which is aromatic and relaxing. Adored these miniatures which make bath time a little more special! Whole range o this fragrance available on www.molton

This Works Sleep Balm

Called THIS WORKS because it really does. This pillow spray helps ease you into sleep and drift off easier! The aromas of lavender and camomile are so soothing and get the job done!

Bath and Body Works Scentoportable – Car Fragrance Refill in FLANNEL

Another fragrance that isn’t available online – but trust me it is the perfect masculine feminine blend – it is a staple in my car because it smells so good every time I open the car door!

So this is my Blue Edit…

To get away from feeling blue, I decided to make these colour edits and I am so enjoying sharing my products with you! Feel free to show some love on this post and comment below with what you like from my Blue selection!


Note: none of these products were gifted. All opinions are my own and no money or product was received for a feature in this post.

ThatIsBeyond… A Colour Story – Red to filth

Are you RED -eee for this?

The first of a series of posts exploring grooming products, accessories and underwear in simple to follow colour stories! Let’s bring some more colour into our lives and break through the dull!

Bask Menswear Briefs – Red

Comfortable briefs with a great cut, and provide good support and sexy in equal measure! Visit

Soap and Glory Billy Wildhair Hair Sculpting Putty

Crazy sticky stuff that sculpts the hair into gravity defying looks! I don’t know if this is available anymore (I got it in a gift set) but it’s great stuff for statement hair!

Keep Calm Badge

I have no idea where I got this from! But I love it, it has followed me around from place to place and a badge m is a temporary way to brighten up any look.

Sunglasses (stolen from a show I was in)

I was in a show many moons ago and since then I have never lost sight of these bad boys! I remember buying them for the costume and they were £1. I love them so much!

Bath And Bodyworks Car Fragrance Refresher – Winter Candy Apple

Without a doubt the best type of car fragrance on the market – so good I get my bestie to send them to me from the US! Winter candy Apple is as good as it sounds they create lasting full on fragrance for months on end!

7th Heaven Passion Peel Off Mask – Pommegranate

I love a peel off mask to leave my skin feeling fresh and clear. These are pretty affordable and do the job nicely. Just have to avoid the facial hair areas as it gets a bit messy! Available in boots on this link

Molton Brown Bodywash – Pink Pepperpod

I was kindly bought a set of Molton Brown miniatures from a good friend of mine, and I couldn’t have been happier! This fragrance is mildly peppery and perks up bath time with this unisex scent. Full size available here.

Neutrogena refreshingly clear facial wash – Pink Grapefruit and Vitamin C

This is my ‘go to‘ high street oil-free facial wash and is zesty and zingy on the skin. It makes your skin feel thoroughly clear and is great for (non-sensitive) acne prone skin. Available in Superdrug.

So this is my Red Edit… feel free to show some love on this post and comment below with what you like from my Red selection!

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Note: none of these products were gifted. All opinions are my own and no money or product was received for a feature in this post.

ThatIsBeyond … A little reminder (#gifted)

Lockdown is not all doom and gloom. Don’t get me wrong, it has been tough. But sometimes we could all do with a little personal reminder of why we are here and what we are trying to achieve.

This week has been tough.

Across the board, it seems that this week has been particularly tough for those in my circle. There is probably some science behind why, but if I’m honest I have been in too much of a haze to see much further than the end of my nose! But I do know this – whilst it’s hard to feel good about myself it is so easy to share my admiration of others.

Looking in at people I see all they have to offer, their warmth and their light. I see their achievements and their tenacity to make it through. But when it comes to me… I need a reminder.

The refocus band that I was kindly #gifted has given me gentle reminder that there is more to me than I can often give myself credit for.


We produce up to 60,000 thoughts per day. 80% of our thoughts are negative.”

The process is simple, when a negative thought enters your mind, you flip the band. By recognising the negative thoughts you make a choice to replace it with a positive thought. This momentary re-evaluation can be enough to change your trajectory and push you forwards with positivity.

