Monthly Archives: January 2016

The Bird’s a Dodo

Leftwing Idiot discovered something that clearly puzzled and disturbed him earlier this week. We’ve spent the last few days together in Galway for the incredible Creative Connections conference. I was feeling pretty under the weather for most of the time … read more

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Seeing The Difference

When I was at work this weekend I was lucky enough to witness a moment that was both unremarkable and at the same time, so beautiful that I don’t know if I’ll be able to find the words to describe … read more

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Castle Bouncer

I hung out with a new agency carer this weekend. She was new to me, but as it turns out, she wasn’t new to the castle.

While we were chatting she told me that she’d worked as a bouncer here … read more

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Biscuit Flood, Biscuit Drought

Leftwing Idiot sent me an article earlier that made me laugh. Apparently there have been a number of newspaper reports in the last few days warning of potential biscuit shortages as a result of the recent floods in the North … read more

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Wheel Woes

I have four wheelchairs: my heavy NHS chair, my everyday chair, my all-terrain chair for work and festivals, and a light-weight folding back-up-chair which I had to get when my everyday chair catastrophically broke last August.

As of … read more

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“Nostalgic Squirrel”

I’ve had my beloved “biscuit” tic for almost six years now, and soon it’ll be the longest-serving of my vocal tics … but not quite yet. Before “biscuit” there was “squirrel”, by itself, or with variations like “squirrel, squirrel”, “squirrel … read more

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Dingo or Bingabilty?

Several times a day my tics intensify dramatically – I call these episodes ‘ticcing fits’ because they look seizure-like and need similar management. They have a number of distinct elements any or all of which may happen during … read more

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Retrospective Pigs

Dear Pig Fairy

I know I decided a while ago that I no longer needed to mark each of the days when I didn’t have a ticcing fit with a highly decorated pig-shaped dog toy. But I’ve had a … read more

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Trips, Tics, Tipis, Tribes, and Time

I woke this morning with the sound of my alarm ringing in my ears, my mind was already buzzing with ideas. I quickly turned the alarm off and flipped the phone over so I couldn’t see its glowing clock face. … read more

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No Snow

Facebook’s full of wintery scenes. It seems like snow’s fallen up and down the country, but not here in London where everything’s just a watery mess. As I opened my blind this morning my tics predictably passed comment:

“Morning sky, … read more

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