There are still five weeks to go until Christmas Day but the madness is already well underway. Advertisements for Christmas presents are dominating our commercial TV screens, newspapers are choked with leaflets and catalogues, and shop windows are ablaze with lights and decorations. The Griswald (Chevy Chase – Christmas Vacation) brigade is also in full […]
One of Ivan’s favourite TV programmes is ‘Keeping up Appearances’, with Patricia Routledge playing the awful Hyacinth Bucket (“pronounced bouquet”). He loves her ridiculous attempts to be correct in dress and behaviour for every occasion. Perhaps his own upbringing has something to do with this; his mother had a posh dress shop, and used to […]
One Saturday in the summer, my husband and I visited a museum in London where there was a range of impressive coats of armour. While we were admiring the condition of these medieval battle-dresses, it occurred to me how wearing a coat of armour must be hard work and similar to my daily experiences when […]
It is now over 10 years since the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease (PD) invaded my life and it has set me a series of relentless new challenges along the way. There have been many radical changes in my life over those 10 years, most of which may not have occurred had it not been for […]
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