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First Dates' Merlin Griffiths issues 'painful' health update from hospital bed

Channel 4 television personality announced last year that he had received the devastating diagnosis after doctors discovered he had a 4. 5cm stage three tumour. In April, Merlin underwent surgery to remove the tumour but his health battle isn't over yet.

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Half of parents know their child has been cyber bullied - but feel powerless to stop it
Millions of parents feel powerless to protect their kids online – despite 48% knowing their child has at some point experienced cyber bullying.The study of 1,400 parents, with children aged six-18, found 57% know little about how to keep their kids safe – with a third of these admitting they aren't that tech savvy.And 47% have little access to what their child is doing online, due to locked phones and console passwords.Over half (55%) of parents who feel helpless find it hard to keep up with all the online channels their child can use.The research, commissioned by The Diana Award, has been released after Downing Street hosted a closed reception with charity ambassadors Rio Ferdinand, UK youth mental health ambassador for the Department of Education, Dr Alex George, and anti-bullying young ambassadors trained by the charity.The meeting with Number 10 came as the Online Safety Bill goes through parliament.According to the research, 46% of parents fear their child knows more about technology than the older members of the house, and can cover issues up.Of the children polled, more than half (58%) wouldn’t tell their parents if someone tried to bully them online.And 45% are unsure that their parents would be able to help them anyway.The Diana Award’s spokesman, Alex Holmes, said: “The online element of modern life can make bullying behaviour far more complex.“When many of today’s parents were young, bullying behaviour – while awful – was something that happened outside or at school.“Now, the safe-space that was home is also increasingly under threat in today’s always-connected world – especially where lockdowns and school closures have encouraged bullying behaviour to seep more and more into life online.”The study also found
First Dates Merlin Griffiths gives health update after huge operation amid cancer battle
First Dates star Merlin Griffiths has given a health update two months after having a major operation amid his bowel cancer battle.The 47-year-old revealed he's "doing well" after having the tumour removed back in April.Merlin was diagnosed with bowel cancer in September last year after suffering from pain in his stomach for three months beforehand.He initially thought the pain was caused by a car accident that happened when he was 20.However, after further investigation, the doctors discovered a 4.5cm Stage three tumour.In April Merlin had a major operation to get the tumour removed and has since said he's doing well, reports The Sun.He also praised the NHS for saving his life and said his First Date co-stars, such as Fred Siriex and Cici Coleman, are "like family".Focusing on his health going forward, the barman has teamed up with Harrogate Spring Water and has helped launch Royal Ascot's first ever reduced and no alcohol bar.The bar is part of an initiative which will encourage mindful drinking with Love Island star and UK Youth Mental Health Ambassador Dr Alex George also involved.The TV star will be creating his exclusive non-alcohol cocktail, called the "Jubilee Spritz", for people going to Royal Ascot to enjoy at the bar.In the drink, he's mixed Harrogate Sparkling Water with touches of lavender combined with aromatic CleanCo G 0% botanical spirit.The mocktail is then complemented with a touch of fresh lemon juice for a refreshing taste for racegoers to enjoy.Speaking about working with Harrogate Spring Water and their first-ever reduced and no alcohol bar at Royal Ascot, he said mindful drinking makes "a lot of sense".Merlin commented: "I'm glad to see someone like Harrogate Spring Water is really taking this on
Millions of adults are cutting out alcohol to save money and be healthy
