12 January 2009
THE ‘NEWS’ asks you what you think of the day’s issues.
Interview by Emanuel Nordrum
ROY HURST, 56, UNEMPLOYED, OLD KENT ROAD
What do you like best about Southwark?
I've always lived here - and I've been a Millwall fan all my life! I even met my wife here. It's a great place to live.
Where is your favourite place in Southwark?
Surrey Quays, because there's so much history there, and Southwark Park.
What would you like to change about the borough?
To be honest, there's not much I would change. I've been a Bermondsey man all my life, and can't really think of anything.
Post Christmas, doctors are warning that Britain's drinking habits are leading us to a liver disease epidemic. Do you think we're drinking too much?
Personally, I hardly ever drink - barely a bottle a year. However, I do think that if it's a serious problem it has to be stopped, and all the ads about how much or little we should drink are necessary in order to do that.
As offices and schools open again, a major cold and flu breakout is expected. How do you protect yourself from colds?
I actually got one before Christmas, and I didn't take one single Lemsip! It catches people out. The only thing you can do is sit them out: go to bed, take liquids and take it easy.
According to a new study, ambitious and industrious people are more likely to live longer than impulsive people, because they take fewer risks in life. Do you listen to research like this?
I would say I fall under the first category myself, but yes - if I belonged to the second one, I would definitely listen to it and I'd probably change.
A survey by the Prince's Trust has found that one in ten young people between 16 and 25 does not find life worth living. How can our younger generations become more motivated?
I think it's the same for all of us, regardless of age: you need to keep busy. So many people just sit inside watching TV all day, pop out to the shop quickly, and then come back home and watch more TV. I make sure to go out walking every day - getting out and about motivates you.
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