Morning Melbourne

There are some tough things about having Tourettes, and for me one of them is disrupted sleep.

At 5:30 this morning I woke up having a ‘ticcing fit’. At first I wasn’t too worried about dropping off again, but it … read more

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Putting My Foot In It

A couple of days ago I wrote about how erratic pre-fit behaviour had led to me having my first ever ticcing fit in a sink.

Yesterday I proved that my ability to behave erratically isn’t limited just to ticcing fits. … read more

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Sink Fit

I’ve had ‘ticcing fits’ in many unusual places: a fire station, a tube station, on top of some hay bales.

Often, just before my tics intensify, I behave erratically – hitting something nearby or trying … read more

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Give and Tate

You may have noticed I’ve been a bit quiet of late but don’t worry, it’s not because I’ve run out of steam – in fact it’s been because everything’s been going flat out over the last few weeks. In a … read more

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Call Me Dr Biscuit

At the start of the summer a formal looking envelope popped through the castle letterbox. I opened it with curiosity, unsure what to expect: it’s content blew me away.

It was a letter from the University of Wolverhampton saying they’d … read more

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Disabled Doesn’t Mean Less Able

Yesterday was the last day of Southbank Centre’s incredible Unlimited Festival. The Festival celebrates the artistic vision and originality of disabled artists. Highlights for me included Claire Cunningham’s beautiful piece The Way You Look (At Me) Tonight, Heart N read more

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What Can You Do In 58 Minutes?

What Can You Do In 58 Minutes?

• Go for a swim
• Enjoy a three course meal
Replace a toilet

I’ve just spent 58 minutes on the phone booking a train ticket.

Before I made the call I’d … read more

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The Paralympics in Brazil start next week. Yesterday afternoon though, my body seemed to be embracing the sporting spirit a bit early, and in its own ridiculous way.

I was working away on the sofa when I started having a … read more

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Face Stain

One of the hazards of involuntary movements is getting your hands covered in ink. I was using a marker pen yesterday, and ended up with a big, bright, slash of pink across my arm.

I thought nothing of it – … read more

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Appeals on the Bus

A panel of seven judges from the highest court in the land is currently considering an issue that matters to me deeply. The judges of the Supreme Court are hearing Doug Paulley’s long-running case against his local bus company. This … read more

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