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Yes Stories Talk May 2018

This was an excellent night down at the Glassblower pub in central London. I’d scrapped what I was going to say and completely re-written it with my partner, Jen, about an hour before! I think it worked out OK though! I’m on first in this section.

I am not a Parkinson’s Warrior

I’ve had Parkinson’s Disease for over 25 years, but I am not a Parkinson’s Warrior. I am not a Parkinson’s Warrior, because Warriors need a War and Parkinson’s is not a War to me. Parkinson’s is a disease that I have. If we frame things in our minds as a War, then that is what … Continue reading

The Man With a Heart Made of Ribbons

I wrote this story when I was in my mid 20s. Since then it’s sat in a box at my parents’ house untouched and forgotten. Now that Mum and Dad have both passed away I’ve been going through a lot of forgotten boxes. There have been plenty of memories and more than a few surprises. … Continue reading

Brain Training

This all started last Christmas, when Jen bought me a colouring book as one of my Christmas presents. Jen loves colouring books. She has lots of them with all sorts of themes. She finds them very relaxing, almost meditative, and she can sit colouring for hours. She thought that anchors would suit me and that the images … Continue reading

The Final Frontier

There’s something about the idea of the Universe that I’ve always loved. When I think about it in all of it’s glory and vastness, I am struck by a sense of awe at being a part of something so incredible.  I guess that’s why, when things are getting on top of me, I like to … Continue reading

Measuring Stick

I know that I am living the best life I possibly can, because I have never dreaded a birthday. I have never thought, “I can’t believe I’m going to be X number of years old!” Some years have been amazing, some bad, some awful and God knows I’ve made mistakes, but I’ve done the best … Continue reading

Identity Mistaken

It was a long walk from the cancer center to the bus stop. I didn’t mind though. It was much better for me that way. It gave me time to think and to get my emotions under control in the fresh air and open space before I had to deal with the closed confines and … Continue reading

Liverpool Spring 10K

Liverpool Spring 10K Normally I’d be running this for Parkinson’s research, but sometimes you have to look beyond. Please click on the link above and give what you can. All donations very gratefully received. Many thanks, Paul

One year on…

One year ago today I went for my first run determined to build up to 5K and keep the fitness I’d built up on the transatlantic. I headed out to Sefton Park plugged into the NHS Couch to 5K podcast and Laura had me running for 60 seconds and resting for 90 seconds. I think … Continue reading

The Nun, The Stripper, Their Writer and His Wife

On the writing course we were encouraged to ‘experiment creatively with form and content’. So, that’s just what I did. Fingers crossed this gets me 20 credits. Hope you like it.   The Nun, The Stripper, Their Writer and His Wife The Nun took another long, exaggerated, drunken, yet oddly seductive draw on her Marlboro Gauloises and prised … Continue reading