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Fits and Starts – A memoir of living with Epilepsy

‘Fits and Starts – A memoir of living with Epilepsy’ by Franziska Thomas I am writing this because I can, because time really does heal all and because I need to start being honest. I have epilepsy. I was diagnosed with tonic clonic seizures aged 15. I’m never going to get better, but I will get worse and then improve. There will be moments of suffocation, recovery, elation, frustration followed by a return to half- normality before the process starts all over again. I will be high, and I will be low, but whoever I am, wherever I go, my life will be measured from the floor up. The title of my book ‘Fits and Starts’ is if nothing else recognition of what it’s like living with epilepsy and two small children. Nothing runs according to plan, most of what I do is at best chaotic and at worst chaos. Everything I do is on fast forward. I talk quickly. I move quickly. I eat quickly. I exist quickly. I am a devoted follower of the …

Art Prize for Visitors to Sydenham Hill – could you be the lucky winner?

By Mireille Galinou Artist Sarah Hamilton felt lonely in May 2013 when she was the only exhibitor in Artists’ Open House in her neck of Peckarmans Wood. But since that time the number of participating artists has steadily increased. For the first time this year, a cluster of six houses are opening their doors to showcase the work of ten different artists. On 7 and 8 May visitors will be encouraged to collect ‘stamps’ at each venue; and when all six houses have been seen, they will be able to enter a prize draw. The prize will be an Art Swag Bag – an exciting sample of works by Sydenham Hill artists. The scheme was devised by the enterprising Anna Jackson, who will be exhibiting for the first time at 2 Crescent Wood Road. She is a printmaker who loves fabrics and she creates pieces evocative of dreamy landscapes. She is also planning an intriguing ‘tea pot installation’. All the open houses are as fascinating for their architecture and interiors, as for the art on …

Old Alleynians stay competitive until the end

By James Knox Old Alleynians 1st team, captained by James Knox and Tom Pickett, completed yet another season in tier seven of English rugby by overcoming a mid-season slump and winning two of their final three league games to stay in London South East 2 for 2016-17. The season began on September 19th, a rather significant date as it also clashed with the start of the Rugby World Cup and a coincidental mass of player unavailability for the OA’s. Despite the slow start and no win in their first two league games a corner was turned in October and the brand of free flowing rugby returned to the team with four wins being picked up out of the next six. A particular highlight in amongst those wins was during the 100th cap celebration for last year’s captain Rhys Hopkins against Thanet Wanderers when OA’s defence stood strong and a 25-3 win was secured and a memorable night of celebrations in the clubhouse followed suit. After a collection of good performances what was to follow can …

How to declutter your wardrobe

My name is Anna, and I am your local House of Colour Personal Stylist and Image Consultant for the South East London area covering East Dulwich, Peckham, Nunhead, Honor Oak and Forest Hill. If you missed my open evening ‘How to Declutter your Wardrobe’ here are my top tips to get you started. Time to Tackle It’s a daunting prospect decluttering your wardrobe. You open the door, see an overwhelming amount of stuff and immediately close it again. Does ether of the following statements sound familiar? You’re drowning in stuff but it’s hard to throw things out. Your clothes represent memories. You have an emotional attachment to them. You’re desperate for that perfect capsule wardrobe, but don’t know how to do it. Don’t worry. We have some practical tips for achieving the ideal wardrobe – a small but perfectly formed mix of clothing that provides everything you need, every day. The Toolkit Wardrobe The secret to successful wardrobe decluttering is to see your wardrobe as a top quality toolkit. You take out the best tool for …

Ready to tackle your pain issues in 2016?

If you have been suffering from physical pain for some time, you might have decided that 2016 is the year when you are going to try something new. Amatsu Therapy International UK is running #AmatsuAwareness month in January 2016 to help to introduce this highly effective hands-on treatment to a wider audience. Amatsu has origins in Japan and has helped countless people who are suffering from physical pain such as back pain, frozen shoulder, sports injuries, neck pain and limited movement and often where other approaches have not worked. Amatsu is a relatively gentle treatment – there are no cracks or crunches and the treatments are performed with the client fully clothed. During January 2016, people interested in trying Amatsu can have a taster session by contacting their local practitioner, or if you know somebody who currently has Amatsu, why not tag along to their session (with their permission) so you can see for yourself how it all works? You can contact your local practitioner for more information or to book a session with them. …