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Bad Boy And Recovering Sex-Addict Russell Brand Reveals Himself -- To Be A Pretty Decent Writer

Once upon a time, he was addicted to everything -- sex, drugs, alcohol, hooliganism. Fast forward and he’s talking us through the UK riots. Why British entertainer Russell Brand, known for his excesses, has suddenly become a voice of reason.

Entertainer Russell Brand (Wikipedia)
Entertainer Russell Brand (Wikipedia)
Martin Wittman

Britain's The Guardian published a curious but poignant article last Friday on the motives of the rampaging youths who, hidden under hoodies and face masks, pillaged, torched and murdered their way last week to center stage in the UK. Poignant because of its tone, which was not only more personal but in many ways more comprehensible than so much else published about the events. And curious because of its byline: Russell Brand – a figure most people associate with the gossip media.

"I often attended protests and then, in my early 20s, and on drugs, I enjoyed it when the protests lost direction and became chaotic, hostile even," wrote Brand, who was born and raised in one of the very neighborhoods that exploded last week.

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The Main COVID Risk Now: Long COVID

Death rates are down, masks are off, but many who have been infected by COVID have still not recovered. Long COVID continues to be hard to diagnose and treatments are still in the developmental stage.

Long COVID feels like a never-ending nightmare for those who suffer from it.

Jessica Berthereau

PARIS — The medical examination took longer than expected in the Parc de Castelnau-le-Lez clinic, near the southern French city of Montpellier. Jocelyne had come to see a specialist for long COVID-19, and exits the appointment slowly with help from her son. The meeting lasted more than an hour, twice as long as planned.

“I’m a fighter, you know, I’ve done a lot of things in my life, I’ve been around the world twice… I’m not saying this to brag, but to tell you my background," says the 40-year-old. "These days, I’m exhausted, I’m not hungry, I no longer drive, I can’t work anymore, I have restless legs syndrome.” She pauses before adding sadly: “I can’t read anymore either.”

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