Alternative Christmas

Alternative Christmas

When I was a child Christmas was magical.  It began in mid December when the Lewis’s Christmas parade would burst into Porthill in full technicolour with loud Christmas music and  causing universal excitement.   Standing against the fence high above road at Bradwell...
Lines

Lines

Lines Cross the line Draw a line in the sand Fine line Throwing someone a line I was going through my wardrobe pulling out anything that was purple. It was late October and I was preparing for pancreatic cancer awareness month with a plan to find 30 purple outfits so...
Archie

Archie

What do you know about epilepsy? If you are like me not very much I remember being 16 years old and going on a school visit to the local residential school for children with epilepsy. I remember being a little bit perturbed by the condition but then 36 years elapsed...
A Flock of Seagulls

A Flock of Seagulls

Four months is that a long time or a short time? When you are waiting for your annual summer holiday it’s an age, if you have four months to prepare for Christmas or a wedding it flies by. On 6th October 2014 I found myself in a restaurant having dinner with Seth’s...
Oh no not that really nice little chubby man

Oh no not that really nice little chubby man

“Oh no not that really nice little chubby man “ Seth would have thought that description of him was funny and he may well have paraphrased it into something that was not so polite. Seth was a realist.  Love, determination, commitment, wanting to do something to help...
Grief creeps up on you

Grief creeps up on you

Grief creeps up on you it takes you unawares, for a brief second it takes away your breath. There are moments where you realise that your grief will never leave you have that overwhelming nauseating feeling of deep loss. It’s like that, it can be evoked by a phrase,...
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