Category Archives: My Life

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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Being self-employed: what I have learned

Exactly a year ago yesterday, I qualified as a bookkeeper. Since then, I have been busy setting up my practice and running my own business, hence no posts on this blog for almost a year. I thought I’d share with … Continue reading

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Rolf Harris and unreliable memories

I have to admit that, as a survivor of child abuse and a victim of groping in my teens, I was really pleased to see Rolf Harris convicted and given a prison sentence last week. Every time this happens, it … Continue reading

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Equal marriage – equal but different

On 29th March 2014, equal marriage entered the statute books in England and Wales. I am using the word “equal” here advisedly, as I have had just about enough of it being called “gay marriage” or “same-sex marriage” in the … Continue reading

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Near death experience

The week before Christmas, I developed a urine infection. Because it was the weekend (of course), when I found bright red blood on my toilet paper I called the out-of-hours service for the UK, which now means dialling 111. After … 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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