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Parkinson's disease: Mike Tindall's dad on how symptoms appeared 'I tried to ignore it'

Mike Tindall’s father, Philip, would love to kick a ball around the garden with his grandchildren. But laden with an incurable illness, Philip has had to come to terms with his Parkinson’s diagnosis. It may have been around 20 years since the signs of the disease first emerged, but Philip and his wife, Linda, were made aware of Parkinson’s in 2003. “I ain’t [sic] bothered to read anything about it,” Philip admitted in a candid interview on BBC One. “I tried to ignore it, I think.”

Philip elaborated on his line of thought: “I’ve got an incurable condition, and it’s gradually going to get worse, and worse, and worse.”

The father to the 2003 World Cup champion said he was keen on “fitness and conditioning”.

“I wasn’t the one to drop the ball, I was the one to catch the ball,” he said. “And this was now not happening.”

Parkinson’s disease has caused Philip to “fumble things – and that isn’t me… I didn’t think it was me”.

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“I miss the fact that I can’t [play ball] with the grandchildren, like I’d like to do… that’s what I really wish [for],” he said.

Parkinson’s disease

The charity Parkinson’s UK explained: “Parkinson’s is a progressive neurological condition.

Nerve cells that are responsible for making dopamine are lost over time; this leads to symptoms of the condition to appear.

There are three main symptoms of Parkinson’s: tremor, stiffness, and slowness of movement.

Non-motor symptoms of Parkinson’s disease do not affect movement, but can include issues with:

  • Low blood pressure
  • Bladder and bowel problems
  • Skin and sweating
  • Eating, swallowing and saliva control
  • Speech and communication problems
  • Eye problems.

Mental health issues can develop due to Parkinson’s, such as:

  • Anxiety
  • Dementia
  • Depression
  • Hallucinations and delusions.

Drug treatments, exercise, and therapies – such as physiotherapy – can help to manage symptoms of the condition.

If you have any questions about Parkinson’s disease, Parkinson’s UK offers a helpline on 0808 800 0303.

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Alastair Campbell on becoming Labour leader: 'I would’ve gone for it!'

Tony Blair‘s former spin doctor Alastair Campbell has recently returned to the limelight. In May, Mr Campbell hosted Good Morning Britain alongside Susanna Reid to mark Mental Health Week. Mr Campell also recently launched a savage attack on Sir Keir Starmer’s leadership – saying that Labour faces an existential crisis if things don’t urgently improve.

Pointing to other countries where formerly established parties had rapidly disintegrated, the former Labour spin doctor said “no party has a divine right to exist, or to be a natural choice for government”.

In a lengthy open letter published by The New European urged Sir Keir to drop Labour’s “so-called woke agenda”.

Many have started wondering whether Mr Campbell might be considering going back to politics, perhaps as an MP.

However, in last week’s Iain Dale’s podcast, Mr Campbell confessed there is something holding him back.

He said: “I haven’t really moved on from that discussion a decade ago.

“And maybe the thing that has held me back is actually a doubt whether it would be the case.

“This might sound a bit boastful…

“I would often sit with ministers or prime ministers from other countries, and think: ‘God, they are not up to much… I could do that.’

“But I would look at Tony Blair and Gordon Brown… I couldn’t do what they were doing.”

Mr Campbell also told Mr Dale that Labour backing the UK Government’s Brexit deal was a mistake and resulted in the party “disabling themselves” on the key issue.

Mr Campbell added the Labour Party is now reluctant to speak about Brexit despite it “going wrong in all sorts of places”.

He insisted: “Labour has been a little too static for about a year – Covid, Brexit.

“I think disabling themselves on Brexit by backing the deal was a mistake.

“I think that it means that now Brexit is going wrong in all sorts of places, they just don’t want to talk about it.”

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Roger Federer retirement this year would 'surprise' Andy Murray – 'He still loves it'

Andy Murray has told tennis fans to stop asking when Roger Federer is going to retire – and instead encourage the Swiss superstar to play as long as possible.

Murray has tipped the 20-time Grand Slam champion to continue into next year and says he’d be “surprised” if he called time on his career in 2021.

Federer, who turns 40 in August, pulled out of the French Open to protect his body after two knee surgeries last year. He will play the grass-court event in Halle this week.

Murray, who is making his comeback at the Cinch Championships at Queen’s Club this week, said: “I have heard quite a few times over the years that he was going to stop and people have been speculating on that different times over.

“I remember when he lost to Tommy Robredo at the US Open (2013), people were talking about that then. I don’t know if that was like eight, nine years ago or something.

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“I don’t know whether he’s going to stop playing this year or not. I’d be surprised if he did the way that he is still able to play and compete.

“He seems like he still loves it. He’s been brilliant, and I hope he keeps playing for as long as he can.

