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Serena Bhandari - Flatmates: can’t live with them, can’t (afford to) live without them

Time in lockdown is passing very quickly and that’s great news because it means it’s now time for another guest post from writer Serena Bhandari. In this post she discusses the challenges of finding the right people to live … read more

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‘I’ve Been Glimpsed!’

This evening, for the ninth time, people across the country stood on their doorsteps or leaned out of their windows and make noise in solidarity with people providing care during the pandemic.

This weekly ritual has become a poignant marker … read more

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Video Meetings - My Top Tips

Like many people, I’ve been having lots of video meetings for work recently. I experience chronic pain and fatigue which makes it hard to take part in these calls if there aren’t clear agreed expectations.

I was thinking about this … read more

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Constellations of Love

At the end of last week, during a what’s app hang out with Fat Sister, Bean and King Russell, there was a lovely exchange that got me thinking – and making.

Bean asked if my support worker Claire was my … read more

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In Praise of Podcasts

Last night I wrote a post while I was in intense pain and struggling to sleep. I wrote to help me focus on what I was feeling and to find a way through. To some extent it worked, and with … read more

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Touch Diary Re-visited

This pandemic’s making everyone re-evaluate their relationship with touch, whether that’s contact with other people, our surroundings, or even our own bodies. Last June I wrote about the role physical touch plays in my life, and for a week I … read more

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Lockdown Challenges - Week 2

As families across the UK head into the second week of school closures and lockdown, here are five more challenges for you to get stuck into. These are written with primary-school-aged children in mind, but they could be adapted to … read more

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Survival of the Crip-est

In a matter of weeks life across the world has changed dramatically, and like most people I’ve been trying to adapt to the uncertain times ahead. While many people are focused on navigating the challenges of home working, home schooling, … read more

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While You Were Washing the Dishes

My sister is a hospital doctor. She lives across the road from me with her husband King Russell and my niece Bean. They’re less than a hundred metres away and you can even see my place from their top floor.… read more

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Life on The Spaceship

Just over a week ago it became clear that in order to stay as healthy as possible during the current COVID-19 pandemic, I needed to self-isolate. I always need close physical support from others to complete many essential daily tasks … read more

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