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About chiller

Rachel Coldbreath spent 20 years working internationally as a technical specialist on large data collections for law firms, before becoming disabled. She blogs on a variety of topics from the news and politics to gardening and how very annoying it is, being disabled. Habits include drilling holes about 1mm away from where they ought to be, and embarking with great enthusiasm on tasks for which she is neither physically nor intellectually equipped.

Chimera heart wanted.

An audio version of this post is available here. “I wouldn’t mind embarking on an affair with someone from a circus,” I said, on twitter. In my mind, there were trapeze artists, a bearded lady (there probably aren’t bearded ladies … Continue reading

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A pornographic parable.

An audio version of this post is available here. Once upon a time a lovely, very principled old woman lived in a society that was torn apart by civil war. There were more and more dead every week. She was … Continue reading

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Words.

You reed-bed wave of gold, under still blue tacit, folded in you sleep a million hushing hushing birds. I run through: start all your words into the sky. These waking starlings shout, or murmur, let them fly. An audio version … Continue reading

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Valentine’s Day: she went there.

An audio version of this post is available here. The absolute worst thing about being single on any day (including this one WHICH SHALL NOT BE MENTIONED), is encouplinated people saying things like “you’ll meet someone, I know you will,” … Continue reading

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Calendar girl.

An audio version of this post is available here. I’m writing this as part of Twitter’s #TimeToTalk day, encouraging people with MH issues to speak about it (and, very importantly, other people to listen!). There’s this thing you do if … Continue reading

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To a child crying on the pavement.

Oh child on your little scooter three times you nearly had me over your mother thirty yards behind, child to whom that man was kind as he untangled you from his shin. Child, child welcome in to the world of … Continue reading

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About surgery and its scars. [TW]

An audio version of this post is available here. I read this piece in the Guardian about the psychological scars left in people after being in intensive care, and it has prompted me to write this. Fair warning: this piece … Continue reading

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The year of good magic.

An audio version of this post is available here. People do year round-ups, and I have tried to in the past, but if I’m honest it has been an unsatisfying exercise because in 44 years of flapping about on life’s … Continue reading

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Year-End Twitter Recommendations.

An audio version of this post is available here. If I follow you I like reading you and enjoy engaging with you. I don’t hate-follow anyone. I don’t follow people I don’t like out of politeness, either. Some of you … Continue reading

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The process of long division.

An audio version of this post is available here. My mental image of what it feels like to finish writing a book – don’t laugh, I can’t help it – is lifted from Romancing the Stone, where the lead character … Continue reading

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