Category Archives: family

Helen Bailey

In these days after the sentencing of Helen Bailey’s murderer, we’ve learned how a dangerous predator has targeted a writer at a time when she was vulnerable. As Deborah Orr points out in the Guardian, elements of the press have … 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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Awkward anniversaries for the bereaved

Anniversaries are difficult, both as a marker during the grieving process and as a sometimes unexpected reminder later on. Most people agree the first is the worst. That was certainly true for me. I’ve now got 20 behind me – … Continue reading

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Twenty years after the inquest

It’s been a year of high-profile inquests. The cases that come to mind are Deepcut soldier Cheryl James’s inquest in June and nurse Amin Abdullah who died in February. Although I was moved by the news reports at the time, … Continue reading

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TFI Saturday!

It’s been a difficult year in general – a surfeit of celebrity deaths, that shock Brexit result, the departure of a Prime Minister. But for me, 2016 was largely going to be about one fact – the 20th anniversary of … Continue reading

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No longer waiting for a miracle

In February I posted a blog which stemmed from a news story on a 16-year-old’s brush with the benefits system. Edward Bright, who lost his limbs in early childhood due to meningitis, received a letter insisting he is reassessed regarding … Continue reading

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And when did you last see your sister?

No gym this morning and very strange that I find myself sitting at the computer writing this. It’s 20 years exactly since I last saw Jenny. That was at 7.45 on 31 August 1996, a Saturday morning. I’d already had … Continue reading

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Twenty years ago – August 1996

The start of a new week and another month. When we were young children, the first of each month was always greeted with cries of ‘White rabbits!’ I have no idea why. This particular month is going to be a … Continue reading

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Education, education… repetition

Low expectations for disabled kids Over the weekend I’ve been working my way through the remaining boxes put in the cupboard under the stairs when we moved house almost 18 months ago. And so I came across a scrap book … Continue reading

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1930 is the new 1899

The last of the ‘Victorians’ News this morning that the oldest person in the world, Susannah Mushatt Jones, has died aged 116. The mantle now passes to Emma Morano, who’s not only the oldest person currently alive but also the … Continue reading

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