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Arteriovenous fistula

I must have been about 20, sitting at a table at uni having dinner. Deep in conversation, I couldn’t help noticing that the guy sitting at right angles to me was getting increasingly distracted. His eye contact faltered as he … Continue reading

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‘Don’t do it Di!’

When you’re bereaved of a close relative or friend, even 20 years on, there are moments when you think: ‘I’d have shared that with him or her’. It might be a news story, the death of a celebrity or something … 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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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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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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‘Samantha Barber – nought!’

After two heart-felt posts on topics central to Jenny’s story, here’s my first go at my ‘apropos of nothing’ category. I hope adding a few of these will bring a bit of fun to what could risk turning into a … Continue reading

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