I have been wearing mine for a couple of weeks and it it’s without a doubt and adjustment to make. You have to work at it and decide to recognise the negative, but has the band helped me focus on changing some of this negativity? Yes. It certainly has.

Sometimes I need reminding, that whatever it takes – I can achieve what I set my mind to.

My band is a classic black and grey checkered design and reminds me to remember that “whatever it takes” is what I need to do. This message couldn’t be more relevant in these Covid times, where it’s easy to become unmotivated and, to be honest, a bit insular. I sometimes need to motivation to get me out of the house to exercise or to get the house cleaned instead of wasting time on social media or in front of tv re-runs.

This isn’t the wonder product that will end our mental health woes, nor does it claim to be. But by playing on our innate ability to be habitual, it may well make our days just a little bit easier to handle.

So far I have enjoyed the experience and welcome any positivity that can change my experience.

There are many messages available to personalise your band to a message that resonates to you, and make you more resilient.

From “it doesn’t matter what they think” to “I am the storm” there really is something for everyone! So why not refocus and see if it works for you.

Shop refocus bands here.


The product that is featured in this post was gifted to me for the purpose of honest review. All opinions are my own and have not been influenced by any third party.

Thatisbeyond… Vaccination Machinations, or a broken system?

Taking care of our Mental Health is a way of life. It’s not something that you can switch on and off from, you need to make it a firm priority and take daily care of yourself.

Social media is of course a rabbit-hole of images, words and links that can have direct impact on our mental health, but at the moment the posts that I find hardest to take are the ones regarding vaccinations.

On the plus side, it is wonderful that the vaccinations are taking place and more and more people are being protected. But below the surface there is a real flare of injustice regarding the whole process. I sometimes sit here worrying Is The System Broken?

I preface what I am about to write with the following:

This post is not aimed at any one individual. I believe those plotting against the system for their own gain to be few and far between. I do not know individual people’s circumstances and neither is it really any of my business, BUT and it’s a big but (#ILIKEBIGBUTS) I am seeing a whole host of people on social media receiving vaccinations in their twenties and thirties, when I have family members in their late sixties and early seventies who have not even had a look in, friends and aquaintances with serious medical conditions who have not been called, and colleagues who are keyworkers with no option but to go to work, who could be waiting for eight months for their chance to vaccinate.

How is this possible? Are some counties so short of elderly people that they are already able to vaccinate younger people?

If this were a few instances, I would put this down to an individual’s underlying health issues, but this is a not a small number of people – it simply doesn’t make sense. In the older generations of my extended family, I have people with Diabetes, brain conditions, severe asthma… why haven’t they been given their vaccinations when people at much lower risk have.

I have been pontificating on the unfairness of this situation far too much. it can become all-consuming which is not good for me, so I decided to tap it into my keyboard instead of letting it stew.

I tend not to touch upon politics (it’s far too loaded) but I will say this:

Why am I surprised?

If I was offered a vaccine I would 100% accept it. This is NOT a critiscsim of individuals. But please, please, please… This system has to make sense. I am so disenfranchised by this whole sodding palaver that I don’t know what to feel other than this insane and overwhelming sense of dread and anxiety.

I sincerely hope that we manage to vaccinate those most at risk as soon as is humanly possible – this virus has had too large an impact on our communities already.

For now, I will try to take a step back, this isn’t personal, I know. But to the government I say the following:

Make sure that you do not penalise people for playing by the rules. The majority of people are waiting for news on when they can get access to their vaccination, and we must hold those people trying to divert around the due process, accountable. Doctors surgeries are asking us not to enquire about the vaccinations and that they will contact us when we are eligible… don’t let people fall through the net with their good faith.

I wish all of my readers the best for the coming months, and access to the vaccine whenever that time may come, and of course if that is what you want. Please take care of you and your mental health, I will be trying to do the same.

Stay Safe.