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Positive

Here's my original post on ABC tales that I want to keep private except for the blog. I'm gonna erase the original from the site and leave it here instead. Remember to keep this on the low. The results are in. The envelope has been opened. The result announced. POSITIVE. Yeah, my cologard screening results returned to me today. They are what I had feared. I had all the symptoms which means I didn't have any symptom at all just like the last time...

Robert Edric (2022 [2020]) My Own Worst Enemy: Scenes of a Childhood.

Robert Edric is six or seven years older than me, but scenes of a Sheffield childhood are remarkably similar to mine. A writer’s job is to remember. I remember my da punched my mum. My sisters would probably make some excuse, as if it never happened. I don’t remember me wee brother setting his jammies on fire, and him being rushed to hospital. I was only a kid, but I find it strange I forgot what happened that day. Edric does remember everything...

Positive but Private

Yeah, I got a positive result on my cologard sample which immediately sets the gears a clicking. I got note from my doctor who's is setting me up with a gastroentroligist and scheduling a colonoscopy. I want this personal journey to remain a secret to my real world friends and family until we know more but the story is definitely underway and I need to relate it in a safe place. 20% of the samples yield a false positive. It's too early to panic...

Rachael Smart (2022) Ways To Fold a Swan.

Poets make the best writers. Ways To Fold a Swan is a chapbook. I remember Rachel Smart from when she was an editor at ABCtales (she probably still is). I read everything she wrote. Poetry mostly, but also prose. Story of the week stuff. I like her writing because she writes about people I recognise. People like me. Working class, and unashamedly so. Words she recognises come preloaded with meaning. ‘Rouse, ravish, rape.’ Roe versus Wade. Tens...

Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point Fri 22nd June 2022

It’s been a quiet week, but no drop off in quality has been discernible. Well done, all. Story of the Week Celticman’s Ugly Puggly continues to absorb, and Marandina’s three-parter The Horses of Wooldale Road written over a long period of time is also worth some of yours. Ugly Puggly pt 4 1 The Horses of Wooldale Road Pt 3 However, Story of the Week for me is Colin.b’s Audio-excerpt, Sheep Without a Shepherd taken from the audiobook version of...

Bernardine Evaristo (2019) Girl, Woman, Other.

Girl, Women, Other won the Booker Prize for Bernardine Evaristo in 2019. This mimics one of her twelve characters, Amma. Her play at The National, The Last Amazons of Dohomey is a popular and critical hit. Amma, the outsider, has become Amma, the insider. Bernardine Everisto, playwright, poet, author and critic has become part of the cultural elite. An insider and outsider. Four chapters, twelve characters. Each chapter giving verse of their...

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In response to CM's blog about Health Centres

The idea that there is profit to be made from essential services is silly. It's like making fleas responsible for a cat. Recently some non essential procedures were scrapped in Health centres. It was an option on a survey I was sent by our local council, on how to cut costs, so I wasn't sure how widespread it was. Then there was a bit about it on Health Check on radio 4, so it's not just here. One of the procedures no longer free from the Health...

Panorama, Undercover: Britain’s Biggest GP chains, BBC 1, BBC iPlayer, undercover reporter Jacqui Wakefield

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m0017x2b/panorama-undercover-britains-biggest-gp-chain https://www.theguardian.com/society/2022/jun/13/britains-biggest-chain-of-gp-surgeries-accused-of-profiteering My partner recently had to go into hospital. The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Glasgow, Accident and Emergency. It was recently slated for having up to a thirteen-hour waiting time. We know there is little point phoning for a GP appointment on the...

David Cruickshanks (2022) Stayin Alive. How PTSD (Nearly) Stole My Life.

Summy passed me working in Kerr’s garden in Shakespeare Avenue. It runs parallel with our horseshoe shaped street—and he stays in McGrath’s old council house, a few houses down—from home. He was taking his two sons down the road. I imagined it was to school or nursery. One of the boys fell behind, and he was acting up. Summy was firm, but loving with him. Summy’s mum was an alkie. His step-dad was away working for the Shah of Iran. He spent a...

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