Millions of adults are cutting out alcohol to save money and be healthy – inspired by the younger “Generation Sensible” who booze less.A study of 2,000 Brits found 38% are mindful when it comes to drinking, and a quarter have consciously cut down their intake in the past year.Health is the top reason for this new behaviour (32%), while 15% wanted to prevent waking up with gaps in their memory.A quarter cut back to avoid a hangover, and 14% felt being more mindful with their drinking would help them be fully present at events.But three in ten believe younger generations are leading the way when it comes to mindful drinking.The study was commissioned by Harrogate Spring Water, which has teamed up with Dr Alex George and TV celebrity bartender Merlin Griffiths, to launch Royal Ascot’s first low- and no-alcohol bar.Richard Hall, the brand’s managing director, said: “Our survey clearly shows how adults really are being more mindful about their alcohol intake post-lockdown, as they now focus on creating memories from their experiences.”Dr Alex George said: “Adopting a mindful approach with drinking is such a key way for us to look after ourselves, and also make the most of our experiences.“I find it so interesting that a sixth of those polled said not being fully present at an event in the past from drinking too much alcohol, had influenced them to now be more mindful with their intake.“With 26% of people noticing that by cutting down they have a better memory of their experiences, you don’t need much more of an incentive to give it a try.“I can’t wait for racegoers to come try out Merlin’s delicious mocktail and have the opportunity to drink mindfully throughout their day.”The study also found over a fifth (22%) have attended
Love Island's Niall Aslam unrecognisable with long hair four years after quitting show
Love Island star Niall Aslam looks worlds away from his ITV debut on the popular dating show as he now channels his inner hippie and boasts a full luscious beard.The sexy singleton appeared in the original line-up of the fourth series of the show back in 2018 alongside the likes of Megan Barton Hanson and Dr Alex George.Throughout his time on the show, the 26-year-old hunk was briefly paired up with Kendall Rae Knight before he coupled up with villa firecracker Georgia Steel.But it wasn’t meant to be after the brunette beefcake decided to quit the show just nine days after it started despite becoming quite the fan-favourite during his short time on the show.After his shocking exit, the star soon revealed he had been rushed to hospital due to stress-induced psychosis, explaining how he had suffered from hallucinations.Now, more than four years later, Niall looks almost unrecognisable from his brief TV stint as he now rocks luscious long locks with striking blonde highlights which he completed with a thick raven beard.He has also gone on to publicly speak out about his struggle with autism on social media, as the reality star confessed he often felt “ashamed” over his mental health condition in the past.In a lengthy Instagram post, the star opened up about his experience as part Autism Awareness month with the condition to his loyal legion of fans online.He penned: “Haven’t posted whilst it’s been autism awareness/ acceptance month but I know most people that follow me on here are aware of my diagnosis.“Truth is sometimes I find it hard talking about my experiences being autistic online in such a positive light all the time.“Being autistic has been a struggle my whole life Leading me to be on antidepressants at 10, school
Love Island’s Kaz Kamwi and Liberty Poole ‘shaken up’ after being ‘held at knifepoint’ in Los Angeles
Love Island stars Kaz Kamwi and Liberty Poole are said to be ‘shaken up’ after reportedly being held at knifepoint in Los Angeles. The reality stars, who struck up a close friendship while appearing in the 2021 series of the ITV2 dating show, are currently on holiday in the US after attending the Coachella music festival in California last month. However, their idyllic getaway reportedly turned into a nightmare when they were approached by a 40-year-old woman wielding a knife. Kaz, 26, and Liberty, 22, were on their way to a party when they got out of their car in the ‘wrong part of the neighbourhood’, a source claimed. ‘Out of the blue, this woman appeared with a knife and threatened them,’ the insider revealed. They added to The Sun: ‘Liberty and Kaz were obviously shocked and terrified — especially because guns are legal in the US.‘But fortunately for them, two men who had been walking past came to their rescue and called the police.‘The girls have been left shaken up by the incident and are just surprised that it happened to them.’ The pair were said to be ‘grateful’ that the two men jumped in to help them, but are now ‘determined to put the scary incident behind them for the rest of their once-in-a-lifetime trip’. Kaz and Liberty became fan-favourite contestants during the last series of Love Island, with viewers falling in love with their friendship and rooting for their individual dating journeys in the villa. Liberty immediately struck up a connection with Jake Cornish in the villa, with the pair becoming an official couple early on in the series.