ALL THE FLOODS, a Petition for Botox for Migraine, and a Couple of Silly Photos


I don’t know what is wrong with me, really I don’t.

Our local councillor sent out an email saying there MIGHT be some flooding…. It so happens that I was advised when I took this place that insurance companies wouldn’t touch it with a barge pole (haha! BOOM! BOOM!) so if I wanted contents insurance I’d have to get the council’s own offering. I wasn’t bothered.  Nevertheless, I subscribed to the environment agency’s twitter feed and watched the river swell, and the birds hang on to the quickening flow with quiet determination. What kind of nutcase gets jealous when she thusly reads that in Oxfordshire they are giving away sandbags because of the flooding there?

I find my reaction quite odd. I mean, it’s not like the garden is flooded and the next step will be the ruination of my flooring and imminent danger to electricals. The river is still 4 foot down the canal bank that’s on this side, and water would have to fill the towpath and climb up the garden before any of that would happen, so it’s not that I feel underprepared. I just don’t think this place will ever really flood, is all. BUT I WANT MY DAMN SANDBAGS!

Sometimes I have to admit that there is something idiotic about desire.


Now onto the serious stuff. Pretty please sign the petition for chronic migraine sufferers to get botox quickety quick

” It is approved by NICE for the treatment of them. However, very few people are trained to do it on the NHS and you first have to get a referral from your PCT which can take 18 weeks, you add that to NHS delays and you’re looking at a very long time before you get treatment.

The treatment should not have to be commissioned in this way. The National Migraine Centre in London is happy to provide the treatment to patients fitting the strict critera but you still have to wait around 18 weeks if not longer to get the PCT to commission this charity to do it. This is ridiculous for those who have tried everything else and need the treatment for this debilitating disorder. It should not be so difficult to get this illness treated when a specialist says that you need it.”

am on the list, and I do meet the criteria, but as it stands there is no way I will get my next go-round by the time this one wears off. We are sickeningly close to getting our needs met, and yet it’s always a hair’s breadth away…


I do try to only repost credited pictures. Sometimes looking for someone to credit has unintended consequences. Like, I wanted to share this picture with you to prove I am not entirely curmudgeonly about the festive season

so I clicked through a couple of tumblrs til i found where it might possibly live, still no credit but LOOK! I found this photo

which made me LAUGH LIKE A DRAIN.

So, whatever, copyright blah blah, but LOOK! A pelican nipping a cat’s head!

letter from poppet, birthday pics, and richard o’dwyer extradition petition


Migraine Awareness Month #25: “Through My Children’s Eyes.” Write a letter to yourself from your children. 

i don’t have children as such. of course, i do have my lovely dog, poppet. she doesn’t care about migraine though she does like a cuddle.

der laine,

i laik the fud. also walk in park. is saf to et squirls? i’m nevr sur.

party yestiday was kite gud. not sur abot dog, she laiked eting from thi bin, and that is mine.

nao can i go bak to slep? yu intruptx a god drem.

lov, popit.

“National Migraine Awareness Month is initiated by the National Headache Foundation. The Blogger’s Challenge is initiated by”


now then! birthday!

happily, i had a proper photographer on hand, because i am not one for taking pictures in company. ellis took these. pictures of people mainly came out blurred – damn camera was probably on manual, it’s an awkward beast. still, he got some good shots of CAKE and so on, which is the main thing.

i asked stephen from next door to bring in his piano since we had so many musicans handy, and he brought in a couple of guitars as well. so we had sing songs which was lovely.

i had the best day. i love bringing people together. it was a nice mix – nearly everyone knew more than one other person and everyone had lots in common. i had a little lie down about threeish, and then rallied. in the evening stephen, ten, poppet and i watched limitless, which was just the sort of tosh we were fit for.


this kid is being threatened with extradition to the US

“Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales has made a rare political intervention to call on Theresa May to stop the extradition of British student Richard O’Dwyer to the US for alleged copyright offences.”

click through here to read the full article and sign the petition – pretty please!