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How to live with nine cats and not lose your mind …

People ask me what it is like to live with nine (Nine? NINE? NNNINE? Yeah, nine.) cats … here is a snapshot .. 1.  Forget about greeting any visitors normally. Because those people who wish to sell you things (cheap … Continue reading

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Oh god, it’s so Black ….

You know, every now and again I stumble across something which makes me cringe, big time. Inside my olivey, untanned, so-called “White” skin, it makes my flesh creep. I recently joined a group that celebrated and shared memories of the … Continue reading

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No time of year is as emotive as this one. For those of us who had less than loving childhoods, Christmas, with all its expectations of emotion, love, excitement and presents, more often than not descended into chaos, abuse, pain … Continue reading

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History is a funny thing.  You can ignore it, work round it, forget it.  But in little subversive ways, it always comes back to bite you. It is not a well-known fact that I was sexually abused as a child.  … Continue reading

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A life well lived – RIP Christina Scott

If I close my eyes for a moment, I can still see her.  An accented voice on the phone transformed into a tiny bundle of frenetic energy, dark of hair, purposeful of tone, striding into the office and demanding to … Continue reading

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A heartbreak waiting to happen …

Loving a pet is an odd thing – it’s a bit like loving someone who speaks a completely different, mostly unlearnable language, where body language and behaviour are often your only clues to how they feel.  And who has a … Continue reading

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To even begin this post, I guess I have to let you know that I spent a great deal of my early teenage years watching music videos.  I recorded the ones I enjoyed (and occasionally, the ones my parents loved … Continue reading

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Protected: Trouble – 2009

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Udderly ridiculous!

I grew up eating very traditional food – tripe and onions, marrow bones, my mother’s Italian dishes and once, to my utter disgust, rabbit. As we grew older and everyone got busier, dinner was a more slapdash affair, but when … Continue reading

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Samhain – 2006

Lighting candles this Samhain for lives lived close to me I grieve for those taken too soon and who left behind Mysteries of form and fire for us to dwell on Sadly during long nights of dark and chill Being … Continue reading

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