Category Archives: Health

Frida Kahlo and the politics of disability

Recently, I visited the “Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up” exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. This exhibition comes as a result of a small treasure trove of Frida’s belongings and photographs being opened to the public … Continue reading

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Living with an invisible disability

I read a letter in our local paper recently, in which someone was complaining about what he called the “misuse” of the disabled Blue Badge parking scheme. He claimed to have seen many people, with Blue Badges, park in our … Continue reading

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Do we really need the welfare state?

A few days ago, a complimentary therapist told my wife that she thinks we should get rid of the welfare state and rely on charities to help those in need. This was during a discussion about the rise in the … Continue reading

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Taking care of our own planet before looking at others

I read this morning that a British led consortium of space scientists is planning to crowd fund a mission to land an unmanned probe on the moon and bury a time capsule. People who donate funds will be able to … Continue reading

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The new wave of misogyny and sexism

Recently, I read this excellent piece by Alison Graham in the Radio Times, lambasting sexism in advertisements. Then my parents passed on this little gem┬áby Michael Hogan from The Observer a week or so ago. Sexism is alive and well, … Continue reading

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An unexpected meeting

A few weeks ago, I was in the town centre for the Farmer’s Market. I was dressed in my full morris dancing band kit and handing out flyers for our upcoming workshop. I knew I looked pretty unusual, and that … Continue reading

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“Blurred Lines” by Robin Thicke – joke or dangerous?

Yesterday, my sister drew my attention to this video on YouTube. Watch it all the way through, if you can bear it. My sister works as a therapist, counselling children and young adults. She views this song as one of … Continue reading

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