Category Archives: twins

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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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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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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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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Not keeping it on the level

The crazy design of my disabled twin sister’s school Last week in my Huffington Post blog, I wrote a piece bemoaning the lack of a past for my old school, Outwood Grange Comprehensive, near Wakefield. It was as if the … Continue reading

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The not so Secret Garden

Quite frankly Colin needed a damn good slap In early November, I enjoyed writing posts about disability and the First World War – the long shadow it cast into the 1970s during mine and Jenny’s formative years. The positive images … Continue reading

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Tribute to a stillborn twin

Guest post In order to widen the range of perspectives demonstrated in this blog, I’m inviting guest contributions from others who’ve had experiences of the issues I write about. For this first guest post, I’m very grateful to Phil for … Continue reading

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The card from my twin that made me cry

Hindsight changes everything An unexpected find – going through boxes of papers during our recent house move, I came across this card from Jenny. The card, written when we were 25, was an olive branch from the distant past. I … Continue reading

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I never dream about my twin

A curious absence What a couple of weeks it’s been. First, on Monday 5 October, visiting Broadcasting House to record a BBC podcast with members of the Ouch team and guests who, like myself, are on one side or the … 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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