Tics for Time Out

Time Out magazine is available in many cities, but for me it’s most strongly associated with London, and in today’s edition there’s an interview with me in it.

I’m really pleased to have had the opportunity to talk about my experience of Tourettes and my mission to change the world one tic at a time. Increased awareness and understanding of Tourettes makes a big difference to the quality of my day-to-day life.

However, it’s not the first time my tics have been mentioned in Time Out, though last time it was much more of a shock to find myself in its pages.

That was about four years ago, when I’d been to a comedy club with my friend who also has Tourettes. Some of the comedians that night took our tics in their stride, but others floundered. I remember the compère describing it as the ‘Comedy Krypton Factor.’

Months later some work colleagues were looking through the magazine and came across an article about a comedian describing the night she died on stage. Although Ruth and I weren’t named in the piece, our tics were, and they gave us away in an instant as the cause of death. Anyone who read the piece and knew me would’ve recognised my ‘Lego’ tic from back then straightway.

This time around the piece is one I’ve had much more say about and I hope it’ll introduce new people to my site and to the real humour of tics.

If you’re here for the first time, here’s a quick tour:

Take a look at the blog for more about life with Tourettes.

Enjoy over 5,500 examples of my genuine vocal tics.

Check out the gallery, which is full of tic-inspired images, and please do create and upload an image if one captures your imagination.

The FAQ page should help answer any questions you might have, but if you don’t find the answer you’re looking for, or if you have any ideas or thoughts do get in touch.

If you like what we’re doing and want to show your support please make a donation or buy something from the shop. Money raised helps us to maintain the site and put on creative events for children and young people with Tourettes.

I’m not certain that I qualify as an ‘interesting Londoner’ but having Tourettes certainly gives me an interesting view of London. Creating Touretteshero has taught me to appreciate this perspective, and I really hope the article and this website give you the opportunity to enjoy it too.

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