For much of Tony Adam’s football playing career he was battling with an addiction to alcohol. The former Arsenal and England defender credits Alcoholics Anonymous and talking therapy with helping to improve his mental health, get sober and quit alcohol. Since retiring as a football player he has gone on to help other sports people…

An artist’s impression of that fateful day Christians wearing a crucifix, quipped Bill Hicks, is “kinda like going up to Jackie Onassis with a rifle pendant on”. You might draw a similar comparison to the tradition born of Oak Apple Day — that of wearing oak apples or leaves to commemorate Charles II’s less-than-kingly feat…