Just like Furbies, Tamagotchi’s and Roller Skates did, Pokémon Go has hit us hard! It’s also created a massive buzz right across the world! If you’ve seen hunters out in your area catching Pokémon, it’s a sight to behold. Rather like sheep being herded in a field. I was trapped in a car parking space the other week by a group of young teenagers. For a second, I thought I’d ran one of them over in my attempt to reverse out of the parking space. I got out and asked them what they were up to. It turns out the parking space was good for collecting Pokémon!

If you’re a parent who’s still not sure about letting your kids play, or you’ve been hiding under a stone for a few weeks and you’re still not really sure what Pokémon Go actually is, here’s a very brief outline.

Here are the three best reasons to download and play the smartphone game of the moment:-

1. It requires lots of walking. This means lots of exercise!

So, yeah walking is good for you but this game seems to be a great motivator to getting you out and into the fresh air. As well as walking around tracking nearby Pokémon, the game gives another reason to walk further distances. You can also hatch Pokémon eggs. These eggs are available at Pokéstops but each egg needs you to cover between 2km and 5km for them to hatch. Get your hiking boots on!

2. You get fresh air and sunlight.

It’s not just something that your Mother used to tell you. Fresh air is good for you and you’re going to get quite a bit while you’re outside chasing Pokémon! While you’re out and about, your body will also see natural light, and if you’re lucky some sunshine too. The kids will get more access to vital vitamins that are definitely not available in front of the games console in their bedroom.

3. Believe it or not, it’s educational.

To catch Pokémon, you need Pokéballs (why do I always laugh when I hear that?). You get Pokéballs *giggles* at Pokéstops. Here’s the interesting bit; Pokéstops are located at loads of historical landmarks and interesting places locally and across the UK. Places that without Pokémon Go you may have never visited!

So all in all, this game that everyone seems to be talking about may have already had some bad press, but it also has it’s good points too! What are you waiting for? Get your trainers on, get to your nearest Pokéstop and grab you Pokéballs! Ok, I’ll stop now.

Since it was launched, the no contract access to Sky TV channels that Now TV provides has gone from strength to strength. The platform allows you to watch Sky TV’s entertainment, cinema, sport and kids packages without a contract and via the internet. It does all come at a fairly good price too. The lack of a contract and being able to cancel whenever I want is the big bonus for me.

We all like to save a bit of money and this little trick worked for me. I wasn’t using the service as much as I was when I first signed up. So I decided to cancel. Just as I did, Now TV offered me my exact same package for over 50% less for an extra 4 months. I can still cancel at any point but if I do, will lose this special price. If you’re loving Now TV and you fancy seeing if you can get the service cheaper, it may work for you too. Let me know if it does!

Welcome to my new look website! I’ll be posting blogs about my thoughts and opinions plus things happening in my life. Maybe even a few things that might interest you regularly. Now because we’ve given my website a freshen up, I thought as my first blog post I would re-post maybe the most important piece of news from my personal life this year, and maybe ever!

I’ll never be able thank all my family, friends, listeners and readers fully for the true love and support I’ve received since I first post this in February 2016. I truly hope that this will help you, may inspire you or even change your way of thinking in some way…

So, I recently got my first tattoo! Just Be You has become one of my motto’s in life over the past year.

I’ve realised that life is just so much better if you are yourself and don’t try to fit in or be someone or something just because you think that’s what you should be. I think that it’s so important to work out who you are. Peer pressure or parental expectations can cause you to act in a way that you feel you should. I’ve found out the hard way that it makes you very unhappy over time.

So, here’s the score. I have dated and been in love with girls. I have also been on dates with guys. This is me. It’s who I’ve been since I was a teenager. That’s the time I realised that something was “a bit different” about me. This was a very confusing time for me. I knew how I felt but didn’t know how to deal with these feelings. I also felt that it was wrong for me to feel the way I did. Add the peer pressure and the thought that I needed to be a certain way to fit in with what people expected of me and it created a big problem. By the time I was in my late teens, I’d finally accepted that I was probably bi-sexual.

Then, I met and fell in love with a few girls over a period of a few years. After time, my relationships with these girls ended and I soon realised a pattern was emerging. I was pushing people away and I didn’t know why. In 2014, I felt that I needed to do something about this. Otherwise, I would be unhappy forever. I set out to work out who I was.

After a year of soul searching, thinking and working things through, I realised how times had changed. Sexual orientation doesn’t matter. People should accept a person for the qualities that they have to offer and not for whether they are attracted to girls or guys. On the scale of things, I slowly realised that I was closer towards the gay end of the spectrum than I’d thought. From there, it was a journey of acceptance and realising that until I accept who I am, I will never be happy.

So, this is me. My plan is to just be me from now on. I hope that people will see that I am still the same person, but just 100% happier knowing who I am and being clearer about what it is that I want out of life. I’ve never felt a need to tell people about who I am but I do feel that if I do, it will make it easier for me to live my life and that’s why I’m writing this blog.

Thank you for reading and I hope I can count on your support. If there’s one thing you take from reading my words, please remember how important it is for your own happiness to Just Be You. Love people for who they are and not what they are.

If you’re experiencing similar problems or can relate to anything that I’ve written here, please talk to someone. Don’t bottle it up. Talking helps you to work things out. If you have nobody to talk to, drop me an email in total confidence on Lee@LeeJukes.com.

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