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Self Isolating

I do actually like my own company - which is just as well. I have friends who pale at the mere idea of being alone with themselves. And I am fortunate in having space. With both a house and a garden, I have options. Since acquiring wheels I have become accustomed to ...

Corona 4 – My Intention

Its the corona virus lock down. I have been identified as extremely vulnerable. Even though I don’t feel as if I am as labeled I am behaving, staying in. Poetry is a boon. I am following and releasing this first to Corona Verse Poems for a Pandemic, a facebook page ...

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Tips for Lockdown or How to Shave the Eyebrows off a Potato

I hope people are holding out ok. I live in my own head a lot of the time, which has its weird lockkdowns, and the flashes of the weird virus of the past infecting the present, but a lot of the time, it is my own beautiful, spectacular cosmos. I ...

Boris manipulated by Cummings

Crippen asks, “Is eugenics influencing government policy?”

Disabled people have long been the focus for those who support the eugenics movement. From the extremes practiced by the Nazi party during WWII when over 200,000 disabled people were killed and more than twice the number were sterilised, to such statements as made by ...

Richard Downes

The Challenge; Grandad

The Highgate Society Poets set a challenge to write about a grandparent or as they put it; a grandma, grandpa or grand other. The Challenge; Grandad The head of my clan Was a tic tac man Careless with his shop He’d sooner be off To the gee gees Or Perry Barr dogs Waving fingers Placing odds Taking the workers ...

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Crippen queries why DWP officials have pocketed over £1m in bonuses

Senior officials at the Department for Works and Pensions (DWP) have recently pocketed over £1m in bonuses as a reward for their work in the Tory flag  ship benefits-cutting department. This, despite criticism from opposition MPs, groups and organisations of disabled people, and anti-cuts campaigners, including family and friends of ...

medical equipment only available for important people

Crippen asks – “Are you important enough to have access to the best care?”

As ‘high profile people' start getting Corona virus symptoms, it will be interesting to see the different levels of care that are being offered! At the time of going to Press, Prince Charles, Boris Johnson, Matt Hancock (Health Secretary) and Nadine Dorries (Health Minister) have all ...

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‘Self’ distancing

Ages ago I became a contact-free zone. People no longer offered to shake my hand. Hugging has become almost extinct. Today I reap the benefits of years of involuntary social distancing. (How good we have a name for it) And to think I moaned, crept into a silent defensive shell or protested ...

Loss of benefits in NI

Crippen exposes loss of benefits in Northern Ireland

Thousands in Northern Ireland have lost their benefits in the transition to PIP system Almost one in four disabled people in Northern Ireland who were claiming Disability Living Allowance (DLA) have had their benefit taken away during the transition to Personal Independence Payments (PIP). PIP is designed to replace DLA ...

Faux Pas by leading Tories

Crippen says “just let the Tories shoot themselves in the foot!”

Well, what can I say?! Seems like if we leave the Tories alone, they’re more than capable of shooting themselves in the foot! The first one comes from Boris Johnson, who in response to a question from SNP MP Mhairi Black about whether one of her constituents had enough to ...