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Searching For Solidarity

Dear friends and family, you might want to change your WhatsApp settings so they don’t show the last time you were active. That’s because I’ve taken to using it as a way to find company when I’m awake in the … read more

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Living the Dream

I’m lying by the pool with the Spanish sun soaking into my body. Fran and I arrived in Mallorca yesterday and we’re here for a week of total rest – writing blog posts is the only work-related activity permitted and … read more

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On Your Marks Get Set Rest

I’ve been incredibly lucky to go all over the world with work, including to Australia, Canada, Bosnia and the United States, but although I’ve done a load of travelling I haven’t actually been on a proper holiday … read more

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Manchester Rotary Igloo

I’m not sure if or when this post will make it onto the website. I’ve not got a lot to say and what I do have is pretty vague and personal. But I feel compelled to write, so I’m just … read more

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Raw on the Inside

It’s just after six in the morning. For the last few days I’ve woken super-early every day. Today though, rather than making myself go back to sleep, I’ve embraced the early start.

The light is incredible, bright sunshine’s already bouncing … read more

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Yellow Wins

A few weeks ago I went to speak at a National Trust event in Derby, which turned out to be a really interesting experience. Unexpectedly I also got to indulge one of my biggest passions – talking about wheelchairs.

The … read more

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The Brilliant Blue Time Machine

I’ve been in bed for about five minutes and my body’s just starting to relax, with my incredibly soft duvet wrapped around me. But just before I slid into bed I had an unexpectedly emotional moment.

I’d been feeling quite … read more

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Reflection For Grenfell

A year ago today the country woke up to the news of the shocking fire at Grenfell Tower.

In the post I wrote later that day I described how, even from those very early pictures and news reports, I felt … read more

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Crawl of Shame

We’ve been in Zurich for the last few days. The flight back yesterday morning was only an hour and twenty minutes. But for a wheelchair user flying is nearly always stressful and yesterday’s flight was no exception.

For the last … read more

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Fixed Stare

A couple of days ago I was waiting to pick up some medication in a busy hospital pharmacy. There was a boy aged about nine also waiting. I pulled up in my wheelchair and waited nearby.

The boy couldn’t take … read more

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