Sunday, 31 March 2019

my sermon Kettle Church Mothering Sunday 2009

I led the service at Howe of Fife Kettle Church on 22 March 2009, Mothering Sunday, during a 6mth placement in my call from God to the Auxiliary Ministry with Church of Scotland.  Here is my Sermon '3 mothers: Mary, Hannah and Naomi':

“This is the day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it!”

This is a special day, the fourth Sunday in Lent, when we remember mothers, the person who gave birth to us, who raised us and had influence in our lives, without whom we would not be here.  In a sense every day is mother’s day.  Now I know that everyone might not have had an ideal mother but remember that God cares for us like an ideal mother, in Isaiah 66:13 God said “As a mother comforts her child, so will I comfort you”.  And in at least 5 of the psalms there are references to the image of God being like a mother bird protecting her chicks under her wing, Psalm 36:7 says:

How priceless is your unfailing love! 
Both high and low among men 
Find refuge in the shadow of your wings.

We are wrapped up in the love and care of God, like a mother’s love only more so, and we are empowered to share that same love with others. For that love gives us strength.

It’s like the teacher who asked her Primary 1 pupils what they wanted to be when they grew up. The last child to speak was the most shy and timid little boy in the class. He said, “When I get big, I’m going to be a lion tamer in the circus. I’m going to face those animals with my whip and chair and make them leap through hoops of fire and obey all of my commands.” Seeing the disbelieving looks on the faces of his classmates that he could ever act so boldly or bravely, he was quick to reassure them, “Well, of course, I’ll have my mother with me.” 

Historically Mothering Sunday was the one day in the year that children, some as young as 10yrs old, who were domestic servants, got a day off work to go back to their mothers and specifically their ‘mother’ church, the main church or cathedral in their area, where they had been baptised, spent their early years attending and where their family still worshipped.  It was also known as ‘Refreshment Sunday’ because the fasting rules for Lent were relaxed that day.  In the USA they celebrate Mothers’ Day on the second Sunday in May and it has different origins from our Mothering Sunday although the sentiments are similar nowadays.

I’d like to look at 3 mothers in the Bible who I find inspiring and encouraging, who demonstrate something of the ideal mother and they are Mary, mother of Jesus, Hannah, mother of Samuel and Naomi, mother of Mahlon and Kilion but more importantly genealogically, mother-in-law of Ruth who was King David’s great-grandmother. 

In the Old Testament book of Ruth we read about Naomi, her husband and 2 sons, from Bethlehem in Judah, who went to live for a while in Moab because of famine in the land.  Verse 1 begins with the phrase ‘in the days when the judges ruled’ – and we know from the book of Judges that this was a time of battles, repeated disobedience to God’s covenant and a time marked by the people struggling to learn how to be faithful to God in their new setting of the promised land.  This story from Ruth moves from the tribal to the family level, providing examples of faithful obedience, justice and loving mercy.  But after moving to Moab, not generally thought off as a sensible destination for an Israelite family, first Naomi’s husband dies then her sons marry Moabite women and within 10 years these men are also dead, she is a Hebrew widow with no male support.  Naomi decides to return to Bethlehem as she has heard that the Lord had provided food for his people.  She blesses her daughters-in-law, telling them to go back to their families, weeping throughout, her spirit has been crushed beyond the point of prayer and she blames God for what has happened.  

But Ruth clings to Naomi, willing to leave family and homeland to go with her mother-in-law, a big commitment as there is no guarantee of financial security.  I think that Ruth saw in Naomi something of her God, in her faith and commitment – and it was attractive, she had spent a number of years in Naomi’s company before her husband had died, it had obviously made an impact.

So Ruth said:

Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay.
 Your people will be my people and your God my God.

Because of this witness and commitment Ruth is grafted into the line of David and ultimately of Jesus.  I would encourage you to read the rest of Ruth’s story, how she continued to look to her mother-in-law Naomi and that both were blessed by this relationship.

Hannah’s story immediately follows the book of Ruth, in 1 Samuel chapter one where we find out about Hannah, one of 2 wives to Elkanah, it was written that ‘the Lord had closed her womb’.  It was probably because of this that her husband had taken another wife, this woman had children and she humiliated Hannah, causing her great distress.  It must have been difficult for this other wife Penninah as Hannah was the favoured wife despite having no children.  Interestingly the husband Elkanah’s reaction to Hannah’s unhappiness is “why are you weeping, why don’t you eat, why are you downhearted, don’t I mean more to you than ten sons?”  One of the commentaries says that the implications of this narrative as with the Jacob story is that children were seen as a solace or even compensation to a woman whose relationship with her husband was not good enough to fill her emotional needs.

