Scanning Bones

Yesterday, I had a bone density scan, to ascertain how dense I am. Or how dense my bones are, anyway.

This is because my new anti-cancer pill, Letrozole, has an annoying tendency (known as a 'side effect', I believe) ot thinning your bones. So they are checking to see whether it is doing that to me.

Voices from Grenfell

07/12/2017 - 18:30

Join Second Home and Words of Colour Productions for an evening in recognition of the tragedy of Grenfell Tower.

There will be a screening On the Ground at Grenfell - which won the Portobello Film Festival 2017 Best Film Award - and hosting a discussion with filmmaker Adrianne McKenzie.

Telling Time

My body is a timeline
with every thick and fine line
marking a milestone
time-grown
Each tract and fracture
captured
and preserved
a chapter
in each roll and curve

Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow

It is most excellent weather for menopausal women. While others moan and bring phrases like 'brass monkeys' and 'stone jug' out of hibernation, I am enjoying blessed relief from the hot flushes and night sweats. I walked down the Euston Road the other day, surrounded by people in woolly hats, scarves, mittens and puffer jackets, wearing lightweight trousers and a T-shirt and yet strangely tempted to take even these off. I am beginning to envy my friend Satu, who had her menopause when it was minus-twenty degrees in her home country of Finland.

My faimly is playing dial tennis with the central heating thermostat. They turn it up, I turn it down. They say, 'But Mum, it's freezing!'. I say, 'Put a jumper on! Wear gloves! Drink some hot chocolate!' I reckon that heating and aircon systems could usefully be calibrated with settings of boiling, hot, warm, cool, cold, freezing, ice age, and menopausal woman.

'Guilty and Proud of it!: Poplar's rebel councillors and guardians 1919-1925

Published by Merlin Press in 2009, this was Janine's first proper book!

It tells the story of thirty Labour councillors who went to prison for six weeks in 1921 for defying the unfair local government funding system - and won!

Foreword by John McDonnell MP, then a Labour backbencher.

£12.00

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