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Hosted by Education Mutual, in association with Sparta Health, veteran BBC reporter, MP and Unicef UK Ambassador discusses how to engage the brain and stay sane during lockdown and the age of COVID-19.

Martin Bell is a former television war correspondent and politician.

He joined the BBC in Norwich as a news assistant in 1962 and went on to serve the corporation as diplomatic correspondent (1977-78), chief Washington correspondent (1978-89), and Berlin correspondent (1989-94). He reported from 90 countries and 11 wars from Vietnam to El Salvador and Biafra to Bosnia. He was wounded by mortar fire in Sarajevo in 1992.

He left the BBC in April 1997 to stand as an independent against the sitting MP for Tatton, the Tory Neil Hamilton. He won with an 11,000-vote majority, to become the first elected independent MP since 1951.

He was appointed Unicef ambassador for humanitarian emergencies in 2001. His assignments for Unicef have included Burundi, Kosovo, Tajikistan, Iraq, Malawi, Bosnia, Sudan and Sri Lanka.

He has written three books: In Harm's Way (1995), An Accidental MP (2000) and Through Gates of Fire (2003).

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