Hannah decided to take action, like Naomi she had a ‘bitterness of soul’ and also like Naomi she knew that God was able, her faith was great.  And she was prepared to give up her son to God, ‘no razor’ being used demonstrated a lifelong consecration to God.  For Hannah giving birth would also give her the status she desired, in society and in the celebration of the sacrifice.  It could be that she was giving up her firstborn in the hope of receiving in return the blessing of continued fertility.  And this is what happens, Hannah subsequently has 3 sons and 2 daughters, see Ch 2v21.  Eli the priest thinks she is drunk, he was a good age and his eyesight was poor, it tells us this further on in chapters 3 and 4.  Hannah defends herself, explaining her motives and receives the blessing that she desires.  Chapter 2 begins with Hannah’s prayer or song of praise, it is important for its own sake and also for its foreshadowing of Mary’s song in Luke1:46-55.  Hannah stands by her promise to God, giving up her son to the Lord and Samuel becomes a pillar of strength, bridging the developments from the judges to the monarchy and the great Old Testament prophets.  A woman of faith, obedience and perseverance.

Finally we look at Mary, mother of Jesus, unmarried at the time of the angel Gabriel’s visit to her, she is told that “the Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you.” And that her son would be the Son of God.  And the, I think, amazing reaction of Mary to this news “I am the Lord’s servant, may it be to me as you have said.”  She accepts God’s will.  Her relative Elizabeth is also pregnant with John the Baptist to be, Mary hurries to visit her and share her experience.  I think this shows God’s understanding of women and in particular of Mary, she would need another woman to talk over this news with, to discuss everything in fine detail and to be encouraged.  Elizabeth was a woman in old age so would have the wisdom of life experience, was herself pregnant, just the sort of person to support Mary at this challenging time when the Son of God was developing in her womb. 

In the gospel of Luke Mary is considered to be the model of obedient, contemplative discipleship, according to one commentary, not defined by her biological motherhood but blessed for her belief, as are all who ‘hear the word of God and obey it' 11v27-28.  The Magnificat in Ch1 is Mary’s great song of liberation, revolutionary and praising God.  Our reading from Ch2 is full of Old Testament associations, this baby was acknowledged by the devout Simeon as the manifestation of the divine action of salvation, for all people, jews and gentiles.  With the blessing there was also the warning to Mary his mother that ‘a sword will pierce your own soul too’.  She must have been aware of this, the cost of her discipleship and obedience, and that as a mother she would go with her son in his ministry and to the end.

Let us thank God for these women and mothers who believed, were faithful and trusted God to answer prayer.  May we find encouragement and inspiration from their stories.

Now I’d like to sing a chorus from Psalm 84:

How lovely is Thy dwelling place O Lord of Hosts to me’"

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Mother's Day film from son Daniel 2015 😍


Thursday, 28 March 2019

a vagina dialogue

on twitter yesterday discussing bladder prolapse and Scottish Parliament carrier bags ....






Tuesday, 26 March 2019

should've had a relapse ...

Someone said to me today that I should have had a relapse of schizoaffective disorder, in terms of benefits and support. I got where they were coming from.  We were talking about recovery from mental illness, how there's no profit in it. The diagnosis label stayed in my Notes, to be regurgitated when required by medical staff, justifying bullying and abusive treatment.



I said that I just couldn't have done it, had a relapse, although I did have another psychosis in 2015.  To identify it as relapse would have agreed with biological psychiatry which I am resistant to, the damage done by blaming Mothers for mental illness and targeting our children in the womb.  I also wouldn't want to have swallowed any more antipsychotics, hadn't learnt to tongue them, wasn't going down that road.  

I didn't claim DLA back in 2002/4 although did get Incapacity Benefit, having been in FT work when experiencing a menopausal psychosis, the prescribed neurotoxins meant I couldn't manage a return to my job, had reduced decision-making abilities and then clinical depression due to the drugs.  A vicious circle in my experience, requiring self management when able to do so.  I eventually got PT permitted work in 2005 after getting back on my feet with 6in Titanium plate right fibula, 3 fractures caused by max dose Venlafaxine, bone loss, 2002/4.

