Category Archives: cerebral palsy

Down the down escalator

A couple of weeks ago I used my Huffington Post blog to pay tribute to Glyn Worsnip, a stalwart of Radio 4 throughout the 1980s. Sharing his experience on air of being diagnosed with cerebellar ataxia, the illness that cost … Continue reading

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The Milky Way

The Milk Marketing Board produced some of the most memorable advertising of the early ’80s with slogans like ‘fresh milk’s gotta lotta bottle’ and ‘nice cold, ice cold milk’. Odd times, when prime time TV featured ads for no-brand staples … Continue reading

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I’ll not be home for Christmas (again)

The first post I’ve ever repeated in this blog, but rather fitting. The empty chair at the dinner table That great pre-Christmas schlep out of London now behind us, I’m happily ensconced in the guest room overlooking the village green. … Continue reading

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The Threepenny Opera

Against my better judgement, I allowed myself to be dragged (literally for part of the journey) to this new production. I never really got into Brecht, don’t like jazz, and as my husband rightly points out, tend to be a … Continue reading

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The 55 steps

Window dressing versus real accessibility That same Friday morning last month, when I’d inadvertently counted the steps at Barbican tube station, I purposely counted the steps at the gym. Disabled friendly it ain’t. First there’s a steep flight of stairs … Continue reading

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The 23 steps

Coming ‘face-to-ear’ with cerebral palsy The loss of my twin sister can show itself in the most unexpected places. Whenever I go somewhere new, I’m aware I’m inadvertently addressing its accessibility – Are there any steps? If so, how many? … Continue reading

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Finding a long lost photo of me with my twin

‘Having a happy month!’ A week on, and I’m still waiting for the online publication of my piece on Jenny’s life in a national newspaper. It’s a mixture of excitement and a little frustration. Meanwhile, providing the photographs set me … Continue reading

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Getting Jenny’s story out there

If at first you don’t succeed… My blog entries this month have been a bit thin on the ground. And that’s not because of laziness or lack of interest, I hasten to point out. I’ve been focussing on writing for … Continue reading

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Squeezing the disabled

The PIPs squeaked It’s been a momentous few days in British politics. Like anyone else, I’m compulsively speculating about Iain Duncan Smith’s resignation. Was it about the budget and disability as he claimed? Or the EU referendum as some commentators believe? … Continue reading

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That painful difference

Twins and disability Yesterday’s Mirror told the story of twins Ava and Louie, born nine weeks premature, who both have cerebral palsy. Ava had surgery which now allows her to walk, and their mum talks of how heart-breaking it is … Continue reading

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