Category Archives: lifestyle

Not remembered

The wartime child victims of the Garrick Theatre Disaster This week marked 100 years since the Garrick Theatre Disaster. Never heard of it? This was little known story, overshadowed by the horrors of the First World War, is about the … 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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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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Waiting for a miracle?

The strange logic of annual benefit assessments for the disabled The last few days saw the story of 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 … Continue reading

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Philately will get you nowhere

The ‘Spastics Society’ first day covers I recently came across a hoard of 16 charity first day covers dating from the 1970s to the ’90s. If you’ve never heard of these, you might find the idea rather quaint. It’s an … Continue reading

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The tweets that croaked

Ethel Meaker, Eurovision and Turn the Key Softly Readers of this blog will know that I set it up to publicise Jenny’s story and to write about my experiences of being the non-disabled brother to a disabled twin sister, cerebral … Continue reading

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No-one’s immortal

Five lessons Jenny’s sudden death taught me Strange how water cooler conversations can set off a chain of thought. Earlier this year when former Apprentice star Stuart Baggs died suddenly, all the talk at work was about the ‘27 Club’. This … Continue reading

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The girl in the chair

Single YouTube episode of early ’70s ground-breaking TV Let’s pick up from where we left off in the last blog – the lack of positive role models for disabled kids growing up in the 1970s and my aversion to Colin, … Continue reading

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Time to share our story

My disabled twin sister died in a fire Putting this into the public domain isn’t easy. It concerns a traumatic event of half a lifetime ago, and a close connection ruptured. It’s not something I’ve talked about with many people. … Continue reading

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