Category Archives: Families

Special School #3

The boarding school for disabled children to which I was sent, aged eight, was an Elizabethan mansion with a lake, a river, and it’s own walled kitchen garden. It was quite different to the terraced house I was used to … Continue reading

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No hiding place

Anti bullying week is finished now, but here’s more about the bullying I received from other disabled children at ‘special’ boarding school: I passed the eleven plus, Alone, of my peers. ‘Professor’ they called me. That was all. Well, no, … Continue reading

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Special school #2

Earlier this month I posted about my arrival, aged eight, at a ‘special’ boarding school for disabled children. Some of my friends / readers said they’d like to hear more: so, be careful what you wish for! Rigid callipers locked … Continue reading

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Bullying

In the UK the 17th to the 21st November is anti-bullying week,with a focus this year on disabled children and ‘special needs’ children who may get bullied in schools. That disabled kids face may hostility and bullying in mainstream schools … Continue reading

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Assisted suicide #3

End of life situations are complex and complicated: sometimes they occur in a natural progression of illness or a particular condition. Sometimes they are hastened or precipitated, as in the case of Nancy Wise. Views on whose interests are being … Continue reading

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Skyscrapers and washing the pots

I wish I had said something, many things over the years. I wish I had listened more, learnt about the details of his life that a more enquiring daughter would have teased out, and so would have understood more. He … Continue reading

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