Over the last year I have been experiencing some discomfort which has become downright painful on a number of occasions. Unfortunately,  it has become so painful that I have experienced a couple of trips in an ambulance and some morphine. My local Accident and Emergency unit has been fantastic – busy but friendly and professional.…

I was away from home for two weeks over Christmas: it was a combination of visiting family (mine and my partner’s) as well as a bit of a winter holiday. Half a week after locking up the house and turning down the heating, I received a message from my boiler telling me that it was losing…

A  few hundred years ago, when some one wanted to get in touch they would knock on your door: there was no door bell and very few people had telephones. At the same time, no one considered whether they had “done enough exercise”: many were tired when they returned from a long day of manual work…

This year, 13th January was a Friday. That’s not the only significance of the number thirteen for me this month: on 20th January 2017, it will be thirteen years since I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. Thirteen years since I discovered that spending over thirty years with no significant illness, I suddenly, inexplicably had…

On Wednesday 13th January 2016, I was introduced to a new friend/acquaintance/buddy/partner. Since then, we have barely been separated. We’ve travelled together; we’ve climbed together; we’ve slobbed on the sofa and watched television together; we’ve been to business meetings together; we’ve been out drinking together; we’ve had fun and we’ve got stressed. I am not…