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Liz Hinds
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I'm fine
Everyone keeps asking how I'm doing and I tell them I'm fine. Which I am. But I shouldn't be really. After  months of being closely involved in my uncle's life and death I should be feeling something. But I'm not. It's my pills you see. They keep me happy. ...

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I saw the flash
At first I thought I was having a funny turn then I realised it was the speed camera. It turned out I'd been doing 36 in a 30 mph zone and my reward was four hours in a room with other offenders taking a speed awareness course. Now I know how to tell what t...

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Sorry, but it's not fair
In the last six weeks three of the people in this family photo from 2008 have died. Two of them, Uncle John and Great-auntie Joan, were in their 90s and wanting to go; the third (at the top of the stairs) was in the prime of her life and most certainly didn...

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My uncle John
Uncle John was born on 13th December, 1925. He was my mum's little - 6'3" - brother.  With my mum at my grandparents' golden wedding party in about 1970. In 1978 he gave me away at my wedding to Husband. With his dear friend, Margaret, when they were young....

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The death of Uncle
Uncle died on Wednesday afternoon. I'd just gone to the shops to get a present for Daughter whose birthday was the next day when I had the phone call. His end was peaceful and he was at home, which was so important to him, and his carer was there. The last ...

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Go gentle into that good night
I wrote this in the depths of Friday night. My uncle was a presence at most of the significant moments of my life. He gave me my first teddy, who, bedraggled and moth-eaten, still sits on the shelf. He 'gave me away' at my wedding thirty-eight years ago. He...

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D is for Delilah and Dragon
Let me tell you first that I am Welsh. I come from Wales, a country once described to me as 'that bit on the side of England'. A proud would-be independent country with its own language, traditions and flag. A country whose mood can change in sync with the ...

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What a difference a word makes
In the consulting room the doctor explained to me what happens. 'The consultants sit around a table and discuss the patients' cases. There is a radiologist, an oncologist ...' I didn't hear anything else until her last word, '... risk.' My stomach had done ...

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C is for Care - and Crocus
Carers, care home, live-in carer. In one way or another care has cropped up in many of my thoughts and conversations over the last few weeks. If I'd thought about it I suppose I'd have guessed that care homes came into being in about the 1960s. Certainly wh...

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Conversation with the tax man (imagined)
Tax man: So what was your income from self employment? Me: £3. Tax man: Three million? Me: No. Tax man: Three thousand? Me: No. Tax man, hesitantly: Three hundred? Me: No. Three pounds. Pause. Tax man: What do you do as self employment? Me: I like to call m...
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