Tony Hart Attack?
I used to love watching 'HartBeat' it was the art program for kids back in the '80s, as the youngsters of today might say, it was "class".
Tony Hart, the main man, was softly spoken with a mesmerising mannerism that just had you hooked, plus the show had that bit in the middle that lasted only a few minutes, the bit that we were all really waiting for, that's right, the MORPH segment. After searching YouTube for about 12 fucking hours I finally came across an appropriate Morph video to add to the blog, it's at the end as usual, but don't go there just yet, because we have some important shit to sort out.
This post is a little bit about 'The Heart' and a little bit about 'The Hart', let's start with the latter, shall we?
Tony Hart was born in 1925, worked hard all his life, and died in 2009 peacefully in his sleep.
He was active on TV from 1951 through to 2001, 50 years in the business, finally giving up work around 76 years of age to then go and enjoy a well-deserved retirement plan.
That sounds fucking great, BUT, In 2006 it was announced he was in poor health, and in 2009 it was revealed that he had suffered two strokes, not sure when, but it could have been anytime between 2001 & 2006. So somewhere in the first 5 years of retirement, the poor bugger suffered not one, but two strokes and these basically left both his arms paralyzed to the degree that he could not pick up a pencil and draw, that's fucking harsh, the one thing he loved doing taken away in a fucking 'HartBeat' (Sorry...I know).
On his inability to draw he is quoted as saying.
"The greatest cross I have to bear".
You can imagine can't you, still functioning to a certain degree, but unable to do the things you love, it is no surprise that he passed away a few short years later, he probably gave up the will to fucking live.
R.I.P Tony Hart (1925-2009)
OK lads, let's get into this bad boy.
You all know where your heart is yeah? It's that thing in your chest that seems to pulsate that little bit faster when you clock the arse of that fit bird bending over to get her smoothie from the bottom of the office fridge. It pumps blood and nutrients all around the body every waking and sleeping minute of your life, has done since you were born and will continue to do so until you draw your last breath. It's pretty fucking important I'm sure you'll agree, and we have to look after it the best we can. You can live with one lung, you can live with one kidney, one leg, one arm, even one bollock, but you can't live without a Heart (unless your Tony Bennet, who left his in fucking San Francisco, the twat).
This is the Million Dollar Question.
"how do you keep your heart healthy?"
Now, this is where it all gets a little fucked up, or rather, a lot fucked up.
Let's take a look at a few examples of places your average working-class bloke would look for an answer to this question, given that he on his fag break and only has ten minutes.
The British Heart Foundation Website
All of the above, fuck the 10 mins
To put this question into a bit of a context, if you googled it, you get one billion three hundred and fifty million results (1,350,000,000), that's fucking huge, its obviously still on peoples minds even though we've all been eating heart-healthy foods like cereals and whole-grains (or so they say) for the last 40 years. While I was googling that for this post, something popped into my head, so I googled that as well, it was this "is smoking bad for you", now I genuinely thought this would be a very low number of search results, as we all know the risks of smoking, it been proved, there's no denying it, right? There were seven hundred and seventy-three million (773,000,000) search results. WTF!, That surprised me.
But it proves that people are googling their health, the problem is the sheer quantity of information and then trying to sift through it all and find a definitive answer. This is pretty much what I do and have been doing for the last 6 years, it's no easy task.
Let's get back to 'The Heart' and that million-dollar question.
"How to keep your heart healthy"
The search results are all over the shop. The usual suspects are there of course.