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Anxiety Blog Depression Mental Health

Getting Back to Work – a Follow Up

This is an article about working with a team of good and decent people in a professional kitchen as the Potwash. It’s also about spurious advice and hope for the future. I will also be calling out Boris Johnson as a manipulative hack, so skip to the end for that.   It is a follow-up […]

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Anxiety Blog Depression Mental Health

Back into the Workplace

As my new and very part-time job, I’m going to be doing Pot Wash in one of my favourite restaurants starting tonight. A hot and humid night in July, with me overweight and shorn of all confidence and 55 years old. The lowest form of life in the professional kitchen, in one of my favourite […]

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On Being Questioned Over the Death of a Child – Part 1

I was living in Sydney, Australia the day that my daughter died of a combination of pneumonia, a badly administered anaesthetic following dentistry work and her disability. She died in the room next to mine. I discovered her in the morning.

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Depression Family Health Misc Mum Politics

Fear of the Aged #2

Heading down to the hospice this week to have a meeting about funding for Mum. At least that’s what the health people hope. They hope that we can agree funding but get past actual placement for this 81 year-old. Because this tax and National Insurance paying, born in 1932, ex-Navy, ex-British Railways, ex-Hospital Radio DJ, […]

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Ageing Depression Disability Family Health Misc Mum

“Where is My Dead Husband?”

Where is My Dead Husband?: I feel mad in the sense of not sane. I feel scared that I am making bad decisions. I feel weak and poor in all possible ways. I feel alone. But I don’t feel as shocked, scared and abandoned as…