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The second drowning

  It started as these things often do with a question; raised tentatively, not wanting to be the only one. Seeking out a collective, camaraderie and hoping in equal measure that it was and wasn’t a communal concern. Actually, it probably started long before that. Perhaps when I noticed that yet another friend had disappeared from social media. […] Read more…

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Say something

My uncle gave me the best advice of my life one night as we were drinking pints of beer in my dad’s old pub. It was not long after he died and my siblings and I had a phase where we shunned the bright lights of the city centre bars for this old man’s pub […] Read more…

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Friendship after loss

Three times I have now done this. The first was my cousin. Her beautiful daughter died just six weeks after entering the world. I am not sure how much of a help I was for that to be honest. I think teapot and chocolate spring to mind. It is not that we weren’t close, we were very […] Read more…

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That bucket list

Last week felt huge. It was like the world had tipped on its axis. So many changes all at once – from the assassination of Jo Cox to the resignation of Cameron. The EU vote shining a light on the cracks in our society so they were laid bare and unflattering. We had younger generations blaming older generations for scuppering potential […] Read more…

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This boy does bounce

I was at my nephew’s 5th birthday party at the weekend. It was an old school affair – family, few friends, bouncy castle, booze for the parents. The sort of perfect day when the sun shines and children’s giggles fill the air. Perhaps I was soaking up the chilled garden party vibes too much and that was […] Read more…

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