Another year, another set of gigs ...
In my last treatment update post, I told of the two mysterious appointments in early January. Mysterious indeed. I turned up for the first one and discovered that both of them had been booked by mistake!
Keen for the trip to Bart's not to have been a waste of time, I managed to come away armed with more test results, some pamphlets, a 3-month sick note and an invitation to a free massage whenever I want one. Result.
Reading one of the pamphlets - on food and drink during cancer treatment - I discovered that I have not been consuming enough alcohol. As an obedient and sensible patient, I resolve to address this shortcoming.
The tiredness, dizziness and headaches that beghan a week after starting Tamoxifen continued unabated. I ended up phoning the cancer nurses, who got back to me saying that the doctors want me to have a brain scan. I await the appointment. But of course, no sooner had I phoned up moaning about my side effects than said side effects abated!
Launch of the first LOUD WOMEN album (which includes Janine's poem 'Real Rape'), raising money for Women's Aid
Janine performs poetry alongside female-led bands including Argonaut, Bugeye, DeuxFurieuses, GUTTFULL, Little Fists, Madame So, Nervous Twitch, ThePotentials and more TBA
London: venue to be confirmed
Open to all women RMT members.
If you would like to attend, please contact your branch secretary.
Amongst other things, we will be looking at the results of our Violence Against Women Transport Workers survey, and preparing for our four-yearly conference in Barcelona in 2017.
By Joe Booth and Janine Booth, published in Solidarity 426, 11 January 2017
Socialist activists are drafting a manifesto for the Labour Party of radical policies to advance equality for autistic and other neurodivergent people (those with an atypical “brain-wiring”, usually a condition such as dyspraxia or attention deficit disorder). Supported by John McDonnell, a steering group has drafted a proposed manifesto and, having launched it at Labour Party conference in September, is now inviting input from Labour Party and trade union bodies and interested individuals.
"Fighting cancer"? It's a term often said but a matter of some discomfort and debate. I have been pummelling the punchbag of the issues, and here are my thoughts.
Yes, I am fighting cancer. It's a battle, and if you survive, you go through blood and bruises and can come out injured, physically and psychologically. And like a fighter, I spend a lot of my time stripped to the waist being attended to by medics!
This week-long course is open to all RMT members, and is held at RMT's National Education Centre, with food and accommodation provided. If you would like to attend, please contact your RMT Branch Secretary.
This course is open to all RMT members. If you would like to attend, please contact your RMT Branch Secretary.
Janine delivers some verse alongside many others in Steel City.