Category Archives: memoir

15 September 1996

Strange, what with the impending 20th anniversary on 15 October, I remember something similar from 15 September 1996 which I’ve not thought about in years. A car crash at Puddletown near Dorchester in the early hours that day killed four … 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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August Bank Holiday 1996

Looking back at my diary for August 1996, it’s not the best written-up of months, although I’ve stuck to it more rigorously that I have to this blog at times. The August bank holiday that year was Monday 26th. I … 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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Snake on the train

Dismayed to read in the news this week that Eurostar, as ‘a temporary policy’, has been using one of the two disabled toilets on some of its trains to store passengers’ bicycles. Apparently this was in lieu of adequate designated … Continue reading

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‘Danger: handicapped children!’

I knew 2016 was going to be a strange, difficult year, looking back 20 years to Jen’s death. Here’s a strange thought: What would I have looked back to 20 years ago? In 1996, my memory would have gone back … 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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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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