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A rose by any other name…

“Man” and “stroke” this time, no “dog”. In any case, Archie has just returned from a long walk in the rain and looks utterly miserable as only a whippet can. In my last post, I threatened to return to the … Continue reading

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Stroke research, that referendum – and an invitation to you

At the weekend, you, like me, may have seen an excellent cartoon depicting a newscaster saying: “Aliens haven’t landed and Elvis hasn’t been found alive. Everything else has happened.” This sums up well how many of us in the UK … Continue reading

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Good news story

You may remember an earlier post in which I wrote about the devastation caused by storm Frank in our local communities. The nearby village of Ballater was particularly badly affected, and many local businesses feared they might never reopen. However, … Continue reading

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Step Out for Stroke

It is that time of year again. Once more, Master and I will be taking part in a  Step Out for Stroke event – this time at Broughty Ferry near Dundee on 15 May. This involves a 2.5 mile walk … Continue reading

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The West Sands Revisited

“Youth is wasted on the young” – so wrote George Bernard Shaw. This line floated through my head recently when we two humans – plus dog – were spending a few days in St Andrews at the beginning of March. … Continue reading

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Pebbles in the Pond

Followers of this blog will remember that last November I took part in an evening at the Scottish Story Telling Centre organised by the Health and Social Care Alliance: ‘Reading Writing and Your Health – Journeys in Self Management‘. At the … Continue reading

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Scottish Stroke Assembly

A first. On 15 March this year, the Stroke Association will be holding its first Stroke Assembly in Scotland. This is an opportunity for stroke survivors, their carers and others with an interest in stroke to meet together, exchange news … Continue reading

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Woodside station

Storm Gertrude! Remember you read it here first. To SHMU FM to do a radio interview about stroke. As I drive in from Deeside, I listen to a radio debate on the BBC about whether or not to ban Donald … Continue reading

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Community spirit alive and well on Deeside

When tragedy strikes, it is often the small, quiet actions that are the most appreciated by those affected. The warm handshake, the understanding smile, the bowl of soup handed in at the door, the offer of help with suddenly overwhelming … Continue reading

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New Year’s Day 2016

Two days on from Storm Frank and New Year’s Day 2016 dawns (almost)  bright. We have not suffered as much as our neighbouring community of Ballater further up Deeside. Even so, there is plenty of damage and destruction. Below is … Continue reading

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