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Radio 4 Extra - Clowning Around...on now, so try it on BBC Listen Again/Sounds. Let the Beeb know you'd llke some more of the same (if you would!) ... See MoreSee Less

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These statistics came in from the Arts Council blog's stuff we've been saying for years, but at least it is starting to be acknowledged by the mainstream agenda:

"Creativity in all its forms is an essential part of being human and vital for wellbeing. More research is needed, but a series of high-quality studies are emerging which show the health benefits of cultural activities – whether that’s picking up a book, visiting a museum or joining a choir. A recent influential Parliamentary report, Creative Health, found that one arts on prescription project administered by the charity Artlift led to a 37% drop in GP visits and a 39% reduction in hospital admissions. This produced a net saving of £216 per patient.

Off the back of similar evidence, programmes are starting to roll out across the country. Dance for Health, a dance-based fall prevention programme for older people, has a completion rate between 27% and 42% higher than programmes based on repetitive, less creative exercise. Put simply, the participants have more fun when they dance so they stick to the programme. Similarly, Reading Well, a books-on-prescription programme, reported that 83% of participants experiencing mental ill health felt better able to understand their conditions, and 68% felt that their symptoms had improved."
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This stage routine seems appropriate to post today: it is an example of magnificent comic timing, acute awareness of the audience and a brilliant debunking of macho masculinity. I find it both moving and inspiring... Davies and Don Estelle Singing Whispering Grass ... See MoreSee Less

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