A relapse instead of a prolapse in 2015 might have endeared me more to the ClinPsy Professors in Scotland who major in this dogma, ensured support, if I could only have played more of a victim role (to be honest).  And was more grateful.

(13 July 2018: remember to be grateful #EmpowerProject Schizophrenia volunteers [guinea pigs])

4 May 2017, Doorway 6 Old Medical School, after last PhD meeting

I just couldnae do it.  Although I did think the bladder prolapse August 2015 was a tumour and put it to the back of my mind until recovering from the nervous breakdown brought on by the years of whistleblowing and campaigning for justice.  It's now time for me to get an intervention for the prolapse, having self managed it with exercise since then.  Hopefully won't have too long to wait, in the meantime trying to keep fit, less standing around and carrying heavy shopping bags. 




Friday, 22 March 2019

There's no justice after psychiatric abuse

It has to be faced.  There's no justice after psychiatric abuse.  I know this very well after engaging with psychiatry as both a patient and carer since 1978, in every decade.  And in particular after what happened 2012 in Stratheden Hospital and afterwards when I raised complaints, blew the whistle on the locked seclusion room with no toilet, light or water.

link to news article

My son was locked in the seclusion room from 1 February to 8 February 2012, overnight in the dark, at least 4 times, for hours on end, unobserved (I made an FOI request 2012 for observation sheets but got no response from General Manager at Stratheden), and on the 8th February middle of the night he needed to defecate, shouted to Nurses but no-one came, so he took off his clothes and defecated on floor of cell, in the dark.  Still no Nurses came and other patients were shouting "Slops out!" so he did a dirty protest in his despair at the sub-human treatment.  Or a "shitey" as described by other long-stay patients.

Eventually 4 Nurses appeared, unlocked door, put light on, saw the mess, 3 of them restrained my son face down in his own faeces, broken hand, naked, sexually abused him, then had to clean up the room.  They put him back in there to forcibly inject him with 25mgs Haloperidol.  In the morning when I phoned Stratheden IPCU, as I did daily, the Charge Nurse said my son had behaved badly, defecating on purpose, messing the cell.  I remember thinking: what on earth is going on in that ward?  And then for the next week or so my son claimed that he had been anally raped.  We all heard him say this at visiting time.

My son made an appointment to speak to the Police but the consultant forensic psychiatrist in Ward 4/IPCU cancelled it, saying that my son had no capacity.  I had already met with Cupar Police on a number of occasions, a PC and Sergeant, appealing for their help when I found out about my son's broken hand and the Nurses bullying me, preventing me seeing him.  I had also contacted my GP who was appointed to do a Second Opinion about my son's treatment, appealing for help, but he didn't listen, agreed with the detention.  My son had a glandular infection after the human rights abuse of the locked seclusion room and a series of verrucas requiring treatment months after discharge. 

back door IPCU/ward 4 in 2012 which I had to enter through, no bell or light
[other IPCU visitors got in through front door of ward, I got "special treatment"]

As for my son's broken hand it was me who instructed the IPCU/Ward 4 Junior Doctor to arrange an X-ray, when visiting my son in the ward for the first time on Saturday 4 February 2012.  He was covered in bruises, his right hand swollen to twice the size.  I went along to the X-ray in St Andrews Hospital on the Monday, following in my car.  My son had to wait in a busy room with other patients before being X-rayed, it was very stressful, he did well.  This was before the Nurse abuse on 8 February 2012.  The next day I met with the Ward 4/IPCU consultant forensic psychiatrist for the first time in his office when he told me that patients without capacity don't require advocacy.  I corrected him as I'd advocated before for a patient in a forensic psychiatric ward at Murray Royal Hospital, Perth, in 2001.  Plus I'd advocated for my oldest son in Lomond Ward, Stratheden Hospital, in 1995/6, and at appointments with psychiatrist Dr Winslow.  

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My oldest boy made a full recovery despite a critical incident involving ECT in Lomond Ward, requiring an ambulance to Ninewells, we were called for.  He achieved a 1st class honours in Mechanical Engineering at Abertay University in 1998, the same year that I achieved a postgrad diploma in Community Education from Northern College Dundee:





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I didn't know the full extent of what had gone on in the locked seclusion room until my son was discharged from Stratheden Hospital, beginning of April 2012.  Then I listened and supported my son from then until now, it was very difficult for both of us in the early years, the flashbacks from the psychiatric abuse, abandoned by Fife MH services.  I found out in August 2012 that Mental Health Officers had been investigating me, in Adult Protection Investigation Report, looking for evidence that I had caused "psychological harm" to my son when he was being abused in Stratheden IPCU/Ward 4.   I requested a copy of my son's Notes and read that Nurses accused me of being "difficult and demanding", using my "schizoaffective disorder" diagnosis to justify their inhumane and degrading treatment of my son, "family history of ...".  

