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Private healthcare features photos of people smiling for no apparent reason!

The site I’m looking at is Kaiser Permanente, so-called because you’ll be ‘permanentely’ bankrupt if you have to use them.  It’s the one you might not have heard much about because apart from The Guardian and The Mirror, the papers … Continue reading

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Gagging Order

After my recent adventures in twisty colon land I nipped off to hospital today for a follow-up gastroscopy.  I wasn’t nervous as I could barely remember having it done before. There was something about a throat spray but the rest of … Continue reading

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First Confession

I’m an ex Catholic.  Catholicism is like herpes.  You can disavow it, shake it off, take strong medication, but it still pops up to remind you that you’re still Going to Hell. First time I felt guilty I was seven … Continue reading

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Resting Granny Face

That moment where you see a really bad photo of yourself and think – oh my God do I really look that old/ugly/desiccated/ and the answer is a resounding, ego shattering ‘YES.’ Continue reading

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The liberal elite that Republicans are always bitching about will have no say in the US government over the next four years.  Trump won on fear and loathing.  You wanted it – you got it. 

In the opening scene of the movie Downfall, Bruno Ganz as Hitler is shown being kind to Traudl Junge, his new and terrified secretary.  It’s a brilliant scene, reminding us that Hitler the mass murdering monster was also a human … Continue reading

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Why are we more protective of daughters when our sons are far more likely to be victims of criminal violence?

It’s half term so my daughter (12) and a close friend of hers (13) are both staying with my boyfriend and I in Manchester.  The Girl suggested a trip into town with her friend – let’s call her Molly, and … Continue reading

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I know how you feel when your work is judged

To my students.  I know how you feel when your work is  judged This academic year I’m teaching the new Open University MA in Creative Writing.  I’m also doing some critical reading of the script materials.  And like thousands of … Continue reading

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Things not to say to a person with Crohns or colitis

I’ve recently been diagnosed with Crohns.   It’s a new landscape and I’ve a lot to learn.  Like there are side-effects. To Crohns.  Not only do I have a condition – it has sucky side effects too!  Like mouth ulcers.  … Continue reading

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Remember! Don’t go to bed until you’ve finished going to the toilet

Said my leaflet on Colonoscopy preparation.  Those useful nuggets of information just kept on coming.  I was very grumpy anyway because it was 4pm, the colonoscopy and endoscopy appointment was next day, I was starving and the only thing going … Continue reading

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Ulcerative Colitis: Crippling pain, bleeding and crap jokes

The pain suddenly morphed into nausea and my mouth soured as I vomited copiously. Odd what goes through you head – I suddenly realised why I dislike those poncy ‘foams’ that are perched onto your food in post restaurants – they reminded me of when you have nothing left in your stomach but are still being sick. Continue reading

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