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There are three ladybird book pages. The first is a picture of a RLNI Rescue worker in his waterproofs and lifejacket. The text next to it says: One of the symptoms of the menopause is night sweats. Fred wears this sexy ensemble when he joins his wife Brenda in bed. The second picture is a highwayman robbing a man on horseback of his large package. The text with it says: Hand over your shipment of KY Jelly, ordered menopausal Maureen, the most feared bandit outside Streatham's Boots, all the while rebuking herself for riding a horse whilst having a dry pussy. The third picture is of a town crier carrying a leather bag. The text with it says: This town-crier proclaims when there is a menopausal woman on the streets. His other job is to carry a bagful of severed ballsacks to return to their rightful owners.

Ladybird Book of the Menopause Part Three / 8 July 2015

The final part of my ladybird book of the menopause series

A phone camera pic of a puddle of sunlight on a psychiatric ward corridor floor.

7/7 on a psychiatric ward / 7 July 2015

I remember 7/7 very well. I was an inpatient on a psych ward at St Thomas Hospital, and out of nowhere there were convoys of ambulances streaming in the A&E dept of the hospital. There were no more red double decker buses going over the bridge. My mum texted me that ...

Wimbledon / 3 July 2015

Wimbledon I could plot my life Opportunities lost By Wimbledon Indolence won On a hospital tea room ragged seat I could have been with a Friday crowd Having fun being loud But the Men’s Semis Lured me on the TV In 03 Grateful for the difficult sec Who was mightily rude to me as a temp The agency said ‘go home’ Rather than money ...

I like Verdana, but there are fonts I like better. Choosing one that works on a website is not just a matter of taste, you need to get into the mind of the person doing those typography things, like kerning. And why do font foundries include desktop only fonts in their top webfont choices? I know, its all about money...

type caste / 1 July 2015

How exciting it is to stumble upon someone who speaks like a kindred spirit...hello Twitter and the Internet. And how galling to discover that this exciting spirit articulates what they do so very much better than I do... I'm not ignoring the acts of government evil #disabilityconfident is just one more nail...(LinkUpArts ...

Worth Fighting For: The Rehearsal / 26 June 2015

I've taken part in two writing/performing workshops run by Link Up Arts at Salisbury Arts Centre, as mentioned in my last-but-one blog. As a result and by way of follow up, I was invited to take part in Salisbury Arts Centre's ...

Four ladybird book pages set in a square. The first one is of a mother and her two children in front of a chemist: the text reads 'There are many things you can buy from the chemist for the menopause, such as heroin, cocaine and arsenic. The second one is a picture of a group of policemen with truncheons. The text for that reads: 'Lads,' said the boss cop, 'we are going to support a tesco delivery person take back some chocolate from a menopausal woman. Your puny truncheons will do nothing.' Page number three is a picture of a boy and girl. The boy is licking a metal strip sticking out of a lemon, and the girl is peeling a battery. The text says: Mum cooks us weird shit, now she is menopausal. Page four is a very large man standing a weighing machine. The text says: HRT can cause fluid retention, breast swelling and fluid retention. It can sometimes make you look like a man.

Ladybird Book of the Menopause part two / 19 June 2015

Bedtime reading for the cynical and underslept.

cartoon of a male superhero head complete with wicked grin and red futuristic headpiece

Comic book Crips / 18 June 2015

I watched a "kerpow" of Superhero movies the other night, mainly because I just didn’t fancy another evening of Francis Bacon and Foucault. That’s the way I roll, sublime to ridiculous in less than 24 hours. I noticed a few things about the superhero movies. It’s something that has long ...

There are two ladybook pages. The first is a woman blowing on a bottle to make a sound. The caption reads: Since her menopause, mum likes to play 'I will survive' on bottles of vodka. The second page is a mum reading to her two children. That caption reads: Being menopausal gives you lots of practice writing death threats and ransom notes. You can read some to your children for a laugh.

Ladybird Book of the Menopause / 14 June 2015

Being menopausal is not a disability, except for the person who crosses a menopausal woman. When I was told I was heading for it, it was a surprise as I thought I had balls, until someone pointed out it was my saggy boobies slapping my thighs. Some women who reach this ...

Back to School / 12 June 2015

Back to School The bullies never stop But this time I won't let it drop I must fight Disparaging bile 'You're the problem!' Spread by those who seem servile When it’s your face that doesn't belong Purging my wrath at Survivors Looking good and acting strong Performed primal screams, satisfying But vulnerability's not gone I shone for a while but  tears never stop 'Because I've been ...

As the clouds lift over Glenderattera / 11 June 2015

As I recover from another spell of immobility and days of migraines, I am reminded of the therapeutic nature of creativity. Even in its memory it helps to maintain some sense of worth and fulfilment, keeping the wolves of depression at bay. I have chosen to show a painting from a ...