These last 7 years I've had to come to terms with the fact that there is no justice after psychiatric abuse.  NHS Fife were awarded £4.4m from Scottish Government to build a new IPCU, Hollyview Ward, after my son was abused and I became a whistleblower.  They stopped using the locked seclusion room after my complaint against the Fife Health Board was upheld by the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman in September 2014, for "unreasonable treatment".  My campaigning will have benefitted other patients and carers even if it has cost me, financially, socially and healthwise.  I had to get used to the isolation of speaking out and being bullied for it, marginalised, excluded, silenced.  

Life isn't fair, the Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Edinburgh was correct when he said this to me in February 2017, at a meeting with his colleague, the Professor of Psychological Therapies at the University of Glasgow.  The implication was that I had to get used to it, the unfairness and injustice.  Put up with it.  We parted company in the May when my PhD on Safe Houses for Psychosis at Edinburgh fell through and soon after I was excluded from the Mental Health and Wellbeing Unit, Glasgow University: 

Saturday, 14 October 2017: "your behaviour is deemed unacceptable" DClinPsy Programme Director @UofGMHW 


That was very unfair.

As I write this I'm housebound, waiting for an emergency gynae appointment re my bladder prolapse which has got worse.  I've managed it by exercise for over 3 years but it's time I got an intervention to support it.  Taking buses, carrying bags, has exacerbated the condition, although I've done my best to keep fit.  We hope to move soon to Dundee, nearer shops and leisure facilties, less travel away from home and hanging around bus stops in wintry weather.   I'm 67 this year and not getting any younger.  There are still many things I'd like to do in the time left and that will include writing and speaking out about the unfairness in life, the injustices and human rights abuses of psychiatric treatment.  I hope to do academic research in the future if possible, after moving to Dundee.


Wednesday, 20 March 2019

'A Cause for Concern' #HunterWatson March 2019 #HumanRights #MentalHealthAct

Latest Paper from Hunter Watson, Scottish Mental Health Human Rights Campaigner.  [link to more of Mr Watson's Papers on blog]

Introduction:

"The UK has ratified the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and hence Scotland is required to observe and implement it. I have for some years been pressing for Scottish mental health legislation to be reformed so that it is compliant with the CRPD, especially with Article 12 CRPD: this Article would seem to imply that states which have ratified the CRPD "must abolish policies and legislative provisions that allow or perpetrate forced treatment" : section 38 of the General Comment on Article 12 issued by the CRPD Committee in April 2014. .."


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Hunter Watson's Petition on Scottish Parliament website 'PE01667: Review of mental health and incapacity legislation'


Mr Watson's Petition will be heard tomorrow, Thursday 21 March 2019 in Scottish Parliament:

link to Public Petitions Committee



Link to Scottish Parliament TV, for watching Public Petitions Committee live tomorrow 9.30am, David Livingstone Room (CR6)

'who is responsible for making sure the mental health act safeguards are safe?' 31Dec13

Email I sent to Dr Donny Lyons, Consultant Psychiatrist and CEO of Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland, on Hogmanay 2013:

 

I got no response.


Saturday, 16 March 2019

risk of relapse dogma; mental illness mantra

Revisiting Risk of Relapse and Mental Illness or Biological Psychiatry, how the former backs up the latter, keeping a coercive, and at times abusive, system in place.  In my experience of engaging with psychiatry since 1978 it has been abusive, being coercively drugged with toxic chemicals, taking away my agency/independence, making me vulnerable to exploitation and manipulation. 

I've witnessed the same with family members who have engaged with psychiatry when experiencing psychosis, there were no other alternatives but hospital treatment, antipsychotics, forced in if resistant, for some of us (not me) shock treatment (ECT) against our will, in the earlier days when it was considered "therapeutic".  

