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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.

It must come down.

Paedophilia, rape, back-handers, theft of public money, warmongering for profit, the slaughter of thousands every year for profit. The theft of other countries’ – poorer countries’ – money and resources through debt. The theft of the resources of the poor. … Continue reading

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Cis and bigotry.

I was born in 1969. Two years after being a gay or bisexual man became technically legal, but a very long time (indeed the process is STILL ongoing), before it became socially acceptable. During my childhood, I recall a great … Continue reading

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Advice I would have given me when I first got #MECFS. (#MECFSAwarenessDay)

There are about 250k people in the UK suffering from ME, MECFS, MECFSID, CFS. The fact we don’t even have one name to call this condition (Myalgic encephalomyelitis / Chronic Fatigue Syndrome / Immune deficiency) says it all. 250k is … Continue reading

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Complain to the Attorney General.

I’m going to keep this short and focused. On Friday, Adam Hulin walked free after oral rape and assault by penetration of a 12 yo girl, with a community order, counselling, and a £60 victim charge bc the judge doesn’t … Continue reading

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The revolution will be blogged.

I am smack bang in the middle of the one operational window I get each year, where, for a few weeks, I can forget that my body doesn’t work: things like holidays and love seem attainable, and the whole of … Continue reading

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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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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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