“I just don’t quite understand, because I have experienced it myself, this sort of why people want to always ask those questions about when someone is going to finish. Like, he’ll do it when he’s ready.

“I wish everyone would sort of like encourage him to keep going and keep playing as long as he can, as long as his body can do it, because we’ll miss him when it’s over.”

Federer’s male record of 20 Grand Slam singles titles has been equalled by Rafael Nadal – and Novak Djokovic could reach the same mark at Wimbledon after winning the French Open.

Murray, who lost the 2012 Wimbledon final to the Swiss, said: “He’s certainly transcended the sport.

“Yeah, he’s been a great ambassador for tennis and a great role model I think for lots of young players to look up to.

“I had always seen him as like a competitor and someone I was competing against and like a rival. I certainly haven’t achieved anything near like what he has done, but a lot of my career was competing against him in big tournaments and important matches and stuff.

“So I didn’t always look at him as like a role model. But, like, watching him at the French Open and stuff the other day, I was obviously seeing things on social media about it.

“But it’s amazing what he’s still doing and trying to do for, yeah, a sport he clearly loves.”

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Britons say holiday in Spain is 'absolutely worth it' despite amber list

The Government announced that Spain would stay on the amber list at least until the next traffic system review takes place at the end of the month. This means UK travellers that decide to fly to the country, have to quarantine for 10 days on return. One of these was a Briton who travelled to Marbella last week on a business trip.

But is it possible to enjoy a holiday in Spain despite being the country on the amber list?

“Absolutely,” he said.

“I’ve been five or six times and there’s been minimal disruption to being able to do things that you normally would do,” he explained.

He said that the real issue is when leaving or coming back to the UK: “It’s harder at the UK side than it is as the Spanish side.


“Leaving the UK is difficult if you don’t have a return ticket booked like I didn’t when I travelled for work. However, if you have a return ticket booked then it’s easy.

“You need all your paperwork ready at check-in and you need a negative PCR test, even though that the Spanish have dropped this as an entry requirement for people travelling from UK.”

He explained that “there are hardly any issues and what is in the media is nothing like what is actually occurring in those countries.”

“I also think there’s a natural tipping point people have with being locked down for something that is being actively vaccinated against in very large numbers in the UK, so what’s the point of having vaccines if you still need to quarantine or be restricted.

“I think people are generally scared of what it’s like in foreign countries based on what they are reading or seeing on the TV when in reality, certainly in Marbella, it’s more back to normality than here in England!”

During his time there, he was surprised to find so many Britons enjoying a holiday in Marbella.

“Lots of British people there as usual.

“Maybe a bit quieter than previous years but bars and restaurants are still full.”

He explained that going on holiday to the Mediterranean country is still worth it despite the mandatory quarantine on return.

“I’m going back in a couple of weeks,” he admitted.

However, it should be noted that the Government have said Britons should only travel to Amber countries for “essential” reasons, such as funerals.

The FCDO say on their website: “To prevent new COVID variants from entering the UK, you should not travel to amber or red list countries.”

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Our Yorkshire Farm's neighbours addresses downsides of show 'We don't watch it'

Our Yorkshire Farm star Amanda Owen and her family have captivated audiences as they give viewers an insight into their lives on Ravensneat Farm. The shepherdess has shared the trials and tribulations of farming life alongside her husband Clive and their nine children.

The Channel 5 star’s neighbours, who have lived on Ravensneat Farm for a decade, have witnessed the family’s rise to fame.

Patricia and Ronald Tyler, who are aged 66 and 74, retired to the remote part of the Yorkshire Dales for a quieter life.

The couple purchased an old farmhouse next to the Owen’s 2,000 acre farm as they divulged what life is really like when the cameras are no longer rolling.

The neighbours revealed that when Clive first moved to the farm he was living alone.

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“We don’t watch it. It’s too real for us. We already know everything that happens,” said Mrs Tyler.

The Tylers were living next door to the Owens before the arrival of their nine children – Annas, Violet, Edith, Raven, Clemmy, Nancy, Reuben, Miles, and Sidney.

Elsewhere, Amanda recently turned heads after she took to social media in a blue bikini earlier this week.

The shepherdess, who regularly documents her home life, found a way to make the most of the warm weather as she tended to her farming chores.

She could be seen sporting the swimwear while rounding up her cattle in order to move them to new pasture, before going for a dip in the river.

“C’mon, C’mon,” she shouted to the cows while carrying a bag of food to entice the animals.

“Moving cows to some of our outlying Summer grazing pastures. #yorkshire #summer #grazing #sunshine #cows,” she captioned a video of her at work.

Talking to the camera while wearing her blue bikini, Amanda said: “I’m moving the cows this morning and putting them in some remote pastures.

“Away from where people walk where they can have peace and quiet,” she added.

Our Yorkshire Farm is available to stream on My5.

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