Monthly Archives: April 2013

Whatever happened to The Guys In The Band?

I was building up a quite accidental following for my ramblings without any desire for fame until a certain FB page closed.  Suddenly I felt that many people I had once been helping -or at least cheering with words that … Continue reading

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Liverpool ‘Care’. A Pathway For All?

My grandfather was put on the Liverpool Care Pathway last month. I assumed the pneumonia had killed him, that it had been mercifully quick, until I spoke to my uncle who has epilepsy. He was quite matter of fact about … Continue reading

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The Crooked Made Straight….(Not about reforming David Cameron, sorry….)

Only tangentially related, but too fun not to post: From:  A Sure Guide, or, The Best and Nearest Way to Physick and Chirurgery, by Jean Riolan, “Englished” by Nicholas. Culpeper. “A mis-shapen Chest by reason of the Crookedness of the … Continue reading

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Are there no prisons, are there no workhouses? No, but there is psychometric testing….

The revelation that the Department for Work and Pensions has introduced psychometric testing and is imposing sanctions on those who do not or cannot complete such tests, leaves me shuddering for anyone with a ‘low’ I.Q. or a learning difficulty. … Continue reading

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Why Money isn’t ‘classy’ if you Sell Your Soul For It

I come from a family that owned a house with half an acre of land (and a large mortgage) and saw themselves as struggling taxpayers because there was not much over after 3 kids, the wellies and cheap pets and … Continue reading

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I am real: I’m the only me I’ve got

I have cerebral palsy (CP) and STILL my own family, friends and neighbours often do not understand why I have not found a job when “they know people in wheelchairs with jobs.” They have known me 35 years.  If they … Continue reading

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Parenting for some:

It is no wonder there is such heartache and trauma for disabled parents when attitudes such as the one in the article http://samedifference1.com/2009/11/24/why-people-with-learning-disabilities-shouldnt-have-children/ are expressed so freely and so commonly. One might as well say that racist parents should be sterilised … Continue reading

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