Category Archives: Personal

An Old Portrait

As most of you will know, I am quite old. One of the difficulties of advanced age is that you forget things that you did in your mis-spent youth. So I was quite surprised this morning when my Greek friend, … Continue reading

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I Have Good Things

A few weeks ago I was contacted by Mike Dariano who runs a blog called 27 Good Things, via which he gets various people to recommend things that they like. Apparently he found me because I have a lot of … Continue reading

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A Day Out In Bath With Added Beryl Cook

My friend Lee Harris, formerly of Angry Robot and now starting a line of novellas for Tor, was in Bath on business yesterday. As he had some free time I offered to show him around. Naturally we ended up at … Continue reading

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Wizard’s Tower Update

Last week I should have been officially launching the new US-based publishing company. This involved me committing to several hundred dollars of expenditure, which is always good for focusing the mind on what one is doing. At the same time, … Continue reading

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Leelah – A Shared Grief

Well that was interesting. Normally this blog averages around 200 visits per day. For the first five days of 2015 it averaged over 1500 visits. It is obvious why this happened. The story of Leelah Alcorn has struck a nerve … Continue reading

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Some Reflections on Leelah

Yesterday was interesting from a trans activism point of view. Leelah Alcorn’s story hit a number of mainstream media outlets. Here’s The Independent, for example. It also prompted an outpouring of support on Twitter. The most obvious result was the … Continue reading

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Famous Last Words?

This morning I woke up to the news of yet another trans person who had taken her own life. Leelah Alcorn was just 17. I never met her, had never even heard of her until today. There are, after all, … Continue reading

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That Seasonal Thing

From my all-time favorite Christmas album, the very wonderful Ramsey Lewis Trio.

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The Thanksgiving Post

Hello, American friends, I miss you. However, in the grand tradition of today’s festival, I am watching NFL on TV, and I am thinking about what I am thankful for. The list is pretty short, because the latter part of … Continue reading

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News From Mr. B’s

There have been a couple of big announcements from the fabulous Bath bookseller, Mr. B’s Emporium of Reading Delights. First up, they have launched their own publishing imprint: Fox, Finch & Tepper. They’ll be doing primarily literary fiction, but I … Continue reading

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The Last Farewell

My Mum’s funeral takes place today. I won’t be there. There are many reasons for this, but prominent amongst them is who I am While Mum was supportive of my transition, she was also careful who she told, because not … Continue reading

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No Sign Of Normality

As per my last post, my mum died last Friday. It was, apparently, very peaceful. Cancer is an evil thing, and when it becomes terminal no one should have to suffer it for long. When you are next of kin, … Continue reading

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Gwen: 1930-2014

My mum, girl scientist. (Photo from the early 1950s, I think.)

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A Very Long Day

Yesterday I was up and dressed around 7:00am (which for me is the middle of the night) because I can never be sure when the carers will turn up. Most of the rest of the day was spent dealing with … Continue reading

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Silence On The Personal Front

There’s a lot that I could be writing about what I’m going through right now. Mostly, however, I’m choosing to remain silent. Partly that’s out of consideration for other family members, but to a large part it is because it … Continue reading

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The Way We Were

My uncle and I have been sorting through my mother’s records to help her manage her affairs while she is sick. In the process I came across a file of letters I sent her while I was living in Australia. … Continue reading

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Jay Lake Memorial Posts at

Today is running a series of posts in memory of Jay Lake. He is, of course, still very much missed by the science fiction community. The recent convention season has rubbed that in. And now, as I am starting … Continue reading

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No News is No News

I’ve not been posting updates on my mother’s health, partly because I still haven’t been able to talk to a doctor, and partly because I’m not sure what other members of the family have been told and I don’t want … Continue reading

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The NHS – The Bad and the Good

We had a minor medical emergency this morning, in that my mother’s wound dressing started leaking blood. It didn’t look serious, but equally it didn’t look like something I should try to fix myself as up until now fresh dressings … Continue reading

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Some Advice on UK Medical & Financial Regulations

If you have an aged relative who may become seriously ill, make sure that someone has a Power of Attorney for health and welfare. Without it you may find that NHS staff will refuse to give you any information about … Continue reading

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