It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…

I was introduced properly to Charles Dickens when I was twelve in a classroom directly beneath the sports hall cum theatre and which shared a corridor with two of my three favourite places in the school: the tiny one-room library and the stationery cupboard. One of the original Arthur Rackham illustrations for A Christmas Carol… Continue reading It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…

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My Pain Awareness Month

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I had decided I wasn’t going to mark pain awareness month at all but the more I thought about the reasons why I wouldn’t, the more I realised they were actually reasons for why I should. I’m not going to write “my chronic pain story”. Nor am I going to explain how mental health has… Continue reading My Pain Awareness Month

New Year’s Resolutions

“Year’s end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can instil in us.” - Hal Borland This is not your average list of over-optimistic New Year’s resolutions. Don't expect a ten-point plan that I will have abandoned by mid-summer. No sight nor sound of 'lose weight',… Continue reading New Year’s Resolutions