Category Archives: academia

The Second Time As Farce.

The students are out in Exeter. The arcs of personal space on the streets have been sapped and sopped away. Fresher’s Week, a time for new students to drink themselves into giddy oblivion and for the returning students to renew … Continue reading

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Brainstorm?

This past week has possibly been the very first all year in which I’ve felt like I’m more fully living, less simply existing. I’m proud of having achieved rather a lot (always with the disclaimer ‘for me’) and of having … Continue reading

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Banana Custard

Immobile car taunts my lack of engineering expertise with a metallic, blue stare. Sun pokes me in the eye while chumming up with chilly wind that steals my trousers. Road block makes me smile at least: enforced pedestrianism ensures my … Continue reading

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Brecht Your Bottom Dollar

Eleven pages. That’s how long my letter of dispute to the Department of Wank and Pensions stretches. Eleven pages intended to show them that their assessment process utterly failed to truly produce an accurate representation of the struggles I suffer … Continue reading

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A Hunger Artist

Carry on coughing. All the way the the coffin. Alternate that with sleep which ends whenever sweating becomes too uncomfortable or the dreams of Doctor Who stuff (which I love) are interrupted by anxiety shit about losing my car or … Continue reading

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Now Is The Time To Make Justice A Reality For All Of God’s Children

My body and my heart are at odds with one another. My body is furious with me for driving up to Manchester yesterday, spending the evening with my son, having a meal and chatting about many things, going for coffee … Continue reading

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To Boldly Go*

The last few days have been about pain, insomnia and the fear. They have also been about loving support and kindness so while I have struggled to cope with the difficult stuff I have been helped through and lifted by … Continue reading

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