Iain Gray Freelance Writer

Articles - The Daily Telegraph


Changing a lifetime’s eating habits - Week 4

The crucial day of the final test has arrived for Iain Gray, one of the four Telegraph journalists taking a challenge to lower their cholesterol levels. Has it made a difference?

Well, I have returned from my 150-mile struggle through the French Alps, and by some miracle, considering the state my arteries were in, I survived. 


Changing a lifetime’s eating habits - Week 3

It's week three and some of the four journalists who signed up to a drive to lower their cholesterol levels are finding it easier than others

Fear can make a man do many strange things. Force him to run across a bullet-strewn battlefield to drag a critically wounded friend to safety, or cower, shivering in the protective arms of a foxhole. Tear his recently-created masterwork into pieces or just not start it in the first place. Rig an election. In my case it was far less dramatic. I started doing some exercise.


Changing a lifetime’s eating habits - Week 2

Do seven days without comfort food make one weak? Iain Gray is one of four Telegraph journalists one week through a challenge to reduce their cholesterol levels.

OK, so now the hard work could really begin. My cholesterol was high, too high. The years had finally caught up with me, like an über-healthy Tommy Lee Jones facing down an obese Harrison Ford. “But I drink Innocent smoothies...” no longer cut it as a get-out clause.


Changing a lifetime’s eating habits - Week 1

Products containg plant sterols claim to reduce 'bad' cholesterol levels significantly. Iain Gray is one of four Telegraph journalists to put it to the test.

Up until about a day before my cholesterol test results were presented to me, I had always maintained a fairly positive attitude towards my health. 


Get out the tissues - Raef’s been strafed

The last genuine character in ‘The Apprentice’ has been axed, and he didn’t see it coming, he tells Iain Gray

‘The Telegraph is my paper. You won’t be too mean about me?’ It’s a rare moment of weakness. For all his bluster, incisive words and sharp suits, the latest victim of Sir Alan Sugar’s extreme recruitment drive, The Apprentice, is clearly concerned about the public’s perception of him. He appears to know that he is not perfect. Who would have thought it?


Deja-vu or Re-record?

Iain Gray remembers Betamax - even if Sony doesn't

Back in the 1980s, at around the same time as perms, Pong! and Pat Sharpe, consumers could walk into an electrical retailer and be faced with a choice between two video formats - Sony’s Betamax and JVC’s VHS.


Democracy rocks at the seaside

Iain Gray reviews All Tomorrow's Parties vs the Fans in Minehead

Amid the garish water flumes, miniature golf, unconvincingly-themed bars and slightly creepy rows of endless identical chalets, a remarkable event took place.


Why giving up is hard to do #3

Horribly smug or scarlet with shame, Iain Gray is one of six Telegraph writers who attempted to renounce their favourite pleasures for Lent, reveals whether he managed to resist temptation

I wouldn’t use the word “abject”, but there is no way to view my attempt to give up alcohol as anything other than a failure.


Why giving up is hard to do #2

Iain Gray is one of six Telegraph writers desperately trying to give up something for Lent. Is his will weakening at the half-way stage?

Disaster! I had agreed to give up alcohol for Lent but had completely forgotten about a friend’s wedding. 


Why giving up is hard to do #1

Iain Gray is one of six Telegraph writers trying to give up one of their favourite vices for Lent

As soon as I decided to give up alcohol, I wondered what I had done…


How to stretch a festive fiver

Chelsea’s well-paid footballers limited themselves to buying £5 gifts for each other at the club’s Christmas party. Here, Iain Gray takes up the challenge and does the same

Not only am I cheap, but I am also lazy, so I decided to do my Chelsea challenge entirely on the internet. I avoided the panicking crowds, miserable weather and over-eager sales people, and am now free to luxuriate in sloth and parsimony.


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