“…it’s a world of dread and fear”

Do you recognise this title? Do you know where it’s from? What about: “...in Africa…where nothing ever grows, no rain or rivers flow”, does that make it easier? Band Aid’s ‘Do they know it’s Christmas?’ came out on December 3 1984, and I found myself reflecting on it, in connection to Parkinson’s, just this week. … Continue reading “…it’s a world of dread and fear”

“Is that map upside down?”

As we’ve gone through this year of Zooming, for work and social reasons, it’s been common for someone, peering out of the screen and past my right shoulder to ask “Is that map upside down?”. My stock reply is “No, it’s a different way up! It’s another way of looking at the world.” I am … Continue reading “Is that map upside down?”

Looking at lockdown through the Parkinson’s lens

Kerry rang me, distressed, early on the morning of Tuesday March 17: “You’re in a ‘high risk category’!”. Eight months after being diagnosed, during which nothing much had happened, this was one of the moments that made my Parkinson’s real. But what did ‘high risk’ mean, and what would it mean for me and others … Continue reading Looking at lockdown through the Parkinson’s lens