I didn't know about my Mother's schizophrenia diagnosis until later on but was aware at age 14 that she didn't want to be a Murray Royal Hospital, Perth, inpatient when experiencing another nervous breakdown & resisted it; I didn't know about the forced shock treatment, "courses" of ECT.  It was Psychiatric Abuse or torture.

my Mum Anne c1963, photo taken by my Dad Willie Patterson at home in Perth

It wasn't just one shock treatment, rather a series of 5 or 7 or more; I cannot imagine what it was like; some mental patients I've heard got ECT without anaesthetic; that's definitely torture, no other word for it.  I also heard from a Senior Lecturer in MH Nursing at Dundee University that female patients at Stratheden Hospital in 1980's got ECT with their private parts uncovered.  I was horrified to hear this, told him to tell me no more because I thought of my Mother and what she might have had to go through when unconscious being shocked senseless.

Therefore the Risk of Relapse philosophy or dogma, in my opinion, is more about the risk of subsequent psychiatric inpatient treatment, more invasive procedures, increased quantities of neurotoxins coercively administered and more likely to lead to "lifelong mental illness" and discrimination in society due to the psychiatric labels and side effects of the prescribed drugs.  Agitation, shaking, staring eyes, being just some of the stigmatising visual effects of neurotoxins and which I have experienced myself when on Chlorpromazine and Risperidone.  But I was fortunate to get off these antipsychotics within a year of them being forced in.  However being put on maximum dose of Venlafaxine at the menopause led to 3 fractures on fibula, due to bone loss, and a 6in Titanium plate, March 2005.  This causes muscle issues on my left side.

I also have a bladder prolapse from August 2015 when I was experiencing another breakdown, physical and mental, after years of campaigning for justice, following locked seclusion room abuses Feb12 and singlehandedly caring for my son at home, no community MH support, we were abandoned by Social Work after I raised complaints.  I try to manage this by exercise although it will need some intervention, doesn't improve with age.  I particularly enjoy swimming and cycling, the latter isn't possible in winters at Springfield, so hoping to move soon to Dundee, easier to keep fit in the city, nearer pools, cycle paths, shops, social groups.


rare day cycling to Cupar in winter, 26Feb19, over 10deg
at Cupar Cross


after swim at Olympia Dundee 25Feb19, taking 2 buses from Springfield leaving 7.25am
at Eminent Monsters film premiere Glasgow Film Festival Theatre 3Mar19



I have a Schizoaffective Disorder Diagnosis/Label in my medical notes from when engaging with psychiatry in 2002-4, which I see as a justification for the coercive prescribed medication, drugging with a cocktail of neurotoxins: Risperidone, Venlafaxine, Lithium.  To recover I had to take charge of the drug tapering myself, so as to get back on with my life.  The 3 fractures on right fibula happened March 2005 at a job interview Cupar Library when only walking downstairs afterwards, accompanied by Librarian interviewers.  I didn't trip or fall, leg just gave way, I sat down, they called Paramedics and I was lifted out to Ambulance, for Ninewells Hospitals.  Started PT Library Assistant job in May 2005 when walking again, metal plate right fibula, foot swelling two sizes bigger in shoes.  By May 2006 I had a FT job at Adam Smith/Fife College, by 2008 another postgrad qualification, Stirling University, FT lecturing, self funded.

January 2008 I dived into Scotland's Mental Health world as a person with "lived experience", setting up voluntary organisation Peer Support Fife and Chrys Muirhead Associates websites, the former work developed while the latter didn't as I was quickly unsupported, marginalised, excluded, bullied for having an opinion and speaking out.  


Peer Support Fife 2008-12
Chrys Muirhead Associates website 2008-now

I count myself fortunate to be a psychiatric survivor, to have tapered the prescribed neurotoxins under my own strength and conviction, and to have inherited the fortitude of my Mother and the independent scepticism of my science fiction scriptwriter Father:


selfie by my Dad Willie Patterson
in Jeff Hawke 'Overlord'
Chips off the old block, with my son Daniel Muirhead:


New Year's Day walk 2019
An example of my Son's 3D modelling work:


 


Wednesday, 13 March 2019

on being a catalyst for positive change #mentalhealth #NHSFife

Tweeting this morning on walk to 94 bus at Springfield rail station at 7.30am, to Leuchars for 99 then a swim in the Olympia, Dundee:


Hollyview Ward, Stratheden Hospital, May 2016




My son Daniel and I together have brought about improvements to psychiatric treatment in Stratheden Hospital by our witness and campaigning actions:   

Express article Sunday 5 October 2014

It wasn't profitable, we got no official recognition, no medals or money.  I've been silenced and bullied for speaking out about the human rights abuses and it has impacted negatively on my physical health, a breakdown in July 2015 after the years of campaigning, resulting in a bladder prolapse.  But I feel fortunate, it could have been worse.  Since the end of 2015 we haven't had a car and this has been challenging, living in Springfield which is known as the Stratheden Hospital village, taking buses, carrying shopping.  We are aiming to move to Dundee, applying for sheltered council housing there, and our MSP Willie Rennie has offered to help.

