Hi, My name is Grape…..

When I was 14 I discovered ‘Crazy Colour’ in a chemist on the Mile End Road.  I had previously dabbled with cochineal on my fringe but it ran down my face when it rained.  I had a brief dalliance with a Laura Ashley bell sleeve shirt, some peg leg trousers and some pointy ankle boots. […]

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Take me to the Limit

Some of my best times ever were at  The Limit Club. It was just around the corner from our flat on Hawley Street (see ‘duo tan and doughnuts!).  Me and my best friend got jobs behind the bar and it was absolutely bloody great.  Am about to unleash some secrets so any management who happen […]

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50 is the old 30

One of the things I used to read pre-50, was how liberating it would be.  How, because you no longer cared, you could be the person you always wanted to be, with all that accumulated knowledge etched across your face, manifesting in the worry lines and furrows.  You could say it how it is, not […]

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It worked for Einstein……

Asperger syndrome (AS), also known as Asperger’s, is a developmental disorder characterized by significant difficulties in social interaction and nonverbal communication, along with restricted and repetitive patterns of behavior and interests.[1] As a milder autism spectrum disorder (ASD), it differs from other ASDs by relatively normal language and intelligence.[4] Although not required for diagnosis, physical clumsiness and unusual use of language are common.[5][6] Signs usually begin before two years old […]

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Seeing stars…..

When I decided to write this blog, I knew I wanted to be open about certain experiences.  I am going to share with you some of my experience as a survivor of an abusive relationship. I hope it will be cathartic but also maybe someone reading this with similar demons can invite hope over for […]

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‘Donuts and duo tan’

When I was around 17 years old Sheffield City Council thought it would be a good idea to build a block of flats, in the centre of town for single people under 25.  What a flippin great idea!! My friend and I went to the housing department after being on the list for 3 months […]

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A reyt good move….

I remember very clearly, the day my beloved grandpa showed me the photo of the school I would be going to.  It looked like some kind of weird space factory.  At the time we lived in South Devon in a village called Buckfastleigh.   I was around 8 years old. My stepdad got a place at […]

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Chiffon and backlighting

Am at that stage where I dye my grey roots brown to make it look like my hair regrowth is growing through its natural colour..the one of youthful pigment.  Lets make no bones, getting older as a woman is crap in many ways and great in many ways.  I have the immeasurable wisdom of a […]

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