Monthly Archives: April 2013

27/04/13 The Punch Bowl

Occasionally, as a regular taker of medication, I deliberately reinterpret the word ‘contraindicated’ with ‘best served with…’ Such was the case with the lovely Mr. Hambly and his several friends called Stella the night before. Today walking felt, well, a … Continue reading

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26/04/13 At home with the Hambly’s

Yesterday I put on an extra speedy spurt because I knew at the end of it would be my old mate, and fellow soccer super hero, Darren Hambly. Given the enthusiastic rain that stayed until lunchtime I’d bravely cowered in … Continue reading

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Sssshhh, my Dad’s on nightshift… 25/04/13

What better way to spend a rainy old morning than to reflect on the general loveliness of the previous day. I phoned Lesley, a relative of a friend of a friend, to tell her where I was and that I’d … Continue reading

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Sellafield 23/04/13

Many veteran walkamilers will remember my last encounter with a nuclear power station – Dounreay up in the north of Scotland – I’d camped a little close, on one of those beautifully manicured bits of grass that one finds at … Continue reading

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Normalisation 21/04/13

Back in the day…no, not that one, THE day, when I trained as a social worker, we talked about normalisation – a theory that recognised that social work punters had a right to lead a ‘normal’ life. Cool. What could … Continue reading

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06/04/13 ‘Osborne: why should State fund people like Philpott?’ The Daily Telegraph, 5/4/13

Why should the state fund people like Philpott? Philpott, the controlling, bullying, violent and ultimately murderous man responsible for the death of six children, supposedly in his care, apparently because he wanted more welfare benefits… Why should the state fund … Continue reading

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04/04/13 Envy

‘You can’t see green cheese’ a wonderful Scottish turn of phrase that reflects one’s desire to have what the other person’s got no matter what it is. Just recently, my attention was drawn to Christian Nock – an ex-soldier who … Continue reading

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