I recently read in a Mental Welfare Commission Report about the new Hollyview £4.4m ward which replaced the old IPCU where my son was an inpatient in February 2012, that it has no seclusion room:

"Hollyview has a locked door policy in place. We were advised that there is no seclusion room, although there is a relaxation room should patients require individualised nursing and a higher level of observation. This room was not in use during our visit as it was being refurbished.
p3 Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland Report on unannounced visit to: Stratheden Hospital, Hollyview Ward, Cupar, Fife KY15 5RR; Date of visit: 23 January 2018

Our previous MSP Roderick Campbell told me that NHS Fife stopped using the locked seclusion room in the old IPCU at Stratheden after I won the Ombudsman case in September 2014.  It had no toilet, light or water, and my son had been locked in the dark for at least 4 overnights, unobserved, with a broken hand.  This cell had been in use for decades to "manage" patients.  I didn't know despite having engaged with the hospital since 1995 when my oldest son was an inpatient of Lomond Ward.

My youngest son has not been a psychiatric inpatient since discharge from Lomond Ward, Stratheden Hospital, in April 2012.  We have received no community mental health support, only psychiatrist appointments for my son.  I have a Schizoaffective Disorder diagnosis in my medical notes from being a Stratheden inpatient for a week in March 2002 then an outpatient until about 2004/5 when I tapered the psychiatric medication (Risperidone, Venlafaxine, Lithium) and made a full recovery, getting back to PT library job in 2005 then a  FT college post by 2006, achieving another postgrad qualification in FE lecturing June 2008, to add to my community education diploma in 1998 at Northern College, Dundee.  

The 3 fractures on my right fibula March 2005 and 6in Titanium plate, most probably due to max doses of Venlafaxine at the menopause, did not prevent me getting back to paid work, driving, walking, in my 50's.  Although it causes me pain and muscle strain on my left side (pulled hamstring Sep16), which is why I swim most days, do lots of stretching, walking, cycling in better weather.  Carrying rucksack and shopping bags however can be stressful for my health conditions, putting strain on my back and prolapse.

I'm proud of my son's recovery from psychiatric abuse and living with a Bipolar mental health condition, also being prone to collapsed lungs, another operation in November 2017 which was very painful, requiring months of recuperation.  He's asthmatic, since we moved to Fife when he was 6 in 1990, to Dairsie Mains Farm, along the valley from Cupar Industrial Estate.  We are both looking forward to the move to city of Dundee where there will be more opportunities for study, paid and voluntary work, social engagements and keeping fit.  I was born and brought up in Perth, so will be closer to my roots in Tayside approaching 67yrs old, while Daniel's two older brothers live in Dundee, nearer for support.

Moving out of Fife will enable us to move on with our lives, leaving behind the negative memories of psychiatric treatment, the constant reminders when taking the 64 bus by Stratheden's old IPCU and new Hollyview Ward, which my son avoids.  Our names were on the Dundee City Council housing list from 2012 until 2016 when I forget to renew the application, my time taken up with swimming, recovery from the years of campaigning, adjusting to taking public transport, to getting by.  Glad to have survived.

this morning 8.26am in Dundee Overgate, on way to Olympia for a swim
this morning 10.57am, back in Cupar Bonnygate, 64 bus stop for Springfield

Sunday, 10 March 2019

brief film & book reviews: Alita, Captain Marvel, Woman in the Window

Some tweets about films I saw Thursday, Friday in Dundee Cineworld and DCA, and book I read mostly last night:






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I'm trying to get into sci-fi films and comic books, the genre, since my Dad Willie Patterson made his living writing Jeff Hawke sci-fi comic strip for Sydney Jordan and the Daily Express 1956-69 (then didn't work again until his death in London 1986):

 
eulogy by Sydney Jordan on 1987 Titan Books Jeff Hawke Counsel for the Defence



 
link to Overlord on Amazon

  

me with my Dad 1953 Kingswell Terrace, Perth, Scotland

Mum & Dad August 1952, I was born a month later in PRI