Big up the athletics coaches
Sep21

Big up the athletics coaches

I think I know who the nicest people in the world are. They are athletics coaches. Athletics coaches and the officials at competitions are all volunteers. They give up their time to support young people and adults with their athletics. They are usually at least middle aged and some of them are verging on elderly. Most of them are former athletes themselves, some still compete as veterans and some are parents who started out when their...

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Silent Sunday 20.9.20
Sep20

Silent Sunday 20.9.20

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Beloved by Toni Morrison
Sep18

Beloved by Toni Morrison

Beloved by Toni Morrison is a stunning piece of literature about the life of a ‘free’ slave. Like many people following the murder of George Floyd and the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement, I was keen to diversify my reading, so my friend lent me Beloved. (My reading isn’t entirely white, middle class woman – I’ve read My Sister the Serial Killer and The Confessions of Frannie Langton this year...

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Farewell Cedric: A very special guinea pig
Sep17

Farewell Cedric: A very special guinea pig

Sadly, after a difficult few days, my beloved furry boy, Cedric, passed away. He fought very hard, harder than any other guinea pig we’ve known before. And we fought alongside him. For the last couple of days of his life, we were syringe feeding him liquid food and water hourly. Right until his very last afternoon, we really believed he could make a recovery. Cedric was a very special guinea pig to me. Regular readers will know...

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Worrying about Cedric part 2
Sep15

Worrying about Cedric part 2

After Cedric had lost a lot of weight and I thought I was literally seeing him die before my eyes, we took him to the vet. The vet checked him very carefully (although we weren’t in the room because of Covid, of course). He said his teeth were a bit uneven and had got sharp, which would make it uncomfortable to eat. So while he was definitely still eating, he probably wasn’t eating as much of the denser foods which he...

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