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FOOD FOR THOUGHT ON WORLD IBD DAY

FOOD FOR THOUGHT ON WORLD IBD DAY

I find it very apt that World IBD Day falls on May 19th, my late grandma’s birthday. Grandma was a writer and literature lover; her favourite poem was ‘Warning’ by Jenny Joseph. For those that don’t know it, the poem speaks of being an old lady...
SILVER LINING

SILVER LINING

How do you find a silver lining? We have all heard the phrase: every cloud has a silver lining. What does it really mean and how do we find our own silver linings when everything around us seems grey? In my experience, they tend to appear when I least expect it. It’s...
JUST FOR ME

JUST FOR ME

What does that even mean? For me, there are certain behaviours that seem to come instinctively: caring for other people, being busy, working all hours of the day and night, maximising every single moment so there isn’t even so much as a minute being wasted. That’s all...
TOLERANT TIMES – OPENNESS IS THE KEY

TOLERANT TIMES – OPENNESS IS THE KEY

If we want to live in more tolerant times – openness is the key. In both my professional life and personal life, I spend a great deal of time with children and teenagers. Whether I am directing them, tutoring them, workshopping with them or performing auntie...
FACING FEARS

FACING FEARS

People often describe me as fearless which is obviously not true. I understand why this trait is attributed to me, but I would say not risk-averse or courageous are more accurate descriptors. As an actor, writer or any kind of self-employed creative professional, it...
JUST LIKE RIDING A BICYCLE

JUST LIKE RIDING A BICYCLE

It’s just like riding a bicycle is a phrase used to determine something that is almost impossible to forget once it has been learnt. As an expression, it is all well and good. Unless, of course, you never had the courage to learn to ride a bike in the first place like...
SAFETY IN NUMBERS – COMFORT IN FAMILIARITY?

SAFETY IN NUMBERS – COMFORT IN FAMILIARITY?

Elephants move in herds. Fish swim in shoals. Lions hunt in packs. Birds fly in flocks. Bees move in swarms. What do they all have in common? They are all groups of a single species, travelling together to reach their desired destination. It is not only humans who...
ARE YOU LOOKING AT ME?

ARE YOU LOOKING AT ME?

I am finding it hard to believe that the elephant and I have been inseparable now for exactly seven weeks. For anyone who didn’t meet the elephant when I first outed him (it feels like it’s a he; don’t ask me why) let me explain. The elephant is my naso-gastric tube –...
SOME THINGS WE CAN’T ESCAPE

SOME THINGS WE CAN’T ESCAPE

This January, we are doing something we have never done before, and going away for some Winter sunshine (we hope) and relaxation. Lovelyman and I took advantage of a ridiculously bargainous offer with Monarch, and booked return flights to Gran Canaria for next to...
THE GREATEST LOVE OF ALL

THE GREATEST LOVE OF ALL

George Benson made this song a hit in 1977, with Whitney Houston reviving it, and making it an even bigger chart topper in 1985. Anyone of my generation has sung along to the backing track at a bad kareoke night. My middle sister and I actually used to duet that...
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