"I tried to end my own life - but the Strongman sport gave me strength to carry on"
A man who once tried to take his own life has said exercise and training for Strongman competitions have given him the strength to keep going.<br /><br />Jamie Fry, 22, attempted suicide in 2020, but was inspired to improve himself after discovering strength athletics.<br /><br />He now goes to the gym five times-a-week and is able lift weights up to 180 kilograms.<br /><br />Jamie is now training for his first competition, which will take in place in November this year.
"I've saved nearly £10k taking kids on holidays during term time FOUR times - I've had fines but I'll do it again"
A mum who has saved almost £10,000 by taking her kids on holiday during term time says she "stands by" her decision - and will do it again this year.<br /><br />Rachel Smith, 33, takes her two children Brayden, 11, and Elianna, nine, out of school every year during term time to go on holiday abroad.<br /><br />The single mum who works in finance saved £3,000 last year by taking her children to Majorca and Magaluf in May and June rather than peak-season August.<br /><br />Whilst she regularly receives £60-per-child fines, she says the decision is a "no brainer" as "it's nothing compared to the cost of holidays in the school holidays".<br /><br />They have been on four holidays so far during term time, and are jet-set for Mallorca next week on another adventure.
'Taking up your space' with Shaunagh Brown
Today host Kelly is joined by a very special guest ex-England international and star of Harlequins club rugby, Shaunagh Brown. Shaunagh is an inspiring individual and comes to The Reset Room to talk about the importance of 'taking up your space'.
'World's best cleaner' takes on her filthiest bathroom yet
The 'world's best cleaner' has transformed one of her dirtiest bathrooms yet - featuring a moss-covered loo seat and sink filled with sewage. Auri Kananen, 30, spent 48 hours “extreme-cleaning” the one-bed apartment, which featured a toilet which hadn't been cleaned in six years.
10 fun and fiendishly difficult Christmas quiz questions and answers for 2023
Let us know how you did on our festive quiz!
A first look at Glasgow’s newest Italian, Assaginni in the West End
Assaginni has opened in Glasgow’s West End, an Italian restaurant specialising in small plates.
A full English breakfast - on a waffle
Known as the ‘British Breakfast Waffle Trio’, the traditionally-sweet favourite has been infused with flavours of the classic Full English, with a range of batters including black pudding and bacon, tomato and mushroom, and Cumberland sausage with orange zest.
A tour of 12 Sunderland clubs we've loved and lost
Sunderland Echo reporter Tony Gillan takes us on a tour of Sunderland nightspots that have vanished from the landscape