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When you beckon lightning and invite it in for tea

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By February 2007, I had been receiving daily Nexavir injections (an antiviral) for six months and I was actually starting to see small improvements in my health for the first time in over two years of being acutely ill. But friends and relatives kept sending me newspaper cuttings of articles about the Lightning Process […]

Cinema memories

A trip to the cinema was always a special treat. It has been fun trying to remember all the films that I saw at the cinema before I became ill. The following are my memories of my formative cinema experiences.

The first film I ever saw at the cinema was Tom and Jerry: The […]

Fictional male role models

Last year, I wrote this blog post about my favourite female fictional characters. The announcement that the new Doctor is going to be a woman (I’m incredibly jealous by the way; I wanted to be the first female Doctor!) has been accompanied by complaints that in making the Doctor a woman, we are losing one […]

The eternal dilemma of trying to Sort myself into a Hogwarts House

Before I even begin, I’m going to list what I believe to be the main characteristics of each House, for definition’s sake. It’s a bit simplistic but necessary for knowing my starting point.

Ravenclaw: wit, wisdom, love of learning, the ability to think for oneself, logic, original thought, highbrow, independence Slytherin: ambition, resourcefulness, a desire […]

Confronting my own internalised ableism

Lots of people, including me, write of how active we were before our illness, of how many miles we ran or how much sport we played. It underlines that we are not the usual sort of person who gets ill, which of course is a disgusting fallacy (there is no ‘sort’ of person who becomes […]

Announcing the winners of my quiz and the official answers to the questions

    First, I want to say a huge thank you to everyone who entered my 100 question ditloid quiz, donated money and helped share the quiz on social media. Your kindness and generosity have been overwhelming. Thank you! I’m sure that the two charities, M.E. Research UK and Annabelle’s Challenge, will be very grateful.

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Best and worst of 2016

  BOOKS

Best 3 audiobooks that I listened to in 2016 (I’m unable to read books due to my illness so I have to listen to them):

1. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline 2. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood 3. Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger

  FILMS

Best 10 films that I […]

Jenny’s 100 Question Quiz in aid of M.E. Research UK and Annabelle’s Challenge – plus there are 10 prizes, including tickets to Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

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Twelve years ago today, I became ill. To mark the day, I thought of a fun idea that will hopefully also do a lot of good.

I have devised a 100 question ditloid quiz to raise money for two charities that respectively fund research into the two illnesses that I have (severe Myalgic Encephalomyelitis […]

What was my experience of the Rio Olympics?

The following is my experience of watching the 2016 Olympics and includes all of my favourite bits.

• SWIMMING

I’ve loved the swimming commentators Andy Jameson and Adrian Moorhouse for ages but they really outdid themselves this Olympics. Of course they’re very knowledgable and they commentate the races excellently but what makes them special is […]

My favourite fictional female characters

In general, there is a paucity of fictional female characters compared to the number of male ones and there are even fewer that are really great, three-dimensional characters. I’ve decided to celebrate the ones that do exist. Here’s hoping for more characters as interesting as my favourite ones below. I have divided them into […]