Challenges

Can You Stop It?

Our last morning in Portland was a bright one. We enjoyed a relaxed start, packing slowly and getting ready for the long trip back to the UK. By mid-afternoon we were on the first leg of our journey, a short … read more

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A Close Shave

While we’re here in Portland, Leftwing Idiot, Lily and I are sharing an apartment-sized hotel suite. I wrote the other day about the difficulties I’ve been having weeing and the bladder stimulating device I’ve been given to try out.… read more

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In Praise of Gummies

Yesterday we flew for the few hours it takes to get from New York City to Portland. This is our first time in the state of Oregon and we passed over snow capped mountains and dense forests on the way. … read more

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A Sorry Day

When I was at college I used to find seminars really stressful. When I wasn’t worrying about the noises and movements I was making I was battling to stay awake. Dark, warm rooms and the hypnotic whir of a projector … read more

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Stop Talking And Start Relaxing

Joyce was supporting me today and we got chatting about theatre. She’s not a regular-theatre goer but she did come to the Brewing In The Basement cabaret night we held at The Barbican Centre last November.

Joyce, who’s Jamaican, said … read more

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Rachel’s Last Night

Almost exactly three years ago the children’s organisation Kids Company suddenly closed. A couple of days later I was introduced to Rachel who’d worked for them as an occupational therapist. She’d lost her job out of the blue and was … read more

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Melancholy Magic

In thirty minutes Lily will arrive to do my night support and as soon as she gets here we’re going to head straight out for a swim. But by the time she gets here I want to be out of … read more

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I Smell of Piss and Other News

When I started this blog just over eight years ago I pledged to tread the fine line between honesty and self-pity. The post I’m about to write is going to be one that tests how well I can do this … read more

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The Straw Fan

Over the last few months I’ve seen a number of groups calling for a ban on disposable plastic straws. Campaigns such as ‘Straws Suck’, ‘The Final Straw’ and ‘The Last Plastic Straw’ are but a few of them. Petitions putting … read more

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New Diagnosis

Over the last two years I’ve been experiencing increasing pain in my back and hips as well as in other joints, including my wrists, ankles and shoulders. Along with this almost constant pain I’ve also been having difficulties with nausea … read more

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