Holidays with a Disability – My Experience

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The Bay of Naples from our Hotel by CC Cachia It has been a long winter for everyone this year. For some of us, it has seemed even longer. If, like me, you live with a lung condition, you will have been advised to stay indoors throughout the colder days. Then, when the sun finally […]

Book Review: ‘Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine’ by Gail Honeyman

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‘Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine’ is the debut novel by Gail Honeyman. The Costa Book Awards winner for 2017, it has also made number one on the Sunday Times’ Bestseller List. A world-wide success (and selected for the actor Reese Witherspoon’s book club) praise for Honeyman’s work includes: “Beautifully written and incredibly funny, Eleanor Oliphant Is […]

Frida Kahlo: Making Herself Up – Triumph over Adversity

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I have long admired the work of Frida Kahlo, the Mexican artist who has become a cultural icon. She became an extension of her art herself, in the way she emphasised her physical features and also in her dress, favouring Mexican national costume to assert her political beliefs. Growing up in post-revolutionary Mexico in the […]

Disability in the Acting Profession

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How Do You Feel About Disability in Your Front Room? I was recently chatting with a friend about a documentary I had been watching. I knew the subject matter was something that really interested her, so was surprised that she had not engaged with it at all. When I asked why, her response really saddened […]

Coming up for Air: My Hidden Disability

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In 2010 I was diagnosed with an interstitial lung disease and life became very different from that day. My husband was with me at St Thomas Hospital when I received my diagnosis, and although the actual words of my consultant remain a vague blur, I can recall clearly sitting in a taxi and thinking South […]

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

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Everyone says how the Christmas season starts earlier each year. For 2017 we seem to have gone straight from the Summer Bank Holiday into the festive buying frenzy, bypassing Autumn completely! Poor Autumn, her glorious displays of colour knocked off the shelf by some plastic glitter balls…(sigh). All those television commercials encouraging us to spend, […]

Why (Some) Carers Eat Cake…

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Everyone is aware of the limitations and cost of social care provision. For those of us who have had to navigate the care system, the lack of person-centred care is all too evident. It isn’t the lack of social care that is the reason why so many of us are putting ambition, careers and family […]

Bella Vista! A Postcard from Lake Garda

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What destination can provide spectacular scenery, good weather and delicious food? Are you interested in water sports or walking, or is history or the arts more your thing? Then Lake Garda could be the ideal place for your next trip! Lake Garda is the largest lake in Italy and a good entry point to the region. Forget […]