• 2014,  Uncategorized

    Unsettling

    One of my friends is supporting some of her loved ones through a tough time. I think it’s fair to say (I don’t know the others involved) it’s overwhelming and difficult. And I when I sent her an email to let her know I was thinking of them and hoping things were improving she asked me to write a blog to make her laugh. This is probably not the blog to make her laugh. It’s something I’d seen and vaguely wondered about posting about. It’s probably not interesting to anyone but me.  I hope however it gives her a distraction for a few minutes if not the laugh she wanted.…

  • 2014,  Monday Music,  songs of my life,  Uncategorized,  wheelchair

    Monday Music: All About That Chair

    It’s ages since I did a Monday Music post. I quite like Megan Trainor’s All About That Bass.  But if I am going to share a version of that song it’s not going to be that one.  Because you know I’m all about that disability bout that disability bout that disability (sorry I couldn’t resist). A you tuber called Heather Schouten who uses a wheelchair has done a version called All About That Chair. And it’s incredible. I can’t find a copy of the lyrics but this article in The Independent includes some of them. The article in my opinion borders on inspiration porn and probably sees things in the…

  • 2014,  trains,  Uncategorized,  wheelchair

    Obviously.

    I was on the platform at the station in Oxford this evening.  We’d been to see a show (Shrek the Musical) and it had been a bit of a break neck race to get there after the show finished about 20 minutes late meaning we had approx 18 minutes to get out of the theatre, over to the station and on the train. And there wasn’t going to be a train for an hour after the one I’d booked on.  Also I’d forgotten to check how late Didcot station is staffed tonight so I thought if I had to get the next one it’d be ok but I wasn’t sure.…

  • 2014,  books and reading,  reviews,  Uncategorized

    Nice Girls Don’t by Sue Barnard

    I received a free copy of Nice Girls Don’t by Sue Barnard in exchange for an honest review. Who knows what secrets lie hidden in your family’s past? Southern England, 1982. At 25, single, and under threat of redundancy from her job in a local library, Emily feels as though her life is going nowhere – until the day when Carl comes into the library asking for books about tracing family history. Carl is baffled by a mystery about his late grandfather: why is the name by which Carl had always known him different from the name on his old passport? Fascinated as much by Carl himself as by the…

  • 2014,  creative writing class,  Uncategorized,  writing

    A Weekend in London

    I went to London for the weekend and I had a busy but brilliant time. Friday I met up with a good friend of mine who moved to London a couple of years ago.  We went over to the Tower of London to see the poppies.  I wanted to see them again and she hadn’t seen them.  It was strange because in so many places there were more than there were when Mum and I went in September but they were very definitely taking them down and there were gazebos and boxes and people in places doing that.  It was also completely and utterly rammed with people looking at them. …

  • 2014,  books and reading,  reviews,  Uncategorized

    Living By Ear by Mary Rowen

    Mary Rowen kindly sent me a free copy of her book Living By Ear to review. What happens when the world you love doesn’t press pause when you do? Singer-songwriter Christine Daley hit the streets of Boston and became a minor celebrity—with a local radio hit—in the 90s, but a “short” career break to marry and have kids changed everything. Now, sixteen years later, she’s a frustrated suburban housewife, struggling to find her place in life. After filing for divorce, she learns that her attempts to reestablish her own rhythms—both in music and in love—are more complicated than she’d anticipated. Her two teenagers are desperate for their mom, and her…

  • 2014,  C-A-B,  campaigns,  guest blog,  I want to change the world,  mental health,  my flat,  perceptions,  personal,  perspective,  political,  success stories,  Uncategorized

    On Volunteering and Housing Day

    Today is #HousingDay (hashtag housing day) a day designed to promote social housing and highlight all it does for people in the UK, how important it is and just what the need for social housing is. I know from my own experiences just how much having access to a flat that is fully adapted to my needs, is safe and secure (in terms of both safety and tenancy) and affordable is.  It’s more than a roof over your head it’s the ability to make plans and do things and get on with your life that might otherwise be impossible. And in both parts of my CAB  role (adviser/gateway assessor and…

  • 2014,  blogging,  Uncategorized

    8th November

    Today is 8 November 2014. I started sharing my life online 8 November 2000. I was bored that day and remembered this diary thing someone had told me about months before.  I’d written a few entries than abandoned it.  I went back that November day and deleted all of those and started afresh.  I’ve said before that I regret deleting those entries.  And yeah it would be interesting to go back and read them. But my first ever blog entry from the days when they called them online diaries – the one I wrote that November day is still online.  And having gone back to read it I have to…

  • 2014,  NaNoWriMo,  Uncategorized

    November, NaNo Time

    It’s November And November is NaNoWriMo month.  I am taking part this year. Sort of. I must admit after several years of taking part and being a big supporter of it I’m going off it a bit.  I love the fact it promotes writing and make the time to do it and chase a dream (if writing a novel is your dream). But it’s not the be all and end all and some of the ridiculousness I’ve seen in the name of NaNo no longer seems worth it to me. I have a work in progress that I’ve been working on properly since the summer after planning it and writing…